East Kingdom Gazette

Syndicate content East Kingdom Gazette
Covering the Eastern Realm of the SCA
Updated: 10 min 46 sec ago

Polling Order Recommendations Due January 10th / Les recommandations pour les Ordres nécessitant un vote doivent être reçues au plus tard le 10 Janvier 2016.

Tue, 2016-01-05 16:14

En français

Recommendations for TRH Kenric and Avelina’s first order polling are due on January 10th, 2016.

The orders that require polling are:  

Peerages (society level awards): Order of Chivalry (heavy weapons), Order of the Laurel (arts & sciences), Order of the Pelican (service), Order of Defense (rapier combat)

Orders of High Merit (East Kingdom): Order of the Silver Crescent (service), Order of the Maunche (arts & sciences), Order of the Tygers Combatant (heavy weapons), Order of the Sagittarius (archery), Order of the Golden Rapier (rapier combat), Order of the Golden Lance (equestrian).

Recommendations for awards that do not require polling (including Awards of Arms and the new Armigerous Orders) may be submitted to the Crown at any time.

Full descriptions of all East Kingdom awards can be found in East Kingdom Law available on-line here (.pdf document), in Section IX Awards, starting on page 23. Additional information about the new Armigerous Orders can be found online here.

Anyone may recommend any person for any award. You do not need to be a member of an order to recommend someone for that order or award.

An excellent summary of how to write a good recommendation letter is available on the East Kingdom Wiki by clicking here.

You may submit recommendations for any award by using the EK Awards Web Form. Click here to access the form.

En français
Traduction par Ekaterina Solov’eva Pevtsova

Les recommandations pour les Ordres nécessitant un vote à leurs Altesses Royales Kenric et Avelina doivent être reçues au plus tard le 10 Janvier 2016.

Les Ordres nécessitant un vote sont :

Pairs (Ordres de la SCA) : Ordre de la Chevalerie/Chivalry (Combat en armure) Ordre du Laurier / Laurel (Arts et Sciences), Ordre du Pélican/ Pelican (Service) et l’Ordre de la Défense / Defense (Escrime).

Ordres de Haut Mérite (Ordres du Royaume de l’Est) : L’ordre du Croissant d’Argent / Silver Crescent (service), de la Rapière dorée / Golden Rapier (escrime), de la Manche / Maunche (Arts et Sciences), du Tigre Combattant / Tygers Combatant (combat en armure), du Sagittaire / Sagittarius (tir à l’arc) et de la Lance dorée / Golden Lance (équestre )

Les recommandations ne nécessitant pas de vote (ce qui inclut les décernement d’armes (Award of Arms) ainsi que les nouveaux Ordres non-votant) peuvent être envoyés à la Couronne en tout temps.

La description de toustes les reconnaissances du Royaume de l’Est se retrouve dans la Loi du Royaume de L’Est ici (en document .pdf) dans la section IX, Awards, débutant à la page 23. Les informations additionnelles pour les nouveaux ordres non-votant sont disponible ici.

Tous peuvent recommander une personne pour une reconnaissance. Il n’est pas nécessaire de faire partie d’un Ordre pour pouvoir recommander une personne pour cet Ordre ou cette reconnaissance.

Une très bonne description expliquant comment écrire une bonne recommandation est disponible sur le wiki du Royaume de l’Est en cliquant ici.

Vous pouvez soumettre vos recommandations pour toutes les reconnaissances en utilisant le formulaire EK Awards Web Form en cliquant ici.

 


Filed under: En français, Official Notices Tagged: award recommendations, awards, polling deadlines, polling orders

East Kingdom Deputy Paypal Exchequer Sought

Tue, 2016-01-05 07:00

Unto the Populace of the great East Kingdom does the Chancellor of the
Exchequer send greetings.

At the October 2015 Board Meeting the Board of Directors expressed a desire
to provide the Kingdoms with the ability to use PayPal as a replacement to
the prior online event reservation tool.

If the East is to use PayPal, the only approved event reservation option,
then there will need to be a PayPal deputy.  I am looking for persons that
have an interest in filling this new position.  This position will take time
to get all the pieces needed in place, so the sooner people apply, the
sooner the Kingdom will be able to get this in place.

All person interested in the position should send a letter of interest or a
resume to  exchequer@eastkingdom.org  the words ‘PayPal deputy’
should be included someplace in the subject line.

In Service,
Maestra Ignacia la Ciega,
East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer
exchequer@eastkingdom.org


Filed under: Official Notices

Arts & Sciences Research Paper #5: The most kindly way to preserve by Alesone Gray, Sugarwricht

Sat, 2016-01-02 10:22

Our fifth A&S Research Paper comes to us from Baroness Alesone Grey, Sugarwricht, and is drawn from her studies in historical confectionary, specifically the preserving of fruits with sugar. (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

The Most Kindly Way To Preserve

One of the great joys of preserving the harvest is you can enjoy summer time fruits all year round, including in the dark days of winter. Many fruits have a very short season and need to be picked and eaten or preserved quickly. In the United States, the tart cherry season lasts 1-2 weeks in June. Apricots are 4-6 weeks starting around mid May. Peaches and plums start around the end of June and can last through August, depending on region. Apples, pears, quince and crab apples start their peak in September-October. There are a few varieties of fruits that have 2 seasons; among them are figs, which are picked in early spring and early fall.

But which method of preservation is ideal for various fruits? It depends.

Contents
The Science of Preservation
Some Historical Examples
Troubleshooting Preserves

The Science of Preservation

The choice of method depends on a number of factors including pectin, pH, acidity, ripeness and fragility of the fruit. These factors create a chemical equation, which dictate an ideal medium and agents for preserving fruits. The basic formula looks a lot like this:

Preserves = sugar + pectin + acid + fruit + heat

In an ideal world, both the gelling agent and the acid come from the fruit being processes. However, some fruits do not have enough natural pectin or acids to gel on their own. A preserve can be supplemented with a thickening agent like isinglass, if there is insufficient pectin in the fruit. If the fruit does not have enough acid to bind with the pectin efficiently, wine can be used to assist gelling.

In all of the preserve recipes we have from period, the key ingredient is sugar, in a ratio that is 1:1 equal parts sugar and other stuff (fruit, pulp, liquids). This ratio is significantly higher than most modern recipes.

Sugar raises the boiling point of water. This allows for more sugar to be dissolved into a solution, creating a super saturated concentration. This is important for development of jellies, conserves, preserves and syrups, as the final temperature determines texture and consistency. The chemical properties of sucrose include antioxidant properties, which helps prevent the deterioration of textures and flavor in preserved fruits. [1]

Sugar is also an antimicrobial agent that works via osmosis and diffusion.  Osmosis is the process of establishing equilibrium by drawing water into super-saturated sugar water from inside the fruit. This reduces the number of free water molecules in the food; these are needed for microbial growth. This is a state of dehydration for the microbes and they cannot multiply and cause spoilage. When equilibrium has been achieved, the fruit will enrich itself with sugar solutes in the syrup solution via diffusion.[2]

Osmosis (image courtesy Wendy Marques)

Pectin is the second ingredient that is vital to a cohesive preserve. Pectin was originally identified as a substance in 1790 by French chemist Nicholas Vauquelin.[3]  The pectin source was an apple.

Pectin is a complex carbohydrate. It is located between the cell walls of plants, binding the cells together by creating a continuous layer between adjacent cells. In confections, pectin is a gelling agent, thickening agent and stabilizer.

Pectin (image courtesy Wendy Marques)

Fruit that has just become ripe contains the most amount of pectin. As fruit continues to ripen, pectin is broken down and loses its ability to be a gelling agent. Ripening turns pectin into pectic acid.[4]  This creates a fruit with a full bodied flavor, but little pectin.  These fruits are great for eating, but not very good for preserves.

Fruits high in pectin Fruits low in pectin Pears
Apples
Quince
Plum
Gooseberries
Oranges
Lemons
Limes
Currants
Crab apples
Blackberries Cherries
Grapes
Raspberries
Strawberries
Apricots
Peaches

Pectin cannot function on its own. It needs sugar and an acid in order to bind the preserve together. Sometimes there is sufficient acid in the fruit that a gentle application of heat is enough to create the bond. Often times there is not and fruit requires from an additional acid. In period recipes this acid is often wine.

It is important to pair the right wine with the right fruit. Acids in wine develop as the grape matures. In warmer climates, acids are lost through plant respiration.  Warmer weather results in lower acidity, and cooler weather creates higher acidity.  A wine produced in Napa, California will have a lower natural acidity than a wine produced in Chablis, France.

When looking for a wine to use, find one with a low pH; the lower the pH number, the more acidic the variety. Most table wines have a pH somewhere between 3.3 and 3.7;[5] white wines tend to be more acidic than their red counterparts. Regions that produce fairly acidic wines include: Chablis (France), Austria, Germany, and Northern Italy for white wines and Bordeaux and Burgundy in Southern France for red wines.

Occasionally a fruit both low in acid and low in pectin can use the assistance of a 3rd party gelling agent. In period this could come in the form of isinglass. Isinglass is a type of gelatin that comes from the air bladders of fish. Typically this would be sourced from sturgeon and would be sold dried, either whole or shredded. Isinglass is an ideal gelatin as it is odorless and tasteless. This means it will not impart additional flavor to the finished preserve. Unlike a modern gelatin, it does not need to bloom (become fully softened and melted) to be at full strength, and can added directly to the preserve as it nears completion of cooking. It completely dissolves and will cause some opaqueness to the finished product. Unlike a jelly using modern gelatin, when it sets, it will not be clear.

Isinglass (image courtesy Wendy Marques)

The amount of isinglass used will determine the setting properties of the finished product. A typical recipe can use 1-3 oz of isinglass. Modernly isinglass comes from cod. It can be found with brewing supplies, as it is a clarifying agent for beers and wines. However, it is advisable to stay away from liquid and powdered isinglass as they often had added citric acid and other materials for extending shelf life. To get the best results use whole or shredded isinglass.

The final factor in making preserves is heat. How do you know when the preserves are done, and why? 220 degrees Fahrenheit is the magic number for preserves, 8 degrees above a boil. Sugar at this stage is roughly 78% concentrated. It is also the temperature where sugars and pectin form a gel bond.

To test for this stage, you can do several things.

  1. Use a candy thermometer. 220 degrees should be clearly marked.
  2. When the temperature reaches 220 degrees, dip a spoon into the rolling mixture and watch what happens as the liquid runs off. If the liquid drops that form together into a sheet off of the spoon, the gel point has been reached. If the liquid retains droplet form, then it needs a little more time.
  3. You also can test your gel on a frozen plate by dropping a small bit of gel on a plate that has been chilling in the freezer. If the mixture gels then it is done.
  4. The period method would be a combination of what the bubbles look like as the mixture is boiling and the spoon sheeting test. Bubbles will be well formed, but not rolling. They will still pop like bubbles.

Back to Top

Some Historical Examples

Preserves with additional acids

“To make conserve of any fruit you please, you shall take the fruit you intend to make conserve of and if it be stone fruit you shall take out the stones; if other fruit, take away the paring and core, and them boil them in fair running water to a reasonable height; then drain them from thence, and put them into a fresh vessel with claret wine, or white wine, according to the color of the fruit; and so boil them to a thick pap all to mashing, breaking, and stirring them together; then to every pound of pap put to a pound of sugar, and so stir them all well together, and being very hot, strain them through fair strainers, and so pot it up.” [6]

Berry Preserves (image courtesy Wendy Marques)

In this recipe by Markham (1615), the author is supplementing potential pectin levels with additional acids. He is calling for a 1:1 ratio of sugar to everything else. This creates a super sugar solution. Fruits cooked with this method have a higher potential of becoming candy-like than a modern preserve. The wine adds a fantastic level of flavor to the over all preserve. It also helps the pectin bind better to create a more semi-solid gel state. Cherries using this recipe with a red wine end up with a consistency that is similar to a very thick molasses.

This is a great recipe for stone fruits with lower pectin levels like cherries, apricots and peaches. Cherries set well with a nice red from the Bordeaux region. Apricots and peaches set well with a nice German Riesling. I prefer not to use this recipe with high pectin fruits such as currants and gooseberries. I have found the gels set up too fast and are thick with a gritty texture.

Preserves with additional gelling agent

“To make jelly of Straw-berries, Mulberries, Raspberries, or any such tender fruit. Take your berries, and grind them in an Alabaster mortar, with four ounces of sugar and a quarter pint of fair water, and as much Rosewater: and so boil it in a possinet with a little piece of isinglass, and so let it run through a fine cloth into your boxes, and so you may keep it all the year. [7]

In this recipe from Hugh Plat from 1609, we have several factors working against us. The sugar to water/pulp ratio is low. We are not creating a super sugar concentration as the liquids outweigh the sugar. We are working with fruits that are naturally lower in pectin. And we are not adding any additional acids to help our pectin. In this case the author suggests adding isinglass as a 3rd party gelling agent to thicken soft fruits low in pectin.

We also are not given an indication of how long it is to be cooked. I have found I get the best results when I put isinglass in around the 218 degree mark. It will dissolve rapidly. Your preserve will continue to cook a bit as it rises into the 220 degree range. You can add more isinglass at this stage if you want to and the mixture is not gelling to your liking. If it rises beyond 224 and begins heading toward the stage where it will form a soft ball in cold water, you have gone too far. Unfortunately, there are a lot of external factors that make executing this recipe difficult. However the end result should be an opaque gel with a very intense flavor profile.

Preserve with supplemental pectin

To make Marmalade of Lemons or Oranges. Take ten lemons or oranges and boil them with half a dozen pippins, and so draw them through a strainer, then take so much sugar as the pulp does weigh, and boil it as you do Marmalade of Quinces, and then box it up.

In this recipe, Plat is supplementing the citrus with pectin in the form of boiled pippins. This is another super saturated sugar concentration, i.e., it starts at 1:1 and concentrates further with cooking. The additional apple pectin creates a finished pulp that has a thick body that can be cut when it sets up.
Back to Top

Troubleshooting preserves

Food science is never 100% clear-cut, “follow this recipe and everything will work perfectly”. There are so many different elements that can cause a recipe to fail. When making fruit preserves, usually this manifests by your preserves not setting.

Possible variables

  • Time
  • Batch size
  • Pectin
  • Acid
  • Sugar
  • Ripeness
  • Humidity
  • Altitude
  • Heat
  • Cookware
  • Canning procedures

It’s a pretty long list. Here are the four biggest variables to consider: all things being equal, what could I have done differently?

  1. How high was your heat?
    1. Pectin will break down at high temperatures. If you crank the heat to high and set your preserves to just do their thing, you will get through sugar stages fairly fast, but you can also break down your pectin. You will end up with very lovely syrup.
    2. To fix this problem: you can add water and re-saturate your sugar syrup and bring it back up to temperature via a lower temperature. You can also try adding a 3rd party gelling agent, like isinglass. You can also leave it in syrup state.
  2. Was your fruit too ripe?
    1. Just ripe fruit has the most natural pectin.
    2. To counter this, mix fruit that is too ripe with fruits that are either just ripe or slightly under ripe.
  3. Did you need to use an acid?
    1. Lower pectin fruits need the acid to help them.
    2. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really have a fix outside of re-saturating and adding a third party agent. You may find you need to use a lot more isinglass to get it to set up.
  4. Would more pectin help?
    1. You can always attempt the recipe and add a few apples. This is especially useful for fruits that have a lot of liquid in the cooking process.

Corrective measures should occur once your preserves have cooled completely. If you are using a modern canning water bath process you will be able to see in a few days whether they have set up. If after a few days the preserves have gelled to your liking, you can pop the lids and attempt a corrective method. It is always an option to leave it in a syrup state. Syrups are a perfectly period way to preserve foods.

Your ingredients will always play a large role in preserves. If you are using a sugar that is “in the raw”, “minimally processed” or has been crafted and cured in small batches, you will have additional preserve challenges. These sugars often have impurities that will need to be removed during the cooking process. They require longer times and reduced heat cooking temperatures. To rush the process can cause the pectin to break down faster and you will end up with lovely syrups.

When experimenting with preserves, I recommend trying a variety of cooking techniques with your fruits. You will discover which flavor combinations you like best. There is nothing to say you cannot cook a fruit using any of the period recipes, as long as you understand the properties of your fruits.
Back to Top

[1] “The Canadian Sugar Institute.” Functional Properties of Sugar. Accessed 07 Oct. 2015.

[2] “How Do Salt and Sugar Prevent Microbial Spoilage?” Scientific American Global RSS. Accessed 07 Oct. 2015.

[3] “Introduction to Pectin.” CyberColloids, Ltd. Accessed 08 Oct. 2015.

[4] “Science of Cooking: Pectin and Partners for Perfect Preserves.” Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception. Accessed 08 Oct. 2015.

[5] The Oxford Companion to Wine. Ed. Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 549.

[6] Markham, Gervase, and Michael R. Best. The English Housewife: Containing the Inward and Outward Virtues Which Ought to Be in a Complete Woman … Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University, 1998.

[7] Plat, Hugh. “The Arte Of Preserving Conserving, Candying.” Delights for Ladies: To Adorne Their Persons, Tables, Closets, and Distillatories with Beauties, Banquets, Perfumes, and Waters. Reade, Practise, and Censure. London: Humfrey Lownes, 1609.


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

Electronic Newsletter Access for Family Members

Fri, 2016-01-01 20:30

The following announcement was made by the SCA’s corporate office. 

The Board of Directors is pleased to invite all current Family members to access the SCA electronic newsletter site. To log in, please go to:

website – enewsletter.sca.org
User Name – membership number
Password – start
If you experience any difficulties, please contact membership@sca.org, and include your legal name & membership number in the message.


Filed under: Announcements, Corporate

Unofficial Court Report from Yule at the Palazzo in the Barony of Bhakail

Thu, 2015-12-24 20:38

On the 12th Day of December 2015, Anno Societatis L, Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri did hold court at the Yule at the Palazzo in the Barony of Bhakail.

This is the business that occurred during their court:

Name Award Calligraphy and Illumination Ravenna de’Witte  Award of Arms C&I: Cassandra Arquest de Northumbria
W: Rowen Cloteworthy Alanna of Ravenstar Award of Arms Katherine Barr &
Chris Barr Thornguard Julianna von Altenfeld  Burdened Tyger (Backlog from Iron
Bog Investiture / K&Q Champions at
Arms)
Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir Domiana Almodovar  Burdened Tyger (Backlog from Iron
Bog Investiture / K&Q Champions at
Arms)
Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir Elisabeth (Lyssa) Underhill  Writ for Laurel No Scroll Quintus of Bhakail Award of Arms Astrid Feilan
w: Rowen Cloteworthy Osric Feologildsson Award of Arms   Mariette de Bretagne Alesone Gray of Cranlegh  Writ for Laurel No Scroll Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadim min Bhakail al-Sheikha Writ for Pelican Samuel lo Bianco Silver Crescent C&I: Palotzi Marti

W: Kolozsvári Árpád Mael Eoin mac Echuid  Writ for Pelican C&I: Eularia Trewe
W: Alexandre Lerot de Avigne

 Additionally, a presentation was made to the crown by Cassandra Arques.

The court Heralds for the day were led by Martyn DeHalliwell, with additional assistance from Elizabeth Eleanore Lovell, Rowen Cloteworthy and Sabine de Kerbriant

YIS,

Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald


Filed under: Court Tagged: court report

The East Kingdom College of Heralds presents its Feast of Fools submissions!

Thu, 2015-12-24 17:47

The Feast of Fools was popular festival in medieval England and France, held on or about January 1, celebrating the biblical principle that “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise” (1 Cor. 1:27). During the Feast of Fools, mock bishops, popes and other high officials were elected, servants and masters changed places, and other foolery and foolishness was celebrated. More information about the Feast of Fools can be found here:

This Feast of Fools letter, celebrating the holiday season, was prepared based on responses to a challenge I issued to East Kingdom heralds to document holiday names and create holiday armory. Contributors to this letter of mis-intent include: Alesone Gray of Cranlegh, Edwyn le Clerc, Seraphina Golden Dolphin, Godefroy de Lisieues, Conall Blue Talbot, Lillia Pellycan, Violet Sea Star, Lilie Dubh inghean uí Mórdha, and, of course, myself.
Enjoy!
Alys Pantheon et Ogress, usurping Blue Tyger’s place for Foolery!

1: Christmas Tree -New Name & New Device
Per chevron throughout gules and vert estencelly Or

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Christmas — Withycombe under header spelling Christmas which states: “this, like other names of church festivals was sometimes given to children born on that day (cf. Pentecost, Easter, etc.) and is found from the 13th C down to the present day. It gave rise to a not uncommon surname. It has now been largely replaced by Noel.” In addition, it is found in the Family Search Historical Records as a female given name:

Christmas Pell; Female; Christening; 22 Dec 1594; Quadring, Lincoln, England; Batch: C03102-2 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQR9-K4R)

Tree is a surname found in “Index of Names in the 1582 Subsidy Roll of London” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/english/engsurlondon1582n-z.html)

2: Comfort Ann Joy -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Meaning (tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy) most important.

Comfort is a male given name dated to 1620 at pp. 149-50 of Bardsley’s Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature; it is also dated to 1634 at p. 204 of the same source. Comfort is also found as a female given name in the Family Search Historical Records:

Comfort Crumpe; Female; Burial; 01 Mar 1631; St. Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex, England; Batch: B02857-3 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JCV2-ZV7)

Ann is a female given name dated to 1593 in “English Names found in Brass Enscriptions” by Julian Goodwyn (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/brasses/women.html).

Joy is an English surname found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Hellen Joy; Female; Burial; 18 Dec 1576; Searby-With-Owmby, Lincolnshire, England; Batch: B05335-3 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JHB8-8ZG)
Appendix A allows double given names in late period English.

3: Dominyk Asinus -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Meaning (Dominic the donkey) most important.

Dominyk is a saint’s name. The Middle English Dictionary s.v. confirmāciǒun (n.) dates Saynt Dominyk to c. 1450.

Asinus is a surname dated to 1202 in R&W s.n. Ass. Asinus is Latin for ass or donkey.

4: Feliz Navidad -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Language (Spanish) most important.

Culture (Spanish) most important.

Meaning (I want to wish you a merry Christmas) most important.

Feliz is a Spanish given name found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Feliz Azpiroz Paz, M, Christening, 18 Jan 1584, SANTA CRUZ, LANZ, NAVARRA, SPAIN, Batch: C85023-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FT52-N9Q)

Navidad is a locative byname also found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Martin De Navidad; Male; Marriage; 21 Jan 1585; Santiago Apostol, Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain; Batch: M87106-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FFJD-RYB)

Appendix A permits unmarked locative bynames in Spanish, so dropping the de presents no problem.

5: Hanna Ka Harry -New Name & New Device

Argent, a menorah within a mullet of six points voided and interlaced, a chief and a base azure.


All elements are found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Hanna is a female given name:

Hanna [no surname]; Female; Burial; 30 Jul 1625; St. Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex, England; Batch number B02853-0 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JCVX-PX9)

Ka is an English surname:

Elizabeth Ka; Christening; 29 Sep 1583, Saint Nicholas, Colchester, Sussex, England: Batch Number K13795-3 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKN2-S61)

Harry is also an English surname:

Anne Harry, Burial; 29 Apr 1598, England; Batch number B39202-5 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JC94-BJ8)

6: Jolly Seyntnycolas -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Meaning (jolly old Saint Nicholas) most important.

Jolly is a English surname dated to 1585 in “Surnames in Durham and Northumberland, 1521-1615” by Juetta Copin (https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juetta/parish/surnames_ijk.html). Such surnames can be used as given names by precedent. [Alton of Grimfells, 4/2010 LoAR, A-East].

Seyntnycolas is a surname dated to 1462 s.n. St Nicholas in Reaney & Wilson

7: Joyeaux Noel -New Name & New Device

Submitter desires a feminine name.

All elements are found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Joyeux is found as an English surname, which can be used as a given name by precedent. [Alton of Grimfells, 4/2010 LoAR, A-East].

Marie Joyeux, F, christening, 06 Aug 1636, THREADNEEDLE STREET FRENCH HUGUENOT,LONDON,LONDON,ENGLAND, C04903-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5L2-71H)

Noel is found as an English surname:

Humfrey Noel, M, Christening 06, Jun 1583, Wigan, Lancashire, England P00556-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5Q1-PZJ)

8: Merry Christmas -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Client requests authenticity for 16th cen. English.

All elements are found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Merry is a 16th Century English female given name:

Merry Tomson, female, marriage, 1577, Metheringham, Lincoln, England. Batch No. M03021-3, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFH3-MXF)

Merry Brower, female, marriage, 1580, Rye, Sussex, England. Batch No. M14836-1. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N6KJ-6N1)

Christmas is a 16th cen. English surname:

Tannekyn Christmas, female, burial, 10 Apr 1561,St. Botolph Aldgate, London, England, Batch No. B02101-3. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NRX4-R6L)

Anthonye Christmas, male, burial, 02 Nov 1580, Mayfield, Mayfield, Sussex, England, Film No. 001067249. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJD6-LYFS)

As both elements are found c. 1580 in Sussex, England, this name meets the submitter’s authenticity request.

9: Merry Christmas -New Alternate Name: Mery de Cristemasse

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Culture (Anglo-Scots) most important.

Mery is a female given name found dated to 1502 s.n. Marion in “Early 16th Century Scottish Lowland Names” by Sharon Krossa (http://medievalscotland.org/scotnames/lowland16/womenalpha.shtml).

de Cristemasse is a byname found at p. 72 of “Middle English Bynames in Early Fourteenth-Century London” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/english/bynames1319.pdf).

10: Nicolas Claus -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Nicolas is a Flemish given name dated to 1538 in “Flemish Given Names from Bruges, 1400-1600” by Loveday Toddekyn (https://www.s-gabriel.org/docs/bruges/given-list.html).

Claus is a surname dated to 1445, 1446, 1462, 1468, 1469 and 1526 in “Names from Antwerp, 1443-1550” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael and Kymma Godric (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/dutch/surnamesplaiser.html)

11: Noel Blanche -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Language (French) most important.

Meaning (White Christmas) most important.

Noel is a male given name found in “French Names from Chastenay, 1448-1457” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/french/chastenay.html)

Blanche is a surname found in “French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, & 1438” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/french/paris1423surnames.html).

12: Nowell Nowell -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Sound (No-ell No-ell) most important.

Language (English) most important.

Culture (London, England) most important.

Meaning (the salutation of Angel Gabriel) most important.

Nowell is a male given name found in “Index of Names in the 1582 Subsidy Roll of London” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/english/engmasclondon1582.html).

Nowell is found as a surname dated to 1576 at p. 257 of “Dictionary of Tudor London Names (May 2014)” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/english/tudorlondon.pdf)

13: Nowell Nowell -New Alternate Name: Noel Noel

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Sound (No-ell No-ell) most important.

Language (French) most important.

Culture (France) most important.

Noel is a male given name with five instances found in “Names Found in Commercial Documents from Bordeaux, 1470-1520” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/bordeaux.html)

Noel is a surname found in the same article s.n. Pierre (Pierre Noel).

14: Rudolf Shiny Nose -New Name & New Device

Argent, eight tiny reindeer statant proper

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Meaning (shiny nose) most important.

Rudolf is the vernacular form of Rudolfus, Anglo-Saxon author of the Life of St. Leoba, who lived c. 836 (http://www.pase.ac.uk/pdb?dosp=VIEW_RECORDS&st=PERSON_NAME&value=1921&level=1&lbl=Rudolf)

Shiny Nose is the Lingua Anglica form of the Old Norse descriptive byname nefglita is an Old Norse byname found in Geirr Bassi at p. 26 meaning “nose- glitter, shiny nose”.

Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse can be combined as long as both elements are dated prior to 1100, which these are.

15: Rudolf Shiny Nose -New Badge

(Fieldless) A reindeer statant proper sustaining with its nose a roundel gules

16: Saturne Allia -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Saturne follows the 16th-17th century English pattern of naming people after classical deities. [Faunus de Arden, June 2014, A-An Tir]. It is found in this spelling referring to the planet in a number of 1580s astrological texts (see A Companion to Astrology in the Renaissance edited by Brendan Dooley; https://books.google.com/books?id=5622AgAAQBAJ&pg=PA183) and Anatomy of the Abuses in England in Shakspere’s Youth, A.D. 1583 (https://books.google.com/books?id=qkw_AQAAMAAJ).

Allya is a 16th century English byname in Family Search:

Johanna Allya; Female; Christening; 05 Mar 1571; SAINT MARYS, HANLEY CASTLE, WORCESTER, ENGLAND; Batch: C04216-1, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NGNP-1M8)

The i/y swap in English is well-established. This evidence therefore supports the spelling Allia.

17: Sleigh Bell -New Name & New Device

Per fess gules and vert, a sledge argent between three hawk’s bells Or

Sleigh is a 16th cen. English surname found in the Family Search Historical Records. This surname can be used as a given name by precedent. [Alton of Grimfells, 4/2010 LoAR, A-East]

Izabella Sleigh; Female; Marriage; 27 Oct 1590; All Saints, Derby, Derby, England; Batch: M03587-2 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NVM9-65K)

Bell is a surname found in “Surnames in Durham and Northumberland, 1521-1615” by Juetta Copin (https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juetta/parish/surnames_b.html)

This armory uses the image of a sledge found in the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry, which states:

A sledge is a vehicle for traveling over snow or ice, consisting of a carriage set atop runners; it’s also called a “sleigh” in modern America. It’s a period charge, found in the canting arms (German Schlitten) of von Schlitsted, 1605 [Siebmacher 170]. The sledge faces to dexter by default.

18: Winter Wonder Land -New Name & New Device

Azure semy of escarbuncles argent, a sledge Or

Submitter has no desire as to gender.

All elements are found in the Family Search Historical Records.

Winter is found as an English female given name:

Winter Brandwood, F, Christening, Altham Lancashire, England; Batch: C01937-0 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ND5F-T6L)

Wonder is found as an English surname:

Charles Wonder, M, 05 Nov 1609, Yarborough, Lincoln, England; Batch: C03388-2 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N1SW-PTY)

Land is also found as an English surname:

Issabell Land, F, 1620, ALL SAINTS, NEWCASTLE-UPON TYNE, NORTHUMBERLAND, ENGLAND; Batch: C39520-3 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDJZ-D4F)

Appendix A permits double surnames in late-period English.

This armory uses the image of a sledge found in the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry, which states:

A sledge is a vehicle for traveling over snow or ice, consisting of a carriage set atop runners; it’s also called a “sleigh” in modern America. It’s a period charge, found in the canting arms (German Schlitten) of von Schlitsted, 1605 [Siebmacher 170]. The sledge faces to dexter by default.

19: Yule Log -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Both elements are found in the Family Search Historical Records.

Yule is a 16th cen. English surname, which can be used as a given name by precedent. [Alton of Grimfells, 4/2010 LoAR, A-East].

George Yule; Male; Marriage; 23 Jun 1589; Polstead, Suffolk, England; Batch: M06302-2 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NLMR-NYN)

Log is an English surname:

Fenandus Log; Male; Christening; 13 Aug 1607; Stone, Stafford, England; Batch: C39591-4 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NRLN-4QR)


Filed under: Heraldry, Uncategorized Tagged: heraldry, humor

2016 King’s and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Championship / Championnat d’Arts et Sciences du Roi et de la Reine 2016

Wed, 2015-12-16 14:18

En français

Lady Naomi bat Avraham, King’s Champion and Lady Agatha Wanderer, Queen’s Champion are, on behalf of the Kingdom of the East, Their Royal Majesties, Their Royal Highnesses, and the office of the Minster of Arts and Science, pleased to announce the King’s and Queen’s Arts and Science Championship.

The Championship will be held on Saturday February 6th, 2016 in the Shire of Barren Sands (Woodstown, NJ). Please see the Kingdom Announcement for Event details:  

Format:

The championship will be judged as a body of work. Entrants shall enter a minimum of two items with a maximum of five. No item should have won a previous King’s or Queen’s Championship. Each item should have been made within three years of the competition. The items can be from a single discipline or from multiple disciplines. The winner of the competition is the Queen’s Champion of Arts and Science. The King determines the Kings Champion of Arts and Science.

Entrants will have the following:

 Approx. 3 ft of table space.

 Access to electrical as requested in pre-reg.

 Floor space as requested in pre-reg.

 White table cloths for table cover are being supplied. If you wish a second covering please bring.

Rules:

 All entries must be pre-registered to ensure appropriate judges are selected.

 Absentee entries will not be accepted.

 All written entries (research papers, poetry, songs, etc.) must be sent to both current Champions no later than one month before the competition for judging.

 Each entrant is responsible for that entry and making sure that it is placed on the correct table.

Judging:

 Judging will be done as a single team, drawing from various areas of expertise. Experts will be on hand to answer specific questions. Entrants may not judge in the competition.

 Entries shall be judged on their own merit and not compared to any entries by other entrants.

 If judges have a question about an entry, it is their prerogative to send for the entrant to ask questions.

 The entrant will be scored based on the entirety of the works entered. Items will not be individually scored. There will be alternate score sheets for performance, written works, brewing/cooking and research papers. The body of work will be averaged from the alternate forms.

 Performing entries are limited to 15 minutes, including introduction and will be performed in front of the current Champions and the attending Royalty.

There will be two rounds:

 First Round: Static judging closed to both entrants and the populace.

 Second Round: The top five entries will be announced and will be judged face to face. Approximately 15 minutes will be allotted for each of the top five entrants.

Additional Information:

 All levels of entrants are encouraged, however the competition is designed to acknowledge the best artisans in the Kingdom. Therefore we encourage our Laurels and Maunches of the Kingdom to enter.

 As this is a competition, the focus will be on the judging of the entries. Artisans and populace will not be allowed to be present with their displays during the first round of judging. During the second round, there will be approximately 15 minutes of face to face judging for the top five entrants.

 There will also be a separate display area set up for those who would like to display their work but not enter the competition.

 Documentation can be done in French. We ask that any documentation written in French have a single page English abstract if possible. We will have translation assistance for the judges on the day of the competition.

Contacts

 For entrants requiring cooking / kitchen access: it will be limited, but available. Please contact Lady Genevieve Bertholet (MKA Pam Saunders) at saundersaul@verizon.net for further information and to have a spot reserved.

 Research Papers and other Written Entries to be received no later than January 2nd, 2016. Please email the entries with the subject line A&S CHAMPIONS WRITTEN ENTRY to both:

o Lady Agatha Wanderer

o Lady Naomi bat Avraham

Competition Registration Information

 Please email the Registration form or the information to Lady Naomi bat Avraham at naomi@blastedoak.com with the subject line A&S CHAMPIONS REGISTRATION.  The registration form can be found here.

 Entrants MUST register in by February 1st, 2016 in order to coordinate judges

 Those interested in Judging please contact Lady Agatha Wanderer at the email above with the subject line A & S CHAMPIONSHIP JUDGING

AS General Score Sheet

AS Cooking Score Sheet

AS Performance Score Sheet
En français Traduction par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Championnat d’Arts et Sciences du Roi et de la Reine

Dame Naomi bat Avraham, Championne du Roi et Dame Agatha Wanderer, Championne de la Reine, sont fières d’annoncer le Championnat d’Arts et Sciences du Roi et de la Reine.

Le championnat sera tenu le samedi 6 février 2016, dans le fief de Barren Sands (Woodstown, NJ). Consultez l’Annonce du Royaume afin d’obtenir les détails de l’évènement:

Format:
Le championnat sera jugé comme étant une collection d’items. Les participants devront entrer un minimum de deux items, alors que le maximum permis est de cinq items. Chaque item doit avoir été fabriqué dans les trois années précédant la compétition. Les items peuvent être issus d’une seule, ou de multiples disciplines. Le gagnant de la compétition sera le Champion de la Reine d’Arts et Sciences. Le Roi détermine le Champion du Roi d’Arts et Sciences.

Les participants auront droit aux items suivants:

• Approximativement 3 pieds d’espace de table (environ 90cm).
• Accès à de l’électricité, si demandé en pré-enregistrement.
• Espace de plancher comme demandé en pré-enregistrement.
• Des nappes en tissus blanc pour les tables sont fournies. Si vous désirez autre chose pour couvrir votre table, veuillez apporter vos items.

Règlements:

• Toutes les entrées doivent avoir été préenregistrées, afin d’assurer que des juges appropriés sont sélectionnés.
• Les participations in absentia ne seront pas acceptées.
• Toutes les entrées écrites (papiers de recherche, poésie, chansons, etc.) doivent être envoyées au moins un mois à l’avance avant la compétition, afin de les juger.
• Chaque participant est responsable de son entrée et de s’assurer que leurs items sont sur la table appropriée.

Jugement:
• Le jugement sera fait comme une seule équipe, provenant de plusieurs expertises différentes. Des experts seront disponibles afin de répondre à certaines interrogations spécifiques. Les participants ne peuvent pas juger dans la compétition.
• Les entrées seront jugées sur leurs propres mérites et ne seront pas comparées aux entrées des autres participants..
• Si les juges ont une question à propos d’une entrée, il est de leur prérogative d’envoyer chercher le participant pour lui poser des questions.
• Le participant sera noté selon l’entièreté des items entrés. Les items ne seront pas notés individuellement. Il y aura des feuilles de notation alternatives pour les performances, travaux écrits, brassage/cuisine et les travaux de recherche. Ces collections d’items auront un score qui correspondra à la moyenne des formulaires alternatifs.
• Les performances sont limitées à 15 minutes, incluant l’introduction, et seront exécutées devant les champions actuels, ainsi que la Royauté présente.
Il y aura deux rondes:
Première Ronde: Jugement statique fermé aux participants, ainsi qu’à la population.
• Deuxième Ronde: Les cinq meilleures entrées seront annoncées et seront jugées face à face. Approximativement 15 minutes seront allouées pour chacun des cinq meilleurs participants.

Informations additionnelles:
• Tous les niveaux de participants sont encouragés, cependant, la compétition est pensée en fonction de reconnaître les meilleurs artisans de notre Royaume. C’est pourquoi nous encourageons nos Lauriers et nos Manches du Royaume a participer.
• As this is a competition, the focus will be on the judging of the entries. Artisans and populace will not be allowed to be present with their displays during the first round of judging. During the second round, there will be approximately 15 minutes of face to face judging for the top five entrants.
• There will also be a separate display area set up for those who would like to display their work but not enter the competition.
• Documentation can be done in French. We ask that any documentation written in French have a single page English abstract if possible. We will have translation assistance for the judges on the day of the competition.

Contacts

• Pour les participants nécessitant un accès à la cuisine: il sera limité, mais disponible. Contactez Dame Genevieve Bertholet (Pam Saunders) au saundersaul@verizon.net pour plus d’informations et avoir une réservation.
• Les travaux de recherche et autres entrées écrites doivent être reçus pas plus tard que le 2 janvier 2016. Veuillez envoyer vos entrées par courriel avec le sujet “A&S CHAMPIONS WRITTEN ENTRY” à:
o Dame Agatha Wanderer
o Dame Naomi bat Avraham

Formulaire d’Enregistrement pour la compétition
• Veuillez envoyer votre Formulaire d’Enregistrement par courriel ou les informations à Dame Naomi bat Avraham au naomi@blastedoak.com avec le sujet “A&S CHAMPIONS REGISTRATION”

• Les participants DOIVENT s’enregistrer d’ici le premier février 2016, afin de pouvoir coordonner les juges

• Si vous êtes intéressés à être juge, contactez Dame Agatha Wanderer au courriel ci-haut avec le sujet “A & S CHAMPIONSHIP JUDGING”

 


Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Events

Last Call for Merchants at SCA 50 Year

Wed, 2015-12-09 15:43

Time’s running out if you want to be a merchant at the SCA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration.

Applications must be mailed, and must be POSTMARKED no later than December 15, 2015.

Please follow the directions included in the application packet. The Merchant Coordinator’s address is included on the last page of the application.

This link will take you directly to the Merchant information page: http://www.sca50year.org/merchant.html

The first link on the page is a downloadable PDF that contains all the specifics for interested merchants, PLUS the merchant application.

Questions? Email the Merchant Coordinator: Merchants@sca50year.org


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: SCA 50 Year

Unofficial court report – BBM/Bergental Yule

Tue, 2015-12-08 19:55

On an unseasonably warm Fall day, Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri, along with Their Highnesses Kenric and Avelina, did visit the Barony Beyond the Mountain, and attended the BBM/Bergental Yule. Five December 2015, AS L.

At the start of the day Their Majesties did open a court. There, they called before them the Baron and Baroness of Barony Beyond the Mountain. Their Excellencies were presented with their new Baronial coronets.

Next they called forth Nadia Hart. She was made a Lady of the Court, and Awarded Arms. She received a scroll with calligraphy by Constance de St. Denis and illumination by Marie Heather Hall.

Their Majesties called before them Isabeau d’Orleans. Speaking of her many accomplishments, Their Majesties did send her on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Not yet finished, Their Majesties invited before them Cassandra Grey of Lochleven. They also placed her on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

The vigilantes still not complete, Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited Pakshalika Kananbala into court. She was placed on Vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Thus was the court of Their Majesties suspended until afternoon.

After a day of many activities for all, Their Majesties once more opened their court.

First, they invited Their Excellencies from Beyond the Mountain to hold court. That done, they next invited Their Excellencies from Bergantal to hold court. Their courts complete, Their Majesties once more began their business.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into court the Baron and Baroness from Barony Beyond the Mountain. Their Excellencies gave fealty to the crown.

Next was Michaela Intemann invited into court. Despite her youth, her service was much appreciated. Their Majesties named her a Page of the Court, and inducted her into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub. Michaela received a medallion, and a scroll by Vettorio Antonello.

The Children in attendance were called forth. As is the custom, they chased the toy box to the delight of all.

Their Majesties called into their court Eydis Thorgrimsdottir. To the surprise of all, not one but two ladies did present themselves. His Majesty took it upon himself to determine which of these gentles was expected, and though he quizzed them no clarity was achieved, much to the amusement of all. At last, mention of a fruitcake class did produce the Eydis Thorgrimsdottir sought. The other Eydis Thorgrimsdottir was presented a ring from the King’s hand to remember the unusual occurrence.

The Eydis Thorgrimsdottir whom had been sought by the Crown was made a Lady of the Court, and Awarded Arms. She received a scroll by Elisenda de Luna.

Their Majesties invited into their court Joel of Vestfell. They spoke of his many services to the Kingdom, and called forth the Order of the Silver Crescent. Joel was inducted into the order, and presented with a medallion.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited before them Marieta Charay. For her service to the Crown they made her a Baroness of the Court, Granting her Arms. She received a coronet and a scroll with calligraphy and words by þóra Eiríksdóttir and illumination by Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir.

Their Majesties called into court Eric Michaelson. Though only a teen, they spoke of his long service to the East, and made him a Lord of their Court. Eric was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll featuring calligraphy and illumination by Rhonwen glyn conwy and words by Alopex.

Once more Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into their court Pakshalika Kananbala, to have her answer to the question she’d been posed in the morning. She agreed to be elevated to the Order of the Laurel, and the companions were called to attend the court. After words from the Peers were heard, Pakshalika received regalia, was elevated to the Order and given a scroll by Heather Rose DeGordoun.

Otto Gottlieb was invited before the court of Their Majesties. His skill and service to archery spoken highly of, Brennan and Caoilfhionn called before them the companions of their Order of the Sagitarius. Otto received a medallion and a stone by Randall Vihar Farkas & Camma an Daraich with words from Fiana of Clare.

The Order not yet complete, Their Majesties called forth Deormund Wulfscyld. He was elevated to the Order, and received a medallion and a scroll with illumination by Adrienne d’Evreaux and calligraphy by Alexander St. Pierre.

The Order of the Sagitarius still incomplete, Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into their court þóra Eiríksdóttir. They inducted her into the Order, presenting her with a medallion and a stained glass by Solskinn of Smoking Rocks with words by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Their Majesties called into their court Christopher Michaelson. Though a teen, his service was noted and he was made a Lord of the Court, and Awarded Arms. Christopher received a scroll featuring calligraphy and illumination by Marieta Charay and words by Alopex.

Once more, Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into court Isabeau d’Orleans. She answered the question put before her in the affirmative, and they called into court the companions of the Order of the Laurel. After words from Peers of the Realm, Isabeau was presented with regalia, elevated to the Order and presented and a scroll by Eloise of Coulter.

Their Majesties invited into Their Court Gabriella Bas Sera. Her skill and service to the arts made note of, the companions of the Order of the Maunche were called into court. Gabriella was inducted into the order, presented with a medallion and a scroll by Vettorio Antonello.

Next Their Majesties called into court Eithne Inghean Mael Duin. She was escorted by her husband, Þórormr Barnakarl, who was asked to remain before Their Majesties as well.

Eithne was made a Lady of the Court, and was Awarded Arms, receiving a scroll by Eleanore MacCarthaigh with words by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Their Majesties next made it clear why they invited Þórormr Barnakarl to remain before them. He was Awarded Arms and made a Lord of the Court, receiving a wood burned scroll by Aleksei Dmitriev with words by Tommaltach MacFhiachach.

Once more Brennan and Caoilfhionn called into their court Cassandra Grey of Lochleven. They had her answer to the question they had put before her in the morning. She answered with a yes, and the companions of the Order of the Laurel were invited into Court. After words from Peers of the Realm, Cassandra received regalia, was elevated to the Order and presented with a scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Thus concluded the Court of Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri, Queen and Queen of the East. Long live the King and Queen! Long live the Prince and Princess! Long live the Kingdom of the East!

In Service,

Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald

Thank you to the additional court heralds, Donovan Shinnock, Yehuda ben Moshe, and Jehane de Fenwyk.


Filed under: Court

To the Artisans of the East from the Tyger Clerk

Tue, 2015-12-08 17:48

Greetings to the Artisans of the East,

With changes that have been introduced at the last Curia to the existing award system, I decided this was a prime time to initiate a request from the Tyger Clerk of the Signet’s Office. Especially since Her Majesty also happened to mention getting people who are not traditional scribes involved in the creation of scrolls. If you have ever though you might like to help out this is the time to start. We are likely to get a good number of new assignments from the changes in the award system, so we are looking for talented people willing to help.

As you sit in court listening to the awards going out, surely you have noticed some that were not the traditional paper scroll. We have given out a variety of different items representing a wide range of artistic practices over the years. During the last year I have seen stone carvings, embroidery, woodburning, wood block printing, pottery and painting on non-paper media. In the past I have also seen a painted windwall, carved horn and a painted lute. We welcome artists who work in techniques other than the traditional paper scrolls to become members of the scribes for the East Kingdom. Typically an assignment is given to the scribe at least a month before it is due to go out in court, sometimes up to three months is available. A great many projects can be completed in that amount of time. Therefore if you do anything that can be turned into an award, and think you might like to try this out get in touch with the Signet’s Office.

The Tyger clerk of the Signet’s Office has a webpage at: http://signet.eastkingdom.org/wp/  At our homepage you can find the handbook and sample wordings under the “New Scribe” heading. There are also many examples of scrolls in the gallery.
You can send a message to either the Signet at: Signet@Eastkingdom.org
Or the New Scribe deputy at: newscribe.deputy@Eastkingdom.org

Thank you all for your attention,
Nest verch Tangwistel
Tyger Clerk of the Signet


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Court Tagged: awards

Proposed Heraldic Artwork For New Awards

Tue, 2015-12-08 16:34

Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, the East Kingdom Submissions herald, has provided the Gazette with the artwork that was submitted to the SCA College of Arms for awards recently established in the East Kingdom.  Final decisions from the College are expected in April 2016 for the Golden Lance and in June 2016 for the new armigerous awards. Until those decisions are received, this artwork is not official.

The badges can be displayed in ways other than shown in this artwork. Lord Yehuda explained how this works for those who are not familiar with the heraldic submission process. “For the purposes of submissions, all badges, including award badges, must be submitted on a square form.  While this doesn’t matter for fieldless badges (Apollo’s Arrow, the first Silver Brooch, Silver Wheel), it does affect the shape of the fielded badges (Silver Tyger, second Silver Brooch, and Golden Lance).  Badges may be displayed on any shape – period heraldic display shapes include the escutcheon (shield shape), circle, square, heart, lozenge, rectangle, etc.  As I expect a large number of people to use round badge medallions, I’ve included round versions of the Silver Tyger, second Silver Brooch, and Golden Lance badges.  These are not what was submitted to the College of Heralds, but they are acceptable renditions of the design.”

In addition, Lord Yehuda added the following information about the Silver Brooch. “Two badges are being submitted for the Silver Brooch.  This is deliberate, and either one may be used.”  Anyone who wants vector versions or high-resolution bitmap versions can contact Lord Yehuda, who can provide them.

The blazons submitted with the badges are listed below. Lord Yehuda noted that the blazon text may be changed by the College of Arms.

  • Order of the Golden Lance of the East: Per fess azure and Or, a tilting lance fesswise and a tyger courant counterchanged.
  • Order of Apollos Arrow: (Fieldless) On a sun argent an arrow azure.
  • Order of the Silver Brooch: 1) (Fieldless) A closed brooch argent. 2) Per pale argent and azure, a closed brooch counterchanged.
  • Order of the Silver Tyger:  Azure, a tyger rampant and an orle argent.
  • Order of the Silver Wheel: (Fieldless) A cartwheel argent

Filed under: Heraldry

New Eastern Awards: Q&A with Shepherd’s Crook Herald

Tue, 2015-12-08 15:44

The following is a Q&A with commonly asked questions about the new awards and answered by the Shepherd’s Crook Herald, Master Rowen Cloteworthy

I’m sure some of you have questions about the new Grant-level Orders, the new Armigerous Orders, and how these changes affect your precedence and the Order of March.

I heard the order names were changing. Is that true?

No, the names of the Orders of High Merit (Silver Crescent, Maunche, Tygers Combatant, Sagittarius, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance) are not changing. The new Armigerous Orders will be added to the Order of Precedence with their new names.

What about these new awards? What are the Armigerous Orders?

Their Majesties created a new class of awards called the Armigerous Orders. These will rank below the existing Orders of High Merit. There are five Armigerous Orders – the existing Silver Rapier and the new Silver Tyger (armoured combat), Silver Brooch (arts and sciences), Silver Wheel (service), and Apollo’s Arrow (archery). They are not polling Orders and the Crown can give an Armigerous Order at any time.

For our purposes, “armigerous” means “comes with an Award of Arms”. The Crown’s vision with these new awards is that most people will receive an Award of Arms after some length of time being involved with the Society. Later on, the Crown will have a way to reward individuals who continue to be active in their field but haven’t yet reached the level of an Order of High Merit. If the recipient had not yet received an Award of Arms, the Armigerous Order will automatically give that person their AoA.

What about thrown weapons or combat archery? Why don’t they get an award?

There are already awards for thrown weapons, siege, and combat archery. The Order of the Golden Mantle for prowess and service in the areas of siege weaponry, scouting, and thrown weaponry. The Order of the Artemis is awarded for prowess and service in combat archery. The Crown does not often get recommendations for these awards and encourages those communities to recommend worthy individuals.

What is a Grant of Arms?

A Grant of Arms is a step above an Award of Arms but lower than the Patent of Arms that peers receive in the Order of Precedence.

Did I retroactively get a Grant of Arms?

As of the publication of Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II’s Curia in the January 2016 Pikestaff, if you have an Order of High Merit, you now also have a Grant of Arms. Even if your scroll doesn’t say you have a Grant of Arms, you have a Grant per the change to EK Law. Section IX.B.1.a. will read – “Induction into an Order of High Merit will be accompanied by a Grant of Arms for recipients who do not already have a Grant or a Patent of Arms.”

What if my scroll says I got an Order of High Merit with an Award of Arms? Do I not have an Award of Arms anymore?

If your scroll says you got an OHM and an AoA at the same time, then you got both your Award of Arms and a Grant retroactively. We won’t take your AoA out of the Order of Precedence.

When may I officially start using the title THL?

Per Corpora, the official title for someone with a Grant of Arms is “Lord” or “Lady”. The Society doesn’t have any other official title for someone with a Grant of Arms. Although there is an SCA-traditional form of address, it’s not technically correct. Using it is your choice.

Will you change the listings in the Order of Precedence to indicate that everyone with an OHM now has a grant?

We’re not going to go back and mark every person with an Order of High Merit as also having a Grant. For the Order of March, we will know that you have a Grant and line you up in the right place.

How does this change the Order of March?

You can find the new Order of March here. All the changes are in Groups Six and Seven. We’ve rearranged the way people with Grants line up in the March. For a while, we’ve sorted grant-holders by the date the Grant was received and nothing else. After consultation with the Crown and the Brigantia Principal Herald, we’ve decided to place recipients of Orders of High Merit first in the group, Court Barons with Grants second in the group, and Grants Simple (people who have a Grant but neither an Order of High Merit or Court Barony, sometimes called a “naked Grant”) are third in the group.

How do I recommend someone for the new awards?

The online award recommendation form will be updated soon, but if you feel someone should be recognized right away, you can include your recommendation under the “other” category on the form.

I hope I’ve answered your questions, and I thank you all for your help and your patience.

Pray know I remain,
For Crown and College,

– Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Shepherd’s Crook Herald


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: awards, grant level awards

Report from East Kingdom Curia: December 5th, 2015

Mon, 2015-12-07 23:26

Curia met at Bergantal/Barony Beyond the Mountain Yule on December 5th, 2015, with the following results. Please remember that this report is unofficial, and none of these changes are effective until published in Pikestaff, the official newsletter of the East Kingdom. It is anticipated that they will appear in the January issue, which should be available for subscribers to download by Dec. 15.

The major order of business was  a set of revisions to the Kingdom’s awards structure.

3.1. Orders of High Merit
Revisions to IX.B.1.a. to make induction into an OHM also convey a Grant of Arms

King Brennan spoke to introduce this change, discussing the Crown’s motivations. They feel that our Orders of High Merit are undervalued by people outside the East because they do not convey a Grant of Arms, as most other kingdoms have chosen to do with their own equivalent Orders. They wish to insure that our Order members are treated equally and appropriately when they travel outside the kingdom.

Prince Kenric raised the question of how this change would effect the Order of March. Brigantia deferred to members of his staff, who explained that after research and consultation with heralds from other Kingdoms, they have determined that the Order of March will be amended to specify that members of the Orders of High Merit and Grant-holders from Foreign lands would rank above gentles who hold a Court Barony with a Grant of Arms, who in turn would rank above gentles who a simple Grant of Arms.

The question was raised by a concerned member of Curia as to whether this was likely to result in the Orders raising their standards for inclusion. His Majesty replied emphatically that he charges the Orders not to do so. He believes our standards are already very high compared to those of other kingdoms, and that this change acknowledges a high bar that is already there.

Passed with the following language:

IX. Awards

B. Orders of High Merit

1. There are six Orders of High Merit in the East Kingdom, and their recipients are known as Companions of their respective Orders.

a. Induction into an Order of High Merit will be accompanied by a Grant an Award of Arms for recipients who do not already have a Grant or a Patent of Arms. [no change to remainder of section IX.B.]

3.2. Armigerous Orders
Insertion of new section IX.C. (and subsequent sections renumbered) to establish armigerous orders; also transferring current IX.C.12. to this new section so the Order of the Silver Rapier will also convey an Award of Arms.

This change occasioned the most lengthy discussion of the Curia.

His Majesty explained that the Crown feels that because Eastern standards for the Orders of High Merit are extremely high, that there is frequently a very long gap between when someone receives and Award of Arms, and then they are considered for membership in an Order. They feel this gap results in a large section of the populace who are doing good works in specific areas which the Crown would like to recognize, but cannot because of the gap in the Award structure which this set of Orders is intended to fill.

Several members of Curia spoke in favor of the proposal. The primary concerns with it were expressed by Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel, the Tyger Clerk of the Signet – namely that it would put a substantial additional burden on the scribes of the East Kingdom, as there is expected to be a backlog of people considered deserving of the new awards. His Majesty expressed his deep admiration for the hard work of the Kingdom’s scribes, and sympathized with the potentially heavier workload these awards represent, but said that he felt the problem being fixed by the new awards was so large it justified asking people to make sacrifices to address it.

Her Majesty also urged the Signet to encourage scribes to produce awards in other formats than paper scrolls, when appropriate, noting that this would allow additional artisans to help with the potential flood of new assignments.  Mistress Nest appeared persuaded by the enthusiasm of Curia for the new awards, and assured all present that the scribes of the East Kingdom would rise to the occasion, whether with pen and ink, or in other media.

His Majesty was also most specific that they do not expect to see these new orders replace simple Awards of Arms. Our current Crown sees those as being an indication that the recipient is contributing to the Kingdom in some small way. The new orders are to recognize that the gentle in question is not only contributing, but is beginning to be good at an area.

A question was raised about whether there was any relationship between the proposed new Archery order, the Order of Apollo’s Arrow and the archery ranks based on Royal Round averages. His Majesty replied that there was absolutely no connection between awards conferred at the Crown’s pleasure and any guild rank, including archery scores.

The following points were clarified during the discussion:

  • These new awards are separate orders, and it is possible for a deserving gentle to be inducted into as many of them as are appropriate, but only once per order.
  • Gentles who are already companions of the Orders of High Merit are not barred from receiving the corresponding Armigerous Order, but it is anticipated that they will not be awarded them since they have already exceeded the level of skill or effort appropriate to the new Orders.

The Crown will be pleased to accept award recommendations for these new awards as soon as the law change creating them takes formal effect. It is expected that the Awards Recommendation form on the East Kingdom web page will be updated shortly to include them.  Recommendations for these orders are encouraged, but as they are not polling orders, the Crown may decide spontaneously to bestow them, at their pleasure.

Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, Ogress Herald Extraordinary, has prepared badges for the new orders, which will be submitted to Laurel for approval immediately following Curia.

Passed with the following Language:

IX. Awards

C. Armigerous Orders

1. There are five Armigerous Orders in the East Kingdom, and their recipients are known as Companions of their respective Orders.

a. Induction into an Armigerous Order will be accompanied by an Award of Arms for recipients who do not already have one.

b. Companions of each Amerigerous Order will rank equally with Companions of the other Armigerous Orders in the Order of Precedence.

c. Companions of an Armigerous Order will be entitled to a scroll proclaiming their induction into the Order.

d. The Armigerous Orders are awarded solely at the discretion of the Crown. They are not Polling Orders.

2. The Order of the Silver Rapier (established August 2 A.S. 43, 2008, by Konrad and Brenwen; made armigerous December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II) The Order of the Silver Rapier may be awarded by The Crown to an individual for martial skill upon the rapier field, whether in single combat or melee combat.

3. The Order of the Silver Tyger (established December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II) The Order of the Silver Tyger may be awarded by the Crown to an individual for martial skill upon the armored combat lists, whether in single combat or melee combat.

4. The Order of the Silver Brooch (established December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II) The Order of the Silver Brooch may be awarded by the Crown to an individual for excellence in the arts or sciences, whether in a single art form or multiple art forms.

5. The Order of the Silver Wheel (established December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II) The Order of the Silver Wheel may be awarded by the Crown to an individual for dedicated service that benefits the local group, Kingdom, or Society.

6. The Order of Apollo’s Arrow (established December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II) The Order of Apollo’s Arrow may be awarded by the Crown to an individual for martial skill in the field of target archery

3.3. Orders of Honor 

Renumber former section IX.C. to IX.D.; also changes to make scrolls optional except as specified.

It is hoped that a reduction of scrolls accompanying these awards will ease the burden placed on the scribes by the creation of the Armigerous Orders. In the course of discussion, it was pointed out that if a person desires a scroll or token and did not receive one, they are always free to commission one.

A member of Curia raised the question of whether the Burdened Tyger properly belongs in this section, since it’s not a true order. Orders, by definition, can only be joined once. A person can receive more than one Burdened Tyger. His Highness Prince Kenric announced his intention of addressing this matter at his Curia, and the question was tabled until that time.

Passed with the following language:

IX.Awards D. Orders of Honor

1. There are Orders of Honor in the East Kingdom, and their recipients are known as Companions of their respective Orders.

a. Companions of each Order of Honor will rank equally with Companions of the other Orders of Honor in the Order of Precedence.

b. Except as otherwise expressly stated below, scrolls for induction into Orders of Honor are optional.  [no change to IX.D.2. and IX.D.3.]

4. The Order of the Tyger’s Cub (established October 14 A.S. 13, 1978, by Gyrth and Melisande; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Order of the Tyger’s Cub may be awarded by The Crown to children under the age of eighteen in the East Kingdom who have displayed admirable virtue and decorum at events.

b. The Companions of the Order will be entitled to act as pages to the Royalty of the East Kingdom until such time as they reach the age of eighteen.

c. The Companions of this Order shall be entitled to a scroll. [no change to IX.D.5. through IX.D.11.]

3.4. Other East Kingdom Awards
Renumber former section IX.D. to IX.E.; also changes to make scrolls optional except as specified.

The Crown also changed the text of the Order of Valor to specify that the Crown may present it, from the previous language which allowed only the King to present it. His Majesty felt that the Queen should be able to recognize value on the field in her own right, if she were to be attending an Interkingdom war alone.

Passed with the following language:

IX.Awards E. Other East Kingdom Awards

1. These awards are not armigerous, they convey no standing in the Order of Precedence, and the recipients are not Companions of any Order. Scrolls are optional for these awards, except as otherwise expressly stated.

2. The Queen’s Cypher (created by Gavin and Tamera and first presented on October 18 A.S. 15, 1980; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Queen’s Cypher is hereby established to recognize those subjects of the East Kingdom who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional service to the Queen.

b. This Order may be awarded by the Queen to whomever She deems deserving.

c. The Queen may award no more than ten Queen’s Cyphers during any one Reign; nor will She feel required to award any at all, if none are clearly meritorious.

d. The recipients of this award will be entitled to either a scroll proclaiming their meritorious services or a personal token of the Queen bearing the Cypher, which is the Queen’s initial together with an “R”.

3. The King’s Cypher (created by Balfar II and Luna II and first presented on April 13 A.S. 30, 1996; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The King’s Cypher is hereby established to recognize those subjects of the East Kingdom who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional service to the King.

b. This Order may be awarded by the King to whomever He deems deserving.

c. The King may award no more than ten King’s Cyphers during any one Reign; nor will He feel required to award any at all, if none are clearly meritorious.

d. The recipients of this award will be entitled to either a scroll proclaiming their meritorious services or a personal token of the King bearing the Cypher, which is the King’s initial together with an “R”.

4. The Blue Tyger Legion (established November 19 A.S. 29, 1994, by Gregor II and Christence II; revised May 31 A.S. 50, 2015, by Darius V, called Omega, and Etheldreda IV; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Blue Tyger Legion may be awarded by The Crown to groups that have demonstrated exceptional martial prowess in the field.

b. During any one Reign, no more than one group will be inducted into the Legion.

c. The inducted group is entitled to hang from its banner a schwenkle, bendy purpure and or, charged with the initials of the inducting Monarchs.

d. A group may be recognized in this way more than once, in which case the initials of the inducting Monarchs will be added to the existing schwenkle.

5. The Queen’s Award of Esteem (established by edict October 6 A.S. 31, 1996, by Elspeth; renamed January 25 A.S. 49, 2015, by Edward III and Thyra II; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Queen’s Award of Esteem may be awarded by the Queen, for any reason She deems worthy, in order to recognize an act, a series of acts, or general behavior that is not already properly recognized by other East Kingdom awards.

b. The token of the Queen’s Award of Esteem is not defined, but will be specified in 4 each Reign by the Queen and will be fashioned by the Queen’s hand.

c. This award will be given solely at the Queen’s discretion.

d. A gentle may receive the Queen’s Award of Esteem more than once, and no upper or lower limits on the number to be awarded per Reign will be imposed.

e. The Queen’s Award of Esteem includes all gentles who previously received the Queen’s Honour of Distinction.

6. The King’s Award of Esteem (established January 31 A.S. 44, 2010, by Konrad II and Brenwen II; renamed January 25 A.S. 49, 2015, by Edward III and Thyra II; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The King’s Award of Esteem may be awarded by the King, for any reason He deems worthy, to acknowledge special merit in an act, a series of acts, or general behavior that is not already properly recognized by other East Kingdom awards.

b. The token of the King’s Award of Esteem is not defined, but will be specified in each Reign by the King.

c. Recommendations for this honor will not be requested.

d. A gentle may receive the King’s Award of Esteem more than once, and no upper or lower limit on the number to be awarded per Reign will be imposed.

e. The King’s Award of Esteem includes all gentles who previously received the King’s Esteem of Merit.

7. The Order of Valor of the East (established September 29 A.S. 37, 2002, by Andreas II and Isabella II; renamed September 25 A.S. 40, 2005, by Darius III and Roxane III; renamed January 25 A.S.42, 2008, by Andreas III and Gabriella; renamed January 26 A.S. 48, 2014, by Kenric II and Avelina II; renamed January 25 A.S. 49, 2015, by Edward III and Thyra II; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Order of Valor of the East may be awarded by the Crown to honor individual members of the armies of the East Kingdom who have distinguished themselves in either of the following ways.

i. By displaying extraordinary command excellence on the battlefield at an InterKingdom War.

ii. By displaying extraordinary actions of valor on the battlefield at an InterKingdom War.

b. The Order of Valor of the East may be awarded no more than three times during any one reign.

c. The Order of Valor of the East includes all gentles who were: i. Inducted into the King’s Order of the Tyger of Valor ii. Inducted into the previous Order of the Valiant Tyger iii. Inducted into the Tyger of Valor d. A scroll is optional. [no change to IX.E.8. and IX.E.9.]

10. The Company of the Pennon of the East (established June 19 A.S. 40, 2005, by Gaufred Kelson II and Geneviere II; renamed January 25 A.S. 49, 2015, by Edward III and Thyra 5 II; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Company of the Pennon of the East may be awarded by the King and Queen to any East Kingdom gentle that has demonstrated exceptional martial prowess on the field, field support, staff, or other gentles who support the East Kingdom at events held in another Kingdom.

b. A Gentle may be inducted into the Company of the Pennon of the East more than once, and no upper or lower limits on the number of gentles to be inducted per reign will be imposed.

c. The token given will be a small pennon or streamer, able to be worn either on the person or attached to a banner, bearing the initials of the awarding Crown. The colors of such token will reflect the host Kingdom of the foreign war for which the award is given; such as the blue, gold, and/or white of Atenveldt for the Estrella War.

d. The Company of the Pennon of the East includes all gentles who previously received the Tyger of Foreign Legions.

11. The Award of Gilder (established July 18 A.S. 44, 2009, by Andreas IV and Gabriella II; renamed January 25 A.S. 49, 2015, by Edward III and Thyra II; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Award of Gilder shall be given by the King and Queen to children of the East Kingdom under the age of 18 who display or perform works of Arts & Sciences that manifest the spirit of the East Kingdom Arts.

b. The token of the Award of Gilder shall be a coin displaying the initials of the awarding Royalty.

c. The Award of Gilder includes all gentles who previously received the Order of the Golden Kinder.

3.5. The Queen’s Guard
Revision to V.D.4. to allow the Princess to appoint as the Guard’s advisor a Companion of one of the martial peerage orders.

Her Majesty spoke of the fact that the Queen’s Guard is now composed of representatives of a wide range of martial disciplines, rather than just squires on the cusp of receiving the accolade of chivalry, and that thus it is no longer appropriate to limit their Peer advisor solely to the Chivalry.

Passed with the following language:

V. Court Appointments

D. The Queen’s Guard [no change to V.D.1. through V.D.3.]

4. Will have a Companion of one of the martial Peerage Orders, chosen by the Princess, to serve as their advisor.

3.6. Blue Tyger Legion
Revision to IX.E.4. to restrict the award to no more than one per reign.

Passed with the following language:

4. The Blue Tyger Legion (established November 19 A.S. 29, 1994, by Gregor II and Christence II; revised May 31 A.S. 50, 2015, by Darius V, called Omega, and Etheldreda IV; revised December 5 A.S. 50, 2015, by Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II)

a. The Blue Tyger Legion may be awarded by The Crown to groups that have demonstrated exceptional martial prowess in the field.

b. During any one Reign, no more than one group will be inducted into the Legion.

c. The inducted group is entitled to hang from its banner a schwenkle, bendy purpure and or, charged with the initials of the inducting Monarchs.

d. A group may be recognized in this way more than once, in which case the initials of the inducting Monarchs will be added to the existing schwenkle.

3.7. Crown Tourneys
Revision to VIII.A.3.b. to make the preferred dates for Fall Crown Tourney the first two weeks in November.

His Majesty explained that the Crown’s motivation for this change was to make Crown Tourney more family-friendly. If the event is held on the last weekend in October, it forces participants with young children to choose between activities with their children and participating in Crown.

A comment was offered from the Curia membership that this change would also assist with locating sites, as many suitable sites are booked well in advance for Halloween-related events.

Passed with the following language:

VIII. Events

A. Kingdom Events [no change to VIII.A.1. and VIII.A.2.]

3. Crown Tourneys

a. The preferred date for Spring Crown Tourney is the first Saturday in May, with the last Saturday in April serving as an alternate date. Written bids must be sent by January 1st. The Heirs must choose from eligible bids by February 15th .

b. The preferred date for Fall Crown Tourney is the first Saturday in November, with the second Saturday in November serving as an alternate date. Written bids must be sent by July 1st. The Heirs must choose from eligible bids by August 15th . [no change to remainder of section VIII.A.3.]


Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: curia

Calling all Teachers and Challengers!

Mon, 2015-12-07 21:27

Greetings!  The Arts and Sciences focused Artisans’ Village Event (June 3-5, Shire of Hartshorn-dale) is looking for teachers and challengers. The goal of the Village is to create a friendly and supportive environment for artisans to gather together to demonstrate and practice their crafts, and for people to try something new. The event is being presented with the support of the East Kingdom University.

Classes will be held both Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested in teaching a class at the event, please contact Lady Elysabeth (Lissa) Underhill at laralu@gmail.com to volunteer.

Instead of a traditional A&S display or competition, members of the populace are invited to challenge others to complete a focused A&S project. In the past, there has been a wide array of challenges, such as: creating a period bow string, developing a persona story, making an item of food or dress related to a particular culture, etc. Anyone is welcome to submit a challenge. More information and a list of past challenges is available on the event website.  If you have questions or wish to issue a challenge, contact Baroness Isabelle de Montreuil sur Mer at university@eastkingdom.org

Event Website: http://www.hartshorn-dale.org/village/index.htm

Please also note that there is a list of 8 wonderful villages on the event website where A&S demonstrations on different topics will be held all day Saturday. Thanks to the village coordinators and others who have already volunteered to demonstrate at the event.


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

Birka Garb Challenge, issued by Caoilfhionn Banrí / Défi de costume à Birka, par Caoilfhionn Banrí

Wed, 2015-12-02 13:10

En français

Greetings, people of the East!

Her most royal Majesty Caoilfhionn has issued a Garb Challenge to the good gentles attending the Market Day at Birka. She desires to see the skill with needle and thread of the populace in interpreting the theme, “Characters of Pixar.”

If you must, turn yourselves Inside Out in order to find the perfect Toy, Story book, or other accessory to adequately display your Incredible interpretation of the challenge. Even if it seems you might hit a creative Wall-e, or you are afraid Monsters, Inc-luding laurels, squire brothers and apprentice siblings may scorn you, you must be Brave, keep your chin Up, and stay strong by eating nourishing Ratatouille. Although it is a Bug’s Life out there for those artisans who think taking on challenges is like Finding Nemo, those wounds inflicted by pins, needles, and shears will soon turn to sCars of pride and victory!

En français  Traduction par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Salutations, gens de l’Est !

Sa très grande Majesté Caoilfhionn mets au défi toute la population venant au Marché de Birka de produire des costumes. Pas n’importe lesquels cependant; son désir est de voir le talent de nos artisans avec fil et aiguille lors de l’interprétation du thème, “Personnages de Pixar.”


Filed under: En français, Tidings Tagged: a market day at birka, garb challenge

Tribute to Lord Joshua of Allendorf of Stonemarche

Wed, 2015-12-02 09:17

Josh Friedman with his wife, Amy circa 1980’s

The following tribute was written by Baron Harald von Auerbach.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Josh Friedman, known in SCA as Lord Joshua of Allendorf passed away last night (11/29/15) at Brigham and Women’s hospital. He was comfortable and at peace surrounded by his wife Amy, his daughters Lauren and Jordan, brother and sister-in-law Seth and Sue, and mother-in-law Nancy Winograd.

In the early days of the Stonemarche, Josh was our premier archer, and his passion drew in others to create the original archery community that made us know as “the archery barony”. In 1991, he became the first Companion of the Sagittarius in Stonemarche.

Josh was also an excellent musician and played recorder with Sir Robin’s Minstrels to at the Birka Ball and other events. He also had a love of the music of GIlbert and Sullivan. Though he hasn’t been able to be active in Stonemarche activities for a while, I know there will be many who will miss his smiling face and quirky sense of humor.

Josh’s funeral will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, December 1st at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St. Salem, Massachusetts, 01970.

The Friedmans will be receiving visitors at their home at 19 Topaz Dr. in Nashua, NH 03062 on Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm-9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at www.dana-farber.org.

Photo courtesy of Josh Bernoff


Filed under: Tidings

Upcoming Curia Agenda

Tue, 2015-12-01 12:53

East Kingdom Seneschal, Mercedes Vera de Calafia, announced that the full details of the proposed law changes at this upcoming weekend’s Curia Regis are now available on the East Kingdom Seneschal’s webpage: http://seneschal.eastkingdom.org/curia.php

Mercedes gave special thanks to  Davey Snyder for her hard work and Marla Selinger Lecin for getting on the seneschal web page.


Filed under: Announcements, Law and Policy

A Missive from the Chancellor of the Exchequer

Sun, 2015-11-29 13:40

The term of office for the East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer will expire in June 2016.  Applications are now being accepted for this office.  The initial term for this office is two years.  There is the option to request an additional two terms at one year each.  I will be offering my services to Their Majesties for the first of the two optional terms.

Applicant letters of intent, resumes and questions are to be sent to these three addresses/offices.

The duties and requirements of the office include:

  • Managing SCA assets.
  • Maintain current membership in the SCA for the duration of the time in office.
  • Serve as a member on financial councils.
  • Is responsible directly to the Crown, but also reports to the Society Exchequer.
  • Will disburse funds in accordance with East Kingdom and Society Financial Policies.
  • Safeguards and maintains records of the monies of the Kingdom and supervises the finances of the Kingdom.
  • Receives monies allocated by East Kingdom Law or donated.
  • Disburses the monies of the Kingdom in accordance with East Kingdom Law.
  • Makes a report of the Kingdom finances on a quarterly basis to the Crown and Kingdom Seneschal.
  • Supervises the Lesser Office of Kingdom Archivist.
  • Supervises the Lesser Office of Kingdom Chamberlain.
  • Supervises the Lesser Office of Kingdom Pennsic Steward.
  • Is responsible for maintaining the financial records of the kingdom, supervising the finances of the kingdom, and assembling financial reports and submitting them to the Society Chancellor of the Exchequer in a timely fashion.

Additional descriptions, expectations and or detailed requirements of this office can be found in CORPORA & SCA governing documents, Society Financial Policy, EK-LAW and East Kingdom Financial Policy.

In service,

Maestra Ignacia la Ciega,

East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer


Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: Exchequer, kingdom officers

Unofficial Court Report – 100 Minutes War

Tue, 2015-11-24 10:48

On a glorious fall day, November 21 AS L, Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri did visit the Shire of Rusted Woodlands to attend the 100 Minutes War.

Before the combat could begin, Their Majesties held court.  Simon Gwyn was called forth.  His prowess noted, Their Majesties called forth the Order of Chivalry companions.  Simon was presented with a Writ to sit vigil, and a scroll by Eloise of Coulter with words by Anya the Fearless.

Next did Brennan and Caoilfhionn invite in Ruslan Novgordocev.  Further, their Majesties welcomed Ronald and Brownwyn.  Ruslan was presented with a stone carved by Olaf Haroldson for his long-ago inclusion into the Order of the Tyger’s Combatant at Pennsic XIX.

Suspending their court, Brennan and Caoilfhionn visited the Rapier field.  Once more they opened court, and called forth Yehuda ben Moshe.  His skill with rapier noted, they called before them the companions of the Order of the Silver Rapier.  Yehuda received a medallion and a scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

The order still incomplete, Their Majesties called into their court Æsa Sturludottir.  She was presented a medallion and a scroll by Palotzi Marti.

Not yet done with the order, Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into court James O’Galleghure.  He was presented with a medallion and a scroll by Johnathan Blaecstan.

But wait, there was one more.  Guillaume de Navarre was called into court and also added to the order of the Silver Rapier.  He received a medallion and a scroll by Christiana Crane featuring a French translation by Kirsa Oyutai.

Their business concluded, court was suspended once more til evening.

Their Majesties opened court in the evening, inviting their cousin King Tindal of Æthelmearc to join them.  The captains of the melee teams for the 100 Minutes War amongst the heavy combatants, (Simon Montgumery, the victor, and Kennimathor Geirsson) were called forward and presented scrolls by Nyfain merch Coel with words by Bjorvig Grimskald Huderson.  The captains of the melee teams for rapier were called forward (Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne, the victor, and Orlando Sforza) and also presented scrolls.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into court Tanaka Raiko.  Tanaka swore fealty, as he does at every 100 Minutes War.

Their Majesties invited into their court young Dahlia of House Three Skulls.  They spoke of her service, and invited her to become a Page of their court.  They called forth the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, and presented her with a medallion and a scroll by Leonete d’Angely.

Now were the children called into court.  Ciaran Ua Meic Thire became the pray of the velociraptors as they ran after the toybox to the delight of all present.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into their court Titus Hostilius Nero.  Speaking of his service, they made him a Lord of their court and Awarded him Arms.

Next was Talan ap Gueiluirth called before the court.  He was made a Lord of the court and Awarded Arms, receiving a scroll by Ellesbeth Donofrey.

Their Majesties called into their court Ciar of Skye.  She was made a Lady of the court, and Awarded Arms, receiving a scroll by Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir.

Their majesties invited into court all those attending their first, second or third event.  An impressive number of newcomers came forward, and were presented with a token to remember the experience by.

A chorus of vivats welcomed them.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn called into court Lily MacRuarie.  Speaking of her long service, they named her a Lady of the court and Awarded her Arms.

Their Majesties inviting Ellesbeth Donofrey before them.  They congratulated her on her excellent fundraising campaign, and received the spoils of her hard work.

Akos Zekel was called into the court of Their Majesties.  His works noted, he was made a Lord of the court, and Awarded Arms, receiving a scroll with illumination by Melina al Andalusiyya, calligraphy by Robin dit Dessaint and words by Dankwert Bathory.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into court Rademes of Surtr’s Brood.  The named him a Lord of their court, and Awarded him Arms.

Their Majesties invited Miles Bowemen before them.  Speaking of his service and prowess in archery,

they called forward the companions of the Order of the Sagitarius.  Thus they made him a member of the order.  Miles received a medallion and a scroll by þóra Eiríksdóttir with words by Phillip Reed the Facetious.

Their Majesties called forth Frederick von Eisenfaust.  They spoke of his many works and named him a Lord of the court.  He was Awarded Arms and presented a scroll with illumination by Lorita de Siena and calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel.

King Brennan and Queen Caoilfhionn invited into their court Caterina dei Gabrielli.  She was named a Lady of the Court.  Caterina was Awarded Arms and received a scroll by Mariette de Bretagne.

Her Majesty addressed His Majesty, and commented on the fact that while he was not a fencer, he had claimed the Carolingian Calivers as His Own Rapier Unit.  Citing her displeasure that he had taken such a bold move, she called forth The 404, and named them as Her Own Heavy Combat Unit.  King Brennan

did claim that he felt he had been sufficiently trumped.

Next Their Majesties invited before them Máel Eoin mac Caíndelbáin.  They Awarded him Arms, and made him a Lord of their Court.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn invited into court Vettorio Antonello.  Speaking of the many scrolls which they

had presented naming him as scribe, they called forth the Companions of the Order of the Maunche.

Their Majesties made Vettorio a companion of the Order.  He received a medallion and a scroll by Lada Monguligin with words by Kay Leigh Mac Whyte.

His Majesty Tindal of Æthelmearc thanked his hosts for their hospitality.  Business concluded, the court

of Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri was closed.

Thank you to the court heralds – Phillip Reed, Ryan McWhyte, Jehane de Fenyk, and Liadin Ingen Chineada

In Service,

Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald


Filed under: Court

BBM/Bergental Yule Schedule Available

Tue, 2015-11-24 08:54

Will you be coming to the Yule Event held by the Barony Beyond the Mountain and the Barony of Bergental on December 5th?  Their Majesties will be in attendance, and Curia will also be held.  The Event Steward, Ciara McRobbie, has provided a schedule so people can plan their day.  More information about the event can be found at the event announcement on the East Kingdom website.

Schedule for the Day:

7:30-9:00 Set-up
9:00 Site Opens
9:00 Archery Range Opens (weather permitting)
10-10:30am Morning Court
10:30-11:30 A&S Class: Middle-Class Elizabethan Women’s Garb: Show and Tell-The Worshipful Company of Their Majesties Underwear
10:30-11:30 A&S Class: Cross Stitch: SCA myths and extant examples-Lady Mariot Carllein
10:30-1:30 A&S Class: Making yarn dolls in period-Erszebet
10:30-1:30 Curia
10:30 Bergental Rapier Championship Tourney
11:00 Yule Spear Tourney
11:00-11:40 Family Activities-Make orange pomanders Madame Perronnelle de Croy
12:00-2:00 Dayboard
12:00 “A Yultide Fencing Tourney”
12:30 Bergental Heavy List Champions Tourney
1:00-3:00 Youth Combat List
1:30 Family Activities-Plague Rat Game Mdme Perronnelle de Croy (space/weather permitting)
1:30-2:30 A&S Class: Blackwork Embroidery-Sybill Teller
1:30-2:30 A&S Class: Basic leather work-Mistress Camma da Daraich
1:30-3:00 Heraldic Consultation
1:30-3:30 A&S Class: Build a laminated English longbow-Axel B. Boy
1:30-4:00 Athena’s Thimble Panel
1:30-3:30 Dancing
2:30-3:30 A&S Class: Beginning Brewing-Max the Executioner
4:00 Afternoon Court
6:00 Yule Ceremonies
6:30 Feast
9:00 Site Closes


Filed under: Events Tagged: Barony Beyond the Mountain, Bergental, curia