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In Memoriam: Lord Breuse de Taraunt

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-11-21 18:05

It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports on the passing of Lord Breuse de Taraunt. Lord Breuse passed away on the evening of November 16th, 2014, following a collision with another vehicle. He is survived by his wife, his son, Lord Jence Brunerson, and his two daughters.

Lord Breuse first found the SCA in A.S. XV when he attended Pennsic IX while living in the Midrealm. Shortly after, he joined the U.S. Navy and later returned to the SCA, most recently in the East Kingdom, residing in the Canton of Black Icorndall in the Barony of Bhakail. Lord Breuse also went by: Stone Pate, Male Bruce, and Wing Bruce, the story behind which is detailed by the Baron of Bhakail, Mael Eoin mac Echuid:


He earned his Tyger of Foreign Legions for transporting Royal gear to Estrella and Gulf Wars in a single trip, for helping clean, set up and tear down as needed and for retaining at those Wars.  That trip kicked off numerous friendships, an intended annual tradition of making it out to Estrella and was where the legend of Wing Bruce was born.

It was through his travels to the Midrealm, Atenveldt, Ansteorra, the West, An Tir, Trimaris and more, that Lord Breuse became known to many, including those in the East whom he served. These are the words of our King, Edward III:

I have been blessed to have known many within the society: heroes and legends going as far back as AS 3;  queens whom I would follow to the ends of the earth; sword companions; and nobles from across the Known World.  In this talk of heroes… “You’ve left out one of the chief characters – Samwise the Brave. I want to hear more about Sam.”  

I want to hear more about Breuse, as he was all that I have ever hoped to be.

He had a quiet grace, strength and courtesy that never failed.  He delighted in the goodness of others and affirmed as much by his stalwart and true service.  His humble actions spoke volumes more than these feeble words can hope to.  This world was made bright for his part in it. 

Lord Breuse was known to be a helpful and giving individual, whether it was through his brewing, his cooking, or his service cleaning the hall, hauling gear, or retaining for both his local Baronage or Their Majesties.  Recently, Lord Breuse served as a member of the Queen’s Guard for Queen Thyra, and Her Majesty sent us words:

“I will miss his steadiness, and his quiet constant support of everyone around him. He was a member of my guard, because no one could be more trustworthy in the defense of others. He was always surprised when anyone noticed him, but it wasn’t hard to see the quality of this man. I was lucky to have known him.”

Lord Breuse will be missed by many throughout the Known World, and his liegelord and friend, Mael Eoin mac Echuid, Baron of Bhakail:

We are diminished, today, for in losing Bruce, we have not lost a shining champion from the field, but a man who did much to get others to the field.  Nor did we lose a cook renowned for his courses, but a kitchener who would chop and clean all that needed to be chopped and cleaned.  What we did lose is a mensch, a model of service, a father, a friend.  Bruce was all of these, to many, and many will remember.

Details for a memorial service, to be held on Friday, December 5th, 2014 will be forthcoming.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: in memoriam, obituary, remembrance

"Sometimes you end up going to Wal-Mart in Viking garb.” - Fri, 2014-11-21 09:58

For four years, members of the Medieval and Renaissance Society (MaRS) of the University of Georgia have been honing their fighting skills at Myers Quad. Recently reporter Emily Dardaman of the Red & Black dropped by for a visit. (photos)

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Alys’ Simple Guide to Naming Awards and Orders

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-11-21 08:12

With the proposed changes to Corpora clearly requiring that all awards given by SCA groups be registered by the College of Heralds, some groups may find themselves having to change their existing award names in order to meet the current heraldic standards and comply with the mandate of Corpora. Special Heraldic Contributor to the Gazette, Mistress Alys Mackyntoich has put together this helpful guide to understanding the basics of how Award and Order names are constructed as a primer to help understand period and SCA practices. Individuals are encouraged to consult a herald who specializes in names with any detailed questions.

What’s The Difference Between An Award And An Order?

Administratively, there isn’t one. Heralds call them Order Names for our administrative purposes and I will do the same in this Guide because typing “award or order” gets annoying. There may be a difference in a particular Kingdom’s culture, but that is not official. For example, some people think that an award can be given multiple times, but an order only once, but that is neither period practice nor written anywhere in law.

How To Build An Order Name

Each order name must have two things:

  1. A designator from the list of designators approved by the College of Arms
  2. A substantive element that matches the way orders were named in period.

[SENA NPN.1] A designator is necessary so that we can identify the item as an order name rather than as some other kind of name.

In the name “Order of the Silver Crescent,” Order is the designator and Silver Crescent is the substantive element.

What Designators Can We Use?

The current (November 2014) list of approved designators is found in Appendix E of SENA and in the May 2013 Cover Letter. The approved designators are:

Whether “Fellowship” is another registerable designator is currently under review.

But What About Legion?

Legion is usable as a designator for household names. Unfortunately, it is no longer available for award/order names. [March 2010 Cover Letter]

Picking A Substantive Element

The substantive element of an order name has to follow period naming practices. Currently (November 2014), we can document the following patterns for naming orders:

Order of Heraldic Charge — for example, Order of the Maunche

Order of Heraldic Color + Heraldic Charge — for example, Order of the Silver CrescentOnly heraldic tinctures and the ordinary names for the heraldic tinctures can be used. So “Order of the Blue Tyger” or “Order of the Tyger Azure” is fine. “Order of the Teal Tyger” or “Order of the Sapphire Tyger” is not.

Order of Physical Descriptive + Heraldic Charge — for example, Order of the Crowned IbexThis category is very limited. It has been allowed only for adjectives describing clear visual modifications to the heraldic charge — thus, Crowned Ibex (period example) and Winged [charge] (SCA example).

Order of Two Heraldic Charges — for example, Order of the Unicorn and Maiden

Order of Abstract Quality or Virtue — for example, Order of Chivalry

Order of Saint’s Name — for example, Order of Saint Michael
For this pattern, one can also use pagan deities in place of saints. So, for example, Order of Artemis.

Order of Saint + Place name — for example, Order of Saint George of Rougemont

Order of Saint’s Object — for example, Order of Saint Georges Shield

Order of Person’s Name — for example, Order of Bellina
This pattern allows orders to be named after the given name of the founder or inspiration. We have yet to document order names based on the surnames of people.

Order of the Piece of Armor/Clothing — for example, Order of the Belt

Order of Place Name — for example, Order of Loreto

Order of Duke/King of Place Name – for example, l’ordre du Duc de Bourgongne

But . . . This Name Doesn’t Fit Your Patterns And It Is Registered!

There are a couple of reasons why a past registration is no guarantee that a similar name can be registered now. First, our body of research and heraldic knowledge changes over time. We find that things we thought were good period practice actually weren’t. We also sometimes find that things we thought were not period can be documented after all. Second, the applicable heraldic rules change over time. Sometimes those rules changes make it easier to register certain things, sometimes they have the opposite effect. Third, a particular group may be able to take advantage of a rule that your group cannot for various reasons.

Do We Have To Use Real Saints?

The current (November 2014) SCA heraldry rules allow you to make up saints as long as the root name of the person is real.

For example, “the Company of Saint Kenrics Beard” is a registerable order name, even though there was not a real Saint Kenric because: (1) Kenric is a documentable period name; and (2) a beard is a documentable period heraldic charge.

You’ll notice that there’s no apostrophe in “Kenrics Beard.” Whether or not an apostrophe + s is required to make something possessive depends on whether you are using the period form or relying on one of the rules that allows for use of modern English. Since this is intended as a “Simple Guide,” this is one of the issues on which you should consult a names herald.

How To Figure Out Whether Something Is A Period Heraldic Charge

There is an SCA resource called the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry that can be very helpful. It includes citations and pictures of period forms of heraldic charges. Experienced heralds will also have access to period rolls of arms and armorials (collections of blazons or images).

Clearing Conflicts The Easy Way

Some order names are quite popular and have already been registered by other groups. However, the current (November 2014) heraldic rules allow a very simple way of clearing the conflict: adding the group name that is giving out the award. The Order of the Beacon of Carillion (registered 11/2012 LoAR) does not conflict with the Order of the Beacon of Endeweard (registered 9/2013 LoAR). [SENA NPN.3.C]

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"Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy" at the Sackler - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:58

Islamic art does not depict the human form, but it often finds its greatest inspiration in calligraphy. A new exhibit at the Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. is devoted to nasta’liq, Persian calligraphy developed from the 14th to 16th centuries. Nasta’liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy will be featured at the gallery from September 13, 2014 through March 22, 2015.

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Re-Announcing the Canterbury Faire Brewing Competition - 2015 - Cider - Thu, 2014-11-20 12:41

Rohesia reports that an addition has been made to the Canterbury Faire 2015 Brewing Competition: Cider.

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Polling Responses due November 26

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-11-19 19:37

Their Majesties, Edward and Thyra, issued Their second round of Award Order Pollings on November 5, and responses are due back to Them by November 26. They rely on the advice of the Companions in making Their award decisions, and appreciate timely replies.

If you are a member of a polled Order and are not subscribed to the polling distribution or the discussion list, you may sign up here: Polling Lists  Please remember that each Order has two separate e-mail lists — one list is solely for sending out messages containing the links to the polls, the other list is for two-way discussion among the Companions of an order.

If you are subscribed to a polling list but did not receive the most recent message containing the link to the poll, please contact the Clerk of the Polling Lists, (currently Duchess Katherine Stanhope). She usually sends a message even if there are NO candidates, so Companions know they have not missed a poll.

Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: awards, pollings

Viking ring fortress might have launched English invasion - Wed, 2014-11-19 15:04

Danish Archaeologists, thrilled by the discovery of a Viking ring fortress on the island of Zealand, are considering the possibility that the site might have been used as a training camp to launch an invasion of England. (photo)

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New SCA Membership Website Now Live - Wed, 2014-11-19 10:02

The new SCA membership page is now available. The East Kingdom Gazette offers an introduction.

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The geometry of fencing - Tue, 2014-11-18 19:28

In 1628, Girard Thibault wrote Académie de l’Espée, a rapier manual based on mathematical foundations. Science historian Daniel Margocsy of Slate offers a feature article on the fencing tome. (photos)

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Period or Not…Names

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-11-18 16:34

This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence. There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period. If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s name is Cleopatra.

In the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, a fashion developed (particularly in England and the German-speaking principalities) for naming children after figures from classical history and mythology.  As a result, we have evidence of women named Cleopatra in England[1] and in Switzerland[2].

If you are interested in other names from classical history and mythology for which we have evidence of use by real people in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, I have a published article on these names.

[1]  Cleopatra Ashton; Female; Marriage; 10 Feb 1647; Saint Andrew By The Wardrobe, London, London, England; Batch: M02232-1 ( [2] Cleopatra Ruch; Female; Christening; 06 Feb 1530; Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Batch: C73987-0 (
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Chivalry died at Agincourt - Tue, 2014-11-18 15:01

In an excerpt from his book Agincourt: My Family, The Battle And The Fight For France, in the Mail Online, English writer and adventurer Sir Ranolph Fiennes discusses his ancestors' parts in the 1415 Battle of Agincourt, the day, he writes, chivalry died.

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Two Positions Available

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-11-17 16:19

The East Kingdom Seneschal is looking for people to fill the following open positions:
Regional Seneschal for Tir Mara
Media Officer
If you are interested in either job, please send me a letter of interest and your resume or talk to me at an event.
Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom

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Summary of October BoD Meeting - Mon, 2014-11-17 14:07

The Board of Directors quarterly meeting was held in St. Louis, MO on October 25, 2014, and the East Kingdom Gazette offers an unofficial summary.

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New secrets of Stonehenge revealed - Sun, 2014-11-16 13:23

Just when scientists think they have learned everything there is to know about Stonehenge, new technologies reveal tantalizing secrets. Laser scanning of the area around the monument showed at least 17 circular shrines as well as other neolithic structures. (photo and map)

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Keep yer treasures on ice, matey - Sun, 2014-11-16 08:45

Whether it's for beer or coldcuts, disguising a modern cooler at period events is always a great idea. Joshwelch9 borrowed the idea from absinth-dragon and posted his plan to turn a cooler in a cool pirate chest on Instructables. (photos)

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Viking history as told by the victims - Sat, 2014-11-15 15:08

Just how bad were the Vikings? Historians have debated the issue for decades. In a feature article for National Geographic by Christopher Shea, Yale history professor Anders Winroth, author of The Age of the Vikings, argues that contemporary accounts were exaggerated, and the writers often contradicted themselves.

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Summary of October BoD Meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-11-15 11:46

The Board of Directors quarterly meeting was held in St. Louis, MO on October 25, 2014. The following are summaries of discussions that happened at the meeting. It is not a comprehensive account and does not cover all agenda items discussed.  The Gazette would like to thank Mistress Katrei Grunenberg and Baroness Slaine ni Chiarain for taking notes for the Gazette.

All board of director meetings will be held in Milpitas in 2016 as a cost cutting measure. The costs saved will be used to fund a special project.

Standard language has been created for all affiliate agreements.

The Board will try to get draft agendas up at in advance of board meetings as a result of a request from the East Kingdom Gazette.

A variance was granted for the unexpected delay of a coronation in Trimaris when the crown princess had to miss the original date due to a hospitalization.

A suggestion was made that those who have received background checks to work with youth have a card from the corporate office stating this. The idea will be investigated.

Tournaments Illumination will be doing special issues for the 50th anniversary that will cover the history of the SCA as well as service, chivalry, and A&S.  They will be looking for articles.

Trimaris will be conducting an experiment in using PayPal at events.

Online auctions are not allowed for official SCA fundraisers. They may be used for private fundraisers.

Official SCA funds or fundraiser proceeds cannot be directly distributed to retainers or household members of the Crown. Private fundraisers are not included in this restriction.

The possibility of dissolving the Chirugeonate has been discussed as result of comments made by lawyers and insurance agents who advise the SCA. The feedback from members is supportive of keeping the Chirurgeonate. A committee will be formed to work on how to keep the Chirurgeonate and also address the concerns. The Board is looking for people to serve on the committee who have experience as a medical professional or as a chirurgeon. Interested parties should contact Chairman Berk.

Feedback will be requested for the suggestions made by the Peerage Exploratory Committee.

Chairman Simon retired from the Board. The new Chairman is Scott Berk.

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UK£3,000 needed to secure Lindisfarne Hoard - Sat, 2014-11-15 10:42

In 2003, builder Richard Mason found an old, pottery jug on the island of Lindisfarne, in northern England. Later, he noticed that the jug contained 17 coins, dating from the reigns of Henry VI - Elizabeth I. The silver and gold hoard has been valued at UK£30,900, but the Great North Museum in Newcastle needs an additional UK£3,000 to purchase the coins for its collection. (photo)

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New SCA Membership Website Now Live

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-11-14 16:30

The new SCA membership page is now available.

To access your information initially, you will log in with your member number and default password (first initial and last name, for example Jennifer O’Hara would use johara as a default password). You will immediately be prompted to create your own login credentials, both user name and password.

On the membership page, all of a member’s information is available, including type of membership; membership expiration date; and address, e-mail address, and telephone number on file. You can also renew or upgrade your membership, request a new membership card, and reprint proof of membership.

Additionally, there is a marketplace page where various publications are available for purchase. These include issues of Compleat Anachronist and Tournaments Illuminated as well as various society handbooks.

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