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Unofficial Court Report – Neddingham County Faire

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2016-11-03 19:14

On the 17th day of September AS LI Their Royal Majesties Kenric and Avelina held court at the Neddingham Country Faire in the noble Barony of the Bridge.  The following business was set forth that day:

Item. Clotilde von der Insel was recognized as a Seamstress to the Crown

Item.  Lucinda de la Tambor was awarded the Silver Wheel and given a scroll by Fiona O’Maille

Item. Having held the business since Their Coronation, a scroll by Fiona O’Maille fomalized the induction of Vargus Ulfr into the Order of the Silver Wheel. T

Item.  Their majesties bestowed the Order of the Silver Wheel upon Amia Turner with a scroll made by Fiona O’Maille

As reported Kenric Rex and filed by Rowen Stuffer.


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From the East Kingdom Minister of Lists

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-11-01 16:39

Greetings to the Populace of the East Kingdom,

I will be finishing my 4th and final year as the East Kingdom Minister of Lists this February 2017. Term limits dictate that I step down at that time. This makes me so sad, as I truly love serving the martial community of the East Kingdom. To me, there is nothing more exciting than running a double elimination tournament to determine the Heirs of our Kingdom.

What the office of Minister of Lists entails:

Supporting the East Kingdom Martial Community in a kind, efficient and engaging manner.

Run the scorekeeping portion of all Crown Tournaments to determine the Heirs of the Kingdom.

Run the scorekeeping portion of all King and Queen’s Rattan and Rapier Championships.

Print and have ready all score sheets and tournament brackets for any and all tournaments.

Print and have ready all authorization forms for Heavy and Rapier disciplines.

Receive all authorization forms and transfer the information to a database accessible to the marshals monthly, if not more often.

Educate and support the MOL community and marshal community in all aspects of paperwork and tournament staffing.

Be able to work closely with the current and future Royals of the East Kingdom, the Earl Marshal’s office and the Troubadour Herald’s office.

You must be able to travel to all reaches of the kingdom, or designate a deputy to do so when needed.

A computer and email access is a necessity.

There is roughly 16-20 hours a month of behind the scenes work involved in the production of authorization cards and the fighter database. Dealing with “emergency” issues is common and being flexible is helpful.

For the Kingdom MOL to be successful, they truly need to love what they are doing. They need to be happy to be there and enjoy working with the Rattan and Rapier community. Smiles and positive attitudes are contagious and will bring you far in this office.

All Candidates for the position of East Kingdom MOL should send their resumes and letter of interest to mol@eastkingdom.org, king@eastkingdom.org, and queen@eastkingdom.org by January 3rd 2017 for consideration.

Warmest Regards
Baroness Sabina Luttrell, East Kingdom Minister of Lists

 


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Arts & Sciences Research Paper #14: Making a Leather Swan Helm Crest

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-11-01 16:26

Our fourteenth A&S Research Paper comes to us from Lady Angela Mori of the Barony of Bhakhail, who demonstrates and explains the process of making one of the splendid helm crests so familiar from manuscript illuminations of tournaments. (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

Making a Leather Swan Helm Crest

A German heraldic crest for a tournament. Sold at auction by Pierre Bergé & Associés.

How to Model Crests or Helmets: “Whenever you have occasion to make a crest or helmet for a tourney, or for rulers who have to march in state, you must first get some white leather which is not dressed except with myrtle or ciefalonia, stretch it, and draw your crest the way you want it made. And draw two of them, and sew them together; but leave it open enough on one side so that you can put sand into it; and press it with a little stick until it is all quite full. When you have done this, put it in the sun for several days. When it is quite dry, take the sand out of it . Then take some of the regular size for gessoing, and size it two or three times. Then take some gesso grosso ground with size, and mix in some beaten tow, and get it stiff, like a batter; and put on this gesso, and rough it in, giving it any shape of man, or beast, or bird, which you may have to make, getting it as like as you can. This done, take some gesso grosso ground with size, liquid and flowing, on a brush, and you lay it three or four times over this crest with a brush. Then, when it is quite dry, scrape it and smooth it down, just as you do when you work on panel. Then, in the same way, as I showed you how to gesso with gesso sotile on panel, in that same way gesso this crest. When it is dry, scrape it and smooth it down; and then if it is necessary to make the eyes of glass, put them in with the gesso for modeling; do modeling if it is called for. Then, if it is to be gold or silver, lay some bole, just as on panel; and follow the same method in every detail, and the same for the painting, varnishing it in the usual way”

– From Chapter CLXIX, Il Libro dell’Arte (The Craftsman’s Handbook), Cennino D’Andrea Cennini

Contents

The Process
Terms and Definitions
Bibliography

The following text is the description of the helm crest shown above. This piece was sold for 8000€; interestingly enough this is a fraction of what it would have cost at the time of making it.

“A German heraldic crest for a tournament Great helm, Zimier, in 14th-15th century style. Formed as a Swan’s head, accurately constructed of gesso and coarse fibre, probably jute, over a hardened sculpted leather core, the base hollowed for fitting the crown of the helmet skull, with pairs of lace-holes at the sides, painted white and heightened in grey, the base and the beak with traces of gilding over a red base coat, and in “aged ” condition throughout. Height 37 centimeters; weight: 1095 grams.”

This paper describes the steps I took in making the Swan Helm Crest based on Cennini’s text and the picture of the extant helm crest described above. I wanted to do my best at recreating this swan while staying true to the original materials and techniques used during the time it was made.

Materials for crest construction. Photo by Lady Angela Mori.

The Process

“you must first get some white leather which is not dressed except with myrtle or ciefalonia,”

The white leather is what we know of today as Vegetable Tanned Leather. Myrtle was one of the plants used to make this kind of leather. So far no one has been able to translate what “ciefalonia” is, though I’m sure it is a plant similar to myrtle. Vegetable tanned leather can be used in a process called Cuir Bouilli. This is a process in which the leather is wet with water (the water may or may not be hot), and then it is molded into a shape of sorts and then dried (sometimes with heat). It will keep its new shape quite well once dried.

“stretch it, and draw your crest the way you want it made. And draw two of them, and sew them together”

I would like to take a moment and state that in Cennini’s writings, he takes little time to really explain how to copy a shape and make it so that it will fit on a helm. Taking two pieces of material to get the shape down doesn’t work unless your piece is essentially very simple. And he does not include that the bottom really should have a shape sewn in that is similar to the shape of the helm. After making 3 helm crests I can most definitely say that a pattern would have been more complex than what he states above.

A line drawing of the design. Photo by Lady Angela Mori.

I made a line drawing of the original crest. I then went and cut this shape out of 2oz vegetable tanned leather. After looking at the shape I chose to modify the neck some because I was concerned that the curve I made would be too extreme and force the head to touch the chest. So I cut out some extra shapes and added them to the neck to prevent this. In hindsight I should have made a pattern first out of fabric or felt sheet to get the proper shape.

I then went ahead and used linen thread that I had spun and plied to sew the swan pieces together. I used a whip stitch to hold them together. I did this because it will have some give when shaping the leather with the wet sand. Leather stretches a good bit and would shift. A straight running stitch will not have as much give, preventing the leather from taking the shape that you are trying to give it.

“but leave it open enough on one side so that you can put sand into it; and press it with a little stick until it is all quite full. When you have done this, put it in the sun for several days. When it is quite dry, take the sand out of it.”

I wet the leather swan and packed sand into it, and let it sit in the sun. When it was dry I then removed the sand at the base of the swan.

The swan form filled with sand. Photo by Lady Angela Mori.

“Then take some of the regular size for gessoing, and size it two or three times.”

I used rabbit hide glue for the sizing. To work with it, you must first soak the dried glue in water; I would say around 2 ½ parts water to the glue granules. Once the glue has softened, it must be carefully heated to liquify the glue. If it is heated to too high a temperature, it will break down and not hold together as a glue. I put hot water in a bowl and then placed another bowl containing some of the gelatin (glue) in the larger bowl. This will indirectly heat the glue to the right temperature and keep it liquid while you work. When the heat is removed the glue starts to turn back to a solid gelatin.

Left: rabbit hide glue after soaking. Right: rabbit hide glue being heated. Photo by Lady Angela Mori.

I applied the glue to all the pieces. This not only helps the gesso stick to the leather later on, but also helps in hardening the leather as well. The leather absorbs the glue into its fibers which helps give it strength not just on the surface, but on the inside structure as well. One must be careful when applying the glue to make sure that you only work on either the flesh or the grain side of the leather at a time —if the leather is soaked through all the way it will lose the shape that you just made and you will have to re-shape your pieces. I find that coating the grain side first works better because it absorbs less of the glue, but will give a good base structure for when the other side has glue applied to it. Make sure to let the first side completely dry before moving on to the next.

The crest completely covered in glue. Photo by Lady Angela Mori.

“Then take some gesso grosso ground with size, and mix in some beaten tow, and get it stiff, like a batter; and put on this gesso, and rough it in, giving it any shape of man, or beast, or bird, which you may have to make, getting it as like as you can. This done, take some gesso grosso ground with size, liquid and flowing, on a brush, and you lay it three or four times over this crest with a brush. Then, when it is quite dry, scrape it and smooth it down, just as you do when you work on panel.”

The next step was to make the gesso grosso with size and add beaten tow.

Review note – Prior to making this helm I had made another one using a premixed “Italian Gesso” from Natural Pigments. This pre-mixed gesso consisted of calcium sulfate dihydrate and dry rabbit hide glue. When reading the directions on mixing the gesso grosso ground with size I thought this was the equivalent. When making it I had noted that it was a bit undesirable due to the inconsistency of the ratio of glue to calcium and this made it hard to get the right amount of water in the mixture without it being too soggy or too dry. I had made the decision that I would later on mix them differently. I chose to prepare the glue to its liquid state before adding the calcium.

To make the gesso mixture I heated up some of the rabbit hide glue as done before when sizing the leather. I then added calcium sulfate dihydrate and mixed it in, using my fingers to try and break down any lumps of the Calcium. I kept adding the Calcium until the consistency was like a thick cake batter. I then slowly added tow into the mixture making sure it was thoroughly coated with the liquid gesso. Once the mixture started to become a lumpy but still gooey mixture I started applying it to the leather. Sometimes I used my hands and sometimes I used a brush to apply it. The cooler it became the more thick and less flowing it would become. If I needed the mixture to be flowing I just put the bowl back into the hot water bath to warm up the glue. After it dried I then scraped the high points down some with a knife.

Left: crest after gessoing. Right: closeup of gessoed surface. Photos by Angela Mori.

Review note – At this point I had gone only by the comments made by D. Thompson jr. in his translation of ‘Il Libro del Arté’. I recently read an article “Questions about Medieval Gesso Grounds” by Beate Federspiel, where the author had gone through and done further research to show that “examination of grounds in Italian paintings by the Laboratoire de Recherches des Musees de France elaborates on the double structure of the Italian gesso grounds. This double structure was also shown in the examinations by the National Gallery’s laboratories in London.” (Federspiel, 62.) Which means that they did a chemical analysis, finding that the base layers of paintings that also had gesso grosso as the base layers consisted of calcium sulfate anihydrate mixture with calcium sulfate dihydrate. In layman’s terms, the plaster of Paris used was actually made of calcium sulfate anihydrate (which absorbs water less than the modern day plaster of Paris, calcium sulfate hemihydrate) and some dihydrate as well. The author stated that perhaps the full chemical change did not happen because the only water to be absorbed was through the gelatin of the animal hide glue. I have done testing and found that the water content in the glue had no effect on the chemical reaction of the calcium sulfate anihydrate when mixed with it. If anything it acted very much like that of adding the calcium sulfate dihydrate to the warmed glue that I had done with my work previously. I took some of the gelatin and ground it down with the calcium sulfate hemihydrate and then heated it. It reacted the same way with no heat (I have found to be indicative of water absorption and chemical reaction for plaster of Paris) like that of the dihydrate. So I must conclude that the reason for using this as a base layer must be to help in the prevention of moisture damage to the piece being made. Further testing will help me in analyzing the reason for this procedure and choice done by the artists of the Middle Ages.

“Then, in the same way, as I showed you how to gesso with gesso sotile on panel, in that same way gesso this crest. When it is dry, scrape it and smooth it down; and then if it is necessary to make the eyes of glass, put them in with the gesso for modeling; do modeling if it is called for.”

I then made a mixture of the glue and the calcium sulfate dihydrate but this time taking care to sift out any small hard pieces from the powder before adding it to the glue. I kept adding it until it became like a runny pancake batter. Then I applied it to the crest with a brush letting it pool in the recessed areas left by the first layers of gesso. When it was dry I scraped and sanded down the high points again and reapplied another coat until most of the shallows were filled. I also went ahead and added lids to the eyes. I also gessoed in a tongue that I had previously cut and gessoed. I used the gesso as a glue to set into the inside of the mouth. After everything dried I then went back over everything with my knife to scrape down any rough surfaces. I then went over the surface with a damp cloth to smooth out the gesso and take off any dust and shavings that may have been left on the surface.

Left: crest being scraped with a knife. Right: a closeup of the scraped surface. Photos by Lady Angela Mori.

“Then, if it is to be gold or silver, lay some bole, just as on panel; and follow the same method in every detail, and the same for the painting, varnishing it in the usual way”

I also went ahead and burnished down the beak, eyes and base. The beak and scalloped base were gilded on the extant swan so I went ahead to prepare the surfaces on mine for the bole.

Applying bole to the beak. Photo by Lady Angela Mori.

I took some dried bole and ground it down and added a little water to make it into a smooth paste. I then took some glair and mixed it with the bole. I painted on numerous layers of the bole, waiting for it to dry between coats. I burnished the bole to make sure the surface as smooth.

Bole on the beak after burnishing. Photo by Lady Angela Mori.

I took some glair and honey and mixed it with water to make a fixative for the gold leaf. I brushed it on where I wanted the gold leaf to be applied, only going along in small areas. Each time I would apply a piece of gold leaf to the prepared area. When this dried sufficiently, I then went ahead and burnished it. I ran out of gold leaf while working on the beak. When I got more I went over the beak again with the size and the new leaf, because it was a different in color. When it was sufficiently dry I went ahead and burnished the gold.

Painting the swan crest. Photo by Lady Angela Mori.

I worked on the base area of the crest with imitation gold leaf using the same technique as for the real gold leaf. I plan on redoing the base in real gold later on because I am not happy with the results and it strays somewhat from what I have been trying to achieve, which is a crest made as close to original medieval techniques and materials as I can achieve. With that said, I will also state that gold was a very expensive metal and there are many writings that discuss ways to make metals that are not gold, have the look of gold. So to use a imitation gold leaf is not really straying from recipes and techniques used during the Middle Ages.

The finished crest atop the helm! Photo by Lady Angela Mori.

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Terms and Definitions

Animal Hide Glue – a size (primer) and hardening agent as well as a binder for gesso. It is made by soaking small pieces of rawhide in water and then boiling it for a long time to break down the collagen. When it is finished it is dried and crushed in to a granular form. Later it is used by taking some of the dried glue and soaking it in water. When it has absorbed the water it is then heated indirectly with a double boiler until it liquifies. At this point is it ready to be used as is or as a base for mixing other materials into it.

Bole – a fine red clay, commonly termed “Armenian bole” during the middle ages because of its origin, used as an underlay for water gilding because of its “waxy” character allowing the artist to burnish it to a smooth finish which is what was wanted for the surfaces that were to be gilded.

Cuir Bouilli – the shaping and moulding of Vegetable tanned leather. Vegetable tanned leather is leather that has been tanned with tannins used from plants. Some main plants used are Oak Gall, Myrtle and even black tea leaves. These tannins give the leather a property where the leather can be wetted and then molded into a shape and then dried with or without the aid of heat. When the leather is dry it will retain its new shape.

Flax– A plant that is harvested and used to make thread, which is woven into cloth.

Gesso

  • Calcium sulfate hemihydrate, Gypsum (also known as plaster of Paris). Made by heating calcium sulfate at 128 deg celsius allowing most of the water content to evaporate.
  • Calcium sulfate anihydrate – similar to plaster of Paris, but absorbs water less readily. It is made when calcium sulfate is heated in a kiln between 163 deg. celsius and 300 deg. celsius it becomes calcium sulfate anihydrate.
  • Calcium sulfate dihydrate – made from Gypsum. If the plaster of Paris is slaked, soaked for a long time in water, instead of air drying it becomes calcium sulfate dihydrate.

Gesso grosso – calcium sulfate anihydrate (see above)

Gesso soltile – calcium sulfate dihydrate (see above)

Glair – a sizing made from egg white.

Linen – the thread and cloth made from Flax. Linen thread was used to stitch the leather together to make the helm crest.

Tow – the left over scraggly shorter bits of material that is removed from the Flax before it is spun into Linen. Tow was added to the base layer gesso to help give it strength and give it bulk.

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Bibliography

Cennino D’ Andrea Cennini. The Craftsman’s Handbook: The Italian “Il Libro dell’ Arte.” Thompson, Daniel V., trans. New York: Dover Publications 1960, c1954.

Federspiel, Beate. “Questions about Medieval Gesso Grounds.” In Historical Painting Techniques, Materials, and Studio Practice: Preprints of a Symposium, University of Leiden, the Netherlands, 26–29 June 1995, edited by Arie Wallert, Erma Hermens, and Marja Peek, 58-64. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 1995.

Waterer, J.W. Leather and the Warrior. Northampton, England: The Museum of Leathercraft, 1981.

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Announcement From Laurel: Job Opening – Wreath Sovereign of Arms

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-10-31 18:18

The following is an official announcement sent out by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

The Wreath Sovereign of Arms is an educational deputy of the Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms, responsible for the consideration of and decisions concerning armory submitted for registration by the College of Arms.

Wreath is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. Some knowledge of period heraldry is useful; knowledge of SCA heraldry is essential. The position requires considerable tact and patience, research and reasoning ability, a clear understanding of the Standards for Evaluation of Names and Armory and past Laurel rulings, the ability to write clearly and succinctly, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Pelican, Laurel and other staff to produce a Laurel Letter of Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word processing skills, reliable e-mail and telephone access, and time and ability to travel. Given the current structure of the office, a high-speed internet connection is required.

Resumés must be sent electronically to Laurel at bids@heraldry.sca.org. Resumés must be received by Saturday, December 31, 2016, with an expected start date of February 2017, to be determined with the Laurel staff.


Filed under: Announcements, Official Notices

Artwork and Ordering Deadline for East Kingdom Calendars or Note Cards

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-10-31 07:40

Aquarius by Mistress Kayleigh Mac Whyte

Aries by His Excellency Master Ursion de Gui

The deadline for ordering East Kingdom calendars or note cards is November 6, one week away.  We’ve posted the final scans of all the artwork so you can see the unusual and beautiful contributions of the scribes of the East to the project.  Orders will ship at the end of November, so they will be available for holiday gift giving.  You can order yours at the project’s website.

If you would like to dedicate a month to someone who inspires you or send a message to the kingdom, a few months still need sponsors.  A sponsors’  message is printed on their month’s page, and they receive a complimentary calendar and set of note cards.  For more information, contact Baroness Lucie Lovegood.

Cancer by Lady Christiane Crane

This is the third year for the project.  Sales help pay for the royalty’s travel and the cost of hosting visiting royalty from other kingdoms.  Due to the success of the project in prior years, this year’s proceeds with be split between both the seated royalty and their heirs.

Capricorn by Lady Lisabetta Medaglia (illumination) and Duchess Thyra Eiriksdotter (calligraphy)

More information about the project and the artists can be found at the website – www.eastkingdombookofdays.com.

Gemini by Boyar Aleksei Dmitriev

Leo by Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell (illumination) and Mistress Eva Woodrose (calligraphy)

Pisces by Mistress Eloise of Coulter

Sagittarius by THL Katrusha Skomorokha

Scorpio by Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova

Taurus by Lord Vettorio Antonello

Virgo by Mistress Rhonwen glyn Conwy


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EASTERN RESULTS FROM THE AUGUST 2016 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-10-28 11:00

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 August 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Akiyama Kintsune. Name.

The question was raised whether the use of the element Kin- in the given name is presumptuous. This element has the meaning of “public official/officer/noble/duke” in classical Chinese (see Solveig Throndardottir’s Name Construction in Medieval Japan, revised edition, p. 192). As part of an attested given name, the use of an element that may indicate rank is not an unmistakable claim of rank. Therefore, the use of this element is not presumptuous, as it is clear it is not a form of address.

The submitter requested authenticity for a Japanese name. This name is not authentic because Akiyama is most likely a buke (military class) surname. Buke names follow the pattern of a family name/surname followed by a yobina (general use name) and a nanori (official/formal given name). This name only contains a surname and a nanori.

Bardolph Karlson. Name.

The submitter originally requested authenticity for a 12th century Anglo-Saxon name, but withdrew this request. The submitter may wish to know that this name is authentic for early 17th century England.

Bess Brechin. Name and device. Gules, on a saltire argent between four maple leaves Or five gouttes palewise gules.

Nice 16th century Scottish name!

Cristina Volpina. Badge. Gules, on a bezant a sun-cross gules.

Commenters wondered whether this design was too close to the X-Men logo. It is not. The rotation clears the potential presumption by changing the orientation.

It also does not presume upon the important non-SCA arms of the Arch-Steward of the Holy Roman Empire: Gules, an orb Or. There is a DC for the addition of a tertiary charge group and, by precedent, there is at least a DC between an orb and a roundel [Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme, A-Caid, May 2010 LoAR].

Dietrich of Timis. Device. Sable, a tower conjoined to park pales extending to sinister and on a chief argent an eagle vert.

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Guild name Worshipful Company of Artificers of Dragonship Haven.

Submitted as Worshipful Company of Artificers, precedent implies that [designator] of Artificers is too generic to be registered:

[registering Company of Artificers of Marinus] Submitted as Company of Artificers, we have with the consent of the submissions herald, added the phrase “of Marinus” to make it less generic. [Marinus, Barony of, September 1996, p. 3]

The December 2002 Cover Letter states that the addition of a branch name does not make such a non-personal name less generic:

A submission this month raised the issue of generic identifiers again. Given the confusion that exists regarding what is and is not a generic identifier, as well as how generic identifiers are used, we are providing a clarification of this issue.

Generic identifiers are descriptions that may be associated with registered items (mainly badges) to identify the use of that item. Unlike registered names (award names, order names, guild names, household names, et cetera), generic identifiers are not registered as an independent item and are not protected from conflict. This does not mean that the group may not use this identifier, but simply that we will not limit the usage of that identifier to a single group.

Names that fall into the generic identifier category are names that would reasonably be used by more than one branch for common functions of the branch. All kingdoms can have a university. All baronies can have a baronial guard. All groups can have an equestrian guild.

Adding the name of the branch to the description does not affect generic identifiers (because branch identifiers are transparent for conflict). As an example, Outlands Equestrian Guild falls into the generic category because the only thing that would differentiate it from Equestrian Guild of Calontir are the branch identifiers Outlands and of Calontir.

However, later precedent shows that Worshipful Company of X is not generic when a branch name is included:

Submitted as a badge for The Most Worshipful Company of Æthelmearc Cooks and Bakers, as that name is neither registered nor a generic identifier we are unable to make this association. Recent precedent states:

Which gets us to the main question — is Worshipful Company of X, where X is a generic descriptive element a generic identifier? The January 1993 coverletter [sic] had this to say on the subject “A better term might be “job-description”: a simple declaration of the intended use of the badge…So long as the badge is associated with a purely functional name, it’s [the name] neither checked for conflict during submission or protected from conflict afterwards.” The addition of the adjective Worshipful lifts this out of the realm of purely functional, even through the adjective is part of the designator and not part of the descriptive element. [Lochac, Kingdom of, A-Lochac, 08/2004]

[Æthelmearc, Kingdom of, October 2006, A-Æthelmearc]

Therefore, we uphold the precedents that Worshipful Company of X is not generic as long as a branch name is also included and have added of Dragonship Haven in order to register this guild name. This ruling does not mean that generic identifiers in general can be made registerable in this manner.

Fearghus mac Cailín. Device. Per fess sable and argent, a sun Or and a wolfhound courant sable and in chief two mullets of seven points argent.

Fearghus mac Griogair. Device. Argent, a squirrel’s head cabossed sable jessant-de-lys vert.

The use of jessant-de-lys with anything other than a lion’s or leopard’s head is a step from period practice.

Halldís Úlfsdóttir. Name.

Submitted as Halldís Úlfsdottir, the accent in the given name was inadvertently dropped by kingdom: Halldis Úlfsdottir. We have restored the given name to the submitted form. In addition, we have modified the byname in order to use accents consistently throughout the name: Úlfsdóttir.

Hrafn Isauga. Name.

Submitted as Hrafn Is-augu, the constructed byname Is-augu was intended to mean “ice-eyes”. In commentary, ffride wlffsdotter found examples such as hrakauga (“crack-eye”), járnauga (“iron-eye”), and krókauga “hook-eye” in Tilnavne i den islandske oldlitteratur by Finnur Jónsson (http://heimskringla.no/wiki/Tilnavne) and in Lind Personbinamn. However, all of these examples use the singular form “eye”. Therefore, we have changed the byname to the singular form Isauga (“ice-eye”) to register this name.

Kellenin de Lanwinnauch. Name change from Rys Waytheman.

Nice Welsh name for around 1200!

The submitter’s previous name, Rys Waytheman, is retained as an alternate name.

Morwenna O Hurlihie. Name and device. Vert, in fess three drop spindles argent.

Morwenna is an English saint’s name.

Regnulf of Crakehale. Name and device. Vert, a corncrake and on a chief embattled Or three acorns vert.

This is the defining instance of the corncrake in Society armory. This bird is described in “De Arte Venandi Cum Avibus of Frederick II of Hohenstaufen” and the spelling “Corne Crake” dated to 1455 in the OED.

For purpose of conflict checking, the bird is considered poultry-shaped.

Settmour Swamp, Barony of. Order name Company of Mud.

This order name follows the pattern of naming an order after a founder. In this case, Mud is a late period English surname used as a given name.

Settmour Swamp, Barony of. Order name Order of the Copper Tower.

The pattern Order of the [Metal] Tower is grandfathered to the submitter.

Syele von Heidelberg. Badge. (Fieldless) On a garb Or a scythe vert.

Þorsteinn Hroðbjartsson. Device. Per pale azure and argent, a fox rampant contourny and a seal haurient embowed counterchanged, on a chief Or five hop cones inverted vert.

Vivien de Valois. Device. Argent, a lion passant double queued and in base two crescents gules, a bordure sable.

Yamada Kiku. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for a Japanese name, but with no specific time period.

The given name Kiku was popular in the Muromachi period (1333-1573). However, Keystone noted in commentary that it is very unusual for a monothematic feminine given name like Kiku to be used without a prefix or suffix. In this case, Kiku is attested during the Muromachi period (1333-1573). At that time, according to Solveig Throndardottir’s Name Construction in Medieval Japan (NCMJ, revised edition), “the o- prefix to women’s names became universal for the buke class. Further, their names were frequently followed by the common name of a father, a husband, or another male relative.” Therefore, the given name plus the honorific would be O-kiku, with or without the male relative’s common name.

In addition, Keystone considered the surname Yamada to be unlikely, as it is a kuge (imperial court nobility) name. NCMJ states that women retained their uji (clan names) throughout life and these ujiwere combined with their personal names by the Kamakura period.

Therefore, this name is not authentic, but it is registerable.


Filed under: Announcements, Heraldry, Official Notices

Farewell Missive from Brigantia Herald

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-10-28 10:29

One last time the people will hear from me.
I will stand for the last time as Brigantia at BBM/Bergental Yule. At that time Master Malcolm Bowman will be invested as the 18th Brigantia Principal Herald of the Kingdom of the East. I wish him as interesting of a term as the four years in which I have served.

The job of Brigantia is one where you cannot talk less, but it is one for which I can’t imagine to have smiled more. And it isn’t one which is done alone. There are armies of people who have worked with me, supported me, and gotten the work done. I cannot possibly thank you all as I would need a special edition of the Pikestaff just to thank everyone individually.

That being said I have to give special thanks to Treannah and Alys for being my Right Hand Ladies for the first three years and to Malcolm for being my Right Hand Man this past year. Knowing I had you all to fall back on gave me confidence that I would be able to handle the challenges of this office. You helped me rise up to the occasion of my station.

I must give special thanks to Yehuda for first revolutionizing the Heraldic Education Office and then taking up the mantle of Submission Herald. Neither of those positions are easy and you have handled both with aplomb and skill. Your education videos are viewed as THE definitive primer for SCA heraldry across the known world. The results of your work continually blow us all away.

In the last four years of my administration every single facet of the award structures of the East has been revolutionized. From the renaming of several awards in order to register them with the SCA College of arms in my first and second years, through the elevation of the Orders of High Merit and establishment of the AoA Orders, every award has changed. I could not have handled these changes without Her Majesty Anna and Master Rowen as my Precedence Clerks. Thank you both for your friendship, patience, support, and non-stop work. I could not have done this job without you both.

Thanks too to everyone in the Submissions Herald’s department. Every month the East submits and processes more names and armory than any other Kingdom and the entire department, from consultations all the way through Notifications, makes it look easy. Nobody can know just how much work you put in unless they’re in the room where it happens but it is all appreciated.

To the Regional Heralds and Local Heralds, your reports are due December 1st… I’m not going to remind you again about these. Seriously, thank you all for your support on every level.

Thanks must go to Alys, Treannah, Rowen, Malcolm, Ernst and Maria, and Donovan. Thank you all for leading your reigns’ courts and freeing me to handle the non-court workload without driving myself crazy. If I had to handle every court over the last 4 years, on top of what seems like Non Stop writing I would have burnt out long, long ago.

To Edward and Thyra for selecting me for this job: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve this Kingdom as Brigantia. I hope I have lived up to your confidence. To Gregor and Kiena, Kenric and Avelina, Brennan and Caoilfhionn, Omega and Etheldreda, and Brion and Anna, thank you for allowing me to be on your Heraldic Staffs and putting up with my stubbornness and, sometimes hair brained, initiatives. It’s always been nice to have you all on my side.

As I say goodbye I look forward to moments alone in the shade, at home in this Kingdom we have made. And as I cannot say this any better than by paraphrasing the original source:

Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error. I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. I shall also carry with me the hope that my Kingdom will view them with indulgence; and that after four years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion. – G. Washington (Oh COME ON, like you didn’t notice all the Hamilton References in this letter. It’s a good line though, right?)

In all seriousness, these last four years have opened my eyes to the Society as a whole and have deepened my love and pride in my kingdom and its inhabitants. The East leads the Known World for a reason. That reason is its people. It is a humbling experience to have been responsible for a Kingdom’s ceremony and legacy. It has been a privilege being its ambassador to the Known World. I will carry the pride in this Kingdom for the rest of my days. Thank you all.

To the East and the Society I remain their obedient servant,
Master Ryan Mac Whyte,
17th Brigantia Emeritus of the Kingdom of the East


Filed under: Official Notices, Tidings

St. Eligius A&S Event: Details and New Challenges

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-10-26 09:59

Submitted by R.Wurm, Barony of Dragonship Haven

Greetings Everyone

St. Eligius is right around the corner and Dragonship Haven is so excited! Queen Anna is honoring us with Her Presence, plus we have some new challenges and special competitions.

New this year are the Baron Adhemar Challenges: Misadventures and Collaboration. Sound intriguing? Go to the Baronial Website or our East Kingdom event listing to find out more and for all other competition information.

Other specialized contests include; Master Alexander the Younger’s Challenge, SCA Kluge, Medieval Moment and Artisan’s Progress, and we will have our Populace and Baron & Baroness’s Choice awards, as always.

St. Eligius is designed to have something for everyone; great food, great prizes, great company and great fun! We pride ourselves on our unique and diverse judging formats and our friendly and supportive atmosphere where all entrants, displayers, and onlookers will feel comfortable, encouraged, and go home feeling enthused and delighted!  Also, St Eligius is a good place to hone and get feedback on your entry for the upcoming King and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Competition.

Don’t feel like entering a competition? Please bring the project that you have been working on, finished or not. We want to see it and have plenty of tables for display only.

We are pleased to announce that there will be fencing, lots of it, with at least 2 tourneys. Since fencing is an art, we can’t leave it out of our A&S day.  Lord Christoffel will be running “The Art of Fence Challenge”; pick your favorite period fencing master and fence in that style.  More on this can be found on our event announcement.

We have space for any Guilds or groups that would like to meet. Please contact the stewards to reserve some space.

Please plan on joining us on November 12th for a day *well spent*. We look forward to seeing you and spending some quality time together!

Thank you in advance.
Hope to see you there!
R. Wurm


Filed under: Announcements, Events, Local Groups

Unofficial Court Report for King’s & Queen’s Rapier Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-10-26 08:57

Their Royal Majesties, Brion III and Anna III, ventured forth to Their Barony of Iron Bog on the 22nd of October, Anno Societatis fifty-one, there to watch the competition to determine the new King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champions.

After spending the day watching over 90 combatants compete for the honour of serving as Champion, Their Majesties opened Their Court. His Majesty invited before him the retiring King’s Rapier Champion, Master Donovan Shinnock, thanked him for a well-run tourney, and said that he would be sad to see him go. His Majesty took back the regalia of the office and Master Donovan stepped down.

His Majesty then called for Don Lupold Hass and asked if he would stand as King’s Rapier Champion. Don Lupold accepted and was fitted with the regalia of the office and presented a scroll naming him Champion, penned by Mistress Heather Rose de Gordoun. Don Lupold then took his place in Their Majesties’ Court.

Her Majesty asked for the attendance of the retiring Queen’s Rapier Champion, Don Llewellyn Walsh. She said that he had served with distinction and would always be a champion. Then she took from him the regalia of the office and Don Llewellyn stepped down.

Queen Anna then asked that Don Lottieri Malocchio come forward, which he did to much applause. Her Majesty stated that she’d be honoured to have him as Her Champion because “OMG, what fun!” Don Malocchio was given the regalia of the Queen’s Rapier Champion and given a scroll commemorating this, made by Mistress Heather Rose de Gordoun.

The Ladies of the Rose were called forward. As is their tradition, they offered tokens to individuals who stood out to them. Duchess Etheldreda Ivelchyld offered her token to Lady Genevra d’Angouleme and Lady Pixie of Iron Bog. Countess Marguerite ingen Lachlainn gave her token to Don Melchior Kriebel. Duchess Avelina Keyes presented her token to Master Connor Levingstoune from Atlantia. And Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain’s token went to Lord Xavier the Sinister.

Queen Anna asked for Don Thomas of Effingham, who carried the Cloak of Perseverance for the last year. She accepted it from him, then called for Don Mark le Gabler and presented the Cloak to him, asking him to bear for the next year.

Their Majesties then called for Lord Eldrich Gaiman. They spoke of his swift reactions on the fencing list and his depth of knowledge of his opponents, and had Their herald read a scroll naming him a member of the Order of the Golden Rapier and Granting him Arms. The scroll was made by Mistress Heather Rose de Gordoun.

King Brion and Queen Anna then asked that the children of the East attend them. As has been Their habit for this reign, they offered the children toys, but first required that they learn something of the Society. Master Donovan Shinnock was called forward to explain the art of defense and distribute the largess.

Next, those new to the Society were called before the thrones. Their Majesties offered tokens that the newcomers might remember their first days among us.

The event steward, Lady Aibhilin inghean ui Phaidin, was summoned and thanked, along with the Barony of Iron Bog, for the wonderful event they had put together for Their Majesties.

Friar Jacob the Wanderer was called forward and Their Majesties spoke of his storytelling skills and his “Children’s Bedtime Story Hour” at Pennsic. For his skill in the performing arts, Friar Jacob was made a Companion of the Order of the Troubadours and given a small cup by the Crown, the regalia of the Order.

Captain Berrick Grayveson was called next to attend the Crown. Their Majesties spoke of his time serving as a rapier marshal and twice as Rapier Champion of the Barony of Bhakail, and his teaching of silk banner making, and made Berrick a Companion of the Order of the Silver Wheel. A scroll commemorating this was penned by Mistress Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Lord Connor MacSeamus O’Neal was summoned before the thrones. Their Majesties spoke of his artistry, his metalwork, and his skill making guards for rapier blades, and felt that these talents should be rewarded. They named him a Companion of the Order of the Maunche. A scroll will be forthcoming.

Their Majesties summoned Lord Ian Douglas. They spoke of his many years as a rapier combatant and marshal and his participation in the cut-and-thrust community, and felt this deserved recognition. They named him a member of the Order of the Silver Rapier and presented him a scroll with illumination by Lady Triona MacCaskey, calligraphy by Master Jonathan Blaecstan, and words by Mistress Dorigen of the Grey Gate.

Next, the Crown called for Lord Morwil MacShane. They recalled his time as Ladies’ Rapier Champion for Bhakail, his service as a rapier marshal, and his place as a alternate on the Pennsic Champions team, and felt all these things deserving. They named Lord Morwill a member of the Order of the Silver Rapier and gifted him a scroll saying such, created by Mistress Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Finally, King Brion and Queen Anna summoned Their Order of Defense. Their Majesties found when that Order gathered, however, that it was incomplete. Queen Anna turned to Her Rapier Champion, Don Lottieri Malocchio and though her herald delivered to him a Writ, to be answered at a later date, that he might respond to Their Majesties’ Summons whether he would take his place as a member of that Order. The words were written by Lady Liadan inghean Chineada.

Their Majesties then thanked all involved with putting on the event, and all attending the event and, there being no further business, processed from the hall.

These are the events of the day as I recall them. My thanks to all the retainers, guards, heralds, Champions, event staff, and attendees who made the day as joyful as it was.

Pray know I remain,
For Crown and College,

Master Rowen Cloteworthy


Filed under: Court

In Memorium: Mistress Elsa de Lyon

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-10-25 14:44

Mistress Elsa de Lyon passed from this world on October 20, 2016, leaving behind two sons and their families, her mother and the remainder of her family – both chosen and blood relatives – and many, many friends.

Elsa began her journey in the SCA in 1991, in the Shire of Montevale. Her wish to spread her creative talents and help others made her a community leader in her Shire as a Minister of Arts and Science from 2001 to 2004, with a small break from officer work for a few years to again step up and become Seneschal for the Shire of Montevale for five years (2009-2014). Recently, she had become A&S Minister again, because she wanted to continue to serve her local group, and enjoyed this role.

Although she would also serve as a head cook at a few events in the western portion of the Southern Region over the years, many remember her best as a scribe in the East Kingdom College of Scribes. While she physically could not travel the Kingdom, her work would travel to the far corners of the Kingdom and across Kingdom borders to inspire others over these many years.

Elsa was a regular teacher at Pennsic, whether taking groups out for a weed walk, teaching basic calligraphy courses at the Aethelmearc Scribal Track and also helping with setup and breakdown at scribal gatherings at Pennsic. At home, she was a gentle lady, always willing to help others develop their artistic skills in informal one-on-one lessons, at demos, and in occasional local A&S workshops. Her skill was noticed by the Society Chronicler in A.S. 36 and she was nominated for a William Blackfox award for her work on the December 2001 cover of the Montevale Knightly Knews.

Iris by Mistress Elsa

After being recognized with an Award of Arms, a Maunche, the Queen’s Honor of Distinction (Jana IV), and the Order of the Silver Crescent, Elsa was issued a Writ of Summons by Their Graces Brennan and Caoilfhionn in May of 2014, commanding her to appear in court at Southern Region War Camp to consider her elevation to the Order of the Laurel. On June 28, AS 49 (2014), Elsa was released as an apprentice by Mistress Kay Leigh Mac Whyte, and her elevation was witnessed by all present including her household Clan Black Dragons, her son Ryan, and scribes from the Mac Whyte House.. Speakers for her elevation included Master Denys the Decadent of Aethelmearc, Sir Wulfbrand, Duchess Roxane, Mistress Farasha, and Elsa’s first Laurel, Mistress Brighid the Limner, whom had previously retired from the SCA and returned for this special occasion.

In recent years, Elsa made a point of traveling to Pennsic each year to see friends from afar, and could always be found working on something creative that would cause joy to both herself and others.

Mistress Kay Leigh Mac Whyte shares the following memories of her student and friend:

“I had met Elsa at one of the first Known World Scribal Gatherings at Pennsic (about 16 years ago), held in Midrealm Royal camp at the time. I was in my first year as a scribe in service to the East Kingdom College of Scribes, maybe in my 3rd year in the SCA as a whole, and I recall being overjoyed to bump into someone from “back home”, despite the physical distance between us. We remained in touch through the castle.org mailing list for scribes and via email for many years after, and into the years when social media became available. In 2012 while I served as Tyger Clerk of the Signet, I was able to see her work a bit more often, and marveled again at her talent. Although she had the strong support of her local community, and although I viewed her as more of an equal if not my better in many ways, we spoke privately and we had agreed that an advocate for her behind the scenes was needed, and entered into a student-peer relationship, which became an apprenticeship at Pennsic the following year. We would continue to stay in touch, becoming closer within the last five years, albeit perhaps not as close as her SCA household and mundane family.

Detail from a Queen’s Cypher scroll

Our last meeting was at Pennsic 45, at which Elsa and I would meet every day, making the most of the time we had together since we rarely had opportunity during the rest of the year to travel to see each other; her schedule was just as busy as mine, but I would always hear of the success of her prize-winning daffodil bulbs (goodness, she could tell you a million different things about daffodils and other members of the Amaryllidaceae family) as a master gardener and competitor in local gardening shows, or occasions where she had time to teach others at demos or events. We also shared our concerns over the welfare of and recognition of gentles in the southwestern borders of the East Kingdom, and she took to heart her duties as a new peer in looking after others in her community, encouraging them to grow further in the SCA. When we parted ways at the close of this past Pennsic, we probably took several attempts at saying goodbye, knowing it would be a while before we would see each other again.

We made the most of the time we had, and the East was blessed to have this gentle woman among us, with a smile, laughter and gentle demeanor that influenced others across Kingdom borders. She was the kind of person I wanted to be when I grew up, long before I was a peer, and I and others have been honored to have known her simply as a friend, grateful for having her in our lives, and her example to live by.”

A memorial service for friends will be held at Gensel Funeral Home at 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201 on Saturday, October 29 2016. Please note that her family has requested that friends of Elsa wishing to attend please arrive at 1:00pm, one hour prior to the family service at 2pm.

A GoFundMe page (originally set up for her medical expenses for recovery) has since been left up online to cover funeral costs as well.  A memorial page has been set up by her family.


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: in memoriam

King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champions 2016

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-10-24 19:27
On Saturday October 22nd, in the Barony of Iron Bog, more than 90 rapier fighters contended for the positions of King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champion.  The tournament, run by Master Donovan Shinnock, the outgoing King’s Rapier Champion, followed the traditional two-round format, with the first round being multiple round-robin pools and the second round being a 16-person double elimination.   At the end of many friendly but hard-fought combats, the final four contenders were Master Caine Ramsey, Don Lupold Haas, Don Lottieri Malocchio and Don Remy Delemontagne de Gascogne.  Lupold defeated Remy to advance to the finals.  Malocchio defeated Caine to advance to the finals.  

Don Malocchio and Don Remy

 

 Lupold and Malocchio then fought a best three out of five finals.  The fights were intense, passionate and joyful to behold.  At the end, Lupold emerged as the victor and the new King’s Rapier Champion.   In court later that evening, Queen Anna selected Malocchio as her new Queen’s Rapier Champion.   Also in court, their Majesties issued a Writ commanding Malocchio to appear at a date and time to be determined to answer whether he would accept the accolade of the Order of Defense.   The fencers of the East gratefully thank the people of Iron Bog, the marshals and the list officials who made this wonderful day such a success. 
Filed under: Rapier Tagged: King and Queen's Champions

A Reminder for Crown Tournament Combatants

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-10-23 20:29

Attention Crown Entrants: Remember your device for the shield trees!

If you need info on how to make a device for the shield tree, see this page on the East Kingdom wiki.

If you have questions or need help either making a shield or deciding what to put on it, please feel free to contact Rosina von Schaffhausen, Jongleur Herald, who can also get you in touch with an accomplished heraldic artist.


Filed under: Announcements Tagged: Crown Tournament, List Trees

Unofficial Report – GGG and Rose Tourney

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-10-18 13:50

On the 8th of October, Anno Societatis LI, or 2016 in the Common Era, Their Majesties Brion III and Anna III rode to Their Barony of Carillion, there to attend Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins and the Ladies of the Rose Tourney.

Their Majesties Opened Court by inviting in Duchess Kiena Stewart and Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain, who hosted the Rose Tourney. Their Graces thanked the Barony of Carillion for hosting them, then announced the winners of the various categories. The overall winning team belonged to Duchess Etheldreda Ivelchyld.

The top team in archery was Countess Violante do Porto’s team and the top archer was Master Peter the Red.

The top armoured combat team was also Duchess Etheldreda’s, with the top chivalry combatant Master Ioannes Aurelius Serpentius and the top unbelted combatant Baron Rory McClellan.

The top rapier combat team belonged to Duchess Caoilfhionn. The top OGR fencer was Don Melchior Kriebel and the top non-OGR was Lord Titus Hostilius Nero.

Their Majesties invited the children of the East forward. When asked if the children liked the Society, one child exclaimed, “Yes! I love it!”. In keeping with Their Majesties’ philosophy that gifts such as these should come with some learning about the Society, King Brion and Queen Anna asked Duchesses Kiena and Caoilfhionn to come forward and speak to the children about courtesy before the children could claim their bounty.

The Crown then called for the event steward, Baroness Tysha z Kieva, and thanked her for her efforts putting together the event.

King Brion and Queen Anna then invited those new to the Society to come forward. Queen Anna spoke briefly to them, making them welcome, then the newcomers were offered tokens that they might remember their first steps in the SCA.

Next, Anastasia Wolf of House Carpathia was called for. Their Majesties noted that she served as a water bearer and entertained people with Middle Eastern dance. Finding her contributions worthy, Anastasia was made a Lady of the Court and Awarded Arms. She was given a scroll to commemorate this, with calligraphy by Master Jonathan Blaecstan and illumination by Baroness Ellesbeth Donofrey.

Lord Aharon Ben Ze’ev was summoned and Their Majesties spoke to him of his work in Settmour Swamp as an event steward, cook, and event staff and, in light of these good works, inducted him into the Order of the Silver Wheel. Aharon was given a scroll made by Mistress Heather Rose de Gordoun to mark the occasion.

King Brion then spoke briefly about the Orders. For the duration of the reign, when in tight quarters or with larger Courts, members of the various Orders may be asked to stand in place, rather than gather around the newest Order member. It is hoped that this small change will help speed the longer Courts.

Their Majesties then requested that Master Erhart von Stuttgart attend them. They spoke of his works crafting brass needles, hooks and eyes, and pins, and drawing of wire. They heard the words of Their Order of the Maunche and inducted Erhart into that Order. There was no scroll present, but there were words provided by Master Ryan McWhyte.

The Crown then called for Duke Gavin Kilkenny. King Brion mentioned that “back in the day”, it was not common to receive regalia when elevated to the peerage. Friends of His Grace felt this should be rectified and were called forward to present him with a hood for his induction into the Order of the Pelican these many years past.

Queen Anna spoke briefly about a day she described as “delightful” and King Brion called “excellent”. The business of the Court concluded, Their Majesties retired to their rooms.

These were the events of the Court as I recall them. My thanks to the event staff, retainers, guards, heralds, scribes, and all those others who made the event the thing it was.

Pray know I remain,

For Crown and College,

 – Master Rowen Cloteworthy


Filed under: Court, Uncategorized

Announcement from Their Majesties – Fall Crown Tournament list

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-10-18 13:46

To the Kingdom of the East, do We Brion and Anna send these words from the Tyger thrones, this 17th day of October.

We are pleased to announce the following gentles who would contest on the field of honor for the Fall Crown Tournament of the Kingdom of the East:

Master Ryan Mac Whyte fighting for Mistress Kay Leigh Mac Whyte
Duke Ronald Wilmot fighting for Duchess Bronwyn Dawntreader
Duke Randal of the Dark fighting for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Duke Gryffith FitzWilliam fighting for Duchess Aikaterine FitzWilliam
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver fighting for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrucke fighting for Mistress Vienna de la Mer
Sir Edward MacGyver dos Scorpus fighting for Lady Katerina LLiova Vladimirov
Sir Marcus Blackaeart fighting for Lady Solveig Bjarnardottir
Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson fighting for Mistress Eva Woderose
Master Æthelhawk Keyfinder fighting for Mistress Siubhan Wallace
Sir Matthew des Arden fighting for Mistress Fia Kareman
Master Tiberivs Ivlivs Rvfvs Primvs fighting for m’lord Vopiscus Rufius Donatus
Sir Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov fighting for Baroness Matilde DeCadenet
Master Ionness Aurelius Serpentius fighting for Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt
Sir Ané du Vey fighting for Mistress Sylvia du Vey
Sir Harold Hokonson fighting for Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern
Sir Simon Gwyn fighting for Lady Tullia Tranquilla
Sir Hrafn BoneSetter fighting for Lady Sigrún Soldottír
Sir Matthias Grunwald fighting for Baroness Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
Baron of Smoking Rocks Richard Leviathan fighting for Mistress Nest verch Tangwistle
Baron Ceawlin Alreding fighting for Baroness Molly Blythe
The Honorable Lord William RavenHair fighting for Lady Albreda Aylese
Baron Sigurthr VigurHafn fighting for Baroness Medhbh inghean Cheallaigh
Baron Duncan Kerr fighting for Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick
Lord Richard Crowe fighting for m’lady Ameria Brown
Lord Micah of Brighton Hall fighting for Lady Thallos Alexiou of Brighton Hall
Lord Sigurdr Berserkr fighting for Mistress Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh
Lord Thomas de Winterwade fighting for Lady Sara of Stonley
The Honorable Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson the Nice fighting for Lady Lavina Attewode
Baron Tiberius Nautius Maximus fighting for None Meave Macintosh
The Honorable Lord Duarcaín MacWard fighting for Lady Aurnia MhicWard
The Honorable Lord Gawyn O’Clery fighting for m’lady Maeve O’Clery
Baron Rory MacLellan fighting for Baroness Astridr Sigrun Ulfkelsdottir
Baron Fearghus O’Conchobhair fighting for Baroness Christina Jenevra De Carvalhal
Lady Leurona Winterborne fighting for Sir Ketilfastr Thorkilson
Lord William of Wyndhaven fighting for Lady Saruca bint Lazari
Lord Gunnar Alfson fighting for m’lady Suke Arslajin
Lord Greadden Olthurssun Veassellurd fighting for Lady Aesa Ormstung Called Jotunsbane
Lord Martin Wasser Speier fighting for Master Donovan Shinnock
Lord Perley of Malagentia fighting for Lady Mary of the High Hills
Lord Edwarde Midnight fighting for Lady Rose Copper-Steel
Lord Alexander Clarke fighting for Mistress Aneleda Falconbridge
Lord Matthew MacGyver fighting for Baroness Lillian Stanhope
Lady Vasia Von Königsburg fighting for Lady Æsa Sturludottir
Lord Corwin Blackthorn fighting for Lady Ada Wright
Lord Nicol mac Donnachaidh fighting for Lady Vivien de Valois
Lord Albrecht Østergaard fighting for m’lady Anne Forneau
Lord Leon Cristo del Camino fighting for The Honorable Lady Christiana Crane
m’lord Brian of Stonemarche fighting for m’lady Sorcha Dhorcha
m’lord Edward de Bosco fighting for m’lady Isabella de Bosco

Given the size of our list, we plan to fight a single fight, double elimination tournament. The semi final will be matched weapons with the individual from the winners bracket having to win two fights and the individual from the losers bracket having to win three fights. The finals will be best 3 out of 5 with matched weapons.

Our intent will be to use several preliminary fights to narrow the list to a field of 32. Final framework TBD based on the weather, start time of the tournament, and Our Royal pleasure.

Best of luck, and best wishes to the Noble’s who will contest to be our heirs.

We remain, in service the Great Kingdom of the East.

Brion Rex & Anna Regina

 


Filed under: Announcements, Events, Uncategorized

Report on The Endewearde Hunt, 2016

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-10-17 09:16

The Gazette thanks Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir for sending the following report.

On a lovely fall day, the archers of Endewearde gathered to try their skill at a challenging woods walk with 10 stations, and a novelty shoot of targets representing stories from the Wild Hunt. There were ground targets, hanging targets, a window shoot, a friend and foe and a mini-clout (80 yards) with a boar in the middle.

Not to be outdone, the throwers also took aim with various thrown weapons.

There were also several classes on topics as various as Japanese leaf viewing and enameling, and a cut and thrust tournament, as well as a potables competition and a bacon judging.

The next day, in spite of the rain, Endewearde archers and throwers gathered to compete for the baronial championships. Thrown Weapons came down to a father/son battle between William of Wyndhaven and his son Seth, but William finally prevailed in the speed round. The archery tournament featured head to head competitions on such targets as ground targets, moving targets that had to be shot in order, and a swinging target tree where the object was to get all the targets to swing to your side. The finals were between Godric of Hamtun and his daughter Isabella Altoviti, and she gave him a run for his money, but Godric and his crossbow won the day.

 

 

 

 

Court saw many worthy gentles recognized, both for winning various competitions and for their contributions over time. Some highlights: Ludwig von Eisenberg won three categories in the potables, the Baron of Ruantallen offered to pay for his defeat at Great Northeastern War by giving any Malagentians who came to Ruantallen a bottle of beer, Isabella Altoviti was given a token by Baroness Sylvia for being an inspiration on the archery range, Brita took Conall an Doire as a protégé, and Alan of Wittlesie turned the captaincy of the North Tower Archery Company over to Admiranda Howard, giving her a box of archery marshal necessities, including duck tape, a stop watch, ibuprofen, and Southern Comfort.

In her closing remarks, Baroness Sylvia thanked Albrecht and Nuttus for setting up the White Shield encampment where new people could be welcomed and find their SCA niche, and spoke of the joy of seeing the two championships come down to father/child contests. Both of these things made her happy that the future of the SCA was in good hands. Thus ended what has become a traditional end of season archery/thrown weapons event in the Barony of Endewearde.

Photos courtesy of Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir


Filed under: Events Tagged: Endewearde

The Last Court of Kenric and Avelina

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-10-11 14:48

Photograph courtesy of Lord Hugh Tauerner

After six glorious months as our King and Queen, Their Majesties Kenric and Avelina held their last court on October 1, in the 51st year of the Society.  What follows is an unofficial account of the proceedings.

Fiona O’Maille, Eleanor MacCarthaigh, and Saerlaith ingen Taithlig were recognized with the Queen’s Award of Esteem.
Culann mac Cianain was gifted with the King’s Cypher and a scroll by Marieta Charay.
The King’s Cypher was bestowed upon Lottieri Malocchio and he was given a scroll made by Fiona O’Maille.
Mercedes de Calafia was presented with the King’s Cypher and a scroll by Emma Makilmone.
The Queen’s Cypher was given to Eleanor le Brun along with a scroll made by Shoshana Gryffyth.
Alesone Gray of Cranleigh received the Queen’s Cypher and a scroll made by Shoshana Gryffyth.
The work of Catalina de Valencia was recognized with the Queen’s Cypher and a scroll by Caera Fitzpatrick
A Court Barony was bestowed upon Pagan Graham who also received the King’s Cypher and a scroll by Cassandra Arques.

Photograph courtesy of Lord Hugh Tauerner

Eleanor MacCarthaigh was presented with the King’s Cypher and a scroll by Svea the Short Sighted.
Amia Turner received the Queen’s Cypher and a scroll by Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir.
Fiona O’Maille was recognized with the King’s Cypher and a scroll by Heather Rose de Gordoun.
The King’s Cypher was given to Edmund of Hertford along with a scroll made by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.
Sabina Lutrell was honored with the Queen’s Cypher and a scroll by Triona Maccasky with calligraphy by Ian Douglas
Fergus Redmead was presented with the King’s Cypher and a scroll by Lionor Luis Daguiar. Fergus was also recognized with the Queen’s Cypher and a scroll by Triona Maccasky with calligraphy by Ian Douglas.
Meadhbh inghean Cheallaigh earned the King’s Cypher and a scroll by Juliote de Castlenou D’Arry, as well as the Queen’s Cypher given with a scroll made by Brangwyne of Wentworth.
Cormac MacEamon was gifted with both the King’s Cypher and the Queen’s Cypher. The King’s Cypher scroll was made by Fiona O’Maille, and the Queen’s Cypher scroll was made by Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir.

Photograph Courtesy of Lord Hugh Tauerner

The King’s Cypher was presented to Donovan Shinnock in a scroll made by Eadaoin Chruitire. Donovan also received the Queen’s Cypher and a scroll made by Lada Monguligin.
Thorleifr Hvitskegg was recognized as a Tailor to the Crown and given a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig
Mirabel Bel Chere was recognized as a Weaver to the Crown and given a scroll by Onora ingheann Ui Rauirc.
Violante do Porto was recognized as a Weaver to the Crown and given a scroll by Triona Maccasky.Violante was also given the King’s Award of Esteem.
Connor Boddy was awarded the Silver Tyger and a scroll by Charis Accipiter.
Hildemar von Regnesburg was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent and was given a scroll by Melisande of the Gryphon Wood that included calligraphy by Jonathan Blaecstan.
Lavina Attewode was granted arms and a Court Barony.
Lottieri Malocchio received a Court Barony and a scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka.
Clothilde von der Insel was recognized with an Augmentation of Arms and a scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan.


Filed under: Court Tagged: awards, court report, Kenric and Avelina

In Memoriam: THLady Adriana Ramstar

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-10-11 08:07

It is with great sadness that the Gazette shares the news of the passing of  Honorable Lady Adriana Ramstar, former Seneschale of the Western Region of the East Kingdom. You can read her full memorial on the Aethelmearc Gazette.


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: aethelmearc, in memoriam

Unofficial Baronial Court Report: Falling Leaves in Exile

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-10-07 11:33

Reporting herald:  Lord Kazimierz.
The following is the Baronial Court Report from the afternoon court at Falling Leaves in Exile held in the Barony of Carolingia on September 17, 2016. Baron Colin Ursell and Baroness Nicolette Bonhomme presided.

The children who participated in the footrace were thanked for participating.

The winner of the ladies’ foot race, Lady Matilda and the second runner up, The Honorable Lady Lorita DeSiena, were called into court. Lady Matilda was informed that it was her responsibility to host the next foot race in a year’s time.

Lady Aaradyn Ghyoot and Lord Guiemer d’Anglade were inducted into The Order of the Moon.

Her Excellency Countess Svava Thorgeirsdottir was inducted into The Order of the Day Star.

Lord Scrooby was inducted into The Order of Perseus.

Master Karl Meerstappa was thanked him for running the Heavy List tournament.

The new Heavy List Champion, Master Avaldr Valbarnarson, was announced and called into court.

The current Fencing Champion, Don Lupold Jass, was thanked for running the Fencing tournament and congratulated on recently becoming an OGRE.

The new Fencing Champion, Lady Millicent Rowan, was announced and called into court.

The current A&S Champion, The Honorable Lady Lady Raziya Bint Rusa, was thanked her for running the A&S tournament. The new Champions, The Honorable Lady Eadaoin Chruitire for Arts and Morwenna O Hurlihie, for Science were announced.

The Equestrian, Thrown Weapons, and Archery participants were thanked for being involved with the event.

The Dance Mistress Countess Mara, the quire, the musicians, and the dancers were thanked for being involved with the event.

Representatives of the Quintavia Shire, Pomestnik Andreiko Eferiev and Lady Rosina Von Schaffhousen, were thanked them for coming and Their Excellencies offered Carolingia’s protection to their Shire from their neighbors.

Autocrat Don Thomas of Effingham invited event staff to stand and thanked them for their hard work. He talked about the success of the day and encouraged everyone to help with cleanup.

Anyone who this was either their first, second, or third event ever were thanked them for their participation in the SCA.

The Herald announced the success of selling items from Gold Key and that the money would be donated to the Royal Travel Fund.


Filed under: Court, Events, Local Groups

Unofficial Court Report – the First Court of Brion III & Anna III

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-10-05 22:01

On the first of October, Anno Societatis 51, in the Barony of Bergental, there was a Coronation. By the hands of King Kenric III and Queen Avelina III, Duchess Anna Ophelia Halloway Tarragon was crowned Queen Anna III. There was a brief pause in the Coronation ceremony as Brion sang “My Queen” to Queen Anna, bringing her – and several among the attending staff and audience – to joyful tears. Queen Anna then crowned Duke Brion Anthony Uriel Tarragon as King Brion III. They took the fealty of Their Great Officers of State, and of House Runnymede, and of Their Champions, and the people of the East and swore fealty to all of them in return. Rightfully crowned, they then called for Duke Kenric aet Essex, Duchess Avelina Keyes, and Lady Aethelthryth Kenricing and gave them gifts in return for the time they served the Kingdom. They then installed the Queen’s Guard and the Lords and Ladies in Waiting to their stations, before retiring to sit in State. Some little while later, the first Court of Their Majesties Brion III and Anna III was opened.

Duchess Rowan de la Garnison, Ambassador from Their Majesties Marcus and Marguerite of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, was called before the Crown. She presented the words of Their Sylvan Majesties, words of friendship and unity, and gifts of the produce of their lands, cloth of their colours, and jewels. Duchess Rowan was warmly thanked for the gifts and instructed to bring Their Oriental Majesties’ own words of friendship back with her.

Their Majesties then called for the children of the East. King Brion spoke to the children, saying that if they wanted a toy from the chest, they must pursue scholarly deeds. He called for his Champion of Horse, Baroness Lillian Stanhope, and sent the children to follow her and learn something of horsemanship before each could take a toy.

Her Majesty then called for Duke Brennan mac Fearghus and thanked him for being a stalwart companion during Her time as Princess. She gifted him a bottle from the royal cellars as thanks for his guidance and friendship.

Queen Anna then called for Duchess Aikaterine FitzWilliam who, though not present, was thanked for the splendid Coronation garb she created for the Crown.

King Brion asked for Duke Gryffith, who was also absent, but thanked him for organising the Coronation tourney Their Majesties had requested.

Their Majesties then asked those newcomers to the Society to approach the throne and gave them handcrafted beads as tokens that they should remember the day.

Next the event stewards, Mistress Jovonne d’Esprit and Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh, were called before the Crown. They were thanked for the wonderful day they had organised and gifted bunches of roses as a thank you.

Master Julian le Scot was summoned by Queen Anna, who spoke of the fun times they had shared, the deep respect and admiration she had for him, and how Master Julian was someone who she wanted to emulate. She gifted him with a white glove and named him a Companion of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

Their Majesties called for Jehannette Bouchart. They spoke of her work as a tourney herald, as kitchen staff, and as a retainer for the Crown. Wishing to reward such works, They Awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the Court. To commemorate this, Lady Jehannette was given a scroll created by Duchess Thora Eiriksdottir.

Drake MacGregor was brought before the thrones and Their Majesties praised him as a workhorse, quietly getting things done and striving to better himself. In recognition of his accomplishments, They Awarded him Arms, making him a Lord of the Court. A scroll by Baroness Mari Clock van Hoorne was presented to Lord Drake so that he would remember the day.

The Crown then asked for Lord Pádraig Ó Riain, who came forward. They spoke of the many years he had been involved in the Society, his time as Seneschal, his running of events and his work setting up and breaking down events for others. Wishing to recognise his many works, Pádraig was made a Companion of the Order of the Silver Wheel and given a scroll crafted by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Celia le Taverner was summoned and Their Majesties spoke of her time attending previous Royals and her time spent braiding hair for others, and how she made others feel good about themselves. The King and Queen wished to reward such works and Awarded her Arms and gave the new Lady Celia a scroll with calligraphy and illumination by Lady Aesa Lokabrenna Sturludottir and words by Lord Arthur le Taverner.

King Brion then announced the winners of the tourney held that day. Duke Brennan mac Fearghus was called forward as the winner. He was presented a glass in recognition of his feat. His Majesty then called for Lord Corwin Blackthorn and praised his comportment in the lists and gave him a glass that he might remember his accomplishment.

Their Majesties then asked for Baron Simon Montgumery. That morning, Simon had been sent to vigil to contemplate whether he would accept the accolade of the Order of Chivalry. Simon knelt before the thrones and offered that he would be honoured to accept the belt of a Knight. Simon first returned his squire’s belt to his knight, then King Brion noted that he was very pleased to be the one to knight his great-grandsquire. Worthies from across the Known World came to speak on Simon’s behalf and, those words accepted, he was then girded with the spurs, belt, and chain of knighthood. Simon offered his oath of fealty. Their Majesties dubbed him Sir Simon Montgumery and King Brion gave him the last blow to be accepted unanswered. A scroll to commemorate the day, crafted and sealed by Pan Jan Janowicz Bogdanski was presented.

The business of the day finished, King Brion and Queen Anna thanked the people of Bergental and the people of the East for supporting Them and attending Their Coronation. On that note, Court was closed and Their Majesties processed out.

These are the events of the day as I recall them. My thanks to all the scribes, heralds, Champions, guards, retainers, event staff, and attendees for their help creating a wonderful day.

Pray know I remain,
For Crown and College,

 

Master Rowen Cloteworthy


Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation, court report

East Kingdom Calendar Seeks Sponsors!

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-10-03 11:44

Aries by His Excellency Master Ursion de Gui. More artwork can be seen at http://www.eastkingdombookofdays.com

You can grab one of twelve chances to help the East Kingdom and send a message to our Kingdom and beyond! The East Kingdom Calendar is again seeking sponsors for each month. Past sponsors have paid tribute to mentors, celebrated household occasions, and expressed their love of the East. Individuals or groups can sponsor a page for $125, and in return they create an up to forty word message for that month as well as receive a free calendar and note cards. Proceeds from this year’s calendar will support both the reign of King Brion and Queen Anna, as well as their heirs.

The calendar was started in 2014 by Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For with assistance by Baroness Lucie Lovegood of Ramesgate. Baroness Lucie, who is helming the project this year, described its growth. “People now look forward to seeing the incredible scribal talents showcased in the calendar. The success and the reach of the calendar has grown. This project has reached 12 Kingdoms and been shipped to New Zealand and beyond. We are so thankful to the scribes for sharing their time and talents with the Knowne World.”

This year’s calendar focuses on horoscopes and will be celebrated by a medieval astrological descriptions of great creativity written by Master Christian von Jaueregk. Photographs of the artwork can be seen at the Calendar webpage.  The artists and their months are as follows:

January – Aquarius (by Mistress Kayleigh Mac Whyte)
February – Pisces (by Mistress Eloise of Coulter)
March – Aries (by Master Ursion de Gui)
April – Taurus (by Lord Vettorio Antonello)
May – Gemini (by Boyar Aleksei Dmitriev)
June – Cancer (by Lady Christiana Crane)
July – Leo (by Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell and Mistress Eva Woodrose)
August – Virgo (by Mistress Rhonwen glyn Conwy)
September – Libra (by Mistress Agatha Wanderer and Lord Gwillim Kynith)
October – Scorpio (by Mistress Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova)
November – Sagittarius (by THL Katrusha Skomorokha)
December – Capricorn – ( by Lady Lisabetta Medaglia and Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir)

Calendars will be available for pre-order starting on the Day of Their Highnesses Brion & Anna’s Coronation, Saturday, October 1st. They must be purchased in advanc.  More information is available at the calendar’s website. For more information on sponsoring a month, contact Baroness Lucie Lovegood of Ramesgate, who expressed her thanks for all the support the project has received over the years. “The calendar started as a trial with the thought that we may be able to help offset some of the expenses that the Crown face in over the course of their service to the Kingdom. There are so many expenses that are not covered by the Royal Travel fund, and this private fundraiser gives the Monarchs the ability to travel to foreign wars, off-set costs of hospitality when their Royal Cousins visit, and help with various needs of the Kingdom. We had no idea it would be as successful as it has been, which is due to the wonderful people of the East.”

The rest of the 2017 East Kingdom Project staff are:
Project Manager: Baroness Lucie Lovegood of Ramesgate
Mistress of Artists: Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For
Artist Support: Lady Tola knitýr
Master of Design: Sir Culann mac Cianain
Mistress of Process & Fulfillment: Mistress Aildreda de Tamworthe


Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences