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From the SCA Board of Directors: Request for Commentary on Proposed Changes to the SCA By-Laws and Corporate Policies

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-11-02 16:20

Via the SCA, Inc. announcements mailing list

Currently open for commentary is a proposal for changes to the By-Laws and Corporate Policies for the Society for Creative Anachronism. The reasons for the suggested changes are to clarify confusing language, eliminate antiquated terms, and to correct grammar errors.

Due to the number of corrections requested, the documents along with the proposed changes have been posed on the SCA website to facilitate review of same. This file can be located at:

All members are encouraged forward their opinions for consideration.
Comments may be mailed to:
Comments / By-Law Changes
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

Comments may also be emailed to
Please use “By-Laws Changes” in the subject line.

Commentary will be accepted until January 15, 2018.

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.

Filed under: Announcements, Corporate Tagged: by-laws, corpora, corporate announcements, corporate policies, request for comment, Request for Comments, sca announcements, sca corporate, sca inc

In Memoriam: Maestro Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2017-10-31 22:09

Photo by Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi.


On Saturday, October 28, Æthelmearc lost a loyal and hardworking servant of the Crown. Maestro Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato, also known as “Joe the Just,” passed away after complications from surgery.

Maestro Giuseppe started attending SCA functions in 1999 in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael (greater Buffalo, NY), and made it to his first event in 2000.  He quickly jumped into the Society with both feet and became a pillar of his Barony and the Kingdom.

Giuseppe recieved a Pelican in 2012 for his many works, especially autocratting events, running thrown weapons lists, and holding offices from Canton to Kingdom level. If you needed something built, hauled, or organized, he was your guy. One of his many services was driving the “Baronial Bus” to haul gear from his Barony to and from each Pennsic.

Maestro Giuseppe indulged in the occasional grand gesture. At War Practice during the reign of Byron and Ariella, when he took on the position of Kingdom Chamberlain along with Master Meszaros Janos, he presented the Kingdom with a fire ring adorned with escarbuncles to be used in the Royal Camp at Pennsic.

Maestro Giuseppe’s fire ring. Photo by Master Alaxandair O Conchobhair.

The list of awards he has received in recognition of his work over more than 17 years in the SCA encompasses not only most of Æthelmearc’s Kingdom awards and orders, and awards from his local Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, but also awards from the Barony of Rising Waters across the Niagara River in Ealdormere. Most recently he was recognized by King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle with a Sycamore at War Practice last spring for his thrown weapons targets and the Kingdom fire ring.

As many of Maestro Giuseppe’s friends have been shocked by the news of his sudden passing, stories of the ways he’s helped others are emerging.

Baron Magnus and Baroness Miriel of the Rhydderich Hael posted a remembrance of Maestro Giuseppe on their blog site, which eloquently describes how beloved he was in his barony. In that post, they noted, “Joe was a fixture in our Society, constantly working in front of and behind the scenes to make the Society a better place for others. Perhaps it was this singular dedication and drive that makes his passing so hard to imagine. Joe never stopped and no one expected he ever would.”

Photo by Baroness Rosemund von Glinde.

THLady Renata Rouge remembers, “About 10 years ago, my sister’s house burned suddenly. She lost EVERYTHING. It was a few weeks before Ice Dragon, which Joe was autocratting at the time. I felt like a chicken running around without it’s head, trying to arrange for donations to help my sister and the girls. Joe and [Mistress Tiercelin] both emailed me to say that they had arranged for space at Ice Dragon for people to drop off donations of items and clothing, and that there would be a box for monetary donations, to help with the financial burden. I was shocked, and more thankful than I could gather words for. Sure enough, when we got there, we had a truckload of items and not only did Joe collect donations of money but also gift cards for building stores and such. It was so incredible. Then he insisted on buying lunch for my mother and I (back then, Ice Dragon had the cantina style lunches.) That was really when he and I started getting close as friends.”

Master Filippo de Sancto Martino noted, “To call Joe Piselli my friend is an understatement. He was like a brother. His death still seems too unreal. [Giuseppe] traveled, set up ranges and molded things as he saw fit. In the Hael, he autocratted and ran the shed determined to be the best at both. Joe was a “my way or the highway kind of guy”; determined to make things happen. He worked hard, often overworking himself to the point of hurting himself and becoming a wee bit over cranky.” Filippo continues, “There will be many great stories told about Joe, aka Joe the Just, aka Just Joe, aka Joe knows a guy. I’ll let others tell those stories. They tell them better than me any way. I’ll remember the cranky grumpy bastard I call a brother and a friend. I can see him giving me that look and saying “Really Phil”. And I would say, “Now put on a shirt and grab some rest before you piss any more people off.”

Maestro Giuseppe receiving a Sycamore. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.

Mistress Anna Eisenkopf recalls Joe fondly, “He was always there with a smile, a hug, and a helpful hand. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. There was a Harvest Raid event that I remember many years ago. It was a weird weather day: one minute the sun was shining, the next it was raining or sleeting sideways. At one point we realized that whenever Giuseppe came out to the thrown weapons range, the weather would decidedly take a turn for the worse. That was one of the early times of laughter with him but there were so many more. This past [Pennsic] War he was recuperating from his first back surgery so he couldn’t be there for my elevation to the Pelican, but he made sure to have someone deliver a gift of a medallion to me. Until we meet again, my dear friend.”

In addition to all his other work, Joe was known as a fine photographer. He kindly gave the Gazette permission to use his photos in our event reports and court reports, and numerous people have said he was the only one who could take a “good” photo of them. THL Renata said, “Oddly enough, Joe was also one of the very few people who could take my picture 1. without me knowing it and 2. while I was not making weird faces. In fact, that was his trick he told me; he said that if I didn’t know he was taking my picture, it always came out beautiful. Of course I took that as a challenge to follow him around, trying to catch him pointing his camera at me.”

One of Joe’s photos, of Duchess Dorinda.

Master Filippo recalls that Giuseppe was also known for his fashion sense. “He was… a clothes horse. He wore decent attire at events, [was] shirtless for take down and set up, and dressed to the nines for court.” Baroness Aemelia Soteria noted that Joe was usually shirtless on the thrown weapons range as well, while THLady Govindi Dera Ghazi Khan commented “He said he’d never wear a t-tunic!”

Visitation and funeral information for Maestro Giuseppe (Joe Piselli):

On Sunday, November 12th, there will be a Celebration of Life for all of Joe’s friends and family-by-choice. More details will follow when they have been finalized.

Maestro Giuseppe is survived by his sister Jaye Lynn, his brother Lawrence, his nephew Matthew, his niece Emily, his inspiration Lady Ysabeau de Comport, his bejant (thrown weapons student) Baroness Aemelia Soteria, and a large host of friends across the Society.

On Saturday evening at the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Champion’s event in Nithgaard, King Gareth and Queen Juliana held a moment of silence in memory of Master Giuseppe, and that night many good gentles all around the Kingdom raised a glass to their friend, Joe.

Just… Joe.

Photo by Duchess Anna Blackleaf.

This article was compiled by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope with assistance from Master Filippo de Sancto Martino,  THLady Renata Rouge, Mistress Anna Eisenkopf, Baron Magnus de Lyons, Baroness Miriel du Lac, THLady Govindi Dera Ghazi Khan, Baroness Aemelia Soteria, and Mistress Cori Ghora.

Categories: SCA news sites

Fall Æcademy: Schedule, Lunch Menu, Classes for Everyone!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2017-10-31 21:39

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


  • 8:30 AM                Site opens
  • 9:30 AM                Opening Court
  • 10 AM             Classes begin
  • 11 to 1         Lunch served
  • 5 PM                Classes end
  • 5:30 PM                Closing Court
  • 7 PM                Site closes

PLEASE NOTE: There is minimal parking at the church. Anyone may pull into the lot to unload, but we request that spaces in the lot be reserved for those with mobility concerns. For those who are ambulatory, a free pubic parking lot is available across the street behind the Community Bank. Please use caution when using the crosswalk, as this is a major thoroughfare. Use the entrance near the marked accessibility lift.


Prepared by Lady Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa, lunch will be available from 11 AM to 1 PM. In order to ease overcrowding in the lunch room, gentles are asked to eat lunch either from 11 AM to noon or from noon to 1 PM. The menu includes:

  • Olive medley
  • Cheese cubes
  • Yogurt with fruit (strawberries, blueberries or other available berries, possibly orange marmalade as well)
  • Meatballs (beef/pork and chicken options )with sauces on the side (cameline sauce and pepper sauce)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Leek soup
  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Bread
  • Chocolate candies
  • Coffee, hot water for tea/cocoa, possibly sikanjabin or lemonade.

Adult Classes

We have classes for bards, brewers, clothiers, cooks, dancers, fencers, fiber artists, leatherworkers, scribes, woodworkers, youths, and a host of others:


  • The Irish Bardic Tradition


  • Judging an SCA Brewing Competition
  • How to Brew Your First Beer


  • Spanish Clothing Terms for Non-Spanish Speakers
  • The Skjoldehamn Hood
  • Medieval Double Apron
  • The Goldhaube: An early 16th Century Saxon Hair Covering
  • From Seeing to Sewing: Intro to Pattern Making


  • Foundations of Period Dance Technique
  • English Dance

Fencing (War College)

  • Tricks to watch out for in fencing

Fiber Arts

  • Burn It!
  • Warp-weighted loom weights: Their story and use
  • Introduction to Silk Banners
  • Intermediate/advanced Embroidery

Food & Drink

  • What the Irish Drank
  • Before Béchamel & Hollandaise
  • Euriol’s Book of Secrets: Introduction to Recipe Translation


  • The Truth About Boleyn Green!

Japanese Studies

  • Perfectly Period Feast: Heian-kyo 2020
  • Heian-kyō 2020 : Annual Festivals of Spring and Autumn
  • Heian-kyō 2020 : Ritual, Festival, and Auspicious Food in Premodern Japan


  • Hardened Leather

SCA Life

  • MoL 101
  • Now What?! Effective Documentation
  • Talking with Your Hands

Scandinavian Studies

  • The Skalds
  • 871 +/- 2: History of the Settlement of Iceland to the year 1000
  • The Marriages of Guðrún and Hallgerður


  • Scribal Documentation and Petting Zoo
  • Illuminating using the Morgan Picture Bible
  • Basic Scribal tool Box for Illuminators
  • Whitework 101: It’s not as scary as you think!


  • Three Scandinavian Boxes

Youth Track

(Thanks to the efforts of Her Grace Duchess Ilish, the upcoming AEcademy is chock-full of fun and engaging activities for our youth.)

  • Embroidery for Children and Beginners
  • Drawing Flowers on a Scroll
  • Stuffed Eggs
  • Make and Take T-Tunic for 18-inch Doll or Teddy
  • Origami for Youth
  • Clay Play

All Youth Track classes will be held in Classroom #2. Each lasts one hour.
All supplies are provided, unless otherwise noted.
Instructors have requested a limited number of participants. Sign up near Troll to reserve a spot for your child.
Children must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of the class.

Descriptions for all classes can be found here. (Click on the title for the description of the class.)

To assist in planning your day on Saturday, the full schedule is now available here.
(A printable version can be found here.)

Event details can be found here.

Visit the event’s Facebook page and find out which of your friends will be there — and let them know you’re coming, too!

(Psst … This will give our kind kitchen crew a better idea of how many people to expect …. It’s always a good idea to keep the kitchen crew happy!)

Categories: SCA news sites

Google-Based Email Arrives in the East

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-10-31 14:28

Greetings to the Populace of the Kingdom of the East from the Office of the Webministry!

There have been, over the last 9 months or so, various references made to “Google for Non-Profits” in a variety of places. If you haven’t seen them, that’s fine, but if you have it has been awfully vague. It is time to no longer be vague.

Back in March we began a relationship with Google for Non-Profits (hereafter GfNP), the free service that Google provides to 501(c)(3) organizations. The GfNP service suite includes nearly every service that Google provides, such as GMail, Google Calendar, Google Forms, etc. Since then we have been slowly and carefully planning out just how we are going to manage moving more than 700 email accounts spread over ~70 branches plus the Kingdom itself so as to minimize the pain and suffering. We all went through the last East Kingdom Server migration, we do not wish to go through that pain again.

At this time there are no plans to replace the Kingdom Events Calendar with Google Calendar, or to move websites over to Google Sites. Google Calendar can certainly be leveraged by Officers or Branches to provide calendaring services themselves. Using Google Sites would be much more difficult and at this time is not on the table.

There are, however, plans to make use of Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Sheets, … probably others I don’t even know of. … but that’s phase 2. Phase 1 is email.

We have been working hard on planning and on doing everything we can to make the system we are moving to as easy to use as possible. We are just beginning to test with actual user accounts within the Webministry, and soon we will be sending out a request to all of the local branches and Kingdom Offices for information about your people who need accounts. This is where the first enormous change comes in to play: we will be creating accounts for individuals, not for offices. Thus, one individual who happens to hold 4 different offices will have 1 email account to check. When sending email, that individual would have to choose which office they are sending from, but replying to existing email will handle it for them. So we need to know who all of your people are, where in the past we needed to know what Offices you had.

The second enormous change is that Google has the resources to do effective SPAM filtering, where we simply don’t.

So in the near future, all branch Seneschals and Webministers should be receiving that request for information about your officers, as should all Kingdom Officers to report on their staff. During November, we are planning on migrating the first branch or two, starting with small branches with very technical Webministers so we can work the bugs out of the migration process before we go and inflict it on all the rest of you. With any luck, we won’t need more than two test branches as we streamline the process. This is also the part where we write up the instructions for everyone. Don’t worry, we have a technical trainer on staff now who will make sure that we write in English instead of IT-gobbledygook, we understand that for most of our Populace that isn’t a language you speak.

Once things are known to be working smoothly, we will start ramping up moving more branches each week. The Kingdom itself, for a huge variety of reasons, has to go last. We’re willing to commit that this migration will be completed during the reign of Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde, but we’re going to move as fast as we reasonably can once we get started. As much as we want this done, we want it done *right* even more.

In Service,
Joel Messerer (formerly known as “of Vestfell”)
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister of Services

Filed under: Announcements

Boxed lunches at Crown Tourney / Boîtes repas au Tournoi de la Couronne

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-10-29 16:02

En français

Attention Combatants and Consorts for Crown Tourney: The dayboard cooks will be preparing boxed lunches for all entrants, to be distributed separately from the general service so they may focus on the list while still getting a hearty lunch. A handful of you have emailed me to let me know of food allergies and issues—thank you!

If anyone else on the tournament list has an allergy/sensitivity, or even a preference for certain items to NOT be in their lunch (menu has been posted in several places), please email me at as soon as possible so we can make sure to accommodate everyone.

Thank you!

PS: just to be clear, each box will be clearly marked with each entrants’ heraldry, so we will have the ability to customize lunches as needed.

En français

traduit par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Attention à tous les Combattants et les Consorts participant au Tournoi de la Couronne: Les cuisiniers prépareront des boîtes repas pour tous les participants, à être distribuées séparément du service général, afin de pouvoir concentrer leurs efforts sur les combats dans les listes, tout en profitant d’un repas nourrissant. Quelques uns d’entre vous m’ont déjà écrit pour me faire part d’allergies et autres préoccupations – merci !

Si d’autres personnes sur la liste des combattants a une allergie ou une intolérance, ou même une préférence à ne PAS inclure certains items dans la boîte (le menu a été posté à différents endroits),  veuillez écrire à le plus rapidement possible pour être certain de pouvoir accommoder tout le monde.

Boyar Aleksei

PS: Pour être clair, chaque boîte sera identifiée clairement par l’écu de chaque participant, donc nous pourrons faire les boîtes sur mesure pour chaque personne, selon les besoins.

Filed under: En français, Events Tagged: Crown Tourney

Looking for judges in Arts and Sciences / Juges recherchés pour les Arts et Sciences

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-10-29 16:01

En français

Greetings all,

K&Q Arts and Sciences championship is approaching rapidly, and that means it’s time to find judges!

If you are interested in helping judge this illustrious competition, please fill out our judge registration form here.

Judging is open to anyone who feels reasonably experienced in an art and as a judge. You will be part of a team who will be evaluating several artisans’ work, and we make every effort to place judges and artisans together in a way that helps everyone learn and grow!

If you don’t feel comfortable judging but are interested in learning, we have an option to “shadow” a team. Tag along, see how the process works, and add to your own knowledge!

Prospective judges will also be asked to read and agree to our Judge Agreement form (linked in the registration form), which outlines our expectations for judging in this competition. We want to make sure that entrants and judges alike come away with a positive experience!

Guidelines for the competition, as well as the three rubrics that judges will use to evaluate artisans, can be found on the MoAS website here.

We need many judges to make this a successful experience for all. Your unique perspective and experience can provide anyone with valuable insight to help them along their path.

With a generous pool of judges, we will be able to give the competitors the personal attention and feedback they need – and we will also be able to give judges a break to enjoy the rest of the event!

Please give us a hand in making this a fun and enlightening experience for all!

-Magnus hvalmagi, Special Deputy to the MoAS

En français

traduit par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Salutations à tous,

Le Championnat d’Arts et Sciences du Roi et de la Reine approche à grands pas, et cela veut dire qu’il est temps de trouver des juges !

Si vous êtes intéressés d’aider à juger cette illustre compétition, veuiller remplir le formulaire d’enregistrement pour les juges, ici:

Les postes sont ouverts à n’importe qui se sentant raisonnablement expérimenté dans un art et comme juge. Vous ferez partie d’une équipe évaluant le travail de plusieurs artisans, et nous ferons tous les efforts possibles afin de jumeler ensemble des groupes permettant à tous d’apprendre et d’évoluer dans le processus.

Si vous ne vous sentez pas confortable dans le rôle de juge, mais êtes intéressés à apprendre, nous avons aussi une option permettant d’être observateur. Vous suivrez cette équipe, afin de voir comment le processus fonctionne et ainsi augmenter votre connaissance du sujet.

On demandera aux juges potentiels de lire et d’être en accord avec le Formulaire d’entente des juges (lien disponible dans le formulaire d’enregistrement), qui détaille nos attentes en ce qui a trait aux juges dans cette compétition. Nous souhaitons être certains que les participants, autant que les juges, aient une experience positive à l’issue de cette journée !

Les consignes pour cette competition, ainsi que les trios rubriques que les juges utiliseront pour évaluer les artisans, peuvent être trouvés sur la page web du Ministre des Arts et Sciences:

Nous avons besoin de beaucoup de juges afin que ceci soit une expérience fructueuse pour tous. Votre perspective unique et votre expérience peuvent donner à n’importe qui un point de vue différent et très enrichissant afin de les aider dans leur cheminement.

Un basin de selection de juges généreux nous permettra de donner aux compétiteurs l’attention et la rétroaction dont ils ont besoin – et nous pourrons aussi donner une pause aux juges afin de profiter du reste de l’événement !

S’il-vous-plaît, donnez-nous un coup de main afin de rendre cette expérience agréable et enrichissante pour tous !

-Magnus hvalmagi, Député Spécial pour le Ministre des Arts et Science

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, En français Tagged: Kings and Queens Champions

Paypal Payment and Dayboard Menu Available for Bhakail Yule

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-10-29 12:47

Those desiring to preregister for Yule Revel in Renaissance Germany can be preregistered online by completing the survey here then paying the EK PayPal invoice (which will be generated within 24 hours). Event announcement can be found here.

Additionally, our dayboard cook has sent us her menu pasted below.  (Remember to contact the cooks for questions and allergy concerns)

Good gentles, we are excited to tell you about the Dayboard for Yule. Inspired primarily by paintings of nearby Flemish market scenes, we are bringing you foods that were traded to Germany in the early 1580s. We are hoping to offer a variety of cheeses. There will be 2 fine salads from Rumpolt – one of field greens & pomegranates (served disassembled to accommodate allergies) and one of lemons. We’ll have vegetables (both pickled and fresh), fruits (fresh, dried, and preserved), and nuts.

For hearty travelers, there will be a hard sausage and mustard. We hope you enjoy our warm bread and cold butter. There will be reliable hard boiled eggs (served with parsley and vinegar) and slightly more daring pickled herring.

We hope to provide sufficient tempting nibbles to sustain you through the many reunions of old friends and the meetings of new ones.

We hope to see you there

Dame Brunissende Dragonette

Filed under: Events Tagged: Barony of Bhakail, Yule

Stand not A-Maized! Come to the corn maze

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-10-29 12:33

Starting on November 10th an SCA horde will descend on a small corn maze in Pennsylvania and create some Zea-mays-ing chaos. Also known as the “Æthelmearc and East Kingdom War”, the Corn Maze Battle is the brain child of His Grace Timothy of Arindale, and is focused on relaxed fun that really speaks to the Kernel of what the SCA is all about. The event features a weekend of both heavy fighting and fencing and is focused on melee based battles. The day will include warlord style 5 man melee battles, Minotaur battles, and of course the famous night-fighting spectacular “zombie battle”! This year there is a new innovation: full contact tug of war (heavy combat)! If enough people come on Friday night there will be a torchlight jugging tourney!

Camping is encouraged and people are welcome to sit around the fire and talk about what an A-maizing time was had. Need food? No, it’s not corn…the site (Ard’s Farm) has a fantastic on-site restaurant and amply stocked farmers market. There is no excuse to go home hungry.

Sadly, after this sales pitch, it is important to announce this is the last Corn Maze Battle that His Grace will hold. Don’t worry folks, His Grace has new evil plans in the works for the future, but this will not include the corn maze. To that end, His Grace is looking to get as many people on site as are willing to come. So Cob together the gear you need and get to the maze! Links to all the important information are included below. Please keep your Ears open for updates.

Not decided yet? Read about past fun here: 

Corn Maze III promo (2016)

Corn Maze 2015 – After action report

Important links and information: 

Kingdom Website Event Page

Event Facebook Page

What the Heck is Jugging?

Categories: SCA news sites

Peach Ginger Conserve

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-10-28 10:04

By THL Elska á Fjárfelli
Dominion of Myrkfaelinn

Inspired by Harvest Raid’s A&S Competition theme, “The Harvest,” I decided to make something to enter in the competition with a fruit harvested from our own homestead orchard. As we were blessed with many peaches this year, I chose to make a peach ginger conserve, modernly called a jam.

But what I found when researching jams was something I did not expect. While preserving fruits has always been a staple of the medieval kitchen, looking deeper into the subject I found that preserving fruit as a jam was not. The word “jam” began to creep into manuscript cookery books in the last quarter of the seventeenth century, and into the printed ones early in the eighteenth. It might have had a Middle Eastern origin, as there is an Arabic word—jam—which means “close-packed” or “all together.” From its more general usage in English for things that were jammed against one another, the word passed into the realm of confectionery to indicate those preserves where soft fruits cooked with sugar were crushed together, rather than sieved, and could thus be described as “jammed” or “in a jam.”

In period, fruits were preserved in sweet, spiced syrups of wine and sugar or honey, or in the form of solid marmalades. Syrup preserves are found in sources starting with Apicius, a collection of 4th to 5th century Roman cookery recipes, and solid marmalade recipes have been found as early as the 14th century. The spreadable, soft-fruit preserve we currently know as jams and jellies are usually sealed up in preserving jars or cans of some kind, which is necessary to avoid spoilage like mold. Recipes for soft jams and jellies are mostly found from the eighteenth century up, when canning also became a possibility. A storage technique that could have been used in period, and has been used post period, is using some kind of vessel like a ceramic jar that is topped with a brandy-soaked disk of parchment and then covered with melted tallow or beeswax.

An interesting nugget is the idea that the word “marmalade” originally came from “Marie malade,” or sick Mary, because marmalade was regularly made for Mary Queen of Scots to keep her healthy. “Marmalade” actually comes via French from the Portuguese marmelada and means quince jelly. The earliest reference to marmalade is from 1524—18 years before the birth of Queen Mary—when one box of marmalade was presented to the king (it was an expensive delicacy). The French condoignac and chardequynce are antecedents of the marmalade we know today and are themselves descendants from the cidonitum of 4th-century Palladius. The medieval malomellus was a term used both for the fruit quince and for the conserve; the modern Portuguese for the fruit is still marmelo.

My recipe was a mix of “Old Fashioned Peach Preserves” and “Ginger Jam” from The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest. Because this conserve is meant to be preserved, as advised by the FDA I used a modern conserving recipe to make sure it canned safely. All ingredients, taken separately, were available in period, including the lemon juice, but due to the lack of canning technology not necessarily used in this manner. The quinces in the period recipe are used to thicken the marmalade so it is solid, as it is very high in pectin.

Even though the conserve in this form is technically not period, it was well received in the competition and many samples were tasted. Spiced peach preserves and peach ginger conserves are favorites in our household, and I was happy to be able to share our bountiful harvest with the many gentles visiting the Harvest Raid A&S Display and Competition.


This 15th century Portuguese recipe indicates peaches were used in conserves:

60 – Pessegada. Cortem ao meio duas partes de pêssego e uma de marmelo, e levem-nas a cozer, em separado. Depois que estiverem cozidas, passem tudo por uma peneira fina. A seguir, ajuntem tanto açúcar quanto for o peso da massa, e levem o tacho ao fogobrando. Deixem atingir o ponto de marmelada, e coloquem o doce em caixetas.

Peach Marmalade. Cut in half two parts of peach and one of quince, and cook them separately. After they are cooked, put everything through a fine sieve. Next, add a like amount of sugar to the weight of the paste, and take the pot to a low heat. Allow it to reach the point of marmalade, and place the confection in little boxes.

From A Treatise of Portuguese Cuisine from the 15th Century.


This 16th – 17th century recipe indicates boiling to candy height (interpreted as sheeting):


Take peaches & boyle them tender, as you did your apricocks, & strayne them.  then take as much sugar as they weigh & boyle it to candy height.  mix ym together, & make it up into paste as you doe yr other fruit.  soe dry them and use it at your pleasure. Peel and slice peaches. Bring them to a boil over medium heat in a thick pan.  Cover pan, stirring occasionally.  Add a little rosewater if desired.

From A Booke of Sweetmeats, Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery, 1550-1650.


This 1608 recipe indicates ginger was used in spicing conserves:

  1. To make rough-red Marmelade of Quinces, commonly called lump-Marmelade, that shall looke as red as any rubie.

Pare ripe and well coloured Peare-quinces, and cut them in pieces like dice, parboile them very tender, or rather reasonably tender in faire water, then powre them into a Colender, and let the water runne from them into a cleane Bason, then straine that water through a strainer into a Posnet [skillet], for if there be any grauell in the Quinces, it will be in that water : Then take the weight of the Quinces in double refined Sugar very fine, put halfe thereof into the Posnet, into the water with a graine of Muske, a slice or two of Ginger tied in a thrid, and let it boile couered close, vntill you see your sugar come to the colour of Claret wine, then vncouer it and take out your Ginger, and so let it boile vntill your sirupe being to consume away, then take it off the fire, and pomice it with a ladle, and so stirre it and coole it, and it will looke thick like tart-stuffe, then put in your other halfe of your Sugar, and so let it boile, always stirring it vntill it come from the bottome of the Posnet, then box it, and it will looke red like a Rubie, the putting of the last Sugar brings it to an orient colour.

A Closet for Ladies and Gentlewomen, 1608.



Costenbader, Carol W. The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest. Storey Publishing, 1997.

Gomes, Fernanda (trans.). A Treatise of Portuguese Cuisine from the 15th Century.…/Faerisa/portuguese15thC.html

Hess, Karen (transcriber). Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery. Columbia University Press, New York, 1981.

Holloway, Johnna. A Closet for Ladies and Gentlewomen (1608). 2011.

Stefan’s Florilegium:…/FOOD…/jams-jellies-msg.html…/FOOD…/marmalades-msg.html

Wilson, C. Anne. The Book of Marmalade. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.

And the cooks at the SCA Cooks Facebook group. Thank you!

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On Target: Late Season Safety Check

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-10-26 19:42

This month’s On Target focuses on doing a late-season safety check of your equipment.

I’ve just come back from an event and started to look over my loaner equipment. In the first picture, notice the nock on the left arrow is cracked, the nock on the arrow on the right easily twisted off and required some superglue.

Pulling more arrows out of the quiver, I was able to easily twist off an arrow tip as well.

While inspecting arrow shafts, I thought I saw a very small crack. Giving the shaft a small twist, it shattered in my hands. This is the second time I’ve seen this. Lesson learned: darker shafts can hide splits.


Lastly, I took a beat up target off a piece of foam to replace it with a new target. The foam was so badly shot up it split. Any arrows shot at it would all blow through resulting in possible damage or loss of the arrows.


I’d like to take a moment to thank my editor, Mistress Arianna, for correcting my spelling, grammar, and punctuation that makes this article readable.

As always I would love to hear some questions or comments.

This month’s safety tip: never run down range. You may come across an arrow in the ground, or as we call it, “deadwood,” and trip.

In service,

THL Deryk Archer


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Court Report: St. Swithin’s Bog Investiture

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-10-26 11:50

This being the Court Report for Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, held at the Baronial Investiture in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog on July 15, 2017 (A.S. 52), as reported by Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, with the assistance of Her Grace, Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin.

Their Majesties note that the time draws near for Their Excellencies, Iago and Emilia, to retire to their country estates, and give them leave to conduct their final court.

Upon completion of their court, Their Majesties call forth Iago and Emilia to attend. After praising them on their time and service to St. Swithin’s Bog, Their Majesties asked for the Baronial Coronets, and after expressing Their thanks, allowed them to retire.

Their Majesties then call for the Seneschal of the Barony, and after confirming that the proper procedures were followed for a successful election, They called forth the elected Baron and Baroness, Gunther and Rosheen. After confirming their desire to fulfill their station and serve the Barony, They asked for Iago and Emilia to place the Baronial coronets upon Gunther and Rosheen’s heads. Their Excellencies gave their oath of fealty, were invited to take their place, and given leave to name the Captain of the Guard and the Lead Retainer.

Their Majesties continued by having business with Emily of Dunvegan, who was asked if she still wished to be inducted into the Order of Defense. With her affirmative answer, They sent her forth to her vigil.

They then called forth Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen and asked her if she had a continued wish to join the Order of Defense. With her affirmative answer, They sent her forth to her vigil.

They then called for Ælric Ravenshaw, and asked him about his intention to be inducted into the Order of the Pelican. With his affirmative answer, he was sent forth to his vigil.

Their Majesties announced that Their Excellencies would be Sitting in State for a time in the afternoon, and court was then suspended.

On the field in the afternoon, it was noted by His Majesty that a certain fighter has caught His attention. This fighter has been steadily improving himself both on and off the field and with the consent of the Order of the Chivalry, asked Thorsol Solinauga if he would consider joining this order at a time to be determined.

THL Thorsol receives a Writ for the Chivalry

In the evening, with the populace seated and comfortable, Their Majesties gave commentary on how the children are the future of the Society, but how they also need to be entertained for the duration of court business, and sent them off in search of the Royal Toy Box to collect a toy to keep them occupied. They then gave leave for Their Excellencies, Gunther and Rosheen, to conduct their court.


Baron Gunther and Baroness Rosheen hold their first Baronial Court

At the conclusion of the Baronial business, the court of Timothy and Gabrielle did continue with the Thrown Weapons Champion reporting that a competition was held, with the winner being Kenn the Just, who was invested with the trappings of his station. Master Tigernach presented tokens for thrown weapons ranking achievements, made by Master Antonio de Luna.

Lord Kenn the Just is named Thrown Weapons Champion

The Heavy Weapons Champion Tournament was held on the field, where Thorsol Solinauga was pronounced the winner. He was called forth and entrusted with keeping the Sword of State safe for Their Majesties.

THL Thorsol is named Heavy Weapons Champion

Their Majesties then called for Dorothea Stark Shütze to attend them. They expressed Their pleasure with Dorothea’s artwork and service as a retainer, and created her a Lady of the Court, bestowing an Award of Arms upon her. Scrolls are by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Lady Alysoun.

Lady Dorothea receives an Award of Arms

Their Majesties next called for Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog. They spoke to her about pursuit of the fiber arts, her sewing abilities and her dancing ability, and thus inducted her into the Order of the Sycamore. The Viking stone was made by Mistress Cynthia, with wording by THL Ursula.

Lady Svava receives a Sycamore

Elizabeth Rosamond was then called forth. Their Majesties spoke of her service on the Queen’s guard, and her various rolls within the Barony for many years and inducted her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll is by Melissa Anne, with words by THL Rosheen.

Lady Elizabeth receives a Keystone

Their Majesties next called for Guillaume le Noir. They spoke to his constant service as a marshal, as a guard, and how often he is found to be lifting, carrying, and his general helpfulness. For this They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone, with a scroll by Melissa Anne with wording by Dona Caroline of Burgundy.

THL Guillaume receives a Keystone

Their Graces Sven and Siobhan had recently traveled to Calontir and returned with the well wishes of Their Majesties of Calontir and a gift for Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle.

Duke Sven and Duchess Siobhan bring greetings from Calontir

Ashling Na Ngleanntan was found and brought before Their Majesties. They have been made aware of her service in the kitchens, and her contributions of largesse in the form of leather items and jewelry. For these services did Their Majesties induct her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Eleanor of Gray.

Lady Ashling receives a Keystone

Their Majesties then called forth Don Iago and THL Emilia and thanked them profusely for their service to the Barony in the past, presently, and in the future. With this did Their Majesties name Iago and Emilia a Baron and Baroness of the Court and placed coronets befitting their stations upon their heads. The coronets by Baron Rummy John are in progress, scrolls by Melissa the Artisan.

Baron Iago and Baroness Emilia receive Court Baronies

Roxanne of the Foxtail was summoned forth and questioned her about her throwing skills. As she is skilled at thrown weapons, and is now also a target archer and a combat archer, Their Majesties find her to be worthy of recognition and induct her as a member of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by THL Mary Elizabeth Clausen.

Lady Roxane receives a Golden Alce

Their Majesties then wished to be attended by Magnus Bastiano de Vigo. They noted his beautifully crafted authentic dress and equipment that enhances the beauty of the fencing list, and his study of the Destreza techniques. For this They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Stirrup. The scroll is by Countess Anna Leigh.

Lord Magnus receives a Golden Stirrup

Their Majesties then called for Emily of Dunvegan. They inquired about her intent to be inducted into the Order of Defense, and called for the the Order to inquire on their acceptance of Emily. With everyone in agreement, They called for a Royal Peer to speak. Her Grace Dorinda Courtenay spoke about Emily learning to fence, learning to teach fencing, and overall learning grace. Next They called for a member of the Order of the Chivalry, and Alric of the Mists answered. He spoke of Emily being known as a “killer”, a weapon of the Rapier Army, and a ‘just’ warrior. Illadore de Bedegrayne spoke on behalf of the Order of the Laurel. She spoke about Emily’s obsessive learning of the art of the rapier. Master Lodovic of Grey’s Inn spoke about the “rain being the lifeblood of the Kingdom” pertaining to her service to many communities, large and small, on behalf of the Order of the Pelican. Finally, Master Quinn Kerr spoke of Emily’s teaching of tenacity, her understanding of honor in battle, and of having courage in the face of a determined opponent. Having been pleased with the words of very noble peers, Their Majesties found Emily of Dunvegan worthy of elevation into the Order of Defense and called for the ancestral collar, the lineage book, and a personal belt befitting her new station. They then heard her oath, the scroll was calligraphed and read by Dame Vivienne, illuminated by Master Tower and Melissa Anne, wording by Master Quinn Kerr, and proclaimed her to be a Master of Defense.

Dona Emily becomes a Mistress of Defense

With the Order of Defense still in attendance, Their Majesties called for Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen and asked her if she still wished to become a member of this august order. With her answer, They called for a Royal Peer to speak on her behalf with Countess Ariella of Thornbury answering the call. She spoke of how well Fredeburg represents our kingdom with her service and teaching. A member of the Order of Chivalry was asked for. Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers stood and spoke of his household member and how she excels at many things, namely rapier combat and combat archery. He spoke of her leadership as the captain of the Arts and Sciences team representing Æthelmearc. Finally he spoke of her faith in the kingdom, in the citizens, and in herself. Next, a call was made to the Order of the Laurel and Master Quinn Kerr did answer. He asked “What is Fredeburg’s art?” His answer- she has perfected the art of failing, and thusly has excelled at the pursuit of perfection. Master Bastiano then spoke on behalf of the Order of the Pelican, and spoke of her many aspects and time of service to all stations, large and small. Finally, a Master of Defense was called for with Master Illadore de Bedagrayne stepping forward to speak of Fredeburg’s study of tactics, and her mighty prowess in combat and as a tactician. Being satisfied with these many words, Their Majesties called for the articles representing the status of a Master of Defense, with the ancestral collar, a personal collar, a sword, and cloak being brought forth to adorn her person. Fredeburg then gave her oath, the buckler prepared as the scroll made by THL Anais Fenn was read, and was proclaimed to be a Master of Defense.

Mistress Fredeburg becomes a Mistress of Defense

Next, Their Majesties called for Ælric Ravenshaw and asked him if it was still his wish to join the Order of the Pelican, and called for the Order to attend. A Royal Peer was requested and Countess Elena d’Artois le Tailleur came forward and spoke of Ælric’s many roles played, always as part of the staging crew, and finally being promoted to being the “stage manager.” A member of the Order of Chivalry was called for and Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers stood to speak of Ælric’s abilities to lead and follow, to teach the gentler arts, and to promote others, all while having fun. Next, a Master of Defense was called for. Master Bastiano di Iacopo stepped forward to speak with emotion of Ælric’s quality of work above self. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope spoke on behalf of the Order of the Laurel and addressed Ælric’s teaching the fine art of scroll making, addressing both the quality and quantity of the arts in his teachings. The Order of the Pelican was spoken for by Master Creador Twinedragon, where he told a tale of service after service after service after service, and how Ælric was instrumental in the formation of a new group. Having been moved by these words of praise, Their Majesties called for the symbols of status as a Peer. Ancestral and personal pendants, and a hood were presented. Ælric then gave his oath, the scroll by Master Creador was read, and Their Majesties proclaimed him to be a Master of the Order of the Pelican.

THL Aelric becomes a Master of the Pelican

Their Majesties thanked the artisans who made tokens and articles for presentation, thanked the scribes for the scrolls created and given, and thanked the populace for a marvelous day.

Her Majesty Gabrielle then stood and proclaimed Melissa Anne to be her inspiration for the day and presented the Golden Escarbuncle to Melissa Anne with high praise.

Melissa Anne is named Queen’s Inspiration and receives a Golden Escarbuncle

The announcement was made that Their Majesties Curia was to be held the following morning in the main hall. Court was then closed.

During dinner, Their Majesties court was opened to expel Justus Clay Pease from participation in any Society for Creative Anachronism activity, and closed without fanfare.

Respectfully submitted,



All photos are courtesy of Lady Aine ny Allane.

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Eastern Results from the August 2017 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-25 17:00

The Society College of Arms 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 August 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Ælfwyn of Dragonship Haven. Name.

Dragonship Haven is the registered name of an SCA branch.

The submitter requested authenticity for “Saxon.” Although the given name is an attested Anglo-Saxon name element, the byname is not authentic because it is constructed from the name of an SCA branch.

Astrid Magnusdottir. Name and device. Per bend argent and azure, a bend counterchanged between an escallop inverted purpure and an escarbuncle argent.

Donnan FitzGerald. Name and device. Per pale gules and counter-ermine, in dexter an axe and on a chief Or three boars passant sable.

This name combines a Gaelic saint’s name with an Anglicized Irish byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Dorigen of Lewes. Alternate name Dorian of Lewes.

The byname of Lewes is already registered to the submitter and thus can continue to be used under the newly-renamed Existing Registration Allowance, PN1B2g.

Eberhard Schwarz. Name.

Nice late 16th century German name!

Edgitha Hlammandi. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and gules, a falcon belled and jessed maintaining a drinking horn Or.

Submitted as Edgithe Hlammandi, the given name does not use the nominative (base) form. The spelling Edgithe is not merely a variant spelling; it is the genitive (possessive) form of the name. Accordingly, with the submitter’s permission, we have changed the given name to the nominative form Edgitha for registration.

This name combines a Latinized Old English female name with an Old Norse byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Edmund Beneyt. Name and device. Argent, two bears combatant within an orle sable.

Nice English name for the 13th century onwards!

Nice device!

Emidio di Arquata. Name.

Halldórr hinn Skarpi. Name.

Submitted as Halldórr hinn Skarpa, the byname did not use the correct nominative (base) form. We have changed the name to Halldórr hinn Skarpi to use the correct nominative form.

Hlífa Hrafnsdóttir. Name and device. Per chevron Or and argent, two oak leaves vert and a raven migrant sable.

The migrant posture is considered equivalent to displayed. As such, there is a step from period practice for use of a non-eagle bird displayed.

Hrafn Ríkarðarson. Name and device. Argent, two ravens rising respectant, each maintaining in its feet a spear crossed sable.

Submitted as Hrafn Rikaðrson, called Bonesetter, two changes are necessary to register the name. First, the byname is not correctly constructed. We have changed it to Ríkarðarson to use the correct Old Norse grammar.

Second, the epithet called Bonesetter cannot be registered in this name because it is not temporally or linguistically compatible with the rest of the name elements.  Hrafn and Ríkarðarson are both Old Norse, and, under Appendix C of SENA, cannot be combined with English name elements unless all elements of the name are dated prior to 1100 C.E. Unfortunately, the earliest evidence of anything like “bonesetter” in English is dated to 1500 C.E. As the submitter allows all changes, we have dropped the epithet called Bonesetter for registration.

The submitter requested authenticity for an unspecified place and time. This request was not summarized in the Letter of Intent. In the form Hrafn Ríkarðarson, this name is authentic for the very end of the Viking Age in the Iceland and other West Norse Atlantic colonies.

Katerina Falconer de Lanark. Name.

Nice Anglo-Scots name for circa 1300!

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Alternate name Marína Sviðbalki.

Muin maqq Mínaín. Alternate name Khalil al-Urdunni.

Submitted as Khalil al’urdun, the name as submitted is not grammatically correct. We have corrected the byname to the adjectival form al-Urdunni for registration.

Perrine de Lille. Name.

The byname de Lille was not documented in the Letter of Intent as a period form. Fortunately, heralds at the Pelican decision meeting found de Lille in “French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, & 1438” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (

Ravensbridge, Riding of. Device. Per chevron azure and argent, in base a raven displayed face to sinister sable within a laurel wreath azure, on a chief argent a bridge of three spans sable.

There is a step from period practice for use of a non-eagle bird displayed.

Robert of the East. Holding name and device (see PENDS for name). Argent, on a roundel sable a cherry blossom argent, in chief a bar gemel sable.

Submitted under the name Shimazu Yasukaze.

Ryan Mac Whyte. Badge. (Fieldless) A cross of four ermine spots per pale sable and argent.

Ryan Mac Whyte. Badge. Per pale argent and sable, a cross of four ermine spots counterchanged.

Ysmay de Lynn. Alternate name Matthew Miller.

Nice English name from circa 1400 onwards!

EAST pends

Shimazu Yasukaze.  Name.

This name combines a family name and a constructed nanori. In the past, we have allowed submitters the benefit of the doubt to register names following this pattern, even though they are not authentic because they do not include a yobina. [Akiyama Kintsune, 8/2016 LoAR, A-East; Godai Katsunaga, 3/2008 LoAR, A-Atlantia]. Based on commentary received, both on the Letter of Intent and at and after the Pelican decision meeting, we are pending this matter for discussion of whether we should cease this practice and more specifically identify registerable patterns for Japanese names.

His device is registered under the holding name Robert of the East.

This was item 19 on the East letter of May 31, 2017.

EAST returns


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East Kingdom Calendar and Notecards: Deadline November 5

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-25 15:01

En français

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

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

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

En français – traduit par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Calendrier du Royaume de l’Est et Cartes de Notes: Date limite le 5 novembre

Les mondes du Royaume de l’Est est un calendrier 2018 et un ensemble de cartes de notes basés sur des enluminures médiévales et créées par les scribes du Royaume de l’Est. Chaque page du calendrier présente une culture différente pendant la période de temps couverte par la SCA. Cette levée de fonds aidera la royauté du Royaume de l’Est a payer leurs frais de déplacement ainsi qu’a assumer les coûts d’offrir l’hospitalité à la royauté étrangère. Les calendriers et les cartes de notes peuvent être commandées jusqu’au 5 novembre. Aucun calendrier supplémentaire ne sera imprimmé, les commandes doivent donc être placées d’avance.

Les calendriers sont 20$ (US) et un ensemble de 12 cartes de notes coûte 15$ (US), frais d’envoi compris.

Pour plus d’information au sujet de ce projet, veuillez consulter notre site web ou contactez notre équipe par courriel.

Baroness Cassandra Boell von Bayer

Mistress Rhonwyn glyn Conwy

Mistress Sunniva Ormstung

Lady Altani Khatagidai

FRENCH Lady Aaradyn Ghyoot and Mistress Eleanor Catlyng

Lady Palotzi Marti

Baghatur Borujin Acilaldai

Baroness Emma Makilmone (illumination), Duchess
Thyra Eiriksdottir (calligraphy) and Lady Lillie von der Tann

Lady Keziah Planchet

Lady Mariette de Bretagne

Lady Triona MacCasky and Master Jonathan Blaecstan

Lady Wynefryd Bredhers

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Arts & Sciences at Harvest Raid

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2017-10-24 20:46

By  Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce

Sonnet 1
By Ginevra del Dolce

Whilst clouds did cover all the land with rain
Within our halls delights could scarcely hide
The arts of Æthelmearc bore bright refrain
And with their joyous leisure changed the sky
A fretted griffin did Rhiannon bring
To meet with pleasure paints which Jocelyn dared
Hrolfr wove red threads the Queen’s own dress to ring
And Kate and Ginny each a scroll prepared
Here Elska’s work like dragon’s treasured cave:
We tasted mead and conserve; belt we eyed
Eadaoin’s wassail gave us the drink we crave
Fearghus this hoard within his chest might hide
The woven trim was crowd’s quite favourite art
Most highly judged: the Wool was worlds apart

On Saturday, September 30, Anno Societatis 52, much of the Kingdom gathered in the Shire of Heronter on the shores of Lake Chautauqua for our annual Harvest Raid. I had the honor and extreme pleasure of organizing my favorite event activity: the Arts & Sciences display and competition.

I was astounded and delighted by the breadth of entries for the display and competition as well as the thorough documentation that many contributors included with their works.

We had two categories for entries. First, the competition that was held was for completed works in the theme of the harvest. This portion of entries was adjudicated.

Harvest-themed offerings. Photo courtesy Baron Rhiannon.

Second was the open display, which was without theme or medium restrictions. Entries could be completed or works in progress. I enjoy having both categories available, as this gives all artists a chance to contribute work.

While all entries were beautifully made and presented, Fiber Arts won the day.

The Honorable Lady Elska á Fjárfelli won the harvest competition with her dyed wool and the Skjoldehamn belt into which it was made.

The Honorable Lady Elska á Fjárfelli’s dyed wool and Skjoldehamn belt, made from her dyed wool, won the Harvest Competition. (This and all following photos by Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce.)

The skills and artistry of Elska were much appreciated by all.

All members in attendance were welcomed to vote for their favorite among the entries, giving those without the theme a chance to shine.

Lord Hrólfr á Fjárfelli’s card-woven band for Her Majesty Queen Juliana’s apron dress, a beautiful Æthelmearc-themed trim inspired by the Birka Bands, was the highly marked favorite.

Lord Hrólfr á Fjárfelli’s card-woven band for Her Majesty’s apron dress.

The other entries, in various media, were all worthy of our attention and showed myriad skills. I look forward to these artists’ next entries!

Baron Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndrudwy’s fretted griffin.

“Gus in Memoriam” cat scroll by Lady Catherine O’Herlihy.

Lord Fearghus mac Eoin’s well-constructed Viking chest.

Scroll blank by Ginevra del Dolce.

The Honorable Lady Elska’s ginger-peach conserve.

The Honorable Lady Elska’s oenomeli, or Concord grape mead.

Eadaoin Gaelach Rua’s wassail (mulled cider), warmed over candles throughout the day, was very enjoyable.

Eadaoin Gaelach Rua provided information on wassail.

Lady Jocelyn of Hartstone’s paintings in various media. (I find it is often quite difficult to paint movement, but Lady Jocelyn surely captures it in every brush stroke.)

A very pleasing array of arts and sciences were offered throughout the day in addition to the competition and display. While many of Æthelmearc’s subjects gathered in the great hall throughout the day working on personal projects, there was also a small library, a scribal playtime hosted by Mistress Roberta, children’s activities including a Viking longship-building competition headed by Lord Lodthinn, and a games table hosted by Lady Maggie.

The arts are alive and well in Æthelmearc. What an honor it is to be a part of them. I look forward to seeing what you are working on the next time we meet.

In service,
Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce
Minister of the Arts & Sciences for the Shire of Heronter


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Let’s Build a Mary Rose Chest

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

By Laird Coinneach Mac an Leigh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dado and boot jack cut.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Drilling the back of the chest for the hinges.

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

Drilling the lid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Combatant List for the Crown Tournament of Ivan and Matilde

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

Duke Randal of the Dark fighting for Duchess Katherine Stanhope

Duke Brennan mac Fearghus fighting for Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean

Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver fighting for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo

Vicondesa Jimena Montoya and Sir Rhys Ravenscroft fighting for each

Viscount Antonii Machinevik fighting for Lady Ciar of Skye

Lord Sigurd Berserkr fighting for Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh

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

Master Ogedei Becinjab fighting for Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova

Baron Joseph Harcourt fighting for Mistress Kis Maria

Baron Duncan Kerr fighting for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick

Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke fighting for Mistress Vienna de la Mer

Sir Alexander de Hauteville fighting for Mistress Angharad Verch Rees

Sir Matthew D’Arden fighting for Mistress Fia Karmen

Sir Edward MacGyver dos Scorpus fighting for THL Katerina Iliovna

Sir Zhigmun’ Czypsser fighting for Baroness Leda Zipyos

Baron Richard Leviathan fighting for Mistress Nest verch Tangwhistle

Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson fighting for Mistress Eva Woderose

Master Aethelhawk Keyfinder fighting for Mistress Siubhan Wallace

Master Tiberius Iulius Rufus Primus fighting for Lord Vopiscus Rufius

Lord Martin Wasser Speier fighting for Master Donovan Shinnock

Master Dmitri Stephanovich fighting for Mistress Nadezhda Voronova

Sir Ketilfastr Thorkilson and Lady Leurona Winterborne fighting for each

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

Sir Matthias Grunwald fighting for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir

Master Sigurthr Vigurhafn fighting for Baroness Medhbh inghean Ui

Lord Dorian Kalogero fighting for Mistress Tysha z Kieva

Master Richard Crowe fighting for Lady Ameria Browne

Sir Donnan FitzGerald fighting for Lady Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcaçova

Sir Rory MacLellan fighting for Baroness Astridr Sigrun Ulfkelsdottir

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

Baron Jozef Ludwiczak fighting for Lady Gwenlliana Vachan

Baron Tiberius Nautius Maximus fighting for m’lady Meave Macintosh

THL Duarcaín MacWard fighting for Lady Catháin of Carolingia

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

Baron Euric Germanicus fighting for Baroness Juliana de Essex

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

THL Arne Ulrichsson fighting for Lady Anna Von Baden

Baron Joachim Liechtenauwer fighting for Lady Anne de Basillon

THL Luthor Von Eisenfaust fighting for Lady Mabel Fortune

Baron Vladimir Bathory fighting for m’lady Andrea Noelle

Baron Vachir Arslanjin fighting for Lady Sarvuu Arslajin

Lord Volmar Sollons fighting for Baroness Ilulia Baebiana

Lady Vasia von Königsburg fighting for Lady Æsa Sturludottr

Lord Brick James Beech fighting for Lady Nadia Hart

Lord Greadden Olthursun Veassellurd fighting for Lady Aesa Ormstunga
called Jotunsbane

Lord Brian of Stonemarche fighting for Lady Sorcha Dhorcha

Lord Wilhelm van Hammaborc fighting for m’lady Falyn Crowespear

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

Lord Corwin Blackthorn fighting for Lady Ada Wright

Lord Coileán O’Rein fighting for Lady Rowan Orr

Lord Albrecht Østergaard fighting for m’lady Anne Forneau

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

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

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

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Crown Dayboard Menu

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

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

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

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2018 SCA Calendars for Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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Court Report: Coronation of Gareth & Juliana

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

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

In Their First Court in the morning:

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

King Gareth crowns Juliana as Queen.

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

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

Lord Arias swears fealty as Jewel Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The First Court of Their Majesties was then suspended.

Later in the morning:

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

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

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

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

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

Later in the afternoon, upon the Sylvan Thrones:

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

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

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

Lady Aine is named Ambassador to the East

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

Master Jussie is invested as Kingdom Heavy Weapons Champion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baroness Sybilla receives a Golden Escarbuncle

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

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

At feast later the same evening:

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

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

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

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From the Seneschal: Reminder of SCA Harassment & Bullying Policy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 20:48
From Duke Christopher, Kingdom Seneschal: Good evening, please remember that if you feel you have been subjected to any harassment, bullying, or retaliation in the SCA, to contact me directly. If you know of anyone that has been subjected to harassment, bullying, or retaliation in the SCA, please encourage them to contact me. I can be reached at   You can read more about the SCA’s Harassment and Bullying policy here:
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