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In Memoriam: Duke Kenric æt Essex

Mon, 2018-01-15 14:19
“When righteousness and mercy are associated in the ruler’s authority, he may, while soothing the hearts of his subjects, inspire them with reverence, and, whilst correcting, sooth them. So spoke Alfred, great King of the Saxons, and it is as if he had known Kenric ætEssex.” – From the ducal scroll of Kenric æt Essex

Photo by Raziya bint Rusa

Duke Kenric æt Essex, Knight, Laurel, has been declared lost at sea following a boating accident on Friday, January 12th. Kenric was one of the most highly accomplished and beloved citizens of the East. He and his wife, Avelina Keyes, reigned three times as King and Queen of the East. He was the only person in the history of the East to be inducted into five orders of High Merit. Prior to his first reign as King of the East, he served as East Kingdom Brigantia Herald for four years, then subsequently as Kingdom Chamberlain for two years, and at the time of his death was serving as East Kingdom Marshal of Armored Combat.

Kenric was a fixture in his home Barony of the Bridge for decades and was a leading member of Duchy Von Drachenklaue and of House Silverwing. He recieved his Award of Arms in the Fall of 1994 from Lucan II and Jana II and was shortly thereafter inducted into the Pillar of the Bridge for his contributions to his local group. He was a companion of the Order of the Sagittarius (1998), of the Silver Crescent (1999), of the Maunche (2000), of the Tygers Combattant (2001), of the Chivalry (2002), of the Silver Rapier (2014), of the Laurel (2014), and of the Golden Rapier (2017). In addition, he held the rank of Master Bowman.

Coronation of Kenric I and Avelina I. Photo by Duchess Caoilfhionn inghean

He was recognized with the Queen’s Honor of Distinction by Caitlin and by Jana IV, and with the Queen’s Award of Esteem by Caoilfhionn II, and he was recognized with the King’s Cypher by Lucan for his personal service to the Crown during three different reigns, as well as twice by Brennan.

Kenric enters Coronation. Photo by Sir Michael of York

For his courtesy and comportment in the Crown Lists, he was awarded the Shield of Chivalry four times. He twice served as Queen’s Champion of Arms and also won the position of King’s Champion of Arms three times. He was recognized with the Order of Valor of the East by Darius II and Roxane II at Pennsic 32 in recognition of his valor on the battlefield.

Kenric was a skilled metalworker, who at this past Pennsic was one of Champions representing the East for the Arts and Sciences War Point. He also did extensive and immersive research on Anglo-Saxon culture and language, learning to read and speak Anglo-Saxon English and striving at all times to make his person and persona as historically accurate as possible, to make history real and tangible to enhance both his own experience and that of those around him. To note only one vivid example, he was a performer in a battlefield telling of Beowulf at Pennsic XLII during his first reign. As one audience member described it, “when it came to be his turn he rose from his high seat to speak just as the sun was setting. He was exactingly dressed for the role, and as the light shifted from the setting sun to the torches in the tent, the Anglo-Saxon King of the East spoke the words of King Hrothgar in the original language that the poet put in that king’s mouth. We were transported.”

Viking silver spiral armring, Smithing by Duke Kenric aet Essex.

Photo by Lady Perronnelle de Croy

Kenric and Avelina reigned three times in the East. At the end of their first reign, Kenric “retired” his original persona and name of Kenric of Warwick, and at the Coronation of Edward II and Thyra held elaborate funeral rites for the death of the King, culminating in the elevation of Prince Edward and Princess Thyra to the Crown. The story of the passing of King Kenric captured the imagination of many in the East, and a number of artworks, stories, and songs were inspired by the life of “Saint Kenric of Warwick of Blessed Memory”. During their second reign, Kenric adopted the persona of Kenric æt Essex, cousin of the original Kenric, who had married Avelina and who again reigned in the East. During their third reign, Kenric instituted King Kenric’s Challenge, whereby he pledged to personally reward any and all Eastern Citizens who completed two, three, or four war point activities in armored combat, rapier, archery, or thrown weapons at Pennsic War.

Kenric is survived by his beloved wife, Duchess Avelina Keyes, and their daughter, as well as a wide circle of family and friends. An interfaith Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, January 20, 2018 at noon at Saint Benedict’s Church in Warwick, RI.

Photo by Raziya bint Rusa

It is the wish of the family that all media inquiries be directed to media@eastkingdom.org

Date limite pour les recommendations de Leurs Altesses Royales

Mon, 2018-01-15 12:22

Leurs Altesses Caoilfhionn et Brennan souhaitent rendre connu de tous qu’ils accepteront des recommandations pour un jour supplémentaire. S’il vous plaît assurez-vous que la recommandation est dans la fin de la journée.

Souvenez-vous que vous n’avez pas besoin d’être membre d’un ordre afin de recommander une personne que vous pensez méritante. Si vous pensez que des gens que vous connaîssez sont méritoires, il y a un formulaire en ligne facile à remplir afin que leur candidature soit considérée au travers de http://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/945932


Memorial Service for Duke Kenric

Mon, 2018-01-15 00:12

An interfaith Memorial Service for Duke Kenric will be held this Saturday, January 20, 2018 at noon at Saint Benedict’s Church in Warwick, RI. Collation to follow in the church hall until 4PM. The church is located at 135 Beach Avenue. Family and friends are welcome. Please be aware this is a non-garb event. For any questions, please contact Amy Dickens.

There will also be a memorial service at Pennsic in the East Kingdom Pavilion. More details on the Pennsic service will follow.

Polling Recommendation Deadline Extended to Monday Night

Sun, 2018-01-14 23:13

Caoilfhionn Princepissa and Brennan Princeps wish it to be known that the deadline for award recommendations for their first polling has been extended a day.  Please ensure that recommendations are in by the end of the day Monday, January 15th.

Please remember that you need not be a member of any order to recommend someone you consider deserving.  If you know someone you feel strongly about, there is an easy online form you can fill out to submit them for consideration.

Many questions about the awards process can be answered through this great article by Her Grace, Duchess Avelina: How the Awards Process Works

Duke Kenric Missing, Presumed Lost/Disparition de Duc Kenric

Sat, 2018-01-13 17:31

En français

On the afternoon of Friday January 12, Duke Kenric disappeared while kayaking off the coast of his hometown in Rhode Island. An extensive search was conducted by local law enforcement and the Coast Guard. At noon today, the authorities changed the nature of the search from one of rescue to one of recovery. This generally means that they no longer have an expectation of finding him alive.

Duke Kenric is a pillar of our community and it is understandable that many in the East will want to share their memories of Kenric with others. Comments are open on this post in order to provide a space for these. A GoFundMe campaign has been established for those who want to provide financial support to Duchess Avelina and their daughter during this difficult time.

En français

Au courant de l’après-midi du vendredi 12 janvier, duc Kenric a été porté disparu lors d’une excursion en kayak sur les côtes du Rhode Island. Des recherches exhaustives ont été entreprises par la garde-côtes et les autorités locales. Aujourd’hui sur le midi, ces dernières ont changé la nature de ces recherches, les faisant passer de sauvetage à récupération. Il peut être inféré qu’ils n’ont plus d’attentes à le retrouver sain et sauf.

Duc Kenric est un pilier de notre communauté. Il est donc compréhensible que plusieurs dans le royaume de l’Est voudront partager leurs mémoires de ce dernier. À cet effet, les commentaires sont ouverts sur cette publication. Une campagne GoFundMe a été levée pour ceux qui voudraient, en ces temps difficiles, offrir un support financier à duchesse Avelina et leur fille.

Traduction par Sir Pellandres

Tournaments Illuminated Has a Quest: Site Favours I have Known

Wed, 2018-01-10 08:09

The Editors of TI have a quest theme for the Second Quarter issue: Site Favours I have Known, with guest editor Kirsten O’Brien / Rekon of Saaremaa. “Site tokens, site favours, event tokens, these items are known by many names across the Known Worlde. Over the years they’ve gone from sometime curiosities to occasional commemoratives to sought-after collectors’ items. From bits of ribbon to beads on string, from stamped clay tokens to struck coins, from paternosters to pewter trinkets, site favours continue to evolve to reflect the needs, desires and abilities of Society artisans, event organizers and attendees. Have you made them? Do you collect them? Share your favorites and the stories behind them. Send your anecdote to tieditor by February 7 and it may be included in the Second Quarter 2018 issue of Tournaments Illuminated. If you’d like to share a photo, please write for image specs.
Thank you,
Baniarla CiarLasse MacGregor, OP, Caid”

As always, contributions included in the TI will receive a gratis copy of the issue in which their contribution appears.
Also, please include a short Bio of yourself, SCA and real life, 50-100 words or so.
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.

Email Migration Update from the Webministry / Mise à jour sur la migration des courriels, provenant du Webmestre du Royaume

Wed, 2018-01-10 07:15

En français
Greetings again from the Webministry of the Kingdom of the East!

We made a big push to try and get half of the branches within the Kingdom migrated over to Google for Nonprofits before the end of the year. The schedule is locked in, and sadly we are going to miss that target by 2. However, we’re going to manage to have 5 1/2 Kingdom Offices moved over as well, and our original target by 12/31 was not to have started those yet at all. So out of 62 branches, 11 Kingdom Offices, 3 event sites, and 9 guilds, we will have moved 29 branches and 5.5 Kingdom Offices. (Yes, a previous post said 67 branches. We realized that 5 of them were inactive.)

Problem is, now we have nothing more to schedule. Every group at every level that has so far provided information on their Officers will be migrated by some time over night on New Year’s Eve (the last one of the year is scheduled for “right before I leave for a NYE party” and will run as the ball drops) and then we have no more to do.

If you’re a branch Seneschal, please look for an email from webminister@eastkingdom.org that was sent to your official email account asking for information on your Officers. It might have slipped in to your spam folder. The first would have been in mid-November. There have been others since.

If you’re a branch officer and you haven’t either been migrated to Google or gotten notices about your upcoming migration, if you could kindly poke your Seneschal about getting your information in to the Webministry so we can get you moved over. The new system is much easier to use than the old, gets far less spam, and is just generally better. You’ll be glad to be moved over, and it will bring us that much closer to the end of this massive project.

If you are a Kingdom Great Officer of State, please look for an email from webminister@eastkingdom.org and try to get us the information on all your people. We’d love to get all if the Offices moved as soon as possible, and some of them are large enough that scheduling is tricky. (The Earl Marshal’s team is probably going to take an entire weekend.)

If you hold a position with a Kingdom Department and haven’t been migrated or gotten messages about your upcoming migration, please reach out to your Kingdom Superior about what information they need to gather to send over to the Webministry.

As always, please direct any questions or concerns to gfnp@eastkingdom.org.

In Service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services


En français

Salutations à nouveau de la part de l’office du Webmestre du Royaume de l’Est !

Nous avons donné un grand coup afin d’essayer de migrer la moitié des chapitres du Royaume sur Google pour les organismes sans but lucratif avant la fin de l’année. Notre planification est serrée, et malheureusement nous manquerons cet objectif par 2. Cependant, nous auront aussi réussi à migrer 5 offices du Royaume et demi, et notre objectif original du 31 décembre ne comprenait aucune migration de ce type. Donc, de 62 chapitres, 11 offices du Royaume, 3 sites d’événements et 9 guildes, nous avons déplacé 29 chapitres et 5,5 offices du Royaume. (Oui, un post précédent mentionnait 67 chapitres. Nous avons réalisé par la suite que 5 d’entres eux étaient inactifs.)

Le problème, est que maintenant nous n’avons rien de plus à planifier. Chaque groupe à chaque niveau ayant fourni les informations de leurs Officiers seront migrés à un moment quelconque de la veille du jour de l’an (le dernier de l’année étant planifié pour “juste avant que je quitte pour une veillée du nouvel an” et se produira en même temps que le décompte final) et ensuite, nous n’avons plus rien à faire.

Si vous êtes Sénéchal d’un chapitre, veuillez regarder pour un courriel provenant de webminister@eastkingdom.org qui a été envoyé sur votre compte courriel officiel, demandant de l’information sur vos Officiers. Il se pourrait qu’il se soit glissé dans votre boîte de courrier indésirable. Le premier devrait être autour de la mi-novembre. Il y en a eu plus depuis.

Si vous êtes un Officier d’un chapitre, et que vous n’avez pas encore été migré, ou que vous n’avez pas reçu de notices concernant votre migration prochaine, veuillez gentiment aviser votre Sénéchal d’envoyer vos informations au Webmestre pour que nous puissions effectuer votre migration. Le nouveau système est bien plus facile d’utilisation que l’ancien, reçoit moins de courrier indésirable, et est tout simplement généralement supérieur. Vous serez heureux d’avoir effectué la migration, et cela nous amènera encore plus près de la fin de ce gigantesque projet.

Si vous êtes un Grand Officier d’État, veuillez rechercher un courriel de la part de webminister@eastkingdom.org et essayer de nous fournir l’information concernant vos gens. Nous aimerions être en mesure de pouvoir migrer tous les Offices le plus tôt possible, et certains de ceux-ci sont assez gros pour rendre la planification ardue. (L’équipe du Earl Marshal prendra probablement une fin de semaine au complet.)

Si vous détenez une position avec un Département du Royaume et n’avez pas encore été migré ou n’avez reçu de messages au sujet de votre migration imminente, veuillez contacter votre Supérieur au niveau du Royaume avec l’information dont ils ont besoin pour envoyer au Webmestre.

Comme toujours, veuillez diriger toute question ou préoccupation à gfnp@eastkingdom.org.

En Service,
Joel Messerer
Député Webmestre pour les Services du Royaume de l’Est

Reprise: Post-Contest Comment Analysis of K&Qs A&S Champs Competition 2017

Tue, 2018-01-09 21:45

As this year’s King’s & Queen’s Arts & Sciences Championship approaches, the Gazette is please to remind folks that this article about last year’s competition has a good deal of information that may prove useful for this year’s entrants.

Post-Contest Comment Analysis of K&Qs A&S Champs Competition 2017

Unofficial Court Report from East Kingdom 12th Night

Tue, 2018-01-09 19:43

Tzar Ivan and Tzaritsa Mathilde at East Kingdom 12th Night AS 52. Photo by Baron Brendan Crane.

While in the Society it remains the 52 nd year, in the Mundane World a New Year has begun. Thus it was that Their Majesties, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, on the 6 th day of January, ventured to the Northern Region. There, they would partake of the Kingdom Twelfth Night Celebration in their Barony of Endewearde.
At the start of the day, Their Majesties did hold a brief court. They called forth their Deputy Seneschal for the Northern Region, Molly Schofield. They spoke of her service, and then, to her utter surprise, called in the companions of the Order of the Pelican. Molly would sit vigil, and contemplate elevation to the order.
It was a good day of much revelry, and in the afternoon Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde held court.
Their Excellencies Endewearde, Baroness Sylvia du Vey and Baron Ané du Vey, exchanged gifts with Their Majesties, and swore fealty.
Their Majesties proceeded to present the following awards to the following gentles:

Catarina Dughall, Award of Arms (Scroll by: Christiana Crane with words: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova)
Fenrir Øxnhálsson, Tyger’s Cub (Scroll by: Aelisif Hoarr Kona)
Anne Forneau, Award of Arms (Scroll illumination: Ciaran Ua Meic Thire, Caligraphy & Words: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova)
Slàine An Doire, Award of Arms
Oguri Tatsuko, Award of Arms (Scroll by: Audrye Beneyt and Christiana Crane with Japanese text by Ambrose the Gutless of Atenveldt)
Techán Mac Gothraidh, Award of Arms (Scroll by: Audrye Beneyt and Christiana Crane)

Saruca bint Lazari and the Assembled Silver Crescents. Photo courtesy of Baron Brendan Crane

Saruca bint Lazari, Silver Crescent (Scroll by: Shoshana Gryffyth)
Maxton Gunn,  Silver Crescent (Scroll by: Camille des Jardins with words by Nichol mac Donnachaidh)
Anders Carlson, Award of Arms (Scroll by: Techan MacGothraidh)
Beatrice de Warynton, Seamstress to the Crown (Scroll by: Morwenna O Hurlihie)
Audrye Beneyt, Silver Wheel (Scroll by: Mari Clock van Horne)
Lillian Stanhope, Silver Mantle (Scroll by: Christiana Crane with words by Nichol mac Donnachaidh)
Bia di Firenze, Silver Mantle (Scroll by: Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir called Feilinn)
Vopiscus Rufius Donatus, Silver Mantle
Lorencio Matteo Despinoza, Silver Mantle (Scroll by: Audrye Beneyt)
Anna Mickel von Salm, Sagitarius (Scroll by: Thyra (Þóra) Eiríksdóttir with words by Nichol mac Donnachaidh)
Syr Cedric of Thanet was recognized as a Master Thrower
Nicol mac Donnachaidh, Silver Brooch (Scroll by: Embla Knútrdottir with words by Matthew MacGyver)
Hrefna Hrodbjortsdottir, Silver Brooch (Scroll by: Agatha Wanderer)

Mistress Molly Schofield, moments after he elevation to the Order of the Pelican. Photo courtesy of Baron Brendan Crane

Solveig Bjarnardottir, Silver Brooch (Scroll by: Anna Mickel von Salm)
Keziah Planchet, Silver Brooch (Scroll illumination: Harold von Auerbach Calligraphy: Carmelina da Vicari)
Molly Schofield, Order of the Pelican (Scroll credits: Illumination: Ro Honig Von Sommerfeldt Calligraphy: Christian Crane Words: Angus Pembridge)

Additionally, during the court, the children got run by Ketilfastr Thorkilson.

Newcomers received tokens from Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde.
Godric of Hamtun and his household presented a crossbow and bolts to Tsar Ivan, and a longbow and arrows to Tsaritsa Matilde.
Agatha the Wanderer thanked the participants and announced the winner of the Gift Chest Challenge.
Their Majesties thus closed their court.

During the feast that evening, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde reopened their court.

Audrye Beneyt reports the following:
Between the 1st and 2nd course, Their Majesties held a brief court.

Lord Seamus na Coille Aosda, as Warden of the East Kingdom Royal Foresters Guild was called forth to give gifts to Their Majesties.  Her Majesty Matilde was gifted with ermine pelts from her forests.  His Majesty Ivan was gifted with a hand crafted hunting horn and baldric.  They were also gifted with a take down frame saw for their encampment crafted by Lord Poplyr Childs.  In addition, they were gifted 5 fire
starter kits to be given as largesse.

Their Majesties having further business with Seamus, kept him in place to receive the rank of Expert Thrower in the East Kingdom, presenting him a medallion which was previously given to them by Syr Cedric of Thanet, newest Master Thrower.

There being no further business, their court was closed.

Thus concluded an excellent Twelfth Night. Long Live the Kingdom of the East!
Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald
PS – Thank you to the court heralds for the day: Mylisant Grey, Maria von Ossenheim, Audrye Beneyt, Marian Kirkpatrick, Conall An Doire, Þórý Veðardóttir, Simona bat Leon, Techan Mac Gothraidh, and Aloysius of Ravensbridge.

Date limite pour les recommendations de Leurs Altesses Royales

Tue, 2018-01-09 14:31

This post was published separately in English


Leurs Altesses Caoilfhionn et Brennan souhaitent rendre connu de tous qu’ils accepteront des recommandations pour leur premier vote jusqu’au dimanche 14 janvier.

Souvenez-vous que vous n’avez pas besoin d’être membre d’un ordre afin de recommander une personne que vous pensez méritante. Si vous pensez que des gens que vous connaîssez sont méritoires, il y a un formulaire en ligne facile à remplir afin que leur candidature soit considérée au travers de http://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/945932

Plusieurs réponses à propos du processus entourant la remise de reconnaissances peuvent être trouvées dans cet excellent article par Sa Graçe Avelina.


Recommendation deadline for the first Polling of Caoilfhionn & Brennan

Sun, 2018-01-07 21:43


Their Highnesses Caoilfhionn and Brennan wish to make it known that they will accept recommendations for the first polling through Sunday January 14.

Please remember that you need not be a member of any order to recommend someone you consider deserving. If you know someone you feel strongly about, there is an easy online form you can fill out to submit them for consideration.

Many questions about the awards process can be answered through this great article by Her Grace Avelina.

Thank you!

Pennsic Gate Pavilion Dag Fundraiser

Fri, 2018-01-05 16:43

Ten years ago the East Kingdom replaced the gates to the Royal Encampment at Pennsic with a completely new design featuring two round pavilions with a shade fly connecting them, creating a sheltered path for visitors to enter.  At that time a fundraiser was held to help defray the cost of the new gate, in which Baronies, Shires, Cantons, Provinces, and even some large households donated $100 to have their devices painted on one of the pavilion dags.

East Kingdom Royal Encampment Gates at Pennsic

At the time approximately 15 of the dags were left unpainted. The Pennsic Steward, Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick, would like to offer the opportunity to claim one of those remaining dags for your group’s arms if your group did not so previously, or is newer than the date of the original fundraiser and never had the opportunity.

The Gate is, of course, long since paid for.   The funds raised by this offering will be used for other Royal Encampment improvements.

If you are interested, please contact Mistress Eleanor at pennsic.steward@eastkingdom.org, to confirm the availability of a dag, the formats in which to submit art, and where to send payment.  Payment can be made by check to “SCA, Inc. – East Kingdom” with a notation “EK Royal Maintenance Fund” in the memo section of the check.


Reminder: K&Q A&S Registration Still Open!

Wed, 2018-01-03 21:44

If you’re looking to enter into this year’s A&S portion of King’s & Queen’s A&S and Bardic, there’s still time. Registration is open until January 27th.

How to Enter: Judges Wanted!

K&Q A&S is still looking for judges for this year’s events. If you’re interested in being a judge, the event staff asks that you register ASAP via the following link. You may also “shadow judge” this year by following other judges and seeing how judging works.

Best of luck to all entrants this year!

Word from Æthelmearc: In Memoriam: Mistress Achren of the Debatable Lands

Sat, 2017-12-30 16:22
The Æthelmearc Gazette has posted a memorial post following the passing of Mistress Achren of the Debatable Lands, formerly of the East Kingdom. It can be found by clicking here.

Kingdom Seneschal Meeting at Dancing Fox

Wed, 2017-12-27 23:29


I will be holding a meeting of the officers and members of the Shire of Frosted Hills at Dancing Fox in the Shire of Nordenhalle on February 3, 2018, immediately following court.

If you are an officer of Frosted Hills, or if you reside within the Shire, I strongly suggest that you attend this meeting.

This meeting is also open to the seneschals of the neighboring groups.

Thank you.

Katherine Barr

East Kingdom Seneschal

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: Dancing Fox, Frosted Hills, seneschal

In Memoriam: Lady Bryn Millar

Wed, 2017-12-27 17:43

Lady Bryn Millar¹

Lady Bryn Millar of the Barony of Endewearde passed away on December 24th, 2017 following a short illness.

Lady Bryn was one of the earliest members of the then Shire of Endewearde, active in her local group for more than 25 years, and received her Award of Arms in 1994 from Gregor and Christence. She was devoted to the art of the rapier, well known in the lists and also a dedicated and active teacher, serving the rapier community as a marshal (and recently as a youth marshal) and also helped to foster a decades-long partnership with the fencing club at a local University. She held the rank of Captain in the Northguard Rapier company, and was recognized as a Captain of Fence (“gold cord”) by the League of Rapier Academies. In 2014 she was awarded the Portcullis of Endewearde in recognition of her martial skill and service. In 2015 she was inducted into the newly formed Order of the Silver Rapier by Omega V & Etheldreda IV at Great Northeastern War.


Bryn also served Endewearde and the Kingdom in many other capacities. She understood early on how to use the internet as a tool for SCA communication and recruitment, and served as her local Webminster for 18 years. She was autocrat or head cook for many local events, and she and her beloved husband, Don Jordan Harvey, opened their home for picnics and gatherings. In addition, she was a gifted needle-worker, holding a Journeyman rank with the Keepers of Athena’s Thimble. In 2003 she was inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent by Andreas II and Isabella II in recognition of her long service, and in 2015 she was recognized with the Keystone of Endewearde, the Baronial service award, and also with the Queen’s Award of Esteem by Etheldreda IV for her timely work in communicating some important last minute changes to the location of an event.


East Kingdom Web Minister Maistir Mael Eoin mac Echuid posted the following message about her work for the Webministry, “There’s a handful of people who are active every day in our online chat, then there’s another handful who aren’t there daily but who are regulars and routinely interactive. Bryn was one of those.


While she wasn’t someone who does a lot related to the office outside of the office – as a hobby or day job – she always wanted to know what was going on, how and why we were doing things, and how it might relate to her and her group. She was always inquisitive, eager to know more, and stayed on  top of happenings in her office. Ahead of things, even, in being part of the daily and weekly chats.


To see how much more she did before and in addition to being a webminister? Inspiring… I am sorry I did not know her better, but I hope to follow her examples as best I can.”


Founding member of Endewearde, Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir, related “Bryn tirelessly wrote deserving people in for awards. Her dedication to keeping up with our many activities and posting timely changes and reminders on our web site, and her assistance with demos and teaching rapier combat are just some examples of the impact she has made in our barony. We will miss her.” Master Frasier MacLeod adds the following rememberance, “Lady Bryn Millar was part of the glue that helped hold the Barony of Endewearde together. She was one of those constants that made things go, made things happen. She was passionate about her beliefs and the things she held dear and worked tirelessly to improve them, the Barony not the least of those things. She was a longtime Baronial Rapier Marshal, and also served as Youth Marshal along with her husband, Don Jordan Harvey. Her absence will leave a hole in the Barony and the North that will be very difficult to fill.”


Lady Bryn Millar²

Sir Ané du Vey, Baron Endewearde, shared this: “Most know of Lady Bryn Millar’s long time dedication to the SCA fencing community. She has been a steady member for over 26 years.  She was a fencer, a teacher, and a marshal. Her commitment to fence, however, extended well beyond our walls. For most of the last 20 years she has served as a coach and advisor for the fencing club of her local college, and helping to start a love of fencing for many.  For this, and more, Lady Bryn Millar stands as one the premiere members of Endewearde’s Order of the Portcullis, for martial prowess.


Even more than her love for fence, Bryn cared deeply for the SCA and for Endewearde. She has always been one of key forces keeping things moving in Endewearde. She was an organizer not just of events (which she worked many) but of people. It was often Bryn that reminded people of the things that needed to be done. I can’t count the number of times she reminded me to think ahead about the schedule for local practices, or upcoming workshops. It was Bryn who has managed our web presence since its very beginning. It was Bryn who created and kept our Order of Precedence. It was Bryn who kept our calendar organized and updated, and it was Bryn who made sure this information got out to everyone as quickly as possible. Bryn not only made sure things were done… she made sure things were done right. All this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface or the reasons why Lady Bryn Millar holds Endewearde’s order of the Keystone, for service.


More importantly than any of this… Bryn was a friend. Her loss will leave a hole in our Barony for a long time to come.”


A memorial service for Lady Bryn will be held on December 28th. Details can be found in her obituary by clicking here (Bangor Daily News).


1. Photo Courtesy of Mistress Camille des Jardins 2. Photo Courtesy of Baron Brenden Crane
Filed under: In Memoriam Tagged: Endewearde, In Memoriam

Word from Æthelmearc: In Memoriam – Viscountess Ivonne la Doucette de Rouen

Wed, 2017-12-27 12:41

The Æthelmearc Gazette has posted a memorial post following the passing of Viscountess Ivonne la Doucette de Rouen, formerly of the East Kingdom. It can be found by clicking here.

Filed under: In Memoriam, Tidings Tagged: aethelmearc, In Memoriam

Curia to be Held After the Market Day at Birka

Mon, 2017-12-25 12:37

Greetings to all who see these words,

As published in the January 2018 issue of Pikestaff
Ivan and Matilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East Kingdom, will hold a Curia after the Market Day at Birka,
in the Barony of Stonemarche (Manchester NH), on Sunday 28 January 2018, starting at 10:00 am.

Details of the agenda will be posted on the Seneschal’s web page as soon as they are available.

in service,
Eadgyth aet Staeningum
Clerk of Laws

Filed under: Announcements, Law and Policy Tagged: curia

K&Q Rapier Unofficial Court Report

Tue, 2017-12-19 17:04

A great gathering of rapier combatants did assemble, attending the Rapier Championship Tournament of Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde.  It was 16 December, AS 52, in the Shire of Buckland Cross.

Their Majesties did hold a brief court in the morning.  They made a couple announcements, then called forth Tola knitýr.  They spoke of her many accomplishments in the arts, then called for the Order of the Laurel.  Tola was sent on vigil to contemplate joining the Order.

The tournament featured 8 pools of 11 rapier combatants.  The round robin of 88 fencers gave way to a sweet sixteen.  The finals came down to Donovan Shinnock and Devillin MacPherson.  Donovan emerged the victor.

Soon after, Their Majesties reopened their court.  Tsar Ivan called forth his Rapier Champion, Lupold Haas.  Lupold was thanked for his service.  Donovan Shinnock was called forth, received the regalia of the King’s Rapier Champion, and a scroll by Robin dit Dessaint.

Her Majesty Tsaritsa Matilde called forth her Rapier Champion, Lottieri Melocchio.  Melocchio was thanked for his service.  Devillin MacPherson was called forth, and received the regalia of the Queen’s Rapier Champion, and a scroll by Robin dit Dessaint.

The Ladies of the Rose in attendance were called forth to present tokens to people who had impressed them during the day.  

Countess Honig presented a token to Mei and Leena.

Countess Marguerite presented a token to Sorcha Dhocair.

Countess Alethea presented a token to Matthias Grunwold.

Duchess Avelina presented a token to Collin Monroe of Tadcaster.

Duchess Katherine presented tokens to Antonio Patrasso and Melchior Kriebel.

Princess Caoilfhionn presented a token to Tsar Ivan and Prince Brennan.

Tsaritsa Matilde presented a token to Akamatsu Katsumoto.  Further, Katsu was presented with the Cloak of Perseverance.

Their Majesties next invited the children present to attend them.  Rather than the usual running of the toybox, His Majesty, with a sack of toys in the guise of the East Kingdom’s beloved Murder Santa, did pass toys to the children.

Sigridh Bengtsdotter was called before the Tsar and Tsaritsa.  They spoke of her art, and called forth the Order of the Silver Brooch.  Sigridh received a medallion, and a scroll by Triona MacCasky with words by Toki Skaldagörvir.

Next, Their Majesties called for any attending their first, second or third event.  One gentle came forward, and received a token for her attendance.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde called forward Tola knitýr to answer the question for which she sat vigil that day.  After hearing from speakers for the various Peerages, they called for the companions of the Order of the Laurel.  Tola received an armband, medallion and coat, as well as a scroll by Eva Woderose with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Their Majesties next called for Finn mac Láebáin.  They spoke of his service, and Awarded him Arms, presenting him with a scroll by Shoshana Gryffyth with words by Donovan Shinnock.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde invited Anastasia de Monte into their court.  They spoke of her embroidery, and called for the companions of the Order of the Maunche.  Anastasia was inducted into the order, receiving a medallion and a scroll by Thyra (Þóra) Eiríksdóttir.

Etaine Clagh was called into court.  Their Majesties spoke of her service, and Awarded her Arms, presenting her with a scroll by Mairi Crawford with words by Sean O’Morian.

Their Majesties called for the companions of the Order of the Silver Crescent to attend them.  His Majesty Ivan went to join the order, and Prince Brennan noted how awkward that was.  His Majesty Ivan agreed, and said that Brennan would now have the same problem.  Prince Brennan mac Fearghus was invited into court, was inducted into the order, and received medallions and a scroll with calligraphy by Tola knitýr, illumination by Elizabeth Elenore Lovell, and words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Ivan and Matilde invited into their court their Chancellor of Minors, Leonete D’Angely.  They thanked her for her service, and presented her with a sock, freeing her.  They called forth Hugoline the Delicate, who swore fealty as the new Chancellor of Minors.

Next was Isabel del Okes invited into court.  Their Majesties spoke of her service, and Awarded her Arms, presenting Isabel with a scroll by Morwenna O Hurlihie.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde called into their court Rodrigo Medina de la Mar.  Her Majesty thanked him for fighting on her Rose Tournament team, and they spoke of his skill.  They called for the companions of the Order of the Silver Rapier.  Rodrigo received a medallion, and a scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

But the Order of the Silver Rapier remained incomplete.  Their Majesties invited Akamatsu Katsumoto to join.  He received a medallion.  

Still incomplete, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde invited Douglas Doan (of Anglespur) to attend their court.  He was also made a companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier, and received a medallion, and was further Awarded Arms.

Their Majesties invited Alys Mackyntoich into their court.  She begged a boon of them, to do something about her Apprentice.  Ivan and Matilde agreed to this, and called Raziya bint Rusa into their court.  They invited the companions of the Order of the Laurel to attend, and presented Raziya with a writ to sit vigil at their A&S and Bardic Champions event.  Raziya received scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde invited Rhiannon the Curious into their court.  They began by wishing her a Happy Birthday, then offered an impressive gift.  They called for the companions of the Order of Defense.  Rhiannon was presented with a writ to attend their A&S and Bardic Champions event.  She further received a scroll by Eleanor Catlyng with words by Alys Mackyntoich.

Business concluded, and an amazing day of honorable combat complete, thus closed the court of Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde.  Long Live the King and Queen!  Long Live the Prince and Princess!  Long Live the Kingdom of the East!


Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

PS – Thank you to day’s court heralds, Liadan ingen Chineada and Marian Kirkpatrick (and his Majesty Ivan).

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, Kings and Queens Champions

2018 Webminister Warrant

Tue, 2017-12-19 16:45

Good morning to the Webministers of the East! On behalf of Maistir Mael Eoin mac Echuid, Kingdom Webminister, I bring you an important reminder!

The time has come for warrant renewals, and with the new calendar year we’re starting new – 2 year warrant terms, concurrent with 2 year office terms. You can hold multiple terms in offices, subject to any relevant local group by-laws.

We also feel strongly that you should have a deputy. If you’re in the office for more than a single term, you should train a deputy.

Even if you’re currently warranted, we’d ask you to fill out the current warrant form. We’re going to ask you how long you’ve been in the office, as well, to see how long people tend to stay in office (enthusiastically or otherwise – if you’re getting burned out, please let us know that as well).

Thank you very much for your service, and we look forward to continuing to work with you! If there’s anything we can do, please let us know.

On behalf of Maistir Mael Eoin mac Echuid,
Herr Matthias von Würzburg, Deputy Kingdom Webminister

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: officers, webminister