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Retainers Needed for Ice Dragon

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-04-02 18:12
Greetings, Fair Æthelmearc! If you are planning on attending Ice Dragon on April 8, consider picking up a retaining shift or two during the day! It’s a great way to experience the event and see cool and nifty things – fighting, fencing, amazing Arts and Science projects, salons. Please contact me either via FB messenger or by email. Duties include carrying a small basket, ensuring Their Majesties eat and drink through the day, fetching and carrying items to and from the Royalty Room, standing in court (on rotation – no one would be expected to stand the full Ice Dragon court), and being a companion. There is a lot of standing and walking, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the site (layers are always good). Also, please note that Their Soon-to-be-Majesties of the East will be in attendance and we could use a couple of extra hands to help out there too. Tell your friends! Retaining is always more fun with a buddy! Baroness Rowena Moore
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British Library Announces Exciting New Acquisition

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-01 21:12

The British Manuscript Library has proudly announced a new acquisition: the Chipping Sodbury Bestiary. From the site:

“In 1932, one of the most sensational discoveries of modern times took place in a country house just outside Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire. A local antique dealer, Marmaduke Snodgrass, had been taking afternoon tea with the owner, known to posterity as ‘the Barking Baronet’, when he spotted an old parchment book wrapped in a pair of flannel pyjamas. Realising this book’s huge significance, Snodgrass took it to the British Museum Library in London, where experts identified the manuscript as containing the only surviving copy of the semi-legendary De bestiis ridiculosis.

This manuscript remains in private hands, having been inherited by the Barking Baronet’s descendants. The British Library is delighted to be able to issue today the first images of what is now known as the Chipping Sodbury Bestiary. De bestiis ridiculosis is a remarkable text, describing a range of mythical beasts that are rarely found in other medieval bestiaries.”

You can find the complete article here.

Now extinct over most of its former range, the tree hedgehog was much prized as a delicacy in Roman times. Pliny the Elder was reputedly dining on tree hedgehogs and egret tongues, washed down with bull’s milk, when he watched Mount Vesuvius erupting in AD 79.


Previous April 1 postings from the British Library are:

Nothing But The Trooth
Unicorn Cookbook Found at the British Library
A Calendar Page for April 2014
Loch Ness Monster Found at British Library

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The Pax Æthelmearcus League

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-01 18:49

Here’s another in our continuing (two counts as continuing, right?) series of alternate histories. This one involves a different kind of revolt…

Pacifism wrapped in duct tape. That’s what they called it. P.C. (Period Correct) culture had run wild, they said. The history of the Pax Æthelmearcus League (PÆL) was written in the fake blood of simulated martyrs. Few recall it now, and those that do shudder to speak of it. The trauma of those trying times never seems to grow as dim with the passing years as we do. But I will tell you. I will tell you because our mock struggle meant something, dammit. We dreamed of a Middle Ages as it should have been…

The movement gained momentum slowly at first. It began with a few rogue Laurels like Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdene and Master Valgardr Gunnarsson, who said they were tired of the incessant, faux-killing and imitation mayhem every Pennsic. Every year the same people would feign being brutally slaughtered, again and again. Had it been actual battle, it would have been absolutely horrifying. We had had enough.

Bloodthirsty fighters at Pennsic. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

There had been too much bruising. There had been too many strains and wrenched joints. We had had our fill of tending the mildly injured with Tiger Balm and homemade beer. Our gorge would rise at the thought of one more case of dehydration. We were weary of carrying the weight of the Kingdom’s cultural legacy like so many milk jugs of diluted Gatorade while so many of our youth were mindlessly indoctrinated into a cult of pretend violence.

The movement’s leaders, Master Fridrikr Tomasson and Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona. Photo by Mistress Irene von Schmetterling.

Our made-up angst was simmering toward boiling. Mistress Charmaine of Falkensee wept for the pseudobrutality that would, if this were actual reality, have been visited on those who might have existed, but did not. Master Bedwyr Danwyn’s affectations of righteous rage would surely have led to some sort of not unexplosive action had they been genuine expressions of passion, but it was yet to be. The Rhydderich Hael Galligraphers’ Guild was a crackling maelstrom of counterfeit vehemence, but without true false focus. It was only when the Kingdom Ministers of A&S, Master Fridrikr Tomasson and Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona, became vocal proponents of our fabricated cause that it really hit its stride, and took flight like some sort of kite shaped like a bird or something.

At Ice Dragon, the artisans, bolstered by the brewing entries, attempted a boycott of the pentathlon until the fighters and fencers agreed to cease and desist their fictitious aggression. Mistress Felicitas Fluβmüllnerin, Mistress Alicia Langland, and their apprentices were some of the first to fall in this action – of terminal ennui. When this fanciful act of civil disobedience failed, the Pelicans and their protégés stormed the field at War Practice, vowing to drag the mock-combatants to the Great Hall and force them to actually wash the very real breakfast dishes, but they were repulsed by the water-bearers and siege engineers in a concocted rout so vicious that many good gentles swore never to eat breakfast again. Master Creador Twinedragon, Mistress Ekaterina Volkova, and their associates took many artificial casualties as they pretend-fought on both sides of this spurious argument.

Mistress Felicitas and her pacifist minions in the movement’s uniform. Photo by Mistress Felicitas.

Finally, at Pennsic 47, the forces of PÆL could take no more, and what had been a series of inauthentic skirmishes erupted into make-believe, full-scale, peaceful violence.

Master Fridrikr leads the pacifists onto the field. Photo by Lady Amalie Reinhardt.

Naturally, it was the Heralds who led the charge, meticulously correctly emblazoned banners flying. They’d had enough of people who knew no difference between “vivat” and “vivant,” blaming the fighters for the Kingdom’s ignorance on a matter of such dire import. As former Silver Buccle Herald, Master Fridrikr organized them into a cohesive unit that, along with the cooks, weavers, blacksmiths, bards, leatherworkers, scribes, embroiderers, and seamsters, took down every Knight and MoD on the field with an affected efficiency so whimsically ruthless that some even doubted its falsity. Master Will Parris, Earl Marshal, and Duke Christopher Rawlins, Kingdom Seneschal, joined forces with groups like House Sable Maul, the Confed troops, House Arindale, Hus Fearhaga, the Southern Watch, and the Tuchux, but to no avail. Who knew that artisans had so many potentially yet dubiously deadly weapons? Well, Master John Michael Thorpe knew….

Mistress Zoe, clearly at the end of her rope, pleading for mercy. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.

After lengthy debate, the Promptly Contrived PÆL Co-Prosperity Council (PCPCPC) chose to spare the Grandmaster Bowmen and Marksman on the grounds that they targeted inanimate objects, not combatant personas, much to the relief of Baron Edward Harbinger and Master Antonio de Luna. However, the combat archers were ersatz-condemned with the rest (though Mistress Zoe Akropolitina didn’t go down without a fight).

And that, my children, is the fiercely imaginary and mythically savage history of how Pennsic 47 became the first true “Peace” fake “War.” No more would Scadians live in figmental fear that a chunk of rattan or an overly whippy rapier might temporarily end their personas’ supposed lives. No more would our children learn the ways of delusory war. Simulated swords were beaten into rather splintery and ineffectual ploughshares, and the land of Æthelmearc finally knew real peace.

This alternate history is brought to you by Master Daniel del Cavallo and Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, who dream of a world that never was, but maybe someday could be…. Happy April Fool’s Day!

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The Swedish King

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-01 16:39

This year Æthelmearc has, for the first time, experienced something entirely new: a Swedish King.

The ways of Swedes being unfamiliar, we at the Æthelmearc Gazette thought we should enlighten the populace about our King and his unusual viewpoints.

Her Majesty, Queen Margerite, tells us that King Marcus believes everything is better in Sweden: Swedish cheese is better, Swedish bread is better, they have better public transportation, Swedish stroganoff, and the list goes on. Her Majesty points out that in Æthelmearc, His Majesty has a wife.

His Majesty is reminded of why Æthelmearc is better than Sweden. Photo by Lady Amelie Reinhardt.

His Majesty apparently has a somewhat colorful past. Literally.

Not to mention much longer hair in his youth.

Stretching is mandatory for Swedes before and after fighting.

Duke Sven, another import from the Principality of Nordmark, notes that Swedes like rules and lines (queues), and predicts that if Marcus win a second Crown in Æthelmearc, he will force each fighter to take a number so the fighters can be paired by numbers, making it more organized.

Margerite asks Marcus, “Are you sure about this numbering idea?” Photo by Master Filippo da Sancto Martino.

King Marcus with Viscount Edmund Draccator at AEdult Swim II, wondering who is going to clean up this mess. Photo by Baroness Kilde Jurgenstochter.

His Majesty has his fun side, too. Here he frolics with a jug of something potable, to the apparent consternation of his friends, including Duchess Liadain.

Photo by Lady Sara Ballengee.

Swedes take their food rather seriously. Duke Sven warns that His Majesty may decide not to pass the crown to Prince Timothy due to the rumor that His Highness butters his crisp bread on the flat side.

Crisp bread. It’s a Swedish thing. You wouldn’t understand.

Of course, the best part of having a Swedish King is that we get a Royal couple who always make things interesting.

Photo by Queen Margerite.

This article contains mostly factual information. Mostly. Thank to Her Majesty and Duke Sven for providing “dirt” on His Majesty. However, all blame lies with Arianna.


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Important Changes to SCA Archery Policy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-01 15:41

With the summer season closing in important information has just come down from the Society on critical changes to archery in the SCA. This change will be immediate and will impact events already scheduled for the 2017 season. Due to recent changes in federal law, the sale and use of all projectile weapons (including arrows, bolts, and sling ammunition) will be restricted in most if not all of the 50 States and parts of Canada. Primarily this restriction is meant to control use of primitive missiles outside of regulated hunting seasons and designated areas. These regulations are meant to close loop holes that allow people to carry and use weapons of this nature in populated non-hunting areas such as parks, schools, and similar places. Sadly the SCA makes use of many of these sites and to avoid legal issues must enact the following immediate changes to all SCA archery activities.

Starting in April of 2017 the SCA will be moving to non-missile archery. Members may continue to use their bows, crossbows, and slings, but will be prohibited from using any sort of ammunition during SCA approved activities. Members may carry quivers to better simulate the atmosphere of using actual ammunition but these quivers must be empty. Marshals will inspect all quivers for ammunition, and if found, this ammunition will be confiscated and the archer prohibited from participation. Use of the prop arrows (dowels with no tips, sticks, nerf ammo) is also prohibited. Additionally no archer may use the image of arrows as decoration on their gear as to avoid any confusion. This includes tattoos. In the interest of safety, archers and marshal are reminded it is never safe to dry fire a bow. Archers must release in a controlled manner. Optionally the archer may scream “twang!” or “Pew-Pew” during controlled release.

Scoring will be conducted by the range Marshal and will be based on the archer’s Royal Rounds score up to the point of the ban, how cool the archer looks when standing with his or her bow on the line, and generally how the other archers feel they might have progressed if the use of ammunition was still allowed. Bonus points are awarded if the archer has recently watched an archery-based movie such as Brave or Robin Hood (any version), however Hunger Games and the Avengers are excluded. All ties will be broken using rock-paper-scissors but marshals are reminded to follow the policy on rock-paper-scissors as set down in Society rules.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change causes, and as always, happy shooting.


This fabrication report was brought to you by Baron Magnus de Lyon.

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Unofficial Court Report for Mudthaw

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-01 13:03

On the 25th of March, Their Majesties Brion III and Anna III rode to Their Barony of Settmour Swamp, there to enjoy the annual Mudthaw celebration, and additionally to invest a new Baron and Baroness.

Court opened in the morning with a gift from the Keepers of Athena’s Thimble for Her Majesty. The needleworkers presented Queen Anna a lovely Viking coat and hood, which She immediately put on.

Their Majesties then called for Lady Kathryn Elizabeth Lyons Ramsey. They spoke of her excellent portrayal of an Elizabethan lady and her achievement as the first woman Master Gunner in the Guild of St. Barbara. In recognition of these things, Kathryn was made a Baroness of the Court and given a scroll to commemorate this crafted by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Their Majesties then made Their way to the Youth Combat field and called for Lord Hroudland Who Wanders. They spoke of his work as Kingdom Youth Marshal and his many years of service to the youth combat community both within the Kingdom and assisting other Kingdoms at Pennsic. Wanting such notable contributions to be recognised, Their Majesties called for Their Order of the  Pelican and set Hroudland to vigil to contemplate whether he would accept a place in that Order that evening.

After a short break, the King and Queen made their way to the armoured combat field and there called for Lord Ozurr the Bootgiver. They spoke of his prowess in the lists and how Their Predecessors, King Kenric III and Avelina III, wished him rewarded for that. They called forth the Order of the Tygers Combatant and named him to that Order as of Barleycorn, held on the 10th of September, A.S. LI. He was given a scroll to remember the day, created by Elen Alswyth of Eriskay.

They then requested the attendance of Baron Joachim Liechtenauwer. Their Majesties spoke of his achievements on the Unbelted Combatants team at Pennsic and named him to the Order of the Tygers Combatant and gave him a scroll calligraphed and illuminated by Lady Magdalena Lantfarerin, with words by Baroness Aislinn Chiabach.

Their Majesties the took Themselves to the rapier lists and summoned Lord Ciarán Ua Meic Thíre. They spoke of his skill in the lists and his work creating a Known World map of rapier practices and felt these things worthy. They called for the Order of the Silver Rapier and named him a Companion, presenting him a scroll by Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova, with words by Baron Yehuda ben Moshe.

Next They called for Master Lawrence Thornguard called Baron Larry. They spoke of his time in the lists and as rapier general of the Southern Army and his skill at melee fighting and named him to the Order of the Silver Rapier. He was given a scroll created by Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

The Crown the adjourned Their Court. Later in the day, while in the Royal room, Her Majesty presented the token of the Queen’s Cypher to Lord Rheinhart Basorad Draculesti in recognition of his service.

His Majesty then had word sent to Lady Leana Doucet that she had received the token of the King’s Cypher for her service to the Crown.

Their Majesties processed to the great hall and therein opened Their evening Court. They first spoke of the long and friendly ties with the Kingdom of Acre and renewed the treaty the East holds with that Kingdom.

Next They summoned Baron Erec le Clair, it being time for him to step down as Baron of Settmour Swamp. Their Majesties did not wish him to lose his title, though, and made him a Baron of the Court. He was presented with a stained glass panel commemorating this, crafted by Lord Conor O Ceallaigh.

King Brion and Queen Anna then called for the Baroness of Settmour Swamp, Mistress Jehannine de Flandres. As her time had also come to step down, she was given a scroll thanking her for her service, penned by Mistress Katherine Stanhope.

Their Majesties felt that a simple thank you was not enough to recognise Mistress Jehannine’s time as Baroness, Kingdom Archivist, and Captain General of Archers for the Kingdom and so they also gave her an Augmentation of Arms. This was commemorated in a scroll calligraphed and illuminated by Mistress Catarina Giaocchini, words by Baroness Theodora Bryennissa called Treannah.

Lord Jonathan Miles was summoned and named the newest Baron of Settmour Swamp. His Excellency was given a scroll to remember the moment by, crafted by Lady Altani Khatagi.

The Crown then called for Lady Teresa Ana Perez and invested her as the newest Baroness of Settmour Swamp. A scroll, calligraphed and illuminated by Lady Ding Li Ying, with words by Mistress Alayne Nyvern Nightwatcher, was given to Her Excellency.

Baron Jonathan and Barones Teresa were then draped with the regalia of their position by the officers of Settmour Swamp, took their places on their thrones, and opened their first court.

Baronial Court then concluded and Royal Court reconvened. Their Majesties called for the children of the East. King Brion and Queen Anna wished the children to learn more about the ways of the Kingdom and asked that they sit as witnesses to the next item of business.

The Crown then called for the answer set before Lord Hroudland Who Wanders. Lord Hroudland approched the thrones in a procession led by many of the youth combatants in attendance that day. The Court then heard words in support of Hroudland’s elevation. Master Ivan Valfrekr spoke for the Order of Chivalry. Mistress Linette de Gallardon spoke for the Order of the Laurel. Master Thomas de Castellan spoke on behalf of the Order of Defense. Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain represented the Order of the Rose. And Mistress Judith the Confused spoke for the Order of the Pelican. Those worthies having confirmed his acceptability, Lord Hroudland agreed that he would take his place in the Order. He was invested with a medallion, a cloak, and a marshal’s staff. Master Hroudland Who Wanders then offered his fealty to the Crown. A scroll naming him to the Order of the Pelican, created by Pan Jan Janowicz Bogdanski, was read to the Court.

The children of the East, having witnessed the elevation ceremony, were then given gifts from Their Majesties toy chest.

Their Majesties then called for Emma Lovell and Caleb Patrasso. King Brion and Queen Anna praised their work in the arts and sciences at such a young age and gave them each the Award of Gilder and tokens to represent this.

Queen Anna summoned Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain, Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell, and Master Antonio Patrasso and, in recognition of their service to the Crown, presented them each with the Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Those newcomers attending their first Royal event were then asked to present themselves to the throne, and they were given tokens of welcome by Their Majesties.

Alienor Salton was summoned to the Court. Their Majesties spoke of her time serving as Seneschal of the Canton of Whyt Whey and her welcoming nature and, believing these things worthy, made her a Companion of the Order of the Silver Wheel. A scroll will be forthcoming.

Lady Svea the Short-Sighted was then called to attend Their Majesties, though she was absent that day. She was named a Seamstress to the Crown for the many hats she produced for Queen Anna. A scroll by the hand of Baroness Aesa Feilinn Jossursdottir was given to a representative of the Shire of Barren Sands to be delivered to Lady Svea.

Their Majesties called for Sir Jibril al-Dakhil. They praised his time in the office of Earl Marshal and his comportment and called for the Order of the Silver Crescent to rise. Sir Jibril was given a scroll calligraphed by Master Jonathan Blaecstan and illuminated by Baroness Ellesbeth Donofrey.

The Order of the Silver Crescent not complete, the Crown called for Lady Lydia FitzWaulter and named her a Companion for her many years of service preparing feasts and dayboards and clothing others. A scroll recognising this was illuminated by Lady Onora inghean Ui Ruairc, with calligraphy and words by Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir.

Don Griffith Davion was called forward and he, too, was recognised with the Silver Crescent for his service as Baronial Seneschal, rapier marshal, and event steward. He was given a scroll penned by Dame Chrestienne la perscheress with words by Master Lawrence Thornguard.

Still wishing to recognise service, Their Majesties called for Lord Vettorio Antonello. They spoke of his works as a scribe, as the Signet’s New Scribes Deputy, and as a marshal and named him to the Order of the Silver Crescent as well. He was given a scroll created by Lady Christiana Crane with words by Mistress Kayleigh MacWhyte.

While recently attending Gulf Wars, Their Majesties inducted several gentles into the Company of the Pennon of the East for service to the Crown at a foreign war. Due to absence at the time of recognition, Their Majesties now recognised Prince Ioannes and Princess Honig as members of that Company.

Their Majesties then called for Feargus of O’Choda and praised his skill. They spoke of his placing second in the Novice Tourney at Pennsic and named him to the Order of the Silver Tyger. A scroll to commemorate the moment will be forthcoming.

The Crown called for another of Their subjects, but the gentle was absent. The scroll, recognising an Award of Arms, illuminated by Lady Rennenwief van Grunewald and calligraphed by Lord Colin Maclaren, was read into the record and accepted by Their Excellencies Ostgardr.

Galwyn Lockhard was called forward. King Brion and Queen Anna spoke of his prowess in the lists and chose to recognise this with the Order of the Tygers Combatant. A scroll was presented, created by Lady Magdalena Lantfarerin with words by Baroness Aislinn Chiabach.

Her Majesty then summoned Baroness Tysha z Kieva and, for her service to the Crown, gave her the token of the Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Budang Altajin was called forth. Their Majesties spoke of his service to his Shire, his studies in Mongolian history, and his skill as a fighter and archer and Awarded him Arms. A scroll that he might remember the moment is forthcoming.

Their Majesties called for Elena Silvermane. They spoke of her skill making garb and her industrious works and named her a Lady of the Court, Awarding her Arms. A scroll, illuminated by Lady Triona MacCasky, calligraphed by Master Jonathan Blaecstan, with words by Lord Martyn de Halliwell, was given to Lady Elena.

The event stewards, Baroness Theodora Bryennissa called Treannah and Baron Wulfgar Silfraharr, were called forward. They were thanked by the Crown for putting on the event and Their Excellencies thanked their staff in turn.

The Crown called for Lord Rademes of Surtr’s Brood. Lord Rademes had received his Award of Arms at Hundred Minutes War in A.S. 50, and his Silver Tyger at 100 Minutes War in A.S. 51, but had not received scrolls for either award at the time. Their Majesties wished this corrected and presented him with and Award of Arms scroll with words and illumination by Lady Triona MacCasky, calligraphed by Master Jonathan Blaecsten and a Silver Tyger scroll illuminated by Lady Triona MacCasky, calligraphed by Lord Vettorio Antonello, with translation by Iosobail mhic Leoid.

Queen Anna then requested Lady Allura Rayne McKeoch approach. In recognition of her service to the Crown, she was presented a token and the Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Next, Queen Anna called for Duke Gregor von Heisler. She praised his years of friendship and advice, and called him her brother, and presented him the Queen’s Cypher. Most especially, She gifted him with the last remaining Cypher from Her first reign as Queen.

The Crown called for another of Their subjects, but the gentle summoned was absent. The scroll, recognising an Apollo’s Arrow, illuminated by Mistress Constance St. Denis, was read into the record and accepted by Their Excellencies Ostgardr.

King Brion and Queen Anna called for Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcacova. They spoke of her work making clothing based on Portuguese translations and asked the Order of the Silver Brooch to stand. She was given a scroll to remember the moment, created by Lady Mariette de Bretagne.

Their Majesties called for another subject, but that gentle was absent. The text of the scroll, recognising the recipient as a member of the Order of the Silver Brooch, written by Baroness Mari Clock von Horne, was read into the record. Their Excellencies Ostgardr will present this at a later time.

Lady Mariette de Bretagne was summoned. She had received the Order of the Silver Brooch on April 2, A.S. 50, but had not received the scroll at that time. One was presented, illuminated by Lady Adrienne d’Evreaux, calligraphed by Lord Alexandre St. Pierre with words by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich.

Baroness Tysha z Kieva was also called forth to stand with the Silver Brooch for her works of cooking and needlework. She was given a scroll to remember the day, illuminated by Lady Magdalena the Migrant, calligraphed by Mistress Kayleigh MacWhyte.

Baron Alexander Makcristyne was asked to attend the Crown. Their Majesties spoke of his skill at thrown weapons and how he had developed thrown weapons guidelines to provide more accessibility for people with disabilities. In recognition of this, he was awarded the Order of the Golden Mantle and given a scroll created by Master Jonathan Blaecstan.

Lastly, His Majesty called for Lord Gaston le Goth. King Brion spoke of Gaston’s many years of friendship and service and named him a Baron of the Court with a Grant of Arms. A document to commemorate this was created by Mistress Eleanor MacCarthaigh, with words by Queen Anna.

There being no further business, Their Majesties thanked Their subjects for the day and bade them join the Crown for feasting. These are the events of Court as I recall them. Thank you to all the scribes, heralds, retainers, guards, and all those others attending who participated in the day.

Pray know I remain,

In service to Crown and College,

Master Rowen Cloteworthy

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Eastern Results for the January 2017 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-01 12:50


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 January 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Albrecht Østergaard. Name and badge. Sable, an escutcheon within a bordure argent.

This name combines a German given name with a Danish byname, a lingual mix permitted by Appendix C.

Alexander Makcristyne. Alternate name Eadulf Beornwaldes sunu.

The submitter requested authenticity for “8th century Anglo-Saxon.” This name meets that request.

Ann MacWard. Name.

Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcaçova. Name.

Appearing on the Letter of Intent as Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alaçova, the spelling of the locative byname was a typo for the submitter’s intended Alcáçova.

Unfortunately, we were unable to document Alcáçova with the acute accent on the ‘a’. Juliana Siren documented d’Alcaçova without the acute accent in her article “Portuguese Names from the 16th Century” ( We have changed the locative byname to match the documentation.

Betryse Aaradyn Ghyoot. Device. Quarterly azure and vert, a thistle and on a chief argent three oak leaves vert.

Conall na Seamar Ó Conghaile. Name change from Conall Ó Suibhne.

The submitter’s prior name, Conall Ó Suibhne, is released.

Cornelia van der Brugghe. Name and device. Argent, a Catherine’s wheel sable, a bordure rayonny gules.

Danielle de Lorraine. Name change from Tina of Lorraine.

The submitter’s prior name, Tina of Lorraine, is retained as an alternate name.

Dieterich Brandt. Name and device. Or, a great helm affronty gules ensigned with a kettle hat, in base two rapiers inverted in saltire sable.

Nice German name for 1497!

Drákon Athenadôrou. Name and device. Argent, a cross swallowtailed voided gules conjoined in chief to an owl sable.

Drákon Athenadôrou. Badge. Argent, a legless dragon displayed within a bordure rayonny sable.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a dragon displayed.

Emeline la Chauciere. Name and device. Per pale azure and gules, in saltire four bouquets of rosemary conjoined at the base argent.

The submitter requested authenticity for “French with a preference for 14th century.” Both name elements are found in the 1292 Census of Paris, making this an authentic French name for that time and place, but not for the submitter’s preferred 14th century.

Esmeria de Rus. Name and device. Purpure, a caldera gringolada barry Or and sable, the serpents argent.

Nice device!

The submitter has permission to conflict with the badge of Selene Colfox: (Fieldless) A caldera gringolada barry sable and Or, the serpents Or.

Esmeria de Rus. Badge. (Fieldless) A distaff purpure.

Fodor Marta. Name and device. Per fess sable and argent, two tygers rampant addorsed Or.

Nice 16th century Hungarian name!

Jennet Eva O’Loghlan. Name and device. Gules, a ram’s head cabossed between three mullets of four points argent.

This name is registerable as a combination of double English given names with an Anglicized Irish byname. However, the submitter requested authenticity for “Scots/Irish.” This does not meet the submitter’s authenticity request. The name cannot be Scots because Clan Affiliation bynames using O’ are not found in Scots; such bynames for women are found only in Anglicized Irish. Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada’s “Names Found in Anglicized Irish Documents” ( provides evidence of women using O’ style bynames, such as Rose O’Scalle. Such names are found both with and without the apostrophe after the O.

The name also is not authentic for Anglicized Irish, as we have no evidence of double given names in Anglicized Irish. Jennet is found as both an English and an Anglicized Irish given name. Therefore, an authentic 16th century Anglicized Irish form would be Jennet O’Loghlan. If the submitter prefers that form, she may make a request for reconsideration.

Kosa Korotkaia. Name change from Katrin Daans and device. Argent semy of fish gules.

The submitter’s prior name, Katrin Daans, is released.

Leonardo di Sandro d’Abruzzo. Name and device. Or, a sword inverted sable within a serpent vorant of its tail azure.

Questions were raised in commentary about the formation of the locative byname. Although the use of da or dell’ as a marker was more common, the form d’Abruzzo is found dated to 1627 on p. 13 of Vita della B. Angelina Corbara contessa di Civitella dell’Abruzzo ( If the submitter would prefer the more typical dell’Abruzzo, he may make a request for reconsideration.

Please advise the submitter to draw the serpent’s head larger so it cannot be confused with an annulet.

Martin Wasser Speier. Alternate name Martin Stop Heppin.

Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. Name and device. Per fess argent and vert, a bear passant gules.

Nice Gaelic name for c. 1100!

Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as “a bear cub”, SENA A2C1 states “Immature plants, animals, and flowers are allowed only when those forms can be documented as period charges”. Thus we have registered it as “a bear”.

Myr d’Allaines-le-Comte. Name and device. Gules, a fox sejant and on a chief argent three pumpkins gules.

The phrase d’Allaines-le-Comte is the registered byname of the submitter’s father.

There is a step from period practice for the use of the New World pumpkins.

Phelippe le Vigneron. Name and device. Azure, three bunches of grapes one and two between three grape leaves, a bordure Or.

The submitter requested authenticity for “14th century French.” This name is definitely authentic for the late 13th century, and appears to be authentic for the 14th century as well.

Reinaud de Morley. Name and device. Azure, three bears rampant argent, each collared and sustaining an axe Or.

The submitter requested authenticity for “Anglo Norman England, 1320.” Based on documents provided in commentary by Lillia Pelican Emerita, this name is authentic for England c. 1320.

Roxanne Ravenhall. Name and device. Argent, four ravens two and two sable.

Submitted as Roxanne Raven_Hall, the submitter requested the surname Ravenhall if it could be documented. Commenters documented that form to 1634 in England in the FamilySearch Historical Records. We have changed the name to the submitter’s preferred form.

Roxanne is a French literary name, which can be combined with an English surname under Appendix C.

Sakurayama Tomoe. Name (see RETURNS for device).

The submitter requested authenticity for “Japan.” This name meets that request as both elements are found in Japan in 1600.

Simha di Abramo. Badge. Azure, an owl affronty Or and in chief three mullets of four points argent, an orle Or.

Please advise the submitter to draw the owl larger with the wings closer to the body so as to improve identifiability.

Þyri Tyrkisdottir. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Submitted as Þyri Tyrkirsdottir, we have changed the byname to Tyrkisdottir to use the correct Old Norse genitive form of the father’s name.

Vopiscus Rufius Donatus. Name and device. Per pale azure and argent, a phoenix counterchanged issuant from flames proper.


EAST returns

Aiden Underhill. Device. Or fretty, on a chief vert three lozenges Or.

This device is returned for violating the requirement that an “emblazon must be reproducible by a competent heraldic artist, with only normal heraldic variation, from the written blazon” and for violating SENA A2C1 which states that “Elements must be drawn in their period forms” Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as “semy of frets conjoined vert“, with only three full charges on the entire field, this cannot be considered semy. Therefore, this must be considered as some strange variation of fretty. Since we have no period evidence of this depiction and no way to blazon it properly, this must be returned.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Company of Fellowship. Azure, a covered saltcellar shedding salt and an orle argent.

Unfortunately, this badge conflicts with the badge of Arwa al-Jinniyya: Azure, a covered saltcellar shedding salt, a bordure argent. There is only one DC for changing the type of peripheral secondary.

Sakurayama Tomoe. Device. Gyronny purpure and argent, on a flame gules a lotus blossom in profile argent.

This device is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states “Elements must be drawn to be identifiable.” Commenters had trouble identifying the flame, which did not match period depictions of the charge.

Þyri Tyrkisdottir. Device. Gyronny gules and sable, a tree blasted and eradicated between three mullets of six points one and two argent.

The submitter attempted to register this device using an Individually Attested Pattern in English armory. However, although they provided sufficient evidence of the use of gyronny gules and sable fields, neither the submitter nor the commenters were able to provide evidence of the use of mullets of six points in the same jurisdiction.


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

The Squires’ Revolt of A.S. 51

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-01 12:41

This is a story about an alternate universe, where the Squire’s Revolt of A.S. 51 succeeded. Was it utopia or chaos? It depends on your point of view.

King Láegaire with his co-conspirators, Lord Cormacc and Sir Murdoch. Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe, aka Jinx.

After the surprise success of the Squire’s Revolt that began in the fall of A.S. 51, Lord Láegaire Mac Conaill Meic Shiadahail has really shaken things up as the new King for Life. Lord Cormacc mac Ghille Brigde and Sir Murdoch Bayne helped place him on the throne with the assistance of Lady Elena de la Palma’s sleeping potions (discreetly added to Their Previous Majesties’ and Highnesses’ tea during 12th Night court). Once asleep, former King Marcus and Queen Margerite were gagged, bound, and together with their daughter, placed on a boat headed for sanctuary in the Barony of Nordmark, Kingdom of Drachenwald, with Jewel Herald Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta at their side. As the galleon set sail, ex-King Marcus was heard shouting, “Jag kommer sänka dig, ditt otacksamma kräk!”* Meanwhile, Prince Timothy and Princess Gabrielle have fled to Atlantia, as all 147 of His Highness’s squires flocked to King Láegaire’s banner.

Former King Marcus mercilessly beating his erstwhile squire, now King Láegaire. Photo by Karli Champ.

Asked what prompted the revolt, King “Roo-Roo” Láegaire rolled his eyes and said “It was the children. The beatings, the lousy food (I mean, really, you can only eat so many Swedish fish), the sleeping on the floor, even the crouching in the back of the wain beside the Dread Empress Ingrid for miles, that I could take. I didn’t even complain when King Marcus refused to share his cigars. But when Marcus and Margerite had the children chase me while I ran with the chest of toys, with scant seconds of lead time until they arrived to tear me limb from limb – it was a horror show! I had to rid the land of those tyrants!”

King Láegaire has retained his consort, the eternally bemused Lady (now Queen) Mara of Hartstone, who seems to have busied herself trying to keep the Kingdom from falling into complete disarray under his yoke benevolent rule.

Master Will Parris, the somewhat baffled highest-ranking peer in King Láegaire’s realm. Photo by Jinx.

Among his many controversial rulings, King Láegaire’s rearranging of the Order of Precedence, making the Order of the Silver Buccle the highest award in the Realm, has elevated Master Will Parris to the senior non-royal peer in Æthelmearc. Master Will expressed some surprise at his new status, noting that it had been so long since he was inducted into the Silver Buccle that he’d kind of forgotten about it. When King Láegaire was asked why he would elevate a children’s order to such heights when it was rampaging children that inspired his rebellion, His Majesty only muttered incoherently about blackmail.

In addition, some have contested the King’s creation of a new peerage, claiming only the BoD has that power, but the number of gentles in the Order of the Bromance continues to grow. It is bestowed on those who show true dedication to “bromance” (regardless of gender; bromance is gender-neutral, after all) and bromantic pairs are often elevated together, further breaking tradition.

Resistance against the rule of King “Roo-Roo” Láegaire has coalesced around Duke Maynard von dem Steine, who believes he can bring King Láegaire down through proof of tax evasion. “He just has too many ducats to be the humble squire he claims to be,” said His Grace. Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson, Kingdom Exchequer, agrees and is said to be combing Kingdom records for proof of the usurper’s criminal activities.

Baroness Beatrix Krieger receiving her Writ for the Chivalry at AEdult Swim. Were nefarious thoughts running through her mind? Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.

Meanwhile, the kingdom waits with bated breath to hear what Baroness Beatrix Krieger will do. Her rumored collaboration with the rebellion may make her planned elevation into the Order of the Chivalry this Pennsic a trifle… awkward

Co-conspirator Lord Christian Goldenlok was forced to flee his homeland of Misty Highlands to avoid the wrath of his Knight, Sir Gareth Kincaid. He and his wife, Lady Adelyn Idesborn, have taken up residence in the Canton of Steltonwald, where they are hiding out until the birth of their firstborn child. Lord Christian is said to have plans – though whether to support or overthrow King Láegaire is unknown.

While there was some thought that the Curia would invalidate His Majesty’s usurpation liberation of Æthelmearc, his legion of squires and squire wannabees has proven too formidable a force. One of the ringleaders in the squire wannabee contingent, Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill, has been named His Majesty’s Royal Enforcer, with occasionally tragic results as Lord Robert cannot seem to decide whether to skewer his victims with a rapier or knock them unconscious (or worse) with a rattan sword.

Lady Elena de la Palma looks innocent, but what brew is in the cup she offers the Crown? Photo by Mistress Felicitas Flussmüllerin.

Rumors say that a coordinated invasion from the East and Middle is imminent, as their Princes intend to restore the rightful monarchy… or, perhaps, split Æthelmearc between them, unless Prince Timothy can muster sufficient forces from Atlantia to stop them as well as the usurper. King “Roo-Roo” Láegaire vows a vigorous defense, though how he will accomplish that without help from any of the chivalry except his Rasputin, Sir Murdoch, is anyone’s guess. In the mean time, he has taken the precaution of having one of his close retainers taste any potables offered by Lady Elena.

Swedish for “I will take you down, you ungrateful wretch!”

This story was concocted written by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Lord Láegaire Mac Conaill Meic Shiadahail with Swedish assistance from Duke Sven Gunnarsson. Happy April Fool’s Day!

Categories: SCA news sites

Armor Pros and Cons

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-01 09:12

The Gazette’s traditional April Fool’s fare begins today with this article advising fighters on their choices of armor for SCA combat.

All you new and aspiring fighters out there have been drooling over online images of medieval armor, right? C’mon, admit it. It’s only a question of your bank account that’s holding you back.

The Æthelmearc Gazette is here to tell you that you can have the armor of your dreams. Just be careful what you wish for.

16th century German jousting armor

Pros: Looks way cool and protects you from virtually all kinds of blows

Cons: Heavy and kind of pretentious; lousy visibility through helmet means opponents could sneak up on you and you’d never know it until you’re dead.

15th century Japanese armor, CC BY 2.0,

Pros: lightweight and easy (if time-consuming) to build

Cons: may cause the growth of profuse unwanted facial hair

Late period Maximilian armor with Maltese cross

Pros: Looks waaay cool, provides great protection, holes in faceplate improve breathing and provide some visibility.

Cons: costs eleventy bajillion dollars

15th century German close helm with animal snout.

Pros: Provides good protection, could scare your opponent silly or at least make them laugh so hard you can easily stab them to death.

Cons: The faceplate is unbalanced and has small eye slots providing limited vision, which could cause you to fall face first into the mud and drown.

16th century Ottoman Empire armor

Pros: a cross between chainmail and plate, lightweight while still reasonably protective

Cons: could result in an onset of brooding silences and a proclivity for combat archery

13th c. chainmail from the Morgan Library’s Maciejowski Bible

Pros: lightweight and flexible, looks pretty cool

Cons: Not all that protective if you prefer that your intestines remain inside your body.

13th century German coat of plates, statue of St. Maurice at Magdeburg Cathedral

Pros: lightweight and comfortable

Cons: Apparently turns you into a Rottweiler

12th century chainmail armor from the Walters ms. ” Gloss on The Lamentations of Jeremiah”

Pros: Comes in several festive colors, flexible and easy to move in, shows off a white belt to good effect.

Cons: Open-faced helmet makes it likely you will be stabbed in the face repeatedly

7th century Anglo-Saxon/Germanic “Sutton Hoo” helmet

Pros: You will be considered the coolest guy in your unit.

Cons: You won’t be able to afford to buy any other armor after you’re done paying for the helmet.

Fantasy armor

Pros: Looks pretty cool to modern eyes.

Cons: Nope, Nope, Nope. Stick to video games, dude.

It’s Arianna’s fault.  Happy April Fools’ Day!

Categories: SCA news sites

Parking for Coronation

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-03-31 10:03

The following was sent out by the autocrat’s staff for Coronation.

Greetings! As the Coronation of Ioannes and Honig fast approaches, we would like to remind everyone to heed where they park. Please enter the site parking lot to the right of the building to unload. After unloading, go to the right rear of the parking area, then turn right to exit onto Humphrey St.

At the traffic light (intersection of Whitney Ave & Humphrey St), go forward into a large parking area. Your first right in that area will be a small reserved parking lot with a raised gate. Do NOT park in this small lot as you will be towed. Go through that gate and into the open parking lot (Lot 16 on maps) or the Pierson-Sage parking garage (Clearance 6’8″). All areas past it *including* the parking garage will be open on Saturday for parking. Most residential streets in the area are resident parking only, so please take heed of signage or risk being towed.

Please repost this to local groups to spread the word, and see you all Saturday!

Filed under: Events Tagged: coronation

A Message of Gratitude from Their Majesties

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-03-31 09:09

Photograph courtesy of The Honorable Lord Hugh Tauerner

Unto the Our beloved Kingdom of the East, do We Brion and Anna, send greetings.

It is with heavy heart we commit to paper these words, as our time upon the Tyger thrones is drawing towards the end. We cannot believe how quickly time has passed.

There are so many wonderful individuals who undertook this journey with us, and helped us so very much along the way. We would like to especially thank Baron Duncan Kerr, Our Chief of Staff, Baroness Isabelle de Monstreuil sur Mer, Our Head Lady in Waiting, Baron Rowen, Master Ryan, and Master Malcolm for being Our voice and working with the many heralds to organize Our Courts.

To the members of the Queen’s guard, and those who served as ladies in waiting, and retainers throughout the reign, we appreciated your service, your company and your friendship. A special thank you to Lord Agapios Cargos for providing leadership and always being there. Thank you to Lord Hassan for stepping up when we needed the help.

We would like to thank those who served as Our Champions. You shined a brilliant light on the aspects of our Grand society, which you represented so well. To the Officers of this great Kingdom, a special thank you for all your hard work and support to the people of the Kingdom and to the Crown.

Thank you to Duchess Caoilfhionn and Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell for organizing the largess and the queen’s favors for the reign. We heard wonderful things from Our royal cousins and the many others who received these wonderful works of art and gifts from the people of the East. A special thank you to everyone who helped in creating, providing and donating to this effort, We truly appreciate it.

There are so many grand artistic expressions of the East that we see at every event, but we would like to call out a thank you to the scribes whose calligraphy and illumination bring lasting memories for the members of the East through works of art of the highest caliber. You truly amaze us and those throughout the knowne world who envy such beautiful creations. Thank you for your time and sharing your vision with our Kingdom. We would like to thank Mistress Nest, Mistress Kay Leigh, and Mistress Nataliia for organizing, scheduling, and helping to arrange for the magic to happen.

We would like to thank the members of Duchy Tarragon and Our Royal household. To Duchess Aikaterine, for making such wonderful clothing. To Mistress Eleanor, Baroness Alanna, Lady Natassia, Duchess Katherine, Duke Randall, Duke Griffith and Mistress Lucy, We appreciate your assistance, counsel, and support anytime throughout the reign.

We want to thank our youngest son, Lord Duncan Tarragon. You have supported us at home and away for these many, many years. Helping to keep the home fires burning and serving whenever we needed you. We are very proud of you, and the way you represent our family and name. Thanks for letting Mom and Dad have the time to play.

Lastly, we would like to wish Our heirs, the Crown Prince Ioannes and Crown Princess Honig, the very best as they embark on their Pennsic reign. May their days be filled with victory and joy, and their nights be filled with celebration and heroic stories to last the test of time. It has been a joy working with you both.

Finally, we would like to thank all of you, the members of the populace of the Kingdom of the East. Thank you for coming with us on this journey. Thank you for being willing to try some new things and for your friendship and smiles. We are truly grateful to have had another opportunity to serve as your King and Queen. We had a wonderful time, beyond words…

With love and respect,
We remain, in Service to the East

Brion Rex Orientalis Anna Regina Orientalis

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: royal gratitude, royal thank you

Check out the new Event Submission Forms!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-03-30 20:45

Greetings unto the Most Glorious Kingdom of Æthelmearc!

Lady Aine (as Kingdom Chronicler), Lord Rhys (as Kingdom Events Coordinator), and I (as Kingdom Webminister) have been busily working on a system to address many of the recent concerns for event announcements in the Æstel and on the Kingdom website. The information below has already been approved by our Kingdom Seneschal, Duke Christopher.

We have updated our event submission and update forms. Just click on the links to check them out.

These updates include a few items of note:

1.  There are now 2 event announcement sections — one for the Æstel and one for the website. If the 2 sections are different, THL Aine will include “Please look for more information on the Æthelmearc Website” (or something similar) at the end of the event announcement in the Æstel. This will allow for information that does not need publishing in the Æstel (to keep within the 500 word limit), but that the autocrat would like disseminated to the populace. Examples of what might be listed on the website but not in the Æstel may include driving directions, the specifics of the A&S tournament, and the like…

2.  The following prompts will now be required (for all new events and updates), with the exception of the weapons question (noted below):

Event Alcohol Policy? Wet Site, Damp / Discreet Site, or Dry Site / No Alcohol

Are Pets Allowed? Yes or No

Are Flames Allowed? Open Flames, Contained Flames, or No Flames Allowed

Are Weapons Allowed? Weapons Allowed, Tied Weapons Only, No Weapons Allowed
(Please note: An answer to this question will not required, unless the answer is tied or no weapons.)

Each question also allows for additional information to be included, if desired. This information should be kept brief (such as “Leashes required” or “Contained flames during feast only”).

It is recommended that the required information listed above also be included in the event announcement. However, each of the answers from the set of questions will be translated into a quick-glance icon reference that will be placed both in the Æstel and on the website. On the website, these icons will be listed directly under the Royal Progress information within an event announcement, if it exists. Otherwise, it will be on the line right below the event name. This information will not be seen in the calendar listings.

The icon guide (with pictures) is located here.
A guide will also be placed in the AEstel.

An example of the new web icons.

*  Alcohol allowed?
Wet Site: Wine cup
Damp/Discreet Site: Wine cup with a white “do not” circle
Dry Site: Wine cup with a black “do not” circle

*  Pets allowed?
Yes: Paw Print
No: Paw Print with black “do not” circle

*  Flames allowed?
Open: Flame
Contained: Flame with a white “do not” circle
No flame: Flame with a black “do not” circle

*  Weapons allowed?
Weapons Allowed: Sword
Tied Weapons: Sword with a white “do not” circle
No Weapons Allowed: Sword with a black “do not” circle

We appreciate your patience as we transition to the new system in the Æstel and on the website. It will take awhile for all event announcements to display the new icon system. If you are an event autocrat, it is requested that you submit an update form so we have the information needed to display the appropriate icons associated with your event.

Thank you all very much for your support!

In service,
Lady Amalie Reinhardt, Webminister
and on behalf of Lady Aine O’Muirghesan and Lord Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd

Categories: SCA news sites

Call for Applicants – Laurel Sovereign of Arms

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-03-29 15:31

The Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms (Laurel) is the principal heraldic officer of the Society and the head of the College of Arms. Laurel is responsible for fostering the study and practice of heraldry, supervising the processing of submissions, and overseeing the heraldic activities of the Known World.

Laurel is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. The position requires considerable tact and patience, armory and onomastic knowledge, supervisory ability, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Wreath, Pelican, and other staff to produce a Laurel Letter of Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word processing skills, reliable e-mail and telephone access, and time and ability to travel.

Resumes must be sent in both hard copy to Laurel Resume, SCA Inc., Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036 and electronically to and Resumes must be received by July 31, 2017. The present Laurel’s warrant expires in September 2017. Once the application period closes, the names of the candidates will be posted in a cover letter for the review of the College and submission of comments to the Board.

Andrewe Bawldwyn, OP
Laurel Principal King of Arms

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email


This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

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Filed under: Announcements, Corporate, Heraldry, Official Notices Tagged: corporate announcements, heraldry

Opening for Society Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-03-29 13:32

The Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms (Laurel) is the principal heraldic officer of the Society and the head of the College of Arms. Laurel is responsible for fostering the study and practice of heraldry, supervising the processing of submissions, and overseeing the heraldic activities of the Known World.

Laurel is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. The position requires considerable tact and patience, armory and onomastic knowledge, supervisory ability, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Wreath, Pelican, and other staff to produce a Laurel Letter of Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word processing skills, reliable e-mail and telephone access, and time and ability to travel.

Resumes must be sent in both hard copy to Laurel Resume, SCA Inc., Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036 and electronically to and Resumes must be received by July 31, 2017. The present Laurel’s warrant expires in September 2017. Once the application period closes, the names of the candidates will be posted in a cover letter for the review of the College and submission of comments to the Board.

Andrewe Bawldwyn, OP
Laurel Principal King of Arms

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

Categories: SCA news sites

Reminder: Polling Award Recommendation Deadline is April 2

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-03-29 10:31

A reminder that recommendation for polling orders close April 2. You can make your recommendations here.

This includes a reminder that you do not have an award to write someone in for that award. This also includes a reminder to mention the person’s local group in the body of the recommendation letter, otherwise, it gets left out.

If clicking the above does not work, you can copy and paste this URL into your browser

Filed under: Uncategorized

Open Positions: SCA, Inc. Corporate Treasurer and Society Exchequer

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-03-27 08:30
Below are two separate postings for open positions at Society. The first is a part-time, stipened position as Corporate Treasurer, the second is a volunteer position to be Society Exchequer, who reports to the Corporate Treasurer. Although the job postings are different, both have an application deadline of April 1st. SCA, Inc. Corporate Treasurer

The Board of Directors is accepting applications for the position of
Corporate Treasurer.  This is a part-time, stipend position, which
requires approximately 5-10 hours per week except when finalizing the
yearly budget.

Applicants must be available for at least the October quarterly Board
Discussion Session (typically held on Friday), in addition to the
October Board meeting (typically on Saturday).  Additional traveling may
be required.

1)  Working knowledge of basic financial spreadsheet program (QuickBooks
or other);
2)  Experience with managing budgets and financial forecasting,
including tracking and analyzing variances;
3)  Basic suite of office communication skills – spreadsheets,
presentations, Word, etc.
4)  Preference for degree in accounting or finance.

Duties of the Treasurer

Maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its
goals and objectives.

Work with the Society Exchequer, the Vice President for Corporate
Operations and the outside accountant to ensure all financial filings
are maintained.

Work with the Society Exchequer to ensure that our relationships with
third party financial vendors (i.e. banks) are maintained.

Understand financial accounting for nonprofit organizations.

Work with the President and the Vice President of Corporate Operations
to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the
Board on a timely basis.

Prepare and present the annual budget to the Board of Directors.

Develop and maintain internal control policies, guidelines, and
procedures for activities such as budget administration.

Work with the Society Exchequer, President and the Vice President of
Corporate Operations to maintain and improve internal control policies,
guidelines and procedures for PayPal.

Analyze the financial details of past, present, and expected operations
in order to identify development opportunities and areas where
improvement is needed.

Evaluate needs for procurement of funds and investment of surpluses, and
make appropriate recommendations.

Ensure development and broad review of financial policies and

Maintain current knowledge of organizational policies and procedures,
federal and state policies and directives, and current accounting

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, together with
modern and SCA qualifications, via hardcopy to:

Renee Signorotti
Society for Creative Anachronism
PO Box 360789
Milpitas, CA  95036-0789

Courtesy copies should be provided via email to:

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2017.


Therese Hofheins
Corporate Treasurer
Society For Creative Anachronism, Inc

Society Exchequer

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the
position of Society Exchequer. This position reports to the SCA
Corporate Treasurer.

Duties and responsibilities:
1. Track and review quarterly reports on Kingdom accounts
2. Review Financial Policies and submit to the Board for approval
3. Report quarterly to the Board and the Corporate Treasurer.
4. Conduct training of Kingdom Exchequers.
5. Maintain the various exchequer handbooks/manuals as scheduled.
6. Work with the Tax Specialist in maintaining exchequer reporting
7. Review and process requests to open or change bank accounts.
8. Monitor use of Paypal and the training by Paypal specialist.

Preferred Skills:
1. Moderate to expert MS Excel proficiency.
2. Moderate MS Word proficiency.
3. Good communication skills.
4. Previous experience as a Kingdom Exchequer required.
5. Bachelors degree in accounting preferred.

Prior experience as an exchequer in the SCA is required; prior Kingdom
Exchequer experience is highly desired. Working knowledge of SCA?s
accounting procedures is necessary. Individuals with accounting
backgrounds or training are highly desired. Dependable email access and
dependable phone access are required for this position.
The Society Exchequer receives a stipend for their services and will
receive a 1099 for tax purposes. Work load will vary but expect to put
in an average of 15 hours per week.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, together with
modern and SCA qualifications, via hardcopy to:

Renee Signorotti
Society for Creative Anachronism
PO Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

Courtesy copies should be provided via email to:

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2017.


Therese Hofheins
Corporate Treasurer
Society For Creative Anachronism, Inc

Filed under: Corporate, Official Notices Tagged: Exchequer, job posting, SCA, sca inc, Society, volunteer

Classes Sought for Academy of the Rapier

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-03-26 19:21

Masters and Mistresses, Dons and Doñas, Warders and Companions, Lords and Ladies alike…Announcing the call for anyone interested in teaching fencing classes!

The Æthelmearc Defense Academy is hosting an Academy of the Rapier in Rome, NY on April 15, 2017.

While we invite our rattan cousins to join us and use the space that is available outside, this event will be fencing and Cut and Thrust intensive. At this time the teaching schedule is wide open, only a few slots are taken so we are very flexible as to when your class could be arranged. The closer to the event that it gets the more difficult it will be to have that happen.

All areas of fencing and Cut and Thrust study are available as topics at the site, which is a civic center. The main facility floor that we are able to use is an ice hockey rink (no ice. Sorry – no Musketeer re-enacting!) and the spaces around it including small classrooms and outdoor spaces.

This event is intentionally focused instructional and training time. Please have no expectation of a period experience.

There is no court or feast scheduled.

Anyone interested in teaching classes at either or both events should contact Countess Elena d’Artois or Master Diego Munoz (via FB Messenger).

We would love to have YOU come teach. Please let us know if you have other questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

(Facebook event page is here.)

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Duchess Morgen Receives Writ for Chivalry

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-03-25 16:48

Photo by Master Liam.

Maighstir Liam macan tSaoire reports that Duchess Morgen of Rye received a Writ of Summons to the Order of Chivalry today at The Donnan Party. Her vigil and elevation will be held at Ice Dragon.

Vivat Duchess Morgen!

Once elevated, she and Baroness Beatrix Krieger (who received her writ at Ædult Swim for elevation at Pennsic) will be the fourth and fifth female knights recognized in Æthelmearc, joining Duchess Sir Rowan de la Garnison, Countess Sir Ariella of Thornbury, and Mistress Sir Cunen Beornhelm.

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Crown Letters of Intent Due April 13

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-03-25 12:55

From the Kingdom Seneschal, Duke Christopher: 

This is a reminder to all Crown Tournament combatants and consorts that your letters of intent are due no later than April 13th. You may use the new online form, found here:, or email, mail, or hand deliver as outlined in Article III of Kingdom Law.

Please let me or Their Highnesses know if you have any questions.

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Donnan Party 2017: Schedule

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-03-24 16:19

In a fencing mood this weekend? Here’s the schedule for the Donnan Party:


  • Troll opens for staff, Royals, retinue, merchants, and vigil staff


  • Troll opens for public
  • Authorizations and pic ups for rapier and heavy weapons


  • Morning Court


  • Rapier pickups and authorizations continue
  • Heavy weapons muster begins
  • Rapier class: Polish Swaba
  • Rapier class: Introductory Agrippa
  • Archery range opens
  • Arts & Science set up


  • Rapier class: Tips to Control the Tip
  • Rapier class: Improving your practice


  • Birthday Smacks
  • Arts & Sciences on display for viewing and populace voting.
  • Sideboard begins


  • Rapier class: Vor and the Nach


  • Rapier melee work (or after birthday smacks)
  • Troll closes


  • Cut and Thrust Round Robyn Tourney


  • Youth combat


  • Meeting of the Æthelmearc Academy of Defense


  • Scholars Tourney
  • White Scarf meeting (Room 201)


  • MOD meeting (Room 201)
  • Sideboard closes
  • Heavy muster ends


  • Archery range closes

5:00 (or at their Majesties’ convenience)

  • Court

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