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Strolling through the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, recently, one would find 16th century pikemen chatting with Confederate soldiers and soldiers from the German Wehrmacht trading resources with buckskinners. The article appeared in The Sentinel. (photos)
Christopher Nogy, of Northwest Arkansas, known in the society as Master Kazimierz Samostrelov, OL, of the Shire March of Grimfells, Calontir, has been asked to speak at Yale this coming Tuesday 24 February, 2015 on his passion for making period musical instruments.
As Master Kaz explained recently: “In October of last year, a gentleman contacted me regarding an interview about my instruments and my little cottage industry. Little did I know what it would become…This series, “The Amateur Hour”, focuses on folks without formal training who have a passion and understanding of unusual things and allow those things to take over their lives. SCA, anyone? ”
More information on the visit can be found on Amateur Hour’s website.
Filed under: Tidings
Jesper Lynge, a chef in Aalborg, Denmark, has a passion for Viking cooking, including sauerkraut, and "a sweet and sour supper, combining savoury game meat such as venison with sauces made from foraged berries."
Last Labor Day weekend, in the far off lands of the Kingdom of Northshield, the Known World Cooks and Bards Symposium took place. It was a wonderful weekend, filled with good friends, great songs, and greater food! As part of the biennial celebration of food and fun, a concert was held, featuring the “Bardic Luminaries of the Known World.” From Æthelmearc, Lady Silence de Cherbourg and Baron Fridrikr Tomasson were chosen to perform.
Now, after several months of hard work, Baroness Elashava Bas Riva has posted the entire concert to YouTube. You can find it here. Hear the stories, love the songs, and watch for the marvelous Mime!
Greetings to the Esteemed Populace of the East from Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda
Much conversation has occurred with the Order of the Golden Rapier and current Peers regarding the creation of the new Peerage, the Masters of Defense. We are excited to be part of this new chapter in our Society and Kingdom. We wish to share with the populace the current decisions.
Our current decisions are as follows:
Please join us at this important celebration at our Crown Tournament!
Filed under: Fencing
Experienced SCA member D.W. Smith is hoping to create a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism at Atlantic Cape Community College in Cape May, New Jersey. So far his recruiting includes armored combat. Helen McCaffrey of the Cape May County Herald has the story. (photos)
Arcaheologists are intrigued by the discovery of a 15th century Spanish shipwreck off the coast of Zakynthos, Greece. The 2014 underwater explorations of the site have revealed enough of the ship’s wooden frame to allow study of "the transitional art of shipbuilding during the 15th and 16th centuries." (photo)
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This is one of a series of Q&A articles with East Kingdom Officers. The Gazette thanks Sir Jibril al-Dakhil, the Kingdom Earl Marshal, for answering our questions.
Please describe your job responsibilities.
What do you enjoy about this activity?
Do you have a goal for your term?
Are you currently looking for any deputies?
What was your first event? And what made you stay?
Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?
Could you share with us a moment – or several moments – that describe what makes the SCA special for you?
Filed under: Heavy List, Interviews Tagged: Earl Marshal
The Gazette thanks Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick for writing this article at our request for our series of background articles on the East Kingdom and the SCA.
Few things evoke the feeling of living in the past quite so easily as the sight of a caparisoned horse charging down a list, rider with lance at the ready. While actually becoming a rider or owning a horse of your own involves a significant outlay of both time and money, having equestrian activities at your event is surprisingly easy.
Mostly what equestrians need is space, and the proper paperwork done. We bring the rest. We are very self-sufficient, sometimes so much so that you don’t even realize we’re there!
A competition field We don’t need a perfect, groomed riding arena. A mostly flat, mostly level field that isn’t muddy or rocky or full of holes will do. If it has a fence, great! If not we can set up boundary ropes to help define where spectators should be vs the active competition area. 75 feet by 150 feet is a good minimum size, though we’ve been able to work with slightly less if it has permanent barriers (fencing or trees) on at least two sides. This does NOT have to be a separate field from the main area of the event as long as the field is large enough to share safely. In fact, we prefer to be part of or adjacent to the main event area if at all possible.
Photos kindly provided by Baron Fergus MacRae and Mistress Brita
Filed under: Equestrian Tagged: equestrian, events
Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Principal Herald, has asked the Æthelmearc Gazette to share these court reports with the populace.
Steltonwald 12th Night, January 31, A.S. XLIX, in the Canton of Steltonwald
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Steltonwald 12th Night in the Canton of Steltonwald, 31 January AS 49. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Lady Teresa Alvarez was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for autocratting multiple events and for opening her home to host the Canton’s summer fencing practice. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Leir.
Lady Ingunn Halldorsdottir was created a Companion of the Sycamore for her talents in embroidery, sewing, creating feast kits and veil pins, and for her continued generosity in donating these items to be used as Royal largesse. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Lady Madeleine de l’Este was elevated to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc and Granted Arms for her historical research and recreation of Elizabethan and Italian garb for herself and her family. Scroll by THL Sophie Davenport.
Lord Vigo di Napoli said “Hello for you!” to the scroll commemorating his elevation to the Order of the Keystone, which was delivered to him by Their Majesties.
Master Robert Marston was named of Baron of the Court of Æthelmearc for his service to the Royalty, most especially his sacrifice of his own clothing in the name of the creation of Their Royal garb. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Leir.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.
In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins, February 7, A.S. XLIX, in the Barony of Delftwood
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at the Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins in the Barony of Delftwood 7 February AS 49, accompanied by Their Highnesses Timothy and Gabrielle, Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc, and Their Excellencies Fergus and Helene, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn, Gullskel Herald, Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald, and Marcellus Titus Cincinnatus.
In the morning:
Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn was invited before Their Majesties, and reiterated the boon that he had begged of Them at Their Crown Tournament, namely, that they send his student, Baronsfru Othindisa Bykona, to vigil to seek the counsel of the Peers and populace of the Realm, and of the Order of the Laurel in particular, that she might contemplate elevation to that Order. Their Majesties summoned Baronsfru Othindisa and bade the Order of the Laurel escort her to that place which had been set aside for her.
In the evening:
Their Majesties Granted leave to Their Excellencies to hold Their Baronial Court.
His Majesty invited the populace to join Their Majesties in a moment of silence for those recently lost by the Barony.
Marca Claudia Cincinnata was inducted into the Order of the Silver Buccle for coming into her own as a member of the Barony, including helping in the kitchen, serving feasts, and being a messenger at events. Scroll by Baroness Anastasie de l’Amour.
Zinoviia Ivanova was Awarded Arms for her skill on the heavy weapons and thrown weapons fields, and her service at demos and as photographer. Scroll by Baroness Clarice Roan.
Lady Amalie Reinhardt was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for her service as webminister, MOL, deputy Chronicler, autocrat, and marshal-in-training for thrown weapons. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Lady Arsinoë hë kai Antigone Nothou tou kai Philoromaeou Kallinikou was created a Companion of the Keystone for service to the kitchens of Æthelmearc, both as cook and as a member of the cleaning staff. Scroll by Mistress Felicity Flußmüllnerin.
Lady Catalina Carpintero de Diaz was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for serving her Barony as Chatelaine and Largesse Coordinator. Scroll by Duchess Branwyn ferch Gwythyr.
Lady Margarita Carpintero was bade join her mother, Lady Catalina, as a member of the Order of the Keystone, for she has served as autocrat, Chronicler and deputy herald. Scroll by Baroness Helene al-Zarqa.
Lord Raðúlfr Eriksson was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for his selfless volunteering as autocrat, marshal, and helping to set up and clean up events. Scroll by Lord Fridrich Flußmüllner.
Lord Marcus Claudius Cincinnatus was elevated to the Order of the Millrind and Granted Arms for his willingness to serve his Barony and Kingdom at every opportunity, including serving as Windmill Pursuivant for the Barony of Delftwood and event autocrat. Promissory scroll by Catherine Wolfe.
Baronsfru Othindisa Bykona was summoned before Their Majesties as she had been instructed by them, and answered that she had received counsel from the Peers of the Realm and was now prepared to take her place in the Order of the Laurel. Countess Alexandra of Clan Donald spoke of the friendship she had cultivated with Othindisa while she served as Alexandra’s head retainer, and described her as generous and gracious.
Earl Syr Yngvar the Dismal proclaimed simply that this was the best thing Their Majesties had done or would do all day, and that he endorsed it. Countess Caryl of the Order of the Pelican mused that while there were some people that you know will be a Peer as soon as you see them, “and then there are people like me and Othindisa,” and that she was proud to have watched Othindisa’s growth and service. Mistress Honnoria of Thescorre of the Order of the Laurel called Othindisa her sister, and recalled fondly the times that the two of them had fought and made up, and taught and learned. Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn of the Order of the Laurel spoke of the vast amount of knowledge that Othindisa had learned and passed on to the populace. Viscount Sir Haakon Oaktall praised Othindisa for taking an art form that is relatively unstudied in our Society and inspiring others to bring it out of the shadows.
Thus moved, Their Majesties created Othindisa a Companion of the Order of the Laurel, Awarded her Arms by Letters Patent, and invested her with regalia befitting her station: a medallion, a jacket, a cloak, a hood, and a wreath. Mistress Othindisa then gave her Oath of Service to the Crown, and a scroll illuminated and calligraphed by Lady Isabel Chamberlain of the Kingdom of the East upon wording by Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn was read to the populace.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.
In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Countess Marguerite is already “on the job” and shares the following missive:
I am in the process of assembling a team of people who would like to help put the [East Kingdom] booth together. I am specifically looking for someone who has video-graphy skills to join us.
Once we have a design for the booth, we will be reaching out via G+ and Facebook to ask for loans of historical items and scanned photographs of events throughout East Kingdom History.
We know we will need:
But we are likely to also include a significant display of East Kingdom Calligraphy and Illumination and other things that make our Kingdom Unique.
Eventually we will also be looking for Easterners attending the event to come help staff the booth on site.
Here is the current Event notice for the SCA 50th event: http://eastkingdom.org/sca50.php
Here is the SCA50th Website (Not much there yet). http://www.sca50year.org/
Please contact me with any questions or to get involved.
Filed under: Events Tagged: SCA 50 Year
The following is a letter from Their Majesties which is posted by The Gazette at their request.
For those of you who may not know, one of the proposals for our Birka Curia was to add the East Kingdom Thrown Weapons Championship and resulting Champions to our Royal court. As Her Majesty and I discussed this matter with our heirs and the assemblage at curia, it has become clear that the thrown weapons community has grown and now represents a significant portion of our populace.
We currently recognize: rattan, archery, fencing, equestrian, bardic and A&S champions and are now considering adding thrown weapons.
As We consider the implementation of another Champions event, We have significant concerns. Having yet another mandated royal progress event in an already crowded calendar may be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back. However, this is not the fault of the thrown weapons community and should not be borne upon their shoulders alone. Fixing this may require selecting our champions by a different method than we currently use. We need to hear from the populace before our curia at Mudthaw.
The logistical challenge:
In any calendar year there are 52 weekends. The Crown must attend: 2 Coronations, 2 Crown Tournaments, 12th Night, 6 (potentially 7) Champion events and some number of Baronial Investitures (We are doing 6). This leaves ~ 32 weekends in a year. This does not include Pennsic (weekends before, during, and after), the ~5 war practices leading up to it or any of the foreign wars: most notably Estrella and Gulf Wars (We attended 2 others). And if the Crown takes 1 weekend a month off, we are now we are down to ~4 to 8 weekends per reign to attend OTHER Eastern events. Taking up the Crown is a major commitment of time, but the logistics can become insurmountable.
It has been our tradition that the champion tournaments are the focus of its event (generally running noon-5). And We feel that our mandate to hold a growing number of formulaic events is detracting from our ability to throw truly creative and engaging events. We feel it is important for the Crown to attend events like a masked ball, or an immersion event, or a Rose tournament or events in distant corners of the kingdom.
SO… WHAT TO DO? Here are some options, and We are looking for your feedback on them.
As we consider the contribution of all martial forms to our society, the questions are: do the throwers deserve a position alongside our other champions? If so, how do we chose to integrate so many champion tournaments into a very full event calendar?
If you have counsel for us on this matter, please contact us directly (email@example.com).
Filed under: Law and Policy
Baron RIchard Larmer reports that he has posted video from the october 2014 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The videos are available to view on YouTube.
The Gazette is starting a new feature that will showcase blogs run by the Æthelmearc populace. If you know someone who has a blog that should be featured, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although not technically a blog, you can find articles of interest and links to resources on the subject of death in medieval times here.
The Gazette interviewed THL Beatrice on her interesting choice of research topics.
What’s your SCA background?
From my personal perspective: I’ve had an interest in death and the dead most of my life. As a child, my school bus stop was next to a cemetery, which I found fascinating. As I grew up, I was continually fascinated by other seemingly macabre interests. By the time I was in my twenties, I had earned a Master of Forensic Sciences degree in general forensics from National University.
What is the most common misperception about death in the Middle Ages?
What is the most unusual fact you have uncovered in your research?
I’m actually doing additional research on the catacomb saints at the moment and hoping to be able to provide a class about them in the future.
Has research become easier with internet resources?
If cabin fever has gotten you down lately, consider heading up to the College of 3 Ravens this weekend. While there, be sure to take a class or two or five! There is a wide variety of classes, something is sure to tickle your fancy!
The Æthelmearc Gazette is pleased to pass along this missive from the Chancellor of Classes for the College of 3 Ravens regarding the finalized list of classes for the day!
Unto the good gentles of the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthlemearc does Lady Kadlin Sigvaldakona, Chancellor of Classes for the College of 3 Ravens, send greetings!
I am pleased to say that the class listings and schedule are finalized and can be found online at: http://1drv.ms/1EVGE5g
In order to reduce waste, we are going to post a large-print version of class descriptions on-site, and only print 50 copies for distribution at the event. Gentles may wish to print out their own copies of class descriptions before the event.
Also remember that things may change between now and Saturday, so please make sure to check against the posted schedule after you arrive on-site.
Many, many thanks to the gentles who have volunteered to share their time, skills, and knowledge with us. Without you, there would be no C3R.
In humble service,
The College of 3 Ravens, which is hosted by the Barony of Thescorre, will be held on February 21, 2015 at the Western Presbyterian Church, located at 101 E. Main St, Palmyra, NY 14622. Event information can be found at http://www.aethelmearc.org/eventinfo.php?event=1001
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On Monday, February 16th 2014, at 8:01 PM The Barony of Endless Hills in Æthelmearc welcomed the newest warrior, Tegan Evan Gelatt into the world. Weighing in at 8lbs 14 oz., and 21 inches long, Tegen entered the world kicking and yelling along to the stylings of the bard Frank Sinatra.
The new mother, Lady Serena Finn, is doing well after a short and efficient delivery. She was attended by her sister, Auntie Lady Elizabeth nic Ghille Brighde and mother (now Nanna) Dame Aoife Finn and was shortly joined by Tegen’s Grandpa, Master Brion Donul Gilbert and Auntie, Lady Corinne Gilbertsdottir, and family friend Will Brennan. Mother Serena and her fierce wee man are doing remarkably well, and will return home later this week.
From the Kingdom Seneschal:Greetings unto all those intending to enter Spring Crown Tournament, Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a letter of intent, either through the following link (preferred) or by email to TRH Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda with a copy to the Kingdom Seneschal. If by email, a joint email is preferred. http://fluidsurveys.com/s/EKCrownTourneySubmissionKAII/ The Letter of Intent must be received by Coronation, April 11, 2015 If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort: Society name, legal name, address, telephone number, years of residency and be accompanied by proof of membership with membership number & expiration date that is valid at least thirty days after Crown. If both entrants are combatants, then that should be clearly indicated. Proof of valid membership consists of a copy of a valid membership card, a postcard (with a date-stamp) or letter from the Corporate office, or a confirmation form printed from the website after an online membership purchase. – Confirmation of faxed membership applications with credit card receipts as well as membership applications CANNOT be accepted as proof of membership. - TRHs also request that combatants bring heraldic shields for the list trees. In Service to the East, I remain Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom
Filed under: Uncategorized
The Winchester Bible is "magnificent, lavishly ornamented - a pivotal landmark of medieval art from around 1200," and pages from it will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until March 8, 2015. (photos)
What the President of the United States said, the reaction to it, and other news from the Medievalverse.
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