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Eastern Results from the May 2016 LoAR

Thu, 2016-09-08 11:37

EASTERN RESULTS FROM THE MAY 2016 LoAR

The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the May 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Alys Mackyntoich. Heraldic will.

Upon her death, all items registered solely to Alys, including any registered after the issuance of this heraldic will, will be released.

In addition, the household name Sisterhood of Saint Walburga and its associated badge, (Fieldless) A standing seraph gules, haloed and charged with a cup held to its breast Or, will revert solely to Brunissende Dragonette.

An Dubhaigeainn, Barony. Badge. Per fess wavy azure and barry wavy argent and azure, a duck naiant contourny argent billed Or.

The submitter has permission to conflict with the device of Signý Ingadóttir: Per chevron ermine and purpure, in base a swan naiant contourny argent.

Antonii Machinevik. Name and device. Or, a wolf dormant contourny sable and a chief enarched vert.

 

Antonii Machinevik. Alternate name Kenny Lockin of Logan.

 

Arne Ulrichsson. Name and device. Per fess embattled gules and sable, three crosses fleury and an eagle Or.

Arne was documented in the Letter of Intent as a German given name, which is compatible with the Swedish last name under Appendix C of SENA.

The submitter may wish to know that Arne is found in Sweden dated from 1341 (SMP, s.n. Arne), so this name is also wholly Swedish.

Ayleth le Frye. Name.

Both elements are dated to 1332, making this an excellent 14th century English name!

Brynjolfr Rorikssen. Name and device. Quarterly argent and vert, a ram’s head cabossed quarterly sable and argent.

Rorik was documented as a possibly normalized Frisian given name, but no documentation to support the formation of the patronymic byname was provided in the Letter of Intent. The byname Rorikessone is found in the Diplomatarium Danicum, dated to 1411. Rørikssøn is found in the same source dated to 1401, in a text written in Old Danish. The patronymic ending -sen is found in this source, in an Old Danish text dated to 1401. Therefore, Rorikssen is a reasonable early 15th century Danish spelling.

The submitted form Brynjólfr is an earlier Old Norse form recorded in Iceland. The submitter may wish to know that the Danish form Bryniolff is documented to 1409 in Diplomatarium Danicum. If the submitter prefers this form of the name, he can submit a request for reconsideration.

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Badge (see RETURNS for order name). (Fieldless) A woman passant contourny maintaining a drinking horn Or.

 

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Order name Order of Saint Martin of Dragonship Haven and badge. Azure, on a sun argent a capital letter M azure.

Submitted as Order of Saint Martin, this order name conflicts with the registered branch name March of Saint Martin. We have added the branch name of Dragonship Haven is order to clear this conflict and register this name.

As the branch name was added, we decline to rule whether the submitted form presumed upon the island of Saint Martin (claimed for Spain by Columbus in 1493) or the 14th century Brotherhood of St. Martin founded by a cathedral in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) In saltire a pair of scissors and a smith’s hammer argent.

 

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Badge for Order of the Keel. Per fess wavy azure and barry wavy argent and azure, a hulk Or and in chief two clouds argent.

Please advise the submitter to draw the ship larger, as befits a primary charge.

Gelleys Jaffrey. Device. Per bend sinister sable and azure, a bear statant erect contourny Or maintaining a glaive argent.

Johannes Mikkinen. Device. Quarterly azure and sable, four wolves rampant argent.

Nice device!

Kiena Stewart. Name reconsideration from Kiena Stiward.

 

Leifr Skáldason. Badge. Argent, a trebuchet vert and a chief embattled gules.

 

Lijsbet van Catwiic. Badge. Paly argent and purpure, a winged camelopard statant Or.

 

Lijsbet van Catwiic. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. Paly argent and purpure, a winged camelopard statant Or.

The submitter grants permission to conflict for any armory that is at least one countable step different from their registered armory.

Lottieri Malocchio. Badge. Per chevron sable and gules, a tower between three decrescents argent.

 

Lyssa ingen Fháeláin. Device. Vert, an owl displayed and in base a stringless hunting horn Or.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a bird other than an eagle in the displayed posture.

 

Magnus Thorfinnsson. Device. Per saltire arrondi azure and sable, two ravens respectant Or.

 

Marieta Charay. Device. Azure, a leaf Or and in base two mice sejant erect respectant argent, a bordure Or.

 

Nadia Hart. Name and device. Or, a badger rampant contourny sable marked argent maintaining a snake palewise vert, a bordure sable.

Both elements are dated to c.1600, making this a nice English name for the end of our period!

Niall Gorm. Name and device. Per bend argent and vert, a stag rampant contourny sable and a sword inverted argent.

Nice 15th century Gaelic name!

Niall Gorm. Badge. (Fieldless) On a stag rampant contourny argent a sword inverted sable.

 

Remy le Bastard. Device. Sable, a pall gules fimbriated between three crescents horns outward withina double tressure overall Or.

Please advise the submitter to draw the fimbriation and double tressure thicker.

Richard Holland. Device. Azure, in pale three lions passant gardant and on a chief Or three fleurs-de-lys azure.

Nice device!

Rúadán mac Paidín. Device. Per bend sinister gules and sable, a stag’s head cabossed and a broad-arrow argent.

 

Sabiha al-Nahdiya. Badge. Per pale wavy sable crusilly formy and argent semy of water bougets gules.

 

Tatiana Hopfen. Name.

Tatiana is the name of a 12th century Italian saint, known at least until the early 17th century.

This name combines an Italian saint’s name with a German byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Terren of Tir. Name.

Submitted as Terren of TIR (where TIR is an acronym), the name was changed in kingdom to Terren Tir with the submitter’s permission to use an attested byname.

Commenters were unable to document or construct the byname in the submitter’s preferred capitalization, so we could not restore the name to the submitted form.

The Latin phrase archiepiscopo de Tyr (“archbishop of Tyre”) is found in ‘The chronicle: 1187-1214’, Annales Cestrienses Chronicle of the Abbey of S. Werburg, At Chester (pp. 36-49, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/lancs-ches-record-soc/vol14/pp36-49), dated to 1188. Tyre was part of the Crusader state of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. At least one archbishop of Tyre was English, so the vernacular of Tyr is an appropriate 12th century English form of the attested locative phrase. Tir is a reasonable interpolation of the attested forms TyrTire, and Tyre, all found in the Middle English Dictionary. Therefore, we have changed the byname to of Tir, which is identical in sound and closer to appearance to the submitted form, in order to register this name.

Þorsteinn Hroðbjartsson. Name.

 

Tighearnán Blackwater. Name change from Tighearain Blackwater and badge. Azure, a talbot’s head erased ermine and a bordure counter-compony gules and argent.

Blackwater is grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Tighearain Blackwater, is released.

Vivien de Valois. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for 15th century French. Both the given name and byname are dated to 1421, so this name meets the submitter’s request.

Wynflæd æt Hamtunscire. Name.

Submitted as Wynflaeaet Hamtunscir, the given name was changed to Wynflæd to match the documentation that could be found.

The correct form of the locative byname is æt Hamtunscire, using the dative form of the place name instead of the nominative (base) form. We have made these changes in order to register this name.

 

EAST returns 

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Order name Order of Freya’s Cup.

In 2013 we ruled:

In August of 2005, the use of orders named after pagan deities and “saints” was allowed but ruled a step from period practice. Under SENA, there are no steps from period practice for names. Given that order names were derived from classical references (like the Golden Fleece) and from the names of saints, we will continue to allow order names to use the names of pagan gods and other figures that would have been venerated in those places that had order names. [East Kingdom, Order of Artemis, June 2013, A-East]

NPN1Cd1 of SENA states:

The name phrase must be shown to be a form by which the entity was known in that time and place. Generally this means finding it in the literature of that time (so a Renaissance Italian Bible, or an English publication of an Arthurian romance). In the case of a saint’s name, evidence for their veneration through the naming of churches is generally sufficient. Only the form of the name used in that culture is permitted under this allowance.

For example, the Greek mythological object known in English as the Golden Fleece was known to the medieval French as the Toison d’Or. It is Toison d’Or that was borrowed for the name of the period Burgundian order. Similarly, the saint known in her lifetime as Æhelthryth was venerated by late period English people as AudreyAudrey is the form allowed in late period English context to create a name like the College of Saint Audrey.

By long precedent, we do not allow the creation of lingua Anglica forms of given names. We have to document the name Freya, and cannot register the form Freya’s Cup because it uses a modern apostrophe. In addition, NPN1C2 of SENA states that the substantive element is a name phrase; the entire phrase must be either in a period form or a lingua Anglica form, but not a mixture of the two. Therefore, we need to document Freyas as a period genitive (possessive) form for the same time and place as the period English term Cup. Unfortunately, we could not find evidence that the spelling Freya was known in England at a time when order names were used there. Without this documentation, we cannot register Order of Freyas Cup.

Cup was not documented as a period form. This spelling is found in the MED, s.v. cuppe, dated to around 1425.

Upon resubmission, the submitter might like to know that the mythological Freya is found in Stephani Johannis Stephanii, Notae uberiores in Historiam Danicam Saxonis Grammatici (a Latin edition of Gesta Danorum from 1645), in earlier Latin translations of Gesta Danorum, and in various adaptations of the Gesta Danorum published in France in the 16th century. Therefore, Order of Freya could be registered as a Danish or French order name. English forms of the goddess’ name are documented in the late 13th to mid-15th centuries in the Middle English Dictionary: Freafriefrye, andffre. Something like Order of Freas Cup would also be registerable as an English order name. We are returning this order name so that the barony can consider its options.

 

EAST pends 

Esa Gray. Name.

The question was raised whether this name presumes upon that of 19th century botanist Asa Gray, one of Charles Darwin’s collaborators and founder of Harvard’s department of botany.

PN4D1 of SENA states:

Individuals whose names are recognized by a significant number of people in the Society without having to look them up in a reference are generally important enough to protect. Individuals recognized only by specialists in a subject are unlikely to be important enough to protect. Individuals who are only recognized with the assistance of reference books are unlikely to be important enough to protect.

Individuals whose work and/or life are still influential today are generally important enough to protect. Those whose work significantly shaped the course of world history, science, or the arts are generally important enough to protect. This is generally measured by examining measures like the length of encyclopedia articles about the person and his/her work, numbers of search engine hits for the individual, and the like.

We are pending the name to allow commenters to discuss just how prominent an individual needs to be to have “significantly shaped the course of world history, science, or the arts”, given that the names of many such individuals may only be known to specialists.

On the one hand for the present submission, Asa Grey’s name is largely known only by specialists. On the other, Asa Gray’s work clearly “shaped the course of world science”. In particular, Gray authored or co-authored the first editions of Gray’s Manual, still the standard text on North American plants. He also formed one of the first global networks of naturalists, was a founding member of the National Academy of Sciences, and arranged for Darwin’s On the Origin of Species to be published in the United States. He also defended the highly controversial theory of evolution and attempted to reconcile it with the prevailing theological teachings in a series of essays entitled Darwiniana. He is widely considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century.

If Asa Gray is important enough to protect, the present submission will be returned for presumption, as the two names can be identical in sound.

This name does not conflict with the registered name Aislinn Grey. One syllable has been substantially changed in sound and appearance under PN3C2 of SENA.

This name also does not conflict with the registered name Emma Grey. Both syllables of the given name have been changed in sound in appearance, so this name is clear under PN3C1 of SENA.

This was item 12 on the East letter of February 29, 2016.

 


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

Polling Response Deadline – Friday, September 9

Thu, 2016-09-08 11:17

Responses to the second poll of Their Highnesses Brion and Anna need to be sent before midnight,  Friday, September 9th, when the polls close.

Polls are sent to the members of the Orders of High Merit and the Peerages so that they may provide input to the Crown on future members.  Orders which conduct polls include the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Defense, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combattant, Sagittarius, Maunche, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance.

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Arts & Sciences Research Paper #12: Untwisting the Answer: A Trick for Tablet Weaving on Modern Portable Looms

Thu, 2016-09-01 14:22

Our twelfth A&S Research Paper comes to us from Condêssa Violante do Porto, of the Shire of Quintavia. She examines a kind of puzzle that is all too familiar to the student of historical crafts: What do you do about problems arising from trying to do a historical craft with our more modern tools? (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

Untwisting the Answer: A Trick for Tablet Weaving on Modern Portable Looms

Tablet weaving in progress. By Lionel Allorge (Own work) [GFDL , CC BY-SA 3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons.


The subject of this paper will discuss adapting period patterns for modern looms in order to tackle the problems presented by using modern tools for period narrow weaving. This is not exclusive or proprietary; as I will discuss, I stumbled upon this technique by accident. This technique is also an adaptation to a modern loom, and I know of no examples supporting this as a period technique. My argument is that it is possible, and easy, to maintain the integrity of period patterns when working on a modern loom without relying on modern solutions. This technique could be similarly applied to more period techniques of tablet weaving, such as the backstrap method, as another means of handling the problems associated with some of the more complex period patterns.

Tablet weaving is one of my favorite art forms because it spans so many periods and cultures. Evidence of Iron Age tablet weaving exists as far back as the 8th century BCE and continues through until at least the 15th century. The most recognizable examples, and my area of interest tend to revolve around the Norse cultures commonly mislabeled as “Vikings”. This paper is not meant to address the history or cultural significance of tablet weaving, so that is all that I will add to the historical overview.

One of the specific problems associated with tablet weaving is “twist”. Tablet weaving is worked by turning tablets forwards or backwards in order to create the “shed” necessary for any type of weaving. As the tablets are turned forwards or backwards to create a pattern, the warp fiber to be woven ahead of the cards begins to twist in a lane. The more that any particular card is turned in one direction, the more noticeable this twist will be. If your pattern has a different number of forwards and backwards turns among the cards, twist will develop along the warp lane/s of the card/s with the uneven number of turns. For example, if your pattern has 24 cards and cards 1-20 turn four forward and four backwards (4F/4B), but cards 21-24 turn 8 times backwards (8B), lanes 21-24 will develop twist. This becomes a problem as the overly twisted yarn becomes unusable. It also creates tension variance along the width of the band, which will affect the overall quality of weaving throughout the piece.

In period, a tablet weaver would tie their warp to two points. There are examples of period looms where these points are two posts that can be adjusted as the weaving tightens towards completion. Below we can see a 15th century image of Mary weaving using such a technique. Another technique is referred to as the back-strap method. With this technique the weaver ties the working end of the weave to a horizontal bar tied to their waist, and the other end to a post. Both of these methods allow the weaver to deal with twist by untying the end to be worked and combing out the twist.

Mary weaving in the Temple. 1410. Illuminated Book of Hours. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, Netherlands.

In the SCA we have become particularly innovative in our ability to adapt modern sensibilities to the recreation of period arts. Modern tools are used to help expedite the period process across the entirety of SCA arts. Gas stoves, propane torches, pvc pipe, and many other conveniences make the pursuit of period arts easier and more accessible to a greater population of the SCA. One of my favorites is the portable tablet loom. This ubiquitous SCA loom has allowed countless artists to pursue the various types of narrow work over the SCA period. It is an incredibly practical device allowing complex weaves to be transported to events for teaching, learning, or just getting through court!

Portable tablet-weaving loom at the Peter-und-Paul-Fest in Bretten. CC BY-SA 2.5

The problem with the modern loom is that it does not allow the weaver the opportunity to untie one end to comb out developing twist. There are two solutions that SCA weavers have employed to combat this issue. One is to work with undocumentable modern patterns, and the other is fishing swivels. These are modern solutions to a problem created by a modern tool, and to me represents a further step away from period accuracy.

The first solution is to use one of the thousands of really stunning undocumentable patterns that have evenly counted turns. For the bulk of my weaving experience, I was limited to these patterns because I did not have a suitable method for dealing with twist developing unevenly across the band. There are many period patterns that can be worked using an even number of forwards and backwards turns, eliminating this concern entirely. I had a habit of doing prettier, undocumentable patterns instead.

The second solution is to use fishing swivels. My knowledge of period fishing is extremely limited, but I suspect that these ingenious little devices are not period. In my experience, this technique didn’t do me any favors. Tie one end of your warp to an end of the swivel, travel the warping pattern of your loom, then tie the other end of the warp to the other end of the swivel. I found tying the cards to fishing swivels to be extra annoying. The swivels also didn’t play nice on my loom. After a few attempts, I abandoned this method and just stuck to patterns as a means to combat the twist problem.

Fishing swivels. By User Raboe001 [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.


There are a lot of really great period patterns that do create uneven twisting. My favorite patterns came out of the Birka find. There are so many great shapes. Keys, hooks, knots, basket weaves, fylfot (swastikas), and many more. Before they became associated with 20th century evil, swastikas were actually very cool.

So in order to recreate the more complex patterns on the modern loom, I had to come up with a means to combat twist. It is possible to maintain the integrity of the period patterns simply by mirroring the motifs! This is actually easy to accomplish, and I will demonstrate the turn diagram that I use and then how to adapt it for the new technique. I only write down the third highlighted column as a personal shorthand to read turning patterns. I use a regular piece of notebook or notecard and use the top line for forward and the second line for backwards. I am using three columns to explain how I read the third column in shorthand. The below pattern is completely arbitrary, but a good example of the erratic turning counts found in complex period weaves.

(Click to view larger)

As you can see, cards 1-4 & 11-15 constantly turn forwards, card 9 always turns backwards, and the rest have some variation. This will create different twists. Cards 1-4 & 11-15 and 9 will always develop the same amount of twist, in different direction. With the remaining cards turning at uneven intervals, these lanes will all develop different tensions. This is typical of the complex weaves I wanted to add to my portfolio of work.

In order to mirror the motif from the above pattern, I will add a few turns forwards and backwards to create visual and physical space between motifs. The number of turns is completely based on what I think “looks good”. This could be any number, but I like to use 4-10 as a rough guide. Then write the pattern from bottom to top completely inverting the turning directions. What I end up with is two rows read in a circle from top left to bottom left, bottom right to top right, then back down on the left. I have used different highlighting colors to show the pairs that are inverted.

(Click to view larger)

There may be patterns that have repeats built in, and you can use as many repeats as you like until the twist becomes a problem for your tension. What is important to the technique I am trying to demonstrate is the inversion of the pattern. It doesn’t matter if your pattern has repeats, is a particular standalone motif, or a combination of the two. This technique has three integral pieces to be successful:

  1. Write down your pattern (with or without repeats)
  2. Add F/B turns to the beginning and end to create physical and visual space to turn the pattern around
  3. Write down the mirror of the pattern by directly inverting the turning instructions for each row.

The picture below shows the completed technique using elements from various Birka bands. I hope that this technique will help you in your weaving! Good luck, and have fun!

Samples of my tablet weaving using this trick. Click for a larger image.


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

Pennsic 2016 Court Report

Mon, 2016-08-29 20:24
East Kingdom College of Heralds

Report for the Court of: Kenric and Avelina

Event: Pennsic
Location: Aethelmearc

Date: 8/7/16-8/12/16
Reporting Herald: Donovan Shinnock 
(assisted by Yehuda ben Moshe, Anastasia da Monte, Martyn de Halliwell, Ryan MacWhyte, Liadan ingean Chineada)

 

SUNDAY 8/7/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Talan ap Gueiluirth, Silver Tyger, Elen Alswyth of Eriskay

Talan Gwyllt, Silver Tyger

Kit de Coldwood, Silver Tyger

Ciaran d’alltherien Tostigh, Silver Tyger, Elizabeth Greenleaf

Sorcha Dhocair, Golden Rapier, Sarra Graeham of Bimham

 

MONDAY 8/8/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Tiernan MacAlpin, Chivalry, Padraig Dubh MacEanruig, Faelin MacLochlainn

 

TUESDAY 8/9/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Eon of Carolingia, AoA, Triona MacCasky

Doroga Voronin, Silver Rapier, Nataliia etc.

Dionisio da Desio, Silver Rapier,

Lupold Hass, Golden Rapier, Palozi Marti

 

WEDNESDAY 8/9/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Mikjall Bogmadr, Master Bowman,

Alexandre de Champlaine, AoA,

Sean of Malagentia, AoA, Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille

Keegan of Malagentia, AoA, Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille

Sean Dubh, AoA, Triona MacCasky

Marian Rose Meerstappa, Gilder,

Marguerite ingean Lachlainn, Augmentation of Arms, Heather Rose DeGordoun

Sean O Morain, Troubador, Magdelena von Kirschberg

Poplyr Childs, Apollo’s Arrow, Nest verch Tangwistel

Grimolfr Skulason, Silver Wheel, Eadaoin Chruitire

Magnus de Londres, Golden Mantle, Hawise ferch Meredith

Anelida of Falconbridge, Company of the Pennon,

Sigurthr Vigurhafn, Company of the Pennon,

Vissevald Selkirksson, Company of the Pennon,

Colin Ursell, Company of the Pennon,

Nicolette Bonhomme, Company of the Pennon,

Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh, Company of the Pennon,

Magdelena, King’s Award of Esteem,

Carminante, King’s Award of Esteem,

Maggie Rue, King’s Award of Esteem,

Kayleigh MacWhyte, King’s Award of Esteem,

Rolf the Carter, King’s Award of Esteem,

Remy dela Montaigne de Gascogne, King’s Award of Esteem,

Anne of Farmlingham, Queen’s Order of Courtesy,

Dom Coelho do Baraco, Court Barony, Saerlaith ingen Chennetig

Alys Treeby, Maunche, Agatha Wanderer

Isabel du Ross, Silver Crescent, Lada Monguligin

Samuel Peter deBump, Master Bowman,

Brunissende Dragonette, Laurel, Isobel Chamberlaine

Ruslan Novgorodcev, Tyger of the East, Vettorio Antonello

 

FRIDAY 8/12/16,

Recipient, Award, Scribe

Handsome Boys, Blue Tyger Legion,

 

 


Filed under: Court, Pennsic Tagged: awards, court report, Pennsic

Theleme at Penn

Mon, 2016-08-29 20:04

Greetings!  On August 20th the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust held its Theleme at Penn event in the Rare Books Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Artisans and Scholars of the East Kingdom were invited to come and talk about their research, both failed attempts, successes and ideas for future works.

Presentations were held on a wide variety of topics. A track related to books included presentations such as: “Interactive Manuscripts” (Lady Lianor de Matos), “Bookmarks and Bookbinding” (Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal) and ” The Felbrigge Psalter: a 14th century embroidered book cover” (Mistress Avelyn Blakenye)

A second track of presentations, and several posters, included works on a variety of topics, such as “The Intersection of Naalbinding and Knitting” (Lord Ibrahim al-Rashid), “Swordsmanship as Theater” (Lord Lorenzo Gorla), “Research as Perseverance” (Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel), and “Humoral Theory in the Medieval Kitchen” (Master Galefridus Peregrinus)

 

What made this event truly unique, though, was the opportunity to view, examine,and touch medieval manuscripts from Penn’s Rare Book collection. Included among the documents pulled for attendees to view was an illuminated chronicle tracing the descent of Edward IV from Adam. This fantastic roll of parchment can be viewed in detail on the library’s website:http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/medren/detail.html?id=MEDREN_4171757 

 

To learn more about the event you can:

View  the event photo album:http://s1028.photobucket.com/user/laralu/library/Theleme%20at%20Penn%202016

View the event schedule & poster and presentation descriptions:
http://ivyeinrust.eastkingdom.org/events/past-events/theleme-at-penn/theleme-lectures-and-posters/

Power Point Presentations:

 

Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mJ6pptzKR7vVR2i-44KTp6yA3fo4xgJ81ReUUgvPDq8/edit?usp=sharing

 

Master Galefridus Peregrinus: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cwf0dm2qzr76ttq/Humoral%20practice%201.pptx?dl=0


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Order Polling Responses due Monday August, 29th

Mon, 2016-08-29 14:15

Responses to the first poll of Their Highnesses Brion and Anna need to be sent before midnight tonight when the polls close.

Responses to the second poll are open until Friday, September 9th.

Polls are sent to the members of the Orders of High Merit and the Peerages so that they may provide input to the Crown on future members.  Orders which conduct polls include the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Defense, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combattant, Sagittarius, Maunche, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance.

Anyone can make an awards recommendation and does not need to be a member of an Order.  Recommendations can be submitted via the Award Recommendations page at the East Kingdom Website.

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Filed under: Announcements Tagged: award recommendations, brion and anna, deadlines, order of high merit, peerage, polling deadlines, polling lists, polling orders, pollings

Kingdom Equestrian Champions Chosen

Sun, 2016-08-28 17:48

Yesterday the annual tourney to choose the King’s and Queen’s Equestrian Champions was hosted by the Shire of Quintavia, at the Hazel Grove Agricultural Association in Groton, MA. Unlike most of the Kingdom Champions tourneys, the site does not rotate between regions. Sites suitable for equestrian tourneys are relatively uncommon, so bids are encouraged from sites which are central to the locations of the kingdom’s active equestrians. The date also varies, but late summer or early fall are generally preferred, both to allow for the championship to fall toward the end of the competition season, and to avoid the hottest part of the summer, in the interests of protecting the horses from unnecessary heat stress.

Queen Avelina and Princess Anna choose their Queen’s Champion

The new Champions are Baroness Lillian Stanhope, chosen as King’s Champion, and Viscountess Gwenllhian Rhiannon of Dragon Keep, chosen as Queen’s Champion.

Baroness Lillian Stanhope and Dakota Tesoro

Baroness Lillian has a long history of involvement with equestrian arts in the East. She was previously chosen as Queen’s Champion of Horse by Gregor IV and Kienna II in 2013. Both her parents, Duke Randal of the Dark and Duchess Katherine Stanhope, are active equestrians, and Baroness Lillian has been riding at East Kingdom events since her very early years. The King’s Champion is, by tradition, the winner of the competition, which is a test of prowess in mounted  martial arts designed by the outgoing Champions.

Viscountess Gwenllhian and Jubilant

Viscountess Gwenllhian is an accomplished horsewoman, but has only recently begun to participate formally in the equestrian arts within the SCA. This was her first entry in a champions tourney. She has resided in multiple kingdoms over the course of her Society career. She served as Princess of Drachenwald (prior to its separation from the East), was inducted into the Order of Chivalry as a Master of Arms in the West, and was made a Companion of the Order of the Pelican after returning to the East.

The Queen’s Champion is chosen by Her Majesty, according to whatever criteria may seem good to her, often in consultation with the Princess, since the Champion will also serve her successor.

Equestrian competition is truly a partnership between horse and rider, so we should not leave them out.

Catalina de Valencia and Dakota Tesoro

Dakota Tesoro, affectionately known in equestrian circles as Te, owned by Baron Duncan Kerr, carried Baroness Lillian to victory. Te is a 21 year old Andalusian gelding, with more than 10 years of tournament experience. In his career, including this most recent tourney,  he has carried five King’s or Queen’s champions to victory.

Jubilant, a 21 year old Morgan gelding belonging to Viscountess Gwenllhian, was her mount for the tourney. This was Jubilant’s first East Kingdom equestrian event. Viscountess Gwenllhian reports that he enjoyed the experience.

Photos were graciously provided by Lady Lavina Attewode (Bifrost Studios) and Mistress Leonete D’Angely.


Filed under: Equestrian Tagged: equestrian, Kings and Queens Champions

Backlog Scroll Display Day Announced

Fri, 2016-08-26 17:30

The Signet’s Office is organizing a Backlog Display Day at Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins:

http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3040

Many of you work hard on backlogs, and they never get to be seen because they don’t go out in court.  This is a chance to show off your beautiful work, to be recognized for it, and for the Signet Office to show its appreciation.  As a bonus, for anyone who needs a firm deadline, this will hopefully help serve for some extra motivation to get those backlogs done and out of your hair!

Please let Mistress Eva know if you’re planning on bringing (or sending) a backlog scroll to display so that we can make sure to have enough table space.

If you’re excited about the idea but don’t have a backlog assignment, Sir Antonio would be happy to provide one.

Mistress Eva will be providing fun, fabulous prizes for those who bring backlogs.


Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Arts and Sciences, Calligraphy and Illumination, events

Brennan & Caoilfhionn’s Ducal Challenges to be held August 27th

Wed, 2016-08-24 17:36

This Saturday, the Barony of Settmour Swamp is pleased to host Brennan & Caoilfhionn’s Ducal Challenges. The day will feature prize tournaments for both armored and rapier combatants. Each combatant is asked to furnish a prize either made or sponsored (not purchased) for the prize pool.

Winners will alternate choosing prizes with the artists who made those prizes.

Their Graces goals for this event are two-fold.
1) To provide a tournament and an opportunity to train for either Crown or K&Q rapier.
2) To promote a well-rounded Kingdom, where prowess at arms walks hand in hand with excellence in the arts.

Anyone who wishes to participate, but does not have either an art to present or a combatant to represent their art, please contact Duke Brennan via brennan at hullraiser dot com.

Full details are available on the event website: http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3058


Filed under: Events Tagged: brennan, caoilfhionn, ducal challenge, event, event announcement, sca event, Settmour Swamp

SCA Board of Directors Announces New Committee Structure to Replace Grand Council

Wed, 2016-08-24 14:39

The message below was published Wednesday, August 24th via the SCA Board of Directors Announcements email list (announcements@lists.sca.org)

At its August 22, 2016 meeting the Board of Directors approved the development and implementation of an expanded Board committee structure to encourage and facilitate transparency, participation in and understanding of Society governance throughout the membership of the Society.

The Board shall establish Board committees to serve at the pleasure of the Board. Each of these committees will include representatives of the membership-at-large of the Society, to be nominated by the Kingdoms. A request for nomination process is expected to be in place for the initial committees in the 4th quarter of 2016. Committees to be established include the following:

  • Finance and Audit – Mission: assist the Board’s oversight of the Company’s accounting and financial reporting processes, the audit and integrity of the Company’s financial statements and the qualifications and independence of the Company’s independent auditor
  • Risk Management – Mission: Oversee insurance, legal, and related matters.
  • Nominating and Governance – Mission: recommend to the Board the persons to be nominated for appointment as directors; recommend to the Board the directors to be appointed to each committee of the Board; develop and recommend to the Board Society governance guidelines and policies
  • Communications – Mission: develop and oversee advertising; public relations; publications, social media and other communications initiatives of the Society
  • Membership – Mission: grow and sustain membership in the Society; evaluate and oversee implementation of programs and initiatives for membership support

The Board has also formed the following ad hoc committees to serve until their mission is completed in the discretion of the Board:

  • Youth Activities – Mission: Completion of design and implementation of YAFA programs
  • Technology – Mission: Prepare 5-year technology development plan for Society
  • Peerage – Mission: Review proposals for the creation of new peerage

From time to time the Board may form other ad hoc committees for special projects. The Board has the authority to dissolve or modify any committee or its membership at any time. Committee members serve at the pleasure of the Board, subject to a 3-year term limit. Initial appointments may at the discretion of the Board be for staggered terms so that the term of all such members of a committee do not expire at the same time. Committees will make recommendations to the Board and give quarterly reports. Committee members will be appointed by the Board and Committee chairs designated by the Board. Committee members at large will be nominated in response to a Request for Nomination (RFN) sent by the Board to each Kingdom Seneschal, describing the mission of the committee and suggested minimum qualifications for committee members. Kingdoms may then (within a defined period of time) nominate individuals in their Kingdom. Nominations would be made by the sitting Crown with the advice and consent of the Kingdom Seneschal.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@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: Announcements, Corporate Tagged: board committees, board of directors, BoD, corporate, corporate announcements, Grand Council

Follow-up Message from the Society Seneschal

Sat, 2016-08-20 21:31

The following was sent out by the Society Seneschal as a follow-up to his announcement of earlier this week. The original announcement can be found here.

Greetings to all Kingdom Seneschals,

There have been questions about this week’s policy requirements forwarded to all Kingdom Seneschals and I would like to address the answers to those individual questions to everyone.

First, these responsibilities for over-sight basically fall to the ranking Seneschal (i.e. the seneschal of the hosting group) in terms of events, e.g. Kingdom Seneschals need not review purchases by the Principal Herald, Marshal, Chatelaine et al. What we are talking about is acknowledging the responsibility and over-sight required of ranking seneschals when it comes to “event” contracts.

Second, all event coordinators (autocrats, stewards, et al.) are deputies to the Seneschal and as such, these individuals must be members in good standing as they are officers and agents of the SCA. In special cases, there may be a knowledgeable individual who is acting as the go between (i.e. the conduit between the SCA and the site owner/manage). In those cases, that individual must be made a deputy to the seneschal based upon their position. If an individual is working as a conduit between the Seneschal and the land owner/manager, the role of this individual must be defined, i.e. they are either the fiduciary of the SCA (an officer or agent of the SCA) or they are a fiduciary or agent of the land owner/manager. We want to avoid confusing situations. If the individual is a fiduciary of the SCA, said individual must be working exclusively to the benefit of the SCA; such a fiduciary is a person who holds a legal and ethical relationship of trust with the SCA. In short, said fiduciary is required to prudently act in the SCA’s best interest.

Third, in general, event coordinators and special deputies for an event do not need to be warranted nor must they be approved by the Crown; In some cases input into the selection of event coordinators is within the authority of the Crown or Crowns based upon multi-Kingdom treaties or specific Kingdom Law. If you are the Seneschal, you may select your deputies, but you are ultimately reasonably responsible for their actions. As such, the ranking seneschal has over-sight authority over all deputies to the office; furthermore, the ranking seneschal may replace the event coordinator for reasonable cause.

Fourth, when it comes to a review of a contract for sites or site related activities by the ranking Seneschal, the Seneschal is acting as a responsible party who has the authority and responsibility to over-see that everything is right and proper with the event. To quote Peter Parker’s uncle (Uncle Ben Parker) in Spiderman: “with great power comes great responsibility.”*

Fifth, when I speak of a Society review of a contract, we are only dealing with a very, very small percentage of contracts that require anything more than an “additional insured policy” and a security deposit. These should truly be few an far between. If there is a request for a surety or indemnification, then and only then, will the contract need to be forwarded to the Society Seneschal. In cases where there is an extraordinary request for a surety or indemnification, please allow a reasonable time for discussion between the President, VP of Corporate Operations and VP of Operations as well as our in house counsel and our insurance broker. We are not trying to be restrictive or time consuming, we are only acting to protect the SCA and your Kingdom.

Please feel free to disseminate this email. If there are any additional questions, please feel free to send those to your Kingdom Seneschal who will direct them to me.

Best regards,

A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations
Society Seneschal


Filed under: Corporate

SCA VP of Operations Notice and Unofficial Interpretation

Thu, 2016-08-18 19:05

The Gazette requested an interpretation of this Society Seneschal’s official announcement from one of our editors to assist our readers in understanding its implications to them.  The original announcement sections are in italics and her interpretations are indicated below each section.  Our thanks to Mistress Katherine Barr for taking on this task.  The interpretation is not an official statement by the SCA.

Greetings from Mistress Katherine Barr, previous East Kingdom Seneschal.  A formal communication from the Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc. (Society Seneschal) was issued concerning contracts for events/services and insurance issues.

In an effort to streamline the information to be more readily useful for the administration of our kingdom, I provide this interpretation.

  1. In terms of contracts, only seneschals should be signing contracts for events or services. If the seneschal chooses to designate the autocrat/steward (i.e. a deputy seneschal) as the signatory to a contract, that contract must first be completely read and reviewed by the ranking seneschal before the ranking seneschal gives authority IN WRITING to the designated deputy (autocrat/steward). As such, the Kingdom Seneschal must review all contracts for Kingdom events, Principality Seneschal for Principality events or Baronial Seneschals for Baronial events; in terms of all other local events, the local group seneschal must review the contract for the event prior to granting the autocrat/steward the authority to sign the contract and this must b in writing. In the event the seneschal wishes to designate a deputy (autocrat/steward) to sign the contract, that signatory must be an actual and recognized/authorized deputy Seneschal with a valid membership (i.e. autocrat/steward) and said contract must be first reviewed by the ranking Seneschal (Kingdom Seneschal, Principality Seneschal, Baronial Seneschal et al.).

Interpretation from Katherine Barr:  The local seneschal of a group must review a contract for events or services within their respective group, be it a local group, barony, principality or kingdom.  After review by the respective seneschal, the seneschal may then either sign the contract themselves, or designate the autocrat/steward (the recognized/authorized deputy Seneschal) to sign the contract.  The designation to the autocrat/steward must be in writing and the autocrat/steward must hold a valid membership with the SCA.   The Kingdom Seneschal must review all contracts for Kingdom events.

  1. 2.  In terms of contracts calling for something other than the usual surety of a “named insured” insurance policy, the contract must be submitted to the Society Seneschal (V.P. of Operations), Renee (V.P. of Corporate Operations and the President of the SCA.  If the written contracts calls for any surety, indemnification, provision for repayment or action in furtherance of acting to bind the SCA Inc. to some known or unknown liability, then that contract must be submitted to the Society Seneschal, Renee and President. This excludes security deposits  We are currently dealing with a landowner who is requiring something other than a “named insured” policy and this requirement of indemnification/additional surety is causing a great deal of concern.  As such, if you see something in a contract that proposes that the SCA accept some form of liability (anticipated or not anticipated), acceptance of indemnification, offer of a surety– in short, anything that is not a simple and usual “named insured” policy– you must forward that contract. If you are unsure about a contract, send it to me for review. Trust me, no one wants to explain why the SCA is now on the hook for something either anticipated or not anticipated pursuant to a contract, i.e. in this case, it is paramount that permission is sought prior to the signing of this type of contract.

Interpretation from Katherine Barr:  Contracts for events or services may have additional clauses for surety, indemnification, provision for repayment or action in furtherance of acting to bind the SCA Inc. to some known or unknown liability.   In essence, this means that a clause is put into a contract that may make the SCA liable for known or unknown occurrences.  If a contract proposes that the SCA accept any form of anticipated or not anticipated form of liability, acceptance of indemnification, offer of surety, or other responsibility beyond the usual “named insured” policy, then the contract must be forwarded for approval prior to being signed.

This section requires that the contract be sent to the Society Seneschal (V.P. of Operations), Renee Signorotti (V.P. of Corporate Operations) and the President of the SCA.  However, as this communication appears to be written to the Kingdom Seneschals, it is unclear as to who should be forwarding the contract to these individuals.  This is an issue for the Kingdoms.  However, if I was a local seneschal and came across a contract issue of this nature, I would forward it to the regional seneschal for clarification of who would be responsible to send the contract for review.  In any case, permission to sign the contact from the Society Seneschal (V.P. of Operations), Renee Signorotti (V.P. of Corporate Operations) and the President of the SCA must be received prior to signing the contract.

This portion of the communication does not apply to security deposits or the standard adding a “named insured” to the policy.

  1. 3.  This is a reminder in view of the theft of golf carts this year…always obtain insurance for all moveable items rented as anything moveable can be stolen; this includes but is not limited to golf carts, rented trailers, rented trucks et al.  If it has wheels, ask the renting agency to provide us with the opportunity to seek insurance.  Stolen moveable items are not covered by the SCA’s insurance and the cost of the stolen item will be the responsibility of the group hosting the event.

Interpretation from Katherine Barr:  Whenever moveable items are rented from a third party, including but not limited to golf carts, rented trailers and/or rented trucks, insurance should be obtained from the renting agency.  If a moveable item is stolen, it is not covered by the SCA’s insurance, and the cost of the stolen item will be the responsibility of the group hosting the event.

  1. Equestrian insurance if acquired [sic] if there are any horses present at any event or demo (demonstration); even if it is just one horse for people to view in an enclosed arena, equestrian insurance must be obtained. Horses and their “accidents” are considered strict liability under the law because horses are inherently dangerous, i.e. even if we are not negligent, the SCA will be liable. Even if there is a single horse present at an event, Equestrian Insurance must be obtained. If there is no equestrian insurance and someone wants to bring their horse to the event, that horse is prohibited from entry in terms of the event. If you are unsure about the circumstances, please contact me immediately.

Interpretation from Katherine Barr:  Equestrian insurance is required and must be obtained if there are any horses present at any event or demo, even if it is just one horse, and regardless of the reason the horse(s) is/are present at the event or demo. If equestrian insurance has not been obtained, horses are prohibited from entry to the event/demo.

Without the required equestrian insurance, the SCA will be liable for any damages caused by horses as under the law, they are considered inherently dangerous and strict liability will be applied.

At this time, I am not an officer of the SCA, and this is strictly my interpretation of the formal communication


Filed under: Corporate

Pennsic 45 War Point Totals

Thu, 2016-08-18 13:14

Allied Champions Battle

The planned war points for this year’s Pennsic were changed slightly due to accessibility issues with the woods and the extreme heat index.  Both woods battles were cancelled.  A substitute heavy list battle was fought, but martial activities were canceled for the time when a substitute rapier battle would have been fought.  Instead of the planned 28 points, there were a possible 27 points.  The East took 24 of those points.  A detailed chart of the war points follows.

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Filed under: Pennsic Tagged: War Points

Updated Information from Their Highnesses on Pollings

Tue, 2016-08-16 14:11

Photo by Lady Lavina Attewode

Members of Our Noble Orders:

As we mentioned at our order meetings at Pennsic, it has come to our attention that several recommendations were not picked up during our first polling. To fix this issue and to make sure everyone recommended is on the polls, here is what we are going to do.

First
We will be extending the due date of the current 1st poll one week so it is now due August 29th at 11:59 PM.

Second
We will send out a second polling with the missing recommendations in the next few days.

Third
We will likely do a third Polling at some point following coronation.

In general, we will send out all recommendations that we receive in order to gain feedback on any candidate. We trust you, Our Orders of High Merit and Peerage to give us the feedback We need to make informed decisions.

Thanks you for your patience and participation. If you have any questions about this or any other matter, please feel free to contact us.

In Service to the East,

Brion Princeps
Anna Principessa


Filed under: Announcements Tagged: pollings

Polling Award Recommendations Due August 22nd

Mon, 2016-08-15 18:22

Editor’s Note: Since this article was published, Their Highnesses have announced a change in the polling schedule. Updated information is available here.

Polling Orders: Prince Brion and Princess Anna’s first polling of awards is due on the 22nd of August 2016. Please send Them your recommendations no later than this date, and, as always, early is better.


Filed under: Court, Law and Policy, Official Notices Tagged: award recommendations, awards, polling deadlines, polling orders, pollings