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Unofficial Court Report: Owlsherst Country Twelfth Night

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2018-01-31 06:58

photo by Svana Vefa

Being the Court of Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde held on January 20, A.S. LII (2018) in the Shire of Owlsherst at Owlsherst Country Twelfth Night

Court Heralds: Lady Marian Kirkpatrick, Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal, Padraig O’Bradaigh, Charlotte Ingen Mhuiraeg

Reporting Heralds: Master Malcolm Bowman and Lady Marian Kirkpatrick

1. Siobhan inghean ui Ghadhra – Award of Arms
(scroll by Mari Clock van Hoorne with words by: Mistress Alys Mackyntoich)

2. Brendon of Silver Rylle – Order of the Gawain
(no scroll)

3. Céline Elisabeth de Meaux – Order of the Silver Rapier
(scroll by Mairi Crawford with words by Eldrich Gaiman)

4. Céline Elisabeth de Meaux – Order of the Silver Wheel
(scroll by Linette de Gallardon and the Owlsherst Co-Operative Scriptorium)

photo by Svana Vefa

5. Jacques de Villiers Saint Oryen, aka Dorien of Elvenwood – Order of the Silver Rapier
(scroll by Mairi Crawford with words by Eldrich Gaiman)

6. Jacques de Villiers Saint Oryen, aka Dorien of Elvenwood – Award of Arms
(no scroll)

7. Jacques de Villiers Saint Oryen, aka Dorien of Elvenwood – Order of the Silver Wheel
(scroll by Linette de Gallardon and the Owlsherst Co-Operative Scriptorium)

8. Donnchadh Mac Lochlainn – Award of Arms
(no scroll)

9. Conall Ó Suibhne, also called Conall mac Suibhne or Conall mac Taithlich – Order of the Silver Wheel
(scroll by Linette de Gallardon and the Owlsherst Co-Operative Scriptorium)

photo by Svana Vefa

10. Fabrisse of Owlsherst – Order of the Silver Wheel
(no scroll)

11. Olwen ferch Bleddyn – Order of the Silver Wheel
(no scroll)

12. Olwen ferch Bleddyn – Award of Arms
(no scroll)

 

13. Marcus D’Orleans – – Order of the Silver Wheel
(no scroll)

14. Svana Vefa – Award of Arms
(no scroll)

15. Dimitrius Alexandros – Award of Arms
(scroll by Mari Clock van Hoorne, with words by Edmund Beneyt)

16. Leonilla Kalista Kievlianina, called Kalista – Order of the Silver Brooch
(no scroll)

photo by Svana Vefa

17. Esmeria de Rus – Order of the Silver Brooch
(Scroll – Illumination by Triona MacCasky, Caligraphy by Master Johnathan Blaecstan, words by Lady Shoshana Gryffith)

18. Esmeria de Rus – Award of Arms
(no scroll)

19. Orlaithe inn voðfroli – Order of the Silver Brooch
(scroll by Linette de Gallardon and the Owlsherst Co-Operative Scriptorium)

20. Elizabeth mac Neachtan – Order of Silver Brooch
(scroll – Illumination by Triona MacCasky, Caligraphy by Master Johnathan Blaecstan, with words by Mistress Dorigen of the Grey Gate)

21. Pani Magdalena Gdanska – Order of the Golden Lire
(no scroll)

22. Whistler O’Pit – Order of the Golden Mantle
(Scroll – Illumination by Ellesbeth Donofrey, with calligraphy by Jonathan Blaecstan)

photo by Svana Vefa

Other business:

– Shire Wars Charter was signed
– The Children’s toybox was run
– Mori Matsunomai made a presentation from Owlsherst
– Ivan Valfreker received a backlog scroll, and swore his fealty
– Ruslan Novgorodcev and House Gliepnirvirki made a presentation
– Ruslan Novgorodcev swore fealty to the crown

SCA, Inc.: Addendum – Board Statement on Hate Speech

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2018-01-30 14:11

The following message was published today by the SCA, Inc. Board of Directors:

In our zeal to craft a statement to show where the Board stands on the subject of hate speech, the word “Religion” was inadvertently left off. We apologize for the oversight.

Paul Lancaster
Chair, Board of Directors
Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

_________________________

The Society for Creative Anachronism strongly condemns hate speech in any form by any officers and participants of this organization. The SCA was founded on and continues to be governed by the concepts of chivalry and honor, and strives to include and be respectful of all people, regardless of race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and politics. All participants are reminded of and expected to hold to these principles in participating in this organization and interacting with other people in person and in all forums, regardless of media.

The Board of Directors has heard the concerns of many people regarding the use of hate symbols in the SCA. The Board is concerned about this matter and has tasked the President of the SCA to immediately investigate. The President has the full confidence of the Board, and the Board will act as necessary to protect the participants of the SCA and to ensure that chivalry, honor, and respect for all continue to govern the organization.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Unofficial Report on East Kingdom Curia

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2018-01-29 18:15

East Kingdom Curia was held on Sunday morning after the Market Day at Birka event in the Barony of Stonemarche.   Their Majesties Ivan Ivanov syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov and Matilde de Cadenet presided, accompanied by Their Highnesses Brennan mac Fearghus and Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain and Mistress Katherine Barr, the Kingdom Seneschal.

The full agenda for the Curia can be read on the Kingdom Seneschal’s website: http://seneschal.eastkingdom.org/docs/EKCuria20180128agenda.pdf

Results will be official when published in Pikestaff, the East Kingdom newsletter, and will then be available at http://seneschal.eastkingdom.org/index.php as well.

The meeting opened with brief reports from the various kingdom officers.

A proposed change to the term of office of the Earl Marshall was noted, and approved as presented in the agenda without comment.  Most kingdom offices are held for two-year terms, but going forward the Earl Marshall will serve for a 3 year term, to commence immediately after the Pennsic War in years when the War has just been run by the East Kingdom.  Because responsibility for Pennsic rotates between the East, the Middle and Aethelmearc, this change allows the Earl Marshall to be involved in all the planning leading up to the year where he or she will be Marshall in Charge at War.

Proposed changes in the structure of the offices of Pennsic Steward and Pennsic Major-Domo were discussed.  These officers, between them, are responsible for the East Kingdom Royal encampment at Pennsic.  The changes proposed were well received by all, and are expected to be signed as presented in the agenda document.

The item of business generating most debate was the proposed change to Kingdom Law allowing  individuals and non-territorial groups to bid for and run Kingdom Events (Coronation, Crown Tourney, 12th Night and Champions events).

Mistress Mercedes de Calafia, former East Kingdom Seneschal, addressed the assembled Curia, noting that there is precedent for this, including the upcoming East Kingdom 50 Year Celebration, which is being run as a Kingdom-sponsored event, not by the group within whose boundaries the event site lies.  This law change was presented as formally codifying procedures for this situation.

A representative of House Runnymede proposed an alternate wording which would grant local groups the ability to veto such events.  Prince Brennan responded that that there is a significant and ongoing shortage of bids for these required events coming from the local groups.  After passionate but civil discourse an alternative wording was proposed which would call for the local seneschal to either accept or reasonably deny the bid within their lands.  If the bid was denied by the local seneschal, that decision could be overturned by the Kingdom Seneschal.  This was acclaimed as an acceptable compromise by all involved.

Other concerns which were expressed included whether the people organizing the bids would have sufficient knowledge of local laws to avoid actions which would result in repercussions to the local group as well as the Kingdom event.  The proposed law change provides for the local group to have a liaison to work with the event staff before and during the event, which would bring local knowledge to the event staff.  Also discussed was whether running an event in particular state but having all financial transactions handled at the Kingdom level would re-introduce the tax and financial issues which the state-by-state incorporations were put in place to avoid.  These concerns were resolved by a tax professional in attendance.

The modification to change the Award of Gilder to the Order of Gilder was accepted without significant comment.  Several heralds present did request some typographical corrections to the blazon as published in the agenda, which were duly noted for the final text.

The proposed Statement of Inclusion being added to the Rights of Subjects section was received positively, and accepted with some minor alternations to the wording.

One additional item, not present in the agenda, was added, exempting the polling order discussion lists from the email records the web ministry archives. An archive of those deliberations has never been maintained, but Kingdom Law as previously written appeared to require it. This will be corrected.

Call for Applicants – Society Communications Officer

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2018-01-28 08:20

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. is seeking candidates for the position of Board Communications Officer, which will be a 3-year warranted term of service. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for external and internal communications from the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and curate posts, press releases, and official announcements from the SCA Board of Directors and the its officers.
  • Ensure the consistency of messaging internally and externally.

Qualifications

  • Experience in communications in an organization; nonprofit a plus.
  • Proficient in WordPress and some knowledge of HTML preferred.
  • Copywriting and editing ability.
  • Expertise with social media and networking sites.

Candidate Profile

  • A passion for, and commitment to, effective communication within the SCA.
  • Organized, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Outgoing, energetic, and accepting personality.
  • Internet/Telephone access

Applicants must be paid members of the Society and able to travel to board meetings as requested by the Board.

Hard copies of résumés (both professional and SCA related, including offices held and honors) must be sent to the attention of ‘Communications Officer’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Electronic courtesy copies should also be sent to resumes@sca.org. The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2018.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

SCA, Inc.: Board Statement on Hate Speech

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2018-01-27 17:37

The Society for Creative Anachronism strongly condemns hate speech in any form by any officers and participants of this organization. The SCA was founded on and continues to be governed by the concepts of chivalry and honor, and strives to include and be respectful of all people, regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and politics. All participants are reminded of and expected to hold to these principles in participating in this organization and interacting with other people in person and in all forums, regardless of media.

The Board of Directors has heard the concerns of many people regarding the use of hate symbols in the SCA. The Board is concerned about this matter and has tasked the President of the SCA to immediately investigate. The President has the full confidence of the Board, and the Board will act as necessary to protect the participants of the SCA and to ensure that chivalry, honor, and respect for all continue to govern the organization.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

SCA, Inc.: Request for Commentary – Mission Statement

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2018-01-27 17:34

Currently open for commentary is a proposal to expand the Society’s Mission Statement.

The Mission Statement currently reads as follows:

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) is an international organization devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century life, employing knowledge of history to enrich participants’ lives and the lives of others through events, demonstrations, and other educational venues.

The proposed revision reads as follows:

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (the “Society”) is a 501(c)3 Educational Not-for-Profit organization devoted to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. As a living history group, the Society provides an environment in which members can recreate various aspects of the culture and technology of the period, as well as doing more traditional historical research.

The Society’s mission is to promote the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century life, employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants and others through live events and other educational venues.

In pursuing this mission, the Society is committed to excellence in its programs and activities and to

∙ act in accordance with the chivalric virtues of honor and service;
∙ value and respect the worth and dignity of all individuals;
∙ practice inclusiveness and respect pluralism and diversity;
∙ promote a safe and respectful environment for all Society events;
∙ act with transparency, fairness, integrity and honesty;
∙ be a responsible steward of Society resources; and,
∙ be committed to maintaining the trust of its members and participants.

It is the expectation of the Society that its members and participants, in all events and activities of the Society, will conduct themselves in accordance with these tenets.

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Comments may also be emailed to comments@lists.sca.org. Please use “Mission Statement” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to the attention of ‘Attn: Mission Statement’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.

Commentary will be accepted until April 1, 2017.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Planned web page downtime at SCA.org

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2018-01-27 11:50

“SCA.org will be offline (due to) a planned hardware migration starting Friday, February 9, 2018 around 22:00 (10:00 pm) Central Time. We expect to be back online by Saturday, February 10 by 9:00 am.

We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Web Migration Updates and Useful Links

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2018-01-27 08:03

“Greetings once again from the Webministry of the East Kingdom!

It’s been a while since my last update on the migration of the mail services of the Kingdom to Google for Non-Profits, and much has happened in the interim. By the end of January 40 of 61 branches will be migrated, along with 7 entire Kingdom Offices out of 11.

Problem is we have nothing more to do. We still need responses to our request for information, as Her Majesty also pointed out a couple days ago. Please, if you are the Seneschal of a branch who has not already responded with a spreadsheet, we need that as soon as you can manage.

Also, it has been pointed out that the instructions that we are emailing out when your new accounts are created are not sufficient. Here’s what we have:

FAQ:

Accessing Your East Kingdom Email:

How to reset your password:

Setting your From: Address:

AND… literally all the documentation we have:

That includes how Webministers will need to handle these accounts and addresses moving forward, how to hand off an office (and all of that office’s email!) to a successor, how to use email clients other than GMail’s app, mailing lists, and some tips on advanced email handling in GMail.

Many, many hours have been put into writing these documents by actual professional technical writers, please read them, we’re fairly sure they will answer every question you might have.

In Service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services”

Word from Æthelmearc: A&S at Ædult Swim

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2018-01-24 15:33

The Æthelmearc Gazette has made an announcement regarding an expansion of Arts and Sciences activities at the upcoming Ædult Swim event . It can be found by clicking here.

January BoD Meeting Agenda Published

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2018-01-23 15:56

Per membership request, the Board of Directors would like to provide the following agenda for its upcoming meeting on January 27, 2018.  Please note that this is a tentative agenda and does not contain confidential items.  This agenda may be changed without notice.

Please contact the Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors at ea@sca.org, should you have questions regarding this preliminary agenda.

 

TENTATIVE AGENDA

Board of Directors Meeting for the

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Milpitas, California

January 27, 2018

I.     Establishment of Agenda

II.    Approval of Minutes

III.   Recurring Business

A.   Branch Status Changes

B.   Routine Changes in Branch Status

C.   Quarterly Meeting Schedule

1.   Establishment/Confirmation of Meeting Dates & Locations

2.   Board Meetings – Invited Guests

3.   Establishment of Conference Call Schedule

D.   Bank Account Authorizations

E.   Warrants

F.   Ongoing Projects

1.   Board Recruiting

2.   Board Representation

IV.   Old Business

1.   Bylaw Revision Discussion

a.   V.C.2.b – Eligibility for Office

b.   VI.G. – Place of Meetings

c.   XIV – Parliamentary Procedure

2.   Corporate Policies Manual Revision Discussion

V.   New Business

1.   Revised Marshal’s Handbook

2.   Mission Statement Revision

3.   2018 Revised Budget

VI.   Officer Reports

A.   President

1.   Vice President Information Mgmt. & Technology

B.   Vice President for Operations (Society Seneschal)

C.   Vice President for Corporate Operations

1.   Publication Manager

a.   Tournaments Illuminated

b.   Compleat Anachronist

c.   Society Chronicler

D.   Society Treasurer

1.   Society Exchequer

E.   Laurel Queen of Arms

F.   Marshal

G.   Minister of Arts & Sciences

H.   Standing Committees

1.   Communication

2.   Finance

3. Peerage

4.   YAFA

VII.   Correspondence

Closing Remarks and Adjournment


Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Eastern Results from the October 2017 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2018-01-23 15:46

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

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

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

EAST acceptances

Ádísa Grímólfsdóttir. Name and device. Per bend argent and gules, an increscent and a unicorn contourny counterchanged crined Or.

Appearing on the Letter of Intent as Rhiannon Grímólfsdóttir, Kingdom issued a timely correction of the name to Ádísa Grímólfsdóttir. In the corrected form, it is a registerable Old Norse name.

Albrecht Østergaard. Device. Per pale Or and gules, a raven displayed sable between three towers, a bordure counterchanged.

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

Aleydis van der Veere. Name and device. Per bend embattled argent and purpure, two lotus blossoms in profile counterchanged vert and argent.

Nice 14th century Dutch/Flemish name!

Artist’s note: Please draw the lotus blossoms as cup-shaped flowers, and the embattlements bigger and bolder.

Christophe de Frisselle. Device. Azure, a pale checky sable and argent.

Nice device!

The submitter has permission to conflict with the badge of the Shire of Caer Adamant, Azure, a pale vert fimbriated Or.

Gregori Rogue Montana. Name.

Joel Messerer. Name.

Katharine Slough. Device. Or, a sexfoil and a bordure wavy purpure.

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Badge. (Fieldless) On the forehead of a skull Or a card pique sable.

Artist’s note: Please fill in the eye and nasal cavities in the tincture of the skull.

Morwill MacShane. Badge. (Fieldless) Two fish hooks in saltire sable.

Nice badge!

Ráðúlfr Grímólfsson. Name and device. Per chevron throughout raguly gules and argent, two Thor’s hammers argent and a bat-winged wolf sejant sable.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

Sitt al-Gharb ha-niqret Khazariyya. Badge. (Fieldless) Two winged monkeys combatant each maintaining two daggers, the center daggers in saltire Or.

Symon van Moordrecht. Name change from Symon Fitz Gilbert (see RETURNS for badge).

The Letter of Intent did not document Moordrecht as a period spelling of the place name. However, after the close of commentary, Yehuda Blue Tyger found a 1625 Dutch record for a Cornelis Janszn Moordrecht. Therefore, we can register this name as submitted.

The submitter’s previous name, Symon Fitz Gilbert, is released.

Theodoric of Malagentia. Name and device. Purpure, on a natural sea tortoise Or a bear’s paw print sable.

Malagentia is the registered name of an SCA branch.

There is a step from period practice for use of a paw print.

Wilhelm van Hammaburc. Name and device. Per pale wavy argent and gules, two horses rampant addorsed counterchanged.

 

EAST returns

Danielle de Lorraine. Device. Azure, a serpent involved and on a chief argent a bow palewise reversed between two musical notes azure.

This device is returned for violation of SENA A2C1, which requires that charges be depicted in their period formats. The musical notes in this submission have flags that extend horizontally, like a pennon. Period musical notation, if they used flags at all, drooped them vertically, and even folded them back onto the stem, to save space on the page. This depiction of musical notes doesn’t show up until well past even the grey period.

Piers Campbell. Badge. (Fieldless) A saltire couped and overall a boar’s head couped close argent.

This badge must be returned for identifiability issues. The overall charge obscures the saltire, which is compounded by the charges being the same tincture. Upon resubmission, either one of the charges should be made a different tincture, or the head should be redrawn so as not to obscure the saltire, or both.

Symon van Moordrecht. Badge. (Fieldless) A calamarie sable.

This badge must be returned for conflict with Athanasius Lacedaemonius, Argent, a calamarie sable. There is a single DC for fieldlessness.

 

Mistress Alys Mackyntoich

Editor for Heraldic Matters

Unified Marshal’s Meeting at Birka

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2018-01-23 15:25

 

I’m going to hold an open-to-all unified marshals’ meeting at Birka, 3pm on Saturday, in the Frost Room. (I know the equestrians are also meeting then. They can come on in when they’re done. There will be plenty of time for them.)

I’m going to talk about my proposed change for the tenure of the Earl Marshal, catch up with all my supervisory concerns, outline what I’m looking for in the next Deputy Marshal for Armored Combat, and generally address questions and issues any of our groups may have.

 Vis East Kingdom Earl Marshal

East Kingdom University Survey Open

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2018-01-22 13:33

En Français.

The East Kingdom Minister of Arts & Sciences, Master Philip White, has tasked me with soliciting opinions from the populace on how to make the East Kingdom University (EKU) a valuable and useful function of the Kingdom A&S Office.

From Master Philip: “At the most recent Curia [December 9, 2017 at Bhakail Yule] Kingdom Law was updated to delete all reference to the East Kingdom University / Royal University. Going forward, the University with remain as a function of the Kingdom A&S Office, and will be maintained without restrictions previously placed in Kingdom Law.

What will that look like? We don’t know! But! We will find out.

How? By asking lots of questions!

Of who? Everyone.

Why? Because we want the/an EKU to be something that people find valuable and useful.”

To that end, I have put together a survey to gather opinions about what the EKU is and what it should be to members of the populace.

Survey responses are being collected through March 1st, 2018.

Click Here to Go to Survery

In service, Lady Serafina Della Torre

En Français.

Sondage maintenant disponible au sujet de l’Université du Royaume de l’Est

Le Ministre des Arts & Sciences, Maître Philip White, m’a donné comme mission de solliciter l’opinion de la population afin de savoir comment l’Université du Royaume de l’Est (EKU) peut jouer un rôle de premier plan pour l’Office des Arts & Sciences du Royaume.

De Maître Philip: “À la Curie la plus récente (9 décembre 2017 au Yule de Bakhail), la Loi du Royaume a été mise à jour afin de retirer toute référence à l’Université du Royaume de l’Est / l’Université Royale. À partir de maintenant, l’Université sera une des responsabilités de l’Office des Arts & Sciences du Royaume, et sera maintenue sans aucune des restrictions précédemment imposées par la Loi du Royaume.

Quel en sera le nouveau format ? Nous ne savons pas ! Mais nous le découvrirons.

Comment ? En posant de nombreuses questions !

Qui ? De tout le monde.

Pourquoi ? Parce que nous souhaitons que l’Université du Royaume soit un événement répondant aux besoins des citoyens, et dont les gens de l’Est soient fiers.”

Pour ce faire, j’ai créé un sondage afin de récolter les opinions au sujet de ce qu’est l’EKU et ce qu’elle devrait représenter pour les membres de la population.

Les réponses au sondage seront acceptées jusqu’au premier mars 2018.

Cliquez ici pour aller au sondage

En service,
Dame Serafina Della Torre

 

Unofficial Court Report – String Thynge

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2018-01-20 13:44

Royal Court at String Thynge. Photo by Duchess Etheldreda Ivelchyld

On Saturday, January 13th, AS LII, Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde paid a visit to their Shire of Caer Adamant.

In the morning they held a brief court, and called for Dietrich Schwelgengräber. They were disappointed that not only could he not produce the sock they had given Dobby, but that Tsar Ivan had possession of it. The Tsar said he would hold it a bit longer, as Dietrich had a question to ponder. The companions of the Order of the Pelican were called forth. A reception would be held to celebrate Dietrich joining a second Peerage order.

After a day of all things String, their Majesties held court. The following gentles were recognized thus:

Lady Motte is being presented; Photo by Duchess Etheldreda Ivelchyld

Astrid Magnusdottir – Tyger’s Cub
No scroll

Buffy Gerald – Award of Arms
scroll by Magdalena Lantfarerin
Words by Shoshana Gryffyth

Laurena Mouchot – Silver Wheel
scroll by Shoshana Gryffyth

Motte Nachfalter – Award of Arms
scroll by Mairi Crawford
Words by Sean O’Morian

Arthur Alyn- Silver Tyger
scroll by Shoshana Gryffyth

Dietrich Schwelgengräber – Pelican
scroll by Marti Palozi

Dietrich Schwelgengräber is elevated to the Order of the Pelican at String Thynge; Photo by Duchess Etheldreda Ivelchyld

Additionally, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde called for Sir Thorson to run the toybox.

The Newcomers present received tokens.

Thus concluded court. Long live the Kingdom of the East!

YIS,

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald.

PS – Thank you to Marian Kirkpatrick for heralding the court as well.

Collecting Tales of Duke Kenric

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2018-01-18 15:48

Photo by Raziya bint Rusa

Stories, songs, and poems about Duke Kenric are being collected in an online Google Form. The works submitted will be laid out, printed, and given to his family. Anyone may submit a story, which can be as long or short as the person wishes. Final stories will be edited for spelling only; no other edits will be made. If you would like to submit a story, the form can be found here.

East Kingdom Law & You: Statement of Inclusion from Curia Agenda

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2018-01-18 10:12

Hello and welcome to a new series of articles from the East Kingdom Gazette entitled: East Kingdom Law & You. Articles will feature detailed, sometimes riveting and always informative pieces submitted to or solicited by the East Kingdom Gazette by members of the populace on existing East Kingdom Law & upcoming Curia Agenda Items.

Reminder: The East Kingdom Gazette is an unofficial group of volunteers unaffiliated with any East Kingdom Office working to provide the best information we can. For official interpretations of East Kingdom Law, Society Law, or any Local/Kingdom/Society Policy, please consult your local Seneschal.

The first East Kingdom Law & You article has been sent to the Gazette by Master Philip White, OL, OP and includes information about one of the upcoming Curia Agenda items following Market Day at Birka.

Greetings,

The East Kingdom is committed to being a welcoming and supportive place.

As part of this commitment, a proposed Statement of Inclusion for Kingdom Law has been added to the Birka Curia agenda:

X. Rights of Subjects 

 A. Statement of Inclusion

The East Kingdom is committed to celebrating equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. We promote social equity and diversity in all activities including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, national origin, veteran status, socioeconomic class, religion, and professional status. We are committed to providing resources and opportunities for all subjects of and visitors to the East Kingdom.

Link to Curia Agenda Here.

Before Curia at Birka we are sharing with you some thoughts and we are looking for feedback from you.

For reference, there are some related policies already in place. This Statement of Inclusion does not replace those existing policies.

From the SCA Organizational Handbook:

XIII. POLICY ON ACCESSIBILITY TO SOCIETY FUNCTIONS

The SCA, Inc. will not discriminate against any member or participant on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability. The SCA, Inc. will comply with all laws of the nation in which the meeting or event is held. For any meeting or event held in the United States, the SCA, Inc. will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The SCA, Inc. will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to enable all participants to fully enjoy the events whenever it is possible to do so. The SCA, Inc. will at all times attempt to provide reasonable accommodations, while preserving the fundamental nature of the SCA event.

From the Society Seneschals Handbook:

XXIV. SOCIETY SENESCHAL POLICIES & INTERPRETATIONS

  1. Harassment and Bullying

The SCA prohibits harassment and bullying of all individuals and groups.

Harassment and bullying includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • offensive or lewd verbal comments directed to an individual;
  • the display of explicit images (drawn or photographic) depicting an individual in an inappropriate manner;
  • photographing or recording individuals inappropriately to abuse or harass the individual;
  • inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; or retaliation for reporting harassment and/or bullying.

Participants violating these rules are subject to appropriate sanctions. If an individual feels subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, they should contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or the Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman. If a participant of the SCA becomes aware that someone is being harassed or bullied, they have a responsibility pursuant to the SCA Code of Conduct to come forward and report this behavior to a seneschal, President of the SCA or Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

These policies are in place to stop things from happening in the SCA.

But what about what we do want in the SCA? That’s why we are looking at adopting a statement specifically letting people know that we are an inclusive organization.

Statements of Inclusion:

  • Encourage different experiences and perspectives.
  • Establish diversity and inclusion as underlying aspects of the principles and traditions of an organization.
  • Strengthen organizations by specifically stating that everyone has a voice and is encouraged to contribute.

That’s our starting point.

Next?

We want to hear feedback, suggestions, and questions in order to make this a more useful guiding principle for our members.

Members of the populace can email me here.

To facilitate that next step, we wanted to help set expectations and answer some initial questions we anticipate people will have.

Question 1:

“Is this really necessary?”

Yes. There are people that look at the SCA from the outside and do not see it as a welcoming place. That’s because they can take a casual look at our organization and see a visible lack of diversity.

Our current membership has underrepresented populations. Our minority members may already feel welcome. And our majority populations may feel like we are already supporting diversity and promoting inclusivity. But that’s from an insider’s perspective.

A Statement of Inclusion tells everyone, prospective members and existing members alike, that they are welcome in the SCA even if they do not see people who look like them at events.

Question 2

“Are we simply stating what we are doing anyway?”

In many ways, yes, this is something we already do. Putting what we do into law lets newcomers and prospective members know that we are committed to an inclusive organization.

Question 3

“I don’t think this is a problem. So why are we changing things?”

That’s great. We’re glad your participation in the SCA is going well. Lots of our members are happy and productive participants already.

The policy, then, is not so much for you. You already feel welcome. This policy is put in place to let our current members and prospective members know that they are welcome too.

We want it to go well for all of our members alike. So, for you, it may not feel like a change. For them it will feel like an improvement. Your part would be to continuing helping them know that they are welcome, too. To let them feel some of what you feel when you are a part of the SCA.

Question 4

“This doesn’t happen here. That’s only a problem in other Kingdoms.”

Adopting this Statement of Inclusion will help us continue the good work we already do. It will help us make sure it doesn’t happen here. And it will help us improve on it.

Question 5

“Do you have proof that people are not being included? I think people are blowing things out of proportion.”

Experiences will be different for each of us. You may be in a position to feel like everyone has equivalent access and opportunity to the SCA.

If that were the case, I would ask you talk to some of your fellow local SCA members and hear about their experiences.

Do you have a friend who is underemployed? As them about event expenses. Do you have a friend that is disabled? Ask them about how it is to get around at a camping event. Do you have a friend that is dyslexic? Ask them about trying to write documentation for an A&S entry.

These are just a few examples of experiences we would like to find ways to make easier for individuals.

Question 6

“We don’t even have enough minority or marginalized populations now to make stuff like this worth it. Why bother?”

That’s actually the perfect reason. If there is a lack of diversity then you need a tool to help promote inclusiveness and equity. This is a visible and articulated commitment to minority and marginalized communities.

Question 7

“This is a history club. Isn’t this a modern issue?”

The historical times and places that we study and recreate in the SCA are wide and varied. Those times were diverse through people, place, and culture. Diversity is actually already part of our game.

We are also a modern day organization that studies history. Our membership deals with modern issues day in and day out. We cannot ignore that there may be modern obstacles and barriers in place that limit people’s participation.  A Statement of Inclusion allows us to recognize that modern issues may limit potential members from enjoying the history we study. We want to help them overcome those limitations.

Question 8

“Diversity isn’t period. And it is period to exclude people. Why are we even talking about this?”

Actually, diversity is very much period. It may not be very well known but it is well documented.

Improving membership diversity would make actually make us more accurate historically, not less.

That said, this policy is part of the administrative aspect of the SCA. This is not put in place for persona purposes only. It is part of the entire game that we play and applies to all aspects and interactions of the SCA, administrative and game-side both.

We’re a modern organization made up of modern people. That is our membership. We are addressing those needs here in this policy.

Question 9

“Why does everything need to be so inclusive? Can’t this just be a game?”

We are a volunteer organization with limited resources on time and money. We’re a stronger group with more people to help this game happen. Many hands make light work. We do not want to turn people away, even unintentionally.

Inclusivity helps us with our shared values of generosity and kindness while showing many of the attributes of chivalry.

When a new person hears about the SCA we’d like to automatically feel welcomed. This Statement helps with that goal.

Question 10

“Not everyone can be the same. Our award structure will not allow for that.”

We are promoting equity in order to encourage diversity and inclusiveness across the organization in all aspects of the SCA.

This is separate from the ceremonial hierarchy established by the award structure of the SCA.

The Order of Precedence is a game function important to persona play. We have inherited it as a way to interact together while dealing with game interactions.

Question 11

“Does this mean I have to let people be a part of my household?”

That’s not what we’re asking. The SCA is made up of lots of different personalities. We have all sorts of individuals that cross multiple kinds of boundaries.

We’re not expecting you to form relationships with each other. You’re not being asked to make everyone your friend. You’re not being asking change your household or your other private gatherings.

We’re asking you to treat each other like neighbors or partners all working towards the same goal of making the SCA a welcoming place.

Question 12

“Does this mean we are going to have religious ceremonies as parts of events?”

No. That’s not what it means. It means that people of different religions observations, or none at all, are welcome to participate in SCA activities where and as they are able.

The SCA has a policy regarding region already.

SCA, Inc. Policy on Religion:

  1. Having no wish to recreate the religious conflicts of the period under study, the Society shall neither establish nor prohibit any system of belief among its members. No one shall perform any religious or magical ceremony at a Society event (or in association with the name of the Society) in such a way as to imply that the ceremony is authorized, sponsored, or promulgated by the Society or to force anyone at a Society event, by direct or indirect pressure, to observe or join the ceremony. However, this provision is in no way intended to discourage the study of historical belief systems and their effects on the development of Western culture.
  1. Except as provided herein, neither the Society nor any member acting in its name or that of any of its parts shall interfere with any person’s lawful ceremonies, nor shall any member discriminate against another upon grounds related to either’s system of belief.
Question 13

“Aren’t people going to falsely claim that they are not being included?”

Let us hesitate to label anything as false. What may feel inclusive to one person may feel exclusionary to another person. Avoid making assumptions about a situation and try to learn more about what the individual is requesting.

Now, the SCA will not be a good fit for everyone. We’re still following the basic precepts of our game. For those people who are interested in the SCA we want to give them a way to be involved without barriers in place.

Question 14

“Will this be a philosophical mandate with no monetary backing?”

Yes, actually. That’s correct. We’re not asking for groups to fund individuals. Including others of different economic situations does not mean funding their hobby. We are asking you to be understanding of their circumstances.

What does that mean? It means finding new and different ways to help them participate. Can you teach through a website broadcast for people that can’t afford to travel? Can you provide instructions or access to public transit for people who need mass transit? Do you have loaner gear that others can use? Or do you have common materials people can try out new arts with?

Question 15

“Will there be training?”

Yes. There can be. We plan to have this information on the Kingdom website with FAQs, access to diversity training, classes at events, sessions on the web, and availability for one-on-one questions.

Question 16

“How do we think this will change our Kingdom?”

When an organization makes a commitment like this to its members it lets its members know that they can ask for help. Can they ask for help today? Yes, of course. That opportunity already exists. Does everyone know this? No. And by making this statement we can let everyone know that they are able to speak up.

Question 17

“Are we thinking of a long-term plan?”

Yes. Our organization will develop and grow through our continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that this will give us more opportunities for learning and teaching.

Question 18

“Who are the ones that are going to be responsible for this?”

Ultimately? We are all in this together. Anyone who want to see this organization grow will be committed to finding ways to supporting others participating in the way that they can.

Agenda Published for upcoming Curia

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2018-01-17 15:31

En Français

Greetings to all who see these words,

As published in the January 2018 issue of Pikestaff
Ivan and Matilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East Kingdom, will hold a Curia after the Market Day at Birka, in the Barony of Stonemarche (Manchester NH), on Sunday 28 January 2018, starting at 10:00 am. Event Announcement.

The agenda for Their Majesties’ upcoming Curia is now available on the Seneschal’s web site.

in service,
Eadgyth aet Staeningum
Clerk of Laws

En Français.

Publication de l’ordre du jour pour la prochaine Curie

Salutations à tous ceux lisant ces mots,

Comme publié dans le Pikestaff de janvier 2018
Ivan et Matilde, Tsar et Tsarine du Royaume de l’Est, tiendrons une Curie après le Jour de Marché à Birka, en la Baronnie de Stonemarche (Manchester NH), le dimanche 28 janvier 2018, commençant à 10:00 heures. Annonce de l’événement.

L’ordre du jour de Leurs Majestés pour la prochaine Curie est maintenant disponible sur le site web du Sénéchal.

En Service,
Eadgyth aet Staeningum
Gardien des Lois

Arts & Sciences Research Paper #22: Recreating an Illuminated Persian Manuscript Page

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2018-01-16 10:45

Our twenty-second A&S Research Paper comes to us from Lady Onóra ingheainn Uí Rauirc of the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn. She takes us through her process of recreating a manuscript page in the Persian style, and shows us some fascinating things in the process. (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

Recreating an Illuminated Persian Manuscript Page

Detail view of final painting. (Photo courtesy of Lady Onóra.)

Table of Contents
Introduction
Materials and Methods
Conclusion
Examples of Historical Pages
Reference

Introduction

I set out to create a double page illumination inspired by Persian manuscripts painted during the Safavid Dynasty; this article describes the process for the left-hand page, which is all illumination. Although the Safavids ruled from 1501 to 1736 in what is present day Iran, I chose an art style that was popular with scribes in the beginning of the dynasty, specifically between 1527 and 1550 (see figures 1-4). During this time, the designs were simpler in comparison with those found in the later Safavid period. The floral vine work and geometric patterns were much less complex, and scribes used fewer shades of pigments.

I was inspired to create this piece while researching Mongolian culture. I came across several sources that described the Mongol influence on Persian art after they invaded the Persian Empire in the early 13th century. I began to dig further into the illuminated manuscripts created by Persian scribes after that invasion and was inspired to challenge myself with a style of art which is completely new to me.

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Materials and Methods

Historical Materials Used Materials I Used Polished cotton, hemp or flaxseed paper Heavy cotton hot pressed paper Charred twig Graphite pencil Mineral pigments in a gum Arabic base Gouache pigments in a gum Arabic base Squirrel fur brushes with a feather handle Nylon brushes Gold leaf paint Gold leaf paint

Persian scribes were highly regarded for their art and chose only the finest materials to use for their manuscripts. They started with a high quality paper. On the western side of the Persian empire, now modern day Saudi Arabia, artists used a variety of fibers for their paper including flaxseed and hemp. However, artists on the eastern side of the empire near India used cotton fiber paper. Based on my research, I posit that the use of cotton fiber paper was probably adopted from Indian artists since cotton was the primary type of paper fiber used in Indian art (Barkeshli, 2009).

Historically, this scribal paper was created by soaking wet fiber in a sizing material such as starch, fish glue, vegetable glue or gum Arabic. The sizing material acted as a filler for the paper fibers and created a smooth waterproof surface. The scribe would prepare the paper for painting by burnishing the page to a glossy finish using a smooth agate stone. This created a slick, almost impermeable surface to work on. I used a high quality hot pressed watercolor paper for my piece. This paper is 100% cotton fiber sized with natural gelatin. It was prepared by applying heat at a high pressure to create an ultra smooth finish. This technique mimics the polishing process of period scribes. I chose this type of paper because the materials and the manufacturing technique used are the closest match to its’ period equivalent available.

After the paper was prepared, the scribe would use a charred twig to sketch out a rough draft of their design onto a thin sheet of paper or animal skin. This was called the “tarh”. The sketch was then transferred to the final sheet of paper using the pounce method, which works the same as modern carbon paper. The pounce method involved filling a linen bag with charcoal powder and bouncing the bag on the underside of the tarh to apply a thin coat of charcoal dust to the back of the sketch. The draft was then placed over the prepared final paper. The artist carefully sketched over the design, pressing the charcoal powder onto the  polished paper (Sardar, 2003). To sketch my design, I chose to use a fine graphite pencil. I felt that the fine tip of a mundane pencil would be easier to use since the intricate detail of this art is new to me. Instead of tracing the design, I started by using a straight edge to measure out the spacing and placement of the shapes I would use, then I sketched my design directly onto my final paper. Carefully placed guidelines eliminated my need for a rough first draft, which saved me a lot of time.

Sketching the design in pencil with guidelines. (Photo courtesy of Lady Onóra.)

Persian artists began painting by laying down all the gold pigment first. This process was called “tazhib,” which literally translates to “gilding” and is a term still used today. Artists created gold paint by placing a thin sheet of gold into a porcelain bowl and adding a small amount of honey. This combination was thoroughly smashed with a porcelain mortar and pestle into a fine dust (Pakzad, 2016).

Grinding gold dust with honey. (Photo courtesy of Lady Onóra.)

Warm water was then added in small amounts until the honey was dissolved. After the gold dust settled to the bottom of the bowl, the gold was carefully strained until the water was removed. The process of adding water, mixing and straining was repeated two or three times to clean the gold.

Cleaning the gold dust with water. (Photo courtesy of Lady Onóra.)

The artist then mixed in a binder such as gum arabic or isinglass (a glue obtained from fish bones), and set the paint to dry. Water would be added to rehydrate the gold for painting. For my piece, I followed this method as closely as possible to maintain period accuracy. Although I could not find documentation on the specific type of honey Persian artists used, I suspect that they used honey that was locally collected instead of honey that was imported from neighboring regions since beekeeping was serious business in the Persian Empire. In fact, the art of beekeeping in Persia was inspired by the Egyptian mastery of the craft. (Crane, 1995). With this thought in mind, I chose to use locally collected honey since it was readily available to me.

Preparing gold leaf sheets. (Photo courtesy of Lady Onóra.)

To finish the tazhib process, artists burnished the gold with a smooth agate stone. This is supposed to smooth the surface of the paint and create an illuminated effect. I attempted to use an agate stone to burnish the gold on my piece, however I found that it rubbed the paint off the paper so I skipped this step in the final product. I will certainly research this issue in more depth so I can use this technique on future scrolls.

Once the tazhib process was complete, the artist began to add color to the painting. Colored paints were made using mineral pigments mixed with a binder. To prepare colored paints, Persian artists crushed the stone or ore into a fine dust. The mineral was then cleaned by pouring water over the mineral, allowing to mineral to precipitate, pouring off the water and repeating. The mineral was then dried, and a small amount of gum Arabic was added as the binder for the pigment (Pakzad, 2016). According to several sources, gum arabic was the most popular binder; however, I also found instances where isinglass or egg yolk was used instead. Once the minerals were mixed with the binder, they were dried and rehydrated when needed (Pakzad, 2016; Arias, 2008).

The color palette I used was chosen to specifically match the colors used in early Safavid Dynasty manuscripts. The table below shows the most popular colors used and what they were derived from. I used wet gouache pigments mixed with gum arabic and a little water for my scroll. I chose gouache since it was the most readily available paint to me at the time. Upon close inspection of my reference pieces (Examples of Historical Pages), I noticed that the pigment was opaque and very evenly applied. I mixed a small amount of gum arabic and water with my paint to create the same visual effect while maintaining the use of period materials.

Color Origin Azure Azure stone Vermillion Cinnabar ore Orpiment Yellow Orpiment mineral Malachite Green Malachite stone White Lead White lead Black Carbon soot

Of these colors, I used azure, vermillion, yellow, white and black as they matched my reference materials most closely (Figure 1 and Figure 2).

Persian artists used fine brushes of squirrel fur to apply paint to their manuscript. According to the writings of Sadiqi Beg, a poet, biographer and well known artist of the Safavid period, the squirrel fur was trimmed and attached to a pigeon feather with silk thread (Barkeshli, 2009). I chose to paint my piece with synthetic nylon brushes instead. I felt that since this was my first time painting in this style, it would be beneficial to me to use a synthetic brush so I could maintain better control over the flow and precise application of the paint. I am looking forward to learning more about Persian brush making so I can make period brushes in the future.

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Conclusion

This project was certainly a challenge, but I learned so much in the process. One thing that I found surprising was drawing the design was not as difficult as I thought it would be. Although Persian manuscripts look intimidating with their ornate and intricate designs, they are actually quite simple. Each design is composed of a repeating pattern and filled in with vine work. The pattern can be broken down into sections and simplified into basic shapes including circles, triangles and diamonds. I found that when I used this common artist technique of breaking things down into simple shapes and patterns it was pretty easy to draft the piece.

Completed linework. (Photo courtesy of Lady Onóra.)

I did, however, run into challenges making the gold paint. I knew that I would have to be really diligent in grinding the gold leaf down to a fine dust, but I was not prepared for how difficult and tedious this process would be. This step alone took at least an hour of sheer muscle to grind eight sheets of gold leaf. I also needed to resort to grinding the gold with my bare fingers. Although the porcelain mortar and pestle I own is similar to those used in period, I could not seem to create a fine enough dust. I plan on researching this issue in depth to obtain better results in future paintings.

Gold paint completed. (Photo courtesy of Lady Onóra.)

The second challenge I ran into with the gold was drying time. I learned that the dry environment that is characteristic of the Middle Eastern dessert is very important for the paint to dehydrate properly. Since it was very humid at the time, my paint took three full days to dry. Despite the trouble I went through, I truly think it was worth it to make the gold paint for this piece. I get a lot of joy out of learning a new period technique and it was exciting to be able to apply it to my own work.

The completed page! (Photo courtesy of Lady Onóra.)

In the future I plan on making the gum arabic for my next batch of paint using period techniques. The readymade gum arabic I used was quite watery, and I think it would be beneficial to be able to control the consistency and create a thicker medium when needed. I also noticed that mixing the gouache pigments with gum arabic and water resulted in a blotchy finish in my painting. My theory is that this is due to the inconsistency in the water to gum Arabic ratio in the paint. Handmade gum Arabic may fix this issue as well in the future.

I plan to continue to create Persian illuminated manuscripts in the future, since I most certainly enjoyed this project. For my next piece, I would love to work with a complete set of period mineral pigments. I also plan on making my own brushes. I absolutely loved the entire of process of researching and preparing this piece of illumination, and I look forward to continuing my research on Persian manuscripts.

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Examples of Historical Pages

1. Left-hand page of a double page illumination with text from an unidentified manuscript. Iran, circa 1550. Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper. (Image courtesy The Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

2. Right-hand page of a double page illumination with text from an unidentified manuscript. Iran, circa 1550. Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper. (Image courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

3. Right-hand page of an illuminated front piece from “Kulliyat-I Sa’di” (the Collected works of Sa’di). Iran, circa 1527, poems by Muslih-I Din Shaykh Sa’di. Ink and pigments on paper. (Image courtesy The Walters Museum)

4. Right-hand page of an illuminated front piece to the beginning of the poem “The Treasury of Mysteries” from a collection of poems entitled “The Khamsa” by Nizami. Iran, circa 1541. Medium not specified. (Image Courtesy the State Hermitage Museum)

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References

Arias, Teresa Espejo et.al. “A Study About Colourants in the Arabic Manuscript Collection of the Sacromonte Abbey, Granada, Spain. A New Methodology for Chemical Analysis.” Restaurator: International Journal for the Preservation of Library and Archival Material, Vol. 29, issue 2 (2008)

Barkeshli, Mandana. “Historical and Scientific Analysis of Iranian Illuminated Manuscripts and   Miniature Paintings.” Quarterly on the History of Iranian Art and Architecture vol. 5 issue 2 (2009) pp. 8-22

Crane, Eva. “Beekeeping in the Islamic World” Ahlan Wasahlan pp. 34-38 (1995)

Pakzad, Zahra. “Color Structure in the Persian Painting.” Review of European Studies vol. 9, issue 1 (2016)

Sardar, Marika. “The Arts of the Book in the Islamic World, 1600-1800.” Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (2003)

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Missive from TRM

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2018-01-15 21:18

En Français

Tzar Ivan and Tzaritsa Mathilde at East Kingdom 12th Night AS 52. Photo by Baron Brendan Crane.

As all have come to know, Duke Kenric aet Essex has been lost at sea. Like all of you, We feel that there has been a hole made in our Kingdom, in our lives, and in our hearts.It is Our deepest wish to pay Our respects to his beloved wife Duchess Avelina and daughter Lady Aethelthryth, and to attend the memorial service in his honor this coming Saturday. However, We are scheduled to attend Owlsherst Country 12th Night, to pay a visit to the good gentles in one of the farthest corners of this great Kingdom.

It is because Duke Kenric loved this game so that, in his memory and to honor his commitment to our Society, We will still be attending this event. Kenric was a man who showed us how to live life with passion, with sincerity, and with honor. While we mourn his loss, we celebrate his life, and his great love of this game we play and society we cultivate. His family remains most assured of Our love, respect and commitment to their needs. We know they are secure in the hands and hearts of the loving people of the East.

Whether you choose to attend the memorial for Kenric, the event in Owlsherst, or have another commitment, take a moment to remember our lost Duke, and express love and support for your friends, your family, and your chosen family. We believe that Kenric would expect all of us to continue on in this manner.

In heartfelt service and love,

Ivan Rex Matilde Regina

 

En Français.

Missive de Leurs Royales Majestés

Comme tous le savent maintenant, Duc Kenric aet Essex est disparu en mer. Comme vous tous, nous ressentons qu’un vide s’est créé dans notre Royaume, dans nos vies, et dans nos coeurs.

Il est notre voeu le plus cher d’aller rendre hommage à sa douce épouse Duchesse Avelina et sa fille Dame Aethelthryth, et d’assister à la cérémonie commémorative en son honneur ce samedi. Cependant, Nous sommes présentement engagés a assister au 12th Night d’Owlsherst Country, afin de rendre visite à notre bonne population dans un des coins les plus éloignés de ce grand Royaume.

C’est parce que Duc Kenric aimait ce jeu, qu’en sa mémoire et pour honorer son dévouement à notre Société, Nous irons toujours à cet événement. Kenric était un homme qui nous montrait à vivre la vie avec passion, avec sincérité, et avec honneur. Tandis que nous pleurons sa perte, nous célébrons sa vie, et son grand amour de ce jeu dont nous faisons partie et cette société que nous cultivons. Sa famille reste bien assurée de Notre amour, respect et engagement pour leurs besoins. Nous savons qu’ils sont entre bonnes mains et dans les coeurs des gens dévoués de l’Est

Que vous choisissiez d’aller à la commémoration de Kenric, l’événement à Owlsherst, ou ayez un autre engagement, prenez un moment afin de vous souvenir de notre Duc perdu, et assurez-vous d’exprimer votre amour et support pour vos amis, votre famille, ainsi que votre famille choisie. Nous croyons que Kenric s’attendrait à tous nous voir continuer dans cette voie.

D’un amour et service sincère,

Ivan Rex Matilde Regina

Service commémoratif pour Duc Kenric

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2018-01-15 20:08

Un service commémoratif multiconfessionnel pour Duc Kenric sera tenu ce samedi 20 janvier 2018, à midi à l’église Saint Benedict’s à Warwick, RI. Suivant le service, une collation sera servie dans le hall de l’église, jusqu’à 4pm. L’église est située au 135 Beach Avenue. La famille et les amis sont bienvenus. Soyez avisés que ceci ne constitue pas un événement costumé. Pour toute question, veuillez contacter Amy Dickens.

Il y aura aussi un service commémoratif à Pennsic, dans le pavillon du Royaume de l’Est. Plus de détails concernant le service à Pennsic sont à venir.