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Crown Tournament Finals – First Bout

Sat, 2014-05-17 15:59

The first bout of the finals was fought with sword & shield.

Victor: Sir Thomas of Ravenhill

Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney

Crown Tourney – Second Finalist

Sat, 2014-05-17 15:41

The Gazette is pleased to report that Sir Thomas of Ravenhill has advanced to the finals of the Spring Tournament for the Crown of the East. He will face Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven,


Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney

Crown Tourney – First Finalist

Sat, 2014-05-17 15:38

The Gazette is pleased to report that Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven has advanced to the finals of the Spring Tournament for the Crown of the East.


Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney

Crown Tourney – Semifinals

Sat, 2014-05-17 15:07

The four combatants remaining in the tournament are:

Undefeated List:

  • Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven for Countess Þóra Eiríksdóttir
  • Sir Thomas of Ravenhill for Áine an Neamheaglach

Wounded List:

  • Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson for Mistress Eva Woderose
  • Syr Culann mac Cianain for Baroness Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon

All remaining matches in the tournament will be fought in a “Best 3 out of 5″ format with rotating weapons forms.


Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Crown, Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney

Crown Tourney – Final Eight

Sat, 2014-05-17 14:26

The first few rounds of double-elimination fighting have seen the following combatants still remaining in the tournament:

Wounded list:

  • Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson soon to face Tribune Darius Aurelius Serpentius, called Omega the Impact
  • Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke soon to face Lord Wilham de Broc

Winner’s list:

  • Syr Culann mac Cianain soon to face Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven
  • Duke Konrad Der Lowe Von Ulm soon to face Sir Thomas of Ravenhill

Much gratitude to Mistress Alys Mackyntoich for keeping us up to date with events on the ground.



Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney

Crown Tourney – Sweet Sixteen

Sat, 2014-05-17 13:40

Good gentles of the East, the Gazette is pleased to report that this Spring’s Crown Tournament to determine the Heirs of our esteemed Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta is well underway in the Barony of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant in the Crown Principality of Tir Mara.

Having completed the first round of combat, a round-robin in which every combatant in their pool fought every other combatant, the Gazette is now able to report on the individuals who have advanced to the double-elimination rounds of the tournament by being one of the top two combatants in their pool.

The Sweet Sixteen round (the first of the double eliminations rounds) has been paired up as follows:

  • Baron Matthias Grunwald vs. Sir Thomas of Ravenhill
  • Syr Culann mac Cianain vs. Baron Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov
  • Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke vs Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson
  • Sir Antonio Patrasso vs. Sir Luis de Castilla
  • Tribune Darius Aurelius Serpentius , called Omega the Impact vs. Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson
  • Lord Richard Crowe vs. Jarl Valgards Stonecleaver
  • Duke Konrad Der Lowe Von Ulm vs. Baron Matthew Moreaveous Avdenmork
  • Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven vs. Lord Wilham de Broc

The Gazette is very grateful to our reporting crew at the tournament.

Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Crown Tourney, spring crown

Polling Responses due May19

Thu, 2014-05-15 15:57

Their Majesties, Brennan & Caoilfionn, issued Their second round of Award Order Pollings on April 25, and responses are due back to Them by May 19.

If you are a member of a polled Order and are not subscribed to the polling distribution or the discussion list, you may sign up here: Polling Lists

And if you are subscribed to the polling distribution but did not receive the most recent polls, please contact the Clerk of the Polling Lists, (currently Duchess Katherine Stanhope).

Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: awards, pollings

Incipient Heirs to the Barony of Concordia of the Snows

Fri, 2014-05-09 20:10

Jean Paul Ducasse and Lylie of Penhille

Their Imperial Majesties have asked to make it known that they have made their selection to affirm the will of the Barony. Please spread the word so that all of the East Kingdom can hear that Concordia has heirs. Jean Paul Ducasse and Lylie of Penhille have been chosen as the next Baron and Baroness.

Upon being told the news, Jean Paul and Lylie responded, “We BOTH are overjoyed and honored to have been chosen by our Baronial family, and Their Imperial Majesties, to be the Baronial representation of the Crown.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. For your enduring love and support as well as belief in us, you have our sincere gratitude. We truly are honored and overjoyed for the opportunity to serve the Barony and the East Kingdom. We have some truly great people to follow and wish only that our service will do you and those who have preceded us proud.”

Investiture is being planned to take place in November, in Albany, New York. Vivant!

Photo provided by Lylie of Penhill; photographer unknown.

Filed under: Local Groups, Tidings Tagged: baronial polling, Concordia of the Snows

Campaign for Officer and Marshal Medallions

Wed, 2014-05-07 12:04

SCA officers and marshals who would like durable medallions with the badge of their office might be interested in a Kickstarter campaign being run by Combat Medallions. Combat Medallions started the campaign after getting requests to create more medallions than they had the capital to produce. If enough orders are received, then the medallions will be made. A Gazette editor was approached by an officer who hoped that more publicity would increase the odds that his group’s medallion would receive enough orders.  The Heralds received enough orders in under 24 hours, but no other group hasn’t yet.  In response to that request, we’re helping spread the word.

Combat Medallions was started by Baron Jean Paul Ducasse to create durable pins for the Order of the Golden Rapier that could be worn on the field without being damaged. JP explained the expansion into other areas this way. “This got me to thinking and asking the different people of various orders WHY aren’t you wearing your regalia?  99% of the answers fell into one of two categories. One, they were afraid of breaking the medallion that they had been given, or two, ‘Do you know how many medallions I would have to wear, I couldn’t stand the weight of them all!’” The name Combat Medallions was picked because the medallions are designed to be lightweight, withstand being thrown into the bottom of an armor bag and still look good in court.

Each medallion requires 22 orders for them to be made. In addition to the Heralds, other medallions being offered are Chatelaine, Exchequer, Chirurgeon, Chronicler, Seneschal, Minister/Mistress of Arts and Science, Minister/Mistress of Lists, Archery Marshal, Equestrian Marshal, Web Minister, Heavy Weapons Marshal, and Thrown Weapons Marshal.

More information about Combat Medallions is available at their website. The Kickstarter campaign can be found here.


Filed under: Uncategorized

The Challenge of Sir Cedric of Armorica

Mon, 2014-05-05 13:06

Sir Cedric enters court. Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Unto the people of the East,
Greetings from Sir Cedric of Armorica,

Twenty years ago during the reign of Lucan II and Jana II, I issued the following challenge on behalf of my lady, Annastrina Ruth O’Carney:

Unto all Princes, Barons, members of Chivalry, Squires, and other fighters of this, the East Kingdom, and all other Kingdoms of the Knowne World;

Know that I; Lord Cedric of Armorica; humble squire to Count Sir Kikuchi Tsurunaga, King of revered memory, do herein proclaim that my lady and love, the Lady Annastrina Ruth O’Carney, is beyond compare the fairest and sweetest lady in all Christendom. If there is any worthy cavalier who disputes this truth, or has a lady whose claim he is willing to advance; know that I stand ready to meet him in gentle and honorable debate.

All those desirous of going further into this matter with me are invited to seek out my banner emblazoned with my arms, Per chevron inverted or and azure; billety or; in chief a tankard azure.

This banner will be displayed at diverse events in the coming months; where I will vouchsafe to meet them with sword and shield, single sword, or glaive.

Let all know, in order that my intention of this proclamation may be more fully declared, I have signed these presents with my own hand, this 30th day of April, Anno Societatis 28.

During the course of the next five months I fought 100 fights against many a valiant and puissant opponent who were moved to advance their ladies fame. Among them were men who rose to become legends in our Kingdom and Society;

Sir Cedric’s arms – Per chevron inverted or and azure; billety or; in chief a tankard azure

Konrad von Ulm,
Hanse von Drackenklaue,
Padraig Dubh Maceanroig
Alaric von Drackenklaue
Amalric Blackhart
Yngvar the Dismal
Morguhn Sheridan
Gunther Pathwarden
Richard Blackmoor
Karl von Sussen
Torvald Sigurdson
Tearloch the Profane
Ivan Ulrickson
Thorvald Halvorson
Stephen Grandchamp

At the Coronation of Gregor II and Christence II, the challenge was officially closed and there; before the assembled populace of the East; I did humbly beg the hand of Lady Annastrina in marriage.

She accepted and has been by my side ever since. She is everything to me and her love, inspiration, and support are what made me worthy of the accolade of Chivalry.

That would have been enough for me, and for any other man, but she has blessed me beyond all measure by bearing our two daughters.

It is for these reasons and others too diverse to mention, that I am again issuing this challenge again to the fighters of the Knowne World. In addition; in honor of Her Majesty Caoilfhionn taking up the rapier to aid in the defense of our fair kingdom at the 43rd Pennsic War this year; I also open this challenge to those practitioners of the art of Defense who may wish to gently debate or discuss the truth of my statements.

I stand ready to meet all who wish to accept my challenge and will hold it open for the duration of Their Majesties reign.

In service to the Dream,
Sir Cedric of Armorica

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: challenge

Welcoming a New Year

Thu, 2014-05-01 10:06

A fighter circa AS 7 with a freon can helm and a shield made out of 3/4 inch plywood with bicycle tire edging.

Today marks the anniversary of the first tournament and the day that the SCA turns over its calendar to a new year.  The year is now Anno Societatis XLIX (49).  An account of that first tournament is available on the West Kingdom Historian’s website.

Filed under: Tidings

New Society Seneschal Sought

Tue, 2014-04-29 17:17

Leslie Vaughn, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., has announced that Board of Directors is seeking applicants for the position of Society Seneschal and Vice President of Operations.

Leslie Vaughn writes:  The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism is now accepting applications for the position of Society Seneschal (Vice-President for Operations). This is a part-time, paid position, which requires approximately thirty-two hours per week .

Position Requirements and Responsibilities:
    • Oversee directly and indirectly the planning and implementation of all game side activities.
    • Ensure confidentiality of all investigations
    • Annual review of all direct documentation
    • Interface as a corporate spokesperson for information management
    • Explore, evaluate and create new documentation as needed to ensure a positive game side experience
    • Train all direct reports and indirectly assist with the training of subsequent staff
    • Report as instructed within all timelines
    • Excellent communication skills
    • All other tasks as assigned
General Requirements:
    • Management experience with both volunteers and employees preferred
    • Ability to connect to internet required
    • Good working knowledge of current SCA corporate documents required
    • Applicants must be available for the four quarterly Board Discussion Sessions per year (typically held on Fridays), held in addition to the four Board meeting days per year (typically on Saturdays). As Thursdays and Sundays tend to be travel days, each applicant must have sixteen days available per year, of which eight are week days. Additional traveling may be required. Availability for up to eight evening conference calls per year (generally starting at 9:00 p.m.Eastern Time) is also required.

Resumes (professional and medieval, including awards and titles) must be sent to SCA Inc., Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036, or resumes at sca.org, no later than August 30th, 2014.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments at lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Filed under: Corporate, Official Notices Tagged: corporate, seneschal, society officers

Latest Issue of A&S Newsletter is Available

Sun, 2014-04-27 15:17

The newest Ars Scientia Orientalis, the quarterly Arts & Sciences publication of the East, is now online at:

The contents include:

  • Cooking from Medieval Recipes, a Very Simple Introduction by Mistress Brunissende Dragonette
  • Music-Dramas in the Medieval Church by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich
  • Observations on an Elizabethan Blackwork Smock by Countess Ianthé d’Averoigne
  • Insights Into the Use of Astrology In the European Middle Ages by Xanthippe Ouranina
  • Period vs. Periodesque: Considerations for Creating Arts and Science Projects by Baroness Rainillt de Bello Marisco
  • Philosophies of Recreation by Lady Elizabeth Underhill
  • Praise of the East: Seasons by Mistress Dorigen of the Gray Gate

Filed under: Arts and Sciences

Unofficial Court Report from Balfar’s Challenge

Sat, 2014-04-26 14:42

And it came to pass on 19 April 2014, AS XLVIII that Their Majesties Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta, Emperor and Empress of the Kingdom of the East, held court at Balfar’s Challenge.

Katherine Ramsey, Autocrat for the event, and Duke Balfar were called forth, wherein they named and awarded the winners of the tourneys for archery, heavy combat and rapier.

Cedric of Armorica stepped forth, and announced the victors of the Youth Combat Tournaments.

Next, Miron d’Allaines-le-Comte was called before Their Majesties. Thus was he made a Lord of the court, and received an AoA with a scroll featuring words and illumination by Adrienne d’Evreaux, and calligraphy by Alexandre Saint Pierre.

Then Guillome de Naverre was called forth before Their Majesties. He was made a Lord of the court, and received an AoA with a scroll by Xandra Rozina Xiberras Galea, called Rozi.

His Grace Duke Kenric presented himself to the court, and swore his fealty to Their Majesties. So too did Vienna de la Mer, East Kingdom Chatelaine.

Tristan de Worrell was next requested to be present before Their Majesties. His many good works noted, the companions of the Order of the Silver Crescent were called forth so he may join their ranks. Tristan received a medallion, and a scroll featuring illumination by Lisabetta Medaglia, calligraphy from Eleanor Catlyng, and words by Bronwen Rose of Greyling.

Sir Osgkar, East Kingdom Earl Marshal, presented himself to Their Majesties and swore his fealty.

Patrick Michael of Dragonship Haven was called before Their Majesties. He was unfortunately not present, and thus his squire brother approached the thrones in his place. He was in absentia made a Lord of the court, and received an AoA with a scroll by Elisenda de Luna.

Next was Her Majesty’s guard, Clarice d’Allaines-le-Comte, called forth. Much was said of her combat prowess, and thus was she inducted into the Order of the Gawain. She was presented with a garter from the arm of His Majesty, and a scroll by Katherine Stanhope.

Next Her Majesty Caoilfhionn did call forth the nine children who had been participants in her service initiative. All were awarded beads for their participation, and given thanks.

The rest of the children present were called forth. The Royal Toybox was presented, and a merry chase ensued around the field. Before this, Her Majesty was presented with a step to extend her stature when standing before the thrones.

Gwilym of Fflint was called forward. He had, in the court of Their Majesties Kenric II and Avelina II been awarded arms. He was this day presented an AoA scroll with calligraphy by Elizabeth Greenleaf and illumination by Deirdre O’Roarke.

Their Majesties invited before them Naomi bat Avraham. They spoke of her great service to the Kingdom, and requested the presence once again of the companions of the Order of the Silver Crescent. She was so inducted into the order, and presented a medallion and a scroll by Chrestienne la Pecheresse featuring words by Lillia de Vaux.

Their Majesties did mark that the order was still incomplete. Thus was called forward Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven. He was inducted into the order for his long service, receiving a medallion and a scroll with illumination by Aesa feilinn Jossurdottir, calligraphy by Constance de St Denis, and words by Thyra Eiriksdottir.

Her Majesty Caoilfhionn requested a moment before the Order. She thus read the words of Her Majesty Violante Regina Occidentalis, Queen of the West, awarding Duke Edward with Her Cypher.

Their Majesties demanded the presence of Saerlaith Ingen Taithlig before their court. Though his Majesty spoke of her troublemaking nature, she was elevated to a Lady of the court, and presented an AoA with a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig.

Next was Murdock MacRae called before the court. He was thus made a Lord of the court, and presented an AoA with a scroll by Aleksei Dmitriev.

Called before the court of Their Majesties, Marieta Charay presented herself. She was made a Lady of the court, and received an AoA with a scroll by Cezilia Rapossa.

At the start of the day, Their Majesties had held a brief court. Therein, they called forth Reyne Wurm, who had received writ from Their Majesties Kenric II and Avelina II to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican. She was sent out on vigil to consider her answer.

Now was Reyne Wurm called forth, as were the Peers of the Order of the Pelican. Following words commending Reyne to their majesties from Duke Balfar for the Order of the Chivalry; words were read from Master Adhemar for the Order of the Laurel; words were sent by Duchess Luna for the Lady of the Rose; and Master Joseph spoke for the Order of the Pelican. A mantle, pin and cap were brought forth as regalia. Reyne Wurm was then elevated to the Order of the Pelican, receiving a scroll that featured a woodcut block by Naomi bat Avraham, printing by Markesa Manuel de Carvahal and Fearghus O Conchobhair, with words by Adhemar de Villarquemada.

Their Majesties thanked both their hosts and all attendees of the event for a wonderful day. Thus closed the court of Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta. Long may they reign over the Empire of the East!

In service,

Malcolm Bowman

Eastern Crown Herald

PS – Thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day! Kenric æt Essex, Ryan McWhyte, Jehane de Fenwyk, Donnovan Shinnock, Anastasia da Monte, and Caitriona of Greenwood Isle.

Photos by Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood

Filed under: Court Tagged: Balfar's Challenge, court, court report

Ooh, Shiny! The Birth and Life of an East Kingdom Scroll

Thu, 2014-04-24 12:47

The following article was written by Mistress Eleanor Catlyng, New Scribes Deputy, as part of the Gazette’s ongoing series of informational articles about the East Kingdom.

Held high in court, the gold leaf glinting, the beautiful portrait evoking the recipient, the elaborate calligraphy catching your eye – an East Kingdom scroll creates a moment. Whether an Award of Arms or a Peerage scroll, each one is unique – designed especially for the recipient – and carefully created by the scribes of the Kingdom.

Unlike the other regalia, medallions, and tokens of some awards, a scroll begins its life at the hands of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet (or Signet, for short). Before that, conception originates with the Royalty. Taking the words of Their people, the consultation of Their Orders, and Their own knowledge of the good works of Their people, Their Majesties choose to give an award. Behind the scenes, the Royalty’s Scheduler (person designated to schedule awards) discreetly works on scheduling the award – contacting those who recommended, a person’s Peer, or a loved one to find out what Royal Progresses they are likely to attend. A date determined, the Scheduler then relays the news to the Signet.

Our Signet coordinates all the scribes. She (or he) knows who is active, who prefers what types of work, what experience they have, what media they work in, what other scribes they like to work with, their typically needed lead time, and all the details necessary to assign the scroll to a person or people who will lovingly create this work of art. The Signet searches the rolls of active scribes to find one who is both available and, when possible, has a personal connection to the recipient (someone who is local to them, a member of their household, or someone who shares a common interest).

At this point, the Signet, in strict confidence, contacts the available scribe they feel is best suited to the assignment. Once a scribe agrees to midwife the assignment, they use the information provided (usually the recipient’s full name, details of the recommendation(s) their Majesties received about the person, and their registered arms) to design a scroll. Many scribes will try to include some personal aspect in the design – an element of the recipient’s heraldry, a small portrait or illuminated items that match their interests, wording that is unique to the person’s deeds, or details that are specific to their period and persona. For armigerous awards, registered arms will also be both illuminated and calligraphed on the scroll. The scroll then comes to life within their hands. Most commonly, these labors unfold over the weeks preceding the event, but sometimes late tidings diminish the gestation to days.

Finally, the scribe or a trusted courier delivers the scroll to Their Majesties or Their Herald, and the moment arrives at Court. The recipient is called, the Herald reads the words, and the scroll is held aloft to greet the Known World. A cascade of “oohs” and “ahs” precedes the final celebration, an uproarious “Vivant”.

This is so cool! How can I become a scribe?

Most importantly, no experience is necessary! We are happy to work with people with no art experience as well as with people who have other art training. You can work on the whole scroll, or just the components that are most interesting to you (calligraphy, illumination, wording). If you focus on only one component, we can match you up with others to complete full scrolls. Those who may wish to work in alternate media (glass, wood, stone, embroidery, etc.) are also encouraged to contact us.

Contact the Signet (signet@eastkingdom.org) or her New Scribes Deputy (newscribes@eastkingdom.org) and let them know. We’ll introduce you to other scribes who are local to you, point you at local scribal workshops or nearby events with scribal classes, and try to coach you via email as best possible. You can also look to a scribe you know to mentor you into the process.

As you practice, we’ll ask you send us a sample of your work. As your skills and confidence evolve, the Signet’s office can assign you backlogs (awards given without a scroll) which have long lead times (12 or more weeks) and “live” award assignments for upcoming courts when you are able to handle a shorter lead time (usually 2-12 weeks at most). New scribes can also work on “blanks” (scrolls that are just illuminated, to be calligraphed at a later date) with no deadline. Blanks are often used when last minute assignments don’t allow for the completion of a full scroll, but an experienced calligrapher can quickly complete the work on something already illuminated. Some Baronies and other groups give award scrolls with their local awards or tournaments, which are typically arranged directly with the Baron/Baroness or other local head, and scribes both within those areas and outside are welcome to offer their services in this way. If you are not interested in completing assignments for the Kingdom, we are still happy to foster your learning in the scribal arts, but forgive us if we do ask you from time to time!

Extensive information, including the East Kingdom Scribes Handbook, is available on our website where you can explore and find resources including our interest questionnaire, which goes directly to the Signet.

So, I’m not sure I want to scribe regularly, but I’d like to help with my friend’s award…

Contact the Signet and let her know your interest. If the scroll is not already assigned, she will ask you for some detail of your prior experience (and possibly images if she is unfamiliar with your work), to help determine how best for you to be involved in the project. If the scroll is already assigned, she will try see if there is a way you can support the already assigned scribe. Please do not be offended if she has to say no. Some scribes prefer to work alone, or the time frame may not allow for collaboration. You are always welcome to give a friend a personal token after Court so that they know of your support and love.

I’m a scribe for the Kingdom already, and I’d like to help with an award I heard about…

Contact the Signet as soon as possible, and let her know. Again, if the assignment is already given and the other scribe has begun, this may not be possible, but sometimes she can reassign or arrange for you to work with the other scribe. If it doesn’t work out this time, she’ll keep your request on file in case the person receives another award which can be assigned to you. If the award is on the backlog, please contact the Backlog Deputy (backlogs@eastkingdom.org) about the assignment.

Someone contacted me privately about doing a scroll assignment, but I haven’t heard anything from the Signet about it…

Contact the Signet, and let her know, even if the someone is the Royalty or a member of Their Household. If the assignment is not already given, she can usually just officially confirm the assignment is yours. If the assignment has been given to another scribe, she’ll see if it can be reassigned to you or if you can work with the other scribe. If that isn’t possible, she’ll keep you in mind for future assignments. If the scroll is a backlog, contact the Backlog Deputy.

I received an award, but no scroll…

Contact the Backlog Deputy. Chances are, if it’s relatively recent, he (or she) already knows and is working to assign it. He can confirm if your scroll is on the list or not, and add it if not. Once you are on the list, hopefully, you can expect to get this scroll within a year. If it’s been more than a year, it’s ok to contact him again, as it may have gotten mislaid somewhere along the way. No statute of limitations applies, even if it the award is decades old. You may make arrangements privately with a scribe, but please inform the Backlog Deputy of the details so that they can make note and track it until it is complete.

My scroll was lost or damaged, what do I do…

Contact the Backlog Deputy. He’ll add it to our list of backlog scrolls to assign it. The age of the scroll doesn’t matter, and we always have newer scribes or other scribes who appreciate the relaxed completion schedule. You may also make private arrangements for this, but please keep the Backlog Deputy apprised so that the scribe gets credit for their work.

My arms have passed since I received my Award (Grant, Patent, Augmentation) of Arms…

You are welcome to engage any scribe to fill these in once they are registered. If you don’t know any scribes available to do this, please feel free to contact the Signet, and she can find you someone to work on it. Occasionally we have a drop-in table at events where you can bring your scroll to do this; watch event details for information. Contacting the Signet is not necessary in either of these cases, unless you want to acknowledge someone’s good work for her records.

I don’t live in the East, but am interested in helping with scrolls…

While we do give preference to local scribes, we welcome your interest and will consider you for assignments as well. Donation of scroll blanks is also welcome from any scribe regardless of residence. Please contact the Signet to let her know of your interest.

Other questions?
Please feel free to contact us directly!

Mistress Kayleigh McWhyte, Tyger Clerk of the Signet
Baroness Nest verch Tangwistel, Emergency Deputy
Mistress Eleanor Catlyng, New Scribes Deputy
Lady Lada Monguligin, Schola and Special Projects Deputy
Lord Hugh Tauerner, Backlog Deputy
Baroness Shadiyah al-Zahra, Western Tir Mara Deputy
Baroness Nest verch Tangwistel, (Interim) Eastern Tir Mara Deputy
Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt, Northern Region Deputy
Lady Heather Rose de Gordoun, Central Region Deputy
Mistress Safia al-Khansaa’, Southern Region Deputy

Filed under: Arts and Sciences

Tournament in Support of Philippe Provost

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:56

Ken and Mali How (Baron Ceawlin Alreding and Baroness Molly Blythe of Smoking Rocks) are hosting a fencing tournament fundraiser and silent auction on Sunday, April 27, from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Police Athletic League of Fall River, 31 Franklin Street, Fall River to benefit the family of the late Phil Packard (known in the SCA as Philippe Provost). The tournament will be open to SCA and Living History Association fencers and will follow LHA rules. There will be a $10 fee to enter the tournament. The tournament prize is a rapier donated by Master Llewlyn Gododdin or a $140 gift certificate towards a blade made by him. Please use this e-mail for more information about the event.  A webpage has also bet set up to receive donations.

Please note that this is not an SCA event.  The funds raised will be used to pay for outstanding bills as a result of Philippe’s cancer treatment and funeral expenses. In compliance with state and federal laws for fundraising for specific individuals, the sponsors inform everyone that donations made to the Phil Packard Memorial Fund are NOT tax-deductible and that donations in excess of $13,000 may be subject to taxation.

Filed under: Tidings

John Barleycorn Brewing Competition Announced

Tue, 2014-04-22 19:10

Raisin Wine

The Canton of Northpass would like to announce that they will be holding the annual John Barleycorn Memorial Brewing Competition at their “Barleycorn” event this September 5-7. The competition, which will be run with the assistance of the East Kingdom Brewers Guild, will have five categories: Beer, Wine, Mead, “Other” (any Period-style beverage – cordials, kumiss, etc. – that doesn’t fit into the first three categories), and an “Open” category.

  For the first four categories, recipes will be required. The judges will need to know what it was you were trying to make. Documentation will be strongly recommended. For the “Open” category, recipes will not be required, nor will documentation be necessary. That bottle of mead that’s been sitting so long in your basement that the label fell off? The grapefruit melomel you tried just to see if you could do it? Enter them in the “Open” category!    Other details, such as scoring and prizes, are not available at the time of this writing.   The event, “The Funeral Games for John Barleycorn”, will be held at Mountain Lakes Camp in North Salem, NY, on the weekend of Sept. 5 – 7. The event will be based on Book V of The Aeneid, “The Funeral Games for Anchises”.    For further information, contact the autocrat, Richard the Poor of Ely (richardthepoor@hotmail.com).
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Thanks from the former Vox Regis

Tue, 2014-04-22 18:54


Photo by Baroness Cateline la broderesse

To all of you who came out to help herald the reign of Kenric II and
Avelina II, and most especially to Their (now) Graces, my thanks and
appreciation. You all did very good work and I’m proud of what we

In the last six months, we heralded 19 Royal Progresses, 2 Highness
Progresses, and 2 Baronial Progresses across the Kingdom.

We had, if my counting is accurate, 41 heralds read in court this
reign, nine of them reading for the first time. Others learned the
chancery work of setting up and coordinating court.

We had 14 heralds read in Birka Court and everything ran smoothly and quickly.

Six heralds – Conogan, Erec, Donovan, Eginhard, Rozi, and Mylisant -
ran courts for the first time; some were smaller, some larger, some
had coaching, some not, but they all took that step.

To Alesone Gray of Cranleigh, Alethea Eastriding, Alys Mackyntoich,
Amy verch Rychard, Anastasia da Monte, Andreas von Meißen, Audrye
Beneyt, Brighid MacCumhal, Brita Mairi Svensdottir, Catrin o’r Rhyd
For, Cezilia Raposa, Conogan mab Rioc, Donovan Shinnock, Aildreda de
Tamwurthe called Dreda, Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle, Erec le Clair,
Galefridus Peregrinus, Gregory of York, Grim the Skald, Katrusha the
Skomorokh, Kay Leigh Mac Whyte, Jean de la Montagne, Judith Fitzhenry
the Uncertain, Justin du Coeur, Lucien de Pontivi, Mael Eoin mac
Echuid, Malcolm Bowman, Marguerite ingen Lachlainn, Martyn de
Halliwell, Mithgiladan the Herald, Mylisant Grey, Phillip Reed the
Facetious, Rosina von Schaffhausen, Ryan McWhyte, Sabine de Kerbriant,
Steffan ap Cenydd of Silverwing, Theodora Bryennissa called Treannah,
Ulric von der Insel, Xandra Rozina Xiberras Galea called Rozi, and
Yehuda ben Moshe, thank you all for your help

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Period or Not…Names

Fri, 2014-04-18 12:48

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

Today’s name is Corwin or Corwyn.

Although popularly believed to be medieval, we have yet to find any evidence of a person with the given name of Corwin or Corwyn.  As a given name, it appears to be a purely 20th century invention.

In the medieval and Renaissance eras, Corwin and its variant spellings were surnames, based on either a place name in Wales or an occupational term for “shoemaker.”

So why do some people have the SCA name of Corwin or Corwyn registered?  There is a bit of a “rules hack” that allows for the registration of Corwin as a given name in certain limited circumstances.

There is a pattern of using late 16th century English surnames as given names.[1]  The most well-known example of this is Guildford Dudley, the husband of Lady Jane Grey, whose first name was based on a family surname.   Because this pattern actually existed in period, evidence of Corwin (or any variant spelling) as a 16th century English surname allows it to be registered as if it were a 16th century English given name.

(Note that the surname-as-given name pattern is limited only to 16th century English surnames right now).

[1] September 2012 Cover Letter (http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2012/09/12-09cl.html)

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In Memoriam: Master Sheldon the Just

Wed, 2014-04-16 19:11

Photo credit: Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood

It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports on the death of Master Sheldon the Just.  The Gazette learned of his passing on Wednesday, April 16th following a very brief battle with Pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Ruth. Master Sheldon was a pillar of the community in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows and many who have shared remembrances publicly have likened him to a rock for his steadfast support of the Barony.

Master Sheldon received his Award of Arms in 1988 from Their Royal Majesties Randall and Katherine.  He was also a member of the Order of the Terpsichore, the Order of the Silver Crescent and the Queen’s Order of Courtesy. He was a member of the Brewer’s Guild in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows and was recognized with their Order of the Sapphire, which is an award for Arts and Sciences, in 1999. He was a well known Archery Captain and also served as the Exchequer for the Central Region of the East Kingdom. He was elevated to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties Kenric and Avelina in January of this year for his long and excellent service to the Society and to the Kingdom.

The funeral service will be Thursday April 17th at Temple B’Nai Sholom at 1:00 PM, with a graveside service to follow. The temple is located at 420 Whitehall Avenue, in Albany, NY. The internment will be at the in the B’Nai Shalom section of the Elmwood Hill Cemetery Association, 51 Belle Avenue, Troy NY.

The following message was received Wednesday night:

Below is the schedule for the funeral and shiva for Sheldon Bosin. For those of you not familiar with Jewish traditions, the shiva is similar to calling hours. The family will be at home to receive those wishing to offer their condolences at the times posted.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Funeral 1:00 PM, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, Albany NY
Interment following at BSRC section of Elmwood Cemetery, Belle Ave., Troy NY
Shiva beginning following return
Minyan at 7:45 PM
Shiva at the home of Ruth Burkowsky, 119 Pinehurst, Albany NY 12203

Friday, April 18
Shiva, 2-5 PM

Saturday, April 19 
Shiva from 7:40 PM
Minyan at 7:45 PM

Sunday April 20
Shiva 2-4 PM



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