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Early Stories of the East from Count Jehan de la Marche

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-12-02 13:00

Count Jehan fighting in a Freon can helm, soft basketball elbow and knee pads, and hockey gloves. He is using a mace nicknamed “Feather” which was made by Duke Andrew of Seldom Rest from a hickory axe handle and a roll of toilet paper plus lots of tape. It weighed between 4.5 and 5 pounds.

The Gazette asked Count Jehan de la Marche, eighth King of the East, for memories of some of his early SCA experiences. He sent us this first installment with the note that it is written from memory and others may well remember events differently.

I joined the SCA on October 31, 1969 at the Second Tolkien Convention in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I was living in Bowling Green, Ohio, at the time, and what I joined was the Middle Kingdom, at that time a small group in Chicago led by King (and later Duke) Cariadoc of the Bow. I went home and started the first SCA group in Ohio in 1970, the March of the Marshes, which later joined with a group in Cleveland to form the Barony of the Middle Marches, which has now devolved into several baronies.

My first contact with the East Kingdom involved an event in Cleveland, Ohio in early May 1971. We had been negotiating by telephone for some time for a joint event, and a carload of Easterners came out for this one.  They were delayed, so we fought the first part of the tourney outside — it was very cold for May, and there were even a few flakes of snow in the air.  The winner of the Middle Kingdom portion of the tourney was Andrew of Seldom Rest (later Duke, now, alas, dead). When the Easterners did get there we moved inside; they fought a separate tourney among themselves, which was won by Rakkurai of Kamakura, and then he and Andrew met for the championship of the day, won by Andrew.

I witnessed the beginning of the Pennsic Wars (which has often been retold wrongly). Cariadoc had moved to the East and been named the Ambassador to the East by the reigning Middle King Iriel of Branoch. At MK Twelfth Night, Cariadoc came back and recited a long poem of his own composition inciting war with the East — I recall he mentioned that the border barons (meaning me) wanted war, and the poem ended with “My word is war.” and we all banged out tankards on the table and shouted “War, War, War!” and King Iriel gave the War Arrow to Duke Cariadoc to take to Rakkurai, who was Shogun of the East at that time.  I was not present for the reception of the arrow in the East, but I understand Rakkurai duly received and broke it to accept the challenge. Cariadoc stepped up and won the East Kingdom Spring Crown Tourney. (In those days there were no limitations on how long one had to have lived in a kingdom before competing for the Crown).

I did not come to the East until the summer of 1972, when I moved to New Haven, CT to enter Yale Graduate School (working for a Ph.D. in medieval studies, naturally).   My first official event was a tournament in the Barony Beyond the Mountain (which at the time was responsible for all of Connecticut), and led by Baron Balin the Fairhaired (later one of the first Eastern Pelicans). I recall that it looked like rain and Mistress Elfrida recited a Norse prayer for rain which she said worked in reverse for her, and apparently it did. The rain held off long enough to get in the tourney fighting. All I really remember of the fighting was that I lost a fight to Garanhir of Ness who was later knighted, and is now the second senior-most knight in AEthelmearc after me.

The next event I recall was the summer Crown Tourney (in those days there were supposed to be three Crown Tourneys a year, though the actual sequence was somewhat irregular). As I said, there were no residency limitations on fighting for the Crown and Cariadoc encouraged me to enter. It was a small field, essentially an 8-man single elimination tourney, I believe. My first round I defeated Garanhir (benefiting from having fought him before). My second round I met a very active young warrior from Duke Akbar’s household (I think the future Sir Ismael). He came out very fast and nearly got me, but I was able to take him after a very brisk fight. The third and final round, I met Shlomo ben Shlomo, whose persona was a Palestinian mercenary of Roman times — he fought Roman-style, with a shield and short-sword. In those days, I always fought mace and shield, so we had a very active fight at close quarters. At one point he narrowly grazed my groin cup, and Cariadoc, who was marshaling, ruled I was still alive though perhaps without the prospect of progeny. I think as the rules are interpreted nowadays, I would have been dead. Then I came charging in — Shlomo went for my leg and got a very hard stroke on my knee as I came in; knowing it was knee, I kept coming and got him a solid blow in the side with my mace. He agreed that my blow was a killing blow, but wondered whether he had gotten my leg first, so the current Seneschal of the East, El of the Two Knives (another of the first Pelicans later), took me into men’s room and examined my leg. I had a very obvious purple bruise on my knee (in those days the only leg armor I wore was a soft basketball knee pad) and he said to me in effect “You’re the Prince of the East, and you’d better get some ice on that leg.”

At the feast that night, I toasted Shlomo’s valor and we had a long celebration. I recall a lady singing “Follow the Bonnets of Bonny Dundee” — not quite period, but lively.  So we had the curious situation that both the King and the Prince of the East were from the Middle, but we were committed to war with the Middle.  By that time the King of the Middle was Andrew of Seldom Rest and the Prince was Sir Bearengaer hin Raudi (who went on to be a sovereign Prince of Drachenwald when it was a principality, and died some years ago as the senior knight of AEthelmearc).

Count Jehan doing boffer fighting at Pennsic with a member of House Sable Maul, which is led by his former Squire Sir Gareth Kincaid. Count Jehan retired from heavy combat in 2009.

The war itself took place that September, not at Cooper’s Lake but at another site in that general area. My Princess, Lauryon Helhath (who lived in the barony of North Woods in Michigan) had not been present when I won the Crown, so I formally recognized her as Princess and gave her a necklace I had commissioned for her, and I was knighted by King Cariadoc. (In those days winning the crown automatically carried the honor of knighthood, and he had asked me if I wished to be knighted as soon as I won, but I had asked for it to happen at a later time).

There was a live chess game in which the pieces fought to see who took who – as Prince, I was the chess Queen (leading to vulgar jests) and met Sir Bearengear, who killed me. As I recall, the only Eastern victory was won by (the late) Sir Patri du Chat Gris, who had arrived in a carload of Carolingians just in time — shouting what became, for a while, the Carolingian warcry “We’re late! We’re late!”

The “war” itself consisted of a woods battle. The East was badly outnumbered, despite the aid of the Dark Horde led by Yang the Nauseating/Robert Asprin. The battle was a timed event (I think one hour) and so the Eastern strategy was to go into the woods, find a hidden defensible position (largely protected by fallen trees) and hope to hold it till the end of the hour. It nearly worked, as it took most of the hour for the Middle to find us, but the Middle found us with about ten minutes to go. A partly fallen tree formed a sort of natural gateway to the Eastern position, which Asbjorn the Fairhaired held very gallantly for a long time (for which I later knighted him; he went on to become a Duke). Andrew of Seldom Rest speared King Cariadoc and called out “The King is dead!” and I shouted “The King is dead, long live the King” and three Middle knights came over me in a wave, so that was the end of my fight. The last Eastern fighter standing was Alain du Rocher of the barony of Myrkwood (Baltimore) — a large man who fought mace and buckler. He got up on a little mound and held the Middle off as long as he could, but finally fell, and the Middle had won the war. It had rained, so we then spent a long time digging the cars out of the mud.

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Filed under: History, Interviews, Pennsic Tagged: History

Yule Revel in Medieval Germany: Feast Sold Out

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-12-01 11:07

The Gazette received the following message from Mistress Philadelphia Brown.

The feast has sold out for the Yule Revel in Medieval Germany event to be held in the Barony of Bhakail on 12/13/14.

There is plenty of space available for offboard seating in the main feast hall, and in the basement Ratskeller. There are several restaurants within a few blocks of the site for anyone who chooses to eat dinner outboard, then return for the evening’s dancing and desserts. A list of local restaurants will be available at the Gate.

There is a significant discount in preregistering for the site fee (which includes dayboard and dessertboard), rather than paying at the door. Preregistrations can be still be accepted via mail as long as they are received by Friday, 12/12/14. (Preregistering via ACCEPS has ended.)

Full information can be found in the event announcement. Thank you.

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Filed under: Events Tagged: Barony of Bhakail

Unofficial Court Report for Simply Allegorical

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2014-11-30 08:31

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen, held at the Simply Allegorical masque in the Shire of Quintavia on 15 November in the forty-ninth year of the Society; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. Their Majesties called into the Court Dove Galea and caused her to be inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was commemorated in a document by Katherine Stanhope.

Item. Their Majesties called into the Court Markis Galea and caused him to be inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was commemorated with a document by Aleksei Dmitriev.

Item. Their Majesties caused the judges of the day’s costume contest to announce the winners of said contest, and give prizes to the said winners.

Item. Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the East.

Item. Their Majesties called into their presence Úna inghean Chonaín and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Constance de St. Denis.

Item. Their Majesties invited into their presence newcomers to the Society and gave them tokens of welcome in memory of the day.

Item. Their Majesties gave public thanks to the musicians who had performed for the dancing.

Item. Their Majesties gave public thanks to the cooks who had diligently worked in the kitchens all day so that those dancing might be sustained throughout their efforts.

I, Donovan Shinnock, Golden Rapier Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Event photos courtesy of Erdene Qadajin, Jaquemine van Bel, and Bianca Angussola

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Filed under: Court Tagged: Quintavia

News From AEthelmearc!

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-11-29 21:26

Interested in news from our neighbors in AEthelmearc?  You can now find it online at The AEthelmearc Gazette!  You can read it on their webpage, subscribe via email, or find them on Facebook.

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Filed under: Tidings

Pollings Close Tonight

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-11-26 14:51

Reminder: The second pollings of Their Royal Majesties Edward and Thyra close tonight, November 26, at 11:59pm EST. This is 12:59am Atlantic Standard and 1:29am Newfoundland Standard for folks in the eastmost parts of Tir Mara.

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Unofficial Court Report for 100 Minutes War

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-11-26 13:10

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen, second of that name, held in the Shire of Rusted Woodlands upon 22 November in the forty-ninth year of the Society; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. Their Majesties summoned Gellyes Joffrey before the assembled populace and thereupon inducted him into the Order of the Tygers Combattant.

Item. The Order of the Tygers Combattant being as of yet incomplete, Their Majesties summoned Caius Pontus of La Familia Gladiatoria before the assemblage and did thereupon induct him into the Order aforesaid, the which deed was memorialized in a Roman scroll created by Luke Knowlton and Eva Woderose.

Item. Their Majesties gave thanks and greetings to those attending the event from foreign lands, including visitors of rank from the Middle Kingdom, Aethelmearc and the Kingdom of Acre.

Item. Their Majesties presented a document authored by Bjorvig Huldarson and calligraphed and illuminated by Nemania filia Huweli to Ioannes Serpentius in commemoration of his victory in the 100 Minutes War.

Item. Their Majesties presented a document authored by Bjorvig Huldarson and calligraphed and illuminated by Nemania filia Huweli to Arn Ulrichson in commemoration of his leadership of the second place team in the 100 Minutes War.

Item. Their Majesties commanded the presence of Melora of Settmour Swamp before the Tyger Thrones, and thereupon inducted the said Melora into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Jan Janovich Bogdanski and illuminated by Aziza al-Shirazi.

Item. Their Majesties caused Halldora Rolandsdottir to be brought before the Court, whereupon they inducted the said Halldora into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was celebrated with the gift of a painted box created by Emma Makilmone and marked with words and runes created by Eithne from beyond the long meadow and Wulfgar Silverhair.

Item. The Order of the Tyger’s Cub being still incomplete, their Majesties commanded Charles ap Brochfael to appear before them, whereupon they inducted him into the aforesaid Order, the which deed was memorialized with a document authored by Aislinn Chiabach, calligraphed by Colin MacLaran of Greinvall and illuminated by Rennewief van Grunwald.

Item. Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the East.

Item. Their Majesties bestowed gifts of friendship upon Duke Edmund of Hertford and Count Cellach MacCormaic, and praised the artisans who have donated their work for use as Royal gifts.

Item. Their Majesties homolgated the act of their ancestors of blessed memory, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta, naming Bjorvig Huldarson as Brewer to the Crown the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Æsa Sturladottir.

Item. Their Majesties requested the Court to observe a moment of silence in memorial for the passing of their much beloved subject Breuse de Taraunt.

Item. Their Majesties called into their presence Christoffel d’Allaines-le-Comte, and thereupon caused him to be inducted into the Order of the Silver Rapier, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka.

Item. Their Majesties homolgated the act of their cousins of Aethelmearc by elevating Date Rokurou Yoshimitsu to the nobility and awarding him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eleanore Godwin.

Item. Their Majesties commanded the presence of Marna Jageren before the Tyger Thrones and thereupon caused the said Marna to be awarded Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Mariette de Bretagne.

Item. Their Majesties invited into their presence newcomers to the Society and gave them tokens of welcome in memory of the day.

Item. Their Majesties summoned before them Conor Ó Ceallaigh, and, praising the said Conor’s work in glass, did then induct him into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed with a document created by Lada Monguligin.

Item. Their Majesties gave public thanks to Martyn de Haliwell, the King’s Bard, for his singing during Court.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Master Ryan Mac Whyte
Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Lord Yehuda ben Moshe
Lady Anastasia da Monte

Event photos courtesy of Vettorio Antonello and Brochfael the Anglespurian.   Do you have information to share or a question about a post? Contact the Gazette staff at eastkingdomgazette@gmail.com
Filed under: Court Tagged: 100 Minutes War, Maunche, OTC, Rusted Woodlands, Silver Rapier, tyger's cub

A Message from the Prince

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-11-25 15:48

His Highness, Crown Prince Darius, called Omega has asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace.

For my failings in Crown I apologize to my wife, the King and Queen, to Duchess Avelina, to Duke Kenric, to the Order of The Chivalry and to the Kingdom.

I am now Prince. I will use my time as Prince and later as King to serve this Kingdom and show each of you that the tournament is only a small part of this reign. I will respect the guidance of the Peers. I will treat each person with the honor and dignity that everyone in this Kingdom is entitled.

I ask now that we move forward as a Kingdom and work toward making our hobby fun, exciting and honorable for everyone. For my part, I again apologize and pledge to serve this Kingdom to the best of my ability. I would also like to add that this is the last Crown tourney I will fight in.

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Filed under: Tidings

Job Opening: Northern Region Rapier Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-11-24 16:45

The East Kingdom’s Marshal of Fence wishes to share the following:

Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings -

I am officially calling for resumes to fill the Northern Regional Rapier Marshal position.  If there is anyone interested in taking on this challenge, please forward your SCA resume to me via the Kingdom Rapier Marshal’s e-mail.  I will be accepting resumes for this position through December 15th, at which time I will close the window and review the resumes I have received.  Also, if you are interested and have questions, please feel free to contact me at the same e-mail and I will be happy to answer whatever questions you may have.

In Service,
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

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Filed under: Fencing Tagged: rapier

St. Eligius A&S Competiton and Faire 2014

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-11-22 16:46

Winning entry in Master Alexander’s Challenge

 

The Barony of Dragonship Haven celebrated St. Eligius Arts and Sciences competition Saturday

November 15th, as well as tourneys for rattan and rapier to select Baronial Champions. The main A&S competition was an unusual design and involved entrants judging other entrants of similar experience level. Advisers discussed considerations for judging with each group and were available for consultation throughout the contest. Many thanks to Mistress Anarra Karlsdottir and Mistress Michel Almond de Champagne who guided our novices, Mistress Briony of Chatham who helped the Artisans, Master Jehan du Lac who assisted the Experienced Competitors and Mistress Nest ferch Tangwystl who worked with the entrants in the Laurels and Masters group.

Twenty six entries were in this competition each consisting of several parts and examples. Many fine and beautiful items competed for prize scrolls created by Baron Adhemar, Duchess Elisende of Merides, Baronness Efa Gath fach (Parsley) and Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan.  

Winners of this competition were:

Novice A (in SCA under 3 yrs) – Chelsea of Gloucester – Spinning – Display of different weights

Novice B (in SCA over 3 yrs) – Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson– Viking Arm band

Artisan – Gideon ha-Khazar) – Research – “Why is this knight different than all other knights?”

Experienced competitor – Lissa Underhill – Anglo Saxon Glass Beads

Laurels and masters – Mistress Eleanor LeBrun — Evolution of Hoods through the SCA period.

Several focused competitions were also held this day. Winners included

Artisan’s Progress: Lissa Underhill: Anglo Saxon Glass Beads

Medieval Moment: Dziuginte Litovka: Armor for a Lithuanian Farmer

SCA Kluge:Anna Illevna – Heraldic Viking Apron

Master Alexander Challenge: Ysemay Sterling–Weaving silk fringe, woodcut print, glass beads.

Baron Adhemar’s Choice: Eleanor le Brun- Hoods through the Sca Time Period

Populace Choice: Lissa Underhill: Anglo Saxon Glass Beads

The organizers are very grateful to the good gentles who thoughtfully examined and judged entries into these contests: Master Luke Knowlton judged entries in Medieval Moment. Mistress Pagan Graeme picked the winner of Artisan’s Progress. Master Morgan Rhys ap Bran chose best SCA Kluge. At Lady Cassandra de Matisse’s request, the Master Alexander’s Challenge winner was selected by His Excellency Adhemar de Villarquemada.

A varied and delicious homemade dayboard was prepared by Master Tristan de Worrell and Mistress Renye Wurm able supported by Master Jaji and Lady Yasmine bint Rasheed.

In other contests of the day, Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson won the Baronial Heavy list tourney as well as the Novice B division of the A&S competition. Thus was Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson appointed both Dragonship Haven Baronial Rattan Champion and Baronial Arts and Sciences Champion.

Having won the Rapier Tourney, Lord Jean Michelle LeVode was appointed Dragonship Haven Baronial Rapier Champion.

The Barony’s Worshipful Company of Artificers (A&S) was augmented by the induction of Lady Bronwen Rose of Greyling called Brose and Lady Kathryn Ramsey. The Barony’s Order of the Yale (service) was likewise strengthened by the additions of Lady Kathryn Ramsey and Lord Jean Michel LeVode.

A marvelous dessert revel after court was organized and largely prepared by Lady Isabella d’Allaines le Comte.

Our thanks to Lady Bronwen Rose of Greyling called Brose for submitting this report, and for the use of her photos.


Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: a&s, Dragonship Haven, St. Eligius

Two-Part Schola Coming Up in February and March

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-11-22 16:21

Lady Lilie Dubh recently shared with us that two NY groups will be trying a new event concept early next year: a two-part Schola.

The Canton of Lions End and the Barony of An Dubhaigheann were both contemplating having scholas over this coming winter. As the groups are neighbors, representatives consulted with each other and decided to collaborate.

The Lions End event, Lions in Winter, is scheduled for February 21, 2015, will be part one. Part two will be the Spring Schola in An Dubhaigheann on March 21, 2015. Some classes will start in Lions End and finish in An Dubhaigheann, and projects needing help or completion can be worked on at both events and in between.

However if you can’t attend both events, don’t be deterred from attending whichever you can. There will be single session classes which begin at the An Dubhaigheann event as well as continuations of those started at Lions End.

The autocrats of both events are eager to hear from anyone who would like to teach classes which take advantage of this longer format; their contact information can be found in the event announcements:

In addition to classes, Lions End will be holding an Arts and Sciences Competition, and An Dubhaigheann will be selecting Bardic and A&S Champions, and offering a garb sale.


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: An Dubhaigeainn, classes, Lions End, schola, university

In Memoriam: Lord Breuse de Taraunt

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-11-21 18:05

It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports on the passing of Lord Breuse de Taraunt. Lord Breuse passed away on the evening of November 16th, 2014, following a collision with another vehicle. He is survived by his wife, his son, Lord Jence Brunerson, and his two daughters.

Lord Breuse first found the SCA in A.S. XV when he attended Pennsic IX while living in the Midrealm. Shortly after, he joined the U.S. Navy and later returned to the SCA, most recently in the East Kingdom, residing in the Canton of Black Icorndall in the Barony of Bhakail. Lord Breuse also went by: Stone Pate, Male Bruce, and Wing Bruce, the story behind which is detailed by the Baron of Bhakail, Mael Eoin mac Echuid:

 

He earned his Tyger of Foreign Legions for transporting Royal gear to Estrella and Gulf Wars in a single trip, for helping clean, set up and tear down as needed and for retaining at those Wars.  That trip kicked off numerous friendships, an intended annual tradition of making it out to Estrella and was where the legend of Wing Bruce was born.

It was through his travels to the Midrealm, Atenveldt, Ansteorra, the West, An Tir, Trimaris and more, that Lord Breuse became known to many, including those in the East whom he served. These are the words of our King, Edward III:

I have been blessed to have known many within the society: heroes and legends going as far back as AS 3;  queens whom I would follow to the ends of the earth; sword companions; and nobles from across the Known World.  In this talk of heroes… “You’ve left out one of the chief characters – Samwise the Brave. I want to hear more about Sam.”  

I want to hear more about Breuse, as he was all that I have ever hoped to be.

He had a quiet grace, strength and courtesy that never failed.  He delighted in the goodness of others and affirmed as much by his stalwart and true service.  His humble actions spoke volumes more than these feeble words can hope to.  This world was made bright for his part in it. 

Lord Breuse was known to be a helpful and giving individual, whether it was through his brewing, his cooking, or his service cleaning the hall, hauling gear, or retaining for both his local Baronage or Their Majesties.  Recently, Lord Breuse served as a member of the Queen’s Guard for Queen Thyra, and Her Majesty sent us words:

“I will miss his steadiness, and his quiet constant support of everyone around him. He was a member of my guard, because no one could be more trustworthy in the defense of others. He was always surprised when anyone noticed him, but it wasn’t hard to see the quality of this man. I was lucky to have known him.”

Lord Breuse will be missed by many throughout the Known World, and his liegelord and friend, Mael Eoin mac Echuid, Baron of Bhakail:

We are diminished, today, for in losing Bruce, we have not lost a shining champion from the field, but a man who did much to get others to the field.  Nor did we lose a cook renowned for his courses, but a kitchener who would chop and clean all that needed to be chopped and cleaned.  What we did lose is a mensch, a model of service, a father, a friend.  Bruce was all of these, to many, and many will remember.

Details for a memorial service, to be held on Friday, December 5th, 2014 will be forthcoming.


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: in memoriam, obituary, remembrance

Alys’ Simple Guide to Naming Awards and Orders

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-11-21 08:12

With the proposed changes to Corpora clearly requiring that all awards given by SCA groups be registered by the College of Heralds, some groups may find themselves having to change their existing award names in order to meet the current heraldic standards and comply with the mandate of Corpora. Special Heraldic Contributor to the Gazette, Mistress Alys Mackyntoich has put together this helpful guide to understanding the basics of how Award and Order names are constructed as a primer to help understand period and SCA practices. Individuals are encouraged to consult a herald who specializes in names with any detailed questions.

What’s The Difference Between An Award And An Order?

Administratively, there isn’t one. Heralds call them Order Names for our administrative purposes and I will do the same in this Guide because typing “award or order” gets annoying. There may be a difference in a particular Kingdom’s culture, but that is not official. For example, some people think that an award can be given multiple times, but an order only once, but that is neither period practice nor written anywhere in law.

How To Build An Order Name

Each order name must have two things:

  1. A designator from the list of designators approved by the College of Arms
  2. A substantive element that matches the way orders were named in period.

[SENA NPN.1] A designator is necessary so that we can identify the item as an order name rather than as some other kind of name.

In the name “Order of the Silver Crescent,” Order is the designator and Silver Crescent is the substantive element.

What Designators Can We Use?

The current (November 2014) list of approved designators is found in Appendix E of SENA and in the May 2013 Cover Letter. The approved designators are:
Order
Award
Company

Whether “Fellowship” is another registerable designator is currently under review.

But What About Legion?

Legion is usable as a designator for household names. Unfortunately, it is no longer available for award/order names. [March 2010 Cover Letter]

Picking A Substantive Element

The substantive element of an order name has to follow period naming practices. Currently (November 2014), we can document the following patterns for naming orders:

Order of Heraldic Charge — for example, Order of the Maunche

Order of Heraldic Color + Heraldic Charge — for example, Order of the Silver CrescentOnly heraldic tinctures and the ordinary names for the heraldic tinctures can be used. So “Order of the Blue Tyger” or “Order of the Tyger Azure” is fine. “Order of the Teal Tyger” or “Order of the Sapphire Tyger” is not.

Order of Physical Descriptive + Heraldic Charge — for example, Order of the Crowned IbexThis category is very limited. It has been allowed only for adjectives describing clear visual modifications to the heraldic charge — thus, Crowned Ibex (period example) and Winged [charge] (SCA example).

Order of Two Heraldic Charges — for example, Order of the Unicorn and Maiden

Order of Abstract Quality or Virtue — for example, Order of Chivalry

Order of Saint’s Name — for example, Order of Saint Michael
For this pattern, one can also use pagan deities in place of saints. So, for example, Order of Artemis.

Order of Saint + Place name — for example, Order of Saint George of Rougemont

Order of Saint’s Object — for example, Order of Saint Georges Shield

Order of Person’s Name — for example, Order of Bellina
This pattern allows orders to be named after the given name of the founder or inspiration. We have yet to document order names based on the surnames of people.

Order of the Piece of Armor/Clothing — for example, Order of the Belt

Order of Place Name — for example, Order of Loreto

Order of Duke/King of Place Name – for example, l’ordre du Duc de Bourgongne

But . . . This Name Doesn’t Fit Your Patterns And It Is Registered!

There are a couple of reasons why a past registration is no guarantee that a similar name can be registered now. First, our body of research and heraldic knowledge changes over time. We find that things we thought were good period practice actually weren’t. We also sometimes find that things we thought were not period can be documented after all. Second, the applicable heraldic rules change over time. Sometimes those rules changes make it easier to register certain things, sometimes they have the opposite effect. Third, a particular group may be able to take advantage of a rule that your group cannot for various reasons.

Do We Have To Use Real Saints?

The current (November 2014) SCA heraldry rules allow you to make up saints as long as the root name of the person is real.

For example, “the Company of Saint Kenrics Beard” is a registerable order name, even though there was not a real Saint Kenric because: (1) Kenric is a documentable period name; and (2) a beard is a documentable period heraldic charge.

You’ll notice that there’s no apostrophe in “Kenrics Beard.” Whether or not an apostrophe + s is required to make something possessive depends on whether you are using the period form or relying on one of the rules that allows for use of modern English. Since this is intended as a “Simple Guide,” this is one of the issues on which you should consult a names herald.

How To Figure Out Whether Something Is A Period Heraldic Charge

There is an SCA resource called the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry that can be very helpful. It includes citations and pictures of period forms of heraldic charges. Experienced heralds will also have access to period rolls of arms and armorials (collections of blazons or images).

Clearing Conflicts The Easy Way

Some order names are quite popular and have already been registered by other groups. However, the current (November 2014) heraldic rules allow a very simple way of clearing the conflict: adding the group name that is giving out the award. The Order of the Beacon of Carillion (registered 11/2012 LoAR) does not conflict with the Order of the Beacon of Endeweard (registered 9/2013 LoAR). [SENA NPN.3.C]


Filed under: Heraldry

Polling Responses due November 26

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-11-19 19:37

Their Majesties, Edward and Thyra, issued Their second round of Award Order Pollings on November 5, and responses are due back to Them by November 26. They rely on the advice of the Companions in making Their award decisions, and appreciate timely replies.

If you are a member of a polled Order and are not subscribed to the polling distribution or the discussion list, you may sign up here: Polling Lists  Please remember that each Order has two separate e-mail lists — one list is solely for sending out messages containing the links to the polls, the other list is for two-way discussion among the Companions of an order.

If you are subscribed to a polling list but did not receive the most recent message containing the link to the poll, please contact the Clerk of the Polling Lists, (currently Duchess Katherine Stanhope). She usually sends a message even if there are NO candidates, so Companions know they have not missed a poll.


Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: awards, pollings

Period or Not…Names

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2014-11-18 16:34

This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence. There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period. If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s name is Cleopatra.

In the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, a fashion developed (particularly in England and the German-speaking principalities) for naming children after figures from classical history and mythology.  As a result, we have evidence of women named Cleopatra in England[1] and in Switzerland[2].

If you are interested in other names from classical history and mythology for which we have evidence of use by real people in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, I have a published article on these names.

[1]  Cleopatra Ashton; Female; Marriage; 10 Feb 1647; Saint Andrew By The Wardrobe, London, London, England; Batch: M02232-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NVJH-8P8) [2] Cleopatra Ruch; Female; Christening; 06 Feb 1530; Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Batch: C73987-0 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FV8V-GMP)
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldry, names

Two Positions Available

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-11-17 16:19

The East Kingdom Seneschal is looking for people to fill the following open positions:
Regional Seneschal for Tir Mara
Media Officer
If you are interested in either job, please send me a letter of interest and your resume or talk to me at an event.
Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom


Filed under: Official Notices, Tidings

Summary of October BoD Meeting

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2014-11-15 11:46

The Board of Directors quarterly meeting was held in St. Louis, MO on October 25, 2014. The following are summaries of discussions that happened at the meeting. It is not a comprehensive account and does not cover all agenda items discussed.  The Gazette would like to thank Mistress Katrei Grunenberg and Baroness Slaine ni Chiarain for taking notes for the Gazette.

All board of director meetings will be held in Milpitas in 2016 as a cost cutting measure. The costs saved will be used to fund a special project.

Standard language has been created for all affiliate agreements.

The Board will try to get draft agendas up at SCA.org in advance of board meetings as a result of a request from the East Kingdom Gazette.

A variance was granted for the unexpected delay of a coronation in Trimaris when the crown princess had to miss the original date due to a hospitalization.

A suggestion was made that those who have received background checks to work with youth have a card from the corporate office stating this. The idea will be investigated.

Tournaments Illumination will be doing special issues for the 50th anniversary that will cover the history of the SCA as well as service, chivalry, and A&S.  They will be looking for articles.

Trimaris will be conducting an experiment in using PayPal at events.

Online auctions are not allowed for official SCA fundraisers. They may be used for private fundraisers.

Official SCA funds or fundraiser proceeds cannot be directly distributed to retainers or household members of the Crown. Private fundraisers are not included in this restriction.

The possibility of dissolving the Chirugeonate has been discussed as result of comments made by lawyers and insurance agents who advise the SCA. The feedback from members is supportive of keeping the Chirurgeonate. A committee will be formed to work on how to keep the Chirurgeonate and also address the concerns. The Board is looking for people to serve on the committee who have experience as a medical professional or as a chirurgeon. Interested parties should contact Chairman Berk.

Feedback will be requested for the suggestions made by the Peerage Exploratory Committee.

Chairman Simon retired from the Board. The new Chairman is Scott Berk.


Filed under: Corporate Tagged: board of directors

New SCA Membership Website Now Live

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-11-14 16:30

The new SCA membership page is now available.

To access your information initially, you will log in with your member number and default password (first initial and last name, for example Jennifer O’Hara would use johara as a default password). You will immediately be prompted to create your own login credentials, both user name and password.

On the membership page, all of a member’s information is available, including type of membership; membership expiration date; and address, e-mail address, and telephone number on file. You can also renew or upgrade your membership, request a new membership card, and reprint proof of membership.

Additionally, there is a marketplace page where various publications are available for purchase. These include issues of Compleat Anachronist and Tournaments Illuminated as well as various society handbooks.


Filed under: Corporate

Call for Applicants – Southern Region Deputy Rapier Marshal

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-11-13 19:04

Don Frasier MacLeod has requested we share the following announcement with our readers.

As I have mentioned, I am in the process of replacing several of my Regional Rapier Deputies, and to that end I am officially requesting resumes for anyone interested in the Southern Regional Rapier Deputy position.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Don Griffith Davion for his outstanding service to the Southern Region and the East Kingdom as Southern Regional Rapier Deputy.  I will be accepting resumes until December 1st, after which time I will review those resumes I have received and make a decision as to Don Griffith’s successor.

In Service,
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East


Filed under: Fencing

Unofficial Court report for Bjorn’s Ceildh and Concordia Investiture

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-11-13 16:57

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen, held in the Barony of Concordia of the snows upon 8 November in the forty-ninth year of the Society; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Throne Baron Pierre de Tours, and extended their thanks to the said Baron Pierre for his care of their lands of Concordia of the Snows during his tenue as Baron thereof; and as confirmation of their favor, they invested and endowed him with a Court Barony with a Grant of Arms, the which deed was confirmed by a document authored by Jean Paul Ducasse and calligraphed by Isabel Chamberlaine.

Whereupon, the said Pierre surrendered his authority and tenancy of the said Concordia of the Snows and departed the Court;

Item.  Their Majesties called into the Court Jean Paul Ducasse and Lylie of Penhyll and invested and extolled the same as Baron and Baroness of Concordia of the Snows, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich, calligraphed by Carolyne de Lapointe and illuminated by Ro Honig von Somerfeldt;

Whereupon, the said Baron Jean Paul and Baroness Lylie swore fealty to Their Majesties for the lands they hold of them;

Item.  Their Majesties summoned into their presence Master Angus Pembridge and, in praise of his storytelling ability, conferred unto the said Angus the Order of the Troubadour, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Wulfgar Silverhair and Theodora Bryennissa.

Item.  Their Majesties called Constantine of Aethelred before the Court and caused him to be inducted into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Lucius Aurelius Varus, calligraphed by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig and illuminated by Caleb Reynolds.

Item.  Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the East.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Aífe ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige before the Court and thanked the said Aífe for organizing the gifts of poetry made to the Consorts at Crown Tourney.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their presence Ceara of Anglespur and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item.  Their Majesties invited into their presence newcomers to the Society and gave them tokens of welcome in memory of the day.

Item.  Their Majesties called before the Court Bianca of Ulster, whereupon they awarded Arms unto the said Bianca, the while deed was memorialized in a document authored by Bebhinn inghean Ui Siodhachain, calligraphed by Kayleigh Mac Whyte and illuminated by Margaret Twygge.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned into their presence Pakshalika Kananbala, and, praising her many labors for the good weal of the Barony, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document, written in the language of Hindi, calligraphed by Ignacia la Ciega and illuminated by Dierdre O’Rourke,

Item.  Their Majesties gave public thanks to the musicians who had performed for the Court and for the dancing.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Master Grim the Skald
Don Donovan Shinnock


Filed under: Court

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