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The Aquamanile: A Whimsical Way to Proper Table Manners

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-15 20:56

Elska á Fjárfelli of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn shares with us one of her entries into the Ice Dragon Pentathalon.

As seen at the Ice Dragon Pentathlon this weekend.

As part of my research into medieval soap I stumbled onto the ritual of hand washing at the table, and the use of whimsical pitchers to pour the water to do so. As black soap is not all that visually exciting, a beautiful medieval aquamanile reproduction would be the perfect eye candy for my A&S displays. Except all the ones I found available were in Europe, and as shipping is worrisome and prohibitively expensive, I took the plunge and decided to build my own.

An aquamanile, from the Latin words for water (aqua) and hand (manus), is an animal- or human-shaped vessel used for washing the hands. Medieval European examples date from the 12th C through the 15th C and, apart from curious shapes, have two water openings, one for pouring and one for filling, and a handle. According to one source, the name aquamanile for the vessel was not invented until the 19th C.; the medieval name for the aquamanile was lavoratorium, and the bowl receiving the water was the manilia. But as most resources including the MET designate these vessels as aquamanile, I will do the same.

From Francis Seager’s School of Virtue (1557) comes this poem to direct children to bring their parents water to wash when clearing the table after a meal:

Then on the table                     attend with all diligence,
It for to void,                           when done have thy parents.
Each side of the cloth               do thou turn in;
Folding it up,                           at the higher end begin.
A clean towel then                   on the table spread,
The towel wanting,                  the cloth take instead.
The basin and ewer                 to the table then bring,
In place convenient,                their pleasure abiding.
When thou shalt see                 them ready to wash,
The ewer take up,                    and be not too rash
In pouring out water               more than will suffice.
Chatto, 1908

The aquamanile from Castle Hoensbroek which was found in the castle moat. The figure probably represents a ram. This aquamanile is dated to the mid 14th century and decorated with green-tin glaze.

The hundreds of surviving examples show the popularity of aquamanilia during the Middle Ages. The aquamanile was a sculptural vessel, often cast in copper alloy using the lost-wax method, and made in many forms such as lions, griffins, horses, unicorns, stags, dragons and even men. Aquamanilia were important items for religious hand washing rituals, but were also a luxurious show piece at a Lord’s table. For a more humble clientele pottery aquamanilia were available, evident by their mention in two inventories of medieval citizens in the city of Deventer, the Netherlands. Regular sets of ewers and bowls are found in many inventories, but the aquamanile surely is the pinnacle of medieval hand washing equipment.

Animal shaped aquamanilia were not a new idea. Late Roman, early Byzantine, and Islamic cultures had a vibrant tradition of hollow-cast vessels in animal form. Although late Roman and early Byzantine examples were made to contain oil rather than water, they could be seen as precursors of medieval aquamanila in how they were made, as well as in the use of animal forms. Islamic aquamanilia could have been among the luxury items brought to the West through diplomatic gift exchange, trading routes, or even as booty from the Crusades. Western European metalworkers, proficient in the casting of solid objects, relearned a set of skills that had been lost in the West since antiquity when adapting the designs of Islamic hollow-cast vessels to create aquamanilia.

Example of a copper alloy Dragon aquamanile from The Metropolitan Museum, which has one of the largest and most important collections of aquamanilia in the world. This dragon aquamanile is supported by its legs in front and on the tips of its wings behind, and has a tail that curls up into a handle. It was filled through an opening in the tail, now missing its hinged cover. Water was poured out through the spout formed by the hooded or cowled figure held between the dragon’s teeth. In addition to its visual power, this aquamanile is distinguished by fine casting, visible in the carefully chased dragon’s scales and other surface details.

As is indicated by the name, aquamanilia were used by the general populace to wash the hands. Initially aquamanilia were used in both Christian and Jewish religious ritual, but by the 12th C the vessels start appearing outside the church, and at the dinner table. The aquamanile would be used in combination with a wide, shallow bowl, usually made of metal, and sometimes of pottery, and with towels made of linen, plain white or damask, which could be striped. (Heise 2007)

Sometimes guests were formally conducted to an adjoining lavatory accompanied by the music of a minstrel, but ordinarily they remained in the hall and received from the ewer the warm water; often perfumed with rose-leaves, thyme lavender, sage, chamomile, marjoram or orange peel, one or all. The water and the towels were, of course, presented in the order of social standing of the guest, and it was esteemed a signal honor thus to serve a king or a great noble. In accord with the dignity of the ceremony the water jug and the basin in great houses were often of gold or silver curiously wrought and enameled.
Edward Mead in his The English Medieval Feast, 1967. (Heise 2007)

There are several period scented water recipes available to use with the aquamanile. For instance Sir Hugh Plat’s Delightes for Ladies lists “An Excellent Washing Water Very Cheap” which is distilled and “Diverse sorts of sweet handwaters made suddenly or extempore with extracted oils of spices.” which uses extracted essential oils. Another way to make scented water would be by infusion as suggested by Le Menagier de Paris, a 14th century cook- and housekeeping book, where a description is given for water used to wash the hands:

Pour faire eaue a laver mains sur table, mectez bouillir de la sauge, puis coulez l’eaue et faictes reffroidier jusques a plus que tiede. Ou vous mectez comme dessus comomille et marjolaine, ou vous mectez du romarin, et cuire avec l’escorche d’orenge. Et aussi feuilles de lorier y sont bonnes.”

“To make water for washing hands at table: Boil sage, then strain the water and cool it until it is a little more than lukewarm. Or use chamomile, marjoram or rosemary boiled with orange peel. Bay leaves are also good.”

Scented washing water samples I have made:

Water scented with sage: home grown and dried sage leaves, boiled with rain water. Sage helps in keeping skin healthy, including skin inflammations like eczema.

Water scented with Rosemary and Orange: personally harvested rosemary (from the Carolina’s, where it is grown as an ornamental) and dried orange peels, boiled with rain water. The acids in orange peels act as a natural degreaser. Rosemary (family of sage) helps in keeping skin healthy and has an antibacterial effect.

My Project
Years ago I played in a university ceramics studio, but hand building sculptures was never really my thing. For the past few years I’ve stored a small kick wheel but had no kiln. After a friend of mine offered to bisque and glaze our projects my kid and I played around for a winter or two, with the idea to reclaim clay from our property and throw small Viking type cups, bowls & vessels. Trying to build an aquamanile is lightyears beyond that, and not a minor decision, so in the hope one would work I started work on three different shapes.

The Aquamanile from Castle Hoensbroek
I wanted to do this one as it was found in the Netherlands. But for the life of me I could not throw a pitcher to then narrow the waist without collapsing the clay, so this design bit the dust in the throwing stage. The bump on the rear of this ram seems to indicate it was thrown as one shape, with that being the plugged neck.

Aquamanile in the shape of a stag
Found in Rye, UK and dated to the 14th C. It is 24 cm high and 35.5 cm long and made from red earthenware with lead glaze. The body is tubular, the antlers lie back to form the handle, and the hind legs are missing. The body seems to be made from a large tubular vessel with a smaller vase chest and a bud vase head.

Aquamanile in the shape of a ram
This aquamanile is assumed to be from Scarborough, England and made between 1250 to 1350 CE. It is made from earthenware with green glaze and measures 23.9 cm by 29.2 cm by 13.3 cm. It seems to be made from two larger jars, with a small bud vase as the head and a separately thrown neck as the water intake. It likely is missing its horns, from the absence of glaze on the sides of the head.

Woodcut by Jost Amman, 1568

Short Glossary:
Bisque: The first stage of heating clay. Bisque dry means the object is ready to be bisqued. A clay object first is bisqued heated so it is hard, then glaze is added and it is heated again to melt the glaze. So each glazed piece is heated twice, once to harden, and once to glaze.
Leather Hard: letting clay dry for a while (often overnight) to partially dry out to a stage where it will be sturdy enough to withstand adding things onto it, like handles, legs etc.
Kiln: the oven clay is fired or heated in (I borrow the use of a friend’s kiln).
Slip: very watered down clay which can be used as glue.
Score, scoring: drawing lines into the clay with a sharp object to increase the surface of where two pieces of clay will be attached. Slip is added to cover the inscribed lines to soften the clay for maximal stickiness and thus adherence.
Wheel: the apparatus clay is thrown on. A heavy weight is kicked around an axle with a small tray at the top, the heavy weight keeps the small tray turning with just enough time between kicks to throw shapes out of clay. I use a mechanical kick wheel which looks like and works very similar to the kick wheels used in medieval times.

Possible Way of Assembly of the Stag

The Ram Aquamanile

Some Thoughts:
Reconstructing from museum photographs is not straight-forward, especially in this case as the stag is photographed in profile. As no detail is shown from a top view, reconstruction of the handle requires a bit of guesswork and a lot of careful scrutiny of the original image. In this case: as aquamanilia are expected to have two water holes, a small spout and a larger intake, where would the intake be? Is the handle made of one antler with one row of points, as it would seem from the single row visible, or two?

Interpretation found on the internet. Single antler and no water in-take hole.








Original from the British Museum.

I disagree with this interpretation for the following reasons:

About the antlers: I think there are two staves with two rows of points. There is a slight highlight [1] on the bottom of the front antler with a darker line behind it and I think that darker line is the bottom of the back antler, indicating there are two staves.

There is one row of antler points visible. I think that is coincidence: the top two happen to have been broken off at some point and the lower ones happen to be hiding behind the front antler (like they are in the photograph of my reproduction). Two oval break points are visible at [2] and [3], the right shape for a point and most telling: missing the glaze.

About the water intake: Aquamanilia are supposed to have both a spout and a water in-take, but where is it here? The only place that makes sense would be at the bottom of the antlers, hiding in between. Therefore I interpret the bump at [5] to be the top rim of the water intake, hiding behind the two horizontal last antler points [4], one on each side (another reason to need two antler staves). From the very similar profiles on my version and the original version I am fairly confident this interpretation makes the most sense.

Mine seems to be bit chunkier as the original as I am not proficient at throwing thin, plus I worried too small of a footprint for the bottom antlers, which doubles as a handle, would break too easily.

The finished interpretation; top view.

Ready for first use, with the matching bowl.


Amman, Jost (1568) Panoplia omnium lliberalium mechanicarum (Book of Trades); Der Haffner (The Potter), one of 133 woodcut book illustrations. Frankfurt: Sigmund Feierabend. The British Museum.

Chatto, Edith Rickert Francis Seager’s School of Virtue (1557) part of the Babees Book:

Medieval Manners for the Young: Done into Modern English from Dr. Furnivall S. Texts, p.151 London / New York: Duffield & Co., 1908

Greco, Gina L. & Rose, Chrisine M. (ed.) The Good Wife’s Guide (Le Ménagier de Paris, 1393). Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.

Heise, Jennifer (2007) Hygiene of the Middle Ages and Rennaissance, Volume One: Personal Grooming The Compleat Anachronist #136

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET): Medieval Aquamanilia

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET): Dragon aquamanile

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET): Stag aquamanile

Plat, Sir Hugh (1609) Delightes for Ladies. London: printed by Peter Short.

St. Thomas Guild: Medieval Table Manners; the aquamanile from Castle Hoensbroek.

Virginia & Albert Museum (VA): Ram aquamanile

Waterdene, Chrestienne de: Facebook post Stag Aquamanile.



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On Target: The Robin Hood Shoot

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-04-13 21:49

This month’s On Target is the Robin Hood shoot, or “Shootin in da hood.” In this shoot, archers are trying to “split” a cardboard arrow inserted in the gold center of the target. It’s been along time since I’ve seen this shot on any range, so here are some easy tips to build it.

I found some 1-1/4″ diameter cardboard tubes, glued them end to end to make a cylinder about 4-5″ long, wrapped them up with some white duct tape, and added electrical tape to look like the crest of an arrow.  Next I super-glued some feathers on it to look like fletching.

While waiting for the glue to dry, you can make a homemade compass. I drew two circles, one inside the other.

I prefer to hand paint this target instead of using a modern target because it gives it a more period look.

Next, cut six more sheets of cardboard to the same size as the target face. Drill holes in the corners and zip tie it all together. Zip ties are faster because you don’t have to wait for glue to dry. In addition, glue makes the cardboard harder and less arrow-friendly.

Now that the cardboard is all zip-tied together, take a 1-1/4″ inch spade bit or a gouge and cut a hole through the center of the gold, going through all six sheets of cardboard.

Now, insert the cardboard arrow into the hole. It should be a snug fit. If you want, you can glue or tape the cardboard arrow to the inside of the hole or the back of the cardboard target face. Make sure the cardboard arrow projects no more than 3″ from the target face. You don’t want it to stick out more than that, because some archers may be using crossbows, and crossbow bolts are much shorter than regular length arrows. If someone split the cardboard arrow with a crossbow bolt, you would have to take the target completely apart to get the crossbow bolt out.

This should be a all-day shoot because you’re going for a “dead center hit.” If you have a tie at the end of the day, give each archer 6 shots, awarding 10 points for dead center, five points for the gold ring, and one point for the black ring.

This month marks the second year I’ve had the privilege of writing On Target. I just want to remind you all to feel free to pass this article along. If you have any questions, call or Facebook me.

This month’s safety tip: at the castle muster on April 9th we caught a lot of sun, so be sure to use sunscreen, especially if you’re fair skinned.

‘Til next month, in service

THL Deryk Archer

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Second Annual Arts & Sciences Faire

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2017-04-11 22:32

Unto the gentle folk of Æthelmearc, Good Greetings!

Now that the Ice Dragon has passed us by, as we prepare for the Coronation of Timothy & Gabrielle, and as Spring is upon us, it is time for the 2nd Annual Æthelmearc Arts & Sciences Faire!

This celebration of the Arts & Sciences will be held on 6 May in the Shire of Nithgaard. It will feature a large are for artisans of all levels to display their work and to share in their knowledge.

This year will also see the 2nd Annual Queens Prize Tourney. While there are no scores and no winner, the Tourney does give the lesser-known and recognized artisans of Æthelmearc an opportunity to display their work and to have face-to-face advice from the Fleurs and Laurels. It is a low-pressure opportunity to experience the face-to-face judging that is used in Kingdom A&S Championship held in the Fall.

We hope that many artisans will avail themselves of this opportunity to learn and teach.

Details on the Faire and The Queens Prize Tourney can be found here. There you will find the event announcement, an FAQ sheets, and registration forms for the QPT.

Of course, there will be also be an opportunity for fencers and fighters to have some fun outside of the hall.

We hope to see many of you at the Faire!

In service,
Fridrikr & Orianna, KMOAS

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Porter mandatory step down

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-04-11 11:03

Unto the people of the East from Alayne, EK Porter,warm greetings!

As my term serving our glorious Kingdom in the capacity of Porter draws to a close, I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity I have had to be able to make the East a wonderful example of inclusiveness and accessibility.

Northern Region War Camp in Glenn Linn will mark the terminus of my service in this particular aspect, as the Porters serve under the auspices of the Seneschalate, with a limit of two consecutive terms.

At this time I would like to thank all those good gentles who have acted as my Deputies, the fine Web Ministers who have helped us create and maintain a site of resources:

Thank you also to all the fine Event Stewards who allowed me space for Accessibility Hours, and thank you to the people who attended these workshops.

I encourage anyone seeking a positive and proactive way of serving the East to consider putting in for this Office or working for the Office of the Porter in other ways.  During my tenure I have met amazing individuals, both in and out of the Kingdom.  Positive changes have occurred and will no doubt continue to occur because of the East Kingdom’s continuing commitment to courtesy and  accessibility.

Again, I thank you for this time in office and look forward to serving the East in other ways in the future.

Your humble servant,


Alayne Alexandra Nyvern Nightwatcher, OP

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Crown Tournament Competitors / Liste de participant du tournoi de la couronne du royaume de l’Est

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-04-10 19:40

En français
Their Majesties Ioannes and Honig have announced those gentles competing in Crown Tournament on May 6th in the Barony of Settmour Swamp.

Duke Ronald Wilmot fighting for Duchess Bronwyn Dawntreader
Duke Randal of the Dark fighting for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Duke Achilles son Asia fighting for Shaunna
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver fighting for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrucke fighting for Mistress Vienna de la Mer
Sir Zhigmun Czypsser fighting for Bannthegn(Baroness) Aleyd Czypsser
Sir Sichelgaita von Halsstern fighting for Sir Harold Hakonson
Master Ryan Mac Whyte fighting for Mistress Kay Leigh Mac Whyte
Sir Culann mac Cianain fighting for Mistress Aneleda Falconbridge
Sir Cedric of Armorica fighting for Mistress Brid ni Sherlais
Master Ãvaldr Valbjarnarson fighting for Mistress Eva Woderose
Sir Pellandres, dit le frere fighting for Baroness Mari Clock van Hoorne
Sir Ivan Ivanov syn Dmitriev fighting for Baroness Matilde DeCaden
Master Dmitri Stephanovich aka Deacon de Chatillion fighting for Mistress Nadezhda Voronov
Sir William MacCrimmon fighting for Lady Susanna of Dragonship Haven
Master Sigurthr Vigurhafn fighting for Baroness Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh
Baron Jonathan Miles fighting for Baroness Teresa Perez
Lord Donnan Fitzgerald fighting for Lady Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcáçova
Baron Duncan Kerr fighting for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick
The Honorable Lord Richard Crowe fighting for Lady Ameria Browne
The Honorable Lord William RavenHair fighting for The Honorable Lady Albreda Aylese
The Honorable Lord Turi Mac Kinnon fighting for Baroness Marguerite de Sainte Nazaire
Baron Rory Maclellan fighting for Baroness Astridr Sigrun Ulfkelsdottir
Lord Ingvar Thorsteinsson called Critter fighting for Lady Hasanah bint al-Kalil ibn Habib
Baron Vachir Artslanjin fighting for Sarvuu Arslanjin
The Honorable Lord Gawyn O’Clery fighting for Maeve O’Clery
The Honorable Lord Klaus Winterhalter Von Wallachia fighting for Lady Anastasia Wolfe
The Honorable Lord Arne Ulriksson fighting for Lady Anna VonBaden
The Honorable Lord Galvyn Lockhart fighting for Lady Rhiannon of Ayres
Lord Dorian Kalogero fighting for Lady Aziza al Shirazyya
Lord Martin Wasser Speier fighting for Master Donovan Shinnock
Lord Berkhommer Von Nuemburg fighting for Lady Auriora de Bianco
Lord Brick James Beech fighting for Lady Nadia Hart
Lady Vasia von KÃenigsberg fighting for Lady Ãesa Sturludottir
Lord Patrick Lumhalghs fighting for Lady Melody
Lord Abel atte Watere fighting for Ãesa assa
Luthor Von Eisenfaust fighting for Lady Mabel Fortune
Onryo fighting for Esmeralda

En français Traduction par Madame Æsa of the Island

“Bon matin à l’Est
Nous sommes de retour de terres lointaines et nous avons apprécié l’hospitalité de nos voisins.

De retour à la maison et au travail


Baron (of Settmour Swamp) Jonathan Miles se battant pour Baronne (of Settmour Swamp) Teresa Ana Perez
Duc Ronald Wilmot se battant pour Duchesse Bronwyn Dawntreader
Duc Randal of the Dark se battant pour Duchesse Katherine Stanhope
Duc Achilles son Asia se battant pour Shaunna
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver se battant pour Madame Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
Sieur Wilhelm von Ostenbrucke se battant pour Maistresse Vienna de la Mer
Sieur Zhigmun Czypsser se battant pour Bannthegn (Baronesse) Aleyd Czypsser
Sieur Sichelgaita von Halsstern se battant pour Sieur Harold Hakonson
Maistre Ryan Mac Whyte se battant pour Maistresse Kay Leigh Mac Whyte
Sieur Culann mac Cianain se battant pour Maitresse Aneleda Falconbridge
Sieur Cedric of Armorica se battant pour Maitresse Brid nic Shéarlais
Maistre Ávaldr Valbjarnarson se battant pour Maitresse Eva Woderose
Sieur Pellandres, dit le frere se battant pour Baronne Mari Clock van Hoorne
Sieur Ivan Ivanov syn Dmitriev se battant pour Baronne Matilde de Cadenet
Sieur Harold Hakonson se battant pour Sieur Sichelgaita von Halsstern
Maistre Dmitri Stephanovich aka Deacon de Chatillion se battant pour Maitresse Nadezhda Voronova
Sieur William MacCrimmon se battant pour Madame Susanna of Dragonship Haven
Maistre Sigurthr Vigurhafn se battant pour Baronne Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh
Seigneur Donnan Fitzgerald se battant pour Madame Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcaçova
Baron Duncan Kerr fighting for Maitresse Eleanor fitzPatrick
The Honorable Lord Richard Crowe se battant pour Lady Ameria Browne
L’honorable Seigneur William RavenHair se battant pour l’honorable Madame Albreda Aylese
L’honorable Seigneur Turi Mac Kinnon se battant pour Baronne Marguerite de Sainte Nazaire
Baron Rory Maclellan se battant pour Baronne Astridr Sigrun Ulfkelsdottir
Seigneur Ingvar Thorsteinsson appelé Critter se battant pour Madame Hasanah bint al-Kalil ibn Habib
Baron Vachir Arslanjin se battant pour Sarvuu Arslanjin
L’honorable Seigneur Gawyn O’Clery se battant pour Maeve O’Clery
L’honorable Seigneur Klaus Winterhalter Von Wallachia se battant pour Madame Anastasia Wolfe
L’honorable Seigneur Arne Ulriksson se battant pour Madame Anna VonBaden
L’honorable Seigneur Galvyn Lockhart se battant pour Madame Rhiannon of Ayres
Seigneur Dorian Kalogero se battant pour Madame Aziza al Shirazyya
Seigneur Martin Wasser Speier se battant pour Maistre Donovan Shinnock
Seigneur Berkhommer Von Nuemburg se battant pour Madame Auriora de Bianco
Seigneur Brick James Beech se battant pour Madame Nadia Hart
Madame Vasia von Königsberg se battant pour Madame Æsa Sturludottir
Seigneur Patrick Lumhalghs se battant pour Madame Melody
Seigneur Abel atte Watere se battant pour Æsa assa
Luthor Von Eisenfaust se battant pour Madame Mabel Fortune
Onryo se battant pour Esmeralda

Seul la prouesse incontestable gagnera la journée, bonne chance à tous ceux qui prennent part.

Avec notre amour, et pour la gloire de l’Est.
LMR Honig Von Summerfeldt et Ioannes Serpentius”

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Seeking Bids for Fall 2017 Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-04-10 01:21

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

Good Gentles,

Count Andrew and Sir Finn demonstrating some fighting techniques

Having received no bids for Fall Æthelmearc AEcademy and War College from groups in the preferred host region, I am now accepting bids from any group in the Kingdom.

The preferred date for Fall 2017 Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College is November 11, 2017.

Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College is an easy event to host.  It draws a sizable number of attendees, which typically includes royalty.  The host group is responsible for providing the site and lunch for attendees as well as staff to run Troll.  The Æcademy staff will assist with the rest!

Silk banner-making class taught by Baron Friderich Schwartzwalder. Photo by Mistress Alicia Langland.

If you’ve been wanting Royalty to visit your area, this is a great opportunity to bring them to you.  If you have a lot of newcomers, this is a fabulous event to introduce them to the many facets of the SCA.

Bids must include a completed Æthelmearc Kingdom Event Bid Form, which can be found here:

Please remember that sites should include space and facilities for both gentle and martial arts.

If your group is considering submitting a bid, I would appreciate a quick note to that effect, sent to this address:  ae.aecademy AT aethelmearc DOT org.

Bids are due May 15, 2017, and should be sent to this address:

Resources for would-be autocrats — including FAQs — can be found here:  If you have questions or need help with putting together a bid, please let me know;  I will be delighted to assist!

Yours, in Service,

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Two Full Courts at Ice Dragon

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-04-07 09:27

From the Jewel Herald of Their Sylvan Majesties Marcus & Margerite, greetings to the populace of Æthelmearc,

Their Majesties wish it be known that at the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon this weekend there will be two full courts; one in the morning and one in the evening, including elevations at both (times to be announced at the event). The populace are encouraged to attend both courts and celebrate with us all as we recognize members of the populace for their skills and contributions to our Great Society and our beloved Kingdom.

Their Majesties look forward to this great event and wish safe travels to all.

In service to the Crown, I remain,

Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta,
Jewel Herald

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K&Q A&S Bids

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-04-06 19:44
Greetings all from the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Philip White.

We are just about two months away from when bids are due for both A&S Champions and Bardic Champions.

Please note, we are encouraging local groups to submit bids for both A&S Champions and Bardic Champions together as a combined event.

We see a combined event providing a number of benefits to the Kingdom:

For entrants:

* Brings the arts together more across disciplines fostering community
* Increased exposure to larger populations and audiences
* Helps make both Champions competitions more of a destination event

For volunteers:

* Minimizes the burden of the Crown for Royal Progress
* Opens up the Kingdom planning calendar
* Relieves the weight on groups needing to host Kingdom events
* Limits the number of volunteers needed by hosting only one event

We know that there could be a perception that this would split Royal attention between the two activities. We successfully managed a good experience at this last combined A&S Champions and Bardic Champions event.

We also know that there could be some individual conflicts of interest between people who would like to judge and/or enter both activities. We acknowledge that people will need to prioritize their activities. We will try our best to help with any accommodations. We believe you will still have a great time.

We understand that groups may make bids otherwise, of course, to host only one of the two Champion competitions. You are welcome to do this. Submitting for a combined event is not a requirement.

We also understand that our upcoming Heirs will consult with our Crown for their eventual decision. We would like to give them options. Please help make that possible.

To submit a bid, please follow the Kingdom Event Bid Process found at:

For potential hosting groups, a few notes:

* You will not be responsible for the organization of either Champions competition. Good event spaces will have a large hall for bardic performance, another large hall for A&S displays, and a separate room for judges.
* The King’s Bard Countess Chatricam Meghanta (or Megha)(Katherine Journeay) and the Queen’s Bard Maitresse Sabine de Kerbriant (Wendy Gale) will be managing the Bardic Champions Competition
* The King’s A&S Champion Honorable Lady Raziya bint Rusa (Elizabeth Burdick) and the Queen’s Champion Honorable Lady Sofya Gianetta di Trieste (Maria Dedvukaj) will be managing the A&S Champions Competition
* The Kingdom A&S Special Deputies Mistress Elisabeth (Lissa Underhill) and Master Magnus (Peter Olsen) will be managing the A&S entrants and judging registration and assignments.

Remember… Have fun! Teach! Learn!

Your Servant to Command,

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A&S Consultation Table Deputy

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-04-06 19:39

Greetings all from the Kingdom A&S Minister, Master Philip White.

Thanks to your feedback and support, the Kingdom A&S Office created and started offering A&S Consultation Tables at events.

We’ve test run them now a few times. We are very happy with the feedback we have received from event organizers, judges, and especially artisans. We want to continue offering them and plan to offer them as a resource at events all over.

To those ends, Honorable Lady Kataryn Mercer has agreed to work with me as a Kingdom A&S Special Deputy charged with supporting A&S Consultation Tables.

In particular, her roles will be to:

1. Proactively coordinate A&S Consultation Tables at the more well-attended A&S focused Kingdom events
2. Ensure A&S Consultation Tables are offered regularly throughout all regions of the Kingdom
3. Reactively assist with local events that would like to host A&S Consultation Tables including how to find a coordinator, space needs, and soliciting local support.

Her work will blend well with the roles that Mistress Elysabeth and Master Magnus have taken on as Kingdom A&S Special Deputies revising the Kingdom A&S Rubric. (They are doing great work there and we expect more this Spring.)

Who are the A&S Consultation Tables for?


The A&S Consultation Tables are a chance for entrants to voluntarily get a sample walk-through based off of the Kingdom Rubric and Judging process that we use at A&S Champions.

This is to help artisans get used to the higher degree of expectations that happen at a more competitive level. The focus is on extensive research, historical understanding, and exemplary execution. These are all things that are important at A&S Champions but also other activities throughout the Kingdom.

Even if you never plan to enter A&S Champions you can use these tables as opportunities for feedback.

You’d have a chance to talk to a couple of judges and walk through their thought process as they use the Kingdom rubric.

We also welcome volunteer judges. Want to help? Let us know! You’re who is going to help make these A&S Consultation Tables successful.

Never judged before and want to learn? Let us know. You can be a shadow judge. We’d welcome the company.

Our goals are:

1. Set expectations early for the next A&S Champions competition while also helping people who do not want to compete but do focus on historical accuracy
2. Help artisans plan in advance and understand those expectations
3. Train more judges
4. Build consistency in that feedback

We think that these goals foster learning and teaching throughout the year.

We also hope that this will make the judging experience more constrictive and more enjoyable.

If you are interested in helping with any of these tasks please contact her. You can reach her at

And remember… Have fun! Teach! Learn!

Your Servant to Command,

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Court Report: Donnan Party

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-04-05 20:09

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of The Donnan Party, March 25, Anno Societatis LI, in the Shire of Ballachlagan. As recorded by Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

In the morning Their Majesties called for a moment of silence to honor the life of Baron Rodrigo de la Vega.  

Next, Gavin Harris was called before the throne, where Their Majesties spoke of his ferocity and prowess as a youth fencer and bestowed upon him a Silver Alce. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Gavin Harris receives his Golden Alce. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Doña Gabrielle was summoned forward to ask if it was still her desire to sit in vigil this day to contemplate elevation to the Order of The Pelican, to which she answered in the affirmative. The Order of the Pelican was then called forward. Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen then approached and took back her belt so that Doña Gabrielle could sit in contemplation unencumbered, after which the Order of the Pelican escorted Doña Gabrielle to vigil.

Doña Gabrielle is sent to vigil. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Court suspended. 

In the afternoon upon the rattan field, Lord Oliver Sutton was called before Their Majesties who spoke of his prowess upon the field. They then called to be attended by the Order of Gage and did induct Lord Oliver into that esteemed order. Scroll by Lady Raven Whitehart and Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi.

Next, Their Majesties required that Duchess Morgan of Rye, also a member of the Gage, tarry a bit longer. His Majesty stated He felt it necessary to revisit a slightly erroneous statement He had made earlier that day in which He stated that all knights wore chain mail. To demonstrate His point further, called forth the Order of the Chivalry and presented her with a writ of summons to contemplate elevation to the Order of Chivalry. Scroll by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes.

Duchess Morgen receives a Writ for the Chivalry. Photo by Maighstir Liam mac an Tsaoire.

Court suspended. 

In the evening, Their Majesties gave leave to the children of Æthelmearc to chase after the toy chest and claim a prize. 

Countess Elena d’Artois, Master Diego Miguel Munoz de Castilla, and Don Po Silvertop then came forward showed unto the populace a sword and dagger set which are to be part of the prize for the winner of The Wild Hunt.

Master Diego displaying the prizes for the Wild Hunt. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Master Clewin Kupferhelbelinc then addressed the populace and announced that Lord Jacob Martinson was the winner of the day’s cut & thrust tourney and presented him with the victor’s token and charged him to return next year to run the tourney and pass the token to the next winner.

Master Clewin names Lord Jacob Martinson the winner of the Cut & Thrust tourney. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties then bade Master Clewin stay, and spoke of his passion for the steel art of cut & thrust and of how he has studied and shared his love of historical fencing, and in particular, the MS I33. Their Majesties then called for Their Order of the Fleur d’ Æthelmearc and inducted Master Clewin into that order. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Master Clewin receives a Fleur. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Ronan O’Connell was next called before the Throne and was awarded arms for service and helpfulness. Scroll by Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile and Lady Alysoun of the Debatable Lands.

Lord Ronan receives his AoA. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Next, Robert of Hawksworth appeared before Their Majesties and was awarded arms for his skill with rapier. Scroll by THL Tegrinus de Rhina.

Lord Robert receives his AoA. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Their Majesties then call for Master Urho Waltterinen in order to present to him a token of garnet in commemoration of his being the 41st Jewel of Æthelmearc. Being not present, the token was received on his behalf by Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile and Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann.

Doña Gabrielle de Winter then presented herself before Their Sylvan Majesties. When asked if she had been given good counsel this day with regard to the question as to whether to join the Order of the Pelican, Doña Gabrielle affirmed that she had, and that it was her wish to join. Their Majesties then required words from the peers of Their realm. Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn spoke of the courage expected of a knight, and how Gabrielle exemplifies this attribute. He spoke of how she leads others, inspires, lends aid and comfort, and does the things that need to be done. Maestro Bastiano di Iacopo shared a story illustrating the honesty and self-reflection of Gabrielle, and how these needed qualities serve to inspire us all. Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen told of how an artist must have vision to be able to see possibilities, and how they must be detail-oriented. An artist must be able to see flaws in their own work, and that Gabrielle does all of this, and she stated how this quality enriches our society. Countess Elena d’Artois and Countess Anna Leigh spoke of the feelings of love and admiration Gabrielle creates in people, and of how this love and admiration lifts others up. Lord Nicolo Loredan da Venesia spoke on behalf of the populace and told of the impact Gabrielle has had on the populace, of her constant support of others, of her efforts to add others to The Society, and of how it was by her direct and continued efforts that he is here today. Having heard these words of Their peers and populace, Their Majesties were well-pleased, and called for a medallion and a cloak bearing this symbol of the Pelican, and placed these items upon Gabrielle. They then received her oath of fealty, and named her a mistress of the Order of the Pelican. Scroll forthcoming.

Mistress Gabrielle is made a Pelican. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Her Majesty then sought to be attended by THL Ælric Ravenshaw, and name him as Her inspiration for the day for his efforts as the autocrat, and bestowed upon him a Golden Escarbuncle. Ælric then took a moment to announce that the winner of the day’s rapier scholar tourney was THL Ru Cavorst.

Lord AElric receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Lastly, Their Majesties thanked all of the artisans who contributed works of art this day to recognize others, and Her Majesty offered tokens of appreciation from Her hand.

There being no further business, this court of Their Majesties was closed.

Faithfully submitted,

Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta,
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

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The Golden Seamstress Challenge: Competition Begins at 10:00pm Friday April 7th

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-04-03 20:06
Are you behind on your resolution to start your Pennsic sewing early? Do you like to sewing garb but find it’s more fun to sew with a group a folks? Do you have a set of garb that you want to make but are afraid to go it alone? Well we have just the event for you!
The Barony Beyond the Mountain invites you to show us your costuming skills The seamstresses of the East will take up the challenge to create a complete set of garments, from the skin out, in eighteen hours.  Teams of from 1 to 6 active members are to start at 10 PM Friday and continue to 6 pm Saturday.  Team members are expected to remain on-site during the competition.  At the close of the sewing portion of the competition, each team will present their final outfit to the judges and populace. They will be expected to show and explain all layers in as expeditious and succinct a manner as possible. Additional presentations are welcome but will be done while judges are sequestered after the show. Once the judges have reached a decision Their Excellencies of BBM will hold court, and the winners will be announced.

For full details on rules of the challenge and how to register a team please visit

If you are not participating in the challenge, but would like to check out the event, you are welcome to join us on Saturday any time after noon.  The fashion show will take place at 6:30pm and should not be missed. Also, there might also be some space available for folks who want to do some sewing in the competition atmosphere, but don’t actually want to participate in the competition.  Please contact the autocrat if you think you want to do this to make sure there is room. A tavern will be available on Saturday for breakfast and lunch.

Site Opens: 6pm Friday April 7th
Competition Begins: 10:00pm Friday April 7th
Breakfast: 8:00-10:00am Saturday April 8th
Site Opens to General Populace: Noon Saturday April 8th
Lunch Tavern Opens: Noon Saturday April 8th
Competition Ends: 6pm Saturday April 8th
Fashion Show: 6:30pm Saturday April 8th|
Baronial Court: 8:00pm Saturday April 8th
Site Closes: 11pm Saturday April 8th The event will be held at the Middlefield Federated Church; 402 Main Street; Middlefield, CT  06455
Google Map

Take your best Rout to I-91.  Take exit 20.  Turn left onto Middle St (0.1 mile, turn left onto Country Club Rd (1.1 mile), turn right onto Higby Rd (1.2 mile), continue onto Jackson Hill Rd (2.1 mile), turn left onto CT-157 N, church will be on the right. Event Steward:
Ciara McRobbie
MKA:  Anne Akin

Note: This is a sewing only event, there will be no merchants, no children’s activities, and no martial activities.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Yours in Service,
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Retainers Needed for Ice Dragon

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

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

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

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

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

You can find the complete article here.

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


Previous April 1 postings from the British Library are:

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

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The Pax Æthelmearcus League

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Swedish King

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

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

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

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

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

His Majesty apparently has a somewhat colorful past. Literally.

Not to mention much longer hair in his youth.

Stretching is mandatory for Swedes before and after fighting.

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

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

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

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

Photo by Lady Sara Ballengee.

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

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

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

Photo by Queen Margerite.

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


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Important Changes to SCA Archery Policy

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Unofficial Court Report for Mudthaw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pray know I remain,

In service to Crown and College,

Master Rowen Cloteworthy

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Eastern Results for the January 2017 LoAR

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


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

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

The following results are from the January 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

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

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

Alexander Makcristyne. Alternate name Eadulf Beornwaldes sunu.

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

Ann MacWard. Name.

Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcaçova. Name.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Danielle de Lorraine. Name change from Tina of Lorraine.

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

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

Nice German name for 1497!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nice device!

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

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

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

Nice 16th century Hungarian name!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Martin Wasser Speier. Alternate name Martin Stop Heppin.

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

Nice Gaelic name for c. 1100!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sakurayama Tomoe. Name (see RETURNS for device).

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

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

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

Þyri Tyrkisdottir. Name (see RETURNS for device).

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

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


EAST returns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

The Squires’ Revolt of A.S. 51

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Armor Pros and Cons

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

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

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

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

16th century German jousting armor

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

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

15th century Japanese armor, CC BY 2.0,

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

Cons: may cause the growth of profuse unwanted facial hair

Late period Maximilian armor with Maltese cross

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

Cons: costs eleventy bajillion dollars

15th century German close helm with animal snout.

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

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

16th century Ottoman Empire armor

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

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

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

Pros: lightweight and flexible, looks pretty cool

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

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

Pros: lightweight and comfortable

Cons: Apparently turns you into a Rottweiler

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fantasy armor

Pros: Looks pretty cool to modern eyes.

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

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

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