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Unofficial Court Report: Schola in the Shire

Wed, 2016-02-17 18:15

On a cold Saturday Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri did pay a visit to their Shire of Caer Adamant, and attended the Schola in the Shire on 13 February AS L.

In the afternoon they did hold court, joined by Her Highness Avelina.

Their Majesties invited into their court Their Highnesses Alexandre and Eularia, Prince and Princess of Insulae Draconis, a Principality of the far off Kingdom of Drachenwald.  Their Highnesses presented gifts to Their Majesties and joined them in their court.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri invited into their court Myles of Caer Adamant.  They named him a Page of the Court, inducting him into the Order of the Tygers Cub.  He received a medallion and a scroll by Mari clock van Hoorne.

The order not yet complete, Their Majesties invited into court Henry of Caer Adamant.  They named him a Page of the Court, inducted him into the Order and presented him with a medallion.

Still incomplete, Their Majesties called forth Maeve O’Morain.  She was named a Page of the Court, inducted into the Order of the Tygers Cub, presented a medallion and a scroll by Brangwyne of Wentworth

Her Majesty Caoilfhionn called forth the children who participated in her Service Initiative.  They were presented with a token.

Then did Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri call before them all of the children in attendance.  His Majesty invited Thorson to come take-up the toybox, and the children gave chase to the great delight of all in attendance.

Their Majesties welcomed into their court Valentina Amore.  She was thus made a Lady of the Court and Awarded Arms.  She received a scroll featuring calligraphy and illumination by Wulfgar Silfraharr and words by Theodora Bryennisa, called Treannah.

Next did Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri invite into court representatives of the Shire of Caer Adamant.  Their Majesties received several gifts, and expressed to the Shire members their gratitude for their excellent hospitality and generosity.

Their Majesties called forth the companions of the Order of the Silver Wheel.  The order still new and incomplete, they invited into their court Xanthippe Ouranina.  She was inducted into the Order of the Silver Wheel, presented with a medallion and received a scroll by Aaradyn Ghyoot.

To further the order, Their Majesties invited Lianor de Matos into their court.  She was inducted into the Order of the Silver Wheel, and received a medallion and a scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called before them Elizabet Marshall.  They had business on behalf of Her Majesty Thorkatla of Meridies.  In her name they presented Elizabet with a Meridian Majesty, a token from Queen Thorkatla and a scroll by Caterina Coeur Noir Meridies.

Next Their Majesties welcomed all the newcomers attending their first, second or third ever event.  They received a token to remember the day by, and thanked for joining the Kingdom.

Their Majesties invited before them Shoshana Gryffyth.  The spoke of her long service to the Kingdom, and then called forth the Order of the Silver Crescent.  She was inducted into the order, and received a medallion.

As this Order is never complete, next did Their Majesties call forward Veronica Rosso.  The inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, presenting her a medallion and a scroll by Magdalena Lantfarerin.

The Order as yet incomplete, Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called into their court Hassanah bint al-Khalil ibn Habib.  They inducted her into the Order, presented her with a medallion and a scroll with illumination by Kis Maria, called Mika, calligraphy by Jonathan Blaecstan and words by Dietrich Schwelgengräber.

Still was the order incomplete.  Their Majesties invited into their court Livia Petralia.  She was thus inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent, presented with a medallion and a scroll featuring illumination by Ellesbeth Donofrey, calligraphy by Jonathan Blaecstan and words by Antonii Machinevik.

At the start of the day Their Majesties had called forward Mael Eoin mac Echuid.  At Yule at the Palazzo they had presented him with a writ to consider joining the Order of the Pelican.  Having sat vigil during the day, the called him into court to present his answer.  He answered in the affirmative.  The Order came forward, and thus was Mael Eoin inducted into the Order of the Pelican.  He received several medallions, a cap and coat, and a scroll by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova with words by Alexandre Lerot d’Avigne.

The day of revelry and classes complete, The Court of Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri was closed.


Malcolm Bowman – Eastern Crown Herald

A Thank You to the additional heralds for court – Elizabeth Eleanore Lovell and Yehuda ben Moshe.

Special Addendum:  The words for Mathias Grunwald’s Queen’s Order of Courtesy, given at 12th Night, were composed by Lucien de Pontivy and Aildreda de Tamworthe.

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report

New Kingdom Youth Rapier Deputy

Sun, 2016-02-14 19:00

Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Master Frasier MacLeod send greetings!

I am writing you today to announce a change among my Deputies. Don Alfonso Pontelli has made the difficult decision to step down as my Kingdom Deputy for Youth Rapier, and I would like to take this opportunity to pass on the heartfelt thanks of myself and all those in the Kingdom he helped and for all the hard work he put in to making Youth Rapier go.

After some consideration, I have decided his replacement will be Lady Wentlyanna Bengrek. Lady Wentlyanna comes to the position with some great ideas and a drive to continue building Youth Rapier in the East. I would ask you all to give her all the support you can muster while she gets her feet under her in her new position.

Also, serving as Lady Wentlyanna’s Deputy will be Lord Christoffel d’Allaines leComte. Lord Christoffel also comes to the job with a fantastic resume behind him and will serve as diligently and with the same dedication Lady Wentlyanna will. I am looking forward to working with both of the outstanding individuals.

In Service,

Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

Filed under: Announcements, Rapier, Youth Activities

Heraldic Display Competition at Mudthaw

Wed, 2016-02-10 15:35

Break out your banners, surcoats, shields and pennons! With the kind
permission of Their Excellencies Erec and Jehannine, at Mudthaw, in
Settmour Swamp, on April 2nd, there will be a Herald Display
competition. Full rules to come shortly.

Note that there will be a judging category for artists under the age
of 16, as well as judging categories for various levels of experience.
The focus of the judging is going to be on the heraldry, with extra
points being given for displayed heraldry that is more period in

— Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, competition coordinator

Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: competition, heraldry, mudthaw, Settmour Swamp

Unofficial Court Report: King’s & Queen’s Arts & Sciences Championship

Tue, 2016-02-09 14:50

Their Majesties of the East, Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri did travel this Saturday, 6 February AS L, to the Shire of Barren Sands. There they did hold their King’s and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Championship.The competition and judging complete, Their Majesties, accompanied by Their Highnesses Kenric and Avelina, did call a court.

It began when Her Majesty called forth her champion of Arts and Sciences, Agatha Wanderer. She thanked her for her time as champion, relieved her of the regalia, and then named Elisabeth “Lyssa” Underhill the new Queen’s Champion of Arts and Sciences. Lyssa received the regalia and a scroll by Elen Alswyth of Eriskay.

His Majesty called forth his champion of Arts and Sciences, Naomi bat Avraham. He thanked her for her time as champion, relieved her of the regalia, and then named Magnus hvalmagi the new King’s Champion of Arts and Sciences.

The Princess Royal, Courtney Rose, was called into the court to make a presentation to one she had chosen to recognize. Thus was Nero Camulus called before the court. He was presented with tokens and a scroll by the hand of the Princess Royal herself.

Next were the kids who participated in Her Majesties’ Children’s Service initiative called forth. Emma, Caleb, Caitlin and Courtney all received tokens for their service.

The rest of the children in attendance were called into court. It was decided that Aethelthyrth Kenricing should run with the toybox, to the delight of all those in attendance.

Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri did call before their court Chartye Dale. They spoke of her service and her hard work, and then named her a Baroness of their court, Granting her Arms. She received a coronet and a scroll by Rhonwen Glyn Conwy.

Next Their Majesties called into their court Ellynor Redpath. They Awarded her Arms, presenting her a scroll by Constance de St. Denis with words by Charitye Dale. Further, Her Majesty presented to Ellynor the glove of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

Her Majesty Caoilfhionn Banri called into court Ciaran Ua Meic Thire. She spoke of his great service and kindness, and presented him with the glove of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.

Their Majesties called forth the Seneschal of Barren Sands. She presented them with a gift from the people of the Shire.

Their Majesties invited into their court the companions of the Order of the Silver Brooch. They called forth Nero Camulus, and inducted him into the order. He received a medallion and a scroll featuring calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel and illumination by Elizabeth Eleanor Lovell.

The Order not yet complete, Isabel du Royse was called forward. She was inducted into the Order of the Silver Brooch, presented a medallion of the order and a scroll with calligraphy by Jonathan Blaecstan and illumination by Lillian atte Valeye.

Their Majesties welcomed into their court all those attending their first, second or third event. The newcomers received tokens and thanked for their attendance.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called into court Kamejima Takauji. He was thus made a Lord of the Court and Awarded Arms, and received a scroll by Magdalena von Kirschberg.

Next was Anna Vitalis called before the court. She was made a Lady of the Court and Awarded Arms, receiving a scroll by Svea the Shortshighted.

Her Majesty called forward Liadin ingen Chineada. Her courtesy highly regarded, Queen Caoilfhionn presented the glove of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy to Liadin.

Their Majesties called before their court Griffith Davion. Speaking of his long service, they invited to attend them the companions of the Order of the Silver Wheel. Griffith was inducted into the order and presented a medallion as well as a scroll by Caitriona inghean Sheamuis.

The Order still incomplete, Their Majesties called into court Alexis of Woods End. She was inducted into the Order of the Silver Wheel, presented with a medallion and a scroll by Robert of Stonemarch with words by Harold von Auerbach.

Their Majesties continued with the Order of the Silver Wheel, and called forth Aibhilin Inghean ui Phaidin. She was inducted into the order, presented a medallion and a scroll by Marieta Charay.

Their Majesties had one more for their new service order that day, and called forth Agapios Cargos. They inducted him into the Order of the Silver Wheel and presented him a medallion and a scroll by Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir.

Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called into their court Naomi bat Avraham. They spoke of her art, and called forth the Order of the Laurel. Naomi received a writ to consider elevation to the Order, and received a scroll by Palotzi Marti.

Their Majesties called into their court Bran MacAirt. He was made a Lord of the Court, and Awarded Arms. He was presented with a scroll by Aziza al Shirazi. But Their Majesties were not done with Bran, and they further inducted him into the Order of the Silver Tyger for his fighting prowess.

Next was called into the court of Their Majesties Elena Hylton. They spoke of her arts, and called forth the companions of the Order of the Maunche. Elena received a medallion of the order, and was presented a scroll by Lada Monguligin.

The Order not complete, Their Majesties called forth Kathryn Kit Mercer. She was inducted into the order and presented a medallion of the order, and received a scroll by Katrusha Skomorokh which included a Sonnet by Tristan le Chanticler.

The Order of the Maunche not yet complete, Their Majesties invited before them Ulfgeirr Ragnarrson. He was presented the medallion of the order, and a stone with illumination by Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir, words by Anne of Framlingham and Runes translated by Avaldr Valbjarnarson.

King Brennan and Queen Caoilfhionn called before them Elisabeth Underhill. At the start of the day she had been put on vigil, and now answered the question before her in the affirmative. The Order of the Laurel was called forth. Lyssa was elevated to the Order, receiving a medallion and other regalia, and a scroll by Isabel Chamberlaine with words by Grimm the Skald.

Thus it was the court of Their Majesties came to its conclusion. It had been a wonderful day of presentations from the talented artisans of the Kingdom of the East.


Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald

A thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day: Alys Mackyntoich, Anastasia del Monte and Liadin ingen Chineada.







Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Court Tagged: Arts and Sciences, champions, court, court report, Kings and Queens Champion, Kings and Queens Champions, royal court

EK Rapier Tourney Sought for SCA 50 Year Celebration

Tue, 2016-02-09 00:24

   Greetings to the mighty Kingdom of the East from Master Frasier MacLeod, Kingdom Rapier Marshal,
     The SCA’s 50th Year Celebration is rapidly approaching, and there is much to be done! I have been asked by Master Robert MacPharland, coordinator of Rapier Activities at 50 Year if the East is planning on sponsoring any Rapier tournaments this year. I will sadly not be able to attend 50 Year, but if someone who is wants to step up and sponsor a tournament for the East Kingdom, I would be first to encourage it! So, with that in mind, if someone would like to sponsor a tournament, please contact Master Robert at Rapier@sca50year.org and let him know! This NEEDS to be done by the end of this week, likely Friday the 12th or Saturday the 13th. So, please Please PLEASE get in touch with Master Robert and make the East proud!
     In Service,
         Master Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

Filed under: Uncategorized

Urgently needed – Applicants for the Position of Kingdom Chronicler

Sat, 2016-02-06 12:57

My current term ends on 12 April, just after Coronation, and as I will have held the position for four years at that time, a replacement is required by East Kingdom Law.

The initial advertisement for applicants at the beginning of January did not result in a resume which Their Highnesses felt comfortable accepting for the position, so they have directed me to extend the application period. Resumes will be accepted until 29 February.

The job consists of two major tasks:

  • Getting Pikestaff assembled and sent to the SCA Publications Director every month, on time, no exceptions, not even for Pennsic. If you can’t meet a deadline regularly, this is not the job for you.
  • Overseeing the efforts of local chroniclers in those groups which have newsletters of their own.

Pikestaff requires some specific skills:

  • The ability to use a layout program to create the issue. It must be able to produce a high-resolution PDF file. The Office owns two licenses for Adobe InDesign, but you are not required to use them if you are comfortable with a different tool that will let you produce the PDF output.
  • A solid grasp of English – grammar, spelling, etc. so that you can notice and correct problems when proofreading the issue. The job requires almost no actual writing.

Newsflash! You don’t have to do everything yourself. You can have as many deputies as you can find volunteers for, and should absolutely have at least one working deputy, as well as an emergency deputy in case something happens to prevent you from fulfilling the office. Some options:

  • A layout editor – I’ve been fortunate to have Countess Alethea doing the bulk of the work on the newsletter layout for me. I make minor adjustments, proofread, and add last minute updates. (And no, she doesn’t come with the office – she’s been doing this for me and my predecessor before me, and she’s ready for a break).
  • Regional deputies to handle oversight and reporting by local chroniclers. (I didn’t do this – if I were starting over now I would. I recommend it highly).
  • A web deputy. The Chronicler’s website could be a much better resource than I’ve made it. If you don’t have HTML skills, the EK Webminister’s office will assist you in finding someone to do this.
  • An art director – Pikestaff needs art every month, and unlike most of the content, you have to seek out people for this. It doesn’t just appear spontaneously.

There are some things you don’t have to do. You don’t have to worry about financial records. If you have expenses, which are generally minimal, you submit receipts for them to the EK Exchequer, and will be reimbursed. The office has a budget for things like postage, printer cartridges, office supplies, etc.

You also have no responsibilities whatsoever regarding printing or mailing of Pikestaff. You email the PDF to the Publications Director, and you’re done. Everything from there is handled by her office.

Last, and this almost goes without saying, but I want to be complete, it requires the same general skills as any other Kingdom level office – reliable internet so you can check the office mailbox frequently (almost all correspondence is electronic), being conscientious about answering your email, and making a reasonable attempt to attend Coronations and Kingdom Curias. Also you need to be familiar with the policies of your corporate superior, and follow them.

If you’re potentially interested but have questions, please contact me informally at chronicler@eastkingdom.org. When you’re ready, submit a letter stating your desire to apply for the job, a copy of your SCA resume, and a copy of your modern resume, to myself (chronicler@eastkingdom.org) and to Their Highnesses (prince@eastkingdom.org and princess@eastkingdom.org). I encourage you to include details of your plans (what type of deputies, etc.) in the letter.

Mistress A’isha bint Jamil

East Kingdom Chronicler

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Chronicler, help wanted

Unofficial Birka Court Report

Wed, 2016-02-03 13:58

Being the Court of Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri held on January 30, A.S. L (2016)

in the Barony of Stonemarche at A Market Day at Birka

Court Heralds: Malcolm Bowman, Ryan MacWhyte, Mylisant Grey, Alys Mackyntoich, Lucien de Pontivy, Aildreda de Tamworthe, Grimm the Skald, Kayleigh MacWhyte, Maria von Ossenheim, Lucien de Wyntere, Yehuda ben Moshe, Liadin ingen Chineada, Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle, Kirsa Oyutai, Simona bat Leone

Reporting Herald: Malcolm Bowman

Olaf Haraldson, Writ for Pelican.

Catalina de Valencia, Silver Rapier. Scroll by: Mariette de Bretagne

Grimm the Skald, Silver Rapier. Scroll by: Shadiyah Al-Zhara

Gabriel Roberts, Silver Rapier. Scroll by: Xandra Rozina Xiberras Galea

Eadgyth aet Staeningum- Silver Crescent. Scroll by: Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc, W: Colin MacKenzie

Valerian of Somerset, Tygers Combatant. Scroll by: C&I: Lada Monguligan Frame: Mongo Chinua Glass: Conor O Ceallaigh

Baptiste O’Brien, Tygers Combatant. Scroll by: Jonathan Blaecstan W: Nest verch Tangwistel French: Kirsa Oyutai

Harkin mac Tighearnan, Tygers Combatant. Scroll by: Robert dwe Makminne & Emma Makilmone; W: Tommaltach MacFiachoch

Benedict Hope, Award of Arms. Scroll by: Aaradyn Ghyoot

Ban of Wintermoor, Award of Arms. Scroll by: C: Faolán an Screcain I &W: Aislinn Chiabach

Keagan MacKeagan Award of Arms. Scroll by: I& W: Leonete d’Angely C: Nataliia Anastasia Evgenova

Allerick van den Broeke, Award of Arms. Scroll by: Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille

Kirsa Oyuta, Silver Wheel. Scroll by: Katherine Stanhope French: Godfroy de Falaise English: Deidre Ruadh Inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh

Medhbh ingean ui Cheallaigh, Silver Wheel. Scroll by: Mergriet van Wijenhorst

Þory VeÞardottir, Award of Arms. Scroll by: Cassandra Arquest de Northumbria

Cherrl de la Rouche, Award of Arms. Scroll by: I: Yzabell du Perche C:Nest verch Tangwistel

Orso Tano de Firenze, Award of Arms. Scroll by: Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc W: Ulrich Reinhart

Duncan Fletcher, Award of Arms. Scroll by: Juliote de Castlenou D’Arry

Cassandra Hobbes, Silver Crescent. Scroll by: Xandra Rozina Xiberras Galea

Ro Honig von Summerfeldt, Silver Crescent. Scroll by: Christiana Crane

Margurite de Gui, Silver Crescent. Scroll by: Alisay de Falaise

Brita Mairi Svensdottir, Augmentation of Arms. Scroll by: I&C: Elsa de Lyon W: Anastasia Guta

Cathain, Apollo’s Arrow (w/Award of Arms). Scroll by: Aleksei Dmitriev

Temyl zwie Breuken, Award of Arms. Scroll by: I: Lorita de Siena C: Faolán an Screcain German: Udalrich Schermer

Marjorie Parmentar, Award of Arms. Scroll by: I: Lorita de Siena C: Faolán an Screcain French: Nathalie Royne/Kirsa Oyutai

Analeda Falconbridge, Laurel. Scroll By: I: Camille des Jardins C: Alexandre St. Pierre W: Lucien de Pontivy & Aildreda de Tamworthe

Adrienne d’eureaux, Silver Brooch. Scroll by: Alexandre St. pierre

Christiana Crane, Maunche. Scroll by: Edward Mac Gyver dos Scorpus W: Analeda Falconbridge

Anastasia Guta, Maunche. Scroll by: I: Thyra Eiriksdottir W: Alys Mackyntoich

Kristin Alarsdottir, Award of Arms. Scroll by: Camille des Jardins

Sunnifa Heiriksdottir, Writ for Laurel. Scroll by: Nest verch Tangwistel

Lijsbet van Catwic, Award of Arms. Scroll by: Nyfain merch Cohel

Anna Ophelia Tarragon, Tyger of the East. Scroll by: Alexandre St. Pierre W: Adrienne d’eureaux Latin: Steffan ap Kennydd

Hrafyn Bonesetter, Chivalry. Scroll by: Stone: Olaf Haraldson W: Aife Chonchobair in Derthaige

Court was also attended by Their Highnesses Prince Kenric and Princess

Avelina, Their Majesties Emperor Magnus Tindal and Empress Etain of

Æthelmearc, and Her Highness Princess Thora of Atlantia.

Mercedes Vera de Calafia, East Kingdom Seneschal, announced that

Midland Vale had completed all requirements and is now officially a Shire.

West Kingdom Chancellor Minor Jolie De la rue presented a gift of toys for

the Royal Toybox created by other children.

Lucan von Drachenklaue was re-belted by Her Majesty and swore fealty.

Thirty-seven newcomers presented themselves when called into court.

Please note – all Tygers Combatant, Maunches and Silver Crescents now bestow a

Grant of Arms to their recipients (if they do not already have one).

Filed under: Court Tagged: a market day at birka, court report

Arts & Sciences Research Paper #6: The Perception of Greek Women through Archaic and Classical Literature

Mon, 2016-02-01 17:01

Our sixth A&S Research Paper comes to us from Hypatissa Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina, of the Barony of Stonemarche; she is using the lens of literature to further our understanding of the perception of Greek women in history. (Prospective future contributors, please check out our original Call for Papers.)

Good Wife; Bad Wife:  The Perception of Greek Women through Archaic and Classical Literature

There is a great deal to be learned about previous cultures through the literary evidence they have left behind. In the case of the early Greeks, classicists and historians have a remarkable amount of material to work from, ranging from epic poetry to political discourses. Within the confines of poetry and theater, a great deal of information can be extrapolated about society, including the contemporary points of view on women and their roles. This paper will argue that the female characters in the works of Homer, the Homeric Hymns, and Aeschylus, are portrayals of the contemporary ideal Greek woman and her insubordinate opposite. Examination of these characters begins with the “good wife,” in which the women of Greek literature take passive roles, “the bad wife”, the characters that take on aggressive roles, and an analysis of the Greek audience, and the messages they could have been receiving when experiencing these bodies of work.

Penelope Unraveling Her Weaving. Detail of an Attic Red-figure skyphos, 440 BC, from Chiusi, by the Penelope Painter. Public Domain

The Good Wife
The Bad Wife

The Good Wife

Readers of Homer are drawn to the character of Penelope from The Odyssey when confronted with the imagery of a feminine ideal. The ever vigilant and faithful wife of cursed Odysseus is skilled at weaving and managed to successfully run the household prior to the invasion of the suitors. She is immediately portrayed as a good mother to Telemachus, and her virtue places her on a pedestal of Homer and his audience within the first pages of his work when she is described as “shining among women”.[1] Her diligence in waiting for her husband, despite the odds being against her favor, speaks very largely as to how the men of Homer’s time would have wanted their wives to be: virtuous, steadfast, motherly, and of course, one of the penultimate goals of Odysseus as he travels home.

Within the same construct, Nausikaä, the young Phaeacian princess who became enamored with Odysseus, demonstrates a naïve, if not rather sweet innocence of a girl that echoes an admiration for such traits in the story. Odysseus rejecting the proposal by her father, Alchinoös, was not a slight against the princess, but a praise of Penelope and the virtues that his waiting wife symbolized.  Nausikaä also demonstrates motherly attributes in her caring for Odysseus when she found him lying on the shore, and later, ensured that he had safe passage home.[2] The princess would make a wonderful wife, but not to Odysseus.

Virtue, fidelity, and motherly attributes are strong ideals once sought by Greek men for their wives, but submission was also important. Penelope may not have submitted to the cultural requirements of her station by either marrying one of the suitors or returning to the care of her father, but other characters demonstrate the subservience of women to men beyond the works of Homer. In the Oresteia by Aeschylus, both of the daughters of Agamemnon show an opposite side, if not an almost grim look at what may have been required of a woman in early Classical Greece when the play was penned, and prior.

The Sacrifice of Iphegenia. British Museum Catalog #1865,0103.21, copyright The Trustees of the British Museum

An audience who witnessed a performance of Oresteia would not have known much about Iphigenia, the daughter of Agamemnon sacrificed to bring him luck at the Trojan War, but modern readers may find a great wealth of information within the act of the sacrifice itself. Aside from the play, Iphigenia has a great deal of interesting mythology surrounding her, including a mention of her by the name of Iphianassa in The Iliad.[3] The theme of her sacrifice was elaborated on by Euripides in his works Iphigenia at Aulus and Iphigenia in Taurus, though both deviate considerably from the story implied in Oresteia. If the playwrights had known of this tale through the tradition of oral history, this horrific act may have been commonplace during what could have been considered the Heroic Age, or Late Bronze Age. Otherwise, it could be no more than a literary device or tale of morality common during the Athenian times, when the audience could have found human sacrifice extremely appalling. However, the very idea that Iphigenia could have been sacrificed, in fiction or reality, means that women held a place in society lower than men. Agamemnon did not sacrifice his son Orestes—he chose his youngest daughter, the one who would probably not give him as much political leverage in a marriage as her older sisters may have. This left Iphigenia in a position of worthlessness, and the ideal candidate for Agamemnon to offer in sacrifice.

Agamemnon’s middle daughter, Elektra, is another example of subservience in women. Within the second play of Oresteia, The Libation Bearers, Elektra is seen pouring libations, or offerings of wine, on her father’s grave. During her lamentations, alongside her brother Orestes, Elektra states:

“And I shall bring you libations at my wedding, out of my complete inheritance from my father’s house; the first thing of all for my special honor shall be this tomb.”[4]

While praying to her father for justice of his own death, Elektra promises the Agamemnon offerings made on her wedding day. Not only is this strong evidence of post-mortem ancestor worship, but it also reinforces the position a women would have in subservience to her father, as Elektra offers to toast her father before all gods and men on what is assumed a very sacred day. Motherly virtues are extolled in Greek society, but the position of the father will always be above that of the mother and daughter.

The Abduction of Persephone. “Painting vergina” by Unknown – [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Spousal virtues within the confines of the divine can be examined in some of the goddesses of the Greek pantheon. Persephone can make for a grim example. She was abducted to the Underworld by Hades, where she ultimately fell into the trap of temptation by eating the seeds of a pomegranate, which forever cursed her to stay by Hades’ side as his wife for the fallow season, as enforced by Persephone’s father Zeus.[5] The acts of the gods may not have held true with crimes of the Greek world, but Persephone had to abide by the wishes of her father, despite the forced nature of her marriage and her mother, Demeter’s, contestation. This again places the role of women subservient to the whims of the patriarchy. Persephone accepts her role of Queen of the Underworld without complaint, and becomes a virtuous wife who is mindful of her duties. Homer wrote of this in The Odyssey when he referred to her as the “revered Persephone” when he is sent to visit Teiresias in the underworld, the philosopher who Persephone granted intelligence even in death, while the rest of the souls remained shadows of their former selves.[6] Therefore, Persephone can be seen also as an ideal bride, in that she obeyed her father’s commands of marriage, and fulfilled her duties alongside her husband without question.

The traits of a “good wife” in the world of the Archaic and Classical Greeks are portrayed in the characterizations of Penelope, Nausikaä, Iphigenia, Elektra, and Persephone. It was revered that women should be virtuous to their husbands, diligent and trustworthy, motherly, and submissive to their fathers and husbands, while understanding their roles and fulfilling their duties as queens, princesses, and goddesses.

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The Bad Wife

Clytemnestra is the ultimate representation of the opposite end of the virtuous spectrum as a character portrayed in Aeschylus’ Oresteia. She represents the literary trope of a “femme fatale”—a woman known for her cunning, scheming ways and seductive nature. According to Aeschylus, Clytemnestra may have been plotting to kill Agamemnon from the day he left for the Trojan War, either in retaliation for the death of her daughter, Iphigenia, or for the influence of her lover and husband’s political enemy, Aigisthus. Regardless of motive, Agamemnon’s return from Troy with the Trojan princess Cassandra as his war prize was undoubtedly the proverbial “icing on the cake” for the actions that would follow. Aeschylus’ story of the Mycenaean king’s murder at the hands of his untrue wife, and the coming-of-age tale of his son Orestes, places Clytemnestra in the position of villain within the plot of the trilogy. This is not a woman that the Greeks would have wanted to love, and surely the women in the audience of the performance would have learned this. Her seductive nature and treachery, which resulted in her own death at the hands of her son, epitomizes the Greek ideal of what a wife should not be in acting in a contrasting manner to that of her queenly peer, Penelope.

Helen and Menelaus, observed by Aphrodite and Eros. “Helen Menelaus Louvre G424” by Menelaus Painter – Jastrow (2006). Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

Helen could very well be in a class all her own, but her actions are what forced the onset of the Trojan War. Her departure from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta, for that of Paris, the prince of Troy, opened a figurative Pandora’s Box of blame. It was a woman’s fault; therefore, women are inherently evil. This is echoed in the Judeo-Christian creation myth in which Eve eats from the forbidden tree through temptation, and therefore she and Adam were cast from the Garden of Eden. Helen refutes this, when visited by Telemachus in The Odyssey, when she casts the blame on the goddess Aphrodite.[7] By blaming divine intervention rather than owning for her own actions, Helen can be either forgiven by the audience or questioned further on her honesty, which is what makes her example a difficult one to analyze.

By turning to the divine, further examples of “bad wife” behavior can be observed. This will examine Aphrodite, but also Eris, the goddess of discord, who in her own spite, caused the very Judgment of Paris to happen.[8] If divine intervention was the cause of Helen’s treachery, then Aphrodite, who was chosen by Paris to receive the Golden Apple, is more of a catalyst for war than Helen was. She is untrue to her husband Hephaestus, and takes Ares as her lover, as demonstrated by song in The Odyssey which appears to play off of Nausikaä’s growing feelings for Odysseus and provides a contrast in behavior as to what a good wife should be, versus the dangerous example of the adulterous gods caught in their infidelity.[9] For a woman, erotic love, or lust, is a dangerous emotion, and it is better to be virtuous and subservient than act as Aphrodite did with Ares, or her enchantment of Helen that started the Trojan War.

Aphrodite. Walters Art Museum. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

Even earlier than the influence of Aphrodite on Helen’s actions is Eris, the goddess of discord and strife. After being uninvited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Eris that threw the Golden Apple in front of the goddesses Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena, to be given to the prettiest one of the three.[10] It could be contrived then, by the actions of Eris, that women could easily be the cause of strife. They would be provoked toward revenge, especially when faced with jealousy, as seen in the actions of Clytemnestra when faced with the jealousy of Cassandra.

The “bad wives” of ancient Greece were vengeful, seductive, and jealous creatures. These traits were viewed by the holders of the pens as negative aspects that women were apt to portray. Insubordination by women may lead to war and catastrophe, whether they are mortal or divine alike.

The audience witnessing these poems, hymns, and plays alike must have received interesting clues as to how to expect women to behave. Entertainment has a way of reflecting the perception of stereotypes. Women attending a performance of Oresteia may have been taught that insubordination will end up costing you your life, while submission to fathers and other male figures was the accepted method of behavior. Those that listened to the verbal performances of Homer’s epics would have learned not to be like Helen and get whisked away with the promise of lust, but to be virtuous and domestic as Penelope was as she waited patiently for her husband to return from war. Equally as important to note, are the roles that the goddesses may have played for Greek women as influential sources of proper behavior. A mother could teach her daughter that her place was to listen to her father and support her husband as Persephone did. They would also be reminded that Aphrodite’s infidelity came with a price, and that temptation and jealousy would cause reactionary behavior that would be detrimental to society.

In the popular bodies of work from the periods of Archaic and Classical Greece, it is surmised that women were expected to be virtuous, hardworking, submissive, and even expendable. Lustful, vengeful, and otherwise rebellious women were seen as dangerous, and an origin of conflict and suffering for men. Through the reading and studying of the works of Homer, Aeschylus, and their contemporaries, it can be understood that they portrayed women in their ideal and unideal forms of the period. Performance arts would have acted not just as a reflection of societal customs, but also as an educational tool in teaching morality to women of the period, so that they would continue to fit the ideals set out by characters and goddesses of the Heroic Age.
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[1] Homer, The Odyssey of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (New York: Harper Perennial, 2007), 35.

[2][2] The Odyssey of Homer, pg.118.

[3] Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1951), 202.

[4] Aeschylus, Oresteia, trans. Christopher Collard (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), 64.

[5] The Homeric Hymns, trans. Michael Crudden (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), 4-22.

[6] The Odyssey of Homer, pg.165.

[7] The Odyssey of Homer, pg. 72.

[8] Apollodorus: The Library of Greek Mythology, trans. Robin Hard (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), 146.

[9] The Odyssey of Homer, pg.129.

[10] Colluthus. “The Rape of Helen.” Theoi Greek Mythology. Access Date:10/16/2014. http://www.theoi.com/Text/Colluthus.html.


Homer. The Iliad of Homer. Translated by Richmond Lattimore. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1951.

Homer. The Odyssey of Homer. Translated by Richmond Lattimore. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007.

Aeschylus. Oresteia.  Translated by Christopher Collard. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

The Homeric Hymns. Translated by Michael Crudden. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Apollodorus The Library of Greek Mythology, Translated by Robin Hard. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Colluthus. “The Rape of Helen.” Theoi Greek Mythology. Access Date:10/16/2014. http://www.theoi.com/Text/Colluthus.html.

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

Birka Tournament Results

Mon, 2016-02-01 12:44

Tournament results are available from the bear-pit style tournaments traditionally held at A Market Day at Birka.

146 heavy list (rattan) fighters entered the lists, fighting a total of 3,183 bouts. The overall top finisher was Sir Douglas Henry with 251 points. The next ranked finisher was Lord Arne Ulrichson with 226 points.

Complete Birka heavy list tournament results are available by clicking here.

78 rapier fighters entered the lists at A Market Day at Birka, and fought 1,094 bouts in total. The top finisher was Rowan of the Rose (Lady Millicent Rowan) with 107 points.  The next ranked finisher was Baron Therion Sean Storie with 99 points.

Complete Birka rapier combat tournament results are available by clicking here.

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In Memorium: Mistress Rose Otter

Fri, 2016-01-29 19:44


Rose (on the right) with Lady Zsuzsanna the Magyar late last year. Photo by Lady Raziya bint Rusa

Mistress Rose Otter passed away on January 29th. A longtime resident of Carolingia, Rose was well known in the fencing and arts communities of the East over the course of her more than 20 year SCA career. For many people, their first introduction to the SCA was Rose’s kind and generous presence. She leaves behind many who will miss her including her household, Sharc Pit, of which she was a founding member.

Mistress Rose was recognized on many occasions by both the Eastern Crown and the Barony of Carolingia for her talents and her service to the East and her beloved Barony. She was awarded arms at the first court of Tsurunaga and Genevieve in April of 1993 and was recognized as a companion of the Order of the Laurel seven years later at Pennsic XXIX by Balfar III and Luna III. She was also a companion of the Maunche and the Silver Crescent. She was given the Queen’s Order of Courtesy by Isabella II in 2003 after a trip to Tir Mara during which the airplane’s engines burst into flames and Rose helped keep the passengers calm, then took care of her Queen in the airport bar.  Rose was inducted into the Order of the Burdened Tyger by Darius II and Roxanne II for her work on an event at Pennsic for Their Majesties. In addition, she was a member of Carolingia’s Orders of the Perseus (for courtesy and skill on the fencing field), the Moon (for her achievements in the arts), and the Daystar (for service). A highly skilled needleworker and knitter, she shared her gifts with many, both by teaching and by giving away her work. She also published research on a recreation of A 16th-Century Style Knit Purse in Tournaments Illuminated in 2004.

We are pleased to share the following remembrances of Mistress Rose. We welcome anyone to add your own memories of her in the comments.  A memorial service will be planned for March. Letters of condolence to the family can be sent to Mistress Eleanor Catlyng, who will forward them.  They should be addressed to Anne McNulty c/o Lisa Goldthwaite, 579 Winter St, Framingham, MA 01702.

Rose on the way to her Laurel elevation. Photo by Mistress Nataliia Anastasia Evgenova

From Mistress Alys Mackyntoich
One could talk about what Rose did in the SCA: she fenced, she sewed, she embroidered, she dabbled with anything that interested her. One of her greatest joys was making elevation cloaks for her friends. For Rose, anything worth doing was worth sharing. She was generous, immensely practical, and as dependable as the Rock of Gibraltar.

But none of these things really sum up the essence of the woman. In thinking about her all day today, the thought that keeps coming to me again and again is that Rose Otter was laughter. It was incredibly easy to make Rose laugh, but her laughter was infectious and always shared, never mean or harsh. Giggles, chortles, full belly laughs — she had them all and they were all wonderful. Her laughter animated her and made her beautiful.

Rose’s Laurel vigil was how Sharc Pit learned never to set up a vigil
so that the candidate could see outside of the tent, because the boys
went above and beyond themselves to make her laugh while she was
supposed to be seriously contemplating her future as a Peer. I can
still picture here sitting there in the tent holding back giggles
until she nearly burst. And when the vigil was done, she said that her
friends making her laugh helped take away some of her fears about
assuming the mantle of a Laurel.

Keeley von Aachen in her baby harness and the harness. Photo by Dame Elayne Courtenay

From Dame Elayne Courtenay to whom Rose was apprenticed
Mistress Rose Otter’s skills with the needle and giving of herself is best illustrated in a gift I received from her.  Inspired by extant needlework and a baby harness for King James I (if I recall correctly back almost two decades since she gave me the harness), she cross stitched strips of linen and backed them with silk.  The strips were joined with rings so that the two smaller ones crisscrossed the child’s torso and joined the lead at the back. The fine detail can be seen in the accompanying photo of a section of the lead.  The hours that went into skillfully covering every inch of a fine gauge linen still astound me.  That she would give of her time to create a beautiful piece of needlework on a utilitarian object meant to be used to keep a toddler safe in the big wide world of Pennsic speaks to her giving nature.  The world is diminished without her skills and grace.

Rose in a lighthearted moment. Photo by Mistress A’isha bint Jamil

From Baron Aquel of Darksted Wood and Baroness Johanna Dudley
Aquel and I remember Mistress Rose for her gentle nature and generosity and for her many contributions to the barony during our time as Baron and Baroness of Carolingia.

Carolingia was her home, and we were all part of her family. She served as a fine example. It was important for her to do the right thing, and she did it with kindness. Rose spoke her mind with care and concern when it was necessary. She was quick of wit, with a sly sense of humor, and she was always first to offer a helping hand. She eagerly volunteered for many projects, teaching and encouraging others along the way.

A very skilled seamstress, at one time it seemed like she’d clothed the entire barony. She made and assisted with countless garments. She sewed everything from wee baby cloaks to protective fencing hoods. To this day, Aquel still treasures and wears several garments she lovingly made for him.

Beading and embroidery done by Rose for the Pelican cloak of Master Alexandre Lerot d’Avignon. Photo by Mistress Eularia Trewe

Rose was also the head of the baronial Needleworkers’ Guild during that time, fostering her love of needle arts locally and throughout the kingdom. I have fond memories of sitting together to embroider on the Great Carolingian Tapestry project, which she often set up at Fenmere fighting practices and at local events. Rose also created a knitting traveling show, and was very generous with her time and patterns.

In my mind, I am picturing Rose, blushing scarlet at some merry jest, and giggling until the tears of laughter rolled down her cheeks. We’ll miss her terribly.

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Pennsic University at Pennsic 45

Fri, 2016-01-29 11:12

Pennsic University is pleased to announce that it is once in again in business for Pennsic 45 and is accepting new teacher and class reservations.

As last year, please connect to Thing to begin the process of registering to teach classes.

If you taught in the last two year, your Teacher information should still be in the system, so you don’t have to re-register as a teacher, just update your availability and arrival dates, confirm your teacher and contact information, and create your new classes for this year.

If your classes are in one of the covered “tracks” submit your classes through Thing as normal.
If your classes sort clearly into one of the Tracks, You may be contacted by your track coordinator to make sure your request is adequately resourced.
If you think your class belongs in a specific track, but that in the ‘Scheduling additional’ field.

We look forward to seeing all our old teachers and students again this year and hope for big loads of new students and teachers to become old friends with for next year!

Information about Pennsic University can be found here.

staff list for Pennsic University, PW45:
Chancellor : Capt Elias Gedney
Point coordinator: Mistress Ciara
Registrar: THL Artemisia Lacebrayder

Tell us of any questions or issues you may have University this year.

We are also interested in any comments you might have about the book format we used last year.
Send your comments here.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Arts, Pennsic, Pennsic 45

12th Night Unofficial Court Report

Fri, 2016-01-29 09:15

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Thus it was on Saturday, 16 January AS L, Their Royal Majesties, Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri did hold court at 12th Night in the Incipient Shire of Midland Vale.

In the morning Their Majesties did call before them Alesone Gray of Cranleigh. She was sent on vigil, to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Simon Gwyn was called before King Brennan and Queen Caoilfhionn. He was sent on vigil, to contemplate elevation to the Order of Chivalry.

Much merriment was had by all, and then did Their Majesties reopen their court.

The following gentles were called before Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri and awarded thus:

Tombo no Tanaka – Awarded Arms – Scroll featuring illumination by Ellesbeth Donofrey, calligraphy by Mariette de Bretagne and words by Ryouko’jin of the Ironskies

Beatrice of Ostgardr – Awarded Arms – Scroll by Marieta Charay

Alesone Grey of Cranleigh – Elevated to the Order of the Laurel – Scroll by Shadiya al-Zahra with words by Alys Mackyntoich

Eric Gutermuth – Awarded Arms – Scroll by Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir

Medb of O’Donnchada (formerly Medb of Hawkes Reach) – Awarded Arms – Scroll by Æsa Lokabrenna Sturladottir

Thus it was that Their Majesties created the first members of one of their new Armigerous orders. They began with the first two companions of the Order of Apollo’s Arrow, given for prowess in Archery.

Alexandra Krakkensdottir – Apollo’s Arrow – Scroll by Heather Rose DeGordoun

Devillin MacPhearson – Apollo’s Arrows – Scroll featuring illumination by Elizabeth Lovell and calligraphy and words by Alys Mackyntoich

Thus continued the court of their Majesties, Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri:

Devillin MacPhearson – Grand Master Bowman – Scroll by Kayleigh macWhyte

Octavia Valeria Laevine – Queen’s Order of Courtesy – Scroll by Culann mac Cianain

Tysha z Kieva – Court Barony with Grant of Arms – Scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Their Majesties proceeded to create the first members of another of their new Armigerous orders. They continued with the first three companions of the Order of the Silver Tyger, given for prowess in Heavy Armored Combat.

The first three Silver Tygers.
– Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Arne Ulrichsson – Silver Tyger – Scroll by Katrusha Skomorokh with Wood cut by Kataryn Mercer

Bric James Beech – Silver Tyger – Scroll by Culann mac Cianain

Tobiajasz Bogdanovitch – Silver Tyger – Scroll by Jan Janowicz Bogdanski

Thus continued the court of their Majesties, King Brennan and Queen Caoilfhionn:

Guiseppe di Salaparuta – Awarded Arms – scroll by Shoshana Gryffyth

Mathias Grunwald – Queen’s Order of Courtesy – scroll by Elisabeth Greenleaf

Eikaterine of Anglespur – Order of the Silver Crescent – scroll by Vettorio Antonello with words by Aislinn Chiabach

Kiena Stewart – Order of the Golden Lance – scroll by Lada Monguligin

Gabriella Handles – Awarded Arms – scroll by Magdalena von Kirschberg

So it was that Their Majesties created the first members of another of their new Armigerous orders. They continued with the first three companions of the Order of the Silver Brooch, given for skill in the Arts and Sciences.

Æsa Lokabrenna Sturladottir – Silver Brooch – scroll featuring illumination by Agatha Wanderer and calligraphy by Christiana Crane

Anastasia del Monte – Silver Brooch – scroll by Arden of Icombe

Ceara Fitzpatrick – Silver Brooch – scroll featuring illumination by Marieta Charay and calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel

The first companions of the new Armigerous order for service – the Silver Wheel – will be created at Market Day at Birka.

Thus continued the court of their Majesties, Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri:

Tullia Tranquilla – Awarded Arms – scroll by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook featuring words by Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir and Latin text by Alisoun MacCoul of Elphane

Simon Gwyn – Elevated to the Order of Chivalry (knighted) – scroll by Eloise of Coulter with words by Aine the Fearless


Additionally, the following occurred during court:

Kingdom Early Marshal Jibril al-Dakhil issued a formal sanction of Mord the Green

Marguerite ingen Lachlainn requested assistance for SCA 50 Year display stuff

Alke, Courtney, Caleb, Emma, Richard and Carolyn were recognized for their participation in Her Majesties’ Children’s Service Initiative.

Arnwulf Aethelreding was presented with a personal token by His Majesty Brennan.

The heralds for this court included the following: Malcolm Bowman, Alys Mackyntoich, Ryan MacWhyte, Kayleigh MacWhyte, Donovan Shinnock, Anastasia del Monte, Yehuda ben Moshe, Jehane de Fenwyk, and Liadin Ingen Chineada


Malcolm Bowman – Eastern Crown Herald

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November’s Heraldic Acceptances and Returns

Thu, 2016-01-28 14:08


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.

Starting with the recently released November 2015 LoAR (containing decisions made at the November 2015 meetings), the Gazette will be publishing the East Kingdom results from the LoARs.

Eastern Results from the November 2015 LoAR:

EAST acceptances 

Abigail Crane.  Name and device. Purpure, a catamount passant argent and a base ermine.

Nice 16th century English name!

Aiden Underhill.  Name.

Alexander Kyppyn Kirkcaldy.  Device change. Per pale sable and argent, a tower counterchanged and on a chief azure three fish naiant argent.

The submitter’s old device, Per pale argent and sable, a standing balance counterchanged and on a chief azure three fish naiant argent, is released.

Alexander Kyppyn Kirkcaldy.  Badge. Quarterly purpure and azure, a tower and a bordure argent.

This badge is clear of conflict with the badge of Manfred Odo von Falkenmond: Gules, perched atop a tower a hooded falcon, within a bordure argent. There is a DC for changing the field and another DC for removing the falcon.

Alys du Bois.  Device. Or, a lily of the valley vert flowered argent and in chief three escarbuncles vert.

Andreas Lucernensis. Badge. (Fieldless) On a salmon hauriant Or a crescent azure.

Andreas Lucernensis. Badge. Per pale sable and gules, in pale three stag’s attires argent.

Nice badge!

Angharad verch Rees. Device change. Gules, four double-pointed knitting needles fretted in mascle and on a chief Or three gouttes de sang.

The submitter’s old device, Quarterly azure and argent all goutty counterchanged, a rose purpure barbed and seeded proper, is retained as a badge.

Ása in svarta. Badge. (Fieldless) A bib-apron azure.

This is the defining instance of a bib-apron. It was documented as a period artifact, as seen in Jost Amman’s Book of Trades, 1568. For purpose of conflict checking, it does not have a DC from a waist-apron.

Bernhard Brakelman. Device. Per pale Or and gules, a bear rampant sable between three lozenges counterchanged.

Brunissende Dragonette. Badge. Argent estencelly azure, a chalice gules.

Please advise the submitter to draw the sparks as groupings of roundels one and two, not two and one.

This item was decided by Pelican.

Caterina Maddalena dei Gabrielli. Name and device. Gules, a fleur-de-lys argent and a chief argent crusilly patonce gules.

The submitter requested authenticity for “1450-1550 Italian”.

The two given names and the byname were documented to 15th and 16th century Pisa, so this name likely meets the submitter’s request for authenticity.

Please advise the submitter to draw fewer and larger crosses with more splay to the arms so as to improve identifiability.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Arts & Sciences Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a candle Or lit gules.

“Arts & Sciences Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Bardic Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a clarion Or.

“Bardic Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Rapier Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a rapier proper.

“Rapier Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Armored Combat Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a spear bendwise sable hafted of wood proper.

“Armored Combat Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Equestrian Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure sustaining a tilting lance bendwise bendy sinister Or and purpure.

“Equestrian Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Archery Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining an arrow Or.

“Archery Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Thrown Weapons Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining an axe Or.

“Thrown Weapons Champion” is a generic identifier.

East, Kingdom of the. Release of badge for Queen’s Bard. Per bend azure and argent, a maunch vert charged in base with a harp and in canton an Eastern crown Or.

East, Kingdom of the. Release of badge for King’s Bard. Per bend azure and argent, a sword vert, hilted sable, debruised by a harp and in chief an Eastern crown Or.

East, Kingdom of the. Release of badge association for King’s Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant guardant azure maintaining a spear bendwise proper.

The badge itself is not released.

Elle de Valois. Name and device. Per pale gules and sable, a bat-winged lion Or and a bat-winged wolf combattant, on a point pointed argent a fleur-de-lys per pale sable and gules.

This name combines an English given name and French byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Faolán an Sccreccain. Name.

Hermina de Pagan. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Hróðgeirr Mánason. Name and device. Sable, a bend Or engouled of wolf’s heads between two increscents argent.

This device does not conflict with the device of Illuminada Eugenia de Guadalupe y Godoy: Sable, a bend engouled of two wolf’s heads Or. There is a DC for changing the tincture of the wolf’s heads and another DC for adding a secondary charge group of increscents.

Kirsa Oyutai. Badge (see RETURNS for other badge). (Fieldless) On a beehive Or a musical note vert.

Some commenters evoked the resemblance of this badge with the seal of Utah. We do not superprotect States seals and this badge does not conflict with that seal.

Orlando di Sforza. Name and device. Sable, a winged lion rampant maintaining a sword and on a chief embattled Or three crosses crosslet fitchy gules.

Submitted as Orlando Sforza, precedent states:

The surname Sforza is one of those names such as Hohenstaufen which are so closely associated with a single sovereign royal family as to be presumptuous in their use. Indeed, in times past it was one of those that were used as an exemplar for that category of restricted names. (The name of the dynasty was derived from the nickname of its founder and in period was associated closely with the immediate family of the sovereign Dukes of Milan.) The use of the Sforza surname is tantamount to a claim to being from the immediate family of the sovereign Dukes of Milan and is not allowed under RFS VI.1.[Elizabetta Sforza, July 1997, R-Atenveldt]

SENA states, “Names may not contain a byname uniquely used by a single dynasty. Dynastic names used by both a royal family and normal people are acceptable. While some kingdom names were originally used primarily or exclusively by royalty, those names came to be used so widely that they are not considered a claim to rank.”

In this case, the Letter of Intent documented Sforza as a given name in our period, so this byname could be interpreted as an unmarked patronym. However, this does not remove the appearance of presumption. If we had examples in period of people outside of the Duke of Milan’s family who also used this byname, we could overturn this precedent.

After the Pelican decision meeting, the consulting herald indicated that the submitter would accept the name Orlando di Sforza. The use of a marked patronym is not presumptuous, so we have changed the name and registered this form.

Rauða-Sunnifa refr. Alternate name Sorcha inghean Uí Chathasaigh.

Sion ap Emrys. Reblazon of device. Gules, in saltire a sword curtana inverted proper and a pilgrim’s staff argent between flaunches Or.

Registered in May 1992 as Gules, in saltire a sword curtana inverted and a pilgrim’s staff argent, between flaunches Or, the tincture of the sword was inadvertently omitted.

EAST returns

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

This badge is returned for conflict with the device of Signý Ingadóttir: Per chevron ermine and purpure, in base a swan naiant contourny argent. There is one DC for the changes to the field. The position of the bird to chief here and to base in Signý’s armory are forced, as neither bird can be in the other’s space and thus does not bring a DC. While both swans and ducks are period charges, swans are much more common than ducks. In period emblazons it is often difficult, or impossible, to tell the difference between the two birds. Thus we do not grant a difference between the two.

Hermina de Pagan. Device. Gules, a sheaf of three roses slipped and leaved and overall a skeletal hand fesswise reversed argent.

This device is returned for using so-called “garden rosebuds”. Per repeated precedent:

This device is returned for the use of a garden rosebud, which has not been registerable since November 1994:

Commentary was nearly as strong in favor of banning garden rosebuds from armory. Consequently, we will accept whatever garden rosebuds may be in LoIs issued before December 1994, but no further registrations of this charge will be made. (CL 11/94)

A garden rosebud is a garden rose with the petals closed, which describes the charge in chief. [ Diane Daunt, March 2009, R-West ]

All roses should be depicted affronty, with their petals fully laid out on the page, instead of cupped like a tulip.

Kirsa Oyutai. Badge. (Fieldless) An arrowhead per pale Or and azure.

This badge is returned for conflict with the badge of England:(Tinctureless) A pheon. There is only one DC for the tincturelessness of the English badge.

On redesign, please advise the submitter to draw the charge more clearly as an arrowhead, which would have a barbed point.

Lupold Hass. Device. Azure, a hare salient argent.

This device is returned for conflict with the badge of Sarra Bossard, for Confrerie du Lapin: Azure, a coney salient argent within a mascle of four swords conjoined point to hilt proper. There is only one DC for removing the secondary charge group.

Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

New Kingdom Champions Badges Approved/Les nouvelles faveurs des champions du Royaume sont approuvés

Wed, 2016-01-27 15:29

En français

Greetings from Ryan, Brigantia Herald of the Kingdom of the East.

There has been a lot of business going on in the background of the Heralds’ office over the last few months but what I announce to you today is something which started almost 7 months ago. Their Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn, just after they became their Highesses came to Lord Yehuda, and I with a desire to create new champion’s badges for the different champions of the East.

The theme of the Eastern Tyger holding the symbol of the champion was picked as a unifying motif and the new badges were submitted.

Just this past week the Badges were all accepted! The current champions now have the option of wearing regalia which displays these Kingdom Badges.

Badge for Arts & Sciences Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a candle Or lit gules.

Badge for Bardic Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a clarion Or.

Badge for Rapier Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a rapier proper.

Badge for Armored Combat Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a spear bendwise sable hafted of wood proper. g

Badge for Equestrian Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure sustaining a tilting lance bendwise bendy sinister Or and purpure.

Badge for Archery Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining an arrow Or.

Badge for Thrown Weapons Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining an axe Or.

I look forward to how the current champions start displaying these badges and what regalia can be made to truly unify our champions.

-Ryan Brigantia.

En françaisTranslation by Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle

Salutation de Ryan, Brigantia Herald du Royaume de l’Est Beaucoup de choses ce sont faite en arrière coulisses concernant l’office de héraut durant les derniers mois mais ce que je vais vous annoncer aujourd’hui commença il y a sept mois. Leurs majestés Brennan et Caoilfhionn suivant leur ascension comme Prince et Princesse sont venus s’entretenir avec Lord Yehuda et moi-même concernant un projet pour de nouveaux blasons  pour les diffèrent champions du Royaume de l’Est. Le thème choisi fut du tigre de l’Est tenant le symbole du champion. Les nouveaux blasons furent soumis pour enregistrement. La semaine dernière tout les blasons furent acceptés. Les champions actuel ont donc le choix de porter ces nouveaux blasons.

Badge for Arts & Sciences Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a candle Or lit gules.

Badge for Bardic Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a clarion Or.

Badge for Rapier Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a rapier proper.

Badge for Armored Combat Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining a spear bendwise sable hafted of wood proper. g

Badge for Equestrian Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure sustaining a tilting lance bendwise bendy sinister Or and purpure.

Badge for Archery Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining an arrow Or.

Badge for Thrown Weapons Champion. (Fieldless) A tyger rampant azure maintaining an axe Or.

J’ai hâte de voir comment les champions commenceront à utiliser les nouveaux blasons ainsi que les regalia qui unifieront nos champions.

-Ryan Brigantia.

Filed under: Announcements, Heraldry Tagged: badges, herald, heraldry, King and Queen's Champions, Kings and Queens Champion, Kings and Queens Champions

In Memoriam: Baron Olaf of Trollheimsfjord

Sat, 2016-01-23 22:01

We are saddened to report that Baron Olaf of Trollheimsfjord, known in the modern world as James Michael Revells, passed away very suddenly on January 9.  He was 61. Baron Olaf was a long-time resident of the Barony of Stonemarche, but had moved south to Atlantia to be near his family last fall.  He is survived by two daughters, two brothers, and three grandchildren.

His daughters chose to honor the importance of the SCA in his life by dressing him in his finest garb, including his coronet, for the funeral service. After the funeral his remains were cremated, that being the closest our modern age offers to the traditional Viking ship burial.

Baron Olaf of Trollheimsfjord at Market Day at Birka. Photo courtesy of Hlafidge Arastorm the Golden.

Olaf was a long-time participant in the SCA, receiving his Award of Arms in 1989. He leaves behind a lasting legacy in many ways – in long-running events he was instrumental in starting, in the children of friends in the Society who grew up thinking of him as Uncle Olaf, and in artisans who learned from him, and went on to become respected practitioners of the arts he taught and encouraged. One can read the breadth of the hole he leaves behind in the comments and remembrances being left on his Facebook pages (one under the name Olaf of Trollheimsfjord and one under Jim Revells).

He will be best remembered for being the man who started the Market Day at Birka event. Today, with typical attendance in the 1600-1700 person range, Birka is the largest event in the East Kingdom, unless one wishes to count Pennsic. It’s an institution, with more than a quarter century of history. And we owe it all to Olaf.

Back in 1989 he conceived a vision – an event recreating the famed Market at Birka in Sweden. It would have merchants from all over the Known World, and bear pit fighting in the Viking style, and Viking games. He presented this idea to the Barony of Stonemarche, and people agreed it sounded like a fun concept for an event. No one except Olaf really believed it would grow the way it has. He had faith in his dream, being ready to pass out fliers at Pennsic for it’s second year, even before the first one had taken place in the humble confines of the common room at his condominium complex. That first Birka had some issues, leading to him receiving a Burdened Tyger for his work as the autocrat, but it kept going. He ran it for two years, then stepped aside to let someone else serve as autocrat, but he’s always been at the heart of it, even when he wasn’t in charge of anything. In 2001 King Andreas and Queen Isabella recognized that and named him a Baron of their Court to honor his work in making Birka a landmark of the East.

He was also a fine metalsmith, making beautiful period jewelry. For those skills he was inducted into the Order of the Maunche in 2003. He was also widely known and respected for his willingness to share his skills, and to encourage beginners to take up the art he loved.  Here too he leaves a legacy. In 2002 he was instrumental in proposing the idea of a Metalsmith’s Symposium, with an entire event full of nothing but metalworking classes. Once again he stepped up to the challenge of making his dream real and ran it for the first time. He set the pattern, and the event now has a 14 year history, across multiple kingdoms.

Most of all, he will be missed by family and friends for the kind of man he was – generous, honorable, and always there when he was needed.

Mistress A’isha bint Jamil

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: a market day at birka, obituary, Stonemarche

Bellringers Event Canceled Due to Expected Bad Weather

Thu, 2016-01-21 14:17

The following message has been posted to several email lists by the Autocrat of Bellringers:

This message is to inform you that this weekends Baronial birthday celebration at Bellringers has been CANCELED due to weather concerns, We will be working with the Boy Scouts to see if we can have an alternate weekend to hold the event. More information about that as it comes available.

Stay warm and safe this weekend. Feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.

In service,
Lord Wulfgang Gruenwald
Seneschal, Barony of Carillion

Baroness Tysha Z’ Kieva Autocrat, Bellringers
Filed under: Announcements, Events Tagged: Barony of Carillion, bellringers, Carillion, event canceled, events

2016 Second Quarter Board of Directors Meeting Announced

Wed, 2016-01-20 14:10

The next quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors for the Society for Creative Anachronism will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

The start time is 9:00 a.m. PT.

The location will be:

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
1989 East Calaveras
Milpitas CA  95035

The agenda deadline for this meeting is Friday, April 1, 2016.

Modern clothing is appreciated at all quarterly meetings.

Please contact Leslie Luther-Fulton at ea@sca.org or see our website at www.sca.org should you have any questions.
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: Corporate Tagged: board of directors, BoD, bod meeting

The Academy of St. Clare of Assisi: Stitches in Time

Wed, 2016-01-20 10:12

This article appeared in the Æthelmearc Gazette on 1/17/16, and is reprinted below in its entirety.

Love to embroider? Does the thought of spending an entire weekend learning and doing needlework fill you with anticipatory joy? The Gazette caught up with two of the organizers of the first ever needlework-centered event in Æthelmearc. The event will be held from March 11-13 in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais (See full event announcement at the end of this article.)

We interviewed Mistress Alicia Langland and Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

Let’s start with the Obvious – who was St. Clare of Assisi?
Alicia: We chose St. Clare of Assisi because she is the patron saint of embroiderers. An embroidered garment made by her for Saint Francis of Assisi is housed at the Convent of St. Clare in Assisi.

What prompted the organizers to try an embroidery only event?
Subject-specific events are wonderful, in my opinion, because they allow attendees to focus on the topic at hand rather than being pulled in different directions. They allow more in-depth teaching than what is generally offered at a schola or university event. We can tell teachers, “You can offer a 3-hour intensive class, and people WILL come!” This helped us entice teachers from other Kingdoms to come and share their expertise.

An embroidery-only event allows us to bring together people who enjoy this art form and who want to delve deeper into the techniques and tools.

Because it is a weekend-long event, we can offer intensive hands-on classes that allow lots of time for the instructors to work with and guide their students. Another plus will be having ample time to get to know each other, to swap tips and techniques, and to build a sense of community.

We would love to see this become an annual event.

Antionette: A dear friend and I have been discussing this as a concept for at least a year. Given the increased interest in embroidery we wondered if there were enough interested gentles to create an active embroidery community within Æthelmearc that would be inclined to attend an embroidery specific event.  The idea of getting the majority of embroiderers within our Kingdom in one place, talking about embroidery and sharing their stories is an exciting prospect! I have seen many introductory specialized needlework classes offered over the years but for the intermediate and advanced embroiderers there is less on the menu, so to speak. There are far fewer truly intensive classes offered outside of Pennsic. By offering how- to and longer classes within a set structure with instructor support, and with room for creativity and individualism, students are given the opportunity to create some extraordinary accessories. Research and documentation is also an area that we will address; everybody researches, however documenting can seem like the scary monster under your bed at night. By flipping on the lights we hope to reveal that the monster is actually a rolled up sock; we wish to foster less fear and more confidence by addressing documentation in a user friendly manner at this event.

How have you seen the needlework arts change in your time in the SCA? Do you think we are holding people to higher standards now that sources are more readily available? Is this a good thing?
: Our path to knowledge has exploded with the internet and all the arts within the SCA have been affected over my last 17 years as a Scadian. On a rainy Sunday afternoon I can visit the London Library, the Getty in California and The Heritage in Russia and cap it with a visit to the Cluny- all from the comfort of my home. Frankly, I like to think of it as a Golden Age of Enlightenment for all of us. During my early years as a Scadian, I recall lovely embroidered wool coats with large zoomorphic patterns and exquisite late period Elizabethian and Renaissance styled embroidered items but they were far and few between. I must admit that I felt a little overwhelmed when I considered the scale of such a daunting undertaking. For me embellishment was a gradual process over a 10 year period: it began with a little stem stitching, a few beads, some pearls, even more pearls, embellishing trim to original design based on extant items, information garnered from statuary, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, funerary art and so on. Once you understand the standard canon, each piece of garb is a blank canvas for you to embellish and make your own, unique piece of art.

Standards creep does exist, but it is wise to remember that we all start at the same place, the beginning and this is not a race; we will all get to the finish line in our own time. As an artist, I want to be a positive force and an encourager. I don’t believe standards creep is an excuse to be negative, we are all here to help each other grow.

Alicia: The activity level in needle arts has waxed and waned as enthusiastic people come in, get active, and then take a break to pursue other interests.  Overall, though, there has been a general trend toward a broader array of historic needle crafts. This arises from the increased number of source being published in books and on the Internet. You generally see a bump in needle arts when a major work on historic embroidery appears. Look for one later this year when the Victoria and Albert Museum holds its new Opus Anglicanum exhibit.

Are we holding people to higher standards now? No and yes.  The single continuous standard I’ve known is “are gentles drawing inspiration from historic sources”.  As more sources become available, it becomes easier to find sources.  Yet some people stall at the idea of research and documentation. They don’t understand that research can be as simple as a Google search and that documentation is just writing up all the cool stuff you found during that search. That’s one of the things we want to talk about at The Academy of St. Clare: how easy research and documentation can be.

What can we do to encourage newer participants to get started with needlework projects?
Hosting “Stitching Solars”: a quiet corner where embroiderers can gather at events and sit and work on projects would be a terrific way to pull people in. Lots of folks who wouldn’t consider attending a one- or two-hour embroidery class might be more likely to drop by and check out what’s going on.

Small projects for the Kingdom, such as last Pennsic’s embroidered favors for Queen Gabrielle, are another way to pull people in. Posting clear instructions with photographs of each step on the Kingdom website and in the Gazette was a brilliant idea.

I would love to see more embroidered pieces entered in displays. The more folks see how much better garments look with even a bit of simple embroidery, the more others are likely to pick up a needle and hoop. Seeing other ways to use embroidery than just to embellish clothing would be inspiring, too.

Antoinette: The best way to encourage budding newish embroiderers is to provide them with what they need to achieve their own goals and this will only happen through conversation and community. More structured Embroidery circles at events and non-events for folks to show up, catch up, stitch together, and share their recent triumphs and tragedies.

What are some online places to gather for Æthelmearcians interested in needlework?
Embroidery for SCAdians on Facebook has nearly 700 “likes.”  It’s a great way to get inspiration, help with a project, or news about sources and resources.

Fun Fact:  “Embroidery for SCAdians” was started 3 years ago by an Æthelmearc embroideress who wanted a way to reach out to other embroiderers.

Antoinette: There are several places on FB; I see some amazing items posted on the wall of the Facebook page mentioned above.

BMDL has a fiber arts group that gathers to share knowledge and spend time together Honestly, I prefer face time with others as my community building activity of choice: good coffee, pastry, good company;  that’s where it’s at.

What is your favorite hard copy resource?
I’m a big fan of the “Medieval Craftsmen” series published by the University of Toronto.  There are 8 books in the series; one of them is on embroidery.  “Embroiderers,” by Kay Staniland, contains black-and-white and color photographs of extant objects as well as images from medieval manuscripts.  The text is packed with well-researched information.  It’s a great resource for documentation.  (HINT:  Read the text!)

Antoinette: I could no more pick a favorite needle arts book than I could pick a favorite daughter! My go to series for any new technique I wish to learn are the Royal School of Needlework series. Beyond this I have spent the better part of my adult life studying paintings, sculpture including funerary art, stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts. I also have a small leather sketchbook that I take to museums wherein I sketch designs I see painted on clothing within portraits and sacred paintings within the medieval period. I also study ornamental architectural elements and lately medieval tile floors for inspiration. This adds to my standardized canon on design motifs and patterns that were used and which increases my arsenal for designing my own work later.

Tell us a little about yourself and your involvement with needlework/favorite medium.
I have done some embroidery (I learned to do stem stitch so I could embroider my husband’s tunic for his elevation to the Laurel.  That was … over 15 years ago!), and I find it very relaxing.  But I don’t really consider myself an embroiderer … yet.

Antoinette: I am a life-long embroiderer and I love gold and pearls and more pearls and even more pearls. My mother taught me to embroider when I was a little girl and she believed in excellence in all things- so I learned at a young age to always give my best possible effort in whatever I endeavored to do. I find  it also prevents scribal burn out for me, I flip back and forth between needle arts and scribal arts. Embroidering is equally  relaxing and exciting so to me it is the best of both worlds!

Is the event in garb?
Yes, please!  What better way to show others embroidery in use?  We also want gentles to bring more embroidery than they can wear to stock the display area.

Anything else you would like to add?
One thing that might be worth mentioning is the two-step registration process for this event, as this might be somewhat confusing.

For most schola or university events, students sign up for classes with limits the morning of the class and pay the instructor at the start of the class.

But we didn’t want instructors to break their banks buying supplies for their classes, not knowing whether or not they would be able to recoup their expenses. So we are asking students to pre-register for the event first. When your event registration has been received, you will receive an email with information about how to register for your afternoon class with the Class Coordinator.

Payment for the kits must be received by the Class Coordinator on or before February 12, 2016;  this will give the instructors sufficient time to acquire the materials and assemble the required number of kits.

Speaking of the kits …

Compared to most SCAdian class fees, the cost of the kits is higher than what most folks are accustomed to. But when you read the kits’ contents, you’ll see why:  Kits contain high-quality supplies and period materials such as linen, silk, and wool. To replicate a kit’s contents, you would have to pay far more than what is being charged for the kit.

Consider the event a gift you give yourself! Have a hard-to-shop-for friend who loves to embroider? Paying your friend’s event registration and/or kit fee would make a wonderful present!

Despite this being a small event, it has an inter-kingdom faculty. Teachers are coming from AEthelmearc and the East. We also expect attendees from Atlantia. (The event is listed on the calendars of 5 Kingdoms!) The Academy of St. Clare will be a great place to meet embroiderers from all over the Kingdom and the eastern seaboard.


The Academy of St. Clare of Assisi: Stitches in Time
Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais (central PA)
Friday, March 11th through Sunday, March 13, 2016

Do you love to embroider? Does the idea of stitching with friends fill you with joy? Ever wish for an embroidery class that offers more than basics? If so, then clear your calendar because the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais is opening its doors to embroiderers and stitchers from all over.

The Academy of St. Clare of Assisi: Stitches in Time is an event for embroiderers, by embroiderers and about embroidery. It offers a keynote address about medieval embroidery, small specialized classes on single topics, long detailed classes on beloved styles, and a chance for embroiderers to form the community that we’ve been waiting for.

This Embroidery Extravaganza will be held at Boy Scout Camp Karoondinha, 225 Thomas Dam Road, Millmont PA 17845-9448 (GPS Coordinates: 40.85630, -77.2547) Site opens at 5 PM on Friday, March 11, and closes at 11 AM on Sunday, March 13.

NOTE: The site is a Boy Scout Camp located on the side of a mountain, and the roads and paths are gravel, not paved. This can make getting about difficult. Some walking will be required, as the two buildings we will be using are not near each other. If you have mobility concerns, please request a parking placard when you send in your reservation. Cell phone service at the site can be spotty, depending on one’s carrier.


Saturday Morning:
From Picture to Pattern, THL Jaqueline de Molieres
Tools and Materials, Lady Etain ingen Ruaidri
Applique, Mistress Antoinette de la Croix
The Oxburgh Hangings, Mistress Briony of Chatham

Saturday Afternoon “Kit” Classes:
Whitework, Mistress Caterina Giaocchini
Embroidered Hoods, Mistress Antoinette de la Croix and Hrefna fruthikona Thorgrimsdottir
Pleating, Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen
German Brick Stitch, Lady Elizabet Marshall

Each “Kit” class is 3 hours long and will be limited to a small number of students. Kits will contain specialty supplies and period materials needed to complete the class project. (Kit classes may require more equipment; if needed, you will be notified of additional items to bring after you have pre-registered.) Details about the kits can be found on the event website.

Schedule & Activities
5:00 PM
Troll opens; check in at Edna Sheary Lodge
8:30 PM
What’s in Your Toolbox? A roundtable discussion about favorite tools and suppliers.
8:00 AM
Troll re-opens; check in at the Dining Hall
8:30 – 9:30
All day
Embroidery Display Area: Display your work, for feedback & inspiration.
10:00 – 11:00
Keynote Address: History of Embroidery
11:00 – noon
Morning Classes
noon – 1:00
1:00 – 4:00
Afternoon Classes (Students must pre-register for “Kit” classes by 2/12/16.)
4:00 – 4:30
4:30 – 6:00
Visit embroidery displays, check out the library, stitch and chat, relax …
6:00 – 7:00
7:00 till …
Roundtable Topics **
8:30 – 10:30
Breakfast / Research and documentation can help you take your work to the next level. Two Laurels will share their know-how over breakfast.
Site Closes

** Roundtable Topics:
Show-n-Tell (Bring the most beautiful thing you’ve ever made, bring a project you want to make but haven’t gotten the courage to start, … )
Athena’s Thimble (EK Embroiderers’ Guild: What they do, how it works, etc.)
Using the Embroidery Rubric to Judge/Improve Your Work

What to Bring:
Bring scissors, an embroidery hoop, and (if possible) your favorite lamp/lighting device with extension cords.

In addition, please bring items for the Embroidery Display and to share during Show-n-Tell.

We invite all attending to bring relevant books from their personal libraries to contribute to an event reference library. The library will be staffed, and books will not leave the library area.

Please DO NOT bring alcohol, as the Boy Scouts have a strict no alcohol policy for those who use the camp. Nor do they permit pets on site or smoking in any of the buildings. Do not jeopardize our future use of the site by violating their policies. If we find that you have alcohol, you will be asked to leave the site with no refund.

Event Fees and Reservations
The cost for the weekend – which includes lodging in a heated cabin as well as breakfast, lunch, and supper on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday – is $25.  Those without proof of current Society membership must pay the $5 non-member surcharge at the door. Event reservations must be postmarked on or before Saturday, February 20, 2016. Make checks payable to “SCA PA, Inc. Shire of ACG”.

Along with your SCA and modern names, please include your email address so we can confirm receipt of your reservation. Include any food allergies with your reservation. If you have mobility concerns, request a parking placard to place in your vehicle after you check in.

Reservations should be sent to:
Maistresse Marguerite d’Honfleur
c/o Dawn Maneval
922 College Court
Lewisburg, PA 17837

“Kit” Class Fees and Preregistration
Upon receipt of your event reservation, we will send you details for pre-registering for the “Kit” classes. Because each “Kit” class will be limited to a small number of students, pre-registration is required. Students must pre-pay for their class kit; class rosters will be filled based on the order in which payment is received. To give the instructors sufficient time to acquire the materials and assemble the required number of kits, payment for the kits must be received by the Class Coordinator on or before February 12, 2016.

Refund Policy
Because the site requires us to pay the rental fee in full well before the event, we must ask our guests to reserve in advance. If you request a refund of your event registration prior to March 1, we will refund your event fee. On or after March 1, we can only refund your event fee if we have sufficient attendees to break even.

If you have paid for a kit, we will refund the cost of the kit if we are able to re-sell it. If we cannot re-sell your kit, we will mail it to you after the event.

Lodging and Parking
The heated sleeping cabin (Edna Sheary Lodge) is accessible to those with mobility restrictions and has indoor bathrooms with bathroom with showers, toilets, sinks, and electricity. The cabin also has a kitchenette and a meeting room.

There are 32 individual cots (with mattresses) in 2 sleeping areas. Overnight guests should bring bedding (pillow, sleeping bag/sheets and blankets) and towels.

If you arrive on Friday night, drive to the Sheary Lodge to unload your gear. Parking spaces in front of the cabin will be reserved for those with mobility concerns.

If you arrive on Saturday, drive to the Dining Hall and check in. Parking spaces closest to the Dining Hall will be reserved for those with mobility concerns.

Saturday Breakfast: oatmeal & fixin’s bar, yogurt & fruit, tea, coffee
Lunch: TBA
Tea: TBA
Supper: TBA
Sunday Breakfast: scrambled eggs, pancakes, tea, coffee

Merchants, please contact the Autocrat for details about space.

The Autocrat for the event is Mistress Alicia Langland (hutchnsn@bucknell.edu) (mka Della Hutchison, 1194 Marshall S., Milton PA 17847; 570-742-4567)
The Head Cook is TBA.
The Reservations Clerk is Maistresse Marguerite d’Honfleur. She can be reached at dmaneval@bucknell.edu or 570-523-7372

According to Google maps, we’re about 4.5 hours (or less) from almost everywhere! Abhainn Ciach Ghlais is truly the heart of Æthelmearc!

Guests coming from the East or West will probably travel on Route 80 to Route 15 to Route 45 to Route 235. Guests coming from the North will probably travel on Route 15.

From State College: Find your best route to Route 45 East. Follow Route 45 East through the Hairy Johns State Forest. Just past the Laurelton State School (there will be many large stone buildings and well-kept ground on the left), turn right onto Route 235 South. Follow from ** below.

 From the East, North, and parts farther west: Find your best route to Route I-80. Take Exit 210 A, Route 15 South, to Lewisburg. Stay on Route 15 S for about 7 miles; you will come to the intersection of Routes 15 and 45 at a light. Turn right onto Route 45 West. Continue from the * below.

From the South: Find your best route to Route 15 North. In Lewisburg, you will come to the intersection of Routes 15 and 45 at a light. Turn left onto Route 45 West. Continue from the * below.

* Proceed west on Route 45 West for about 17 miles, passing through the towns of Mifflinburg and Hartleton (follow speed limits here). At the intersection of Route 235 South, turn left.

** From this turn, follow signs for 235 South for approximately 3 miles through Laurelton (last chance for food, gas, and ATM) and Glen Iron. The road makes several 90-degree turns; just before the last one, you will pass the West End Fire Company on your left.

Turn right onto Creek Road at the 4-way intersection past this last 90-degree turn. Penns Creek should be on your left. Stay on this road for approximately three miles; you will pass a large 3 story stone house with three arches, on your right, at this point you are about one mile from the Camp.

After you cross the bridge over Penns Creek, Penns Creek Campground will be on your right –turn right at the sign for Thomas Dam Road/Boy Scout Camp.

Camp Karoondinha is on the left, up the hill. The Dining Hall is the large stone building with 3 flagpoles in front. To get to the Edna Sheary Lodge, continue up the hill past the Dining Hall. Sheary Lodge is located in the wooded area just past the large field on the right. Site Restrictions (to top)

Drivers are asked to use their flashers and to travel at the posted 10 miles per hour.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: a&s, aethelmearc, Embroidery

Highlights of the January Board of Directors Meeting

Sun, 2016-01-17 18:53

These updates have been gleaned from Kelly Magill’s updates posted on the Society Seneschal’s web page. You can view the originals by starting with this link: January 2016 Board Meeting Updates

These are not official minutes of the meeting, and should be treated as unofficial until any changes involved are announced from more formal sources.

Highlights, selected for relevance to the East:

  • Mr. Richard Sherman from Hawaii is our new Director Elect. Mr. Sherman is known in the Society as THL William Walworth de Durham, from the Kingdom of Caid. You can view his full biography here: Board Member Biographies
  • The Board of Directors is still seeking applicants for the position of President of SCA, Inc. Details on the position can be found here: SCA President Job Posting
  • Several Marshal Handbooks have been updated. Updates should be posted on-line by the relevant officers in due course. [Editor’s note: it’s not clear if these are the handbooks mentioned later, or in addition to those.]
  •  A communications proposal was submitted by the Society Publications Director. After discussion, the Board has decided to table it “for more work and for more strategic planning for the future of communications.”

Director Chele Martines, the Board Ombudsman for Publications,  offered the following statement: “We would like to thank Gloria and her team for their work on the communication proposal. Gloria’s vision for moving SCA communications into the 21st-century is inspiring. We are currently evaluating SCA.org and how we can improve the site and incorporate many of the items listed in Gloria’s proposal. We look forward to working with her and her team on this endeavor.”

  • The Board has decided to allow electronic newsletter access for people with family memberships as well as the primary member.
  • Event Module – “We are close to do the final stages of testing. Request will go out for testing pool help via the Kingdoms Seneschals shortly. It’s hopeful that it will be up and running in early spring.” [Editor’s note: we believe this refers to a plan discussed at the Q4 2015 Board meeting to create a system for pre-registering via the SCA’s own web site. See Director Andrew Coleman’s comments, quoted in this report on that meeting, under the Paypal Acceptance discussion: Aethelmearc Gazette reports on the Oct. 2015 Board Meeting]
  • The Board has identified a Canadian company to handle Canadian Background checks. Final vetting is expected to be completed with the next 15 business days, after which more details will be announced.
  • A new Seige Engines handbook was presented and has been approved.
  • A revision to the Youth Combat Handbook was presents and approved by the Board.
  • Potential Rate Change Proposal – “With the increasing costs of services, IT infrastructure and insurance for SCA Inc  to run, a proposal has been put forth.  Discussions are happening as to how to implement. No decision has been made and the topic has been remanded for further discussion and further research. Further communications will be forthcoming as new information is available.”
  • The list of Board Meet and Greet sessions has been updated. Upcoming in 2016 are one at Gulf Wars, one at the 50 Year Celebration, and an initial event still to be determined. One will also be held at Market Day at Birka in Stonemarche in 2017. [Editor’s note: Typically these do not involve the entire Board attending. It is more likely to be two or three representatives, giving the populace a chance to ask questions and raise concerns in an informal setting.]
  • The Board continues to seek additional nominees for Board positions, and commentary up those already under consideration.  The list of nominees is available here: Current Board Nominees
  • future board meeting dates:
    • April 23, 2016 – Milpitas, CA
    • July 16, 2016 – Milpitas, CA
    • October 22, 2016 – Milpitas, CA

Filed under: Corporate Tagged: Board Meeting, publications, Siege, youth combat

Request from the 50th Anniversary Display Committee / Demande de la part du Comité d’Exposition 50ième Anniversaire du Royaume de l’Est

Wed, 2016-01-13 22:18

En françis

Calling for Content for the East Kingdom 50th Anniversary Displa

With less than six months to go, the East Kingdom 50th Anniversary Display Committee is asking all members of the populace to begin submitting photos to be included in the exhibit. The booth design is based on a traveling art exhibit from a major East Coast museum and will feature several monitors filled with digital art, reflecting the rich, artistic diversity found in the Kingdom. Along with significant historic documents and related items, the exhibit will focus on the amazing array of scrolls that have always played an important role in the life of the Kingdom. Additionally, there will be space for images of old and new East Kingdom events, and the wide variety of beautiful relics constantly being created.

The committee is asking everyone to please submit photos of scrolls, old and new East Kingdom events, and any and all creative projects you have made, received, or acquired, as long as they have been made by someone within the Kingdom.

“We are constantly making beautiful items and giving them away. The East Kingdom is truly fortunate to have so many talented people. It’s everywhere… needle-workers, weavers, woodworkers, metalworkers, glassworkers, fighters with great kits, the list can go on and on,” says Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn, Chair of the Committee. “What a great way to honor someone, what a fabulous way to brag.” Members of the Committee will be on hand at both Twelfth Night, January 16th, and The Market Day at Birka, January 29 and 30, with a scanner to digitize any old photos you may have.

Submission and questions should be sent to- EK 50th. Many thanks for your service to the East Kingdom.

En français
Traduction par Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Avec maintenant moins de six mois à patienter, le Comité d’Exposition 50ième anniversaire du Royaume de l’Est demande à tous les membres de la population de commencer à soumettre des photos pour l’exposition. Le design du kiosque est basé sur une exposition ambulante d’un musée majeur de la côte est, et mets en vedette plusieurs écrans remplis d’art numérique, reflétant la riche diversité artistique de notre Royaume. En plus de documents historiques et items significatifs, l’exposition mettra l’accent sur les incroyables parchemins qui ont toujours joué un rôle prédominant dans la vie du Royaume. Additionnellement, de l’espace sera disponible pour des images d’anciens ou nouveaux événements du Royaume de l’Est, ainsi que la grande variété d’extraordinaires reliques constamment créées. Le comité demande à tous de soumettre des photos de parchemins, d’anciens et de nouveaux événements de l’Est, et de projets créatifs que vous avez faits, reçus ou acquis, tant qu’ils ont été fabriqués par quelqu’un de notre Royaume.

“Nous fabriquons constamment de merveilleuses choses, pour ensuite les donner. Le Royaume de l’Est est réellement fortuné d’avoir autant de personnes talentueuses. Elles sont partout… les travailleurs de l’aiguille, les tisseurs, les travailleurs du bois, du métal, du verre, les combattants avec d’impressionnantes armures, la liste pourrait continuer longtemps,” dit la Comtesse Marguerite inghean Lachlainn, Présidente du Comité. “Quelle merveilleuse façon d’honorer quelqu’un, quelle façon fabuleuse de se vanter.” Les membres du Comité seront présents à la Nuit des Rois (Twelfth Night), le 16 janvier, et au Jour de Marché à Birka (The Market Day at Birka), les 29 et 30 janvier, avec un scanner pour numériser de vieilles photos, si vous en avez. Les soumissions et les questions devraient être envoyées à – ek50thsca@gmail.com.

Merci beaucoup de votre service pour le Royaume de l’Est

Filed under: En français, Tidings Tagged: 50th Anniversary, a&s