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Court Report: Crown Tournament/20 Year Anniversary

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Here continues the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at Their Crown Tournament, October 7, AS 52, in Their Shire of Hornwood; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, with the assistance of Lord Ronan O’Conall.

In the morning court:

On October 7, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, issued a royal sanction – banishment from the royal presence against Matthew Gibson, known in the Society as Tegrinus de Rhina. This sanction will expire at the end of our reign.

Their Majesties then summoned before Them those members of the Order of the Pelican there present. Having been informed of and agreeable to the Order’s desire to add to their number, they summoned in turn Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr and Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenburg, and sent each to the place prepared for them to sit vigil and contemplate elevation to that noble Order.

Their Majesties then received before Them those combatants and consorts who were to vie for a place beside Their Majesties as Heirs to the Sylvan Throne, giving Their tokens to the couples as they were received.

Count Andreas and Countess Callista greet Their Majesties before the tourney.

Their Majesties then gave leave to Their Officers to conduct the Crown Tournament and Their Court was thus suspended.

At the conclusion of the tournament:

Having emerged victorious from the list of combatants, Their Majesties invited before them Duke Sven Gunnarsson and Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Liathain. Having confirmed his desire to serve as Prince, His Majesty placed the crown on Duke Sven’s head, creating him the Prince of Æthelmearc. His Highness then received the consort’s crown, and put it on the head of His lady, Duchess Siobhan, creating Her as His Princess.

Prince Sven crowns Princess Siobhan.

The Court of Their Majesties was once again suspended.

In the evening, holding Their Court:

Their Majesties summoned before Them the Children of the Kingdom who were then sent in pursuit of toys carried by his Lordship Darri inn Valski with which to entertain themselves during the business of Their Majesties’ Court.

Next, those attending their first event with the Society were summoned before Their Majesties. As a token of Their welcome to the Society and the Kingdom, each were given a drinking vessel to use for themselves as they attended further events in the future.

Their Majesties then invited before Them the Ladies of the Rose to speak about the chivalry witnessed on the field during the tournament. The Order noted the chivalry displayed by many of the fighters present that day, but determined one had demonstrated that chivalry above the rest, naming Duke Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn to carry the Shield of Chivalry.

Duke Malcolm receives the Shield of Chivalry.

His Lordship Alrekr Bergson was called forth to discuss the archery competition held during the day.
Their Majesties then received Baroness Fiona ingen ui Fhaolain to swear her oath of loyalty on behalf of the Baronage of the Endless Hills.
Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers was then invited before Their Majesties. They noted Sir Alonzio’s many years of service to the Army of Æthelmearc, but also noted that a sign of his position as member of the Order of Chivalry had yet to be presented to him. So did They present him with a (only slightly overdue) scroll announcing his Elevation to the Chivalry by Their honored Ancestors Rurik and Elspeth in AS 37. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Their Majesties Awarded Arms to Rollo Bastardson for his service in the Kingdom Army, especially over the past three Pennsic Wars, fighting with the Borderwatch in defense of Their lands. Scroll by Lady Shirin of Susa.

Ulf Halfdansson was then summoned before Their Majesties and was Awarded Arms for setting a fine example, first as a youth fighter, and then as an adult, offering a hand of service wherever needed. Scroll by Master Kieran MacRae.
Their Majesties next called for Bryna Barth, and Awarded her Arms for giving of her talents as cook, webmistress and retainer, among many others. Scroll by Lord Jacques of Sylvan Glen.
Felineaous Wratheon was next Awarded Arms by Their Majesties. Called Wraith, he has contributed to the Society for more than 20 years, before recently gaining citizenship in Æthelmearc. He, too, fights with the Borderwatch and serves as a herald and bard. Scroll by THL Eleanor of Godwin.
Joel of Hunter’s Home was next Awarded Arms for his service on the field of battle with the Borderwatch, defending the Kingdom both with heavy weapons and on the rapier field at this past Pennsic War. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Lucius Livis Lazarus was then summoned to the Royal Presence. Lucius has quietly served the Kingdom and His Majesty’s House Sable Maul for years, providing his arm on the field, and his talents in casting and cooking when the fighting had ceased. For this did they Award him Arms as well. Scroll by Lady Edana the Red.
Lady Thyri Erbewyf was summoned before Their Majesties, who had heard of her service as a key part of the Borderwatch siege crew. She trains new siege engineers and was the Borderwatch’s field commander on the field this past Pennsic. For this did they induct her into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Lord Leonardis next was called to appear before their Majesties. Word had reached Their ears about his continued prowess on the fighting field, and his contributions to the heavy weapons community. For these reasons did They create him a member of the Order of the Gage. Scroll by Alita of Hartstone.

Lord Leonardis receives a Gage token from Count Andreas.

Baroness Miriel du Lac was called before Their Majesties. Her Excellency currently serves as Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael, but word of the other forms of service she provides helping to set up and dismantle events, and contributing on the fencing field and in the kitchens had reached the ears of Their Majesties. So did They induct her into Their Order of the Millrind. Scroll by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes.

Their Majesties next summoned to them Lady Deidre Scot of Clan Scott. They had heard of her work at events doing a myriad of tasks from cooking to retaining to being sure all were fed, as well as the more onerous tasks of securing event sites and serving as exchequer. For this was she also added to the number of the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by Lady Shirin of Susa.
Their Majesties the invited back from her vigil Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenburg, who confirmed her desire to be elevated to the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Words in support of her Elevation came from Mistress Drea, delivered by Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdenne, Master Jose de Madrid, delivered by Mistress Cori Gora, and Master Robert of Sugar Grove, all as members of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Words from Mistresses of the Pelican Rosemarian of Edgewater and Ysabeau Tiercelin were also shared, as were words from Duke Marcus from the Chivalry, Duchess Liadain and Duke Elffin O’Mona, shared by His Highness Sven as Royal Peers, and from Lord Christian Goldenlok and Elizabeth and Isabelle von Halstern speaking as members of the populace.

Having heard those words, Their Majesties did then bestow upon Mistress Elisabeth the symbols of her new position, and created her one of their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Scroll is a work in progress.

Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr was next summoned from her vigil, to speak to her desire for elevation to the same Order. Speaking to her worthiness was Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella as one of the Pelicans, Duke Rurik as one of the Chivalry, Meesteress Odriana vander Brughe as a Laurel, and Countess Elena as a Royal Peer. Also heard were words from Mistress Amaryllis as a chirurgeon, and words from Count Jehan de la Marche as a Jewel of Æthelmearc, conveyed by Master Morien MacBain.
Their Majesties heard the testimony from those worthies, and did also induct Baroness Constance as one of their Most Noble Order of the Pelican, having bestowed upon her the signs and symbols of that Peerage. Scroll is a work in progress.

Her Majesty then bid Lady Dorothea Stark Shutze attend Her, as she had decided to name Lady Dorothea Her inspiration for the day, and awarded her a Golden Escarbuncle.

Their Majesties then thanked the scribes and craftsmen who had provided their gifts and talents in the creation of the awards and scrolls handed out that day.

However, before closing Their Court, Their Majesties summoned Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh before them. Having heard of her work as a scribe and assisting the Sylvan Signet in the work of that office, They thanked her, and did summon Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel to attend them, at this point bidding Mistress Graidhne to accept a writ to sit Vigil to contemplate elevation to that Noble Order at a later date. Scroll by Mistress Hrefna inn Heppna Thorgrimsdottir.
Their being no further business, and by that hour, no further light with which to conduct it, the Court of Their Majesties was then closed.

All photos by Lady Aine ny Allane.

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Pen vs. Sword VI: Point Taken

Thu, 2017-11-16 18:42

‘Tis a simple thing to take a man’s life with a sword, and once it’s done, it’s done, but when a man’s life is eviscerated by the pen, it remains that way for eternity. Last year, the Pen won.  Sword: consider this a challenge.

The Shire of Angels Keep will once again celebrate the art of the pen and the arte of the sword on March 17, 2018 and attempt to answer the age-old question; which is mightier, the pen or the sword?

Join us to discover the answer at the Auburn United Methodist Church, 99 South St, Auburn NY. Site will open at 9 a.m. and the first classes will start at 10 a.m.  Classes will end at 5 p.m., Site fee, including day board, is $15, $5 for children under 14, babes in arms are free.  SCA member discount is $5.

We will again be offering a full day of classes featuring two distinct tracks: one for the scribal arts and the other for the art of the sword. Those interested in teaching please contact THL Moniczka Poznanska (Martha Powers). A full list of classes and schedule will be available on the Shire website before the event.

A generous dayboard featuring items designed for grabbing on your way to class, as well as sit-down dishes will be provided. Reservations are encouraged so we can plan for how much food to cook without generating a lot of waste. No feast will be served, but a list of local restaurants is available on our website. Please contact our dayboard steward, Volbjorn Grimmsons (Wayne Sweet) regarding any food-related concerns or allergies.

Autocrat for this event is Dyryke Hastings (Mark Lefler).

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How to Use the Online Award Recommendation Form

Wed, 2017-11-15 09:06

by THL Antoinette DeLorraine

How many times have you thought “Wow! I would love to put so-and-so in for an award, but I don’t know how…”?  Here is a step-by-step guideline on how to find our kingdom’s online form.

Under the drop-down on the Kingdom webpage, look for “Documents and Forms” and poof!  It’s the first hyperlink.

The form asks for basic things like your name and your contact information, as well as any awards you have relevant to the recommendation.

Nervous about the “Relevant Awards”  line?

Don’t be! This line is not required, nor is it necessary for you to have received any awards (or the one you are recommending) in order to submit someone’s name for any award. Your name and contact information helps the Crown, Signet, or order clerks contact you with any questions.

As for the other information needed:  the recipient’s name, years involved, and what award you are submitting him or her for are just a few of the questions involved. 

If you are not sure about some of the answers, in the lower half of the form there is a space where you can write in the name of someone who may have that information (“Other comments”).

It is suggested that award recommendations be submitted a minimum of six weeks prior to an upcoming event where the recipient will be present (longer if the recommendation is for a grant-level or peerage-level award).

If you still have questions, you can always ask local members for help. You too can write recommendations and support Æthelmearc!

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Gold Chain Muster Thanksgiving Weekend

Mon, 2017-11-13 19:23

Sir Ariella vs. THLord Rouland at the Gage Meet ‘n’ Beat, War Practice 2015. Photo by Lady Valentina de la Volpe.

Greetings All Fighters!

The Chivalry of Æthelmearc invite you to join us for a regional fighting practice in the Shire of Hunter’s Home on Sunday afternoon after Thanksgiving, November 26, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The site has indoor and outdoor fighting space, including room for long weapons. It is not far from I-79 at 1898 Grant Street, Utica, PA 16362.

Please drop armor at the site and then park at the Fire hall at Grant and Academy Streets one block away. Sir Arnthor lives nearby and is available for questions about the site or directions. For questions or suggestions, please contact Sir Ariella by email or on Facebook (Cara McCandless) or Sir Arnthor.

We hope to see you all there!

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Mourning, Memories, and Merriment: Dual Wake Next Weekend

Sun, 2017-11-05 18:29

Wake for Masters Augusto Guiseppie de San Donato and Brandric Slaywrock
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Canton of Beau Fleuve

 There will be a memorial party for Joe and Brandric next Sunday from noon until whenever at the Wrights Corners Fire Company (4043 Lake Avenue Lockport, NY 14094) — an afternoon of stories, memories and music with food and drink. There will be live music, games, and an open mic, Garb is optional, food will be potluck with wings & beef on weck (possibly others), open bar (with additional donations welcome).

 There is no admission or charge. Donations to defray expenses may be accepted but are NOT required.

Ccoordinator and site liaison for the event is THL Wolfgang Starcke, who is reached most easily via email or on Facebook.

This is  a pet-friendly site, dogs are allowed outdoors, service animals are allowed inside, but please clean up after them.

Site is wet: alcohol is permitted for adults 21 and over.

Open flames are allowed.

A request has been made to set up a thrown weapons range. Please bring your weapons; we will be throwing, rain or shine.
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In Memoriam: Maestro Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato

Tue, 2017-10-31 22:09

Photo by Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi.


On Saturday, October 28, Æthelmearc lost a loyal and hardworking servant of the Crown. Maestro Augusto Giuseppe da San Donato, also known as “Joe the Just,” passed away after complications from surgery.

Maestro Giuseppe started attending SCA functions in 1999 in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael (greater Buffalo, NY), and made it to his first event in 2000.  He quickly jumped into the Society with both feet and became a pillar of his Barony and the Kingdom.

Giuseppe recieved a Pelican in 2012 for his many works, especially autocratting events, running thrown weapons lists, and holding offices from Canton to Kingdom level. If you needed something built, hauled, or organized, he was your guy. One of his many services was driving the “Baronial Bus” to haul gear from his Barony to and from each Pennsic.

Maestro Giuseppe indulged in the occasional grand gesture. At War Practice during the reign of Byron and Ariella, when he took on the position of Kingdom Chamberlain along with Master Meszaros Janos, he presented the Kingdom with a fire ring adorned with escarbuncles to be used in the Royal Camp at Pennsic.

Maestro Giuseppe’s fire ring. Photo by Master Alaxandair O Conchobhair.

The list of awards he has received in recognition of his work over more than 17 years in the SCA encompasses not only most of Æthelmearc’s Kingdom awards and orders, and awards from his local Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, but also awards from the Barony of Rising Waters across the Niagara River in Ealdormere. Most recently he was recognized by King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle with a Sycamore at War Practice last spring for his thrown weapons targets and the Kingdom fire ring.

As many of Maestro Giuseppe’s friends have been shocked by the news of his sudden passing, stories of the ways he’s helped others are emerging.

Baron Magnus and Baroness Miriel of the Rhydderich Hael posted a remembrance of Maestro Giuseppe on their blog site, which eloquently describes how beloved he was in his barony. In that post, they noted, “Joe was a fixture in our Society, constantly working in front of and behind the scenes to make the Society a better place for others. Perhaps it was this singular dedication and drive that makes his passing so hard to imagine. Joe never stopped and no one expected he ever would.”

Photo by Baroness Rosemund von Glinde.

THLady Renata Rouge remembers, “About 10 years ago, my sister’s house burned suddenly. She lost EVERYTHING. It was a few weeks before Ice Dragon, which Joe was autocratting at the time. I felt like a chicken running around without it’s head, trying to arrange for donations to help my sister and the girls. Joe and [Mistress Tiercelin] both emailed me to say that they had arranged for space at Ice Dragon for people to drop off donations of items and clothing, and that there would be a box for monetary donations, to help with the financial burden. I was shocked, and more thankful than I could gather words for. Sure enough, when we got there, we had a truckload of items and not only did Joe collect donations of money but also gift cards for building stores and such. It was so incredible. Then he insisted on buying lunch for my mother and I (back then, Ice Dragon had the cantina style lunches.) That was really when he and I started getting close as friends.”

Master Filippo de Sancto Martino noted, “To call Joe Piselli my friend is an understatement. He was like a brother. His death still seems too unreal. [Giuseppe] traveled, set up ranges and molded things as he saw fit. In the Hael, he autocratted and ran the shed determined to be the best at both. Joe was a “my way or the highway kind of guy”; determined to make things happen. He worked hard, often overworking himself to the point of hurting himself and becoming a wee bit over cranky.” Filippo continues, “There will be many great stories told about Joe, aka Joe the Just, aka Just Joe, aka Joe knows a guy. I’ll let others tell those stories. They tell them better than me any way. I’ll remember the cranky grumpy bastard I call a brother and a friend. I can see him giving me that look and saying “Really Phil”. And I would say, “Now put on a shirt and grab some rest before you piss any more people off.”

Maestro Giuseppe receiving a Sycamore. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.

Mistress Anna Eisenkopf recalls Joe fondly, “He was always there with a smile, a hug, and a helpful hand. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. There was a Harvest Raid event that I remember many years ago. It was a weird weather day: one minute the sun was shining, the next it was raining or sleeting sideways. At one point we realized that whenever Giuseppe came out to the thrown weapons range, the weather would decidedly take a turn for the worse. That was one of the early times of laughter with him but there were so many more. This past [Pennsic] War he was recuperating from his first back surgery so he couldn’t be there for my elevation to the Pelican, but he made sure to have someone deliver a gift of a medallion to me. Until we meet again, my dear friend.”

In addition to all his other work, Joe was known as a fine photographer. He kindly gave the Gazette permission to use his photos in our event reports and court reports, and numerous people have said he was the only one who could take a “good” photo of them. THL Renata said, “Oddly enough, Joe was also one of the very few people who could take my picture 1. without me knowing it and 2. while I was not making weird faces. In fact, that was his trick he told me; he said that if I didn’t know he was taking my picture, it always came out beautiful. Of course I took that as a challenge to follow him around, trying to catch him pointing his camera at me.”

One of Joe’s photos, of Duchess Dorinda.

Master Filippo recalls that Giuseppe was also known for his fashion sense. “He was… a clothes horse. He wore decent attire at events, [was] shirtless for take down and set up, and dressed to the nines for court.” Baroness Aemelia Soteria noted that Joe was usually shirtless on the thrown weapons range as well, while THLady Govindi Dera Ghazi Khan commented “He said he’d never wear a t-tunic!”

Visitation and funeral information for Maestro Giuseppe (Joe Piselli):

On Sunday, November 12th, there will be a Celebration of Life for all of Joe’s friends and family-by-choice. More details will follow when they have been finalized.

Maestro Giuseppe is survived by his sister Jaye Lynn, his brother Lawrence, his nephew Matthew, his niece Emily, his inspiration Lady Ysabeau de Comport, his bejant (thrown weapons student) Baroness Aemelia Soteria, and a large host of friends across the Society.

On Saturday evening at the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Champion’s event in Nithgaard, King Gareth and Queen Juliana held a moment of silence in memory of Master Giuseppe, and that night many good gentles all around the Kingdom raised a glass to their friend, Joe.

Just… Joe.

Photo by Duchess Anna Blackleaf.

This article was compiled by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope with assistance from Master Filippo de Sancto Martino,  THLady Renata Rouge, Mistress Anna Eisenkopf, Baron Magnus de Lyons, Baroness Miriel du Lac, THLady Govindi Dera Ghazi Khan, Baroness Aemelia Soteria, and Mistress Cori Ghora.

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Fall Æcademy: Schedule, Lunch Menu, Classes for Everyone!

Tue, 2017-10-31 21:39

Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy, hosted by the Shire of Blackwater!


  • 8:30 AM                Site opens
  • 9:30 AM                Opening Court
  • 10 AM             Classes begin
  • 11 to 1         Lunch served
  • 5 PM                Classes end
  • 5:30 PM                Closing Court
  • 7 PM                Site closes

PLEASE NOTE: There is minimal parking at the church. Anyone may pull into the lot to unload, but we request that spaces in the lot be reserved for those with mobility concerns. For those who are ambulatory, a free pubic parking lot is available across the street behind the Community Bank. Please use caution when using the crosswalk, as this is a major thoroughfare. Use the entrance near the marked accessibility lift.


Prepared by Lady Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa, lunch will be available from 11 AM to 1 PM. In order to ease overcrowding in the lunch room, gentles are asked to eat lunch either from 11 AM to noon or from noon to 1 PM. The menu includes:

  • Olive medley
  • Cheese cubes
  • Yogurt with fruit (strawberries, blueberries or other available berries, possibly orange marmalade as well)
  • Meatballs (beef/pork and chicken options )with sauces on the side (cameline sauce and pepper sauce)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Leek soup
  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Bread
  • Chocolate candies
  • Coffee, hot water for tea/cocoa, possibly sikanjabin or lemonade.

Adult Classes

We have classes for bards, brewers, clothiers, cooks, dancers, fencers, fiber artists, leatherworkers, scribes, woodworkers, youths, and a host of others:


  • The Irish Bardic Tradition


  • Judging an SCA Brewing Competition
  • How to Brew Your First Beer


  • Spanish Clothing Terms for Non-Spanish Speakers
  • The Skjoldehamn Hood
  • Medieval Double Apron
  • The Goldhaube: An early 16th Century Saxon Hair Covering
  • From Seeing to Sewing: Intro to Pattern Making


  • Foundations of Period Dance Technique
  • English Dance

Fencing (War College)

  • Tricks to watch out for in fencing

Fiber Arts

  • Burn It!
  • Warp-weighted loom weights: Their story and use
  • Introduction to Silk Banners
  • Intermediate/advanced Embroidery

Food & Drink

  • What the Irish Drank
  • Before Béchamel & Hollandaise
  • Euriol’s Book of Secrets: Introduction to Recipe Translation


  • The Truth About Boleyn Green!

Japanese Studies

  • Perfectly Period Feast: Heian-kyo 2020
  • Heian-kyō 2020 : Annual Festivals of Spring and Autumn
  • Heian-kyō 2020 : Ritual, Festival, and Auspicious Food in Premodern Japan


  • Hardened Leather

SCA Life

  • MoL 101
  • Now What?! Effective Documentation
  • Talking with Your Hands

Scandinavian Studies

  • The Skalds
  • 871 +/- 2: History of the Settlement of Iceland to the year 1000
  • The Marriages of Guðrún and Hallgerður


  • Scribal Documentation and Petting Zoo
  • Illuminating using the Morgan Picture Bible
  • Basic Scribal tool Box for Illuminators
  • Whitework 101: It’s not as scary as you think!


  • Three Scandinavian Boxes

Youth Track

(Thanks to the efforts of Her Grace Duchess Ilish, the upcoming AEcademy is chock-full of fun and engaging activities for our youth.)

  • Embroidery for Children and Beginners
  • Drawing Flowers on a Scroll
  • Stuffed Eggs
  • Make and Take T-Tunic for 18-inch Doll or Teddy
  • Origami for Youth
  • Clay Play

All Youth Track classes will be held in Classroom #2. Each lasts one hour.
All supplies are provided, unless otherwise noted.
Instructors have requested a limited number of participants. Sign up near Troll to reserve a spot for your child.
Children must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of the class.

Descriptions for all classes can be found here. (Click on the title for the description of the class.)

To assist in planning your day on Saturday, the full schedule is now available here.
(A printable version can be found here.)

Event details can be found here.

Visit the event’s Facebook page and find out which of your friends will be there — and let them know you’re coming, too!

(Psst … This will give our kind kitchen crew a better idea of how many people to expect …. It’s always a good idea to keep the kitchen crew happy!)

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Stand not A-Maized! Come to the corn maze

Sun, 2017-10-29 12:33

Starting on November 10th an SCA horde will descend on a small corn maze in Pennsylvania and create some Zea-mays-ing chaos. Also known as the “Æthelmearc and East Kingdom War”, the Corn Maze Battle is the brain child of His Grace Timothy of Arindale, and is focused on relaxed fun that really speaks to the Kernel of what the SCA is all about. The event features a weekend of both heavy fighting and fencing and is focused on melee based battles. The day will include warlord style 5 man melee battles, Minotaur battles, and of course the famous night-fighting spectacular “zombie battle”! This year there is a new innovation: full contact tug of war (heavy combat)! If enough people come on Friday night there will be a torchlight jugging tourney!

Camping is encouraged and people are welcome to sit around the fire and talk about what an A-maizing time was had. Need food? No, it’s not corn…the site (Ard’s Farm) has a fantastic on-site restaurant and amply stocked farmers market. There is no excuse to go home hungry.

Sadly, after this sales pitch, it is important to announce this is the last Corn Maze Battle that His Grace will hold. Don’t worry folks, His Grace has new evil plans in the works for the future, but this will not include the corn maze. To that end, His Grace is looking to get as many people on site as are willing to come. So Cob together the gear you need and get to the maze! Links to all the important information are included below. Please keep your Ears open for updates.

Not decided yet? Read about past fun here: 

Corn Maze III promo (2016)

Corn Maze 2015 – After action report

Important links and information: 

Kingdom Website Event Page

Event Facebook Page

What the Heck is Jugging?

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Peach Ginger Conserve

Sat, 2017-10-28 10:04

By THL Elska á Fjárfelli
Dominion of Myrkfaelinn

Inspired by Harvest Raid’s A&S Competition theme, “The Harvest,” I decided to make something to enter in the competition with a fruit harvested from our own homestead orchard. As we were blessed with many peaches this year, I chose to make a peach ginger conserve, modernly called a jam.

But what I found when researching jams was something I did not expect. While preserving fruits has always been a staple of the medieval kitchen, looking deeper into the subject I found that preserving fruit as a jam was not. The word “jam” began to creep into manuscript cookery books in the last quarter of the seventeenth century, and into the printed ones early in the eighteenth. It might have had a Middle Eastern origin, as there is an Arabic word—jam—which means “close-packed” or “all together.” From its more general usage in English for things that were jammed against one another, the word passed into the realm of confectionery to indicate those preserves where soft fruits cooked with sugar were crushed together, rather than sieved, and could thus be described as “jammed” or “in a jam.”

In period, fruits were preserved in sweet, spiced syrups of wine and sugar or honey, or in the form of solid marmalades. Syrup preserves are found in sources starting with Apicius, a collection of 4th to 5th century Roman cookery recipes, and solid marmalade recipes have been found as early as the 14th century. The spreadable, soft-fruit preserve we currently know as jams and jellies are usually sealed up in preserving jars or cans of some kind, which is necessary to avoid spoilage like mold. Recipes for soft jams and jellies are mostly found from the eighteenth century up, when canning also became a possibility. A storage technique that could have been used in period, and has been used post period, is using some kind of vessel like a ceramic jar that is topped with a brandy-soaked disk of parchment and then covered with melted tallow or beeswax.

An interesting nugget is the idea that the word “marmalade” originally came from “Marie malade,” or sick Mary, because marmalade was regularly made for Mary Queen of Scots to keep her healthy. “Marmalade” actually comes via French from the Portuguese marmelada and means quince jelly. The earliest reference to marmalade is from 1524—18 years before the birth of Queen Mary—when one box of marmalade was presented to the king (it was an expensive delicacy). The French condoignac and chardequynce are antecedents of the marmalade we know today and are themselves descendants from the cidonitum of 4th-century Palladius. The medieval malomellus was a term used both for the fruit quince and for the conserve; the modern Portuguese for the fruit is still marmelo.

My recipe was a mix of “Old Fashioned Peach Preserves” and “Ginger Jam” from The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest. Because this conserve is meant to be preserved, as advised by the FDA I used a modern conserving recipe to make sure it canned safely. All ingredients, taken separately, were available in period, including the lemon juice, but due to the lack of canning technology not necessarily used in this manner. The quinces in the period recipe are used to thicken the marmalade so it is solid, as it is very high in pectin.

Even though the conserve in this form is technically not period, it was well received in the competition and many samples were tasted. Spiced peach preserves and peach ginger conserves are favorites in our household, and I was happy to be able to share our bountiful harvest with the many gentles visiting the Harvest Raid A&S Display and Competition.


This 15th century Portuguese recipe indicates peaches were used in conserves:

60 – Pessegada. Cortem ao meio duas partes de pêssego e uma de marmelo, e levem-nas a cozer, em separado. Depois que estiverem cozidas, passem tudo por uma peneira fina. A seguir, ajuntem tanto açúcar quanto for o peso da massa, e levem o tacho ao fogobrando. Deixem atingir o ponto de marmelada, e coloquem o doce em caixetas.

Peach Marmalade. Cut in half two parts of peach and one of quince, and cook them separately. After they are cooked, put everything through a fine sieve. Next, add a like amount of sugar to the weight of the paste, and take the pot to a low heat. Allow it to reach the point of marmalade, and place the confection in little boxes.

From A Treatise of Portuguese Cuisine from the 15th Century.


This 16th – 17th century recipe indicates boiling to candy height (interpreted as sheeting):


Take peaches & boyle them tender, as you did your apricocks, & strayne them.  then take as much sugar as they weigh & boyle it to candy height.  mix ym together, & make it up into paste as you doe yr other fruit.  soe dry them and use it at your pleasure. Peel and slice peaches. Bring them to a boil over medium heat in a thick pan.  Cover pan, stirring occasionally.  Add a little rosewater if desired.

From A Booke of Sweetmeats, Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery, 1550-1650.


This 1608 recipe indicates ginger was used in spicing conserves:

  1. To make rough-red Marmelade of Quinces, commonly called lump-Marmelade, that shall looke as red as any rubie.

Pare ripe and well coloured Peare-quinces, and cut them in pieces like dice, parboile them very tender, or rather reasonably tender in faire water, then powre them into a Colender, and let the water runne from them into a cleane Bason, then straine that water through a strainer into a Posnet [skillet], for if there be any grauell in the Quinces, it will be in that water : Then take the weight of the Quinces in double refined Sugar very fine, put halfe thereof into the Posnet, into the water with a graine of Muske, a slice or two of Ginger tied in a thrid, and let it boile couered close, vntill you see your sugar come to the colour of Claret wine, then vncouer it and take out your Ginger, and so let it boile vntill your sirupe being to consume away, then take it off the fire, and pomice it with a ladle, and so stirre it and coole it, and it will looke thick like tart-stuffe, then put in your other halfe of your Sugar, and so let it boile, always stirring it vntill it come from the bottome of the Posnet, then box it, and it will looke red like a Rubie, the putting of the last Sugar brings it to an orient colour.

A Closet for Ladies and Gentlewomen, 1608.



Costenbader, Carol W. The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest. Storey Publishing, 1997.

Gomes, Fernanda (trans.). A Treatise of Portuguese Cuisine from the 15th Century.…/Faerisa/portuguese15thC.html

Hess, Karen (transcriber). Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery. Columbia University Press, New York, 1981.

Holloway, Johnna. A Closet for Ladies and Gentlewomen (1608). 2011.

Stefan’s Florilegium:…/FOOD…/jams-jellies-msg.html…/FOOD…/marmalades-msg.html

Wilson, C. Anne. The Book of Marmalade. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.

And the cooks at the SCA Cooks Facebook group. Thank you!

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On Target: Late Season Safety Check

Thu, 2017-10-26 19:42

This month’s On Target focuses on doing a late-season safety check of your equipment.

I’ve just come back from an event and started to look over my loaner equipment. In the first picture, notice the nock on the left arrow is cracked, the nock on the arrow on the right easily twisted off and required some superglue.

Pulling more arrows out of the quiver, I was able to easily twist off an arrow tip as well.

While inspecting arrow shafts, I thought I saw a very small crack. Giving the shaft a small twist, it shattered in my hands. This is the second time I’ve seen this. Lesson learned: darker shafts can hide splits.


Lastly, I took a beat up target off a piece of foam to replace it with a new target. The foam was so badly shot up it split. Any arrows shot at it would all blow through resulting in possible damage or loss of the arrows.


I’d like to take a moment to thank my editor, Mistress Arianna, for correcting my spelling, grammar, and punctuation that makes this article readable.

As always I would love to hear some questions or comments.

This month’s safety tip: never run down range. You may come across an arrow in the ground, or as we call it, “deadwood,” and trip.

In service,

THL Deryk Archer


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Court Report: St. Swithin’s Bog Investiture

Thu, 2017-10-26 11:50

This being the Court Report for Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, held at the Baronial Investiture in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog on July 15, 2017 (A.S. 52), as reported by Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, with the assistance of Her Grace, Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin.

Their Majesties note that the time draws near for Their Excellencies, Iago and Emilia, to retire to their country estates, and give them leave to conduct their final court.

Upon completion of their court, Their Majesties call forth Iago and Emilia to attend. After praising them on their time and service to St. Swithin’s Bog, Their Majesties asked for the Baronial Coronets, and after expressing Their thanks, allowed them to retire.

Their Majesties then call for the Seneschal of the Barony, and after confirming that the proper procedures were followed for a successful election, They called forth the elected Baron and Baroness, Gunther and Rosheen. After confirming their desire to fulfill their station and serve the Barony, They asked for Iago and Emilia to place the Baronial coronets upon Gunther and Rosheen’s heads. Their Excellencies gave their oath of fealty, were invited to take their place, and given leave to name the Captain of the Guard and the Lead Retainer.

Their Majesties continued by having business with Emily of Dunvegan, who was asked if she still wished to be inducted into the Order of Defense. With her affirmative answer, They sent her forth to her vigil.

They then called forth Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen and asked her if she had a continued wish to join the Order of Defense. With her affirmative answer, They sent her forth to her vigil.

They then called for Ælric Ravenshaw, and asked him about his intention to be inducted into the Order of the Pelican. With his affirmative answer, he was sent forth to his vigil.

Their Majesties announced that Their Excellencies would be Sitting in State for a time in the afternoon, and court was then suspended.

On the field in the afternoon, it was noted by His Majesty that a certain fighter has caught His attention. This fighter has been steadily improving himself both on and off the field and with the consent of the Order of the Chivalry, asked Thorsol Solinauga if he would consider joining this order at a time to be determined.

THL Thorsol receives a Writ for the Chivalry

In the evening, with the populace seated and comfortable, Their Majesties gave commentary on how the children are the future of the Society, but how they also need to be entertained for the duration of court business, and sent them off in search of the Royal Toy Box to collect a toy to keep them occupied. They then gave leave for Their Excellencies, Gunther and Rosheen, to conduct their court.


Baron Gunther and Baroness Rosheen hold their first Baronial Court

At the conclusion of the Baronial business, the court of Timothy and Gabrielle did continue with the Thrown Weapons Champion reporting that a competition was held, with the winner being Kenn the Just, who was invested with the trappings of his station. Master Tigernach presented tokens for thrown weapons ranking achievements, made by Master Antonio de Luna.

Lord Kenn the Just is named Thrown Weapons Champion

The Heavy Weapons Champion Tournament was held on the field, where Thorsol Solinauga was pronounced the winner. He was called forth and entrusted with keeping the Sword of State safe for Their Majesties.

THL Thorsol is named Heavy Weapons Champion

Their Majesties then called for Dorothea Stark Shütze to attend them. They expressed Their pleasure with Dorothea’s artwork and service as a retainer, and created her a Lady of the Court, bestowing an Award of Arms upon her. Scrolls are by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Lady Alysoun.

Lady Dorothea receives an Award of Arms

Their Majesties next called for Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog. They spoke to her about pursuit of the fiber arts, her sewing abilities and her dancing ability, and thus inducted her into the Order of the Sycamore. The Viking stone was made by Mistress Cynthia, with wording by THL Ursula.

Lady Svava receives a Sycamore

Elizabeth Rosamond was then called forth. Their Majesties spoke of her service on the Queen’s guard, and her various rolls within the Barony for many years and inducted her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll is by Melissa Anne, with words by THL Rosheen.

Lady Elizabeth receives a Keystone

Their Majesties next called for Guillaume le Noir. They spoke to his constant service as a marshal, as a guard, and how often he is found to be lifting, carrying, and his general helpfulness. For this They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone, with a scroll by Melissa Anne with wording by Dona Caroline of Burgundy.

THL Guillaume receives a Keystone

Their Graces Sven and Siobhan had recently traveled to Calontir and returned with the well wishes of Their Majesties of Calontir and a gift for Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle.

Duke Sven and Duchess Siobhan bring greetings from Calontir

Ashling Na Ngleanntan was found and brought before Their Majesties. They have been made aware of her service in the kitchens, and her contributions of largesse in the form of leather items and jewelry. For these services did Their Majesties induct her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Eleanor of Gray.

Lady Ashling receives a Keystone

Their Majesties then called forth Don Iago and THL Emilia and thanked them profusely for their service to the Barony in the past, presently, and in the future. With this did Their Majesties name Iago and Emilia a Baron and Baroness of the Court and placed coronets befitting their stations upon their heads. The coronets by Baron Rummy John are in progress, scrolls by Melissa the Artisan.

Baron Iago and Baroness Emilia receive Court Baronies

Roxanne of the Foxtail was summoned forth and questioned her about her throwing skills. As she is skilled at thrown weapons, and is now also a target archer and a combat archer, Their Majesties find her to be worthy of recognition and induct her as a member of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by THL Mary Elizabeth Clausen.

Lady Roxane receives a Golden Alce

Their Majesties then wished to be attended by Magnus Bastiano de Vigo. They noted his beautifully crafted authentic dress and equipment that enhances the beauty of the fencing list, and his study of the Destreza techniques. For this They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Stirrup. The scroll is by Countess Anna Leigh.

Lord Magnus receives a Golden Stirrup

Their Majesties then called for Emily of Dunvegan. They inquired about her intent to be inducted into the Order of Defense, and called for the the Order to inquire on their acceptance of Emily. With everyone in agreement, They called for a Royal Peer to speak. Her Grace Dorinda Courtenay spoke about Emily learning to fence, learning to teach fencing, and overall learning grace. Next They called for a member of the Order of the Chivalry, and Alric of the Mists answered. He spoke of Emily being known as a “killer”, a weapon of the Rapier Army, and a ‘just’ warrior. Illadore de Bedegrayne spoke on behalf of the Order of the Laurel. She spoke about Emily’s obsessive learning of the art of the rapier. Master Lodovic of Grey’s Inn spoke about the “rain being the lifeblood of the Kingdom” pertaining to her service to many communities, large and small, on behalf of the Order of the Pelican. Finally, Master Quinn Kerr spoke of Emily’s teaching of tenacity, her understanding of honor in battle, and of having courage in the face of a determined opponent. Having been pleased with the words of very noble peers, Their Majesties found Emily of Dunvegan worthy of elevation into the Order of Defense and called for the ancestral collar, the lineage book, and a personal belt befitting her new station. They then heard her oath, the scroll was calligraphed and read by Dame Vivienne, illuminated by Master Tower and Melissa Anne, wording by Master Quinn Kerr, and proclaimed her to be a Master of Defense.

Dona Emily becomes a Mistress of Defense

With the Order of Defense still in attendance, Their Majesties called for Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen and asked her if she still wished to become a member of this august order. With her answer, They called for a Royal Peer to speak on her behalf with Countess Ariella of Thornbury answering the call. She spoke of how well Fredeburg represents our kingdom with her service and teaching. A member of the Order of Chivalry was asked for. Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers stood and spoke of his household member and how she excels at many things, namely rapier combat and combat archery. He spoke of her leadership as the captain of the Arts and Sciences team representing Æthelmearc. Finally he spoke of her faith in the kingdom, in the citizens, and in herself. Next, a call was made to the Order of the Laurel and Master Quinn Kerr did answer. He asked “What is Fredeburg’s art?” His answer- she has perfected the art of failing, and thusly has excelled at the pursuit of perfection. Master Bastiano then spoke on behalf of the Order of the Pelican, and spoke of her many aspects and time of service to all stations, large and small. Finally, a Master of Defense was called for with Master Illadore de Bedagrayne stepping forward to speak of Fredeburg’s study of tactics, and her mighty prowess in combat and as a tactician. Being satisfied with these many words, Their Majesties called for the articles representing the status of a Master of Defense, with the ancestral collar, a personal collar, a sword, and cloak being brought forth to adorn her person. Fredeburg then gave her oath, the buckler prepared as the scroll made by THL Anais Fenn was read, and was proclaimed to be a Master of Defense.

Mistress Fredeburg becomes a Mistress of Defense

Next, Their Majesties called for Ælric Ravenshaw and asked him if it was still his wish to join the Order of the Pelican, and called for the Order to attend. A Royal Peer was requested and Countess Elena d’Artois le Tailleur came forward and spoke of Ælric’s many roles played, always as part of the staging crew, and finally being promoted to being the “stage manager.” A member of the Order of Chivalry was called for and Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers stood to speak of Ælric’s abilities to lead and follow, to teach the gentler arts, and to promote others, all while having fun. Next, a Master of Defense was called for. Master Bastiano di Iacopo stepped forward to speak with emotion of Ælric’s quality of work above self. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope spoke on behalf of the Order of the Laurel and addressed Ælric’s teaching the fine art of scroll making, addressing both the quality and quantity of the arts in his teachings. The Order of the Pelican was spoken for by Master Creador Twinedragon, where he told a tale of service after service after service after service, and how Ælric was instrumental in the formation of a new group. Having been moved by these words of praise, Their Majesties called for the symbols of status as a Peer. Ancestral and personal pendants, and a hood were presented. Ælric then gave his oath, the scroll by Master Creador was read, and Their Majesties proclaimed him to be a Master of the Order of the Pelican.

THL Aelric becomes a Master of the Pelican

Their Majesties thanked the artisans who made tokens and articles for presentation, thanked the scribes for the scrolls created and given, and thanked the populace for a marvelous day.

Her Majesty Gabrielle then stood and proclaimed Melissa Anne to be her inspiration for the day and presented the Golden Escarbuncle to Melissa Anne with high praise.

Melissa Anne is named Queen’s Inspiration and receives a Golden Escarbuncle

The announcement was made that Their Majesties Curia was to be held the following morning in the main hall. Court was then closed.

During dinner, Their Majesties court was opened to expel Justus Clay Pease from participation in any Society for Creative Anachronism activity, and closed without fanfare.

Respectfully submitted,



All photos are courtesy of Lady Aine ny Allane.

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Arts & Sciences at Harvest Raid

Tue, 2017-10-24 20:46

By  Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce

Sonnet 1
By Ginevra del Dolce

Whilst clouds did cover all the land with rain
Within our halls delights could scarcely hide
The arts of Æthelmearc bore bright refrain
And with their joyous leisure changed the sky
A fretted griffin did Rhiannon bring
To meet with pleasure paints which Jocelyn dared
Hrolfr wove red threads the Queen’s own dress to ring
And Kate and Ginny each a scroll prepared
Here Elska’s work like dragon’s treasured cave:
We tasted mead and conserve; belt we eyed
Eadaoin’s wassail gave us the drink we crave
Fearghus this hoard within his chest might hide
The woven trim was crowd’s quite favourite art
Most highly judged: the Wool was worlds apart

On Saturday, September 30, Anno Societatis 52, much of the Kingdom gathered in the Shire of Heronter on the shores of Lake Chautauqua for our annual Harvest Raid. I had the honor and extreme pleasure of organizing my favorite event activity: the Arts & Sciences display and competition.

I was astounded and delighted by the breadth of entries for the display and competition as well as the thorough documentation that many contributors included with their works.

We had two categories for entries. First, the competition that was held was for completed works in the theme of the harvest. This portion of entries was adjudicated.

Harvest-themed offerings. Photo courtesy Baron Rhiannon.

Second was the open display, which was without theme or medium restrictions. Entries could be completed or works in progress. I enjoy having both categories available, as this gives all artists a chance to contribute work.

While all entries were beautifully made and presented, Fiber Arts won the day.

The Honorable Lady Elska á Fjárfelli won the harvest competition with her dyed wool and the Skjoldehamn belt into which it was made.

The Honorable Lady Elska á Fjárfelli’s dyed wool and Skjoldehamn belt, made from her dyed wool, won the Harvest Competition. (This and all following photos by Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce.)

The skills and artistry of Elska were much appreciated by all.

All members in attendance were welcomed to vote for their favorite among the entries, giving those without the theme a chance to shine.

Lord Hrólfr á Fjárfelli’s card-woven band for Her Majesty Queen Juliana’s apron dress, a beautiful Æthelmearc-themed trim inspired by the Birka Bands, was the highly marked favorite.

Lord Hrólfr á Fjárfelli’s card-woven band for Her Majesty’s apron dress.

The other entries, in various media, were all worthy of our attention and showed myriad skills. I look forward to these artists’ next entries!

Baron Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndrudwy’s fretted griffin.

“Gus in Memoriam” cat scroll by Lady Catherine O’Herlihy.

Lord Fearghus mac Eoin’s well-constructed Viking chest.

Scroll blank by Ginevra del Dolce.

The Honorable Lady Elska’s ginger-peach conserve.

The Honorable Lady Elska’s oenomeli, or Concord grape mead.

Eadaoin Gaelach Rua’s wassail (mulled cider), warmed over candles throughout the day, was very enjoyable.

Eadaoin Gaelach Rua provided information on wassail.

Lady Jocelyn of Hartstone’s paintings in various media. (I find it is often quite difficult to paint movement, but Lady Jocelyn surely captures it in every brush stroke.)

A very pleasing array of arts and sciences were offered throughout the day in addition to the competition and display. While many of Æthelmearc’s subjects gathered in the great hall throughout the day working on personal projects, there was also a small library, a scribal playtime hosted by Mistress Roberta, children’s activities including a Viking longship-building competition headed by Lord Lodthinn, and a games table hosted by Lady Maggie.

The arts are alive and well in Æthelmearc. What an honor it is to be a part of them. I look forward to seeing what you are working on the next time we meet.

In service,
Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce
Minister of the Arts & Sciences for the Shire of Heronter


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Let’s Build a Mary Rose Chest

Tue, 2017-10-24 08:23

By Laird Coinneach Mac an Leigh

It is common practice in the SCA to use small chests for storage as well as seating at camping and other events. With a little care, these chests can be made in a historically accurate way, enhancing the authenticity of our sites.

The chest in this article is called the Little Mary Rose Chest because it uses the same joinery techniques as the Purser’s Chest on the Mary Rose, a carrack in the navy of King Henry VIII. The Mary Rose was lost in 1545 in battle in the Solent, the strait separating the Isle of Wight from England. Raised in 1971, she is a treasure trove of Henrician artifacts administered by the Mary Rose Trust.

To build this chest, you will only need two boards: a 1×12 six feet long, and a 1×16 eight feet long. A 1×16 is probably a glued-up panel—a series of small boards glued and planed at the factory to make a wide board. If you feel like it, you could glue up your own panel, but this article won’t tell you how to do that.

Take the 1×12 and start by cutting the ends of the chest to 17-1/4” long. On each board, mark a line 3” up from the lower end, then a second line 0.75” up from the first. These lines mark the edges of a dado, a groove across the grain of the board with a flat bottom and square sides.

An end board with the dado and boot jack laid out.

You can cut this groove by sawing on the waste side of each line halfway through the thickness of the board and clearing out the waste with a chisel. In period, the bottom of the dado would be leveled and smoothed with a tool called an “Old Woman’s Tooth,” which is an early form of router plane. Nineteenth-century router planes can often be found in antique shops. Of course, if you want to use modern tools, you can cut the dado with a router.

Now cut the “boot jack” on the ends. Mark a centerline down the length of the end boards. Mark the lower end of the board 3” to either side of the centerline and 3” up from the bottom. Cut out this triangle.

Dado and boot jack cut.

Cut the board for the bottom of the chest from the rest of the 1×12. Make it 23-1/4” long. Carefully fit the bottom into the dadoes of the ends and secure with nails. You can use regular modern nails, but if you can find cut nails they will both hold better and be more authentic.

Now it’s time to take the 1×16 and cut the front and back of the chest. Cut both to a length of 24” and a width of 14-1/4”. On each end and one long side, mark a line 3/4” in from the edge. This marks the edge of a rabbet, a shoulder cut in the edge of the board. Saw along the waste side of the line half the thickness of the board then remove the waste with a chisel. There is a specialized plane called a rabbet plane designed to cut these joints. You could also use the router again.

Inside of front board showing the rabbets. The back is identical.

Now carefully fit the ends and bottom into the rabbets in the front and back pieces. Secure them by nailing through the front and back into the ends and bottom.

Cut the lid so that it overhangs the chest on all sides by about 1/2”. The original chest on the Mary Rose had its lid secured by strap hinges on the outside of the back and the underside of the lid. If you can’t find strap hinges you can use modern butt hinges or, for more authenticity, you can use snipe’s-bill hinges. These are easily made from a pair of cotter pins joined at the eye and inserted through drilled holes in the chest and lid.

Cotter pins joined to make snipe’s-bill hinges.


To do this, drill a 1/8” hole in the back of the chest at the edge, at about a 45-degree angle downward.

Drilling the back of the chest for the hinges.

Slide in one of the cotter pins and spread its legs on the inside of the chest. Hammer the legs flat. For the lid, drill your 1/8” hole at an upward angle, insert the other cotter pin, and spread its legs as before.

Drilling the lid.

Two or three such hinges provide a historically accurate way to hold the lid to the chest.

Three snipe’s-bill hinges. Left: tips of the legs bent outward. Center: bending the legs outward. Right: legs hammered flat.

The original Purser’s Chest is an article of furniture, but the Little Mary Rose Chest is more an item of luggage, so you should think about adding some sort of handles. There are several types of handles seen in other chests from the Mary Rose, and they can easily be adapted.

The easiest handles to make are simply ropes passed through two holes in each end of the chest and knotted on the inside. You can make the ropes as long as needed to make the handles convenient.

Another option is to attach wooden brackets to each end, with a hole in the bracket and a loop of rope (called a grommet) through the hole. You can make these grommets by unlaying a strand of rope, then re-laying it around itself three times. This is a very attractive option; if you do it well, people will say you know how to make rope heal!

A third option, more difficult than the others, is to attach square iron plates with iron rings to the ends. This is a more expensive option, but quite attractive.

So there you have it. You now have a small chest, 24” long by 12” wide by 18” high. You can finish it with oil-based paints for historical accuracy or any other finish of your choice.


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2018 SCA Calendars for Sale

Sat, 2017-10-21 18:53

This is a calendar project created by East Kingdom scribes, that should delight all SCAdians…

Worlds of the East Kingdom is a 2018 calendar and set of note cards based on medieval illuminations and created by East Kingdom scribes. Each calendar page features a different culture from around the world and throughout the SCA’s time period. This fundraiser helps the royalty of the East Kingdom pay for their travel and show hospitality to foreign royalty. Calendars and note cards can be ordered through November 5th. Extra calendars will not be printed, so orders must be placed in advance.

Calendars are $20 and a set of 12 notecards is $15, shipping included.

For more information about the project, please explore the website or contact the staff via email.

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Court Report: Coronation of Gareth & Juliana

Wed, 2017-10-18 22:55

Here begins the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc upon the Day of Their Coronation, September 16, AS 52, in Their Shire of Ballachlagan; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance and support of THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, and Mistress Ekaterina Volkova, Ice Dragon Pursuivant.

In Their First Court in the morning:

Having ascended to the Throne, His Majesty Gareth called for his lady, Her Highness Juliana Delamere to attend him. Hearing her desire and confirmation to stand with him as Queen, He took the Consort’s Crown from the custody of Silver Buccle and placed it on Her head, creating Her as Her Majesty Queen Juliana Delamere of Æthelmearc.

King Gareth crowns Juliana as Queen.

Upon Her ascension to the Throne, the Choir of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands sang the lineage of the Sylvan Throne.

Their Majesties summoned Lord Arias Beltran del Valle before Them, and upon swearing an oath of service to Silver Buccle, he swore fealty and service to Their Majesties who then installed him as Their Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Lord Arias swears fealty as Jewel Herald

Their Majesties then invited the recently-retired Duke Timothy of Arindale and Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode to return before Them. Their Majesties thanked them for their tireless service during their reign and confirmed their station as Duke and Duchess of the Society. Scrolls confirming their station were done by the hand of Mistress Ekaterina Volkova and Her Ladyship Vivienne of Yardley.

Timothy and Gabrielle are confirmed in their Ducal status and receive Augmentations of Arms

Their Majesties then bid them remain for a moment longer. They noted that although their Graces had served six reigns across three kingdoms, half of those had been while seated in the Sylvan Thrones, and it was their desire for all to know that the Kingdom now claims them as its own. Each were granted an Augmentation of Arms as a sign of their honored place in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Scrolls by Isabella Montoya and Lady Umm Samin bint Asad al-Isfahaniyya.

Their Majesties then invited Earl Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford and Master Anias Fenne before them. His Excellency brought before Their Majesties a petition to create a Moneyer’s Guild. He and Master Anias presented Them with a bag of coin created by their hand as a demonstration of their work.

Earl Byron and Master Anias present Their Majesties with coins commemorating Their reign

The Great Officers of the Kingdom were then called before Their Majesties and offered their oaths of fealty to Them.

The Barons of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands and the Barony of Blackstone Mountain swore their fealty to Their Majesties

Those Royal Peers and members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, the Order of the Pelican, and the Order of Defense as were present pledged their service unto Their Majesties.

Their Majesties then summoned before them Syr Tegrinus de Rhina and THL Oliver Sutton, who in turned called for those who desired to serve as the Queen’s Guard. His Majesties inspected their readiness for duty. Upon determining them appropriately armed and attired, Their Majesties accepted oaths from Syr Tegrinus and THL Oliver as Captains on behalf of Her Majesties Guard and did install them as such.

Their Majesties next summoned before them Lady Raven Whitehart, who gave an oath of service and fealty as Head Retainer on behalf of those who wished to serve Their Majesties as retainers during Their reign.

The First Court of Their Majesties was then suspended.

Later in the morning:

The First Court of Their Majesties was resumed to read the following pieces of business:

On September 16, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Derek Holton, known in the Society as Bluestar, from participation in any SCA activity.

On September 16, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel James Henry Shaffer IV, known in the Society as Cadan Buri, from participation in any SCA activity.

On September 16, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Justus Clay Pease from participation in any SCA activity.

The First Court of Their Majesties was then suspended until the afternoon.

Later in the afternoon, upon the Sylvan Thrones:

Their Majesties summoned Lady McKenna Henderson and Skjoldr Skotandi before them with the task of taking the toy box into the populace to be found by the children of the kingdom. The children were then summoned before Their Majesties as Lady McKenna and Skjoldr bore the chest away. Their head start having been granted, the children of the Kingdom were then sent away on their search.

Their Majesties next invited Count Jehan de la Marche before them to receive his personal oath of fealty.

Their Majesties then called for Lady Aine O’Muirgheason to attend them. They named her Their Ambassador to the East Kingdom, and sent her forth to bear Their words to Their cousins in the Eastern lands.

Lady Aine is named Ambassador to the East

Their Majesties summoned before Them Master Jussie Laplein. Having bested a field of fighters earlier in the day, they named him Heavy Weapons Champion and invited him to take his place in Their Court.

Master Jussie is invested as Kingdom Heavy Weapons Champion

The Majesties once again called forth Skjoldr Skotandi. Since a young age, Skjoldr has willingly and happily provided service to his house, and supported the Kingdom by bearing water for all who need it at the great Pennsic War. His passion encouraged his father and brother to join as well. Having recently been made a citizen of Æthelmearc, Their Majesties created him a Lord of Their Court and awarded him Arms. Scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska.

Their Majesties summoned Robeke von Heidelberg before them. Their Majesties noted his continued service after following the footsteps of his son Lord Skjoldr in joining the Society, providing battlefield support, and helping to repair the arms and armor to keep the Army of Æthelmearc well-equipped and safe. For these reasons was he awarded Arms and made a Lord of Their Court. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties next summoned before them Ysabel le Croix. Ysabel has served Their Majesties house for years as waterbearer at Pennsic War and at Blackstone Raids, where she also offered the same to allies of Æthelmearc to keep them safe and nourished to challenge the enemies of the Kingdom. So did They see fit to name her a Lady in Their Court, and did award her Arms. Scroll by Felice de Thornton with words by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Wren of Sable Maul was then called forth by Their Majesties. As a fighter in House Sable Maul, Wren has overcome serious physical challenges and disabilities beyond those faced by most her age to provide her faithful service not only as a waterbearer, but also as an archer in the Army of the Kingdom. For her strength and commitment did Their Majesties deem her worthy of the position of Lady of Their Court and awarded her Arms. Scroll by Count Sir Jehan de la Marche and THL Ismay Ponde with words by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Rikardr in blakki Bjarn was then summoned before Their Majesties. In only a few short years in the Society, Rikardr has offered his service, becoming a marshal for thrown weapons and helping with the range at Pennsic. Their Majesties also thanked him for providing the big, soft butts (for thrown weapons) so essential to practice in the Kingdom. For this did they award him Arms and make him a Lord of Their Court. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties then gave Lord Rikardr his first task as a member of Their Court, sending him forth to bring his lady, Birna Rickardskona inn blakki Bjarn. In like fashion to her Lord has Birna become active in the society, clothing and feeding her House, bearing water on the field, and assisting at events with Troll. Therefore did they name her a Lady of Their Court, awarding her Arms. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties then invited before them Syr Tegrinus de Rhina. Their attention having been drawn to one amongst their guards who had thus far dodged the responsibilities of a position in their Court, They sent him and others of Their guard to bear forth Atrox to answer for his dereliction of duty, who shortly brought him before Their Majesties. As he had recently become a citizen of Their Realm he was no longer able to hide from those responsibilities, and for his many years of service to the kingdom army as a heavy fighter, They named him a member of Their Order of the Golden Alce, carrying with it an Award of Arms. Scroll by Lady Lyse Gunther with words by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle.

Their Majesties then summoned the Autocrat for Their Coronation, Lady Juliana Ravenshaw. Having noted her successful execution of Their Coronation day, Their Majesties also called the attention of the populace to her decades-long history of service as seneschal, creating garb, serving in kitchens, and helping to found Their Shire of Ballachlagan. For her devotion to the Kingdom was she given a Grant of Arms. Scroll by Lady Shirin of Susa.

Their Majesties then called before them Her Ladyship Rynea von Lingen. Having been sent to vigil by their predecessors in the morning, Their Majesties asked if it was still her wish to become a peer and join their most noble order of the Pelican. Her Ladyship confirmed that desire, and their Majesties summoned before them that noble Order.

Sir Vladisla Nikulich spoke for the Order of Chivalry on Rynea’s qualities of humility, courage and prowess in her activities. Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe spoke for the Order of the Laurel on her skills in the kitchen, preparing food for the kingdom. Viscount Bear the Wallsbane spoke as a Royal Peer for the love of the Kingdom. Master Anias Fenne spoke for the Order of Defense about the grace she displays in her actions serving the kingdom. THL Otillige Rappoltsweiler spoke for the Populace also about her love, but this time for the Society itself. Sir Gabriel Hawkes then spoke about the inspiration she provides as an example to those looking upon her works. Finally, Viscountess Judith of Kirtland spoke as a Pelican about her time and efforts in teaching her craft, and the learning provided to others in that process.

Having heard words from Their Orders, and been satisfied by them, Their Majesties then called for articles representing her new status. She was then presented with a medallion, cloak and crop to adorn her person and display her status. All this having been done, Their Majesties then accepted her oath to the kingdom and proclaimed her a Mistress of the Pelican. Scroll by THL Eleanor Godwin.

Their Majesties then invited forth Mistress Maria Cristina de Cordoba. Their Majesties spoke to Mistress Maria about her tireless work as a Mistress of the Lists, helping guide many newcomers to the Society and leading her local group and region in various capacities. For these reasons among others from her more than 25 years of service to the Society were They minded to create her a Baroness of Their Court. Scroll by Lady McKenna Henderson.

Her Majesty Juliana then called for Baroness Sybilla Detwyller to attend, and named Her Excellency as her Inspiration for the day and awarded her a Golden Escarbuncle.

Baroness Sybilla receives a Golden Escarbuncle

Their Majesties then asked those who were involved in the creation of the various scrolls awarded in Their Court to stand and be recognized by the populace. They also thanked those responsible for the creation of the garb They had worn that day, including Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg, Lady Aine ny Allane, and Lady Birna Rickardskona in blakki bjarn, with belts and other hardware created by the hand of His Majesty Himself.

There being no further business before Their Majesties, Their Court was thus suspended.

At feast later the same evening:

Their Majesties summoned from his seat at Feast Ogier of the Black Corsairs. For 20 years has Ogier fought for the Kingdom, teaching new fighters and helping to equip them for battle. For these reasons did Their Majesties see fit to induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by THLady Rachel Dalicieux.

There being no further business, the First Court of Their Majesties was then closed.

Photos of court by Lady Aine ny Allane; scroll photos by Lord Arias Beltrane del Valle.

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From the Seneschal: Reminder of SCA Harassment & Bullying Policy

Wed, 2017-10-18 20:48
From Duke Christopher, Kingdom Seneschal: Good evening, please remember that if you feel you have been subjected to any harassment, bullying, or retaliation in the SCA, to contact me directly. If you know of anyone that has been subjected to harassment, bullying, or retaliation in the SCA, please encourage them to contact me. I can be reached at   You can read more about the SCA’s Harassment and Bullying policy here:
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An Achievement of Arms Primer

Mon, 2017-10-16 12:51

by THFool Dagonell Collingwood

An achievement of arms is what you usually see when people in the mundane world try to sell you merchandise with ‘your family coat of arms’ on it. It’s a display of arms with decorative elements which are meaningful to the arms bearer. As most SCAdians know, a coat of arms does NOT belong to anyone with the same family name and only the eldest member of the family is entitled to it, if the family does have arms. The rules for succession are not unlike the rules for who gets to wear the crown of England. In the SCA, each individual can register their own arms.

The purpose of this article is to explain the parts of an achievement to encourage others to design and use their own achievements to increase the heraldic display at events.

“Fourteen Kingdoms regulate by law or custom the components of Arms. Those fourteen kingdoms are: An Tir, Ansteorra, Artemesia, Atenveldt, Atlantia, Caid, Calontir, Ealdormere, Gleann Abhann, Meridies, Middle, Outlands, Trimaris, West. The remaining five do not: AEthelmearc, Drachenwald, East, Lochac, Northshield” [1]

The paper includes an easy-to-read chart of what is restricted where. This document was recently discussed on the SCA Heraldry Chat Facebook page and there have been a few minor changes since the article was written.

AEthelmearc does NOT have any laws or restrictions regarding what you can include in your achievement, however courtesy demands that you only include regalia your persona is entitled to. The practical list of restricted regalia may be found at All parts of an achievement are optional, and everything except the shield (your registered device) may be changed at will.

SHIELD — This is your registered heraldic device. This is the only part that cannot be changed at will. What’s the difference between ‘heraldic device’ and ‘arms’? Virtually nothing. The latter says that you have been awarded arms but the terms are used nearly interchangeably.

SUPPORTERS — The figures to either side that hold up or ‘support’ the shield. In modern England, the use of supporters is only allowed to the peerage.

“In England the right to bear supporters is confined to those to whom they have been granted or recorded, but such grant is very rigidly confined to peers, to Knights of the Garter, Thistle, and St. Patrick, and to Knights Grand Cross and Knights Grand Commanders (as the case may be) of other Orders. […] Baronets of England, Ireland,
Great Britain, and the United Kingdom as such are not entitled to claim grants of supporters…”[2]

Some kingdoms allow one supporter for anyone having a grant of arms and two supporters for anyone with a peerage. Other kingdoms only allow supporters to people with an augmentation of arms. AEthelmearc has no rules regarding supporters.

The modern arms of England have a lion and a unicorn representing England and Scotland. Historically, other animal supporters have included Boars, Antelopes, Eagles and Dragons depending upon who was on the throne at the time. [3] I’m utterly convinced that this is the origin of football mascots, but I can’t prove it. I can picture medieval knights in a tournament having their junior-most squires holding their banner while dressed as their supporters. From there, it’s just a small jump to a guy in an animal costume at a football rally.

THE COMPARTMENT — Simply the base that supporters stand on. It’s usually a green hill, ‘a mount vert’, in heraldic parlanance. It’s optional and supporters can stand on the scrollwork of the motto if you don’t want to have a compartment. In Real World heraldry, members of an order of knighthood often place a symbol of the order in their compartment. You can do this as well, but too many symbols may make the achievement look cluttered, simple is best.

SCROLL, RIBBON AND MOTTO — Most mottos scroll along the bottom around the achievement, some scroll along the top around the mantling. A few have both. The motto can be in any language you want. If you want something in a language you’re not fluent in, ask a herald for help, we may be able to steer you towards someone who is fluent in the language you want. After all, you want your motto to say “Get a Life”, not “Take a Life”!

If the armiger is a member of an order, the order’s motto can be inscribed on a ribbon which circumscribes the shield. England has “Dieu et mon droit” (“God and my right”) on a scroll in the compartment and the Order of the Garter’s motto, “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (“Evil to him who thinks evil”) on a garter or belt encircling the shield.[3]

HELMET — The helmet sits upon top of the shield. Traditionally, clergical arms and women who display their arms on lozenges would not have a helm. Most SCAdians would use a helmet that was appropriate to their persona’s time and place. In modern heraldry, the helm is used to indicate the armiger’s rank.
This is NOT a period practice.

“…at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries, when the helmet was being fast relegated to ceremonial usage and pictorial emblazonment, ingenious heralds began to evolve the system by which rank and degree were indicated by the helmet.” [4]

However, for those who want to;

“as one of the fundamental laws of the achievement, that the helmet by its shape and position was indicative of rank ; and we early learnt by rote that the esquire’s helmet was of steel, and was placed in profile, with the visor closed : that the helmet of the knight and baronet was to be open and affronté ; that the helmet of the peer must be of silver, guarded by grilles and placed in profile; and that the royal helmet was of gold, with grilles, and affronté. … These regulations, like some other adjuncts of heraldic art, are comparatively speaking of modern origin.  Heraldry in its earlier and better days knew them not, and they came into vogue about the Stuart times, when heraldic art was distinctly on the wane.” [5]

TORSE AND MANTLING — The torse is a twisted ring of fabric which holds the mantling in place on a knight’s helmet. The mantling itself was fabric which was used to keep the hot sun off a crusader’s metal helmet and most likely evolved around the time of the First Crusade.[6]

“Generally, mantling is blazoned ‘mantled x, doubled (lined) y'” [7]
The tinctures x and y should be strongly contrasting, usually a color and a metal, however the arms of the United Kingdom are mantled Or and ermine.[3] I have never seen a torse of different tinctures than the mantle, but I don’t know of any reason why it couldn’t be done.

CROWN / CORONET — A crown can be placed atop a torse or as a replacement for it. A coronet can be placed in the same position as a crown or around the neck of the helm or a supporter. For reasons of courtesy, you should only have a crown or coronet on your achievement if your persona is allowed one. An SCA ducal coronet has strawberry leaves on it. A county coronet has an embattled top edge. A baronial coronet has six pearls on it. If you are entitled to more than one type of tin hat, you could have both of them in your achievement, if you wished. The arms of the United Kingdom have crowns on the helm, on the head of the lion supporter, on the head of the lion crest and a coronet around the neck of the unicorn supporter [3]

CREST — Primarily used as a decoration in tournament, the crest goes atop the helm. It is possible for a heraldic crest to be something that couldn’t be used in real life. The crest of Sir Francis Drake granted in 1581 consisted of a disembodied hand issuing from clouds and leading a ship around the globe representing God’s guidance [8][9]

RESERVED REGALIA — As I said above, as a matter of courtesy, you should have reserved symbols or regalia on your achievement only if your persona is entitled to it. A pelican would be entitled to use a pelican as a supporter or their crest, or replacing the crown / torse with a cap of maintenance (a red ‘robin hood’ cap trimmed with white that has little red drops of blood on it) A knight could his a white belt or a gold chain as a ribbon surrounding the shield. A Master of Arms would have a white baldric instead of a white belt. In a similar fashion, a lady of the rose could have a wreath of roses or a laurel
could have a laurel wreath.

Some examples:

“Barry wavy vert and argent, a unicorn’s head sable, armed (teeth and horn), orbed (eyed), and crined (maned), a chief wavy Or; for a Crest, atop a helm to dexter argent, a raven proper; a torse and mantle argent and doubled vert; for Supporters, two unicorns sable armed, orbed and crined Or, on a mount vert; Motto ‘Post Mortum Concedo’ (After Death, I will yield) argent lettered sable.”

The supporters on my achievement are black unicorns to match my device. My steel-colored helm faces to the side as a citizen. My crest is a raven as a tribute to my wife (Cigfran is the Welsh word for ‘raven’)

“This uncredited leather project shows the heraldic achievement of the Rhydderich Hael. The original artwork was designed by Master Dagonell. Master Dagonell reports: ‘The shield is the arms of the Rhydderich Hael. The helm faces to the side instead of forward because only royalty face forward. (Out of period practice, but still widely used) The mantle and torse are supposed to be green and yellow with black gunstones to represent the Hael livery colors and Haelstones (Hael service award).
The crest is a ram skull taken from the arms of the first baroness Morgan Elandris. The supporters are a blue tyger to represent that we started in the East and a heron in it’s vigilance to represent The Shire of Heronter which spun off from us. The compartment (ground) contains a Catherine’s wheel and a fountain to represent Winter’s Edge and Beau Fleuve (cantons). The scroll is supposed to contain the motto, Non Sine Labora “Nothing is without Effort”‘. Who decided to use this for a leather project or why is unknown. Sadly the leather is worn with time and the project was never finished.” [10]

This is an achievement I designed for The AEstel back when Lord Gareth the Eccentric was chronicler. The supporters are blue tyger engorged of a coronet as a reminder that we were once part of the East, and a golden alce to represent the Golden Alce, the third original order of merit. Technically, the tyger should have a crown, but I liked the aesthetics of the coronet around his neck better.

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Court Report: Pennsic, August A.S. 52

Wed, 2017-10-11 19:50

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Æthelmearc , as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald with the assistance of THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, Lord Cormacc Mac Gilla Brigde, Raindrop Herald, Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Misty Highlands Herald, Master Liam Mac An TSaoir, Sycamore Herald, Lady Matilda de Creppelgate, Onyx Herald, THLord Michael Langley of Riversmeet, Baroness Isabel Fleuretan, Baroness Isolda filia Georgii, Baron Magnus de Lyons and Freiherrin Helena Mützhasen at Pennsic War in the Canton of Steltonwald in the month of August, Anno Societatis LII.

The Court of Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle opened in Æthelmearc Royal Encampment on Tuesday, August 1, Anno Societatis LII, during Haakon Oaktall’s Annual Celebration of the Bardic Arts, did Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle, presented Viscountess Eleanor of Waldren with an Augmentation of Arms, and to present Viscount Sir Haakon Thorvaldson, known as Oaktall, with Heraldic Supporters of two hounds. A drinking horn for Eleanor and a spear for Haakon were presented as tokens. The combined scroll is a work in progress by Sophie Davenport with text by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

On Thursday, August 3, Anno Societatis LII, in the merchant area, Their Majesties asked Lady Una von Rabenwald, called Oonaugh, to come forward.  For her work sharing research and teaching Persian and Indian garb as well as fiber arts, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was created by the hand of Lady Edana the Red.

Their Majesties next asked Lord Drogo Rabenwald to step forward.  For his beautiful work in Metal and blacksmithing, Their Majesties, after counsel with Their Order, did induct him into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc and grant him Arms thus titling him The Honorable Lord Drogo Rabenwald.  The scroll was a work by THLady Abigail Kelhoge.

Later that evening, in the camp of the Shire of Ballachlagan, Their Majesties called before Them, Conwre Ravenson to discuss how helpful he has shown himself to be to his shire with set up and tear down from many events.  Further, They saw how diligently he worked as timekeeper at Pennsic and were moved to Award him Arms thus making him a Lord of the court.  The scroll was by Lady Edana the Red.

Their Majesties also called for Sienna Ravenshaw to present herself unto Them.  Having been advised of her tireless endeavors to keep the Shire of Ballachlagan running smoothly as a waterbearer, as a troll at the gate and with set up and tear down from events, They were moved to make her a member of the Order of the Keystone and thereby confer upon her an Award of Arms.  Lady Sienna’s scroll was a work by Mistress Arianna of Whynthrope.

On Saturday, August 5, Anno Societatis LII, at the AEdult Swim Pennsic Edition Pas d’Arms, Their Majesties thanked those gentles in attendance from all over the Known World and asked that they please be patient whilst matters concerning Æthelmearc were attended to.

Their Majesties called forth The Honorable Lord Tegrinus de Rhina.  Having seen his prowess upon the Rattan field increase and noting his willingness to travel far and wide to learn and teach the art of combat, Their Majesties felt it fitting to ensure that he consider taking his place among the peerage.  They invited before Them the most noble Order of the Chivalry present and asked that they take His Lordship forth to sit vigil in contemplation of becoming a member of said Order.

Their Majesties bid Sir Stevan Ulfkellson to remain before Them.  Knowing of his extensive research into the Viking way of life and arts as well as his woodworking skill, They invited before Them those members of the Order of the Laurel present and asked Sir Stefan to consider joining this noble Order.  They advised They would confer with him further to accept his response once he had sought the counsel of his peers.

Their Majesties then called for Baron Eric Grenier de Labarre, known as Grendel, to present himself before Them.  Their Majesties spoke on how grateful They were to find Themselves the first King and Queen able to create members of the Order of Defense when They were last upon the thrones.  They were pleased with how far the Order had expanded since then, but felt it was lacking still.  They invited before Them the Masters of Defense present and asked they take forth Baron Grendel to give him wise counsel so that he might answer Their summons and answer if he would take his place amongst his peers of the Order.

On Monday, August 7, Anno Societatis LII upon the battlefield prior to the Field Battle, Their Majesties called before them the Order of the Chivalry, and finding the number lacking, called forth Baroness Beatrix Kreiger.  For the Order of the Rose, Countess Caryl Olesdatter spoke on Baroness Beatrix’s fierce and brave heart, how she inspires and will continue to inspire. For the Order of the Laurel, Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin spoke on how an artist looks for inspiration and needs to teach, and how Baroness Beatrix was that inspiration and leads and teaches freely. For the Order of the Pelican, Sir Murdoch Bayne spoke on how Baroness Beatrix inspires new generations, sets the bar to show newcomers that “I can do that too” and that is a great service. For the Order of Defense, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede spoke on Baroness Beatrix’s defense of the Kingdom, but further her joy and delight in being a warrior. For the Order of the Chivalry, Duke Magnus Tindal spoke of the chivalric virtue of Renown and how Baroness Beatrix was known throughout the known world, and how she was the example of what chivalry is and how it can inspire. The following regalia was presented: spurs made by made by THL Kai Saer Pren, presented by Sir Jan Javonivich; a belt presented by THL Thorsol Solinauga; a cloak made by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin and Freiherrin Helena Mützhasen, presented by Duchess Etain ingen Dalaig. The ancestral chain was brought forth by Sir Morgan of Rye, who recited the lineage of the Knights of Æthelmearc . Baroness Beatrix swore fealty to the Crown and was further presented with a legacy chain presented by Sir Rowan de la Garnison on behalf of Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern, with instructions to pass it on to someone worthy; and a personal chain made by Baron Ulrich Drachendonner of both new links as well as links from the chains of Sir Yngvar the Dismal, Sir Murdoch Bayne, and Sir Magnus Tindal. King Timothy, with the assistance of Earl Yngvar the Dismal, then dubbed Baroness Beatrix a Knight of the Society by letters Patent. His Majesty then delivered the buffet. Scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne with inspiration by Baroness Rioghnach ny Rise and Lady Abby Rose as reported by herald at large Freiherrin Helena Mützhasen.

Later that same day, upon the battlefield at the conclusion of the 10 Man Battle, Their Majesties called forth The Honorable Lord Ulrich von Swartzburg.  Their Majesties having seen the prowess of this man in battle and the noble bearing with which he comports himself did feel it a worthy thing that They were to do.  They invited before Them the most noble Order of the Chivalry and having taken counsel from this order did ask them to take THL Ulrich forth and conduct him to his vigil for contemplation into their Order.

In the Barony Marches of the Debatable Land’s dinner at Æthelmearc Royal Encampment that afternoon, Their Majesties called forth Lord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto.  For his work in the Thrown Weapons community running practices and ranges and volunteering for any work needing done, They inducted him to the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was by Lady Edana the Red.

That evening, in the camp of Talbot’s Keep, Their Majesties, invited Sir Stevan Ulfkellson before Them. Having sat vigil and contemplated that day, he answered that yes, he would indeed accept elevation to the Most Noble Order of the Laurel.  Syr Hrothgeirr and Sir Alric of the Mists spoke as The Order of Chivalry.  Master James Irvin known as Quinn Kerr spoke as Master of Defense.  Viscountess Isegerdr spoke as a Pelican. Duchess Ilish O’Donovan spoke as a Lady of the Rose. It was noted that Her Grace spoke of Stefan’s kindness and generosity. giving of his knowledge, sharing his ideas, and his hospitality to open his home and his workshop to others.  Duke Duncan von Halstern spoke as a Royal Peer.   Mistress Marsi of Hadley spoke as a Laurel.   Then, Their Majesties received his oath and created Stefan a member of the Order of the Laurel.  As reported by herald at large Baron Magnus de Lyons.

Later that evening, in the vigil for Baroness Anna Eisenkopf, Their Majesties called Baroness Rynea Ingen of Stormsport to attend Them.  Speaking of her long dedication and tireless efforts as Mistress of the Lists, They felt moved to issue a writ for her to sit vigil and contemplate induction to the most noble Order of the Pelican.  Furthermore, owing to Their Majesties’ imminent retirement, They advised her that Their Heirs and she would need to confer upon a time when she would be elevated to the peerage.

On Tuesday, August 7, Anno Societatis 52, upon the conclusion of the Rapier Field Battle, Their Majesties called forth Baron Eric Grenier de Labarre, known as Grendel.  Upon confirmation that it was his wish to proceed, They invited before Them the Order of Defense.  Their Majesties asked for those who would speak to his worthiness for this honor.  First to speak was Count Thomas Byron of Haverford  for the Order of Chivalry noting how Grendel had persevered and came back from injury to become a better fencer.  Next Mistress Alys Mackyntoich spoke for the Order of the Laurel of how he has the heart of a peer.  Then came words written by Mistress Rhiannon the Curious and read by Mistress Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka about how he always does the work needed without complaint and teaches to be patient and count to 30 before replying in difficult moments.  After this Countess Elena d’Artois le Tailleur speaking as a Royal Peer and Lady of the Rose told about his virtue of Franchise and how he smiles through adversity.  As a Jewel of Æthelmearc , Duchess Dorinda Courtenay stated his service was multifaceted as a guard, champion and leader.  Words from Master Christian de Launey were read by Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina of how he has given freely of himself to any in need.  For herself, as Mrs. Grendel, Baroness Katja advised that he has been a peer in her eyes for many years.  Lastly Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede spoke of how he learned to be a better man because he learned to be more like Grendel.  Their Majesties, having received such good counsel, resolved to proceed.  They called for a collar to be place about his neck, a cloak to be draped upon his shoulder and a pie to be eaten later.  Then Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of Defense, named him a Peer of the Society by Letters Patent and accepted his oath.

That evening in the Æthelmearc Pennsic Court in the Great Hall, Their Majesties called forth Fox.  They spoke of the prowess of Their Youth Champion and seeing the good work done that brought Fox to this point, They recognized the dedication shown by inducting him into the Order of the Silver Alce.  The scroll was unattributed.

Their Majesties called for William of Arindale the Younger and bid he take up the toy chest.  Then Their Majesties, called the children present to come before Them and knowing the children had become wise to the process of chasing the chest, asked they please be gentle with Their son.  A countdown was given and the youth chased William out of the court.

Their Majesties announced that the following gentles were to now be known as citizens of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc : Robeke von Heidelberg, Matthew of Sable Maul now known as Reinhard Doebbeler, John of Sable Maul now called Skjoldr Skotandi,  and Jamie of Sable Maul.

Their Majesties called forth the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc.  Once assembled, They advised there was a member of the populace who should be added to the Order.  They then called Lord Johannes Ramsey to attend Them.  For his skill in Ironwork, They granted him arms and made him a member of the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc .  The scroll was created by THL Mary Elizabeth Clausen.

Their Majesties then called for Baron Edward Harbinger and Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson to attend Them.  Their Majesties spoke of the level of skill required to attain the rank of Master Bowman and advised that both had acquired such a prowess and wished to congratulate them within the court.

Their Majesties invited Mistress Jacquetta de Mehun to Their court.  For her long term service at both local and Kingdom levels, They created her a Baroness of the Æthelmearc court.  The scroll made by the hand of Lady Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties invited before Them Mistress Sarah of the Erie Sea.  They thanked her for her willingness to travel to Their Kingdom to support Combat Archery throughout the western half of Æthelmearc.  They advised that such service had not gone unnoticed and while she was not a citizen of our Kingdom, They nevertheless felt her service here deserved acknowledgement, thus They inducted her into the Order of the Keystone with a scroll created by Lady Felice de Thornton.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Sigrid Schreiber.  For her generous sharing of her tremendous talent in creating beautiful portraits, often for those she does not personally know, Her Majesty was moved to add her to the Queens Order of Excellence. [Editor’s note: this is the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence]

Their Majesties asked Beatrix Ghijs to attend Them.  For her help in the kitchens, with child minding and her kindness to others at events and practices, They Awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the court.  The scroll was by Bronwyn of BMDL.

Their Majesties summoned Gwyn de Brymore.  Having heard of his assistance waterbearing at every battle at Pennsic and willingness to look after anyone in need, They were moved to induct him into the Order of the Keystone and confer upon him an Award of Arms, thus making him a Lord of the court.  The scroll was a work by Lord Leo Dietrich.

Their Majesties then called forth Baron Friderich Swartzwalder.  For his work as Kingdom Combat Archer Marshal, They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone.   The scroll was by the hand of THLady Eleanor Godwin.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Alita of Hartstone.  For her prowess on the fencing field and her active work within Silva Vulcani, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was created by THLady Zofia Kowalewska.

Their Majesties called before Them Lord Olafr the Mercenary.  Knowing him to be a dedicated member of Borderwatch always ready with mace and sword, They saw fit to induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was unattributed.

Next Their Majesties summoned Lord Hrungnir Hjaldarbjorn.  For his tooled leather skills, They inducted him into the Order of the Sycamore.  The scroll was limned by Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba and calligraphed by Lady Isabella Montoya.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Vera Ivanova Tostikova.  For her service and leadership in the Archery community, They inducted her into the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was a work by THLady Zofia Kowalewska.

Their Majesties called for Lord Takeda Jiro Masahige, known as Doga, to attend Them.  As he is a dedicated fighter who fought for the honor of our kingdom twice at the Gulf Wars, They saw fit to induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was a work by the hand of Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria.

Their Majesties then called forth Lord Grimbald Deth and Lady Angel Deth.  For his teaching of new fighters and her leading the water bearers of Sable Maul, Their Majesties made each a member of the Order of the Keystone.  The scrolls were works on copper plate by Her Highness Juliana, Princess of Æthelmearc.

And because we could always use just a bit more death, Their Majesties called forth Lord Justin Deth.  For his leadership on the battlefield and work teaching new fighters, They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was created by Lady Lyse Gunther.

Their Majesties then called Lady Ceirech na Hinnsi before Them.  Moved by her gleeful ballista fire with Borderwatch Artillery and her service to the community as a Siege Marshal, They inducted her into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was created by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Their Majesties then called for Lord Wilhelm Isenhart to attend Them.  For his excellence in fencing using period techniques, They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was created by Sala Chapman.

Their Majesties warily asked Lady Maggie Rue to come forward but remain at a small distance.  Having noted her extensive knowledge of period poisons and her being a founding member of the Assassin’s Guild, They were moved to induct her to the Order of the Sycamore and bid her to look upon Them kindly.  The scroll was a work by THLady Vivienne of Yardley.

Their Majesties called forth Viscountess Lucilla Theresa de Courtenay.  For her work as Mistress of the Lists, creating and providing garb to newcomers and her volunteer work at the Great Pennsic War, They inducted her into the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was created by the hand of Katyusha Yanakova.

Their Majesties called forth the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc and bade them to take comfort as They had several pieces of business They wished the order present for.

Their Majesties then invited before Them Master Annanias Fenne and inducted him into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for his skill with metal and stone in the making of jewelry.  The scroll was by limned Lady Felice de Thornton and calligraphed by Lady Ashling Na Ngleannta’n.

Next Their Majesties called forth Baron Tovaldr Torgarson.  For his research into all things Viking and teaching thereof, They inducted him into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc .  The scroll was created by Master Ragnarr Ivarson.

Their Majesties called Lady Brigette De Sainte Mere-Eglise to attend Them as well.  For her accomplishments with Hammered Dulcimer, They were moved to Grant her Arms and induct her to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc.  The scroll was a work by THLady Mairghread Stiebhard inghean ui Choinne.

Their Majesties also called for Lord Enzo di Pazzi.  For his excellence in Armoring, They were minded to Grant him Arms and inducted him to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc. A promissory note was given & forthcoming scroll will be by Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin.

And lastly They called before them Lady Lucetta di Cosimo.  For her research into the afterlife of the body and the reanimation of corpses, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc and Granted her Arms.  The scroll was created by Lady Shirin of Susa.

Their Majesties then released Their Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc to greet their newest members.

Their Majesties then called for Lord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto.  Their Majesties advised that the ability of a community to grow and prosper rests upon the shoulders of those who take on the tasks of fostering the art and because of this, They asked the Order of the White Horn to attend Them.  For his many years of extreme dedication to the Thrown Weapons community of the Kingdom, They conferred upon him a Grant of Arms and inducted him into the Order of the White Horn.  Scroll forthcoming.

Their Majesties bid the Order to remain while They called forth Lord Ian Campbell of Glenmore.  For his many years of service to the Thrown Weapons community and his skill at the range, Their Majesties inducted him to the Order of the White Horn and granted him arms.  Scroll forthcoming.

Then Their Majesties advised that to Their sorrow, They are making the following member of the Order of the White Horn in memorium but that it was the will of Their Majesties and with consent of the Order that Lord Peter Kotok be inducted as the fault in delay of this recognition was not his.  Therefore, Their Majesties stated that the word of his deeds should not go unrecognized and Granted Arms unto him as a member of the Order of the White Horn for his long years of valorous service to the Thrown Weapons community.  Furthermore, They requested that the scroll be carried forth to the hands of his lady so that all in the kingdom may mourn the passing of the Honorable Lord Peter Kotok and remember him fondly.  The scroll was unattributed.

Their Majesties asked Lady Lasairfhiona Inghean Aindraisa and Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir to attend Them.  His Majesty apologized to Lady Lasairfhiona for the catastrophic failure of his gift to her for the Æthelmearc Artisan’s Exchange and explained that the casting broke in twain in cooling but that He wanted to publically thank her for her patience and promised that He would complete her gift once He returned from the pilgrimage He was bound to embark upon at the conclusion of the War.  Next He advised Baroness Oddkatla to please kneel before Her Majesty and Himself as They had business with her regarding her work with the Artisan’s Exchange among other things.

Their Majesties then called the Order of the Millrind to attend Them.  They spoke movingly of the work and progress They had seen in Their subject Baroness Oddkatla.  For her cooking throughout the Kingdom, her work in bringing the Artisan’s Exchange to Æthelmearc for the enrichment of Their populace and for the works great and small she has done behind the scenes, They inducted her into the Order of the Millrind.  They also conveyed to her that although the scroll had been completed, the work was unfortunately burnt beyond retrieval before it could be delivered but promised a new work was being created in its stead.  Her Excellency remarked that as a cook she could well understand the dangers a fire placed upon all manner of things and was genuinely moved for the scribe’s loss.

Their Majesties asked the Order of the Millrind to please remain with Them and called forth Lady Adeliz Argenti.  They noted that as she is often carrying means for the Autocrat and staff of Pennsic to reach her, it was fitting for her to be doing so at present, but would she please ensure They would be uninterrupted for the moment.  They spoke of how her contributions for the Disablity Assistance Carts at Pennsic had been of great help to many and how she spends so much of her time at DART that she is almost never seen at War anywhere else.  For this work in helping those in greatest need of assistance, They were moved to induct her into the Order of the Millrind and Grant her Arms.  The scroll was an annotated work by Freiherrin Helena Mützhasen.

Next Their Majesties called forth the Honorable Lord Madoc Arundel.  For his many years of service especially within the Heraldic community, They inducted him into the Order of the Millrind.  The scroll was a piece written in the style of Master Leonardo di Vinci’s journals by Lady Amalie Reinhardt.  His Majesty advised he had found from this work that He had a newly discovered skill, the ability to calligraph backwards and Her Majesty acknowledged it was a skill She was pleased His Majesty could employ for both of Them.

Their Majesties then gave leave for the Order of the Millrind to greet their newest members.

Their Majesties called forth The Honorable Lady Astrid Vigaskegg and William the Fox.  His Majesty advised that for many within the Society, we consider each other family but there are those who exemplify this beyond words.  With permission, His Majesty relayed the tale of how Lord Sasson came to His Majesty to request a boon from Their Majesties.  Lord Sasson explained that as a child he was a ward of the state and had no family to call his own.  He spoke of how THLady Astridr took him into her home and hearth and made her family his.  When he struggled with homelessness, she gave shelter to him many years ago and it is because of her he is still with us.  Recently, while he was once again struggling with homelessness William the Fox did the same for him again.  He asked is there some way Their Majesties can make manifest the love he has for these two people?  Moved as He was to tears by this, His Majesty spoke with Her Majesty and together They felt that perhaps there was.  And so on this day do They confer upon THLady Astridr Vigaskegg an Augmentation of Arms, a demi escarbuncle in chief, that she might forever been known as being the best of what it means to be of Æthelmearc.  Further did They Award Arms to William the Fox and advise him to speak with Their Heralds so that he might bear arms with the demi escarbuncle in chief that all might know that we loudly and proudly proclaim him to be Ours, for his kindness and nobleness are what the Society strives to be.

Their Majesties invited before Them the most noble Order of the Pelican.   They then called forth Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr.  They stated that They wished to recognize her for her many years of service as the Kingdom Chiurgeon but as Their time upon the thrones was growing very limited They advised that she should speak with Their Heirs as to the date she wished to sit vigil for contemplation of becoming a member of the Order of the Pelican.

Their Majesties bid the Order to remain and called forth Baroness Anna Eisenkopf.   Their Majesties called for those who would speak for her worthiness.  Viscount Bear the Wallsbane carried words from Mistress Aleea Baga as a member of the Order of the Laurel.  She stated Anna has always been encouraging of others with open invitation to try new skills.  For the Order of the Rose, Duchess Rowan de la Garnison spoke the words of Duchess Meirwen uerch Owein.  She stated that as Princess of the Principality of Æthelmearc, she asked Anna to be on her princess’s guard to represent the Thrown Weapons form.  She advised Anna was no nonsense, hardworking and fearless.  She knows that Anna tells you when you are going astray and stated “I became a better Princess because of her willingness to speak truth to power and later a better Queen.”  As a Royal Peer, Duke Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn spoke of how being a sovereign is the greatest duty one can take upon themselves.  He advised it is very hard to stay true to the dream as Crown and Anna stood with him through all his reigns ever reminding him that he was mortal.  She was his touchstone.   For the Order of the Chivalry, Count Isenwulf Thorolfssone spoke of her courage to stand up for what she holds dear no matter the rank or station of those who she needed to address and that she is fierce.  Sir Bear the Wallsbane spoke for her as a Jewel of Æthelmearc.  He advised she is his peer for her courage and directness.  Master Annanias Fenne then spoke as a Master of Defense.  He stated that for the 20 years he has signed in at a MOL table, Anna was almost always there and fixing every issue brought to her.  Lastly, Baroness Julietta spoke for the Order of the Pelican.  She said although she became friends with her, it was hard to speak to her because the red blur would go by at every event with things to do and help to offer.  She stated Anna’s service is not circumscribed by title, or goal, it is her very nature.  Their Majesties, so moved by these words, did grant her Arms by letter Patent.  They called for the ancestral medallion and placed this upon her neck.  They called for personal medallions to be also presented to her.  They called for a peer’s coat to be placed on her shoulders and then accepting her vow of service and named her a member of the Order of the Pelican.

On Thursday August 10, Anno Societatis LII at the Alllied Champions Battle upon the battlefield, Their Majesties called forth the Honorable Lord Tegrinus de Rhina.  They asked the members of the most noble Order of the Chivalry to attend Them and called for those who would speak for his worthiness to become a Knight.  For the Laurel, Mistress Katla Ulfhedinn advised that his chainmail adorns necks throughout the Known World and that he sees the heart of a person.  For the Pelican, Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi stated he gives of his heart.  He works to include new people and bring back joy to those who have lost their way.  For the Order of Defense, Master Clewin Kupferhelbelinc advised he will make the Order of the Chivalry better because when you stop answering, they stop calling and Tegrinus never stops answering.  As Royal Peers Count Andreas Morgan and Countess Kalista Morganova spoke of how his queen was his inspiration when he had no lady to inspire him that day and how he transports others so they may be at events and practices often over great distances.  For his former Knight Sir Finn Kirkpatrick, Count Jehan de la Marche and Count Thorbrandr spoke of how he was to be the 6th Knight of his lineage which spans 3 Kingdoms and he will be the representative of that lineage to the 4th Kingdom.  For the Chivalry, Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter advised when he speaks for someone he looks for the knightly virtue of the person that stands above the others.  In this man, he finds no one virtue does because he embodies all the knightly virtues together.  Having heard these words, Their Majesties called for spurs to be fixed to his boots as the symbol of a knight.  They called for a knight’s white belt to be wrapped about his waist.   They called for a cloak to mark his station to be lain across his shoulders.  Finally, They called for the ancestral chain of Æthelmearc.  Sir Beatrix Kreiger recited the line of the Knights of Æthelmearc, the chain was laid upon the sword of state and Tegrinus swore fealty to the Crown of Æthelmearc.  The chain was placed round his neck and he was dubbed Knight by letters Patent.  His Majesty bid Sir Tegrinus to rise and delivered the buffet.  Scroll forthcoming.

On Friday August 11, Anno Societatis LII upon the Battlefield, Their Majesties called forth the Company of the Black Talon, House Iron Lance and the Meduseld MercanariesTo each house, Their Majesties awarded a Golden Alce.  For the Black Company it was given for the hard work they did in assisting AEthemearc in the Woods Battle and Bridge Battles.  For House Iron Lance, for their vigor and enthusiasm in the Woods Battle.  For the Meduseld Mercanaries, it was granted for their dedication to and assistance of the Kingdom in the Woods Battle.  Their Majesties thanked all and presented a medallion to each house that they might be known for their willingness to face overwhelming odds at the behest of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Their Majesties then called forth The Honorable Lord Ulrich von Schwartzburg.  They asked the Order of the Chivalry to attend Them.  Seeing this man worthy of elevation, They asked for those who would speak on his behalf.  First to speak was Master Annanias Fenne for the Order of Defense.  He spoke of the fire and steel that Ulrich was and how fire shapes steel to be tempered and of use.  Next Master Skalla-Valgardr Gunnarsson, for the Order of the Pelican, stated he has known this man for a dozen years and he is a most honorable fighter to stand before or against.  He does not strike in anger and does quiet unassuming service but the job is always done well.  For the Laurel, Her Royal Highness, Princess Juliana spoke of how he started out making his own armor and now makes clothing for his family.  She spoke of how he crafts people as well, taking and shepherding them along.  As Royal Peers, Count Jehan de la Marche and His Royal Highness, Prince Gareth spoke.  Count Jehan advised that a King must earn loyalty from his followers but a Knight must bring those followers to the King and lead them.  Ulrich already has those eager to follow him to the call of the King.  His Highness Gareth spoke of how as his squire Ulrich always kept his oath.  He stated that the man embodies the virtue of Largess, giving of himself and gifting armor to others so they may take the field.  For the Chivalry, Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers spoke of his consistent prowess.  He spoke of his Humility and working to put others on the field noting how even at this War he was repairing armor for others so they would not be absent from the field.  Their Majesties accepted these words and having resolved that such accomplishment would be recognized called for spurs to be affixed to his heel and a belt to mark his station be placed by his lady about his waist.  They then called for the ancestral chain of the Knighthood of Æthelmearc to be brought forward.  Sir Tegrinus de Rhina presented the chain and read forth the lineage of the Knights of Æthelmearc.  They called for his lineage’s chain of fealty to also be brought forward and both were placed upon the sword of state.  His Majesty accepted Ulrich’s oath of fealty as Knight and His Majesty, along with His Highness, dubbed Sir Ulrich von Swartzburg, Knight of the Society.     He bid Sir Ulrich to rise and receive the buffet.  Scroll forthcoming.

Later that afternoon upon the fencing field at the Novice Tourney, Their Majesties thanked the fencers for their dedication to the Kingdom throughout the war.  They called for Lord Simon Caminante to present himself before Them.  For his active support of cut and thrust and his work on the Æthelmearc rapier website, They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone.  The scroll was unattributed.

Next Their Majesties called Lady Alianora Bronhulle to attend Them.  Advising her that They wished to not block her entry into the Novice Tourney, They held this piece of business until now so that she would be able to compete.  They then inducted her into the Order of the Golden Alce for her prowess and determination on the Rapier field.  The scroll was to be held for her until the conclusion of the Novice Tourney.

As the final piece of business of the court conducted in the Æthelmearc hospitality tent, Their Majesties let it be known that Lord Tassin Treseol had become a citizen of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and welcome him to his new home.

Their Majesties court was thus concluded.

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Dark Ages Skóla A&S Display and Youth A&S Tournament

Mon, 2017-10-09 23:13

By THL Elska á Fjárfelli

As part of its focus on the the Arts & Sciences, the Dark Ages Skóla (organized by the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn) also hosted both a Dark Ages-themed A&S Display and an unthemed Youth A&S Tournament. Both displays were situated in the main hall and enjoyed many visitors throughout the day. Thank you all for participating, and we’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll come with next!

Entries in the A&S Display:

Hedeby shoes. All photos by Elska

  • Hedeby shoes for a youth by Abigaile Kelloge.

Abigaile writes: “The Hedeby shoes are based on a boot found in the excavation of that Norse settlement, 8th to 11th century Germany. They are similar to boots located in the Viking ship Museum in Oslo, which were grave goods from a ship burial of around 900 CE. This pair of kid’s shoes is based on a pattern from the Internet and are made from lightweight leather, handsewn with waxed nylon thread, with a machine sewn wool insole for comfort.” She did not anticipate how well loved the shoes would be come in the few weeks between events and when he’ll outgrow them, so she did not decorate the edges.


  • Thorsberg Trousers, machine sewn from a repurposed cotton duvet cover,  by Erin Pence.


  • Vierpass Beaker (four-spouted beaker) stoneware by Algirdas Wolthus.


Algirdas comments: “Modeled on examples excavated from a tavern in Nuremberg, dated to c. 1400 to 1425. Published by the German National Museum “Aus dem Wirtshaus zum Wilden Man”, 1983.” He made several of these beakers and often uses them in his feast fear.

  • Machine-embroidery samples in preparation for a medieval silk outfit, by Aldeeza Wolthus.


The Youth A&S Tournament had six entries (yes, there were more kids entries than adult A&S entries, shame on you!):

  • Katriona Iainsdottir entered a leather cover book with handmade paper inside.
  • Cornelia entered an inkle woven shoulder strap made of gold and black.
  • Sungiva entered an inkle woven belt, and a second one she was working on.
  • Simon entered an illumination on parchment he was working on.
  •  Konrad entered a weaving he is working on.
  •  Galen entered a macrame bracelet he was working on.

Konrad showing off his weaving on his Cricket loom to Mistress Rhiannon.

Master Bedwyr Danwyn and Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa undertook the difficult task of coming to some sort of order in which the entrants could choose their price. Taking their task very seriously, they talked with each entrant while watched by an eager flock of kids, making sure to note each accomplishment while also gently teaching a trick or two to help their project grow.

Master Bedwyr demonstrating smudge free illuminating.

The concentration the gathered children exhibited while Master Bedwyr demonstrated to Simon how to prevent edge smudgings on his calligraphy by covering up exposed edges with a piece of paper was mesmerizing, and the eagerness everyone followed Mistress Rhiannon into the kitchen to do a burn test to learn if the yarn used to weave with was natural wool, or not, when Konrad could not tell one way or the other, was truly inspiring!

Cornelia showing of her entry to her sister Marie of Hartford and her friend Emma Wolthus.

In the end, Cornelia won first pick with her inkle woven rabbit skin pouch strap, made with polyester gold thread. The rest of the kids quickly gobbled up the remainder prizes (there are never enough swords, we adults learned) and a good time was had by all. I overheard talk about what project to work on next and thought, what a great experience this was to inspire A&S into our new generation.

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Court Report: Shoot in the Wildwood, September 2, A.S. 52

Sun, 2017-10-08 21:03

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of AEthelmearc, as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald with the assistance of THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald at Shoot in the Wildwood in the Barony of Delftwood on September 2, Anno Societatis LII.

In the morning:

Their Majesties called Baron Artemius Andreas Magnus before Them.  They asked him if he was ready to sit vigil this day and receive the council of the Order of the Laurel.  With his agreement, Their Majesties called forth the Most Noble Order of the Laurel to take him to a place made ready for him to sit in contemplation of elevation to the peerage.

In the afternoon:

Their Majesties called forth Helen Hillson.  Their Majesties advised that Helen had served well and faithfully as a member of the Queens Guard completing the quest set before her by Sir Murdoch at Pennsic.  Seeing her enthusiasm as contagious to all around her, They felt it was right and just to induct her into the Order of the Silver Buccle.  The scroll is a work of Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.

Their Majesties called forth rest of the children present.  Stating how they had grown too swift and wise about catching the runner, Their Majesties had determined to change the game.  Benjamin of Arindale was called forth and advised to hide the chest, whereupon the children would need to find it to retrieve a toy.  Benjamin did run from the court and snuck back in to lay the chest once again at Their Majesties feet where it was set upon by the children.

Their Majesties gave Their Excellencies, Marcus and Desiderata leave to hold court for the Barony of Delftwood.

At the conclusion of the baronial court, Their Majesties called Lady Elisabetta de Venetia before Them.  Their Majesties spoke of how her joy and enthusiasm for every aspect of the society is unbound.  They advised that for her kindness, courtesy and friendliness it would be hard to locate a more deserving member of the society and so did name her Jewel of AEthelmearc.  The scroll was created by the hands of Mistress Juliana Rosalia Dolce de Siena and THLord Padraig O’Branduibh.

Their Majesties called THLady Clarissa and Lord Kenneth to attend Them.  Her Ladyship Clarissa and Lord Kenneth thanked Their Majesties for Their patronage of the arts.

Their Majesties invited before Them Mistress Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir and and THLady Elska á Fjárfelli.  Mistress Mistress Sǫlveig invited THLady Elska to join Domus Minervæ, which is a confraternity of scholars dedicated to research, teaching, and publication.

Their Majesties called forth Elizabeth the Nameless.  For her service in setting up and tearing down for events in the Barony and her willingness to provide Their Excellencies with scroll blanks, They saw fit to make her a Lady of the court and Awarded her Arms.  The scroll was a work by Baroness Clarice Roan.

Their Majesties called Katelinn of Delftwood.  For her accomplishments in archery including making her own bow and learning fletching, Their Majesties Awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the court.  The scroll created by the hand of Baroness Clarice Roan.

Their Majesties asked Amelia of Delftwood to attend Them.  Noting how pleasant she is to work with and her active participation within the Barony of Delftwood, They Awarded her Arms thereby making her a Lady of the court.  The scroll was limned by THLady Anlaith ingen Trena.

Their Majesties called Stephen of Delftwood to attend Them.  For his cheerful help with set up and tear down at events and classes, Their Majesties Awarded him Arms and made him a Lord of the court.  The scroll by THLady Rachel Dalicieux.

Their Majesties then called before Them THLady Gytha Oggesdottir.  For her outreach and welcoming hospitality for newcomers and her kindness to new and old members of the Society, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Cornelian.

Their Majesties inducted Lord Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd into the Order of the Keystone for his work as Baronial Exchequer, merchant liaison for Ice Dragon and as event tollner in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael.  Scroll by THFool Dagonell the Juggler.

Their Majesties called Lady Saskia Feldmeyrin before Them.  For her skill in making pottery, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Sycamore.  The scroll was created by Baroness Maddelena de Angeles.

Their Majesties called Lord Jan Langhe ten Walde into court.  For his dedication and the hard work achieving the fencing prowess necessary to place third in the Ice Dragon bear pit this year, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce.  The scroll was a work by the hand of THLady Mairghread Stiebhard inghean ui Choinne.

Their Majesties called Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure before Them.  Noting her diligence can be seen in the Thrown Weapons and archery marshallates as well as in her position as regional exchequer, Their Majesties felt it right and proper to summon before Them the Order of the Millrind and add Her Excellency to their number.  The scroll was by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin.

Their Majesties asked that the Order of the Millrind remain as there were several pieces of business where they would be needed.  Next Their Majesties called Baroness Caitriona Fhial inghean ui Chonaill, called Kayley into court.  Their Majesties noted her long service as Kingdom, Regional and local exchequer and seeing her devotion to the society in such service is without limit, They inducted her into the Order of the Millrind.  The scroll was by the hand of Lady Genevote Nau d’Anjou.

Their Majesties then called Don Matteo Pesci before Them.  For his work as the backbone of Myrkfaelinn working for years as seneschal, exchequer, autocrat and marshal, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Millrind.  The scroll was created by Lady Amalie Reinhardt.

Having noted that Lady Amalie is always contributing, Their Majesties called her forth.  As Kingdom Webmistress, They found her extremely responsive to any need and had seen the great work she has done overhauling the Kingdom website.  For these reasons, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Millrind and Granted her Arms.  The scroll was created by Lady Felice de Thornton.

With that, Their Majesties bid the Order of the Millrind to greet their newest members.

Their Majesties called Baron Artemius Andreas Magnus to attend Them.  His Excellency presented himself and agreed that he did indeed sit vigil and received counsel and had resolved that it was his wish to continue.  Their Majesties called for the Order of the Laurel to attend Them.  They asked for worthies to attest to Baron Artemius’ qualifications to for this accolade.  As a Member of the Order of Chivalry, Sir Ruslan Igotavich Voronov spoke of the fact that Artemius was influential in nudging him back into the Society.  He stated he wanted to win crown if only to ensure this would occur.  As a member of the Order of the Pelican, Mistress Alheydis von Körckhingen spoke of how he welcomed her, the mother of six children, taking the time to answer the questions of eager young boys and never making them feel unwanted.  As a Master of Defense, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede spoke of how he was an example before he was a Baron.  As Royal Peer, Duchess Ilish O’Donovan of Cork spoke of how we must be worthy of his art and how he fosters and encourages others.  As Lady of the Rose, Duchess Rowan de la Garnison spoke of how he seeks to be inspired daily.  As Jewel of AEthelmearc, Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf spoke of he was grace in motion with kindness and courtesy.  For the populace, THLord Timothy of Edgewood advised that his man inspires the populace to do better and thanked Their Majesties for what They do this day.  Finally as a member of the Order of the Laurel Master Kenhelm advised that in all ways Baron Artemius is his peer.

Having heard these words and the counsel of the Order of the Laurel, Their Majesties agreed it was right and fitting to elevate Baron Artemius Andreas Magnus by Letters Patent to the Order of the Laurel.  They called forth for a cloak to warm him, a Laurel’s medallion to denote his station and Laurel leaves so all may know him to be a peer.  Finally They called for the ancestral fruitcake as a reminder for Master Artemius to never take himself too seriously.  A scroll to mark the occasion was a work in progress.

Their Majesties summoned the Silver Buccle Herald, THLady Sophie Davenport before Them.  Knowing Their time upon the throne grew short, They asked her to summon the Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald and divest her of her title and duties.   Her Ladyship called Dame Kateryna ty Isaf before Their Majesties.  Releasing her from her oaths given to both the crown and office of herald, saving for the oath to keep Their Majesties confidences, Her Ladyship removed the tabard of Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald from Dame Kateryna.

Her Majesty asked Dame Kateryna to remain and thanked her for her diligent service as Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald.  Her Majesty advised that She would never know from Dame Kateryna’s performance of duties that she suffers from stage fright and that She could find no other person She felt more worthy to name as the Queen’s Inspiration of the day and did bestow upon her the Golden Escarbuncle.

Their Majesties asked that all scribes who contributed to the scrolls given during the courts today stand and be recognized.

There being no further business this day, Their Majesties court was thus concluded.

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