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On Target: The Castle Invader

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-20 21:56

This article marks a milestone: an entire year of articles from THLord Deryk Archer on archery targets. Thanks for helping make archery more fun, Deryk!

This month we’ll make a Castle Invader. For those of you who missed it, I had one at Their Majesties’ castle for the Archery Muster on April 10th, and we had a wonderful time with it.

Basically, you build a body out of pool noodles. This makes the body very arrow-friendly.

Cover the body with any old clothes you have just lying around. I used long johns and an old beat-up pair of sweat pants. The hands are gloves stuffed with cotton to fill out the fingers, again making the target very arrow-friendly.

Go back to my very first article and use the instructions to duct tape the styrofoam head, then attach it to the body with more duct tape.

The feet came from the dollar store at Halloween.

I got very lucky with the ladder: I found wood-grain colored duct tape and used it to cover pool noodles taped together to form a ladder. I cut a piece of heavy cardboard into a shield, which was attached to his left arm.

Next, hang the whole thing from a very heavy cardboard tube. We tied a heavy-duty rope the top to the castle roof, slid the cardboard tube onto the rope at the bottom, and then spiked that end of the rope to the ground. We ran a second, lighter rope next to the first rope from the castle parapet down to the ground and attached it to the cardboard tube. Then we slowly pulled the target up using the rope attached to the cardboard tube while archers shot at it. The effect was very realistic.

For scoring, hitting the shield or the ladder does not count. Since the whole target is very arrow friendly, blow-throughs also do not count; your arrow must stick in the man.

This month’s safety tip: summer is coming, so when you’re out there shooting, stay hydrated.

In service,

THLord Deryk Archer

All photos by THLord Deryk.


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Court Report: Siege at Harlech

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-20 09:48

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at the Siege at Harlech, 16 April, Anno Societatis L, in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Their Majesties invited Her Excellency, Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann of the Debatable Lands, to join Them in Their Court.

Photo by Lady Brynna Barth.

Their Majesties invited Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson to address the populace. Master Tofi distributed prizes for participants in the day’s brewing competition. Of particular note and mention were: Baron Fergus of Hanna, Baron of Highland Forde, for his spiced mead; The Honorable Lord Jorundr hinn Rotinn for his Brunello (red wine); Lord Madoc Arundel for his Burgundy Pyment; and Nohaaj for his Belgian-style brown ale.

Click any photo above to view it full size.

Their Majesties thanked all those Youth Fighters who defended the castle gate with bravery and prowess that day.

Youth fighters. Photo by Arianna.

His Majesty called forward Sir Arnthor inn Sterki, who was victorious in the morning’s Atlantian Speed Tourney. Her Majesty presented Sir Arnthor with a bottle of libations, donated by the brewers, and a necklace to adorn his lady.

Single elimination tourney winner Sir Arnthor. Photo by Arianna.

Her Majesty then spoke of the spear tourney held at the castle gates, and invited Sir Graedwyn mab Tiernan and THL Bors of Rouen to come forth and be recognized as the day’s victors. Their Majesties gifted these gentles with two of the ceremonial spears used in Their coronation.

THLord Bors and Sir Graedwyn, winners of the spear tourney. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties next called Josyefne Ra’hel Nagy into Their presence. Not accidentally was this gentle fetched from the kitchens. Her Majesty spoke of the good reports They have received of many a kitchen in which she has served, meals and support she has given to fighters, the ways in which she has offered her hospitality and generously given of her time to enhance the activities of others. Right mindful of the worth of such service, They were moved to Award her Arms.

Lady Josyefne receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Arianna.

Next did Their Majesties desire to speak with their Autocrat of the day, THL Elss of Augsburg. His Majesty thanked her for assuming the duties of autocrat in order that the day might come to pass, since it was scheduled before Their Majesties knew they would have other demands on Their time. However, on this day it was not for Elss’s organizational skill that she was brought before the thrones, but in recognition of her skill at Thrown Weapons. Thereupon did Their Majesties induct her into the Order of the Golden Alce.  Scroll by THL Tegrinus de Rhina.

THLady Elss receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties called for the cooks, led by Mistress Katla ùlfeþinn, and thanked them all for stepping into a vacancy when Their previous cook was forced to withdraw her offer of provision.

Their Majesties thank the cooks. Photo by Arianna.

There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.


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Tourney Heralds Needed

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 21:28

Hello to the tourney heralds of the East and Tir Mara! I am Mistress Suba al-Hadid, the new Troubadour Herald, and I’m excited to work this tourney season with you! We have several events coming up in the next few months.

In two weeks, on Saturday, April 30, there will be Crown Tourney in the Barony of Havre des Glaces in the Crown Principality of Tir Mara. We’ll need a few heralds for the lists plus additional support for the shield trees. If you think you’d like to help, please reach out to me at Troubadour@EastKingdom.org. If you haven’t heralded before but would like to try, we will help train you.

Two weeks after that, Saturday, May 14, will be the King’s and Queen’s Champions of Arms Tourney in the Barony of Dragonship Haven in the Central Region. Again, we’re looking for both experienced heralds and those who want to learn.

Saturday, July 23, will be the Novice Tourney in the Shire of Rusted Woodlands in the Southern Region. This is an opportunity for less experienced fighters, fencers, and heralds to experience what it’s like to participate in a tourney. This is a great learning experience and and excellent opportunity to learn more about tourney heraldry.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and having an opportunity to work with you! Again, please write me at Troubadour@EastKingdom.org with any questions or offers to help!

Yours in Service to the Dream,
-Suba

Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Mu’allam (Mistress Suba al-Hadid)
جميلة
الاصبع
الحديد
من
باكالي
المعلم


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Unofficial Court Report: Balfar’s Challenge

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 16:50

Here follows the unofficial court report from Balfar’s Challenge, held in the Barony of Dragonship Haven, the 16th of April, 2016. Reporting Herald: Donovan Shinnock.

 

Item Recipient Award Scribe 1 Galen Avdenmork Tyger’s Cub Saerlaith ingen Chennetig 2 Sorcha inghean Ui Duinn Award of Arms i: Lillian ate Valeye
c: Faolán an Screcain 3 Rodrigo de Medina Award of Arms Aaradyn Ghyoot 4 Rumhann MacDuibhsidhe an Bhlog Seolta Award of Arms Aud Lifsdottir 5 Sybill Teller Award of Arms Aziza al-Shirazi 6 Llewellyn ap Goddoddin Maunche Eleanor Catlyng 7 Rhode Kephalania Maunche Mari Clock van Hoorne 8 Quintain Brillian Order of Defense i:Shadiyah Al-Zhara
c: Eva Woderose
w:Gaius Quintillius Alopex
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Unofficial Court Report: the Coronation of Kenric & Avelina

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 16:42

Here follows the unofficial court report from the Coronation of Kenric and Avelina, held on the 9th day of April, 2016, in the Shire of Quintavia. Reporting Herald, Donovan Shinnock.

Item Recipient Award Scribe 1 Brennan mac Fearghus Duke i: Ro Honig von Sumerfeldt

c: Alexandre St. Pierre

w: Alys Mackyntoich and Mylisant Grey 2 Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain Duchess i: Ro Honig von Sumerfeldt

c: Alexandre Saint Pierre

w: Mylisant Grey

translation by Christopher and Eric Michaelson 3 Courtney Rose Tyger’s Cub Culann mac Cianain 4 Daithi Dubh Award of Arms Constance de St. Denis 5 Leurona Winterborne Silver Tyger Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille 6 Nichol Mac Donnachaidh Silver Tyger Elllesbeth Donofrey

c: Jonathan Blaecstan 7 Matthew McGyver Silver Tyger i: Shahdiyah al-Zhara

c: Nest verch Tangwistel 8 Gideon ha-Khazar Maunche Agatha Wanderer

c: Alexandre St. Pierre

w: Aneleda Falconbridge 9 Llewellyn Walsh Golden Rapier Camille des Jardins 10 Amy Webbe Silver Crescent Katherine Barr 11 Aife Ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige Silver Crescent Katherine Stanhope 12 Gun∂ormr Dengir Silver Crescent Vettorio Antonello
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Sad Tidings: Mistress Esperanza Halevi

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 11:51

The Æthelmearc Gazette is saddened to announce the passing of Mistress Esperanza Halevi of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands on April 11, 2016.

Mistress Esperanza (mka Esther Tucker) was a long-time member of the Society known for the antiquarian bookshop she ran with her husband, Lord Guido Halevi Aldina, who passed away in 2003. While she had a physical shop in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, she and Guido would often sell books on medieval and renaissance topics at SCA events until age made it too difficult for them to lift and tote heavy boxes.

Esperanza and Guido came to the SCA rather later in life than most of us, being in their 50s when the joined in the mid-1980s. Nevertheless, they jumped in with both feet, merchanting and helping out in whatever ways they could. They were members of the Peacemakers household, founded by Baroness Serena Lucia of the Peacemakers and now headed by Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers.

Esperanza and Guido, probably late 1980s. Photo taken by Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi, provided by B.D. Wahlberg.

Esperanza received her Laurel for poetry from Yngvar and Caryl, first King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at 12th Night in A.S. XXXII. She was known for her wit and her sometimes pungent sense of humor, and was a regular contributor at bardic circles.

Although ill health and limited mobility kept her from attending SCA events for most of the last decade, Mistress Esperanza is remembered fondly by many in the Debatable Lands.

Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi recalls, “Esperanza halevi was a wonderful woman. Her poetry was fun and full of humor. She and her husband Guido merchanted books, when they could bring themselves to part with them.”

Master Michael Alewright remembers, “She was (among many other things) a poet extraordinaire, devoted bibliophile, and friend with open heart and wry perspective. She will be greatly missed.”

Their Majesties, Byron and Ariella, commented “Our interaction with Mistress Esperanza was pivotal. When trying to locate the SCA (after a search for a perfume merchant led us to drive to the gates of Pennsic) someone told us to find Tucker’s Books and she told us about the local Barony meetings at CMU. So, approximately 20 years ago, she was the clandestine gateway into the SCA for us.”

Here is one of her humorous filks, courtesy of her grandchild B.D. Wahlberg:

A LADY GOES TO PENNSIC
 (Tune: “Hava Nagila” – more or less!)

Pennsic! It’s time for Pennsic! Oh yes, it’s Pennsic – the very best time of year!
Turn off the highway, onto the byway; over the one-lane bridge – and we’re here!
Ooh! Ahh! How medieval!
Look at all the lords and ladies – garbed and armored, hot as Hades!
Look at all the grand pavilions – boy scout greens to bright vermilions –
And on the grass – oh, what a gas! – six barbarians swilling beer!

Oh, oh – a court’s in session! Here’s a procession of V.I.P.’s up the aisle:
Heralds in tabards, swords in their scabbards; proud heads adorned with crowns in high style!
Eh, what? Heralds mumble!
Cannot hear a word they’re saying; maybe the King is A.O.A.-ing;
Maybe he’s making knights or laurels (chosen for talent, not for morals!)
Who can it be?Wish I could see… The acoustics here are vile!

 Guess I’ll be moving on now, behind the barn now, to see the merchants’ display;
Shopping! How I love shopping! So I’ll be stopping at every booth on the way!
Ooh! Ooh! I can’t stand it!
Look at this gown of antique satin, yellow and green (like leeks au gratin);
Look at this gorgeous belt I found me (wish it would reach the whole way round me!);
A darling stuffed rat!  Gotta have that – mustn’t let it get away!

Oh, look – a Punch and Judy!  Oh, goody, goody, a puppet show, what a lark!
And when that’s ended (how simply splendid!) actors will come and play “Noah’s Ark”!
Oh, oh – is this period?
Belly dancers, dressed in scanties – shove some money in their panties!
That’s all right for Medes and Persians – I like classier diversions!
Shall we pavane? Galliard, anyone?Or just party after dark???

Hey, now it’s time for dinner! Though I’d be thinner if fancy foods I’d forgo,
Still, I would rather feast now on roasted beast now, with almond pudding to go…
Say, what? What’s your problem?
What’s all this annoying prattle, asking if I enjoyed the battle?
Everything here is so exciting – why would I want to look at fighting?
…Pennsic’s a war??? That’s what it’s for???? HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW??!!!

And here’s another ditty of Mistress Esperanza’s:

Song to a Certain Tune

I’ve written songs to ‘most every tune
From “Malaguena” to “Clair de Lune,”
From “Bobby Shaftoe” to “Bonny Doon” –
But not one to the tune of “Greensleeves.” 

Chorus:
But “Greensleeves” is a lovely song,
And if you use it you can’t go wrong
Your authenticity’s firm and strong
If you sing to the tune of “Greensleeves.”

Now, Lady Greensleeves, I’ve heard them say,
 Used to lie around in the grass all day;
With all the men she was making hay,
And that’s how she got her green sleeves.

Chorus

As bard, I’ve written songs in the past,
And some are slow, and some are fast;
But this one’s over and done at last –
It’s the one to the tune of “Greensleeves!”

Chorus

Her obituary is available here. Mistress Esperanza was 86.

Contributions in memory of Esther Tucker may be made to Congregation Dor Hadash, or Friends of the Squirrel Hill Library.

 


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Ice Dragon Pentathlon Category Places

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-18 21:52

At long last, here are the complete category results from this year’s Ice Dragon Pentathlon. The quality of the entries was simply amazing this year, making for some difficult judging decisions. One thing, though, was never in question; surely Æthelmearc is setting an example for the Known World in the Arts & Sciences!

Previously announced were the Pentathlon winners:
Novice: Elska Fjarfalle
Artisan: Irene von Schmetterling
Laurel: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

ACCESSORIES
Artisan
First:
Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie
Tabi in Burgundy Linen
Second: Irene von Schmetterling
Third: Svana in Kyrra

Novice
Tied for first:

Elska Fjarfalle
Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin
Tied for Second:
Edana the Red
Zofia Kowaleska
Third: Kolfina Jodisfottir

Laurel
First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

ANIMAL ARTS
Novice
First:
Rowena Macara
Red Leather Bridle

 

 

 

 

APPLIED RESEARCH
Novice
First:
Silvester Burchardt
Brocaded Tablet Woven Band Samples

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polish Hydromel

BEVERAGES
Artisan
First:
Madoc Arundel
Sage Beer
Second: Madoc Arundel

Novice
First: Zofia Kowaleska
Polish Hydromel
Second: Elska Fjarfalle
Third: Lucretia di Cosimo

 

CERAMICS/GLASS
Artisan
First:
Rachel Dalicieux
Second: Rachel Dalicieux

Novice
First:
Ian Campbell
Inlaid Floor Tiles
Second: Kalishka Peredslava
Third: Kolfina Jodisdottir

CLOTHING
Artisan
No first or second
Third:
Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

Novice
First:
Elska Fjarfalle
Second: Abigail Kelhoge
Third: Rowena Macara

Lucanian Sausage

CULINARY
Artisan
First:
Joszefne Rahel Nagy
Second: Svana in Kyrra

Novice
First: Ottilige Rappoltsweiler
Second: Ottilige Rappoltsweiler
Tie for Third:
Lucia de Moranza
Zofia Kowaleska

CURIOSA
Artisan
Second: Madoc Arundel

Hand of Glory by Lady Maggie Rue, Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

Novice
First: Maggie Rue
Hand of Glory
Second: Edana the Red
Third: Liam Macantsaoir

FIBER ARTS
Artisan
First: Irene von Schmetterling
Sture Glove Study
Second: Svana in Kyrra
Third: Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

Novice
First: Silvester Burchardt
Tablet Woven Brocaded Band
Second: Lucia de Meranza
Third: Abigail Kelhoge

Laurel
First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

Brocaded Tablet Woven Band

HERALDIC DISPLAY
Artisan
First: Madoc Arundel
Second: Rachel Dalicieux
Third: Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

Novice
First: Zofia Kowaleska
Book of Hours Page
Second: Rhiannon Elandris
Third: Edana the Red

Laurel
First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

HOUSEHOLD ARTS
Artisan
First: Irene von Schmetterling
Skirrets in the Pot and in a Salad

Novice
First: Elska Fjarfalle
Second: Rhiannon Elandris
Third: Sasson della Sancta

 

LEATHER WORKING
Novice
First: Ruslan Ygorovich Voronov
Leather Scabbards
Second: Ian Campbell
Third: Ian Campbell

 

 

 

LITERARY ARTS
Research
Novice
First: Elska Fyarfalle
Second: Arsalan Egesig
Third: Luceta di Cosimo

Laurel
First: Marguerite d’Honfleur

Prose & Poetry
First: Megge Gormshuileach
Second: Darri Inn Valski

METAL WORKING
Novice
First: Edana the Red
Second: Megge Gormshuileach

NEEDLEWORK
Artisan
First:
Svana in Kyrra
Second: Irene von Schmetterling

Novice
First: Lucia de Moranza
Second: Rowena Macara

PERFORMANCE ARTS
Artisan:
Rachel Delacieux

Novice
Third: Liam Macantsaoir

PERFORMANCS ARTS NON MUSICAL
Novice
First: Lucetta di Cosimo
Second: Nigel of Southwood

Illumination by Marioun Golightly

SCRIBAL ARTS
Artisan
First and Second: Marioun Golightly
Third: Rachel Dalacieux

Novice
First: Juliana Rosalia
Second: Zofia Kowaleska
Third: Edana the Red
Honorable Mention: Abigail Kelhoge

Laurel
First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

STUDIO ARTS
Novice
Second: Luceta di Cosimo
Tie for Third:
Lucia de Moranza & Abigail Kelhoge

Laurel
First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

TOYS
Novice
Second: Sasson della Sancta

Viking Era Loom

WOODWORKING
Artisan
First: Madoc Arundel
Second: Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

Novice
First: Hrolfr Fjarfell
Viking Era Warp-Weighted Loom
Second: Hrolfr Fjarfell

 

YOUTH
Simon a Fjarfelli
Woven Backpack


 

 

 

 

 

 


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Call For Donations To SCA 50 Volunteers

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-18 16:46

Attention, Talented Artisans of the Society for Creative Anachronism

In the Society for Creative Anachronism, we are a collective of volunteers, each serving in their own way at one point or another so that all may have a chance to play, enjoy, learn and have fun. It is on this mantra that the SCA has gone on for 50 years now, and shall continue to do so.

As we Celebrate 50 Years of the Society, many of our SCA family will be considering attending the SCA 50 Year Celebration Event, June 17th through the 27th of this year and many of them will be giving their time and service to the event, staffing the Gate, serving on the Watch, Marshalling the Lists.

We wish to show appreciation to the Volunteers who give of themselves, from the newest member giving their first hour of service to the Multi-Peer who serves alongside that newest member. The Society works because our Volunteers continue to turn the wheels and drive us forward to fun, adventure, knowledge and my personal favorites, Family and Friendship.

Everyone who volunteers on site during the event will receive a ticket for each hour they serve. These tickets can be dropped into boxes that will labeled with the items you’ve donated: items that our volunteers would proudly use or displayed long after the event is over.

And Artisans, this is where you are most needed. We come seeking donations from the Amazingly Talented populace of the Known World: we are asking you to please consider donating handmade items that people would Buy/Trade/Commission for themselves.
No matter your rank, Laurel or student; professional crasftsperson or astonishingly talented amateur: we’re asking all of you to help us recognize the volunteers in service to the Society’s 50th Year Celebration. Please, put forth your beautiful work to be a cherished gift for a Volunteer.

If you’re considering a specialized item (something that must be custom sized or fit, for instance) or you aren’t sure how to submit it to the cause, please contact my Coordinator, THL Justice McArtain, at justice.napier@gmail.com
All donations can be mailed to His Lordship Justice ahead of the Event or delivered at the SCA 50 Year Celebration Event if you are attending.

To Donate, or if you have any additional questions, simply email the following details to justice.napier@gmail.com

  • SCA Title and Name
  • Mundane Name
  • Item to be Donated
  • To be mailed or delivered at 50 Year
  • Mailing Address
  • Any additional information / description of your item you wish to include (including pictures of our work if it’s a ‘after raffle’ item.

As a thank you to everyone who contributes, His Lordship Justice will be doing a raffle of his own.
Two artists will be drawn to receive a Gift Card each to get more supplies (or whatever you want to do with the money).
We thank you for your time and hope that you will reach out to offer your talent to support the Volunteers who give of theirs for this once in a lifetime Event.

In Service,

Herr Alexander Adelbrecht von Markelingen

SCA 50 Year Celebration – Volunteer Relations Coordinator


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Spring Crown Tournament Format and Combatants

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-18 15:53

The format for Crown Tourney will be a pooled round robin leading into a 16-man double elimination tournament. Weapons of choice throughout up to the semi-finals. Semi-finals will be best of 5 with rotating weapon forms. The undefeated fighter will start up 1 win. The finals will be best of 5 with rotating weapon forms.

List of Crown Combatants in approximate OP order by combatant.

Duke Randal of the Dark fighting for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Duke Brion Anthony Uriel Tarragon fighting for Duchess Anna Ophelia Holloway Tarragon
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver fighting for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
Sir Rhys Ravenscroft fighting for Vicondesa Jimena Montoya
Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrucke fighting for Mistress Vienna de la Mer
Sir Marcus Blackaert fighting for Baroness Astrid Sigrun Ulfkelsdottir
Sir Cedric of Armorica fighting for Mistress Brid nic Shearlais
Sir Ivan Ivanov syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov fighting for Baroness Matilde de Cadenet
Master Tiberius Iulius Rufus Primus fighting for Vopiscus Rufius Donatus
Thane Aethelhawk fighting for Mistress Siubhan Wallace
Sir Ané du Vey fighting for Sylvia du Vey AKA Mistress Sylvia de Vey
Sir Simon Gwyn fighting for Lady Tullia Tranquilla
Baron Sigurthr VigurHafn fighting for Baroness Medhbh inghean Cheallaigh
Baron Duncan Kerr fighting for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick
The Honorable Lord William RavenHair fighting for Ceara Inghean Eoin Mhic Lucais
Baron Matthias Grunwald fighting for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
The Honorable Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron-skies fighting for Indrakshi Aravinda
The Honorable Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice fighting for Lady Lavina Attewode
Baron Tiberius Nautius Maximus fighting for Maeve of Linne Tatha
Baron Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh fighting for Baroness Molly Schofield
Baron Simon Montgumery fighting for Mistress Margaret Hepburn of Ardrossan
Lord Gawyn O’Clery fighting for Maeve O’Clery
Lord Corwin Blackthorn fighting for Lady Solveig Bjornsdottr
Peter de Bracebridge fighting for the Honorable Lady Gaeira Aggadottir
Renaud Mauclerc du Dragon Dormant fighting for Léana Doucet


Filed under: Events Tagged: Crown Tournament, spring crown

Court Reports from Coronation

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-04-17 21:32

April 9, AS 50 (2016)
Coronation of Thomas Byron and Ariella
Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Magnus Tindal and Etain II, basileos kai basilissa Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Coronation, 9 April Anno Societatis L, hosted by the Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres.

Last Court of Tindal and Etain

Drake and Davia, the Prince and Princess Royale, were given the Sigil of Æthelmearc for their assistance throughout the Imperial Reign.

The Royal Children receive Sigils. Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

The children of the Kingdom were sent into the care of Lady Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog to entertain themselves through Court.

The Imperatori bestowed the Sigil of Æthelmearc upon the following gentles: Viscount Sir Haakon Oaktall, Sir Cunen Beornhelm, Baron Sir Murdoch Bayne, Sir Óláfr Þorvarðarson, Baroness Rioghnach ni Rose, THL Ariadne Flaxenhair of Dragon’s End, Lord Magnus Jager, Lord Horatius Cincinnatus and Lord Christian Magnus.

Baroness Rioghnach and Sir Murdoch receive Sigils. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Lady Elizabeth Parker was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her performance skills, both as a member of the Debatable Choir and as part of I Genesii. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Lady Elizabeth Parker receives a Sycamore. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin and Herr Fridrich Flußmüllner were created Baroness and Baron of the Court for all of the various service that they rendered unto the Crown over the course of the reign. Scrolls by Baroness Helena Mützhasenin.

Meisterin Felicitas and Herr Fridrich are made Barons of the Court. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

THL Beatrix Krieger was named Praetorian and Baroness of the Court for the service she performed as Captain of the Imperial Guard. Scroll in progress by Sir Murdoch Bayne.

THL Beatrix is made a Baroness of the Court. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Maestro Bastiano de Iacopo was called before The Imperatori and asked if he had contemplated the question set before him at St. Swithin’s Bog 12th Night, whether he would accept the accolade of membership in the Imperial Council of Defense. Bastiano responded that he had held the field as was tradition for that council, and received good words from the Council and from others in the Kingdom, and that it was now his wish to take a seat with the Council of Defense. Duke Sir Timothy of Arindale, speaking as a Royal Peer, stated that there was nobody more inspirational that Bastiano. Then speaking as Councilor of Chivalry, Sir Timothy claimed that as a Knight, he strove to live up to the Victorian ideals of Knighthood, and that Bastiano both pursues and achieves those same ideals. Master Iago Benitez, speaking as a Councilor of both Defense and the Pelican, recalled the 20 years that he had known Bastiano as both fighter and teacher, and that Bastiano had taught him much more than he had ever taught Bastiano. Thus moved by this testimony, the Imperatori named him a Councilor of Defense, placed upon Bastiano’s shoulders a coat bearing the badge of the Order of Defense, the Ancestral Collar of the Order, and a personal collar, and received his Oath of Fealty upon his rapier as is tradition. Scroll forthcoming by Dona Fiora d’Artusio, upon words by Master Quinn Kerr.

Maestro Bastiano is greeted by the Companions of the Order of Defense. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

His Highness, Prince Byron, came before the Imperatori and, proclaiming that times were changing in the Kingdom, made his claim to the throne of Æthelmearc. Duke Sir Christopher, the Seneschal, verified that a tournament was held in accordance with the laws and customs of the Kingdom and Society. The Minister of the Lists verified that His Highness was victorious through the tournament list. The Silver Buccle Herald verified that the Prince’s patents of nobility had been checked, and that he was the true heir of Æthelmearc. The Imperatori asked for a few more moments to complete their business, and would call upon him when they were finished.

Prince Byron makes his claim to the throne. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

The Praetorian Guard was summoned, and released from their service to the Empire. The Imperial retainers were summoned, and released from their service to the Empire.

The Imperatori called for Their Heirs, Thomas Byron and Ariella, to attend Them. The Silver Buccle Herald confirmed that it was their desire to defend and rule the lands of Æthelmearc. He then confirmed with the people of the Kingdom that it was their will to subject themselves to the rule of Thomas Byron and Ariella as their King and Queen. Finally, he confirmed that they were willing to swear to serve as chiefest defenders of the realm, highest executors of its laws, and chiefest patrons of the arts. The Keeper of the Law then bestowed upon them the Laws of Æthelmearc, which they were bound both to obey and enforce. The Emperor Magnus Tindal removed the Crown from the Empress Etain and gave it unto the keeping of the Kingdom. Finally, the Emperor Magnus Tindal removed the Crown from his own brow and, as his last act, crowned Thomas Byron of Haverford 38th King of Æthelmearc.

Augustus Tindal crowns Byron as King of Æthelmearc. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Here ends the Scrolls of the Reign of Magnus Tindal and Etain II, 37th in the line of monarchs of the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Coronation of Byron and Ariella

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron Rex and Ariella Regina, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at Their Coronation, 9 April, Anno Societatis L, in the Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, acting as assistant to Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.

Herein begin the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, 38th King and Queen of Æthelmearc.

Upon receiving the crown, Byron, Rex, crowned Ariella His Queen. Thereupon did Count Magnus Tindal and Countess Etain withdraw and take their ease.

Byron crowns Ariella Queen. Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

Being duly crowned King and Queen, Their Majesties received an unction of water from the River Thames, at the hands of the Silver Buccle herald and Their royal herald, as token of remembrance of those true kings and queens of old who had come before Them.

Queen Ariella receives unction of water from the River Thames. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Duke Duncan von Halstern of the Order of Chivalry presented Their Majesties with the Sword of State, to represent glory in virtue and excellence in justice. Her Majesty received armills of sincerity and wisdom from Annanias Fenn, Master of the Order of Defense.Their Majesties received rings, set with garnets, as symbols of their bonds of protection for the people, from Duchess Morgen of Rye, of the Order of the Rose. Sir Maghnus de Cnoc an Iora, Master of the Pelican, gave unto Their Majesties a scepter, as a symbol of virtue and equity. Mistress Tsvia bas Zipporah Levi of Granada, of the Order of the Laurel, bedecked Their Majesties in mantles of royal estate.

Mistress Ts’vee’a invests King Byron with the Mantle. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Duke Christopher Rawlyns, Seneschal, then did confirm to Their Majesties Their right to retain the state which They had inherited by lawful succession, instructing Them to stand as the mediators of the nobility and the common people of the kingdom.

The Silver Buccle called for the Roll of Kings and Queens, which was rendered in plainchant by the Debatable Choir. The line of Kings and Queens, and the Rule of Æthelmearc thus continuing unbroken, Their Majesties began Their reign.

Their Majesties invited back into Their presence His Excellency, Count Magnus Tindal, and Her Excellency, Countess Etain ingen Dalaig. Mindful of their example and service to the Kingdom, Their Majesties did confer upon Their Excellencies their duly earned status of Duke and Duchess. Duke Tindal’s scroll a work in progress by Meißterin Felicity Flüßmüllerin and Freiherr Fridrich Flüßmüllnerin; Duchess Etain’s scroll by Meißterin Fredeburg Katzenellenbogen.

Tindal and Etain are invested as Duke and Duchess. Photo by Duchess Siobhán.

Their Majesties called forward Their royal children, Leah and Ian. His Majesty informed His son that he and his brother, Joshua, would be known as Ætheling, according to the ancient traditions of the Saxon princes. But as for Their daughter, His Majesty felt that a more appropriate title might present itself…. Thereupon did Their Majesties decree that Their children be invested as Princes and Princess Royal: Joshua Ætheling, Ian Ætheling, and Princess Leah.

Princess Leah and Ian AEtheling. Photo by Duchess Siobhan.

Their Majesties received oaths of service from Their Great Officers of State. Their Majesties received oaths of fealty from the territorial Barons and Baronesses of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, and the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog. Their Majesties received oaths of fealty from the Companions of the Order of Chivalry there present. Their Majesties received oaths of service, severally, from those Companions of the Orders of the Laurel, Pelican, and Defense, and additionally of those Royal Peers there present.

The Masters of Defense promise to serve the King and Queen. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Their Majesties summoned before Them Meißterin Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen, Captain of Her Majesty’s Guard, and those other guards present. Her Majesty spoke of the hours She anticipated spending among them, whereupon Their Majesties received their oaths of service, and invested them into Her Majesty’s guard.

Their Majesties summoned before Them Master Alaric MacConnal and The Honorable Lady Elss of Augsburg, Head Retainers, and those other royal retainers present. His Majesty spoke of the donation of their time and Their Majesties’ gratitude for their dedication to the reign and the kingdom. Whereupon, Their Majesties received their oaths of service, and invested them as retainers to the Royal Household.

Their Majesties summoned before Them The Honorable Lady Gwendolyn the Graceful,  Brehyres, Their Royal Herald, and received from her her oath of service. With the leave of Their Majesties, the Silver Buccle did invest and name her as Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, to act as representative of the Silver Buccle, with the authority of the voice of the Crown, to serve the Crown and the Kingdom in all matters heraldic until such time as new Heirs may come forth to claim the throne.

Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful is made Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

The Silver Buccle then presented Their Royal Majesties, Byron and Ariella, unto the People of Æthelmearc, for their homage and acclaim.

Thus ended the Coronation of Thomas Byron and Ariella, 38th King and Queen of Æthelmearc. There being no further business at that time, Their Majesties’ Court was suspended.

First Court of Byron and Ariella

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron Rex and Ariella Regina, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: Being a Continuation of the Business of Their Royal Court at Their Coronation, 9 April, Anno Societatis L, in the Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of The Honorable Lady Sophie Davenport, Seedling Pursuivant.

Their Majesties invited those territorial Barons and Baronesses present to take their places in Their Court.

His Majesty’s Champion, Duke Duncan Von Halstern, approached the throne and through Their Herald issued a challenge to any who disputed the rightful reign of Thomas Byron and Ariella. The challenge going unanswered, His Majesty offered His Grace the cup of peace, and invited him to join the Court.

The following edicts were issued:

On April 9, 2016, do We, Byron and Ariella, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Dan Heyman, known in the Society as Dan of the Debatable Lands, from participation in any SCA activity.

On April 9, 2016, do We, Byron and Ariella, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Derek Holton, known in the Society as Bluestar, from participation in any SCA activity.

Their Majesties called before them Aesgirr inn rauoi and praised his efforts as chronicler and laborer in many kitchens on behalf of his shire. In recognition of his contributions, They raised him to the nobility and Awarded him Arms. Scroll by THL Aelric Ravenshaw.

Lord Aesgirr receives his Award of Arms. Photo by Duchess Siobhan.

Their Majesties then received James of Gryffyn’s Keep and Sara of Gryffyn’s Keep. They spoke of these gentles’ dedication to the Society as fighters and their support to their shire in its events and activities. Their Majesties then recognized them as members of the nobility by Awarding them Arms. Scrolls by THL Aelric Ravenshaw.

Lord James and Lady Sara with their daughter, receiving their Awards of Arms. Photo by Master Giuseppe.

Their Majesties next sought Summerled Half-Dane, who was not in attendance, but whose lady came forth to carry Their Majesties’ words to him. Their Majesties cited Summerled’s willingness to open his home, his skill in bannermaking, and his tireless efforts in the Shire’s and kingdom’s kitchens. In appreciation for his service, They Awarded him Arms in absentia. Scroll by THL Aelric Ravenshaw.

Tristyn of Gryffyn’s Keep was next brought before Their Majesties, whereupon They discussed with her her service as both Arts and Sciences Minister and Deputy Exchequer. In praise of her service to her Shire, They recognized her nobility with an Award of Arms. Scroll illuminated by THL Tegrinus de Rhina, calligraphed by THL Alianora Bronhulle.

Lady Tristyn receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Master Giuseppe.

Their Majesties next summoned Lord Markus Skalpr Grimmson, whose tablet weaving, hoods, and armor stands have not been unnoticed. To recognize his skills, Their Majesties inducted him to the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Anlaith ingen Trena.

Lord Markus receives a Sycamore. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Lord Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka was invited before Their Majesties, who remarked on the skill demonstrated in his etching and Japanese clothing. They were moved to name him a Companion of the Order of the Sycamore in recognition of his accomplishments. Scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley.

Lord Yoshitaka receives a Sycamore. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Their Majesties sought the attendance of Lady Catalina Iannarella. His Majesty noted that this lady has served as Exchequer, Arts and Sciences Minister, autocrat, and head cook for her shire. In order to recognize and facilitate her continuing service, Their Majesties named her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Kadlin Sigvaldakona.

Lady Catalina receives a Keystone. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Lady Alimé bint Yorgi came before Their Majesties. Her Majesty confessed that for some time, She had believed this lady to be a resident of the Barony-March of the Debatable Lands, for so often did She see her hard at work within those borders, but that She was further pleased to learn that her service to the Barony did not neglect the needs of her own Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep. Others shared this view, and to that end, Their Majesties called before Them Their Order of the Millrind. With the acclaim of that said Order, They did Grant her Arms and induct her as its Companion, whereupon Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai presented her with his own medallion. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

Lady Alimé bint Yorgi is inducted into the Millrind. Photo by Lady Catalina Iannarella d’Colliano.

Her Grace, Duchess Siobhan ingen ui Liathain was invited to attend Their Majesties. They spoke of the ways in which she has enriched the Kingdom since her return, notably through her skill in wire weaving. In affirmation of these accomplishments, They called into Their presence the Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc and named her a Companion of that Order. Scroll forthcoming.

Duchess Siobhan is made a Fleur d’Æthelmearc. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Next did Their Majesties desire to be attended by Her Excellency, Countess Rosalinda de Castille. Their Majesties praised this noble lady’s enthusiasm for, dedication to, and prowess within the arena of Thrown Weapons. They then summoned the Companions of the White Horn and inducted her into that meritorious Order. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Countess Rosalinda is inducted into the Order of the White Horn. Photo by Master Giuseppe.

Then did Their Majesties require the presence of Dame Elspeth Ann Roth and Master Alaric MacConnal. Their Majesties spoke of their unceasing service, to the Barony-March of the Debatable Lands, to the larger heraldic community, the Debatable Choir, the Debatable Consort, and their service to come to Their Majesties’ retinue. So that all may know the regard and esteem with which they are held, Their Majesties were moved to create them Baroness and Baron of Their Court. Scrolls by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Lady Alysoun of the Debatable Lands; coronets fashioned by Lady Sumayya al Ghaziyya.

Master Alaric and Mistress Elsbeth are made Court Baron and Baroness. Photo by Master Giuseppe.

Their Majesties next requested the attendance of His Grace, Duke Timothy of Arindale. His Majesty noted the impact that His Grace has had upon the Kingdom in a short span of time, and the tireless and generous service he has provided as both subject and steward of these lands. Being far from alone in this opinion, Their Majesties convened council with those members of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican there present, and with their enthusiastic assent, charged Duke Timothy to name a time and place to sit vigil for the purpose of contemplating elevation into that august Order. Scroll by THL Kieran McRae.

Duke Timothy receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Master Giuseppe.

Their Majesties invited THL Thomas Lestrange to enter Their Court and address the populace. His Lordship announced the winner of the day’s heavy weapons tournament: THL Boden the Lost. He then asked Dona Fiora D’Artusio to reveal the winner of the fencing tournament. She related that there had been a tie between Doña Emily of Dunvegan and Master Iago Benitez. A tie-breaker saw Doña Emily triumphant. She was presented with a cloak as token of her victory.

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope was invited forward and given leave to address the populace. Her Excellency has graciously taken on the task of coordinating the production of Her Majesty’s Queen’s favors, from the design chosen by Her Majesty and the populace at Ice Dragon. Mistress Arianna invited anyone who wishes for a kit to aid in the manufacture of favors to find her after court or at upcoming events. She also invited other artisans to seek her out if they wish to make favors using other methods.

His Majesty cautioned the populace that the days of peace are threatened by winds of war. As in times past, the kingdom must choose whether to ally with our parents the East or their ancient rivals the Midrealm. After discussion with both of Their Royal Cousins, and through careful deliberation, Their Majesties decreed that the Sylvan Kingdom will stand with our ancestors, the East. His Majesty charged all the populace to sharpen their swords, tend to their bowstrings, and ready themselves, to aid our allies and to defend our homeland when War comes to her fields.

Her Majesty announced her intention to carry on the tradition of recognizing each day one who had inspired Her. On this day, She selected Lady Cairdha Eilis O’Coileain for comprehensively and exuberantly indulging Ian Ætheling in discussion of non-alcoholic beverage brewing.

Lady Cairdha Eilis is recognized as Her Majesty’s inspiration. Photo by Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato.

Their Majesties thanked all scribes and regalia wrights who contributed their talents and largesse to enhance the Court’s proceedings.

Their Majesties also thanked the event staff who made the day of Their Coronation so enjoyable for all, including but not limited to THL Thomas Lestrange, the cooks, Master Duncan for his site tokens, and all others who labored to assist the event.

There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.


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Spring Crown List Announced!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-04-17 08:48

Their Majesties Thomas Byron and Ariella, are happy to announce the list of contenders for Their Crown Tournament, to be held May 7th in the Barony of Delftwood.

“Greetings unto the Nobles and Populace of AEthelmearc and all who hear these Words.

We are proud to announce the Noble Fighters and Inspirational Consorts who will take the field at the Tournament to choose Our Heirs.  We are indeed pleased with these Gentles, and We look forward to a glorious day of chivalrous combat.

In Service to the Dream,

Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina AEthelmearc

Duke Sir Timothy of Arindale for Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode

Duke Sir Sven Gunnarsson of Fathrundrialand for Duchess Siobhan Inghean ui Liathain

Duke Sir Malcolm Duncan MacEioghann for Viscountess Rosalinde Ashworth

Duke Sir Marcus Eisenwald for Baroness Margerite Eisenwald

Earl Syr Yngvar the Dismal for Countess Caryl Olesdatter

Sir Maghnus an Chnoic na n’Iora for Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful

Sir Cunen Beornhelm and THL Ariadne Flaxenhair of Dragon’s End, each for the other

Sir Murdoch Bayne for Baroness Rioghnach ni Rose

Sir Delphinious Aegeous for Lady Shirin of Susa

Sir Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono for Lady Katherine Sinclaire

Sir Angus MacBain for Mistress Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon

Mistress Jenna MacPherson and Lord Rouland of Willowbrooke, each for the other

Sir Gareth Kincaid for Mistress Juliana Delamare

Sir Arnþorr inn sterki for Lady Ceirech na Hinnsi

Baron William Freskyn Murray for Baroness Katherine Kiersey

THL Jairus of the Darklands for Baroness Rosemund von Glinde

Baron Dominic McMorland for Countess Isabeau de l’Isle

Baroness Beatrix Zsofia Serilda Krieger and THL Thorsol Solinauga, each for the other

THL Lothar Hügelmann for Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth

Brother Boldo for Noelle the Goodhearted

Lord Fearghus max Eoin for Mariss Muller


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Abhainn Ciach Ghlais Receives Historic Preservation Award

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-16 20:01

Photo by Barbara Confer Franck.

If you belong to the SCA you’ve more than likely helped out at one of your local group’s demos at least a time or two or more. What’s unusual is to receive a congratulatory letter from an outside historical nonprofit group wanting to bestow your local group with one of its prestigious awards for doing something you love.

This is what happened to the hard-working folk from the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais (ACG) who recently received an “Historic Preservation Award” from the Shikelimo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The distinctive honor was bestowed on Saturday, March 26, 2016 during the annual DAR Awards Ceremony held at the Union County Library, Lewisburg, PA.

The award is designed to recognize worthy individuals or groups for outstanding achievements in all areas of historic preservation, and was given to ACG for its active involvement, particularly demos, within the local community.

During the ceremony, the DAR Regent went into detail about two of ACG’s biggest annual demos, which have been visited by thousands. These include the time-honored medieval encampment held at the Lewisburg Art’s Festival in April and the annual Renaissance Faire and Festival held for the benefit of the Sunbury Redevelopment Initiative.

The DAR Regent listed a wide variety of arts and sciences ACG traditionally presents and is enjoyed by the community such as learning how to roll glass beads, creating calligraphy with period tools, weaving chain mail, preparing period camp cooking and more. She also gave credit for the crowd’s fascination with watching day-long fighting and fencing bouts.

Smaller demos were also acknowledged such as one held at Camp Victory, a camp for children with diabetes, and what it meant for the children when they had a day of bard-told stories, swinging a sword at a knight in armor, learning how to weave on an inkle loom and playing medieval games. The Regent even mentioned how much enjoyment DAR members had when last year ACG performed a demo for them.

Attending shire members were asked to come up on stage to accept the award. These included Duke Sir Timothy of Arindale and Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode, Dame Bronwyn MacFhionghuin, THL Brad Boda Aetheward, Lord Conrad Keinst, Lady Byrgida Zajaczkowa, Lady Elyes la Bref, Lord Jeremiah MacCoul, Lady Greer Wallace, and Lady Deirdre Kildare.

Deirdre, the shire’s seneschal, offered her appreciation for the award along with a few words about ACG and her pride in the shire’s “multifaceted talent which stretches wide and deep.”

Refreshments, along with picture taking, followed the bestowal of awards.

Since the DAR’s founding in 1890, historic preservation and education have been part of its mission. Its Historic Preservation Award is an annual honor given to one individual and to one group.  The would-be recipient must be nominated with supporting documentation such as newspaper articles and recommendation letters which are then forwarded to the Historic Preservation Committee of the National Society for approval.

Submitted by
Lady Deirdre Kildare


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Unofficial Court Report: Last Court of Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-04-15 15:30

And so it was that Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri did throw a party for their heirs, and hold Court in the Shire of Quintavia on 9 April AS 50.

First was Duchess Marieke called into court. She presented the restored and refurbished Sword of State to Their Majesties.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called before them Eydis Thorgrimsdottir. She was Awarded Arms and named a Lady of the Court, receiving a wooden scroll by Marietta Charay with words by Aesa feilin Jossursdottir and translation to runes by Avaldr Valbjarnarson.

Next was Olaf Haraldson called into court. He replied to the question posed to him, and thus was the Order of the Pelican called forth. He was elevated to the order, receiving regalia and a carved horn scroll with words by Allyn Min Teanga and the carving by Randall Vihari-Farkas.

Next was Geloria de Sancto Johanne called before Their Majesties. They carried the words of Thorkatla, and presented Geloria with a Meridian Majesty. She received a scroll by Caterina Coeur Noir of Meridies.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called forth Isobel (Libby) Bickerstaff. Speaking of her services, they welcomed before them the Order of the Silver Crescent. She was inducted into the order and received a medallion and a stained glass scroll by Solskinn of Smoking Rocks with words by Nest verch Tangwistel.

But Their Majesties were not yet through with Isobel. For her work as their Court Scheduler, they named her a Baroness of the Court. She received a coronet from Her Highness Avelina, and a scroll by Palotzi Marti.

Next was Ariana of the North called into court. Her skill in archery noted, she was inducted into the Order of the Sagitarius. She received a medallion and a scroll by Éadaoin Chruitire.

The order not yet complete, next was Isadora del la tor called into court. She was inducted into the Order of the Sagitarius, receiving a medallion and a stained glass scroll by Conor O Caellaigh (with assistance from Mongo Chinua) with calligraphy by Lada Monguligin.

Remaining on the topic of Archery, Their Majesties invited Li Kung Lo into their court. They named him a Baron of the Court, presenting him with a coronet and a scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Their Majesties called into court their Order of the Silver Rapier. Noting their order by no means complete, they called before them Magdalena Von Kirschberg to join the order. She received a medallion and a scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Their Majesties called before them Culann mac Cianain. His Majesty Brennan spoked highly of Culann’s work as an armorer, and named him Armorer to the Crown, presenting him with a scroll by Harold von Auerbach.

Additionally, Culann mac Cianain was presented with a King’s Cypher for his service to the reign.

Her Majesty Caoilfhionn called into court Fergus Redmead and Sabina Lutrell. For their service to the reign, they each received a Queen’s Cypher.

Next was Malcolm Bowman called into court. For his service to the reign he received both a King’s Cypher and a Queen’s Cypher.

Their Majesties next invited the Worshipful Company of Her Majesty’s Underwear into court. They presented gifts to the King and Queen.

Next did Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri call into court. Aife ingen Chonchobair, Harvey Wynegode, Thora Sharpstooth, Lianor de Matos, Heather Rose de Gordon, Aethelflied Brewbane, Anastasia da Monte, Cateline la Broderesse, Keagan MacKeagen, Elizabet Marshal, Asa in Svarta, Lucien de Pontivy, Aildreda de Tamworthe and Eva Woderose. All were named Tailors/Seamstresses to the Crown, and presented with both a King’s Award of Esteem and a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

His Majesty called before him Donovan Shinnock and Llewyllyn Walsh. He presented both with a King’s Award of Esteem.

His Majesty invited before him Catrin o’r Rhyd For. She received a King’s Cypher for her service to the reign.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called forth their Order of the Silver Wheel. Stated that the order was incomplete, they invited before them Raziya bint Rusa. She was inducted into the order, and received a medallion and a scroll by Isa of Ruantallan with words by Marion du Canard.

The order not yet complete, Their Majesties invited before them Lavina Attewode. She was inducted into the Order of the Silver Wheel, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Svea the Short-sighted.

The order still not yet complete, Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called forth Tomyris of Stonemarche. She was inducted into the order, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Wulfgar Silverbraid and Treannah.

Her Majesty called into court Cassandra Blondel and Arlyana van Wyck. They each received a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Her Majesty Caoilfhionn next called into court Anton LaFlamme and Aiden McShane. They each received a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Their Majesties welcomed into their court Ellen du Grandchamp. They called for the companions of the Order of the Golden Lance. Ellen was inducted into the order, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

Next did Their Majesties call forth Catalina de Valencia. The named her a Baroness of their Court, presenting her with a coronet and a scroll by Rhonwen Glyn Conwy.

His Majesty called into court Mercedes Vera de Califia. For her service to the reign she was presented with a King’s Cypher.

Brennan Ri called forth Martin der Wasserspeir. For her service to the reign she was presented with a King’s Cypher.

Caoilfhionn Banri called forth Clodagh and Leonete D’Angely. They were each presented with a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Tola knytir was also awarded a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Their Majesties invited into their court Fiona O’Malle. She was presented with a King’s Award of Esteem and a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn called into their court Demi la Roux de Avignon. She was presented with a King’s Award of Esteem and a Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Her Majesty called into court Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh. For her service to the reign Medhbh received a Queen’s Cypher.

Her Majesty called into court Einarr Njortharson, called Billyfish. For his service to the reign, Billyfish was presented with a Queen’s Cypher.

Her Majesty called forth Miles Boweman. Her Majesty welcomed him into her Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called forth Elizabeth Elenore Lovell. For her service to the reign she was presented with a King’s Cypher and a Queen’s Cypher.
Her Majesty called His Majesty before her. She did present to Brennan her Queen’s Award of Esteem.

His Majesty called Her Majesty before him. He did present to Caoilfhionn his King’s Cypher.

Their Majesties called forth the King’s Bard, Aethelflied Brewbane, to practice her art as a soothsayer. The signs unclear, Aethelflied had her student, Caoilfhionn Banri, also practice. Her Majesty read the signs and portents, and realized that the time had come o not just throw a party for their heirs, but to pass to them the Crowns of the East.

Their Majesties called forth their retainers, and released them from service.
Her Majesty called forth her guards, and released them from service.
Their Majesties called forth their champions, and released them from service.
Speaking of their love of the Kingdom of the East, they thanked the people for their love and support.

Thus closed the last court of Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri, making way for the Coronation of Their Heirs, Kenric and Avelina. Long Live the King! Long Live the Queen!

Long live the Kingdom of the East!

In Service,
Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald (Ret).

Though not in attendance, Martyn de Halliwell was named Tailor to the Crown and received a King’s Award of Esteem. Further, Cristoforo Donatello dei Visconti was named Tailor to the Crown.

Thank you to the heralds for the day, Elizabeth Elenore Lovell, Yehuda ben Moshe and Liadan ingen Chineada.


Filed under: Court

Call for Content – EK Rapier Website

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-04-14 18:31

Unto the Rapier Combatants of the Kingdom of the East do I, Master Frasier MacLeod, send greetings,

We have recently changed Webministers for the EK Rapier website. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Mistress Analeda Falconbridge for stepping in at a difficult time and keeping the site afloat and viable until a permanent Webminister could be found.

Our new Webminister, Lord Brian of Stonemarche, has asked me to put out the call for CONTENT! If there is an article, an essay, a class, a presentation, or anything along those lines you think would make the Rapier website better and more useful, let us know! Feel free to send it along to Brian and myself, with a copy of the SCA Creative Work Copyright Assignment/Grant of Use Form found here: Link to Release so we can use your work legally and with your permission.

The EK Rapier website is for all of YOU, and without you we can’t make it better. Help us turn the site into something other kingdoms will look at and go “Wow, I wish my website was cool like the East’s is”.

In Service,

Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East


Filed under: Announcements, Rapier Tagged: call for content, fencing, from the ekmof, marshal of Fence, Rapier, websites

In Memoriam: Mistress Laura Hawkwood

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-04-14 15:02

Mistress Laura Hawkwood (also known as Laura de Segovia), 43rd Laurel of the East, passed away in Carolingia on Tuesday, April 12th. She was awarded arms in AS X at the coronation of Alaric and Yseult, and was one of only 14 inductees into the now closed Order of Fatima, which honored illustrious clothiers and seamstresses. (She also helped design the badge for this order, as well as the badge for the Queen’s Order of Courtesy which is still in use today.) In AS XX, she was recognized as a companion of the Order of the Moon by the Baron of Carolingia for her achievements in the arts which further the progress of those arts in the Barony of Carolingia. She was a founder of House Silverwing, and active in the heraldic community.

Her obituary is available on-line here.


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: barony of carolingia, Carolingia, in memoriam, obit, obituary

Event Report: The Coronation of Byron and Ariella

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-04-14 12:06

As you may know, our new monarchs are deeply rooted in the culture of late 14th century England. Their home is based on Bodiam Castle, which was built in 1385, and their personae “live” in that year. They wished to have as authentic a Coronation ceremony as possible, and so they turned to Master Steffan ap Kennydd of the East Kingdom for assistance. Master Steffan designed the German Coronation ceremony for Duke Maynard and Duchess Liadain three years ago, and has adapted period ceremonies for monarchs from numerous kingdoms around the Known World. For Byron and Ariella, he began with the “Liber Regalis,” originally used for the Coronation of Richard II of England in 1367. In collaboration with then-Prince and Princess Byron and Ariella, he adapted the ceremony to suit SCA customs and traditions. The result was a Coronation ceremony that incorporated many actual lines of dialog from the source ceremony, along with appropriate choral music of the time period, and featured elements that enhanced the sense of actually being in 14th century England. Many of the gentles in attendance remarked on how moving the Coronation was. In addition, the mood was aided by some modern technology. The photos in our report show the hall having stone walls and large stained glass windows, but in reality it has plain white walls and no windows. The illusion was created by a projection system, with assistance from the autocrat, THLord Thomas LeStrange, and Danielle DePalma of Unity Community Church. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on this unique ceremony and the event where it was held.

Some unseasonal light snow overnight on Friday and into the day on Saturday slowed or deterred some travelers, especially those who had to cross mountain paths, but on the morning of April 9th, the Last Court of the Imperatori, Tindal and Etain, commenced only slightly behind schedule.

The Augustus and Augusta processed in wearing garments that came as a breathtaking surprise: instead of Their usual Romano-Celtic clothing, They and Their children wore beautiful 16th century German outfits with puffs and slashes in green, black, and white.

Photo by Duchess Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin.

The Imperatori gave Their last awards, which included Sigils for Their children in thanks for their excellent behavior throughout the reign, and Court Baronies to Meisterin Felicity Flußmüllnerin and her husband, Lord Fridrich Flußmüllner, for their constant service during Their time on the thrones. They also made THLady Beatrix Krieger a Court Baroness for her service as Captain of the Queen’s Guard.

THLady Beatrix is made a Court Baroness. Photo by Duchess Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin.

Meisterin Felicity and Lord Fridrich receive Court Baronies. Photo by Duchess Siobhán.

Next, the Imperatori joyfully called Maestro Bastiano di Iacopo forth to be elevated to the Order of Defense. Maestro Bastiano was commended by Master Iago Benitez speaking for the Pelicans and the Order of Defense, Master Quinn Kerr on behalf of the Laurels, and Duke Timothy of Arindale on behalf of the Chivalry and Royal Peers. A coat with the insignia of his new rank was placed upon his shoulders, and he received the ancestral livery collar from the hand of Master Anias Fenne, as well as a personal collar from Master Iago. The populace greeted the new Master of Defense with great cheers.

Master Bastiano is elevated to the Order of Defense. Photo by Duchess Siobhan.

Prince Thomas Byron of Haverford then came forward to remind the Imperatori that “Times Change” and warn that Vandals and Visigoths threatened the doorsteps of the realm, requiring new leadership. The Augustus asked if Prince Byron’s claim to the throne was just, to which the Kingdom Seneschal, Duke Christopher Rawlins, the Silver Buccle Herald, Master Kameshima Zentarou Umekai, and the one of the Ministers of the Lists who presided over the Crown Tournament in Misty Highlands last October, Baroness Aemelia Soteria, all confirmed that it was. Seeing that all was in order, Augustus Tindal asked Prince Byron to allow Him time to set His affairs in order. The Imperatori thanked Their guard and retainers and dismissed them, then called for Prince Byron to claim the crown.

Prince Byron and Princess Ariella, clad in gold, white, and red brocade garments with deeply dagged sleeves, processed into the hall under a canopy borne by eight gentles, each representing one of the Grant-level orders of the Kingdom, to the choir chanting Firmetur Manus Tua, (Let thine arm be strengthened, and thy right hand be exalted. Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat: mercy and truth shall go before thy face).

Canopies borne by members of each of the Kingdom Grant Orders. Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

The Prince and Princess were accompanied by four Knights as their escort. Princess Ariella entered with her long blonde hair flowing loose down her back, as was customary for a Queen at her Coronation. Upon reaching the dais, Prince Byron prostrated himself before the thrones in prayer while Princess Ariella knelt to do likewise. Augustus Tindal then bade Byron rise, saying “If thou be made the master, lift not thyself up, but be among them as one of the rest.” The Prince was assisted in rising by Sir Koredono and Viscount Bear.

Prince Byron prostrates himself before the thrones while Princess Ariella kneels in prayer. Photo by Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato.

After affirming to the Crown and the Silver Buccle Herald that They were ready to assume the burden of the crown, Prince Byron and Princess Ariella were turned to face the populace. The Silver Buccle Herald asked the populace if it would be ruled by them, to which the assembled gentles responded heartily with “Aye!” and “So be it!”

Byron and Ariella are presented to the populace. Photo by Duchess Siobhán.

The Prince and Princess were then asked to swear on the book of the Kingdom Laws that they would protect and defend the Kingdom, its laws, and its customs. They further promised to defend the people of the realm, whether rich or poor, to honor the peers and barons, and to dispense justice to Their people. Duke Christopher Rawlins, Seneschal of Æthelmearc, enjoined them to be wise and just rulers.

Duke Christopher addresses the Prince and Princess. Photo by Duchess Siobhán.

The Imperatori then removed the crowns of Æthelmearc from their brows. Augustus Tindal placed the crown upon Byron’s head and named Him King.

Tindal crowns Byron as King, Photo by Master Augusto.

Augusta Etain gave the Queen’s crown into King Byron’s hands, and He crowned His lady wife, Ariella, as Queen.

Byron crowns Ariella Queen. Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

The new King and Queen were escorted to the thrones by Tindal and Etain, who then departed to the cheers of the populace and the choir singing Alle Psallite Cum Luya.

The choir performing for the Coronation ceremony. Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

Their Majesties, Byron and Ariella, then gave Their crowns into the keeping of Their pages and knelt before the Silver Buccle Herald, who anointed Them with water from the River Thames in remembrance of the lands of Their ancestors and as a reminder to rule wisely and well, after which the Crowns were once again placed on Their heads.

Queen Ariella is anointed with water from the River Thames. Photo by Duchess Siobhán.

Duke Duncan von Halstern, King’s Champion, brought forth the Sword of State, which King Byron drew as the Silver Buccle Herald advised Him to use the sword in defense of the poor and those in need, and only in a righteous cause. His Majesty returned the sword to His Grace, saying ” I place this naked sword in your hand, that seeing it, the people will know that I will faithfully do all that I have promised.”

King Byron returns the sword to His Champion. Photo by Master Augusto.

The new King and Queen were invested with the symbols of Their new estate, presented to Them by various peers of the realm: armills of sincerity and wisdom, rings of royal dignity, the scepter of virtue and equity, and mantles of royal estate. The Kingdom Seneschal once again admonished them to be good sovereigns, and to support and protect Their people. The choir chanted the Roll of Kings and Queens of Æthelmearc, honoring all those who have borne the weight of the Crowns in days past, and adding the names of Byron and Ariella.

Their Majesties watch as the choir sings the Roll of Kings and Queens. Photo by Master Augusto.

The King and Queen next called for Their children. Their eldest son and Heir, Joshua of the Debatable Lands, was away on crusade, but Their daughter Leah and son Ian joined them on the dais. King Byron noted that, in ancient days, the sons of the King were known as Æthelings, and therefore instructed Ian that he and his brother would be known as Joshua Ætheling and Ian Ætheling for the duration of Their reign. His Majesty then turned toward His daughter, Leah, and pondered what title was appropriate for her. After entreating the populace for suggestions, He concluded that she could only be… Princess Leah! This caused some merriment among the populace as well as with the new Princess Royal.

Their Majesties with Ian Ætheling and Princess Leah. Photo by Lady Silence de Cherbourg.

Their Majesties next summoned Their Predecessors, Tindal and Etain, and recognized their rightful titles of Duke and Duchess of Æthelmearc and the Society. Mistress Felicity with Baroness Helene and a group of ladies then invested Duchess Etain with a cloak stitched with roses, and Their Graces departed to their estates.

Tindal and Etain are invested as Duke and Duchess. Photo by Duchess Siobhán.

King Byron and Queen Ariella accepted the fealty of Their Great Officers, then of each Barony in turn, and then of the peerage orders: Knights, Laurels, Pelicans, and Masters of Defense, as well as the Royal Peers. Likewise, They call forward Their retainers to swear their fealty.

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Then Their Majesties summoned Their Royal Herald, Bryheres Gwendolyn the Graceful, and with Master Kameshima, the Silver Buccle Herald, invested her with the title of Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, receiving her promise to serve Them faithfully as Royal Court Herald for the duration of Their reign.

Bryheres Gwendolyn the Graceful is made Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

The Silver Buccle Herald presented Their Majesties to the populace as their true and rightful monarchs, to which the populace responded “Long Live the King! Long Live the Queen! Ad Gloriam Æthelmearc!” Their Majesties then departed court to the sounds of the choir singing Gloria.

King Byron and Queen Ariella. Photo by Lady Silence.

After a break for a sideboard lunch consisting of fish, mushrooms pies, fruits, and bread, Their Majesties sat in state while various artisans placed items on display for the enjoyment of the populace. Numerous gentles offered fealty, congratulations, or gifts to Their Majesties, including a small group of pilgrims who sang several new songs from the Red Book of Montserrat.

Pilgrimage singers offer their music to the new King and Queen. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Meanwhile, the most determined fighters and fencers braved the cold and even some light snow to do combat. Lord Boden the Lost won the heavy weapons tournament, while Doña Emily of Dunvegan won the fencing tournament in a tiebreaker against Don Lodovic, thereby gaining a short black velvet cape of the style worn over the shoulder by 16th century dandies,  crafted by Countess Elena d’Artois as the tournament’s prize.

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Slide show of A&S Display entries.

In the evening, Their Majesties held their First Court as King and Queen. It began with the King’s Champion, Duke Duncan, casting his gauntlet to the floor in challenge to any who would contest the right of Byron and Ariella to rule. No challenge was made, and court continued.

Their Majesties bestowed many awards on deserving gentles, including Awards of Arms on several worthy members of the Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep, hosts of the event, as well as Sycamores and Keystones. Notable were the elevation of Lady Alimé bint Yorgi to the Millrind for her many years of service to numerous groups around the western regions of Æthelmearc, Countess Rosalinda of Castile to the White Horn for her skill in thrown weapons, and Duchess Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin to the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her Finnish spiral beadwork.

Grant-level awards given at court. Click a photo above to see them as a slide show.

Finally, King Byron and Queen Ariella summoned Duke Timothy of Arindale before them. They asked him how long he had lived in Æthelmearc, to which he responded that he had been here for 5 years. His Majesty mused on the impact that His Grace has had on the Kingdom in such a short time, teaching, inspiring, and rallying heavy fighters to train harder and become a unified force on the battlefield, as well as encouraging gentles of all interests, from archers to artisans, to strive and achieve greatness. Their Majesties then called forth the Order of the Pelican and asked if they would have Duke Timothy numbered among them, to which there was a resounding “Aye!” His Grace received a Writ of Summons for the Pelican to be answered at a date of his choosing.

Duke Timothy receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Master Augusto.

Their Majesties announced that, after due consideration, Æthelmearc will fight on the side of the East Kingdom at Pennsic 45.

After some additional announcements, including a request for assistance in creating Queen’s Favors for SCA 50 year and Pennsic, court was concluded.

A feast of three removes, cooked by Maestra Tomasia da Collavento and her staff, featured dishes ranging from whole chickens to mushroom and onion pies, pasta, venison, meatballs, and a variety of sweets. At the end of the feast Maestra Tomasia particularly commended two gentles who were attending their first event and had spent the entire day assisting in the kitchen.

High table at the feast. Photo by Lady Catalina.

The day complete, gentles wended their way homeward through a night that was cold but no longer snowy, with pleasant memories of a Coronation filled with beauty and camaraderie.

The Royal Family: Ian Ætheling, King Byron, Queen Ariella, Princess Leah, and Joshua Ætheling. Photo by Lady Catalina.


Categories: SCA news sites

Call For Donations To SCA 50 Volunteers

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-13 13:14

Attention, Talented Artisans of the Society for Creative Anachronism

In the Society for Creative Anachronism, we are a collective of volunteers, each serving in their own way at one point or another so that all may have a chance to play, enjoy, learn and have fun. It is on this mantra that the SCA has gone on for 50 years now, and shall continue to do so.

As we Celebrate 50 Years of the Society, many of our SCA family will be considering attending the SCA 50 Year Celebration Event, June 17th through the 27th of this year and many of them will be giving their time and service to the event, staffing the Gate, serving on the Watch, Marshalling the Lists.

We wish to show appreciation to the Volunteers who give of themselves, from the newest member giving their first hour of service to the Multi-Peer who serves alongside that newest member. The Society works because our Volunteers continue to turn the wheels and drive us forward to fun, adventure, knowledge and my personal favorites, Family and Friendship.

Everyone who volunteers on site during the event will receive a ticket for each hour they serve. These tickets can be dropped into boxes that will labeled with the items you’ve donated: items that our volunteers would proudly use or displayed long after the event is over.

And Artisans, this is where you are most needed. We come seeking donations from the Amazingly Talented populace of the Known World: we are asking you to please consider donating handmade items that people would Buy/Trade/Commission for themselves.
No matter your rank, Laurel or student; professional craftsperson or astonishingly talented amateur: we’re asking all of you to help us recognize the volunteers in service to the Society’s 50th Year Celebration. Please, put forth your beautiful work to be a cherished gift for a Volunteer.

If you’re considering a specialized item (something that must be custom sized or fit, for instance) or you aren’t sure how to submit it to the cause, please contact my Coordinator, THL Justice McArtain, at justice.napier@gmail.com
All donations can be mailed to His Lordship Justice ahead of the Event or delivered at the SCA 50 Year Celebration Event if you are attending.

To Donate, or if you have any additional questions, simply email the following details to justice.napier@gmail.com

  • SCA Title and Name
  • Mundane Name
  • Item to be Donated
  • To be mailed or delivered at 50 Year
  • Mailing Address
  • Any additional information / description of your item you wish to include (including pictures of our work if it’s a ‘after raffle’ item.

As a thank you to everyone who contributes, His Lordship Justice will be doing a raffle of his own.
Two artists will be drawn to receive a Gift Card each to get more supplies (or whatever you want to do with the money).
We thank you for your time and hope that you will reach out to offer your talent to support the Volunteers who give of theirs for this once in a lifetime Event.

 

In Service,

Herr Alexander Adelbrecht von Markelingen

SCA 50 Year Celebration – Volunteer Relations Coordinator

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Shared by request of the author.  Original post may be found at the Midrealm Gazette

 


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: SCA 50 Year

The Battle of Clontarf, Barony of the Endless Hills, April 30, 2016

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-13 12:20
The Battle of Clontarf in the Barony of the Endless Hills Barony of the Endless Hills, April 30, 2016

On April 23, 1014, at first light, the battle of Clontarf began, and by sunset, between 7,000 and 10,000 men were dead and the history of Ireland was changed forever.  Much of Irish lore still holds that the Battle of Clontarf freed the Irish from foreign domination.

On April 30, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. (slightly later than first light), the third Battle of Clontarf will begin in the Barony of the Endless Hills, and by 7:00 p.m. (a bit before sunset), warriors and spectators alike will make their way home from a day of fighting and fun.

Do you like fighting with rattan?  We have it!

Do you like fencing?  We have it!

Do you like archery?  We have it!

Is thrown weapons more your speed?  We have it!

Do you prefer the elegance and beauty of A&S?  We have it!

Perhaps you just prefer to relax around friends and enjoy delicious food?  We absolutely have it!!!!

For those who have a penchant for martial activities, Clontarf will be hosting fencing tournaments run by Lord Alain Piat.  Baron Murdock Bayne will be running a heavy tournament of honor which will include a procession and presentation to give up-and-coming fighters an opportunity to learn what they’ll experience if and when they fight for crown.

Baron Verdi and Baroness Fiona will be choosing their Baronial A/S champion at Clontarf, so all are invited (and encouraged) to bring their A&S projects to show off.

Archery is also on the schedule, as well as thrown weapons.

And, if that wasn’t sufficient enticement, Baron Perote Campbell will again be preparing a sumptuous dayboard for attendees.

There may be other events at the far ends of the Kingdom, but none where you will be made as welcome and appreciated as the Barony of the Endless Hill’s Battle of Clontarf.  For details and other information, please contact Lord Cormacc mac Gilla Brigde.

Click here for the Kingdom Event Info Page

Article and photos by Lady Christina Mary Lowe

 


Categories: SCA news sites

Coronation Thanks from Their Majesties

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-13 08:28

Unto the people of Æthelmearc, and all those who read these words, do Byron and Ariella, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, Send Greetings.

Words of Thanks and Praise are due to all those gentles who assisted in making Our Coronation the most glorious Day, the most Medieval Day, of our time in the Society.

First, to the Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep: You came together and created a venue that was unparalleled. I think that everyone who sat in that sanctuary will remember the spectacle for years to come. Although the weather wasn’t the most cooperative, everything else seemed perfect. The site, the staff’s courtesy, the food and table setting, the scheduling and communication: they were all we could have hoped for. It was clear that the people of the Shire had put in a wholehearted effort that made the event a success.

But particular Thanks are due to our autocrat, the good and Honorable Lord Thomas LeStrange. We called him to Us, and told him of Our need, and he responded in the most Noble of ways, creating a day that will always be a source of pride and pleasure for Us. Even as Thomas spreads his thanks to those that served, he speaks for Us, and Our thanks go with his.

The site token from the Coronation of Byron and Ariella, designed by Master Duncan Blackwater. It measures ~1.5″ in diameter.

We would note a special Thanks to Master Duncan Blackwater, who designed the site tokens. They were the most amazing, most medieval site tokens that We have ever received at an SCA event. If any gentle has the token of the Day, and has not yet compared it to the original coin of Edward III, take a moment and look at them side by side.

Our Thanks, and the Thanks of all Æthelmearc, are given to Master Steffan ap Kennydd of the East Kingdom, for his knowledge of medieval coronation ceremonies was the cornerstone of Our Coronation. We advise all gentles in Our Kingdom and abroad to receive him with honors, as he is a man of depth and learning. The details of the Coronation ceremony have been freely published online, and we hope to have video soon to match.

Also critical to Our Ceremony was the Choir, led by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope. The singing (in Latin) of the Roll of Kings and Queens was a lovely addition that brought tears to many eyes.

To all those who participated in the Ceremony, as Escorts, Heralds, Order representatives, or Pages, We thank you. Know that 600 years ago, those same words were spoken, and those same steps trod, by those we try to emulate in our Society. To Our reign staff, retainers, and guards, we know that the wonderful Service you rendered Us this Day will continue throughout Our Reign.

And to those who braved the cold and snow to witness Our ascension to the Sylvan Thrones, we thank you as well. We hope that the memory is precious to you, as it is so very much to Us.

Byron, Rex AEthelmearc

Ariella, Regina AEthelmearc

King Byron and Queen Ariella. Photo by Duchess Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin.


Categories: SCA news sites

Event Report: Ice Dragon 40

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-11 16:26

The Fortieth Festival of the Ice Dragon, once again held on April 2nd at the Connecticut Street Armory in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, was packed with its usual heavy fighting, youth fighting, fencing, Arts and Sciences Pentathlon, meetings, and courts. Lord Wolfgang Starcke, on his fourth stint as Ice Dragon autocrat, reports that about 650 gentles were in attendance.

Morning Courts and Curia

Morning court saw three gentles sent to contemplate elevation to the peerage: Baroness Laurencia of Carlisle was sent to vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel for her skill in costuming; Don Anias Fenne was sent to vigil and to play the prize in preparation for being admitted to the Order of Defense, and THLord Marek Viacheldrago was sent to vigil for elevation to the Chivalry.

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Anais, Marek, and Laurencia are sent to vigil. Photos by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Baron Athos is sent to vigil for the Chivalry. Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

After court, the Imperator held a Curia where the Award of the Golden Escarbuncle was officially entered into Kingdom Law. This award is to be given to gentles who impress the Crown on a specific occasion, whether for martial, artistic, or service activities.

Later, before the start of the Heavy Weapons Tournament, Augustus Tindal summoned the Order of Chivalry to him and then called forth Baron Aquila d’Athos, sending him to vigil to contemplate elevation to that Order.

Heavy Weapons Tournament

The Heavy Weapons bear pit tournament, run by Sir Sextus Plinius Callidus, commenced with 86 fighters lining up to test themselves against other combatants. Points were given for wins only, and any fighter who held a list for 5 rounds without being defeated was required to leave the list and join the line to return. The tournament ran for two hours, with the wait time in line averaging 2 minutes. Once again, Duke Maynard von dem Steine dominated the field, emerging from the tournament with 127 points. The next closest competitor, Sir Evander MacLachlan of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, accumulated 54 points. Duke Sven Gunarrsson was third. Duke Maynard has won the Ice Dragon Bear pit at least 8 times over the years.

Duke Maynard vs. Sir Dephinus. Photo by Michael Davis.

Rapier Tournaments

The Rapier list, run by Don Berhend von Elmendorf, held two tournaments. The first was a Pool Round Robin, where the fencers were divided into four lists of 10-11 fighters who fought round robin, and then the top two fencers in each list went on to a double-elimination final. The victor was Don Lodovic of Gray’s End, with Mistress Eyrny Ormarsdottir of the Kingdom of Ealdormere coming in second.

Photo by Michael Davis.

The second rapier tournament was a Bear Pit in which fencers were limited to a dagger and parry object. It was won by Master Will Parris with a total of 92 points. Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc and Doña Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen were tied for second with 65 points each.

Master Will vs. Lord Jan ten Walde. Photo by Michael Davis.

The fencers also voted for who had made the “prettiest” kill. Don Po Silvertop nominated Duchess Dorinda Courtenay for slaying him in a particularly artistic manner, and the other fencers apparently agreed as she was named the winner of that honor.

Youth Combat and Youth Rapier

The Youth Combat list, run by Baron Edward Harbinger with MIT Baroness Anastasie Lamour, was busy with about 10 youth fighters. Many were new to youth combat so there was no tournament, but first-time fighters armored up with loaner gear and got to spar with more experienced youth fighters. All had fun and learned a lot.

Youth fighters marshaled by Baroness Anastasie. Photo by Michael Davis.

There was also youth rapier combat, with one young gentle, Simon Fjarfell, authorizing as a Division 1 youth fencer and then winning the three-person youth rapier tournament.

Wentliana authorizing as a youth fencer against Lady Gytha. Photo by Michael Davis.

Arts and Sciences Pentathlon

The Arts and Sciences Pentathlon, run by Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin and Mistress Juliana Delamere with assistance from Mistress Filipia Cupbreaker, attracted a goodly number entries ranging from ceramics to fiber arts, scribal entries and woodworking, as well as soap-making and music. Many of the entries can be viewed in the slide show below.

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Judging the culinary entries. Photo by Tiercelin

Although entries have always been divided into levels (from novice to Laurel), this year the levels were only judged against each other since there were places at each individual category level as well as for the Pent itself (in past years all entries had been judged together with scores only counting for the Pentathlon at the different levels, and the judges unaware of whether they were judging a beginner or more advanced artisan). The levels were novice (Sycamore or no arts award), artisan (Fleur or other grant level award) and Laurel. There was also a category for youth entries. To create more time for judges to give in-depth comments, the Pent eliminated the complicated scoring sheets and went back to the original ribbon system of awarding first, second and third places.

There were over 115 individual entries, more than double that of the previous year.

The Pent winners were:

  • Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen for the Laurel category

Mistress Fredeburg, Laurel winner. Photo by Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato.

  • Mistress Irene von Schmetterling for the Artisan category

Mistress Irene, Artisan winner. Photo by Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato.

  • Lady Elska Fjarfall for the Novice category.

Lady Elska, Novice winner. Photo by Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato.

  • Simon Fjarfall for the Youth category, who impressed everyone with a wicker pack basket that he made, including woven straps.

Simon, Youth winner. Photo by Master Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato.

Various nobles also chose their favorites to single out for recognition:

  • King’s Choice: Kalishka
  • Prince’s Choice: Lord Ruslan Igotavich Voronov
  • Princess’ Choice: Lady Arianna dal Vallone
  • Baron and Baroness’ Choice: Simon Fjarfall
  • A&S Officers’ Choice: THLady Rachel Dalicieux

In addition, the Imperator gave Golden Escarbuncles to Lady Edana the Red and Lord Ruslan Igotavich Voronov in recognition of the outstanding quality of their entries.

A full list of Pent category winners, with photos of all the first prize category entries, will be forthcoming this week.

Princess Ariella’s Favor Design Competition

Also in the Pentathlon room was Princess Ariella’s contest to choose the favor design for her reign. The design submitted by Lady Maggie Rue of the Shire of Hunter’s Home was chosen by both Her Highness and the populace as the favorite. Information on how to assist in making favors for Her Highness is available here.

Other Activities

While the rest of the site buzzed with activity, dancers made use of the court hall for dancing, and Lady Cordelia Colton ran children’s activities.

Of course no Ice Dragon is complete without the salons and merchants. Many of the usual merchants were there, including Mistress Gabrielle d’Auvergne with her fiber arts, Master John Michael Thorpe with an assortment of weapons and related goods, and other vendors selling items like jewelry and feast gear. Many of the salons offered displays and food themed to their group, including Clan Yama Kaminari’s Japanese salon. As always, the Scribes of Æthelmearc had a table where gentles could pick up completed backlog scrolls.

The Tavern was ably run by Lord Ursus Epicurius, and featured both meat- and vegetarian-based dishes.

As if all this activity was not enough, there were also numerous meetings, including one for autocrats and exchequers to explain the new terminology around what was previously referred to as the non-member surcharge, the first meeting of the new Æthelmearc Cooks’ Guild being formed by Lady Arianna dal Vallone of the Shire of Sylvan Glen, and meetings of various Orders and Marshals’ groups.

Afternoon Court

Afternoon court was long but many gentles stayed to the end to see their friends and family recognized for their accomplishments and skills. In addition to the tournament and pentathlon prizes listed above, numerous awards were bestowed on worthy gentles, notably a Fleur on Lady Katerina das Vögelein in absentia, Gage on Lord Garreth Whytbull, a Millrind on Baron Magnus de Lyons, and a Scarlet Guard on Baron Edward Harbinger.

Court ended with the elevation of the four new peers.

Baron Aquila d’Athos was first, with Barak Sir Carthalo (formerly of the Rhydderich Hael and now of Atlantia), speaking on behalf of his former squire for the Chivalry; Duke Timothy of  Arindale as a Royal Peer, Master Fergus for the Order of Defense, Mistress Alison of the Many Isles on behalf of the Order of the Laurel, and Countess Caryl Olesdottir for the Pelican. Sir Michael of Northwood and Duke Khalek Shurrag Od buckled the spurs of a knight on his feet, and his lady, Baroness Bronwyn nic Gregor, placed the white belt of a Knight around his waist. The Imperator delivered the traditional buffet and then hugged Sir Aquila in congratulations.

Sir Aquila d’Athos is dubbed a knight. Photo by Master Fridrikr.

Next, Don Anais Fenne processed in, preceded by the cutest sword-bearer in the Kingdom, his three-year-old son Elijah. For Don Anais, Count Isenwulf Thorolfeson spoke on behalf of the Royal Peers, Sir Tristen Sexwulf for the Chivalry, Master Quinn Kerr for the Laurels, Mistress Aleea Baga for the Pelicans, and Master Iago Benitez for the Order of Defense. Augustus Tindal placed the white livery collar around Don Anias’ neck and proclaimed him a Master of Defense.

Then the Silver Buccle Herald called forth Baroness Laurencia of Carlisle to be elevated to the Order of the Laurel. Master Llewelyn ap Goddodin of the East Kingdom spoke on behalf of the Chivalry, Duchess Dorinda Courtenay spoke on behalf of the Masters of Defense, Duchess Liadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh spoke as a Pelican, and Mistress Cori Ghora spoke on behalf of the Laurels. Her Excellency was invested with an ornate hood made by Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg and received a Laurel wreath crafted by Mistress Geirny Thorgrimsdottir. His Majesty pinned a Laurel brooch to her hood and named her Mistress Laurencia.

Baroness Laurencia is made a Laurel. Photo by Arianna.

Last came the elevation of THL Marek Viacheldrago. Having already surrendered his squire’s belt to his liege, Sir Tristen, at morning court, he pronounced himself ready. Dukes Maynard von dem Steine and Khalek Shurrag Od spoke as Royal Peers, Mistress Dorinda once again as a Master of Defense, Duchess Liadain once more represented the Pelicans, Mistress Chrestienne de Waterden spoke on behalf of the Laurels, and Sir Alric of the Mists spoke emotionally on behalf of the Chivalry. Sir Tristen bestowed upon His Lordship the Knight’s Chain of the West, which he proclaimed had been worn by 40 Knights, who had among them sat a throne 80 times. Sir Tristen and Sir Alric affixed the spurs to his boots, and his lady, Sybilla Julianna Detwyller, tied the white belt around his waist. Augustus Tindal delivered the buffet, and the populace cheered the new Knight, Sir Marek.

Sir Marek receives his spurs from Sir Alric and Sir Tristen. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.

The Augusta being absent, it fell to the Imperator to choose His inspiration of the day. He called forth THLady Zofia Kowalewska and thanked her and the scribes of Æthelmearc for their work completing backlog scrolls, many of which had been on display in the scribal booth.

THLady Zofia is recognized as the Augustus’s inspiration. Photo by Arianna.

With that, court was closed and another Festival of the Ice Dragon came to an end. Alas, the Ice Dragon itself was not through, and many gentles had long slogs home that night through a raging snowstorm. We can only hope that the Ice Dragon retreats soon to leave us to our long-awaited spring!

 

 


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