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Unofficial Court Report – King and Queen’s Equestrian Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-10-04 18:39

photo by Lavina Attewode

Join me for a brief trip in the not-so-wayback machine.

Their Majesties, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn, did travel to the Shire of Quintavia and attended King’s and Queen’s Equestrian Championships at Quintavia Summer Celebration on 23 August, AS XLIX.

The following awards were presented:

Doucette de Verdun was named King’s Equestrian Champion, and received a promissory scroll by Kayleigh McWhyte.

Julian le Scot was named Queen’s Equestrian Champion, and received a promissory scroll by Eleanor Catlyng.

Rodulf d’ Saint Aubin was inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub and received a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

Leon d’ Saint Aubin was inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, and received a scroll featuring illumination by Adrienne d’Evreaux and calligraphy by Alexandre St. Pierre.

Catalina de Valencia was Awarded Arms.  Her scroll is forthcoming.

Llewellyn Walsh was made a companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier, and received a scroll by Eleanor Catlyng.

Arnulf d’ Saint Aubin was both inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, and received an Award of Arm.  He was presented a scroll for the Tyger’s Cub by Nest verch Tangwistel and a scroll of the Award of Arms by Brangwyne of Wentworth.

Eleanor Catlyn and Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka both were awarded a Queen’s Honor of Distinction.

Elena Hylton was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll featuring calligraphy by Constance de Saint Denis, illumination by Marieta Charay and words by Donovan Shinnock.

Solskinn of Smoking Rocks was inducted into the Order of the Maunche, and received a stained glass piece by Conor O Ceallaigh, with calligraphy and words by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte.

In addition:

Their Excellencies Carolingia swore fealty, and presented a gift of a rag rose to Their Majesties.

Their Excellencies Smoking Rocks swore fealty.

Her Highness þóra presented tokens to the hard-working Equestrian ground crew.

The Children of the East gave chase to the toybox.

Duke Gregor von Heisler was named Dean of the War College.

In service,

Malcolm Bowman

Eastern Crown Herald for Brennan and Caoilfhionn

PS – Thank you for Heraldic assistance to Elizabeth Elenor Lovell and Donovan Shinnock

Filed under: Court, Equestrian Tagged: court report, King and Queen's Champions

Battle of Grunwald search to include lakes - Sat, 2014-10-04 14:31

Archaeologists working near the site of the Battle of Grunwald, between the army of King Jagiello of Poland and the Teutonic Knights in 1410, plan to use an electromagnet to drag the bottom of several lakes in the area, hoping to find weapons lost lost before and during the battle.

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Medieval tagging: what it means - Sat, 2014-10-04 10:10

"We want to record it before it's lost," said Brian Porter of Lincolnshire's medieval graffiti project about thousands of medieval doodles found on the walls of English churches. Porter is co-chair of the volunteer project to record the graffiti and learn more about the thoughts of the people of the time. (photos)

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Artisans to Their Majesties

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-10-03 18:44

The website of Their Majesties Edward and Thyra now has a page displaying the work of artisans that has been donated to their reign.  Their Majesties are grateful for these items that are used as gifts for their hosts at foreign wars or for other occasions closer to home.  In the future the webpage will also include largesse for the toy chest enlivens court for all the youngest members of the East.  “Edward and I take great joy at being able to share the beautiful work done by the artisans of our kingdom,” wrote Princess Thyra.  “The skill and generosity of the people of the East is without compare.”

The webpage will be updated throughout the reign.  Anyone who would like to donate their work is asked to email the Gifts Coordinator, Sir Michael of York.  If you would like to know more about what might be useful, you can also contact him.

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

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Sutton Hoo brooch replica added to exhibit - Fri, 2014-10-03 15:58

In the 1840s, a ploughman in Suffolk, England discovered what remained of an Anglo-Saxon gold brooch, and traded it for a set of teaspoons. Recently, as part of the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial, a replica of the brooch, complete with gold, silver, bone and garnet stones, has been included in the exhibit. (photo)

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What killed Richard III? - Fri, 2014-10-03 11:40

A new report, published in The Lancet, reveals that King Richard III was "probably killed by two blows to the head during a 'sustained attack'" when he perished August 22, 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth. (photos)

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Fun and a history lesson in North Carolina - Fri, 2014-10-03 09:26

Attendees of Pamlico Community College's second annual renaissance fair in Grantsboro, North Carolina come for a number of reasons: the fun, the music and the history. This year's fair was visited by Charles Hall of the Sun Journal. (photos)

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Medieval Italian died of brucellosis, say scientists - Thu, 2014-10-02 16:22

DNA testing has revealed that a man, whose skeleton was found in the ruins of a Medieval Italian village, died of an infection called brucellosis usually acquired by ingesting unpasteurized dairy products. The report, by Warwick Medical School's Professor Mark Pallen and his colleagues, was published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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John C. Reilly at the ren faire - Thu, 2014-10-02 13:07

Any self-proclaimed geek will appreciate actor John C. Reilly's story about his attendance at a Renaissance faire. He shared the story, as well as a photo of himself from the time, on Late Night with David Letterman. (video)

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More Pennsic 43 photos online - Thu, 2014-10-02 09:28

Brita of the East Kingdom reports that she has created an album of photos from Pennsic 43. The photos may be viewed on her Shutterfly website.

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The diet of a king - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:11

The discovery of the remains of Richard III has given the scientific community an unparalleled glimpse into royal lifestyles in the Middle Ages. The latest published research involves the diet and drinking habits of the 15th century monarch.

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Event Announcement: Annual Brewing Festival of St. Ægir

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-10-01 13:02

From the incipient Shire of Archer’s Ford, an event announcement:

Event: The Annual Brewing Festival of St. Ægir

Where: The Shire of Archer’s Ford – Pennside Presbyterian Church – 253 N. 25th St., Reading, PA 19606

When: Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The Brotherhood of Brewers and the East Kingdom Brewer’s Guild present the third annual Brewing Festival of Saint Ægir. Join us this year at our new location. There will of course be various brews for tasting. Bring your best for the EKBG paneling.

We have broadened our event this year. If you find it at a tavern, we might have classes for it. Not only will there be classes on various types of brew, but there’s more. Classes are being added, so check back. Some of the classes we have already, involve cooking and merriment. We will have a dayboard prepared by everyone’s favorite Swedish chef, Lord Uncle Chuck (yes, that guy). BORK BORK BORK.

What would a tavern be without the camaraderie of friends, a good story, and music. Come tell old man winter he can’t keep you down, and join us!

Reservations: $10 pre-registered members; $12 members at-the-door; +$5 non-member surcharge.

Pre-registrations must be postmarked by 2/14/2015; Checks Payable to “SCA – PA, Inc. – Shire of Hartshorn-dale”

Send reservations to Lord Damiano Vitallie de Fonda, 1400 Hay Road, Temple, PA 19560

Autocrat: Lord Matheus Carnifex (mbowers75@ comcast .net)

Merchants contact: Lord Alexander Makcristyne (cmakcristyne@ gmail .com)

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An SCA Challenge - Wed, 2014-10-01 11:43

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva of the Kingdom of Northshield has posed a challenge to SCA members in her kingdom and to the Known World: Do five things to better the SCA and your experience of it.

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A day in the park with Stormwrath - Wed, 2014-10-01 09:11

It's 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Riverside Park, Wichita, Kansas, but that doesn't deter Eric Simoncic and Andrew Walker, members of Stormwrath, the local chapter of the Midwest Dagorhir Union, who spent the hot day practicing with foam weapons. Kelsey Ryan of the Wichita Eagle has the story.

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Announcement From Queen’s A&S Champion

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-09-30 19:00

From the Queen’s Champion of Arts & Sciences:

Master Luke Knowlton, King’s Champion and myself, Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco, Queen’s Champion are, on behalf of the Kingdom of the East, Their Royal Majesties, and the office of the Minster of Arts and Science, are pleased to announce the King’s and Queen’s Arts and Science Championship.

The Championship will be held on Saturday March 7th in the Barony of L’lle du Dragon Dormant (Montreal). See the Event Announcement temporarily listed on

There is also a Facebook page set up for the event by the hosts at :

We will have registration information for the actual championship shortly. If
you plan on attending and will be staying for feast, the feast spots are limited.

-Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco, Queen’s Champion of Arts & Sciences

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Medieval tithe barn unearthed at Croxton Kerrial dig - Tue, 2014-09-30 16:59

Project leader Tony Connolly of the Framland Local Archaeology Group has been hoping to find the "lost" 12th century manor house at Croxton Kerrial, near the Lincolnshire border in England. This summer's excavations have revealed several structures including a tithe barn.

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The Flamingos and Hedgehogs Song

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-09-30 16:37

King Edward commissioned his bard, Lord Martyn de Halliwell to pen a song that spoke of the virtues of his Queen, Thyra, great patroness of the noble flamingo and mighty hedgehog. Thus did Martyn pen these words, and set them to the 14th Century tune known as “Douce Dame Jolie” by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377). He entitled them “In Forty Years & Nine,” however, the song is now lovingly known as the “Flamingos and Hedgehogs Song.”

The song was performed by Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair, Maistre Lucien de Pontivy, Baroness Ysmay de Lynn, Lady Aildreda de Tamwörthe, Lady Isabeau d’Orleans, Lady Violet Coleson, and Lady Katrin Daans. Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant and Lady Margretha la Fauvelle accompanied the singers on recorder and citole, respectively.

There is a buzzing sound at about 0:18 in the video, the sound returns back to normal following. The lyrics are posted below.

In forty years and nine there was a virtuous Queen of Eastern lands                       and patroness of flamingos and mighty hedgehogs.


Her Prowess is unmatched with a bow, her arrows fly through the sun-filled sky       she inspires all to fight for the East and noble creatures small and great.

Her Loyalty and Faith show that her will is strong as any Royal Peer’s                     She inspires us to day to sing and praise her forevermore.


Her Generosity and Mercy are well known throughout the Known World                 King Edward did repent and she forgave so we sing of her virtues for you today.


Thyra’s Courtesy abounds even now for all to see and hear                                  She’s not kicked me right out or banished me for these words that I have penned.

Final Refrain:

Queen Thyra couteous Queen of the East we sing to day so all might know              this Eastern Rose’s great display of noble virtues.

Photo by Lord Sergei Rozvad syn, video courtesy Lady Ella de Caley, sheet music and lyrics courtesy Lord Martyn de Halliwell.

Filed under: Court Tagged: Bardic, bards, coronation, Music, song

Unofficial Court Report for the First Court of Edward III and Thyra II

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-09-30 13:56

In the Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by that same right, second of that name, held at the Barony of Bergental upon 27 September in the forty-ninth year of the Society, on the which day were called all and sundry the lords and ladies of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item.  Having assumed the Tyger Throne in accordance with the signs and portents given and the most ancient traditions of the East Kingdom, Their Majesties summoned into their Court the good Caoilfhionn inghean Uí Fhaoláin, most recently Empress, and did take testimony as to her great nobility and manifold virtues; and hearing the said testimony, Their Majesties thereupon created the said Caoilfhionn as a Lady of a Rose with Arms by Letters Patent, the which deed was confirmed by a document created by Katherine Stanhope;

Item.  Their Majesties created Brennan MacFergus and Caoilfhionn inghean Uí Fhaoláin Count and Countess for their great and worthy service as Emperor and Empress of the Realm, the which elevation was memorialized in documents authored by Lucius Aurelius Varus and calligraphed and illuminated by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig;

Whereupon Their Majesties’ Court was suspended until the evening, when the following business was proclaimed publicly:

Item: Her Majesty summoned those members of the Queen’s Guard in attendance and invested them with her livery and the symbols of their responsibility;

Item: Their Majesties summoned the good lady Toi Poisson de Mortagne into the Court and, having heard testimony of her skills in matters of art, did invest her with the Order of the Maunche;

Item:  There Majesties commanded the presence of Genevieve Grant before the Tyger Thrones, and the good lady so appearing, did endow her with the Order of the Tyger’s Cub;

Item:  The Order of the Tyger’s Cub being not yet complete, Their Majesties thereupon summoned Francesca of the Barony Beyond the Mountain before them and inducted her into the Order aforesaid, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eloise of Coulter;

Item:  Their Majesties caused the good man Akamatsu Katsumoto to bring before the thrones his lady wife, Akamatsu Tora, and, praising their deeds for the Kingdom, did Award Arms to them both, the which awards were memorialized in documents in their native tongue created by Isabel Fleuretan and Kameshima Zentarou Umakai;

Item:  Their Majesties presented tokens of welcome to all those newcomers to the Society in attendance at the event.

Item:  Her Majesty caused a Writ of Exile and Attainder to be issued against the dread and horrible piñas de Indes, known vulgarly as “pineapples,” that have lately infested the Kingdom;

Item:  Their Majesties called before the Court the honorable Treya Min Teanga and presented her with a creation in leather by Camma an Daraich commemorating the said Treya’s induction into the Order of the Sagittarius, previously done;

Item:  As memorial for the noble Lillith LeBlanc lately cruelly taken from us, Their Majesties led the Court in a moment of silence;

Item:  Their Majesties brought the Lady Aine Neamheaglach before the Court to speak of efforts to raise funds for treatment of the injuries sustained by Sir Diablu;

Item:  Their Majesties caused Aildreda de Tamworthe, called Dreda, to be brought before the Court and, praising her labors for the good of the realm, did create her a member of the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Jehan du Lac and calligraphed and illuminated by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook;

Item: Their Majesties summoned the Captain-General of Archers, Master Godric, to address the Court concerning great deeds upon the archery range; whereupon Otto Gottlieb was created a Master Bowman and Eleanora Stewart was created a Grand Master Bowman, the said Eleanora’s achievement being memorialized in an engraved arrow with a hand-forged head created by Kenric aet Essex;

Item: Their Majesties called into their presence the good lady Aryana van Wyck, called Arlyana, and, in recognition of her lengthy labors and good deeds, did create her a Baroness of the Court and Grant her Arms;

Item: Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Throne the noble and right honored Ygraine of Kellswood, the which lady being renowned for her labors on behalf of the archers of the realm and many and diverse other good deeds, and acknowledging her great virtue and noblesse, did create her a Tyger of the East, the which deed was memorialized and confirmed in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Eva Woderose.

Item:  His Majesty made a gift to Her Majesty of a song composed by Martyn de Halliwell recognizing the nobility of flamingoes and hedgehogs and Her Majesty’s great favor for the same.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, Their Majesties’ most obedient servant, wrote this to memorialize and make certain and perpetual all such things that were done and caused to be done upon 27 September in the First Court of Edward and Thyra.

Baron Malcolm Bowman
Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell
Master Grim the Skald
Don Donovan Shinnock

(Photos by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse, Lord Sergei Rozvad syn, and Mistress Eva Woderose.)

Filed under: Court Tagged: baroness, coronation, Maunche, Silver Crescent, tyger of the east, tyger's cub

Atlantian peers accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Tue, 2014-09-30 13:36

Lady Sophia the Orange of the Kingdom of Atlantia reports that a challenge by Mistress Branwen Wallis to the Atlantian Order of the Laurel to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was carried out by Mistress Rosalind Delamere and Mistress Rosalind Jehanne at Atlantia University, September 20, 2014. A video of their misery is available online. (video)

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SCA Board Meeting October 25, 2014 - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:15

Patrick Anderson reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. will meet October 25, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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