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Tir Mara Populace Badge/Badge de la peuple pour Tir Mara

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 18:12

En français

Unto the good gentles of the Crown Principality of Tir Mara, greetings!

My name is Lord Conn mac Branain and I am the chair of the Tir Mara Populace Badge Committee. Tir Mara has been without a populace badge for far too long and it’s time something was done to rectify that. The committee formed in June as the end product of a discussion on the Tir Mara Facebook group. We spent the time since then in discussion as to how best go about the process. We now have a process in place and with the approval of the Tir Mara Seneschal and Their Royal Highnesses, we are ready to move forward. The committee includes people from all three Baronies and every Shire in the Principality; some are heralds, some are not.

Because this badge will be the populace badge for Tir Mara, we feel that involving the populace is key. To that end, we are inviting submissions from the populace. Anyone living in Tir Mara can submit their idea for a badge. After a reasonable period for accepting submissions has passed, the committee will vet all the submissions, and those that pass the vetting process will then be subjected to a poll of the populace to narrow the field down to the one badge that will be submitted to the College of Arms.

Here is the process in detail:

From today, 16 October 2017, until 30th November 2017, anyone living within Tir Mara may submit their design for a badge. All submissions are to be sent to the Tir Mara Submissions Herald, Blue Alaunt . Submissions may be in electronic format or sent by snail mail. All electronic submissions for the populace badge MUST have ‘Tir Mara Populace Badge’ in the subject line or they will be ignored. All snail mail submissions for the populace badge MUST have ‘Tir Mara Populace Badge’ on the submission itself or they will be ignored. The regular submission forms are not required, either in electronic or snail mail format – we just need to be able to easily make out what design it is you are sending us. SEND NO MONIES.

From 1st December – 31st December, submissions will be vetted by the committee.

From 1st January – 31st January, the populace will be polled as to which design they would like to have as a populace badge.
It is important to note that this is a poll and not a vote. The Crown has the final say in what is adopted as a badge; just like a poll for a Baronial coronet, or one of the Orders of High Merit, the decision rests with the Crown. It is much easier for the Crown to make a proper decision if they have information. That’s why we’re polling the populace, to present the Crown with data showing the desires of their people.

In February, the numbers will be tallied, the results announced, and the paperwork submitted to the College. Once that happens, we wait until the badge has gone through the normal process for commentary and decision as with all other heraldric submissions.

En français

Salutations au bon peuple de la Principauté de la Couronne de Tir Mara!

Mon nom est Lord Conn mac Branain et je suis en charge de coordonner le comité pour trouver un Badge de la peuple pour Tir Mara. Le comité a été formé en juin dernier, suite à des discussions sur la page Facebook de Tir Mara, où il est apparu qu’il est grand temps que Tir Mara ait son badge. Nous avons depuis discuté afin d’établir une démarche en ce sens, qui a été approuvée par la Sénéchale de Tir Mara et Leurs Royales Majestés. Nous sommes donc prêts à aller de l’avant. Le comité est formé de représentants de chaque groupe de la Principauté, incluant des hérauts.

Il nous a semblé important d’impliquer toute la peuple de Tir Mara, car ce badge doit tous nous représenter. À cet effet, nous invitons la peuple à soumettre des projets de badge. Toute personne résidant sur les terres de Tir Mara peut participer. Lorsque la date limite pour recevoir les soumissions sera passée, le comité examinera les propositions. Les soumissions jugées admissibles seront par la suite soumises à la peuple afin de choisir le design qui sera soumis au Collège des Hérauts.

Voici en détail le processus proposé:
* Les soumissions seront acceptées jusqu’au 30 novembre 2017 et doivent être adressées au « Tir Mara Submissions Herald, Blue Alaunt ». Les soumissions peuvent être envoyées en format électronique ou par courrier régulier. Toutes les soumissions électroniques DOIVENT avoir comme objet « Tir Mara Populace Badge », sinon elles seront ignorées. Nul besoin d’utiliser les formulaires usuels pour les soumissions héraldiques. Il suffit que le design soumis soit clair. N’ENVOYEZ PAS D’ARGENT

* Du 1er au 31 décembre 2017, les soumissions seront validées par le comité.

* Du 1er au 31 janvier 2018, la peuple sera appelée à se faire un choix parmi les badges proposés.

Il est important de noter que c’est une consultation et non un vote. La Couronne aura le mot final quant au design qui sera adopté, comme pour une consultation pour la couronne Baronniale ou les Ordres de Haut Mérite. Il est beaucoup plus aisé pour la Couronne de prendre une décision éclairée si elle a en mains toutes les informations nécessaires concernant le souhait et la préférence de la population de Tir Mara.

Le tout sera comptabilisé au cours du mois de février 2018 et les résultats annoncés par après. La soumission officielle sera transmise au Collège des Hérauts. Nous devrons ensuite attendre la suite normale du processus de soumissions héraldiques.


Filed under: Announcements, En français Tagged: heraldry, Tir Mara

Unofficial Court Report: Tournament of the Roses

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 14:32

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

While Tsar Ivan ventured to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc to attend the Njal Saga, Her Majesty, Tsaritsa Matilde, attended the Tournament of the Roses in the Barony of Dragonship Haven on Saturday, October 14, AS 52.
With a heavy heart, her Majesty had to issue the following edict in a morning court:
“Ivan Ivanov syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov and Matilde de Cadenet, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East Kingdom, issued a Royal Sanction of Exile from the Realm against [legal name redacted], known in the Society as Mord Hrutsson. The sanction will expire at the end of their reign.”
Court was suspended, and the Tournament began.

Duchess Eltheldreda and her winning team.

At the end of the tournament, the team of Duchess Etheldreda emerged victorious.
Her Majesty Matilde reopened her court, and invited Duke Randall of the Dark to attend. He was accompanied by the members of the Chivalry who were present, and read a petition signed by numerous members of the Chivalry of the East, denouncing the actions of Mord Hrutsson.
This unfortunate business completed, Her Majesty wished to bring a more joyous moment to the populace. She invited the children in attendance into court. Eager with anticipation, the kids waited as Tsaritsa Matilde requested Sir Gellyes attend her, and take the toybox for a run to the merriment of all.

Next did Her Majesty invite into court Christine of Serpentius. Though she was not present, Duchess Etheldreda spoke for her, and Christine was Awarded Arms, receiving a scroll by Faolan an Sccreccain.
The Queen next invited into her court any newcomers attending their first, second or third event. They came forth in dribs and drabs, and received tokens and hearty vivants.
Tsaritsa Matilde invited into her court Sara Sala di Peruta. Her Majesty spoke highly of Sara’s service, and invited into the court the companions of the Order of the Silver Crescent. Sara received a medallion, and a scroll by Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir (Feilinn).
After a fine day of fighting, fencing, archery, and arts and sciences, her Majesty thanked the staff for their hard work, and closed court.
Long Live the Tsar! Long Live the Tsaritsa! Long Live the Kingdom of the East!
Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald.
PS – Thank you to Simona bat Leon for assisting with court.

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, royal court

Birka Fashion Show

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-10-18 12:33

Once again House Strangewayes will be presenting a fashion show at Market Day at Birka organized by Baronessa Bianca Anguissola

Baronessa Maria Pagani and Baron Juan Xavier’s winning entry from Her Grace Avelina’s sports garb challenge at Birka in AS 48.

Are you interested in showing off your garb prowess? Want to ogle the talent of the populace? Want to win a fabulous prize and be the envy of all your Peers? Come show off your skill!

In addition to entrants in the following categories:

  • Early Period: 600-1100 CE
  • Middle Period: 1100-1450 CE
  • Late Period: 1450-1600 CE
  • Children’s garb
  • Group category

Her most royal Majesty Czarina Matilde de Cadenet has issued Her own Garb Challenge. In honor of East Kingdom 50 Year, she desires to see the skill with needle and thread of the populace in showing their true colors: their East Kingdom colors.

Show Her what makes you a Beast of the East. Come display your fiercest blue tygers, make them roar for you in your stately Eastern purple and gold, and change into your stripes of blue and gold populace pride.

East Kingdom Badge – may be used by any citizen of the East Kingdom

Unsheathe your shears and tear into that linen, take down that wild wool, and hunt for the perfect pattern to kill it on the runway come Birka. Her Majesty will be looking to catch the most impressive Eastern tyger by the tail and name them the winner of this year’s Queen’s challenge.

Further details for time and location to be announced as the event approaches.

Filed under: Announcements, Events Tagged: birka, birka fashion show, Birka Garb Challenge

Polling Order Recommendation Deadline is October 22nd /Seconde période de consultation d’Ivan et Matilde

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-10-15 06:06

En français

Their Royal Majesties Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde wish to make it known that They will consider recommendations for inclusion on Their second polling through Sunday October 22, 2017.

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.

Brennan mac Fearghus
Awards Coordinator

En français – traduit par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Leurs Royales Majestés le Tsar Ivan et la Tsarina Matilde souhaitent faire connaître Leur intention de considérer les recommendations pour l’inclusion dans leur deuxième période de consultation, jusqu’au dimanche 22 octobre 2017.

Rappelez-vous que vous n’avez pas besoin d’être membre d’un ordre proposé afin de recommender une personne que vous jugez méritoire. Si vous connaissez une telle personne, il suffit de remplir un formulaire simple afin de la proposer.

Besoin de plus d’informations au sujet du processus de consultation ou des reconnaissances du Royaume de l’Est ? Cet article vous procurera une bonne vue d’ensemble. Besoin de savoir si une personne possède déjà la reconnaissance pour laquelle vous la considérez ? Vérifiez son Ordre de Préséance.

Brennan mac Fearghus
Awards Coordinator

Filed under: Announcements, Official Notices, Tidings Tagged: award recommendations, deadline, polling orders, polling recommendations

Unofficial Court Report: The Coronation and First Court of Ivan and Mathilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East.

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-10-14 10:49

Thus it was on the 7th day of October, AS 52, was made the 100th Crown of the Kingdom of the East.

King Ioannes and Queen Ro Honig relinquished their crowns to the East Kingdom Seneschal, Mistress Mercedes Vera de Califia. She held a brief court as regent, after which she called the Prince of Tir Mara to attend her.

Brigantia announced, “Oyez! Oyez! Now comes before you Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov Vynuk Tzardikov, Prince of Tir Mara and heir to the crown of the East!”

Music began, and Prince Ivan processed forward, under a four-post canopy. Ivan presented himself to the Regent.

Mercedes presented the crown to Ivan, and said, “As Seneschal and Regent of the East, I recognize your right to the crown. Please take this from my hands, and take unto yourself the mantle of authority it represents.”

The Prince took up the crown, and turned to face the populace. He held the crown aloft, then said, “By my own hand, as victor in spring Crown tournament, I take my place as Tsar of the East.” He thus placed the crown upon his head.

Brigantia declared, “Presenting his Majesty, Ivan Rex, Tsar of the East!” Vivants followed.

The King’s Armored Champion cried, “Long Live the King!” The populace responded in kind.

Brigantia announced, “His Majesty welcomes before him Her Highness, Matilde DeCadenet, Princess of Tir Mara!”

Music began.

Mathilde processed to the dais. She was escorted up the stairs by her sons. Tsar Ivan took off his crown, and placed it upon the Princess’ head.

Tsar Ivan said, “It is with gladness in my heart that you stand by my side this day. As I have crowned myself King by my own hand, I crown you Queen of all these lands.” The Tsar removed the crown, placed it back upon his head, then placed the crown of the Tsaritsa upon her head.

Brigantia declared, “Presenting Her Majesty, Mathilde Regina, Tsaritsa of the East!” Vivants followed.

The Queen’s Armored Champion cried, “Long Live the Queen!” The populace responded in kind.

The Greater Officers of State were called in to swear fealty individually. Their Majesties recognized their new Webminister, in addition to receiving his fealty.

Following ancient Kingdom tradition, The Tsar and Tsaritsa turned and knelt before Brigantia. Brigantia said, “These are the waters from the Bay of the Mists, from the Kingdom of the West. Water is life, and as the West was the birthplace of our society, we anoint our new king and queen as a symbol of rebirth and a new reign with this water.” They were anointed with the waters from the West Kingdom’s bay.

Brigantia placed a vessel before the Tsar and Tsaritsa. Brigantia declared, “This dirt is from the grounds where the first tournament in our society was held. Do you swear upon this hallowed earth that you will lead our Kingdom with justice, honor, and glory, in peace or in war?” The Tsar and Tsaritsa replied, “We do.”

They arose, and stood before the thrones. “Long Live the Tsar! Long Live the Tsaritsa! Long Live the Kingdom of the East!” called Bringantia. The populace responded in kind. Their Majesties retook their thrones.

The Viceroy and Vicerine of Ostgardr and Landed Barons and Baronesses were called to swear fealty individually. Their Majesties heard and accepted their oaths.

Court was suspended.

As the Tsar and Tsaring recessed, the Roll of Kings was read by ten Royal Peers. Their Majesties sat in state for 90 minutes during the afternoon. Following this, they held their first full court.

Tsaritsa Mathilde called into court Vachir Artslanjin, and named him Captain of her guard. The rest of the guard was assembled, and presented with baldrics.

Next were Ioannes Aurelius Serpentius and Ro Honig von Summerfeldt called into court. For their service as King and Queen of the East, they were made a Count and Countess, Ioannes receiving a heavy mosaic created by Christiana Crane, with words by Nicol mac Donnachaidh, and Latin translations and Rome consultation by Tiberius Julius Rufus Primus; Ro Honig received a scroll created by Kayleigh McWhyte.

Next was the Order of the Rose called to attend court. Many spoke of Ro Honig’s qualities, and she was made a companion of the Order of the Rose. She received a mantle, and a scroll by Vettorio Antonello.

The Children of the East were invited to attend Their Majesties. Tsar Ivan invited Duke Omega to take up the toybox, and the children gave chase to the merriment of all.

Next was Dobby…sorry, no…Dietrich Schwelgengräber called into court. He received a sock, and was set free.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Mathilde called into their court Mercedes Vera de Califia. They presented her with a sock, and released her from her duty as Kingdom Seneschal.

Their Majesties called before them Katherine Barr. They named her East Kingdom Seneschal, and received her fealty.

The Rapier Melee Champions team were called into court. They offered to Their Majesties their service in any upcoming combat situation.

Her Majesty Mathilde called into court Reinhart Basarab Draculesti. She presented him with her own glove, making him a companion of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

Brochmail de Anglespur was called into court. His lady, Aislinn Chiabach, received on his behalf a Queen’s Award of Esteem token.

All those attending their First, Second or Third event were called into court, and presented tokens and thanks for joining the Society.

Their Majesties invited into their court Aine O’Muirghesan. She presented herself as an Ambassador from the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, and gave numerous gifts to the Tsar and Tsaritsa.

Their Majesties called into their court the Order of the Pelican. Noting the order was incomplete, they invited before them Joel of Vestfell. He received a writ to sit vigil at a later date, and a scroll with calligraphy and illumination Faolán an Sccreccain and words by The Anchoress of Ayntre.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa invited into their court Mýrún Leifsdóttir. Recognizing her scribal talents, they called the Order of the Silver Brooch to attend. Mýrún was made a companion of the order, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Tola knitýr.

Margretha La Fauvelle was called to attend the court of Their Majesties. Citing her musicianship, they invited the Order of the Laurel to attend. Margretha was presented with a writ to sit vigil at a later date, with a scroll by Eloise of Coulter.

Their Majesties called into their court Doucette de Verdun. Noting his skill at the equestrian arts, they called forth the companions of the Order of the Golden Lance. Doucette was presented with a medallion, and a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

The Tsar and Tsaritsa called for the companions of the Order of Chivalry. The order being incomplete, they welcomed into their court Viktor Dominik. Viktor received a writ to sit vigil at a later event, with a scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan with words by Theodora Brysennissa, called Treannah.

Their Majesties thanked the populace for attending their coronation, and thus closed their first court.

Long live the Tsar! Long live the Tsaritsa! Long live the Kingdom of the East!

YIS, Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

PS – Thank you to the heraldic staff – Rowen Cloteworthy, Maria von Ossenheim, Kirsa Oyutai, and Marian Kirkpatrick

Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation, court report, Ivan and Mathilde

Eastern Laurel and Chivalry Meetings on October 14th (Updated)

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-10-13 09:36

Her Royal Majesty Matilde will be holding brief meetings with the Order of Chivalry and the Order of the Laurel tomorrow (October 14th) at the Tournament of the Roses in Dragonship Haven. The Chivalry meeting will begin at 10:30 am, followed by the Laurel meeting at 10:45 am.

His Royal Majesty Ivan will be holding brief meetings with the Eastern members of the Order of Chivlary and the Eastern members of the Order of the Laurel tomorrow (October 14th) at Njal Saga in the Barony of Thescorre, Kingdom of Æthelmarc. The Chivalry meeting will be held at 9:15 am, followed by the Laurel meeting at 9:45 am.

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: chivalry meeting, laurel meeting, order meetings, order of chivalry, order of the laurel

Unofficial Baronial Court Report from An Dubhaigeainn

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-10-13 08:36

Unofficial Court Report from the Last Court of Baron David Vasquez De Valencia and Baroness Suzanne Neuber DeLondres, and First Court of Titus Aurelius Magnus and Baroness Sorcha of Stonegrave, held at A Funny Thing Happened to St. Andrew on the Way to the Forum – An Investiture
On September 16, A.S. 52, 2017 C.E.


Invited into court by their majesties, serenaded by Hugoline the Delicate, Their excellencies began their court with welcoming everybody to the day. They first gave a gift to the King and Queen of the East, a bounty of treats native to our Duck Land.

Their excellencies invited Lord Kaalos Dymas into court, but not being in attendance yet, Suzanne requested their Herald to come before them. Speaking of all the service Lady Violet Hughes has done for the barony from crafting new regalia to getting the Baron to finally register a device, they awarded her the Silver Feather and the Baroness gave a gift of purple trim.

Lord Ronan Fitzrobert was requested to come into court, but since he is the autocrat he was busy running around outside the hall. While he was tracked down their excellencies brought attention to Lord Peter of Hawkwood. For his activities in archery, his woodworking, and his overall service to the barony, he is inducted into the Order of Perseverance.

Ronan was located and escorted before their Excellencies. For having served as seneschal, web minister, helping with setup and breakdown of many events, and getting others to participate in all sorts of activities, he was deemed worthy of the Sylvanus Doke.

Lady Sorcha of Stonegrave was invited before their excellencies. For her work as retainer and “second brain” to her Excellency she was given a gift of a girdle belt, and His Majesty led the room in a chorus of “Ooooh, Ahhhh, Ohhh!” in appreciation of its beauty.

There was mention of a silent auction of stained glass to raise funds for the barony archery fund.

With final emotional words from each of their excellencies of thankfulness to everybody whom they have led, that concluded the last court of Baron David Vasquez de Valancia and Baroness Suzanne Neuber de Londres.

To read about each award and order mentioned here, please go to:


Their new excellencies opened their first court on the beautiful day with inviting those who were coronets prior to them up for recognition. Murdoch and Maigret of Carrigart, Jean Xavier Boullier, and Gianetta Lucia Allegretta, Ateno of Annun Ridge and Lassar Ignen Aeda, David Vasquez de Valencia and Suzanne Neuber de Londres. With words and tokens of thanks, they were sent back to their beers.

Baron Titus, sad that he won’t be able to be the Baronial heavy weapons Champion for a while talked about the tourney he held that day. Baroness Sorcha, before Titus was able to name the winners, gave him the duck token of thanks that all past champions receive. Conrad Jarnhand and Muiredach Ua Dálaig were called up as second and third place winners and awarded each a length of rattan. Ozurr the Bootgiver was called as the winner of the tournament and the new Champion and given a prize and regalia. Ozurr resumed his post as guard, and all four were cheered.

Laird Eanraig the Bonesetter was invited into court to talk about his tournaments. The first was a Roman senate tournament, and Master Cain Ramsay was declared the winner and given a prize of a book and a wooden chest and tasked with distributing the loot within. The next tournament was the Lorenzo Quintain memorial tournament to remember the self-proclaimed worst fighter in the kingdom. The winner was Anne de Bastillion and she was given a silver octopus brooch. The “winner” who did the worst was Marion of York who was instructed to run a memorial tournament within the next year, and she was then handed her ass on a silver platter. She received a delighted round of applause when she held high the plastic equine statue and shiny display plate for all to see.

Their excellencies invited before them Lady Fiona the Volatile and Lady Hugoline the Delicate. The ladies explained that the children had a very busy day, making candle holders for feast, and completed a scavenger hunt that included talking to peers! And Royalty! And The Baron! Two children completed the entire list of tasks. Keira of House Three Skulls and Sterling of House Three Skulls (no relation). They both received golden Duck Trophies. All the rest of the children were invited up to present to the new Baron and Baroness regalia of quacking duck bills, much to the delight of their Majesties.

Keira and Dahlia were requested to stay on stage as the rest of the children went back to playing. His excellency showed great appreciation for their efforts at waterbearing at Pennsic and general help at baronial events, and they were awarded Silver Eggs.

Their excellencies called into court Lord Thorolf Egilsen, Stefan de Londres, Lord Magnus de Londres, and Lady Medb O’Donnchada and they were awarded silver Feathers. It was pointed out that it was Medb’s birthday, so Lady Jenna Childslayer led the court in (thankfully only a few rounds of) the birthday dirge.

Master Jean Xavier Boullier was requested before their excellencies, and with a description of his many many roles such as Baron, Seneschal, Chamberlain, and the unofficial role of “he does absolutely everything”, he was bestowed a large silver feather.

Lord Ozurr the Bootgiver, Tycho Mikkleson, and Lord Yisrael ben Baron were called into court and each were given a token and welcomed into the order of the Drake’s Spur.

Their excellencies invited before them Duchessa Isabella of York. Thanking her for her support she was given a token of a stone duck.

Mistress Suzanne Neuber the Londres was invited into court for her support and inspiration, and was also given a token of thanks of an amber duck.

After Lord Bleiddwn Emrys brought the clown god statue Horus to take his place next to His Excellency, thus ended the court of Baron Titus Aurelius Magnus and Baroness Sorcha of Stonegrave.

To read about each award and order mentioned here, please go to:

Filed under: Court Tagged: An Dubhaigeainn, baronial court, court report, Investiture

King’s and Queen’s Thrown Weapons Championships / Champions de Lancer d’Armes de Jet du Roi et de la Reine

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2017-10-12 20:55

En français

On July 6-9th, the Province of Malagentia hosted the Great Northeastern War XXXI which included the East Kingdom King’s and Queen’s Thrown Weapons Championships. The championship brought throwers from the Kingdom’s many regions to compete for the honor of becoming King’s or Queen’s Champion. This year’s championship was deviously designed by Matteo Genovese of Quintavia, Queen’s Champion and Magnus the Broken of Hadchester, King’s Champion. Qualifiers to enter the championship consisted of a royal round thrown without breaks between distance or weapons forms with multiple chances to qualify. Twenty five people threw qualifying rounds from Thursday evening through Saturday morning. Of the twenty five, the top sixteen were chosen to compete in a bracket.

Spear Throwing at Kings and Queens Thrown Weapons Championships

Bryon de Burgh, Carolingia
Arlyana van Wyck, Carolingia
Mikael McCue, Caer Adamant
Serafina Della Torre, Glenn Linn
Peter the Red, Carolingia
Velikail of Deltuva, Hadchester
Patrick the Red, Quintavia
Gerry, Malagentia
Kazimierz, Carolingia
William the Mysterious, Anglespur
Safiya al-Naghira, Bergental
Sweyne MacAwliffe, Malagentia
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, Carolingia
Asher de Lincolia. Carolingia
Cedric of Thanet, Endewearde
Thorormr Barnakarl, Bergental

The first round of finals was crafted by Matteo. The target and format were unlike anything seen by most Eastern throwers. When asked about his motivations for designing this tournament, Matteo stated, “I wanted to test the throwers ability to adapt to changes in height, which effects rotation, and to the pressure that competing head to head against someone brings.” Throwers competed on an 8’x10’ board throwing wall. The format consisted of head to head competition between throwers evenly matched in number of weapons. Throwers took turns throwing for up to five minutes or fifty throws. The first round consisted of axes with a second round of knives with the winner moving on to the next round. In the case of a tie between Cedric of Thanet and Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, there was a rousing spear-off.

Winners of the Axe Round:

Competitors throwing axes.

Bryon de Burgh
Mikael McCue
Velikail of Deltuva
Sweyne MacAwliffe
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch
Cedric of Thanet

Finals included highly engineered, reactive targets constructed by Magnus the Broken, King’s Champion. His motivation came from both modern cinema and the interest in using thrown weapons to disorient foes carrying axes while armored with helmets. Kazimierz, Cristoff, Bryon, and Gerry competed in the final four, head to head. Throwers had the option to throw any three possible thrown weapon at targets. The first task was to hit the head of a shield wielding figure in order to knock the head back and cause the foe to drop their shield. Once this portion of the challenge was complete, throwers then had to throw another weapon at the direct center of the target, with the closest throw winning. Another challenge unlike we have seen in the East, throwers chose a variety of weapons. Axe, spear, and rocks were among the choices of our finalists. Fencers commented that they could hear our cheers from the fencing field.

Entrants and spectators, including the King Ioannes and Queen Honig, saw a clear winner and Queen’s Champion in newcomer Bryon De Burgh whose well executed throws defeated both the enemy and competitors with his deadly accuracy. Bryon said that he had great fun at the tournament. He felt that the tournament tested both one’s nerves and throwing ability. The number of spectators added to the pressure and excitement.

The King and Queen retired to hear counsel from the outgoing champions and trusted advisors regarding King’s Champion. At the Thrown Weapons range, assembled throwers and spectators commented on the camaraderie and courtesy show by competitors. Entrants competed with honor by sharing weapons and giving encouragement to rivals within the tournament.

Joy for a new Queen’s Champion and anticipation of word for a King’s Champion accompanied throwers to evening court. Before a large assembled crowd, the outgoing champions were thanked for their service and a successful champions tournament. Bryon De Burgh was called up to become Queen’s Champion and Sir Cedric of Thanet was announced as King’s Champion. When asked about his goals as King’s Champion, Cedric has a priority to bring people together for Thrown Weapons events. He would also like to see more folks get recognized for their abilities and contributions to the Thrown Weapons community. Bryon, Queen’s Champion has a goal to teach at as many events and practices as possible. He has a hope that Thrown Weapons will become as popular and competitive as the other martial activities in the SCA.

Photo provided by Sara Swetechicke

En français – traduit par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Les 6 au 9 juillet, la Province de Malagentia a été l’hôte de la Grande Guerre du Nord-est XXXI, ou se sont déroulés les championnats de Lancer d’armes de jet du Roi et de la Reine du Royaume de l’Est. Le championnat a amené de nombreux lanceurs provenant de toutes les régions du Royaume à se présenter pour l’honneur de devenir Champion du Roi ou de la Reine. Le championnat de cette année a été machiavéliquement imaginé par Matteo Genovese de Quintavia, Champion de la Reine, ainsi que Magnus the Broken de Hadchester, Champion du Roi. Les qualifications pour entrer le championnat consistaient en une ronde royale lancée sans pause entre les distances ou les armes, avec de multiples chances de se qualifier. 25 personnes ont lancé des rondes de qualifications, entre la soirée de jeudi, jusqu’au matin du samedi. Des 25 personnes, les 16 meilleurs scores ont été sélectionnés pour s’affronter.

Bryon de Burgh, Carolingia
Arlyana van Wyck, Carolingia
Mikael McCue, Caer Adamant
Serafina Della Torre, Glenn Linn
Peter the Red, Carolingia
Velikail of Deltuva, Hadchester
Patrick the Red, Quintavia
Gerry, Malagentia
Kazimierz, Carolingia
William the Mysterious, Anglespur
Safiya al-Naghira, Bergental
Sweyne MacAwliffe, Malagentia
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, Carolingia
Asher de Lincolia. Carolingia
Cedric of Thanet, Endewearde
Thorormr Barnakarl, Bergental

La première ronde de finales a été faite par Matteo. Les cibles et le type de lancers étaient nouveaux pour la majorité des lanceurs de l’Est. Lorsqu’interrogé à propos de l’inspiration derrière la conception de ce tournoi, Matteo dit: “Je voulais tester l’habileté des lanceurs à s’adapter aux changements de hauteur, qui affectent la rotation, et à la pression de devoir compétitionner directement contre un autre lanceur.” Les lanceurs se sont affrontés en visant un mur de 8×10 pouces. Il s’agissait  de lancer côte à côte avec un autre participant avec un nombre égal d’armes. Les lanceurs ont lancé chacun leur tour pendant cinq minutes, ou 50 lancers. La première ronde s’est complétée avec des haches, avec une seconde ronde de couteaux, duquel le gagnant progressait ensuite à la prochaine ronde. Dans le cas d’une égalité entre Cedric of Thanet et Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch, il y a eu un excitant bris d’égalité à la lance.

Gagnants de la Ronde des Haches:

Bryon de Burgh
Mikael McCue
Velikail of Deltuva
Sweyne MacAwliffe
Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch
Cedric of Thanet

Les finales incluaient des cibles hautement techniques et réactives construites par Magnus the Broken, Champion du Roi. Son inspiration lui est venue aussi bien du cinéma moderne que de son intérêt d’utiliser des armes de lancer afin de désorienter des ennemis portant des haches, tout en étant armurés d’un casque. Kazimierz, Cristoff, Bryon, et Gerry ont compétitionné dans les demi-finales, un contre un. Les lanceurs avaient l’option de lancer n’importe lequel des trois armes possibles sur les cibles. La première tâche était de frapper la tête d’un soldat protégé d’un bouclier afin de faire tomber la tête, ce qui forçait l’ennemi à lâcher son bouclier. Une fois que cette portion du défi était complète, les lanceurs devaient ensuite lancer une autre arme au centre de la cible, le compétiteur le plus proche du milieu étant déclaré gagnant. Un autre défi comme nous en avons rarement vu dans l’Est, les lanceurs ont choisi une variété d’armes. Haches, lances et même roches ont été parmi les choix de nos finalistes. Des escrimeurs ont commenté qu’ils pouvaient entendre nos applaudissements du terrain d’escrime.

Les participants et les spectateurs, incluant le Roi Ioannes et la Reine Honig, ont identifié un gagnant sans équivoque et Champion de la Reine en la personne du nouveau Bryon de Burgh, dont les lancers superbement effectués ont anéanti tant les ennemis que la compétition avec précision mortelle. Bryon a dit qu’il avait eu beaucoup de plaisir pendant le tournoi. Il pensait que le tournoi avait testé autant la contenance des compétiteurs, ainsi que leur habileté. Le nombre de spectateurs ajoutait au stress et à l’euphorie.

Le Roi et la Reine se sont ensuite retirés afin d’entendre les conseils des champions sortants et de leurs conseillers de confiance au sujet du Champion du Roi. Sur le champ de tir d’armes de jet, les lanceurs assemblés ainsi que les spectateurs commentaient la camaraderie et la courtoisie qui avait été démontré par les compétiteurs. Les participants ont concouru avec honneur en partageant leurs armes et donnant les encouragements à leurs rivaux pendant le tournoi.

Ô joie, car un nouveau Champion de la Reine et l’anticipation d’un résultat sur le Champion du Roi accompagnaient les lanceurs à la cour du soir. Devant une grande assemblée, les champions sortants ont été remerciés de leur service, ainsi que de leur fabuleux tournoi. Bryon de Burgh a été appelé pour devenir le Champion de la Princesse et Sir Cedric of Thanet a été annoncé comme étant le Champion du Roi. Quand nous lui avons demandé ses plans en tant que Champion du Roi, Cedric a répondu qu’il souhaitait faire une priorité d’inciter plus de gens à se réunir pour des événements de lancer d’armes. Il aimerait aussi voir plus de gens reconnus pour leurs habiletés et contributions à la communauté de lancer d’armes de jet. Bryon, Champion de la Reine, a pour sa part comme but d’enseigner au maximum d’événements et pratiques possibles. Il espère que le Lancer d’Armes deviendra aussi populaire et compétitif que les autres activités martiales dans la SCA.

Photos provided by Sara Swetechicke

Filed under: En français, Events, Thrown Weapons Tagged: champions, thrown weapons

Follow Æthelmearc’s Crown Tourney

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-10-07 11:03

The Kingdom of Æthelmearc is holding its Crown Tournament today, and the Æthelmearc Gazette is providing coverage. The starting tree has been posted, and updates will follow.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: aethelmearc, Crown Tourney

Artifacts of Life III

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-10-03 20:19

The third Artifacts of a Life was held Sept. 30, 2017, in the Barony Beyond the Mountain. This very special arts and sciences competition format encourages participants to present items which a person from our period of study could have possessed. There were categories for entries which covered “elite” displays of 6 to 9 articles, “typical” collections of 3 to 5 items, and “team” or “village” entries by a group of participants (though there were no entries in that category this time).

Throughout the day, visitors and judges admired the presentations and discussed them with the seven entrants.

Lord Brendan Firebow

Lord Brendan Firebow’s display was of various items found on his person at the time of his untimely death (possibly in a duel) in the late 1500’s. Presented were glasses, a knife sheath, a belt, and a pouch. Decoration on the pouch, the edges of the belt, and the leather frames of the glasses, was chemically stained black with an iron solution. The strapless pouch was worn against the body and held in place by the belt. His research into the leather framed glasses led him to discover that these were important 16th century trade items.

Lady Aibhilin inghean Ui Phaidin

Lady Aibhilin inghean Ui Phaidin

Lady Aibhilin inghean Ui Phaidin presented glass bead jewelry as found in the Deer Park Farms Settlement site in County Antrim Ireland. Beads, such as those in the strung grouping of 11, were found scattered in the bedding in one of the homes of the site, and a glass-topped pin like those shown was found in another structure. The beads Aibhilin reproduced were among the most common types found throughout the site. The description of her experimental bead furnace was fascinating. Her research into the beads has ignited her desire to learn much more about medieval Irish history.

Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan

Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan

Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan’s artifacts were discovered while repairing WW2 damage to Maison Draguignan. An old box was found under broken floorboards. It contained a few playing cards, a pewter token, a padlock key, a fire-damaged pendant, a toy horse, a gravoir (a hair parting tool), and several handwritten notes and letters – items that would have been lovingly treasured by her 14th century persona. Participating in Artifacts of Life allowed Baroness Ysabella to explore art forms she had never attempted before.

Lord Bartholomew of Northampton was an archer on board the Mary Rose when it sank. His personal possessions include his yew longbow, arrows, wooden comb, embroidered purse, bracer (arm guard), wooden plate and bowl, bollock dagger and sheath, and a leather jerkin. It takes a special technique to pull a 104 pound bow.

Lord Bartholomew and his longbow

Lady Elaine Howys of Morningthorpe

Lady Elaine Howys of Morningthorpe

Lady Elaine Howys of Morningthorpe was the widow of a Master Broderer who left the service of Queen Elizabeth to start his own shop. Her will leaves the contents of the shop to her son-in-law and daughter, as he was in the trade as a journeyman and pattern drawer. Presented were merchandise, supplies, tools, patterns and work samples of various forms of Tudor and Elizabethan embroidery.

Lady Tola knitýr

Lady Tola knitýr was a 14th century Swiss noblewoman. She made two knitted purses, likely to be used as reliquary bags in her church. Spools of her handspun silk thread survive, on her spool stand. The tiny scale of the knitting, and the complex patterns, are evidence of her skill. She is looking forward to continuing her explorations of natural dyeing techniques.

Lady Rosamund von Schwyz

Lady Rosamund von Schwyz presented the tools and technique of bobbin lace. Her pillow includes a roller, to facilitate making lengths of lace, and she made several of the many bobbins in use.


These skillful entrants demonstrated both breadth and depth in their explorations of medieval life. Their enthusiasm for their work was readily apparent. In Baronial Court, the event stewards, Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn and Baron Jehan du Lac, thanked the entrants and judges, and announced the results:
Lord Bartholomew of Northampton was the winner in the “elite” category.
Lady Tola knitýr was the winner in the “typical” category.
Lady Elaine Howys of Morningthorpe received the stewards’ choice prize.
Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan was honored with the Baron and Baroness’ choice prize.

Information and rules for Artifacts of a Life III can be read here:

Event staff requested that this report announce that the next Artifacts of a Life will be held in the Fall of 2019, so artisans and researchers should start planning their entries NOW!

Photos provided by Baron Joseph of the Red Griffin and Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood. Article written by Mistress Ose Silverhair and Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood.


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Arts and Sciences, events

Editor’s Note

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-10-02 11:24

Five years ago, Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For, along with a staff of editors, brought the East Kingdom Gazette to life.  During that time, Mistress Catrin managed the site, staff, and content, and brought the Gazette to where it is today.  As of Saturday, October 1, 2017, Mistress Catrin has stepped down, and Lady Tola knitýr stepped into the role of Site Management and Content Editor.  Mistress Catrin will remain on the Gazette staff as the Massachusetts editor.  Lady Tola has been on the Gazette staff for four years, and is looking forward to the challenge of filling Mistress Catrin’s shoes.

Filed under: Announcements

East Kingdom Bards Enchant Their Audience at Winter Nights

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-09-27 17:03

On a bright September afternoon, bards from far and wide gathered around the fireplace at Scotia United Methodist Church, in Concordia of the Snows, to spin tales and sing songs. They came from as far away as Malagentia and the Crown Province of Ostgardr to show their prowess and polish their skills. This would be a friendly competition where the bards challenged each other to stretch and grow. The winner would take home the silver arm band to proudly wear for the next year.

The competition began with each bard performing a piece that let the audience know who they were. The selections ranged from an Italian aria, to Norse poetry, a Japanese folk tale to silly songs. They had the audience in the palm of their hands.

As the competition continued, the bards were randomly paired, and issued each other a challenge. Scores were given for both the challenge given and the piece performed in response to the challenge. As the sun sank low in the sky the audience was treated to tales of magical sea turtles and crabs, by Doug Dunn (don’t open the box!); Lady Lorita di Siena’s comical telling of a Baba Yaga story; the death of Sir Gawain, told in Middle English by Master Grim; a chilling poem based on the Salem Witch Trials, by Siona; and a new tale about Loki, Thor and putting on shoes, by Cedar san Barefoot, of course. There was a song of meadowlarks, performed by Byrd; several songs of Pennsics past; and the beautiful notes of Drake Oranwood on his new lute-guitar.

The competition was won by Master Peregrine the Illuminator, with his lusty tale of illuminating the grape. Be sure to ask him to tell you that story when next you see him.

Filed under: Events Tagged: Bardic, events

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