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Unofficial Court Report for the Feast of John Barleycorn

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-09-11 18:09

On a hot and humid morning, Their Majesties, Kenric and Avelina opened their court at the Feast of John Barleycorn in the Crown Province of Ostgardr, Canton of Northpass.

They called forth their Viceroy and Vicereigne, Guy avec Cheval and Johanne aff Visby and, after thanking them for their long years of service, allowed them to step down from their posts.  They then summoned forth Sudder Saran and Lada Monguligin and invested them as the new Viceroy and Vicereigne of the Crown Province of Ostgardr and presented them with scrolls by Kayleigh MacWhyte.

They then called forth Barbeta Kirkland and bid her sit vigil in contemplation of being elevated to the Order of the Laurel.  Court was then suspended.

That afternoon court was reopened.  Guy aven Cheval and Johanne aff Visby were again summoned forth and thanked for their service.  Sir Guy was made a Baron of the Eastern Court and gifted by His Majesty with the gift of six pearls that might be affixed to his coronet and a scroll by Elizabeth Greenleaf.  Baroness Johanne was then thanked with a scroll by Alys Mackyntoich and Elizabeth Elenore Lovell which granted to a pension appropriate to her station from the duties, fees, and other revenues from the lands of Brokenbridge.

Their Majesties then called forth the children of the East to receive gifts from the royal toybox.  Whereas in the past the children chased the toybox bearer like a pack of wild wolves, on this day their actions were described by His Majesty as a swarm, as they descended upon Baron Dansk from all directions swiftly bearing him to the ground before he could take a single step.

Cailleach Dhé ingen Chiaráin was then called into court and was Awarded Arms for her service and presented with a scroll by Aaradyn Ghyoot.

Newcomers to the Society were then summoned forth and received diverse tokens from their Majesties.

The Guild of Athena’s Thimble was then invited into court where they made Her Majesty a gift of a wool Hedeby shoulder bag.  The bag was hand spun, woven, and dyed as were the threads used for the embroidery.  The wooden stretchers were hand made out of Curly maple with strawberry leaf accents in the center. The strap was made from grey silk with wool embroidery of three keys from Her Majesty’s personal heraldry. The side of the bag was decorated with twin eagles based on a Swedish find and chosen due to Her Majesty’s love of the birds.

Their Majesties then called forth Stephan O’Raghaillaigh and inducted him into the Order of the Apollo’s Arrow for his skill with a bow and service as a marshal.  He was presented with a scroll by Svea the Short-sighted.

Ceinwen ferch Llewellyn ab Owain was then summoned, and her skill at embroidery remarked upon by Their Majesties.  She was then made a Companion of the Order of the Silver Brooch and presented with a scroll by Marieta Charay.

One Gunnar Alfson was summoned into court and his prowess as an armored fighter was much praised.  He was then inducted into the Order of the Silver Tyger.

Jenna Childerslay was then summoned into court but could not be located as she was laboring in the distant kitchens.

Their Majesties then summoned forth Brochmail of Anglespur and made him a Companion of the Order of the Silver Crescet for his service to the Shire of Midland Vale and the Kingdom as a whole.  He was presented with a shiny scroll by AEsa Lkabrenna Sturladottir with words by Aislinn Chiabach.

Barbeta Kirkland was summoned back into court to answer the question put before her that morning.  Members of each peerage spoke of her skill as a lacemaker, her contributions to the Guild of Arachne’s Web, and her enthusiasm and passion for her art.  Upon hearing these words, Their Majesties asked her if she would join the Order and she assented.  The Order of the Laurel was summoned, and Barbeta was awarded the regalia of a medallion, coif, and apron to show her new station and she then swore fealty to the Crown of the East.  These events were memorialized in a scroll by Alexei Dmitriev and Sarah Davies and a painting by Eleanore MacCarthaigh.

At that time, Jenna Childerslay having been located, she was called into court.  Despite her protestations of innocence, Their Majesties spoke of her great service to newcomers to the society and inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent and presented her with a scroll by Palotzi Marti.

His Majesty then addressed the populace of Ostgardr, speaking of the warmth of their welcome and the enjoyment of the day, and court was then closed.

To the above I, Baron Yehuda ben Moshe, bear withness as the Herald of record.  These events were witnessed by Master Ryan Mac Whyte and Baroness Maria Erika von Ossenheim

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report

From the Tyger Clerk of the Signet

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-09-11 12:23

Greetings to all,

I am nearing the end of my first term as Tyger Clerk of the Signet. Since I do not plan on requesting a second term, I am now accepting applications for the position. The applications are due by November 30th. At that time the King and Queen will chose my successor after consulting with the Kingdom Seneschal and me. My term ends at Kingdom 12th Night, and at that time if a successor is chosen they will step into the role.

According to Kingdom law the Tyger Clerk of the Signet:

  • Coordinates the production of scrolls requested by The Crown.
  • Promotes the development of calligraphers and illuminators in the East Kingdom and warrants said scribes to perform Signet Office work.
  • Maintains accurate records of scroll assignments.

Therefore you will need to interact with a large number of scribes of differing backgrounds and skill levels. After receiving recommendations, usually from a scheduler appointed by the King and queen, you will write out an assignment and find an appropriate scribe to do the work. Currently the East Kingdom has 103 active scribes. Therefore interpersonal skills are a must.

The Signet also keeps accurate records of all assignments and backlogs. Multiple databases are used to keep the records straight and the ability to use excel, google drive, sheets and docs is needed. You will be expected to keep dockets for the reign, each individual event, backlogs, and past assignments.

Finally, the Signet should promote learning and enjoyment of the scribal arts with the Scribal Tea at Pennsic, Scholas, Competitions, class tracks and displays among other events.

Please send applications to by November 30. Thank you for your attention.

Nest verch Tangwistel

Tyger clerk of the Signet

Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: job opening, Tyger Clerk

Event Announcement: Heralds and Scribes, October 8th

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-09-10 18:00

The Shire of Coppertree is pleased to announce Heralds and Scribes to be held Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016!
The Shire will offer a day of classes and good company at the First United Methodist Church, 400 N. George St., Rome, NY 13440.

Those interested in teaching on topics including illumination and calligraphy, heraldic designs, calling court and tourneys, submitting and passing heraldry, and more please contact:

– Heraldry class coordinator THL Solveig Throndardottir (Barbara Nostrand) at

– Scribal class coordinator, Maîtresse Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon (Pauline Hassinger) at

E-mails should include your name, contact information, class name, class length, and a short class description. Please note if there is any cost to the participants, or if you have any other special requests. There are a limited number of class slots available, so register your classes early.

A delectable day board will be prepared by Rowan de la Garnison. Menu includes: Beef and Onion Pasties, Chicken and Leek Pasties. Fresh fruit, cheese, hard boiled eggs, bread, butters, dill pickles, Cold Pickled Salad (Compost), Welsh tea cakes, and Shortbread.

Merchants are welcome. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

The site is “dry” and handicap accessible. Adult event registration is $15, or $10 for SCA members. Please show proof of membership at the door. Registration for ages 7-17 is $8, children age 6 and under are guests of the shire. Checks may be made payable to “SCA-NY Inc – Shire of Coppertree” and sent to Shire of Coppertree, c/o Susan Schiffer, 9658 Elpis Road, Camden, NY 13316.

Autocrats for the event are: Ewa of Caer Cinniuint (Naomi Starsiak),, 315-527-8902 (no calls after 9:30 p.m. please), 121 Cider St. Oriskany, NY 13424; a nd Aerin Wen (Jen DeVincenzo),, 6333 Overhill Drive, Rome, NY 13440.

Directions: Take your best route to the NYS Thruway. From points west, take exit 33 Verona/Rome/Oneida and take 365 east to South James St. Turn left onto Erie Blvd. West, then right onto N. George St. From points east, take exit 31 Utica and take the right hand route toward Route 49 West. Once on Route 49 W., take the Routes 49, 69 W / 26 N. exit toward downtown Rome onto Erie Blvd East. Continue straight onto Erie Blvd W. Turn right onto N. George St. The church will be on your right.

After the event:
Dining options in Rome:
Caribbean Restaurant: 401 W. Dominick St.
Coalyard Charlie’s (steak and seafood): 100 Depeyster St.
DiCastro’s (Italian): 615 Erie Blvd W.
Franklin Hotel (Italian): 301 S. James St.
Kings Buffet (Chinese buffet): 1142 Erie Blvd W.
Mitsuba (sushi): Mohawk Acres, 1790 Black River Blvd
The Savoy (fine dining): 255 E. Dominick St.

For overnight accommodations, Rome has a Hampton Inn, 1352 Floyd Ave., and a Wingate By Wyndham at 90 Dart Circle. (please avoid the Relax Inn). There are also a variety of hotels and dining options off Thruway Exit 33 in Verona, and Exit 31 in Utica.

Online Announcement

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A Royal Whim for Coronation

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-09-09 17:16

Tournaments to test the skills of our gentles of coat armor, and to bring honor to those who inspire them, are most encouraged throughout the realm.

Their Royal Highnesses Brion and Anna invite all who would compete to take the field the day of Their coronation in a celebration of honor, chivalry, and perseverance. The list will feature a matched weapon
contest. To experience the breadth of skills of our Eastern combatants, Their Highnesses ask members of our heavy weapon armored combat community to pair up with a members of the rapier community and as a team compete. Team arrangements can be made in advance or the day of the contest.

Entrants should be prepared to match weapon forms selected by Their Highnesses for the pleasure of the nobles in attendance.

A prize will be awarded to the members of the victorious team that day.

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Officer Profile: Kingdom Seneschal

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-09-08 21:51

As part of our on-going series of Kingdom Officer profiles (see below), the Gazette interviewed Duke Christopher Rawlyns, the Kingdom Seneschal.

Photo by Master Thorpe

SCA Name/Persona
Christopher Rawlyns.  I’m a mid 14th century English Knight serving Edward of Woodstock, who many of you will know as the Black Prince.

How did you become interested in becoming Seneschal?
Mistress Cori [the previous Kingdom Seneschal] asked me. I figured I could do the job, as I had been Earl Marshal and had three reigns as King, so I had a pretty decent idea of how the Kingdom ran.  I also had a good working knowledge of the SCA governing documents.

What exactly do Seneschals do? What does the Kingdom Seneschal do?
Seneschals are basically the chapter presidents in the eyes of the Corporate side of the SCA. The Kingdom Seneschal oversees the local and regional Seneschals and works with the Crown to maintain Law and assure that the Kingdom operates within the Governing Documents of the Society. The Seneschal also works very closely with the Exchequer to assure that Society and Kingdom financial policy are followed.

Do you have a general philosophy about how you do your job?
In general, I tend to be a minimalist.  I would prefer that I never be involved in any aspects of operations of local groups. However, that is sometimes unavoidable.  I would prefer to help people problem-solve on their own rather than “fixing” problems when they get to my desk.

Who are your deputies, and what are their roles?
I have deputy seneschals for each region, as well as a Law and Policy Deputy.  They are responsible for each of the regions of the Kingdom in the case of the Regional Deputies. The Law and Policy Deputy keeps track of changes to Law and Policy that are made at Curias. [ed. note: The Curia Regis is a meeting held by the Crown at least once per Reign, for the purpose of conducting the Kingdom’s business.]

What is the Æthelmearc Kingdom Seneschal’s role for Pennsic?
The Æthelmearc Seneschal is part of the Pennsic Seneschal Group for the Seneschals of Æthelmearc, the East and the Middle work to formulate the policy within which the Pennsic War functions.  The host kingdom Seneschal is the ultimate legal authority for Pennsic. The role of the Æthelmearc Seneschal is unique here. At Pennsic 47 (2018) the Seneschal of Æthelmearc will be the Seneschal of both the host and sponsoring Kingdoms as Pennsic takes place on Æthelmearc land. Also, the Æthelmearc Seneschal is the only Seneschal who may remove Society sanction from the event, as Pennsic takes place in this Kingdom.

How would someone get involved in the seneschalate? Why would they want to?
If you are interested in being a seneschal, I would suggest that you speak to your local seneschal. They are often looking for deputies who may eventually replace them when they step down.

Being a seneschal is simply another means of serving the society. Most of this service is to the “non-game” side of the Society though. Nonetheless, it is vital to the functioning of the Society. It is service that is often done “behind the scenes”, although, at Kingdom events such as Crown and Coronation, the Kingdom Seneschal often has a very visible role in the proceedings.

What is an example of something you think the general populace should know, but don’t?
Most issues should be solved on a local level by the people who understand them the best.

Are there any changes coming?
We are going to start taking an in-depth look at the zip codes that belong to each group within the Kingdom. Before the end of my term, I would like each group to have a definitive set of zip codes that clearly belong to that group. It is my goal to resolve any “shared” zip codes within this Kingdom. Local seneschals should look for upcoming emails about this from their regional. Ideally they should also dust off their zip code list as we will soon be asking for them.


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Eastern Results from the May 2016 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-09-08 11:37


The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the May 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Alys Mackyntoich. Heraldic will.

Upon her death, all items registered solely to Alys, including any registered after the issuance of this heraldic will, will be released.

In addition, the household name Sisterhood of Saint Walburga and its associated badge, (Fieldless) A standing seraph gules, haloed and charged with a cup held to its breast Or, will revert solely to Brunissende Dragonette.

An Dubhaigeainn, Barony. Badge. Per fess wavy azure and barry wavy argent and azure, a duck naiant contourny argent billed Or.

The submitter has permission to conflict with the device of Signý Ingadóttir: Per chevron ermine and purpure, in base a swan naiant contourny argent.

Antonii Machinevik. Name and device. Or, a wolf dormant contourny sable and a chief enarched vert.


Antonii Machinevik. Alternate name Kenny Lockin of Logan.


Arne Ulrichsson. Name and device. Per fess embattled gules and sable, three crosses fleury and an eagle Or.

Arne was documented in the Letter of Intent as a German given name, which is compatible with the Swedish last name under Appendix C of SENA.

The submitter may wish to know that Arne is found in Sweden dated from 1341 (SMP, s.n. Arne), so this name is also wholly Swedish.

Ayleth le Frye. Name.

Both elements are dated to 1332, making this an excellent 14th century English name!

Brynjolfr Rorikssen. Name and device. Quarterly argent and vert, a ram’s head cabossed quarterly sable and argent.

Rorik was documented as a possibly normalized Frisian given name, but no documentation to support the formation of the patronymic byname was provided in the Letter of Intent. The byname Rorikessone is found in the Diplomatarium Danicum, dated to 1411. Rørikssøn is found in the same source dated to 1401, in a text written in Old Danish. The patronymic ending -sen is found in this source, in an Old Danish text dated to 1401. Therefore, Rorikssen is a reasonable early 15th century Danish spelling.

The submitted form Brynjólfr is an earlier Old Norse form recorded in Iceland. The submitter may wish to know that the Danish form Bryniolff is documented to 1409 in Diplomatarium Danicum. If the submitter prefers this form of the name, he can submit a request for reconsideration.

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Badge (see RETURNS for order name). (Fieldless) A woman passant contourny maintaining a drinking horn Or.


Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Order name Order of Saint Martin of Dragonship Haven and badge. Azure, on a sun argent a capital letter M azure.

Submitted as Order of Saint Martin, this order name conflicts with the registered branch name March of Saint Martin. We have added the branch name of Dragonship Haven is order to clear this conflict and register this name.

As the branch name was added, we decline to rule whether the submitted form presumed upon the island of Saint Martin (claimed for Spain by Columbus in 1493) or the 14th century Brotherhood of St. Martin founded by a cathedral in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) In saltire a pair of scissors and a smith’s hammer argent.


Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Badge for Order of the Keel. Per fess wavy azure and barry wavy argent and azure, a hulk Or and in chief two clouds argent.

Please advise the submitter to draw the ship larger, as befits a primary charge.

Gelleys Jaffrey. Device. Per bend sinister sable and azure, a bear statant erect contourny Or maintaining a glaive argent.

Johannes Mikkinen. Device. Quarterly azure and sable, four wolves rampant argent.

Nice device!

Kiena Stewart. Name reconsideration from Kiena Stiward.


Leifr Skáldason. Badge. Argent, a trebuchet vert and a chief embattled gules.


Lijsbet van Catwiic. Badge. Paly argent and purpure, a winged camelopard statant Or.


Lijsbet van Catwiic. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. Paly argent and purpure, a winged camelopard statant Or.

The submitter grants permission to conflict for any armory that is at least one countable step different from their registered armory.

Lottieri Malocchio. Badge. Per chevron sable and gules, a tower between three decrescents argent.


Lyssa ingen Fháeláin. Device. Vert, an owl displayed and in base a stringless hunting horn Or.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a bird other than an eagle in the displayed posture.


Magnus Thorfinnsson. Device. Per saltire arrondi azure and sable, two ravens respectant Or.


Marieta Charay. Device. Azure, a leaf Or and in base two mice sejant erect respectant argent, a bordure Or.


Nadia Hart. Name and device. Or, a badger rampant contourny sable marked argent maintaining a snake palewise vert, a bordure sable.

Both elements are dated to c.1600, making this a nice English name for the end of our period!

Niall Gorm. Name and device. Per bend argent and vert, a stag rampant contourny sable and a sword inverted argent.

Nice 15th century Gaelic name!

Niall Gorm. Badge. (Fieldless) On a stag rampant contourny argent a sword inverted sable.


Remy le Bastard. Device. Sable, a pall gules fimbriated between three crescents horns outward withina double tressure overall Or.

Please advise the submitter to draw the fimbriation and double tressure thicker.

Richard Holland. Device. Azure, in pale three lions passant gardant and on a chief Or three fleurs-de-lys azure.

Nice device!

Rúadán mac Paidín. Device. Per bend sinister gules and sable, a stag’s head cabossed and a broad-arrow argent.


Sabiha al-Nahdiya. Badge. Per pale wavy sable crusilly formy and argent semy of water bougets gules.


Tatiana Hopfen. Name.

Tatiana is the name of a 12th century Italian saint, known at least until the early 17th century.

This name combines an Italian saint’s name with a German byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Terren of Tir. Name.

Submitted as Terren of TIR (where TIR is an acronym), the name was changed in kingdom to Terren Tir with the submitter’s permission to use an attested byname.

Commenters were unable to document or construct the byname in the submitter’s preferred capitalization, so we could not restore the name to the submitted form.

The Latin phrase archiepiscopo de Tyr (“archbishop of Tyre”) is found in ‘The chronicle: 1187-1214’, Annales Cestrienses Chronicle of the Abbey of S. Werburg, At Chester (pp. 36-49,, dated to 1188. Tyre was part of the Crusader state of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. At least one archbishop of Tyre was English, so the vernacular of Tyr is an appropriate 12th century English form of the attested locative phrase. Tir is a reasonable interpolation of the attested forms TyrTire, and Tyre, all found in the Middle English Dictionary. Therefore, we have changed the byname to of Tir, which is identical in sound and closer to appearance to the submitted form, in order to register this name.

Þorsteinn Hroðbjartsson. Name.


Tighearnán Blackwater. Name change from Tighearain Blackwater and badge. Azure, a talbot’s head erased ermine and a bordure counter-compony gules and argent.

Blackwater is grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Tighearain Blackwater, is released.

Vivien de Valois. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for 15th century French. Both the given name and byname are dated to 1421, so this name meets the submitter’s request.

Wynflæd æt Hamtunscire. Name.

Submitted as Wynflaeaet Hamtunscir, the given name was changed to Wynflæd to match the documentation that could be found.

The correct form of the locative byname is æt Hamtunscire, using the dative form of the place name instead of the nominative (base) form. We have made these changes in order to register this name.


EAST returns 

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Order name Order of Freya’s Cup.

In 2013 we ruled:

In August of 2005, the use of orders named after pagan deities and “saints” was allowed but ruled a step from period practice. Under SENA, there are no steps from period practice for names. Given that order names were derived from classical references (like the Golden Fleece) and from the names of saints, we will continue to allow order names to use the names of pagan gods and other figures that would have been venerated in those places that had order names. [East Kingdom, Order of Artemis, June 2013, A-East]

NPN1Cd1 of SENA states:

The name phrase must be shown to be a form by which the entity was known in that time and place. Generally this means finding it in the literature of that time (so a Renaissance Italian Bible, or an English publication of an Arthurian romance). In the case of a saint’s name, evidence for their veneration through the naming of churches is generally sufficient. Only the form of the name used in that culture is permitted under this allowance.

For example, the Greek mythological object known in English as the Golden Fleece was known to the medieval French as the Toison d’Or. It is Toison d’Or that was borrowed for the name of the period Burgundian order. Similarly, the saint known in her lifetime as Æhelthryth was venerated by late period English people as AudreyAudrey is the form allowed in late period English context to create a name like the College of Saint Audrey.

By long precedent, we do not allow the creation of lingua Anglica forms of given names. We have to document the name Freya, and cannot register the form Freya’s Cup because it uses a modern apostrophe. In addition, NPN1C2 of SENA states that the substantive element is a name phrase; the entire phrase must be either in a period form or a lingua Anglica form, but not a mixture of the two. Therefore, we need to document Freyas as a period genitive (possessive) form for the same time and place as the period English term Cup. Unfortunately, we could not find evidence that the spelling Freya was known in England at a time when order names were used there. Without this documentation, we cannot register Order of Freyas Cup.

Cup was not documented as a period form. This spelling is found in the MED, s.v. cuppe, dated to around 1425.

Upon resubmission, the submitter might like to know that the mythological Freya is found in Stephani Johannis Stephanii, Notae uberiores in Historiam Danicam Saxonis Grammatici (a Latin edition of Gesta Danorum from 1645), in earlier Latin translations of Gesta Danorum, and in various adaptations of the Gesta Danorum published in France in the 16th century. Therefore, Order of Freya could be registered as a Danish or French order name. English forms of the goddess’ name are documented in the late 13th to mid-15th centuries in the Middle English Dictionary: Freafriefrye, andffre. Something like Order of Freas Cup would also be registerable as an English order name. We are returning this order name so that the barony can consider its options.


EAST pends 

Esa Gray. Name.

The question was raised whether this name presumes upon that of 19th century botanist Asa Gray, one of Charles Darwin’s collaborators and founder of Harvard’s department of botany.

PN4D1 of SENA states:

Individuals whose names are recognized by a significant number of people in the Society without having to look them up in a reference are generally important enough to protect. Individuals recognized only by specialists in a subject are unlikely to be important enough to protect. Individuals who are only recognized with the assistance of reference books are unlikely to be important enough to protect.

Individuals whose work and/or life are still influential today are generally important enough to protect. Those whose work significantly shaped the course of world history, science, or the arts are generally important enough to protect. This is generally measured by examining measures like the length of encyclopedia articles about the person and his/her work, numbers of search engine hits for the individual, and the like.

We are pending the name to allow commenters to discuss just how prominent an individual needs to be to have “significantly shaped the course of world history, science, or the arts”, given that the names of many such individuals may only be known to specialists.

On the one hand for the present submission, Asa Grey’s name is largely known only by specialists. On the other, Asa Gray’s work clearly “shaped the course of world science”. In particular, Gray authored or co-authored the first editions of Gray’s Manual, still the standard text on North American plants. He also formed one of the first global networks of naturalists, was a founding member of the National Academy of Sciences, and arranged for Darwin’s On the Origin of Species to be published in the United States. He also defended the highly controversial theory of evolution and attempted to reconcile it with the prevailing theological teachings in a series of essays entitled Darwiniana. He is widely considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century.

If Asa Gray is important enough to protect, the present submission will be returned for presumption, as the two names can be identical in sound.

This name does not conflict with the registered name Aislinn Grey. One syllable has been substantially changed in sound and appearance under PN3C2 of SENA.

This name also does not conflict with the registered name Emma Grey. Both syllables of the given name have been changed in sound in appearance, so this name is clear under PN3C1 of SENA.

This was item 12 on the East letter of February 29, 2016.


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

Polling Response Deadline – Friday, September 9

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-09-08 11:17

Responses to the second poll of Their Highnesses Brion and Anna need to be sent before midnight,  Friday, September 9th, when the polls close.

Polls are sent to the members of the Orders of High Merit and the Peerages so that they may provide input to the Crown on future members.  Orders which conduct polls include the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Defense, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combattant, Sagittarius, Maunche, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance.

If you are a member of one of the Orders of High Merit or the Peerage and are not currently receiving polling emails, please sign up via the instructions on the East Kingdom Polling Lists page. Please note that the discussion lists and the polling lists must be subscribed separately.

Filed under: Announcements

Event Update: A&S Championship, October 15th

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-09-08 09:25

From the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Fridrikr:

Gentles All,

Æthelmearc’s Kingdom A&S Championship is coming up on October 15th in Sunderoak.  See the online Event Announcement.

ENTER the competition! It’s fun, exciting, and educational! Note that this year, brewing and vinting entries are welcome!

JUDGE – If you’re a Laurel or a Fleur (or the equivalent), help us out by donating your day to JUDGE the competition.

REGISTRATION FORMS can be found here.

Come to the Championship and see the finest artisans of Æthelmearc!

In service,

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An Interview with Prince Marcus and Princess Margerite

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-09-07 18:24

On September 24th in the Shire of Heronter, Prince Marcus and Princess Margerite will be crowned King and Queen of Æthelmearc. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope interviewed Their Highnesses to learn more about them, their SCA careers, and their personas.

Prince Marcus Eisenwald joined the Society in 1993 in his native Nordmark, aka Stockhlolm, Sweden, though he had participated with boffer groups as early as 1987. His persona is that of a German Landsknecht foot soldier from 1523-1525. During that time period, he says, younger sons of nobility could gain experience and money serving as officers in the military. He received his AoA in 1996 and was made a Court Baron in 1997 after serving as the second and last Governor of the Crown Principality of Nordmark before it became a full Principality. Marcus reigned as King of Drachenwald in the summer and fall of 2003, and then again in the winter and spring of 2009. In between, in 2007, he was knighted. He also did a stint as Earl Marshal of Drachenwald.

Marcus’ interests include German costuming and scribal arts as well as fighting. While still in Nordmark, he served as Scroll Clerk (Signet) for the Principality. He also enjoys woodwork and other arts; he currently has his sights set on learning to make shoes. He appreciates people who really go the extra mile to be authentic, and says he would love to camp in the Enchanted Ground some day, though currently having a young child and being royalty makes that impractical.

As a former Drachenwalder, His Highness has a unique perspective on Æthelmearc. He notes that both Kingdoms have distinct differences in culture and atmosphere. He appreciates the fact that Æthelmearc has so many people willing to step up and make things happen, and admires the energy and service he sees on display in our Kingdom. The thing he misses most about Drachenwald is the easy access to museums with actual period artifacts, which makes it much easier to do research.

Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe, aka Jinx

Princess Margerite Eisenwald joined the SCA in 1992, and is looking forward to being Queen on her 25th anniversary in the Society at next March’s Ice Dragon. She found the SCA through Duchess Liadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh, who she’s known since they were in 6th grade. Her persona is primarily late Roman, though she has forays into other periods and places and believes in taking the best from a variety of cultures. Once the protégé of the late Mistress Michaele del Vaga, and a member of Count Robyn Wallace and Countess Isabeau de L’Isle’s household, Anephedros, Her Highness received her AoA in 1994 and was made a Court Baroness in 2005. Over the years she has served as a local and Kingdom officer, including a stint as Kingdom Seneschale, and has autocratted and served as head tollner or cook for numerous events. She is currently the Kingdom Minister of Youth, but will be passing that office to THLady Cordelia Colton before she is crowned Queen.

Margerite claims she is “not arts inclined” but admits to enjoying costuming, cooking, and beadwork. She says Mistress Michaele taught her how to plan a feast, and credits Michaele with persuading her to run a feast at the first Æthelmearc Æcademy with Mistress Mathilde des Pyrenees.

Marcus and Margerite first met at Pennsic. Duchess Anna Blackleaf introduced them because they had both been through gastric bypass surgery and Her Grace thought they might be interested in sharing their experiences. Obviously they hit it off, and while the distance proved a bit of a barrier, Marcus says they had a few visits back and forth as well as a lot of Skyping before deciding to get married. Then they faced the choice of where to live: in the U.S. or Sweden. At the time, Marcus was working for Swedish TV while Margerite had a Master’s degree and worked as a teacher here. They decided it would be too difficult for Margerite to get work in Sweden, and His Highness was looking for a career change, so he moved to the Shire of Heronter and went back to school there, studying mental health counseling. He now works as a drug and alcohol counselor while Her Highness continues teaching 4th graders.

Prince Marcus with Ingrid. Photo by Jinx.

Their Highnesses have a daughter named Ingrid who is a very energetic four-year-old. Sometimes jokingly referred to as “The Dread Empress,” Marcus notes that, if she’s not sleeping, Ingrid is constantly on the move. Although a little shy with adults she doesn’t know well, Margerite says Ingrid enjoys playing with other children. Her Highness said she and Prince Marcus are “fairly strict” parents who want Ingrid to grow up successful and good-natured.

When asked about their goals for their upcoming reign, Princess Marguerite said they want to see their subjects shine. She encourages people to take risks and try new things, working outside their comfort zone. Prince Marcus believes that many people worry too much about failing. For fighters, he recommends that they try new weapons forms, fighting in tourneys with their least favorite weapon because they will learn more from the experience.

Princess Margerite says she would like people to know that they welcome help from gentles across the realm. Since they don’t have a large household, they will be looking for people in the groups they visit to assist them, especially as retainers, which they hope will be a good way for them to meet new people and for their subjects to get to know them better. They and their daughter have no food allergies or dietary restrictions (though, like many young children, Ingrid can be somewhat particular about her food), and look forward to attending feasts throughout the Kingdom.

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Call for Letters: Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:47

Photo by Arianna.

From Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, Interim Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal:

Greetings unto the Youth Fighters of AEthelmearc and their Parents!

Per Kingdom law, I am calling for letters of intent for the office of Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal. I took over the last three months of Sir Thorgrim’s term, but that term is up in September, at which time Their Highnesses will appoint a new officer. I plan to apply for the position, but any interested parties are encouraged to send a letter of intent with their qualifications by Coronation (September 24, in the Shire of Heronter) to all of the following:

Applicants for the office of Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal must be paid members of the SCA and warranted youth combat marshals, with current SCA Background Checks and, if living in Pennsylvania, PA Clearances. For more information on the background check and warranting requirements, go to

The duties of the position are outlined in the Kingdom Youth Combat policies, available on the Kingdom website at under the Earl Marshal.

In service,

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope
Interim Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal

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Royal Thanks for Siege of Glengary

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-09-06 15:21

Unto the Kingdom do Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina, Send Greetings.

We were so very happy to spend this weekend within Our glorious Shire of Sylvan Glen. The Siege of Glengary was superbly organized by Lady Laurentia Caledonia, and We had the opportunity to see and participate in numerous arts that were new to Us. We especially thank those gentles who allowed theÆthelings and the Princess Royale to be involved.

Our royalty Liaison, Ursula of Rouen, made sure that We were well cared-for throughout the day. A vegetarian lunch was made just for Us (under the supervision of Mistress Alfrun Ketta and her husband), and We are still munching on the leftovers today. The feast by Lady Arianna del Vallone and her staff was amazing, as every meat dish had a delicious vegetarian counterpart for Us.

The site was marvelous, the weather was beautiful, and everyone seemed relaxed. And We were pleased to host so many of Our good friends from the neighboring Kingdom of Atlantia. Borders mean nothing to our SCA friendships.

In Service,
Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc

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From the Æcademy Chancellor

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-05 10:00

Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc from
Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy!

Good Gentles,

My current term of office as Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy ends at Twelfth Night 2017.

I intend to apply for a second two-year term.

That being said, anyone interested in applying for the position of Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy is welcome to submit a resume to the Crown and the Kingdom Seneschal by October 1. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume to this address.

I would be delighted to answer questions about the position and its
obligations; please contact me at

Yours, in Service,

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New Articles in the Florilegium

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-05 07:16

Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for September, detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month.

I am always looking for good articles for the Florilegium. If you have researched something in our period or you practice a little known art or craft, writing an article is an excellent way to introduce others to the work you’ve done. I’m especially interested in academic papers written for A&S contests because, unfortunately, few have time at such an event to read them. Even the judges. Getting them published in the Florilegium lets your hard word benefit the entire Known World. Word format is the easiest for me to handle, but others are possible.

If you see an article in a kingdom, guild or local newsletter that you think others might find useful or interesting, please consider sending me a note about it. I would appreciate the author’s contact info if you have it. I will not add an article to the Florilegium without the author’s permission, but many authors are too inhibited to send me their own work. If you like an article, then chances are other SCA folks will as well.

A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past twenty-six years in an ongoing effort, I have been collecting bits of useful information from various newsgroups, mail lists and articles whose authors have given me permission to publish. 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 here.

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.

Here are the new files for this month:
In the ANIMALS section:
Hounds-p-SCA-art  (26K)  7/31/16  “Hounds in Period & in the Society” by THL Allesandra Grimani.

In the ARCHERY section:
Types-of-Bows-art  (9K)  2/13/16  “Which Bow Is Best” by The Honorable Christophe of Grey.

In the CRAFTS section:
A-Etched-Eggs-art (17K)  2/12/16  “Acid Etched Eggs” by Mistress Kataryna Tkach, O.L.

In the FOOD section:
Cooking-Fats-art  (7K)  7/30/16  “Comparison of Animal Fats for Use in Cooking” by Magister Galefridus Peregrinus, OP.

Rec-Medv-Lent-art (20K)  1/20/16  “Recreating Medieval Lent” by Mistress
Agnes deLanvallei.

In the FOOD-BY-REGION section:
Jew-Seder-Fd-art  (31K)  8/ 7/16  “Foods of the Medieval Passover Seder” by Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel.

In the FOOD-FRUITS section:
Cranberries-art  (19K)  7/31/16  “Cranberries” by Mistress Agnes deLanvallei.

watermelons-msg  (64K) 10/24/15  Period watermelons.

In the TEXTILE ARTS section:
Sq-Lucet-Cord-art  (6K)  2/13/16  “Basic Square Lucet Cord” by Mistress Alienor Fitzhenry, OL.

Updated files:
tent-floors-msg  (33K)  8/ 7/16  What to use on the ground in your tent.
Copyright 2016, Mark S. Harris. Permission to reprint in SCA-related publications is hereby granted if the file descriptions are left unchanged. Removing any of the updated files listed in order to fit the article into limited publication space is allowed.  The article introduction may also be edited, provided the web address and contact info are retained.

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Arts & Sciences Research Paper #12: Untwisting the Answer: A Trick for Tablet Weaving on Modern Portable Looms

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-09-01 14:22

Our twelfth A&S Research Paper comes to us from Condêssa Violante do Porto, of the Shire of Quintavia. She examines a kind of puzzle that is all too familiar to the student of historical crafts: What do you do about problems arising from trying to do a historical craft with our more modern tools? (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

Untwisting the Answer: A Trick for Tablet Weaving on Modern Portable Looms

Tablet weaving in progress. By Lionel Allorge (Own work) [GFDL , CC BY-SA 3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons.

The subject of this paper will discuss adapting period patterns for modern looms in order to tackle the problems presented by using modern tools for period narrow weaving. This is not exclusive or proprietary; as I will discuss, I stumbled upon this technique by accident. This technique is also an adaptation to a modern loom, and I know of no examples supporting this as a period technique. My argument is that it is possible, and easy, to maintain the integrity of period patterns when working on a modern loom without relying on modern solutions. This technique could be similarly applied to more period techniques of tablet weaving, such as the backstrap method, as another means of handling the problems associated with some of the more complex period patterns.

Tablet weaving is one of my favorite art forms because it spans so many periods and cultures. Evidence of Iron Age tablet weaving exists as far back as the 8th century BCE and continues through until at least the 15th century. The most recognizable examples, and my area of interest tend to revolve around the Norse cultures commonly mislabeled as “Vikings”. This paper is not meant to address the history or cultural significance of tablet weaving, so that is all that I will add to the historical overview.

One of the specific problems associated with tablet weaving is “twist”. Tablet weaving is worked by turning tablets forwards or backwards in order to create the “shed” necessary for any type of weaving. As the tablets are turned forwards or backwards to create a pattern, the warp fiber to be woven ahead of the cards begins to twist in a lane. The more that any particular card is turned in one direction, the more noticeable this twist will be. If your pattern has a different number of forwards and backwards turns among the cards, twist will develop along the warp lane/s of the card/s with the uneven number of turns. For example, if your pattern has 24 cards and cards 1-20 turn four forward and four backwards (4F/4B), but cards 21-24 turn 8 times backwards (8B), lanes 21-24 will develop twist. This becomes a problem as the overly twisted yarn becomes unusable. It also creates tension variance along the width of the band, which will affect the overall quality of weaving throughout the piece.

In period, a tablet weaver would tie their warp to two points. There are examples of period looms where these points are two posts that can be adjusted as the weaving tightens towards completion. Below we can see a 15th century image of Mary weaving using such a technique. Another technique is referred to as the back-strap method. With this technique the weaver ties the working end of the weave to a horizontal bar tied to their waist, and the other end to a post. Both of these methods allow the weaver to deal with twist by untying the end to be worked and combing out the twist.

Mary weaving in the Temple. 1410. Illuminated Book of Hours. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands.

In the SCA we have become particularly innovative in our ability to adapt modern sensibilities to the recreation of period arts. Modern tools are used to help expedite the period process across the entirety of SCA arts. Gas stoves, propane torches, pvc pipe, and many other conveniences make the pursuit of period arts easier and more accessible to a greater population of the SCA. One of my favorites is the portable tablet loom. This ubiquitous SCA loom has allowed countless artists to pursue the various types of narrow work over the SCA period. It is an incredibly practical device allowing complex weaves to be transported to events for teaching, learning, or just getting through court!

Portable tablet-weaving loom at the Peter-und-Paul-Fest in Bretten. CC BY-SA 2.5

The problem with the modern loom is that it does not allow the weaver the opportunity to untie one end to comb out developing twist. There are two solutions that SCA weavers have employed to combat this issue. One is to work with undocumentable modern patterns, and the other is fishing swivels. These are modern solutions to a problem created by a modern tool, and to me represents a further step away from period accuracy.

The first solution is to use one of the thousands of really stunning undocumentable patterns that have evenly counted turns. For the bulk of my weaving experience, I was limited to these patterns because I did not have a suitable method for dealing with twist developing unevenly across the band. There are many period patterns that can be worked using an even number of forwards and backwards turns, eliminating this concern entirely. I had a habit of doing prettier, undocumentable patterns instead.

The second solution is to use fishing swivels. My knowledge of period fishing is extremely limited, but I suspect that these ingenious little devices are not period. In my experience, this technique didn’t do me any favors. Tie one end of your warp to an end of the swivel, travel the warping pattern of your loom, then tie the other end of the warp to the other end of the swivel. I found tying the cards to fishing swivels to be extra annoying. The swivels also didn’t play nice on my loom. After a few attempts, I abandoned this method and just stuck to patterns as a means to combat the twist problem.

Fishing swivels. By User Raboe001 [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.

There are a lot of really great period patterns that do create uneven twisting. My favorite patterns came out of the Birka find. There are so many great shapes. Keys, hooks, knots, basket weaves, fylfot (swastikas), and many more. Before they became associated with 20th century evil, swastikas were actually very cool.

So in order to recreate the more complex patterns on the modern loom, I had to come up with a means to combat twist. It is possible to maintain the integrity of the period patterns simply by mirroring the motifs! This is actually easy to accomplish, and I will demonstrate the turn diagram that I use and then how to adapt it for the new technique. I only write down the third highlighted column as a personal shorthand to read turning patterns. I use a regular piece of notebook or notecard and use the top line for forward and the second line for backwards. I am using three columns to explain how I read the third column in shorthand. The below pattern is completely arbitrary, but a good example of the erratic turning counts found in complex period weaves.

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As you can see, cards 1-4 & 11-15 constantly turn forwards, card 9 always turns backwards, and the rest have some variation. This will create different twists. Cards 1-4 & 11-15 and 9 will always develop the same amount of twist, in different direction. With the remaining cards turning at uneven intervals, these lanes will all develop different tensions. This is typical of the complex weaves I wanted to add to my portfolio of work.

In order to mirror the motif from the above pattern, I will add a few turns forwards and backwards to create visual and physical space between motifs. The number of turns is completely based on what I think “looks good”. This could be any number, but I like to use 4-10 as a rough guide. Then write the pattern from bottom to top completely inverting the turning directions. What I end up with is two rows read in a circle from top left to bottom left, bottom right to top right, then back down on the left. I have used different highlighting colors to show the pairs that are inverted.

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There may be patterns that have repeats built in, and you can use as many repeats as you like until the twist becomes a problem for your tension. What is important to the technique I am trying to demonstrate is the inversion of the pattern. It doesn’t matter if your pattern has repeats, is a particular standalone motif, or a combination of the two. This technique has three integral pieces to be successful:

  1. Write down your pattern (with or without repeats)
  2. Add F/B turns to the beginning and end to create physical and visual space to turn the pattern around
  3. Write down the mirror of the pattern by directly inverting the turning instructions for each row.

The picture below shows the completed technique using elements from various Birka bands. I hope that this technique will help you in your weaving! Good luck, and have fun!

Samples of my tablet weaving using this trick. Click for a larger image.

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On Target: Quick and Easy Targets

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-08-31 17:36

We have all been there. Pennsic is over, we have another shoot to do, we’re tired and just fresh out of ideas, or we get that dreaded phone call: Lord so-and-so has a family emergency, can you step in? Here are some quick and easy ideas for targets.

First, who would not enjoy shooting at a plague rat? All you have to do is make four circles. I like to add my googly eyes. The whiskers are 4 wire ties. A smile, a little backing and you’re ready to go. ( You can see how well he stands up.)

Next, I get so many comments on this target – it’s a candelabra shoot that takes all of 5 minutes to make. All you need is a piece a black foam board from the nearest dollar store and some white and gold duct tape. Archers get six shots to shoot the five candles. It doesn’t matter if they hit the candelabra, and there’s plenty of room to miss, so they cannot hit two candles in one shot.

Third, let’s go for a little bit of hunting. You have to protect His Majesty’s rabbit for His dinner, and shoot the four foxes. Now, I’m not making any political statement here, but in the commercial word Fox, the “O” makes a perfect bulls eye. Believe me when I say people will get a good laugh out of this. If you’re a good artist you can do this all freehand, or go to your local store and buy stencils.

Last we have a small twist on a wand shoot. Get a cylindrical piece of cardboard like an oatmeal box. Hang about two and a half feet of pool noodle covered in cookie dough-colored duct tape from the box. You now have Captain Ahab’s peg leg. Hang it just off the ground, and you will get the feel of shooting his leg out from under him.

These targets are all easy to make and fun to shoot.

This month’s safety tip: now that Pennsic it is over, don’t let your guard down when you’re on the range. I’ve had as few as one shooter and as many as 50. Stay alert, offer to help the Marshal in charge if you can, and if you are marshalling, don’t be afraid to ask for a break.

In service,

Deryk Archer

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Court Report: Pennsic 45

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-08-30 17:23

August 6-10, AS 51 (2016)
45th Annual Pennsic War

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron et Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Majesties’ Royal Court at the 45th Pennsic War. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Don Eric Grenier de la Barre, Freiherrin Helena Mützhazenin (Fleur D’Æthelmearc Herald), Lord Pavel Dudoladov, THL Gytha Oggesdottir (Silent Herald), Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai (Silver Buccle Herald), Drotin Jǫrundr hinn Rotinn (Comet Pursuivant), Maighstir Uilliam MacantSaior (Sycamore Herald), and Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

On the 6th of August, Their Majesties received The Honorable Lady Álfrún ketta and asked if it was her wish to sit vigil to contemplate elevation to the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Upon her reply, They invited forward the present companions of that Order to conduct her to the place of her vigil and give her counsel. Court was suspended.

On the following day, Their Majesties called Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc before Them. They then received Their Masters of Defense to conduct Don Clewin to the field, there to hold against all challengers and hear counsel prior to elevation into the Most Noble Order of Defense. Court was suspended.

In the evening on the 7th, Their Majesties resumed Their Court to place His Grace, Duke Timothy of Arindale, upon his vigil for induction into the Order of the Pelican. Court was suspended.

Later on the same day, Their Majesties reconvened Their Court in the presence of Their Heirs, Marcus and Margerite, and Their Excellencies Brandubh and Hilderun of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, having business with several of Their Excellencies’ subjects.

Meister Urho Walterinen, having been found among the populace despite his assurances that he would not be attending any other events during Their Majesties’ reign, was brought forward to explain this discrepancy. Well pleased with his answer, Their Majesties were additionally glad of the opportunity to present him with the scroll intended to commemorate him as the 41st Jewel of Æthelmearc. Their Majesties threatened that if he chooses to appear at yet another event, despite assurances to the contrary, They may will call him a third time to present the medallion! Scroll by THL Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.

Their Majesties summoned before them Lady Silence de Cherbourg. They noted that “Silence the Bard” is rarely an accurate description, and praised her dedication to her arts despite the challenges of young children and other commitments that often take precedence. They added to Their own regard that of another body who would see her among their number, and thus invited Their Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc, Granting her Arms and naming her a Companion of the Order. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Her Ladyship Silence de Cherbourg with her Fleur scroll. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties next required THL Silence to switch baby duty with Betkin van Uutwijck that They might receive her into Their Presence. They spoke with her of her time spent retaining and particularly of her garb in the Flemish style, and felt it mete that she be raised to Their nobility as befit one with such talents and gifts. Thus did They Award her Arms. Scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley.

THL Ishiyama receives his book. Photo by Arianna.

The Honorable Lord Ishiyama Gentarou Yorie’e, then being called before Their Majesties, was presented with a book that had come into Their Majesties’ possession. His Majesty explained that the book was from an admirer who wished to remain anonymous, and had begged Their Majesties to pass the gift on to His Lordship that he might use it to further his study of period Japanese furnishings. His Lordship carefully received the volume, which was of some age and delicate condition, with his thanks.

Their Majesties next wished the attendance of Lady Cionaodh Gunn. In recognition of her superlative grace under the challenges of this year’s War Practice, Their Majesties were minded to bestow unto her the Golden Escarbuncle.

Lady Cionaodh Gunn. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties next sought the presence of The Honorable Lady Muirgheal inghean Dubhghaill. She was relieved of her duty as retainer to Their Excellencies in order to come before the throne. Not for retaining, but for her skill with sword and bow, and her service as marshall, did Their Majesties seek to reward her, and thus They deemed it proper to include her among Their Order of the Golden Alce.

In an odd coincidence, Their Majesties’ next desire was to speak to The Honorable Lord Kieran MacRae, who had replaced Her Ladyship in attending Their Excellencies. Nonetheless, he was brought before the throne, where Their Majesties remarked on all the areas in which he strives. But none have been more evident than his skill with pen and brush, the intrepid “combat scribe” ability to create works of beauty with no pen but a chisel-tip marker, and no canvas but an awkward spear haft. Gifts of this magnitude are greatly to be praised, and have earned the accolade too of Their Highnesses, and also of The Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Therefore, Their Majesties invited Their Order of the Laurel to join Them and instructed His Lordship to hold vigil at Agincourt, where Their Heirs would hear his answer whether he will join that august Order. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

THL Kieran MacRae with his Laurel Writ. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties next invited Mistress Irene von Schmetterling before Them, while the Order of the Laurel was convened. They there inquired whether she were prepared to sit her own vigil as had been previously commanded. At her reply, They instructed Their Order to take her forth to the place of her vigil, and invited all who would offer counsel to seek her there.

Their Majesties also made it known that Don Clewin’s elevation to the Order of Defense would occur on the field on the following day at half-past noon. Her Majesty further announced that She would bestow favors on all who wished for one, following the suspension of Court.

Their business being concluded, Their Majesties gave permission to Their Excellencies to hold their court. Following the close of Their Excellencies’ Court, Their Majesties thanked all scribes and regalia wrights who contributed to either of the evening’s awards, and Court was suspended.

On the following day, the 8th of August, Their Majesties resumed Court by receiving Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc and inquiring of him whether he had decided to accept elevation into the Order of Defense. Pleased by his acceptance, They invited those Masters of Defense there present to come foward in support of their newest companion. First, Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh praised Don Clewin for his presence, a quality that shines through his bearing, his dress and armor, his smile, his stance, his words, and all he does. Within the tapestry of the Dream, strands are woven of actions, works, and presence, and Her Grace attested to the inspiration and enrichment on display in the thread that Clewin contributes. Next, Duke Timothy of Arindale spoke on behalf of the Chivalry, noting that as a Knight, it is his duty to serve King, Queen, Kingdom, and Society. In Clewin, His Grace recognizes a natural Peer, whether the outward symbol be a belt or a livery collar, and he is proud to call him both brother and Peer. Meisterin Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen attested to his artistry, equivalent to a Laurel in the way he teaches and distributes manuals of fence, as well as how he constantly seeks out additional information and perfects its practice, honing not only his own technique, but that of those around him. She commented that often she has to remind him to go fight, because he is immersed in teaching. Mistress Zoë Akropolitina, representing the Order of the Pelican, recounted Clewin’s many, many acts of service, as a fighter, a fencer, a teacher, and more. She affirmed that he is always somewhere teaching, or if not teaching, lending a hand. Finally, Duchess Dorinda Courtenay imparted the knowledge that mastery can only be achieved by balance. Clewin balances his family with the call of the sword; he balances his lady’s time on the field with his own; he balances his love of historical fencing technique with the rules of the list; he balances his love of rattan with his love of rapier and steel. He has achieved balance, and with it mastery, with the common thread throughout that is his love for the sword. Hearing these words, Their Majesties were well minded to continue, and ordered placed about him both a personal livery collar, made by the hand of Meisterin Fredeburg, and the ancestral livery collar. The lineage of the ancestral collar was read and the book presented to Meister Clewin, to add his own page and pass on to the next Master of Defense when the time comes. He was given his sword with which to defend the realm, and a coat to proclaim his status. He then swore his oath to Their Majesties upon his own sword. The scroll, an etched buckler, was made by Master Aanais Fenn.

Don Clewin is made a Master of Defense. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.

Her Majesty once again announced that She would distribute favors and that prior to the afternoon’s rapier battle, She would address the Rapier Army. There being no further business at that time, Court was suspended.

Late in the evening of August 8th, Their Majesties were possessed of a desire to see the performance of I Genesii, despite its conflict with Their own party in Their Royal encampment. Although They attempted to stealthily ensconce Themselves among the audience, a miscalculation led to Their appearance upon the stage itself! Their Majesties therefore did the only logical thing: They resumed Court, shortly after which, They demanded that Lord Angus MacDougal cease his playacting long enough to be named a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore, in recognition of his service and faithful participation among I Genesii. Scroll by Lady Abigail Kelhoge. Court was quickly suspended before anything else could go wrong–er, happen.

On the evening of Tuesday, August 9th, Their Majesties resumed Their Court, accompanied by Their Highnesses Marcus and Margerite, and by the assembled Barons and Baronesses of the Kingdom. Their Majesties rejoiced in welcoming new subjects to adorn Greater Æthelmearc: with the consent of the Midrealm, Brynna Barth and Felineous Wraitheon declared allegiance at Nothern Oaken War Maneuvers; and with the consent of Their Majesties of the East, Don Andrew Blake of Edinburgh and Dona Jeanne Francesca Fitzgerald joined the ranks of the Sylvan Kingdom earlier at War.

Their Majesties sought Ulf Halfdansson to present himself. Worthily impressed with his conduct among the youth fighter community, They did name him a Companion of the Silver Alce. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Next did Their Majesties invite Dame Hrefna Úlfvarinnsdóttir to attend Them. They noted with gratitude her efforts to ensure that the Kingdom was well represented among the history displays at the Society 50-year Celebration. In recognition of her ingenuity and dedication beyond the call of duty, They awarded to her a Golden Escarbuncle.

Dame Hrefna. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties called before them Edward McDonald. Their Majesties noted that his service as a herald and fighter are worthy of praise, and have long enhanced his community. To recognize his efforts, They Awarded him Arms. Scroll by Mistress Una de St. Luc.

Elizabeth de Hawkesworth was next summoned to attend Their Majesties. Her service to her house and to the Kingdom, particularly at War Practice, was cited, along with her other qualities, as pleasing to Their Majesties, and as such, They deemed it right and proper to Award her Arms. Scroll by Baroness Rowena Moore, Deryk Balthazar Simmons, and Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba.  

Elizabeth de Hawkesworth. Photo by Arianna.

Next did Their Majesties require the attendance of Hrungnir Hjaldarbjorn. They remarked on his many pursuits, including fighting and the construction of books and other leatherwork. Thus impressed with his efforts, They did Award him Arms. Scroll by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Oleksandra Ivanova Baboyka, and Christiana McNamara.

Hrungnir Hjaldarbjorn. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties then called forward Isabeau la Fauconniere. Long are the hours of service she has given to her Baron and Baroness, as well as to the organization of her camp. In order that her efforts might be properly acknowledged, Their Majesties bestowed upon her Arms. Scroll by Lady Felice de Thornton.

Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope

Their Majesties sought the presence of Nicole of the Ravenswood, but being not in attendance, instead invited Her Excellency, Baroness Sadira of Thescorre, to carry Their words to the lady. Having heard good report and observed her service to her Barony at event registration, in the kitchens, and as autocrat, They Awarded her Arms. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Eleanore Godwin.

Their Majesties next called for Seamus Rogan, but being not in attendance, Their Excellencies Marcus and Desiderata, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood, presented themselves on his behalf. Their Majesties prayed they might carry unto Seamus Their praise and gratitude for his skill and service in the field of archery. They then further signified Their regard by Awarding him Arms. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Then was Valentine MacLachlan called to attend the Sylvan Throne. In recognition of his skill and dedication to armored combat, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce, thereby Awarding him Arms. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Juliana Stafford.

Scroll by THL Juliana Stafford

Next, Their Majesties desired to see Lord Rhys of Mylesende. His prowess as a fighter had also reached the notice of the Crown, and was found worthy of praise. Thus did Their Majesties bestow upon him the symbol of the Golden Alce and induct him into that Order. Scroll by Lady Abigail Kelhoge.

Scroll by Lady Abigail Kelhoge

Their Majesties next sought Sigurdr Vitskertr and were dismayed to see him not in attendance. Nonetheless, They made note of his exemplary service as exchequer and labor at event registration, and thus determined to recognize these accomplishments with elevation into the Order of the Keystone, further Awarding him Arms. Scroll by Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr.

Following this, Their Majesties welcomed Lord Finar of the South Marche and Signora Celesta Vianello into Their Presence. Both these gentles have given so generously of their time, and for so long, to the service of the Pennsic Information Point, that Their Majesties decreed it only proper and fitting to enroll them both as Companions of the Order of the Keystone. Lord Finar’s scroll by Mistress Gillian Llewellyn; Signora Celesta’s by Master Caleb Reynolds.

The Court next had business with Lady Magge Illfoster. Their Majesties spoke with her of her labors in kitchens and as retaining staff, finding it greatly to be praised. In acknowledgement of these continued acts of service, They named her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Shoshido Tora, and Thora Riddarsdottir.

Their Majesties called for Lady Logan Latta du Kent, who being not present, was represented by Their Excellencies Magnus and Muriel of the Rhydderich Hael. Their Majesties wished Their Excellencies to convey Their words of approbation for Logan’s support of the rapier community, and also to bring to her the symbol of the Order of the Keystone, of which Their Majesties decreed she now be a Companion.

Next, Their Majesties desired words with Baroness Oddkatla Jonnsdottir and Baron Friderich Schwarzwalder. Their Majesties thanked them for the hard work and organization of the Kingdom Party of the night before, deeming it enjoyable and successful. Baroness Oddkatla requested that an artifact from the party be put to good use. His Majesty then addressed Prince Marcus, saying that there was a rumor His Highness had hurt his arm. Their Majesties presented His Highness with the arm of the Lady of the Lake, clad in purest shimmering samite, to aid His Highness and lend strength to heal his injuries.

Rowena McCara was called before Their Majesties, who took note of her beautiful embroidery, and teaching of the same, in the Roumanian style. In recognition of her skills, They names her a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll in progress by Master Jehan de la Marche and The Honorable Lady Ismay Ponde.

Lady Rowena McCara. Photo by Arianna.

Then did Their Majesties wish to be attended by Master Benedict Fergus Atte Mede. Having taken good note of his skill in the art of clothing and leatherwork, particularly in the making of footwear, Their Majesties found merit worthy of a Companion of the Sycamore, and thus deemed it proper to name him so. Scroll by Oliver Sutton.

Next, Their Majesties required Master Augusto Giuseppe de San Donato to present himself before the Court. Of late, Their Majesties have had reason to observe this noble gentle as one of Their Chamberlains, but long have his labors been known to Their Majesties and many others. His service to the Thrown Weapons community, to the Canton of Beau Fleuve, and to the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael have continued to earn renown, and thus were They minded to create him a Baron of Their Court. Scroll by Baroness Rosemund von Glinde. 

Scroll calligraphed by Lord Angelino the Bookmaker, illumination by Lady Elektra of Sylvan Glen

Then Their Majesties invited His Grace, Duke Timothy of Arindale to give answer whether he would be elevated into the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Receiving his reply, They called for that Order to join them and heard words of testimony, beginning with the words of Their Noble Cousin, Gabriel Rex, Stellar King of Ansteorra, who spoke as a representative of the Chivalry. His Majesty Gabriel spoke of the Chivalry as those who heed the call, who answer and do what must be done. While most would be proud to be numbered in this company, His Grace does not answer, but feels the call, finds the needs, goes where the need is, spends his time and life in the service of fulfilling the need of his family, friends, and kingdom, with enthusiasm, dedication, and a cheerful shrug, dragging others behind him in his wake. Her Grace, Gabrielle van Nijenrode, representing the Ladies of the Rose, recalled that she would neither have served as his Queen, nor accepted his proposal on the day they first won, were she not certain he was a man of chivalry. Beyond that, she spoke of the many ways she observed him serving, and the way that he will tell others that his service is expected because he is a knight. He insists that no one will have more fun than he does, and it is this care for and about others that assures her he is worthy of the Pelican. Master Robert of Sugargrove described His Grace’s buoyant enthusiasm as a quality that keeps people playing in the Society, and further revealed that as a craftsman, His Grace made the bronze tip that adorns Master Robert’s own belt. Master Quinn Kerr, of the Order of Defense, recounted the parable of the pilgrim who came across a building site. He asked the builders what they were doing. The first said, “Laying stone,” the second said, “Building a wall,” and the third said, “Building a castle.” In His Grace, Master Quinn is reminded of one who epitomizes the motto, “Not for me, not for you, but for us.” Her Grace, Duchess Isabella of York, Royal Peer and “fifth force of nature,”™ informed the Court that she has known His Grace was a Peer for more than 20 years, since he came to an Eastern event as King, and took off his crown to wash dishes at day’s end, and made sure the tables were clean and put away before he left the site. Following his example, Her Grace said, she could not herself sit the throne of the East and do nothing, and His Grace has the inspiration to get up and make a difference. Lady Antoinette de Lorraine next spoke on behalf of the populace. She reflected on what makes a Pelican, if not a call to duty, and commented that she recalled how at His Grace’s own Coronation, he vacuumed the hall and made a final sweep of the site. She pledged to always remember this behavior and never forget the way in which His Grace inspires many others to look at the angles, take chances, and never let dreams die. Finally, His Grace, Duke Eliahu sent words, read by Her Grace Gabrielle, on behalf of the Order of the Pelican. His Grace cited the enfranchisement that Duke Timothy infuses in others: seeing how to improve something, he leads the effort by invoking others to implement the improvement. His success is magnified by the impact he has on others. Moved by this overwhelming and incontrovertible testimony, Their Majesties called for the ancestral medallion and case. Duchess Gabrielle also presented a personal medallion, and then bedecked him with a hood made by the hand of The Honorable Lady Jacqueline de Molieres. Their Majesties bid His Grace to rise and be greeted as a Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Scroll calligraphed by Lord Angelino the Bookmaker, illumination by Lady Elektra of Sylvan Glen.

Duke Timothy is inducted into the Pelican. Photo by Baron Brandubh o Donnghaile.

Their Majesties next brought before Them The Honorable Lady Álfrún ketta. At her assent to join the Most Noble Order of the Laurel, Their Majesties first invited Mistress Mary Isabel of Hearthstone to take back Her Ladyship’s apprentice belt, and then asked the company of Laurels to attend and draw near. Countess Kalista Morganova spoke of the continuing obligation to the kingdom after the Crown passes from one Royal couple to the next. She praised Álfrún’s generosity in placing her knowledge, wisdom, skills, and findings at the disposal not only of the kingdom, but the Society as a whole, in much the same way as a Royal Peer. Duke Timothy returned before the Court to speak as a member of the Order of Chivalry, of the concept of renown. While more common in combat than in Arts and Science, Álfrún’s wordfame has spread far to other Kingdoms: East, Midrealm, and beyond. Her status and the regard of the community of the Known World commend her as a Peer. Master Will Paris read the words of Master Orlando di Bene del Vinta, who described the Order of Defense not only as one of prowess with the sword, but of knowledge of the art and science of the blade, and attested that she has gained mastery, but more importantly, freely shares her knowledge with everyone. Her love for her art is evident and enriches the Society as a whole. Master Morien McBain, as a Pelican, said that he considers himself blessed in life, but that one of the greatest blessings he counts is of this lady’s friendship. He told a tale of their childhood, and a toy knight of Álfrún’s that inspired him to put on armor, creating in him a drive that remains steady to this day. And Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa reiterated Master Morien’s statements about Álfrún’s joy, saying that the Laurels heard tales of Álfrún’s enthusiasm for fiber arts and her boundless capacity to draw others in, her craftiness not only with spindle, loom, and fleece, but in enticing breeders to give up wool from different types of sheep, some of which are unique and unseen in over 50 years of spinning, thus making it clear how she advances her art.

THLady Alfrun ketta becomes a Laurel. Photo by Arianna.

Hearing these testimonies, Their Majesties were well pleased. They called for the symbols of her station: Mistress Mary Isabel bestowed upon her the medallion that had belonged to her own Laurel, a lineage that extends to the Outlands. A wreath was placed upon her head, and the cloak that bedecked her shoulders was the very same that many had woven during the course of her vigil. The fruitcake reliquary was bestowed to her keeping, and she gave her oath of fealty to the Crown. Then Their Majesties bid her rise and join the Noble Order of the Laurel. Scroll a work in progress with wording by Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Ham.  

Their Majesties then invited Mistress Irene von Schmetterling to appear before Them and asked whether she were ready to accept the accolade of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. At her assent, They called for testimony from the assembled Peerages. Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh praised Mistress Irene for her passion, her fervor, the way she inspires others to action, a powerhouse who finds delight in trying new things, challenging herself and inspiring others to do likewise. Sir Kadan Chákhilgan Ger on Echen made comparison of the seven knightly virtues and seven deadly sins, and the way in which all must combat the latter with the former. In Irene, he saw none of the sins, and every virtue on display. Master Giovanni di Fianna, premier Master of Defense of the Kingdom of Trimaris, spoke of the quality of sprezzatura, the effortless way in which a master displays her talents and vitues. Irene’s love for her art, for the Dream, kindles curiosity, gives her the courage to learn from what does not work, and gives her the quality of sprezzatura, As one who has traded affiliations with her more than once, Master Giovanni remained confident that her love for her art will expand her curiosity, courage, and sprezzatura. Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Ham, for the Order of the Pelican, spoke of the boundless, tireless service Irene has given over the years, in every place where she has lived, and that he knew her for a Peer throughout all the time she was a protegée, a herald, an autocrat, and a marshal. Mistress Orianna, also speaking for the Pelicans, added that everything she does is also an act of service–in her fencing, her arts, and everything she practices, she does nothing if not serve. Finally, Mistress Honoria of Thescorre described meeting Irene at her first Pennsic war, and how, shortly afterward, Irene allowed her to stay as if they had been friends for much longer. The relationship that began bloomed from there, as they exchanged arts, as Honoria sent her materials and received back beautiful works. She affirmed that Irene encouraged her when she was not encouraged, and did the same for many others. Irene shares everywhere she goes, making her art blossom and the arts of others blossom as well. Hearing these heartfelt words from worthy representatives, Their Majesties called for regalia that would proclaim her new station to all. Master William de Montegilt placed a medallion around her neck, and Mistress Alison of the Many Isles adorned her shoulders with her cloak bearing the Laurel leaves. Mistress Álfrún ketta brought forward the fruitcake, so long in her possession, and Mistress Irene renewed her oath of service to the Crown. She was then asked to join her new Order. Scroll forthcoming.

Mistress Irene is inducted into the Laurel. Photo by Arianna.

Before dismissing the Order of the Laurel, Their Majesties desired one more to come forward and be recognized for his contributions to the Arts. Sir Ian Kennoven represented well the Sylvan Kingdom as another of Their Majesties’ Arts and Sciences Champions, and his work in cooking and particularly the construction of sugar plate subtleties has met with the Order’s approbation, as well as Their Majesties and Their Heirs. Thus he was commanded to present himself to Their Majesties’ Heirs at Their Coronation at Harvest Raid, there to sit vigil and contemplate induction into the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Scroll by Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh.

Next, Their Majesties allowed Their Silver Buccle, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, time in Their Court to formally invest The Honorable Lady Solveig Throndardottir with the office and mantle of Keystone Herald. Her Ladyship was not dismissed, however, for Their Majesties were not done dispensing justice–in this case, the just and right command that Her Ladyship be taken into the custody of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel, and to sit vigil in the camp of Clan Yama Kaminari on the following day, drinking tea in contemplation of Their Majesties’ question, and thereafter, to give answer in that place whether she would join the august assembly of the Order. Scroll a work in progress by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai and The Honorable Lady Isabel Fleuretan.

THLady Solveig bows as Their Majesties announce her Writ for the Laurel.

Their Majesties recognized all those who contributed scrolls, medallions, and regalia for those recognized in Court that day, and reminded scribes who had turned in scrolls to come to the Royal encampment for resupply, if they had not already done so. The Coram Regibus was then suspended.

Court resumed on Wednesday, the 10th of August, in the Camp of Clan Yama Kaminari. As recorded by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald:

Their Majesties summoned the young wolf Akayama Yatoru Kage’o. They commented that, though he had begun as but a cub, he had grown strong, with claws and fangs that he launched at targets for the honor of his Barony, and fur that suited his person well. For these reasons, they Awarded him Arms. Scroll in progress by Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Siena and Tiarna Ard Padraig Ó Branduibh.

Their Majesties noted that there was one who, though not among them, was much deserved of recognition for her prowess both on the fencing field and as a valued member of the Æthelmearc Ballista Army. Thus it was that they announced that The Honorable Lady Elaine Fairchilde had been granted admission into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

Next, Their Majesties capitalized upon the opportunity presented to Them that They might summon Their Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful, before Them. For they wished to continue speaking of prowess of those who rained death upon Æthelmearc’s enemies with their mighty siege engines, and Gwendolyn had proven herself puissant in the engines of war. So it was that They saw fit to bestow upon her the right to bear the badge of, and proclaim herself a member of, the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Noting the great martial prowess for which Yama Kaminari has been known these many years, Their Majesties next sought the presence of Minamoto-roku-i Sakurako, whose skill with the fencing blades had won great honor not only for her, but for her Clan, Barony and Kingdom across the Known World. She was therefore befitted with the badge of the Golden Alce and proclaimed a member of that noble Order. Scroll by Ishiyama Gentarō Yori’ie upon wording by Minamoto-roku-i Taikawa Saiaiko.

Finally, Their Majesties said that They would have The Honorable Lady Solveig Throndardottir before Them. Having sat vigil and contemplated over tea the question before her that day, she answered that yes, she would indeed accept elevation to the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. The present companions of that Order were gathered before Their Majesties. So, too, were all those who bore or had ever borne the title of “Herald,” for her work was so expansive and influential that not a herald present could say that her efforts had not touched them. Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns bore the words of Count Sir Jehan de la Marche, who spoke of the grace and expertise with which she directed the multiple noh and kyogen performances in which he participated, his admiration for her dedication to education, and stated that she is, without a doubt, worthy of this accolade. Viscount Sir Haakon Oaktall said that though he knows little of art, he knows much of weapons, and knowledge is a weapon that Solveig wields with precision and skill, and that her efforts encourage people to love things that they do not yet know. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay bore the words of Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne, premier Defender of the West Kingdom, who proclaimed herself in awe of both Solveig’s ability and her tenacity, and wished she could be there to share such a special moment. Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn recalled a quarter century past, when he was elevated to the Order of the Pelican, and knew even then that Solveig was worthy of being a Peer; he also recalled his days as Brigantia Principal Herald, when he requested that Solveig write a “little pamphlet” about Japanese names. Mistress Juliana de Luna, Siren Herald and former Pelican Queen of Arms, held aloft a copy of that “little pamphlet,” over 300 pages long, and recalled that for longer than she had been practicing heraldry, Solveig had been there, learning, teaching, and researching; she also talked of Solveig’s research into ceremonies, food, and all other aspects of Japanese culture and declared her a treasure. Their Majesties, being moved by all of these good testimonies, did award unto Solveig Arms by Letters Patent and declared her a Magistra of the Order of the Laurel, presented her with a medallion, a jacket and a wreath as regalia of her new station, and accepted her oath of service as a Peer of the Realm. Finally They granted her a name augmentation and named her 宗阿弥 “Sō’ami.” Scroll by Ogami-sama Akira and Minamoto-roku-i Taikawa Saiaiko.

There being no further business before them at the 45th Pennsic War, the Coram Regibus was closed.

Faithfully Submitted,

Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres

Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

**Photos courtesy of Gwendolyn the Graceful, Arianna of Wynthrope, Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena (Tuesday Court), and Ananias Fenn (buckler) 

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Pennsic 2016 Court Report

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-08-29 20:24
East Kingdom College of Heralds

Report for the Court of: Kenric and Avelina

Event: Pennsic
Location: Aethelmearc

Date: 8/7/16-8/12/16
Reporting Herald: Donovan Shinnock 
(assisted by Yehuda ben Moshe, Anastasia da Monte, Martyn de Halliwell, Ryan MacWhyte, Liadan ingean Chineada)


SUNDAY 8/7/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Talan ap Gueiluirth, Silver Tyger, Elen Alswyth of Eriskay

Talan Gwyllt, Silver Tyger

Kit de Coldwood, Silver Tyger

Ciaran d’alltherien Tostigh, Silver Tyger, Elizabeth Greenleaf

Sorcha Dhocair, Golden Rapier, Sarra Graeham of Bimham


MONDAY 8/8/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Tiernan MacAlpin, Chivalry, Padraig Dubh MacEanruig, Faelin MacLochlainn


TUESDAY 8/9/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Eon of Carolingia, AoA, Triona MacCasky

Doroga Voronin, Silver Rapier, Nataliia etc.

Dionisio da Desio, Silver Rapier,

Lupold Hass, Golden Rapier, Palozi Marti



Recipient, Award, Scribe

Mikjall Bogmadr, Master Bowman,

Alexandre de Champlaine, AoA,

Sean of Malagentia, AoA, Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille

Keegan of Malagentia, AoA, Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille

Sean Dubh, AoA, Triona MacCasky

Marian Rose Meerstappa, Gilder,

Marguerite ingean Lachlainn, Augmentation of Arms, Heather Rose DeGordoun

Sean O Morain, Troubador, Magdelena von Kirschberg

Poplyr Childs, Apollo’s Arrow, Nest verch Tangwistel

Grimolfr Skulason, Silver Wheel, Eadaoin Chruitire

Magnus de Londres, Golden Mantle, Hawise ferch Meredith

Anelida of Falconbridge, Company of the Pennon,

Sigurthr Vigurhafn, Company of the Pennon,

Vissevald Selkirksson, Company of the Pennon,

Colin Ursell, Company of the Pennon,

Nicolette Bonhomme, Company of the Pennon,

Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh, Company of the Pennon,

Magdelena, King’s Award of Esteem,

Carminante, King’s Award of Esteem,

Maggie Rue, King’s Award of Esteem,

Kayleigh MacWhyte, King’s Award of Esteem,

Rolf the Carter, King’s Award of Esteem,

Remy dela Montaigne de Gascogne, King’s Award of Esteem,

Anne of Farmlingham, Queen’s Order of Courtesy,

Dom Coelho do Baraco, Court Barony, Saerlaith ingen Chennetig

Alys Treeby, Maunche, Agatha Wanderer

Isabel du Ross, Silver Crescent, Lada Monguligin

Samuel Peter deBump, Master Bowman,

Brunissende Dragonette, Laurel, Isobel Chamberlaine

Ruslan Novgorodcev, Tyger of the East, Vettorio Antonello


FRIDAY 8/12/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Handsome Boys, Blue Tyger Legion,



Filed under: Court, Pennsic Tagged: awards, court report, Pennsic

Theleme at Penn

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-08-29 20:04

Greetings!  On August 20th the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust held its Theleme at Penn event in the Rare Books Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Artisans and Scholars of the East Kingdom were invited to come and talk about their research, both failed attempts, successes and ideas for future works.

Presentations were held on a wide variety of topics. A track related to books included presentations such as: “Interactive Manuscripts” (Lady Lianor de Matos), “Bookmarks and Bookbinding” (Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal) and ” The Felbrigge Psalter: a 14th century embroidered book cover” (Mistress Avelyn Blakenye)

A second track of presentations, and several posters, included works on a variety of topics, such as “The Intersection of Naalbinding and Knitting” (Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid), “Swordsmanship as Theater” (Lord Lorenzo Gorla), “Research as Perseverance” (Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel), and “Humoral Theory in the Medieval Kitchen” (Master Galefridus Peregrinus)


What made this event truly unique, though, was the opportunity to view, examine,and touch medieval manuscripts from Penn’s Rare Book collection. Included among the documents pulled for attendees to view was an illuminated chronicle tracing the descent of Edward IV from Adam. This fantastic roll of parchment can be viewed in detail on the library’s website: 


To learn more about the event you can:

View  the event photo album:

View the event schedule & poster and presentation descriptions:

Power Point Presentations:


Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal:


Master Galefridus Peregrinus:

Filed under: Events

Order Polling Responses due Monday August, 29th

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-08-29 14:15

Responses to the first poll of Their Highnesses Brion and Anna need to be sent before midnight tonight when the polls close.

Responses to the second poll are open until Friday, September 9th.

Polls are sent to the members of the Orders of High Merit and the Peerages so that they may provide input to the Crown on future members.  Orders which conduct polls include the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Defense, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combattant, Sagittarius, Maunche, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance.

Anyone can make an awards recommendation and does not need to be a member of an Order.  Recommendations can be submitted via the Award Recommendations page at the East Kingdom Website.

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Kingdom Equestrian Champions Chosen

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-08-28 17:48

Yesterday the annual tourney to choose the King’s and Queen’s Equestrian Champions was hosted by the Shire of Quintavia, at the Hazel Grove Agricultural Association in Groton, MA. Unlike most of the Kingdom Champions tourneys, the site does not rotate between regions. Sites suitable for equestrian tourneys are relatively uncommon, so bids are encouraged from sites which are central to the locations of the kingdom’s active equestrians. The date also varies, but late summer or early fall are generally preferred, both to allow for the championship to fall toward the end of the competition season, and to avoid the hottest part of the summer, in the interests of protecting the horses from unnecessary heat stress.

Queen Avelina and Princess Anna choose their Queen’s Champion

The new Champions are Baroness Lillian Stanhope, chosen as King’s Champion, and Viscountess Gwenllhian Rhiannon of Dragon Keep, chosen as Queen’s Champion.

Baroness Lillian Stanhope and Dakota Tesoro

Baroness Lillian has a long history of involvement with equestrian arts in the East. She was previously chosen as Queen’s Champion of Horse by Gregor IV and Kienna II in 2013. Both her parents, Duke Randal of the Dark and Duchess Katherine Stanhope, are active equestrians, and Baroness Lillian has been riding at East Kingdom events since her very early years. The King’s Champion is, by tradition, the winner of the competition, which is a test of prowess in mounted  martial arts designed by the outgoing Champions.

Viscountess Gwenllhian and Jubilant

Viscountess Gwenllhian is an accomplished horsewoman, but has only recently begun to participate formally in the equestrian arts within the SCA. This was her first entry in a champions tourney. She has resided in multiple kingdoms over the course of her Society career. She served as Princess of Drachenwald (prior to its separation from the East), was inducted into the Order of Chivalry as a Master of Arms in the West, and was made a Companion of the Order of the Pelican after returning to the East.

The Queen’s Champion is chosen by Her Majesty, according to whatever criteria may seem good to her, often in consultation with the Princess, since the Champion will also serve her successor.

Equestrian competition is truly a partnership between horse and rider, so we should not leave them out.

Catalina de Valencia and Dakota Tesoro

Dakota Tesoro, affectionately known in equestrian circles as Te, owned by Baron Duncan Kerr, carried Baroness Lillian to victory. Te is a 21 year old Andalusian gelding, with more than 10 years of tournament experience. In his career, including this most recent tourney,  he has carried five King’s or Queen’s champions to victory.

Jubilant, a 21 year old Morgan gelding belonging to Viscountess Gwenllhian, was her mount for the tourney. This was Jubilant’s first East Kingdom equestrian event. Viscountess Gwenllhian reports that he enjoyed the experience.

Photos were graciously provided by Lady Lavina Attewode (Bifrost Studios) and Mistress Leonete D’Angely.

Filed under: Equestrian Tagged: equestrian, Kings and Queens Champions