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Eleri Lynn, Collections Curator for England's Historic Royal Palaces, is always looking for new items for the collection. She recently was thrilled to add the Bristowe Hat, "a rare example of Tudor or very early Stuart fashion made from silk tufting, with a green feather, silver button, and evenly positioned holes for attaching jewels." (photo)
From the 13th through the 15th centuries, the Hospital of St. John the Evangelist operated on what is now the grounds of St. John's College, Cambridge University. In 2010, archaeologists working there discovered the hospital's cemetery, considered one of the largest medieval hospital burial grounds in England. Photos of the discovery have now been released. (photos)
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 Valeria and Valerie.
Although the name Valeria is often associated with modern fantasy literature and movies, it was a popular female given name in several languages in period. Valeria is found as a female given name in the 16th century and early 17th century in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and England. The related name Valerie, although it appears quite modern to our eyes, was also found in late-period England, both as a male name and as a female name. Valeria Paula Margarida Montras; Female; Christening; 20 Oct 1599; San Felíu, Gerona, Gerona, Spain; Batch: C89274-2.  Valeria Wagner; Female; Christening; 23 Feb 1589; KATHOLISCH, BAUERBACH, KARLSRUHE, BADEN; Batch: C95149-1.  Valeria Gessler; Female; Christening; 17 Sep 1571; Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland; Batch: C73985-8.  Valeria Crosse; Female; Christening; 10 Dec 1617; SAINT DUNSTAN, STEPNEY, LONDON, ENGLAND; Batch: C05576-5.  Valerie Kettlewell; Male; Christening; 15 Dec 1574; TATTERFORD, NORFOLK, ENGLAND; Batch: C04149-1.  Valerie Morgan; Female; Christening; 01 Nov 1620; SAINT MARTIN-VINTRY, LONDON, LONDON, ENGLAND; Batch: C02245-2.
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: names
THFool Dagonell the Juggler provided this report of the Northern Oaken War Maneuvers in the Barony of Cleftlands, Middle Kingdom, which was invaded visited by a substantial number of gentles from Æthelmearc.
As dusk fell on Friday night, activities began with a Twilight Tourney for rapier, a Torchlight Tourney for armored and a Shakespearean Puppet competition for the non-martially inclined.
The sawdust smack down was judged by THL Elizabethe Alles, Baroness Verena Entenwirth, and Lord Pietro de san Tebaldo, and saw entries from Henry V, King Lear, several sonnets, and the Taming of the Shrew. One audience member said, “I’ve never laughed so hysterically at King Lear!” The King Lear performance was, in fact the winner having been put on by Lord Walter Glatz and his (newlywed!) Lady Sarah.
After the formal competition was over, the senior puppeteers gave a few impromptu puppet tutorials, and allowed participants and audience to play with a real puppet stage. The European Ball didn’t quite come together as gentles were tired with long drives, camp set-ups, and competitions, and instead quietly talked in the main pavilion until all hours of the night.
In the morning, the Breakfast Tavern opened with a filling breakfast of oatmeal, eggs, sausage, coffee and coffeecake for only $4. All lists, ranges and fields opened for inspections, authorizations, practices, and pick-ups.
In the First Heavy list there was a 6′ Spear Tourney which was won by Duke Maynard von dem Steine (Rhydderich Hael).
A Novice Tourney was held in the Second Heavy List. In the First Fencing List was the Northern Oak Rapier Championship, while the Second Fencing List ran the NOT The Northern Oak Rapier Championship!
Artisans’ Row had some truly wonderful goods, including Dominica’s Fine Fashions from Æthelmearc.
I bought some wonderful homemade mustards from THL Edward fitz Ranulf, who got his Dragon’s Heart later that evening. We learned that a small accident had occurred the night before: the proprietor of Magic Carpet Kavehane pinched his hand between a trailer hitch and trailer ball and had to be taken to the hospital for stitches and then sent home. Classes to be held at the Kavehane were cancelled, so Dominica graciously took over as Merchant Liaison for the site, and the bards took over running the NOBLE competition so his lady could attend him at the hospital.
Classes offered that day included How to Make a Mary Rose Archery Bracer; Flax Processing: From Plant to Cloth; Intro to the Forge; Intro to Cloisonné Enameling; The Life and Times of our Boy Will (Shakespeare); Tortoise Shell Brooches and Temple Rings; Fiber Arts for Youth; Your First SCA Event; Rus Clothing; Out Damned Spot (Medieval Laundry techniques); Bardic Teaching Circle; Norse Gods: Aesir and Vanir; Norse Spirits: Trolls, Giants, Elves and Dwarves; Leather Art; From Page to Performance; Share the Love: Tokens of Appreciation; Death Becomes Her; Bayeux Tapestry Stitch Basics; Norse Apron Dress Concepts; Equestrian 101: Getting Involved with Horses (there were no horses on site); The Arte of Making the Medieval Bed (taken from a 15th c servant’s manual); and Calf to Codex.
The battlefields were also busy with The Grand Tournament of the Salamander, Melee Practice, an Unbelted Battle, Bridge Battles, Open Field Melees, Novice Rapier, and many pickups.
Sir Steffan Ulfkelsson lead Æthelmearc’s troops as the Rattan Army Warlord. As reported previously on the Gazette, Æthelmearc fielded 60+ fighters, and with its allies won three out of five field battles, two out of three bridge battles, and the gate battle. Vivant!
The archery range was equally busy with Royal Rounds, Youth Shoot, Northern Oaken Regional Championship Archery Shoot, Thrown Weapons Tourney, Youth Thrown Weapons Tourney, and a Novelty Shoot.
Northern Oaken is also home to the Baroness’ Bocce Tourney. The winner of the tourney takes home the Official Northen Oaken Baroness’s Bocce Tournament trophy, and must return the following year to defend it.
At the Bocce tournament, I met The Bookie. You could bet bling (no real money!) on nearly any event occuring at Northern Oaken. What time it will start raining, the winner of a competition, the round a specific competitor is eliminated, the number of kills a specific fighter makes, etc. The Bookie will take any wager you can think of and decide on your odds. Winners are paid in NOWM pewter coinage. I wagered a spoon ring on myself to win the Bocce tournament and got 11 to 1 odds, as there were 12 competitors. Alas, personal wealth was not to be mine. Bling bet and lost becomes Royal Largess.
At the Bocce tournament, I also met a Midrealm celebrity.
Fizzgig is a Giant Angora rabbit. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but he’s the size of a miniature poodle! Not only does his mistress brush him daily and use his fur to spin, but he is also a Registered Therapy Animal and goes to senior citizens’ homes where he sits quietly on laps and lowers blood pressures. He also has his own Facebook page, so his fans know where to meet him in person.
For refreshment during the day, The Pierogi Hut open for business with standard hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks and the house specialty, three potato pierogis with fried onions and sour cream for only $3. I’ve eaten more pierogi this past weekend than I have in the past six months. Excellent pierogi!
As daylight faded and people started to gather in the main pavilion for court, we were entertained by a Middle Eastern dance troupe and by several bards including a few former Royal Bards. Court was announced and Their Draconian Majesties entered followed by Their Excellencies of Cleftlands and their respective entourages. Court was brief and amusing. This weekend was National Doughnut Day, so Their Majesties, Ragnvaldr and Arabella, thoughtfully provided a tray heaped with doughnuts. Anyone who had business before court or was called into court was encouraged to take a doughnut back to their seat.
After court was the 6th Annual NOBLE (Northern Oaken Bardic Lagniappe of Excellence) Cup Bardic competition. Each barony and shire was invited to send forth their best bard to compete. This year’s entrants included Lady Jolicia att Northclyffe for the Barony of the Cleftlands, Nagasani for the Shire of Rivenvale, Aron Stark for the Barony of Red Spears, and Lord Donalbane of Blakmer for the Barony of Brendoken. Each performer gave two performances., which ranged from Shakespeare recitations to songs to instrumental performances to period stories to “No ****, There I Was” tales. The judges consisted of Lady Kateryn Draper, a Midrealm Bard; myself, as an out-of-kingdom bard; and Lady Elizabethe Alles, last year’s NOBLE winner. After long discussion, the prize was awarded to Lady Jolicia.
The Knotty Dragon Tavern opened shortly after the bardic, with a free wet bar (you need a license to charge for alcohol, so gentles tipped well so that the tavern would keep going year after year.)
THL Brendan the Bard led the crowd with song and story, both solemn and silly, clean and bawdy. Things quieted down in the wee hours, so gentles not at the tavern could sleep. Conversation continued far into night, until one by one, gentles retired to their beds.
Sunday morning was breakfast at the Breakfast Tavern, a few minor purchases from merchants staying open til the last minute, then breakdown of personal gear as well as event locations and final farewells before hitting the road. I can’t wait until next year.
All photos by THFool Dagonell the Juggler.
Several people have asked us how the Æthelmearc Gazette came to be, how it is staffed, and how we work. This is the first in a series of interviews with the Gazette staff; wonder no longer!
Staff Member: Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin
Why did you start the Gazette?
I’d been avidly following the East Kingdom Gazette, and touched base with their Managing Editor, Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For to talk about her experiences. I’d also been talking with Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Maestro Filippo de Sancto Martino, who were on board with starting something similar in our own Kingdom. Suckered in Emboldened by the encouragement from the EK Gazette, and the overwhelming support from within Æthelmearc, we gathered together a solid core of staffers (scroll down here to see our staff roster) and began publication in December of 2014.
Do you have a mission statement?
How is the Gazette actually run?
We use WordPress as a platform; we had a bit of a learning curve (I developed our editor’s tutorial as I learned it myself!) but it’s worked well for what we are doing.
You are totally unofficial – does that mean no oversight?
Since it is a private blog, we have more leeway than the official SCA publications; we use common sense in getting permissions for things, but do not use complicated waivers.
We also encourage more people to send articles and papers for publication – it’s a great way to get your work seen across the Kingdom and around the Known World (strangely, we have a relatively large following in Lochac). Submit early, submit often!
Interested in submitting articles to the Gazette, suggesting blogs to feature, or to be put on our roster of photographers whose work we have permission to use? Email us at email@example.com. Check out our submission guidelines here.
Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for June, detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month.
Over the past twenty-five years in an ongoing effort, I have been collecting bits of useful information from various newsgroups, mail lists and articles submitted to me by their authors. In order to make this information available to others, I have placed this information in a collection of files called Stefan’s Florilegium.
The Florilegium is on the web at: http://www.florilegium.org
I am always interested in new articles. If you have written an article that would be of interest to others in the SCA, please send it to me for possible inclusion in the Florilegium. A&S documentation and class handouts will also often work well. I am especially interested in research papers submitted as A&S entries.
If you see someone’s A&S documentation or perhaps an article in a local newsletter that you think deserves a wider audience, please let me know. I won’t publish anything without the author’s permission, but many authors are too reserved to send me their articles on their own.
THLord Stefan li Rous (stefan at florilegium.org)
Here are the new files for this month:
Even Ethan Hawke made the medieval news this week!
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Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Her Majesty’s Court at Melee Madness, 30 May Anno Societatis L, in the Barony of Endless Hills, accompanied by Their Excellencies Gunnar and Barbary Rose, Baron and Baroness of Endless Hills. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Her Majesty called forth the children in attendance, and bade them meet with THL Alianora Bronhulle in the back of the hall, where treat bags had been prepared for them.
Her Majesty gave leave to Their Excellencies to conduct the business of their Baronial Court.
Emma Fynne was Awarded Arms for her enthusiasm in involving herself as a new person in many of the activities of our Society, including games and children’s activities, sewing, and helping to set up, run, and tear down events. Words from a scroll by Baroness Anastasie l’Amour were read.
Lord Chahagan Duras was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce for his skill in fencing and training to become a fencing marshal, and also for his pursuit of the arts of heavy combat, target archery and combat archery. Scroll by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen.
Lord Perote Gorman Campbell was created a Companion of the Keystone for his service as fencing and thrown weapons marshal and assisting with setup and teardown of events, and primarily for the numerous feasts that he has prepared for multiple events in multiple Kingdoms. Scroll by Lord Cormacc mac Gilla Brigde.
Lord Sigvaldi the Ram was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for his complete and utter inability to see something that needs to be done without doing it. Scroll illuminated and calligraphed by Baroness Barbary Rose upon words by Lord Perote Gorman Campbell.
Don Po, Captain of The Muses Call, and Lord Stefan, Captain of the Green Wolf’s Pluck, came forth as the two remaining Captains of the Royal Fleet and offered their tribute to their Queen. As the Fleet had been sailing for 6 years since receiving their charter from the Crown, and as Lord Stefan would soon have to retire from a life at sea to answer the call of the people to serve as the Baron of Endless Hills, Don Po inquired whether Her Majesty wished him to continue to sail the seas in the name of Æthelmearc. Her Majesty commanded him do so, and continue to bring the bounty of the oceans to the Crown.
Her Majesty named Lady Jinx as Her inspiration for the day, for the many pictures she takes to help all those who attend events remember the special moments of the day, and presented her with Her token of inspiration.
Her Majesty then asked all those who had contributed to the day’s scribal efforts to stand forth and be recognized.
There being no further business, Her Majesty’s Court was closed.
The Midrealm has been raiding Blackstone Mountain for years. Æthelmearc has since returned the favor and begun invading the Barony of the Cleftlands at their annual event, Northern Oaken War Maneuvers.
The Æthelmearc Rattan Army fielded a vast 63 fighters who had a banner day. Sir Steffan Ulfkelsson, the Æthelmearc Rattan Army Warlord says, “Æthelmearc Army started slow but won the day at Northern Oaken War Maneuvers.”
From the SCA Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors would like to briefly remind everyone of the 50 Year Celebration of the Society on June 17-27th, 2016 [in Indiana]. This is a celebration of the history and the future of the Society. It is also a chance to meet and enjoy the company of those throughout the Known Worlde and experience just how diverse and wonderful the SCA truly is and how much it has grown.
The Board does request that if there are other events in the Society on or near the June 2016 dates of 50 Year please take the time to raise a toast and salute what we all share in common. Thank you all.
Filed under: Announcements, Corporate, Events
Mistress Caryl de Trecesson has announced plans for a memorial service next month for her dear husband, Master Kali Harlansson of Gotland.
Mistress Caryl adds: “Everyone is welcome! The gathering is open format, drop by when you can, from 2pm till 5pm. There’ll be a somewhat more formal service in the middle at 3pm.”
Filed under: Announcements, Tidings Tagged: in memoriam, obit
Mark your calendars for the weekend of June 19-21 as the Shire of Port Oasis is trying something new. Hosting an all tournament event to showcase pageantry and inspiration as well as honor and prowess. When asked what sparked the idea for a different type of event, Lord Olaf Steinabrjotr, co-autocrat for the event, said, “The model of this event was conceived out of a few of us talking when we discussed the lack of pageantry and the lack of tournaments in our southern reaches of the kingdom, and also the fact that we would have to travel outside the kingdom to get to an event.”
There is a full day of tournaments scheduled and announced:
The final tournament will be comprised of the winners from each of the five tournaments as well as a sixth combatant that will be chosen to enter the list based on the deeds and chivalric values demonstrated throughout the tournaments.
Not a fighter? Never fear! Port Oasis has also come up with a Day of Tournaments for the Arts & Sciences crowd which has a little something built in for everyone.
There are Archery and Thrown Weapons Tournaments in the works as well. The full event announcement and more details can be found here.
So. You have decided that you want to create an SCA feast by offering to be a head cook.
Welcome. We are a small, but happy, crew that delights in newcomers, and we are more than willing to share our kitchens, floor space, and techniques with you.
Pull up a chair, cozy up, here’s your beer.
To begin, you should know that it’s hard work, but some of the most rewarding work I have ever been a part of. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a feast hall full of happy diners who have eaten all that you have prepared and knowing that you met your expectations and your budget!
The first thing I highly recommend is that you go into and learn in other people’s kitchens. This is the best way to get an idea of the similarities and differences between feast cooking and a modern party planning kitchen. You’ll learn how to deal with volunteer help with different abilities, site restrictions, and maintaining the menu and serve time no matter what you are exposed to. The experienced head cook will duck and parry and will continue until all the food is served and eaten.
To start, you must know the group you will cook for. Are there written rules to follow? Is this a themed event? What type of budget are they aiming for? What type of food are they looking for?
Once these basic answers are given, you will need to determine your menu . What time, place, and budget will you be working with? Who is in charge of setup, who is in charge of clean-up? I highly suggest that your kitchen staff should NOT be the cleanup crew. You will be exhausted.
First and foremost: Go with the autocrat to see the site. Turn on everything. Make sure the ovens heat up. Bring a thermometer to test them. Make sure that the sinks really drain.(Really. Experience here.) Tailor your menu to the equipment you have available. Plan ahead if you will need to outsource other equipment. Be sure you know exactly what equipment is available to you — what the site will let you use, what local group has, what you have. Add oven thermometers to your kit … ovens that work on visit day don’t always work as well on cook day.
Second: Build a menu of things you know will be both tasty and easy to execute. Recruit your friends for taste testing and kitchen help! Go over your menu often until you can do it in your sleep. Then practice some more.
Third: Use in season or easily obtained items in your first feast. Your fabulous idea of serving quail and asparagus in the middle of winter will break your budget. It can be done, but it requires a great deal of preparation, and it is better to be shelved until you have some experience under your belt.
Fourth: Keep the communication open. This can make or break your kitchen. Even the smallest glitch in this can cause your kitchen to grind to a halt. This is probably the most important item other than the food itself. Stress can increase the anxiety levels of your staff, and lack of interpersonal communications can break down the efficiency of your kitchen. Keep the flow by having a well located chore list for people to follow (Erasable white boards are awesome here). If it is a large event, designate crew chiefs to be available to answer questions from volunteers if you are not available. Have separate food, drinks, and things for your staff to make their volunteer experience nicer.
Fifth: If you have an event where the start time is uncertain (i.e., Court is running late), a cold first course can be a lifesaver. You can get it prepared well ahead and let it sit in the refrigerator, and it’s ready to go as soon as your diners are seated. Keep an eye on the timing. If the event is causing a lag, adjust the kitchen to that lag. Monitor food handling, food storage, and oven temps with appropriate modern techniques and practices. Cold food is cold, warm food is warm, and nothing stays out at room temperature unless it is safe to be so.
Sixth: Send the food out. Keep to your schedule. Make it pretty if you can. But overall, make it go out. It will be hectic and amazingly hard for about a hour, but know that with time and experience, this hour gets easier and easier to work. Fill bowls, cut things, slice and plate, and pass it to your servers. Push through and send out everything from your kitchen until it’s all gone.
Seventh: It’s done. Turn off the burners. Sit your staff down. Eat your food. Put your feet up. Toast your volunteers. Rest until you need to gather up your gear for the night. Socialize with attendees if you still feel able to. Thank the autocrat for their hard work.
Extras, as time and more experience allow: Provide music in your kitchen, encourage turnover breaks if you get a lot of volunteers, send people away from the kitchens to see the event if you have the time. Have someone in the hall just to monitor course flow, and adjust timing as necessary. Having a musician friend who can fill in a food course serving gap is a great friend to have.
For yourself in general: Invest in really good arch-supported shoes or boots. Have your own food and drink available. Designate someone not on the kitchen staff to monitor your food and drink intake. Take bathroom and hall monitoring breaks. Wander the hall during service to see how the food is being received. Being able to see your dream of a medieval feast completed as you imagined it is probably one of the greatest joys of a cook. I highly recommend it and would be very happy to help you in experiencing it for yourself.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: Cooking, feast
New Gazette Feature – Call for Arts and Sciences Papers! / Nouveautés dans la Gazette : Demande de documents ayant comme sujet les Arts et Sciences!
Have you just finished some fascinating original research? Can you tell us about a day in the life of your persona? Do you have a fabulous method of producing something in a medieval style? The East Kingdom is rich in artisans and scientists, and the East Kingdom Gazette is beginning a pilot program to provide a platform for their written work. Beginning July 1, the Gazette will publish articles from a guest Artisan or Scientist. We initially anticipate publishing one a month, but may publish articles more frequently if response is particularly strong. Please see below for our inaugural call for papers!
– There is no limit to the number of submissions, but each author will be limited to one posted article per calendar year.
– Articles should focus on arts and sciences topics that exist within the SCA period. Examples include: how to recreate a period X or Y; history lessons; a day in my persona’s life; experimenting with period techniques; original research. If you are uncertain about the suitability of a topic, please ask our Article Curator, Mistress Aildreda de Tamworthe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
– Links to existing personal websites are welcome within an article, but should not replace the article.
– The Society champions courtesy, and properly crediting the work of others is both courteous and required. Images that are not your original photos must be fully cited. Substantial quotations from other sources must be likewise fully cited. For examples, please see: http://www.wikihow.com/Cite-Sources.
– The Gazette reserves the right to fact-check all articles, and also to edit for grammar and clarity. All resulting revisions will be given to the original author for review.
Any questions about this pilot will be cheerfully received by Mistress Dreda; she looks forward to your submissions!
– Il n’y a aucune limite, vous pouvez soumettre autant d’articles que vous désirez, mais un seul sera publié par année.
– Le sujet des articles d’Arts et Sciences doivent représenter la période où évolue la SCA. Par exemple : Comment recréer la période X ou Y; Leçons d’histoire, une journée dans la vie d’un paysan anglais au 12e siècle. Si vous êtes incertain de votre sujet, veuillez écrire à : Curateur d’articles : Maitresse Aldreda de Tamworthe (email@example.com)
– Liens vers des articles personnels sont les bienvenus mais ne remplace pas l’article.
– La Société encourage la courtoisie et les droits d’auteurs. Créditez les ouvrages d’autres sont nécessaires. Les images ou photos qui ne sont pas les vôtres doivent êtres crédités. Toutes les sources doivent être citées. Pour plus d’informations, voir : http://www. wikihow.com/Cite-sources.
– La Gazette se réserve le droit de vérifier l’exactitude des articles et d’éditer, de corriger pour plus de clarté. Les articles réédités seront envoyés aux auteurs pour accréditation.
– Toutes questions au sujet de cette nouveauté peuvent être adressée à Maitresse Dreda, elle attend vos soumissions et a hâte de vous lire.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, En français Tagged: a&s, Arts and Sciences, call for papers, east kingdom gazette
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Majesties’ Court at War Practice, 15-17 May Anno Societatis L, in the Canton of Steltonwald. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, assisted by Mistress Kayleigh MacWhyte; Master Ryan MacWhyte, Brigantia Herald; Maistir Brandubh Ó Donnghaile, Tabor Herald; Brehress Gwendolyn the Graceful; Drotin Jǫrundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald; THL Marcus Cincinnatus, Windmill Pursuivant; and Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.
Friday night, during the Gage Meet & Beat tournament:
Their Majesties convened the Order of Chivalry, then invited THL Arnthor inn sterki to join Them. Arnthor confirmed that it was still his wish to sit vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of Chivalry, and so moved, Their Majesties bade the Order to convey Arnthor to the place set for him in the Border Watch camp.
Their Majesties then convened the Order of the Laurel, and invited Baron Robert of Sugar Grove to join Them. Likewise, Baron Robert confirmed his desire to sit vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of the Laurel.
Saturday morning, at the Fencing tournament:
Their Royal Majesties called forward Baron Benedict Fergus atte Mede and presented him with a writ to determine when he would sit vigil to become the 4th Master of Defense of Æthelmearc.
Their Majesties called before Them Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta. After returning his yellow belt to his Pelican Mistress Irene von Schmetterling, Their Majesties sent him to vigil to contemplate his elevation as Æthelmearc’s second Master of Defense.
Later Saturday morning, on the Heavy Weapons field:
Their Majesties summoned THL Arnthor inn sterki, who testified that he had sat vigil as instructed, and was now prepared to receive the acclaim of Knighthood, should Their Majesties still wish to bestow it upon them. Sir Stevan Ulfkellson spoke of Arnthor’s worthiness, and the Knight’s belt as the symbol of purity. Sir Tarl MacLave spoke of
Saturday evening, accompanied by His Highness Magnus Tindal, Prince of Æthelmearc; His Highness Brennan, Prince of the East Kingdom; Their Excellencies Liam and Constance, Baron and Baroness of the Debatable Lands; Athos and Bronwyn, Baron and Baroness of Thescorre; Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael; Fergus and Helene, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood; Ichijo, Shugo-daimyo of Blackstone Mountain; and Iago and Emilia, Baron and Baroness of St. Swithin’s Bog:
His Majesty spoke of a piece of business that He had watched undone for the 25 years that He had stood as Knight of the Society, and that it was now his pleasure to see it finally brought to fruition. He then assembled the Order of Chivalry, and with their assent, invited Mistress Cunen Beornhelm to join Him in Court to accept a Writ of Summons for elevation to that Noble Order. Scroll forthcoming.
His Highness Brennan thanked Their Majesties and the people of Æthelmearc for the hospitality shown to Him at the event, and presented gifts to Their Majesties and His Highness.
Lady Cionaodh Gunn, the event steward for War Practice, gave thanks to her staff and all those who had made the event such a rousing success.
Ichijo Honen, Shugo-daimyo of the Barony of Blackstone Mountain, presented the Kingdom with a $500 donation to the Kingdom Trailer fund, and presented a challenge to the other Landed Nobility of Æthelmearc to do likewise.
Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, who had overseen the Youth Champion tournaments of the day, was invited forth to inform Their Majesties and the populace of the results of those tournaments. While all who entered showed great chivalry and honor among the field, two demonstrated prowess above and beyond all others, and thus Henry was named the Division I Youth Combat Champion, and Ulf was named the Division II and III Youth Combat Champion. Scrolls illuminated by THL Ursula of Rouen and calligraphed by Lady Ylaire Sainte Claire upon words by THL Ursula.
The children of the Kingdom were summoned forth, and invited to the back of Court where THL Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir had games and activities for their amusement.
Thora of Olach Lacha was Awarded Arms for her enthusiasm and assistance to all who need it, as well as her spirit and prowess as a heavy fighter. Scroll by Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba.
Arlian was Awarded Arms for his skill as a fighter, as well as his volunteering to transport others to events and practices. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Baron Robert of Sugar Grove was called forth and presented his block plane, the tool of his trade, to Their Majesties, that They might return it to him if They deem him worthy of being named a Master of his craft. Viscountess Judith of Kirtland recalled when she and Viscount Syr Bear sat on the thrones of the Principality of Æthelmearc, and how jealous she was of the luxurious thrones of the East, which had been crafted by Robert 14 years previous. Viceroy Sir Gui Avec Cheval of the Kingdom of the East proclaimed that Robert had the true heart of a tiger, for the two of them had fought side by side many times, and Robert’s courage never failed. Master Tigernach Mac Cathail spoke to the many hundreds of hours that Robert has labored in service to his Kingdom, creating thrones, boxes, and other wooden treasures. Master Gille MacDhonuill called Robert a master artisan and teacher, with vast knowledge of how period craftsmen knew and learned their craft. Viscountess Judith then conveyed the words of Master Ali Abbas al Gazzaz of the Kingdom of the East, who named Robert a kindred soul, for they both, as craftsmen, put their words into their actions. Their Majesties, being thus moved by these good words, adorned Robert with the regalia of the Order of the Laurel, being a medallion, a cloak, and a wooden wreath. Robert gave his homage to Their Majesties and exchanged Oaths of faith with Them. Their Majesties then named him a Peer of the Realm and a Companion of the Laurel, Awarded him Arms by Letters Patent, and returned to Master Robert the tool of his craft. Scroll by Master Jonathan Blaecstan of the Kingdom of the East.
Lord Enzo de Pazzi was granted admittance into the Order of the Golden Stirrup for his devotion to creating authentic armor. Scroll by Mistress Kay Leigh Mac Whyte of the Kingdom of the East.
Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lion’s Tower was created a Companion of the Golden Alce for her study of heavy fighting and her tutelage of the youth of Æthelmearc in the combat arts. Promissory scroll by Maîtresse Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon.
Lord Thorstein Thorgrimsson was elevated to the Order of the Golden Alce for the enthusiasm with which he has transitioned from Youth Combat to Adult Combat, and for his especially strong showings in newcomers tournaments. Scroll by THL Tegrinus de Rhina.
Lord Uaithne Mac Faelan was named to the Order of the Golden Alce for his diligent study and training of the combat arts, often staying on the field long after others have retired in order to analyze his own fighting, and for seeking out those who have achieved Knighthood in order that he might learn from them. Scroll illuminated by Lady Isabel Fleuretan and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Lord Nicholas Hossbalder was created a Companion of the Golden Alce for his study and skill in heavy combat, and for his teaching those same arts to others. Lord Nicholas was presented with two scrolls commemorating his admission into this order, one by Mistress Liadin ní Chléirigh na Coille and the second by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen.
Lady Arianna dal Vallone was admitted to the Order of the Sycamore for her great skill in both cooking and jewelry making. Scroll by THL Sophie Davenport.
THL Morien MacBain was elevated to the Order of the Sycamore for his pursuit of the bardic arts, bringing music to the combat field, the fireside, and the Kingdom. Scroll illuminated by Frau Saskia Feldmeyrin and calligraphed by Baroness Alex upon wording by Jeanne de Penthièvre.
Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta was brought into Court to answer the summons set before him. He surrendered his rapier to Their Majesties until such time as he might reclaim it as a Master of Defense and Peer of the Realm. Countess Kallista Morgunova declined to speak of either his prowess or his charm, though both are great, but rather of his honor and loyalty to Æthelmearc and her people, and of his personification of the Dream that we strive for. Mistress Euriol of Lothian recalled the 12th Night where she met Orlando, when his singing silenced the room, how he taught her the meaning of true courtly love, and how he exemplifies the art of the Dream. Mistress Irene von Schmetterling, to whom Don Orlando had been protegé, proclaimed the service he had rendered to Æthelmearc, both as fencer and as musician. Duke Sir Titus Scipio Germanicus spoke of the similarities between the Orders of Chivalry and Defense, and how Orlando served as an inspiration and example. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, Æthelmearc’s first Mistress of Defense, reminded the Kingdom that the Order of Defense is not one of many years and great traditions, and so Orlando knows that this day is not just about him, but about creating something for those that will come after him. Their Majesties then named Orlando the 2nd Master of Defense in the Kingdom and a Peer of the Realm, Awarded him Arms by Letters Patent, and presented him with regalia appropriate to his new station: a pair of garters, a cape, the Ancestral livery collar of the Order of Defense, and a livery collar for Maestro Orlando’s personal use. Don Diego brought forth the Book of the Lineage of Æthelmearc’s Order of Defense, and that lineage was read. Maestro Orlando then gave his Oath of Fealty as a Master of Defense and received his sword from Their Majesties. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
All those who contributed time and effort to the scrolls presented during Court stood and were recognized by Their Majesties and the Kingdom.
Her Majesty spoke at length of the service and courtesy of THL Marcus Cincinnatus, Windmill Pursuivant, who volunteered when Their Majesties were in need of a herald and conducted Sir Arnthor’s elevation to Knighthood. She proclaimed that Marcus had received her token of inspiration before Court.
Dame Bronwyn reminded the populace that one week hence, a muster and Kingdom Work Session would be held to prepare Royal Regalia for the upcoming Pennsic War.
Sunday morning, before the Heavy Weapons Championship Tournament:
Lord Howard Bowman was invested into the Order of the Keystone for his service as event steward and his assistance wherever it is required. Scroll by Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur.
At the conclusion of the tournament:
Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford, having proven himself victorious in the morning’s tournament, presented himself before Their Majesties, who named him as the Heavy Weapons Champion of Æthelmearc. The scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova was held by Their Majesties until another time when the weather would be more agreeable to present to Sir Byron.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.
In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
On May 25th, an open letter was sent from Society Exchequer Baroness Katherine Angelique d’Artois de Berry to all Exchequers and Seneschals, discussing the findings from an external audit of the SCA, Inc. which was conducted last year.
You can access the complete letter as a .pdf document by clicking here.
The text of the letter is as follows:
May 25, 2015
Greetings to the Exchequers and Seneschals of the Known World!
During the past year, our organization was subject to an external audit. This audit included an evaluation of our processes, covering our record keeping from the Corporate office to the smallest branch. We have now received the finding from the audit, and the recommended changes that will need to take place in order to be in compliance.
The SCA, and all its subsidiaries are considered a large organization, and although we are a volunteer organization, we must still meet modern day accounting requirements. Some outlined changes have already been put into place, and the time has come to communicate the other required changes so that your group can be in compliance. A failure to implement the changes places all groups at risk, for we are all tied together under the SCA umbrella.
There is already an updated Society Financial Policy in place, approved at the April 2015 Board meeting. The changes in the policy that will affect all groups are listed below:
1. If you are writing a check for yourself or another related person for either a cash advance or reimbursement, it must be signed by unrelated parties.
2. If your kingdom does not already require this, bank accounts (all branches) must be reconciled monthly. The bank reconciliation/bank statements must be signed by the Seneschal (the reviewer) and the Exchequer (the preparer), and the signed copy must be sent their superiors. Quarterly reconciliations are no longer allowed and signatures are a must.
3. NMS must be submitted to your Kingdom Exchequer within 10 days of the close of the event. Your Kingdom Exchequers will be sending in their NMS reports and checks on monthly basis.
4. Failure to submit your NMS in a timely manner can cause your group to be place in suspension. NMS is considered financial reporting, and will be subject to the same criteria for reporting standards.
5. As a reminder, all signers on the bank accounts must maintain a current membership while a signatory on any bank account. Please make sure to provide membership information (membership number and expiration date) on your quarterly reports to the Kingdom/Society Exchequer.
There will be a few more changes that will be introduced at year-end. I have held off on them at this time in order for all groups to work towards achieving compliance by the deadline of July 1, 2015, the end of the 2nd Quarter.
Thank you for all your hard work and service,
Salutations aux Échiquiers et Sénéchaux du Monde Connu.
La SCA et toutes ses filiales sont considérées comme une seule grande organisation et bien que nous soyons une organisation bénévole, nous devons, tout de même, rencontrer des exigences comptables modernes. Quelques changements ont déjà été mis en place et il est maintenant temps de vous communiquer les autres changements pour que votre groupe soit conforme. Le non-respect de ces nouvelles normes placerait l’ensemble des groupes à risque puisque nous sommes tous lié sous la SCA.
Une mise à jour de la ‘’Society Financial Policy’’ approuvée en avril 2015 est déjà disponible. Les changements qui affecteront tous les groupes sont les suivants.
1. Si vous vous adressez un chèque, pour un remboursement ou une avance de fonds, il doit être signé par une tierce personne.
2. Si votre Royaume de le demande pas, les comptes bancaires de tout groupe devront faire l’objet d’une conciliation mensuellement. La conciliation bancaire et les relevés bancaires devront être signés par le Sénéchal (examinateur) et l’échiquer (l’auteur) et devront être envoyés à leurs supérieurs. Les conciliations trimestrielles ne sont plus permises et les signatures sont obligatoires.
3. La NMS doit être soumise à l’échiquier du Royaume dans les 10 jours suivant la fin de l’événement. L’Échiquier du Royaume fera parvenir les rapports de NMS et les chèques sur une base mensuelle.
4. L’omission de la soumission de la NMS dans les délais requis pourrait causer la suspension de votre groupe. La gestion de la NMS est considérée comme un rapport financier et est donc soumise aux mêmes critères que ceux-ci.
5. Nous rappelons que les signataires des comptes bancaires doivent maintenir leur membership tant et aussi longtemps qu’ils sont signataires. Les échiquiers doivent donc fournir les informations de membership de tous les signataires lors de leurs rapports trimestriels.
D’autres changements seront introduits vers la fin de l’année. J’attends avant de les mettre en place afin que tous les groupes puissent atteindre la conformité pour le 1 juillet 2015, soit la fin du 2e trimestre.
Merci à vous tous pour votre dur labeur et votre service.
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In our continuing series on the peerage, Mistress Arianna interviewed several Companions of the Pelican about their journey to the peerage, what they see as their role in the Society, how they choose and work with protégés, and what they look for in candidates for their order.
Paths to the Pelican
As most Scadians know, the Order of the Pelican is a Society-level peerage given by the Crown for service. There are many types of service in the Society, and while all can lead to a Pelican, some paths may be longer or harder than others.
Mistress Euriol of Lothian, who will soon be finishing a lengthy stint as clerk of the Order of the Pelican, is best known in recent years as a royal retainer and all-around go-to person for getting things done, but when she started in the SCA in the West Kingdom, her primary interest was in cooking. As such, she saw herself on more of a “Laurel Track” and hadn’t considered the service side of her work. “I think that the hardest pursuit of any of the peerages for a person to wrap their head around is the pursuit of being a Pelican,” she said. “With Martial or Artistic endeavors there is a much more tangible result of trying to improve your skills to hopefully achieve a level of mastery. How does one pursue mastery level of service?” She felt that helping out was a natural thing to do. During her career in the West, the principality where she lived needed someone to run their cooking competitions, so she figured “I could do that” and applied for the position. When the Minister of the Cookery Guild stepped down, she once again thought “I could do that” and took on that role as well. When a “scary” Duchess/Pelican/Laurel asked her to take over the Kingdom cooking competition, Euriol says “’Who, me?’ was what I was thinking but what came out of my mouth was ‘OK.’” She was elevated to the Pelican shortly before moving to Æthelmearc in 2004.
Mistress Irene von Schmetterling, currently serving as Kingdom Youth Fencing Marshal, recalls that her path to the Pelican was longer than most because she kept moving when she was on the cusp of being considered for the Order, first from Debatable Lands to Thescorre, then to the Midrealm, then to Meridies before returning home to Æthelmearc. She received her Pelican in 1997 from Meridies for bringing rapier to that Kingdom, though that was actually controversial at the time because there were some who opposed incorporating rapier into the SCA. Fortunately, that has rather obviously changed in the ensuing 18 years.
By contrast, Master William de Montegilt, who is married to Mistress Irene, had perhaps one of the shortest paths to a Pelican of anyone in Æthelmearc, though he was elevated to the order by the East Kingdom while living in what is now Atlantia. William joined the SCA in the mid-1970s, when the SCA was much younger and smaller than it is now. He was a co-worker (and squire) of the King, who ran into a bit of SCA officer trouble. Although William had only been in the SCA for a few months, the King knew William was a good problem-solver and asked his advice. William proposed the creation of regional Deputy Seneschals to reduce the burden on the Kingdom Seneschal. The next thing William knew, the Kingdom Seneschal had offered him the position of Southern Region Deputy. Two years later, William became Kingdom Seneschal, receiving his Pelican when he stepped down from that office in 1979. William recalls that during his term as Kingdom Seneschal, the number of groups almost doubled, from 39 to 69 groups. “While this was generally a high growth period for the SCA, I think I was successful because I was diligent about communicating with local seneschals – making sure that new groups got information and help fast, which in those days meant letters and phone calls.”
Countess Alexandra of Clan Donald took a fairly conventional path to a Pelican by being a Kingdom officer and also serving as a retainer to royalty. What’s a little less usual is that she mostly did these things after her reign as Queen of Æthelmearc. “I became Kingdom Exchequer partly because, as Queen, I enjoyed being at the center of the action and knowing what was going on in the Kingdom at a nuts and bolts level. The only other way to do that was to hold Kingdom level office.” Her Excellency had served as a local exchequer in Atlantia before moving to Æthelmearc, so it was a logical place for her to serve here. She was elevated to the Pelican in 2011.
Mistress Cori Ghora, currently Kingdom Seneschale, was the first Pelican made by the Kingdom of Æthelmearc in 1997, for her service in a variety of venues including head cook for many large events, autocrat, scribe, and holder of numerous offices in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael and its Canton of Beau Fleuve, including Seneschale and Chronicler.
Like Mistress Irene, Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin took the long way to get to the Pelican because she moved from Atlantia to Meridies to the Barony of Endless Hills and then to the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael. Also, like Mistress Euriol, she says “I never thought of myself as on a service track, I was more interested in the arts.” Tiercelin served as Chronicler in Endless Hills and then in the Hael (including both simultaneously for a couple of months while she found a successor in Endless Hills). She received her Pelican in 2012 as she was completing her term as Kingdom Chronicler, then went on to hold the position of Society Chronicler. Mistress Tiercelin is currently the managing editor and founder of the Æthelmearc Gazette.
Mistress Phiala O’Ceallaigh received her Pelican in 2012 primarily for service to her Shire of Nithgaard and to the Arts and Sciences. Like Tiercelin and Euriol, she thought of herself more as an artisan than as someone on a service track. Mistress Phiala is currently the Exchequer for Nithgaard as well as Deputy Kingdom Seneschale for Region 3.
Mistress Ekaterina Volkova, known as “Ekat,” who just stepped down as Kingdom Signet, was made a Pelican in 2008 at Pennsic XXXVII for her work over multiple years with Pennsic Security (now called “The Watch”) as well as her service locally and at the Kingdom level, especially as a Minister of the Lists.
The Role of the Pelicans
All of the Pelicans interviewed agreed that their role is not just to continue doing service, but to mentor others wishing to serve. As Countess Alexandra said, “My job as a Pelican is to notice the person sitting in a corner who wants to serve but doesn’t know how, and show them.” Mistress Euriol agrees, saying “I believe that it is my responsibility to show where opportunities are available. On more than one occasion in conversation with someone who was eager to find a way to be more involved, I would say ‘Have you considered… ?’ I am surprised by the number of times that the person didn’t think they would be qualified to fill a position [when they really were].”
Master William puts it this way: “Pelicans are people who see something that needs to be done and either do it themselves or else find someone else to do it. They should be the lubricants who find the people poised to take the next step in their SCA careers and encourage them on to that next step.”
Mistress Phiala thinks older SCA members need to provide opportunities for new blood. “We need to step back and make room for younger people to hold offices and achieve higher levels of service. Our roles should be to mentor, not to keep running the organization ourselves.”
Mistress Ekat feels responsible for “being a representative of the people to the Kingdom and Society, advocating for others to the Crown and Orders.” She feels her need to be a good example has increased since becoming a Jewel of Æthelmearc last fall.
The Pelicans’ role in the SCA is to
Mistress Cori commented that, as the Society has aged, some of the old-timers have forgotten just how young they were when they first held positions of authority. “The Pelicans need to get out of the mindset that people in their 20s are too young. When I joined the SCA, people in their 20s were holding kingdom offices and getting peerages. Mistress Irene autocratted Pennsic 7 when she was 20.”
Misconceptions about the Pelicans
Mistress Euriol says one of the most common misconceptions about the Pelicans is that they don’t pay attention to the service being done by others. “This can especially be the mindset of a group that has few, if any, active Pelicans in it. If we as an order are doing our job, then people should not notice that we are watching.” On the flip side of that, she notes, “If you think you are being watched, don’t let that be a distraction. Do what you are going to do because it is what you want to do, not because you think you’ll receive an award for it. People will appreciate your efforts.”
Some people believe that many Pelicans served with the specific goal of receiving awards. Countess Alexandra disagrees, saying, “The Pelicans are the worker drones of the SCA because they *like* doing service.“ It’s certainly the case that many members of the Pelicans have continued to serve long after being elevated to the peerage, when they had few, if any, additional awards to gain.
Mistress Tiercelin said that another common misconception people have is that one can’t be a Society-level officer without being a peer. “You just need to be competent,” she says.
Master William says a lot of people think Pelicans are scary. In reality, he hopes that people consider the Pelicans approachable, and come to them for advice and aid, because mentoring is one of the things Pelicans do.
We all reach a point where we’ve given all we can and need to step back to retain our sense of the fun and joy we found when we first joined the SCA. Mistress Ekat faced this several times over her SCA career. “At one point I had been either a Royal Retainer or on Pennsic Staff for twelve years straight and started to feel burned out. It had reached the point where people assumed I would handle various tasks at events without even asking – they would just hand the tasks to me when I showed up, and I couldn’t say no without feeling guilty.” She took a year off until she could again find her joy in service. She needed to prove to her group and herself that she was not indispensible. Ekat knew it was ok to come back when people started being glad to see her just for her, rather than for what she could do for them.
Mistress Cori says it can be important to take a step back, and try not to be too emotionally invested in a problem. Communication is key. “You have to make careful choices in a dispute. Communicate with everyone and try to understand all sides’ points of view, so you come up with the fairest solution to the problem.” To avoid burnout, she also tends to jump from project to project. She says it also helps to bring other people along with you, so you can train them to take over the job when you’re ready to step down.
As with other peers, not all Pelicans take associates. In this order particularly, though, some feel than one cannot “teach” service – it’s either something that’s in you or it’s not. But many Pelicans do take protégés to teach them the skills they learned in particular offices or roles, or just to help guide their associates in their SCA careers.
It’s not necessary to be a protégé to become a Pelican
Mistress Irene notes that there are a lot of ways for SCA relationships to function, so each person has to choose what works for them. “People sometimes want to know if Pelicans want to ask or be asked to take a protégé. The answer is yes – either is fine. Also, if a Pelican asks you to become their protégé, it’s ok to say ‘no.’ Don’t get into a relationship you’re not comfortable with for fear of offending the other person.” She goes on to note that it’s ok to have more than one mentor. “I have a protégé who’s a squire, another who is a cadet to a White Scarf, and a cadet who is protégé to another Pelican. The mentors just need to make sure they are communicating so the associate doesn’t end up with conflicting expectations.”
Mistress Ekat has several protégés. When choosing them, she looks for people who have a spark of joy when serving, a common theme among other members of the Pelican. “Some [of my protégés] are friends, while others have been people I didn’t know well until after they became my protégé. My job is to teach them how to harness that joy of serving, and to how to fight off the “why am I bothering” that can come if they don’t feel appreciated at times.” Ekat also likes to introduce her protégés to people from around the kingdom. She gives them Quest books with a list of questions and of people who they are to interview, so they can appreciate other people’s perspectives. “In order to be a better person in the SCA, you have to know its people and learn their definitions of “the Dream,” which may be different from yours or mine,” Her Excellency says.
Mistress Tiercelin has an “equerry” for equestrian activities and an “apprentigé” (one who is both apprentice and protégé). She likes to mentor people who are on a good path and remind her of her own attitude when she began. Both of her associates were already friends of hers who were “on their way” but just wanted guidance to find their niche. She commented, “I don’t need to teach them ‘how to serve’ since they already know that, but rather, how to serve with grace, avoid politics, and clarify what they want their path to be.”
Mistress Cori notes, “Not everyone wants to or should be a protégé. It’s not necessary to be a protégé to become a Pelican, but it is important to seek out mentors you’re comfortable with, and to get feedback on how you’re doing, so you can improve.“ Mistress Phiala agreed, saying “You need a mentor to learn how to do things better. Find someone you like whose teaching style suits you.”
Interestingly, of the Pelicans interviewed, only Mistress Irene was a protégé to another Pelican, though several were squires, cadets, or otherwise affiliated with various peers or mentors.
What Pelicans Look for in Candidates
The word used over and over again in discussions about candidates for service orders was joy. Virtually every Pelican said they want to see people who serve because it makes them happy – whose personalities draw them to serve others because doing so gives them joy.
Pelicans look for candidates who find joy in service.
Mistress Tiercelin recounted the saying Peers are recognized, not made. She noted that “Most Pelicans keep on doing what they were doing before the peerage because they enjoy it. This is the key to being a Pelican –the work is joy. Those who do service as a way of ticking off a box on the list of things that they think they need to do to become Pelicans are going to make themselves miserable and probably not be recognized. If it’s not fun and doesn’t bring you joy, don’t do it, whether it’s service, arts, or martial skills.”
Mistress Cori believes that the essence of being a Pelican is simply “doing the work that is in front of you.” She goes on, “Whether it’s putting in a bid to autocrat Pennsic or wielding a plunger when the toilets are clogged at an event, Pelicans are people who get things done that need doing.” More generally, for all peerages, she says, “Kindness is the most important thing. Kindness and PLQs (peer-like qualities) are paramount in Æthelmearc. Our kingdom is really different from many other Kingdoms – in some kingdoms, members of the grant-level orders are considered competitors for the peerage. In Æthelmearc, we’re much more cooperative – we want everyone to succeed and have opportunities to serve at the highest level to which they aspire, so mutual support and kindness are really important here.” She also suggested that candidates should make a point to promote other people. “You don’t have to already be a Pelican to look around you and encourage the people who are on the same path. You can take students even if you’re not a Pelican, just as some fighters who are not knights take men-at-arms.”
Countess Alexandra likes to see candidates taking serious levels of responsibility. “People should be doing a job where their butt is on the line. They need to be someone who can be relied upon. They don’t have to be perfect – everyone makes mistakes – but they have to have to admit their mistakes and make restitution, not pretend the mistake didn’t happen.”
Mistress Ekat agrees, noting that “Service can be washing dishes or pushing a broom; it doesn’t have to be high-level or showy, but the work should be significant enough that others would notice if you weren’t doing it. It needs to have an impact on the Society at some level. Candidates also need to own their mistakes – admit to them and take responsibility for fixing them.”
Similarly, Master William says “I like to see someone who has shaped or molded the Kingdom – who is the linchpin of their local group, who thinks differently to solve problems. I am also very serious about PLQs. Regardless of the main type of service, I want to see people who get their hands dirty. Purely local, lower level service over a long period of time is also sufficient if the person is leading by example and inspiring others to provide similar service.” Mistress Irene chimed in, “People being considered for the Pelicans need to literally get their hands dirty – sweep floors, wash dishes, set up and tear down list fields, etc.”
Mistress Euriol concurs, adding “It is also very important that I feel comfortable in sending a newcomer to a candidate and know that the newcomer will be treated well.”
Cori, Phiala, and Tiercelin all expressed concern regarding the common belief that it’s wrong to want a Pelican or a Laurel. They note that fighters are encouraged to want to be a Knight; it should be the same for the Laurel and Pelican. Mistress Cori commented, “It’s not fair to set up a goal of a service or arts peerage and then imply that people are wrong for wanting it. The SCA is not doing right by newcomers; we need to teach them more clearly what steps they need to take to earn a peerage. We can’t make them guess.” She plans to teach a class called “How to become a Laurel” in which she’ll explain exactly that: how artisans can beef up their research and documentation, learn to give and receive critiques, and get their art seen by others. Eventually she wants to develop a similar class for the Pelican, covering networking, recruiting people to the SCA, developing better management for a barony, region, or kingdom, learning how to build consensus, and handling decision-making. She believes people also need to learn how to self-evaluate, so they can improve the way they handle their roles in the SCA.
The new Archery Champions, as previously reported, are:
May 30, 2015 was a hot and humid day in Carillion, as 55 archers took to the range to vie for the honor of serving Their Majesties as Royal Archery Champions. Queen Etheldreda gave Her encouragement to those gathered, Master Rupert the Unbalanced and Master Peter the Red (the retiring champions), and Captain General Jehannine de Flandres provided instructions and thanked helpers, and the tournement commenced.
All participants could shoot the full course of 10 stations, each in keeping with the “Don Quixote” theme. The first shoot of the day was at a long distance “giant” (a windmill with moving blades), followed by a charging bull shoot (a traditional advancing soldier timed shoot, at 70 through 20 yards). After a break for lunch, shooting resumed, and the tests of skill included shooting the bars of a cage, killing scurvy sailors, slaughtering a wild boar, puncturing wine skins and flasks, herding sheep, and shooting through knot holes. Scores were then totaled and sorted. Captain General Jehannine reminded all present of the obligations and duties of serving as a Royal Champion, and as the top scorers were announced, each was asked if they wished to compete. Six finalists chose to step out of the competition:
declined – Krakken Gnashbone (83)
8 – Miles Boweman (57)
The 16 finalists were addressed by King Omega and Queen Etheldreda. The overall winner of the competition would be the Queen’s Champion (per usual), and the King said He would select His Champion from among the other finalists (as has been occasionally done in past years), then the shoot-offs between pairs of seeded competitors began.
Each archer had to knock down six “books” from a shelf, and the first to shoot a final, center target would advance to the next round. Between rounds, the shooting line was moved, and several books were replaced by smaller ones. (It is worth noting that the “books” were such famous works as Facing the Perils of Castle Anthrax by Sir Galahad, Distribution of Wealth in a Medieval Economy by R. Hood, PhD, How to be Very, Very, Quiet While Hunting by Sir E. Fudd and other similarly lofty titles.) The final pairing was a hard-fought contest between Baroness Jehannine and Master Li; she was ahead by two targets, then he caught up and hit the final target a split second ahead.
Queen Etheldreda congratulated Her new Queen’s Archery Champion, Master Li Kung Lo. Because of the excitingly close finish, King Omega selected Baroness Jehannine de Flandres as His King’s Archery Champion.
For those who keep such statistics, the 16 finalists were evenly split between handbow and crossbow, and this year six of the final archers were women.
Reported by Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood
(Photos by Baroness Arlyana van Wyck and
Filed under: Archery Tagged: champions
Greetings unto all of the metalsmiths and glassworkers in the glorious Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc. The time has come for me to put together a class schedule for the Metal Symposium next weekend at the Myrkfaelinn Summer War Practice.
This site is a wonderful Boy Scout camp on the shores of Cayuga Lake
I know there are a lot of folks in this Kingdom who would like the
Please email here. (use Metal Symposium in subject line)
A class description
Please feel free to email me at the above email address with any questions
Info on the event can be found here.
The King’s and Queen’s Archery Champions have been announced at Southern Region War Camp.
The winner of the championship, and Queen’s Champion, is Master Li Kung Lo.
The second place finisher of the championship, and King’s Champion, is Baroness Jehannine de Flandres.
Results provided by Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood.
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