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BBM/Bergental Yule Unofficial Court Report

Tue, 2017-12-12 20:47

On Saturday, December 2nd, AS LII, Their Majesties Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, did visit their Barony Beyond the Mountain, and attended the joint Yule between BBM and Bergental.

In the afternoon, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde began their court.

Baron Dorian of Lewes, Baroness Eloise of Coulter, and Charlotte swearing fealty to TRM. Photo by Baroness Aryana van Wyck.

Their Excellencies, Baron Dorian and Baroness Eloise of Beyond the Mountain, did pledge their fealty to the crown.

Their Majesties did announce the heirs to the Barony Beyond the Mountain, Lord Mark of the Red Hand and Lady Gwenllian ferch Llewellyn ap Henry, and did invite them into court. A formal agreement between Their Excellencies and their heirs was read.

The Children’s toybox was run, and the many newcomers attending their first, second or third event received tokens.  Additionally, these gentles were awarded as follows:


       Name                               Award                                Scribe(s)

Charlotte Tyger’s Cub Aelfgifa of the Hazel Thicket Adelia of Bergental Order of Gawain Beatrix Marxin AoA I: Mairi Crawford

C and W: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Adisa Grimolfsdottir AoA Agatha Wanderer Ikeda Yasu AoA I and C: Robert dwe Makminne

W: Ryouko’jin of the Iron Skies Bartholomew of Northampton Apollo’s Arrow I and W: Emma Makilmone

C: Alexsei Dmitriev John Buchanan Apollo’s Arrow + AoA Johannes filius Nicholai Order of the Silver Tyger Morwenna O Hurlihie Silver Brooch Heather Rose de Gordoun Doroga Voronin Silver Brooch Aleksei Dmitriev Donato Favro AoA Amalie Reinhardt Naia AoA Diego Porcelos AoA C and I: Embla Knútrdottir

W: Nicol mac Donnachaid Akamatsu Tora Silver Wheel Akamatsu Katsumoto Silver Wheel Marion Kirkpatrick Silver Wheel Elena Hylton Silver Wheel C: Harold von Auerbach

I: Carmelina da Vicari Elena Hylton Writ for Laurel


Thus concluded Barony Beyond the Mountain/Bergental Yule


Lady Liadan ingen Chineada

PS – Thank you to Yehuda ben Moshe, Pagan Graeme, Anastasia du Monte, and Marian Kirkpatrick for helping to herald court.

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, royal court, Yule

Webminister Report Form

Tue, 2017-12-12 16:53

Good morning and greetings to the Webministers of the East Kingdom!

It’s reporting season – and linked, please find the 2017 Reporting Form. Please fill out the form for either the year or just for the 4th quarter if you’ve already provided quarterly reports for the year.

The warrant renewal form will be released soon as well, but we didn’t want to bury everyone under these admittedly awesome new Google Forms.

2017 Webminister Report

If you have any questions, please just let us know and we’ll be happy to assist in any way we can.

Matthias von Würzburg, Deputy Kingdom Webminister

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: officers, webminister

Report from East Kingdom Curia: December 9, 2015

Tue, 2017-12-12 16:53

The final version of the changes to East Kingdom Law resulting from the Curia held on December 9, 2017 at Yule Revel in Renaissance Germany, in the Barony of Bhakail, can be found on the Seneschal’s website under the Curia tab. The final version can be found by clicking on the Changes made to Law at December 2017 Curia, or here:


The original version is still located by clicking the Agenda link, or here: http://seneschal.eastkingdom.org/docs/EKCuria20171209Agenda.pdf

The agenda for the Birka curia will be posted in the next few weeks.

I encourage everyone to check the website and read what is proposed for any curia.

Katherine Barr, East Kingdom Seneschal

Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: curia

EK Pennsic Court Survey

Tue, 2017-12-12 16:53


Greetings, East Kingdom!

Brennan and I really like going to Midnight Madness. Unfortunately, EK Pennsic court is traditionally on Wednesday night of War Week, and thus we, as Royals or Populace members, are often tired and the hour is late by the time we are able to get to the merchant area. I am certain we are not alone in this.

Thus, we are contemplating changing the night of EK court at Pennsic this year and we are interested in your opinion on the matter. Please fill out the EK Pennsic Court Survey and let us know your thoughts.

Thank you very much in advance.

In Service to the East,
Caoilfhionn Principissa & Brennan Princeps

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: announcement, midnight madness, Pennsic, pennsic war, royal court, Survey

A Request for Fencers Entering Rapier Champs

Sun, 2017-12-10 18:15

Greetings to the Fencers of the Kingdom from the Editors of the East Kingdom Gazette,

We at the Gazette would like to report on the King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champion tourney much the same way we do Crown Tourney, as we continue to expand our coverage of important kingdom events and tourneys.

One of the things that makes it easier to cover tourneys like this is having the list of combatants in advance, to make it easier for our on site reporters to get posts up. Unlike Crown Tourney, Rapier Champs has no requirement for a letter of intent or pre-event sign up.

We have created an online poll with the intent of getting as many names as possible pre-typed and spelled correctly. We have the permission of Don Lupold to do so, however this is in no way official or binding. You will still need to sign up for the tourney when you arrive on site. We fully understand that we will not reach every fencer who may be competing, but each fencer we do reach is one more name spelled correctly we won’t have to type in the moment.

The form can be found here.

Thank you for helping us share the day with those who are unable to be there.  If you have any questions, please email us at eastkingdomgazette@gmail.com. Please share this widely so that we can reach as many combatants as possible.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Update on the Kingdom Email Migration

Sun, 2017-12-10 14:21

Greetings once again from the Webministry of the East Kingdom!

The migration of our Kingdom’s email services to Google for Nonprofits proceeds apace. We have now moved 11 branches and the Kingdom Exchequer and his team, and have 7 more branches scheduled for next week. These are out of totals of 67 branches, 11 Kingdom Offices, 3 event sites, and 9 guilds.

Now we have a problem. We’re trying to schedule such that after we receive a branch’s list of officers and create their new accounts, they have a week to get their password set and get accustomed to the new environment before they have to rely on that environment to get their jobs done. However, we don’t have anything to schedule, and this is starting to open up days off on our calendar. We have 4 people doing these migrations, don’t worry about setting us up for days off, we’re covering that just fine internally.

Please, we need the user information spreadsheets returned from every branch or we can’t proceed. (If you’re about to hold elections for all of your Officers, please feel free to hold off until after that. Migrating everything once is enough, we don’t need to do it twice.) Our goal is to complete this migration before the end of the reign of Their Majesties Ivan and Mathilde, which means we have to be migrating something at least every other day in order to succeed. That includes weekends, and holidays. But we can’t migrate without users to migrate.

As a reminder, our calendar can be viewed at:

Also, our Frequently Asked Questions List is accessible at:

Progress is definitely being made on the mechanism that will be used to manage officer transitions in the future (we’re starting to test), and that has lead to some advances in working with mailing lists. I expect these will be ironed out in the next week or so and ready for public consumption.

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

In Service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: webministry

Kingdom Website Redesign Planned

Sun, 2017-12-10 12:38

Greetings Unto the Good People of the East!

I write to you today as the new Deputy Kingdom Webminister for Design. As you know the webministry is in the process of significant upgrades to our systems. This will include our EastKingdom.org site. I’d like to talk to you about plans and opportunities for participation. 

Technology evolves rapidly. One goal will be to migrate the site onto a new platform which is in line with current best practices and usability. That will be managed by the Webministry. Where we would like to invite members of the populace to contribute is the “look and feel” of the new site. Come the New Year I will be seeking submissions for a new visual design for www.eastkingdom.org. I tell you now NOT to overburden anyone at this busy time of year, but to plant a seed that may germinate in your minds.

Further details for those who may be interested in participating:

  • I will draft the guidelines and finalize requirements with the Webministry staff during December/early January.
  • By mid-January provide the requirements and scope of the project/ high-level information architecture along with any rules. Take public questions from then until submissions open.
  • By Birka, begin accepting design submissions and accept them through the end of February.
    • During the visual design submission timeframe I will be working with select webministers and content owners on eastkingdom.org (NOT yet all of the sub-sites) to plan the content organization and text. Surveys will be shared to gather populace needs and opinions as well as looking at metrics in the various logs our servers keep.
  • During March, we will pare down the designs to those that best meet the requirements and then gather our panel of judges to discuss their feedback and make a selection. The panel will be comprised of Their Majesties, Their Highnesses, our Kingdom MoAS, and myself. We will notify all parties of the selection.
  • In April, begin working with the winning team on implementing the design on a development site.
  • Debut the new site at the 50th Celebrations in June.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to write to me at web-design@eastkingdom.org. I will do my best to answer questions – or develop answers – as we move this process along.

Yours in service to Kingdom and Crown,

Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal

Deputy Webminister, Design East Kingdom
Filed under: Announcements Tagged: webministry, websites

From the Board of Directors – New Director-Elect

Sat, 2017-12-09 20:48

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Carter (Quintus Aurelius Dracontius) as Director-Elect for Seat E for the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Craig Carter is the Chief Operating Officer for Radiology Associates of North Texas. Quintus Aurelius Dracontius is a Duke and a Knight from the Kingdom of Ansteorra.


Mr. Carter will take his seat at the conclusion of the April 2018 quarterly meeting.


The Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. establishes the rules of the Society’s historical recreation activities and minimum administrative requirements for officers and branches. It is the final arbiter of the interpretations of these rules as made by the officers of the Society. Members of the SCA Board of Directors serve three-and-a-half year terms. Candidates for the Board are nominated by SCA members and participants. For more information on this process please contact Director Chele Martines at recruiting@sca.org.

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

From the Board of Directors – New Society Seneschal – Elect

Sat, 2017-12-09 20:41

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Mike Watkins (Alywin Watkyn) as Society Seneschal-Elect for the Society for Creative Anachronism. Mike Watkins is the a Tech Projects Manager for Auburn University. Alywin Watkyn is a Pelican and former Kingdom Seneschal for Meridies. Mr. Watkins will undergo an intense training period, before succeeding current Society Seneschal, Anthony Pongratz (Antonio Giordano da Sicilia).


The Society Seneschal is responsible for coordinating the administration of the Society’s historical re-creation. This involves directing the activities of the Kingdom Seneschals and of Society-level deputies. Where questions arise concerning the intent of Corpora, the Board specifically authorizes the Society Seneschal to make interpretations and clarifications. The Society Seneschal is also responsible for reviewing all sanction related activities.

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

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

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

Filed under: Announcements, Corporate Tagged: corporate announcements, society seneschal

Eastern Results from the September 2017 LoAR

Sat, 2017-12-02 13:53

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

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

The following results are from the September 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Chiara Foscari. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for 15th Century Venice. This name appears to meet that request.

Cristina Volpina. Household name House of the Golden Schelle and badge. (Fieldless) An escallop bendwise Or.

Nice late 14th century inn-sign household name!

Damian Ísólfsson. Name and device. Vert, a wolf rampant and in chief two crosses of Saint Brigid argent.

This name combines a Russian given name from 1148 with a Scandinavian byname from 1254, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

There is a step from period practice for the use of crosses of Saint Brigid.

Artist’s note: Please draw the crosses larger to fill the available space.

Damian Ísólfsson. Badge. (Fieldless) On a wolf’s paw print vert the rune Dagaz argent.

Commenters questioned whether a tertiary charge on a disjointed primary or secondary charge would need to overlie all parts of the charge. This is not the case. Unless specifically blazoned, such a tertiary charge would appear on the largest part of the charge (in this case, the central pad).

There is a step from period practice for use of a paw print.

Artist’s note: Please draw the rune larger, to fill the available space.

Dash Altan. Name.

This name was pended on the April 2017 Letter of Acceptances and Returns to allow commentary on the submitter’s request for authenticity for mid-13th century Mongol, which had not been summarized on the Letter of Intent. After the name was pended, the submitter dropped the authenticity request.

The submitter may be interested to know that this name is probably authentic for mid-13th century Mongol, although it would be more usually transliterated as Ta{sv} Altan. The {sv} code represents an s marked with a small v at the top, a character not found in English.

Dionise O Towie. Device. Azure, on a pale purpure fimbriated argent a domestic cat sejant guardant Or.

Eudes de Creully. Blazon correction (see RETURNS for other blazon correction). Purpure, a bend sinister ermine, overall a falcon Or.

Originally registered in December 2016 as Purpure, a bend sinister ermine, overall a falcon hooded Or, an artist’s note read: “Please let the submitter know that if a falcon is hooded, you cannot see its eyes, but without the hood there would be no tuft on the top of its head.” This note is appropriate for either blazon.

Guillermo Solario. Name and device. Per saltire sable and gules, a sun in his splendour argent.

This name combines a Spanish or Catalan given name with an Italian byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

The submitter has permission to conflict with Cosmo Solario, Per saltire sable and azure, a sun in his splendor argent, and with Giuseppe Ferraro, Per saltire sable and gules, on a mullet of eight points argent a rose gules.

Marcus Marius Felix. Name and device. Vert, two lynxes sejant addorsed argent.

Nice classical Roman name!

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Badge. (Fieldless) A domestic cat rampant contourny sable.

Nice badge!

Ravensdale, Stronghold of. Device. Per chevron inverted embattled argent and vert, in pale a raven displayed sable maintaining an apple branch fesswise vert fructed gules and a laurel wreath argent.

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

Roland le Taillefer. Name and device. Argent, an axe-head azure.

Nice device!

Síle Dhubh inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh. Device. Sable, an eagle rising wings displayed maintaining three annulets interlaced one and two argent.

Artist’s note: Please draw all charges larger, to fill the available space.

Sofya Gianetta di Trieste. Device. Or, a fleur-de-lys and on a chief gules two mullets of eight points Or.

Sofya Gianetta di Trieste. Badge. Or, a fleur-de-lys within an orle gules.

Nice badge!


EAST returns

Eudes de Creully and Eyda von Rothenburg. Blazon correction. (Fieldless) On a cup Or a falcon’s head erased gules.

Originally registered in December 2016 as On a cup Or a hooded falcon’s head erased gules, an artist’s note read: “Please let the submitter know that if a falcon is hooded, you cannot see its eyes, but without the hood there would be no tuft on the top of its head.” While we have reblazoned the full falcon in the device on this same letter, we are less inclined to change the blazon when it’s just the head. The tufts at the top of the head make up a good 15-20% of the height of the charge, and the hood (or lack thereof) is almost the entirety of the charge. Therefore, the tuft cannot be dismissed with an artist’s note as easily on this badge as it could on the device. Because the tuft affects the silhouette of the charge, it gives the unmistakable appearance of being part of a hawk’s hood.

If the submitters wish to have a hood-less falcon, they are encouraged to submit a badge change with a smooth-headed falcon


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: LoAR

100 Minutes War Unofficial Court Report

Sat, 2017-12-02 13:47

On Saturday, November 18 th , AS LII, Their Majesties Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, did visit their Shire of Rusted Woodlands, and attended the 100 Minutes War.
In the morning, they went out to the Rapier field, and held a brief court. The following gentles were awarded thusly:

Name Award Scribe(s)
Ciaran Ua Meic Thire Silver Wheel Magdalena Lantfarerin

Alastor Tucker Silver Rapier Shoshana Gryffyth


From there, Their Majesties went to the Heavy list field. The following gentle was awarded thus:

Name Award Scribe(s)
Seamus Mac Neachtain Order of the Tygers Combatant Saerlaith ingen Chennetig


The Hundred Minutes War did take place, as well as rapier, thrown weapons, and archery tournaments.
In the afternoon, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde resumed court.
Ivan Shishov, leading the Rainbow Warriors, received a scroll by Nyfain merch Coel for captaining the winning team.
Hashiji Morikatsu, leading the Murder Ponies, received a scroll by Nyfain merch Coel for captaining the
second team.
The Children’s toybox was run, and the many newcomers attending their first, second or third event received tokens.

Additionally, these gentles were awarded as follows:
Name Award Scribe(s)

Fahad Rouf Award of Arms I:Marieta Charay C: Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir

Aislin of Surtr’s Brood Award of Arms I: Melina Al-Andalusiyya W: Dankwert Bathory C: Robin dit Dessaint

Jadidja the Jewess, called Jade Award of Arms I: Triona MacCasky C: Jonathan Blaecstan W: Galefridus Peregrinus

Arne Ulrichsson Silver Brooch Thyra (Þóra) Eiríksdóttir

Muirenn ingen Ciric Award of Arms Mýrún Leifsdóttir and
Ciaran Ua Meic Thire

Whistler o’ the Pit Artemis Eadaoin Chruitire
(The Artemis is a closed order. As
such, Whistler would be included
in the Order of the Golden Mantle,
and further receive a Grant of Arms)

Pádraig Ó Brádaig Award of Arms Mari Clock van Hoorne

Bjorvig Huldarson Silver Wheel I: Ellesbeth Donofrey
C: Jonathan Blaecstan

Yasemin bint al-hajjar Silver Wheel C&I: Brangwyne of Wentworth W: Alys Mackytoich

Hassan Ibn Abd Al-Malik Silver Wheel Aaradyn Ghyoot

Ulricch van Kathen’ Award of Arms Aelisif Hoarr Kona

Eyvindr Bjarnylr Award of Arms Perronnelle de Croy

Kári Gáranhirsson Golden Lyre

Kári Gáranhirsson performed for the assembled populace. His Majesty of the Mid also addressed the crowd, thanking everyone for an excellent event.
Thus concluded this year’s Hundred Minutes War.

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald
PS – Thank you to Marian Kirkpatrick and Mabel Fortune for helping to herald court.

Filed under: Court Tagged: 100 Minutes War, court report

Another update from the Webministry

Tue, 2017-11-28 13:02

Greetings again from the Webministry of the East Kingdom!

After this, I expect the frequency and volume of these updates to lessen, as we go from the excitement of getting started and transition in to the drudgery of just digging through everyone.  But that means we’re to that point!

Tonight we moved our third branch and we now have scheduled 7 more branches to move and an entire Kingdom Department. We haven’t yet tried to move 2 branches in a single evening, but tonight proved it is possible.  We’re also now making this available:


That’s the schedule of all the migrations as they fill in.  Once we receive the spreadsheet of user information from a branch, we create their accounts, send those folks their welcome letters, and then we can schedule their migration.  That’s when it goes on the calendar.  If your group isn’t on the calendar, we haven’t yet received the information we need to put you there.  Seneschals?  Get us info.  You can see the queue now, the power to get on that line is in your hands.

We’re also releasing the Frequently Asked Questions list, so you can see that (most likely) the questions you have are questions many people have… and see the answers, too!


Lastly for this time out, we’re getting questions about when all the rest of the features of GSuite will be available, and what features we’re getting.  Well, we’re getting a pretty full selection of the standard features (Mail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Sheets, Forms, etc.) but not Sites.  The “When”, on the other hand, is not yet.  The “price of admission” to use any of these features is having a login account and email address.  That’s how Google’s stuff works.  That’s why we’re pushing to get everyone migrated over to GMail first.  Once we have that process completely ironed out, including how we handle mailing lists (solved, but not ready for public consumption yet!) and officer transitions (we think we know how this one will work), then our crack Development Team (David Cortijo) will be able to start working on Team Drive so we can figure out how to do what is needed to safely, securely, and possibly most importantly easy to transition to a successor in the future, share files that need to be shared around a Branch, Kingdom Department, or the Kingdom as a whole.  But that largely means that this stuff, while wildly useful and needed, is going to take a backseat to the email migration that we really have to complete _first_.

In Service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: webminister

Things to Know about Yule in the Barony Beyond the Mountain

Sun, 2017-11-26 14:57

For many years now, the Barony Beyond the Mountain has celebrated
certain traditions as part of our Yule feast. In more recent times we
have been pleased and honored to bring them to a joint Yule with our
cousins of Bergental. If you are planning to attend Yule feast this year on December 2 or in the future, a quick read will help you to enjoy your time with us.

The first thing is that we ask everyone to please refrain from lighting their own candles. The provision of light for the tables is part of the

At the beginning of the feast before the food is served, First Foot, a
child embodying the spirit of the season enters the hall and leaps over
the yule log which will be set before High Table. After taking a flame
from the yule log, First Foot asks the populace “Would you have the
spirit of the season enter this hall?” The proper response is “Aye.”
First Foot lights the candles at High Table, and then proceeds
throughout the hall, lighting a candle for each table. It is traditional
to offer First Foot a coin for luck, which are provided on each table.

A pitcher of scented water is presented to High Table, that Their
Majesties, Their Highnesses, and Their Exellencies may refresh their
hands prior to presentation of the feast.

Salt is formally presented to the High Table. If Their Excellencies in
consultation with Their exchequers have determined that Their lands have
prospered in the prior year, salt is also provided to the populace to
season their meals.

The pantler presents a specially baked loaf of bread to High Table, and
slices and serves it to Their Majesties, Their Highnesses and Their

The butler presents drink to the High Table. To ensure the quality of
the bottle, s/he will open it and sample the contents to confirm its worth.

The toasts are offered during the meal as is traditional in the Kingdom.
However, in honor of the holiday season, the customary response of
“vivant” is replaced by “wassail!”

During the feast, the boar’s head is processed through the hall while
the “Boar’s Head Carol” is sung.

Should the nobles and populace of the hall be deemed to be generous,
hospitable, and welcoming, there is a gift, in the form of twelve
sterling silver rings. Should you find one, it represents luck for the
coming year.

A Little History or Where on Earth Did They GET This Stuff?

The Barony Beyond the Mountain has celebrated our Yule feast with some
variation of these traditions and ceremonies for over thirty years. But
what do they mean? Where do they come from? All of them are grounded (if
loosely) in some part of history, although over the years things have
changed and shifted to suit the people and the event, and while the
history is still visible through the cracks, it is now a tradition of
our own.

First Foot: First Foot is a tradition of Scotland/Northern England,
which says that the first person to set foot over the threshold of a
home on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune for the coming year. In
the original tradition, First Foot brings gifts.

Yule Log: Current tradition holds that the Yule log has its origins in
the fire ceremonies of pre-Christian paganism that celebrate the return
of the sun at the turn of the year. As most sites do not have a hearth
suitable for the day-long burning of a log, the barony utilizes a
symbolic representation.

Hand-washing: Medieval books of manners describe ritual hand-washing
both before and after the meal. The water and towels were presented in
order of the social standing of the guest, and it was an honor to thus
serve a king or great noble.

Salt: Salt has been a valuable commodity throughout history. Universally
valuable for both seasoning and food preservation, salt was mined,
produced, transported, taxed, sold, and sometimes used as currency.
Hence it was a demonstration of wealth on the medieval table, and in the
great houses would be served in ornate salt cellars and nefs that were
placed in front of the host or most honored guest.

Pantler: The pantler (from the Middle English pantelere) was the servant
of a great house who was in charge of the bread and the pantry. When
bread is baked in a wood fired oven, the upper portion is more
desirable, as it will not be ashy or over-baked. Interestingly, the
phrase “upper crust” does not appear to have been applied to *people*
until the nineteenth century.

Butler: the butler (from the Anglo-Norman buteler, a variant of the Old
Norman butelier and Old French botellier – all variants on
boteille/bottle) was the servant of a great house who was in charge of
the service and care of the household’s beverages, whether in barrels or

Wassail: from the Old English wæs hæl – “be you healthy,” and associated
with the drinking tradition of wassailing in Southern England which is
done to ensure a good cider apple harvest for the following year.

Boar’s Head: the hunting and serving of boar is ancient. The procession
of the boar’s head to the singing of the “Boar’s Head Carol” originated
at Queen’s College in Oxford England. It has continued to this day.

Rings: In England the Christmas cake/pudding sometimes had coins added
as good luck touch pieces at least as far back as the 19th century. Even
if no older than that, it is a charming tradition.

– Article submitted by Baroness Eloise of Coulter

Filed under: Events Tagged: Barony Beyond the Mountain, Yule

Polling Deadline is Tonight at Midnight

Sun, 2017-11-26 10:00

Responses to the second poll of Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde need to be sent before midnight TONIGHT – Sunday, November 26. The polls close at 11:59 pm, and the polling link will be inactive after that time.

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

If you are a member of one of the Orders of High Merit or the Peerage and are not currently receiving polling emails, please sign up via the instructions on the East Kingdom Polling Lists page. Please note that the discussion lists and the polling lists must be subscribed separately.

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: polling deadlines, polling orders, pollings, polls

Service Shines at Crown Tournament

Sat, 2017-11-25 22:53

At the Crown Tournament to determine the heirs of Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, fighters of the East Kingdom vied for the right to be heir to the Tyger throne. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, many hands were hard at work to make a the day a success for all.

Mistress Suba heralding to the crowd assembled

Crown Tournament is fairly unique in its great need for heralds and list runners in order for the Mistress of the Lists to do her job and run the tournament. Mistress Suba al Hadid is the Troubador Herald, in charge of vocal heraldry for tournaments such as Crown Tournament. She and her deputies are the reason that those on the sidelines know who is fighting who, and those who are fighting know which list they should report to. They are assisted by list runners who are responsible for getting cards with fighters’ names on them from the Mistress of the List and her staff, and bringing them to the heralds to announce.

Throughout the chilly day, the lists were heralded by Mistress Suba, Deputy Troubadour Herald Don Lucien de Wyntere, Lord Agapios Cargos, Lady Jehannette Bouchart, Baroness Tasha Medvedeva, Allie Drovich, Lord Drake Oranwood, Lady Sisuile Butler, Bronwyn of Wentworth, Master Ryan McWhyte, Robert Tytes, Baron Yehuda ben Moshe, Baroness Maria Von Osseheim, Edmund Beneyt, Master Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, Lady Oriana Volpe della Octavia de Venizia, Audrye Beneyt, Lord Justinius Alexander Eternus, Mistress Sabine de Kerbriant, Lord Declan Gobha, Master Rowen Cloteworthy and Behi Kirsa Oyutai.

Charlotte takes a quick pause from her list running duties for a photograph.

The list runners who assisted included Baroness Alanna of Skye, Baroness Jocelyn del Espada, Wentlyanna Bengrek, Simona bat Leone, Roseeia Posaeia, Master Colin Monro, Elian of the Fellsword, Charlotte Coulter, Bartholomew of Northampton, Lady, Siobhan ni Dhonnabhain, Evan, Caleb Patrassio, Emma Lovell, Mistress Eowyn Eilonhwy of Alewife Brook, Rodrigo Medina De La Mar, Eryn FitzPatrick, and Zachary Kerr.

Mistress Suba pointed out that at least eight of her staff were under the age of eighteen, and worked hard to make sure that cards were delivered, fighters heralded, and they day treated with the pomp and circumstance it deserved.

On the other side of the event, Boyar Aleksei Dmitriev and  Lord Fergus Redmead worked tirelessly to cook a delicious dayboard, and chose to tackle a huge challenge to better support the focus of the day. “We said at the same time, we wanted to something special for the fighters and consorts to make it easier for them and bring lunch to them,” Aleksei explained, having cooked dayboard for two Crown Tournaments prior to this one. “I always wanted to do this, but I needed a co-cook just as excited as me about it.”

A “boxed lunch” provided for fighters and consorts

Aleksei, Fergus, and their team prepared approximately 100 boxed lunches for fighters and their consorts, so that those who were focused on the tournament would not need to leave the field in order to eat lunch.

Fergus’s idea was to label each box with the heraldry and name of the combatant or consort. This added the ability to deal with with special dietary needs. Aleksei put out the call to those competing that they could send in their needs, and the dayboard team would do their best to accommodate. Aleksei explained that approximately 20 people took advantage of this to let him know about gluten-free, vegetarian, and other needs in advance.

When Lady Aikaterine reached out with the offer for youth fighters who were attending to help out by delivering the boxes, the final piece of the puzzle fell into place. Several youth delivered dozens of boxes, and also helped put together the lunches, assembly line style.

Photo provided by Sir Alexander de Hautville

The teens ran joyfully through the crowd, matching the shields on the boxes to the shield trees in an attempt to find the gentles whose lunches they held. Discussions about matching heraldry to clothing and banners were held, and the youth seemed to benefit as much from the heraldic education as the combatants and consorts did from the food. “No, that’s a griffin, we’re looking for a tyger!,” was overheard as the youth worked to deliver dozens of meals.

“The kids were a crucial element,” said Aleksei, “We couldn’t have done this without them.” Fergus echoed the sentiment, complimenting four youths in particular who toiled throughout the day

Ulf and Ragnard hard at work at the smokers. -Photo by Fiona

Ulf and Ragnar ran the smokers, and helped to smoke 120 lbs of chicken and 20 lbs of trout, while Emma Lovell and Caleb Patrasso worked inside to prepare the meal. The kitchen was filled with youth and newcomers to the society, joyfully preparing food for the attendees of the event.

All photos by Brendan Crane, unless otherwise indicated

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