East Kingdom Gazette
Covering the Eastern Realm of the SCA
Updated: 50 min 12 sec ago
Greetings Everyone – The wonderful tradition of giving toys to the children during Royal Court is something we all look forward to. The generosity of the people of The East has kept the toy chest overflowing for our children. In celebration of the alliance between The East and The Midrealm I would like to fill the toy chest with tigers and dragons!! Please feel free to contact me about donations! In Service…Lady Tysha z Kieva – Toy Chest Coordinator
(The Keeper of the Toys!!) Facebook contact – Patricia Saklas
Filed under: Uncategorized
This past weekend the shire of Hartshorn-dale hosted its first Artisans’ Village, a weekend long camping event dedicated to showcasing, promoting, and supporting the arts and sciences of our fair kingdom. The site was split into different artists areas, with similar arts located together. There were areas for glass bead making, metalworking (including blacksmithing and casting), confectionary science, paper arts (including scribal arts, bookbinding, and printing), plaster casting, historic combat, fiber (including spinning and weaving), and period brewing.
Attendees were free to wander through different village areas at the event, where artisans spent the day demonstrating and teaching their crafts to all. Many attendees chose instead to spend most of their day working and learning in only one of the village areas. This allowed people to learn new arts or to continue to build skills they already had, developing a more in-depth understanding of their art by working closely with other artisans.
While there was no overall arts and science competition, there were still many chances for those who chose to be competitive to show off their skills. A fleece to shawl competition was held at the event, pitting two teams of spinners and weavers against each other to complete a project. In a twist on the typical A&S competition, the populace was also invited to issue arts and science challenges a few months prior to the event. This allowed anyone to take up a challenge and display the fruits of their labor at the event for all to see. An hour was then set aside to allow challengers and the artisans who took up their challenges to discuss their works.
Photos by Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco and Lissa Underhill
**The event organizers are grateful to the East Kingdom University for sponsoring and supporting this event**
Filed under: Events Tagged: a&s, events
We are pleased to announce the start of two rapier experimental weapon programs.
The first program is Fleeting Body Contact, run by Master Donovan
The second program is Blade Grabbing, run by Baroness Alesone Gray of
For this experiment:
With both programs:
If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me
Filed under: Fencing
As a reminder, paid pre-registration for Pennsic 44 closes on Wednesday June 17th. For more information, please see the Pennsic Registration Website.
Filed under: Pennsic
This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence. There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period. If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.
Today’s names are Valeria and Valerie.
Although the name Valeria is often associated with modern fantasy literature and movies, it was a popular female given name in several languages in period. Valeria is found as a female given name in the 16th century and early 17th century in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and England. The related name Valerie, although it appears quite modern to our eyes, was also found in late-period England, both as a male name and as a female name. Valeria Paula Margarida Montras; Female; Christening; 20 Oct 1599; San Felíu, Gerona, Gerona, Spain; Batch: C89274-2.  Valeria Wagner; Female; Christening; 23 Feb 1589; KATHOLISCH, BAUERBACH, KARLSRUHE, BADEN; Batch: C95149-1.  Valeria Gessler; Female; Christening; 17 Sep 1571; Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland; Batch: C73985-8.  Valeria Crosse; Female; Christening; 10 Dec 1617; SAINT DUNSTAN, STEPNEY, LONDON, ENGLAND; Batch: C05576-5.  Valerie Kettlewell; Male; Christening; 15 Dec 1574; TATTERFORD, NORFOLK, ENGLAND; Batch: C04149-1.  Valerie Morgan; Female; Christening; 01 Nov 1620; SAINT MARTIN-VINTRY, LONDON, LONDON, ENGLAND; Batch: C02245-2.
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: names
From the SCA Board of Directors:
The Board of Directors would like to briefly remind everyone of the 50 Year Celebration of the Society on June 17-27th, 2016 [in Indiana]. This is a celebration of the history and the future of the Society. It is also a chance to meet and enjoy the company of those throughout the Known Worlde and experience just how diverse and wonderful the SCA truly is and how much it has grown.
The Board does request that if there are other events in the Society on or near the June 2016 dates of 50 Year please take the time to raise a toast and salute what we all share in common. Thank you all.
Filed under: Announcements, Corporate, Events
Mistress Caryl de Trecesson has announced plans for a memorial service next month for her dear husband, Master Kali Harlansson of Gotland.
Mistress Caryl adds: “Everyone is welcome! The gathering is open format, drop by when you can, from 2pm till 5pm. There’ll be a somewhat more formal service in the middle at 3pm.”
Filed under: Announcements, Tidings Tagged: in memoriam, obit
So. You have decided that you want to create an SCA feast by offering to be a head cook.
Welcome. We are a small, but happy, crew that delights in newcomers, and we are more than willing to share our kitchens, floor space, and techniques with you.
Pull up a chair, cozy up, here’s your beer.
To begin, you should know that it’s hard work, but some of the most rewarding work I have ever been a part of. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a feast hall full of happy diners who have eaten all that you have prepared and knowing that you met your expectations and your budget!
The first thing I highly recommend is that you go into and learn in other people’s kitchens. This is the best way to get an idea of the similarities and differences between feast cooking and a modern party planning kitchen. You’ll learn how to deal with volunteer help with different abilities, site restrictions, and maintaining the menu and serve time no matter what you are exposed to. The experienced head cook will duck and parry and will continue until all the food is served and eaten.
To start, you must know the group you will cook for. Are there written rules to follow? Is this a themed event? What type of budget are they aiming for? What type of food are they looking for?
Once these basic answers are given, you will need to determine your menu . What time, place, and budget will you be working with? Who is in charge of setup, who is in charge of clean-up? I highly suggest that your kitchen staff should NOT be the cleanup crew. You will be exhausted.
First and foremost: Go with the autocrat to see the site. Turn on everything. Make sure the ovens heat up. Bring a thermometer to test them. Make sure that the sinks really drain.(Really. Experience here.) Tailor your menu to the equipment you have available. Plan ahead if you will need to outsource other equipment. Be sure you know exactly what equipment is available to you — what the site will let you use, what local group has, what you have. Add oven thermometers to your kit … ovens that work on visit day don’t always work as well on cook day.
Second: Build a menu of things you know will be both tasty and easy to execute. Recruit your friends for taste testing and kitchen help! Go over your menu often until you can do it in your sleep. Then practice some more.
Third: Use in season or easily obtained items in your first feast. Your fabulous idea of serving quail and asparagus in the middle of winter will break your budget. It can be done, but it requires a great deal of preparation, and it is better to be shelved until you have some experience under your belt.
Fourth: Keep the communication open. This can make or break your kitchen. Even the smallest glitch in this can cause your kitchen to grind to a halt. This is probably the most important item other than the food itself. Stress can increase the anxiety levels of your staff, and lack of interpersonal communications can break down the efficiency of your kitchen. Keep the flow by having a well located chore list for people to follow (Erasable white boards are awesome here). If it is a large event, designate crew chiefs to be available to answer questions from volunteers if you are not available. Have separate food, drinks, and things for your staff to make their volunteer experience nicer.
Fifth: If you have an event where the start time is uncertain (i.e., Court is running late), a cold first course can be a lifesaver. You can get it prepared well ahead and let it sit in the refrigerator, and it’s ready to go as soon as your diners are seated. Keep an eye on the timing. If the event is causing a lag, adjust the kitchen to that lag. Monitor food handling, food storage, and oven temps with appropriate modern techniques and practices. Cold food is cold, warm food is warm, and nothing stays out at room temperature unless it is safe to be so.
Sixth: Send the food out. Keep to your schedule. Make it pretty if you can. But overall, make it go out. It will be hectic and amazingly hard for about a hour, but know that with time and experience, this hour gets easier and easier to work. Fill bowls, cut things, slice and plate, and pass it to your servers. Push through and send out everything from your kitchen until it’s all gone.
Seventh: It’s done. Turn off the burners. Sit your staff down. Eat your food. Put your feet up. Toast your volunteers. Rest until you need to gather up your gear for the night. Socialize with attendees if you still feel able to. Thank the autocrat for their hard work.
Extras, as time and more experience allow: Provide music in your kitchen, encourage turnover breaks if you get a lot of volunteers, send people away from the kitchens to see the event if you have the time. Have someone in the hall just to monitor course flow, and adjust timing as necessary. Having a musician friend who can fill in a food course serving gap is a great friend to have.
For yourself in general: Invest in really good arch-supported shoes or boots. Have your own food and drink available. Designate someone not on the kitchen staff to monitor your food and drink intake. Take bathroom and hall monitoring breaks. Wander the hall during service to see how the food is being received. Being able to see your dream of a medieval feast completed as you imagined it is probably one of the greatest joys of a cook. I highly recommend it and would be very happy to help you in experiencing it for yourself.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: Cooking, feast
New Gazette Feature – Call for Arts and Sciences Papers! / Nouveautés dans la Gazette : Demande de documents ayant comme sujet les Arts et Sciences!
Have you just finished some fascinating original research? Can you tell us about a day in the life of your persona? Do you have a fabulous method of producing something in a medieval style? The East Kingdom is rich in artisans and scientists, and the East Kingdom Gazette is beginning a pilot program to provide a platform for their written work. Beginning July 1, the Gazette will publish articles from a guest Artisan or Scientist. We initially anticipate publishing one a month, but may publish articles more frequently if response is particularly strong. Please see below for our inaugural call for papers!
– There is no limit to the number of submissions, but each author will be limited to one posted article per calendar year.
– Articles should focus on arts and sciences topics that exist within the SCA period. Examples include: how to recreate a period X or Y; history lessons; a day in my persona’s life; experimenting with period techniques; original research. If you are uncertain about the suitability of a topic, please ask our Article Curator, Mistress Aildreda de Tamworthe (email@example.com).
– Links to existing personal websites are welcome within an article, but should not replace the article.
– The Society champions courtesy, and properly crediting the work of others is both courteous and required. Images that are not your original photos must be fully cited. Substantial quotations from other sources must be likewise fully cited. For examples, please see: http://www.wikihow.com/Cite-Sources.
– The Gazette reserves the right to fact-check all articles, and also to edit for grammar and clarity. All resulting revisions will be given to the original author for review.
Any questions about this pilot will be cheerfully received by Mistress Dreda; she looks forward to your submissions!
– Il n’y a aucune limite, vous pouvez soumettre autant d’articles que vous désirez, mais un seul sera publié par année.
– Le sujet des articles d’Arts et Sciences doivent représenter la période où évolue la SCA. Par exemple : Comment recréer la période X ou Y; Leçons d’histoire, une journée dans la vie d’un paysan anglais au 12e siècle. Si vous êtes incertain de votre sujet, veuillez écrire à : Curateur d’articles : Maitresse Aldreda de Tamworthe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
– Liens vers des articles personnels sont les bienvenus mais ne remplace pas l’article.
– La Société encourage la courtoisie et les droits d’auteurs. Créditez les ouvrages d’autres sont nécessaires. Les images ou photos qui ne sont pas les vôtres doivent êtres crédités. Toutes les sources doivent être citées. Pour plus d’informations, voir : http://www. wikihow.com/Cite-sources.
– La Gazette se réserve le droit de vérifier l’exactitude des articles et d’éditer, de corriger pour plus de clarté. Les articles réédités seront envoyés aux auteurs pour accréditation.
– Toutes questions au sujet de cette nouveauté peuvent être adressée à Maitresse Dreda, elle attend vos soumissions et a hâte de vous lire.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, En français Tagged: a&s, Arts and Sciences, call for papers, east kingdom gazette
On May 25th, an open letter was sent from Society Exchequer Baroness Katherine Angelique d’Artois de Berry to all Exchequers and Seneschals, discussing the findings from an external audit of the SCA, Inc. which was conducted last year.
You can access the complete letter as a .pdf document by clicking here.
The text of the letter is as follows:
May 25, 2015
Greetings to the Exchequers and Seneschals of the Known World!
During the past year, our organization was subject to an external audit. This audit included an evaluation of our processes, covering our record keeping from the Corporate office to the smallest branch. We have now received the finding from the audit, and the recommended changes that will need to take place in order to be in compliance.
The SCA, and all its subsidiaries are considered a large organization, and although we are a volunteer organization, we must still meet modern day accounting requirements. Some outlined changes have already been put into place, and the time has come to communicate the other required changes so that your group can be in compliance. A failure to implement the changes places all groups at risk, for we are all tied together under the SCA umbrella.
There is already an updated Society Financial Policy in place, approved at the April 2015 Board meeting. The changes in the policy that will affect all groups are listed below:
1. If you are writing a check for yourself or another related person for either a cash advance or reimbursement, it must be signed by unrelated parties.
2. If your kingdom does not already require this, bank accounts (all branches) must be reconciled monthly. The bank reconciliation/bank statements must be signed by the Seneschal (the reviewer) and the Exchequer (the preparer), and the signed copy must be sent their superiors. Quarterly reconciliations are no longer allowed and signatures are a must.
3. NMS must be submitted to your Kingdom Exchequer within 10 days of the close of the event. Your Kingdom Exchequers will be sending in their NMS reports and checks on monthly basis.
4. Failure to submit your NMS in a timely manner can cause your group to be place in suspension. NMS is considered financial reporting, and will be subject to the same criteria for reporting standards.
5. As a reminder, all signers on the bank accounts must maintain a current membership while a signatory on any bank account. Please make sure to provide membership information (membership number and expiration date) on your quarterly reports to the Kingdom/Society Exchequer.
There will be a few more changes that will be introduced at year-end. I have held off on them at this time in order for all groups to work towards achieving compliance by the deadline of July 1, 2015, the end of the 2nd Quarter.
Thank you for all your hard work and service,
Salutations aux Échiquiers et Sénéchaux du Monde Connu.
La SCA et toutes ses filiales sont considérées comme une seule grande organisation et bien que nous soyons une organisation bénévole, nous devons, tout de même, rencontrer des exigences comptables modernes. Quelques changements ont déjà été mis en place et il est maintenant temps de vous communiquer les autres changements pour que votre groupe soit conforme. Le non-respect de ces nouvelles normes placerait l’ensemble des groupes à risque puisque nous sommes tous lié sous la SCA.
Une mise à jour de la ‘’Society Financial Policy’’ approuvée en avril 2015 est déjà disponible. Les changements qui affecteront tous les groupes sont les suivants.
1. Si vous vous adressez un chèque, pour un remboursement ou une avance de fonds, il doit être signé par une tierce personne.
2. Si votre Royaume de le demande pas, les comptes bancaires de tout groupe devront faire l’objet d’une conciliation mensuellement. La conciliation bancaire et les relevés bancaires devront être signés par le Sénéchal (examinateur) et l’échiquer (l’auteur) et devront être envoyés à leurs supérieurs. Les conciliations trimestrielles ne sont plus permises et les signatures sont obligatoires.
3. La NMS doit être soumise à l’échiquier du Royaume dans les 10 jours suivant la fin de l’événement. L’Échiquier du Royaume fera parvenir les rapports de NMS et les chèques sur une base mensuelle.
4. L’omission de la soumission de la NMS dans les délais requis pourrait causer la suspension de votre groupe. La gestion de la NMS est considérée comme un rapport financier et est donc soumise aux mêmes critères que ceux-ci.
5. Nous rappelons que les signataires des comptes bancaires doivent maintenir leur membership tant et aussi longtemps qu’ils sont signataires. Les échiquiers doivent donc fournir les informations de membership de tous les signataires lors de leurs rapports trimestriels.
D’autres changements seront introduits vers la fin de l’année. J’attends avant de les mettre en place afin que tous les groupes puissent atteindre la conformité pour le 1 juillet 2015, soit la fin du 2e trimestre.
Merci à vous tous pour votre dur labeur et votre service.
Filed under: Announcements, Corporate, En français, Law and Policy, Official Notices Tagged: corporate announcements, Exchequer, sca announcements, sca inc, Society Financial Policy
The new Archery Champions, as previously reported, are:
May 30, 2015 was a hot and humid day in Carillion, as 55 archers took to the range to vie for the honor of serving Their Majesties as Royal Archery Champions. Queen Etheldreda gave Her encouragement to those gathered, Master Rupert the Unbalanced and Master Peter the Red (the retiring champions), and Captain General Jehannine de Flandres provided instructions and thanked helpers, and the tournement commenced.
All participants could shoot the full course of 10 stations, each in keeping with the “Don Quixote” theme. The first shoot of the day was at a long distance “giant” (a windmill with moving blades), followed by a charging bull shoot (a traditional advancing soldier timed shoot, at 70 through 20 yards). After a break for lunch, shooting resumed, and the tests of skill included shooting the bars of a cage, killing scurvy sailors, slaughtering a wild boar, puncturing wine skins and flasks, herding sheep, and shooting through knot holes. Scores were then totaled and sorted. Captain General Jehannine reminded all present of the obligations and duties of serving as a Royal Champion, and as the top scorers were announced, each was asked if they wished to compete. Six finalists chose to step out of the competition:
declined – Krakken Gnashbone (83)
8 – Miles Boweman (57)
The 16 finalists were addressed by King Omega and Queen Etheldreda. The overall winner of the competition would be the Queen’s Champion (per usual), and the King said He would select His Champion from among the other finalists (as has been occasionally done in past years), then the shoot-offs between pairs of seeded competitors began.
Each archer had to knock down six “books” from a shelf, and the first to shoot a final, center target would advance to the next round. Between rounds, the shooting line was moved, and several books were replaced by smaller ones. (It is worth noting that the “books” were such famous works as Facing the Perils of Castle Anthrax by Sir Galahad, Distribution of Wealth in a Medieval Economy by R. Hood, PhD, How to be Very, Very, Quiet While Hunting by Sir E. Fudd and other similarly lofty titles.) The final pairing was a hard-fought contest between Baroness Jehannine and Master Li; she was ahead by two targets, then he caught up and hit the final target a split second ahead.
Queen Etheldreda congratulated Her new Queen’s Archery Champion, Master Li Kung Lo. Because of the excitingly close finish, King Omega selected Baroness Jehannine de Flandres as His King’s Archery Champion.
For those who keep such statistics, the 16 finalists were evenly split between handbow and crossbow, and this year six of the final archers were women.
Reported by Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood
(Photos by Baroness Arlyana van Wyck and
Filed under: Archery Tagged: champions
The King’s and Queen’s Archery Champions have been announced at Southern Region War Camp.
The winner of the championship, and Queen’s Champion, is Master Li Kung Lo.
The second place finisher of the championship, and King’s Champion, is Baroness Jehannine de Flandres.
Results provided by Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood.
Filed under: Archery Tagged: archery, King and Queen's Champions
Panteria XX, in the Shire of Panthervale in the East Kingdom was held this past Memorial Day weekend in Vermont. We saw a big jump in the number of horse attending, from the usual 6 or 7 to 11 horses this time, including 4 for whom this was the horse’s first event. They all did extremely well. My thanks to all the riders, ground-crew and horse owners for a terrific weekend with no injuries or incidents. Extra bonus thanks to the kitcheners who sent lunch up to us at the barn!
We did a Gambler’s Choice challenge course, where the riders each had 3 minutes to rack up as many points as possible from an array of different obstacles. Gambler’s Choice was won by Master Julian le Scot riding Galen, who beat Lady Lasairfhiona Inghean Cheallaigh by just a single point. Later that afternoon, Sir Ankara led a few rounds of Tippet Tag to introduce the horses and riders to the basics of mounted combat. Hopefully someone got video, because it was hilarious to watch and quite a bit of fun to play. On Sunday we did skill games in lanes – spearing rings, hitting heads and knocking down targets while passing a horse heading in the opposite direction in the other lane. Sir Ankara had the highest score, followed by Master Julian. The weekend concluded with a jousting demo. The demo was originally scheduled as a balsa jousting competition between two experienced jousters, but Master Julian’s horse had had enough by that point in the weekend. Instead we took the opportunity to train a horse that was new to the joust, Medallion. The basics of working in a lane and working around armor having been done already, Master Julian and Sir Ankara took Medallion through being ridden by an armored rider and having his rider strike the oncoming rider with a lance as well as having his rider by struck by a lance. The audience assembled for the demo seemed to enjoy watching the teaching process and meeting the horses and jousters afterwards.
Lane game scores: Sir Ankara on Thunder: 45 points Master Julian on Galen: 39 points Mistress Eleanor on Medallion: 33 points Lady Lasairfhiona on Bailey: 30 points Sir Artos on Oleandra: 28 points Mistress Ellen on Taro: 24 points Lady Walpurga on Oleandra: 24 points Baroness Lillian on Medallion and Bailey: 21 points Baron Duncan on Medallion and Thunder: 15 points
Gamblers Choice scores will be forthcoming if I can locate the paper they’re written on.
Report submitted by Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick, Equestrian Marshal in Charge for Panteria XX.
Filed under: Equestrian Tagged: Panteria, Panther Vale
Their Royal Majesties have asked the Gazette to distribute the following announcement which can also be found in the June issue of the Pikestaff
Greetings to the East Kingdom!
We are very excited to announce that this year there will be an Arts and Sciences War Point at Pennsic. The following individuals have all committed to serving as our Eastern champions for the war point at Pennsic:
Please come and support our champions on Wednesday of War Week in the Aethelmearc Royal Encampment! All Maunches and Laurels are allowed to vote but the populace is encouraged to attend to see all the wonderful work being done in the Kingdoms of the East, Midrealm and Aethelmearc!
In Service to the East,
Salutations au Royaume de l’Est ! Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer que cette année, un point pour les Arts et Sciences sera accordé à Pennsic. Les personnes suivantes ont toutes promis de servir en tant que nos champions de l’Est pour le point de guerre à Pennsic:
Agatha Wanderer (Championne de la Reine),
S’il-vous-plaît, venez supporter nos champions le mercredi, dans la Semaine de Guerre, au Campement Royal d’Aethelmearc ! Les gens faisant partie de l’Ordre de la Manche, ainsi que de l’Ordre du Laurier, seront alloués un vote, mais la population est encouragée a assister et apprécier tout le merveilleux travail accompli dans les Royaumes de l’Est, du Milieu et d’Aethelmearc !
En Service pour l’Est,
Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, En français, Pennsic Tagged: a&s, champions, Pennsic, pennsic war points
Forwarded from the SCA Publications Manager
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From the editor of Tournaments Illuminated: Our upcoming Quest topic is “Hints For Brewers“, with Guest Editors Brian Kettering | Donal O’Brien and Elspeth Payne / Sorcha Crowe.
Send your “tun” of information (up to 300 words) to email@example.com by June 1 and it may be included in the 3rd Quarter 2015 Issue of Tournaments Illuminated. If you’d like to include images of your process, please write for photo specs.
Submission of any work to TI constitutes permission to publish said work without compensation in any form, including, but not limited to, electronically on a publicly accessible webpage. The author retains all original copyrights to the submission.
Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences
This is just a friendly reminder to complete and submit your replies!
Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: awards, pollings
The following update was posted on the official Pennsic website:
In compliance with new Pennsylvania Commonwealth Law and due to potential medical risk considerations involving martial activities the following policy is now in effect:
Minors authorized in Martial activities and bearing a gold tape diamond on their helms on which their parent or legal guardian’s cell phone number is written, may participate in battles. Parents should have the cell phone in hand in case of emergency.
Filed under: Pennsic
From our compatriots at the Midrealm Gazette:Crown Tourney Results
Sir Nikolai fighting for Mistress Serena defeated Syr Gunnar fighting for Baroness Finnpopla.
Filed under: Tidings
From our compatriots at the Ealdormere GazetteWassail to Their Highnesses Ealdormere Today, Tormot Quilliam won Crown Tourney to make Damhnail Galbraith Princess of the northlands.
Filed under: Tidings, Uncategorized Tagged: Kingdom of Ealdormere
The following article was graciously written by Lord Gundormr Dengir.
At their decoronation, we presented Edward (III) and Thyra (II) with a scroll, commemorating their reign and bemoaning its end, however timely. As described in a previous article, this was done in the form of a Mortuary Roll. These were sent upon the death of an Abbot, Prioress or other high-ranking member of a religious community to other, related foundations. The roll began with an obituary for the deceased and then, upon arrival, each house added a short prayer called a Titulus. When it had completed its travels the roll, perhaps with more than 100 inscribed tituli, returned to its source to be kept in the archives. Our roll project was organized by Gun∂ormr Dengir and Eleanor Catlyng, with contributing calligraphers including Andreiko Eferiev, Kayleigh McWhyte, Lada Monguligan, Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook and Reijnier Verplanck.
The first membrane contains a poetic obituary to each monarch (written by Aildreda de Tamworthe and Steffan ap Cenydd), done in the style of the 10th century Planctus for William Longsword, a memorial poem to a slain Duke. Each poem consists of six stanzas which end with the plaintive refrain, Heu nobis umbratis — Alas for us in shadow. The poems are illuminated with 2 panels (painted by Aaradyn Ghyoot and Eva Woodrose) where the end of the reign is foretold with evil signs and portents, including a flaming pineapple streaking across the heavens. Below, the whole population from the lowly to the mighty hedgehogs and noble flamingos, lament the end of the reign. These were done in the style of one of the most impressively decorated of the surviving medieval mortuary rolls, BL MS Egerton MS 2849, the mortuary roll of Lucy of Hedingham (✝1230).
The remaining membranes contain all the tituli — titles. In these brief formulas each local group promises to remember the departed royalty and asks that we recall their members as we remember Edward and Thyra. The period text, which asked us to pray for the souls of the departed, was rewritten (Latin assistance by Rahel Carolingiæ and Steffan) so that we are implored to remember them for their deeds, wisdom or fame. Baronies, Shires, Principalities, and Cantons, as well as individuals from across the East, contributed the names of their members, as did Kingdoms as far afield as the West and Drachenwald.
The entire scroll has been digitized and has been annotated with translation and scribal attribution. Within the tituli, period practice was to simply give the first name of the person with their title following, if any. We followed that format for the actual scroll, though in the digitized version we’ve also included the full names of all those commemorated in the text.
Duchess Thyra intends to display the Roll at upcoming events. While it may be some time before we are ready to undertake another similar project, we hope that others might be inspired to take part in it in the future. If you would like to learn more about the project or become involved in a future effort, please feel free to contact us: Eleanor, Gun∂ormr, or Thyra. While many deserving subjects were honored through this project, we know that there are many more who could have been so recognized. We would also be happy to begin collecting additional names towards that end as well.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Court Tagged: a&s