AEthelmearc Gazette

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Help Fill the Æthelmearc Toy Box!

Mon, 2016-08-22 14:02

A message from our Princess Margerite:

I am writing today to beseech you to help me fill a Æthelmearc Toy Box for our children to choose from at our Royal progress events.

It would be my hope to fill it with “medieval-ish” toys for a variety of ages to enjoy.

Some of my thoughts are:

Drop spindles
Small looms
Paint a blanks with simple watercolors
Cloth balls
Wooden toys
Canvas bags
Craft kits
Sewing kits
Game sets

If you think it is medieval and a child would enjoy it, we welcome it.

We will be collecting donations Friday night and Saturday morning on the weekend of our Coronation.

For the children of Æthelmearc-

Princess Æthelmearc
Chancellor of Youth Æthelmearc

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The Inter-Kingdom Assassins Game at Pennsic 45

Thu, 2016-08-18 23:23

The call was sent out this past spring to all the Queens and/or their Heirs to send their best to Pennsic, and several answered. In the end, this third year of the game gathered three teams of agents and spies to compete in a fun game of subterfuge and clandestine activities ranging from code-breaking to tagging one another throughout Pennsic. We had and East Kingdom/Acre “Royal” team, an East Kingdom “Rogue” team (made up almost entirely of House Serpentius members, and an Æthelmearc/Known World team, which had the Outlands represented as well.

The Game opened with a Plot: Gifts intended for the newest Royals of the Known Realm, that of Avacal, were stolen by nefarious characters and hidden away in order to sow the seeds of distrust within the new alliance. The Queens sent their best agents to uncover clues and find the presents—two cups—all while waylaying and knocking out each other’s agents. A single clue was discovered on the courier: a scroll of music. The game was afoot.

All three teams arrived at their next destination—the Sunday Arts and Sciences display—but only one determined that the scroll was a cypher; when solved it led the agents to their next test: their spy must keep safe on their person a delicate package (a hollowed-out decorated egg) to be delivered to a go-between at Bartertown. All three teams performed admirably at this task, showing the kingdom spies could be trusted to keep even the most fragile of prizes.

The third test was that of sneakiness; throughout Pennsic there were pictographs left in secret places, each leading to the next destination until the agents found themselves at the SCA-50 Challenge where they could test their pickpocketing skills on a specific target (a pickpocketing dummy set up in the hall). This game had some hiccoughs, unfortunately, with one or more clues having been discovered and removed by the public (geocachers call this “muggling”). Still, two teams were able to find a poem, a second cypher, which would ultimately uncover where the two cups were hidden.

At the Bluefeather Ball, one team approached the judges holding the prizes: House Serpentius, as the East Kingdom Rogue Team. The nefarious foes had hidden one cup in each of the entryways of the East and Æthelmearc Royal Encampments!

How dastardly.

These cups will be presented to the rulers of Avacal in the names of the collective Guilds of Assassins, with credit given to the East Kingdom Rogue agents for finding and retrieving them.

At Midnight Madness there was a festive game of “Kill the man with the ball” using a basket as the marker to end Pennsic 45. The East Kingdom Royal Team proved themselves by holding onto the basket the longest, although Aethelmearc showed they had great skills with several kills throughout the merchant area.

Thanks to all involved, the Kingdoms who love playing with us, and feel free to join in next year.

Lady Maggie Rue
THLord Weasel
for the Royally Chartered Assassins Guilds of Æthelmearc and the East,
and the Known World Assassins Guild

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From the Kingdom Seneschal on Events

Wed, 2016-08-17 09:43

Unto the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, Greetings from Duke Christopher, Seneschal. Please read the following missive from the Society Seneschal
and make sure that your groups are conforming to this policy when entering into any kind of contract.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Seneschal, Æthelmearc

This is a formal communication from the Vice President of Operations, SCA
Inc. (Society Seneschal) and must be implemented immediately.

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

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

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

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

Please disseminate this information to all of your local group seneschals, autocrats/stewards of Inter-Kingdom Wars and all Equestrian Officers.

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Have You Smiled Lately?

Tue, 2016-08-16 20:35

The AmazonSmile program has been benefitting the SCA for almost a year – have you Smiled lately?

If you shop at, the SCA can benefit from your purchases at no additional charge (or hassle) to you!

Here’s how: Go to Sign into your account and a pop up page will appear. In the “search” box type in: Society for Creative Anachronism and click the search button. Click on the top one and you are done. Your donations will be automatic for any purchase within the Amazon Smile program (which is most merchandise). You can also use this link.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of each purchase to the Society for Creative Anachronism. These donations will be deposited quarterly from the AmazonSmile Foundation into a separate SCA corporate account dedicated for these donations. 

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Peerages at Æthelmearc Pennsic Court

Mon, 2016-08-15 15:05

The Court of King Byron and Queen Ariella on Tuesday of War week saw three peerage elevations along with two Writs for the Laurel.

Duke Timothy of Arindale was elevated to the Order of the Pelican for his work inspiring the martial community.

Duke Timothy listens to his scroll being read.

THLady Alfrun ketta was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for her fiber arts work.

THLady Alfrun laughs at comments by Master Morien MacBain speaking as a Pelican.

Mistress Irene von Schmetterling was inducted into the Order of the Laurel for her sewing, knitting, and fiber arts.

Mistress Irene consents to be made a Laurel.

Sir Ian Kennovan received a Writ for the Laurel for his skill in cooking and crafting sotelties; elevation to occur at Coronation in September.

Sir Ian receives a Writ for the Laurel.

THLady Solveig Throndardottir received a Writ for the Laurel for her work in heraldic research of Japanese names and insignia. Elevation was held in the Clan Yama Kaminari camp on Wednesday of War week.

THLady Solveig bows as Their Majesties announce her Writ for the Laurel.

Also at Pennsic, Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc was inducted into the Order of Defense after playing the prize on the battlefield.

Don Clewin is made a Master of Defense. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.

As previously reported, THLord Kieran MacRae received a Writ for the Laurel on Sunday night at the Debatable Lands Baronial Dinner at Pennsic, elevation to occur at Agincourt in October.

All photos not otherwise attributed are by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

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Pennsic 45 A&S War Point

Sun, 2016-08-14 12:02

This year marks the second in a row that an Arts & Sciences competition was included in the War Point count. The East and Middle were each represented by 15 Champions, including allies. While Kingdoms were allowed to include members of the Order of the Laurel among their champions this year, there was a limit to the number of Laurels per Kingdom. Points were awarded based on votes from members of the populace who held a Kingdom level or higher A&S award like the Sycamore, Fleur, or Laurel.

Since this war was East vs. Middle, only five slots were available for Æthelmearc artisans on the Eastern side, but we were mightily represented by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen’s woodblock printing; knitting and fiber arts by Mistress Irene von Schmetterling (who received her Laurel at Kingdom court on Tuesday of War week); soaps made by Lady Elska Fjarfell, who is our current Kingdom A&S Champion; glass made by Lady Kalishka Peredslava; and ceramic tiles made by Lord Ian Campbell of Glen Mor.

Click to view slideshow.

According to King Byron, “If my memory serves, the 15 Champions of the Midrealm and its allies scored 411 points, while the 15 Champions of the East and its allies scored 526. The 5 AEthelmearc Champions were responsible for 262 of those [Eastern] points. It was wonderful to stand with HRM Avelina of the East at the conclusion of the competition and congratulate all 30 of the Champions on their tremendous work.”

His Majesty further noted that the silver lining of martial activities being cancelled due to excessive heat that afternoon was that He was able to spend much of his time at the A&S competition.

King Byron addresses the competitors after the A&S War Point competition.

The slideshow below includes samples of the many other wonderful entries.

Click to view slideshow.

All photos by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

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Æthelmearc Shines in Known World A&S Display

Tue, 2016-08-09 20:41

Several Æthelmearc subjects shared their arts in the annual Known World A&S Display at Pennsic last Sunday afternoon:

THL Saiaiko’s Deigan fencing mask.

Lady Elena explains her Spanish gowns.

THL Renata discusses her German apron.

Lady Maggie and her display of herbalism & poisons research, plus her Hand of Glory.

Lady Brandy with her wire weaving.

Lady Elska’s soapmaking display.

Lord Hrolf’s handmade loom and weaving display, with handmade clay weights.











THL Solveig’s Japanese cookbook translation and research

Mistress Gillian with her display of scrolls and shoes.

Photos by Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina (Chris Adler-France)

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THL Kieran MacRae Receives Laurel Writ

Mon, 2016-08-08 21:03

photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope


THL Kieran MacRae received a Writ for a Laurel last night at Pennsic. Elevation to be at Agincourt in October.

Send your Pennsic news and photos to us at Make sure to let us know who took any photos.

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Update: Beasts and Monsters at Pennsic!

Wed, 2016-08-03 14:13

As previously reported, avid Pokemon hunters (and those who just enjoy a good challenge) can enjoy a medieval, analog fix at Pennsic next week.

Pensimon Go: The Menagerie Quest will run from 9 a.m. Monday, August 8th morning through noon on Wednesday, August 11th, is intended for all ages, and will have you finding public places at War you may never have visited.

Here is a link for the PDF of the new Pensidex for Pensimon Go, for any gentles who wish to print it at home or read before arriving on site.

Pensimon Go is the project of Lady Elinor Larke LeDauncer of the Midrealm and her stalwart band of gamesters, and supported by staffers from both the East and Æthelmearc (Dame Aoife Finn). 

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Pennsic: Updates and Requests for Help

Mon, 2016-08-01 17:02

Their Majesties have asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace:

  • Unto the entire Kingdom do Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina, send our Thanks. So, so many of you came out to help us set up the Kingdom camp today. And a few of you spent your entire day with Us, making sure that everything got done. We have participated in Royal setup for many years, but so many people came today that We were done by 3pm. Our thanks go to Master Janos and Mistress Mahin especially for their guidance today.
  • We shall be Sitting in State in AE Royal encampment on Saturday, August 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mistress Filipia Capriotti, head gardener, shared the following:

We are in need of volunteers to cut trellis Tuesday (tomorrow). We will start bright and early. Please bring any plant contributions to the front gate of AEthelmearc Royal.

THL Elss of Augsburg and Master Alaric MacConnal, Co-Head Retainers for Their Majesties, shared the following:

Their Royal Majesties, King Byron and Queen Ariella, are asking for volunteers to retain and guard for Them while they perform Their duties at Pennsic.

  • As a retainer, your job is to be a personal assistant: You will walk with Them, carry things, offer water, make notes, organize Their belongings on the field, mind the clock, and do whatever tasks are required. If you hear anything being discussed, you will never repeat or remember it.
  • As a guard, you will carry a weapon, which you will use to protect Your Queen from any and all harm.
  • Here is a spreadsheet that shows when the retainers / guards are needed and what activity is occurring at the time. Please feel free to select a time or activity and sign up. Or stop by Æthelmearc Royal and review the schedule book to choose just the right time for you. Never retained before? No worries, we can tell you everything you need to know.
  • If you are new to the SCA or Æthelmearc , being a retainer or a guard is an
    easy way to see lots of Pennsic!

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Court Report: St. Swithin’s Bog Three-Day

Sun, 2016-07-31 21:30

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron et Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Majesties’ Royal Court at the Bog Three-Day Event, 16 July, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog, accompanied by Their Heirs, Prince Marcus and Princess Margerite, and Their Excellencies Iago and Emilia of St. Swithin’s Bog. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of the Honorable Lady Gytha Oggesdottir, silent herald, the Honorable Lady Caitilin ni Mhaolchonaire, and Master Orlando di Bene del Vinta.

In the morning, Their Majesties received Master Lodovic of Grey’s Inn. Upon confirming that it was indeed his wish to proceed, They brought forward Their Order of the Defense to conduct him to the place of his Vigil, where any who wished to give him counsel could help him in the kitchen. Court was suspended.

Master Lodovic is sent to vigil for the Order of Defense. Photo by Lady Mary Christina Lowe, aka Jinx.

At mid-day, Their Majesties brought Their Champion, Duke Duncan von Halstern, before them to announce the winner of the tournament to determine his successor. Of the large number of combatants, His Grace, Duke Timothy of Arindale, was victorious over all. Her Majesty pointed out that His Grace is also the current holder of the Shield of Chivalry, and looked forward to an occasion when he might stand bearing both. His Grace was given a new belt token as regalia of his office, and one of the spears that held the canopies from Their Majesties’Coronation procession. He was then entrusted with the Sword of State and took up his rightful place in the Court. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Ursula of Rouen.

Next did Their Majesties desire the attendance of Mistress Aleea Baga. They noted with gratitude her tireless efforts to create tabards, fighting cotes, medallions, and other regalia for Themselves, Their Heirs, Their Champions, and other subjects of the Kingdom. In recognition of her efforts, They awarded her the Golden Escarbuncle (Vert), a new award given for a singular act of artistic merit.

Mistress Aleea is the first recipient of the Golden Escarbuncle (Vert). Photo by Jinx.

Their Majesties summoned before them Cheng Tai Ren. Well pleased were They to speak with this gentle of his dedication to fighting, particularly to recreating faithfully the armor and style of the Chinese court. For his skill and perseverance, They were moved to raise him to the nobility as a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce, thus Awarding him Arms. Scroll by Fa Ren Zhang Ming Li.

Their Majesties next desired to speak again with Master Lodovic of Grey’s Inn, and demanded his answer whether he would join the Order of Defense. At his reply, the said Masters of the Order were called before the throne, and read a letter attesting to Master Lodovic’s courtesy, prowess, chivalric conduct, service, and humility, and the ways in which he will enrich the Order by his inclusion. Hearing these words, Their Majesties asked that the ancestral collar of the Masters of Defense be placed upon Lodovic’s shoulders. The book of the Masters of Defense was read by Maestro Bastiano de Iacopo and presented to Master Lodovic, who then swore his oath of fealty unto Their Majesties. Scroll by Duchess Dorinda Courtenay.

Their Majesties sought the presence of The Honorable Lord Juan Miguel Cezar. As he had been commanded the week before at Pax, Their Majesties directed His Lordship to sit vigil the remainder of the day to contemplate whether he would accept elevation into the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. With his assent, the Order took him forth to the place of his vigil, to hear the counsel of those who would speak with him.

THLord Juan Miguel is sent to vigil. Photo by Jinx.

Their Majesties required that Lady Vika Vyborgskaia attend Them next. Their Majesties, mindful that her time was about to be claimed by another priority, wished first to claim but a moment of it to praise her skill and dedication to fencing, and to name her a companion of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll forthcoming.

Lady Vika receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Jinx.

This being done, Their Majesties were prepared to receive The Honorable Lord Jussie Laplein. They reminded him that on this day, They had decreed he should sit vigil to contemplate whether he would accept the accolade of Chivalry. As it was indeed his wish, They did convene those members of the Most Noble Order of Chivalry present to take him to the place where they might counsel and commune with him in vigil and pas d’armes for the remainder of the day.

THLord Jussie is sent to vigil for the Chivalry. Photo by Jinx.

Spying one whom Their Majesties had not expected to see, They seized the opportunity to summon Meistari Urho Walterinen into Their Presence. His Majesty spoke of the long acquaintance He has enjoyed with Meistari Urho, His gratitude for the teaching, the support, and the friendship Urho has offered through the years. Her Majesty also reminded him of teaching the Royal Children to shoot, of many events held at Their home, and of long years of service not only to Them, but to the Kingdom and, indeed, the Known World. Thus, They did announce with privilege and pride Their decision to name Meistari Urho Their Jewel of Æthelmearc, the 41 st Jewel of the Kingdom. Scroll forthcoming. Court was once again suspended.

Meistari Urho becomes the 41st Jewel of Æthelmearc. Photo by Jinx.

In the evening, Their Majesties asked the children forward and invited them to amuse themselves with activities provided by Lady Alethea Cowle.

Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies Iago and Emilia to conduct the business of their Court.

Baroness Emilia and Baron Iago make a presentation to Their Majesties. Photo by Jinx.

Their Majesties summoned Dalton of Grey’s Inn into Their Presence. They spoke of the long years he has spent in kitchens, serving his Barony, and working both alongside his father and on his own. As a symbol of his dedication to the Society, They were minded to name him a companion of the Order of the Silver Buccle. Scroll forthcoming.

Dalton receives a Silver Buccle. Photo by Jinx.

Their Majesties next sought Jacen Teague, and spoke with him of his accomplishments in heavy fighting, thrown weapons, and leatherworking. In recognition of these efforts, They elevated him to the nobility by Awarding him Arms. Scroll by The Honorable Lord Tigranes de Rhina.

Next Their Majesties desired to see Rachelle L’ymagiere. They thanked her for her services as a water bearer, and praised her dedication to fencing. Moved by her efforts, They Awarded her Arms. Scroll by The Honorable Lord Aelric Ravenshaw.

Donatella da Fano was next called forward for audience with Their Majesties. Her skill as a scribe earned the praise of the Crown, as well as her assistance at demos and service to her Barony. For her acts of generosity and art, They were moved to elevate her to the nobility and Award her Arms. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix, on text by Lady Elizabeth of the Bog.

Their Majesties summoned Lord Ru Cavorst into the Royal Presence. There did Their Majesties take note of his service as both archery and fencing marshall, in recognition of which, They did name him a companion of Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll forthcoming.

Lord Ru receives a Keystone. Photo by Jinx.

Next did Their Majesties wish to be attended by Lord Cyrus Auger. They found his service as seneschal of Silva Vulcani, and as rapier and archery marshal greatly worthy of praise, and noted that service to college shires in particular aids the growth of the Society. To acknowledge his efforts, They were minded to create him a companion of Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Rachel Dalicieux.

Their Majesties further desired words with Lady Ashling na Ngleannta’n. So many, so varied, and so marked are the skills and arts practiced by this lady, in leather work, wood carving, jewelry, painting, sewing, and music, to name but a few, that Their Majesties were well-disposed to bestow upon her the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll gilded and painted by Shirin of Susa and calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix, on text by The Honorable Lady Rois O’Faye.

Their Majesties next invited La Comtesse Elena d’Artois le Tailleur to attend Them. For some time, Their Majesties had noted for some time the kind of service Her Excellency provides, particularly to the fencing community, but also to other activities within the Kingdom. While service is, of course, expected of a Royal Peer, there are acts and patterns of service that go beyond simple duty, and for these reasons, Their Majesties called forth Their Noble Order of the Millrind, that Her Excellency might be counted one of its Companions. Scroll by The Honorable Lord Kieran MacRae.

Next, Their Majesties somewhat nervously allowed Don Po Silvertop to approach. They expressed to him Their intention to recognize a gentle currently in Don Po’s service, to which he replied that he would bring forth the individual, one Lord Jehan LeBlanc, to discuss how he might further serve the Crown. Don Po reminded Their Majesties that Lord Jehan had indentured himself, and that the full indenture had not, as yet, been paid. Her Majesty offered payment in a form pleasing to Don Po: nuggets of fowl obtained from the house of Golden Arches, but still, Don Po remained unmoved and insisted that Lord Jehan’s debt was yet higher. Her Excellency, Comtesse Elena D’Artois, agreed that it was right and proper that the debt be satisfied so that Lord Jehan could be released to serve the Kingdom at large. At this, the Crown issued a call for any who could satisfy Lord Jehan’s obligations, which was met by Baron Perote Campbell, who bore into Court a creation of his hand which, Don Po agreed, satisfied Lord Jehan’s contract. Hearing this, Their Majesties called Their Order of the White Scarf, Don Po removed Lord Jehan’s cadet’s scarf, and the White Scarf was placed upon Lord Jehan’s arm. He was also presented with a sword baldric and blade to mark the Arms Granted by Their Majesties upon his induction. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Alianora Brunhille, upon text by Don Po Silvertop.

Then Their Majesties invited The Honorable Lord Juan Miguel Cezar forward and inquired regarding his answer whether he would be elevated into the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Receiving his reply, They called for that Order to join them and heard words of testimony. La Comtesse Elena spoke as a Royal Peer, attesting to his humility and ability to simply get things done. Duke Timothy of Arindale recounted that in the recent past, it was unclear whether other martial specialties would be namd Peers as part of the Order of Chivalry, and that in preparation for that possibility, His Lordship was one of those His Grace had considered naming worthy to be deemed a Knight and his brother. Dame Crestienne de Waterdene attested to His Lordship’s hospitality and inclusiveness, producing scarves and tokens for the Scarlet Guard, and his creation of badges and other tokens for the enrichment of the Kingdom. Master William Parris offered his observations of one who works to sustain, to provide for, and to inject energy into a community. And Maistir Brandubh Ó Donnghaile read words from Master Robert the Grey, including a litany of acts of service that His Lordship has provided, such as cleaning the kitchens at nearly every Tournament of the White Hart, serving as regional marshal, and quietly supporting the community since the days of Principality, but more importantly, citing the way in which His Lordship inspires others, as a role model and a leader by example. Moved by these words, Their Majesties called upon Sir Murdoch Bayne to present the ancestral medallion and case. Countess Kallista Morgunova also presented a personal medallion, and Dame Chrestienne bedecked him with a hood made by her hand. Then did Maestro Juan Miguel swear his oath to the Crown, and he was greeted as a Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Promissory scroll by Maestra Gianna di Aurelio.

Their Majesties next brought before Them The Honorable Lord Jussie Laplein. On affirming his wish to proceed, They invited Their Most Noble Order of Chivalry to attend Them. Duchess Morgen of Rye, as a Royal Peer, noted His Lordship’s boundless enthusiasm for fighting, the joy that he brings to the field, and that he exhibits off of it, the value he places in his family, and the way he inspires others. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope further spoke of his teaching, which is one of the duties of the Laurel, and in particular the way that he teaches the youth fighters, with patience, with joy, and with enthusiasm, imparting technique but also instilling the fun into their young charges. Baroness Allessandra d’Avignon represented the Pelicans, speaking with pride of the many times they were among the last to leave a site after cleaning it, and of the many times he would leave the field without complaint just to help others. His Grace, Duke Adhemar, then recalled meeting His Lordship as a new fighter, and knowing even then that he would eventually achieve Peerage. He assured the Crown that His Lordship knows what it means to be a member of the Chivalry, and that indeed, he has taught His Grace as well, and inspired him. With these words, Their Majesties declared Themselves satisfied, and called for such symbols of Chivalry as His Lordship required to display his rank and station. His lady, Lady Vyka Vyborgskaia, brought forward a baldric that had been felted from their family dog’s own hair, which Their Majesties placed about his shoulder with her assistance. Duke Adhemar also presented him with the belt used to bestow the accolade of Knight upon Henri d’Artois, to keep and pass on as he sees fit. Master Jussie then swore an Oath of Service to the Crown, that his left hand may strike as needed, and his right may guard and defend the Kingdom. Their Majesties bid him to rise, and together, They did strike him and instruct him to let it be the last blow he received unanswered. He was then released unto his Order to be greeted accordingly. Scroll forthcoming.

His Grace, Duke Matthew Blackleaf, was given time to address the populace. He announced the winner of the day’s leg of the Æthelmearc 500: In a shocking upset, it was His Grace, Duke Maynard von dem Steine.

Her Highness congratulates Duke Maynard for winning the AE 500 tourney. Photo by Jinx.

Her Majesty then announced her Inspiration for the day: The Honorable Lady Alianora Brunhille. Her Majesty noted that at Her Rapier Championship, She had remarked to Lord Durante Her desire to see him garbed as befit his station; Her Ladyship Alianora rose to meet this whim, not only for Lord Durante, but for his lady, Lady Lasairfhiona, with new attire. In gratitude for fulfilling Her wish in so short a span, Her Majesty presented Her Ladyship with Her token.

THLady Ailianora is Her Majesty’s Inspiration. Photo by Jinx.

Their Majesties recognized all those who contributed scrolls, medallions, and regalia for those recognized in Court that day. They further thanked all the staff who had worked to make the event enjoyable and successful, and the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog for their generosity and hospitality.

There being no further business, the Coram Regibus was closed.

Faithfully Submitted,

Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

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Duke Timothy and Prince Marcus to Hold the Field at Pennsic

Fri, 2016-07-29 13:28

Unto all those who aspire to the Order of Chivalry does Sir Timothy of Arindale send greetings,

Good gentles, noble warriors, on Thursday August 4th and Friday August 5th, I will once again be taking the field from 9am until 5pm to fight you, to train you, to spar with you until such time as I no longer have the energy to lift my sword. Æthelmearc’s Prince Marcus has vowed to be at my side on both days, and our King and Queen Sirs Thomas Byron and Ariella have graciously offered to join us on Friday.

We invite the chivalry from throughout the Known World to join us.

If you want to be a knight, with all your heart and soul, this is the place to show us you will one day belong at the side of your brothers, at the side of your King and Queen. Push yourselves. Bring your friends. Please spread word of this such that others throughout the Known World join us,

In service to the Society, I remain,

Sir Timothy of Arindale

Duke Timothy vs. THLord Guillaume le Noir. Photo by Lady Mary Christina Lowe.


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Beasts and Monsters are Coming to Pennsic!

Fri, 2016-07-29 06:59



There are Medieval Heraldic Beasts at Pennsic. Don’t count on your electronics to catch them, though. Some of you may have seen earlier posts about this, and it is indeed true. Beasts and Monsters are coming to Pennsic! Actual beasts you can see and touch.

The medieval & analog fix for avid Pokemon hunters (and those who just enjoy a good challenge) is coming to Pennsic during War Week. Pensimon Go: The Menagerie Quest will run from 9 a.m. Monday, August 8th morning through noon on Wednesday, August 11th, is intended for all ages, and will have you finding public places at War you may never have visited.

Supplies are slightly limited (privately funded and free to participate), but sharing is allowed. Participants will collect sightings of magical creatures hidden in public spaces (please leave the critters where you find them). Prizes will be awarded for both over age 12 and under age 12 players. Results will be tallied and the winners announced in the Independent after the contest closes. Come by the offices of the Pennsic Independent Monday morning to pick up your very own Pensidex! Tour Pennsic’s public spaces, aided by location clues, to catch them all.

An online printable Pensidex, for those with electronic wizardry skills, will also be available soon – stay tuned!




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When Is My Kingdom Thing at Pennsic?

Thu, 2016-07-28 17:05

Mistress Ts’vee’a, the Kingdom Camp Scheduler, gives us this list of Æthelmearc Happenings at Pennsic – parties, vigils, Courts, Order Meetings, tournaments, and more! All activities are in Æthelmearc Royal Encampment unless otherwise noted:

Social Gatherings

Open Bardic Circle: Tuesday, August 2, 8-10pm

Haakon Oaktall Anniversary Bardic Circle: Wednesday, August 3, 8-10:30pm

Æthelmearc Bardic – Come and Perform!: Thursday, August 4, 8-10pm

Æthelmearc Teen and Tween Party: Saturday, August 6, 7-9pm

Laurel Vigil for AElfrun Ketta: Saturday, August 6, 8-11pm in Akeru Thunder (E17)

MOD Vigil for Clewin Kupferhelbelinc: Sunday, August 7, following Rapier Champion  battles, Æthelmearc Rapier Shade, Rapier field

*Known World Queens’ Tea: Sunday, August 7, 2-4pm

Debatable Lands Potluck Dinner and Court: Sunday, August 7, 5-8pm

Pelican Vigil for Timothy of Arindale: Sunday, August 7, 6-?pm in Camp Arindale (B08)

Laurel Vigil for Irene von Schmetterling: Sunday, August 7, 8:30-12 in Debatable Lands (N10, Fletcher Rd) (send-off in Debatable Lands court in AE Royal ~7-8pm)

Celebration of Life of Countess Aidan ni Lear: Sunday, August 7, 8:30-10:30pm

*Scribal Tea: Monday, August 8, 2-4pm

Memorial for Dave Cooper: Monday, August 8, 4-5pm, Dave’s Drive on the Battlefield

Æthelmearc Family and Children Party: Monday, August 8, 6-8pm

Æthelmearc Party: Arthurian Legends: Monday, August 8, 8:30-11pm

Known World Hatter’s Tea: Tuesday, August 9, 11:30am-1pm

Kingdom Exchequer Meet ‘n Greet: Tuesday, August 9, 4-5pm

Known World Chatelaine Meeting: Wednesday, August 10, 9-11am

Known World Equestrian Gathering: Wednesday, August 10, 4-5pm

*Seven Pearls Dinner: Wednesday, August 10, 6-9pm

*Ladies of the Rose Happy Hour: Thursday, August 11, 3-6pm

*Private or semi-restricted event

Musters and Courts

Muster for Opening Ceremonies: Saturday, August 6, 5:15pm

Opening Ceremonies: Saturday, August 6, 6-7pm in the Great Hall (New Barn)

Muster for and Procession to Æthelmearc Court: Tuesday, August 9, 5:30pm

Æthelmearc Court: Tuesday, August 9, 6-9pm in Great Hall (New Barn)

Muster for Closing Ceremonies: Friday, August 12, when war points end, on the Battlefield

Closing Ceremonies: Friday, August 12, after the war points, at the Fort on the Battlefield

Note: Their Majesties will be on the battlefield approximately half an hour before each War Point battle to rally the troops and distribute Queen Ariella’s favors.

Order Meetings

Chivalry: Wednesday, August 10, 2:30-3:30pm, AE Pavilion on Battlefield
Laurel: Saturday, August 6, 1-3pm
Pelican: Saturday, August 6 10am-12pm
Fleur d’AEthelmearc: Saturday, August 6, 9-10am
Gage: Wednesday, August 10, 1:30-2:30pm, AE Pavilion on Battlefield
Millrind: Saturday, August 6, 3-4pm
Scarlet Battery: Saturday, August 6, 2-3pm, AE Pavilion on Battlefield
White Scarf: Saturday, August 6, 1-2pm, AE Pavilion on Battlefield

No Pennsic Order Meeting:

Order of Defense
Golden Lance
Scarlet Guard
White Horn

Æthelmearc-hosted Pennsic events (not in AE Royal)

Ædult Swim  (Battlefield): Thursday, August 4 and Friday, August 5, 9am-5pm, Red and Green lists

Æthelmearc Rapier Novice Tournament: Wednesday, August 10, 12-2pm, Rapier List 1

Youth Combat Night with the Knights: Sunday, August 7, 7-9 pm, Youth list
Youth Polearm Tourney, Monday, August 8, 7-9 pm, Youth list
Æthelmearc Youth/Adult Tag Team Tournament: Wednesday, August 10, 7-9pm, Blue List
Youth Combat Reindeer Games (melees), Thursday, August 11, 7-9 pm, Youth list

 Scribal Tent Schedule (Located in Æthelmearc Royal)

Tent # Date Time Title Scribal tent  2 08-03 9-10am A Hand A Day: Uncial and Artificial Uncial Scribal tent  2 08-03 12-1pm How to Draw Manuscript Flora Scribal tent 1 08-03 1-3pm Open Scribal Time/Scribal Play Time Scribal tent 1 08-04 12-1:30pm Introduction to Scribal Materials Scribal tent  2 08-04 2-4pm Open Scribal Time/Scribal Play Time Scribal tent  2 08-05 9-10am A Hand A Day: Early Gothic Calligraphy Scribal tent  2 08-05 10am-12pm Open Scribal Time/Scribal Play Time Scribal tent  2 08-05 1-3pm *Shūji*: Taking the Brush – Japanese Calligraphy Scribal tent 1 08-05 2-3pm How to Draw Manuscript Flora Scribal tent  2 08-06 9-10am A Hand A Day: Insular Majuscule Scribal tent 1 08-06 2-4pm Open Scribal Time/Scribal Play Time Scribal tent  2 08-07 10am-12pm Open Scribal Time/Scribal Play Time Scribal tent 1 08-07 1-3pm I Spy: Calligraphy Scribal tent  2 08-07 1-2pm At a Loss for Words Scribal tent  2 08-07 2-3pm Developing a Flourished Hand by Bocskay Scribal tent 1 08-08 9-10am A Hand A Day: Rotunda Minuscule Scribal tent  2 08-08 12:30-1:30pm Gothic Hybrid Drolleries and Grotesques Scribal tent 1 08-08 2-4pm Æthelmearc Scribal Tea Scribal tent  2 08-09 9-10am A Hand A Day: Rotunda Capitals Calligraphy Scribal tent  2 08-09 10-11am Redaction: A Recipe for Scrolls – First Course Scribal tent  2 08-09 11am-12pm Left-Handed Calligraphy Scribal tent  2 08-09 12-1pm How to Draw Manuscript Flora Scribal tent 1 08-09 1-2pm Beginning Celtic Knotwork Scribal tent 1 08-10 9-10am A Hand A Day: Italic Calligraphy Scribal tent  2 08-10 10-11am Beginning Scribal…A Family Affair Scribal tent  2 08-10 11am-12pm Whitework Illumination Scribal tent 1 08-10 3-4pm Painting Italian Renaissance Gems and Pearls Scribal tent  2 08-10 4-5pm Visualizing Scrolls from Manuscripts Scribal tent 1 08-11 9-11am A Hand A Day: Gilded Letters Scribal tent  2 08-11 10-11am Redaction: A Recipe for Scrolls – Second Course Scribal tent 1 08-11 11am-12pm Wordsmithing for Everyone


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Æthelmearc Royal Camp Set-up and Tear-down Help Needed

Wed, 2016-07-27 21:23

Hello fellow citizens of Æthelmearc!

As we all finish packing up for War, your help is needed to make our Kingdom shine and to provide the space for all people of Æthelmearc to use! Many hands make light work, and a few hours of your time (or as much as you can offer) will make the effort much lighter for all.

The AE Royal Setup-Takedown schedule is:

Sunday July 31
9AM – 1130AM Truck at Trailer, 4-6 person truck crew loads the truck and brings the material over to Royal. Then unloads it there. Truck team released.

12 NOON – 5PM Set up team starts with Scribe 1 and begins to set up all the canvas. By 5 everything should be up. The ground team is released with many thanks.

Friday, August 12
9AM – 1PM Break down of camp commences. The truck will be onsite and as things are broken down, they go right into the truck. Once loaded the ground crew is released.

1 PM – 5PM Loaded truck heads over to the trailer. Unload team will be there to move items from in the truck into the trailer. Once loaded and closed the truck crew is released and we are done for the year.

Please consider coming out and donating a bit of your time to help out. You simply need to show up at the appointed time. If you want to be part of the truck crew send a note to Master Janos ( Pains have been taken to make sure that no-one’s time will be wasted and refreshments will be available at both set up and take down.

Thank you in advance for your service!

In Gloriam AEthelmearc!


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Her Majesty’s Garden at Pennsic

Wed, 2016-07-27 11:27

Fountain that will be in the Queen’s Garden.

Greetings from Filipia Capriotti, OL, Head Gardener for Her Majesty!

It is my pleasure to invite all to visit, enjoy and participate in the Queen’s Garden, featuring a  labyrinth by Master Ambros Kyriel.  It will be open to the public whenever the Royal encampment is open to the public.

We will begin assembling the Queen’s Garden and Labyrinth on Monday, August 1. Those who are bringing plants for the garden may drop them at Æthelmearc Kingdom Encampment beginning the first Sunday evening, through the middle Saturday. If you wish to retrieve your plants at the end of Pennsic, please mark them with a wooden stake, there will be some available. There will be a visitors book, with an area to communicate with other gardeners for possible swaps, and I will have a number of plants in the ‘nursery’ for sale to defray costs of the garden. I will need a small amount of muscular assistance for placing boards and fencing; if you can cut neat turf blocks there is a bonus for you!

Please contact me if you have questions or contributions.

Yours in Service – maestro Filipia

Example of a renaissance garden with a labyrinth. Image courtesy of Mistress Filipia.

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A&S War Point Artisans for Pennsic

Mon, 2016-07-25 21:54

Their Majesties are pleased to announce the following individuals are representing Æthelmearc for the Arts & Sciences War Point this year:

Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen
Mistress Irene von Schmetterling
THL Ian Campbell of Glen Muir
Lady Elska Fjarfell
Lady Kalishka Peredslava

From the Pennsic website: For the second year in a row, the Artisans and Scientists throughout the Known World have the chance to compete for a War Point! Teams were preselected from throughout their Kingdoms and allies, but we need YOU to determine the winners! All are welcome to view, and anyone with a Kingdom level A&S award may vote (this would mean a Sycamore or higher in Æthelmearc, or the equivalent from another Kingdom)! The War Point takes place in the Great Hall on Thursday, August 11 from 9 -3.

So come support Æthelmearc and add your voice to the War Point determination this year.

In service,
Fridrikr and Orianna
Kingdom Ministers of the Arts & Sciences

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Court Report: Pax Interruptus

Wed, 2016-07-20 20:01

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron et Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Majesties’ Royal Court at Pax Interruptus, 9 July, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of Thescorre, accompanied by Their Heirs, Prince Marcus and Princess Margerite, and Her Avian Excellency Sadira. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of the Honorable Lady Gytha Oggesdottir, silent herald, and the Honorable Lady Solveig Throndardottir, Keystone Herald.

In the morning, Their Majesties received Sir Murdoch Bayne. Upon confirming that it was indeed his wish to proceed, They brought forward Their Order of the Pelican to conduct him to the place of his Vigil, where he could entertain counsel from any and all who wished to see him throughout the day. Court was suspended.

Court resumed in the afternoon. Their Majesties asked the children forward and invited them to amuse themselves with activities provided by Khalekin Erbekei.

Their Majesties gave leave to Her Excellency Sadira to conduct the business of her Court.

Baroness Sadira’s court. Photo by Arianna of Wynthrope.

Next did Their Majesties invite Her Grace, Rowan de la Garnison, to receive Their decree that Ewa of Coppertree be raised to the nobility and Awarded Arms. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

Lady Ewa’s AoA scroll. Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful.

Their Majesties called Ragna Feilan before them, and praised her cooking and research, as well as her dedication to her Barony and the thrown weapons ranges. In recognition of her efforts, They Awarded her Arms. Scroll by Lady Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties then summoned Kalishka Peredslava into Their presence. Mindful of this gentle’s skill as a glass-blower and the impressive creations of her hand, They were moved to Award her Arms. Scroll by THL Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne and Baroness Daedez of the Moritu.

Their Majesties next brought before them Quentin Lawless. Well pleased were Their Majesties to encounter this individual, for They had attempted once before to reward him for his service and dedication to the fencing field. So impressed were They by both Their own experience of his skill with the blade, and the report of others, that They deemed it proper to name him a Companion of the Golden Alce, and thereby to Award him Arms. Scroll by Mistress Maria Cristina de Cordoba.

Next did Their Majesties invite the Honorable Lord Juan Miguel Cezar to address the populace. His Lordship announced that one of Their Majesties’ subjects had attained the rank of Master Bowman. Thus was Lord Alrekr Bergsson brought forward to receive the token and badge of this estate. Before releasing Lord Alrekr, Their Majesties did proclaim it right that he take with him further recognition of his achievement, and named him a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce. Two scrolls were presented: the first illuminated by Ana Ianka Lisitsina with calligraphy and wording by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova; the second by THL Eleanor Godwin.

Their Majesties desired next to speak with the Honorable Lady Zofia Kowaleska. Well pleased were Their Majesties with report and direct experience of this lady’s cooking, scribal efforts, and other accomplishments, and They did affirm that others, also, have been impressed with her works. As an outward symbol of Their regard, They did call for the Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc to convene and witness as They named her a Companion of that Order. Scroll calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix, on wording by Mistress Gillian Llewellyn, with gilding and paint by Shirin of Susa.

Lady Zofia receives a Fleur. Photo by Baron Steffan

While the Order was assembled, Their Majesties bestowed upon THL Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne the scroll that had been absent when she was inducted into the Order of the Fleur D’Æthelmearc (illumination by Lady Felice de Thornton; calligraphy by Master Jon Blaecstan). However, before allowing her to depart, They noted with pleasure all her other service, in addition to creating works of scribal art: autocratting, cooking, and service to her Barony and her Kingdom. For all this, They were minded to invite forward Their Order of the Millrind, so that They might name her also its Companion. Scroll by Lady Abigail Kelhoge.

Their Majesties next requested the presence of The Honorable Lord Cynwulf Rendell. Mindful of his long and meritorious conduct and skill on the archery range, Their Majesties invited before Them the Order of the Scarlet Guard, and named him one of its Companions, presenting him with the medallion and tassel provided by THL Juan Miguel Cezar. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Then Their Majesties invited Sir Murdoch Bayne to present himself and give answer whether he would join the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Upon his affirmation, the Order came before the throne. Earl Yngvar and Countess Caryl offered their endorsement as Royal Peers. Her Excellency faced a rare moment of speechlessness, finally reiterating again that, as she said at his knighting, to call herself his peer would require much more work on her part. Words from Duke Christopher Rawlyns were conveyed by Kómes tou stáblou Magnus Tindal, who added his own ringing attestation to Sir Murdoch’s unfailing Chivalry. Duke Christopher named him the epitome of the knightly virtues, while Duke Tindal noted that spurs, used well, can bring out the best of a steed, and so Murdoch brings out the best in those around him. Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, while not herself a Companion of the Laurel, was asked to convey the words of Sir Aengus MacBain on behalf of that Order, including a memory of seeing Murdoch after a significant weight loss, and thinking that it must have been difficult, since he is such a good cook. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, as a representative of the Order of Defense. spoke of the generosity required by those who make the Society possible for others, especially scribes, who give their work away, and cooks, who spend their day in the kitchen, away from the pleasures and pastimes of our activities. Her Grace noted that Sir Murdoch is in both of  these communities, and that it speaks to his generosity of spirit. Dame Kateryna ty Isaf told of first meeting Sir Murdoch in Endless Hills, where he was sweeping floors at the end of an event, and her next meetng was at the first Crown Tournament of Æthelmearc, where he was hard at work in the kitchen making pies. In the more than fifteen years of her acquaintance with him, she said, she has always held him up as an example of all that a Peer should be. Moved by the testimony of these Noble Worthies, Their Majesties bid that Sir Murdoch receive the ancestral medallion of the Pelicans. Countess Caryl also presented him with her own Pelican medallion to keep once the other must be passed on, and with a hood adorned with the badge of the Order, as a further symbol of his estate. Sir Murdoch chose to offer a second Oath, one that emphasized his commitment to serve others, to serve the Crown, and to encourage others in their service. Thereupon was he named a Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Promissory scroll text by Sir Aengus MacBain and Maistresse Yviane de Castel D’Avignon.

Sir Murdoch is elevated to the Order of the Pelican. Photo by Arianna.

Before releasing Sir Murdoch to his new Order, Their Majesties recalled His Lordship, Juan Miguel Cezar. Taking good note of his dedicated and tireless service to the archery community, They commanded His Lordship to sit vigil at St. Swithin’s Bog’s 3-day event, there to contemplate his elevation into the Order of the Pelican. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

THL Juan Miguel Cezar receives a Writ for a Pelican. Photo by Arianna.

Her Majesty then asked Lord Corwin Alexander Templeton to come forward and be recognized as Her inspiration for the day. Her Majesty spoke of his creative targets for the days’ ranges and gave him Her token in appreciation for his efforts to provide an entertaining and challenging range.

Lord Corwin is recognized as the Queen’s inspiration. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties recognized all those scribes who contributed scrolls, medallions, and regalia for the day’s honorees. They further thanked all the staff who had worked to make the event enjoyable and successful.

There being no further business, the Coram Regibus was closed.

Faithfully Submitted,

Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

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Royal Thanks for Bog Three-Day

Wed, 2016-07-20 07:36

Good Gentles of Fair Æthelmearc!

The Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog created a truly marvelous event last Saturday, set off by sublime weather and attendance over expectations.  Thank you to those who set up a tent for Ourselves and one for Their Royal Highnesses, filled with an initial spread  that would make any caterer proud, ready for use by 9am.

Thanks to Master Don Lodovic, set upon Vigil for Master of Defense, who then continued heading the kitchen that produced such a delicious lunch and feast!  Thank you to THL Ursula of Rouen and her staff for running the event with courtesy and efficiency, allowing Us to fit three courts  and many other activities into the day.

We saw gentles enjoying the  Iron Scribe competition, large fencing tourneys and pick ups, thrown Weapons, and three vigils.  Thanks to  Duke Duncan Von Halstern for running Our Heavy Weapons Championship where the chivalry of Æthelmearc fighters brought pride and satisfaction to Our hearts.  Thanks to the MOLs, Baroness Soteria and others, for completing the tournament in just an hour and a half, despite having at least 25 entrants, and continuing on to Æthelmearc 500 the rest of the day.

It was a pleasure to have  the support of Their Excellencies, Iago and Emilia, and Their Highnesses, Marcus and Margerite. Thanks to the many gentles who came and delighted in the Dream together!  We look forward to seeing many more  great deeds and the warm hospitality of this awesome Kingdom at Pennsic War.

Yours In Service to the Dream.

Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina

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Pennsic for Newcomers

Mon, 2016-07-18 19:42

Pennsic is rapidly approaching and we are working on plans to make it an even better experience for any newcomers in attendance. The Æthelmearc Kingdom Chatelaine, Baroness Desiderata Drake, would like to invite those who are new to the SCA and/or new to Pennsic, to the following activities:

Newcomers’ Tent

The incoming Society Chatelaine, Duchess Kalisa Aleksandrovna, and I are coordinating the return of Newcomers’ Point. This year, however, working together to facilitate change, we are trying something a little bit different that we are hoping will make it even better than in years past. Our goal is to have a place that is open and available to newcomers during the busy War Week of Pennsic, where newcomers can feel comfortable and learn more about the event and the SCA in general. We have been able to obtain a tent through Pennsic University that is located on a main road and is close to where all of the activity of Pennsic University is located. This will be a set place for the majority of War Week that newcomers will be able to go and will know that they can attend newcomer-type classes or find somebody available to answer questions about the SCA.

The Newcomers’ tent will be in AS 17, on the corner of Chandler’s Road and St. Lawrence Way, close to the Great Hall (see map below), and will be open the following hours:

Saturday, August 6, 2016 – 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, August 7, 2016 – 11 am – 4 pm

Monday, August 8, 2016 – 11 am – 2 pm

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 – 11 am – 2 pm

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – 11 am – 2 pm

Classes will be mostly geared towards those who are new to the SCA, but will also have some helpful information for those new to Pennsic. Please check the Pennsic book or online at Pennsic University to see which classes will be offered each day.

Newcomers’ Social

For the third year, the Æthelmearc Chatelaines will be hosting the Newcomers’ Social at 1 pm on Sunday, August 7th in the Newcomers’ Tent (AS 17). Newcomers are encouraged to come and meet other Newcomers as well as Chatelaines from around the Known World, ask questions, and partake of some light refreshments. Rumor has it that there may be some Royals attending to welcome the newcomers as well.

Introduction to Royalty

One of the things that makes Pennsic stand out from other events is the large number of Royals in attendance from all over the Knowne World. Most newcomers don’t have the opportunity to come into contact with Royalty and to talk to them.  But now is your chance! On Wednesday, August 10 from 11 am – 12 pm, we will be holding an “Introduction to Royalty” session for newcomers in AS17. Royalty from several Kingdoms will be there for an informal meet and greet and will be available to answer questions. We guarantee it is something that you will not soon forget!

Please also come by the tent anytime just to visit if you are in the area and if you are able to take a little bit of time to support these activities for our newcomer’s, we will be incredibly appreciative. Let’s work together to make this Pennsic amazingly special for newcomers!

Dame Desiderata Drake, OP
Baroness of Delftwood, the Barony that Rocks
Kingdom Chatelaine, Sylvan Kingdom of AEthelmearc



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