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On Target: Late Season Safety Check

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-10-26 19:42

This month’s On Target focuses on doing a late-season safety check of your equipment.

I’ve just come back from an event and started to look over my loaner equipment. In the first picture, notice the nock on the left arrow is cracked, the nock on the arrow on the right easily twisted off and required some superglue.

Pulling more arrows out of the quiver, I was able to easily twist off an arrow tip as well.

While inspecting arrow shafts, I thought I saw a very small crack. Giving the shaft a small twist, it shattered in my hands. This is the second time I’ve seen this. Lesson learned: darker shafts can hide splits.


Lastly, I took a beat up target off a piece of foam to replace it with a new target. The foam was so badly shot up it split. Any arrows shot at it would all blow through resulting in possible damage or loss of the arrows.


I’d like to take a moment to thank my editor, Mistress Arianna, for correcting my spelling, grammar, and punctuation that makes this article readable.

As always I would love to hear some questions or comments.

This month’s safety tip: never run down range. You may come across an arrow in the ground, or as we call it, “deadwood,” and trip.

In service,

THL Deryk Archer


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Court Report: St. Swithin’s Bog Investiture

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-10-26 11:50

This being the Court Report for Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, held at the Baronial Investiture in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog on July 15, 2017 (A.S. 52), as reported by Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, with the assistance of Her Grace, Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin.

Their Majesties note that the time draws near for Their Excellencies, Iago and Emilia, to retire to their country estates, and give them leave to conduct their final court.

Upon completion of their court, Their Majesties call forth Iago and Emilia to attend. After praising them on their time and service to St. Swithin’s Bog, Their Majesties asked for the Baronial Coronets, and after expressing Their thanks, allowed them to retire.

Their Majesties then call for the Seneschal of the Barony, and after confirming that the proper procedures were followed for a successful election, They called forth the elected Baron and Baroness, Gunther and Rosheen. After confirming their desire to fulfill their station and serve the Barony, They asked for Iago and Emilia to place the Baronial coronets upon Gunther and Rosheen’s heads. Their Excellencies gave their oath of fealty, were invited to take their place, and given leave to name the Captain of the Guard and the Lead Retainer.

Their Majesties continued by having business with Emily of Dunvegan, who was asked if she still wished to be inducted into the Order of Defense. With her affirmative answer, They sent her forth to her vigil.

They then called forth Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen and asked her if she had a continued wish to join the Order of Defense. With her affirmative answer, They sent her forth to her vigil.

They then called for Ælric Ravenshaw, and asked him about his intention to be inducted into the Order of the Pelican. With his affirmative answer, he was sent forth to his vigil.

Their Majesties announced that Their Excellencies would be Sitting in State for a time in the afternoon, and court was then suspended.

On the field in the afternoon, it was noted by His Majesty that a certain fighter has caught His attention. This fighter has been steadily improving himself both on and off the field and with the consent of the Order of the Chivalry, asked Thorsol Solinauga if he would consider joining this order at a time to be determined.

THL Thorsol receives a Writ for the Chivalry

In the evening, with the populace seated and comfortable, Their Majesties gave commentary on how the children are the future of the Society, but how they also need to be entertained for the duration of court business, and sent them off in search of the Royal Toy Box to collect a toy to keep them occupied. They then gave leave for Their Excellencies, Gunther and Rosheen, to conduct their court.


Baron Gunther and Baroness Rosheen hold their first Baronial Court

At the conclusion of the Baronial business, the court of Timothy and Gabrielle did continue with the Thrown Weapons Champion reporting that a competition was held, with the winner being Kenn the Just, who was invested with the trappings of his station. Master Tigernach presented tokens for thrown weapons ranking achievements, made by Master Antonio de Luna.

Lord Kenn the Just is named Thrown Weapons Champion

The Heavy Weapons Champion Tournament was held on the field, where Thorsol Solinauga was pronounced the winner. He was called forth and entrusted with keeping the Sword of State safe for Their Majesties.

THL Thorsol is named Heavy Weapons Champion

Their Majesties then called for Dorothea Stark Shütze to attend them. They expressed Their pleasure with Dorothea’s artwork and service as a retainer, and created her a Lady of the Court, bestowing an Award of Arms upon her. Scrolls are by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Lady Alysoun.

Lady Dorothea receives an Award of Arms

Their Majesties next called for Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog. They spoke to her about pursuit of the fiber arts, her sewing abilities and her dancing ability, and thus inducted her into the Order of the Sycamore. The Viking stone was made by Mistress Cynthia, with wording by THL Ursula.

Lady Svava receives a Sycamore

Elizabeth Rosamond was then called forth. Their Majesties spoke of her service on the Queen’s guard, and her various rolls within the Barony for many years and inducted her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll is by Melissa Anne, with words by THL Rosheen.

Lady Elizabeth receives a Keystone

Their Majesties next called for Guillaume le Noir. They spoke to his constant service as a marshal, as a guard, and how often he is found to be lifting, carrying, and his general helpfulness. For this They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone, with a scroll by Melissa Anne with wording by Dona Caroline of Burgundy.

THL Guillaume receives a Keystone

Their Graces Sven and Siobhan had recently traveled to Calontir and returned with the well wishes of Their Majesties of Calontir and a gift for Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle.

Duke Sven and Duchess Siobhan bring greetings from Calontir

Ashling Na Ngleanntan was found and brought before Their Majesties. They have been made aware of her service in the kitchens, and her contributions of largesse in the form of leather items and jewelry. For these services did Their Majesties induct her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Eleanor of Gray.

Lady Ashling receives a Keystone

Their Majesties then called forth Don Iago and THL Emilia and thanked them profusely for their service to the Barony in the past, presently, and in the future. With this did Their Majesties name Iago and Emilia a Baron and Baroness of the Court and placed coronets befitting their stations upon their heads. The coronets by Baron Rummy John are in progress, scrolls by Melissa the Artisan.

Baron Iago and Baroness Emilia receive Court Baronies

Roxanne of the Foxtail was summoned forth and questioned her about her throwing skills. As she is skilled at thrown weapons, and is now also a target archer and a combat archer, Their Majesties find her to be worthy of recognition and induct her as a member of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by THL Mary Elizabeth Clausen.

Lady Roxane receives a Golden Alce

Their Majesties then wished to be attended by Magnus Bastiano de Vigo. They noted his beautifully crafted authentic dress and equipment that enhances the beauty of the fencing list, and his study of the Destreza techniques. For this They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Stirrup. The scroll is by Countess Anna Leigh.

Lord Magnus receives a Golden Stirrup

Their Majesties then called for Emily of Dunvegan. They inquired about her intent to be inducted into the Order of Defense, and called for the the Order to inquire on their acceptance of Emily. With everyone in agreement, They called for a Royal Peer to speak. Her Grace Dorinda Courtenay spoke about Emily learning to fence, learning to teach fencing, and overall learning grace. Next They called for a member of the Order of the Chivalry, and Alric of the Mists answered. He spoke of Emily being known as a “killer”, a weapon of the Rapier Army, and a ‘just’ warrior. Illadore de Bedegrayne spoke on behalf of the Order of the Laurel. She spoke about Emily’s obsessive learning of the art of the rapier. Master Lodovic of Grey’s Inn spoke about the “rain being the lifeblood of the Kingdom” pertaining to her service to many communities, large and small, on behalf of the Order of the Pelican. Finally, Master Quinn Kerr spoke of Emily’s teaching of tenacity, her understanding of honor in battle, and of having courage in the face of a determined opponent. Having been pleased with the words of very noble peers, Their Majesties found Emily of Dunvegan worthy of elevation into the Order of Defense and called for the ancestral collar, the lineage book, and a personal belt befitting her new station. They then heard her oath, the scroll was calligraphed and read by Dame Vivienne, illuminated by Master Tower and Melissa Anne, wording by Master Quinn Kerr, and proclaimed her to be a Master of Defense.

Dona Emily becomes a Mistress of Defense

With the Order of Defense still in attendance, Their Majesties called for Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen and asked her if she still wished to become a member of this august order. With her answer, They called for a Royal Peer to speak on her behalf with Countess Ariella of Thornbury answering the call. She spoke of how well Fredeburg represents our kingdom with her service and teaching. A member of the Order of Chivalry was asked for. Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers stood and spoke of his household member and how she excels at many things, namely rapier combat and combat archery. He spoke of her leadership as the captain of the Arts and Sciences team representing Æthelmearc. Finally he spoke of her faith in the kingdom, in the citizens, and in herself. Next, a call was made to the Order of the Laurel and Master Quinn Kerr did answer. He asked “What is Fredeburg’s art?” His answer- she has perfected the art of failing, and thusly has excelled at the pursuit of perfection. Master Bastiano then spoke on behalf of the Order of the Pelican, and spoke of her many aspects and time of service to all stations, large and small. Finally, a Master of Defense was called for with Master Illadore de Bedagrayne stepping forward to speak of Fredeburg’s study of tactics, and her mighty prowess in combat and as a tactician. Being satisfied with these many words, Their Majesties called for the articles representing the status of a Master of Defense, with the ancestral collar, a personal collar, a sword, and cloak being brought forth to adorn her person. Fredeburg then gave her oath, the buckler prepared as the scroll made by THL Anais Fenn was read, and was proclaimed to be a Master of Defense.

Mistress Fredeburg becomes a Mistress of Defense

Next, Their Majesties called for Ælric Ravenshaw and asked him if it was still his wish to join the Order of the Pelican, and called for the Order to attend. A Royal Peer was requested and Countess Elena d’Artois le Tailleur came forward and spoke of Ælric’s many roles played, always as part of the staging crew, and finally being promoted to being the “stage manager.” A member of the Order of Chivalry was called for and Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers stood to speak of Ælric’s abilities to lead and follow, to teach the gentler arts, and to promote others, all while having fun. Next, a Master of Defense was called for. Master Bastiano di Iacopo stepped forward to speak with emotion of Ælric’s quality of work above self. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope spoke on behalf of the Order of the Laurel and addressed Ælric’s teaching the fine art of scroll making, addressing both the quality and quantity of the arts in his teachings. The Order of the Pelican was spoken for by Master Creador Twinedragon, where he told a tale of service after service after service after service, and how Ælric was instrumental in the formation of a new group. Having been moved by these words of praise, Their Majesties called for the symbols of status as a Peer. Ancestral and personal pendants, and a hood were presented. Ælric then gave his oath, the scroll by Master Creador was read, and Their Majesties proclaimed him to be a Master of the Order of the Pelican.

THL Aelric becomes a Master of the Pelican

Their Majesties thanked the artisans who made tokens and articles for presentation, thanked the scribes for the scrolls created and given, and thanked the populace for a marvelous day.

Her Majesty Gabrielle then stood and proclaimed Melissa Anne to be her inspiration for the day and presented the Golden Escarbuncle to Melissa Anne with high praise.

Melissa Anne is named Queen’s Inspiration and receives a Golden Escarbuncle

The announcement was made that Their Majesties Curia was to be held the following morning in the main hall. Court was then closed.

During dinner, Their Majesties court was opened to expel Justus Clay Pease from participation in any Society for Creative Anachronism activity, and closed without fanfare.

Respectfully submitted,



All photos are courtesy of Lady Aine ny Allane.

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Eastern Results from the August 2017 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-25 17:00

The Society College of Arms 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 August 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Ælfwyn of Dragonship Haven. Name.

Dragonship Haven is the registered name of an SCA branch.

The submitter requested authenticity for “Saxon.” Although the given name is an attested Anglo-Saxon name element, the byname is not authentic because it is constructed from the name of an SCA branch.

Astrid Magnusdottir. Name and device. Per bend argent and azure, a bend counterchanged between an escallop inverted purpure and an escarbuncle argent.

Donnan FitzGerald. Name and device. Per pale gules and counter-ermine, in dexter an axe and on a chief Or three boars passant sable.

This name combines a Gaelic saint’s name with an Anglicized Irish byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Dorigen of Lewes. Alternate name Dorian of Lewes.

The byname of Lewes is already registered to the submitter and thus can continue to be used under the newly-renamed Existing Registration Allowance, PN1B2g.

Eberhard Schwarz. Name.

Nice late 16th century German name!

Edgitha Hlammandi. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and gules, a falcon belled and jessed maintaining a drinking horn Or.

Submitted as Edgithe Hlammandi, the given name does not use the nominative (base) form. The spelling Edgithe is not merely a variant spelling; it is the genitive (possessive) form of the name. Accordingly, with the submitter’s permission, we have changed the given name to the nominative form Edgitha for registration.

This name combines a Latinized Old English female name with an Old Norse byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Edmund Beneyt. Name and device. Argent, two bears combatant within an orle sable.

Nice English name for the 13th century onwards!

Nice device!

Emidio di Arquata. Name.

Halldórr hinn Skarpi. Name.

Submitted as Halldórr hinn Skarpa, the byname did not use the correct nominative (base) form. We have changed the name to Halldórr hinn Skarpi to use the correct nominative form.

Hlífa Hrafnsdóttir. Name and device. Per chevron Or and argent, two oak leaves vert and a raven migrant sable.

The migrant posture is considered equivalent to displayed. As such, there is a step from period practice for use of a non-eagle bird displayed.

Hrafn Ríkarðarson. Name and device. Argent, two ravens rising respectant, each maintaining in its feet a spear crossed sable.

Submitted as Hrafn Rikaðrson, called Bonesetter, two changes are necessary to register the name. First, the byname is not correctly constructed. We have changed it to Ríkarðarson to use the correct Old Norse grammar.

Second, the epithet called Bonesetter cannot be registered in this name because it is not temporally or linguistically compatible with the rest of the name elements.  Hrafn and Ríkarðarson are both Old Norse, and, under Appendix C of SENA, cannot be combined with English name elements unless all elements of the name are dated prior to 1100 C.E. Unfortunately, the earliest evidence of anything like “bonesetter” in English is dated to 1500 C.E. As the submitter allows all changes, we have dropped the epithet called Bonesetter for registration.

The submitter requested authenticity for an unspecified place and time. This request was not summarized in the Letter of Intent. In the form Hrafn Ríkarðarson, this name is authentic for the very end of the Viking Age in the Iceland and other West Norse Atlantic colonies.

Katerina Falconer de Lanark. Name.

Nice Anglo-Scots name for circa 1300!

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Alternate name Marína Sviðbalki.

Muin maqq Mínaín. Alternate name Khalil al-Urdunni.

Submitted as Khalil al’urdun, the name as submitted is not grammatically correct. We have corrected the byname to the adjectival form al-Urdunni for registration.

Perrine de Lille. Name.

The byname de Lille was not documented in the Letter of Intent as a period form. Fortunately, heralds at the Pelican decision meeting found de Lille in “French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, & 1438” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (

Ravensbridge, Riding of. Device. Per chevron azure and argent, in base a raven displayed face to sinister sable within a laurel wreath azure, on a chief argent a bridge of three spans sable.

There is a step from period practice for use of a non-eagle bird displayed.

Robert of the East. Holding name and device (see PENDS for name). Argent, on a roundel sable a cherry blossom argent, in chief a bar gemel sable.

Submitted under the name Shimazu Yasukaze.

Ryan Mac Whyte. Badge. (Fieldless) A cross of four ermine spots per pale sable and argent.

Ryan Mac Whyte. Badge. Per pale argent and sable, a cross of four ermine spots counterchanged.

Ysmay de Lynn. Alternate name Matthew Miller.

Nice English name from circa 1400 onwards!

EAST pends

Shimazu Yasukaze.  Name.

This name combines a family name and a constructed nanori. In the past, we have allowed submitters the benefit of the doubt to register names following this pattern, even though they are not authentic because they do not include a yobina. [Akiyama Kintsune, 8/2016 LoAR, A-East; Godai Katsunaga, 3/2008 LoAR, A-Atlantia]. Based on commentary received, both on the Letter of Intent and at and after the Pelican decision meeting, we are pending this matter for discussion of whether we should cease this practice and more specifically identify registerable patterns for Japanese names.

His device is registered under the holding name Robert of the East.

This was item 19 on the East letter of May 31, 2017.

EAST returns


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East Kingdom Calendar and Notecards: Deadline November 5

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-25 15:01

En français

Worlds of the East Kingdom is a 2018 calendar and set of note cards based on medieval illuminations and created by East Kingdom scribes.  Each calendar page features a different culture from around the world and throughout the SCA’s time period.  This fundraiser helps the royalty of the East Kingdom pay for their travel and show hospitality to foreign royalty. Calendars and note cards can be ordered through November 5th. Extra calendars will not be printed, so orders must be placed in advance.

Calendars are $20 and a set of 12 notecards is $15, shipping included.

For more information about the project, please explore the website or contact the staff via email

En français – traduit par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Calendrier du Royaume de l’Est et Cartes de Notes: Date limite le 5 novembre

Les mondes du Royaume de l’Est est un calendrier 2018 et un ensemble de cartes de notes basés sur des enluminures médiévales et créées par les scribes du Royaume de l’Est. Chaque page du calendrier présente une culture différente pendant la période de temps couverte par la SCA. Cette levée de fonds aidera la royauté du Royaume de l’Est a payer leurs frais de déplacement ainsi qu’a assumer les coûts d’offrir l’hospitalité à la royauté étrangère. Les calendriers et les cartes de notes peuvent être commandées jusqu’au 5 novembre. Aucun calendrier supplémentaire ne sera imprimmé, les commandes doivent donc être placées d’avance.

Les calendriers sont 20$ (US) et un ensemble de 12 cartes de notes coûte 15$ (US), frais d’envoi compris.

Pour plus d’information au sujet de ce projet, veuillez consulter notre site web ou contactez notre équipe par courriel.

Baroness Cassandra Boell von Bayer

Mistress Rhonwyn glyn Conwy

Mistress Sunniva Ormstung

Lady Altani Khatagidai

FRENCH Lady Aaradyn Ghyoot and Mistress Eleanor Catlyng

Lady Palotzi Marti

Baghatur Borujin Acilaldai

Baroness Emma Makilmone (illumination), Duchess
Thyra Eiriksdottir (calligraphy) and Lady Lillie von der Tann

Lady Keziah Planchet

Lady Mariette de Bretagne

Lady Triona MacCasky and Master Jonathan Blaecstan

Lady Wynefryd Bredhers

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Arts & Sciences at Harvest Raid

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2017-10-24 20:46

By  Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce

Sonnet 1
By Ginevra del Dolce

Whilst clouds did cover all the land with rain
Within our halls delights could scarcely hide
The arts of Æthelmearc bore bright refrain
And with their joyous leisure changed the sky
A fretted griffin did Rhiannon bring
To meet with pleasure paints which Jocelyn dared
Hrolfr wove red threads the Queen’s own dress to ring
And Kate and Ginny each a scroll prepared
Here Elska’s work like dragon’s treasured cave:
We tasted mead and conserve; belt we eyed
Eadaoin’s wassail gave us the drink we crave
Fearghus this hoard within his chest might hide
The woven trim was crowd’s quite favourite art
Most highly judged: the Wool was worlds apart

On Saturday, September 30, Anno Societatis 52, much of the Kingdom gathered in the Shire of Heronter on the shores of Lake Chautauqua for our annual Harvest Raid. I had the honor and extreme pleasure of organizing my favorite event activity: the Arts & Sciences display and competition.

I was astounded and delighted by the breadth of entries for the display and competition as well as the thorough documentation that many contributors included with their works.

We had two categories for entries. First, the competition that was held was for completed works in the theme of the harvest. This portion of entries was adjudicated.

Harvest-themed offerings. Photo courtesy Baron Rhiannon.

Second was the open display, which was without theme or medium restrictions. Entries could be completed or works in progress. I enjoy having both categories available, as this gives all artists a chance to contribute work.

While all entries were beautifully made and presented, Fiber Arts won the day.

The Honorable Lady Elska á Fjárfelli won the harvest competition with her dyed wool and the Skjoldehamn belt into which it was made.

The Honorable Lady Elska á Fjárfelli’s dyed wool and Skjoldehamn belt, made from her dyed wool, won the Harvest Competition. (This and all following photos by Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce.)

The skills and artistry of Elska were much appreciated by all.

All members in attendance were welcomed to vote for their favorite among the entries, giving those without the theme a chance to shine.

Lord Hrólfr á Fjárfelli’s card-woven band for Her Majesty Queen Juliana’s apron dress, a beautiful Æthelmearc-themed trim inspired by the Birka Bands, was the highly marked favorite.

Lord Hrólfr á Fjárfelli’s card-woven band for Her Majesty’s apron dress.

The other entries, in various media, were all worthy of our attention and showed myriad skills. I look forward to these artists’ next entries!

Baron Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndrudwy’s fretted griffin.

“Gus in Memoriam” cat scroll by Lady Catherine O’Herlihy.

Lord Fearghus mac Eoin’s well-constructed Viking chest.

Scroll blank by Ginevra del Dolce.

The Honorable Lady Elska’s ginger-peach conserve.

The Honorable Lady Elska’s oenomeli, or Concord grape mead.

Eadaoin Gaelach Rua’s wassail (mulled cider), warmed over candles throughout the day, was very enjoyable.

Eadaoin Gaelach Rua provided information on wassail.

Lady Jocelyn of Hartstone’s paintings in various media. (I find it is often quite difficult to paint movement, but Lady Jocelyn surely captures it in every brush stroke.)

A very pleasing array of arts and sciences were offered throughout the day in addition to the competition and display. While many of Æthelmearc’s subjects gathered in the great hall throughout the day working on personal projects, there was also a small library, a scribal playtime hosted by Mistress Roberta, children’s activities including a Viking longship-building competition headed by Lord Lodthinn, and a games table hosted by Lady Maggie.

The arts are alive and well in Æthelmearc. What an honor it is to be a part of them. I look forward to seeing what you are working on the next time we meet.

In service,
Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce
Minister of the Arts & Sciences for the Shire of Heronter


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Let’s Build a Mary Rose Chest

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2017-10-24 08:23

By Laird Coinneach Mac an Leigh

It is common practice in the SCA to use small chests for storage as well as seating at camping and other events. With a little care, these chests can be made in a historically accurate way, enhancing the authenticity of our sites.

The chest in this article is called the Little Mary Rose Chest because it uses the same joinery techniques as the Purser’s Chest on the Mary Rose, a carrack in the navy of King Henry VIII. The Mary Rose was lost in 1545 in battle in the Solent, the strait separating the Isle of Wight from England. Raised in 1971, she is a treasure trove of Henrician artifacts administered by the Mary Rose Trust.

To build this chest, you will only need two boards: a 1×12 six feet long, and a 1×16 eight feet long. A 1×16 is probably a glued-up panel—a series of small boards glued and planed at the factory to make a wide board. If you feel like it, you could glue up your own panel, but this article won’t tell you how to do that.

Take the 1×12 and start by cutting the ends of the chest to 17-1/4” long. On each board, mark a line 3” up from the lower end, then a second line 0.75” up from the first. These lines mark the edges of a dado, a groove across the grain of the board with a flat bottom and square sides.

An end board with the dado and boot jack laid out.

You can cut this groove by sawing on the waste side of each line halfway through the thickness of the board and clearing out the waste with a chisel. In period, the bottom of the dado would be leveled and smoothed with a tool called an “Old Woman’s Tooth,” which is an early form of router plane. Nineteenth-century router planes can often be found in antique shops. Of course, if you want to use modern tools, you can cut the dado with a router.

Now cut the “boot jack” on the ends. Mark a centerline down the length of the end boards. Mark the lower end of the board 3” to either side of the centerline and 3” up from the bottom. Cut out this triangle.

Dado and boot jack cut.

Cut the board for the bottom of the chest from the rest of the 1×12. Make it 23-1/4” long. Carefully fit the bottom into the dadoes of the ends and secure with nails. You can use regular modern nails, but if you can find cut nails they will both hold better and be more authentic.

Now it’s time to take the 1×16 and cut the front and back of the chest. Cut both to a length of 24” and a width of 14-1/4”. On each end and one long side, mark a line 3/4” in from the edge. This marks the edge of a rabbet, a shoulder cut in the edge of the board. Saw along the waste side of the line half the thickness of the board then remove the waste with a chisel. There is a specialized plane called a rabbet plane designed to cut these joints. You could also use the router again.

Inside of front board showing the rabbets. The back is identical.

Now carefully fit the ends and bottom into the rabbets in the front and back pieces. Secure them by nailing through the front and back into the ends and bottom.

Cut the lid so that it overhangs the chest on all sides by about 1/2”. The original chest on the Mary Rose had its lid secured by strap hinges on the outside of the back and the underside of the lid. If you can’t find strap hinges you can use modern butt hinges or, for more authenticity, you can use snipe’s-bill hinges. These are easily made from a pair of cotter pins joined at the eye and inserted through drilled holes in the chest and lid.

Cotter pins joined to make snipe’s-bill hinges.


To do this, drill a 1/8” hole in the back of the chest at the edge, at about a 45-degree angle downward.

Drilling the back of the chest for the hinges.

Slide in one of the cotter pins and spread its legs on the inside of the chest. Hammer the legs flat. For the lid, drill your 1/8” hole at an upward angle, insert the other cotter pin, and spread its legs as before.

Drilling the lid.

Two or three such hinges provide a historically accurate way to hold the lid to the chest.

Three snipe’s-bill hinges. Left: tips of the legs bent outward. Center: bending the legs outward. Right: legs hammered flat.

The original Purser’s Chest is an article of furniture, but the Little Mary Rose Chest is more an item of luggage, so you should think about adding some sort of handles. There are several types of handles seen in other chests from the Mary Rose, and they can easily be adapted.

The easiest handles to make are simply ropes passed through two holes in each end of the chest and knotted on the inside. You can make the ropes as long as needed to make the handles convenient.

Another option is to attach wooden brackets to each end, with a hole in the bracket and a loop of rope (called a grommet) through the hole. You can make these grommets by unlaying a strand of rope, then re-laying it around itself three times. This is a very attractive option; if you do it well, people will say you know how to make rope heal!

A third option, more difficult than the others, is to attach square iron plates with iron rings to the ends. This is a more expensive option, but quite attractive.

So there you have it. You now have a small chest, 24” long by 12” wide by 18” high. You can finish it with oil-based paints for historical accuracy or any other finish of your choice.


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Combatant List for the Crown Tournament of Ivan and Matilde

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-10-23 14:50

Duke Randal of the Dark fighting for Duchess Katherine Stanhope

Duke Brennan mac Fearghus fighting for Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean

Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver fighting for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo

Vicondesa Jimena Montoya and Sir Rhys Ravenscroft fighting for each

Viscount Antonii Machinevik fighting for Lady Ciar of Skye

Lord Sigurd Berserkr fighting for Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh

Sir Thomas of Ravenhill fighting for m’lady Bertana aet Bathancestere

Master Ogedei Becinjab fighting for Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova

Baron Joseph Harcourt fighting for Mistress Kis Maria

Baron Duncan Kerr fighting for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick

Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke fighting for Mistress Vienna de la Mer

Sir Alexander de Hauteville fighting for Mistress Angharad Verch Rees

Sir Matthew D’Arden fighting for Mistress Fia Karmen

Sir Edward MacGyver dos Scorpus fighting for THL Katerina Iliovna

Sir Zhigmun’ Czypsser fighting for Baroness Leda Zipyos

Baron Richard Leviathan fighting for Mistress Nest verch Tangwhistle

Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson fighting for Mistress Eva Woderose

Master Aethelhawk Keyfinder fighting for Mistress Siubhan Wallace

Master Tiberius Iulius Rufus Primus fighting for Lord Vopiscus Rufius

Lord Martin Wasser Speier fighting for Master Donovan Shinnock

Master Dmitri Stephanovich fighting for Mistress Nadezhda Voronova

Sir Ketilfastr Thorkilson and Lady Leurona Winterborne fighting for each

Sir Hrafn called Bonesetter fighting for Lady Saj Ishta’ Rabi’ah bint

Sir Matthias Grunwald fighting for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir

Master Sigurthr Vigurhafn fighting for Baroness Medhbh inghean Ui

Lord Dorian Kalogero fighting for Mistress Tysha z Kieva

Master Richard Crowe fighting for Lady Ameria Browne

Sir Donnan FitzGerald fighting for Lady Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcaçova

Sir Rory MacLellan fighting for Baroness Astridr Sigrun Ulfkelsdottir

THL Micah of Brighton Manor fighting for Lady Thallos Alexios of
Brighton Manor

Baron Jozef Ludwiczak fighting for Lady Gwenlliana Vachan

Baron Tiberius Nautius Maximus fighting for m’lady Meave Macintosh

THL Duarcaín MacWard fighting for Lady Catháin of Carolingia

THL Ingvar Thorsteinsson called Critter fighting for Baroness Hasanah
bint al-Khalil ibn Habib

Baron Euric Germanicus fighting for Baroness Juliana de Essex

THL Gawyn O’Clery fighting for m’lady Maeve O’Clery

THL Arne Ulrichsson fighting for Lady Anna Von Baden

Baron Joachim Liechtenauwer fighting for Lady Anne de Basillon

THL Luthor Von Eisenfaust fighting for Lady Mabel Fortune

Baron Vladimir Bathory fighting for m’lady Andrea Noelle

Baron Vachir Arslanjin fighting for Lady Sarvuu Arslajin

Lord Volmar Sollons fighting for Baroness Ilulia Baebiana

Lady Vasia von Königsburg fighting for Lady Æsa Sturludottr

Lord Brick James Beech fighting for Lady Nadia Hart

Lord Greadden Olthursun Veassellurd fighting for Lady Aesa Ormstunga
called Jotunsbane

Lord Brian of Stonemarche fighting for Lady Sorcha Dhorcha

Lord Wilhelm van Hammaborc fighting for m’lady Falyn Crowespear

Lord Kevin D’no and Lady Mora Ruadh fighting for each other

Lord Corwin Blackthorn fighting for Lady Ada Wright

Lord Coileán O’Rein fighting for Lady Rowan Orr

Lord Albrecht Østergaard fighting for m’lady Anne Forneau

Lord Johannes Mikkinen called Jensen fighting for m’lady Brenna of

m’lord Alton Hewes fighting for m’lady Robin Baillie

m’lord Joshua Mustard fighting for m’lady Sarah Bereward

Filed under: Announcements, Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown Tournament, events, Fall Crown

Crown Dayboard Menu

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-10-23 10:57

Greetings all,
The head cooks for Crown Tournament of Ivan and Matilde wanted to share the menu for the dayboard. Feel free to ask questions about food sensitivities. We will have a complete list of ingredients available that day, but I think we have a good selection of gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options that will provide a hot and hearty lunch for everyone.
White Borscht Soup (with ham, kielbasa and eggs)
Sour Mushroom Soup
Lentils and Skirrets
Blue Cheese Custard Tart
Pickled Cabbage
Pickled Pork
Pickled Eggs & Beets
Turnip Kugel
Smoked Brined Chicken Wings
Smoked Trout
Court Dish of Baked Fruit
Brined Apples
Rye Trencher Bread
Horseradish Spread
Roasted Garlic Spread
Brown Mustard
Polish Sauce for Fast Days
Mushroom Tea Cookies
Pomeranian Trojniak (hot drink)
Sbiten (hot drink)

See the official event announcement here if you have any allergies, or questions regarding food, or any other information needed regarding this event.

Filed under: Announcements, Events Tagged: Crown Tournament, dayboard menu, events

2018 SCA Calendars for Sale

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-10-21 18:53

This is a calendar project created by East Kingdom scribes, that should delight all SCAdians…

Worlds of the East Kingdom is a 2018 calendar and set of note cards based on medieval illuminations and created by East Kingdom scribes. Each calendar page features a different culture from around the world and throughout the SCA’s time period. This fundraiser helps the royalty of the East Kingdom pay for their travel and show hospitality to foreign royalty. Calendars and note cards can be ordered through November 5th. Extra calendars will not be printed, so orders must be placed in advance.

Calendars are $20 and a set of 12 notecards is $15, shipping included.

For more information about the project, please explore the website or contact the staff via email.

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Court Report: Coronation of Gareth & Juliana

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 22:55

Here begins the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc upon the Day of Their Coronation, September 16, AS 52, in Their Shire of Ballachlagan; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance and support of THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, and Mistress Ekaterina Volkova, Ice Dragon Pursuivant.

In Their First Court in the morning:

Having ascended to the Throne, His Majesty Gareth called for his lady, Her Highness Juliana Delamere to attend him. Hearing her desire and confirmation to stand with him as Queen, He took the Consort’s Crown from the custody of Silver Buccle and placed it on Her head, creating Her as Her Majesty Queen Juliana Delamere of Æthelmearc.

King Gareth crowns Juliana as Queen.

Upon Her ascension to the Throne, the Choir of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands sang the lineage of the Sylvan Throne.

Their Majesties summoned Lord Arias Beltran del Valle before Them, and upon swearing an oath of service to Silver Buccle, he swore fealty and service to Their Majesties who then installed him as Their Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Lord Arias swears fealty as Jewel Herald

Their Majesties then invited the recently-retired Duke Timothy of Arindale and Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode to return before Them. Their Majesties thanked them for their tireless service during their reign and confirmed their station as Duke and Duchess of the Society. Scrolls confirming their station were done by the hand of Mistress Ekaterina Volkova and Her Ladyship Vivienne of Yardley.

Timothy and Gabrielle are confirmed in their Ducal status and receive Augmentations of Arms

Their Majesties then bid them remain for a moment longer. They noted that although their Graces had served six reigns across three kingdoms, half of those had been while seated in the Sylvan Thrones, and it was their desire for all to know that the Kingdom now claims them as its own. Each were granted an Augmentation of Arms as a sign of their honored place in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Scrolls by Isabella Montoya and Lady Umm Samin bint Asad al-Isfahaniyya.

Their Majesties then invited Earl Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford and Master Anias Fenne before them. His Excellency brought before Their Majesties a petition to create a Moneyer’s Guild. He and Master Anias presented Them with a bag of coin created by their hand as a demonstration of their work.

Earl Byron and Master Anias present Their Majesties with coins commemorating Their reign

The Great Officers of the Kingdom were then called before Their Majesties and offered their oaths of fealty to Them.

The Barons of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands and the Barony of Blackstone Mountain swore their fealty to Their Majesties

Those Royal Peers and members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, the Order of the Pelican, and the Order of Defense as were present pledged their service unto Their Majesties.

Their Majesties then summoned before them Syr Tegrinus de Rhina and THL Oliver Sutton, who in turned called for those who desired to serve as the Queen’s Guard. His Majesties inspected their readiness for duty. Upon determining them appropriately armed and attired, Their Majesties accepted oaths from Syr Tegrinus and THL Oliver as Captains on behalf of Her Majesties Guard and did install them as such.

Their Majesties next summoned before them Lady Raven Whitehart, who gave an oath of service and fealty as Head Retainer on behalf of those who wished to serve Their Majesties as retainers during Their reign.

The First Court of Their Majesties was then suspended.

Later in the morning:

The First Court of Their Majesties was resumed to read the following pieces of business:

On September 16, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Derek Holton, known in the Society as Bluestar, from participation in any SCA activity.

On September 16, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel James Henry Shaffer IV, known in the Society as Cadan Buri, from participation in any SCA activity.

On September 16, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Justus Clay Pease from participation in any SCA activity.

The First Court of Their Majesties was then suspended until the afternoon.

Later in the afternoon, upon the Sylvan Thrones:

Their Majesties summoned Lady McKenna Henderson and Skjoldr Skotandi before them with the task of taking the toy box into the populace to be found by the children of the kingdom. The children were then summoned before Their Majesties as Lady McKenna and Skjoldr bore the chest away. Their head start having been granted, the children of the Kingdom were then sent away on their search.

Their Majesties next invited Count Jehan de la Marche before them to receive his personal oath of fealty.

Their Majesties then called for Lady Aine O’Muirgheason to attend them. They named her Their Ambassador to the East Kingdom, and sent her forth to bear Their words to Their cousins in the Eastern lands.

Lady Aine is named Ambassador to the East

Their Majesties summoned before Them Master Jussie Laplein. Having bested a field of fighters earlier in the day, they named him Heavy Weapons Champion and invited him to take his place in Their Court.

Master Jussie is invested as Kingdom Heavy Weapons Champion

The Majesties once again called forth Skjoldr Skotandi. Since a young age, Skjoldr has willingly and happily provided service to his house, and supported the Kingdom by bearing water for all who need it at the great Pennsic War. His passion encouraged his father and brother to join as well. Having recently been made a citizen of Æthelmearc, Their Majesties created him a Lord of Their Court and awarded him Arms. Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska.

Their Majesties summoned Robeke von Heidelberg before them. Their Majesties noted his continued service after following the footsteps of his son Lord Skjoldr in joining the Society, providing battlefield support, and helping to repair the arms and armor to keep the Army of Æthelmearc well-equipped and safe. For these reasons was he awarded Arms and made a Lord of Their Court. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties next summoned before them Ysabel le Croix. Ysabel has served Their Majesties house for years as waterbearer at Pennsic War and at Blackstone Raids, where she also offered the same to allies of Æthelmearc to keep them safe and nourished to challenge the enemies of the Kingdom. So did They see fit to name her a Lady in Their Court, and did award her Arms. Scroll by Felice de Thornton with words by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Wren of Sable Maul was then called forth by Their Majesties. As a fighter in House Sable Maul, Wren has overcome serious physical challenges and disabilities beyond those faced by most her age to provide her faithful service not only as a waterbearer, but also as an archer in the Army of the Kingdom. For her strength and commitment did Their Majesties deem her worthy of the position of Lady of Their Court and awarded her Arms. Scroll by Count Sir Jehan de la Marche and THL Ismay Ponde with words by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Rikardr in blakki Bjarn was then summoned before Their Majesties. In only a few short years in the Society, Rikardr has offered his service, becoming a marshal for thrown weapons and helping with the range at Pennsic. Their Majesties also thanked him for providing the big, soft butts (for thrown weapons) so essential to practice in the Kingdom. For this did they award him Arms and make him a Lord of Their Court. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties then gave Lord Rikardr his first task as a member of Their Court, sending him forth to bring his lady, Birna Rickardskona inn blakki Bjarn. In like fashion to her Lord has Birna become active in the society, clothing and feeding her House, bearing water on the field, and assisting at events with Troll. Therefore did they name her a Lady of Their Court, awarding her Arms. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties then invited before them Syr Tegrinus de Rhina. Their attention having been drawn to one amongst their guards who had thus far dodged the responsibilities of a position in their Court, They sent him and others of Their guard to bear forth Atrox to answer for his dereliction of duty, who shortly brought him before Their Majesties. As he had recently become a citizen of Their Realm he was no longer able to hide from those responsibilities, and for his many years of service to the kingdom army as a heavy fighter, They named him a member of Their Order of the Golden Alce, carrying with it an Award of Arms. Scroll by Lady Lyse Gunther with words by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Their Majesties then summoned the Autocrat for Their Coronation, Lady Juliana Ravenshaw. Having noted her successful execution of Their Coronation day, Their Majesties also called the attention of the populace to her decades-long history of service as seneschal, creating garb, serving in kitchens, and helping to found Their Shire of Ballachlagan. For her devotion to the Kingdom was she given a Grant of Arms. Scroll by Lady Shirin of Susa.

Their Majesties then called before them Her Ladyship Rynea von Lingen. Having been sent to vigil by their predecessors in the morning, Their Majesties asked if it was still her wish to become a peer and join their most noble order of the Pelican. Her Ladyship confirmed that desire, and their Majesties summoned before them that noble Order.

Sir Vladisla Nikulich spoke for the Order of Chivalry on Rynea’s qualities of humility, courage and prowess in her activities. Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe spoke for the Order of the Laurel on her skills in the kitchen, preparing food for the kingdom. Viscount Bear the Wallsbane spoke as a Royal Peer for the love of the Kingdom. Master Anias Fenne spoke for the Order of Defense about the grace she displays in her actions serving the kingdom. THL Otillige Rappoltsweiler spoke for the Populace also about her love, but this time for the Society itself. Sir Gabriel Hawkes then spoke about the inspiration she provides as an example to those looking upon her works. Finally, Viscountess Judith of Kirtland spoke as a Pelican about her time and efforts in teaching her craft, and the learning provided to others in that process.

Having heard words from Their Orders, and been satisfied by them, Their Majesties then called for articles representing her new status. She was then presented with a medallion, cloak and crop to adorn her person and display her status. All this having been done, Their Majesties then accepted her oath to the kingdom and proclaimed her a Mistress of the Pelican. Scroll by THL Eleanor Godwin.

Their Majesties then invited forth Mistress Maria Cristina de Cordoba. Their Majesties spoke to Mistress Maria about her tireless work as a Mistress of the Lists, helping guide many newcomers to the Society and leading her local group and region in various capacities. For these reasons among others from her more than 25 years of service to the Society were They minded to create her a Baroness of Their Court. Scroll by Lady McKenna Henderson.

Her Majesty Juliana then called for Baroness Sybilla Detwyller to attend, and named Her Excellency as her Inspiration for the day and awarded her a Golden Escarbuncle.

Baroness Sybilla receives a Golden Escarbuncle

Their Majesties then asked those who were involved in the creation of the various scrolls awarded in Their Court to stand and be recognized by the populace. They also thanked those responsible for the creation of the garb They had worn that day, including Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg, Lady Aine ny Allane, and Lady Birna Rickardskona in blakki bjarn, with belts and other hardware created by the hand of His Majesty Himself.

There being no further business before Their Majesties, Their Court was thus suspended.

At feast later the same evening:

Their Majesties summoned from his seat at Feast Ogier of the Black Corsairs. For 20 years has Ogier fought for the Kingdom, teaching new fighters and helping to equip them for battle. For these reasons did Their Majesties see fit to induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by THLady Rachel Dalicieux.

There being no further business, the First Court of Their Majesties was then closed.

Photos of court by Lady Aine ny Allane; scroll photos by Lord Arias Beltrane del Valle.

Categories: SCA news sites

From the Seneschal: Reminder of SCA Harassment & Bullying Policy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 20:48
From Duke Christopher, Kingdom Seneschal: Good evening, please remember that if you feel you have been subjected to any harassment, bullying, or retaliation in the SCA, to contact me directly. If you know of anyone that has been subjected to harassment, bullying, or retaliation in the SCA, please encourage them to contact me. I can be reached at   You can read more about the SCA’s Harassment and Bullying policy here:
Categories: SCA news sites

Tir Mara Populace Badge/Badge de la peuple pour Tir Mara

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 18:12

En français

Unto the good gentles of the Crown Principality of Tir Mara, greetings!

My name is Lord Conn mac Branain and I am the chair of the Tir Mara Populace Badge Committee. Tir Mara has been without a populace badge for far too long and it’s time something was done to rectify that. The committee formed in June as the end product of a discussion on the Tir Mara Facebook group. We spent the time since then in discussion as to how best go about the process. We now have a process in place and with the approval of the Tir Mara Seneschal and Their Royal Highnesses, we are ready to move forward. The committee includes people from all three Baronies and every Shire in the Principality; some are heralds, some are not.

Because this badge will be the populace badge for Tir Mara, we feel that involving the populace is key. To that end, we are inviting submissions from the populace. Anyone living in Tir Mara can submit their idea for a badge. After a reasonable period for accepting submissions has passed, the committee will vet all the submissions, and those that pass the vetting process will then be subjected to a poll of the populace to narrow the field down to the one badge that will be submitted to the College of Arms.

Here is the process in detail:

From today, 16 October 2017, until 30th November 2017, anyone living within Tir Mara may submit their design for a badge. All submissions are to be sent to the Tir Mara Submissions Herald, Blue Alaunt . Submissions may be in electronic format or sent by snail mail. All electronic submissions for the populace badge MUST have ‘Tir Mara Populace Badge’ in the subject line or they will be ignored. All snail mail submissions for the populace badge MUST have ‘Tir Mara Populace Badge’ on the submission itself or they will be ignored. The regular submission forms are not required, either in electronic or snail mail format – we just need to be able to easily make out what design it is you are sending us. SEND NO MONIES.

From 1st December – 31st December, submissions will be vetted by the committee.

From 1st January – 31st January, the populace will be polled as to which design they would like to have as a populace badge.
It is important to note that this is a poll and not a vote. The Crown has the final say in what is adopted as a badge; just like a poll for a Baronial coronet, or one of the Orders of High Merit, the decision rests with the Crown. It is much easier for the Crown to make a proper decision if they have information. That’s why we’re polling the populace, to present the Crown with data showing the desires of their people.

In February, the numbers will be tallied, the results announced, and the paperwork submitted to the College. Once that happens, we wait until the badge has gone through the normal process for commentary and decision as with all other heraldric submissions.

En français

Salutations au bon peuple de la Principauté de la Couronne de Tir Mara!

Mon nom est Lord Conn mac Branain et je suis en charge de coordonner le comité pour trouver un Badge de la peuple pour Tir Mara. Le comité a été formé en juin dernier, suite à des discussions sur la page Facebook de Tir Mara, où il est apparu qu’il est grand temps que Tir Mara ait son badge. Nous avons depuis discuté afin d’établir une démarche en ce sens, qui a été approuvée par la Sénéchale de Tir Mara et Leurs Royales Majestés. Nous sommes donc prêts à aller de l’avant. Le comité est formé de représentants de chaque groupe de la Principauté, incluant des hérauts.

Il nous a semblé important d’impliquer toute la peuple de Tir Mara, car ce badge doit tous nous représenter. À cet effet, nous invitons la peuple à soumettre des projets de badge. Toute personne résidant sur les terres de Tir Mara peut participer. Lorsque la date limite pour recevoir les soumissions sera passée, le comité examinera les propositions. Les soumissions jugées admissibles seront par la suite soumises à la peuple afin de choisir le design qui sera soumis au Collège des Hérauts.

Voici en détail le processus proposé:
* Les soumissions seront acceptées jusqu’au 30 novembre 2017 et doivent être adressées au « Tir Mara Submissions Herald, Blue Alaunt ». Les soumissions peuvent être envoyées en format électronique ou par courrier régulier. Toutes les soumissions électroniques DOIVENT avoir comme objet « Tir Mara Populace Badge », sinon elles seront ignorées. Nul besoin d’utiliser les formulaires usuels pour les soumissions héraldiques. Il suffit que le design soumis soit clair. N’ENVOYEZ PAS D’ARGENT

* Du 1er au 31 décembre 2017, les soumissions seront validées par le comité.

* Du 1er au 31 janvier 2018, la peuple sera appelée à se faire un choix parmi les badges proposés.

Il est important de noter que c’est une consultation et non un vote. La Couronne aura le mot final quant au design qui sera adopté, comme pour une consultation pour la couronne Baronniale ou les Ordres de Haut Mérite. Il est beaucoup plus aisé pour la Couronne de prendre une décision éclairée si elle a en mains toutes les informations nécessaires concernant le souhait et la préférence de la population de Tir Mara.

Le tout sera comptabilisé au cours du mois de février 2018 et les résultats annoncés par après. La soumission officielle sera transmise au Collège des Hérauts. Nous devrons ensuite attendre la suite normale du processus de soumissions héraldiques.


Filed under: Announcements, En français Tagged: heraldry, Tir Mara

Unofficial Court Report: Tournament of the Roses

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 14:32

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

While Tsar Ivan ventured to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc to attend the Njal Saga, Her Majesty, Tsaritsa Matilde, attended the Tournament of the Roses in the Barony of Dragonship Haven on Saturday, October 14, AS 52.
With a heavy heart, her Majesty had to issue the following edict in a morning court:
“Ivan Ivanov syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov and Matilde de Cadenet, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East Kingdom, issued a Royal Sanction of Exile from the Realm against [legal name redacted], known in the Society as Mord Hrutsson. The sanction will expire at the end of their reign.”
Court was suspended, and the Tournament began.

Duchess Eltheldreda and her winning team.

At the end of the tournament, the team of Duchess Etheldreda emerged victorious.
Her Majesty Matilde reopened her court, and invited Duke Randall of the Dark to attend. He was accompanied by the members of the Chivalry who were present, and read a petition signed by numerous members of the Chivalry of the East, denouncing the actions of Mord Hrutsson.
This unfortunate business completed, Her Majesty wished to bring a more joyous moment to the populace. She invited the children in attendance into court. Eager with anticipation, the kids waited as Tsaritsa Matilde requested Sir Gellyes attend her, and take the toybox for a run to the merriment of all.

Next did Her Majesty invite into court Christine of Serpentius. Though she was not present, Duchess Etheldreda spoke for her, and Christine was Awarded Arms, receiving a scroll by Faolan an Sccreccain.
The Queen next invited into her court any newcomers attending their first, second or third event. They came forth in dribs and drabs, and received tokens and hearty vivants.
Tsaritsa Matilde invited into her court Sara Sala di Peruta. Her Majesty spoke highly of Sara’s service, and invited into the court the companions of the Order of the Silver Crescent. Sara received a medallion, and a scroll by Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir (Feilinn).
After a fine day of fighting, fencing, archery, and arts and sciences, her Majesty thanked the staff for their hard work, and closed court.
Long Live the Tsar! Long Live the Tsaritsa! Long Live the Kingdom of the East!
Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald.
PS – Thank you to Simona bat Leon for assisting with court.

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, royal court

Birka Fashion Show

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 12:33

Once again House Strangewayes will be presenting a fashion show at Market Day at Birka organized by Baronessa Bianca Anguissola

Baronessa Maria Pagani and Baron Juan Xavier’s winning entry from Her Grace Avelina’s sports garb challenge at Birka in AS 48.

Are you interested in showing off your garb prowess? Want to ogle the talent of the populace? Want to win a fabulous prize and be the envy of all your Peers? Come show off your skill!

In addition to entrants in the following categories:

  • Early Period: 600-1100 CE
  • Middle Period: 1100-1450 CE
  • Late Period: 1450-1600 CE
  • Children’s garb
  • Group category

Her most royal Majesty Czarina Matilde de Cadenet has issued Her own Garb Challenge. In honor of East Kingdom 50 Year, she desires to see the skill with needle and thread of the populace in showing their true colors: their East Kingdom colors.

Show Her what makes you a Beast of the East. Come display your fiercest blue tygers, make them roar for you in your stately Eastern purple and gold, and change into your stripes of blue and gold populace pride.

East Kingdom Badge – may be used by any citizen of the East Kingdom

Unsheathe your shears and tear into that linen, take down that wild wool, and hunt for the perfect pattern to kill it on the runway come Birka. Her Majesty will be looking to catch the most impressive Eastern tyger by the tail and name them the winner of this year’s Queen’s challenge.

Further details for time and location to be announced as the event approaches.

Filed under: Announcements, Events Tagged: birka, birka fashion show, Birka Garb Challenge

An Achievement of Arms Primer

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:51

by THFool Dagonell Collingwood

An achievement of arms is what you usually see when people in the mundane world try to sell you merchandise with ‘your family coat of arms’ on it. It’s a display of arms with decorative elements which are meaningful to the arms bearer. As most SCAdians know, a coat of arms does NOT belong to anyone with the same family name and only the eldest member of the family is entitled to it, if the family does have arms. The rules for succession are not unlike the rules for who gets to wear the crown of England. In the SCA, each individual can register their own arms.

The purpose of this article is to explain the parts of an achievement to encourage others to design and use their own achievements to increase the heraldic display at events.

“Fourteen Kingdoms regulate by law or custom the components of Arms. Those fourteen kingdoms are: An Tir, Ansteorra, Artemesia, Atenveldt, Atlantia, Caid, Calontir, Ealdormere, Gleann Abhann, Meridies, Middle, Outlands, Trimaris, West. The remaining five do not: AEthelmearc, Drachenwald, East, Lochac, Northshield” [1]

The paper includes an easy-to-read chart of what is restricted where. This document was recently discussed on the SCA Heraldry Chat Facebook page and there have been a few minor changes since the article was written.

AEthelmearc does NOT have any laws or restrictions regarding what you can include in your achievement, however courtesy demands that you only include regalia your persona is entitled to. The practical list of restricted regalia may be found at All parts of an achievement are optional, and everything except the shield (your registered device) may be changed at will.

SHIELD — This is your registered heraldic device. This is the only part that cannot be changed at will. What’s the difference between ‘heraldic device’ and ‘arms’? Virtually nothing. The latter says that you have been awarded arms but the terms are used nearly interchangeably.

SUPPORTERS — The figures to either side that hold up or ‘support’ the shield. In modern England, the use of supporters is only allowed to the peerage.

“In England the right to bear supporters is confined to those to whom they have been granted or recorded, but such grant is very rigidly confined to peers, to Knights of the Garter, Thistle, and St. Patrick, and to Knights Grand Cross and Knights Grand Commanders (as the case may be) of other Orders. […] Baronets of England, Ireland,
Great Britain, and the United Kingdom as such are not entitled to claim grants of supporters…”[2]

Some kingdoms allow one supporter for anyone having a grant of arms and two supporters for anyone with a peerage. Other kingdoms only allow supporters to people with an augmentation of arms. AEthelmearc has no rules regarding supporters.

The modern arms of England have a lion and a unicorn representing England and Scotland. Historically, other animal supporters have included Boars, Antelopes, Eagles and Dragons depending upon who was on the throne at the time. [3] I’m utterly convinced that this is the origin of football mascots, but I can’t prove it. I can picture medieval knights in a tournament having their junior-most squires holding their banner while dressed as their supporters. From there, it’s just a small jump to a guy in an animal costume at a football rally.

THE COMPARTMENT — Simply the base that supporters stand on. It’s usually a green hill, ‘a mount vert’, in heraldic parlanance. It’s optional and supporters can stand on the scrollwork of the motto if you don’t want to have a compartment. In Real World heraldry, members of an order of knighthood often place a symbol of the order in their compartment. You can do this as well, but too many symbols may make the achievement look cluttered, simple is best.

SCROLL, RIBBON AND MOTTO — Most mottos scroll along the bottom around the achievement, some scroll along the top around the mantling. A few have both. The motto can be in any language you want. If you want something in a language you’re not fluent in, ask a herald for help, we may be able to steer you towards someone who is fluent in the language you want. After all, you want your motto to say “Get a Life”, not “Take a Life”!

If the armiger is a member of an order, the order’s motto can be inscribed on a ribbon which circumscribes the shield. England has “Dieu et mon droit” (“God and my right”) on a scroll in the compartment and the Order of the Garter’s motto, “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (“Evil to him who thinks evil”) on a garter or belt encircling the shield.[3]

HELMET — The helmet sits upon top of the shield. Traditionally, clergical arms and women who display their arms on lozenges would not have a helm. Most SCAdians would use a helmet that was appropriate to their persona’s time and place. In modern heraldry, the helm is used to indicate the armiger’s rank.
This is NOT a period practice.

“…at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries, when the helmet was being fast relegated to ceremonial usage and pictorial emblazonment, ingenious heralds began to evolve the system by which rank and degree were indicated by the helmet.” [4]

However, for those who want to;

“as one of the fundamental laws of the achievement, that the helmet by its shape and position was indicative of rank ; and we early learnt by rote that the esquire’s helmet was of steel, and was placed in profile, with the visor closed : that the helmet of the knight and baronet was to be open and affronté ; that the helmet of the peer must be of silver, guarded by grilles and placed in profile; and that the royal helmet was of gold, with grilles, and affronté. … These regulations, like some other adjuncts of heraldic art, are comparatively speaking of modern origin.  Heraldry in its earlier and better days knew them not, and they came into vogue about the Stuart times, when heraldic art was distinctly on the wane.” [5]

TORSE AND MANTLING — The torse is a twisted ring of fabric which holds the mantling in place on a knight’s helmet. The mantling itself was fabric which was used to keep the hot sun off a crusader’s metal helmet and most likely evolved around the time of the First Crusade.[6]

“Generally, mantling is blazoned ‘mantled x, doubled (lined) y'” [7]
The tinctures x and y should be strongly contrasting, usually a color and a metal, however the arms of the United Kingdom are mantled Or and ermine.[3] I have never seen a torse of different tinctures than the mantle, but I don’t know of any reason why it couldn’t be done.

CROWN / CORONET — A crown can be placed atop a torse or as a replacement for it. A coronet can be placed in the same position as a crown or around the neck of the helm or a supporter. For reasons of courtesy, you should only have a crown or coronet on your achievement if your persona is allowed one. An SCA ducal coronet has strawberry leaves on it. A county coronet has an embattled top edge. A baronial coronet has six pearls on it. If you are entitled to more than one type of tin hat, you could have both of them in your achievement, if you wished. The arms of the United Kingdom have crowns on the helm, on the head of the lion supporter, on the head of the lion crest and a coronet around the neck of the unicorn supporter [3]

CREST — Primarily used as a decoration in tournament, the crest goes atop the helm. It is possible for a heraldic crest to be something that couldn’t be used in real life. The crest of Sir Francis Drake granted in 1581 consisted of a disembodied hand issuing from clouds and leading a ship around the globe representing God’s guidance [8][9]

RESERVED REGALIA — As I said above, as a matter of courtesy, you should have reserved symbols or regalia on your achievement only if your persona is entitled to it. A pelican would be entitled to use a pelican as a supporter or their crest, or replacing the crown / torse with a cap of maintenance (a red ‘robin hood’ cap trimmed with white that has little red drops of blood on it) A knight could his a white belt or a gold chain as a ribbon surrounding the shield. A Master of Arms would have a white baldric instead of a white belt. In a similar fashion, a lady of the rose could have a wreath of roses or a laurel
could have a laurel wreath.

Some examples:

“Barry wavy vert and argent, a unicorn’s head sable, armed (teeth and horn), orbed (eyed), and crined (maned), a chief wavy Or; for a Crest, atop a helm to dexter argent, a raven proper; a torse and mantle argent and doubled vert; for Supporters, two unicorns sable armed, orbed and crined Or, on a mount vert; Motto ‘Post Mortum Concedo’ (After Death, I will yield) argent lettered sable.”

The supporters on my achievement are black unicorns to match my device. My steel-colored helm faces to the side as a citizen. My crest is a raven as a tribute to my wife (Cigfran is the Welsh word for ‘raven’)

“This uncredited leather project shows the heraldic achievement of the Rhydderich Hael. The original artwork was designed by Master Dagonell. Master Dagonell reports: ‘The shield is the arms of the Rhydderich Hael. The helm faces to the side instead of forward because only royalty face forward. (Out of period practice, but still widely used) The mantle and torse are supposed to be green and yellow with black gunstones to represent the Hael livery colors and Haelstones (Hael service award).
The crest is a ram skull taken from the arms of the first baroness Morgan Elandris. The supporters are a blue tyger to represent that we started in the East and a heron in it’s vigilance to represent The Shire of Heronter which spun off from us. The compartment (ground) contains a Catherine’s wheel and a fountain to represent Winter’s Edge and Beau Fleuve (cantons). The scroll is supposed to contain the motto, Non Sine Labora “Nothing is without Effort”‘. Who decided to use this for a leather project or why is unknown. Sadly the leather is worn with time and the project was never finished.” [10]

This is an achievement I designed for The AEstel back when Lord Gareth the Eccentric was chronicler. The supporters are blue tyger engorged of a coronet as a reminder that we were once part of the East, and a golden alce to represent the Golden Alce, the third original order of merit. Technically, the tyger should have a crown, but I liked the aesthetics of the coronet around his neck better.

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Polling Order Recommendation Deadline is October 22nd /Seconde période de consultation d’Ivan et Matilde

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-10-15 06:06

En français

Their Royal Majesties Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde wish to make it known that They will consider recommendations for inclusion on Their second polling through Sunday October 22, 2017.

Please remember that you need not be a member of any order to recommend someone you consider deserving. If you know someone you feel strongly about, there is an easy online form you can fill out to submit them for consideration.

Need more information about the East Kingdom awards polling process? This article gives a good overview. Need to find out whether or not someone has the award you are considering? Look them up in the Order of Precedence.

Brennan mac Fearghus
Awards Coordinator

En français – traduit par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Leurs Royales Majestés le Tsar Ivan et la Tsarina Matilde souhaitent faire connaître Leur intention de considérer les recommendations pour l’inclusion dans leur deuxième période de consultation, jusqu’au dimanche 22 octobre 2017.

Rappelez-vous que vous n’avez pas besoin d’être membre d’un ordre proposé afin de recommender une personne que vous jugez méritoire. Si vous connaissez une telle personne, il suffit de remplir un formulaire simple afin de la proposer.

Besoin de plus d’informations au sujet du processus de consultation ou des reconnaissances du Royaume de l’Est ? Cet article vous procurera une bonne vue d’ensemble. Besoin de savoir si une personne possède déjà la reconnaissance pour laquelle vous la considérez ? Vérifiez son Ordre de Préséance.

Brennan mac Fearghus
Awards Coordinator

Filed under: Announcements, Official Notices, Tidings Tagged: award recommendations, deadline, polling orders, polling recommendations

Unofficial Court Report: The Coronation and First Court of Ivan and Mathilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East.

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-10-14 10:49

Thus it was on the 7th day of October, AS 52, was made the 100th Crown of the Kingdom of the East.

King Ioannes and Queen Ro Honig relinquished their crowns to the East Kingdom Seneschal, Mistress Mercedes Vera de Califia. She held a brief court as regent, after which she called the Prince of Tir Mara to attend her.

Brigantia announced, “Oyez! Oyez! Now comes before you Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov, Prince of Tir Mara and heir to the crown of the East!”

Music began, and Prince Ivan processed forward, under a four-post canopy. Ivan presented himself to the Regent.

Mercedes presented the crown to Ivan, and said, “As Seneschal and Regent of the East, I recognize your right to the crown. Please take this from my hands, and take unto yourself the mantle of authority it represents.”

The Prince took up the crown, and turned to face the populace. He held the crown aloft, then said, “By my own hand, as victor in spring Crown tournament, I take my place as Tsar of the East.” He thus placed the crown upon his head.

Brigantia declared, “Presenting his Majesty, Ivan Rex, Tsar of the East!” Vivants followed.

The King’s Armored Champion cried, “Long Live the King!” The populace responded in kind.

Brigantia announced, “His Majesty welcomes before him Her Highness, Matilde DeCadenet, Princess of Tir Mara!”

Music began.

Mathilde processed to the dais. She was escorted up the stairs by her sons. Tsar Ivan took off his crown, and placed it upon the Princess’ head.

Tsar Ivan said, “It is with gladness in my heart that you stand by my side this day. As I have crowned myself King by my own hand, I crown you Queen of all these lands.” The Tsar removed the crown, placed it back upon his head, then placed the crown of the Tsaritsa upon her head.

Brigantia declared, “Presenting Her Majesty, Mathilde Regina, Tsaritsa of the East!” Vivants followed.

The Queen’s Armored Champion cried, “Long Live the Queen!” The populace responded in kind.

The Greater Officers of State were called in to swear fealty individually. Their Majesties recognized their new Webminister, in addition to receiving his fealty.

Following ancient Kingdom tradition, The Tsar and Tsaritsa turned and knelt before Brigantia. Brigantia said, “These are the waters from the Bay of the Mists, from the Kingdom of the West. Water is life, and as the West was the birthplace of our society, we anoint our new king and queen as a symbol of rebirth and a new reign with this water.” They were anointed with the waters from the West Kingdom’s bay.

Brigantia placed a vessel before the Tsar and Tsaritsa. Brigantia declared, “This dirt is from the grounds where the first tournament in our society was held. Do you swear upon this hallowed earth that you will lead our Kingdom with justice, honor, and glory, in peace or in war?” The Tsar and Tsaritsa replied, “We do.”

They arose, and stood before the thrones. “Long Live the Tsar! Long Live the Tsaritsa! Long Live the Kingdom of the East!” called Bringantia. The populace responded in kind. Their Majesties retook their thrones.

The Viceroy and Vicerine of Ostgardr and Landed Barons and Baronesses were called to swear fealty individually. Their Majesties heard and accepted their oaths.

Court was suspended.

As the Tsar and Tsaring recessed, the Roll of Kings was read by ten Royal Peers. Their Majesties sat in state for 90 minutes during the afternoon. Following this, they held their first full court.

Tsaritsa Mathilde called into court Vachir Artslanjin, and named him Captain of her guard. The rest of the guard was assembled, and presented with baldrics.

Next were Ioannes Aurelius Serpentius and Ro Honig von Summerfeldt called into court. For their service as King and Queen of the East, they were made a Count and Countess, Ioannes receiving a heavy mosaic created by Christiana Crane, with words by Nicol mac Donnachaidh, and Latin translations and Rome consultation by Tiberius Julius Rufus Primus; Ro Honig received a scroll created by Kayleigh McWhyte.

Next was the Order of the Rose called to attend court. Many spoke of Ro Honig’s qualities, and she was made a companion of the Order of the Rose. She received a mantle, and a scroll by Vettorio Antonello.

The Children of the East were invited to attend Their Majesties. Tsar Ivan invited Duke Omega to take up the toybox, and the children gave chase to the merriment of all.

Next was Dobby…sorry, no…Dietrich Schwelgengräber called into court. He received a sock, and was set free.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Mathilde called into their court Mercedes Vera de Califia. They presented her with a sock, and released her from her duty as Kingdom Seneschal.

Their Majesties called before them Katherine Barr. They named her East Kingdom Seneschal, and received her fealty.

The Rapier Melee Champions team were called into court. They offered to Their Majesties their service in any upcoming combat situation.

Her Majesty Mathilde called into court Reinhart Basarab Draculesti. She presented him with her own glove, making him a companion of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

Brochmail de Anglespur was called into court. His lady, Aislinn Chiabach, received on his behalf a Queen’s Award of Esteem token.

All those attending their First, Second or Third event were called into court, and presented tokens and thanks for joining the Society.

Their Majesties invited into their court Aine O’Muirghesan. She presented herself as an Ambassador from the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, and gave numerous gifts to the Tsar and Tsaritsa.

Their Majesties called into their court the Order of the Pelican. Noting the order was incomplete, they invited before them Joel of Vestfell. He received a writ to sit vigil at a later date, and a scroll with calligraphy and illumination Faolán an Sccreccain and words by The Anchoress of Ayntre.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa invited into their court Mýrún Leifsdóttir. Recognizing her scribal talents, they called the Order of the Silver Brooch to attend. Mýrún was made a companion of the order, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Tola knitýr.

Margretha La Fauvelle was called to attend the court of Their Majesties. Citing her musicianship, they invited the Order of the Laurel to attend. Margretha was presented with a writ to sit vigil at a later date, with a scroll by Eloise of Coulter.

Their Majesties called into their court Doucette de Verdun. Noting his skill at the equestrian arts, they called forth the companions of the Order of the Golden Lance. Doucette was presented with a medallion, and a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa called for the companions of the Order of Chivalry. The order being incomplete, they welcomed into their court Viktor Dominik. Viktor received a writ to sit vigil at a later event, with a scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan with words by Theodora Brysennissa, called Treannah.

Their Majesties thanked the populace for attending their coronation, and thus closed their first court.

Long live the Tsar! Long live the Tsaritsa! Long live the Kingdom of the East!

YIS, Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

PS – Thank you to the heraldic staff – Rowen Cloteworthy, Maria von Ossenheim, Kirsa Oyutai, and Marian Kirkpatrick

Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation, court report, Ivan and Mathilde

Eastern Laurel and Chivalry Meetings on October 14th (Updated)

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-10-13 09:36

Her Royal Majesty Matilde will be holding brief meetings with the Order of Chivalry and the Order of the Laurel tomorrow (October 14th) at the Tournament of the Roses in Dragonship Haven. The Chivalry meeting will begin at 10:30 am, followed by the Laurel meeting at 10:45 am.

His Royal Majesty Ivan will be holding brief meetings with the Eastern members of the Order of Chivlary and the Eastern members of the Order of the Laurel tomorrow (October 14th) at Njal Saga in the Barony of Thescorre, Kingdom of Æthelmarc. The Chivalry meeting will be held at 9:15 am, followed by the Laurel meeting at 9:45 am.

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: chivalry meeting, laurel meeting, order meetings, order of chivalry, order of the laurel

Unofficial Baronial Court Report from An Dubhaigeainn

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-10-13 08:36

Unofficial Court Report from the Last Court of Baron David Vasquez De Valencia and Baroness Suzanne Neuber DeLondres, and First Court of Titus Aurelius Magnus and Baroness Sorcha of Stonegrave, held at A Funny Thing Happened to St. Andrew on the Way to the Forum – An Investiture
On September 16, A.S. 52, 2017 C.E.


Invited into court by their majesties, serenaded by Hugoline the Delicate, Their excellencies began their court with welcoming everybody to the day. They first gave a gift to the King and Queen of the East, a bounty of treats native to our Duck Land.

Their excellencies invited Lord Kaalos Dymas into court, but not being in attendance yet, Suzanne requested their Herald to come before them. Speaking of all the service Lady Violet Hughes has done for the barony from crafting new regalia to getting the Baron to finally register a device, they awarded her the Silver Feather and the Baroness gave a gift of purple trim.

Lord Ronan Fitzrobert was requested to come into court, but since he is the autocrat he was busy running around outside the hall. While he was tracked down their excellencies brought attention to Lord Peter of Hawkwood. For his activities in archery, his woodworking, and his overall service to the barony, he is inducted into the Order of Perseverance.

Ronan was located and escorted before their Excellencies. For having served as seneschal, web minister, helping with setup and breakdown of many events, and getting others to participate in all sorts of activities, he was deemed worthy of the Sylvanus Doke.

Lady Sorcha of Stonegrave was invited before their excellencies. For her work as retainer and “second brain” to her Excellency she was given a gift of a girdle belt, and His Majesty led the room in a chorus of “Ooooh, Ahhhh, Ohhh!” in appreciation of its beauty.

There was mention of a silent auction of stained glass to raise funds for the barony archery fund.

With final emotional words from each of their excellencies of thankfulness to everybody whom they have led, that concluded the last court of Baron David Vasquez de Valancia and Baroness Suzanne Neuber de Londres.

To read about each award and order mentioned here, please go to:


Their new excellencies opened their first court on the beautiful day with inviting those who were coronets prior to them up for recognition. Murdoch and Maigret of Carrigart, Jean Xavier Boullier, and Gianetta Lucia Allegretta, Ateno of Annun Ridge and Lassar Ignen Aeda, David Vasquez de Valencia and Suzanne Neuber de Londres. With words and tokens of thanks, they were sent back to their beers.

Baron Titus, sad that he won’t be able to be the Baronial heavy weapons Champion for a while talked about the tourney he held that day. Baroness Sorcha, before Titus was able to name the winners, gave him the duck token of thanks that all past champions receive. Conrad Jarnhand and Muiredach Ua Dálaig were called up as second and third place winners and awarded each a length of rattan. Ozurr the Bootgiver was called as the winner of the tournament and the new Champion and given a prize and regalia. Ozurr resumed his post as guard, and all four were cheered.

Laird Eanraig the Bonesetter was invited into court to talk about his tournaments. The first was a Roman senate tournament, and Master Cain Ramsay was declared the winner and given a prize of a book and a wooden chest and tasked with distributing the loot within. The next tournament was the Lorenzo Quintain memorial tournament to remember the self-proclaimed worst fighter in the kingdom. The winner was Anne de Bastillion and she was given a silver octopus brooch. The “winner” who did the worst was Marion of York who was instructed to run a memorial tournament within the next year, and she was then handed her ass on a silver platter. She received a delighted round of applause when she held high the plastic equine statue and shiny display plate for all to see.

Their excellencies invited before them Lady Fiona the Volatile and Lady Hugoline the Delicate. The ladies explained that the children had a very busy day, making candle holders for feast, and completed a scavenger hunt that included talking to peers! And Royalty! And The Baron! Two children completed the entire list of tasks. Keira of House Three Skulls and Sterling of House Three Skulls (no relation). They both received golden Duck Trophies. All the rest of the children were invited up to present to the new Baron and Baroness regalia of quacking duck bills, much to the delight of their Majesties.

Keira and Dahlia were requested to stay on stage as the rest of the children went back to playing. His excellency showed great appreciation for their efforts at waterbearing at Pennsic and general help at baronial events, and they were awarded Silver Eggs.

Their excellencies called into court Lord Thorolf Egilsen, Stefan de Londres, Lord Magnus de Londres, and Lady Medb O’Donnchada and they were awarded silver Feathers. It was pointed out that it was Medb’s birthday, so Lady Jenna Childslayer led the court in (thankfully only a few rounds of) the birthday dirge.

Master Jean Xavier Boullier was requested before their excellencies, and with a description of his many many roles such as Baron, Seneschal, Chamberlain, and the unofficial role of “he does absolutely everything”, he was bestowed a large silver feather.

Lord Ozurr the Bootgiver, Tycho Mikkleson, and Lord Yisrael ben Baron were called into court and each were given a token and welcomed into the order of the Drake’s Spur.

Their excellencies invited before them Duchessa Isabella of York. Thanking her for her support she was given a token of a stone duck.

Mistress Suzanne Neuber the Londres was invited into court for her support and inspiration, and was also given a token of thanks of an amber duck.

After Lord Bleiddwn Emrys brought the clown god statue Horus to take his place next to His Excellency, thus ended the court of Baron Titus Aurelius Magnus and Baroness Sorcha of Stonegrave.

To read about each award and order mentioned here, please go to:

Filed under: Court Tagged: An Dubhaigeainn, baronial court, court report, Investiture

King’s and Queen’s Thrown Weapons Championships / Champions de Lancer d’Armes de Jet du Roi et de la Reine

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-10-12 20:55

En français

On July 6-9th, the Province of Malagentia hosted the Great Northeastern War XXXI which included the East Kingdom King’s and Queen’s Thrown Weapons Championships. The championship brought throwers from the Kingdom’s many regions to compete for the honor of becoming King’s or Queen’s Champion. This year’s championship was deviously designed by Matteo Genovese of Quintavia, Queen’s Champion and Magnus the Broken of Hadchester, King’s Champion. Qualifiers to enter the championship consisted of a royal round thrown without breaks between distance or weapons forms with multiple chances to qualify. Twenty five people threw qualifying rounds from Thursday evening through Saturday morning. Of the twenty five, the top sixteen were chosen to compete in a bracket.

Spear Throwing at Kings and Queens Thrown Weapons Championships

Bryon de Burgh, Carolingia
Arlyana van Wyck, Carolingia
Mikael McCue, Caer Adamant
Serafina Della Torre, Glenn Linn
Peter the Red, Carolingia
Velikail of Deltuva, Hadchester
Patrick the Red, Quintavia
Gerry, Malagentia
Kazimierz, Carolingia
William the Mysterious, Anglespur
Safiya al-Naghira, Bergental
Sweyne MacAwliffe, Malagentia
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, Carolingia
Asher de Lincolia. Carolingia
Cedric of Thanet, Endewearde
Thorormr Barnakarl, Bergental

The first round of finals was crafted by Matteo. The target and format were unlike anything seen by most Eastern throwers. When asked about his motivations for designing this tournament, Matteo stated, “I wanted to test the throwers ability to adapt to changes in height, which effects rotation, and to the pressure that competing head to head against someone brings.” Throwers competed on an 8’x10’ board throwing wall. The format consisted of head to head competition between throwers evenly matched in number of weapons. Throwers took turns throwing for up to five minutes or fifty throws. The first round consisted of axes with a second round of knives with the winner moving on to the next round. In the case of a tie between Cedric of Thanet and Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, there was a rousing spear-off.

Winners of the Axe Round:

Competitors throwing axes.

Bryon de Burgh
Mikael McCue
Velikail of Deltuva
Sweyne MacAwliffe
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch
Cedric of Thanet

Finals included highly engineered, reactive targets constructed by Magnus the Broken, King’s Champion. His motivation came from both modern cinema and the interest in using thrown weapons to disorient foes carrying axes while armored with helmets. Kazimierz, Cristoff, Bryon, and Gerry competed in the final four, head to head. Throwers had the option to throw any three possible thrown weapon at targets. The first task was to hit the head of a shield wielding figure in order to knock the head back and cause the foe to drop their shield. Once this portion of the challenge was complete, throwers then had to throw another weapon at the direct center of the target, with the closest throw winning. Another challenge unlike we have seen in the East, throwers chose a variety of weapons. Axe, spear, and rocks were among the choices of our finalists. Fencers commented that they could hear our cheers from the fencing field.

Entrants and spectators, including the King Ioannes and Queen Honig, saw a clear winner and Queen’s Champion in newcomer Bryon De Burgh whose well executed throws defeated both the enemy and competitors with his deadly accuracy. Bryon said that he had great fun at the tournament. He felt that the tournament tested both one’s nerves and throwing ability. The number of spectators added to the pressure and excitement.

The King and Queen retired to hear counsel from the outgoing champions and trusted advisors regarding King’s Champion. At the Thrown Weapons range, assembled throwers and spectators commented on the camaraderie and courtesy show by competitors. Entrants competed with honor by sharing weapons and giving encouragement to rivals within the tournament.

Joy for a new Queen’s Champion and anticipation of word for a King’s Champion accompanied throwers to evening court. Before a large assembled crowd, the outgoing champions were thanked for their service and a successful champions tournament. Bryon De Burgh was called up to become Queen’s Champion and Sir Cedric of Thanet was announced as King’s Champion. When asked about his goals as King’s Champion, Cedric has a priority to bring people together for Thrown Weapons events. He would also like to see more folks get recognized for their abilities and contributions to the Thrown Weapons community. Bryon, Queen’s Champion has a goal to teach at as many events and practices as possible. He has a hope that Thrown Weapons will become as popular and competitive as the other martial activities in the SCA.

Photo provided by Sara Swetechicke

En français – traduit par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Les 6 au 9 juillet, la Province de Malagentia a été l’hôte de la Grande Guerre du Nord-est XXXI, ou se sont déroulés les championnats de Lancer d’armes de jet du Roi et de la Reine du Royaume de l’Est. Le championnat a amené de nombreux lanceurs provenant de toutes les régions du Royaume à se présenter pour l’honneur de devenir Champion du Roi ou de la Reine. Le championnat de cette année a été machiavéliquement imaginé par Matteo Genovese de Quintavia, Champion de la Reine, ainsi que Magnus the Broken de Hadchester, Champion du Roi. Les qualifications pour entrer le championnat consistaient en une ronde royale lancée sans pause entre les distances ou les armes, avec de multiples chances de se qualifier. 25 personnes ont lancé des rondes de qualifications, entre la soirée de jeudi, jusqu’au matin du samedi. Des 25 personnes, les 16 meilleurs scores ont été sélectionnés pour s’affronter.

Bryon de Burgh, Carolingia
Arlyana van Wyck, Carolingia
Mikael McCue, Caer Adamant
Serafina Della Torre, Glenn Linn
Peter the Red, Carolingia
Velikail of Deltuva, Hadchester
Patrick the Red, Quintavia
Gerry, Malagentia
Kazimierz, Carolingia
William the Mysterious, Anglespur
Safiya al-Naghira, Bergental
Sweyne MacAwliffe, Malagentia
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, Carolingia
Asher de Lincolia. Carolingia
Cedric of Thanet, Endewearde
Thorormr Barnakarl, Bergental

La première ronde de finales a été faite par Matteo. Les cibles et le type de lancers étaient nouveaux pour la majorité des lanceurs de l’Est. Lorsqu’interrogé à propos de l’inspiration derrière la conception de ce tournoi, Matteo dit: “Je voulais tester l’habileté des lanceurs à s’adapter aux changements de hauteur, qui affectent la rotation, et à la pression de devoir compétitionner directement contre un autre lanceur.” Les lanceurs se sont affrontés en visant un mur de 8×10 pouces. Il s’agissait  de lancer côte à côte avec un autre participant avec un nombre égal d’armes. Les lanceurs ont lancé chacun leur tour pendant cinq minutes, ou 50 lancers. La première ronde s’est complétée avec des haches, avec une seconde ronde de couteaux, duquel le gagnant progressait ensuite à la prochaine ronde. Dans le cas d’une égalité entre Cedric of Thanet et Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, il y a eu un excitant bris d’égalité à la lance.

Gagnants de la Ronde des Haches:

Bryon de Burgh
Mikael McCue
Velikail of Deltuva
Sweyne MacAwliffe
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch
Cedric of Thanet

Les finales incluaient des cibles hautement techniques et réactives construites par Magnus the Broken, Champion du Roi. Son inspiration lui est venue aussi bien du cinéma moderne que de son intérêt d’utiliser des armes de lancer afin de désorienter des ennemis portant des haches, tout en étant armurés d’un casque. Kazimierz, Cristoff, Bryon, et Gerry ont compétitionné dans les demi-finales, un contre un. Les lanceurs avaient l’option de lancer n’importe lequel des trois armes possibles sur les cibles. La première tâche était de frapper la tête d’un soldat protégé d’un bouclier afin de faire tomber la tête, ce qui forçait l’ennemi à lâcher son bouclier. Une fois que cette portion du défi était complète, les lanceurs devaient ensuite lancer une autre arme au centre de la cible, le compétiteur le plus proche du milieu étant déclaré gagnant. Un autre défi comme nous en avons rarement vu dans l’Est, les lanceurs ont choisi une variété d’armes. Haches, lances et même roches ont été parmi les choix de nos finalistes. Des escrimeurs ont commenté qu’ils pouvaient entendre nos applaudissements du terrain d’escrime.

Les participants et les spectateurs, incluant le Roi Ioannes et la Reine Honig, ont identifié un gagnant sans équivoque et Champion de la Reine en la personne du nouveau Bryon de Burgh, dont les lancers superbement effectués ont anéanti tant les ennemis que la compétition avec précision mortelle. Bryon a dit qu’il avait eu beaucoup de plaisir pendant le tournoi. Il pensait que le tournoi avait testé autant la contenance des compétiteurs, ainsi que leur habileté. Le nombre de spectateurs ajoutait au stress et à l’euphorie.

Le Roi et la Reine se sont ensuite retirés afin d’entendre les conseils des champions sortants et de leurs conseillers de confiance au sujet du Champion du Roi. Sur le champ de tir d’armes de jet, les lanceurs assemblés ainsi que les spectateurs commentaient la camaraderie et la courtoisie qui avait été démontré par les compétiteurs. Les participants ont concouru avec honneur en partageant leurs armes et donnant les encouragements à leurs rivaux pendant le tournoi.

Ô joie, car un nouveau Champion de la Reine et l’anticipation d’un résultat sur le Champion du Roi accompagnaient les lanceurs à la cour du soir. Devant une grande assemblée, les champions sortants ont été remerciés de leur service, ainsi que de leur fabuleux tournoi. Bryon de Burgh a été appelé pour devenir le Champion de la Princesse et Sir Cedric of Thanet a été annoncé comme étant le Champion du Roi. Quand nous lui avons demandé ses plans en tant que Champion du Roi, Cedric a répondu qu’il souhaitait faire une priorité d’inciter plus de gens à se réunir pour des événements de lancer d’armes. Il aimerait aussi voir plus de gens reconnus pour leurs habiletés et contributions à la communauté de lancer d’armes de jet. Bryon, Champion de la Reine, a pour sa part comme but d’enseigner au maximum d’événements et pratiques possibles. Il espère que le Lancer d’Armes deviendra aussi populaire et compétitif que les autres activités martiales dans la SCA.

Photos provided by Sara Swetechicke

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