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Auckland Castle Trust buys Binchester Roman Town

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-04-21 16:23

Plans are afoot for the revamping of the Binchester Roman Town in County Durham, England, with the purchase of the archaeological site by the owners of nearby Auckland Castle. Among those announced are the construction of a glass walkway over the dig, and a visitors' center.

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Higgins Armor Collection sale catalog online

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-04-21 10:17

On May 7, 2014, the armor collection of the Higgins Museum was sold by Thomas Del Mar Ltd at Southby's Auction House in London. The catalog from the sale is available online in PDF format.

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Crypto-What-Now? Decoding Medieval Manuscripts: A Research Guide

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-20 19:34

Good Evening, my happy family of medievalists! I recently went to look at a manuscript as a primary source. I know, it’s a never ending exercise in frustration. When you pull out a manuscript (or more likely, photos of the pages) it sometimes seems like you are staring at another language even when it is written in English. Guess what? Chances are good that it IS written in another language. Today’s Links list will educate you on the whys and hows of Medieval Cryptology, a past time that originated in the need to write quickly and condense a complicated language down to its essentials. This ancient basis for modern shorthand marks is the very reason your eyes get so tired attempting to decipher those medieval marks on the page. Read on (thankfully, in modern English), and learn how to cheat, and look like a pro at cryptology!

(All images come from the links preceding them in the text except where noted)

Cheers!

Aoife

Dame Aoife Finn (m/k/a author Lis Gelatt), writing from sunny Endless Hills in Æthelmearc.

Image source:Reading Medieval Script

English Language and Usage: How did 7 become the abbreviation for ‘and’ in Old English? Did you ever wonder how some abbreviations or shorthand characters came to be? The link above details how a common modern shorthand character found frequent usage.

The mark that resembles a modern number seven usually means “and,” is shorthand for the latin word “et.” It has survived into the modern Irish language, used in signs and other places where brevity is important.

Reading Medieval Script in Three Not-So-Easy Steps. Often, when we sit down to do research into a given subject we are confronted with several difficulties in period sources. This author addresses those difficulties so that you, the scholar, don’t end up looking like the fellow pictured after a day of primary source reading. Arundel 490, fol. 81

How to Read Medieval Handwriting. There are many difficulties to medieval handwriting, not the least of which are the many “fonts.”  Find out how to adjust yourself to these puzzling language characters at this link.

Medieval Abbreviations (I). Origin. Where did this peculiar need to abbreviate meaning in written word originate? At this link you will find out how and why medieval shorthand began. Yes, it is for the same reason we use shorthand today. You won’t believe how old shorthand really is, though.

Medieval Abbreviations (II). Medieval Period. Shorthand and abbreviations took a turn for the more complicated in the Medieval period. In a way, monks and scholars were hoarding information for themselves by creating and using this “secret language” known only to the initiated. Here’s how to crack that code for yourself.

Here we see a document in Latin from the Medieval Period rife with abbreviations known only to those who know the language and it’s clerical abbreviations.

The Ciphers of the Monks—A forgotten number notation of the middle ages. Yes, this is another secret language from the middle ages. And you thought the number system for referencing passages in the Bible was convoluted!

Manuscript abbreviations in Latin and English. Use this handy guide as you read your source documents. It will prove invaluable in deciphering those abbreviations.

A Dictionary of Abbreviations in Medieval Manuscripts Here is another dictionary of words found abbreviated in medieval manuscripts. You’re welcome. I’m glad to have this on tap, myself!

Medieval Manuscript Manual. Originating as a class reference, this site has become a European scholarly site for references on all sorts of manuscript ephemera, and features manuscripts in many languages. The site itself is available in several languages to boot.

Cracking Codes in Medieval Books. This, it turns out, is quite a hobby in itself. If you want to research certain manuscripts, however, this will be an invaluable tool. Some scriptorium preferred certain symbols and abbreviations over others.

Tironian Notes. Socrates had a scribe whose family name was Tiro. Tiro devised a system for rapid note-taking, and Tironian notes (the first known shorthand) was born. Still in use by the late middle ages, Tironian notes allowed scholars to rapidly write spoken word as well as to write all over source material in a secret language, summing up the contents for themselves. These margin notes are fascinating to modern scholars. On this site, we see some of the system, which became incredibly complex, in action as well as several translation tables and examples of the marks in situ.

Medieval Cryptology–Aethelmearc’s own Mistress Phiala has a site dedicated to Medieval Cryptology, noting many ways medieval scribes made knowledge harder for modern scholars to interpret. This site is the Pennsic University basis for her class on the subject.

Decrypting the Most Mysterious Book in the World. If you thought any of the above was difficult, you should see the Voynich manuscript, a 600 year old book that NO ONE but the author understood. Until now….

One of the most mysterious books in the world, The Voynich Manuscript has been complete gibberish from start to finish, until a professor cracked the code for some 10 words and 14 symbols in the text.


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Another Announcement on the ACCEPS Program

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-20 17:09

A further announcement from the Society Seneschal on the ACCEPS program.

The Seneschal of the Society sends greetings to my fellow SCA members and participants,

Based upon the fact that ACCEPS has now shut down, the need to remain silent to ensure the security of everyone’s credit card information on ACCEPS is no longer a concern and as such, I am able to divulge the following factual basis for the SCA’s ending of its relationship with ACCEPS in terms of all future events.

Please know that it was the Board of Directors and the Corporate Officers’ intention to allow ACCEPS to continue to serve the Kingdoms and the local groups in terms of those events that were currently being handled through ACCEPS and that the immediate shutting down of all ACCEPS activities was not anticipated by the Board of Directors or the Corporate Officers.  The immediate termination of ACCEPS was a decision made solely by the ACCEPS staff.

Furthermore, I did not anticipate that my official memorandum to the Kingdom Seneschals (the same email was sent by the Corporate Treasurer to the Kingdom Exchequers) would be disseminated in whole or in part on Social Media feeds and as such, I feel that the following points need to be made.

1. It was reported to the Board of Directors that ACCEPS’ security structure could be compromised and that ACCEPS’s security must be updated; when this was reported to ACCEPS, the creator of the ACCEPS program refused to bolster and update security and make the necessary modifications to ACCEPS to protect participants and the SCA.

2. In an attempt to protect the members and participants of the SCA using ACCEPS, the Board of Directors decided, in conjunction with the President, Society Seneschal (i.e. myself) and Corporate Treasurer, decided to remove the SCA’s authorization to use ACCEPS in terms of any future events.

3. All Kingdom and local group events currently being served through ACCEPS would be allowed to continue to participate as active ACCEPS participants; however, it was determined by the Board of Directors, in conjunction with Corporate Officers, that no new events will be allowed to register with ACCEPS due to the financial risk to the SCA and its participants.

4. The Board of Directors and Corporate Officers determined that it was most prudent to protect the individuals who are still being served by ACCEPS by not drawing attention to the security weakness inherent in ACCEPS; to do so would have been to place the participants and their credit card information at risk in terms of credit card fraud.

5. The Society Seneschal and Corporate Treasurer drafted an official letter to Kingdom Seneschals and Kingdom Exchequers to not use ACCEPS in the future, that to violate this rule would result in a suspended warrant (i.e. there was a real consequence to not following this directive) and that those events that were currently being served by ACCEPS may continue, but not be extended.  The potential sanction for any Seneschal and Exchequer not following this directive was commensurate with putting the SCA’s membership at risk.

6. A courtesy copy of these official letters (to Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers) were sent to ACCEPS. As such, ACCEPS was informed that the SCA was terminating its relationship ACCEPS in terms of any new events; however, it was clear from the letter that the SCA would continue to allow the Kingdoms and local group to maintain all current events handled by ACCEPS.

7. The treasurer of ACCEPS contacted the Corporate Treasurer on the evening of April 18, 2015 which was the genesis of a conference call between the treasurer for ACCEPS, the President of the SCA, the Corporate Treasurer and I (as Society Seneschal), immediately after receiving the courtesy copy of the official email sent to all Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers. The terms of the SCA’s response to ACCEPS were reviewed orally during this phone call, i.e. that the current events already being handled on ACCEPS would be allowed to proceed until fruition, but there would be no further events handled on ACCEPS.

8. Not only did ACCEPS refuse, previous to this past weekend’s Board of Director’s Meeting, to take steps to protect individuals which forced the hand of the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers, but later that evening, after the Board Meeting and after the conference call with Corporate Officers, ACCEPS chose to terminate their services to each Kingdom and local group in terms of all of the current events being handled by ACCEPS.

9. Later that evening, statements were made on Social Media quoting portions of the official communication to SCA Seneschals and Exchequers and this generated a great deal of negative comments in terms of the Board of Director’s and Corporate Officers; however, the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers were unable to comment on these until this opportunity.  To do otherwise would be to expose the weaknesses in security in terms of the ACCEPS system and put the credit card information of the members and participants at risk.   This posting is a response to all of those comments.  A number of comments received by the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers and I will be responding to each of these now that ACCEPS has been shut down.

10. PayPal is currently being utilized by several test Kingdoms and while the vast majority of the other Kingdoms are not currently ready to employ PayPal; however, the Board and Corporate Officers were compelled to act swiftly to minimize the opportunity for fraud in view of the refusal by ACCEPS’ owner/creator to make proper updates and enhancements to protect credit card information. I believe that we all understood that this would be inconvenient to Kingdoms and local groups, but in view of the world wide threat of credit card fraud and identity theft, the Board acted to protect individual participants who could be compromised by utilizing ACCEPS in the future.

If anyone has any questions regarding this matter, I can be reached at seneschal@sca.org.  I am unable to participate in Social Media due to the nature of my mundane employment; as such, if you are interested in actually discussing this matter, I invite you to send me an email.

Regards,
A.J. Pongratz, Esq.
Society Seneschal/Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc.


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ACCEPS Update from SCA Corporate

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-20 16:44

The following was posted today to the Society Seneschal’s webpage.  The original can be found here.

The Seneschal of the Society sends greetings to my fellow SCA members and participants,

Based upon the fact that ACCEPS has now shut down, the need to remain silent to ensure the security of everyone’s credit card information on ACCEPS is no longer a concern and as such, I am able to divulge the following factual basis for the SCA’s ending of its relationship with ACCEPS in terms of all future events.

Please know that it was the Board of Directors and the Corporate Officers’ intention to allow ACCEPS to continue to serve the Kingdoms and the local groups in terms of those events that were currently being handled through ACCEPS and that the immediate shutting down of all ACCEPS activities was not anticipated by the Board of Directors or the Corporate Officers.  The immediate termination of ACCEPS was a decision made solely by the ACCEPS staff.

Furthermore, I did not anticipate that my official memorandum to the Kingdom Seneschals (the same email was sent by the Corporate Treasurer to the Kingdom Exchequers) would be disseminated in whole or in part on Social Media feeds and as such, I feel that the following points need to be made.

1. It was reported to the Board of Directors that ACCEPS’ security structure could be compromised and that ACCEPS’s security must be updated; when this was reported to ACCEPS, the creator of the ACCEPS program refused to bolster and update security and make the necessary modifications to ACCEPS to protect participants and the SCA.

2. In an attempt to protect the members and participants of the SCA using ACCEPS, the Board of Directors decided, in conjunction with the President, Society Seneschal (i.e. myself) and Corporate Treasurer, decided to remove the SCA’s authorization to use ACCEPS in terms of any future events.

3. All Kingdom and local group events currently being served through ACCEPS would be allowed to continue to participate as active ACCEPS participants; however, it was determined by the Board of Directors, in conjunction with Corporate Officers, that no new events will be allowed to register with ACCEPS due to the financial risk to the SCA and its participants.

4. The Board of Directors and Corporate Officers determined that it was most prudent to protect the individuals who are still being served by ACCEPS by not drawing attention to the security weakness inherent in ACCEPS; to do so would have been to place the participants and their credit card information at risk in terms of credit card fraud.

5. The Society Seneschal and Corporate Treasurer drafted an official letter to Kingdom Seneschals and Kingdom Exchequers to not use ACCEPS in the future, that to violate this rule would result in a suspended warrant (i.e. there was a real consequence to not following this directive) and that those events that were currently being served by ACCEPS may continue, but not be extended.  The potential sanction for any Seneschal and Exchequer not following this directive was commensurate with putting the SCA’s membership at risk.

6. A courtesy copy of these official letters (to Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers) were sent to ACCEPS. As such, ACCEPS was informed that the SCA was terminating its relationship ACCEPS in terms of any new events; however, it was clear from the letter that the SCA would continue to allow the Kingdoms and local group to maintain all current events handled by ACCEPS.

7. The treasurer of ACCEPS contacted the Corporate Treasurer on the evening of April 18, 2015 which was the genesis of a conference call between the treasurer for ACCEPS, the President of the SCA, the Corporate Treasurer and I (as Society Seneschal), immediately after receiving the courtesy copy of the official email sent to all Kingdom Seneschals and Exchequers. The terms of the SCA’s response to ACCEPS were reviewed orally during this phone call, i.e. that the current events already being handled on ACCEPS would be allowed to proceed until fruition, but there would be no further events handled on ACCEPS.

8. Not only did ACCEPS refuse, previous to this past weekend’s Board of Director’s Meeting, to take steps to protect individuals which forced the hand of the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers, but later that evening, after the Board Meeting and after the conference call with Corporate Officers, ACCEPS chose to terminate their services to each Kingdom and local group in terms of all of the current events being handled by ACCEPS.

9. Later that evening, statements were made on Social Media quoting portions of the official communication to SCA Seneschals and Exchequers and this generated a great deal of negative comments in terms of the Board of Director’s and Corporate Officers; however, the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers were unable to comment on these until this opportunity.  To do otherwise would be to expose the weaknesses in security in terms of the ACCEPS system and put the credit card information of the members and participants at risk.   This posting is a response to all of those comments.  A number of comments received by the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers and I will be responding to each of these now that ACCEPS has been shut down.

10. PayPal is currently being utilized by several test Kingdoms and while the vast majority of the other Kingdoms are not currently ready to employ PayPal; however, the Board and Corporate Officers were compelled to act swiftly to minimize the opportunity for fraud in view of the refusal by ACCEPS’ owner/creator to make proper updates and enhancements to protect credit card information. I believe that we all understood that this would be inconvenient to Kingdoms and local groups, but in view of the world wide threat of credit card fraud and identity theft, the Board acted to protect individual participants who could be compromised by utilizing ACCEPS in the future.

If anyone has any questions regarding this matter, I can be reached at seneschal@sca.org.  I am unable to participate in Social Media due to the nature of my mundane employment; as such, if you are interested in actually discussing this matter, I invite you to send me an email.

Regards,

A.J. Pongratz, Esq.

Society Seneschal/Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc.


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Crown List Announced!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-20 00:22

Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle are happy to announce the list of contenders for Their Crown Tournament, to be held May 2 in the Shire of Hartstone.

Sir Tiberius Pinarius Varro for Duchess Anna Blackleaf
Duke Sir Malcolm MacEoghainn for Viscountess Rosalind Ashworthe
Duke Marcus Eisenwald for Margerite Eisenwald
THL Beatrix Krieger for Count Sir Yngvar the Dismal
Baron Dominic Morland for Countess Isabeau de l’Isle
Count Sir Andreas Morgan for Countess Kallista Morgunova
Count Sir Magnus Tindal for Countess Etain ingen Dalaig
Viscount Ariel of Alon for Lady Amanda Elandris of Kirkby Lonsdale
Sir Magnus de Cnoc an Iora for THL Gwendolyn the Graceful
Mistress Cunen Beornhelm and Lady Ariadne Flaxenhair of Dragon’s End
Lady Ariadne Flaxenhair of Dragon’s End and Mistress Cunen Beornhelm
Sir Aengus MacBain for Maitresse Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon
Sir Murdoch Bayne for THL Rioghnach ni Rose
Sir Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono for Lady Katherine Sinclair
THL Bluestar for Mistress Euriol of Lothian
Sir Wulfstan Huscarl for THL Anna Dillion
Sir Gareth Kincaid for Mistress Juliana Delamere
Lord Rouland of Willowbrooke and Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lion’s Tower
Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lion’s Tower and Lord Rouland of Willowbrooke
Herr Fridrich Flusmullner for Meisterin Felicitas Flusmullnerin
Baron Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford and Baroness Sir Ariella of Thornbury
Baroness Sir Ariella of Thornbury and Baron Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford
Lord Gregory Hillson for Dame Kateryna ty Isaf
THL Kieran MacRae for Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe
Baron William Freskyn Murray for Baroness Katherine Kiersay
THL Ciaran Faxi Ullson for THL Renata la Rouge
Don William Paris for THL Fiora d’Artusio
THL Ian Kennoven for Lady Sarah Balangee
Lord Aidan Ransford for THL Svana in Kyrra
THL Thorsol Solinauga for Lady Una O’Hearain
Lord Edmund Griffith for Ayleth of Stormsport
Lord Marius Sittius for Lady Alita of Hartstone
Lord Lucius Avitus Gregorius for Lady Hilaria Vistalia
Lord Ulrich Von Schwartzburg for Emilia Giovane
Lord Hartman Foscari da Ferrara for Lady Ragna Hakonardottir of Skara
Lord Leo Ignatius for Lady Mairin O’Cadhla
Lady Tamarra of Dragon’s End for Lady Mabel Weaver
Lord Fearghus Mac Eoin for Laura Littlejohn
Baldo for Noelle the Goode Hearted
Torstein Vigdisson for Vigdis Thorsdottir


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Ansteorra Allies with Æthelmearc for Pennsic!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-04-19 20:41

Unto Æthelmearc do Timothy and Gabrielle send greetings:

My friends, I bring joyous news. I share with you the words of Her Royal Majesty of Ansteorra, Queen Antigone:

Greetings to Our cousins in the north, Their Majesties of Æthelmearc!

We have good tidings for You from Ansteorra. Having heard Your plea for assistance in the coming Pennsic War. We shall be in attendance and stand with Your Majesties defending Your lands!

Let all of Æthelmearc rejoice!


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Elfsea Springfaire Photos

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015-04-19 20:32

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Elfsea Springfaire which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available on Flickr.

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Event Report: Archery Muster, April 12, A.S. XLIX, Debatable Lands

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-04-19 18:04

This year’s regional archery muster, held at the castle of Sir Byron and Sir Ariella, drew a small but enthusiastic group of archers and throwers. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the activities there.

Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

The weather was lovely with warm temperatures, light breezes, and just enough overcast to keep the sun out of the archers’ eyes. The day began with bowmen testing themselves against the Gwyntarian Winter Challenge at the lower level of the castle, while weapons were being thrown on the driveway in front of the castle.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama.

After a pot luck lunch with drinks provided by our hosts, the main action moved up to the parapets, where archers shot at an array of inventive targets provided by THLord Deryk the Archer. This year’s novelty targets featured a pirate theme, with doubloons, ships, ghosts, kegs of ale, and shipboard rats. The ghost and a whale moved (thanks to assistants pulling them along on a rope) to provide extra challenges.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama.

In the Great Hall, a table of items donated by gentles of the Debatable Lands was offered in a silent auction to benefit the Barony-Marche. The auction, run by THLady Elss of Augsburg and Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth, netted $170.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama.

Their Excellencies, Byron and Ariella, were also pleased to welcome a visitor from the soon-to-be-Kingdom of Avacal, Lord Peregrine Falconer, who was in the Debatable Lands on business and attended the muster after reading about the castle in the Gazette.

The organizer of the muster, Master Urho Waltterinen, looks forward to running it again next year.


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ACCEPS - No Longer Approved

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-04-18 23:37

The Society Seneschal has indicated that the ACCEPS payment system is no longer approved for use by SCA branches, effective at midnight April 18.

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ACCEPS No Longer Approved

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 23:29

From the Society Seneschal, on the ACCEPS online event payment system.

The Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. believes that there are better options in terms of electronic payments in the SCA; the corporate office is moving towards an alternative payment service as rapidly as possible. As such, the Board of Directors is discontinuing its relationship with ACCEPS and no longer approves the usage of ACCEPS as of midnight April 18, 2015. As such, I am directing all Kingdom and Local Group Seneschals to follow the decision of the Board, Corporate Treasurer and Society Seneschal to not utilize ACCEPS. If anyone makes the unfortunate mistake of not being in compliance with this directive, the officer in question’s warrant will be immediately suspended.

As for all current ACCEPS related events, these will be allowed to go to completion; however, there will be no time extension in terms of these same events.

A.J. Pongratz
Society Seneschal


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ACCEPS Responds to Board Ruling

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 22:57

ACCEPS has posted a response to the announcement that the Board will no longer grant a variance that allows it to process credit cards to reserve for SCA events.   The original message can be found here.

The Board of Directors has decided to discontinue the variance granted to ACCEPS to take credit cards on behalf of SCA events, effectively immediately.

There was no explanation nor discussion from the corporate level with any member of the ACCEPS staff prior to this decision, which was broadcast to the Kingdom Exchequers on Saturday, April 18.

Based on subsequent phone conversations with the Society Treasurer and President, no issues or problems were communicated to us, just that the Board had decided to stop using ACCEPS.

Without the variance, ACCEPS cannot continue to operate in good faith within the SCA. We apologize for the inconvenience to all our friends and those events which were in progress.

The ACCEPS fee will be refunded to all branches for events which were not able to complete their requested registration period. All current registrations and funds will be sent to the event stewards during the next two weeks.

It has been an interesting and fun 12 years providing ACCEPS to the SCA.

Farewell and good luck.

ACCEPS Staff – Mistress Isobail, HL Sarra, Sir Rhodri, Misress Kaitlyn

Please send any concerns or questions to comments@sca.org and please copy acceps@gmail.com.

The Board’s announcement can be found here.


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ACCEPS No Longer Approved For Future Use

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 22:31

The following was posted to the Society Seneschal’s webpage today.  The original can be seen here.

The Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. believes that there are better options in terms of electronic payments in the SCA; the corporate office is moving towards an alternative payment service as rapidly as possible. As such, the Board of Directors is discontinuing its relationship with ACCEPS and no longer approves the usage of ACCEPS as of midnight April 18, 2015. As such, I am directing all Kingdom and Local Group Seneschals to follow the decision of the Board, Corporate Treasurer and Society Seneschal to not utilize ACCEPS. If anyone makes the unfortunate mistake of not being in compliance with this directive, the officer in question’s warrant will be immediately suspended.

As for all current ACCEPS related events, these will be allowed to go to completion; however, there will be no time extension in terms of these same events.

A.J. Pongratz
Society Seneschal

ACCEPS response including their plans for refunds can be found here.


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Master Lodovick of Grays Inn Wins QRC

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 18:38

Don Lodovick, Queen’s Rapier Champion. Photo by Don Will Parris.

In a field of 55 fencers, believed to be one of the largest Æthelmearc Queen’s Rapier Champion Tournaments ever, Master Lodovick of Grays Inn defeated Don William Parris in the finals to claim victory and the position of Rapier Champion for the reign of Queen Gabrielle.

The Queen’s Rapier Champion Tournament was held on April 18, A.S. XLIX, in the Shire of Silva Vulcani.

Master Lodovick, who resides in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog, was inducted to the White Scarf in the reign of Henri I. He became a Master of the Pelican last summer for his service to the Bog.

While His Majesty King Timothy was in Ansteorra on business, hoping to secure the Ansteorran army as Pennsic allies, Queen Gabrielle presided over the tournament and held court.

Congratulations to Doña Gabrielle de Winter, the autocrat of the QRC, and her staff from Silva Vulcani on another successful event.

Her Majesty Gabrielle recognizing the 11 fencers who participated in their first QRC. Photo by Don Will.


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Vladislav Strelec knighted at Ansteorra Coronation

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-04-18 11:20

At Gulf wars 2015, Their Majesties Lochlann Dunn and Michelle Chantal de Charante of the Kingdom of Ansteorra placed Vladislav Strelec on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

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Message from a Grateful Sylvan Signet

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 07:32

Mistress Ekaterina Volkova steps down as Sylvan Signet. Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe, called Jinx.

I look back on my term as Sylvan Signet of the Glorious Kingdom of Æthelmearc​ in wonder. Through the position I have met and worked with some of the most amazing and talented artists in the Known World.

This started 5 years ago when Duncan von Halstern​ and Ilish O’Donovan​ said “Sure, let’s hire her” when my name was presented to them to take over for the Retiring Gillian​. They have the first of my thanks. I also give thanks to all the Royalty that I have served under: Christopher and Morgen, Isenwulf and Rosalinda​, Andreas and Kallista, Khalek and Branwyn, Maynard and Liadain, Timothy and Gabrielle​, Tindal and Etain; and Titus Germanicus​ and Anna Leigh. I learned a great deal from all of them and hope that they too feel that a friendship has formed.

But I could not have done the job without my various deputies. To Marija Kotok​, Giana di Aurelio, and Sthurrim Caithness, who at some point stood as my drop deads, I told you I wouldn’t do it. To my education deputies Giana and Yvianne, thank you for coordinating classes for Heralds and Scribes. To my Pennsic University Coordinator Matilda Bosvyle​, you were a godsend, thank you for helping to increase the reputation of the scribes of our Kingdom. To Filippo​ and Anna Leigh​, who were my fund raising deputies – because of your works we were able to host the known world at Pennsic. And to Giana and Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Sienna, my webministers, thank you for the work you did to make our website better.

Also a big thank you to my Heralds, Master Brandubh and Master Kamishima – thank you for being the Yang to my Yin in making court happen smoothly and being a sounding board when I needed.

To Kayleigh MacWhyte, Marguerite Louise Gingraix​ and Augusta Weyfare​ – fellow Signets who helped me at times throughout my terms.

A big thank you to Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella, who agreed to take this job after me. I know I leave the office and its people in good hands.

And finally, a thank you to the ones I could not have done this without… my scribes. I am awe at the skill, talent, dedication and generosity that you have all shared. The scribes of Æthelmearc are the Kingdom’s true jewels. These fine folks have produced 1599 scrolls in the last 4.25 years. They worked under all kinds of pressure, usually short notice being the biggest. They were given an average of 37 days to make unique one of a kind scrolls (more often than not, it was closer to 15 or fewer days) to help make someone’s special moment even more special. These are the unsung heroes that deserve the praise and rewards for my term. No matter how long I am gone from the office I will always think of you as MY scribes. I can only hope that I was able to serve you well.

To the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, my home and the best Kingdom a person could hope to live and work in, I thank you for being you and appreciating the scribal arts as strongly as you do. Don’t forget to thank your scribe.

Sincerely,

Ekat
Sylvan Signet of Æthelmearc, Rtd.


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Accessibility Addition to Online Event Listing Forms / Événement formulaires ont maintenant la question de l’accessibilité de l’emplacement

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:13

“Unto the Seneschal/es, Event Stewards and Populace of the Laurel Kingdom of the East, from your servant Alayne, East Kingdom Accessibility Porter, greetings and warm wishes for good health!

Good Gentles,

You will see a small but vital change to the online event listing form. It will now be including a box which will ask “Check this box if the site is accessible per the Kingdom Accessibility Porter’s checklist.”

Be not afraid! This is not a dire question, nor should it bring fear into the hearts of those who labor long to find event sites. This is a simple step in a thought process. It asks, “if someone contacts you about any of the many accessibility issues which many of your fellow SCAdians deal with on a daily basis, will you have an answer?”

This box indicates that you are prepared to respond to an inquiry as to whether or not someone will be safe and comfortable in dealing with a disability at your event. Sometimes, sadly, that answer will be “no.” Other times, it will be “yes.” This box prevents your reply from being, “huh?”

Accessibility issues, and the office of the Porter are not a barricade to utilizing event sites, but rather a spring board for dialogue between event staff and event attendees. It will help the special needs community make their best choices as to which events they attend, just as we all have always made our best informed choices as to which events we attend.

The day of the event is the busiest time for both Event Steward and Hosting Group; the dialogue regarding site Accessibility should be completed before this time. The new box will help to prevent back up at the Gate from an attendee asking a question which would have best been asked prior to arrival, of a volunteer who might have no concept of how to answer. It will save time and in many cases temper.

The Office of the Accessibility Porter (or more simply: Porter) is ready to assist in the ongoing needs of both event personnel and the general populace, as well as our specific demographic in creating a culture of inclusion.

Should you have questions, my Deputies and I are here to assist you.

In service,
Alayne ”
Brièvement, En français par Mistess Bess:

Lorsque vous ajoutez votre événement pour l’inclusion sur le site Web du Royaume, vous verrez une nouvelle section qui vous demande si votre lieu de l’événement est accessible aux personnes handicapées.

Il s’agit d’aider vos invités savent avance ce qu’ils peuvent s’attendre à votre événement pour l’accessibilité avant leur arrivée.

Pour plus d’informations sur comment vous pouvez faire votre événement mieux pour les personnes handicapées, veuillez communiquer avec le portier de l’accessibilité de Royaume,


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Court Reports: Last Court of Titus and Anna Leigh, and First Court of Timothy and Gabrielle, April 11, A.S. XLIX

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:00

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Coronation in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais 11 April AS 49, accompanied by His Excellency Liam, Baron of Debatable Lands; Their Excellencies Aquila and Bronwyn, Baron and Baroness of Thescorre; Their Excellencies Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael; Their Excellencies Fergus and Helene, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood; Their Excellencies Ichijo and Cerridwen, Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain; Their Excellencies Gunnar and Barbary Rose, Baron and Baroness of Endless Hills; and Their Excellencies Iago and Emilia, Baron and Baroness of St. Swithin’s Bog. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of THL Madoc Arundel, Shrike Herald.

Baron Robert of Sugargrove. Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe, called Jinx.

Baron Robert of Sugargrove came before Their Majesties to present, as promised, new Heirs’ thrones for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. After consulting with the populace as well as Their herald, Their Majesties named the new thrones as Laurel and Branch, for They knew well the skill and research that Baron Robert had done into all manner of period woodworking. And being so impressed that They felt this worthy of recognition, They charged Baron Robert, with the accompaniment of Their Order of the Laurel, to choose a time and place in consultation with Their Heirs that he might sit Vigil in contemplation of accepting elevation to that Order. Scroll forthcoming.

THL Morien MacBain presented a cake and miniature catapult to Their Majesties on behalf of the Order of the Scarlet Battery.

Hundthor the Master Pintsman was Awarded Arms in absentia for his skill and promotion of the brewer’s art in his Shire and Kingdom.Scroll by Dame Margaret Makafee.

THLord Blue Star. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

Lord Blue Star was Granted Arms and inducted into the Order of the Gage for the joy and skill he relentlessly displays on the heavy weapons field. Scroll forthcoming.

Matthias Lachlann was Awarded Arms in absentia for his donation of garb to his local Gold Key and his skill at leatherworking. Scroll by Baroness Alex.

Lord Andros Duran was created a Companion of the Golden Alce in absentia for serving as a teacher and marshal, and for his skills in thrown weapons and combat archery. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Leir.

Lord Sergei Ratminov was elevated to the Order of the Golden Alce for his proficiency in both heavy weapons and fencing combat. Scroll by Countess Kallista Morgunova upon wording by Count Sir Andreas Morgan.

Lady Tamarra of Dragon’s End was welcomed to the Order of the Golden Alce for the enthusiasm and bravery she shows on the heavy weapons list, taking up arms in Crown Tournament and never fearing to challenge the best fighter on the field. Scroll in process by THL Gwydion ap Arden.

Lady Tamarra of Dragon’s End. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Lord Edward of St. Swithin’s Bog was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for the delight he brings to the populace through his music. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Lord Hanse Drachensone was created a Companion of the Sycamore in absentia for his skill in weaponsmithing and other metalworking. Scroll illuminated by Lady Edana the Red and calligraphed by THL Fiora d’Artusio upon wording by Don William Parris.

Baroness Katerina McGilledoroughe was elevated to the Order of the Sycamore for her many and varied interests among the gentle arts, including trim weaving, jewelrymaking, illumination, sewing, and leatherwork. Scroll forthcoming.

THL Caellin Athlone was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for her service as retainer to Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen, as head retainer to Their Excellencies Liam and Constance of the Debatable Lands, and as largesse coordinator for Their Majesties. Scroll forthcoming.

Lady Caellin Athlone. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Minamoto-dono Kumamoto Sakurako. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Lady Teresa Luisa Alvarez was Granted Arms and inducted into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her research and execution of period clothing and embroidery. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

Minamoto-dono Kumamoto Sakurako was elevated to the Senior Sixth Court rank, Granted Arms and welcomed into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her study and creation of period ink, arrows and other Japanese arts. Scroll forthcoming.

Lord Vigo di Napoli was Granted Arms and named a Don of the Order of the White Scarf for his tireless devotion to the fencing community of Æthelmearc and the Known World, as well as the fierce skill he demonstrates when he takes the field. Scroll forthcoming.

Don Vigo di Napoli. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Their Excellencies, Ichijo and Cerridwen, were inducted into the Order of the Cornelian in celebration of the courtesy and welcoming spirit that they show to all members of the Society, both new and old. Scrolls forthcoming.

Baron Ichijo and Baroness Cerridwen. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Her Excellency, Mistress Ekaterina Volkova, petitioned Their Majesties to release her from her position as Sylvan Signet, for she had toiled for many years in that role and it was time for new leadership of the Kingdom’s scribes. Their Majesties thanked her for her service and released her.

Lady Geirdis Riurikova likewise petitioned Their Majesties to release her from her position as Kingdom Chamberlain. Their Majesties did so, and in recognition of the service that she had performed in her role, Granted her Arms and created her a Baroness of the Court. Scroll forthcoming.

Baroness Geirdis Riurikova. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Maistir Brandubh Ó Donnghaile and Mistress Hilderun Hügelmann, Their Majesties’ Reign Coordinators, were elevated to the station of Baron and Baroness of the Court for the unfathomable service they had done to Their Majesties over the course of Their reign. Scrolls illuminated by Lady Maria Adriane and calligraphed by Mistress Alheydis von Körckhingen.

Mistress Hilderun and Maistir Brandubh. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Mistress Kateryna Ty Isaf, the Kingdom Exchequer, in celebration of her diligent work in that role and especially in the recent renegotiation of the Pennsic Treaty, was created a Baroness of the Court. Scroll forthcoming.

Mistress Kateryna Ty Ysaf. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Their Majesties announced that, in recognition of their attendance upon Their Majesties at the recent Estrella War, the following gentles were hereby inducted into the Order of the Golden Thorn: Master Alaric MacConnal, Master Bovi farmaðr, Hara-dono Kikumatsu, Mistress Hilderun Hügelmann and Ishiyama-roku-i Gen’tarou Yori’ie.

Their Majesties awarded the Sigil of Æthelmearc to a great number of gentles. For the complete list and information on how to get your scroll if you received a Sigil, click here.

Their Majesties invited Their Heir, Prince Timothy, who spoke His claim for the Sylvan Throne. Mistress Cori Ghora, Kingdom Seneschale, testified that the Crown Tournament was held in accordance with all Kingdom Laws. The Silver Buccle Herald spoke in the name of the Earl Marshal, that the tournament was held according to the highest standards of martial prowess. Baroness Ekaterina spoke on behalf of the Minister of Lists, that His Highness was indeed the right and proper victor of the day. Kameshima-kyō, Silver Buccle Herald, stated that Their Majesties had indeed named His Highness as Their Heir, and that His Highness’s patents of nobility had been confirmed.

Her Majesty called for the Captain of Her Guard, Doña Gabrielle Winter, who dismissed Her Majesty’s Guard before being herself dismissed. Her Majesty then called for Her Head Retainer, Baroness Katerina McGilledoroughe, who dismissed the Royal Retinue before being herself dismissed.

His Majesty thanked Her Majesty for being His inspiration before removing the Royal Crown from her head and giving it into the safe keeping of the Kingdom. He then removed the Crown from his own head and, as his last act as King, crowned Timothy of Arindale the 36th King of Æthelmearc.

King Timothy is crowned. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Here ends the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, 35th in the line of monarchs of the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
高貴国境の王国の治部卿
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc

Thus begins the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc. Documented: the Business of Their Court at Coronation, 11 April Anno Societatis XLIX, in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarou Umakai, with the assistance of THL Madoc Arundel, Shrike Herald.

In the morning:

King Timothy invited His Princess, Gabrielle, before him and crowned her Queen, second of that name, of Æthelmearc.

Princess Gabrielle processes in to be crowned. Photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar.

The lineage of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc was read.

Their Majesties received oaths of fealty and service from the Great Officers of State, the landed Barons and Baronesses, the Royal Peers, those who had received Writs of Summons for the Order of Defense, the Order of the Pelican, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of Chivalry.

Duke Sir Titus Scipio Germanicus and Lady Anna Leigh were summoned before Their Majesties. His Grace’s status as a Duke was reaffirmed, and Lady Anna Leigh was granted Arms by Letters Patent, and named the 19th Countess of Æthelmearc and a Lady of the Rose. Scrolls in progress illuminated by THL Fiora d’Artusio and calligraphed by THL Sophie Davenport upon wording by Don William Paris.

Anna Leigh is made a Countess. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Sir Ariella of Thornbury was invited before Their Majesties and installed as the Chivalry Advisor of Her Majesty’s Guard. Lord Silvester Burchardt was called before Her Majesty and named the Captain of Her Guard.

Lord Silvester Burchardt is appointed Captain of the Queen’s Guard. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

In the afternoon, in the Royalty Room:

Their Majesties proclaimed that Her Excellency, Countess Genevieve du Vent Argent, was hereby reinstated as a Lady of the Rose, with all rights and responsibilities thereto appertaining.

Their Majesties affirmed that all business done by Their Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh at the Masque de la Fou event in the Midrealm on March 28, A.S. XLIX, was heretofore read into the Kingdom record as documented in the Court Report from that event.

In the evening:

Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella was invited before Their Majesties and installed as the new Sylvan Signet for the Kingdom. Baroness Ekaterina, her predecessor, presented her with the Kingdom Seal of Æthelmearc and entrusted it into her possession.

Mistress Euriol of Lothian was installed as the Interim Kingdom Chamberlain and invited any and all who might be interested in performing this very necessary service to the Kingdom to speak to her privately.

Mistress Euriol swears fealty as Chamberlain. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Marius Sittius was called before Their Majesties and, in recognition of his devotion to the fencing program in his home Shire of Hartstone, They presented him with a collection of fencing armor and equipment that had been collected and donated by the Order of the White Scarf of Æthelmearc.

Fencing gear donated to the Shire of Hartstone by the Companions of the White Scarf. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Brokkr the Vangarian was Awarded Arms for his assistance to his Shire in setting up and clearing of events, as well as his service as an armorer. Scroll by Meisterin Felicity Flußmüllnerin upon wording by Herr Fredrich Flußmüllner.

Lord Brokkr the Varangian. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Greer Wallace was Awarded Arms for her enthusiasm in making garb, serving as tollner and volunteering at demos. Scroll by THL Anlaith ingen Trena upon wording by Baroness Alex.

Lady Greer Wallace. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Lord Silvester Burchardt was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for his support of his shire and household and his reputation for getting done what needs to be done. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Leir.

Lord Leofr. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Lord Leofr Grimr was created a Companion of the Sycamore for his extensive research into period food and beverage arts, most notably sausage making, the preparation of game meats, and brewing. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

The children of Æthelmearc there present were summoned and sent to play.

The Peers of the Realm were invited into Their Majesties’ Court, who then asked His Excellency, Don Quinn Kerr to step forward. Being so moved by his years of devotion to the fencing community, and knowing well his love for his Kingdom, They charged him to select a time and place that he might sit Vigil and contemplate being named the next Master of Defense of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Scroll in progress by Baroness Cynthia Love of the Tower.

Master Quinn receives Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Duchess Christence Heiseler called Blackmoore of the East Kingdom was invited before Their Majesties to report upon the proceeds raised by the day’s Auction Fundraiser for Their Majesties’ Travel Fund. Her Grace, being to that point unaware of the final total, shared joy with populace upon learning and revealing that over $1,000 had been raised. Their Majesties, being confident in Their own funds, requested the permission of Their Kingdom Exchequer to divert the money from the Travel Fund into starting a fund for a Kingdom Storage Trailer. Such permission being received, it was so ordered.

Duchess Christence. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

The Seneschale’s office announced that Mistress Cori’s successor had been chosen, and Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns was named as the next Seneschal of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin reminded all those assembled that the Æthelmearc Gazette happily accepts articles from Kingdom Officers, Peers, and any other members of the populace who wish to contribute.

Their Majesties thanked all those assembled who helped make Their Coronation a glorious event for the Kingdom.

Her Majesty, reviving the tradition started by her predecessor, Duchess Liadain, stated that She would be giving out a Token of Inspiration at each Court where She was in attendance to that gentle who most impressed and inspired Her that day. That day, She had noted well the inspiration given by Baroness Morgan Argante Elandris of Cantref Gwaelon, not only to Her Majesty, but to all those who encountered Her Excellency.

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

In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
高貴国境の王国の治部卿
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc


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Pennsic: Scheduling activities on the Battlefield / Comment planifier des activités sur le champ de bataille

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:20

Re-posted from the Midrealm Gazette

From the Pennsic Battlefield Scheduler, Countess Joleicia of Litchfield:

People wishing to use the battlefield/fort/tourney lists for an activity can place a request using the same process as last year – via the Pennsic University Thing process found here:  http://thing.pennsicuniversity.org

Please enter all applicable information to help me sort out the best place to put you in; especially set-up/tear down times and what area you’d prefer to get. Volume of participants expected can help too. There is a supplementary area for extra info. Deadline for the book is two weeks and I will do my best to schedule all requests submitted by that date.

Questions can be sent to me, Countess Joleicia of Litchfield , Pennsic 44 Battlefield Scheduler.

En français par Mistress Bess

Personnes désireuses d’utiliser le champ de bataille, ou fort ou tournoi des listes pour une activité à Pennsic peuvent déposer une demande ici: http://thing.pennsicuniversity.org

Veuillez indiquer autant d’informations que possible, y compris pendant combien de temps vous avez besoin, quel champ que vous souhaitez utiliser, et le nombre de personnes que vous vous attendez à avoir. Date limite pour figurer dans le livret de l’événement est dans 2 semaines.

Des questions peuvent être envoyées à Countess Joleicia of Litchfield , Pennsic 44 Battlefield Scheduler.


Filed under: En français, Official Notices, Pennsic

Knowne World Poetry Competition and Poetry Day at Pennsic

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-04-17 10:00

The Kingdom of Atlantia will again sponsor the Knowne World Poetry Competition on Monday, August 3, at Pennsic in conjunction with Poetry Day at Artisan's Row.

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