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Writing about the Crusades and talking about a "meddlesome priest"

Medievalists.net - Thu, 2017-06-08 21:10
The Middle Ages are in the news again, so here is a roundup of recent news articles. We start with three good reads from historians talking about the crusades


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14th century Book of Hours depicting the murder of Becket
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K&Q A&S 2018 Competition Format / Règlements du Championnat d’Arts et Sciences du Roi et de la Reine

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-06-07 14:01

En français

Submitted on behalf of the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Philip White:

Good news! We are excited to announce the format for the King’s and Queen’s A&S Champions 2018!

One of our goals for the A&S Office is to get information published as early as possible. We want to keep people well informed so that they can be better prepared and have better experiences.

To those ends, here is the initial format (see below) for the King’s and Queen’s A&S Champions to be held in 2018.

We are also ready to share the “General Score Sheet” along with a supporting tool, “Creating Documentation for the General East Kingdom A&S Rubric” (links below). After reading the competition format these two items will be a great place to start before working on your entries. Please note that the rubric has been changed (modified and expanded) from the one used last year. It’s also an excellent tool for general A&S guidance, so even if you don’t want to enter, it’s worth a read!

This has all been posted to the Kingdom A&S webpage which will continue to be updated as we get closer to the event.

Things to come:

* Event details to be published after a group is selected to run the event.
* A “Research Score Sheet” for research related entries.
* A “Performance Score Sheet” for performance related entries.

Thanks and appreciation to:

The Kingdom A&S Special Deputies who led (and continue to lead) this effort, Mistress Elysabeth Underhill and Master Magnus Hvalmagi, along with their team who helped with feedback and editing.

Support and feedback from Lady Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Queen’s Champion of Arts and Sciences, and Lady Raziya bint Rusa, King’s Champion of Arts and Sciences.

Support and feedback from Their Highness, Prince Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov and Princess Matilde de Cadenet.

Remember… Have fun! Learn! Teach!

Your Servant to Command,

~philip

***King’s and Queen’s A & S Champions 2018 Format***

Entrants may enter a single substantial item (pre-17th-century), or a body of work consisting of related items that are connected to each other in a significant and meaningful way. A body of work will be judged as a single “item”; individual entries will not be scored. Items can be from a single discipline or from multiple disciplines. In either case, entries should seek tell a coherent and cohesive story about an historical people, time, place, etc. No item should have won a previous King’s or Queen’s Championship, and each item to be judged should have been completed within three years of the competition. Please note that research papers/projects and performance entries are welcomed as items.

Judging will be done as a single team, drawing from various areas of expertise. Judging will be conducted face-to-face using a judging rubric. Absentee entries will not be accepted. We plan to make every effort this year to have judges provide face-to-face feedback to each entrant after their project has been assessed.

Once rubric scores have been submitted and tabulated, the top entries will then be announced, and a second round of face-to-face judging will occur with the King and Queen present. Those in the final round of judging will have the opportunity present their project to the Crown. Once the Crown interviews top entrants and reviews their entries, the Royals, advised by the current champions, will then determine their new champions from among the top entries.

At a minimum, all entrants are asked to produce a 1/2-1 page written summary which provides an overview of their entire entry. Additional written documentation is highly encouraged of all entries, however, it must be no longer than 6 pages (not including references or appendices). Entrants are also welcome to document their work in other ways (verbally, poster, video, etc).

Additional guidelines, rubrics, and advice for entrants will be provided before the competition, and registration for the competition will begin after a site has been chosen.

Those considering entering are advised that this is a high level competition where the focus is on picking the kingdom arts and sciences champions. The duties of the champions include representing the Crown at events and likely displaying at the Pennsic A&S War Point. If anyone is not able to make those commitments, or does not wish to serve as champion, we encourage them to instead visit one of the many Kingdom A&S Consultation Tables being held at events throughout the year. These tables are available to provide feedback to artisans about their projects in more depth and detail than is typically allowed for at competitions, and to support artisans at all levels in improving their craft.

Rubric: http://moas.eastkingdom.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/KQAS_Rev_GeneralRubric_5_19.pdf

Guide for Creating Documentation: http://moas.eastkingdom.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/Creating-Documentation-for-the-General-East-Kingdom-Rubric_5_19-1.pdf

En français
Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Publié au nom du Ministre des Arts et Sciences du Royaume, Maître Philip White:

Bonnes nouvelles ! Il nous fait plaisir d’annoncer les règlements du Championnat d’Arts et Sciences du Roi et de la Reine, qui se tiendra en 2018 !

Un de nos buts pour l’Office des Arts et Sciences est de publier nos informations le plus tôt possible. Nous souhaitons garder les gens bien informés, afin qu’ils soient mieux préparés et aient de meilleures expériences en général.

Pour ce faire, voici le format initial (voir ci-dessous) du Championnat D’Arts et Sciences du Roi et de la Reine, qui se tiendra en 2018.

Un de nos buts pour l’Office des Arts et Sciences est de publier nos informations le plus tôt possible. Nous souhaitons garder les gens bien informés, afin qu’ils soient mieux préparés et aient de meilleures expériences en général. Pour ce faire, voici le format initial (voir ci-dessous) du Championnat D’Arts et Sciences du Roi et de la Reine, qui se tiendra en 2018.

Nous sommes aussi prêts à partager la feuille de “Score Général”, avec un outil de support; “Création de la documentation pour les Arts et Sciences du Royaume de l’Est” (liens ci-dessous). Après avoir lu les règles de la compétition, ces deux documents représentent la première étape de votre cheminement, avant de commencer à travailler sur les projets que vous souhaitez entrer dans la compétition. Veuillez noter que les rubriques ont été changées (modifiées et étoffées) depuis la dernière version du document utilisé l’année dernière. Il s’agit aussi d’un excellent outil guide en général pour les Arts et Sciences, donc même si vous ne pensez pas compétitionner, n’hésitez pas à le consulter !

Ces informations sont présentement disponibles sur la page web d’Arts et Sciences du Royaume, qui continuera à être mise à jour à mesure que nous approcherons de l’événement.

Encore à venir:

*Détails de l’événement à être publiés après la sélection du groupe l’organisant.
*Une feuille de score pour la recherche, pour évaluer les projets de recherche.
*Une feuille de score pour les prestations, pour évaluer les interprétations.

Remerciements spéciaux à:

Les députés spéciaux des Arts et Sciences au niveau du Royaume, qui ont mené (et continuent à mener) cet effort, Maîtresse Elysabeth Underhill et Maître Magnus Hvalmagi, ainsi que leur équipe, qui ont aidé avec la rétroaction et l’édition.

Le support et la rétroaction de Dame Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Championne d’Arts et Sciences de la Reine, ainsi que Dame Raziya bint Rusa, Championne d’Arts et Sciences du Roi.

Le support et la rétroaction de Leurs Altesses, Prince Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov et Princesse Matilde de Cadenet.

Souvenez-vous… Ayez du plaisir ! Apprenez ! Enseignez !

Votre humble Serviteur,

Philip

*** Règlements du Championnat d’Arts et Sciences du Roi et de la Reine 2018 ***

Les participants peuvent entrer un seul item substantiel (pré 17ième siècle), ou un ensemble d’items étant connectés les uns aux autres de manière significative et importante. Un ensemble d’items sera jugé comme un seul “item”; les entrées se seront pas jugés individuellement. Les items peuvent être d’une seule discipline, ou de plusieurs disciplines. Dans les deux cas, les items devraient raconter une histoire cohérente et logique à propos d’un personnage historique, une époque, un lieu, etc. Aucun item ne devra avoir déjà remporté un précédent Championnat du Roi ou de la Reine, et chaque item jugé ne devra avoir été complété plus de trois années précédent la date de la compétition. Veuillez noter que les projets de recherche et les prestations sont bienvenus comme items.

Les évaluations seront faites par tous les juges, formant une seule équipe, pour profiter de multiples champs d’expertise. Les évaluations seront conduites face à face, en utilisant une grille d’évaluation. Les entrées in absentia ne seront pas acceptées. Nous planifions faire tout les efforts possibles cette année afin que les juges puissent fournir de la rétroaction en face à face à chaque participant, après que leur projet aie été évalué.

Une fois que les scores auront été soumis et calculés, les meilleures entrées seront annoncées, et une seconde ronde d’évaluation en face à face sera faite, en compagnie du Roi et de la Reine. Ceux dont le projet se rendra en ronde finale auront l’opportunité de présenter leur projet à la Couronne. Une fois que la Couronne se sera entretenue avec les gens ayant marqué les scores les plus élevés, et révisé leurs entrées, les Royaux, avisés par leurs champions actuels, détermineront par la suite leurs nouveaux champions parmi les meilleures entrées.

Au minimum, il est demandé à tous les participants de produire un sommaire de leur projet complet, d’une longueur entre une demi-page et une page. De la documentation additionnelle écrite est fortement encouragée pour tous les types de projets; cependant, celle-ci ne doit pas dépasser 6 pages (n’incluant pas les références et les annexes). Les participants peuvent aussi documenter leur travail par d’autres moyens (verbalement, par une affiche, avec un vidéo, etc.)

Des lignes guides additionnelles, rubriques et conseils pour les participants seront fournis avant la compétition, et les inscriptions pour la compétition commenceront après qu’un site aie été choisi pour tenir l’événement.

Les personnes considérant se présenter sont avisées que cette compétition de haut niveau mettra le focus sur la sélection de nouveaux champions d’Arts et Sciences du Royaume. Les obligations des champions incluent de représenter la Couronne aux événements et probablement d’exposer au Point de Guerre d’Arts et Sciences de Pennsic. Si quelqu’un ne serait en mesure de s’astreindre à ces obligations, ou ne désire pas servir comme champion, nous les encourageons alors à visiter une des multiples Tables de Consultation d’Arts et Sciences du Royaume, qui se tiennent tout au long de l’année à divers événements. Ces tables de consultation sont disponibles pour fournir de la rétroaction aux artisans sur leurs projets plus en profondeur et en détail que ce qui est typiquement alloué en compétition, et pour supporter les artisans de tous les niveaux pour améliorer leur art.

Feuille de score général: http://moas.eastkingdom.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/KQAS_Rev_GeneralRubric_5_19.pdf

Guide de création de Documentation: http://moas.eastkingdom.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/Creating-Documentation-for-the-General-East-Kingdom-Rubric_5_19-1.pdf

 


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TRM Challenge the Fencers of Æthelmearc

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-06-05 16:46

Their Royal Majesties of Æthemearc, Timothy and Gabrielle.

Unto the rapier enthusiasts of Æthelmerc does King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle send greetings,

Some years back, We wrote the BoD of the SCA to discuss the issue of the Rapier Peerage. Our input, along with that of many others convinced the governing body of our organization that a peerage unique to the art of the sword would be beneficial to the society, and thus, the Masters of Defense were created.

We had the privilege of sitting the thrones when the MoD came on line. We discussed prospective members with many of you throughout the kingdom, before selecting the initial 5 recipients. Of the 10 who received enough comments from the populace to merit serious consideration, all but one have been invited to join the order. We’d like nothing more than to add the last one.

We are greatly pleased with those who wear the collar, and the contributions they have made to the community. We see these members travel throughout the kingdom as they share their knowledge. But their numbers are limited. There are only so many of them, and they cannot be everywhere at every moment.

Maestra Illadore. Photo by Lady Silence.

At Pennsic every year, Timothy takes the field and asks as many knights as possible to take the field at his side for an entire day. Friday, August 4th from 9am till 5pm. This year, We have asked Maestra Illadore, who has graciously agreed, to set up a similar deed of arms for the Masters of Defense.

Therefore, Her Majesty and I put forth this challenge to you. Come and show us your heart, drive and skill. Work with the Masters and Mistresses. Spar with them. Train with them. Learn from them. Show them you have the skill to be at their side. Since We cannot be of any assistance in training any of you, We will do our part by promoting this and trying to get as many MoDs as possible on the field with her.

No excuses. They are here, in one place for your benefit.
“They don’t come to my area”. They are here.
“They never fight me with my chosen form”. Yes, they will.
“I am out of practice”. This date is 2 months away. You have time.

Deeds not words.

We hope to see all of you there.

Timothy and Gabrielle


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Teachers Still Sought for Cooks Collegium

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-06-03 19:31
Please take the time to sign up to teach classes for Cooks Collegium in three weeks in the Hael (Lockport NY)! 
  • We are interested in cookbook discussions, medieval gardening, feast prep classes, and specific food classes. 
  • Children are welcome to teach and attend.
  •  Want to cook outdoors? We can do that!
 Teachers please fill out the following form. Spread the word! All are welcome at all levels! We hope to see you there!  Countess Margerite Eisenwald, class steward Official event announcement is here. Facebook event group is here.
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10 Hours of Service Challenge

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-06-02 12:16

Dame Hrefna has issued a service challenge!

Greetings, fair Æthelmearc from Dame Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir, 123rd Pelican of Æthelmearc,

I have been enjoying watching people post about the 100 days of martial and A&S challenges they have undertaken as well as being inspired by King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle’s Spark Challenge so I have decided to issue a challenge of my own in the area of service. I am not asking for 100 days of service as I don’t think every day readily offers a chance to provide service to the Society, but I am asking people to commit to 10 hours of service in 100 days, to be completed at an event or in your local group.

Here are some examples of ways you can meet this challenge:

  • Take a shift of retaining for Royalty
  • Volunteer at troll for a couple of hours
  • Offer to help out in the kitchen
  • Sweep the hall after the event is over
  • Set up chairs or put them away
  • Teach a class
  • Answer questions for a newcomer
  • Help someone set up their tent
  • Sew garb for someone or help them learn to sew it themselves
  • Lend a hand with loading/unloading

The list of possibilities goes on and on. If you don’t readily see an opportunity at an event, seek out a member of the event staff and ask what you can do to help. If you want to help out in your local group, contact an officer and ask what you can do. And remember that Pennsic falls within these 100 days. It will offer a wealth of opportunities to serve and discover new interests while making new friends.If nothing else, contact me and I will offer suggestions on where you might find opportunities to serve. It doesn’t matter where, when, or how you choose to serve, only that you choose to serve. You may find your niche or a new area of interest in the Society and make some friends along the way, too. Be sure to have fun, too.

#10hoursofservice

In Service,
Dame Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir


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Is It This? Or Is It That? What Is It?!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-06-01 17:39

The obscure ingredient Gillyflower as used in medieval culinary & cosmetic recipes. By Elska á Fjárfelli of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn.

As part of my interest in medieval soap-making, I come across some rather strange and unusual ingredients. Some only look strange at first glance as the medieval word has undergone modernization. Some describe ingredients no longer used in this way, either because they are hard to mass-produce, or because they are now known to be detrimental to our health. Every unknown ingredient I come across digging through countless medicinal and cosmetic soap recipes is carefully checked out, and these sometimes obvious, often times obscure ingredients are compiled in my Glossary for future reference.

For example, when using Google Translate to translate muschio, its first hit will be moss. While plausible, when looking at the word in context of the recipe, it is unlikely moss was added as a scrub. What was meant here was the scent musk, a much more appropriate addition as the recipe came from a book about perfumery.

Same with fate poluere – when put into Google Translate it comes up as fairies’ dust… Would we really think renaissance Italians caught fairies, dried them, ground them up, and made such good soap Mona Lisa literally seems to glow? I’d like to, though it does seem more likely it is only an older way of spelling fare polvere which means to make into dust, making a whole lot more sense considering the rest of the recipe…

Then what about the botanical garofano? When looked up in the 1611 medieval Italian to medieval English dictionary the Florio, the translation given for garofano (garofani) is both cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) and gillyflower, also called carnation (Dianthus caryphyllus), and leaves the matter up for interpretation. Gillyflower as an ingredient makes an appearance in several non-English language soap recipes, including the Italian Notandissimi and the Dutch Dat Batement van Recepten. My curiosity was piqued, but a conclusive period source for either interpretation was nowhere to be found. The 1771 Encyclopedia Brittanica gives the alternate name clove pink for carnation, indicating some sort of connection between clove and carnation. But while it mentions the term gillyflower can be any of several flowering plant species, the spice clove is not listed among them. If they truly are two different plant species, then how can gillyflower mean both in medieval texts?

Scadian Italian cosmetics enthusiast Giata (Gigi Coulson) translated this intriguing recipe from Caterina Sforza to treat horrible breath, to include cloves:

A guerire una persona a chi puzzasse la bocca o vero el fiato.
Piglia 1 onca garofani, 5 onca cinamomo fino, 5 onca tirats, con un terzo de finissimo vino fa pistare et fa bollire et danne mezzo bichieri per volta.

To heal a person who has horrible breath.
Take 1 ounce cloves, 5 ounces ground cinnamon, 5 ounces tirats (sic), and mix with a third of finest wine, then do grind and boil it and take a dose of half a glass at a time.

Clove gilliflower image from A Sip through Time

A handful of cooking recipes in the 16-17th century Martha Washington’s Cookbook also include gillyflower as an ingredient. Here, the translator states gillyflower is what is now known as the clove-scented pink, or carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus). According to her, gilly comes from French girofle, for clove, and is pronounced jilly. As evidenced by the older forms jellyflower and July Flowers it most likely always was; both are fine examples of the substitution of a word of known meaning for an unknown one of similar sound. Clove (Caryophyllus aromaticus) comes from the French clou de girofle, because of its resemblance to a nail, while the French girofle likely came by way of the Greek caryophyllon. Cloves are the dried flower buds of the clove tree.

The collection of old brewing recipes A Sip through Time by Cindy Renfrow also gives clove gilliflower of the family Caryophilli as an alternate name of gilliflower. Maybe through confusing nomenclature it had become a case of mistaken identity? The Dutch books of secret soap recipes refer to gillyflower as groffelsnavel, which the Medieval Dutch internet translator Historic Dictionaries on the Internet also translates to gilliflower. At first glance, groffelsnavel (Dutch), groffiaat (Belgian), garofano (Italian), girofle (French), girofre (Spanish) and a number of other alternates all lead back to gillyflower as a carnation.

Then the medieval Dutch translator had one last thing to say: “The word was also (including in the Roman Languages) used for the clove (Caryophyllus aromaticus) -1892″. In our modern time the Latin name for cloves is Syzygium aromaticum, but in history the Latin name for cloves was Caryophyllus aromaticus – very similar to the Latin for gillyflower which is Dianthus caryphyllus, and indicates both are part of the family Caryophilli. In history, cloves and carnations were classified as belonging to the same family. They had similar physical characteristics (with both, the bottom of the flower is sort of nail-shaped), were thus likely assumed to have similar properties, and were used interchangeably. Apparently, it is up to context and personal interpretation to decide whether the gillyflower called for is the spice cloves or the herb carnation.

Gilliflower is found mentioned in several recipes, both in personal cosmetics (scented soap) and in brewing. Following are a selection of recipes to illustrate the importance of context:

For Clarre. Take cloues and gilofre quibible, and mac? canll’ gygner and spiguale off an in poudre and temper hem with good wyne and the iij. parte as much of fyn honi that is clarified and streine hem thorough a cloth and doo it into a clene vessel, and it may be made wyth ale &c?.

For Clare.
Take cloves and gillyflower quibible [could be qui belle, or very beautiful], and mac? canll’ [much candied?] ginger and spiguale off [spigot, or drain off?] and in powder, and mix them with good wine and the iij. part as much of fine honey that is clarified and strain them through a cloth and do it in a clean vessel, and it may be made with ale, etc.

Carnations, and the double-cloaue Gillofers from the 1578 Nievve Herbal or Historie of Plantes by Gerard Dewes.

In this recipe from The Customs of London: Otherwise Called Arnold’s Chronicle (1503), gillyflowers and cloves are listed separately, by name, and since gillyflower is likely described as beautiful, my guess is that carnation is meant here.

To Pickle cloue gilliflowrs cowslips burrage & marrigoulds
Clip your flowers clean from the whites & cover them over in white wine vinegar, sweetned with sugar, & shake the glasses you put them in often, & when you discover your pickle to shrink, add more to it.

Since this 16th to 17th century recipe by Martha Washington describes gillyflowers as flowers, it likely indicates that carnations were meant, as opposed to the dried out flower bud of the spice clove.

From Dat batement van recepten, a 16th century book of secrets, comes the following recipe for gilliflower soap:

133. Om seepe girofflat te maken.
Neemt een pont seepen, set die te weeken in rooswater drie dagen in de sonne; ende als ghi v seepe maken wilt, neemt een vnce ende een half groffelsnagelen wel gestooten, ende die helft van die selue nagelen sult ghi in v seepe doen, ende dat seer wel mengelende. Met dander helft doet dat hierna volcht. Neemt een cleyn potken met rooswater, ende doeghet ouer ‘t vier sieden, ende alst beginnen sal te sieden, doeter die reste van dat groffelsnagelpoeder inne, ende neemt den pot van dat vier, ende decten seer wel tot dat die bobbelen ghecesseert zijn, ende dattet water law geworden si, dan roeret met een houtken, ende also roerende, mengelet met v seepe. Ende is ‘t dat ghijer een luttel beniuyn toe doen wilt, ghi moeget doen, ooc sult ghi v seepe in een busse doen, ende si sal goede ruecke aennemen.

Cloue tree image from the 1633 The Herball, or, General Historie of Plantes by John Gerard.

133. To make gilliflower soap.
Take a pound of soap, put it to soak in rosewater three days in the sun, and if you want to make soap, take an ounce and a half gillyflowers well crushed, and half of these same nagelen should you put into the soap, and mix very well. With the other half you do as follows. Take a clean pot with rosewater, and cook it over the fire, and when it starts to boil, add the rest of the gillyflower powder, and take the pot off the fire, and cover it well until the bubbles seized, and that the water is luke warm, then stir with wood, and also stir, mixing with the soap. And if you would like add a little benzoin, which you should do, also you should put the soap in a container, and it shall take on a good scent.

In this case the giroflatt (alternate of girofle) is also identified with nagelen, an adverb used in modern Dutch for kruidnagelen (“herb-nails”). Kruidnagelen specifically means cloves, therefore, in this case I would be confident to say here giroflatt means the spice cloves.

From The Housekeeper’s Pocket Book by Sarah Harrison, 1739 (as reprinted in A Sip Through Time by Cindy Renfrow, p.154):

To make clove gillyflower wine.
Take six gallons and a half of spring water, and twelve pounds of sugar, and when it boils skim it, putting in the white of eight eggs, and a pint of cold water, to make the scum rise: let it boil for an hour and a half, skimming it well; then pour it into an earthen vessel, with three spoonfulls of barm; then put in a bushel of clove-gillyflower clip’d and beat, stir them well together, and the next day pit six ounces of syrup of citron into it, the third day put in three lemons sliced, peel and all, the fourth day tun it up, stop it close for ten days, then bottle it, and put a piece of sugar in each bottle.

In this instance it is clear from context that a weedy herb is used; it is not describing the dry spice cloves, but the fresh state of carnations.

My conclusion:  from the handful of brewing and cooking recipes I found using gillyflowers, most seem to indicate using carnation, either as a fresh or dried herb. Most of the perfumed cosmetic recipes seem to use cloves, as a powdered or crushed ingredient. It makes sense that if powdered or crushed gillyflower is called for it is likely to mean cloves, and if fresh or dried gillyflower is called for it is likely to mean carnation. And take a closer look at the provided images of both carnation and clove – the bottoms of the flowers on both plants do look strikingly similar…

Bibliography:

Arnold, Richard (1503) The Customs of London, London: Printed for F. C. and J. Rivington, et. al., 1811.

Braekman, Willy L. (ed.) (1990) Dat Batement van Recepten (House of Recipes). Brussel: Omirel UFSAL. Likely translated and reprinted from the 1525 Venetian Opera nuova intitolata Dificio di recette. http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/_bat002wlbr01_01/colofon.htm (© dbnl 2009)

Coulson, Gigi (Giata Magdalena Alberti). Caterina Sforza’s Gli Experimenti, A Translation. Self Published. https://labelladonna.net/

Dewes, Gerard. (1578) Nievve Herbal or Historie of Plantes. London.
This encyclopedia has a nice chapter on the carnation.

Encyclopedia Brittanica; https://www.britannica.com/plant/gillyflower

The Florio 1611 Dictionary Search:
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/florio/search/search.cgi

Gerard, John. (1633) The Herball, or, General Historie of Planteshttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Houghton_STC_11751_The_herball,_or,_General_historie_of_plantes,_1633_-_clove.jpg

Hess, Karen. (1996) Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery and Booke of Sweatmeats. Columbia University Press.

Historische Woordenboeken op Internet (Historic Dictionaries on the Internet).
http://gtb.inl.nl/?owner=MNW

Renfrow, Cindy. (1996) A Sip Through Time, a Collection of old Brewing Recipes. Self published.

Translations by Susan Verberg, unless otherwise noted.


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Unofficial Court Report – Panteria XXII

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-06-01 13:59

Their Majesties, Ioannes and Ro Honig, did travel north to visit the Shire of Panther Vale. There, they did attend the event called Panteria, and much merriment was had.

On Saturday, May 27th, Their Majesties held a tournament to determine their new Equestrian Champions. After getting the tournament started, they visited the combat field, where the opened a court and called before them Alaric Godricson. Speaking of his combat prowess, they invited before them the Companions of the Order of the Tygers Combatant. He was inducted into the order, and received a scroll with calligraphy and illumination by Edward McGuyver dos Scorpos and words by Cedric of Thanet.

Their Majesties returned for the finals of the Equestrian Champions tournament. They witnessed some most excellent skills of horsemanship, and the day was won by Alanna of Skye. She would be named King’s Equestrian Champion, and received a new baldric, as well as a banner by Eldritch Gaiman, with a tag featuring calligraphy by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova and illumination by Mari Clock Van Horne.

Her Majesty Honig would choose for her champion Eleanor fitPatrick. She received a new baldric, as well as a banner by Eldritch Gaiman, with a tag featuring calligraphy by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova and illumination by Mari Clock Van Horne.

Before the close of the field court, Their Majesties invited before them Dove Galea. Noting her prowess as a youth rider, they called forth the companions of the Order of Gawain. She was inducted into the order, and received a garter from the arm of King Ioannes.

Their Majesties would convene a full court in the evening. During that court, the following gentles received the following recognitions:

Else von Ober FranckenAward of Arms – Calligraphy: Harold von Auerbauch / Illimination: Carmelina da Vicari

Barbara of Bergental  – Award of Arms – Scoll by: Tola knitýr

Eleanor of Regensfolke – Tyger’s Cub – Calligraphy: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova / Illimination: Robin dit Dessaint

Paige of House Fulton – Tyger’s Cub – C&I: Leonete d’Angely, Words by: Christiana Crane

Gracin of House Fulton – Tyger’s Cub – Scroll by: Aradyn Ghyoot, Words by: Nichol mac Donchaidh

Phineas of House Fulton – Tyger’s Cub – Ill: Mairi Crawford / Cal: Mari Clock van Hoorne,  Words by: Edmund Beneyt

Embla Knútrdottir  – Silver Brooch – C&I: Christiana Crane, Words by: Nichol mac Donchaidh

Astriðr Sægeirsdottir – Silver Brooch – Scroll by: Aesileif Hoarr Kona

Thomas of Mountain FreeholdAward of Arms – Scroll by: Brangwyne of Wentworth

Rosie of Mountain Freehold – Award of Arms – Ill: Vettorio Antonell, Cal & Words by: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova

Fortune Sancte Keyne – Court Barony w/ Grant of Arms – Scroll by: Rhonwen Glyn Conwy

Solveig Bjornsdottir – Troubadour – Scroll by: Harold von Auerbauch

Saruca bint Lazari – Silver Wheel – Scroll by: Tactus Malus Scriptorium (V)

Bianca di Firenze – Silver Wheel – Scroll by: Katherine Stanhope

Bianca di Firenze – Court Barony w/ Grant of Arms – Ill: Lisabetta Medaglia / Call & Words: Eleanor Cathyn

Fia Kareman – Burdened Tyger – Scroll by: Embla Knútrdottir, Words by: Nichol mac Donchaidh

Kobayashi Yutaka – Master Bowman  – No Scroll available

Kobayashi Yutaka – Sagittarius   – C&I: Eva Woderose, Words by: Alys Mackyntoich

Aildreda de Tamworthe – Pelican  – Ill: Þóra Eiríksdóttir, Words by: Alys Mackyntoich

Sunday, May 28th, Their Majesties did hold a tournament to determine their Archery Champions. It was a fun shoot for all, and by late afternoon the final sixteen were decided. From those sixteen they would shoot head-to-head until the finals were reached. There, Kusunoki Yoshimoto outshot all, and was named Queen’s Archery Champion. He received a new baldric, and a scroll by Magdalena von Kirschberg.

Their Majesties would call court that evening, where His Majesty chose his Archery Champion. For this honor he named Siobhan Inghean Cormaic King’s Archery Champion. She was presented with a new baldric, and a scroll by Magdalena von Kirschberg.

Additionally, Their Majesties recognized the following gentles:

Alaric the Younger – Award of Arms – Ill: Perronnelle de Croy / Cal: Henna Sinclair

Gregor von Medehem – Silver Brooch – Cal: Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir / Ill: Mergriet van Wijenhosrt, Words by: Alys Mackyntoich

Faith of Panther Vale – Award of Arms  No Scroll available

David of Panther Vale – Award of Arms  No Scroll available

Eoin an Doire – Apollo’s Arrow –  Scroll by: Sunniva Ormstung

Aleta Argent  – Award of Arms – C&I: Mari Clock van Hoorne, Words by: Edmund Beneyt

Thus did Their Majesties, Ioannes Emperor and Honig Empress, close their court, having enjoyed an excellent event hosted by the gracious Shire of Panther Vale.

YIS,

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

PS – Thank you to the Heraldic staff for the weekend: Þóra Eiríksdóttir, Goerijs Goriszoon, Mari Clock van Hoorne, Leon Cristo del Camino, Marian Kirkpatrick, Bridget of Mooneshadowe, Rose Erembourc.


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King and Queen’s Archery and Equestrian Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-05-30 12:27

At Panteria this past weekend in the Shire of Pantervale, Emperor Ionnes and Empress Honig presided over the competitions to select Their Archery and Equestrian Champions.

On Saturday, Baroness Alanna of Skye, riding Brandy, won the equestrian competition and was named King’s Champion of Horse. Empress Honig selected Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick as her Champion of Horse.

During the Archery Championship Shoot on Sunday, the Winner & Queen’s Champion was Kusunoki Yoshimoto, and the King selected Siobhan inghean Cormaic as His Champion.

 

 


Filed under: Archery, Equestrian Tagged: archery, equestrian, King and Queen's Champions, Panteria

Known World Party Volunteers Needed!!!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-05-28 13:57

Greetings,

I have posted a prior notice about this event but as a lot was going on at the time and we are now much more in our Pennsic preparation mindsets I thought it was time to get this ball rolling.

This year for the first time Æthelmearc will be host to the Known World Party at Pennsic. We will be combining the event with our kingdom party. Our Æ kingdom Cooks and Brewers guilds have been called on by our Royal Majesties to put this event together and show the best of what we have to offer. I will be putting together organizations for this event on the Cooks Guild side. We will be looking for volunteers to be set up crew, bring/cook/or prep foods, clean up crew, and other miscellaneous needed tasks to make this come together at it’s best. The party will take place on Sunday August 6th at 8 pm, on the battlefield at the Æthelmearc Day-shade, with set up beginning earlier at 6 pm. Also understand that this can be as simple as a make and bring one thing contribution if that is all you are able to do. Help on all levels is appreciated, you do not have to be an existing guild member to help, simply a willing wonderful member of this kingdom.

If you are willing and able to assist with this event please contact me either via Facebook as Jessica Walker or via email at ariannaddv3@gmail.com. Thank you to all in advance. Help me and Their Majesties show how Æthelmearc shines like the beautiful Escarbuncle shaped gem it truly is.

Yours In Service,
Lady Arianna dal Vallone
MKA Jessica Sharpless/Jessica Walker.


Categories: SCA news sites

Position Available: Society Webminister

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-05-28 09:05

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Webminister.
This position reports to the SCA Board of Directors.
The Society Webminister is a supervisory position, and is not involved in maintenance of the Corporate website (www.sca.org).
The Society Webminister is responsible for the following duties:

1. Ongoing development and revision of the Society Webminister’s policies and procedures, as detailed in the Society Webminister Handbook.
Said work will not only include making sure that solutions are provided for current issues, but will also include observing trends, being aware of potential issues and streamlining the Webministry as a whole to provide better service to the SCA and potential members thereof.

2. Warranting of kingdom-level Webministers, where necessary.

3. Supervision of all kingdom-level websites, including proper use of domain names, monitoring content, regular reporting from Kingdom Webministers, and enforcement of the Society Webministry policies and procedures.

4. Working with Kingdom Webministers to ensure they develop and
enforce clear guidelines for local SCA group websites based on the standards found in the Society Webminister’s Handbook.

5. Acting as a subject matter expert and resource regarding issues related to electronic publications and websites at the kingdom and local levels, including, but not limited to: copyright issues, privacy issues, and technology-related issues.

6. Quarterly reporting to the Board of Directors for the SCA, Inc.

Required for this position are: dependable email access; dependable phone access; moderate to expert proficiency in web-related technologies(e.g. HTML, Java, PSP, ASP, web hosting issues, etc.); moderate Microsoft Word proficiency; and the ability to clearly communicate via email, phone, and in written reports.

Prior experience as a Webminister in the SCA is required; prior experience as a kingdom webminister is highly desired.

Those interested in the Position of Society Webminister should submit their SCA and modern era resumes to both resumes@sca.org and it@sca.org.  The deadline for applications is July 1, 2017.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

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


Filed under: Announcements Tagged: society officers, webminister

Christian de Launey Is Made a Master of Defense in Trimaris

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-05-28 01:13

Master Christian de Launey. Photo by Dame Katja Orlova.

Christian Amaury de Launey, former Æthelmearc Queen’s Rapier Champion and Rapier Champion of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, was elevated to the Order of Defense at Trimaris’ Crown Tourney on Saturday, May 27, A.S. 52.

Seven Æthelmearcians traveled by car and plane to attend his vigil, play his prize tourney, or speak as a Worthy at his elevation ceremony.

Master Will Parris spoke as one of two MoDs, Countess Elena d’Artois spoke as a Royal Peer, and Mistress Irene von Schmetterling spoke as a member of the Pelican. The words of Duke Syr Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn were also read as a member of the Chivalry.

Mistress Irene knitted the garters and wove the livery collar, while Master Anais Fenne cast the order medallion. Countess Elena sewed the capelet.

Master Christian is now the 8th MoD of Trimaris.

Master Christian’s MOD collar woven by Mistress Irene von Schmetterling, with a medallion cast by Master Anias Fenne. Photo by Dame Katja Orlova.


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Court Report: Crown Tournament

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-05-26 19:10

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald with the assistance of Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Misty Highlands Herald and Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, at Their Crown Tournament in the Shire of Sylvan Glen on May 13, Anno Societatis LII.

The Court of Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle was opened.

During the procession:

As Lord Ardden Scot of Clan Scot and his consort, Lady Dierdre Scot of Clan Scot, were presented to Their Majesties for inclusion in the tournament, His Majesty questioned whether Lord Arddenn’s title and station were correct. His herald assured Him that both were as recorded, but if His Majesty believed there to be an error, it was His prerogative to change things to fit His wishes. So counseled, Their Majesties convened the Order of the Gage, granted Arms to The Honorable Lord Arddenn, and admitted him into that company. Scroll illuminated by THL Fiora d’Artusio and calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix upon wording by Duke Sir Malcolm Duncan MacEioghann.

At the conclusion of the Tournament:

Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, accompanied by Their Heirs, Gareth and Juliana, called forth Gui Dai Li. Noting the grace by which she worked quiet service in water bearing and cleaning before and after events, Their Majesties Awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the AEthelmearc court. The scroll was limned by Ana Ianka Lisitsina with calligraphy by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

Gui Dai Li’s AoA scroll by Ana Ianka Lisitsina and Antoinette de la Croix.

Later in the Afternoon:

Their Majesties called forth Bekah of Sylvan Glen. For her work in the kitchens and halls of the Kingdom and the joy she takes and bestows from that work, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Silver Sycamore. The scroll was painted by THLady Maeve ni Siurtain with wording composed by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh and calligraphy by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

Their Majesties called forth the rest of the children present and instructed Master Liam Mac An TSaoir to take the toy chest and run from the court.  The children were instructed to take one toy each, beginning with the youngest child present.  A countdown having been given, the eager horde chased Master Liam from the court.

Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties invited before them Mistress Morwenna Trevethan. On behalf of Their Majesties of Atlantia, Cuan and Signy, she presented Their Majesties with a gift and affirmed Their Majesties’ wishes to be comrades in arms for the coming War.

Their Majesties, noting the sad news of the passing of more than one member of the Society in the past few weeks, asked that the court observe a moment of silence for absent friends and the families of those gentles impacted by their loss.

Duke Marcus is recognized for his chivalry. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties invited before Them the Ladies of the Rose, Garnet, and Edelweiss. Countess Caryl, speaking on behalf of the Ladies of the Rose, Garnet, and Edelweiss, stated they had much to deliberate this day. To that end they had resolved to provide tokens to two individuals who impressed them greatly in their conduct in the lists. They requested the presence of Sir Bye, otherwise known well as Sir Luis de Castilla.  Remarking on the joy his fights had been to witness and the fact that they wished he would relocate into the Sylvan Kingdom, they awarded him a Rose’s token, gifted by the hand of Countess Alexandra. Next they requested the presence of Duke Marcus Eisenwald.  Stating that his behavior upon the field was the embodiment of all that it means to be a knight, they also awarded him a Rose’s token, gifted by the hand of Countess Caryl.

The Order of the Rose, Garnet and Edelweiss advised Their Majesties of the final duty they needed to perform this day. They called forth THLord Oliver Sutton. They advised that watching him they were confident in their choice and asked him to bear the Shield of Chivalry for them. His Lordship agreed and was asked to take up their shield and be their champion.

Lord Oliver receives the Shield of Chivalry. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties called forth Benjamin of Heronter. Their Majesties knowing that They are well served by this man both on the fencing field and in his labors whenever needed, They made him a Lord of the court and Awarded him Arms. The scroll to mark this is a work of embroidery in progress designed by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.

Lord Benjamin receives an AoA. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Mara of Hartstone. Content that her skills with knives grace both Their kitchens and Their throwing fields and mindful of the service she provides at both places as well as her work as a Royal Retainer, They inducted her into the Order of the Keystone.

Lady Mara receives a Keystone. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties called forth Lord Tiberius of Sylvan Glen. For his skill making youth weapons and event tokens Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Sycamore with a scroll painted by Lady Vivienne of Yardley. The wording was composed by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh and calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

Their Majesties called before Them THLord Grimolfr Ormalfrson. They advised that there are times when They are surprised to find a person is not speaking in Their orders only to find the person was somehow not a member of such order. Such is the case today and they would see this corrected. They called forth the Order of the White Horn. For his work in creating the rules for and teaching the Kingdom the use of the atlatl, They inducted him into the Order of the White Horn. The scroll was painted by Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba with wording and calligraphy by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Isabel Fleuretan. They spoke of how They had seen her work for both Their previous times upon the thrones as a scribe toiling to complete or correct a scroll on the day it was being given, so as to ensure the recipient received the commemoration immediately. They advised her that it was the privilege of the Crown to recognize such nobility and let it be known that They granted her the station of Court Baroness so that all may see the value they placed in her loving work. The scroll forthcoming is a work in progress by Baroness Alex.

Lady Isabel is made a Court Baroness. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties invited before Them Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald. Before he was able to step down from his office as Principle Herald of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, Their Majesties advised that They wished to correct the Title he was using. Speaking of how he had served the Kingdom for 4 years traveling to about 20 events per reign to ensure Their Majesties courts were heralded and giving up his free time and working tirelessly to ensure the continuity of the court, Their Majesties made him a Baron of the Court of AEthelmearc. The scroll forthcoming is a work in progress by Magistra Sólveig Þróndardóttir.

Master Kameshima is made a Court Baron. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Baron Kameshima asked that with Their Majesties permission he may continue and requested the attendance of the Brotherhood of Old Buccles comma Silver (BoOB,s).  As has become custom, the BoOB,s presented him with his life back (cautioning him not to indulge overmuch as the said box of Life had expired in 2002) and then presented his wife, Baroness Isabel Fleuretan with her life back as well. Baron Kameshima correcting the BoOB,s presentation politely removed the life from his and his wife’s hands and presented them instead to their daughter advising that truly she is the one who gets her life back to the great amusement of the court. Their Majesties confirming that he had a worthy successor called forth THLady Sophie Davenport. The BoOB,s then divested him of the Tabard signifying his office. As his last act as Silver Buccle Herald, Baron Kameshima placed the Tabard of Silver Buccle Herald upon THLady Sophie’s shoulders.

THLady Sophie swears fealty as Silver Buccle Herald. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

THLady Sophie Davenport, swearing to uphold the office of Silver Buccle Herald, took up her station and as her first act in the office conferred upon Baron Kameshima the title of Herald Extraordinary.

Baron Kameshima is named a Herald Extraordinary. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties asked that all scribes who contributed to the scrolls given during the courts today stand and be recognized.

Her Majesty invited Maighstir Liam Mac An TSaoire before Her. For his work in organizing the voice heralds this day and on behalf of all those who lent their voices to the field, Her Majesty named him Her inspiration of the day and bestowed upon him the Golden Escarbuncle.

Maighstir Liam receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

There being no further business this day, Their Majesties court was thus concluded.


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Online Pre-Reg Closes Tomorrow for K&Q Rattan and Bhakail Investiture

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-05-26 17:26

Greetings one and all!

There is (paid) online pre-registration available for Bhakail Investiture and King’s & Queen’s Rattan Champions, to be held next Saturday, June 3rd in Springfield, PA.  Online Pre-registration closes tomorrow, Saturday 5/27 and includes a $5 discount for pre-registering

To preregister for the event, follow this link: http://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/681216

Within 24 hours, a PayPal invoice will be emailed to you, and your pre-registration is complete upon payment. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save $5, and time during check-in! If you have any questions about online pre-registration, please reach out to the EK PayPal team at paypal@eastkingdom.org

Come to the bright sunny southern lands of Bhakail to witness the passing of the flame of leadership as our new Baron and Baroness are Invested. Their Majesties also invite you to join Them in Their search for Their next Champion of Arms. The day will be fill with tournaments, merchants, an A&S competition, a brewer’s rountable, pick-up rapier bouts, and various entertainments.

A full accounting of the days events can be found on the event website at this link*: http://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3163

The kitchen, under the direction of the masterful Mistress Julianna von Altenfeld will provide a dayboard, and a feast.

Dayboard*

Bread and butter
Another (Eggs)
Fresh and Marinated Vegetables (roasted onions, radishes, carrots)
Cheese
Fruit (oranges, apples, pears)
Fish in Green Sauce (Pompano)
Chick peas or Fried Beans
Cold Sage (chicken with sage)
Tallis (Fruit and Almond bread pudding) and one made without almonds
Poached Pears
Hypocras
Lemon Drink

Feast*

Bread with Savory Toasted Cheese
Salat
Cormarye (pork with coriander)
Peiouns stewed (peas stewed with garlic and herbs)
Shrimp with vinegar
Ladies’ Thighs served with garlic paste
Lentils
Rissoles on a Fish Day (dried fruit fritters)
Strawberry pudding
Hypocras
Lemon Drink

*Menus are subject to change, and all event details, including competition information and schedules will be updated/posted on the EK webpage, or available the day of the event at Gate.


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An Historic Day for the Carolingian Company of Bowmen

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-05-25 17:07

An account by Baroness Arlyana van Wyck and Mistress Ygraine
of Kellswood

On May 20, 2017, the Barony of Carolingia hosted an event
featuring a venerable test of archery skill. This test was
devised by the founders of the Carolingian Company of
Bowmen, believed to be the oldest archery guild in the SCA.
Because it takes most of a day to complete, and involves
shooting at various distances out to 100 yards, this shoot
is not held often. Indeed, it had been about 10 years since
it was last attempted, so Lady Erica of Carolingia and Lady
Eleanora Stewart resolved to serve as co-autocrats and
provide the opportunity.

The Carolingian Company of Bowmen was chartered in November
1976. (The charter text can be read here:
http://www.kellswood.com/ccb/charter.php ) Its founders
created a ranking shoot which they believed was difficult
enough that advancement would merit the respect of any
archers, whether in the SCA or the modern world. It involves
accuracy shooting at distances from 15 to 100 yards, a brief
combat shooting scenario, and an endurance requirement of a
set number of total shots during one day. (The details of
the shoot can be read here:
http://www.kellswood.com/ccb/rankshoot.php ) It is a test of
consistency and concentration. Many of those who have
attempted this shoot have missed advancing in rank because
of just one poorly-placed shot.

The first level ranking, that of Bowman, has been achieved
by no more than 30 archers over the years; 10 more joined
that number at the event. Fewer than 10 archers belonged to
the rank of  Companion Bowman; now there are 2 more –
Master Kobayashi Yutaka and Lord Mikjall Bogmadr. No one had
achieved the top-level ranking of Master Bowman in the over
40 year history of the Company, but that honor has now been
claimed by Master Li Kung Lo.

At the end of the long day of shooting, Baron Colin held
Court at which he thanked the event staff, the marshals of
archery and thrown weapons, and Lord Orlando, provider of
the ample dayboard. His Excellency was then among the 15 new
members of the Company who pledged to uphold its standards
of honor and safety, and paid the entrance fee to the
Captain of the Company, Master Peter the Red. All those who
advanced in rank were recognized in Court, and Master Li led
a cheer in memory of Marian of Edwinstowe, one of the
Company founders. Many of those present were heard to say
they hoped it would not be another 10 years before this fun
and challenging shoot was held again.

The CCB Charter

Baron Colin pays to join the Company

Captain Peter congratulates Master Li

New members take the Company pledge


Filed under: Archery Tagged: archery

Spring Æcademy: Classes!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-05-25 15:13

Here are the classes scheduled for Spring Æcademy, on June 17, in Angels Keep; details can be seen on our website and as well as the full event flyer.

Come spend a day of fun & learning with the Angels!!

  • Using the Guidonian Hand for Gregorian Chant – THL Mairghread Stoibheard
    inghean ui Choinne
  • Including Brewing at a Dry Site – THL Madoc Arundel
  • Organizing a Brewing Competition – THL Madoc Arundel
  • 1378 Italian Gown OR Short Sleeves for Pennsic, Part I- Therasa du Domremy
  • 1378 Italian Gown OR Short Sleeves for Pennsic, Part II – Therasa du Domremy
  • The Greenland Gown- Baroness Orianna Fridrikskona
  • The art of conspicuous consumption: putting “authenticity” in your 15th- and
    16th-century clothing – Maistresse Marguerite d’Honfleur
  • Cloth Buttons: easy as one, two, three! – Lady Felice de Thornton
  • Beginning Embroidery- Baroness Bronwyn nic Gregor
  • Brocaded Tablet Weaving – Baron Silvester Burchardt
  • Beginning Netting – Baroness Clarice Roan
  • You Too Can Warp and Weave on a Warp-Weighted Loom – Ld Hrolfr a Fjarfelli
  • Wearable Awards- Baroness Bronwyn nic Gregor
  • Blackwork – Beyond the Basics – Moniczka Poznanska
  • Itamae 1: Fundamentals of Japanese Cuisine- Solveig Throndardottir
  • Itamae 2: Fundamentals of Food Preparation- Solveig Throndardottir
  • Itamae 3: Japanese Meal Planning and Execution- Solveig Throndardottir
  • Njal Saga: Plot and Characters- Baron Fridrikr Tomasson
  • The Age of the Sturlungs: How the Commonwealth Ended – Baron Fridrikr
    Tomasson
  • A History of the Settlement of Iceland- Baroness Orianna Fridrikskona
  • Social Structure and Status in Early Medieval Ireland – Master Cynwyl
    MacDaire
  • Pirates!!! Aaarrgghh!!! – Dyryke Hastings
  • Science in the Middle Ages – Master Gille MacDhnouill
  • Hello Poppet! – Ly Mairin O’Cadhla
  • Introduction to Leatherworking for the Novice- Lord Otto Boese
  • Just a Little Sling – Baroness Anastasie De l’Amoure
  • So You want to Throw What?!?! – Baroness Anastasie De l’Amoure
  • Sand Casting Pewter – Baron Artemius Magnus
  • Vinegaroon – Never Dye Leather Again – Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarsson
  • Soap in a Bottle! DIY hard soap for use in scented soap balls – THL Elska a
    Fjarfelli
  • Who do I fight next? A fighter’s and spectator’s guide to tournament trees-
    Baroness Ekaterina Volkova
  • A Look at Documentation – Master Creador TwyneDragon
  • A Quick Look at Judging – Master Creador TwyneDragon
  • Siting Gate/Troll – Baroness Anastasie De l’Amoure
  • Talking with Your Hands – THL Gytha Oggsdottir
  • Gouache 101: gouache for beginners – Lady Felice de Thornton
  • How to draw basic manuscript flora- Baroness Ekaterina Volkova
  • Introduction to Pole Lathe Turning- Iohn Spooner
  • Pouch Making with Floki – Floki Bjornsson
  • Period Games – Douglas of Arindale and Timothy of Arindale the Younger
  • Brass Rubbing – Ly Maire ni Cathal ui Conchobar
  • Becoming a Youth Combat Marshal – Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope

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Court Report: A&S Faire

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-05-24 09:29

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and  Gabrielle, King and Queen of Æthelmearc , as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald with the assistance of THL Aindreas mac Ghille Fhionntaigh a’Ghaoithe Airgid, Nithgaard Herald at The Arts & Sciences Faire and Queen’s Prize Tourney in the Shire of Nithgaard on May 6, Anno Societatis LII.

The Court of Her Majesty Queen Gabrielle was opened.

Her Majesty called the children present before Her and ensuring they knew the rules, unleashed them upon Tassin Treseol with the ritual chase of the toy chest.

The children preparing to chase the toy box. Photo by Lady Mary Christina Lowe, aka Jinx.

Her Majesty asked that all pay head as Tetsutaka noh Tora was Awarded Arms in absentia on this day for his archery skill and service in helping with the ranges. The scroll is a work in progress limned by Lady Viviene of Yardley.

Her Majesty called forth Aurelie of Nithgaard. For her skill in embroidery and service as Deputy Chatelaine for the Shire of Nithgaard as well as her work at events, Their Majesties Awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the court. The scroll was created by the hand of THLady Eleanor Godwin.

Her Majesty called Lady Elena de la Palma before Her. Lady Elena thanked the staff of the event and especially the cook, tollners, and set up and breakdown crew from Nithgaard for all their help ensuring the day went so smoothly.

Lady Elena, the autocrat, addresses the populace. Photo by Jinx.

Her Majesty invited before Her Baroness Orianna and Baron Fredrikr to discuss the Arts and Sciences Faire of the day. Their Excellencies were pleased to advise Her Majesty and the court that there were 22 entrants on this day, and thanked all artisans, sponsors, and advisers for their participation. As is the custom of the Faire, each artisan and sponsor came before the court where the sponsor presented a gift to their artisan to encourage their continued endeavors.

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Artisans receiving gifts from their sponsors and advisors. All photos by Jinx.

The final gift of the Arts and Sciences Faire was presented to Lord Bjorn Bjorklund and Lady Theresa du Domremy. Theresa’s sister, Mistress Jeanmaire du Domremy, presented both with a pair of coronets made with pearls from Theresa’s grandmother’s necklace. Her Majesty advised them that this was at His Majesty and Her Majesty’s express request, as They felt this was a gift worthy of the two. The pair were made Baron and Baroness of the Æthelmearc Court.

Baroness Theresa and Baron Bjorn. Photo by Jinx.

His Majesty sent words from Cathay to both Baron Bjorn and Baroness Theresa thanking them for their hand in raising the young man he was so long ago. He advised that it has been His wish to be the model of chivalry and generosity that they showed Him and to pay forward their gift.

Her Majesty called forth Lady Abigail Kelhoge. Commending the Lady for her exceptional knowledge and skill in clothing, Her Majesty asked that the Order of the Fleur d’ Æthelmearc attend Her. Her Majesty granted Arms to THLady Abigail Kelhoge and bid Her Order to welcome their newest member. The scroll was the work of Mistress Gillian Llwelyn.

Her Majesty asked that all scribes please stand to be acknowledged for their continued contributions to the Kingdom.

Her Majesty then called forth Lord Robert of Ferness to advise him that he had been Her Majesties choice for the Queen’s Prize Tourney and that his work on the shoes for his daughters moved Her Majesty to make him Her inspiration for the day and award him the Golden Escarbuncle.

Lord Robert receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Jinx.

There being no further business, the court of Her Majesty was closed.


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Eastern Results from the March LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-05-23 22:35

EASTERN RESULTS FROM THE MARCH 2017 LoAR

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 March 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.  The submissions in this letter are from Herald’s Point at Pennsic 2016.

EAST acceptances

Æsa assa. Name and device. Purpure, an eagle rising Or sustaining a skull bendwise argent.

Álfr Jǫrundarson. Name and device. Argent, two demi-wolves respectant and in chief two ravens respectant sable.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

Anni of Lincolnshire. Name and device. Argent, in saltire two artist’s brushes, in chief a tree eradicated proper.

An artist’s brush proper is hereby defined as having a brown wooden handle and black bristles. According to Cennini’s Il Libro dell’Arte c.1400 (translated as The Craftsman’s Handbook and published by Dover), the ferrule of a paintbrush (described by Cennini as a “miniver brush”) is a short bit of quill from a bird’s feather, and is not made of metal. We encourage submitters in the future to depict artist’s brushes with a period-appropriate ferrule, but at this time choose not to penalize submitters who depict a brush with a metal ferrule. The tincture and stylization of the ferrule is an unblazoned artistic detail.

Artist’s note: Please draw the tree larger, to fill its space.

Berta Ripperg. Name and device. Per bend sable and gules, a bear rampant and two axes in saltire argent.

Bertana æt Bathancestre. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Appearing on the Letter of Intent as Bertana æt Bathancestere, we have changed the locative to Bathancestre to reflect the documentation.

Brian Beedon. Name and device. Argent, a raven rising to sinister sable maintaining a kitchen knife fesswise reversed gules.

Brighid inghean an Phearsuin. Name and device. Or, in cross five quatrefoils saltirewise azure seeded Or and a bordure vert.

Originally submitted as Brighid inghean an Phearsain, kingdom changed the byname to inghean in Phearsain on the belief that this change was required by Gaelic grammar. It was not.

However, the correct genitive (possessive) form is Phearsuin, not Phearsain. Therefore, we have changed the name to Brighid inghean an Phearsuin to restore the original form in part and use the correct genitive form.

The submitter requested authenticity for an unspecified time and language. This name is not authentic for any particular time or place. Brighid is a Gaelic saint’s name. In medieval Gaelic, we have no evidence that unmarked saint’s names were used as given names. Because we cannot rule out this practice, we allow saint’s names to be registered. Thus, this name is registerable but it is not authentic.

Christoph of Marwick. Device. Per chevron purpure and gules, two pigs combatant argent and a vulture displayed Or.

There is a step from period practice for use of bird other than an eagle in the displayed posture.

Hilde Purdeu. Name.

Nice early 13th century English name!

Hrafn Isauga. Device. Per saltire azure and argent, a raven displayed sable within a bordure counterchanged.

There is a step from period practice for use of bird other than an eagle in the displayed posture.

Artist’s note: Internal detailing and a lighter hue of azure will aid immensely in easy identification of the raven.

João de Tagarro. Name and device. Per pale vert and gules, in cross five plates.

Nice device!

Lúta eyverska. Name and device. Per bend argent and azure, a wolf’s head cabossed and a winged unicorn segreant counterchanged.

The submitter requested authenticity for Old Norse. Although both elements are Old Norse, they were not found during the same time period or in the same location. Thus, this name is registerable but it does not meet the authenticity request.

Submitters had difficulty seeing the alicorn (unicorn’s horn) in the color emblazon. Artist’s note: make the alicorn larger and thicker.

Mairi de Innernarryn. Name and device. Gules, in fess a bezant between two stags combattant Or.

This name combines a Gaelic given name and a Scots byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Meave Macintosh. Name and device. Gules, on a dragon sejant affronty wings displayed argent, an apple vert.

Michael Leg Bain. Name and device. Per pale purpure and Or, in saltire an armored leg and an arrow counterchanged.

Mishal Shirāzī. Name and device. Sable, two camels combattant and in base a mullet of seven points argent, a chief argent goutty purpure.

This name combines an Arabic given name with a Persian byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

The submitter requested authenticity for an unspecified time, place or culture. This name is not authentic for any particular time or place. However, it is registerable.

Muirenn ingen Ciric. Name.

Nicolas Étienne le Noir. Device. Per pale argent and sable, a calamarie inverted between three roundels counterchanged.

Pierre d’Abbeville. Device. Argent, three hearts gules and on a chief sable an escallop between two trees Or.

Beautiful depiction of the escallop and oak trees!

Rafi’ al-Qasid. Name and device. Quarterly sable and Or, a hyena statant argent charged on the shoulder with a crescent sable.

The submitter requested authenticity for 13th century Arabic. We were not able to meet that request because we could not document the name elements to the 13th century. However, Ursula Palimpsest found the given name in the 14th century as an element in the name of a man living in Cairo, in Law and Piety in Medieval Islam by Megan H. Reid (Cambridge University Press, 2013) (https://books.google.com/books?id=zZo0AAAAQBAJ). The byname was also documented to the 14th century in Egypt. Therefore, although not authentic for the 13th century, the name is authentic for an Arabic speaker in Egypt in the 14th century.

Robeke von Heidelberg. Name and device. Gules, a waterwheel and on a chief argent three keystones sable.

The submitter requested authenticity for 15th century German “+/- 100 years.” This name is not authentic because it combines Low German and High German, which are effectively different languages. However, it is registerable.

Robert of Shetland. Name and device. Per pale gules and sable, two horses combattant and in chief a sword fesswise reversed argent.

Þóra in kyrra Halbiarnardóttir. Name and device. Argent, a fox rampant proper and on a chief purpure two fleurs-de-lys argent.

Submitted as Þóra in kyrra Halbiarnardottir, this spelling incorrectly uses markings in the given name, but not in -dóttir. Markings in Old Norse names must be used or omitted consistently throughout the name. We have added the marking to the byname for registration. If the submitter prefers the form without markings, she may submit a request for reconsideration.

Ulf Dragon Slaghtere. Name and device. Per saltire Or and gules, a dragon displayed sable between four pheons in cross points to center counterchanged.

The submitter requested authenticity for “England.” Although all of the name elements are English, they are not all found in the same time period. Therefore, while this name is registerable, it is not authentic.

There is a step from period practice for use of a dragon displayed.

Artist’s note: make sure that the belly scales are in the center of the body, with flanks showing on either side and with the limbs displayed equally, to be more properly displayed.

Umm Butrus A’isha al-Anida. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Wærthryth æt Eoforwicceaster. Name and device. Vert, in fess two owls and a bordure argent.

Submitted as Wærthryth æt Eoforwicceaster_, the place name in a locative byname in Old English ordinarily needs to be in the dative form. In this case, that would be Eoforwicceastere. In commentary, Kenric æt Essexe found examples that suggest that the dative form may not have been used in all cases. We encourage more research on this issue. Meanwhile, we will give the submitter the benefit of the doubt that her byname as submitted is correctly formed. If the submitter prefers the dative form Eoforwicceastere, she may make a request for reconsideration.

Wærthryth was not actually found in the article cited in the Letter of Intent. The spelling actually found in the Latin source document is Uuerthryth. Fortunately, we can construct the name Wærthryth from the documented elements Wær- and -thryth.

The submitter requested authenticity for Anglo-Saxon “esp. 7th c. England.” As the given name is constructed, rather than attested in the submitted spelling, the name does not meet this request. However, it is registerable.

Nice device!

EAST returns

Bertana æt Bathancestre. Device. Per fess wavy azure and Or, in pale three suns counterchanged between flaunches vert.

This device is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states “Elements must be drawn to be identifiable.” Most commenters were unable to identify the line of division as wavy. Very little of the line of division is visible, with 2/3 of it obscured by flaunches and approximately half of the remaining line broken up by a counterchanged sun.

Eva von Kölln. Device. Argent, surmounting a cross sable between in chief two oak leaves and in base two otters combattant vert, a heart gules.

This device is returned for having a “barely overall” charge. SENA Appendix I, Charge Group Theory, in defining overall charges states “An overall charge must have a significant portion on the field; a design with a charge that has only a little bit sticking over the edges of an underlying charge is known as “barely overall” and is not registerable.” Here, more of the heart is on the cross than on the field.

Submitters were torn on whether this depiction of the otters succeeded in addressing the reasons for return at the kingdom level. We will note that in making the arms of the cross thinner, there will be more space with which to depict the otters, which should aid in identification.

Muirenn ingen Ciric. Device. Argent, on a bend azure between a spear bendwise and a rapier bendwise sable, three gouttes d’eau.

This armory must be returned for non-registerable depictions of gouttes. Per the March 2013 Cover Letter:

For non-maintained or otherwise artistic charges, however, given the evidence we express a strong preference for the traditional wavy-tailed gouttes. Teardrop shaped gouttes are registerable as long as they are elongated, more than twice as long as they are wide.

These gouttes are not the multiply-waved gouttes seen in period depictions of the charge, and look instead like commas. Upon resubmission, we advise the submitter to draw the gouttes with more waves in the tail, as seen in Bruce Draconarius’ Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry, 3rd Edition (http://mistholme.com/dictionary/gout/).

Umm Butrus A’isha al-Anida. Device. Azure ermined argent, on a roundel argent, a dragon displayed sable.

This device must be returned for redraw. In the return of William le Bond, the following precedent was reaffirmed:

This device is returned for redraw. In the return of Magdalene de Saint Benoit-sur-Loire, it was stated:

This device is returned for a redraw. At first glance this appears to be wyvern, not a dragon, as both forelegs and half the head are invisible due to their placement against the rest of the dragon. While no difference is granted between a wyvern and a dragon, they are still separate charges. On resubmission please advise the submitter that the head should not overlap the wing, nor should the forelegs lie entirely on the dragon’s body. [LoAR of December 2005]

This was confirmed in the return of Ciarán Alanson, on the LoAR of March 2006, for the same reason.

This submission has the same problem: the forelimbs are invisible due to their placement entirely against the wings.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a dragon displayed.


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On Target: Be Prepared

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-05-22 19:24

This month’s On Target topic: proper preparation prevents poor performance!

It was a privilege to be the archery marshal-in-charge at Blackstone Raid. When I got to the site, the weather seemed to be perfect, so I set the range up the night before the archery competition. What we did not know was that there would be a sudden change; a microburst hit around 1 a.m.

The next morning, I went out to look at the range and a good bit of it was down… but fortunately I was prepared.

I had an extra box with spikes and washers, as well as extra rope. As you can see, the rope had clips and rings on it, so that I could pound spikes and retie the hay bales.

I also had extra targets, which was good since some of the original targets were destroyed in the rain.

In addition, I had a roll of camo-patterned duct tape that was perfect for outdoors. And for the first time, I had built backstops for the targets. Placing a backstop roughly 4 feet behind each target meant many of the arrows never dug into the dirt, or as we like to say, became “worm chasers.” Not having to look in the ground saved archers a lot of time.

Finally, I had brought an extra prize, which turned out to be important – I had planned for first, second, and third place prizes, but then I had one shooter strike a deer target in the heart it well over 50 yards, so on the fly I was able to give a prize for the best shot of the day.

In conclusion, if you’re the MIC, it never hurts to overpack!

Yours in service,
THLord Deryk Archer


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Family Activities at Wars of the Roses – Something New!

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-05-21 10:17

Olivia Baker, reporting

This year at Wars of the Roses, we are doing something a little different. Rather than having specific family activities, we are encouraging and facilitating participation in all of the aspects of the event (to the extent legally and safely possible). Too much have we heard about families who cannot participate in “main” event activities and teens who are bored with crafts. There is always something to learn or help with, and it is our goal this year to provide as many opportunities for youth and their families to enjoy the event together as possible.

(1) There is always something to help with. We will provide a list of many of the activities happening at the event and things they will need volunteers for. Appropriate age ranges will be included so youth can easily find opportunities to help with the “main” Event.

(2) There is always something to learn. There will be many classes, and we will have a Village building full of artisans (and free play space) willing to share their craft and let anyone who is interested try it out. We are working with those who submit classes to have them post age ranges for their classes, and we encourage teachers to consider teaching beginner-level classes that would be appropriate for younger children as well. We are also looking for youth who would like to sponsor a competition at the Event.

(3) There is always someplace to be part of. The Village building will be a family-friendly space with free-play areas, artisan stations, and social space. It is a place where families can come to socialize, work on arts/sciences/handwork/etc, and play while enjoying “what we do in the SCA.” This is not the only place where families and youth are encouraged to participate. It is a sheltered area with boundaries that is explicitly family-friendly. Our goal is to keep families involved with the activities of the Event rather than sending them to a separated space.

We hope to see many families with all members engaged and enjoying the Event. If you have questions or suggestions, or you would like to volunteer to assist or teach, please contact me as soon as you can so we can talk!

If you’re interested in helping out with Family Activities, please contact the Family Activities Coordinator directly. 

Please remember that parents are responsible for their children at all times. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the East Kingdom Chancellor Minor Policies

Below is the current schedule of family-friendly activities!

SATURDAY:

11:00 AM – Anyone Can Make Largesse! (Lady Finnguala ingen Neill meic Chuircc) — A class/workshop about what Largesse is and ideas for what SCAdians in various age groups and skill levels can make. A table with materials and idea/instruction sheets will be available for open use during the day on both Saturday and Sunday. Young children will need an older helper, not just adult supervision. Ages 4+

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Family-Friendly Songs for the SCA: a singalong and learning circle for sharing youth-appropriate tunes. Bring copies of our favorite SCA-and-youth-appropriate song lyrics to share!

1:00 PM – Origami (Paper Folding) for Beginners (Anna Elisabetta deValladolid) — A family-friendly class for ages 6+

1:00 PM – Storytime for the Littles (hosted by Inlé) — Come hear stories and maybe find a new favorite! We will be sharing our favorite SCA-appropriate picture books and reading some aloud. This will focus on stories appropriate for ages under 6. Live storytellers also welcome to stop by and share!

1:30 – 3:00 PM – Family Field Games — Active games for kids, family, and friends to play together that get you up and moving around!

3:00-5:00 PM – Heraldic Games! (Lady Cecelie Vogelgesangkin) — Using Registered names and devices, these games will include trivia, spelling attempts, and drawing for a full gamut of entertainment. Fun for ALL ages, they will work best with mixed age groups, so don’t be shy about joining in.

4:00 – 5:00 PM – Medieval Soda and Other Non-Alcoholic Drinks (lærifaðir Magnus hvalmagi) — We know a lot about adult beverages of medieval people, but did you know that non-alcoholic beverages were just as common (if not more)? Yup, believe it or not, soda is period! Come learn how to make some of these tasty drinks with things you can get from the grocery store!

7:00 PM – Human Chess (hosted by Mistress Ose Silverhair)

8:00 PM – Teen Roundtable (followed by Teen Social)

SUNDAY:

10:00 AM – Woven Wood (Master Angus Pembridge) — A hands-on demo of making wattle panels/fences/edging/etc.

11:00 AM – Viking Wire Weaving (Lady Shannon inghean Bhrain ui Dhuilleain) — Learn how to make those nifty woven wire necklaces (and other things) you see people wearing with their Viking-age garb. We’ll get started; students may not finish, but will be able to take their projects home to work on them. Material fee $5, age 16+, class size limit 8.

12:30 PM – Refilling the Kingdom Toychest (Lady Finnguala ingen Neill meic Chuircc) — What goes into filling the toy chest that gets brought out when the King and Queen visit? How can we help keep it full? Ideas and materials will be available. Let’s see how much we can get done to give back to the toychest!


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Master Thorpe Wins Forged In Fire Competition

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-20 00:15

Master Thorpe displays the African blade he made in his home forge for the third round of the show Forged In Fire. Photo by THL Fionnghuala.

By Baroness Katja (Chris Adler-France)

Æthelmearc fans of the History Channel’s metalsmithing competition, Forged In Fire, recognized a familiar face last week: Master John Michael Thorpe.

One of four competitors in the sixth episode of the fourth season of the show, Master Thorpe was named the champion of that episode’s challenge and won the $10,000 prize.

In each episode of the reality TV competition show, four entrants forge bladed weapons in a three-round elimination, with the first two three-hour rounds to create and improve a specific kind of knife out of a specific kind of metal in a Brooklyn, NY studio. The two finalists then have five days to create a specific historic sword in their home workshops before returning to the studio for their creation to be judged in a series of sharpness and sturdiness tests. Past competitions have challenged contestants to create such blades as Japanese katanas, Elizabethan rapiers, Norse battle axes, Scottish claymores, German katzbalger, and cavalry sabres. (See the Wikipedia article here for more about the show’s history.)

A metalworking Laurel and an SCA member since 1982, Master Thorpe has lived in Myrkfaelinn, Nithgaard, Thescorre, and now Delftwood for the past 13 years. He has three apprentices and is the founder and guild master of the Royal Guild of Æthelmearc Metalsmiths. He has served in a number of officer roles over the years, including kingdom chronicler, baronial seneschal, and several rapier marshallates.

He talked to The Gazette about the competition experience:

Q: First, congratulations on your win! Second, how long have you been a practicing blacksmith/silversmith and what experience do you have with metallurgy?

I have been making knives since I was about 14 and forging them since about 1990 or so. I am mostly self taught as a blade smith, but have learned a lot about metallurgy and blade performance from ABS Mastersmith Kevin Cashen, and Tim Zowada, and have had long discussions with Dr. Roman Landes, who literally wrote (in German) the authoritative book on the metallurgy of sharpness. I started working with metal professionally as a bench jeweler at 19, although my first exposure to the jewelry trade was in fourth grade (when a silversmith visited his class as part of the American Bicentennial celebrations). I learned enough by watching him that I was able to teach myself chasing and repousse from memory eight years later and  started making jewelry in my dorm room at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology).

When I dropped out for a year on sick leave I went to work at a wholesale jewelry repair shop in Ithaca, where I worked my way up from polisher to bench jeweler. Repairing thousands of chains and sizing hundreds of rings is a great way to refine the fundamentals of your craft!

I taught myself metallurgy so that I could make better knives, and so that I could make a metallurgically correct 13th century knife to prove Laurel wrong when he said to someone that you could make a perfectly accurate 13th century knife that would work as well as the period ones by filing a blade out of the welding steel you get at a hardware store. I learned enough metallurgy in the process that despite my math education effectively ending after 9th grade, I was hired as a metallurgical associate engineer at an aerospace superalloy manufacturing plant, testing the metal that spins at high temperatures inside jet engines, and at one point was literally doing rocket science with tools that Benvenuto Cellini would recognize (using a chasing hammer and miniature carving chisels to collect samples for chemical analysis from the castings that became the main engine nozzles for the last three space shuttle missions).

Q: From watching the episode, it certainly appeared that you were very familiar with the competition’s specific expectations, such as the tests to gauge that the weapons were actually usable and not just impressive looking. So, how did you learn about this competition show and when did you begin watching it?

I initially learned about Forged in Fire when my wife (THL Fionnghuala inghean Diarmada) stumbled on it somewhere in the first season. I came down to watch the “cooking show about bladesmithing” and recognized one of the contestants from one of the bladesmithing hammer-ins I am a regular at. I went back and watched all of the episodes that were available and started watching regularly.

As to the specific expectations of the show, at one level, my focus in bladesmithing has always been on performance. A knife is a tool, I have always put function first, edge geometry (which determines sharpness), edge metallurgy (which determines how long an edge will continue cutting), and blade geometry (which determines how well a blade will pass through the medium it is cutting), how it will dissipate stress, etc.

The society of bladesmiths I have been a member of for over a decade, the New England Bladesmiths Guild (http://ashokanknifeseminar.com/), is a group of bladesmiths who organized the Ashokan Seminar as a vehicle to allow advancing knowledge of metallurgical science and bladesmithing outside of the heavily hype driven atmosphere of the more mainstream knife communities.

Q: What made you decide to enter this competition?

I am a horrible person. I sat and watched the show, armchair quarterbacking as the competition progressed with my wife (she can now recognize problems developing and strategic errors almost as quickly as I do, and as time went on I started bouncing some of my strategic ideas off of her for input).

As time went on, my ego got the best of me and I began to think that I could stand my ground against at least half of the winners skill-set wise, and that I had a better grasp of metallurgical knowledge than the majority of the competitors I had seen. I know and have shared an anvil with more than a few of the past episode winners, and I have a great deal of respect for the ones I know, but I felt that I had about a 50/50 chance in any given group and challenge.

Q: How did you prepare for the competition?

Since I don’t typically make blades over about five inches in length, before I even considered applying, I tested myself by forging a series of three blades giving myself a two-hour time limit from bar stock to quenched. I figured that if I could do that using all hand tools reliably, that would leave an hour for dealing with whatever material challenge curveball was thrown at me. When I proved to myself that I could do that, I sent in my application.

Q: First, you had to forge a Kukri (a large angled knife from Nepal) within a couple of hours in the studio with the other three contestants, then you and the other finalist had several days to make a specific blade in your home workshops. Had you ever made a Kukri or bent blade before? What were your thoughts about the in-studio challenge? Had you ever used the specific type of metal you were given to use?

Funny that you ask… I had never made a Kukri before, and in previous seasons competitors had always been tasked with “making a blade in their own signature style” for rounds one and two. I do not really have large blade signature style that would be appropriate for the typical performance tests, so I was planning to do a Persian style with a curved, tapered blade and trailing point, as that would perform well in the typical performance tests from the previous seasons. Then, they served up a curveball having us make a knife in (show judge) Jason Knight’s signature style. I had never intentionally made a blade with that kind of curve before. During the application process, the producer asked me if I had ever made anything “curvy or weird” before, so I ran out to the forge and made a quick serpentine dagger blade and emailed her the picture.

The Akrafena.

As to the type of steel, W1, I have used it to make little hand tools for chasing and repousse, but not for making a big blades. It is chemically similar to some other steels I have used, it is one of the most basic common tool steels, but not one of my usual choices for anything big.

Q: Had you ever made an Akrafena (an Ashanti sword with a perforated bulbous blade) or other large blade with cut-outs before? Your immediate response on the show, when told what you had to make, was that it was “scary.”

I have made several straight-bladed swords before, but not finished any of them into complete swords as I did not have the appropriate equipment to successfully heat-treat anything big to my standards (and the one rapier where I farmed out the heat treatment came back looking like a pretzel). The day before I left to go compete, I made a 45-inch-long electric heat treatment kiln (in his workshop) on the off-chance that I might make it to the final round and have to make something big, but I had not wired it or tested it before I left for New York. I did not have a quench tank big enough for a sword either.

I was not expecting to make it to the final round as I had not had any time to actually practice between the producers contacting me that it looked like I might be a contestant and when I had to get on a plane.

Q: What were your expectations when you entered the competition?

I went down with two goals: the first being to not get eliminated in the first round, and the second being to not embarrass my wife (Okay, not getting permanently injured is was also important.) Everything else was just gravy and experience points. I was going down to have fun.

Getting to the third round and facing the challenge of doing this extremely curved African sword with weird geometry and cutouts in the blade was intimidating. Then, adding in the logistical challenges that I had not had time to build any of the equipment that would speed up the build and make dealing with the odd shape easy was an extra piece of intimidation, not to mention that I was facing an opponent who had pulled off the unthinkable comeback (in the second round). I literally wired up the temperature control and modified a pottery kiln into a top-loading heat-treat kiln and welded up a quench tank during my home forge time with the camera recording my every move and the clock running. There were tons of logistical challenges to meet, and that was before I scrapped my first blade on the third day, and forge-welded five bars together to make up a bar with enough mass for a second attempt.

Q: How did you approach the Akrafena challenge? What was your process, how was it different or similar to blades you’ve made for the Society? What went well, what was the most difficult aspect of the challenge? How much did you research the historical weapon and how did that affect your design?

I researched the Akrafena on the Internet in the 32 hours I had between finding out that I was a finalist and the time my home forge time started. I was hoping that I would find one in the African section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art the morning before I flew back, but no luck. I analyzed about 20 examples and did up a CAD template that was true to the characteristics of the historic examples, and found about 30 pages of Adinkra symbols.

Then, after three days everything went sideways and I approached it basically as an exercise in situational triage. I started out with plans to make a fancy, very historically accurate piece while still following the design specifics designated in the rules. Things started to go wrong and I had to scrap the first attempt blade because it would be 1/8-inch shy of the required minimum in one dimension after finish grinding and trying to pull it out was not going as planned. I hit a point where I was not confident and abandoned my three days of work, starting over while there was still time. At that point, my whole strategy was just trying to make sure that I had a blade that could be tested, which was going to be a challenge considering the largest piece of stock I had was ¼-inch by 1 1/2-inch in cross section.

Q: What surprised you throughout the experience?

I won. Beyond that, the number of people involved in the production of the show, who are never seen on camera. During the three-hour forge sessions, there are easily more than 10 people just operating camera and sound equipment on the forge floor, all of us have at least one, more likely two or three cameras on us at any point during the three-hour sessions.

Also the lengths that they go to to ensure that everything is fair, the rules are followed, and that what you are seeing is real, despite the fact that only a tiny fraction of the footage makes it to the final edit. Seriously!

Beyond that, you expect that a reality show-type competition would have all sorts of artificially produced animosity between contestants to make drama happen? There was none of that. The production team was very professional and did nothing to try to encourage fake drama. While the four of us ribbed each other constantly in between the timed sessions, it was all good natured and we were laughing constantly (even when someone was the recipient of a particularly good barb) and have stayed in touch in the weeks since. We have plans to continue a good-natured series of build-off competitions under the name “Drunken Monkey Brotherhood Forge” to keep the camaraderie going.

Q: Brock, one of the other contestants, wore Ren Faire garb. Did you ever discuss the SCA with him?

I asked him if he does SCA. He does Ren Faire and LARP (live-action roleplaying), and that is where he makes his money.

Q: Have you ever entered any forging competitions before this? Do you plan on entering any future ones?

I do not typically do competitions, really not my style. Just like fencing tournaments, I feel most competitions bring out the worst in people and I want no part of that. This looked like fun and a unique opportunity, so I did it, not really to win, but just to do it. I had fun, and the experience was great, so I would go back and do it again given the opportunity.

Q: Is the $10,000 prize going toward any specific equipment or materials?

Medical debt. I plan to pay off some stuff, then the money that is no longer going to the creditors will go towards getting back to Florence and Munich, and taking the curator of European Weapons Collections at the Royal Armory at Leeds up on his invitation to take a close look at some pieces in the collections there.

Q: Did you get to keep either of the blades you created?

All weapons produced are property of the History Channel.

Q: Any suggestions or tips for others who want to try entering this competition?

My only real tip is this is an extreme athletic event with a technical challenge and a fire show. The round one conditions in the forge are tough, and have taken out several competitors, including one who had to be hospitalized. Understanding metallurgy and edge geometry is essential, as well as the ability to think on the fly.

 

If you missed the broadcast on the History Channel, you can see it here on the show’s webpage.

Master Thorpe’s metalworking business, Sunshadow Designs, can be found here on Facebook and here on the web.


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