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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

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

Scarlet Gard Accord Signed in Aethelmearc

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-10-02 10:09

The Order of the Scarlet Guard is the Kingdom of Aethelmearc’s Order of High Merit for archery. Recently they requested of Their Majesties of Aethelmearc that they sign a Royal Accord, know as the Scarlet Guard Accord, granting to other members of equivalent orders who may visit the Kingdom of Aethelmearc, recognition and privileges equal to their own, including attendance at face to face order meetings.

The list of equivalent orders named in the accord includes the East’s Order of the Sagittarius. 

The Order of the Sagittarius was established January 2 A.S 18 (1984) by Viktor and Sedalia. It is a polling order, meaning that prospective members are proposed to the existing membership, who advise Their Majesties regarding the suitability of those persons to join the order. The final decision rests with Their Majesties.  The criteria for becoming a member of the Order of Sagittarius include showing superior prowess at the target archery range and having distinguished themselves in archery in one of the following areas; teaching and demonstrating the art of archery, making archery equipment or by helping to arrange archery at events and/or sites and thus demonstrating an overall impact to archery in the Kingdom.

The full details regarding the accord are discussed at length in this article appearing in the Aethelmearc Gazette:

Filed under: Archery Tagged: aethelmearc, archery, Sagittarius

New Heirs for Æthelmearc

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-10-01 17:35

The Æthelmearc Gazette reports that the new heirs to the Kingdom are Duke Timothy and Duchess Gabrielle.  A photo and more information about the other finalists and semi-finalists can be found here.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: aethelmearc

Unofficial Court Report for Smoking Rocks Investiture

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-09-30 11:52

Following is the unoffical court report from Smoking Rocks Investiture, held this September 3.

Richard Leviathan and Alys Attewater were made Baron and Baroness of Smoking Rocks; scribe was Solskinn of Smoking Rocks.

Ceawling Alreading was made a Court Baron; scribe was Ignacia la Ciega.

Ana Godefelaugh was given an Award of Arms; scribe was Heather Rose deGourdon.

William Bonesetter was given an Award of Arms; scribe was Tola Knityr.

Evelyn of Easton was given an Award of Arms; scribes was Katrusha Skomorokh.

Justinius Alexander Eternus was given an Award of Arms.  Illumination was by Aelthelthryth Kenricing and calligraphy by Avelina Keyes.

Eleyna Hilton was given a Kings Award of Esteem.

Barabas de Celicia was given an Order of the Tyger Combatant; scribe was Heather Rose deGordoun.

The reporting herald was Alesone Gray of Cranleigh.

Filed under: Court

Want the East Kingdom Calendar Available on Your Calendar?

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-09-30 10:53

Greetings to all from the keeper of the East Kingdom Calendar!

This is to let everyone know that it is now possible to load the Calendar of Events in to your personal Calendar!

No, I don’t mean using a quill and ink well to carefully copy each posting on to your copy of the Beasts of the East calendar, I mean Google Calendar, Apple Calendar, or Microsoft Outlook.  Probably others, too, but those are all I’ve got to test with.

Go take a look at and follow the instructions.  In the future, when you can’t find this post any more, all you need to remember is that it’s on the Events menu on every page of the East Kingdom website!

Filters will come in future revisions.  At the moment, you get everything posted that hasn’t already happened.

Of course, if you want to copy the Events on to your copy of Beasts of the East, don’t let me stop you.

In service,
Joel of Vestfell
Keeper of the Calendar

Filed under: Announcements

Arts & Sciences Research Paper #13: Persian Plants in Miniature: What are the Plants in Persian Illuminations?

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-09-30 10:38

Our thirteenth A&S Research Paper comes to us from Lady Raziya bint Rusa, of the Barony of Carolingia. She examines a question that troubles many people working with illuminated manuscripts: what exactly are those plants in the illuminations? Are they fanciful or are they plants that really existed in history? (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

Persian Plants in Miniature:  What are the Plants in Persian Illuminations?

Hollyhock. Detail of Shāh-Mozzafar, “The Two Wrestlers”. Sandovar, p. 104.

Four years ago I bought a book of Persian miniatures for reference to help me sew garb.  As I paged through over breakfast one illustration caught my eye – a hollyhock.  I am a gardener by trade, and thought it out of place that a hollyhock, a staple of the English country garden, would be found in Persia.  To satisfy my curiosity I did a quick web-search into Persian Plants.  This line of questioning would be the undoing of my motivation to sew; two years later I had a seven thousand entry horticultural database and no new garb.

Individual Plants from Miniatures

My early research led me to incomplete and unsatisfying websites that were rudimentary in their lists of Persian plants.  Further digging led me to a promising link titled “Flora of Iran”.  Two clicks into the eponymous site was a list of plants alphabetical by genus and species.  The Flora of Iran (FOI) included family names and not much else; it had no common names or any other information on the plants.  However the site did have thousands of entries including a boisterous thirty nine species in the Genus Alcea (hollyhock).  I found many familiar names while reading, which I did with fascination.  The list was large and complete looking; this was the sort of information I was looking for, this was worth digging into.  Unfortunately I was hampered in using the data: this lovely list was a text document, not a spreadsheet.  A couple months later I finished fixing that particular problem.

During the course of data entry I realized that I needed to verify that these plants were all native to the old world.  I cross-referenced the data with several reputable sources that cover plant origins: Hortus Third, and the USDA Plant Database.  I removed nineteen plants from my list.  Species tend to travel from the old world to the new world, and not vice-versa.  I am still ignorant of whether, and when, these plants may have been moved around the old world, since some of them certainly did not originate in Persia.

After winnowing my list slightly, I made a best attempt to identify the plants I was looking at in miniature.  I scoured all the sources I had access to and I entered these plants into my database, noting which ones I was not certain of.  I have looked at Ottoman Turkish miniatures as well, particularly those painted around the time of conquest over Persian territory.  After this step I was left with another important issue: species familiar in cultivation such as fruit trees showed up in pictures but were not listed in the FOI.  I realized the FOI only included species that were naturalized to Iran, not those in cultivation.  I only had a list of those plants that grow themselves in the wild, native or introduced.  I needed a list of domesticated plants.

A good friend of mine had been cooking recipes from Ibn Sayyar al-Warrāq’s “Annals of the Caliph’s Kitchens”.  Good friends let you borrow al-Warrāq.  This text is considered Baghdadi, not Persian, however later Persian cultures did include Baghdad, so it is a good source for information on plant use in the region.  The book contains a few hundred references to specific plants which the translator calls out botanically.  Meticulous chefs are of great benefit to horticulturalists.   After adding these plants I had a list that was nearly complete.  In more recent times I have been looking into information from medical texts, and Andalusian horticultural treatises to further complete the list.

After much pruning, the database currently contains 6964 plants.  I have included: Genus, species, Family, common names, and some Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish names.  I also determined whether or not the plant is available in the United States, and some basic notes on its use.  I have made the information publicly available via my own site:

However this still begs the question: What plants are found in the miniatures?  I have found a number of plants that I can narrow down enough to put familiar names on.  Each time I have discovered a recognizable plant, I check it against suspects in the database.  The following plants are those which I have an educated guess as to their identity. (NB: Clicking on the name of each plant will take you to a modern photo of the plant, while clicking on each manuscript image will take you to a larger version.)

Plants from Miniatures

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

Cypress. Detail from the Houghton Shāhnāma. (1539) Welch, p. 80.

It is difficult to identify many trees in Persian miniatures.  There is a tendency for them to be drawn with the subtlety of a lollipop.  Cypress is a tree which has a very dense columnar form.  Because of references to it in nearby Andalusian texts, and its presence in modern Iran, I suspect it was well known to the Persians.

Daffodil (Narcissus tazetta)

Daffodil. Unknown painter. Detail from the Khamseh of Nizami. (1524/25) Chelkowski, p. 107.

Daffodil, otherwise known as Narcissus, is a species which is very clear in illustrations.  While many species of Narcissus are currently in cultivation, and certainly may have been grown in Persia, N. tazetta is the only species listed as currently naturalized in Iran.  In modern times this species is also grown in a pure white form and called a “paperwhite”.  (Note that there is also another species called paperwhite, N. papyraceus.)  N. tazetta are often found for sale around the holiday season.  It is interesting that it is also grown in a container in period.

Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera)

Date Palm. Khurasan. Detail of “Picnic in the Mountains”. (1560s) Canby, p. 74.

The date palm is an easy identification.  Many illustrations in period are rudimentary, but one jumped out at me in its clarity.  While the miniature is not finished being painted, it shows the fruit and fronds with good detail.  Fruits and flowers form the core of how most plant classification has been done in the past.  Modern research into genomes have clarified previous taxonomy, but flowers and seeds still form the basis of hands-on identification.

Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

Daylily. Mosavver, Mir. Detail from the Shāh Tahmāsb Shāhnāme, “Rostam Lassoes Rakhsh”. (1525) Soudavar, p. 166.

Daylilies are a familiar face in modern gardens and were imported from the old world to North America.  The old orange varieties that grow along Maine ditches grew in ancient Persia.

Fruit Trees (Rosaceae)
Almond (Amygdalus)Apple (Malus), Cherry (Cerasus), Hawthorn (Crataegus), Pear (Pyrus), Plum (Prunus)

Two Fruit Trees. 1. Unknown painter. Detail from the Khamseh of Nizami. (1524/25) Chelkowski, p. 30. 2. Detail from the Houghton Shāhnāma. (1539) Welch, p. 80.

There are a number of flowering trees pictured in Persian miniatures, all of which I can only narrow to the family.  They all have five petals and are colored: white, pink, red, or a combination.  For those familiar in identifying trees in the Rosaceae family, there are critical differences in the time of bloom, the structure of the tree, and the size and shape of the leaf.  The structure of the trees and the leaves are stylized to the point where it is impossible to tell if a difference is for accuracy or aesthetics.  One also quickly notices that in Persian miniatures, ALL plants are in bloom at the same time, which is obviously erroneous even to a casual viewer.

Hollyhock and others (Malvaceae)
Hibiscus (Hibiscus), Hollyhock (Alcea), Mallow (Althaea, Malva), Tree Mallow (Lavatera)

Hollyhocketal. 1. Mansur. Detail from “Coronation of Soltān Hosayn Mirzā Bayqarā”. (1469) Soudavar, p. 74. 2. Mirza Ali. Detail from “Preparing for the Joust of the Twelve Rooks”. (1530) Soudavar, p. 169. 3. Detail from a Shahname. (1440) Soudavar, p. 70.

Hollyhocks started me on this journey, but are another group difficult to pinpoint.  The mallow family (Malvacaea) corresponds well to the general depiction: five petaled flowers born on long stems amid five lobed leaves, flowers are usually two-toned: red, white, or pink.  Based on the large number of species listed in the FOI in each of these Genera, it is likely that all of these are native to Persia, and they have spent millennia evolving into different species.  Pictured is the traditional hollyhock; it is not in the FOI list but that exclusion does not exclude it from being a species cultivated in Persia.

Iris (Iris spp.)

Iris. Mosavver, Mir. Detail from the Shāh Tahmāsb Shāhnāme, “Rostam Lassoes Rakhsh”. (1525) Soudavar, p. 166.

Iris is easily identified, and is likely Iris germanica or I. kashmiriana.  While not all illustrations match, seen here is a common depiction of: two-tone color, yellow bearding, and wide leaves.

Oak (Quercus spp.)

Oak. Detail from the Houghton Shāhnāma. (1539) Welch, p. 80.

It is difficult to notice oaks in miniatures if one is only familiar with the pointed lobes of red and black oaks.  While I cannot confirm the pictures are in fact oak, I think it is very likely. These trees can have a variety of leaf shapes including rounded lobes.  Pictured here is Quercus robur, English oak.

Plane Tree (Platanus orientalis)

Plane Tree. Detail from a Shāhnāma. (1586) Titley, p. 10.

Plane tree, or sycamore, is a river species known for its peeling bark.  As the bark peels, it reveals a light under layer as it peels off the tree.  It has deeply lobed leaves, much like a maple.  Due to variety in some illustrations, Maple-like leaves with brown bark, or white bark and non-lobed leaves I was unsure as to the identity of this tree for a time.  Fortunately in one of the periods of more meticulous scribal work I found a specimen in fruit.  The fruits of the plane tree are distinctive burr-like balls that hang from a stem.  In period this tree is often pictured growing on the edge or a river or stream.

Pomegranate (Punica granatum)

Pomegranates. 1. Ibn Badr, Muhammad. (1341)  Detail from Mu’nis al-ahrar. Swietochowski, p. 37 2. Selimi, Ṣahsuvar. (1520) Detail from Divani-i Selimi. Atil, p. 70.

Pomegranate can be hard to tell from other fruit trees.  Many fruit trees are only shown as having round fruit of either red, yellow, or orange in color.  Pomegranate stands out because of the sepals which stick out of the end of the fruit.

Poplar (Populus spp.)

Poplar. Behzād. Detail from “Birth of a Prince”. (1485) Soudavar, p. 99.

While these trees look superficially like birch, birch is not a Persian genus.  Instead these are poplar.  P. alba and P. caspica have the characteristic white bark, a similar shape of leaf.

Poppy (Papaver spp.)

Poppy. Detail from the Houghton Shāhnāma. (1539) Welch, p. 80.

There are too many poppies to guess which species is pictured; photographed is P. orientale, a common garden variety.  Most species in the FOI have the characteristic reddish-orange petals and black “eyes”.

Reed (Arundo donax or Phragmities australis)

Reed. Mosavver, Mir. Detail from the Shāh Tahmāsb Shāhnāme, “Rostam’s First Ordeal: Rakhsh Slays a Lion.” (1525) Soudavar, p. 168.

Pictured is a plant easily identified as a large reed.  It is shown both growing on the edge of water and much larger than surrounding objects.  Arundo and Phragmites are similar enough that I cannot differentiate between the two in miniature.

Rose (Rosa spp.)
(Rosa damascenaRosa caninaRosa spinosissimaRosa centifolia)

Roses. 1. Soltān-Mohammad. Detail of “Divān of Hāvez: Celebration of ‘Id”. (1527) Soudavar, p. 1602. 2. Detail from the Houghton Shāhnāma. (1539) Welch, p. 146. 3. Unknown artist. Detail from “Festivity at a Princely Court”. Hagedorn, p. 65. 4. Tuni, Mir Afzal. Detail from “A Lady Watching her Dog Drink Wine from a Bowl”. (1640) Hagedorn, p. 79.

Roses are quite possibly one of the most canonically Persian flowers.  Unlike many of the other plants, roses are not shown pictured consistently.  I have included four unique depictions of roses.  It is interesting that while other plants were copied or traced, the scribes took time to illustrate roses anew each time.  Some roses have a simple 5 petaled form, others seem to have double petals, and some have a form with more than double.  This diversity suggests that a variety of different rose types were being grown in period.

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

Rose of Sharon. Unknown artist. Detail from “Festivity at a Princely Court”. Hagedorn, p. 65.

Rose of Sharon is the weakest illustration that I have found; it is a stretch to identify this as the plant in question.  I hypothesized that it was not a rose because despite having five petals the illustration has two-tone color to the petals.  The plant pictured is woody not herbaceous, which rules out Malvacaea.

Tulip (Tulipa spp.)

Tulip. Mohammadi. Detail from “Throwing Down the Imposter”. (1581) Soudavar, p. 233.

While we associate tulips with Holland, they were originally a species found in the Mediterranean, the Middle-East, and Central Asia.  They are very happy in a much drier climate than what we typically raise them.  Due to the plethora of species found in the FOI, I am unsure as to species: many look very similar. Several species have colors like those in the miniatures. Pictured is T. linifolia.

Willow (Salix babylonica)

Willows. ‘Ali-Ashgar. Detail from “Alexander Building a Wall”. (1576-77) Soudavar, p. 253.

Willows are seen in two basic forms in the miniatures: upright and weeping.  This suggests at least two separate species.  Pictured is a weeping species.

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Filed under: A&S Research Papers, Arts and Sciences Tagged: a&s, Arts and Sciences

Laurels’ Prize Tourney in Carolingia, March 2017

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-09-27 08:21

This coming March, the Barony of Carolingia will host a Laurels’ Prize Tourney – what challenge will you choose to meet?

A Laurels Prize Tourney is an event where members of the Order of the Laurel issue challenges in their area(s) of expertise, to be met by any interested party. (Really! You do not need any award or rank to answer a challenge – just a desire to engage with the question and share your results.) There are challenges of all kinds, from fiber arts to food, from material culture to performance.

At the event, entrants will meet with the Laurel who issued the challenge, and have the opportunity to talk in-depth with them about their work. They will also have the opportunity to display their work to all interested attendees; those who choose to answer a performance-based challenge will have the opportunity to perform their answer for not only the Laurel who issued the challenge, but also interested attendees from the event in general.

Each Laurel defines the terms of their challenge; each challenger will also decide how they wish to reward those who meet their challenge; some may choose a single winner, and some may reward every entrant who answers. There is no overall competition – there is no “Tourney Winner” for the day. The focus is on shared learning and intensive feedback, as well as the joy of sharing focused, excellent work.

Curious about the challenges? Take a look and see what strikes your fancy, and come to Carolingia this Spring to share your results! Challenges are still being added, so check back often to see what’s new.

Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: a&s, Arts and Sciences, Carolingia, challenge, events, Laurel

For Those Intending to Enter Crown Tourney

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-26 17:53
Greetings unto all those intending to enter Fall Crown Tournament. Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a letter of intent, either through the following link (preferred) or by email to TRH Prince Brion and Princess Anna with a copy to the Kingdom Seneschal. Joint letters are preferred if you are using the following link, or if you are using email.

The Letter of Intent must be received by Coronation, October 1, 2016.
If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort: Society name, legal name, address, telephone number, years of residency and be accompanied by proof of membership with membership number & expiration date that is valid at least thirty days after Crown. If both entrants are combatants, then that should be clearly indicated.

Their Highnesses would remind all entrants that should they win, they will be named Prince and Princess of Tir Mara for their time as Crown Prince and Princess of the East, representing the noble people of Our fair Crown Principality. Please bear these responsibilities in mind should you choose to enter the Crown Lists this Fall. TRH also request that combatants bring heraldic shields for the list trees.

In Service to the East, I remain
Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: Fall Crown

Unofficial Court Report for the Closing of the Inne at Coldwood

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-26 16:45

Following is the unoffical court report from the Closing of the Inne at Coldwood, held this September 24.

Gavin Asgarson – Gawain
Lilli of the Valley – Tyger’s Cub; scroll by Heather Rose de Gordoun
Allie of the Valley – Tyger’s Cub; scroll by Heather Rose de Gordoun
Emrys of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Lisabetta Medaglia
Emily of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Constance de St. Denis
Volkmar of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Myrun Leifsdottir
Beytill Aidenson – Silver Tyger; scroll by Mari Clock van Hoorne
Phelippe du Peirgore – OTC; scroll by Altani Khatagidai
Katherine Slough – OSC; Illumination by Lisabetta Medaglia, calligraphy by: Faolan an Screcain
Brien MacShane – Chivalry; scroll by Vettorio Antonello

Editor’s Note: A banishment was announced in this court.  For more information, please see the official announcements in Pikestaff.

The reporting herald was Donovan Shinnock.

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report

Unofficial Court Report – Equestrian Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-26 16:36

On August 27 in the Shire of Quintavia, Their Magesties Kenric and Avelina gathered with their populace to choose their new equestrian champions. Following is the unofficial court report.

Lillian Stanhope  – King’s Equestrian Champion; scroll by Katherine Stanhope
Gwenillian Rhiannon of Dragon Keep – Queen’s Equestrian Champion; scroll by Katherine Stanhope
Gritta of Strangewayes – AoA; Illumination by: Lily atte Valleye, Calligraphy by: Nest verch Tangwistel
Fortune St. Keyne – Burdened Tyger; scroll by Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille
Alexei Dmitriev – Burdened Tyger
Shire of Quintavia – Company of Fellowship
Duncan Kerr – Silver Tyger; Illumination by: Myrun Leifsdottir, Calligraphy by: Nest verch Tangwistel
Ciarnat ni Bhroin – Maunche; scroll by Sunniva Ormstung
Doucet de Verdun – Pelican; scroll by Harold von Auerbach

The herald of record was Donovan Shinnock.

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report

Eastern Results from the July 2016 Letter of Acceptances and Returns

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-09-25 19:56

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 July 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Adelyne de Excestre. Name and device. Gules, on a bend Or three martlets gules.

Nice device!

Áine bean uí Chuinn. Name.

Ayleth le Frye. Device. Vert, a phoenix Or rising from flames gules and in chief three triangles Or.

Berrick Grayveson. Alternate name Jack Cross.

The comic book character Jack Cross is not important enough to protect.

Nice 16th century English name!

Bhakail, Barony of. Order name Order of the Horse of Bhakail and badge association. Argent a nag’s head erased vert, bridled Or, on a latch argent, fimbriated sable, a salamander tergiant sable.

Submitted as Order of the Horse, this order name conflicts with the barony’s own order name Master of Horse, which was referenced in the July 1974 Letter of Acceptances and Returns. The question was raised during the Pelican decision meeting whether Master of Horse is actually registered, or whether it is a generic identifier. In 1974, registration was implied and there were no generic associations. A subsequent Letter of Acceptances and Returns clearly shows that this order name was considered to have been registered:

[Fellowship of the Horse] Conflict with Master of the Horse, registered to the Barony of Bhakail (only the “invisible” designator is changed), as well as Sea Horse Pursuivant (with only the removal of the adjective) [Caitlin of Argyle, April 1991, R-Outlands].

Therefore, we will continue to treat Master of Horse as having been registered. Unfortunately for the present submission, we do not allow the registration of the two non-personal names of the same category (in this case, an order name) when the substantive elements are identical. However, the barony allowed the addition of of Bhakail. We have made this change to register this name.

Cailin Ó Cuinn. Name.

Danr Mikjalsson. Name.

Evalina von Schaidegg. Badge. (Fieldless) In pale a domestic cat couchant sable atop a mushroom gules.

Isabel de Kerbriant. Name and device. Or, a heart gules and a chief indented vert.

The byname is grandfathered to the submitter, the daughter of Sabine de Kerbriant.

Nice device!

Iseault of the Clews. Name change from Iseault Blaecstan.

Submitted as Iseaulte of the Clews, the grandfathered spelling of the given name is Iseault. We have restored the given name to the grandfathered form with the submitter’s permission.

Clew is a heraldic charge, a ball of yarn. We occasionally see plural items in inn-sign names. Examples include the Arrows (1638), the Beades (1638), les Heronseux (1553), and lez Daggers (1573), all found in Juliana de Luna’s article “Inn-Sign Names in Medieval and Renaissance England”.

The submitter’s previous name, Iseault Blaecstan, is released.

Judith bas Rabbi Mendel. Device change. Azure, a bearded bird’s head couped argent wearing a Jewish hat Or.

The submitter’s old device, Azure, a bend engrailed between a dove volant and a cat sejant guardant argent, is released.

Kara Alfarsdottir. Name.

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Device change. Per pale azure and gules, a coronet within an orle of dice Or.

The submitter is a court baroness and thus entitled to the use of a coronet in her armory.

The submitter’s old device, Per pale azure and gules, an orle of dice Or, is released.

Monkey Makgee. Name.

Morgiane de Provence. Reblazon of device. Azure, a four-legged tarasque statant gardant contourny argent.

Registered in August of 1977 as Azure, a tarask statant to sinister guardant gorged and leashed argent, we are redefining the default tarasque as a six-legged monster and the gorging is essentially invisible.

Ommadan inigena Ru. Name change from Sunnifa in hialtlenzka Tókadóttir.

Submitted as a name change from Ommadan an Luch, the submitter had previously changed her primary name to Aoife nic RuairíOmmadan an Luch was retained as an alternate name (see this month’s Errata Letter). The submitter subsequently changed her primary name to Sunnifa in hialtlenzka Tókadóttir, and Aoife nic Ruairí was released at that time.

Ommadan is grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Sunnifa in hialtlenzka Tókadóttir, is retained as an alternate name.

Rauðr Flokason. Name.

Revena de Witte. Name change from Raven de Witte.

The byname de Witte is grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Raven de Witte, is retained as an alternate name.

Rosanna Silverloc. Name and device. Azure, on a chevron between two threaded needles and a quill of yarn Or five roses gules.

Sólveig Bjarnardóttir. Name and device. Per bend azure and sable, in cross a musical note argent and a sword reversed Or.

The submission form used both Sólveig and Sölveig. We could not find period evidence of the form Sölveig, so have registered the standard form Sólveig.

Sorcha inghean Uí Néill. Device. Azure, on a pale sable fimbriated between two sea-horses respectant a garb Or between two escallops argent.

Svea the Shortsighted. Device change. Argent, three piles fesswise throughout issuant from sinister azure.

Nice device!

The submitter’s old device, Per bend gules and azure, a sun in splendour Or and in bend three swans naiant argent, is retained as a badge.

EAST returns

Wulfgang Gruenwald. Alternate name Bubba le Fette.

Commenters questioned whether this alternate name presumes upon the name of Boba Fett, a popular character in the Star Wars franchise. Although the character of Boba Fett is important enough to protect, this name does not presume upon the character name. The vowel in the given name has been changed and the definite article le was added, so this name is clear in both sound and appearance under PN3C1 of SENA.

In addition, the question was raised whether this name was obtrusively modern. PN2E states, “No name will be registered that either in whole or in part is obtrusively modern. Something is said to be obtrusively modern when it makes a modern joke or reference that destroys medieval ambience and drags the average person mentally back to the present day. Obtrusiveness can be either in the written form or when spoken. A period name that has a modern referent will not generally be considered obtrusively modern. Only extreme examples will be returned.” In this case, every commenter thought this alternate name was close enough to the name Boba Fett to be obtrusively modern. Although each element is period, the name as a whole meets this bar; it destroys medieval ambience. Therefore, we are returning this name.

Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldric submissions

New Order of High Merit — the Order of the Golden Mantle

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-09-23 13:57

At the Curia of Kenric III and Avelina III at the Great Northeastern War this past July, Their Majesties deemed the time right to create an Order of High Merit, conveying a Grant of Arms, for prowess and service in the ancillary martial arts of combat archery, scouting, siege, and thrown weapons — the Order of the Golden Mantle.

EK Law, section IX.B.8. now reads:

“The Order of the Golden Mantle may be given to gentles in the East Kingdom who have distinguished themselves by prowess in an auxiliary capacity on the field of battle and the target range, in the areas of Siege Weaponry, Scouting, Combat Archery, and Thrown Weaponry, and demonstrated service to the Kingdom in these areas by marshalling, commanding, building equipment, teaching, and helping to promote and expand the knowledge of these arts. The Order of the Golden Mantle includes all gentles who previously received the Order of the Golden Mantle (as an Order of Honor) and the Order of Artemis.”

The previous Orders of Honor — the Golden Mantle  and the Order of Artemis  — are now closed, and the members of both previous Orders of Honor are now Companions of the Order of the Golden Mantle.

As an Order of High Merit, the Golden Mantle is now a polling order. All current Companions are invited to join the Order’s polling list and its discussion list — please start HERE, and be sure to join both lists so you can participate in the discussion and the pollings.

Filed under: Announcements, Law and Policy, Official Notices, Thrown Weapons

Shire Wars Coming Up Soon!

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-09-23 10:05

Are you looking for a way to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings? You can’t get to England this year to march from Stamford Bridge to Hastings? Come instead to Shire Wars, Oct 14-16 and choose sides in many competitions, including chivalric combat, fencing, and thrown weapons. Are you a marshal for a martial art ? A dab hand with a sponge and dishtowel? Good with a knife & chopping block? Great with wee ones? Able to tell a tall tale (or a short one)? Come help the cause (whichever side that is)!

Bardic, dancing, classes, merchants and artistic displays will be at the main hall. Please bring displays of heraldry, yours or your groups. A mid-day meal will be cooked by the battlefield. A feast of Anglo-Saxon and Norman courses will be served in the early evening.

Tent camping sites and cabin bunks are available.  For more information please see the East Kingdom Event Announcement as well, for those on the Book of Face,  the Facebook Event Page.


Registration: Open to campers 5 pm October 14th (Dining Hall)

Opens near parking lot October 15th 8-2

Otherwise check in at Dining Hall.

Please note that all cars must be parked in the parking lot.

Temporary Passes are available to drive & drop off equipment on the field or at the dining hall. Cars can also be used to pack up equipment as well. Please unload quickly, park your car, and return the pass.


Heavy Weapons: Master Wulgar

Inspection 10 am

Warlord Tourney followed by a Hastings Battle

11 am – 1 pm

Challenges & pick up fighting after lunch

Fencing: Atttila Soldus

Inspection 10 am

Bear Pit Tourney &

Battle of Hastings

11 am – 1 pm

Archery Range: opens by 11 am

Thrown Weapons Range: opens by 11 am

A&S Classes: In Hall porches. See schedule

Merchants open by 11 am

Dayboard: will be cooked and served on the tournament field

at 1 pm.

Dayboard items will also be delivered to the Dining Hall

The sword dancers will entertain during lunch.

Dancing: will be held on the green across from the

tournament field throughout the day

All attendees are invited to collect beads (one for each activity area and volunteering. Beads can be used for extra raffle tickets for the Bayeaux Tapestry Posters.

All activities will close at 4 pm.

Regional Seneschals Meeting in Dining Hall at 4 pm

Feast of two courses will begin at 5 pm

Dancing between the courses

Bayeaux Tapestry Raffle will be held during the feast.

Winners in all activities will be announced during the feast.

An open bardic circle will be held after the feast around 7 pm.


Filed under: Announcements, Events, Local Groups

Q&A: Outgoing and Incoming EK Brewers Guild Masters

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-09-21 11:40

Photo courtesy of Pan Kythe Szubielka

Last weekend, the Guild Master of the East Kingdom Brewers Guild passed from Mistress Sylvia du Vey to Master Magnus Hvalmagi.  To mark the occasion and educate the populace about their brewing opportunities, the Gazette posed questions to the outgoing and incoming Guild Heads.

Please give us a brief overview of the guild and the role of the Guild Head.

Mistress Sylvia: The guild head has a duel responsibility to both be a cheerleader and an effective administrator.  It is important to encourage brewers of all experience levels to participate and stretch for that next level of excellence.  It is pretty critical to make sure that the guild is as welcoming and accessible as possible.  That job belongs to all of us, but most especially the Guild Master.

The administrative piece involves a lot of record keeping and communication.  We have quarterly reports to file with the MOAS as well as records on every brewer who has paneled anything in the past three and a half years.  Those records are updated and sent to the brewer each time they panel a new item, along with notes about their next steps.  Good records are essential in helping us move forward as a group, especially one that spans such a large geographic area.

Master Magnus: The East Kingdom Brewers Guild is a kingdom-wide organization whose aim is to support and expand historical brewing arts in the East. We have members all over the place and lots of expertise to help brewers develop and hone their craft – and also, we have lots of good things to drink.

Polling Award Recommendations Due Oct 7

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-09-20 16:23

Photo by Lady Lavina Attewode

Their Royal Highnesses Brion and Anna wish to make it known that they will consider recommendations for inclusion on Their third polling through October 7, 2016.

Please remember that you need not be a member of any order to recommend someone you consider deserving. If you know someone you feel strongly about, there is an easy online form you can fill out to submit them for consideration.

Need more information about the East Kingdom awards polling process? This article gives a good overview. Need to find out whether or not someone has the award you are considering? Look them up in the Order of Precedence.

Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: awards, pollings

Arts & Sciences Salon to be Held on Saturday

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-09-18 20:52

On Saturday September 24, the Barony of Concordia of the Snows will be holding the second Arts & Sciences Salon, at the Scotia United Methodist Church. This event is different than a schola. It is all about relaxing and getting to enjoy your favorite art or science with no pressure to move on to another activity. There is plenty of time to speak casually with the ambassadors, and others who are passionate about their arts. At the same time, newcomers really enjoyed themselves last year, because they had the opportunity to investigate many of the things the SCA has to offer. They could move from room to room at their own pace, sampling many activities.

While some of the most popular arts and sciences from last year (calligraphy & illumination, fiber arts, metal working) will be represented again, we have made room for several new topics. These include glove making – an essential accessory for everyone in the Middle Ages; pewter casting – from carving the mold to casting your piece; brewing; and medieval plants. More than a dozen topics will be represented. This year we are offering some informal classes and demos in several of the classrooms. This is not meant to keep people from wandering in at any time, but rather as an aid to organizing your day.

Last year our persona development area focused on English and Indian personas. This year we are also focusing on Japanese culture and personas. Of course, whatever culture you are interested in, our ambassadors will be able to give you help and advice on honing your persona.

Ambassadors and other attendees will be bringing along some of their favorite research materials to share during the day. The reference library will include books and computer files on topics that are not otherwise being covered during the day. This is an opportunity for access to hard-to-find information.

Since this is a day about learning, the A&S display has a theme this year – “Show us your mistakes!” Making mistakes is an integral part of mastering any art or science. We have all made many mistakes along the way. We are asking people to show us their mistakes and what they learned from them. The populace will vote on their favorite mistakes, and a prize will be awarded at the end of the day.

For more information, see the event announcement:


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: a&s, Arts and Sciences, events

Otter’s Welcome – Volunteers and Newcomers Sought!

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-12 15:55

On October 15th, Carolingia is hosting an event focused on newcomers in honor of the memory of Mistress Rose Otter.  Countess Svava conceptualized the event as a tribute to what she described as Rose’s “unfailing welcoming spirit.”  This is a donation only event and will be held at Camp Massapoag, 234 Hall Street, Dunstable MA.  The event runs from 10am to 5pm.

“Our society thrives best when we have new people to join us and learn about what we do as it enhances our joy of the SCA to see our society anew through their eyes,” Svava wrote to describe her vision for Otter’s Welcome. “This event will be geared toward showing newcomers how to get involved in what we do and to encourage as many new members as possible.  Come show off your skill, love, and passion.   Please invite all of your friends that you think would love to come to an event but you just haven’t made the time.   If you would like to participate in making this a welcoming space for newcomers please let me know.”

Many activities are planned and experienced SCA participants are asked to come share their knowledge and enthusiasm. A&S activities include calligraphy, period games, European and Middle Eastern dancing, woodworking, music and cooking.  An A&S demonstration area will be set up for people to show their activity informally, and classes will be scheduled also.  Martial arts represented will be rapier, armored combat, archery and thrown weapons. To volunteer for an activity or to help the staff, please contact Countess Svava or Lord Alaric von Drackenclaue, the co-autocrats.

Mistress Eleanor Catlyng is organizing a “treasure hunt” and is looking for people who plan to attend the event to be part of the treasure hunt.  For example, a question on the treasure hunt might be “find someone who is or has been a landed baron(ess).  While participants may be able to find several people who could sign off this item, there needs to be at least one designated attendee who can sign off and has agreed to do so.  Participants will wear an armband to make them more identifiable for shyer newcomers.  Anyone willing to be a treasure hunt item should send Mistress Eleanor their SCA name and 3-5 interesting SCA facts about themselves.  She is also looking for a few ambassadors to make introductions between newcomers and participants.

Filed under: Events Tagged: Carolingia

Eastern Results from the June 2016 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2016-09-12 12:31

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 June 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.  Release of the June letter was slightly delayed by the convergence of 50 Year Celebration and Pennsic.

EAST acceptances

Agnés de la Court. Name and device. Purpure, a chevron embattled between two fleurs-de-lys argent and a raccoon statant gardant argent marked purpure.

Agnés is an attested but unexpected form, more commonly found as Agnes in our period.

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

Please advise the client to draw the chevron thicker, as befits a primary charge.

Cáemgen Ua Donnchada. Name and device. Vert, in fess two crosses fleury Or, a chief argent.

Cáemgen is the name of an Irish saint.

Please advise the submitter to draw the crosses as wide as they are tall.

Daniel au Loup Rouge. Name and device. Or semy of gunstones, a wolf passant gules and a chief vert.

Eleanor Catlyng. Name change from Eleanor Catlyn.

Both elements are found in Lincoln or Lincolnshire, England, dated to 1566-1567 in the FamilySearch Historical Records, making this an excellent 16th century English name!

The submitter’s previous name, Eleanor Catlyn, is released.

Jeanne Robin. Acceptance of transfer of badge from Christopher Devereux. Argent, two dances gules.

Lorencio Matteo Espinosa. Name.

Nice 16th century Spanish name!

Mael Eoin mac Echuid. Household name La Tavernehous de Mayne Ospitalis.

Mayne Ospitalis (“mayne held by the Knights Hospitaller”) is an attested place name found in Watts s.n. Broadmayne dated to 1244-1332.

La Tavernehous, documented from the 1311 house name la Tavernehous, is somewhat less likely as a designator than either Taverne or HousMayne Ospitalis Inne would also be an authentic form. However, the submitted form is registerable.

Mael Eoin mac Echuid. Device change. Per fess gules and argent, a lion rampant gardant counter-ermine.

The submitter has permission to conflict with the badge of Cosma Drago: (Fieldless) A domestic cat sejant erect counter-ermine.

The submitter’s old device, Gyronny argent and sable, a Maltese cross within an orle gules, is retained as a badge.

Mael Eoin mac Echuid. Badge. (Fieldless) A boot sable.

Nice boot!

Maximillian Elgin. Badge (see RETURNS for household name). Or, in fess a cup gules sustained between two sheep combattant sable.

Millicent Rowan. Name.

Muirenn ingen Dúnadaig. Badge. (Fieldless) A coney courant ermine.

Sorcha Dhorcha. Name.

Nice 15th-16th century Irish Gaelic name!

Viviana Silvani. Name.

Ynys y Gwaun, Canton of. Branch name and device. Per fess argent and Or, a tree eradicated proper between three laurel wreaths vert.

In the case of this name, the mutated form Ynys y Waun is more likely, but the submitted form is registerable.

EAST returns

Corcrán mac Diarmata. Device change. Per chevron argent and sable, two ravens volant to sinister chief and a Thor’s hammer counterchanged.

This device is returned for violating SENA A3D2c, Unity of Posture and Orientation, which states “The charges within a charge group should be in either identical postures/orientations or an arrangement that includes posture/orientation” The charges here are not in a unified arrangement, as the birds are bendwise sinister and the Thor’s hammer in its default orientation.

On redesign, please advise the submitter to draw the per chevron line of division slightly lower.

Maximillian Elgin. Household name Black Sheep House.

This household name is returned for conflict with the registered heraldic title Blak Shepe Pursuivant. The substantive elements are identical in sound.

Olivia Baker. Device. Per chevron inverted Or and gules, seven fleurs-de-lys in chevron inverted, alternately erect and inverted, between a rose and two stalks of wheat counterchanged.

Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as per chevron inverted fleury-counterfleury, what we have here is a group of fleurs-de-lys lying across the per chevron inverted line, with alternating upright and inverted fleurs. This creates identifiability issues as well as an arrangement that is not listed in SENA Appendix J, and so may not be registered without documentation that this is a period arrangement of charge groups. A proper fleury-counterfleury field division (as opposed to an ordinary) would have only demi fleurs-de-lys, issuant from the line of division, alternating upright and inverted.

Ysane la Fileresse. Device. Argent, a mascle azure within a mascle vert, all interlaced with a crampon bendwise purpure.

This device is returned for violating SENA A3E1, Arrangement of Charge Groups. This arrangement, of a long charge extending over and interlaced with two concentric voided charges, is not listed in SENA Appendix J, and so may not be registered without documentation that this is a period arrangement of charge groups. On resubmission, the submitter should address whether the mascle within a mascle arrangement violates the sword and dagger rule.


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

Unofficial Court Report for the Feast of John Barleycorn

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-09-11 18:09

On a hot and humid morning, Their Majesties, Kenric and Avelina opened their court at the Feast of John Barleycorn in the Crown Province of Ostgardr, Canton of Northpass.

They called forth their Viceroy and Vicereigne, Guy avec Cheval and Johanne aff Visby and, after thanking them for their long years of service, allowed them to step down from their posts.  They then summoned forth Sudder Saran and Lada Monguligin and invested them as the new Viceroy and Vicereigne of the Crown Province of Ostgardr and presented them with scrolls by Kayleigh MacWhyte.

They then called forth Barbeta Kirkland and bid her sit vigil in contemplation of being elevated to the Order of the Laurel.  Court was then suspended.

That afternoon court was reopened.  Guy aven Cheval and Johanne aff Visby were again summoned forth and thanked for their service.  Sir Guy was made a Baron of the Eastern Court and gifted by His Majesty with the gift of six pearls that might be affixed to his coronet and a scroll by Elizabeth Greenleaf.  Baroness Johanne was then thanked with a scroll by Alys Mackyntoich and Elizabeth Elenore Lovell which granted to a pension appropriate to her station from the duties, fees, and other revenues from the lands of Brokenbridge.

Their Majesties then called forth the children of the East to receive gifts from the royal toybox.  Whereas in the past the children chased the toybox bearer like a pack of wild wolves, on this day their actions were described by His Majesty as a swarm, as they descended upon Baron Dansk from all directions swiftly bearing him to the ground before he could take a single step.

Cailleach Dhé ingen Chiaráin was then called into court and was Awarded Arms for her service and presented with a scroll by Aaradyn Ghyoot.

Newcomers to the Society were then summoned forth and received diverse tokens from their Majesties.

The Guild of Athena’s Thimble was then invited into court where they made Her Majesty a gift of a wool Hedeby shoulder bag.  The bag was hand spun, woven, and dyed as were the threads used for the embroidery.  The wooden stretchers were hand made out of Curly maple with strawberry leaf accents in the center. The strap was made from grey silk with wool embroidery of three keys from Her Majesty’s personal heraldry. The side of the bag was decorated with twin eagles based on a Swedish find and chosen due to Her Majesty’s love of the birds.

Their Majesties then called forth Stephan O’Raghaillaigh and inducted him into the Order of the Apollo’s Arrow for his skill with a bow and service as a marshal.  He was presented with a scroll by Svea the Short-sighted.

Ceinwen ferch Llewellyn ab Owain was then summoned, and her skill at embroidery remarked upon by Their Majesties.  She was then made a Companion of the Order of the Silver Brooch and presented with a scroll by Marieta Charay.

One Gunnar Alfson was summoned into court and his prowess as an armored fighter was much praised.  He was then inducted into the Order of the Silver Tyger.

Jenna Childerslay was then summoned into court but could not be located as she was laboring in the distant kitchens.

Their Majesties then summoned forth Brochmail of Anglespur and made him a Companion of the Order of the Silver Crescet for his service to the Shire of Midland Vale and the Kingdom as a whole.  He was presented with a shiny scroll by AEsa Lkabrenna Sturladottir with words by Aislinn Chiabach.

Barbeta Kirkland was summoned back into court to answer the question put before her that morning.  Members of each peerage spoke of her skill as a lacemaker, her contributions to the Guild of Arachne’s Web, and her enthusiasm and passion for her art.  Upon hearing these words, Their Majesties asked her if she would join the Order and she assented.  The Order of the Laurel was summoned, and Barbeta was awarded the regalia of a medallion, coif, and apron to show her new station and she then swore fealty to the Crown of the East.  These events were memorialized in a scroll by Alexei Dmitriev and Sarah Davies and a painting by Eleanore MacCarthaigh.

At that time, Jenna Childerslay having been located, she was called into court.  Despite her protestations of innocence, Their Majesties spoke of her great service to newcomers to the society and inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent and presented her with a scroll by Palotzi Marti.

His Majesty then addressed the populace of Ostgardr, speaking of the warmth of their welcome and the enjoyment of the day, and court was then closed.

To the above I, Baron Yehuda ben Moshe, bear withness as the Herald of record.  These events were witnessed by Master Ryan Mac Whyte and Baroness Maria Erika von Ossenheim

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