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EKU Location Change – TOMORROW

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-10 14:59

The following message was sent today by the East Kingdom Chancellor

Due to unpreventable circumstances beyond our control, tomorrow’s EKU needs to be held in a different location– we will be moving to Eastern Maine Community College, Maine Hall (354 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine 04401. This is right down the street from the old location. ALL classes will still be held as planned and at their scheduled times– the room numbers will be different but there will be plenty of signs to help you find your way. Please pass this message along to any and all FB groups, mailing lists, and friends you may know of who are attending. Please contact me at university@eastkingdom.org if you have any questions.


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The Bards of Æthelmearc: Alianora Bronhulle

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-09 22:38

This is the first in a series of profiles featuring the bards of Æthelmearc, from Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful, our current Sylvan Bard.

photo by Alexander Ó Chonchobair

What’s your full SCA name (and anything else you typically use to introduce yourself)?
THL Alianora Bronhulle, but just Alianora works for me. :)

What attracted you to the bardic arts?
I love to sing, but I don’t think I’m all that good at it. [GtG’s note: Yes, you are!] My first AEcademy was a couple months after I joined the SCA, and there was a “Sing We of AEthelmearc” class by the current Sylvan Bard (Orlando). I had so much fun that I joined the Sylvan Singers and have been finding bardic circles ever since.

How long have you considered yourself a bard / scop / scyld / minstrel / term-of-choice?
Almost 3 years now.

What’s your primary form (singer, storyteller, poet, etc.)? Do you play any instruments, and if so, which?
My primary form is singing. I have not played any instruments in the SCA yet.

Where can we find your work? Do you have a brief sample you’d like to share?
The first round of the 2014 Sylvan Bard competition was recorded and posted on youtube by the Viking Home Companion. The video for my performance is here.
I don’t have any other recorded performances that I know of.

What sorts of pieces do you enjoy producing? What attracts you to that style?I like a variety of music. Everything from the funny to serious, filks and period pieces, love songs and war songs. I most enjoy something with a drum to accompany because it changes the feel of the piece. The best performance of ‘The Minstrel Boy’ I ever did was the first time Don Brennan the Misguided accompanied me with his bodhrán. I’ll never forget how it felt.

Describe a favorite performance of your own in the SCA. What makes it a highlight for you?
The day TRMs Timothy and Gabrielle chose me to be the Sylvan Bard, Gabrielle asked me what my third piece would have been if the competition had gone to a third round. My reply was ‘The Minstrel Boy’ because it is my favorite song of all that I do, so she asked if I would perform it at feast that evening. Once they were seated and eating, I stood not far from their table and offered my song to them amidst the chatter of the good gentles eating their meal, and two lines into the song there was silence except for the sound of my voice. I was humbled and amazed at the attention my performance of the song received, and it showed me the power of one bard’s voice.

Describe a performance by someone else that inspired you in the bardic arts. How did that performance guide you to improve your own art? What did it prompt you to do?
In 2014 at ice Dragon, I had the pleasure of listening to Don Brennan the Misguided perform a song called ‘Belt and Chain’. It was amazing, and he is a very spirited performer. I had never heard the song before, and his rendition brought me to tears. In speaking with him later to gush about how much I loved his performance, we started talking about having a piece for every situation as my repertoire was somewhat limited at the time. He inspired me to start collecting songs for different occasions.

What projects are you working on now?
I have several songs that I am brushing up on, one of which was a special choice for the bardic competition at White Hart had it not been cancelled, so it will wait until later. I am also working on learning ‘The Glasgow Reel’ on the violin, but it will be some time before I bring that out for performance.

Who are some of your favorite influences, either for your own research and composition, or for performing within the SCA?
I like the haunting sound of madrigals from period. If ever I were to write something epic, it would be in that style.

What other types of performance do you particularly love to see / hear?
I love the atmosphere around a bardic circle. It is a place to sing familiar songs or to try out new ones. A place where people join in on the chorus and laugh and enjoy themselves.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to be a bard?
Just do it. Stand up at a bardic circle, raise your hand, speak out, and give it a go. I get so nervous before I perform, but I (hopefully) hide it well and I don’t let it stop me from doing something I love. Somewhere someone needs to hear a story or a song, and yours might be the one they need to hear, but they’ll never know until you do it.

Is there anything you want to add?
Music is a love of mine, and in the SCA it has the ability to really pull out the magic of an event and lend ambiance to an otherwise stark venue. At Gulf Wars this year, I met a bard on the road singing her song as she walked along for anyone to hear. I traded her one song for another and we talked about music. Being a bard is a great way to meet people, if even on a small scale, and to spread the dream through music and stories.


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Crown Tournament Approaches!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-08 20:56

Good Gentles!

photo by Ida Caroline Cliff

The time is almost upon us to find out who our next heirs will be. Who will be the best fighter of the day? Whose game is at its peak at just the right moment? Who is so hungry for the Crown that none shall best them? Whose colors will fly highest at the end of the day and meld into the red of Æthelmearc, making our Kingdom even stronger than before?

We shall find out on Saturday, May 2nd at the Wellsville Elementary School in Wellsville, NY (Shire of Hartstone). Site opens at 8:30 am, with armor inspection from 8:30-11:30. Starting at 11:00 am, our beautiful Queen will be hosting a Consort’s Tea in the Royal Pavilion, please plan on attending if you can to hear the wise words of our Queen and the Ladies of the Rose. A banner filled procession is to take place at 12:00 pm, so bring your banners and wear your colors proudly! Bring a herald (or hire one!) to announce you and your consort to Their Majesties and the populace – there may be something in it for them! The Tourney and Dayboard will follow the procession, fighting will continue until a victor is declared and we have the names of our newest Heirs.

The day wouldn’t be complete without admiring the skills of the artisans of our great Kingdom! There will be an Arts and Sciences Display area for any and all who wish to show us what makes our artists so special. Please feel free to bring your finished pieces or works in progress so we can admire your hard work and talents. There will also be space available both indoors and out for any gentle that wishes to merchant during the event, at no charge.

The focus of the day will be on the combatants and consorts, but that can’t happen if you don’t get your letters delivered to the hand of Their Highnesses by this Saturday (April 11th). Please consider entering Crown Tourney so you can have a deciding voice in guiding our Sylvan Kingdom on her path to increased greatness. Also, please contact the autocrat with the dimensions of any day shade or pavilion you intend to set up around the List Fields so we can be sure all have the space they require ahead of time. There will be a map of List Field pavilion setups available the day of Crown, please check with the autocrat or Baroness Helene of Delftwood, for your allotted space before setting up.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please check the Facebook Event page or the Kingdom website for more information.

YIS,

Lady Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa
Autocrat – Shire of Hartstone

 

 


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Q&A About the Order of Defense Regalia

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-08 20:30

With the first writs for the newly created Order of Defense expected to be issued this weekend at Coronation, the Gazette is grateful to Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, Elmet Herald for submitting this article clarifying the regalia for the new order.

Many questions have arisen regarding the regalia of the forthcoming Order of Defense.  Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, Elmet Herald (East Kingdom Education Deputy) answers some of the most common questions

A red livery collar. The regalia of the Order of Defense is a white livery collar.

Q: What, exactly, is the regalia of the new Order?

A: A white livery collar.

Q: Where does it say that?

A: The SCA College of Heralds April 2015 Special Letter of Acceptances and Returns

Q: What, exactly, is a livery collar?  Is it the same as a collar of estate?

A: “Livery collar”, “collar of estate”, “chain of estate”, “chain of office” all seem to be fairly synonymous.  There is a wide variety of forms found in period, though most seem to fall into two categories – a leather or fabric strap with fittings and mounts, or a metal “chain” made up of plaques, “S” shapes, or other elements.  A variety of period livery collars can be seen here and here.

Q: So which of those is reserved to the Order of Defense?

A: No particular form is specified.  The relevant text from the decision:

In acknowledgement of the diverse forms and ornamentation that livery collars may possess, we decline to specify a type for the Order, just as we do not specify anything beyond a white belt for the Order of the Chivalry. In order to be considered regalia, the collar itself must be white.

Q: White?  Heraldic white is the same as silver.  Does that mean that all metal livery collars are now reserved for the Order of Defense?

A: No.  While the heraldic term “argent” is used to specify both “white” and “silver”, that applies to armory, not regalia.  The registration specifically states that only white-colored collars are reserved for the Order, not metal-colored ones.  The relevant text from the decision:

Much like the superprotection of the white belt as regalia for the Order of Chivalry does not prevent the populace from wearing belts of other colors or metal, the superprotection of a white livery collar for the Order of Defense does not mean that members of the populace cannot wear livery collars of another color or metal livery collars, including those made of silver.

So just as a silver-colored belt isn’t reserved for knights, a silver or pewter colored collar isn’t reserved for Masters of Defense.

Q: What about a shirt with a white collar?  Or an Elizabethan-style white ruff collar?  Can I no longer wear these?  Can I not have a white collar on my dog if I bring her to an event?

A: No.  The regalia is only for livery collars, not any other kind of collar.  Shirt collars, ruffs, dog-collars, etc. can all be white.  Only white livery collars are protected.

Copyright 2015 Juliean Galak.  Permission is hereby expressly given to republish this article in its entirety in any non-commercial publication, as well as any publication of the SCA, Inc. or its subsidiaries, provided the article is not altered except as to formatting and this notice is retained.
Filed under: Fencing, Heraldry Tagged: order of defense, regalia

"In 1492, Columbus sailed the oceans blue. And brought back syphilis."

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2015-04-08 17:51

Medical researchers have long sought the origins of the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis, but most now believe that the pox was brought back by Christopher Columbus from one of his voyages to the New World. LiveScience recently published an Op-Ed from the Conversation.

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Unofficial Court Report for Mudthaw

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-08 16:38

COURT OF THEIR MAJESTIES EDWARD III AND THYRA II
AT MUDTHAW

Their Majesties accept the fealty oath of the new Kingdom Chatelaine. Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 28 March in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of the Settmour Swamp; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item.  Their Majesties thanked Vienna de la Mer for her service as Kingdom Chatelaine and gave her a token of the same, whereupon they dismissed the said Vienna and bade her take her rest.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the oath of Erhart von Stuttgart as the new Kingdom Chatelaine and gave him a token.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Rose Storie MacTherion before the assembled Court and thereupon awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Katherine Stanhope.

Item.  Their Majesties then summoned Therion Sean Storie, father of the aforesaid Rose, and, praising his skills with the rapier, endowed him with the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed as memorialized in a document created by Isabel Chamberlaine.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Jenevieve Fiana Spillane to attend upon them and, recognizing her famed skill with the blade, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Katrusha Skomorokh.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned into the Court the good lady Isabel Chamberlain and ordered the said Isabel to sit vigil to answer the question whether she would join the Order of the Laurel.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Tiberius Nautius Maximus to be brought before the Court, whereupon, in recognition of his might upon the field of battle, inducted him into the Order of the Tygers Combattant, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Ivan Ivanov syn Dmitriev surrounded by the Order of the Chivalry is sent to vigil. Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Ivan Ivanov syn Dmitriev to be sent to sit vigil to answer the question whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned until later in the afternoon.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Benjamin Black to be brought before them, whereupon, in acknowledgement of the diverse good labors of the said Benjamin, inducted him into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Rhonwen Glyn Conwy.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned until later in the afternoon.

Item.  Their Majesties welcomed as guests in their Court their Graces Dionysus and Persephone of the Holy Kingdom of Acre.

Item.  Their Majesties announced that they and their Heirs signed the Golden Lance Treaty, establishing the Order of the Golden Lance of the East as an Order of High Merit for equestrian activities.

Item.  Their Majesties decreed that, for the duration of their reign and that of their Heirs, the Order of Defence shall be excused from the verbal polling requirement of Section IX.E.2 of East Kingdom Law, requiring 20 members of an Order to be present in person for a verbal poll to be valid.

Item.  Their Majesties recognized the children who had participated in the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Court the good lad Brendan of Silver Rylle and endowed the said Brendan with the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed with a document calligraphed by Jonathan Blaecstan and illuminated by Ellesbeth Donofrey.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Item.  Her Majesty announced the creation of inspiration tokens, to be distributed among the populace and shared with gentlefolk who inspire others.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Jenna Childersley, called Childslayer, before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her display of a pottery wheel in Artisans’ Row, endowed her with the Award of the Golden Lyre.

Item.  Their Majesties announced the banishment from the realm of Nicholas Condon.

Item.  The Guild of Athena’s Thimble made a gift of white-work embroidery to Her Majesty.

Briony of Chatham is inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent. Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item. Their Majesties bade Briony of Chatham, guild mistress of Athena’s Thimble, to tarry before the Court, whereupon they invested the said Briony with the Order of the Silver Crescent in recognition of her many labors, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Jonathan Blaecstan and illuminated by Kis Maria.

Item.  Their Majesties called Ulf Jageren to stand before them and awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Nest verch Tangwistel and illuminated by Lillian atte Valleye.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned into the Court the good Rosie O’Connel, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Henna Sinclair.

Item.  Their Majesties bade Orlando Sforza to attend upon them and, giving praise to the said Orlando’s research in matters of rapier and swordsmanship, inducted the said Orlando into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Elsa de Lyon.

Item.  Lady Angelina Capasso presented gifts to Their Majesties and Their Highnesses from the Stronghold of Warrior’s Gate, in the Kingdom of the West.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Juliana le Chaluner with the Queen’s Award of Esteem for her sundry and diverse labors for the good of the realm.

Item.  Their Majesties called into the Court the notable lady Rhode Kephalaina and thereupon invested her with the Award of the Burdened Tyger for her stewardship of Dragonship Haven’s Baronial Investiture, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Aaron the Arrowsmith to attend upon them and duly created the said Aaron a Baron of the Court with a Grant of Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Isabel Chamberlain answers Their Majesties summons. Photo courtesy of Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Isabel Chamberlaine to appear before them and answer the question whether she would join the Order of the Laurel; and hearing the said Isabel’s answer and the testimony of goodly and noble persons of the Realm they invested the said Isabel as a Peer of the Realm with Arms by Letters Patent, the which deed was confirmed with noble gifts and a document authored by Angus Pembridge, calligraphed by Eva Woderose and illuminated by Ro Honig von Summerfeldt.

Item.  Their Majesties ordered Rupert the Unbalanced and Diana the Wanderer to attend upon them, whereupon they invested the said Diana and the said Rupert as Baron and Baroness of the Court, and caused the same to be confirmed with a document created by Leonete d’Angely and a gift of stained glass created by Conor O Ceallaigh, Lada Monguligin and Ryan Mac Whyte.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Kára Grímsdóttir, as confirmed by a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Tathiel Aidanswife, as confirmed by a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Chrestienne la pescheresse.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Ivan Ivanov syn Dmitriev to appear before the Court and answer the question whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry; and the said Ivan answering that he would accept the belt, spurs and chain of a Knight; and the Court hearing testimony concerning the good worth of the said Ivan from honored and noble persons;  Their Majesties created the said Ivan a Peer of the Realm with Arms by Letters Patent, as confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians playing for the Court and the day’s festivities.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Grim the Skald
Ryan Mac Whyte
Malcolm Bowman
Yehuda ben Moshe
Erna Mani


Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, mudthaw

EKU Class Listing and Schedule

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-04-08 12:10

The East Kingdom University, to be held in the Barony of Endewearde this coming Saturday, April 11th, is pleased to announce that its full class listing and schedule is now available on the event website! We welcome you to come and partake in a multitude of classes throughout the day on topics covering the arts, service, marshal activities, and more!


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Period or not… Names

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-07 17:30

This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence. There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period. If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s names are Moira and Maura.

Moira is one of those “Irish” names popularly believed to be medieval or Renaissance, but which is currently undocumentable in that form.  The spellings we can document in Anglicized Irish (not Gaelic) are Moire[1] or Mora[2].  Neither is pronounced like the modern “Moy-ra.”  Moire is most likely pronounced as either “Moor” or “Moora.”  In Gaelic, the closest name is Máire[3], pronounced roughly “May-ra” or “Ma-ra.”

Many also think of Maura as an “Irish” name, but in fact it appears in period in Occitan French[4], Italian[5], and Spanish[6].

[1]  Moire is dated to 1601 in “Names Found in Anglicized Irish Documents” by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnglicizedIrish/Feminine.shtml)

[2]  Mora is dated to 1541 in “Names Found in Anglicized Irish Documents” by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnglicizedIrish/Feminine.shtml)

[3] Máire is dated between 1396 and 1601 in “Index of Names in Irish Annals” by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/Maire.shtml)

[4]  “Names from Fourteenth Century Foix” by Cateline de la Mor (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/cateline/foix.html)
[5]  “Late Period Italian Women’s Names” by Juliana de Luna (http://medievalscotland.org/jes/Nuns/Florence.shtml).

[6]  Maura Yespes Setien; Female; Christening; 07 May 1598; Santa Maria Magdalena, Valladolid, Spain; Batch: C04657-9 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F5Q5-Z68)


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Unofficial Court Report for Carolingian Investiture

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-07 15:09

COURT OF THEIR MAJESTIES EDWARD III AND THYRA II
AT CAROLINGIAN BARONIAL INVESTITURE

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 4 April in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Carolingia; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Baron Fergus learning of his execution. Photo by Master Albert Faulke of Sandford

Item.  Their Majesties thanked Imigla Venture for her service as Baroness of Carolingia and, wishing that she continue to maintain herself in appropriate state, conferred upon her the lands of Ventura and the rights accompanying thereupon; whereupon the said Imigla retired from the Court.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked Fergus MacRae for his service as Baron of Carolingia; and, the protection of the Crown having thereby been removed, and the said Fergus having been indicted and convicted of wrongs against the Crown and the state, issued a Writ of Execution and Attainder against the said Fergus, the which document was created by Alys Mackyntoich and Vettorio Antonello.  Whereupon, the said Fergus was taken to the market cross and his head was struck from his body.

King Edward speaks to the daughter of Mistress Khioniya and Sir Seosamh Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

Item.  Their Majesties heard the plea of Mistress Khioniya Ryseva for clemency on behalf of the pinas des Indes hailing from the lands of Western Seas; and having weighed her words, Her Majesty rescinded her edict banishing and attaindering the pinas des Indes, vulgarly known as pineapples, saving those that appear upon the archery field.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Colin Ursell as Baron of Carolingia, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Alexsei Dmitriev.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Nicolette Bonhomme as Baroness of Carolingia, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Altani Khatagidai.

The new Baron and Baroness of Carolingia offer their fealty. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

Item. Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Colin and Nicolette as Baron and Baroness of Carolingia.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned until later in the afternoon.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Joiha Huguenin to be brought before them and, so doing, awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Lada Monguligin.

Whereupon the Court was adjourned until later in the afternoon.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms unto Gudrun Thorvaldsdottir, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aaradyn Ghyoot.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned the good Aine Oliphant before the Court, whereupon they awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Svea the Short Sighted.

Item.  Their Majesties caused David of Quintavia to be brought before the Tyger Thrones and thereupon awarded him arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwystl.

Raziya is welcomed into the Order by Baroness Nicolette. Photo by Master Albert Faulke of Sandford

Item.  His Majesty endowed Yehuda ben Moshe with the King’s Award of Esteem for his work on the heraldic staff for the reign.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Raziya bint Rusa before the Court and, praising her good works in the study of plants and herbs, invested the said Raziya with the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Aildreda de Tamwurthe, calligraphed by Eleanor Catlyng and illuminated by Sakurai no Kesame.

Item.  Their Majesties made gifts of toys to the children of the East.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded the attendance of Sigmarr Avarsson and, so doing, awarded the said Sigmarr Arms, the which deed was confirmed in document created by Constance de Saint Densi and Lillian atte Valeye.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Ammalina Taikkizhavi to be brought before the Court and, so doing, awarded Arms unto the said Ammalina, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel and Agatha Wanderer.

Item.  Their Majesties endowed Cassandra Boell von Bayer with the Order of the Burdened Tyger for her labors in creating the feast for Their Majesties’ Coronation.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Li Kung Lo with her Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch is inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent. Photo by Lady Simona bat Leone

Item.  Their Majesties created Ygraine of Kellswood an Artisan to the Crown for her many talents and labors.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens to the Baron and Baroness of Dragonship Haven for them to distribute to the populace, as emblems and signacles of Royal gratitude for their work in arranging that group’s Baronial Investiture.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch to attend upon them, whereupon, praising his diverse travails for the good of the Kingdom, inducted and invested him with the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Constance de Saint Denis and Æsa feilinn Jóssursdóttir.

Item.  Their Majesties created their noble servant Sergei Rozvad syn a Court Baron and Granted him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Their Majesties created the good lady Æsa feilinn Jóssursdóttir a Court Baroness and Granted her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Lochleven presents their rustling proof sheep to Their Excellencies Carolingia. Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

Item.  The House of Lochleven presented their tithe of taxes to the Baron and Baroness of Carolingia.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Item.  Their Majesties called into the Court the good Liadin ingen Chineada and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Jonathan Blaecstan and Melisande of Griffin Wood.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to the good and worthy Aimee of Carolingia, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel and Lisabetta Medaglia.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Simona bat Leone with a token of gratitude by virtue of her good works for Their Majesties’ benefit.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Anton of Winteroak with her token in absentia.

Baroness Clarice della Luna and Baron Lachlan Graheme Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

Item.  Their Majesties created Alec Craig an Artisan to the Crown.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Dereca ni Donndubhain with the Queen’s Award of Esteem for her good works in support of the Realm.

Item.  Their Majesties created the following ladies Seamstresses to the Crown:  Dereca ni Donndubhain, Edyth of Steyning, Matilda of Carolingia, Rosina von Schaffhausen and Constance de Saint Denis.

Item.  His Majesty endowed Constance de Saint Denis with the King’s Cypher for her diverse labors in support of the reign.

Item.  His Majesty endowed Clarice della Luna with his King’s Cypher for her good works in support of the Crown.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Lachlan Graheme with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Sorcha Dhocair ingen ui Ruairc and Ulrich Reinhart.

Item.  His Majesty invested Lucien de Pontivi with the King’s Cypher for his notable and honorable works.

Sir Michael receives his glove from Queen Thyra Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

Item.  Her Majesty invested Aildreda de Tamwurthe with the Queen’s Cypher for her true and worthy service.

Item.  His Majesty invested Anastasia da Monte with the King’s Cypher for her labors as part of the heraldic staff and the Queen’s Guard.

Item.  Her Majesty summoned Michael of York to attend upon her and, praising the good Michael’s unfailing noble bearing and undoubled honor, invested the same Michael with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed as confirmed in a document created by Bronwyn of Wentworth.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Catrin o’r Rhyd For to be brought before the Tyger Thrones,

Mistress Catrin with Their Majesties Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa

whereupon they lauded the good Catrin’s diverse and sundry good works over many years, not least of which being the creation of the East Kingdom Gazette, thereupon created the said lady a Baroness of the Court and further endowed her with an Augmentation of Arms, the which deed being confirmed in a document created by Aildreda de Tamwurthe and Eva Woderose.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians playing for the Court and the day’s festivities.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Mistress Mylisant Grey
Don Donovan Shinnock
Dona Anastasia da Monte
Lord Yehuda ben Moshe


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The codpieces of Wolf Hall

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2015-04-07 09:30

This spring, viewers of the BBC and PBS will be treated to a video version of the Hilary Mantel book Wolf Hall set in the court of Henry VIII. Since its announcement, there has been discussion of the size of the actor's codpiece, perhaps smaller than is historically accurate. Jane Huggett of The Guardian joins the conversation.

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Pennsic War Exchequer Sought

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-07 09:19

The Pennsic War Financial Committee, of the Society for Creative Anachronism Pennsic War Inc., a subsidiary corporation of the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc, seeks a qualified individual to become the Pennsic War Exchequer, a member of the senior staff of Pennsic War. Information about the position and how to apply is listed below. The deadline for the application is June 1, 2015. This is a volunteer position.

SCA Pennsic War Inc (PWI) presents the largest annual event, The Pennsic War (PW) sponsored by the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). This event attracts nine to ten thousand attendees, and runs for seventeen days, plus two weeks of set-up prior and one week of takedown after. The overall Staff of PW can be upwards of 100 named positions and 600 onsite volunteers. The position of PW Exchequer along with the Chief Executive Officer, Finance Committee, and the Pennsic Seneschal Group, coordinates the fiscal activities of PW and PWI.

Many of the activities and tasks the PW Exchequer will engage in:
• Maintaining PW’s accounts using Excel and Quick Books Pro v10 or later
• Attending planning meetings generally held in May and November at the event site.
• Day-to-Day operations of tracking expenditures and ensuring budget compliance
• Remitting payment for PW’s valid accounts payable.
• Filing quarterly and yearly reports required by the SCA
• Being in attendance at PENNSIC WAR during its entirety plus at least 5 days early and as many subsequent days require to wrap up the current year’s on-site business. During the event it is expected that the PW Exchequer will have business hours of at least 6 hours per day.
• Preparing documentation for certified audits.
• Chairing the PW financial committee
• Ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as regards not-for-profit corporations.
• Overseeing the Exchequer staff, which includes a Quartermaster, an Inventory deputy, and other staff as the office may require to properly conduct business.
• Assist in budget preparation by tracking spending patterns of Pennsic War
• Prepare reports to the Chief Executive Officer of PW as required to maintain effective tracking of expenses.

Qualifications:
Required:
• A level of understanding sufficient to create, maintain, and amend Excel workbooks which may contain up to 15 inter-related worksheets, macros, array formulas, and other senior level user skills.
• A professional level of understanding of Quick Books Pro, version 10 or later, normally associated with the duties of a finance manager.
• Understanding of SCA Exchequer requirements as regards SCA financial policies
• Understanding of the Pennsic Administrative Policies and the Pennsic Financial Policies
• Reliable internet and phone services, not only at home, but also while away.
Desired:
• Previous Exchequer experience in SCA on any level
• Modern accounting experience or Modern positions in finance planning
• Previous PW experience in a sustained capacity
What we are looking for:
• Strong and effective communicator, both written and verbal, with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with both accounting and non-accounting personnel.
• Proficient computer skills using MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet.
• Strong interview skills, ability to ask the right questions to gather and obtain relevant information.
• Ability to work independently, as well as maintain a positive working relationship with PW staff
• Perform multiple tasks under tight deadlines without sacrificing quality or accuracy.
• Strong attention to detail and follow-through.
• Ability to work in an intense time critical work environment
Time Commitment:
• Serve approximately two years as Emergency Deputy Exchequer
• Assume full duties on or about November 1, 2016, for a 3 year term
• It is estimated that during the times, other than the estimated 5 weeks of PW so noted above, the time commitment is ten to twenty hours per week,

We’re looking for evidence that you have the skills, experience, and abilities indicated in this announcement. Information you provide will be used for deciding who’ll be selected for the next step in our process.

Should you be interested in this position, here is the application packet:
• Your modern and SCA resume’s highlighting your experience which fulfills our requirements.
• A cover letter expressing your desire and ability to become the PW Exchequer
• Other materials you wish to have considered in the selection process.

Email this packet to the PW Financial Committee at: pennsic.resume@gmail.com by June 1, 2015


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Pennsic War Exchequer Position Open

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2015-04-07 09:02

The Pennsic War Financial Committee, of the Society for Creative Anachronism Pennsic War Inc., a subsidiary corporation of the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc, seeks a qualified individual to become the Pennsic War Exchequer, a member of the senior staff of Pennsic War. This is a volunteer position.

SCA Pennsic War Inc (PWI) presents the largest annual event, The Pennsic War (PW) sponsored by the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). This event attracts nine to ten thousand attendees, and runs for seventeen days, plus two weeks of set-up prior and one week of takedown after. The overall Staff of PW can be upwards of 100 named positions and 600 onsite volunteers. The position of PW Exchequer along with the Chief Executive Officer, Finance Committee, and the Pennsic Seneschal Group, coordinates the fiscal activities of PW and PWI.

Many of the activities and tasks the PW Exchequer will engage in:
• Maintaining PW’s accounts using Excel and Quick Books Pro v10 or later
• Attending planning meetings generally held in May and November at the event site.
• Day-to-Day operations of tracking expenditures and ensuring budget compliance
• Remitting payment for PW’s valid accounts payable.
• Filing quarterly and yearly reports required by the SCA
• Being in attendance at PENNSIC WAR during its entirety plus at least 5 days early and as many subsequent days require to wrap up the current year’s on-site business. During the event it is expected that the PW Exchequer will have business hours of at least 6 hours per day.
• Preparing documentation for certified audits.
• Chairing the PW financial committee
• Ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as regards not-for-profit corporations.
• Overseeing the Exchequer staff, which includes a Quartermaster, an Inventory deputy, and other staff as the office may require to properly conduct business.
• Assist in budget preparation by tracking spending patterns of Pennsic War
• Prepare reports to the Chief Executive Officer of PW as required to maintain effective tracking of expenses.

Qualifications:
Required:
• A level of understanding sufficient to create, maintain, and amend Excel workbooks which may contain up to 15 inter-related worksheets, macros, array formulas, and other senior level user skills.
• A professional level of understanding of Quick Books Pro, version 10 or later, normally associated with the duties of a finance manager.
• Understanding of SCA Exchequer requirements as regards SCA financial policies
• Understanding of the Pennsic Administrative Policies and the Pennsic Financial Policies
• Reliable internet and phone services, not only at home, but also while away.

Desired:
• Previous Exchequer experience in SCA on any level
• Modern accounting experience or Modern positions in finance planning
• Previous PW experience in a sustained capacity

What we are looking for:
• Strong and effective communicator, both written and verbal, with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with both accounting and non-accounting personnel.
• Proficient computer skills using MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet.
• Strong interview skills, ability to ask the right questions to gather and obtain relevant information.
• Ability to work independently, as well as maintain a positive working relationship with PW staff
• Perform multiple tasks under tight deadlines without sacrificing quality or accuracy.
• Strong attention to detail and follow-through.
• Ability to work in an intense time critical work environment

Time Commitment:
• Serve approximately two years as Emergency Deputy Exchequer
• Assume full duties on or about November 1, 2016, for a 3 year term
• It is estimated that during the times, other than the estimated 5 weeks of PW so noted above, the time commitment is ten to twenty hours per week,

We’re looking for evidence that you have the skills, experience, and abilities indicated in this announcement. Information you provide will be used for deciding who’ll be selected for the next step in our process.

Should you be interested in this position, here is the application packet:
• Your modern and SCA resume’s highlighting your experience which fulfills our requirements.
• A cover letter expressing your desire and ability to become the PW Exchequer
• Other materials you wish to have considered in the selection process.

Email this packet to the PW Financial Committee at: pennsic.resume@gmail.com by June 1, 2015


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Missives for Coronation

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2015-04-06 17:11

Pray pay heed to these missives from the Event Staff of Coronation this Saturday, April 11th:

Time Travel – to be transported to that nostalgic scene we ache to visit, such will occur this weekend in the Heart of Æthelmearc.

Photo credit: Mistress Hilderun

The evening before the Coronation of their most worthy Highnesses (Friday), His Highness Sir Timothy of Arindale will sit in humble vigil. Come and join him. Continue on the morrow as the hall is transformed. Bring your banners, be they of the Baron, the Shire, the Guild or your own personal colors, fly them high with Pride, Oh Sylvan Æthelmearc.


First court will begin at
11 am, so shake the dust of sleep from your eyes and fall into the dream.

The day will conclude with a feast such as our Feastocrat, Lord Leiofr Grimr, will dare to draw forth from ancient days. Note there are still some seats available and time yet exists to speed your reservations along.

Greetings Master Cooks, Minor Minions of Experimentation and everyone in between: Their Royal Highnesses desire their day of Celebration this next weekend to be one of Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice. Why, yes, by all means bring your Lady, but do not forget the Arts and Science Dessert Display.

Feast, brought to you by the St. Lawrence guild and Lord Leifor Grimr, will be concluded with desserts from around the Kingdom. Please RSVP to the autocrat so sufficient room may be set aside for your culinary creations.

To All Not-so-Gentle Gentles (you know who you are): whether you dance in defense or stalwart strike with rods of rattan, opportunity will be yours to match magic with your fellow martial minded noblemen and noblewomen. Arrive early to have your arms inspected, you will not want to miss playing with White Scarfs or Gold Chains, or perhaps, both.

To those not so Pain oriented (well, unless your pain is that which comes from working your fingers to nubs on sleepless nights, dancing your glass slippers to splinters or strumming strings to bursting, then pray attend):

If such is your pleasurable pain then the celebration of their Highnesses upcoming Coronation will afford you ample opportunity for happiness. I understand that garb, newly completed the night prior, will be in fashion. While those unable to attend Ice Dragon are desperately seeking another opportunity to view your handiwork.

An auction table benefiting their new-to-be Majesties’ travel fund will allow you to graciously allow others to be beautifully adorned.

Oh, the Dancing and Music that will be had. It will truly be a dream.

Come, Dream with us!
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Court Report: Masque de la Fou, Shire of Eastwatch, Middle Kingdom. March 28, A.S. XLIX

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-04-05 14:19

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Her Majesty’s Court held by the grace of Their Draconian Majesties, Cadogan and AnnMarie, Tsar and Tsarista of the Middle Kingdom at Masque de la Fou event in the Shire of Eastwatch in the Middle Kingdom on March 28th as recorded by Maistir Brandubh Ó Donnghaile, Sigil Herald.

Her Majesty called Kawamura no Ryotaro Yoshichi back into the event and Awarded him Arms. Yoshichi had been a traveler across the Society for the past 14 years, and only recently arrived in Æthelmearc, but news of his fighting prowess had already found favor with Their Majesties. Wording by Lady Isabel Fleuretan from a scroll calligraphed and illuminated by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova was read.

Kawamura no Ryotaro Yoshichi receiving his Award of Arms. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

Her Majesty asked for a moment of Silence, as the Shire had lost many good members over the cold winter, including Æthelmearc’s good neighbor THLord Ambrosius Philius Merlinus, and former Æthelmearc subject Lord Perrin de Sable.

All those who had served Her Majesty that day were invited to come forward as they had given of their event to serve as retainers, guards, and liaisons, and Queen Anna Leigh presented each with a token of thanks.

Her Majesty then announced to the populace present that due to their aid to His Majesty Titus, that Lady Æsa Hlaejavaryr and Lady Saeunn gneist of the Middle Kingdom were Granted Arms and created Baronesses of the Court of Æthelmearc in absentia, and that she would find them when the ladies arrived at site later, but now the populace was all in on it. Scrolls in progress.

Her Majesty thanked the Members of the Shire of Eastwatch and of House Bork for their generosity in the fine gift basket that had been prepared for her.

Her Majesty then announced that Matteo Corvostella, Darius Ravenstar of the Hand, and Galen of the Debatable Lands were each Awarded Arms in absentia for their services making banners, cooking and feeding the populace, and sewing loaner garb. Scrolls in progress.

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


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Medieval Easter Traditions

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-04-05 14:00

Happy Easter!

Today is one of the most important days in the Christian tradition. Those who celebrate probably went to church this morning, visited with relatives, and may be looking forward to a big meal with family and friends. If you have kids, there may also have been baskets of candy from the Easter bunny or hunts for decorated Easter eggs.

In the Middle Ages, Easter traditions were similar. You can read more about them at the blog of A Medievalist Errant, but here are some highlights.

The three days before Easter — Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday — were called the Triduum, and were marked by solemn services called Tenebrae that were held in almost complete darkness. The parishioners were also denied the Eucharist during these days.

On Easter Sunday, according to the Medievalist Errant, “services would begin at dawn, with the congregation gathering outside the church to sing hymns. Then the priest would lead them into the church, where the service would be joyful, the Eucharist would return, and the people would be dismissed in grace and forgiveness to go and enjoy a bloody big lunch.”

Of course Easter is closely linked to the Jewish holiday Passover, since the Last Supper was a Passover seder. This year the two holidays are in close proximity, but that isn’t always the case due to a decision by the First Council of Nicaea in 325 to make Easter independent of the Jewish calendar. It took centuries for the Catholic Church to standardize the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 21st. Even today, Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate the holiday on a different date from Catholic and Protestant traditions.

from The Hague Medieval illuminated manuscripts, The Hague, KB, 78 D 38 II Gospels Fol. 186v

Here are some other notable medieval Easter traditions:

  • People got new clothes. Usually the nobility bought or had clothes made new for them, then passed their older clothes down to servants, who passed their old clothes on to relatives, and so on.
  • Eggs were featured because, like meat, they were forbidden during Lent. Eggs laid during Lent were boiled to preserve them. The practice of painting eggs goes back a long way; early Christians of Mesopotamia painted them red to symbolize the blood of Christ. The Medievalist Errant notes, “In 1276, Eleanor and Simon de Montfort bought 3700 eggs for their celebration, and in 1290 Edward I’s accounts show that he paid to have 450 eggs decorated with gold leaf.” Eggs were hidden for children to find as an allegory for the disciples finding the risen Christ in the tomb on Easter morning.
  • On the Monday and Tuesday after Easter, young women would capture young men, releasing them on a payment of donation to the church. On Tuesday, the tables were turned and the young men would capture the women. These days were referred to as “Hock” Monday and Tuesday.

What about the Easter bunny, you say? Alas, he’s out of period. The first mention of the Easter Bunny appears in Georg Franck von Franckenau’s De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682, referring to the German tradition of an Easter Hare who judged children’s behavior at the start of the Easter season, and brought Easter eggs to the good children.

Paderborner Dom Dreihasenfenster” by Zefram – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons.


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Orange was the new black for London's all-female Henry IV

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2015-04-05 11:44

It's true that Shakespeare's plays bent gender over backwards by requiring female roles to be played by male actors, but a new version of Henry IV, staged at the Donmar Warehouse in London, took the practice even father by presenting an all-female cast set in a women's prison. (photo)

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Royal Travel Fund Fundraiser at Coronation

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-04-05 10:11

In a little over a week, Their Royal Highnesses will ascend the Sylvan thrones of Æthelmearc. To support their reign, Duchess Christence Blackmoore, Baroness Ellesbeth Donofrey and cohorts will host an auction to raise money for the Royal Travel Fund at Coronation.

For the White Tier from Baroness Ellesbeth: “I have enjoyed modest infamy for a very special cookie I bake. It’s chocolate chip, but not your mama’s chocolate chip….I use thick cut bacon from my local Amish butcher, candy it myself with dark brown sugar, chop it up and add it to the most perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe I have found! Just ask Baron Ichi, who has dubbed these “crack cookies”… there will be two winners for this offering.”

The auction format will be as follows: Items will be split into two tiers. For items on the WHITE table, tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, 13 for $10 and 28 for $20. For items on the RED table, tickets are 2 for $5, 6 for $10 and 15 for $20. Simply purchase the tickets for the corresponding tier you’d like to bid on and drop your ticket in the marked receptacle for the item.

Over the next several days leading up to the event, photos of many of the items will be posted on a special FB page here, so you can plan your finances for the weekend accordingly. (Join the event page for updates!) Many thanks to the generous and talented gentles who donated items.

Baroness Ellesbeth says “Duchess Christence and I are actually subjects of the Kingdom of the East. However we have both separately enjoyed a long friendship with TRH’s. They actually lived less than an hour from my Shire when they resided out here. Last reign they had talked about wanting to travel as widely and often as possible especially to those areas of Æthelmearc that had not had a Royal Presence in some time. Her Grace Christence, as a former Queen, and I as a veteran of several Royal Households know intimately what goes into a reign, from the logistics to the travel, which inevitably lead to the finances. We actually ran two fundraisers during their last reign, so when His Highness won again, we started planning.

For the Red Tier: Ever wish you could kick your garb up a notch? Wouldn’t some hand-woven trim be wonderful but you lack the time, equipment or know-how to weave it yourself? Well why not take a chance to win just over 9 and half feet of Inkle woven trim in Æthelmearc’s colors? The band is woven in 5/2 pearle cotton and is 3/4″ wide.

“Her Grace Christence has run several successful fundraisers over her time in the SCA. I was happy to help with these fundraisers. Between us we have a pretty extensive network and major thrift store shopping skills which enable us to find a wide range of lovely items for auctions. We want to give this endeavor the best chance for success.

“In heading into this one, I was thinking about how events can be crowded and you don’t get to see everything that goes on, and on a practical level, we all like to go to events prepared, I mean when you know there will be a ton of merchants, you might tuck a few extra dollars in your purse for shopping, and if you know specifically one may have something you want, you plan for it. That thought train, coupled with recent conversations with Sir Tanaka about the role of social media in our Society and how can we best use it to promote and attract membership led me to the idea to do a FB page for the auction and let people know first, it’s happening so they can look for us, how it’s working so they are prepared and showcase items to hopefully build interest and excitement. You may not have a lot of money for hand woven trim, but $5 gets you two chances to win 9.5 feet of it. So far the FB page seems to be helping make the auction more visible.

Again for the Red Tier: You will make a statement without saying a word wearing this hand beaded necklace. Lady Syelet Peifferin took some hand made lace, a zillion beads and viola! This exquisite piece of work….

We have some lovely donations, Lady Syelet Pfeifferin (East) who specializes in high German garb has made a gorgeous hat and a beaded necklace, Lady Erzebet Fauconneau (Æthelmearc)  is donating a selection of her hand made soaps. Vicountess Rosalind Ashworthe (Æthelmearc) will likely have the most unusual and memorable donation,an experienced and talented tablet weaver is creating a beautiful band of woven trim in a period pattern, the fun part is one of the fibers in the pattern actually glows in the dark!  Donna Fede di Fiore (Æthelmearc)  has generously donated a 16th century gown she only wore twice and no long wears. I’ve been busy too, the inkle woven trim was my weaving, I have hand molded skull shaped sugar cubes to go with the skull teaspoon, and in the coffee lovers basket, there will be imported coffee candy, chocolate covered espresso beans and a jar of the coffee jelly I just finished canning before I wrote this letter to you. There are several more items joining these, both tiers of the table will be full of fun and lovely things.”

The Gazette urges all to bring a few extra dollars to Coronation and support this worthy cause!


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Two different Magna Cartas in Washington

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-04-04 15:57

In 2014, the city of Washington DC was privileged to host two copies of the Magna Carta, one permanently housed in the National Archives, and another on loan from Lincoln Cathedral in England, displayed at the Library of Congress. Geoff Edgers of the Washington Post looks at the differences between the two documents.

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The East signs the Treaty of the Golden Lance!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-04 08:39

The East Kingdom joined Æthelmearc and four other kingdoms (Ansteorra, Caid, Trimaris and Atlantia) in signing the Treaty of the Golden Lance, which recognizes Equestrian prowess and service in the East Kingdom. (Æthelmearc signed the Treaty in 2013 at the Pennsic War.) Until this time, the East was the only kingdom which did not have an award specifically to recognize its equestrians. On March 28, in the Barony of Settmour Swamp, TRM held their Curia and the matter of creating an equestrian award was discussed.

When asked what caused him to consider creating an equestrian award in the East Kingdom, His Majesty Edward replied:

“Her Majesty and I have long recognized the contributions of our equestrian community, and the East has maintained King’s and Queen’s Equestrian Champions as determined by an annual tournament. While the investments of the community are significant and the results are impressive, there has been concern (even among the equestrians) about providing a unique award for such a small community. The East has approximately 35 authorized riders. As it happened, we were sitting the thrones as the equestrian community united in their support for an award, and Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick gathered data on what the other kingdoms have done. This provided us with a great deal of context for our program. While we don’t have many authorized riders, our numbers are consistent with the median kingdom numbers, and every other kingdom had an award which recognizes equestrian martial prowess. The East should do no less.”

TRM riding in the Grand Procession at Gulf Wars, on “Otto” and “Zia,” the steeds of Mistress Arabella da Seina. Photo by Barbarossa.

According to the information posted about the Curia on the East Gazette, His Majesty “also remarked that he felt creating this award will create an environment that will encourage the community to grow and will give recognition to members of the Order when they travel, as part of an Order that is recognized in several kingdoms.” (The full article can be found here.)

After discussing the matter with the populace, TRM decided to sign the Golden Lance Treaty and created the Order of the Golden Lance of the East. The Order will be a polling Order of High Merit similar to and equivalent to the Silver Crescent (Service), Maunche (A&S), Tygers Combatant (Rattan) and Golden Rapier (Rapier). In accordance with the Treaty, the award will be the highest award for Equestrian prowess and service in the Kingdom.

TRM explained that several factors made him decide to join the Treaty of the Golden Lance as opposed to creating an East-specific award, as noted in his response:

“One of the concerns that Her Majesty and I (and prior crowns) struggled with is the size of our equestrian community. We feel that being a member of this treaty, particularly one that includes our neighbors Æthelmearc and Atlantia, would help our riders think of themselves as part of a larger community. We hope this will build social bridges across the Society, and increase the pool of candidates that our riders measure themselves against as they strive for excellence.”

The Treaty of the Golden Lance prepared by Duchess Katherine Stanhope and signed by the East Kingdom, and other signatory Kingdoms. Photo by Duchess Kiena Stewart.

In anticipation of possibly signing the Treaty, TRM requested Duchess Katherine Stanhope prepare a document that could be signed by the other signatory Royalty when TRM attended Gulf Wars.  His Majesty Edward commented that Duchess Katherine “is an active rider and an excellent scribe. I would add that she did us a tremendous service with very little notice, as it became clear to us that the treaty would have to be signed at Gulf Wars if we wished to pass it into law. The treaty text is quite long, and we asked her only a few days before the event.”

The Treaty was signed at the royal reception on Thursday evening at Gulf Wars. His Majesty Edward remarked, “Both the king and queen [of each of the signatory kingdoms] were asked to sign (with a dip pen in dim lighting!), in the order in which their kingdom joined the treaty. We were lucky that all of the signatories were present at the War, and it was a pleasure to discuss with each of them as they signed the document.”

His Majesty Edward commented that he did not ask the other royalty to keep this signing a secret as he had been open in his communication, with the equestrian community and his royal cousins “that we intended to establish an equestrian award in the East. However, we did not intend to make our final decision as to whether that would be the Golden Lance or a kingdom specific award until our Curia. With that in mind, we asked our royal cousins Ansteorra, Trimaris, Caid, Atlantia and Æthelmearc to sign the treaty at Gulf Wars and we, with our heirs, reserved our signatures until after our Curia. It was not a secret in the East that we were considering joining the treaty, but we were clear with our cousins that the treaty might not be signed by us in the end.”

His Majesty Edward signing the Treaty. Photo by Duchess Kiena Stewart.

The document was returned to the East Kingdom and after making their decision at Curia, TRM Edward and Thrya signed it. Their heirs, Prince Darius, called Omega, and Princess Etheldreda, signed the Treaty indicating their support of the Treaty. And thus, the East Kingdom became the sixth kingdom to join in the Treaty of the Golden Lance!

Her Majesty Thyra signing the Treaty. Photo by Mistress Kiena Stewart.

[I would like to thank His Majesty Edward for his time and assistance in writing this article by responding to my questions and granting me permission to use them and the photos of himself and Her Majesty Thrya.  Also thank you to the photographers, Duchess Kiena Stewart and Barbarossa, who granted permission to use their work  —- Mistress Shishido Tora Gozen.]

The East heirs, Prince Darius Aurelius Serpentius, called Omega, and Princess Etheldreda Ivelchyldalso, as well as a photobombing Æthelmearc King! (Photo from The East Kingdom Website.)


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What's in a name?

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-04-03 16:01

A new study by Gregory Clark of the University of California, Davis and Neil Cummins of the London School of Economics reveals that those people with Norman surnames are more likely to have a higher social status in the UK that those without.

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