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The Lady Protector of Æthelmearc

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-01-29 13:15

Yesterday a great lady finally received a scroll honoring her contributions to the lands of AEthelmearc. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reveals the history behind the scroll.

In the spring of Anno Societatis 24, the western region of the East Kingdom had held a vote, chosen a name and arms, and presented our proposal to the SCA Board of Directors asking to become a Principality. After due deliberation, our request was granted and we became the “Crown Principality” of Æthelmearc. A Crown Principality is one that has no Prince and Princess. A Coronet Tourney was scheduled for September with an Investiture in December, but in the intervening months, we still needed a leader. Upon the recommendation of the regional officers, the Board and the Crown of the East chose Mistress Cassadoria Finialla to serve as Lady Protector and ceremonial head of Æthelmearc. She served admirably in that role through the summer and fall of A.S. 24, including leading our people at Pennsic 18. Though she was not permitted to give awards, she became a rallying point and a symbol of the hopes and dreams of our fledgling Principality.

When the time came for Mistress Cassadoria to relinquish the reins of power to our first Prince and Princess, Tarbold and Cainder, at their investiture in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael on December 2nd of A.S. 24, King Horic and Queen Lea of the East felt it only right and proper that Cassadoria be recognized for her service in a lasting way, and bestowed upon her a Court Barony.

Fast forward to early spring in the waning days of A.S. 50. I was tasked with persuading gentles from Æthelmearc to loan their “historic” SCA scrolls for a display at the SCA 50 Year Celebration in the Midrealm. I was fortunate to be permitted to borrow some of the most amazing and storied art of our Kingdom, from our first Viscountess, our first Count and Countess, our first Knight and Pelican, to our very recent first Master of Defense. But to my mind, the biggest prize of all would have been Mistress Cassadoria’s Court Barony scroll in recognition of her service as Lady Protector, the first feudal overlord of Æthelmearc.

There was just one catch. When I contacted Mistress Cassadoria, I was dismayed to learn that she had never received a scroll in recognition of that Court Barony. It had been 27 years, and she still had no scroll. “Oh,” she said to me when I told her that ought to be fixed, “It’s all right, I’d rather that newer people receive their scrolls first, I don’t need another one.”

Perhaps so, but I felt that the Kingdom needed to remember the work of this remarkable lady. And so it is that her apprentice, Baroness Cecily of Whitehaven, painted the illumination, while I penned the words, on the scroll that was finally presented by the Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands, Brandubh and Hilderun, with the gracious permission of Their Majesties, Marcus and Margerite, on January 27,  A.S. 51 at 12th Night in the Canton of Steltonwald, so that all will remember the glory of Æthelmearc’s founding, and Baroness Cassadoria’s role in its story.

Mistress Cassadoria with her Court Barony scroll at Steltonwald 12th Night, January 28, A.S. 51. Photo by Baroness Hilderun Hugelmann.

Here’s the text of the scroll:

Let all know that We, Horic and Lea, King and Queen of the East, have noted the grace with which our fair and right well-beloved Cassadoria Finialla has served as Lady Protector of Our Crown Principality of Æthelmearc, leading her people through a time of joyful change. Therefore do we invest her with a coronet of six pearls, signifying the dignity and splendor of a Baroness of Our Court. Done by Our hand and seal upon this 2nd day of December, A.S. 24, at the first Principality Investiture in Our Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.

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First Quarter Webminister Reports Due

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-01-28 18:08


This is a friendly reminder that Q1 Webminister reports are due on February 15.
Please fill out your report on webform found here.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation!

In service,
AE Webminster

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From the Kingdom Seneschal: Background Checks

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-01-28 14:58

Unto the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, Greetings from Duke Christopher, Seneschal.

At the request of the Corporate Office, I would ask that any request for a background check be directed specifically to me and only me. Please do not forward these requests independently of me to the Society. These must go to the Corporate Office only after they have been approved by me.

Background check request forms can be emailed to Email is preferred, but if necessary, they can be sent by USPS to me at Chadd Nesbit, 1437 Greystone, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to seek me out.


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Eastern Results from the November 2016 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-01-28 08:16


The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the October 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.


EAST acceptances

Adrienne d’Evreus. Device. Azure, a fleur-de-lys argent and a bordure gules.

This design was well documented as an Individually Attested Pattern in French armory. The submitter provided more than sufficient evidence of azure fields with a low contrast gules bordure and a high contrast primary charge. She also provided evidence of the use of fleurs-de-lys in French armory.

Nice device!

Alexandre Saint Pierre. Badge. (Fieldless) In saltire a key Or and a quill pen argent.

Cailleach Dhé ingen Chiaráin. Name and device. Per pale argent and sable, two domestic cats sejant respectant counterchanged and on a chief azure three triquetras argent.

Ceinwen ferch Llewelyn ab Owain. Device. Azure, in pale three fleurs-de-lys argent.

Nice device!

Ciar of Skye. Name (see RETURNS for device).

This name is registerable either as the combination of an Old Irish Gaelic given name and the lingua Anglica form of an 8th century place name, or as the combination of a Gaelic saint’s name with a documented English spelling of a place name.

Elaria Grenway. Device. Gules, a mortar and pestle and on a chief embattled argent three sprigs of holly leaves vert fructed gules.

Elizabet Marshall. Badge. (Fieldless) On an acorn Or a capital letter E azure.

Hermina de Pagan. Device. Gules, a sheaf of three roses slipped and leaved and overall a skeletal hand fesswise reversed argent.

There is a step from period practice for the use of garden roses.

Jenna Childersley. Badge. Per pale vert and purpure, a cherub between eight arrows in annulo points to center argent.

There is a step from period practice for having charges in annulo not in their default orientation.

Ketilfastr Thorkilson. Name and device. Per bend sinister vert and argent, a griffin counterchanged.

Lillia de Vaux. Household name Bleu Crampette Inne.

Although the designator was spelled Inn in the Letter of Intent, that spelling was a typo. We have restored the designator to the submitted and documented Inne.

Magdalena von Kirschberg. Device. Per pale azure and gules, on a chevron Or three sprigs of cherries palewise gules slipped and leaved vert.

Please let the submitter know that the sprigs should not touch the edges of the chevron.

Millicent Rowan. Device. Argent, five gouttes de sang three and two and a trimount vert.

Sanceline de Bassan. Name and device. Per saltire azure and argent, a saltire indented between two moths Or and two trees azure.

The submitter requested authenticity for “French 14th century.” This request did not appear on the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, commenters provided sufficient information concerning authenticity. Lillia Pelican Emerita found the given name Sanceline in a mid-14th century list of names in Un scrutin au XIVe siècle, notice et documents lus à la séance du 19 juin 1852 by M. Félix Bourquelot ( However, the byname de Bassan could not be found in French before the early 17th century. Thus, although this name is registerable, it is not authentic for the requested time period.

Þorin Úlfsson. Name and device. Azure, a dragon and a horse combattant argent.

Submitted as Þórin Úlfsson, we have dropped the accent from the given name to match the documentation. Thorin was documented as the Latinized form of an Old Norse name. As we have evidence of the use of a thorn (Þ) in Latinized Old English names such as Þurstanus (c. 1044) and Þeodredus (10th c.), we will give the submitter the benefit of the doubt that the spelling Þorin is plausible for a Latinized Old Norse name. If the submitter prefers the spelling Thorin, he may submit a request for reconsideration.

The submitter has permission to conflict with the device of Alvar Dax: Azure, a dragon and a coney combattant argent.

Þorin Úlfsson. Alternate name Lucas Merrick (see RETURNS for badge).

Nice 16th century English name!

Úlfeiðr Artudóttir. Name (see RETURNS for device).

The submitter requested authenticity for an unspecified time, place or language. Both name elements are in Old West Norse from the 11th-12th centuries. However, as we have not found evidence for both elements in a single place, we cannot say whether the name is authentic, but it is registerable.

Vika Grigina z Prahy. Badge. (Fieldless) An estoile per pale azure and Or.

Nice badge!

Vika Grigina z Prahy. Badge. (Fieldless) On an estoile azure a bee Or.


EAST returns

Ciar of Skye. Device. Or, a fox salient proper and a gore sable.

This device is returned for conflict with the device of James the Fox: Or, a fox rampant guardant gules. There is one DC for the addition of the gore, but no DC for the difference between rampant and salient or the direction of the head. A fox proper is considered equivalent to a fox gules.

On redesign, please let the submitter know that the point of a gore should be at the center point of the shield.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a gore with another charge.

Þorin Úlfsson. Badge. Argent, on a pile sable, a Maltese cross argent, a bordure sable and overall a label gules.

This badge is returned for conflict with the device of Aaron of the Black Mountains: Argent, on a pile sable a Maltese cross argent, a bordure counterchanged. There is only one DC for adding the label. Only a small part of the bordure in Aaron’s device is not sable, so it is considered sable for conflict purposes.

The Letter of Intent reported that a Letter of Permission to Conflict was forthcoming, but it was not received by the Laurel office.

Úlfeiðr Artudóttir. Device. Sable, two ravens respectant and in base a wolf couchant argent.

This device is returned for conflict with the device of Kaðall Viðarsson: Sable, two ravens respectant and a bordure embattled argent. There is only one DC for changing the type of secondary charge.

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Of Honey Wine and Melomels

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-01-27 17:42

By Unnr in elska á Fjárfella, of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn.

Honey, a blend of simple sugars, amino acids, fibers and trace minerals, combined with water and yeast, transforms into wonderful honey wine. This honey wine, often called mead, was seen as a Nectar fit for the gods “And I have heard some of that nation [Welsh] defend, that it is the very Nectar which Iupiter and Iuno drank.” (Thomas Cogan, 1584). Aged mead is highly regarded and awarded many advantages, as eloquently put down by Charles Butler (1609): “a wine most agreeable to the stomake: it recoverth 1 the appetite being lost, it 2 oppeneth the passage of the spirit or breath, is 3 softeneth the bellie, it 4 is good for them that have the cough. 5 If a man take meth, now and then: he shal receive much benefit by it, against quartan agues, against cacexies, and against the diseases of the braine, as analepsie, & epilepsie, or the falling evill: for which wine is pernicious: it 6 cureth the yellow jaundise: it 7 is also good against henbane with milke, and against the winter-cherie, it 8 nourisheth the body, 9. So that many have attained to long old age, only by the nourishment of meth. 10 For being asked of Augustus the Emperor, by what meanes especially hee Pollio Romulus had so long preserved that vigour both of mind and body, his answere was, Intus mulso, foris oleo [honey within, oil without].

A medieval beekeeper banging a gong to calm a swarm hanging off a branch near his liripipe facemasked head

References to mead in combination with medicinal herbs are found throughout history, from the early period Anglo-Saxon Leechdoms, or medical texts, to the 16th century Books of Secrets. Mead infused with herbs and spices, whether for medicinal use or to be enjoyed (or a bit of both), is so common it is referred to by its own term: metheglin. As explained by Charles Butler (1609), the name is obvious, as “Metheglen is meth compoūded with herbs: so called quasi Meth e glen, meth of the vallie, because it is made in the vallies, where is abundance and variety of holsome herbes.” The earliest recipe for metheglin known today is found in the 13th century Tractatus letters “And gif þu wilt make mede eglyn.”

Where there is Metheglin, thus there is Melomel?

There was no shortage of fermenting with fruit sugars in the past either: while honey wine is thought to have been the first fermented beverage, made by primitive people thousands of years before wine and beer, (Rasmussen) grape wine runs a close second and is well known from ancient history. Grapes have the highest sugar content of any fruit and are therefore the most suitable for making wine. (Hagen, 213) Fruit wines were known to be made by settlers of the foothills of the Alps as early as 2000 BCE from wild grapes, raspberries, blackberries, elderberries, bittersweet nightshade, and cornelian cherries. (Hagen, 224) Cider and perry, fermented apple, and pear juice are also well known and mentioned in numerous historic texts, including the Bible – and Peacock (1449) “without sider and wyn and meeth men and wommen myght lyve full long.” The Anglo-Saxon word beor, previously translating to beer (by way of bere for barley), is recently reconsidered to mean cider instead, which is made from apples. (Hagen, 200)

Unfortunately, the combination of fruit juice and honey is uncommon in our time of study…

But is it unknown? Fermenting with honey and fruit is not common in our period of study, and until recently, the only recipes generally available were from the out of period but copious 1669 brewing manual, “The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digby Knight Opened”. Unfortunately, many mead recipes mentioned in Digby use ingredients and techniques not yet found or commonly used in our period of study. For instance, the addition of citrus, like lemons, and the use of raisins, which is common in Digby, is not found in any of the pre-1600 recipes. And the technique of aging in the bottle, often for a sparkling beverage, is something that does not match with the medieval method of serving mead young or aging in wooden casks and barrels either. (Krupp) Fortunately, a couple of period recipes using different kinds of fruit juice in combination with honey and fermentation recently surfaced, for which, as a fruit-growing homesteader and avid melomel brewer, I am very grateful!

The 1st century manuscript Historia Naturalis mentions a grape must and honey ferment “Another wine of the sweet class is called honey-wine; it differs from mead because it is made from must” (Pliny), which is fermented together instead of using the honey to sweeten wine, which otherwise would make hippocras. The 10th century manuscript Geoponika also lists Oenomeli from must, fermenting (grape) must with honey. In A Profitable Instruction by Thomas Hyll (1579), oenomel is explained “as the drinke made with wine vnlayde, or without water, and hony, they aptly name Oenomel”, or undiluted fresh wine mixed with honey. The same looks to be the case for Geoponika’s Concerning Oenomeli, and offers two versions, of which one is “set it in the sun at the rising of the dog-star during forty days. Some call this nectar,” indicating fermentation. It is not obvious that oenomel is a fermented drink, but context would indicate it is, from using must or unfermented grape juice, fresh wine which can easily referment, and letting it sit in a warm place for a prolonged amount of time (40 days can mean literal 40 days, or can mean biblical 40 days, as in many, many days).

My personal favorite is also from the Geoponika: the Preparation of hydromel, which lists two versions of fermenting with apples and honey, one with crushed apples and one with pressed apple juice. The 1597 manuscript Van de Byen by Theodorus Clutius has two similar recipes, one To make wine-like honey-water with juice of quince and another To make red wine-like honey-water which back-ferments mead with added fruit juice “mix this together and set it to rise as above”, similar to our modern practice of adding fruit juice in secondary fermentation. The recipe is for a medicinal mead, using the juice of amarellen (sour, dark red cherries with long stems), and gives alternatives like the juice of currants, red and black cherries, grapes, apples, and pears. While the practice of fermenting honey with fruit juice is not common enough to have coined our modern term melomel quite yet, let alone the sub-terms of cyser for apple mead and pyment for grape mead, thankfully for us modern melomel enthusiasts, a handful of interesting early examples do exist.

The recipes which involve fruit and honey:

Historia Naturalis, Pliny the Elder, 77 CE.
XI … Another wine of the sweet class is called honey-wine;

Geoponika, translated from Ancient texts by various authors, 10th CE
XXV. — Concerning Oenomeli.
XXVI. — Oenomeli from Must.
XXVII — Preparation of Hydromel.

Van de Byen by Theodorus Clutius, 1597.
To make wine-like honey-water.
To make red wine-like honey-water.

For the complete recipes, and much more on medieval meads, check out my research paper Of Hony, a Collection of Mediaeval Brewing Recipes (which lists 39 period honey brews) ,

Two large cauldrons which originally contained the mixed fermented beverage of wine, beer, and mead, mounted on iron tripod stands.

As a side note, archaeological evidence of the analysis of several bronze drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas (ca. 700 BCE) in central Turkey indicates an interesting combination of fruit, grain, and honey. Biomarkers for wine (tartaric acid), beer (beerstone), and mead/honey (beeswax) were found, postulating the theory that the vessels contained a mixture of grape wine, beer, and mead, making a sort of braggot or malt mead with grape wine. Unfortunately, as there is no direct evidence for honey fermentation, the honey could easily have been for sweetening only. It is feasible that since these were grave finds, the contents of the vessels might not have been intended for human drinking at all, and could have been a mix of separate brews, the best they had, specially made to please the gods. Except that the earliest known recipe for beer made in honor of Ninkasi (found on a Sumerian clay tablet dated to 1800 BCE) also mentions to add honey in combination with wine to a beer malt, indicating that the beer/wine/honey was fermented together and meant as a combined drink. Interestingly, while both sources indicate the addition of fermented grape wine, and the archaeologists assumed the honey was added in the form of mead, the grave find information itself is ambivalent, and the Ninkasi recipe speaks of straight honey, indicating the use of honey to back-sweeten instead of adding fermented honey or mead… but then again, as long as honey is added prior to fermentation, mead is bound to happen!


Butler, Charles. The Feminine Monarchie. 1609. Transcription by Susan Verberg.

Clutium, Theodorum. Van de Byen. Leyden: Jan Claesz van Dorp, Inde Vergulde Son, 1597.
Transcription & translation by Susan Verberg.

Cogan, Thomas. The Haven of Health, 1584. London: Anne Griffin, 1636. Transcription by Susan Verberg.

Hagen, Ann. A Second Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food and Drink: Production and Distribution. Norfolk, UK: Anglo-Saxon Books, 1995.

Krupp, Christina M. & Gillen, Bill. Making Medieval Mead, or Mead Before Digby The Compleat Anachronist #120. Milpitas: SCA Inc, 2003.

de Maricourt, Petrus Peregrinus. Tractatus de Magnetate et Operationibus eiu, Folio 20r. Reynolds Historical Library, University of Alabama.

Owen, Reverend T. (trans.) Geoponika; Agricultural Pursuits, Volume I. Of the Queen’s College at the University of Oxford. London: W. Spilsbury, 1805.

Rackham H., Jones W.H.S., Eichholtz D.E. (trans.). Pliny’s Natural History, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press & London: William Heinemann, 1949-54.

Rasmussen, S.C. The Quest for Aqua Vitae. SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry, 2014.

Lyon BM ms 27

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Call for Letters: Kingdom Events Coordinator

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-01-26 20:42


My term as Æthelmearc Events Coordinator is quickly coming to an end. Therefore, the Kingdom needs you as its next Kingdom Events Coordinator!

The Æ Event Coordinator is responsible for the following:

  • Must be comfortable with basic computer skills and must have fairly thick skin.
  • Must review incoming events for conflicts. Two Kingdom events that occur on the same day must be at least 70 miles apart.
  • Must review all announcements to confirm they are complete. Complete events have 6 required items in the event description box and use the correct terminology, especially regarding registration.
  • Must add in small amounts of HTML code to create appropriate line breaks.
  • Must be comfortable herding cats…in other words, you are required to stay on top of the event submitters/autocrats to make sure that they complete the event announcement properly in time for printing in the Æstel.
  • Work directly with the Kingdom Seneschal to solve any conflicts or problems with these events.

If you are interested, please email a letter of intent to

THL Beatrice de Winter
Æ Events Coordinator

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Birka is a Little Different This Year

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-01-26 14:23

Market Day at Birka, in the Barony of Stonemarche,  has a long history. This will be the 28th year of the event, and the 15th year since it moved to the Radisson Hotel and the Center of New Hampshire Expo Center in Manchester. Every four years the event scheduling gets a bit nerve-wracking because of the proximity of the traditional date to the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, and of course the potential for a catastrophic blizzard on the event weekend is always a background fear. It is the end of January in New Hampshire, after all.

This year when the autocrat, Mistress Fia Kareman, and the Seneschal of Stonemarche, Lady Tomyris of Stonemarche, approached the hotel to sign the contract for Birka 2017, the hotel management warned them that plans were afoot to renovate the ballroom, which is the traditional location for Heavy List and Royal Court. Renovations were expected to begin in December, and to continue through March.

This, as might be expected, caused considerable consternation. Mistress Fia and Lady Tomyris kept the news very close while they considered options, because they were concerned that rumors of the problem would run wild, and be difficult to combat, even after the matter was settled and facts could be presented in their place.

They considered a number of options, including whether it might be possible to rent additional space from other nearby buildings. That option proved to be unworkable, as no suitable space was available.

In the end, Mistress Fia went back to the hotel with a list of requests for concessions and options for alternate spaces which might be usable. The hotel management, mindful of their long and positive relationship with the event, made every effort to help Stonemarche find ways to squeeze in as many of the traditional activities as was remotely possible, including reserving for the event’s use parts of the hotel, such as the fireplace lounge area in the lobby, which in most years are considered public spaces, not part of the event space.

Even after a lot of outside-the-box thinking, and efforts to find usable spaces that are not normally rented by the event, there was still substantially less space available. Event staff tried to cut back on everything a little, to avoid completely dropping anyone’s favorite, traditional activity.

Heavy list was moved from the ballroom to the armory. Youth fighting was moved out of the armory into a meeting room, to make room for the heavy list.   Evening Royal Court will be in the armory, as will the Ball. Because acoustics in the armory are so challenging, for the first time the event will be providing a sound system for Court. The Middle Eastern Hafla will be in the public space outside the Hale and Spaulding rooms in the Expo Center, as well as in the adjacent Pierce room, instead of the Armory.

By early May details were settled, the contract was signed, and the changes were made public to the event staff and via various electronic channels. While nothing was perfect, the essential parts of the event were preserved, and it is expected that things will return to their normal locations next year.

However the story doesn’t end there.  Renovations rarely proceed exactly on schedule, as anyone who has been part of one knows. Approximately two weeks ago the hotel informed Mistress Fia that the work of refinishing the armory floor had been completed. This caused great stress to the staff, because Stonemarche knows from painful past experience how badly fighting heavy list can damage a floor. Again, the hotel worked with the event staff, and a fix was found. The hotel is supplying mats to protect the floor in the armory.

At the final pre-event planning meeting, held at the hotel on the 15th, it was noted that there seemed to be no access route to get from the hotel proper to the armory. This was seen as a significant issue, since it is January in New Hampshire, and weather could be anything. It was felt that event attendees should not have to go outside to get to the armory. Mistress Fia again went back to the hotel to seek a remedy. This time the proposed solution involved going through the Curriers room, which in past years has been the Royal Room. That presented its own challenges, as there were activities scheduled there, and now a home needed to be found for them.

The hotel offered the use of a suite in the attached office tower, which is space entirely new to the event. Youth fighting, Baronial Court, the Fashion Show, and the Bardic Circle will be held in that space. As this change was instituted after the site books had gone to the printer, there is an addendum to the site book and signs will be posted to help attendees find the new space.

The event staff hopes everyone will enjoy the event in spite of the challenges occasioned by the construction.

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Curia to be Held at Birka

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-01-25 21:53

East Kingdom Curia will be held 10:00 am on January 29, 2017 at the Market Day at Birka, in the Barony of Stonemarche (Manchester, NH).

New business to be discussed includes changes to kingdom event bid deadlines; champion tourneys; Earl Marshal/Kingdom Marshal of Armored Combat; official email; establishing a new award (Silver Mantle); various clerical corrections; and a discussion of a potential East Kingdom 50-Year celebratory event.

The  complete agenda for the day can be found at




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An Interview with the New Earl Marshal

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-01-25 19:00

The Gazette interviewed William Parris, OD, our new Earl Marshal.


Tell us a little about yourself and your background in the martial disciplines.
I am a second generation member of the Society, and I have spent my whole life amongst the incredibly active inhabitants of my local Barony, the BMDL. I started fencing over ten years ago, and have enjoyed diving fully into not only the fencing community, but the Kingdom as a whole. I was cadeted to Don Christian de Launey and squired to His Grace, Sir Christopher Rawlins. Over the course of several reigns, I was able to witness all the effort necessary in the management of local groups, Kingdoms, and even the Society. I have enjoyed participating in archery, thrown weapons, armored combat, and, of course, fencing. I have entered Queen’s Rapier Championships and Crown Tournaments, hosted martial scholas, and participated in wars, both foreign and domestic. With the introduction of the Order of Defence, I have been looking for ways for the Order to serve in greater capacities, and the newly remodeled position of the Earl Marshal seemed like a perfect chance.

Why were the changes made to the Earl Marshal position?
The Earl Marshal has, traditionally, been the senior Armored Combat marshal. They oversaw the other disciplines through their Kingdom deputies. In an effort to create a more consistent mechanic, the EM will now adopt a more purely administrative role, with each martial discipline, now including Armored Combat, being represented by a kingdom deputy. I will serve as liaison between each of those positions and the Society Earl Marshal, as well as coordinator for the implementation of new policies. Each discipline will be allowed to exercise as much independence as possible, enabling those with the most experience to serve as guides. I will, of course, remain as active as possible in each activity, to better serve as support to those kingdom marshals.

Will the Heavy Weapons Marshal position take on the traditional duties of the Earl Marshal? How will the position be different?
The Armored Combat Marshal will adopt many of the roles that had previously been assigned to the Earl Marshal. This will include revisions of policy, gathering of reports, and serving as a senior marshal for Crown Tournaments.

The Pennsic Marshal position is something new. What specifically will the person be doing?
Pennsic is a constantly evolving culture, and its governance requires great experience and focused attention. As Æthelmearc adopts greater degrees of responsibilities at Pennsic, the Pennsic Marshal will serve as the chief coordinator of our efforts. Development and management of battlefield activities is no easy task, and it will require a deft touch. I have great faith in our Kingdom’s ability to carry a lion’s share of the burden in providing a efficient and safe atmosphere for the citizens of Pennsic.

How much autonomy do the individual chief marshals have in the Kingdom?
While I have participated in many of the martial activities, I recognize a great wealth of experience beyond my own. One of my primary duties will be enabling the Kingdom Marshals to conduct their duties as freely as possible. I have no interest in telling any of them how to perform their tasks, and I feel the Kingdom will benefit from their individual passions for their offices.

What do you think the most positive aspect of this change will be?
This change in the role of the Earl Marshal sets precedent for leaders of any discipline to assume the office. All activities will enjoy full attention and support, along with the opportunity to serve the Kingdom in such a capacity. I am humbled to be a part of the change.

Anything else you’d like to tell our readers?
Accepting the responsibilities of becoming a marshal is a sacrifice, and I am deeply grateful to every marshal in the Kingdom. The great office of the Earl Marshal is made great by the untiring efforts of those willing to run inspections, host tournaments, marshal the lines, and complete the paperwork that allows the Kingdom and Society to continue preserving the magic that has drawn each of us in. I am grateful to the Kingdom Marshals and especially to Her Grace, Tessa and His Grace, Maynard for stepping forward and accepting the challenge of their new roles. If my term as Earl Marshal is to be well regarded, it is upon their shoulders that accolade should fall.

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Archery Muster, Sunday April 9, A.S. 51

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-01-25 00:36

Attention All Archers!!

The Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands invites you to a Regional Muster celebrating Archery, Thrown Weapons, Arts & Sciences, and maybe some more at the Castle home of Earl Byron and Countess Ariella on April 9th. This is the day after Ice Dragon. The muster will begin at 10:00 in the morning and continue until 5:00 pm.

The archery and thrown weapons ranges will be open at 10:00 am and archery from the towers, led by THL Deryk Archer, will begin at 1:00 pm.

The main archery goal this day is to shoot and submit rounds for the Gwyntarian Winter Challenge which closes later that week. There will also be training if we have enough marshals. The Barony’s loaner gear will be available.

Please bring something for a pot luck lunch. We’re going to be there all day, so let’s eat. Pop, water, plates, bowls, and utensils will all be provided.

Byron and Ariella have asked that you dress in garb for the day.

The Castle address is 755 Stonegate Drive, Wexford PA 15090.

In service to the Barony-Marche and the Kingdom,

Mestari Urho Waltterinen
crossbow1953 (at) verizon (dot) net

Per valde mustache adveho valde officium

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10 New Youtube Videos for Medieval Lovers - Mon, 2017-01-23 23:42
A roundup of ten recent videos on Youtube for those interested in Medieval Studies
Andalusian Stories profiles Francisco Gutiérrez, who reproduces manuscripts and designs new miniatures applying the same techniques and materials used by master illuminators of the Middle Ages. You can also take a look at his website here.

Rowan Taylor, a blacksmith who works on the restoration and conservation of medieval iron wear, has uploaded this video showing how to create a medieval trowel.

Last year Jackson Crawford of the University of California at Berkeley began a series teaching about the Norse language and culture. His videos have been getting a strong number of viewers because of the great content and Crawford's straightforward style.

Richard Scott Nokes takes a look at the Saga of the Volsungs in his latest Professor Awesome video podcast

A pair of interviews with Christian Raffensperger, Associate Professor at Wittenberg University, about his books on medieval Rus.

Recording Archaeology has released dozens of videos in the last few weeks, covering a wide variety of topics related to Middle Ages. Here are three to check out.


And finally, our favourite band Stary Olsa, has released their cover of The Beatles song 'Yesterday'.

Categories: History, SCA news sites

Important Update to Rules for King’s and Queen’s Bardic Champions Competition

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-01-23 22:07
Greetings and good fortune to all who read these words: Their Majesty Brion and Anna and Their Majesties’ Bardic Champions have heard your requests for a longer time limit for performances in the competition.  After carefully considering the schedule and the need to have Their Majesties give sufficient attention to both the Bardic and the A&S Champions, I am pleased to announce that the time for performances is now expanded to *15 minutes* across all three rounds. Depending on the schedule, Their Majesties may increase the time for the third round at their discretion. Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, Queen’s Bard.
Filed under: Events, Official Notices, Tidings Tagged: Bardic, champions, King and Queen's Champions

Their Highnesses Announce Their Warlords

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-01-23 15:29

Unto mighty Æthelmearc do Timothy and Gabrielle, Prince and Princess send greetings.

It seems the armies of the East and the Middle are going to summer in Our fair kingdom again. At the present time, it looks like Ealdormere has chosen to join them.

After consulting with Our outgoing Warlord, Duke Tindal, We have chosen a new Warlord, Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella, OP. We have every confidence that she is the right person for the job, and We will try and give her all the tools she needs to help defend Our borders.

As Rapier Warlord, We are pleased to announce that Master Don Donnan MacDubhsidhe has agreed to stay on. He served Our kingdom well, and We have no doubt he will continue to excel in that position.

As of now, the mighty kingdom of Atlantia will be fighting at Our side, a partner in this endeavor. We have started to put the call out to Our fellow Heirs across the Known World for Them to join Us, and We will bring that joyous news to you as We receive it.

Any friends you have, please try and have them join Our cause.

As always, We live to serve Æthelmearc ,

Timothy and Gabrielle

P.S. Prince Timothy just spoke with His Highness Konrad, Prince of Northshield. He assured His Highness that His kingdom will be at Our side this summer defending Our lands.

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IMPORTANT: Registration to Compete for King & Queen Bardic Championship

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-01-23 10:23

Greetings and good fortune to all who read these words:

It’s less than a month until K&Q Bardic Champions, and we still have less than 10 people signed up to compete.

Please be aware that, in order to accommodate having K&Q A&S and Bardic Champions on the same day, we NEED to have every Bardic competitor PRE-REGISTER by February 6, 2017. You pre-register by e-mailing me your name and a statement that you wish to complete, to

Pre-registering for the event is not the same…

Mistress Alys Mackyntoich

Filed under: Announcements, Events, Official Notices Tagged: Bardic, King and Queen's Champions

Office of the Chancellor Minor (Youth Activities) seeking new Youth Clerk

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-01-23 07:47

The Office of the Chancellor Minor (Youth Activities) is seeking a new Youth Clerk. This deputy position is described below.

The East Kingdom Youth Clerk helps handle the modern administrative burden of managing the Kingdom’s extensive youth officer background checks. Background checks are required for adults involved with the supervision of a youth activity: Chancellor Minor of an SCA group, youth officer at large, Youth Combat Marshal, Youth Rapier Marshal etc.

The duties of the Youth Clerk are to:
– Serve as the primary contact for all East Kingdom background check submissions, processing, and tracking.
– Maintain the membership rosters for all Kingdom youth programs (Chancellors Minor, Youth Combat and Youth Rapier).

The Youth Clerk does not make warranting, training, or program decisions other than to advise rostered individuals and program coordinators of warrant status. Individual youth programs remain under the full control of the various Kingdom officers entrusted with those programs. The Youth Clerk IS responsible for collecting and storing individual personal information in support of that mission.

The Youth Clerk is a deputy to the Kingdom Chancellor Minor with additional supervision and oversight from the Kingdom Youth Combat and Youth Rapier Marshals.


  • Access to a secure home computer and telephone (landline or cell phone).
    Basic computer and internet literacy.
  • Basic proficiency in the use of e-mail, Google drive, Excel, Google sheets, MS Word.
  • Task and deadline oriented.
  • Able to pass the standard SCA background check to work with youth – Pennsylvania residents must also pass their state’s background check requirements.
  • Familiarity with the offices of Chancellor Minor, Youth Combat and Youth Rapier is a huge plus.

Please contact Mistress Leonete at if you are interested in the position, or if you would like more information.

Filed under: Announcements, Official Notices, Youth Activities Tagged: officers, Youth

Board Announces Committee Structure

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-01-21 18:21

This week the Board of Directors of the SCA, Inc. released the following summary of it’s committee structure via the official announcements email list:


The following proposal is a summary of the Board Committee structure approved by  the SCA Board of Directors on October 22,2012.

  1. The Board approves the formation of the following committees to serve at the  pleasure of the Board, with the mission of each committee to be as set forth below that committee’s name:
  • Executive Committee

Mission:  Execute day-to-day oversight of Society business between Board meetings and such other responsibilities as may be designated by the Board from time to time in its discretion.

  • Finance and Audit

Membership to include 3 representatives of membership at large

Mission:  assist the Board’s oversight of the Company’s accounting and financial reporting processes, the audit and integrity of the Company’s financial statements and the qualifications and independence of the Company’s independent auditor

  • Risk Management

Membership to include 3 members at large

Mission:  Oversee insurance, legal, and related matters.

  • Nominating and Governance

Membership to include 3 members at large

Mission:  recommend to the Board the persons to be nominated for appointment as directors; recommend to the Board the directors to be appointed to each committee of the Board; develop and recommend to the Board Society governance guidelines and policies

  • Communications

Membership to include 3 to 7 members at large

Mission:  develop and oversee advertising; public relations; publications, social media and other communications initiatives of the Society

  • Membership

Membership to include 3 members at large

Mission:  grow and sustain membership in the Society; evaluate and oversee implementation of programs and initiatives for membership support

  1. The Board also approves formation of the following ad hoc committees to serve for a specified period of time or until their mission is completed in the discretion of the Board:
  • Youth Activities

Membership to include 2 members at large

Mission:  Completion of design and implementation of YAFA programs

  • Technology

Membership to include 4 members at large

Mission: Prepare 5-year technology development plan for Society

  • Peerage

Membership to include 4 members at large

Mission: Review proposals for the creation of new peerage

  1. From time to time the Board, at its discretion, may form other ad hoc committees for special projects. The Board has the authority to dissolve or modify any committee or its membership at any time.  Committees will make recommendations to the Board and give quarterly reports, but final decision making on all issues will remain with the Board.
  1. Committees will consist of Board members, Society officers, and members-at-large to be nominated in response to a Request for Nomination (RFN) sent by the Board to each Kingdom Seneschal, describing the mission of the committee and suggested minimum qualifications for committee members. Nominations may be made by the sitting Crown with the advice and consent of the Kingdom Seneschal.  RFNs for membership of the Finance, Communications and Peerage Committees will be promulgated by the Board on or before year-end, 2016.

It was followed a short time later by an addendum, also distributed via the Announcements e-list:

Requests for nomination for the Finance, Communications and Peerage Committees have been sent to all Kingdoms (Crown and Seneschal) asking for nomination of members from the populace.

Please contact your Kingdom Seneschal if you are interested.

Requests for nomination of members for the remaining committees will be sent at the end of Q1 2017.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


Filed under: Corporate Tagged: board committees, BoD

Court Report – Kingdom Twelfth Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-01-21 01:07

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Kingdom Twelfth Night, January 7, Anno Societatis LI, in the Shire of Angel’s Keep, accompanied by Their Heirs, Timothy and Gabrielle. As recorded by Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with assistance from Baron Fridrikr Tomasson.

In the afternoon, Their Majesties called forth all children and sent them off with treasures to entertain themselves during court.

His Excellency, Master Diego Miguel Munoz de Castilla was called before Their Majesties where it was announced that he would be assuming the mantle of authority for the office of Kingdom Rapier Marshal. Master Diego then gave his oath of service. Their Majesties offered thanks to Master Diego and to the service of the previous Kingdom Rapier Marshal, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede.

Next, Master Antonio de Luna presented himself before Their Majesties and it was declared that he would be the next Kingdom Thrown Weapons Marshal. Master Antonio then gave his oath of service, and Their Majesties expressed gratitude for his willingness to serve, and also to the service of Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato, his predecessor.

Mistress Alicia Langland then gave her oath of service as Chancellor of the Æthelmearc Æcademy and announced the June Æcademy would be held in Angel’s Keep. She also announced that she is encouraging bids from Western NY to host the Fall Æcademy. She further announced that a stipend of $100 in honor of Countess Aidan ni Leir would be offered to one teacher.

The Event Steward, Mistress Othindisa Bykona, then addressed the populace and offered gratitude and made several announcements regarding the day’s events.

Their Majesties then called for Lord Badger Bagbane to present himself and pay the rent of the Æthelmearc Embassy in the Midrealm. Lord Badger then announced to the populace that he would be running daily AA Meetings in the morning at Pennsic and at the events he is attending, and all those gentles who are in recovery are welcome to attend.

Baroness Desiderata Drake next approached Their Majesties who offered
words of gratitude for her service as kingdom chatelaine, and it was
announced that THL Rois O’Faye (called Rosheen) would serve as the new
kingdom Chatelaine.  However, Their Majesties had additional words for
Baroness Desiderata. They told of her courtliness and enthusiasm, and the
service she rendered as baronial, regional, and kingdom chatelaine, and
thus They were moved to bestow upon her a Cornelian. Scroll by Lady Felice
de Thornton. 

Their Majesties next sought to be attended by Glenna of Delftwood, and spoke of her efforts and contributions in both the arts and in service, and so were minded to create her a Lady by awarding her arms. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds and Sarah Tuttle.

Their Majesties then called for Lord Leo Dietrich. Expressing Their gratitude for his many hours of service and support did induct him into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll forthcoming.

Next, Lord Quentin Lawless was called before the Throne. Their Majesties detailed his study of period rapier masters, and of Quentin’s efforts to both style his appearance as well as his fencing after this fashion, and so They saw it proper to recognize these efforts by inducting Lord Quentin into the Order of the Golden Stirrup. Scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Master Tigernach mac Cathail was then invited to approach. Their Majesties praised his skill with thrown weapon, but stated that They were not the only ones who had recognized his skills, and so They called for the Order of the White Horn, into which Their Majesties then created Master Tigernach a member. Scroll forthcoming by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

THL Ruslan Igotavich Voronov next appeared, and Their Majesties read from a missive. However, the words were in a difficult tongue for Ruslan to understand, and so Their compassionate and thoughtful Majesties sought to have those words translated and called for the Order of Chivalry to provide that translation. Upon the rendering of that translation, Their Majesties did present THL Ruslan with a writ of summons to contemplate elevation into the Order of Chivalry. Calligraphy by THL Sophie Davenport with text and translation by Baron Fridrikr Tomasson.

Next, Their Majesties called for Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg. Her Majesty spoke of his kindness and his many years of quiet service. She spoke of his loyalty and generosity. But believing that there were others who might see these same qualities, Their Majesties did previously seek the advice from certain other members of Their Kingdom. And being thus affirmed in Their beliefs, and finding Steffan to be an inspiration for all, Their Majesties were then moved to call for the attendance of all the former Jewels of Æthelmearc, and in their presence did place around Steffan’s neck the Jewel so that all may recognize him as the gem he is, and named him Jewel of Æthelmearc. Scroll by Mistress Roberta McMorland with calligraphy by THL Sophie Davenport and words by Mistress Daedra McBeth a Gryphon.

Her Majesty then thanked all those artisans who contributed their efforts today so that the works of others might be recognized, and offered a token of esteem from Her hand.

Court suspended.

Later in the afternoon, at the conclusion of the competition for Sylvan Bard, Their Majesties called for Lady Magge Illfoster and named her Sylvan Bard. His Majesty spoke of how Magge’s song transported Him elsewhere in His mind, and so inspired was He that He agreed to perform at the next Sylvan Bard competition.

Court suspended.

In the evening, Their Majesties called for the youth, known as Celeste. Her Majesty spoke of how She was impressed and pleased by Celeste’s participation in the Sylvan Bard competition, and so named Celeste as Her Majesty’s Inspiration and awarded her a Golden Escarbuncle and presented a personal token.

The Event Steward, Mistress Othindisa Bykona, then addressed the populace and announced that $200 for the royal travel fund had been raised that day.

Next, Their Majesties called for Sebastian Moire, and spoke of his service to his group; of participation in event setup and teardown. Thus, Their Majesties saw it fit to raise him to the ranks of the nobility and did award him arms. Scroll by Baroness Helena Mutzhasen.

There being no further business, this court of Their Majesties was then closed.

Faithfully submitted,

Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta,
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

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Pennsic Announcement from Their Highnesses

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-01-20 07:22

Photography by Cateline la Broderesse

Greetings to the populace of the Known World from the Royal Highnesses of the kingdoms of Aethelmearc, Ealdormere, East, Middle and Northshield.

We are making a public notice of our intentions for Pennsic War as follows: The mighty kingdoms of Aethelmearc and Northshield shall meet the mighty kingdoms of Ealdormere, East and Middle in a contest of truly epic proportions.

All other kingdoms, non-aligned households and mercenary companies are politely requested to fight with the Aethelmearc-Northshield Alliance in order to ensure the sides are fair and even for all of the battles.

Our number one goal for Pennsic is for everyone to have fun and bring back a little old school Pennsic magic to the many battle scenarios we have planned. We will also be focusing on archery, the arts and sciences, and service, which will all be included in war point battles.

As an added bonus the heavy weapons woods battle will return to the previous location off Zion Church Road.

If you have left the Pennsic family, we are hoping this is the war you choose to return. Rejoin the camaraderie, spirit and fun. We promise this Pennsic will be something special and one for the ages. Come back to Pennsic.

Filed under: Pennsic

Pennsic News From Their Highnesses

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-01-19 19:15

Greetings to the populace of the Known World from the Royal Highnesses of the Kingdoms of Æthelmearc, Ealdormere, East, Middle, and Northshield.

We are making a public notice of Our intentions for Pennsic War as follows:

The mighty Kingdoms of Æthelmearc and Northshield shall meet the mighty Kingdoms of Ealdormere, the East, and the Middle in a contest of truly epic proportions.

All other Kingdoms, non-aligned households and mercenary companies are politely requested to fight with the Æthelmearc-Northshield Alliance in order to ensure the sides are fair and even for all of the battles.

Our number one goal for Pennsic is for everyone to have fun and bring back a little old-school Pennsic magic to the many battle scenarios We have planned. We will also be focusing on archery, the arts and sciences, and service, which will all be included in war point battles. As an added bonus, the heavy weapons Woods Battle will return to the previous location off Zion Church Road.

If you have left the Pennsic family, We are hoping this is the war you choose to return. Rejoin the camaraderie, spirit, and fun. We promise this Pennsic will be something special and one for the ages. Come back to Pennsic.

Timothy and Gabrielle
Crown Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc



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Experimental Rapier Deputy Sought

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-01-19 12:43

Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Master Frasier MacLeod, Kingdom Rapier Marshal, send warmest greetings,

I am writing to you today to put out a call for my Experimental Deputy position.  Before I go any further, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Master Alesone Grey for her tireless work in that position up to this point.  This positions’ duties include coordinating with my office any experimental programs and proposals my office receives, reporting progress on a quarterly basis to my office, and assisting those running experimental programs with any questions or concerns they may have and relaying those inquiries to me.

If you are interested in applying for this office, please send your SCA resume and qualifications to my office at:

I remain, in Service,

Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

Filed under: Rapier