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Throwback Thursday – Joseph of Newby

PainBank - Thu, 2016-06-09 04:00

Throwback from 2005 episodes:

Joseph of Newby from down under in the land of Australia. This was an enlightening and new perspective.


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Æthelmearc Æcademy Class List

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-08 17:18

Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of AEthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy!

Good Gentles,

If you have been wanting to learn a new skill or perfect a technique you haven’t quite mastered, I invite you to attend Saturday’s AEthelmearc AEcademy and War College, hosted by the hospitable Shire of Ballachlagan.

With nearly 60 classes offered, you will surely enjoy a day of learning and doing!

Do you brew?  Do you want to?

  • Documenting Homebrew. What Digby never told you
  • Medieval Malting

Are you interested in classes on clothing and accessories?

  • A Brief History of Undergarments: The Pair of Bodies and the Farthingale
  • Hitatare Kamishimo, Fancy Japanese Menswear
  • Hoods for Everyone
  • Ladies Japanese Outfit
  • Making a Norse Hat or Sewing 101  (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Yorkshire and Doublet Buttons

Does a good brawl set your toes a-tapping?

  • Bransles/Brawls of Arbeau f1589
  • Bring Your Own Feet Dance Practice
  • Three 15th century Italian dances

Want to embellish garments that others will envy?

  • Hand Applique
  • To Knot or Not To Knot (Youth-friendly class!)

How about fiber arts?

  • Felted Mitten Fun!  (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Fingerloop  (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Inkle Loom Make&Take
  • Inkle set-up and beginning weaving
  • Tablet Weaving Play Time

What about food and cooking?

  • Butter Making Experiment for Children (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Grain Milling for Children (Youth-friendly class!)
  • In Charge of the Feast
  • Lunch, Feast, or Sideboard
  • Period Feasts for a Picky Palate
  • Potage Practicum

Maybe you prefer hands-on/how-to classes?

  • Armour Pattern Making
  • Beginning Pewter – Cold and Hot Pewter Look the Same
  • Introduction to Dovetails

Is history your thing?

  • Bling Out Your Dead
  • A Brief History of Carriages
  • I Came, I Saw, I Cocked It Up: Great Military Blunders, And What They Can Teach Us
  • If Not By Prowess Then By Poison
  • Medieval Metrosexual?
  • One Monarch, Two Interments
  • Vampires – Separating fiction from fiction
  • The Way of Saint James: The Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Then and Now

Are you musically inclined?

  • The Ubiquitous Recorder (Youth-friendly class!)
  • Moving Beyond Recorders – Other Period Instruments

Love drawing and painting?

  • Applying gold leaf using period materials
  • Basic Paint Techniques
  • Illumination Play Time
  • Italian White Vine: A Hands-on Introduction
  • Lefties Loving their Letters
  • Wax on, wax off calligraphy

Looking for ways to up your SCA game?

  • Designing armory from period examples
  • Drafting the Sun
  • Fairy tales workshop – composition in performance
  • Heraldry BINGO! (Youth-friendly class!)
  • On Being a Signet
  • Sharing the Wealth: creating a presentation of your work
  • Using Technology to Gather and Organize Documentation
  • Using Technology to Create Images for Documentation

And don’t forget there’s a host of WAR COLLEGE classes, too!

  • Basics of the Japanese Sword
  • Japanese Short Staff
  • Melee For Fencing, how to go from mob to unit
  • Shield man’s survival guide to melee
  • So you want to be a combat archer
  • So you want to be a Thrown Weapons Marshal

Event details can be found at

Looking forward to seeing YOU there!

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A Message From the Gift Coordinator

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-08 15:54

Greetings to the noble people of the East!

I am Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh and I have the very great honor to be the Gift Coordinator for Their Munificent Majesties, Kenric and Avelina, may They reign forever!

It is my function to coordinate incoming gifts to be used as largesse or as gifts for exchanges with Their Royal Cousins. Many special projects are in the works, but I wish to communicate a few needs and un-needs to the populace. If anyone should have questions regarding gifts, please contact me (info below).

Some thoughts on gifts:
1. No single person or group needs to make All The Things. It’s very nice, but we don’t need 50 of hardly anything.
2. If you or your friends (household, regional group, etc.) would like to make some gifts and have not done them before, please contact me with your plans and/or ideas.
3. Please remember gifts need to be easily transportable, sometimes on planes. It’s also great if they are actually useful in our Game.
4. Please find a way to include a tag or other kind of label with what the item is (if it’s not obvious), the maker’s name(s), where they are located in the kingdom and “East Kingdom”.
5. Please remember allergies are an issue for many these days. If your gift is scented it could cause discomfort!

At this time we do not need paternosters or soap, we thank those who have made what we have for their brilliant response and creativity, but we have enough for now.

Gift bags of a useful size are in need, big enough and pretty enough to hold gift packages and be used later by the recipient so that they may remember the glory and generosity of our Kingdom. Small lined or lightly padded bags for jewelry and bags big enough for a modern tablet would also be of use. Draw string or strapped are fine. Varied fabrics are fine as well; however I’d like to suggest thinking about kingdom colors and the Anglo Saxon theme of Their Majesties’ reign. Please contact me if you’d like suggestions.

Packets of period spices and dried herbs would be very nice, especially if they include suggested recipes (with the goal of promoting period recipes). Please make sure packets are sealed well to reasonably preserve the contents, which should not expire within the reign.

Specific gift needs: I am looking for a few illuminators/calligraphers who are willing to make some blank note cards and “thank you” cards, about 4”x3” folded with the arms of the kingdoms for Pennsic. Packets of 6 are desired in period (or period-looking) papers. Please contact me off line – I am going to be assigning these to match specific gift-giving occasions. We also need some for Their Majesties’ use as well.

Other ideas are available plus I’m accepting thoughts and suggestions. Several projects are already in process. I thank you all in on behalf of Their Royal Majesties, Kenric and Avelina – long may they reign!

Eleanore MacCarthaigh, OL, OP
East Kingdom Gift Coordinator

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Display your Arts at Æthelmearc Æcademy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-08 10:41

Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of AEthelmearc Æcademy, asked to share the following with the populace:

Their Majesties are proud of Their artists and artisans! They enjoy viewing all of the items created and crafted by the hands of the citizens of Æthelmearc.

To that end, a display will be available at Æthelmearc Æcademy on June 11 in the Shire of Ballachlagan, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please bring your works in progress to display.

Registration and set up will open at 10:00 in the Library.

Please provide the following information with your project:

  • Name (optional)
  • Item info (what is it, geographic period location, when would it have been found in period)?
  • What inspired you?
  • What did you learn in the making of this item?

Commentary/feedback sheets will be provided for entrants who request them. The display will be attended through out the day. Entrants are welcome to sit with their items as well.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Baroness Rowena Moore at sodtigger AT gmail DOT com.

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Royal Thanks for NOWM

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-06-06 21:06

Their Highnesses have asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace:

Photo by Master John Michael Thorpe.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support His Highness and myself at Northern Oaken War Maneuvers (in Ohio). Thank you to TRM & TRH of the Middle as well as Their Excellencies Cleftlands (and their people) for the incredible hospitality. Spending the day with TRM Æthelmearc and their staff only made the day brighter.

It was great to see old friends and make new.

We hope everyone had a good day regardless of their pursuit and we are enjoying seeing pictures on Facebook of the prowess shown in Myrkfaelinn and in the Endless Hills.

Marcus & Margerite

PS: Ingrid thanks Josie. (As do I!)

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Sad Tidings: Baron Malcolm FitzWilliam

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-06-05 18:07

Baron Malcolm Fitzwilliam. Photo by Master Alaxandair O Conchobhair.

Last month, the Kingdom suffered a great loss. Baron Malcolm fitzWilliam passed away from heart complications stemming from pneumonia. He was a good friend and a good man. He was also a long-standing contributing member of the College of Heralds.

Malcolm served as both Sycamore Herald (the Kingdom Tournament Deputy) and Keystone Herald (the Kingdom Education Deputy). Through both of these appointments, his primary objective was to promote education and participation throughout the heraldic community and the Kingdom. Everything that he did, whether heraldic in nature or not, was done out of love for his Shire, his Kingdom, and the Society as a whole.

And let that be the lesson that we all take from him. The Society lives on through the effort that we all give it, but it is the love that we put into it that makes this life that we have all chosen worth living. Let us all try to carry on his legacy.

 In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc

Baron Malcolm heralding Count Yngvar and Countess Caryl into Crown last fall. Photo by Master Alaxandair.

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Event Report: Æthelmearc War Practice

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-06-05 13:34

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on a wet but fun Æthelmearc War Practice:

War Practice started auspiciously enough, with a sunny and pleasant day on Friday to welcome campers setting up tents, shooting archery, and throwing weapons. The evening saw the traditional Gage Meet ‘n’ Beat, in which many fighters tested themselves against members of the Grant-level fighting award in one-on-one combat.

Gage Meet ‘n’ Beat. Photo by Crystal Clark.

In the next field over, 15 fencers competed in a ribbon tourney in which combatants could wager ribbons on the outcome of a bout or a series of bouts. The winner of that tournament was Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill.

Rapier Ribbon Tourney. Photo by Crystal Clark.

Rapier Ribbon Tourney. Photo by Crystal Clark.

Alas, late Friday night and Saturday morning turned chill and drizzly. The weather cleared for a little while late on Saturday morning through the early afternoon, but went downhill again into intermittent hard rain by mid-afternoon. However, many gentles refused to let the weather dampen their spirits and persisted in having fun!

The Kingdom Youth Combat Champion’s Tournament pitted six combatants in a round robin, with two additional youth fighters joining later for melees and a bear bit. The victor and third time Kingdom Youth Champion was El Tigre of the Shire of Hunter’s Home. The most chivalrous youth fighter was Daichi, who was one of four fighters to authorize up a division that day.

Their Majesties address the youth fighters before the Champion’s Tourney. Photo by Arianna.

Youth Combat Melee. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

The 10-Man Melee tournament featured five teams including fighters from numerous households like Sable Maul, Woodland Watch, and Stormhaven, along with teams from various local areas. It was won by Æthelmearc 10, consisting primarily of fighters from Region 3.

Click to view slideshow.

The Rose and Baroness’ Rapier Tournament included 19 fencers, each sponsored by a Lady of the Rose or a Baroness. The victor was Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne.

Before the start of the rapier tournament, however, Their Majesties called forth Master Lodovic of Gray’s Inn and Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc, and gave each of them a Writ of Summons to consider elevation to the Order of Defense.

Don Clewin receives a Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by Lord Ursus.

Master Lodovic receives a Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

Master Bataar. Photo by Arianna.

The Kingom Archery Champion’s Tournament was also held at War Practice. Before the competition, Their Majesties bestowed a Golden Alce upon Master Bataar Sogdo for his skill as an archer.

The Champion’s shoot, designed by Lady Katherine Täntzel, was based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, including 50- and 100-yard shots that showed the Black Beast of Arrrrgh and its animator. Of the 13 archers who competed in the qualifying rounds, four advanced to the semi-finals: Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka-san, Master Bataar Sogdo, Lady Anorra of Steltonwald, and THLord Cynwulf Rendell.

After shooting at the Taunting Knights in the semis, THLord Cynwulf and Yoshitaka-san advanced to the finals, where they were faced with two targets: a 45-second timed shoot at the “Black Knight” and the Knight who says Ni! The new Kingdom Archery Champion, Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka-sanis serving as Champion for the second time.

The Kingdom Archery Champion’s Shoot, Yoshitaka-san in white. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

In the early afternoon there was also a tournament to determine the new Kingdom Thrown Weapons Champion. The format was qualifications with specialized targets, pinpoint, spears and Royal Rounds. The finals consisted of Royal Rounds, reverse Royal Rounds and then a specialized target where you were not to hit the arms of the King and Queen or Æthelmearc’s arms A large number of gentles scored very similar high marks, but in the end, the victor was Baroness Aemelia Soteria, who receieved the regalia of office from the outgoing Champion, Lord Sean Delamort.

Thrown Weapons competition, Baroness Aemelia Soteria at right. Photo by Crystal Clark.

After the morning’s tournaments were completed, the heavy weapons and fencing combatants turned their thoughts toward war. The heavy fighters fought a series of open field battles and bridge battles under the watchful eyes of the Warlord, Duke Tindal, and Their Majesties.

Heavy weapons field battle. Photo by Lord Ursus.

Heavy weapons bridge battle. Photo by Lord Ursus.

Duke Tindal addresses melee strategy with the fighters while Their Majesties look on. Photo by Lord Ursus.

The fencers also fought field battles and worked on targeting their skills at kill pockets under the guidance of the Rapier Warlord, Master Donnan MacDubhsidhe.

Rapier melee. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

Rapier melee. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

While all of this belligerence was happening on the battlefield, many gentler pursuits were held in the Great Hall or in the classroom tents. Class offerings included topics like brewing, music, fiber arts, scribal arts, cooking, autocratting, herbalism, costuming, and dancing.

Artisans’ Play Time. Photo by Crystal Clark.

Artisans’ Play Time. Photo by Crystal Clark.

Friday night saw the inaugural Grand Ball, organized by THLord Sionn the Lost, with live music for the dancers.

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On Saturday, there was a combination A&S display and hands-on classes at the Artisans’ Play Time in the Great Hall, including tracks in scribal arts, fiber arts, and cooking. In additional, Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere ran the first Scarlet Apron Cooking Competition with the theme of illusion foods. There were numerous entries that were both tasty and beautiful. Lady Elska Fjarfell was chosen as the winner for her marzipan and sugarpaste chicken and eggs entries, with her son Simon Fjarfell winning the youth category with a lamb made of crystalized sugar. Maestra Tomasia da Collevento was the winner of the populace choice with her peacock pie.

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Court on Saturday night featured the induction of Lord Aidan Gunn into the Order of the Millrind, Lady Ottilige Rappoltsweiler and THLady Cassandra Matis into the Fleur d’AEthelmearc for their work as cooks, and a Writ for the Laurel given to THLady Alfrun ketta for her skill in fiber arts.

In addition, Maestro Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato gifted Their Majesties with a custom-made fire ring to be used in Æthelmearc Royal camp at Pennsic. Their Majesties thanks Master Giuseppe and requested that their new Pennsic Chamberlain, Master Janos, take the ring into his keeping until Pennsic.

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On Sunday morning, the annual Pick-A-Prize raffle was held by the Tribe of Tuatha Firen. The Chieftain of the Tribe, Master Caleb Reynolds, announced that the raffle raised $1,120.09, to be split evenly between the Kingdom’s Pennsic expenses and Their Majesties’ travel expenses. He further announced that next year will be their 25th and last year running the raffle, but that the Tribe is hoping another group will step in to run a Kingdom Fundraiser at War Practice the following year. Over the last 24 year, Tribe of Tuatha Firen has raised over $10,000 for the Kingdom.

Brunch was served by members of the Shire of King’s Crossing on Saturday and Sunday. Also on Sunday morning, Their Majesties held Their first Curia, where topics including a restructuring of the Marshalate and possible changes to Youth policy were discussed.

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East Kingdom Rapier Seeks Marshals

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-06-02 21:24

Lady Alesone is coordinating Marshals for the rapier tent and war points at Pennsic this year. Consider helping her fill the calendar. Shifts are in 2 hour blocks. This is also a good opportunity for Marshals In Training to get experience. The Rapier Tent is open at 8:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm each day. Your hours will count towards the volunteer war point. Many hands make light work, so consider taking a shift.

Here is the sign up link.

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Royal Thanks for Palfreys and Polearms

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-06-02 19:57
Unto the populace of Aethelmearc do Byron and Ariella, King and Queen, send Greetings.

We wish to extend Our most sincere thanks to the Baron, Baroness, and populace of the Barony of Rhydderich Hael for their hospitality and goods works when We traveled to their lands to choose Our equestrian champions at the Palfreys and Polearms event.

Because of the heat, the ratio of Palfreys to Polearms was quite high, but everyone seemed to be doing what they loved.  His Majesty had just noted in Curia a week earlier that smaller niche events were often the most enjoyable, and this event show
ed the truth of that remark.

We were so pleased to see 11 entrants in Our Equestrian Tournament.  This speaks to the quality of equestrian work in Our fair Kingdom, and to the maturity and growth of this discipline.  We were particularly moved by the openness and warmth shown to Our daughter, Princess Leah, as she was permitted to participate.  We also appreciated the opportunity to receive the contestants from horseback.  It made a huge difference to the medieval feel of the event.

Our congratulations go out to THL Aaliz de Gant, who emerged victorious to earn the mantle of King’s Champion, on the very day that she was inducted into the Order of the Golden Lance.  We also extend congratulations to Maeve ni Siurtain, who impressed His Majesty (well, to be honest, impressed the Princess Royale, who guided His Majesty’s hand) and became the new Queen’s Champion.

Our thanks go to Brother Bobby and his entire crew for creating a spectacular day of fun in numerous martial disciplines.  We were pleased that so many gentles came forth in the afternoon to entertain His Majesty with blades and earn 5 points in fencing’s Wild Hunt (everyone who fenced against me has earned 5 points regardless of the outcome — braving the heat for Our benefit has earned you that).  We wish to particularly thank Padraig and Juliana and Ekat and Elizabeth for providing Us with shade and food and drink and attention to make Our day go smoothly.  We also thank the cooks for the event, as the food from the kitchen was most friendly to Our palate. And We of course thank Our good friend and retainer Elss of Augsburg for staying beside Us throughout the day.

Lastly, We wish to thank Our most trustworthy advisor, Princess Leah, who kept Us from seeming… uninformed… upon the equestrian field.

In Service,

Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina AEthelmearc

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ISO: Kingdom Horse Barding!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-01 22:34

We need everyone’s help – the Kingdom horse barding has disappeared! It was last seen at Gulf Wars a couple of years ago.

It is needed for SCA 50 Year so that our Majesties can look resplendent in the closing ceremony procession!

Barding from the front.

We would ask that all past stewards, retainers, and royalty please check your storage areas – it would most likely have been in a bin, and may look like tablecloths to the uninitiated.

If you find it, please contact Tiercelin immediately so that we can arrange for pick-up and delivery to 50th. Thanks!

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Court Report: Queen’s Rapier Championship

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-06-01 17:48

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Her Majesty’s Royal Court at the Tournament to choose Her Rapier Champion, 28 May, Anno Societatis LI, in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Her Majesty asked for a moment of silent remembrance in honor of Baron Malcolm Fitzwilliam.

The late Baron Malcolm Fitzwilliam. Photo by Master Alaxandair O Conchobhair.

Her Majesty next asked the children forward and invited them to amuse themselves at the rear of the hall with activities provided by Don Clewin.

Then Her Majesty gave leave to Their Excellencies Stefan and Fiona of the Barony of Endless Hills to hold a brief court.

Her Majesty received Lady Deirdre Kildare, seneschal, and representatives of the Shire of Aibhann Ciach Ghlais, to thank them for their hospitality. Lady Deirdre presented Her Majesty with a gift basket in appreciation of Her visit.

Her Majesty also invited the cooks of the St. Lawrence Guild of Cooks, and Lady Greer Wallace, who provided the excellent victuals available throughout the day. Her Majesty thanked them for taking such good care of Herself and all the attendees.

Next did Her Majesty call Vincenzo of Endless Hills into Her Presence, and inducted him into the Order of the Silver Buccle.


Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful.

Her Majesty next desired words with Lord Simon Sevastion Caminante. Mindful of his skills and prowess, Her Majesty did name him a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce.

Photo by Breyhyres Gwendolyn the Graceful.

Her Majesty called forward Lord Cormacc mc Gille Bridghe. In recognition of his many efforts, Her Majesty named him a Companion of the Order of the Keystone.

Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful.

Then Her Majesty invited Countess Elena D’Artois and Master William Parris forth to present the prizes for the Bearpit Tournament that followed the championship tourney. Lord Durante de Caravaggio de Florenza, Lord Andreas von Halstern, and Don Po Silvertop earned accolades for their performance. Countess Elena also asked Don Diego Miguel Munoz de Castilla to explain the Wild Hunt. All interested fencers are invited to participate in the year-long competition.

Doña Elena, Master Will,  and Master Diego receive roses from Her Majesty before the tournament. Photos by Lady Antoinette de Lorraine.

Her Majesty next received Doña Fiora D’Artusio, Her outgoing Rapier Champion, and Lord Jacob Martinson, the day’s victor. He received from Doña Fiora the regalia of his new office. Lord Jacob then offered his fealty upon the champion’s rapier and joined the Court.

Lord Jacob Martinson, new Queen’s Rapier Champion, receiving a Golden Alce in the reign of Tindal and Etain. Photo by Arianna.


Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful.

Her Majesty summoned Lord Durante forward once more, and presented to him Her token of inspiration.

Her Majesty again thanked the event staff, the marshals, combatants, ministers of the list, cooks, and all others who made the day enjoyable for all.

Her Majesty asked those scribes who contributed to the scrolls bestowed in Her Court to stand and be recognized.

There being no further business, Her Majesty’s Court was closed.

Faithfully Submitted,

Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

Click to view slideshow.
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Court Report: Æthelmearc War Practice

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-05-31 20:37

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at the twenty-seventh War Practice, 21 May, Anno Societatis LI, in the Canton of Steltonwald. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Upon the youth fighting field, Their Majesties addressed the six youth combatants who vied for the post of Youth Champion and complimented them on their performance in the tournament. Her Majesty bestowed personal tokens to all of them for their comportment and enthusiasm, as well as to one very young gentle who could not wait to become a combatant. Mistress Arianna recognized Daichi as displaying the most chivalry and courtesy during the tournament. Court was suspended.

Their Majesties address the youth fighters before the Champion’s Tourney. Photo by Arianna.

Court continued upon the fencing field, where Their Majesties had words for Nicolo Loredan da Venesia. In recognition of his courtesy and skill with the blade, They Awarded him Arms and named him a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Shirin, Mistress Antoinette de la Croix, and THL Sophie Davenport

Their Majesties then desired to receive Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc. They spoke with him of his prowess and the regard in which he is held. As proof of his achievement, They then called forward the Most Noble Order of Defense, and decreed that Don Clewin should return to Them at the Pennsic War prepared to answer whether he would join that noble Order. Scroll by Mistress Fredeburg Katzenellenbogen.

Don Clewin receives a Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by Lord Ursus.

Viewing this company, Their Majesties wished to increase its numbers still further, and summoned Don Lodovick of Gray’s Inn, as one whom They would have consider joining the Order of Defense’s ranks. Their Majesties bade him return to Them at a future date to sit vigil and give Them his reply. Scroll by Mistress Fredeburg on wording by THL Beatrice de Winter. Court was suspended.

Master Lodovic receives a Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by THLady Aaliz de Gant.

Their Majesties continued Court among the archers, where Baron Sogtungui Bataar was named a Companion of the Golden Alce and received Baroness Anna Eisenkopf’s own medallion. Scroll by Rowena Moore and Oleksandra Ivanova Baboyka.

Their Majesties also brought Lord Hrolfr Fjarfell before Them and spoke of his quick ascension within the archery community, both in skill and in leadership. They were minded to name him also a Companion of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba upon wording by Ariadne Flaxenhair of Dragon’s End. Court was suspended.

Lord Hrolfr passing on the Archery Championship. Photo by Arianna.

Court continued in the Great Hall, accompanied by Her Highness Margerite and the Barons and Baronesses of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies to hold court.

Following the Baronial Court, Their Majesties were well pleased to receive Their Royal Cousin, Queen Avelina of the East, and invite her to join them. Her Majesty presented gifts in token of friendship, and received from Their Majesties further presents to seal Their esteem and regard for the sovereign realm of the East.

Their Majesties also received THLord Peregrine Falconer the Navigator, Ambassador from the Kingdom of Avacal, who delivered a gift basket from King Wernar and Queen Helene in gratitude for the hospitality that Æthelmearc has shown THLord Peregrine during his sojourns here.

THLord Peregrine delivers a gift basket from Avacal. Photo by Master Alaxandair O Conchobhair.

The Court then made the following announcement:

On May 22, 2016, do We, Byron and Ariella, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel James Henry Shaffer IV, known in the Society as Cadan Buri, from participation in any SCA activity.

Baron Tofi Kerthjalfadsson was then invited to approach and address the populace, to formally thank Mistress Euriol of Lothian for her service as emergency Chamberlain, and to introduce Baron Janos Meszaros and Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato as the new Chamberlains, in charge of Pennsic and Regalia, respectively. To illustrate his tremendous commitment to the glorification of the kingdom through its regalia, Master Giuseppe presented the Kingdom with a fire ring adorned by escarbuncles, to be used at the Pennsic Royal Encampment.

Maestro Giuseppe’s fire ring. Photo by Master Alaxandair O Conchobhair.

Next did Their Majesties invite Baron Robert O’Connor forward to formally thank him for his service as Kingdom Archivist, and to announce that his replacement will be Vrika ingen Domhnaill. Their Majesties wished him well in the fortunes that necessitate a move across Their southeastern borders and hoped soon to welcome him back as a subject of Greater Æthelmearc if Their Royal Cousins of Atlantia agree to the same.

Baron Robert O’Connor. Photo by Master Alaxandair.

Their Majesties received Dame Hrefna Ùlfvarinnsdóttir into Their Presence, and further invited forward those children in attendance. With the permission of their parents, the children were encouraged to go with Dame Hrefna to the rear of the hall for activities and treats to amuse them during the remainder of Court.

Their Majesties brought before Them Their current Youth Champions, Drake and Karl. Both were thanked for their service as champions, and witnessed as El Tigre was called to take up again the mantle of champion. El Tigre received the regalia of office from his predecessors and took up his place in Court. Scroll by Anonymous.

El Tigre accepts the position of Youth Combat Champion. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

Then did Their Majesties call forward Sean Delamort, current Thrown Weapons Champion. They thanked him for his service and called forward the five finalists from the competition to determine his successor: Baroness Amelia Soteria, Master Tigernach mac Cathail, THL Rois O’Faye, THL Grímólfr Ormalfsson, and THL Gunther Grunbaum. Her Majesty spoke of the closeness of the competition, the difficulty and intricacy of the targets, and Their Majesties’ overall pride in the impressive display of skill exhibited by all the contestants. Though the scores were very close, Baroness Amelia Soteria was ultimately declared the victor, and thus was she installed as Their Majesties’ champion. Their Majesties also gifted her with one of the spears that supported the canopies from Their Coronation, as a keepsake and reminder of her Championship. Scroll by Lady Kathryn McLuing with wording by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Baroness Soteria is named Thrown Weapons Champion. Photo by Arianna.

Next was Lord Hrolfr Fjarfell invited to come forward and be recognized for his service as current Archery Champion. Their Majesties thanked him for his dedication and for his entertaining competition, and then summoned Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka-san to take his rightful place as Lord Hrolfr’s successor. Scroll by Raven Whitehart with calligraphy by Brandy Sinclair.

Yoshitaka-san accepts the position of Kingdom Archery Champion. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

Their Majesties invited Edelvrouwe Lijsbet de Keukere to address the populace. She thanked those who helped to make the inaugural Scarlet Apron competition a success, and announced the winners of the three categories: For the Youth division, Simon Fjarfell, for his lamb sculpted out of ginger; for the Populace Choice, Mistress Tomasia da Collevento, for her peacock made of pie crust; and the first ever Scarlet Apron champion, Lady Elska Fjarfell, for her marzipan hens’ eggs and her “chevre chevre” (goat made of goat cheese), as well as other entries.

Lady Elska, winner of the Scarlet Apron competition, with its organizer, Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

His Majesty spied among the people one Alistair MacLeod, and demanded that he be brought forward and immediately placed under guard. Charges against the said Alistair were read, to wit, that he had been seen and observed conducting himself in all ways as a member of the nobility, retaining for persons of noble quality, and poaching of the royal lands in pursuit of the archer’s arts. Mindful of Their Majesties’ obligation to administer swift justice where due, They therewith conferred upon him the said rank of Lord, Awarding him Arms that his behavior would be known throughout the land as right and proper. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Alister MacLeod is held under guard while receiving an Award of Arms. Photo by Arianna.


However, cautious of the newly created Lord Alistair’s loyalty, Their Majesties further decided that he should not be released from the custody of the Guard until one could be found who would vouchsafe his conduct. Thereupon did They call for Arthes MacLeod, and Awarded her Arms as well, so that she, too, would be accorded all the rights and properties due to one of her status. Scroll by Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella with wording by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Arthes MacLeod receives her AoA. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

Their Majesties desired to see Lady Elska Fjarfell once more. Well before winning the Scarlet Apron, the works of this Lady have been seen and remarked upon. His Majesty in particular praised her soapmaking as one of the most period projects He had encountered. Thus, being so firmly impressed with her skill and the depth of her research into soap and many diverse arts, Their Majesties saw fit to name her a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by THL Tegrinus de Rhina.

Lady Elska receives a Sycamore. Photo by Master Alaxandair.

Next did Their Majesties receive Sheik Durr al-Jabal al-Mustarib of Hidden Mountain. His Majesty spoke of Their Majesties’ desire to recognize His Excellency with something special, and therefore did They invite Master Christofano Vecchione forward to speak about the scroll he had created, in the Mayan style. It told of the accomplishments achieved by Sheik Durr and recognized him with a Keystone. His Majesty and Master Christofano both expressed the hope that others are inspired to let their imaginations guide them to create other works of art.

Lady Ottilige von Rappolsweiler was summoned to attend Their Majesties. Her Majesty spoke of this Lady’s enthusiasm for meeting challenges posed by individual dietary concerns, site constraints, budget constraints, and other obstacles, in the service of creating delectable menus for all to enjoy. So evident is her skill and impressive her research that Their Majesties were not the only ones remarking upon it. Thus were They moved to call in the Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc to witness as Lady Ottilge was named their Companion. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

Lady Ottilige is inducted into the Fleur. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

Before releasing the Order, Their Majesties called for The Honorable Lady Cassandra Matis to join Them. His Majesty observed that one who cures meats might have been disappointed on learning that Their Majesties could not partake, but that They were fortunate to have many, many, MANY volunteers to taste and offer reviews of Lady Cassandra’s work. Even Her Majesty Avelina and members of Their Majesties’ retinue were quick to attest to her skills, and Her Majesty East expressed her great joy at seeing Their Majesties name Cassandra also a Companion of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc. Scroll a work in progress by Master Jon Blaecstan.

THLady Cassandra receives a Fleur. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties next desired to receive Lord Aidan Gunn into Their Presence. Having earlier that day received a Comet in Their Excellency’s Court, this gentle’s worth was already known to Their Majesties, as well as long acquaintance with him and his works. In further recognition of his dedication to his Canton, Their Majesties did call for the attendance of Their Noble Order of the Millrind, so that They might Grant him Arms and name him a Companion of that Order. Scroll by THL Rachel Dalicieux.

Lord Aidan Gunn receives a Millrind. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties then called for THL Alfrun Ketta to present herself before Them. They complimented her on her splendid and quite authentic outfit, and observed that her research and recreation of similar Norse garb has earned her wordfame not only within the kingdom, but from lands far and wide. Right mindful of the honor such praise brings, and how it reflects upon her efforts, Their Majesties felt that her rank did not befit her reputation. Therefore did They invite before Them Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel, and entreat and desire Her Ladyship to be taken into that Order’s custody so that she might return at Pennsic with an answer whether she would join them as their Companion. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

THLady Alfrun ketta received a Writ for the Laurel. Photo by Master Alaxandair O Conchobhair.

The Tribe Tuatha Fieren asked that the Court announce that their annual pick-a-prize raffle would occur on Sunday, May 22, at 9:30 AM in the Great Hall.

The Court further announced that Their Majesties’ Curia would convene at 10:00 AM on Sunday, May 22, in the A&S Tent Number 1.

Her Majesty commended The Honorable Lord Cynwulf Rendell (in absentia) on his fortitude, determination, and gracious conduct as he earned the runner-up position in the competition for Archery Champion. Their Excellencies Magnus and Miriel, Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael, accepted Her Majesty’s token on Rendell’s behalf and promised to convey Her words of thanks and inspiration to His Lordship.

Their Majesties also thanked the event staff, the marshalls, combatants, artisans, and all others who made the day enjoyable for all. In particular, His Majesty expressed praise and admiration for those who did not “stay dry,” but who braved the elements to participate and make the most of the event, truly “practicing” for the days of War.

Their Majesties further thanked the scribes and regalia wrights who contributed their talents and largesse to enhance the Court’s proceedings. They most heartily encouraged any and all who have an interest in the Scribal arts to contact the Sylvan Signet.

There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.

Faithfully Submitted,

Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

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Greetings from Brigantia Principal Herald

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-05-31 08:10

Greetings from Ryan, Brigantia Principal Herald,

At the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium on May 2nd, the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, the chief herald of the Society, announced that due to the increase in costs incurred by the College of Arms the fee paid by Kingdoms to the Society for each submission would be increased by $1.

At this time the College of Heralds of the East collects $8 per submission, $8CDN for submissions from the Tir Mara Region. Unlike some kingdoms where the College of Heralds is funded, in whole or in part, out of the general kingdom budget, the Eastern College is funded entirely from submissions fees. Therefore, this increase in price by to the Society would directly impact the operating budget of the College. After discussion with the senior staff of the College of Heralds of the East it has been decided that in order to continue to provide the level of service to which the East is accustomed to, we must pass on the cost increase, which will make the new cost per submission $9/$9CDN. This change will go into effect at Pennsic. Submissions received and paid for before July 31 st will be submitted at the current fee. For submissions received after that date, and all submissions received at Pennsic, the higher fee will be in effect.

On another topic, my time as Brigantia Herald is drawing to a close. My fourth, and final, year in this office will conclude at 12th Night, 2017. At this time I will be requesting, for the last time, letters of intent to serve the Kingdom as the 18 th Brigantia Principal Herald. Formal Letters of Intent should be sent to me, at, and to their Highnesses Brion and Anna. Letters must be received no later than July 15th to be considered.

-Ryan Brigantia


Translation by Lord Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle

Salutation de Ryan, Brigantia Principal Herald

Lors du “Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium”; qui fut tenu le deux mai, le Laurel Sovereign of Arms, héraut en chef de la SCA, a annoncé que dû à l’augmentation des coût encouru par le College of Arms chaque soumission provenant des royaumes seront augmentées de 1$.

À cette instant le Collège des Hérauts de l’Est collecte 8$ par soumission, 8$cdn pour les soumission dans Tir Mara. En différence avec certain royaume où le collège des hérauts est financé en partie ou en entièreté par le budget du royaume, le collège des hérauts de l'Est est financé entièrement par les soumissions. Par concéquant, le montant exigé par la SCA influe directement sur le budget d’opération du collège. Après discussion avec les officiers séniors du collèges des hérauts, il fut décidé que pour maintenir le niveau de service que la population est accoutumée à recevoir, l’augmentation des coûts doit être transférer aux soumissions. Le nouveau coût pour les soumissions sera donc de 9$/9$cdn. Cette mesure prendra effet à Pennsic. Les soumissions reçu et payé avant le 31 juillet seront aux cours actuel. Pour les soumissions reçu après cette date ou à Pennsic le nouveau cours sera en effet.

Sur un autre sujet, mon mandat comme Brigantia arrive à terme. Ma quatrième et dernière années à ce poste ce conclura à 12th Night 2017. À cette instant, pour la dernière fois, je demande des lettre d’intention pour servir comme 18ieme Brigantia Principal Herald. Les lettres d’intention formel doivent m’être envoyer à ainsi qu’à leurs Altesses Brion et Anna. Les lettres doivent être reçu avant le 15 juillet pour être considéré.


Filed under: Announcements, Heraldry Tagged: brigantia, heraldry

On Target: Range Safety

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-05-29 21:31

In this month’s column, THLord Deryk Archer discusses the basics of archery range safety.

After the marshal has called “bows down, you may retrieve,” you place your bow on the ground and walk, don’t run, towards the target. Not running is very important with small children – they’re very eager to run down range and see what they hit. Shots that land in the ground are a tripping hazard. A running child could trip on the arrow, or “dead wood” as we call it. The arrow could break and impale the running child.

When you come across a dead arrow, you don’t lift it straight up out of the ground, you pull it backwards the way it went in so you do not break the arrow. If the arrow is not yours, take it by the point and stick it back in the ground straight up so the owner can find it.

When you get to the target butt, only one person removes their arrows at a time. This person is said to be in the” batter’s box.” The batter must look over his shoulder to see if anyone is too close before he worries out his arrows. Note in the left-hand picture, you see the back of the archer’s head. The archer must look back over her shoulder and look at the other “players in the field” as shown in the right-hand picture.

As you can see in the next picture, if the archer pulls the arrow out of the butt too soon, this could cause an eye injury if the people “in the field” are too close.

Always remember, you could still get hurt on an archery range even if the arrows are not flying.

This month’s safety tip: establish eye to eye contact with other archers when you’re walking on an open range.

Yours in Service,

THL Deryk

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Midrealm Crown Tourney Results

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-05-29 17:31

From the Midrealm GazetteThe new Heirs to the Dragon Throne are Duke Edmund and Duchess Kateryn. Duke Edmund defeated Count Cellach.   The original post can be found here.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Midrealm

A Call for Classes for Great Northeastern War

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-05-28 22:17

On behalf of Mistress Astryda Borowska, GNEW Class Coordinator:

Do you have a passion, knowledge you’d love to share, a skill you’d love to see spread far and wide? Come teach at the 30th GNEW — and maybe even win a war point for Malagentia or Tir Mara. Teacher forms are available at the GNEW website. The deadline is June 30. As this year’s university coordinator, I look forward to seeing what the East has to offer!

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More on Northshield’s First Same-Sex Heirs

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-05-27 12:53

The Æthelmearc Gazette posted an article earlier this week with more information on Northshield’s new heirs and how they will be approaching their reign.  The article can be found here.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Northshield

Save the Date: Siege of Glengary

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-05-25 17:29

Please note the change of dates for this event from September 23-25 to it’s new weekend of September 2-4. Sylvan Glen looks forward to welcoming you all to their industrious shire. You can find the updated event announcement below.



21st Annual Siege of Glengary
Hosted by the Shire of Sylvan Glen
September 2-4, 2016

Unto to the populace of the Sylvan Kingdom does the Shire of Sylvan Glen send greetings! We invite all from near and far to “Go Berserk in the Glen” at the 21st Annual Siege of Glengary. Join us for a Viking invasion.

Go Berserk in the Glen Siege will be held Friday September 2 – Sunday September 4 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds – 1707 Old Leetown Pike Kearneysville, WV 25430.

The site opens Friday September 2nd at 5:00pm and closes at 12:00pm on Sunday September 4th. Those remaining on site will be conscripted for clean up.

Registration for the event are as follows:
Adult Event Registration – $22
Adult Member Discount Event Registration – $17
Child (age 7-17) Registration – $5
Family Cap Event Registration – $54
Family Cap Member Discount Registration – $44

Those who preregister early (Postmarked on or before 8/15/2016) will receive a discounted rate as follows:

Adult Event Preregistration $20
Adult Member Discount Event Preregistration $15
Child Event Preregistration $4
Family Cap Event Preregistration $48
Family Cap Member Discount Preregistration $38

Included in your registration: Camping, Travelers’ Repast (Friday evening), breakfast (Saturday morning), and a delicious dayboard (Saturday) prepared by Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir.

A hearty Viking feast will be prepared by Lady Arianna del Vallone at $12 per person. Preregistration is encouraged as only a small number of seats will be available at troll. A separate child’s feast will be prepared as well by Lady Reina Dulce Dame (Jessica Knill-Lopez for $5 per child (ages 12 and below).

Preregistration is encouraged and can be sent to the the event autocrat, Lady Laurentia Caledonia. Only those preregistrations postmarked on or before 8/15/2016 will be eligible for the discount. Please include the following when sending preregistration for all parties registering: Mundane Name, SCA Name, Age, and Membership Number (if applicable). Those preregistering will need to show proof of membership at troll. Please make checks payable to SCA WV Inc. – Shire of Sylvan Glen and mail to
Brandy Cannon
533 Monticello St. Winchester, VA 22601
(540)323-2208 – no calls after 10pm
Please call or email with questions. We hope to see you there!

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Calling all Pennsic Youth

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-05-25 16:30

Hear, Ye! Hear, Ye! Join Baron Tree of the Forest, Pennsic Mayor 46 in his search for cover art for the Pennsic 46 Booklet.
All youth who will be under 18 for Pennsic 46 are invited to submit one work of 2D art to Youth Point between Wednesday of Peace Week – August 3, and Wednesday of War Week – August 10.
These entries will be judged by some very important people. The plan is to announce the winner before the close of Pennsic.
Submission forms will be available at Youth Point.

Filed under: Announcements, Pennsic Tagged: a&s, Youth

Still Four Spots Left for the Visconti Workshop!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-05-23 08:12

Hey, I heard a rumor that Mistress Teircelin bakes scrolls in the oven, that’s right scrolls, not rolls. I wonder if that is what makes her work so amazing?

Join us on June 5, Sunday at her place in Hamberg NY and discover for yourself. There is space and materials for 20 scribes/ 8 teachers and support teaching staff to attend for a very special day of learning and community for Æthelmearc scribes. You must register to attend, how? Send an email to –

There are 4 spots left, preregister soon!

Who: You! Scribe! and 19 other scribes. Space will accommodate 20 scribal students.

What: Visconti Book of Hours Workshop

• Gilding with Mistress Tiercelin
• Blackletter Caligraphy with THL Sophie of Davenport- you’ve seen her in Court heralding, wait until you see her making merry with her pen and ink.
• Intensive brushwork/whitework with Mistress Antoinette who will show you the myriad of other ways you can use this brushwork technique to take your next scroll to another level.
• Visconti painting methods, layering, shading with Mistress Roberta
• Support teaching staff to be on hand that day: Master Morien, Mistress Cori, Mistress Sttiurrim, Mistress Liadhain.

When: Sunday, June 5, 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 pm.

Where: Mistress Tiercelin’s home in the Rhydderich Hael, Hamburg, NY

Why:  Scribing is more FUN together, come and share the day with 27 other scribes

Cost: $10.00 for materials- blank scroll (all different/no repeats) on pergamenata, gold leaf, correct nib to caligraph, paint/palette, handouts. No garb, plenty of parking, bring a brown bag lunch (we’ll have drinks here).

Come prepared to learn and paint your tuchas off!
Pre register with Antoinette at

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