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Let’s Build a Mary Rose Chest

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2017-10-24 08:23

By Laird Coinneach Mac an Leigh

It is common practice in the SCA to use small chests for storage as well as seating at camping and other events. With a little care, these chests can be made in a historically accurate way, enhancing the authenticity of our sites.

The chest in this article is called the Little Mary Rose Chest because it uses the same joinery techniques as the Purser’s Chest on the Mary Rose, a carrack in the navy of King Henry VIII. The Mary Rose was lost in 1545 in battle in the Solent, the strait separating the Isle of Wight from England. Raised in 1971, she is a treasure trove of Henrician artifacts administered by the Mary Rose Trust.

To build this chest, you will only need two boards: a 1×12 six feet long, and a 1×16 eight feet long. A 1×16 is probably a glued-up panel—a series of small boards glued and planed at the factory to make a wide board. If you feel like it, you could glue up your own panel, but this article won’t tell you how to do that.

Take the 1×12 and start by cutting the ends of the chest to 17-1/4” long. On each board, mark a line 3” up from the lower end, then a second line 0.75” up from the first. These lines mark the edges of a dado, a groove across the grain of the board with a flat bottom and square sides.

An end board with the dado and boot jack laid out.

You can cut this groove by sawing on the waste side of each line halfway through the thickness of the board and clearing out the waste with a chisel. In period, the bottom of the dado would be leveled and smoothed with a tool called an “Old Woman’s Tooth,” which is an early form of router plane. Nineteenth-century router planes can often be found in antique shops. Of course, if you want to use modern tools, you can cut the dado with a router.

Now cut the “boot jack” on the ends. Mark a centerline down the length of the end boards. Mark the lower end of the board 3” to either side of the centerline and 3” up from the bottom. Cut out this triangle.

Dado and boot jack cut.

Cut the board for the bottom of the chest from the rest of the 1×12. Make it 23-1/4” long. Carefully fit the bottom into the dadoes of the ends and secure with nails. You can use regular modern nails, but if you can find cut nails they will both hold better and be more authentic.

Now it’s time to take the 1×16 and cut the front and back of the chest. Cut both to a length of 24” and a width of 14-1/4”. On each end and one long side, mark a line 3/4” in from the edge. This marks the edge of a rabbet, a shoulder cut in the edge of the board. Saw along the waste side of the line half the thickness of the board then remove the waste with a chisel. There is a specialized plane called a rabbet plane designed to cut these joints. You could also use the router again.

Inside of front board showing the rabbets. The back is identical.

Now carefully fit the ends and bottom into the rabbets in the front and back pieces. Secure them by nailing through the front and back into the ends and bottom.

Cut the lid so that it overhangs the chest on all sides by about 1/2”. The original chest on the Mary Rose had its lid secured by strap hinges on the outside of the back and the underside of the lid. If you can’t find strap hinges you can use modern butt hinges or, for more authenticity, you can use snipe’s-bill hinges. These are easily made from a pair of cotter pins joined at the eye and inserted through drilled holes in the chest and lid.

Cotter pins joined to make snipe’s-bill hinges.

 

To do this, drill a 1/8” hole in the back of the chest at the edge, at about a 45-degree angle downward.

Drilling the back of the chest for the hinges.

Slide in one of the cotter pins and spread its legs on the inside of the chest. Hammer the legs flat. For the lid, drill your 1/8” hole at an upward angle, insert the other cotter pin, and spread its legs as before.

Drilling the lid.

Two or three such hinges provide a historically accurate way to hold the lid to the chest.

Three snipe’s-bill hinges. Left: tips of the legs bent outward. Center: bending the legs outward. Right: legs hammered flat.

The original Purser’s Chest is an article of furniture, but the Little Mary Rose Chest is more an item of luggage, so you should think about adding some sort of handles. There are several types of handles seen in other chests from the Mary Rose, and they can easily be adapted.

The easiest handles to make are simply ropes passed through two holes in each end of the chest and knotted on the inside. You can make the ropes as long as needed to make the handles convenient.

Another option is to attach wooden brackets to each end, with a hole in the bracket and a loop of rope (called a grommet) through the hole. You can make these grommets by unlaying a strand of rope, then re-laying it around itself three times. This is a very attractive option; if you do it well, people will say you know how to make rope heal!

A third option, more difficult than the others, is to attach square iron plates with iron rings to the ends. This is a more expensive option, but quite attractive.

So there you have it. You now have a small chest, 24” long by 12” wide by 18” high. You can finish it with oil-based paints for historical accuracy or any other finish of your choice.

 


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Combatant List for the Crown Tournament of Ivan and Matilde

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-10-23 14:50

Duke Randal of the Dark fighting for Duchess Katherine Stanhope

Duke Brennan mac Fearghus fighting for Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean
Fhaolain

Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver fighting for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo

Vicondesa Jimena Montoya and Sir Rhys Ravenscroft fighting for each
other

Viscount Antonii Machinevik fighting for Lady Ciar of Skye

Lord Sigurd Berserkr fighting for Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh

Sir Thomas of Ravenhill fighting for m’lady Bertana aet Bathancestere

Master Ogedei Becinjab fighting for Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova

Baron Joseph Harcourt fighting for Mistress Kis Maria

Baron Duncan Kerr fighting for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick

Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke fighting for Mistress Vienna de la Mer

Sir Alexander de Hauteville fighting for Mistress Angharad Verch Rees

Sir Matthew D’Arden fighting for Mistress Fia Karmen

Sir Edward MacGyver dos Scorpus fighting for THL Katerina Iliovna

Sir Zhigmun’ Czypsser fighting for Baroness Leda Zipyos

Baron Richard Leviathan fighting for Mistress Nest verch Tangwhistle

Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson fighting for Mistress Eva Woderose

Master Aethelhawk Keyfinder fighting for Mistress Siubhan Wallace

Master Tiberius Iulius Rufus Primus fighting for Lord Vopiscus Rufius
Donatus

Lord Martin Wasser Speier fighting for Master Donovan Shinnock

Master Dmitri Stephanovich fighting for Mistress Nadezhda Voronova

Sir Ketilfastr Thorkilson and Lady Leurona Winterborne fighting for each
other

Sir Hrafn called Bonesetter fighting for Lady Saj Ishta’ Rabi’ah bint
Mustafa

Sir Matthias Grunwald fighting for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir

Master Sigurthr Vigurhafn fighting for Baroness Medhbh inghean Ui
Cheallaigh

Lord Dorian Kalogero fighting for Mistress Tysha z Kieva

Master Richard Crowe fighting for Lady Ameria Browne

Sir Donnan FitzGerald fighting for Lady Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcaçova

Sir Rory MacLellan fighting for Baroness Astridr Sigrun Ulfkelsdottir

THL Micah of Brighton Manor fighting for Lady Thallos Alexios of
Brighton Manor

Baron Jozef Ludwiczak fighting for Lady Gwenlliana Vachan

Baron Tiberius Nautius Maximus fighting for m’lady Meave Macintosh

THL Duarcaín MacWard fighting for Lady Catháin of Carolingia

THL Ingvar Thorsteinsson called Critter fighting for Baroness Hasanah
bint al-Khalil ibn Habib

Baron Euric Germanicus fighting for Baroness Juliana de Essex

THL Gawyn O’Clery fighting for m’lady Maeve O’Clery

THL Arne Ulrichsson fighting for Lady Anna Von Baden

Baron Joachim Liechtenauwer fighting for Lady Anne de Basillon

THL Luthor Von Eisenfaust fighting for Lady Mabel Fortune

Baron Vladimir Bathory fighting for m’lady Andrea Noelle

Baron Vachir Arslanjin fighting for Lady Sarvuu Arslajin

Lord Volmar Sollons fighting for Baroness Ilulia Baebiana

Lady Vasia von Königsburg fighting for Lady Æsa Sturludottr

Lord Brick James Beech fighting for Lady Nadia Hart

Lord Greadden Olthursun Veassellurd fighting for Lady Aesa Ormstunga
called Jotunsbane

Lord Brian of Stonemarche fighting for Lady Sorcha Dhorcha

Lord Wilhelm van Hammaborc fighting for m’lady Falyn Crowespear

Lord Kevin D’no and Lady Mora Ruadh fighting for each other

Lord Corwin Blackthorn fighting for Lady Ada Wright

Lord Coileán O’Rein fighting for Lady Rowan Orr

Lord Albrecht Østergaard fighting for m’lady Anne Forneau

Lord Johannes Mikkinen called Jensen fighting for m’lady Brenna of
Lochleven

m’lord Alton Hewes fighting for m’lady Robin Baillie

m’lord Joshua Mustard fighting for m’lady Sarah Bereward


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Crown Dayboard Menu

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-10-23 10:57

Greetings all,
The head cooks for Crown Tournament of Ivan and Matilde wanted to share the menu for the dayboard. Feel free to ask questions about food sensitivities. We will have a complete list of ingredients available that day, but I think we have a good selection of gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options that will provide a hot and hearty lunch for everyone.
White Borscht Soup (with ham, kielbasa and eggs)
Sour Mushroom Soup
Lentils and Skirrets
Blue Cheese Custard Tart
Pickled Cabbage
Pickled Pork
Pickled Eggs & Beets
Turnip Kugel
Smoked Brined Chicken Wings
Smoked Trout
Court Dish of Baked Fruit
Brined Apples
Rye Trencher Bread
Horseradish Spread
Roasted Garlic Spread
Brown Mustard
Polish Sauce for Fast Days
Mushroom Tea Cookies
Pomeranian Trojniak (hot drink)
Sbiten (hot drink)

See the official event announcement here if you have any allergies, or questions regarding food, or any other information needed regarding this event.


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2018 SCA Calendars for Sale

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-10-21 18:53

This is a calendar project created by East Kingdom scribes, that should delight all SCAdians…

Worlds of the East Kingdom is a 2018 calendar and set of note cards based on medieval illuminations and created by East Kingdom scribes. Each calendar page features a different culture from around the world and throughout the SCA’s time period. This fundraiser helps the royalty of the East Kingdom pay for their travel and show hospitality to foreign royalty. Calendars and note cards can be ordered through November 5th. Extra calendars will not be printed, so orders must be placed in advance.

Calendars are $20 and a set of 12 notecards is $15, shipping included.

For more information about the project, please explore the website or contact the staff via email.


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Court Report: Coronation of Gareth & Juliana

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 22:55

Here begins the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc upon the Day of Their Coronation, September 16, AS 52, in Their Shire of Ballachlagan; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance and support of THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, and Mistress Ekaterina Volkova, Ice Dragon Pursuivant.

In Their First Court in the morning:

Having ascended to the Throne, His Majesty Gareth called for his lady, Her Highness Juliana Delamere to attend him. Hearing her desire and confirmation to stand with him as Queen, He took the Consort’s Crown from the custody of Silver Buccle and placed it on Her head, creating Her as Her Majesty Queen Juliana Delamere of Æthelmearc.

King Gareth crowns Juliana as Queen.

Upon Her ascension to the Throne, the Choir of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands sang the lineage of the Sylvan Throne.

Their Majesties summoned Lord Arias Beltran del Valle before Them, and upon swearing an oath of service to Silver Buccle, he swore fealty and service to Their Majesties who then installed him as Their Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Lord Arias swears fealty as Jewel Herald

Their Majesties then invited the recently-retired Duke Timothy of Arindale and Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode to return before Them. Their Majesties thanked them for their tireless service during their reign and confirmed their station as Duke and Duchess of the Society. Scrolls confirming their station were done by the hand of Mistress Ekaterina Volkova and Her Ladyship Vivienne of Yardley.

Timothy and Gabrielle are confirmed in their Ducal status and receive Augmentations of Arms

Their Majesties then bid them remain for a moment longer. They noted that although their Graces had served six reigns across three kingdoms, half of those had been while seated in the Sylvan Thrones, and it was their desire for all to know that the Kingdom now claims them as its own. Each were granted an Augmentation of Arms as a sign of their honored place in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Scrolls by Isabella Montoya and Lady Umm Samin bint Asad al-Isfahaniyya.

Their Majesties then invited Earl Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford and Master Anias Fenne before them. His Excellency brought before Their Majesties a petition to create a Moneyer’s Guild. He and Master Anias presented Them with a bag of coin created by their hand as a demonstration of their work.

Earl Byron and Master Anias present Their Majesties with coins commemorating Their reign

The Great Officers of the Kingdom were then called before Their Majesties and offered their oaths of fealty to Them.

The Barons of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands and the Barony of Blackstone Mountain swore their fealty to Their Majesties

Those Royal Peers and members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, the Order of the Pelican, and the Order of Defense as were present pledged their service unto Their Majesties.

Their Majesties then summoned before them Syr Tegrinus de Rhina and THL Oliver Sutton, who in turned called for those who desired to serve as the Queen’s Guard. His Majesties inspected their readiness for duty. Upon determining them appropriately armed and attired, Their Majesties accepted oaths from Syr Tegrinus and THL Oliver as Captains on behalf of Her Majesties Guard and did install them as such.

Their Majesties next summoned before them Lady Raven Whitehart, who gave an oath of service and fealty as Head Retainer on behalf of those who wished to serve Their Majesties as retainers during Their reign.

The First Court of Their Majesties was then suspended.

Later in the morning:

The First Court of Their Majesties was resumed to read the following pieces of business:

On September 16, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Derek Holton, known in the Society as Bluestar, from participation in any SCA activity.

On September 16, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel James Henry Shaffer IV, known in the Society as Cadan Buri, from participation in any SCA activity.

On September 16, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Justus Clay Pease from participation in any SCA activity.

The First Court of Their Majesties was then suspended until the afternoon.

Later in the afternoon, upon the Sylvan Thrones:

Their Majesties summoned Lady McKenna Henderson and Skjoldr Skotandi before them with the task of taking the toy box into the populace to be found by the children of the kingdom. The children were then summoned before Their Majesties as Lady McKenna and Skjoldr bore the chest away. Their head start having been granted, the children of the Kingdom were then sent away on their search.

Their Majesties next invited Count Jehan de la Marche before them to receive his personal oath of fealty.

Their Majesties then called for Lady Aine O’Muirgheason to attend them. They named her Their Ambassador to the East Kingdom, and sent her forth to bear Their words to Their cousins in the Eastern lands.

Lady Aine is named Ambassador to the East

Their Majesties summoned before Them Master Jussie Laplein. Having bested a field of fighters earlier in the day, they named him Heavy Weapons Champion and invited him to take his place in Their Court.

Master Jussie is invested as Kingdom Heavy Weapons Champion

The Majesties once again called forth Skjoldr Skotandi. Since a young age, Skjoldr has willingly and happily provided service to his house, and supported the Kingdom by bearing water for all who need it at the great Pennsic War. His passion encouraged his father and brother to join as well. Having recently been made a citizen of Æthelmearc, Their Majesties created him a Lord of Their Court and awarded him Arms. Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska.

Their Majesties summoned Robeke von Heidelberg before them. Their Majesties noted his continued service after following the footsteps of his son Lord Skjoldr in joining the Society, providing battlefield support, and helping to repair the arms and armor to keep the Army of Æthelmearc well-equipped and safe. For these reasons was he awarded Arms and made a Lord of Their Court. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties next summoned before them Ysabel le Croix. Ysabel has served Their Majesties house for years as waterbearer at Pennsic War and at Blackstone Raids, where she also offered the same to allies of Æthelmearc to keep them safe and nourished to challenge the enemies of the Kingdom. So did They see fit to name her a Lady in Their Court, and did award her Arms. Scroll by Felice de Thornton with words by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Wren of Sable Maul was then called forth by Their Majesties. As a fighter in House Sable Maul, Wren has overcome serious physical challenges and disabilities beyond those faced by most her age to provide her faithful service not only as a waterbearer, but also as an archer in the Army of the Kingdom. For her strength and commitment did Their Majesties deem her worthy of the position of Lady of Their Court and awarded her Arms. Scroll by Count Sir Jehan de la Marche and THL Ismay Ponde with words by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Rikardr in blakki Bjarn was then summoned before Their Majesties. In only a few short years in the Society, Rikardr has offered his service, becoming a marshal for thrown weapons and helping with the range at Pennsic. Their Majesties also thanked him for providing the big, soft butts (for thrown weapons) so essential to practice in the Kingdom. For this did they award him Arms and make him a Lord of Their Court. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties then gave Lord Rikardr his first task as a member of Their Court, sending him forth to bring his lady, Birna Rickardskona inn blakki Bjarn. In like fashion to her Lord has Birna become active in the society, clothing and feeding her House, bearing water on the field, and assisting at events with Troll. Therefore did they name her a Lady of Their Court, awarding her Arms. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties then invited before them Syr Tegrinus de Rhina. Their attention having been drawn to one amongst their guards who had thus far dodged the responsibilities of a position in their Court, They sent him and others of Their guard to bear forth Atrox to answer for his dereliction of duty, who shortly brought him before Their Majesties. As he had recently become a citizen of Their Realm he was no longer able to hide from those responsibilities, and for his many years of service to the kingdom army as a heavy fighter, They named him a member of Their Order of the Golden Alce, carrying with it an Award of Arms. Scroll by Lady Lyse Gunther with words by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Their Majesties then summoned the Autocrat for Their Coronation, Lady Juliana Ravenshaw. Having noted her successful execution of Their Coronation day, Their Majesties also called the attention of the populace to her decades-long history of service as seneschal, creating garb, serving in kitchens, and helping to found Their Shire of Ballachlagan. For her devotion to the Kingdom was she given a Grant of Arms. Scroll by Lady Shirin of Susa.

Their Majesties then called before them Her Ladyship Rynea von Lingen. Having been sent to vigil by their predecessors in the morning, Their Majesties asked if it was still her wish to become a peer and join their most noble order of the Pelican. Her Ladyship confirmed that desire, and their Majesties summoned before them that noble Order.

Sir Vladisla Nikulich spoke for the Order of Chivalry on Rynea’s qualities of humility, courage and prowess in her activities. Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe spoke for the Order of the Laurel on her skills in the kitchen, preparing food for the kingdom. Viscount Bear the Wallsbane spoke as a Royal Peer for the love of the Kingdom. Master Anias Fenne spoke for the Order of Defense about the grace she displays in her actions serving the kingdom. THL Otillige Rappoltsweiler spoke for the Populace also about her love, but this time for the Society itself. Sir Gabriel Hawkes then spoke about the inspiration she provides as an example to those looking upon her works. Finally, Viscountess Judith of Kirtland spoke as a Pelican about her time and efforts in teaching her craft, and the learning provided to others in that process.

Having heard words from Their Orders, and been satisfied by them, Their Majesties then called for articles representing her new status. She was then presented with a medallion, cloak and crop to adorn her person and display her status. All this having been done, Their Majesties then accepted her oath to the kingdom and proclaimed her a Mistress of the Pelican. Scroll by THL Eleanor Godwin.

Their Majesties then invited forth Mistress Maria Cristina de Cordoba. Their Majesties spoke to Mistress Maria about her tireless work as a Mistress of the Lists, helping guide many newcomers to the Society and leading her local group and region in various capacities. For these reasons among others from her more than 25 years of service to the Society were They minded to create her a Baroness of Their Court. Scroll by Lady McKenna Henderson.

Her Majesty Juliana then called for Baroness Sybilla Detwyller to attend, and named Her Excellency as her Inspiration for the day and awarded her a Golden Escarbuncle.

Baroness Sybilla receives a Golden Escarbuncle

Their Majesties then asked those who were involved in the creation of the various scrolls awarded in Their Court to stand and be recognized by the populace. They also thanked those responsible for the creation of the garb They had worn that day, including Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg, Lady Aine ny Allane, and Lady Birna Rickardskona in blakki bjarn, with belts and other hardware created by the hand of His Majesty Himself.

There being no further business before Their Majesties, Their Court was thus suspended.

At feast later the same evening:

Their Majesties summoned from his seat at Feast Ogier of the Black Corsairs. For 20 years has Ogier fought for the Kingdom, teaching new fighters and helping to equip them for battle. For these reasons did Their Majesties see fit to induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by THLady Rachel Dalicieux.

There being no further business, the First Court of Their Majesties was then closed.

Photos of court by Lady Aine ny Allane; scroll photos by Lord Arias Beltrane del Valle.


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From the Seneschal: Reminder of SCA Harassment & Bullying Policy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 20:48
From Duke Christopher, Kingdom Seneschal: Good evening, please remember that if you feel you have been subjected to any harassment, bullying, or retaliation in the SCA, to contact me directly. If you know of anyone that has been subjected to harassment, bullying, or retaliation in the SCA, please encourage them to contact me. I can be reached at ae.seneschal@aethelmearc.org.   You can read more about the SCA’s Harassment and Bullying policy here: http://socsen.sca.org/the-sca-harrassment-and-bullying-policy/
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Tir Mara Populace Badge/Badge de la peuple pour Tir Mara

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 18:12

En français

Unto the good gentles of the Crown Principality of Tir Mara, greetings!

My name is Lord Conn mac Branain and I am the chair of the Tir Mara Populace Badge Committee. Tir Mara has been without a populace badge for far too long and it’s time something was done to rectify that. The committee formed in June as the end product of a discussion on the Tir Mara Facebook group. We spent the time since then in discussion as to how best go about the process. We now have a process in place and with the approval of the Tir Mara Seneschal and Their Royal Highnesses, we are ready to move forward. The committee includes people from all three Baronies and every Shire in the Principality; some are heralds, some are not.

Because this badge will be the populace badge for Tir Mara, we feel that involving the populace is key. To that end, we are inviting submissions from the populace. Anyone living in Tir Mara can submit their idea for a badge. After a reasonable period for accepting submissions has passed, the committee will vet all the submissions, and those that pass the vetting process will then be subjected to a poll of the populace to narrow the field down to the one badge that will be submitted to the College of Arms.

Here is the process in detail:

From today, 16 October 2017, until 30th November 2017, anyone living within Tir Mara may submit their design for a badge. All submissions are to be sent to the Tir Mara Submissions Herald, Blue Alaunt . Submissions may be in electronic format or sent by snail mail. All electronic submissions for the populace badge MUST have ‘Tir Mara Populace Badge’ in the subject line or they will be ignored. All snail mail submissions for the populace badge MUST have ‘Tir Mara Populace Badge’ on the submission itself or they will be ignored. The regular submission forms are not required, either in electronic or snail mail format – we just need to be able to easily make out what design it is you are sending us. SEND NO MONIES.

From 1st December – 31st December, submissions will be vetted by the committee.

From 1st January – 31st January, the populace will be polled as to which design they would like to have as a populace badge.
It is important to note that this is a poll and not a vote. The Crown has the final say in what is adopted as a badge; just like a poll for a Baronial coronet, or one of the Orders of High Merit, the decision rests with the Crown. It is much easier for the Crown to make a proper decision if they have information. That’s why we’re polling the populace, to present the Crown with data showing the desires of their people.

In February, the numbers will be tallied, the results announced, and the paperwork submitted to the College. Once that happens, we wait until the badge has gone through the normal process for commentary and decision as with all other heraldric submissions.

En français

Salutations au bon peuple de la Principauté de la Couronne de Tir Mara!

Mon nom est Lord Conn mac Branain et je suis en charge de coordonner le comité pour trouver un Badge de la peuple pour Tir Mara. Le comité a été formé en juin dernier, suite à des discussions sur la page Facebook de Tir Mara, où il est apparu qu’il est grand temps que Tir Mara ait son badge. Nous avons depuis discuté afin d’établir une démarche en ce sens, qui a été approuvée par la Sénéchale de Tir Mara et Leurs Royales Majestés. Nous sommes donc prêts à aller de l’avant. Le comité est formé de représentants de chaque groupe de la Principauté, incluant des hérauts.

Il nous a semblé important d’impliquer toute la peuple de Tir Mara, car ce badge doit tous nous représenter. À cet effet, nous invitons la peuple à soumettre des projets de badge. Toute personne résidant sur les terres de Tir Mara peut participer. Lorsque la date limite pour recevoir les soumissions sera passée, le comité examinera les propositions. Les soumissions jugées admissibles seront par la suite soumises à la peuple afin de choisir le design qui sera soumis au Collège des Hérauts.

Voici en détail le processus proposé:
* Les soumissions seront acceptées jusqu’au 30 novembre 2017 et doivent être adressées au « Tir Mara Submissions Herald, Blue Alaunt ». Les soumissions peuvent être envoyées en format électronique ou par courrier régulier. Toutes les soumissions électroniques DOIVENT avoir comme objet « Tir Mara Populace Badge », sinon elles seront ignorées. Nul besoin d’utiliser les formulaires usuels pour les soumissions héraldiques. Il suffit que le design soumis soit clair. N’ENVOYEZ PAS D’ARGENT

* Du 1er au 31 décembre 2017, les soumissions seront validées par le comité.

* Du 1er au 31 janvier 2018, la peuple sera appelée à se faire un choix parmi les badges proposés.

Il est important de noter que c’est une consultation et non un vote. La Couronne aura le mot final quant au design qui sera adopté, comme pour une consultation pour la couronne Baronniale ou les Ordres de Haut Mérite. Il est beaucoup plus aisé pour la Couronne de prendre une décision éclairée si elle a en mains toutes les informations nécessaires concernant le souhait et la préférence de la population de Tir Mara.

Le tout sera comptabilisé au cours du mois de février 2018 et les résultats annoncés par après. La soumission officielle sera transmise au Collège des Hérauts. Nous devrons ensuite attendre la suite normale du processus de soumissions héraldiques.

 


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Unofficial Court Report: Tournament of the Roses

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 14:32

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

While Tsar Ivan ventured to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc to attend the Njal Saga, Her Majesty, Tsaritsa Matilde, attended the Tournament of the Roses in the Barony of Dragonship Haven on Saturday, October 14, AS 52.
With a heavy heart, her Majesty had to issue the following edict in a morning court:
“Ivan Ivanov syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov and Matilde de Cadenet, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East Kingdom, issued a Royal Sanction of Exile from the Realm against [legal name redacted], known in the Society as Mord Hrutsson. The sanction will expire at the end of their reign.”
Court was suspended, and the Tournament began.

Duchess Eltheldreda and her winning team.

At the end of the tournament, the team of Duchess Etheldreda emerged victorious.
Her Majesty Matilde reopened her court, and invited Duke Randall of the Dark to attend. He was accompanied by the members of the Chivalry who were present, and read a petition signed by numerous members of the Chivalry of the East, denouncing the actions of Mord Hrutsson.
This unfortunate business completed, Her Majesty wished to bring a more joyous moment to the populace. She invited the children in attendance into court. Eager with anticipation, the kids waited as Tsaritsa Matilde requested Sir Gellyes attend her, and take the toybox for a run to the merriment of all.

Next did Her Majesty invite into court Christine of Serpentius. Though she was not present, Duchess Etheldreda spoke for her, and Christine was Awarded Arms, receiving a scroll by Faolan an Sccreccain.
The Queen next invited into her court any newcomers attending their first, second or third event. They came forth in dribs and drabs, and received tokens and hearty vivants.
Tsaritsa Matilde invited into her court Sara Sala di Peruta. Her Majesty spoke highly of Sara’s service, and invited into the court the companions of the Order of the Silver Crescent. Sara received a medallion, and a scroll by Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir (Feilinn).
After a fine day of fighting, fencing, archery, and arts and sciences, her Majesty thanked the staff for their hard work, and closed court.
Long Live the Tsar! Long Live the Tsaritsa! Long Live the Kingdom of the East!
YIS,
Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald.
PS – Thank you to Simona bat Leon for assisting with court.


Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, royal court

Birka Fashion Show

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 12:33

Once again House Strangewayes will be presenting a fashion show at Market Day at Birka organized by Baronessa Bianca Anguissola

Baronessa Maria Pagani and Baron Juan Xavier’s winning entry from Her Grace Avelina’s sports garb challenge at Birka in AS 48.

Are you interested in showing off your garb prowess? Want to ogle the talent of the populace? Want to win a fabulous prize and be the envy of all your Peers? Come show off your skill!

In addition to entrants in the following categories:

  • Early Period: 600-1100 CE
  • Middle Period: 1100-1450 CE
  • Late Period: 1450-1600 CE
  • Children’s garb
  • Group category

Her most royal Majesty Czarina Matilde de Cadenet has issued Her own Garb Challenge. In honor of East Kingdom 50 Year, she desires to see the skill with needle and thread of the populace in showing their true colors: their East Kingdom colors.

Show Her what makes you a Beast of the East. Come display your fiercest blue tygers, make them roar for you in your stately Eastern purple and gold, and change into your stripes of blue and gold populace pride.

East Kingdom Badge – may be used by any citizen of the East Kingdom

Unsheathe your shears and tear into that linen, take down that wild wool, and hunt for the perfect pattern to kill it on the runway come Birka. Her Majesty will be looking to catch the most impressive Eastern tyger by the tail and name them the winner of this year’s Queen’s challenge.

Further details for time and location to be announced as the event approaches.


Filed under: Announcements, Events Tagged: birka, birka fashion show, Birka Garb Challenge

An Achievement of Arms Primer

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:51

by THFool Dagonell Collingwood

An achievement of arms is what you usually see when people in the mundane world try to sell you merchandise with ‘your family coat of arms’ on it. It’s a display of arms with decorative elements which are meaningful to the arms bearer. As most SCAdians know, a coat of arms does NOT belong to anyone with the same family name and only the eldest member of the family is entitled to it, if the family does have arms. The rules for succession are not unlike the rules for who gets to wear the crown of England. In the SCA, each individual can register their own arms.

The purpose of this article is to explain the parts of an achievement to encourage others to design and use their own achievements to increase the heraldic display at events.

“Fourteen Kingdoms regulate by law or custom the components of Arms. Those fourteen kingdoms are: An Tir, Ansteorra, Artemesia, Atenveldt, Atlantia, Caid, Calontir, Ealdormere, Gleann Abhann, Meridies, Middle, Outlands, Trimaris, West. The remaining five do not: AEthelmearc, Drachenwald, East, Lochac, Northshield” [1]

The paper includes an easy-to-read chart of what is restricted where. This document was recently discussed on the SCA Heraldry Chat Facebook page and there have been a few minor changes since the article was written.

AEthelmearc does NOT have any laws or restrictions regarding what you can include in your achievement, however courtesy demands that you only include regalia your persona is entitled to. The practical list of restricted regalia may be found at http://tasha.gallowglass.org/sca/sumptuary.html. All parts of an achievement are optional, and everything except the shield (your registered device) may be changed at will.

SHIELD — This is your registered heraldic device. This is the only part that cannot be changed at will. What’s the difference between ‘heraldic device’ and ‘arms’? Virtually nothing. The latter says that you have been awarded arms but the terms are used nearly interchangeably.

SUPPORTERS — The figures to either side that hold up or ‘support’ the shield. In modern England, the use of supporters is only allowed to the peerage.

“In England the right to bear supporters is confined to those to whom they have been granted or recorded, but such grant is very rigidly confined to peers, to Knights of the Garter, Thistle, and St. Patrick, and to Knights Grand Cross and Knights Grand Commanders (as the case may be) of other Orders. […] Baronets of England, Ireland,
Great Britain, and the United Kingdom as such are not entitled to claim grants of supporters…”[2]

Some kingdoms allow one supporter for anyone having a grant of arms and two supporters for anyone with a peerage. Other kingdoms only allow supporters to people with an augmentation of arms. AEthelmearc has no rules regarding supporters.

The modern arms of England have a lion and a unicorn representing England and Scotland. Historically, other animal supporters have included Boars, Antelopes, Eagles and Dragons depending upon who was on the throne at the time. [3] I’m utterly convinced that this is the origin of football mascots, but I can’t prove it. I can picture medieval knights in a tournament having their junior-most squires holding their banner while dressed as their supporters. From there, it’s just a small jump to a guy in an animal costume at a football rally.

THE COMPARTMENT — Simply the base that supporters stand on. It’s usually a green hill, ‘a mount vert’, in heraldic parlanance. It’s optional and supporters can stand on the scrollwork of the motto if you don’t want to have a compartment. In Real World heraldry, members of an order of knighthood often place a symbol of the order in their compartment. You can do this as well, but too many symbols may make the achievement look cluttered, simple is best.

SCROLL, RIBBON AND MOTTO — Most mottos scroll along the bottom around the achievement, some scroll along the top around the mantling. A few have both. The motto can be in any language you want. If you want something in a language you’re not fluent in, ask a herald for help, we may be able to steer you towards someone who is fluent in the language you want. After all, you want your motto to say “Get a Life”, not “Take a Life”!

If the armiger is a member of an order, the order’s motto can be inscribed on a ribbon which circumscribes the shield. England has “Dieu et mon droit” (“God and my right”) on a scroll in the compartment and the Order of the Garter’s motto, “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (“Evil to him who thinks evil”) on a garter or belt encircling the shield.[3]

HELMET — The helmet sits upon top of the shield. Traditionally, clergical arms and women who display their arms on lozenges would not have a helm. Most SCAdians would use a helmet that was appropriate to their persona’s time and place. In modern heraldry, the helm is used to indicate the armiger’s rank.
This is NOT a period practice.

“…at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries, when the helmet was being fast relegated to ceremonial usage and pictorial emblazonment, ingenious heralds began to evolve the system by which rank and degree were indicated by the helmet.” [4]

However, for those who want to;

“as one of the fundamental laws of the achievement, that the helmet by its shape and position was indicative of rank ; and we early learnt by rote that the esquire’s helmet was of steel, and was placed in profile, with the visor closed : that the helmet of the knight and baronet was to be open and affronté ; that the helmet of the peer must be of silver, guarded by grilles and placed in profile; and that the royal helmet was of gold, with grilles, and affronté. … These regulations, like some other adjuncts of heraldic art, are comparatively speaking of modern origin.  Heraldry in its earlier and better days knew them not, and they came into vogue about the Stuart times, when heraldic art was distinctly on the wane.” [5]

TORSE AND MANTLING — The torse is a twisted ring of fabric which holds the mantling in place on a knight’s helmet. The mantling itself was fabric which was used to keep the hot sun off a crusader’s metal helmet and most likely evolved around the time of the First Crusade.[6]

“Generally, mantling is blazoned ‘mantled x, doubled (lined) y'” [7]
The tinctures x and y should be strongly contrasting, usually a color and a metal, however the arms of the United Kingdom are mantled Or and ermine.[3] I have never seen a torse of different tinctures than the mantle, but I don’t know of any reason why it couldn’t be done.

CROWN / CORONET — A crown can be placed atop a torse or as a replacement for it. A coronet can be placed in the same position as a crown or around the neck of the helm or a supporter. For reasons of courtesy, you should only have a crown or coronet on your achievement if your persona is allowed one. An SCA ducal coronet has strawberry leaves on it. A county coronet has an embattled top edge. A baronial coronet has six pearls on it. If you are entitled to more than one type of tin hat, you could have both of them in your achievement, if you wished. The arms of the United Kingdom have crowns on the helm, on the head of the lion supporter, on the head of the lion crest and a coronet around the neck of the unicorn supporter [3]

CREST — Primarily used as a decoration in tournament, the crest goes atop the helm. It is possible for a heraldic crest to be something that couldn’t be used in real life. The crest of Sir Francis Drake granted in 1581 consisted of a disembodied hand issuing from clouds and leading a ship around the globe representing God’s guidance [8][9]

RESERVED REGALIA — As I said above, as a matter of courtesy, you should have reserved symbols or regalia on your achievement only if your persona is entitled to it. A pelican would be entitled to use a pelican as a supporter or their crest, or replacing the crown / torse with a cap of maintenance (a red ‘robin hood’ cap trimmed with white that has little red drops of blood on it) A knight could his a white belt or a gold chain as a ribbon surrounding the shield. A Master of Arms would have a white baldric instead of a white belt. In a similar fashion, a lady of the rose could have a wreath of roses or a laurel
could have a laurel wreath.

Some examples:

“Barry wavy vert and argent, a unicorn’s head sable, armed (teeth and horn), orbed (eyed), and crined (maned), a chief wavy Or; for a Crest, atop a helm to dexter argent, a raven proper; a torse and mantle argent and doubled vert; for Supporters, two unicorns sable armed, orbed and crined Or, on a mount vert; Motto ‘Post Mortum Concedo’ (After Death, I will yield) argent lettered sable.”

The supporters on my achievement are black unicorns to match my device. My steel-colored helm faces to the side as a citizen. My crest is a raven as a tribute to my wife (Cigfran is the Welsh word for ‘raven’)

“This uncredited leather project shows the heraldic achievement of the Rhydderich Hael. The original artwork was designed by Master Dagonell. Master Dagonell reports: ‘The shield is the arms of the Rhydderich Hael. The helm faces to the side instead of forward because only royalty face forward. (Out of period practice, but still widely used) The mantle and torse are supposed to be green and yellow with black gunstones to represent the Hael livery colors and Haelstones (Hael service award).
The crest is a ram skull taken from the arms of the first baroness Morgan Elandris. The supporters are a blue tyger to represent that we started in the East and a heron in it’s vigilance to represent The Shire of Heronter which spun off from us. The compartment (ground) contains a Catherine’s wheel and a fountain to represent Winter’s Edge and Beau Fleuve (cantons). The scroll is supposed to contain the motto, Non Sine Labora “Nothing is without Effort”‘. Who decided to use this for a leather project or why is unknown. Sadly the leather is worn with time and the project was never finished.” [10]

This is an achievement I designed for The AEstel back when Lord Gareth the Eccentric was chronicler. The supporters are blue tyger engorged of a coronet as a reminder that we were once part of the East, and a golden alce to represent the Golden Alce, the third original order of merit. Technically, the tyger should have a crown, but I liked the aesthetics of the coronet around his neck better.

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Polling Order Recommendation Deadline is October 22nd /Seconde période de consultation d’Ivan et Matilde

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-10-15 06:06

En français

Their Royal Majesties Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde wish to make it known that They will consider recommendations for inclusion on Their second polling through Sunday October 22, 2017.

Please remember that you need not be a member of any order to recommend someone you consider deserving. If you know someone you feel strongly about, there is an easy online form you can fill out to submit them for consideration.

Need more information about the East Kingdom awards polling process? This article gives a good overview. Need to find out whether or not someone has the award you are considering? Look them up in the Order of Precedence.

Brennan mac Fearghus
Awards Coordinator

En français – traduit par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Leurs Royales Majestés le Tsar Ivan et la Tsarina Matilde souhaitent faire connaître Leur intention de considérer les recommendations pour l’inclusion dans leur deuxième période de consultation, jusqu’au dimanche 22 octobre 2017.

Rappelez-vous que vous n’avez pas besoin d’être membre d’un ordre proposé afin de recommender une personne que vous jugez méritoire. Si vous connaissez une telle personne, il suffit de remplir un formulaire simple afin de la proposer.

Besoin de plus d’informations au sujet du processus de consultation ou des reconnaissances du Royaume de l’Est ? Cet article vous procurera une bonne vue d’ensemble. Besoin de savoir si une personne possède déjà la reconnaissance pour laquelle vous la considérez ? Vérifiez son Ordre de Préséance.

Brennan mac Fearghus
Awards Coordinator


Filed under: Announcements, Official Notices, Tidings Tagged: award recommendations, deadline, polling orders, polling recommendations

Unofficial Court Report: The Coronation and First Court of Ivan and Mathilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East.

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-10-14 10:49

Thus it was on the 7th day of October, AS 52, was made the 100th Crown of the Kingdom of the East.

King Ioannes and Queen Ro Honig relinquished their crowns to the East Kingdom Seneschal, Mistress Mercedes Vera de Califia. She held a brief court as regent, after which she called the Prince of Tir Mara to attend her.

Brigantia announced, “Oyez! Oyez! Now comes before you Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov, Prince of Tir Mara and heir to the crown of the East!”

Music began, and Prince Ivan processed forward, under a four-post canopy. Ivan presented himself to the Regent.

Mercedes presented the crown to Ivan, and said, “As Seneschal and Regent of the East, I recognize your right to the crown. Please take this from my hands, and take unto yourself the mantle of authority it represents.”

The Prince took up the crown, and turned to face the populace. He held the crown aloft, then said, “By my own hand, as victor in spring Crown tournament, I take my place as Tsar of the East.” He thus placed the crown upon his head.

Brigantia declared, “Presenting his Majesty, Ivan Rex, Tsar of the East!” Vivants followed.

The King’s Armored Champion cried, “Long Live the King!” The populace responded in kind.

Brigantia announced, “His Majesty welcomes before him Her Highness, Matilde DeCadenet, Princess of Tir Mara!”

Music began.

Mathilde processed to the dais. She was escorted up the stairs by her sons. Tsar Ivan took off his crown, and placed it upon the Princess’ head.

Tsar Ivan said, “It is with gladness in my heart that you stand by my side this day. As I have crowned myself King by my own hand, I crown you Queen of all these lands.” The Tsar removed the crown, placed it back upon his head, then placed the crown of the Tsaritsa upon her head.

Brigantia declared, “Presenting Her Majesty, Mathilde Regina, Tsaritsa of the East!” Vivants followed.

The Queen’s Armored Champion cried, “Long Live the Queen!” The populace responded in kind.

The Greater Officers of State were called in to swear fealty individually. Their Majesties recognized their new Webminister, in addition to receiving his fealty.

Following ancient Kingdom tradition, The Tsar and Tsaritsa turned and knelt before Brigantia. Brigantia said, “These are the waters from the Bay of the Mists, from the Kingdom of the West. Water is life, and as the West was the birthplace of our society, we anoint our new king and queen as a symbol of rebirth and a new reign with this water.” They were anointed with the waters from the West Kingdom’s bay.

Brigantia placed a vessel before the Tsar and Tsaritsa. Brigantia declared, “This dirt is from the grounds where the first tournament in our society was held. Do you swear upon this hallowed earth that you will lead our Kingdom with justice, honor, and glory, in peace or in war?” The Tsar and Tsaritsa replied, “We do.”

They arose, and stood before the thrones. “Long Live the Tsar! Long Live the Tsaritsa! Long Live the Kingdom of the East!” called Bringantia. The populace responded in kind. Their Majesties retook their thrones.

The Viceroy and Vicerine of Ostgardr and Landed Barons and Baronesses were called to swear fealty individually. Their Majesties heard and accepted their oaths.

Court was suspended.

As the Tsar and Tsaring recessed, the Roll of Kings was read by ten Royal Peers. Their Majesties sat in state for 90 minutes during the afternoon. Following this, they held their first full court.

Tsaritsa Mathilde called into court Vachir Artslanjin, and named him Captain of her guard. The rest of the guard was assembled, and presented with baldrics.

Next were Ioannes Aurelius Serpentius and Ro Honig von Summerfeldt called into court. For their service as King and Queen of the East, they were made a Count and Countess, Ioannes receiving a heavy mosaic created by Christiana Crane, with words by Nicol mac Donnachaidh, and Latin translations and Rome consultation by Tiberius Julius Rufus Primus; Ro Honig received a scroll created by Kayleigh McWhyte.

Next was the Order of the Rose called to attend court. Many spoke of Ro Honig’s qualities, and she was made a companion of the Order of the Rose. She received a mantle, and a scroll by Vettorio Antonello.

The Children of the East were invited to attend Their Majesties. Tsar Ivan invited Duke Omega to take up the toybox, and the children gave chase to the merriment of all.

Next was Dobby…sorry, no…Dietrich Schwelgengräber called into court. He received a sock, and was set free.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Mathilde called into their court Mercedes Vera de Califia. They presented her with a sock, and released her from her duty as Kingdom Seneschal.

Their Majesties called before them Katherine Barr. They named her East Kingdom Seneschal, and received her fealty.

The Rapier Melee Champions team were called into court. They offered to Their Majesties their service in any upcoming combat situation.

Her Majesty Mathilde called into court Reinhart Basarab Draculesti. She presented him with her own glove, making him a companion of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

Brochmail de Anglespur was called into court. His lady, Aislinn Chiabach, received on his behalf a Queen’s Award of Esteem token.

All those attending their First, Second or Third event were called into court, and presented tokens and thanks for joining the Society.

Their Majesties invited into their court Aine O’Muirghesan. She presented herself as an Ambassador from the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, and gave numerous gifts to the Tsar and Tsaritsa.

Their Majesties called into their court the Order of the Pelican. Noting the order was incomplete, they invited before them Joel of Vestfell. He received a writ to sit vigil at a later date, and a scroll with calligraphy and illumination Faolán an Sccreccain and words by The Anchoress of Ayntre.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa invited into their court Mýrún Leifsdóttir. Recognizing her scribal talents, they called the Order of the Silver Brooch to attend. Mýrún was made a companion of the order, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Tola knitýr.

Margretha La Fauvelle was called to attend the court of Their Majesties. Citing her musicianship, they invited the Order of the Laurel to attend. Margretha was presented with a writ to sit vigil at a later date, with a scroll by Eloise of Coulter.

Their Majesties called into their court Doucette de Verdun. Noting his skill at the equestrian arts, they called forth the companions of the Order of the Golden Lance. Doucette was presented with a medallion, and a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa called for the companions of the Order of Chivalry. The order being incomplete, they welcomed into their court Viktor Dominik. Viktor received a writ to sit vigil at a later event, with a scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan with words by Theodora Brysennissa, called Treannah.

Their Majesties thanked the populace for attending their coronation, and thus closed their first court.

Long live the Tsar! Long live the Tsaritsa! Long live the Kingdom of the East!

YIS, Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

PS – Thank you to the heraldic staff – Rowen Cloteworthy, Maria von Ossenheim, Kirsa Oyutai, and Marian Kirkpatrick


Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation, court report, Ivan and Mathilde

Eastern Laurel and Chivalry Meetings on October 14th (Updated)

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-10-13 09:36

Her Royal Majesty Matilde will be holding brief meetings with the Order of Chivalry and the Order of the Laurel tomorrow (October 14th) at the Tournament of the Roses in Dragonship Haven. The Chivalry meeting will begin at 10:30 am, followed by the Laurel meeting at 10:45 am.

His Royal Majesty Ivan will be holding brief meetings with the Eastern members of the Order of Chivlary and the Eastern members of the Order of the Laurel tomorrow (October 14th) at Njal Saga in the Barony of Thescorre, Kingdom of Æthelmarc. The Chivalry meeting will be held at 9:15 am, followed by the Laurel meeting at 9:45 am.


Filed under: Announcements Tagged: chivalry meeting, laurel meeting, order meetings, order of chivalry, order of the laurel

Unofficial Baronial Court Report from An Dubhaigeainn

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-10-13 08:36

Unofficial Court Report from the Last Court of Baron David Vasquez De Valencia and Baroness Suzanne Neuber DeLondres, and First Court of Titus Aurelius Magnus and Baroness Sorcha of Stonegrave, held at A Funny Thing Happened to St. Andrew on the Way to the Forum – An Investiture
On September 16, A.S. 52, 2017 C.E.

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Invited into court by their majesties, serenaded by Hugoline the Delicate, Their excellencies began their court with welcoming everybody to the day. They first gave a gift to the King and Queen of the East, a bounty of treats native to our Duck Land.

Their excellencies invited Lord Kaalos Dymas into court, but not being in attendance yet, Suzanne requested their Herald to come before them. Speaking of all the service Lady Violet Hughes has done for the barony from crafting new regalia to getting the Baron to finally register a device, they awarded her the Silver Feather and the Baroness gave a gift of purple trim.

Lord Ronan Fitzrobert was requested to come into court, but since he is the autocrat he was busy running around outside the hall. While he was tracked down their excellencies brought attention to Lord Peter of Hawkwood. For his activities in archery, his woodworking, and his overall service to the barony, he is inducted into the Order of Perseverance.

Ronan was located and escorted before their Excellencies. For having served as seneschal, web minister, helping with setup and breakdown of many events, and getting others to participate in all sorts of activities, he was deemed worthy of the Sylvanus Doke.

Lady Sorcha of Stonegrave was invited before their excellencies. For her work as retainer and “second brain” to her Excellency she was given a gift of a girdle belt, and His Majesty led the room in a chorus of “Ooooh, Ahhhh, Ohhh!” in appreciation of its beauty.

There was mention of a silent auction of stained glass to raise funds for the barony archery fund.

With final emotional words from each of their excellencies of thankfulness to everybody whom they have led, that concluded the last court of Baron David Vasquez de Valancia and Baroness Suzanne Neuber de Londres.

To read about each award and order mentioned here, please go to: http://scaducks.org/baronialawards.php

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Their new excellencies opened their first court on the beautiful day with inviting those who were coronets prior to them up for recognition. Murdoch and Maigret of Carrigart, Jean Xavier Boullier, and Gianetta Lucia Allegretta, Ateno of Annun Ridge and Lassar Ignen Aeda, David Vasquez de Valencia and Suzanne Neuber de Londres. With words and tokens of thanks, they were sent back to their beers.

Baron Titus, sad that he won’t be able to be the Baronial heavy weapons Champion for a while talked about the tourney he held that day. Baroness Sorcha, before Titus was able to name the winners, gave him the duck token of thanks that all past champions receive. Conrad Jarnhand and Muiredach Ua Dálaig were called up as second and third place winners and awarded each a length of rattan. Ozurr the Bootgiver was called as the winner of the tournament and the new Champion and given a prize and regalia. Ozurr resumed his post as guard, and all four were cheered.

Laird Eanraig the Bonesetter was invited into court to talk about his tournaments. The first was a Roman senate tournament, and Master Cain Ramsay was declared the winner and given a prize of a book and a wooden chest and tasked with distributing the loot within. The next tournament was the Lorenzo Quintain memorial tournament to remember the self-proclaimed worst fighter in the kingdom. The winner was Anne de Bastillion and she was given a silver octopus brooch. The “winner” who did the worst was Marion of York who was instructed to run a memorial tournament within the next year, and she was then handed her ass on a silver platter. She received a delighted round of applause when she held high the plastic equine statue and shiny display plate for all to see.

Their excellencies invited before them Lady Fiona the Volatile and Lady Hugoline the Delicate. The ladies explained that the children had a very busy day, making candle holders for feast, and completed a scavenger hunt that included talking to peers! And Royalty! And The Baron! Two children completed the entire list of tasks. Keira of House Three Skulls and Sterling of House Three Skulls (no relation). They both received golden Duck Trophies. All the rest of the children were invited up to present to the new Baron and Baroness regalia of quacking duck bills, much to the delight of their Majesties.

Keira and Dahlia were requested to stay on stage as the rest of the children went back to playing. His excellency showed great appreciation for their efforts at waterbearing at Pennsic and general help at baronial events, and they were awarded Silver Eggs.

Their excellencies called into court Lord Thorolf Egilsen, Stefan de Londres, Lord Magnus de Londres, and Lady Medb O’Donnchada and they were awarded silver Feathers. It was pointed out that it was Medb’s birthday, so Lady Jenna Childslayer led the court in (thankfully only a few rounds of) the birthday dirge.

Master Jean Xavier Boullier was requested before their excellencies, and with a description of his many many roles such as Baron, Seneschal, Chamberlain, and the unofficial role of “he does absolutely everything”, he was bestowed a large silver feather.

Lord Ozurr the Bootgiver, Tycho Mikkleson, and Lord Yisrael ben Baron were called into court and each were given a token and welcomed into the order of the Drake’s Spur.

Their excellencies invited before them Duchessa Isabella of York. Thanking her for her support she was given a token of a stone duck.

Mistress Suzanne Neuber the Londres was invited into court for her support and inspiration, and was also given a token of thanks of an amber duck.

After Lord Bleiddwn Emrys brought the clown god statue Horus to take his place next to His Excellency, thus ended the court of Baron Titus Aurelius Magnus and Baroness Sorcha of Stonegrave.

To read about each award and order mentioned here, please go to: http://scaducks.org/baronialawards.php


Filed under: Court Tagged: An Dubhaigeainn, baronial court, court report, Investiture

King’s and Queen’s Thrown Weapons Championships / Champions de Lancer d’Armes de Jet du Roi et de la Reine

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-10-12 20:55

En français

On July 6-9th, the Province of Malagentia hosted the Great Northeastern War XXXI which included the East Kingdom King’s and Queen’s Thrown Weapons Championships. The championship brought throwers from the Kingdom’s many regions to compete for the honor of becoming King’s or Queen’s Champion. This year’s championship was deviously designed by Matteo Genovese of Quintavia, Queen’s Champion and Magnus the Broken of Hadchester, King’s Champion. Qualifiers to enter the championship consisted of a royal round thrown without breaks between distance or weapons forms with multiple chances to qualify. Twenty five people threw qualifying rounds from Thursday evening through Saturday morning. Of the twenty five, the top sixteen were chosen to compete in a bracket.

Spear Throwing at Kings and Queens Thrown Weapons Championships

Bryon de Burgh, Carolingia
Arlyana van Wyck, Carolingia
Mikael McCue, Caer Adamant
Serafina Della Torre, Glenn Linn
Peter the Red, Carolingia
Velikail of Deltuva, Hadchester
Patrick the Red, Quintavia
Gerry, Malagentia
Kazimierz, Carolingia
William the Mysterious, Anglespur
Safiya al-Naghira, Bergental
Sweyne MacAwliffe, Malagentia
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, Carolingia
Asher de Lincolia. Carolingia
Cedric of Thanet, Endewearde
Thorormr Barnakarl, Bergental

The first round of finals was crafted by Matteo. The target and format were unlike anything seen by most Eastern throwers. When asked about his motivations for designing this tournament, Matteo stated, “I wanted to test the throwers ability to adapt to changes in height, which effects rotation, and to the pressure that competing head to head against someone brings.” Throwers competed on an 8’x10’ board throwing wall. The format consisted of head to head competition between throwers evenly matched in number of weapons. Throwers took turns throwing for up to five minutes or fifty throws. The first round consisted of axes with a second round of knives with the winner moving on to the next round. In the case of a tie between Cedric of Thanet and Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, there was a rousing spear-off.

Winners of the Axe Round:

Competitors throwing axes.

Bryon de Burgh
Mikael McCue
Velikail of Deltuva
Gerry
Kazimierz
Sweyne MacAwliffe
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch
Cedric of Thanet

Finals included highly engineered, reactive targets constructed by Magnus the Broken, King’s Champion. His motivation came from both modern cinema and the interest in using thrown weapons to disorient foes carrying axes while armored with helmets. Kazimierz, Cristoff, Bryon, and Gerry competed in the final four, head to head. Throwers had the option to throw any three possible thrown weapon at targets. The first task was to hit the head of a shield wielding figure in order to knock the head back and cause the foe to drop their shield. Once this portion of the challenge was complete, throwers then had to throw another weapon at the direct center of the target, with the closest throw winning. Another challenge unlike we have seen in the East, throwers chose a variety of weapons. Axe, spear, and rocks were among the choices of our finalists. Fencers commented that they could hear our cheers from the fencing field.

Entrants and spectators, including the King Ioannes and Queen Honig, saw a clear winner and Queen’s Champion in newcomer Bryon De Burgh whose well executed throws defeated both the enemy and competitors with his deadly accuracy. Bryon said that he had great fun at the tournament. He felt that the tournament tested both one’s nerves and throwing ability. The number of spectators added to the pressure and excitement.

The King and Queen retired to hear counsel from the outgoing champions and trusted advisors regarding King’s Champion. At the Thrown Weapons range, assembled throwers and spectators commented on the camaraderie and courtesy show by competitors. Entrants competed with honor by sharing weapons and giving encouragement to rivals within the tournament.

Joy for a new Queen’s Champion and anticipation of word for a King’s Champion accompanied throwers to evening court. Before a large assembled crowd, the outgoing champions were thanked for their service and a successful champions tournament. Bryon De Burgh was called up to become Queen’s Champion and Sir Cedric of Thanet was announced as King’s Champion. When asked about his goals as King’s Champion, Cedric has a priority to bring people together for Thrown Weapons events. He would also like to see more folks get recognized for their abilities and contributions to the Thrown Weapons community. Bryon, Queen’s Champion has a goal to teach at as many events and practices as possible. He has a hope that Thrown Weapons will become as popular and competitive as the other martial activities in the SCA.

Photo provided by Sara Swetechicke

En français – traduit par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Les 6 au 9 juillet, la Province de Malagentia a été l’hôte de la Grande Guerre du Nord-est XXXI, ou se sont déroulés les championnats de Lancer d’armes de jet du Roi et de la Reine du Royaume de l’Est. Le championnat a amené de nombreux lanceurs provenant de toutes les régions du Royaume à se présenter pour l’honneur de devenir Champion du Roi ou de la Reine. Le championnat de cette année a été machiavéliquement imaginé par Matteo Genovese de Quintavia, Champion de la Reine, ainsi que Magnus the Broken de Hadchester, Champion du Roi. Les qualifications pour entrer le championnat consistaient en une ronde royale lancée sans pause entre les distances ou les armes, avec de multiples chances de se qualifier. 25 personnes ont lancé des rondes de qualifications, entre la soirée de jeudi, jusqu’au matin du samedi. Des 25 personnes, les 16 meilleurs scores ont été sélectionnés pour s’affronter.

Bryon de Burgh, Carolingia
Arlyana van Wyck, Carolingia
Mikael McCue, Caer Adamant
Serafina Della Torre, Glenn Linn
Peter the Red, Carolingia
Velikail of Deltuva, Hadchester
Patrick the Red, Quintavia
Gerry, Malagentia
Kazimierz, Carolingia
William the Mysterious, Anglespur
Safiya al-Naghira, Bergental
Sweyne MacAwliffe, Malagentia
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, Carolingia
Asher de Lincolia. Carolingia
Cedric of Thanet, Endewearde
Thorormr Barnakarl, Bergental

La première ronde de finales a été faite par Matteo. Les cibles et le type de lancers étaient nouveaux pour la majorité des lanceurs de l’Est. Lorsqu’interrogé à propos de l’inspiration derrière la conception de ce tournoi, Matteo dit: “Je voulais tester l’habileté des lanceurs à s’adapter aux changements de hauteur, qui affectent la rotation, et à la pression de devoir compétitionner directement contre un autre lanceur.” Les lanceurs se sont affrontés en visant un mur de 8×10 pouces. Il s’agissait  de lancer côte à côte avec un autre participant avec un nombre égal d’armes. Les lanceurs ont lancé chacun leur tour pendant cinq minutes, ou 50 lancers. La première ronde s’est complétée avec des haches, avec une seconde ronde de couteaux, duquel le gagnant progressait ensuite à la prochaine ronde. Dans le cas d’une égalité entre Cedric of Thanet et Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, il y a eu un excitant bris d’égalité à la lance.

Gagnants de la Ronde des Haches:

Bryon de Burgh
Mikael McCue
Velikail of Deltuva
Gerry
Kazimierz
Sweyne MacAwliffe
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch
Cedric of Thanet

Les finales incluaient des cibles hautement techniques et réactives construites par Magnus the Broken, Champion du Roi. Son inspiration lui est venue aussi bien du cinéma moderne que de son intérêt d’utiliser des armes de lancer afin de désorienter des ennemis portant des haches, tout en étant armurés d’un casque. Kazimierz, Cristoff, Bryon, et Gerry ont compétitionné dans les demi-finales, un contre un. Les lanceurs avaient l’option de lancer n’importe lequel des trois armes possibles sur les cibles. La première tâche était de frapper la tête d’un soldat protégé d’un bouclier afin de faire tomber la tête, ce qui forçait l’ennemi à lâcher son bouclier. Une fois que cette portion du défi était complète, les lanceurs devaient ensuite lancer une autre arme au centre de la cible, le compétiteur le plus proche du milieu étant déclaré gagnant. Un autre défi comme nous en avons rarement vu dans l’Est, les lanceurs ont choisi une variété d’armes. Haches, lances et même roches ont été parmi les choix de nos finalistes. Des escrimeurs ont commenté qu’ils pouvaient entendre nos applaudissements du terrain d’escrime.

Les participants et les spectateurs, incluant le Roi Ioannes et la Reine Honig, ont identifié un gagnant sans équivoque et Champion de la Reine en la personne du nouveau Bryon de Burgh, dont les lancers superbement effectués ont anéanti tant les ennemis que la compétition avec précision mortelle. Bryon a dit qu’il avait eu beaucoup de plaisir pendant le tournoi. Il pensait que le tournoi avait testé autant la contenance des compétiteurs, ainsi que leur habileté. Le nombre de spectateurs ajoutait au stress et à l’euphorie.

Le Roi et la Reine se sont ensuite retirés afin d’entendre les conseils des champions sortants et de leurs conseillers de confiance au sujet du Champion du Roi. Sur le champ de tir d’armes de jet, les lanceurs assemblés ainsi que les spectateurs commentaient la camaraderie et la courtoisie qui avait été démontré par les compétiteurs. Les participants ont concouru avec honneur en partageant leurs armes et donnant les encouragements à leurs rivaux pendant le tournoi.

Ô joie, car un nouveau Champion de la Reine et l’anticipation d’un résultat sur le Champion du Roi accompagnaient les lanceurs à la cour du soir. Devant une grande assemblée, les champions sortants ont été remerciés de leur service, ainsi que de leur fabuleux tournoi. Bryon de Burgh a été appelé pour devenir le Champion de la Princesse et Sir Cedric of Thanet a été annoncé comme étant le Champion du Roi. Quand nous lui avons demandé ses plans en tant que Champion du Roi, Cedric a répondu qu’il souhaitait faire une priorité d’inciter plus de gens à se réunir pour des événements de lancer d’armes. Il aimerait aussi voir plus de gens reconnus pour leurs habiletés et contributions à la communauté de lancer d’armes de jet. Bryon, Champion de la Reine, a pour sa part comme but d’enseigner au maximum d’événements et pratiques possibles. Il espère que le Lancer d’Armes deviendra aussi populaire et compétitif que les autres activités martiales dans la SCA.

Photos provided by Sara Swetechicke


Filed under: En français, Events, Thrown Weapons Tagged: champions, thrown weapons

Court Report: Pennsic, August A.S. 52

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-11 19:50

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 THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, Lord Cormacc Mac Gilla Brigde, Raindrop Herald, Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Misty Highlands Herald, Master Liam Mac An TSaoir, Sycamore Herald, Lady Matilda de Creppelgate, Onyx Herald, THLord Michael Langley of Riversmeet, Baroness Isabel Fleuretan, Baroness Isolda filia Georgii, Baron Magnus de Lyons and Freiherrin Helena Mützhasen at Pennsic War in the Canton of Steltonwald in the month of August, Anno Societatis LII.

The Court of Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle opened in Æthelmearc Royal Encampment on Tuesday, August 1, Anno Societatis LII, during Haakon Oaktall’s Annual Celebration of the Bardic Arts, did Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, presented Viscountess Eleanor of Waldren with an Augmentation of Arms, and to present Viscount Sir Haakon Thorvaldson, known as Oaktall, with Heraldic Supporters of two hounds. A drinking horn for Eleanor and a spear for Haakon were presented as tokens. The combined scroll is a work in progress by Sophie Davenport with text by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

On Thursday, August 3, Anno Societatis LII, in the merchant area, Their Majesties asked Lady Una von Rabenwald, called Oonaugh, to come forward.  For her work sharing research and teaching Persian and Indian garb as well as fiber arts, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was created by the hand of Lady Edana the Red.

Their Majesties next asked Lord Drogo Rabenwald to step forward.  For his beautiful work in Metal and blacksmithing, Their Majesties, after counsel with Their Order, did induct him into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc and grant him Arms thus titling him The Honorable Lord Drogo Rabenwald.  The scroll was a work by THLady Abigail Kelhoge.

Later that evening, in the camp of the Shire of Ballachlagan, Their Majesties called before Them, Conwre Ravenson to discuss how helpful he has shown himself to be to his shire with set up and tear down from many events.  Further, They saw how diligently he worked as timekeeper at Pennsic and were moved to Award him Arms thus making him a Lord of the court.  The scroll was by Lady Edana the Red.

Their Majesties also called for Sienna Ravenshaw to present herself unto Them.  Having been advised of her tireless endeavors to keep the Shire of Ballachlagan running smoothly as a waterbearer, as a troll at the gate and with set up and tear down from events, They were moved to make her a member of the Order of the Keystone and thereby confer upon her an Award of Arms.  Lady Sienna’s scroll was a work by Mistress Arianna of Whynthrope.

On Saturday, August 5, Anno Societatis LII, at the AEdult Swim Pennsic Edition Pas d’Arms, Their Majesties thanked those gentles in attendance from all over the Known World and asked that they please be patient whilst matters concerning Æthelmearc were attended to.

Their Majesties called forth The Honorable Lord Tegrinus de Rhina.  Having seen his prowess upon the Rattan field increase and noting his willingness to travel far and wide to learn and teach the art of combat, Their Majesties felt it fitting to ensure that he consider taking his place among the peerage.  They invited before Them the most noble Order of the Chivalry present and asked that they take His Lordship forth to sit vigil in contemplation of becoming a member of said Order.

Their Majesties bid Sir Stevan Ulfkellson to remain before Them.  Knowing of his extensive research into the Viking way of life and arts as well as his woodworking skill, They invited before Them those members of the Order of the Laurel present and asked Sir Stefan to consider joining this noble Order.  They advised They would confer with him further to accept his response once he had sought the counsel of his peers.

Their Majesties then called for Baron Eric Grenier de Labarre, known as Grendel, to present himself before Them.  Their Majesties spoke on how grateful They were to find Themselves the first King and Queen able to create members of the Order of Defense when They were last upon the thrones.  They were pleased with how far the Order had expanded since then, but felt it was lacking still.  They invited before Them the Masters of Defense present and asked they take forth Baron Grendel to give him wise counsel so that he might answer Their summons and answer if he would take his place amongst his peers of the Order.

On Monday, August 7, Anno Societatis LII upon the battlefield prior to the Field Battle, Their Majesties called before them the Order of the Chivalry, and finding the number lacking, called forth Baroness Beatrix Kreiger.  For the Order of the Rose, Countess Caryl Olesdatter spoke on Baroness Beatrix’s fierce and brave heart, how she inspires and will continue to inspire. For the Order of the Laurel, Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin spoke on how an artist looks for inspiration and needs to teach, and how Baroness Beatrix was that inspiration and leads and teaches freely. For the Order of the Pelican, Sir Murdoch Bayne spoke on how Baroness Beatrix inspires new generations, sets the bar to show newcomers that “I can do that too” and that is a great service. For the Order of Defense, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede spoke on Baroness Beatrix’s defense of the Kingdom, but further her joy and delight in being a warrior. For the Order of the Chivalry, Duke Magnus Tindal spoke of the chivalric virtue of Renown and how Baroness Beatrix was known throughout the known world, and how she was the example of what chivalry is and how it can inspire. The following regalia was presented: spurs made by made by THL Kai Saer Pren, presented by Sir Jan Javonivich; a belt presented by THL Thorsol Solinauga; a cloak made by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin and Freiherrin Helena Mützhasen, presented by Duchess Etain ingen Dalaig. The ancestral chain was brought forth by Sir Morgan of Rye, who recited the lineage of the Knights of Æthelmearc . Baroness Beatrix swore fealty to the Crown and was further presented with a legacy chain presented by Sir Rowan de la Garnison on behalf of Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern, with instructions to pass it on to someone worthy; and a personal chain made by Baron Ulrich Drachendonner of both new links as well as links from the chains of Sir Yngvar the Dismal, Sir Murdoch Bayne, and Sir Magnus Tindal. King Timothy, with the assistance of Earl Yngvar the Dismal, then dubbed Baroness Beatrix a Knight of the Society by letters Patent. His Majesty then delivered the buffet. Scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne with inspiration by Baroness Rioghnach ny Rise and Lady Abby Rose as reported by herald at large Freiherrin Helena Mützhasen.

Later that same day, upon the battlefield at the conclusion of the 10 Man Battle, Their Majesties called forth The Honorable Lord Ulrich von Swartzburg.  Their Majesties having seen the prowess of this man in battle and the noble bearing with which he comports himself did feel it a worthy thing that They were to do.  They invited before Them the most noble Order of the Chivalry and having taken counsel from this order did ask them to take THL Ulrich forth and conduct him to his vigil for contemplation into their Order.

In the Barony Marches of the Debatable Land’s dinner at Æthelmearc Royal Encampment that afternoon, Their Majesties called forth Lord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto.  For his work in the Thrown Weapons community running practices and ranges and volunteering for any work needing done, They inducted him to the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was by Lady Edana the Red.

That evening, in the camp of Talbot’s Keep, Their Majesties, invited Sir Stevan Ulfkellson before Them. Having sat vigil and contemplated that day, he answered that yes, he would indeed accept elevation to the Most Noble Order of the Laurel.  Syr Hrothgeirr and Sir Alric of the Mists spoke as The Order of Chivalry.  Master James Irvin known as Quinn Kerr spoke as Master of Defense.  Viscountess Isegerdr spoke as a Pelican. Duchess Ilish O’Donovan spoke as a Lady of the Rose. It was noted that Her Grace spoke of Stefan’s kindness and generosity. giving of his knowledge, sharing his ideas, and his hospitality to open his home and his workshop to others.  Duke Duncan von Halstern spoke as a Royal Peer.   Mistress Marsi of Hadley spoke as a Laurel.   Then, Their Majesties received his oath and created Stefan a member of the Order of the Laurel.  As reported by herald at large Baron Magnus de Lyons.

Later that evening, in the vigil for Baroness Anna Eisenkopf, Their Majesties called Baroness Rynea Ingen of Stormsport to attend Them.  Speaking of her long dedication and tireless efforts as Mistress of the Lists, They felt moved to issue a writ for her to sit vigil and contemplate induction to the most noble Order of the Pelican.  Furthermore, owing to Their Majesties’ imminent retirement, They advised her that Their Heirs and she would need to confer upon a time when she would be elevated to the peerage.

On Tuesday, August 7, Anno Societatis 52, upon the conclusion of the Rapier Field Battle, Their Majesties called forth Baron Eric Grenier de Labarre, known as Grendel.  Upon confirmation that it was his wish to proceed, They invited before Them the Order of Defense.  Their Majesties asked for those who would speak to his worthiness for this honor.  First to speak was Count Thomas Byron of Haverford  for the Order of Chivalry noting how Grendel had persevered and came back from injury to become a better fencer.  Next Mistress Alys Mackyntoich spoke for the Order of the Laurel of how he has the heart of a peer.  Then came words written by Mistress Rhiannon the Curious and read by Mistress Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka about how he always does the work needed without complaint and teaches to be patient and count to 30 before replying in difficult moments.  After this Countess Elena d’Artois le Tailleur speaking as a Royal Peer and Lady of the Rose told about his virtue of Franchise and how he smiles through adversity.  As a Jewel of Æthelmearc , Duchess Dorinda Courtenay stated his service was multifaceted as a guard, champion and leader.  Words from Master Christian de Launey were read by Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina of how he has given freely of himself to any in need.  For herself, as Mrs. Grendel, Baroness Katja advised that he has been a peer in her eyes for many years.  Lastly Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede spoke of how he learned to be a better man because he learned to be more like Grendel.  Their Majesties, having received such good counsel, resolved to proceed.  They called for a collar to be place about his neck, a cloak to be draped upon his shoulder and a pie to be eaten later.  Then Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of Defense, named him a Peer of the Society by Letters Patent and accepted his oath.

That evening in the Æthelmearc Pennsic Court in the Great Hall, Their Majesties called forth Fox.  They spoke of the prowess of Their Youth Champion and seeing the good work done that brought Fox to this point, They recognized the dedication shown by inducting him into the Order of the Silver Alce.  The scroll was unattributed.

Their Majesties called for William of Arindale the Younger and bid he take up the toy chest.  Then Their Majesties, called the children present to come before Them and knowing the children had become wise to the process of chasing the chest, asked they please be gentle with Their son.  A countdown was given and the youth chased William out of the court.

Their Majesties announced that the following gentles were to now be known as citizens of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc : Robeke von Heidelberg, Matthew of Sable Maul now known as Reinhard Doebbeler, John of Sable Maul now called Skjoldr Skotandi,  and Jamie of Sable Maul.

Their Majesties called forth the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc.  Once assembled, They advised there was a member of the populace who should be added to the Order.  They then called Lord Johannes Ramsey to attend Them.  For his skill in Ironwork, They granted him arms and made him a member of the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc .  The scroll was created by THL Mary Elizabeth Clausen.

Their Majesties then called for Baron Edward Harbinger and Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson to attend Them.  Their Majesties spoke of the level of skill required to attain the rank of Master Bowman and advised that both had acquired such a prowess and wished to congratulate them within the court.

Their Majesties invited Mistress Jacquetta de Mehun to Their court.  For her long term service at both local and Kingdom levels, They created her a Baroness of the Æthelmearc court.  The scroll made by the hand of Lady Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties invited before Them Mistress Sarah of the Erie Sea.  They thanked her for her willingness to travel to Their Kingdom to support Combat Archery throughout the western half of Æthelmearc.  They advised that such service had not gone unnoticed and while she was not a citizen of our Kingdom, They nevertheless felt her service here deserved acknowledgement, thus They inducted her into the Order of the Keystone with a scroll created by Lady Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Sigrid Schreiber.  For her generous sharing of her tremendous talent in creating beautiful portraits, often for those she does not personally know, Her Majesty was moved to add her to the Queens Order of Excellence. [Editor’s note: this is the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence]

Their Majesties asked Beatrix Ghijs to attend Them.  For her help in the kitchens, with child minding and her kindness to others at events and practices, They Awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the court.  The scroll was by Bronwyn of BMDL.

Their Majesties summoned Gwyn de Brymore.  Having heard of his assistance waterbearing at every battle at Pennsic and willingness to look after anyone in need, They were moved to induct him into the Order of the Keystone and confer upon him an Award of Arms, thus making him a Lord of the court.  The scroll was a work by Lord Leo Dietrich.

Their Majesties then called forth Baron Friderich Swartzwalder.  For his work as Kingdom Combat Archer Marshal, They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone.   The scroll was by the hand of THLady Eleanor Godwin.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Alita of Hartstone.  For her prowess on the fencing field and her active work within Silva Vulcani, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was created by THLady Zofia Kowalewska.

Their Majesties called before Them Lord Olafr the Mercenary.  Knowing him to be a dedicated member of Borderwatch always ready with mace and sword, They saw fit to induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was unattributed.

Next Their Majesties summoned Lord Hrungnir Hjaldarbjorn.  For his tooled leather skills, They inducted him into the Order of the Sycamore.  The scroll was limned by Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba and calligraphed by Lady Isabella Montoya.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Vera Ivanova Tostikova.  For her service and leadership in the Archery community, They inducted her into the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was a work by THLady Zofia Kowalewska.

Their Majesties called for Lord Takeda Jiro Masahige, known as Doga, to attend Them.  As he is a dedicated fighter who fought for the honor of our kingdom twice at the Gulf Wars, They saw fit to induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was a work by the hand of Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria.

Their Majesties then called forth Lord Grimbald Deth and Lady Angel Deth.  For his teaching of new fighters and her leading the water bearers of Sable Maul, Their Majesties made each a member of the Order of the Keystone.  The scrolls were works on copper plate by Her Highness Juliana, Princess of Æthelmearc.

And because we could always use just a bit more death, Their Majesties called forth Lord Justin Deth.  For his leadership on the battlefield and work teaching new fighters, They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was created by Lady Lyse Gunther.

Their Majesties then called Lady Ceirech na Hinnsi before Them.  Moved by her gleeful ballista fire with Borderwatch Artillery and her service to the community as a Siege Marshal, They inducted her into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was created by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Their Majesties then called for Lord Wilhelm Isenhart to attend Them.  For his excellence in fencing using period techniques, They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was created by Sala Chapman.

Their Majesties warily asked Lady Maggie Rue to come forward but remain at a small distance.  Having noted her extensive knowledge of period poisons and her being a founding member of the Assassin’s Guild, They were moved to induct her to the Order of the Sycamore and bid her to look upon Them kindly.  The scroll was a work by THLady Vivienne of Yardley.

Their Majesties called forth Viscountess Lucilla Theresa de Courtenay.  For her work as Mistress of the Lists, creating and providing garb to newcomers and her volunteer work at the Great Pennsic War, They inducted her into the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was created by the hand of Katyusha Yanakova.

Their Majesties called forth the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc and bade them to take comfort as They had several pieces of business They wished the order present for.

Their Majesties then invited before Them Master Annanias Fenne and inducted him into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for his skill with metal and stone in the making of jewelry.  The scroll was by limned Lady Felice de Thornton and calligraphed by Lady Ashling Na Ngleannta’n.

Next Their Majesties called forth Baron Tovaldr Torgarson.  For his research into all things Viking and teaching thereof, They inducted him into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc .  The scroll was created by Master Ragnarr Ivarson.

Their Majesties called Lady Brigette De Sainte Mere-Eglise to attend Them as well.  For her accomplishments with Hammered Dulcimer, They were moved to Grant her Arms and induct her to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc.  The scroll was a work by THLady Mairghread Stiebhard inghean ui Choinne.

Their Majesties also called for Lord Enzo di Pazzi.  For his excellence in Armoring, They were minded to Grant him Arms and inducted him to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc. A promissory note was given & forthcoming scroll will be by Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin.

And lastly They called before them Lady Lucetta di Cosimo.  For her research into the afterlife of the body and the reanimation of corpses, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc and Granted her Arms.  The scroll was created by Lady Shirin of Susa.

Their Majesties then released Their Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc to greet their newest members.

Their Majesties then called for Lord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto.  Their Majesties advised that the ability of a community to grow and prosper rests upon the shoulders of those who take on the tasks of fostering the art and because of this, They asked the Order of the White Horn to attend Them.  For his many years of extreme dedication to the Thrown Weapons community of the Kingdom, They conferred upon him a Grant of Arms and inducted him into the Order of the White Horn.  Scroll forthcoming.

Their Majesties bid the Order to remain while They called forth Lord Ian Campbell of Glenmore.  For his many years of service to the Thrown Weapons community and his skill at the range, Their Majesties inducted him to the Order of the White Horn and granted him arms.  Scroll forthcoming.

Then Their Majesties advised that to Their sorrow, They are making the following member of the Order of the White Horn in memorium but that it was the will of Their Majesties and with consent of the Order that Lord Peter Kotok be inducted as the fault in delay of this recognition was not his.  Therefore, Their Majesties stated that the word of his deeds should not go unrecognized and Granted Arms unto him as a member of the Order of the White Horn for his long years of valorous service to the Thrown Weapons community.  Furthermore, They requested that the scroll be carried forth to the hands of his lady so that all in the kingdom may mourn the passing of the Honorable Lord Peter Kotok and remember him fondly.  The scroll was unattributed.

Their Majesties asked Lady Lasairfhiona Inghean Aindraisa and Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir to attend Them.  His Majesty apologized to Lady Lasairfhiona for the catastrophic failure of his gift to her for the Æthelmearc Artisan’s Exchange and explained that the casting broke in twain in cooling but that He wanted to publically thank her for her patience and promised that He would complete her gift once He returned from the pilgrimage He was bound to embark upon at the conclusion of the War.  Next He advised Baroness Oddkatla to please kneel before Her Majesty and Himself as They had business with her regarding her work with the Artisan’s Exchange among other things.

Their Majesties then called the Order of the Millrind to attend Them.  They spoke movingly of the work and progress They had seen in Their subject Baroness Oddkatla.  For her cooking throughout the Kingdom, her work in bringing the Artisan’s Exchange to Æthelmearc for the enrichment of Their populace and for the works great and small she has done behind the scenes, They inducted her into the Order of the Millrind.  They also conveyed to her that although the scroll had been completed, the work was unfortunately burnt beyond retrieval before it could be delivered but promised a new work was being created in its stead.  Her Excellency remarked that as a cook she could well understand the dangers a fire placed upon all manner of things and was genuinely moved for the scribe’s loss.

Their Majesties asked the Order of the Millrind to please remain with Them and called forth Lady Adeliz Argenti.  They noted that as she is often carrying means for the Autocrat and staff of Pennsic to reach her, it was fitting for her to be doing so at present, but would she please ensure They would be uninterrupted for the moment.  They spoke of how her contributions for the Disablity Assistance Carts at Pennsic had been of great help to many and how she spends so much of her time at DART that she is almost never seen at War anywhere else.  For this work in helping those in greatest need of assistance, They were moved to induct her into the Order of the Millrind and Grant her Arms.  The scroll was an annotated work by Freiherrin Helena Mützhasen.

Next Their Majesties called forth the Honorable Lord Madoc Arundel.  For his many years of service especially within the Heraldic community, They inducted him into the Order of the Millrind.  The scroll was a piece written in the style of Master Leonardo di Vinci’s journals by Lady Amalie Reinhardt.  His Majesty advised he had found from this work that He had a newly discovered skill, the ability to calligraph backwards and Her Majesty acknowledged it was a skill She was pleased His Majesty could employ for both of Them.

Their Majesties then gave leave for the Order of the Millrind to greet their newest members.

Their Majesties called forth The Honorable Lady Astrid Vigaskegg and William the Fox.  His Majesty advised that for many within the Society, we consider each other family but there are those who exemplify this beyond words.  With permission, His Majesty relayed the tale of how Lord Sasson came to His Majesty to request a boon from Their Majesties.  Lord Sasson explained that as a child he was a ward of the state and had no family to call his own.  He spoke of how THLady Astridr took him into her home and hearth and made her family his.  When he struggled with homelessness, she gave shelter to him many years ago and it is because of her he is still with us.  Recently, while he was once again struggling with homelessness William the Fox did the same for him again.  He asked is there some way Their Majesties can make manifest the love he has for these two people?  Moved as He was to tears by this, His Majesty spoke with Her Majesty and together They felt that perhaps there was.  And so on this day do They confer upon THLady Astridr Vigaskegg an Augmentation of Arms, a demi escarbuncle in chief, that she might forever been known as being the best of what it means to be of Æthelmearc.  Further did They Award Arms to William the Fox and advise him to speak with Their Heralds so that he might bear arms with the demi escarbuncle in chief that all might know that we loudly and proudly proclaim him to be Ours, for his kindness and nobleness are what the Society strives to be.

Their Majesties invited before Them the most noble Order of the Pelican.   They then called forth Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr.  They stated that They wished to recognize her for her many years of service as the Kingdom Chiurgeon but as Their time upon the thrones was growing very limited They advised that she should speak with Their Heirs as to the date she wished to sit vigil for contemplation of becoming a member of the Order of the Pelican.

Their Majesties bid the Order to remain and called forth Baroness Anna Eisenkopf.   Their Majesties called for those who would speak for her worthiness.  Viscount Bear the Wallsbane carried words from Mistress Aleea Baga as a member of the Order of the Laurel.  She stated Anna has always been encouraging of others with open invitation to try new skills.  For the Order of the Rose, Duchess Rowan de la Garnison spoke the words of Duchess Meirwen uerch Owein.  She stated that as Princess of the Principality of Æthelmearc, she asked Anna to be on her princess’s guard to represent the Thrown Weapons form.  She advised Anna was no nonsense, hardworking and fearless.  She knows that Anna tells you when you are going astray and stated “I became a better Princess because of her willingness to speak truth to power and later a better Queen.”  As a Royal Peer, Duke Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn spoke of how being a sovereign is the greatest duty one can take upon themselves.  He advised it is very hard to stay true to the dream as Crown and Anna stood with him through all his reigns ever reminding him that he was mortal.  She was his touchstone.   For the Order of the Chivalry, Count Isenwulf Thorolfssone spoke of her courage to stand up for what she holds dear no matter the rank or station of those who she needed to address and that she is fierce.  Sir Bear the Wallsbane spoke for her as a Jewel of Æthelmearc.  He advised she is his peer for her courage and directness.  Master Annanias Fenne then spoke as a Master of Defense.  He stated that for the 20 years he has signed in at a MOL table, Anna was almost always there and fixing every issue brought to her.  Lastly, Baroness Julietta spoke for the Order of the Pelican.  She said although she became friends with her, it was hard to speak to her because the red blur would go by at every event with things to do and help to offer.  She stated Anna’s service is not circumscribed by title, or goal, it is her very nature.  Their Majesties, so moved by these words, did grant her Arms by letter Patent.  They called for the ancestral medallion and placed this upon her neck.  They called for personal medallions to be also presented to her.  They called for a peer’s coat to be placed on her shoulders and then accepting her vow of service and named her a member of the Order of the Pelican.

On Thursday August 10, Anno Societatis LII at the Alllied Champions Battle upon the battlefield, Their Majesties called forth the Honorable Lord Tegrinus de Rhina.  They asked the members of the most noble Order of the Chivalry to attend Them and called for those who would speak for his worthiness to become a Knight.  For the Laurel, Mistress Katla Ulfhedinn advised that his chainmail adorns necks throughout the Known World and that he sees the heart of a person.  For the Pelican, Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi stated he gives of his heart.  He works to include new people and bring back joy to those who have lost their way.  For the Order of Defense, Master Clewin Kupferhelbelinc advised he will make the Order of the Chivalry better because when you stop answering, they stop calling and Tegrinus never stops answering.  As Royal Peers Count Andreas Morgan and Countess Kalista Morganova spoke of how his queen was his inspiration when he had no lady to inspire him that day and how he transports others so they may be at events and practices often over great distances.  For his former Knight Sir Finn Kirkpatrick, Count Jehan de la Marche and Count Thorbrandr spoke of how he was to be the 6th Knight of his lineage which spans 3 Kingdoms and he will be the representative of that lineage to the 4th Kingdom.  For the Chivalry, Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter advised when he speaks for someone he looks for the knightly virtue of the person that stands above the others.  In this man, he finds no one virtue does because he embodies all the knightly virtues together.  Having heard these words, Their Majesties called for spurs to be fixed to his boots as the symbol of a knight.  They called for a knight’s white belt to be wrapped about his waist.   They called for a cloak to mark his station to be lain across his shoulders.  Finally, They called for the ancestral chain of Æthelmearc.  Sir Beatrix Kreiger recited the line of the Knights of Æthelmearc, the chain was laid upon the sword of state and Tegrinus swore fealty to the Crown of Æthelmearc.  The chain was placed round his neck and he was dubbed Knight by letters Patent.  His Majesty bid Sir Tegrinus to rise and delivered the buffet.  Scroll forthcoming.

On Friday August 11, Anno Societatis LII upon the Battlefield, Their Majesties called forth the Company of the Black Talon, House Iron Lance and the Meduseld MercanariesTo each house, Their Majesties awarded a Golden Alce.  For the Black Company it was given for the hard work they did in assisting AEthemearc in the Woods Battle and Bridge Battles.  For House Iron Lance, for their vigor and enthusiasm in the Woods Battle.  For the Meduseld Mercanaries, it was granted for their dedication to and assistance of the Kingdom in the Woods Battle.  Their Majesties thanked all and presented a medallion to each house that they might be known for their willingness to face overwhelming odds at the behest of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Their Majesties then called forth The Honorable Lord Ulrich von Schwartzburg.  They asked the Order of the Chivalry to attend Them.  Seeing this man worthy of elevation, They asked for those who would speak on his behalf.  First to speak was Master Annanias Fenne for the Order of Defense.  He spoke of the fire and steel that Ulrich was and how fire shapes steel to be tempered and of use.  Next Master Skalla-Valgardr Gunnarsson, for the Order of the Pelican, stated he has known this man for a dozen years and he is a most honorable fighter to stand before or against.  He does not strike in anger and does quiet unassuming service but the job is always done well.  For the Laurel, Her Royal Highness, Princess Juliana spoke of how he started out making his own armor and now makes clothing for his family.  She spoke of how he crafts people as well, taking and shepherding them along.  As Royal Peers, Count Jehan de la Marche and His Royal Highness, Prince Gareth spoke.  Count Jehan advised that a King must earn loyalty from his followers but a Knight must bring those followers to the King and lead them.  Ulrich already has those eager to follow him to the call of the King.  His Highness Gareth spoke of how as his squire Ulrich always kept his oath.  He stated that the man embodies the virtue of Largess, giving of himself and gifting armor to others so they may take the field.  For the Chivalry, Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers spoke of his consistent prowess.  He spoke of his Humility and working to put others on the field noting how even at this War he was repairing armor for others so they would not be absent from the field.  Their Majesties accepted these words and having resolved that such accomplishment would be recognized called for spurs to be affixed to his heel and a belt to mark his station be placed by his lady about his waist.  They then called for the ancestral chain of the Knighthood of Æthelmearc to be brought forward.  Sir Tegrinus de Rhina presented the chain and read forth the lineage of the Knights of Æthelmearc.  They called for his lineage’s chain of fealty to also be brought forward and both were placed upon the sword of state.  His Majesty accepted Ulrich’s oath of fealty as Knight and His Majesty, along with His Highness, dubbed Sir Ulrich von Swartzburg, Knight of the Society.     He bid Sir Ulrich to rise and receive the buffet.  Scroll forthcoming.

Later that afternoon upon the fencing field at the Novice Tourney, Their Majesties thanked the fencers for their dedication to the Kingdom throughout the war.  They called for Lord Simon Caminante to present himself before Them.  For his active support of cut and thrust and his work on the Æthelmearc rapier website, They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was unattributed.

Next Their Majesties called Lady Alianora Bronhulle to attend Them.  Advising her that They wished to not block her entry into the Novice Tourney, They held this piece of business until now so that she would be able to compete.  They then inducted her into the Order of the Golden Alce for her prowess and determination on the Rapier field.  The scroll was to be held for her until the conclusion of the Novice Tourney.

As the final piece of business of the court conducted in the Æthelmearc hospitality tent, Their Majesties let it be known that Lord Tassin Treseol had become a citizen of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and welcome him to his new home.

Their Majesties court was thus concluded.


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Dark Ages Skóla A&S Display and Youth A&S Tournament

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-10-09 23:13

By THL Elska á Fjárfelli

As part of its focus on the the Arts & Sciences, the Dark Ages Skóla (organized by the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn) also hosted both a Dark Ages-themed A&S Display and an unthemed Youth A&S Tournament. Both displays were situated in the main hall and enjoyed many visitors throughout the day. Thank you all for participating, and we’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll come with next!

Entries in the A&S Display:

Hedeby shoes. All photos by Elska

  • Hedeby shoes for a youth by Abigaile Kelloge.

Abigaile writes: “The Hedeby shoes are based on a boot found in the excavation of that Norse settlement, 8th to 11th century Germany. They are similar to boots located in the Viking ship Museum in Oslo, which were grave goods from a ship burial of around 900 CE. This pair of kid’s shoes is based on a pattern from the Internet and are made from lightweight leather, handsewn with waxed nylon thread, with a machine sewn wool insole for comfort.” She did not anticipate how well loved the shoes would be come in the few weeks between events and when he’ll outgrow them, so she did not decorate the edges.

Trousers

  • Thorsberg Trousers, machine sewn from a repurposed cotton duvet cover,  by Erin Pence.

 

  • Vierpass Beaker (four-spouted beaker) stoneware by Algirdas Wolthus.

Beaker

Algirdas comments: “Modeled on examples excavated from a tavern in Nuremberg, dated to c. 1400 to 1425. Published by the German National Museum “Aus dem Wirtshaus zum Wilden Man”, 1983.” He made several of these beakers and often uses them in his feast fear.

  • Machine-embroidery samples in preparation for a medieval silk outfit, by Aldeeza Wolthus.

Embroidery

The Youth A&S Tournament had six entries (yes, there were more kids entries than adult A&S entries, shame on you!):

  • Katriona Iainsdottir entered a leather cover book with handmade paper inside.
  • Cornelia entered an inkle woven shoulder strap made of gold and black.
  • Sungiva entered an inkle woven belt, and a second one she was working on.
  • Simon entered an illumination on parchment he was working on.
  •  Konrad entered a weaving he is working on.
  •  Galen entered a macrame bracelet he was working on.

Konrad showing off his weaving on his Cricket loom to Mistress Rhiannon.

Master Bedwyr Danwyn and Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa undertook the difficult task of coming to some sort of order in which the entrants could choose their price. Taking their task very seriously, they talked with each entrant while watched by an eager flock of kids, making sure to note each accomplishment while also gently teaching a trick or two to help their project grow.

Master Bedwyr demonstrating smudge free illuminating.

The concentration the gathered children exhibited while Master Bedwyr demonstrated to Simon how to prevent edge smudgings on his calligraphy by covering up exposed edges with a piece of paper was mesmerizing, and the eagerness everyone followed Mistress Rhiannon into the kitchen to do a burn test to learn if the yarn used to weave with was natural wool, or not, when Konrad could not tell one way or the other, was truly inspiring!

Cornelia showing of her entry to her sister Marie of Hartford and her friend Emma Wolthus.

In the end, Cornelia won first pick with her inkle woven rabbit skin pouch strap, made with polyester gold thread. The rest of the kids quickly gobbled up the remainder prizes (there are never enough swords, we adults learned) and a good time was had by all. I overheard talk about what project to work on next and thought, what a great experience this was to inspire A&S into our new generation.


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Court Report: Shoot in the Wildwood, September 2, A.S. 52

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-10-08 21:03

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of AEthelmearc, as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald with the assistance of THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald at Shoot in the Wildwood in the Barony of Delftwood on September 2, Anno Societatis LII.

In the morning:

Their Majesties called Baron Artemius Andreas Magnus before Them.  They asked him if he was ready to sit vigil this day and receive the council of the Order of the Laurel.  With his agreement, Their Majesties called forth the Most Noble Order of the Laurel to take him to a place made ready for him to sit in contemplation of elevation to the peerage.

In the afternoon:

Their Majesties called forth Helen Hillson.  Their Majesties advised that Helen had served well and faithfully as a member of the Queens Guard completing the quest set before her by Sir Murdoch at Pennsic.  Seeing her enthusiasm as contagious to all around her, They felt it was right and just to induct her into the Order of the Silver Buccle.  The scroll is a work of Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.

Their Majesties called forth rest of the children present.  Stating how they had grown too swift and wise about catching the runner, Their Majesties had determined to change the game.  Benjamin of Arindale was called forth and advised to hide the chest, whereupon the children would need to find it to retrieve a toy.  Benjamin did run from the court and snuck back in to lay the chest once again at Their Majesties feet where it was set upon by the children.

Their Majesties gave Their Excellencies, Marcus and Desiderata leave to hold court for the Barony of Delftwood.

At the conclusion of the baronial court, Their Majesties called Lady Elisabetta de Venetia before Them.  Their Majesties spoke of how her joy and enthusiasm for every aspect of the society is unbound.  They advised that for her kindness, courtesy and friendliness it would be hard to locate a more deserving member of the society and so did name her Jewel of AEthelmearc.  The scroll was created by the hands of Mistress Juliana Rosalia Dolce de Siena and THLord Padraig O’Branduibh.

Their Majesties called THLady Clarissa and Lord Kenneth to attend Them.  Her Ladyship Clarissa and Lord Kenneth thanked Their Majesties for Their patronage of the arts.

Their Majesties invited before Them Mistress Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir and and THLady Elska á Fjárfelli.  Mistress Mistress Sǫlveig invited THLady Elska to join Domus Minervæ, which is a confraternity of scholars dedicated to research, teaching, and publication.

Their Majesties called forth Elizabeth the Nameless.  For her service in setting up and tearing down for events in the Barony and her willingness to provide Their Excellencies with scroll blanks, They saw fit to make her a Lady of the court and Awarded her Arms.  The scroll was a work by Baroness Clarice Roan.

Their Majesties called Katelinn of Delftwood.  For her accomplishments in archery including making her own bow and learning fletching, Their Majesties Awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the court.  The scroll created by the hand of Baroness Clarice Roan.

Their Majesties asked Amelia of Delftwood to attend Them.  Noting how pleasant she is to work with and her active participation within the Barony of Delftwood, They Awarded her Arms thereby making her a Lady of the court.  The scroll was limned by THLady Anlaith ingen Trena.

Their Majesties called Stephen of Delftwood to attend Them.  For his cheerful help with set up and tear down at events and classes, Their Majesties Awarded him Arms and made him a Lord of the court.  The scroll by THLady Rachel Dalicieux.

Their Majesties then called before Them THLady Gytha Oggesdottir.  For her outreach and welcoming hospitality for newcomers and her kindness to new and old members of the Society, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Cornelian.

Their Majesties inducted Lord Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd into the Order of the Keystone for his work as Baronial Exchequer, merchant liaison for Ice Dragon and as event tollner in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael.  Scroll by THFool Dagonell the Juggler.

Their Majesties called Lady Saskia Feldmeyrin before Them.  For her skill in making pottery, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Sycamore.  The scroll was created by Baroness Maddelena de Angeles.

Their Majesties called Lord Jan Langhe ten Walde into court.  For his dedication and the hard work achieving the fencing prowess necessary to place third in the Ice Dragon bear pit this year, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was a work by the hand of THLady Mairghread Stiebhard inghean ui Choinne.

Their Majesties called Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure before Them.  Noting her diligence can be seen in the Thrown Weapons and archery marshallates as well as in her position as regional exchequer, Their Majesties felt it right and proper to summon before Them the Order of the Millrind and add Her Excellency to their number.  The scroll was by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin.

Their Majesties asked that the Order of the Millrind remain as there were several pieces of business where they would be needed.  Next Their Majesties called Baroness Caitriona Fhial inghean ui Chonaill, called Kayley into court.  Their Majesties noted her long service as Kingdom, Regional and local exchequer and seeing her devotion to the society in such service is without limit, They inducted her into the Order of the Millrind.  The scroll was by the hand of Lady Genevote Nau d’Anjou.

Their Majesties then called Don Matteo Pesci before Them.  For his work as the backbone of Myrkfaelinn working for years as seneschal, exchequer, autocrat and marshal, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Millrind.  The scroll was created by Lady Amalie Reinhardt.

Having noted that Lady Amalie is always contributing, Their Majesties called her forth.  As Kingdom Webmistress, They found her extremely responsive to any need and had seen the great work she has done overhauling the Kingdom website.  For these reasons, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Millrind and Granted her Arms.  The scroll was created by Lady Felice de Thornton.

With that, Their Majesties bid the Order of the Millrind to greet their newest members.

Their Majesties called Baron Artemius Andreas Magnus to attend Them.  His Excellency presented himself and agreed that he did indeed sit vigil and received counsel and had resolved that it was his wish to continue.  Their Majesties called for the Order of the Laurel to attend Them.  They asked for worthies to attest to Baron Artemius’ qualifications to for this accolade.  As a Member of the Order of Chivalry, Sir Ruslan Igotavich Voronov spoke of the fact that Artemius was influential in nudging him back into the Society.  He stated he wanted to win crown if only to ensure this would occur.  As a member of the Order of the Pelican, Mistress Alheydis von Körckhingen spoke of how he welcomed her, the mother of six children, taking the time to answer the questions of eager young boys and never making them feel unwanted.  As a Master of Defense, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede spoke of how he was an example before he was a Baron.  As Royal Peer, Duchess Ilish O’Donovan of Cork spoke of how we must be worthy of his art and how he fosters and encourages others.  As Lady of the Rose, Duchess Rowan de la Garnison spoke of how he seeks to be inspired daily.  As Jewel of AEthelmearc, Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf spoke of he was grace in motion with kindness and courtesy.  For the populace, THLord Timothy of Edgewood advised that his man inspires the populace to do better and thanked Their Majesties for what They do this day.  Finally as a member of the Order of the Laurel Master Kenhelm advised that in all ways Baron Artemius is his peer.

Having heard these words and the counsel of the Order of the Laurel, Their Majesties agreed it was right and fitting to elevate Baron Artemius Andreas Magnus by Letters Patent to the Order of the Laurel.  They called forth for a cloak to warm him, a Laurel’s medallion to denote his station and Laurel leaves so all may know him to be a peer.  Finally They called for the ancestral fruitcake as a reminder for Master Artemius to never take himself too seriously.  A scroll to mark the occasion was a work in progress.

Their Majesties summoned the Silver Buccle Herald, THLady Sophie Davenport before Them.  Knowing Their time upon the throne grew short, They asked her to summon the Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald and divest her of her title and duties.   Her Ladyship called Dame Kateryna ty Isaf before Their Majesties.  Releasing her from her oaths given to both the crown and office of herald, saving for the oath to keep Their Majesties confidences, Her Ladyship removed the tabard of Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald from Dame Kateryna.

Her Majesty asked Dame Kateryna to remain and thanked her for her diligent service as Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald.  Her Majesty advised that She would never know from Dame Kateryna’s performance of duties that she suffers from stage fright and that She could find no other person She felt more worthy to name as the Queen’s Inspiration of the day and did bestow upon her the Golden Escarbuncle.

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

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


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Court Report: Æthelwald Proving Grounds, June 24th, A.S. 52 

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-10-08 19:14

Here is the Court Report of His Royal Majesties Timothy from the scroll of His Royal Court at Æthelwald Proving Grounds, June 24th a.s. 52 in the Shire of Sunderoak. As reported Maighstir Uilliam MacantSaoir, Sycamore Herald, Master Kieran MacRae, Comet Pursuivant, assisting.

His Majesty thanked the autocrat, and the staff of the event for their hard work on the event.

He then thanked all present for spending the day training and enjoying the event.

His Majesty called for Lady Mollie O’Donnell. His Majesty spoke of the friendly and enthusiastic work of Lady Mollie as chatelaine for the Shire of Sunderoak, and thus Lady Mollie is awarded with a Keystone.

Mollie receives her AoA

His Majesty the called for Don Jacob Martinson who ran the fencing tournaments that day. Don Jacob had run three tournaments of varying styles to increase the skill of the fencers in the Sylvan Kingdom. The winner of the first tournament was Lord Robert MacEwan of Thornhill. The winners of the second tournament were Don Jacob and Lord Gregory Beard. The winner of the third tournament was Lord Gregory Beard.

Don Jacob recognizes Lord Gregory’s tournament victories

His Majesty then asked for Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope to appear before him. He asked Mistress Arianna to give report on the Youth Combat activities of the day. Mistress Arianna told great stories of the youth combatants having the opportunity to fight three adult fighters who had come up as fighters in the youth program. Mistress Arianna then thanked Lady Runa, Lord Angus and Lord Torstein with tokens from her hand.

Torstein, Angus, and Runa, new youth sparring partners

His Majesty then requested the presence of Roderick Longshanks. His Majesty had heard great tales of the works of Roderick as a brewer, his skill on the combat fields and his welcoming of people new to our society. His Majesty found this work pleasing to him, he then awarded Roderick Arms, and let all know that he should be called Lord Roderick henceforth.

Roderick receives an AoA

His Majesty called for Aurora Deschain. His Majesty had been told of Aurora’s work in assisting her Shire of Hunter’s Home. His Majesty felt that someone doing these works is befitting of a court title. His Majesty awarded Aurora Arms and titled her as a Lady of the court.

Aurora receives an AoA

His Majesty then requested the presence of Brillo Gunnarson in his court. His Majesty expounded on the work and accomplishments of Brillo on the tournament lists and battlefields as part of the Borderwatch of Æthelmearc. His Majesty had also heard stories of Brillo’s willingness to help others in our society. These acts make a king happy, so His Majesty saw fit to make Brillo Gunnarson a Lord of the court and award him Arms.

Brillo receives an AoA

His Majesty then demanded the presence of Burgos the Tiny. Burgos has become a skilled fighter with a polearm as well as sword and shield. Seeing that Burgos entered the court without a title, and that Burgos is working hard to protect the Kingdom, His Majesty awarded Burgos Arms and bestowed on him the title of Lord.

Burgos receives an AoA

Brjann Feilan was then requested by His Majesty. His Majesty heard tell of works done by Brjann in his home group of Hunters Home including work in kitchens, carrying heavy items and spearheading the creation of a float for a parade in the Shire. His Majesty had also heard tales of Brjann’s accomplishments on the battlefield. His Majesty felt that this work deserved to be recognized. His Majesty saw fit to give Brjann an award of Arms and the title of Lord of the court.

Brjann receives an AoA

His Majesty then asked for the presence of Lord Alaric Acwulf. Lord Alaric has served as Herald for the Shire of Sunderoak for some time. Lord Alaric also works diligently to help his shire and the kingdom. Seeing this as great work, His Majesty Timothy saw fit to add Lord Alaric to the rolls of the Order of the Keystone.

Lord Alaric receives a Keystone

His Majesty asked for the presence of Omo Saimon Tokushou. Omo Saimon works hard at his job as Herald for the Shire of Ballachlagan. He also serves as the Cornelian Herald for the Kingdom, he cooks, and serves as steward for events in his home shire. His Majesty saw these as good works and saw fit to name Omo Saimon to the Order of the Keystone.

Lord Tokushou receives a Keystone

Lady Ida Thorbjornsdotter was called before His Majesty. His Majesty discussed the work that Lady Ida had done for the Shire of Hunter’s Home as Mistress of the Lists. His Majesty also discussed her work as list runner, assisting with youth combat, and her work running the Youth Polearm Tournament at Pennsic for years. His Majesty was pleased by this and added Lady Ida to the rolls of the Order of the Keystone.

Lord Gunnar and Lady Ida receive Keystones

His Majesty then sought the presence of Lord Gunnar Thorbjornson. Gunnar has organized and hosted the Youth Polearm tournament for years, he is also an enormous help in the set-up of Æthelmearc Royal encampment at Pennsic. For his hard work, His Majesty sees fit to add Gunnar Thorbjornson to the Order of the Keystone.

[Editor’s Note: A Golden Alce was awarded to Lord Angus Azurwolf at the event but was absent from the Court Report.]

Lord Angus receives a Golden Alce

Lady Grainne Shionnach was called forward before His Majesty. His Majesty has heard of the feats of Lady Grainne on the battlefield as a combat archer and on the target archery fields where she has reached the rank of Marksman. His Majesty is well pleased by her work and bestows upon Grainne the order of the Golden Alce.

Lady Grainne receives a Golden Alce

His Majesty called for the presence of Lady Ceirich na Hinnsi. Ceirich serves the army of Æthelmearc as a part of the Borderwatch Ballista Team. She also serves as a siege marshal. His majesty sees this as very helpful to the armies of Æthelmearc and awarded her a Golden Alce.

Lady Ceirech receives a Golden Alce

His Majesty then called for Lady Caoilfhionn of the Woods. His Majesty has heard good words regarding Lady Caoilfhionn’s work as a siege engineer with the Borderwatch. Lady Caoilfhionn also trains new siege engineers and helps maintain these machines and ammunition. Hearing this news, His Majesty then awarded Lady Caoilfhionn with a Golden Alce.

His Majesty again thanked the staff of the event for their hard work in preparing the armies of Æthelmearc for war.

The court of His Majesty was then closed.

Scribal information was not available for the report.

All photos by Lady Aine ny Allane.


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Court Report: Pax Interruptus XLI, July 8, A.S. 52

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-10-08 16:01

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of AEthelmearc, as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald with the assistance of THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald and THFool Dagonell the Juggler at Pax Interruptus in the Barony of Thescorre on July 8, Anno Societatis LII.

The Court of Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle began in the morning.

Their Majesties called forth Katherina von Bamberg to present her as a Lady of the Court upon the will of Their predecessors, King Marcus and Queen Margerite who had given her an Award of Arms during the previous reign.

Their Majesties called Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce de Siena to ask her if she had made a decision to accept Their invitation to sit vigil this day to contemplate induction to the most noble Order of the Pelican.  They invited before Them Don Behrend von Elmendorf and Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes who had business with Baroness Julianna before she would be able to give an answer unencumbered by prior oaths.  Don Behrend accepted back his cadet scarf and Mistress Sthurrim her apprentice belt.   Baroness Julianna then confirmed her willingness to sit vigil and Their Majesties invited forth those members of the Order of the Pelican present to take her forth and give her good counsel.

In the afternoon Their Majesties gave leave to Her Excellency Sadira of Thescorre to hold Baronial court.

At the conclusion of the Baronial court, Their Majesties invited THFool Dagonell the Juggler to come forth.  His Foolishness asked that Their Majesties and the court please honor the life of his friend Brandric Slaywrock.  Their Majesties agreed and a moment of silence was observed.

Their Majesties invited Their Heir, Prince Gareth to speak before the court.  His Highness asked Lady Lasairfhiona Inghean Aindraisa to please come forth and presented her with tokens for Aethelmearc Royal hospitality at the Great Pennsic War.

Their Majesties called forth Carter of Thescorre.  For his many works of service, setting up tents, cooking in the kitchens and hauling all manner of equipment to where it is useful, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Silver Buccle.  The scroll by Mistress Roberta Rhiannon McMorland.

Their Majesties called forth the rest of the children present.  They asked that Alton of Misty Highlands to take the toy chest and run from the court.  The children were instructed, once they caught Alton, to take one toy each, beginning with the youngest child present.  After a countdown the children gave chase.

Their Majesties called forth Serafina Kowalewska.  Noting that youthfulness does not preclude the hard work done by this fine lady, Their Majesties awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the court for all the work she does in the kitchen and service of high table.  Scroll created by the hands of THL Sophie Davenport.

Their Majesties invited into the court Duke James Ahern.  For his works in teaching many how to fashion armor, opening up his home and his shop to create excellent works pieces of martial gear, They inducted him into the Order of the Sycamore.  Scroll by Mistress Roberta Rhiannon McMorland.

Their Majesties called before Them Lord Colnneach Mac an Leigh.  Knowledge of Elizabethan garb and the teaching of the proper construction of a button or ruff should never go unrecognized and so Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Sycamore.  The scroll was a work from the hand of Mistress Gillian Llywellyn.

Their Majesties called forth Lord Waldyslaw Poznanski.  Remarking upon his skill in upon the field of combat, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce.  Scroll by Lady Isabella Montoya.

Their Majesties called forth Lord Wolfgang Starke and Lady Katherine Starke.  Their Majesties remarked upon the faithful service both had given to the Kingdom and asked the Order of the Millrind to attend Them.  For their willingness to travel to work wherever their hands are needed and for their ceaseless toil to better our Kingdom and Society, Their Majesties inducted both into the Order with a Grant of Arms.  Scroll for THL Wolfgang Starke was created by THL Mary Elizabeth Clausen and the scroll for Katherine Starke was a work in progress by Don Po Silvertop.

Their Majesties invited Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin into Their presence.  She begged leave to present her Protégé with her belt to mark the renewal of their formal relationship.  Given leave, she asked that Baroness Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenburg to come forward and take again her belt so that all might know her to be a worthy protégé.  Their Majesties hearing these words, suggested that there might be a more fitting mark of her station and invited before them the most noble Order of the Pelican.  They instructed Baroness Elisabeth to present herself to Their Heirs to sit vigil in contemplation of induction into said order.

Their Majesties called forth Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce de Siena.   Receiving her answer that she wished to proceed, They asked for those who would speak to her worthiness to be inducted to the Order of the Pelican.  Mistress Cori Ghora spoke on behalf of the Order of the Pelican, Mistress Othindisa Bykona for the Order of the Laurel, Her Grace, Sir Rowan de la Garnison on behalf of the Order of the Chivalry, and Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede for the Order of Defense.  Baroness Nest verch Rys spoke words written by Duchess Meirwen uerch Owein as a Royal Peer and THLady Zosia Kowalewska spoke on behalf of the populace.  All praised her for the work she has done for two decades within the Society speaking movingly of how she is always there, always helping and always kind.

Having heard these exemplary words in support of the Baroness, Their Majesties determined They would proceed.  The ancestral medallion of the Pelicans of Aethelmearc was place around her neck.  A personal medallion was also presented to her.   A capelet was placed upon her shoulders to mark her station.  Their Majesties accepted her oath of service and confirmed her as a member of the most noble Order of the Pelican with a Patent of Arms.  The scroll is a work in progress by Mistress Yvainne d’ Castel.

Their Majesties called forth Baron Caleb Reynolds.  For his enthusiasm and skill in brewing, They inducted him into the Order of the Fleur d’Aethelmearc.  The scroll created by Lady Edana the Red.

Their Majesties thanked all the scribes who contributed to the works presented this day.

Her Majesty then requested the presence of Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.  Speaking on how often her name was read throughout the courts during Their Reign, She stated there could be no other inspiration for the day than the Baroness and presented to her a Golden Escarbuncle.

There being no further business this day, the court of Their Majesties concluded.


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