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Amulet invoking elves and the Trinity found in Denmark

History Blog - Sun, 2016-04-24 06:02

An archaeological excavation in advance of drainage work in Svendborg, a city on the island of Funen in southeastern Denmark, unearthed a medieval amulet invoking both elves and the Triune God of Christianity. It didn’t look like much at first, a small square piece of metal just two centimeters (.8 inches) long and wide, but that’s because it was folded down the short side five times. Once unfolded, it was 13 centimeters (just over five inches) long.

It was discovered on the Møllergade, one of two main roads encircling Svendborg’s old town. Previous excavations of the Møllergade have unearthed layers going back as far as 1150, but the amulet likely dates to the mid-13th century when the road was expanded northward as the city grew. While amulets of this kind have been found elsewhere in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, this is the first one found in Svendborg.

Metallurgic analysis found that the amulet had a high silver content. The piece of metal was painstakingly unfolded, without damaging the surface, and National Museum of Denmark curator Lisbeth Imer, an expert in inscriptions, examined the interior surface of the amulet under a microscope. She found five lines written in lower case Latin characters by someone with a sure hand and an eye for minute detail. The letters are between two and four millimeters high and are interspersed with crosses for added amulet value.

The translated inscription reads:

I charge you Gordan, Gordin and Ingordan, elf men and elf wives and all demons by the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and by all of God’s saints, that you do not harm God’s handmaiden Margareta either the eyes or limbs. Amen. You are great in eternity, Lord.

Gordan, Gordin and Ingordan feature on many wood and metal amulets found in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Their significance has long been debated by historians, but several medieval manuscripts refer to them as folkloric figures. The Codex Upsaliensis, written in the first quarter of the 14th century, includes the phrase “I invoke you, elves, Gordin and Ingordin.” Carmina Burana, the manuscript of 254 poems and songs of traditional itinerant performers written in 1230, 24 of which would famously be put to music by Carl Orff in 1936, has a song in which Gordan, Ingordin and Ingordan appear as the villains. It’s the 54th piece, known as CB54, and it reads like a warding spell. I’m posting the whole thing because, simply stated, it’s awesome.

Every kind of demon being –
Come hobbling, come squabbling,
Sightless or unseeing —
Mark well my words, my invocation,
My command, my incantation.

Creatures of all phantom company
Who populate the principality
Of that vile dragon creeping
With venom seeping –
Whose high and mighty fundament
Sweeps full one third the stars’ extent –
Gordan, Ingordin and Ingordan:
By the Seal of Solomon,
Magi the Pharaohs call upon,
I now exorcise you
And substantialize you:
By sages three: Caspar,
Melchior and Balthazar:
By David’s playing
For the allaying
Of Saul’s dismaying
And your gainsaying.

I adjure you
And conjure you
By the mandate of the Lord:
Be unkind not,
Hurt mankind not,
Manifest misericord:
Show but once your faces
And retract your traces
With forsaken races
To hell’s hiding places.

I adjure
I conjure
By that awesome
By that fearsome
That gruesome Judgement Day,
When unending punishment
And horror and dismay
And unbounded banishment
Shall drive demonkind
Into damnation
But shrive humankind
Unto salvation.

By that same unnamed, unsaid,
That unutterably dread
Tetragrammaton of God:
Fall to fear and trembling
As to disassembling
I now exorcise
Spectres: demons: ghosts: hobgoblins:
Satyrs: sirens: hamadryads
Nightmares: incubi and
Shades of the departed –
Flee to ruination,
Chaos and damnation,
Lest your foul conflation
Rend Christ’s congregation.

From all our enemies, good Lord, deliver us.

It’s a great example of how Christianity interpreted traditional folk beliefs and ancient religions as a direct threat to the souls and unity of its believers. I imagine Archbishop Gregory II of Agrigento spoke an incantation like this when he cast out the two demons/previous deities from the temple before he converted it into a church, only that was in the late 6th, early 7th century when the corpse of Greco-Roman polytheism was still fresh. Denmark only converted to Christianity in the 10th century, however, so while satyrs, sirens and hamadryads may have been thin on the ground so far up north, elves and trolls were very much in the picture when this song was sung and written down.

Amulets provide fascinating glimpses into the long transition. The practice of invoking elves, demons and other assorted types from folklore like giants and trolls dates back to the Iron Age and is consistent even as the dominant religions change. In runic amulets from the Viking era, these creatures appeared next to the gods Thor and Odin. The wearer asked the gods for protection from disease or misfortune as incarnated by the characters from folklore. Once Christianity was established, the old gods were replaced with the new one and His scriptural support staff, but the structure of the invocation remained the same: a prayer asking a deity to prevent evil from befalling a person by calling out the scoundrel types who would do them harm. If said evil has a name, it can be contained and dispelled. Exorcising by substantializing, as CB54 puts it.

Svendborg was growing rapidly in the 13th century, and large-scale Christian structures were constructed in the burgeoning market town. The Church of Our Lady was built then, as was the Franciscan monastery. The Church of St. Nicholas, originally built of stone in the mid-12th century, was expanded and reconstructed in brick in the 1200s. Institutional growth can’t necessarily speak to the experience of the individual, however. The amulet bridges that gap.

The Svendborg amulet gives a rare insight into how ordinary citizens used Christianity in their daily lives. Long has it been known that the clergy forces were strong in contemporary Svendborg, and now there is also evidence that the faith among ordinary people was strong, says [Svendborg Museum archaeologist] Allan Dørup Knudsen:

“Our knowledge of the townspeople and their daily life in the Middle Ages is unfortunately very limited, but through this amulet we get very close to Margareta and can feel her suffering and prayers for a good and disease free life.”

The amulet has also conferred on Margareta a very cool kind of immortality: she is now the oldest known female resident of Svendborg.

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Reflections on the Order of Defense’s First Year

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-23 22:43

As of May 1st it will have been a year since the creation of the Society’s first Masters of Defense. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope interviewed Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, Master Quinn Kerr, Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne, and Master Iago Benitez to get their thoughts on the order one year on.

How do you think the creation of the Order of Defense has influenced the rapier community and the Society as a whole? What, if anything, has changed since it was implemented?

Dorinda: There is a sense of joy that is difficult to describe.  People still fence and teach and serve, just like before, but the sting of being “ancillary” has greatly faded.

Quinn: I didn’t really expect changes, and didn’t know what it would do, so I was surprised at the impact across the board. Fencers have become more eager, and have been pushing their limits more.

Iago: It’s also been refreshing for long-time fencers. This group includes people who never had a peerage before and it’s really special.

Illadore: There’s been a lot of excitement – for instance, at Gulf Wars’ Opening Ceremony, the MODs and some vigilants from across the SCA gathered and there was a whole lot of love for the order. We feel so much more a part of the SCA now. As Dorinda noted, fencing used to be called an “ancillary” activity, but now it feels more like an integral part of the Society. MOD vigils have become huge affairs involving whole Kingdoms, which is glorious to see.

What has been the biggest challenge for you since becoming an Master of Defense (MOD)?

Illadore: Living up to expectations – both the Society’s expectations as a whole and my own. But on a more practical level, finding white livery collars is hard. There don’t seem to be merchants making them, and there’s a lot of variability of design across the Society. I ordered my personal collar custom-made from Billy and Charlie’s.

Dorinda: The most difficult thing about being a MoD is living up to it.  (I swear I did not copy Illadore’s paper!)

Duchess Dorinda with the first MOD pie, made for her by Master Urho Walterrinen. Photo by Lady Fiora d’Artusio.

How well are the MODs throughout the Society connected? Are they in agreement about what the traditions should be around the order? How have you seen traditions vary across Kingdoms? For instance, Master Urho Walterrinen seems to have single-handedly created a tradition here for pie on the MOD’s receiving a Writ or going on vigil….

Illadore: (Laughs) Yes, we have pie in Æthelmearc thanks to Urho. I’ve also been trying to make a tradition of MODs wearing white garters, which I’m helping along by knitting them for new members. The first vigilants for the MOD gathered on a private Facebook group to discuss what our traditions should be. There were a lot of strong personalities but no consensus on some things, like what to call our students or what symbols we should use to distinguish them. Although the order is pretty well established at this point, the MODs still talk both within and between Kingdoms.

Dorinda: The MoD’s have been connected since the second writs were announced.  We talk often online, and meet at major interkingdom events. No, we do not agree on all traditions (such as what to call students or what to have them wear), but we are united in wanting this Order to be something worthy of the fencing community and the Crowns who elevated us.

How has your elevation influenced your relationship with any cadets you have? Have you “promoted” them to a different role? 

Illadore: I am still in discussions with my cadets about what they want from me and what they want our relationship to be. I also don’t think its “promoted” – I think it’s a sign of what kind of relationship you have with that person, just like a red belt signifies that relationship between a knight and a squire. For regalia, some have used blue or red collars for their students. I call my students Scholars, and they wear red collars.

Dorinda: Through careful planning (ahem) I arranged to have no students at the time I was elevated to the Order. Problem solved. If I do take a student, I am leaning towards a blue collar and calling them a Scholar, but that could change.

What do you think the implementation of the MOD by the Crowns was done well, both in AEthelmearc and across the SCA? What could have been done better?

Dorinda: I think the Crowns of the Known World have done a marvelous job in elevating the people who have made the fencing community what it is today. They have done so in a measured way that has allowed each Kingdom to develop its traditions, and to honor each candidate in an appropriate way. The only thing I would hope people remember is that “They are not done.” Some people wonder why this person or that has not been elevated yet. The key word is “yet.”  Many kingdoms have unrecognized MoDs, but the order in which they are elevated is not what is important. Be patient, and their day will come.

Quinn: Our royalty have been excellent. They’ve understood that the first dozen or so members of the order would have a tremendous impact and have been choosing carefully.

Iago: They were smart in the people they chose to elevate, making sure that the first few were spread geographically throughout the Kingdom so they were accessible to most of the fencing populace.

Illadore: The BoD was smart to limit the Crowns to making three MODs before consulting with the order, too.  Knowing that the order supports you makes the new MODs’ elevations better. In the West, they polled all of the White Scarves to see who that order thought the first three MODs should be and in what order they should be elevated. That the White Scarves chose me as Principal actually meant more to me than the elevation itself. In 2014 the Western White Scarves met in expectation that the BoD would create the MOD, and voted not to advise the Crown on who should be elevated unless they were ordered to do so – which they were.

How has the relationship between the MOD and the White Scarves developed? Has the Order of the White Scarf changed since the creation of the MOD? Some Kingdoms actually closed their White Scarf orders, though Æthelmearc did not.

Dorinda: Perhaps the White Scarves should answer this.  All I will say is that the White Scarves have not backed down from their tradition of leading the fencing community and serving her needs and the needs of those who have joined us recently. I believe the MoDs and the White Scarves are working as a team to keep the community growing and thriving.

Mistress Illadore, Master Iago, and Master Quinn. Photo by Arianna.

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New SCA Society President

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-23 22:41

After many years of service, Leslie Vaughn (Baronessa Isabeau della Farfalla) will step down as President of the SCA.  John Fulton (Duke John the Bearkiller) will replace her as President.

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Addendum to Grand Council Announcement

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-23 22:33

Earlier today the SCA Inc. announced the disbanding of the Grand Council.  The following additional information has been released.  “Society President John Fulton, Director Richard Sherman, and Director Andrew Coleman have been directed to investigate the creation of a new vehicle to facilitate communication between the membership and the directors that recognizes and utilizes the changes in technology, demographics and culture that have changed the way the Society conducts business in the 22 years since creation of the Grand Council.”  The announcement can be found on the SCA website here.

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SCA Grand Council Disbanded

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-23 17:51

The following announcement was posted on the SCA website today:

The Grand Council was formed in 1994; a time before email and social media. There was a need then for a committee that made sure that the membership had a way to communicate with the directors on issues of importance to the SCA. Twenty years later, members have access to the Internet and with it direct lines of communication to the directors and Corporate officers.  We know we still have problems receiving input from, and transmitting information to, the membership; but we don’t think an intermediary body provides us with the solution to these problems today.

So with thanks for the long and faithful service of the Grand Council, we have decided to disband the committee and work on new methods and approaches for increasing our responsiveness to the members of the SCA.

Society President John Fulton, Director Richard Sherman, and Director Andrew Coleman have been directed to investigate the creation of a new vehicle to facilitate communication between the membership and the directors that recognizes and utilizes the changes in technology, demographics and culture that have changed the way the Society conducts business in the 22 years since creation of the Grand Council.

Board of Directors, SCA Inc.


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SCA Grand Council Disbanded

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-04-23 17:41

This announcement was posted on the SCA’s webpage and can be found here.

The Grand Council was formed in 1994; a time before email and social media.  There was a need then for a committee that made sure that the membership had a way to communicate with the directors on issues of importance to the SCA.  Twenty years later, members have access to the Internet and with it direct lines of communication to the directors and Corporate officers.  We know we still have problems receiving input from, and transmitting information to, the membership; but we don’t think an intermediary body provides us with the solution to these problems today.

So with thanks for the long and faithful service of the Grand Council, we have decided to disband the committee and work on new methods and approaches for increasing our responsiveness to the members of the SCA.

Board of Directors, SCA Inc

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4,500-year-old burial found in Peru fishing town

History Blog - Sat, 2016-04-23 04:11

Archaeologists have discovered a 4,500-year-old burial at the archaeological site of Aspero, an ancient preceramic fishing town in northern Peru. Analysis of the bones revealed that the deceased was a woman about 40 to 50 years of age at the time of death. The burial was found in the Huaca of the Idols, one of two monumental platform mounds (earthwork terraced pyramids shored up with quarried stone walls and river rock fill which ranged in size from modest to huge) in the town. Her crouched body was wrapped in three layers, the inner two of cotton, the outer of reeds which was fastened closed with rope. Buried with her was a pottery vessel containing the remains of vegetables and seeds, a bead necklace, a Spondylus pendant and four tupus, bone brooches carved in the shapes of birds and monkeys.

The wrapping of the body, the location of the burial and grave goods indicate the woman was a high rank personage of the Caral civilization, the oldest civilization in the Americas which dominated a network of settlements in the coastal area of north-central Peru from around 3500 B.C. to 1800 B.C. First explored in 1905, Aspero was one of the first Caral sites identified by archaeologists before it was recognized as a civilization. Thorough, extensive archaeological documentation of the sites only began in the 1990s under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Shady (no relation to Slim) who named the civilization after the inland town of Caral which is believed to have been the biggest city and the oldest urban center in the Americas.

Dr. Shady and her team discovered the remains of the woman in Aspero. The combination of coastal and inland animals represented in the tupus is evidence of the close economic and cultural connection between the fishing-rich sites along the coast and the agricultural interior. Other than edible plants, the inland Caral towns appear to have focused on growing cotton which the coastal sites needed for their fishing nets. There’s also some evidence of maize being grown as a grain staple, but it seems fish was the primary source of food for coastal and interior towns.

With the archaeological study of these sites still being in its adolescence if not infancy, the discovery of the burial of a high status woman will provide new insight into Caral society.

Shady noted the importance of this discovery to further understand the dynamics of the oldest social organization in the Americas. [...]

“This find shows evidence of gender equality, that is, both women and men were able to play leading roles and attain high social status more than 1,000 years ago,” Shady underlined.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Dig at Malcolm X’s house finds 18th c. artifacts

History Blog - Fri, 2016-04-22 04:13

An archaeological excavation at the house Malcolm X lived in during his teens and early 20s has surprisingly unearthed artifacts from the 18th century. Built in 1874, the house at 72 Dale Street in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood belonged to Ella Little-Collins, Malcolm’s half-sister who was his guardian after his mother was committed to a psychiatric facility in Michigan. (Ella and Malcolm’s father was killed when Malcolm was just six years old.) He lived with her off and on from the age of 14 until he was 21. The house is the last boyhood home of Malcolm X known to survive.

Ella could no longer bear to live in the house after Malcolm’s assassination in 1965, but she owned it until her death in 1996 when it passed to her son Rodnell Collins who is the current owner. Relatives stayed there instead, and when the last of them moved out in the 1970s, the house was left vacant for thirty years. Its condition deteriorated, and even its designation as a historic landmark in 1998 didn’t stop the downward slide. Rodnell moved back in and invested $80,000 in repairs to the house to make it livable.

In June of 2012, the Malcolm X-Ella Little Collins House was named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation one of the country’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. This brought national attention to the home and its dire circumstances. As a result, Historic Boston, Inc., received several grants which allowed them to do a comprehensive assessment of the structure and stabilize it to prevent further damage.

Now the Collins family plans to fully restore the house with the aim of opening it for tours. Rodnell Collins, 71, will be the guide, which is going to be amazing because he was actually there when Malcolm was. He has so many memories to share. The first step in the restoration is shoring up the foundations. Since the yard is going to be dug up anyway, archaeologists have the opportunity to excavate it first.

The dig began on March 29th. Experts from UMass Boston’s Fiske Center for Archaeological Research surveyed the yard with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to identify anomalous areas of potential interest. Archaeologists, aided by volunteers from the community and Malcolm X’s family, excavated the spots with most potential for revealing artifacts and historical information. They found fragments of porcelain from Ella Little Collins’ dishes, a peach pit from her peach tree, a toy truck Rodnell remembers playing with, even an intact LP record whose label was gone but the serial number indicated was a folk song compilation album from 1959. (You can listen to side one here.)

The Little-era artifacts were expected, as were the pieces of 19th century pottery. The fragments of 18th century ceramic, on the other hand, were decidedly unexpected. According to the municipal archives, the house, indeed the entire street, was built on agricultural land, farmed since the 1600s. The artifacts suggest there may have been an unrecorded building on the site.

Because the Malcolm Little history is so recent and Rodnell Collins is so closely involved in the project, archaeologists have a unique chance to explore history both oral and documentary as well as the material culture of the site. City of Boston archaeologist Joseph Bagley explained the rare confluence in an interview with Radio Boston:

“Normally, on the sites that we’ve been doing, they’ve been a lot older, there’s no way around that…. [We] very rarely have the opportunity as archaeologists to work with people who were alive during the time that we are interested in studying. So it’s almost like we get kind of a behind-the-scenes tour of our own historic sites when we have the family members there. We’re able to take the combination of the oral history from Rodnell and his family, the written records that we have through the census and the deed records and the stuff that we have about Malcolm that’s very widely written, and we can also add the artifacts to that. So we can kind of do a three-part historical view of this house.”

To add to the historical richness, Jack Hallion, son of a man who grew up in the house and whose family sold it to Ella and Kenneth Collins in 1941 unexpectedly visited the dig on March 30th. Nobody contacted him or anything. The excavation was open to the public every day and received a great deal of local press, so he just stopped by to add two more generations of background to the story.

The dig was originally scheduled to run through April 8th, but five inches of snow forced a work stoppage. Excavations will resume on May 16th.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Who Owns Me? A Pointed Quiz by Caleb Reynolds

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-04-21 18:59

Baron Caleb Reynolds brings us this quiz. Have fun!

Match the historic swords with their owners without using The Googles.

We are only looking at historic swords and real people, so, just to make it more difficult, I’ve added a few fictional people and swords into the mix. Bonus points if you can figure them out.

The answers will be posted next week.


The Master Sword
The Vorpal Blade
The Sword of Omens
The Sword in the Stone
Dôjigiri Yasutsuna


Rhydderch Hael
Amir Arsalan
El Cid
Ali ibn Abi Talib
Boleslaus the Wrymouthed
Goujian, King of Yue State
San Galgano
Richard Cypher
Magnus Barelegs
The coronation sword of the Monarchs of England
Elric of Melnibon
William Wallace
Fergus mac Róich
Minamoto no Yorimitsu
Hrólf Kraki
Arya Stark
Ferdinand III
Kusunoki Masashige
The coronation sword of the kings of France

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Owner of Texel shipwreck gown identified

History Blog - Thu, 2016-04-21 06:39

Historians Helmer Helmers from the University of Amsterdam and Nadine Akkerman from Leiden University have identified the owner of the silk gown found in the Wadden Sea off the island of Texel in North Holland. It belonged to Jean Kerr, Countess of Roxburghe, lady-in-waiting to Queen Henrietta Maria. There’s a portrait of her on Adel Foundation’s website that they were able to get from the collection of Floors Castle, seat of the current Duke of Roxburghe and Scotland’s largest inhabited castle. The photo leaves much to be desired, I’m afraid, but she’s wearing a dress that is somewhat reminiscent, albeit more elaborate, of the one wrecked at sea.

There were two key clues to the identity of the gown’s owner: the ship sank in the first half of the 17th century, and the leather book cover stamped with the coat of arms of King Charles I, the second Stuart king of England, Scotland, and Ireland. As soon as Nadine Akkerman was apprised of the find, she remembered a letter she had transcribed in 2006 written by Elizabeth Stuart, sister of Charles I and exiled Queen of Bohemia, to her old friend the diplomat and Member of Parliament Sir Thomas Roe. The letter, dated March 17th, 1642, tells how her sister-in-law Queen Henrietta Maria lost a baggage ship on the voyage from England to Holland. Her two ladies-in-waiting and their maids lost their clothes and accessories; the queen lost some silver vessels from her private chapel. The style and size of the gown strongly indicate it belonged to Jean Kerr.

The Countess of Roxburghe was born around 1585. She was descended through her maternal line from Robert II, the first Stuart King of Scotland, which made her a very high-ranking lady. She was Mistress of the Robes to the court of James I and Queen Anne, both of whom attended her marriage to Robert Kerr, 1st Lord Roxburghe, in 1614. Three years later she was dismissed from Court when her husband tried to finagle a political appointment without the knowledge of the Queen, but in 1631, with a new King, Charles I, and Queen, Henrietta Maria, on the throne, she made her way back to Court and was appointed governess to the infant Princess Mary. She was later made governess to Princess Elizabeth (born 1635) and Prince Henry (born 1640).

This voyage to Holland was an infamous one. The ostensible purpose of the trip was to deliver Charles and Henrietta Maria’s daughter Mary, then ten years old, to her 15-year-old husband William, son and heir of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange. Their wedding had taken place on May 2nd, 1641, in London. Reuniting the couple was a convenient pretext for Henrietta Maria to leave England and head for the continent where she could drum up support for the Royalist cause.

Her baggage was actually far more significant than her daughter. On February 23rd, 1642, Queen Henrietta Maria set sail from Falmouth with her daughter, her ladies-in-waiting, and the Crown Jewels. She also carried large quantities of silver and jewels that belonged to her and Charles personally, including those vessels from her chapel that were lost in the Texel wreck. The real reason for the trip to Holland was to sell or pawn these treasures, the most valuable of which were the patrimony of Britain, to fund a war against the British. Holland was the biggest market for the trade in high-end jewels and precious metals, so her daughter’s marriage to the heir of Orange was the perfect screen for her real intent.

Henrietta Maria arrived at The Hague on March 11th, 1642, where she was met by Elizabeth Stuart who had moved to The Hague after her exile. The loss of the baggage ship, while inconvenient as losing your luggage still is even now that it’s in airports instead of the bottom of the ocean, didn’t slow her down a bit. Mere days after her arrival, she was already trying to cut deals for the sale/hocking of the valuables that she’d kept with her.

This wasn’t exactly a stealth operation. In 1641 Parliament had officially protested that a plan of hers to take the waters at Spa, in what is now Belgium, for her health was in fact a blatant attempt to “convey great Sums of Money, and other Treasure, beyond the Seas; which will not only impoverish the State, but may be employed to the Fomenting some mischievous Attempts, to the Trouble of the publick Peace.” They were right, of course. Henrietta Maria was an active partner in Charles’ military and political ventures, often an instigator. She was a French Catholic — double trouble to English Protestants — and had an enormous influence on her husband. Her attempt to sell England’s Crown Jewels to fund a war against their (also British) enemies was the kind of machination that confirmed the worst suspicions about her and Charles.

The mission didn’t go well. Potential buyers and lenders were justifiably wary about the Crown Jewels. There was no clear title and the letter signed by Charles I saying he owned them that Henrietta deployed when people raised questions was hardly persuasive. With Parliament very publicly watching her every move, prepared to reclaim any pawned objects, buyers stayed away in droves. She wrote her husband in May that: “The money is not ready, for on your jewels, they will lend nothing. I am forced to pledge all my little ones, for the great ones, nothing can be had here….”

As for Jean Kerr, after she accompanied her young charge Princess Mary to The Hague, she turned around almost immediately, returning to her even younger charges, Elizabeth and Henry. She died just a year later, on October 7th, 1643.

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On Target: The Castle Invader

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-20 21:56

This article marks a milestone: an entire year of articles from THLord Deryk Archer on archery targets. Thanks for helping make archery more fun, Deryk!

This month we’ll make a Castle Invader. For those of you who missed it, I had one at Their Majesties’ castle for the Archery Muster on April 10th, and we had a wonderful time with it.

Basically, you build a body out of pool noodles. This makes the body very arrow-friendly.

Cover the body with any old clothes you have just lying around. I used long johns and an old beat-up pair of sweat pants. The hands are gloves stuffed with cotton to fill out the fingers, again making the target very arrow-friendly.

Go back to my very first article and use the instructions to duct tape the styrofoam head, then attach it to the body with more duct tape.

The feet came from the dollar store at Halloween.

I got very lucky with the ladder: I found wood-grain colored duct tape and used it to cover pool noodles taped together to form a ladder. I cut a piece of heavy cardboard into a shield, which was attached to his left arm.

Next, hang the whole thing from a very heavy cardboard tube. We tied a heavy-duty rope the top to the castle roof, slid the cardboard tube onto the rope at the bottom, and then spiked that end of the rope to the ground. We ran a second, lighter rope next to the first rope from the castle parapet down to the ground and attached it to the cardboard tube. Then we slowly pulled the target up using the rope attached to the cardboard tube while archers shot at it. The effect was very realistic.

For scoring, hitting the shield or the ladder does not count. Since the whole target is very arrow friendly, blow-throughs also do not count; your arrow must stick in the man.

This month’s safety tip: summer is coming, so when you’re out there shooting, stay hydrated.

In service,

THLord Deryk Archer

All photos by THLord Deryk.

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Court Report: Siege at Harlech

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-04-20 09:48

Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at the Siege at Harlech, 16 April, Anno Societatis L, in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Their Majesties invited Her Excellency, Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann of the Debatable Lands, to join Them in Their Court.

Photo by Lady Brynna Barth.

Their Majesties invited Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson to address the populace. Master Tofi distributed prizes for participants in the day’s brewing competition. Of particular note and mention were: Baron Fergus of Hanna, Baron of Highland Forde, for his spiced mead; The Honorable Lord Jorundr hinn Rotinn for his Brunello (red wine); Lord Madoc Arundel for his Burgundy Pyment; and Nohaaj for his Belgian-style brown ale.

Click any photo above to view it full size.

Their Majesties thanked all those Youth Fighters who defended the castle gate with bravery and prowess that day.

Youth fighters. Photo by Arianna.

His Majesty called forward Sir Arnthor inn Sterki, who was victorious in the morning’s Atlantian Speed Tourney. Her Majesty presented Sir Arnthor with a bottle of libations, donated by the brewers, and a necklace to adorn his lady.

Single elimination tourney winner Sir Arnthor. Photo by Arianna.

Her Majesty then spoke of the spear tourney held at the castle gates, and invited Sir Graedwyn mab Tiernan and THL Bors of Rouen to come forth and be recognized as the day’s victors. Their Majesties gifted these gentles with two of the ceremonial spears used in Their coronation.

THLord Bors and Sir Graedwyn, winners of the spear tourney. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties next called Josyefne Ra’hel Nagy into Their presence. Not accidentally was this gentle fetched from the kitchens. Her Majesty spoke of the good reports They have received of many a kitchen in which she has served, meals and support she has given to fighters, the ways in which she has offered her hospitality and generously given of her time to enhance the activities of others. Right mindful of the worth of such service, They were moved to Award her Arms.

Lady Josyefne receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Arianna.

Next did Their Majesties desire to speak with their Autocrat of the day, THL Elss of Augsburg. His Majesty thanked her for assuming the duties of autocrat in order that the day might come to pass, since it was scheduled before Their Majesties knew they would have other demands on Their time. However, on this day it was not for Elss’s organizational skill that she was brought before the thrones, but in recognition of her skill at Thrown Weapons. Thereupon did Their Majesties induct her into the Order of the Golden Alce.  Scroll by THL Tegrinus de Rhina.

THLady Elss receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties called for the cooks, led by Mistress Katla ùlfeþinn, and thanked them all for stepping into a vacancy when Their previous cook was forced to withdraw her offer of provision.

Their Majesties thank the cooks. Photo by Arianna.

There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.

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Watch a ghostly animated Titanic sink in real time

History Blog - Wed, 2016-04-20 02:03

Fair warning: this video is two hours and forty minutes long and there are significant stretches where very little happens. I expected to give up on it 10 minutes in, but much to my amazement, it was weirdly riveting. It starts just before Titanic strikes the iceberg and ends when the last of the ship plunges under the frigid waters. There are some very discreet sound effects — a few spoken orders, water, iron groaning, engines — and captions pop up explaining key moments. I found the notes on the lowering of the lifeboats and collapsibles particularly fascinating. Seeing it happen in real time strikingly conveys what an organization disaster this was, how much time was wasted, how so many more people could have been saved.

What makes the video genuinely eerie is the complete absence of people. It gives it a Mary Celeste ghost ship vibe. There are some voices — you hear some screams at the very end — but without moving figures it’s like Titanic is cursed to relive its slow, inexorable destruction over and over again.

That’s not what the finished product will be like. This animation is one element of an ambitious game called Titanic Honor & Glory and it’s still a work in progress. The ultimate aim is to have a fully explorable ship, accurate down to the smallest detail, with real historical people players can interact with at will. They’ll even have a period 1912 Southampton to wander through before boarding. There will be a story — a mystery to solve — but also a simple browse option if you just want to immerse yourself in the environment.

Judging from the glimpses of the grand staircase slowly filling with water in the sinking video and a video from last year that takes you on a brief tour of the First Class Reception Room, Dining Room, elevators, Turkish baths and the Third Class Dining Room, walking around will be plenty entertaining for those of us of a nerdly persuasion.

Here’s the full sinking video. Set aside three hours and just let it run. It’s not like you have to focus on it exclusively. You can do other things while it’s on in the background, but if you’re anything like me, you might find yourself having a hard time looking away.

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Tourney Heralds Needed

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 21:28

Hello to the tourney heralds of the East and Tir Mara! I am Mistress Suba al-Hadid, the new Troubadour Herald, and I’m excited to work this tourney season with you! We have several events coming up in the next few months.

In two weeks, on Saturday, April 30, there will be Crown Tourney in the Barony of Havre des Glaces in the Crown Principality of Tir Mara. We’ll need a few heralds for the lists plus additional support for the shield trees. If you think you’d like to help, please reach out to me at Troubadour@EastKingdom.org. If you haven’t heralded before but would like to try, we will help train you.

Two weeks after that, Saturday, May 14, will be the King’s and Queen’s Champions of Arms Tourney in the Barony of Dragonship Haven in the Central Region. Again, we’re looking for both experienced heralds and those who want to learn.

Saturday, July 23, will be the Novice Tourney in the Shire of Rusted Woodlands in the Southern Region. This is an opportunity for less experienced fighters, fencers, and heralds to experience what it’s like to participate in a tourney. This is a great learning experience and and excellent opportunity to learn more about tourney heraldry.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and having an opportunity to work with you! Again, please write me at Troubadour@EastKingdom.org with any questions or offers to help!

Yours in Service to the Dream,

Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Mu’allam (Mistress Suba al-Hadid)

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Unofficial Court Report: Balfar’s Challenge

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 16:50

Here follows the unofficial court report from Balfar’s Challenge, held in the Barony of Dragonship Haven, the 16th of April, 2016. Reporting Herald: Donovan Shinnock.


Item Recipient Award Scribe 1 Galen Avdenmork Tyger’s Cub Saerlaith ingen Chennetig 2 Sorcha inghean Ui Duinn Award of Arms i: Lillian ate Valeye
c: Faolán an Screcain 3 Rodrigo de Medina Award of Arms Aaradyn Ghyoot 4 Rumhann MacDuibhsidhe an Bhlog Seolta Award of Arms Aud Lifsdottir 5 Sybill Teller Award of Arms Aziza al-Shirazi 6 Llewellyn ap Goddoddin Maunche Eleanor Catlyng 7 Rhode Kephalania Maunche Mari Clock van Hoorne 8 Quintain Brillian Order of Defense i:Shadiyah Al-Zhara
c: Eva Woderose
w:Gaius Quintillius Alopex
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Unofficial Court Report: the Coronation of Kenric & Avelina

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 16:42

Here follows the unofficial court report from the Coronation of Kenric and Avelina, held on the 9th day of April, 2016, in the Shire of Quintavia. Reporting Herald, Donovan Shinnock.

Item Recipient Award Scribe 1 Brennan mac Fearghus Duke i: Ro Honig von Sumerfeldt

c: Alexandre St. Pierre

w: Alys Mackyntoich and Mylisant Grey 2 Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain Duchess i: Ro Honig von Sumerfeldt

c: Alexandre Saint Pierre

w: Mylisant Grey

translation by Christopher and Eric Michaelson 3 Courtney Rose Tyger’s Cub Culann mac Cianain 4 Daithi Dubh Award of Arms Constance de St. Denis 5 Leurona Winterborne Silver Tyger Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille 6 Nichol Mac Donnachaidh Silver Tyger Elllesbeth Donofrey

c: Jonathan Blaecstan 7 Matthew McGyver Silver Tyger i: Shahdiyah al-Zhara

c: Nest verch Tangwistel 8 Gideon ha-Khazar Maunche Agatha Wanderer

c: Alexandre St. Pierre

w: Aneleda Falconbridge 9 Llewellyn Walsh Golden Rapier Camille des Jardins 10 Amy Webbe Silver Crescent Katherine Barr 11 Aife Ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige Silver Crescent Katherine Stanhope 12 Gun∂ormr Dengir Silver Crescent Vettorio Antonello
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Sad Tidings: Mistress Esperanza Halevi

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-04-19 11:51

The Æthelmearc Gazette is saddened to announce the passing of Mistress Esperanza Halevi of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands on April 11, 2016.

Mistress Esperanza (mka Esther Tucker) was a long-time member of the Society known for the antiquarian bookshop she ran with her husband, Lord Guido Halevi Aldina, who passed away in 2003. While she had a physical shop in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, she and Guido would often sell books on medieval and renaissance topics at SCA events until age made it too difficult for them to lift and tote heavy boxes.

Esperanza and Guido came to the SCA rather later in life than most of us, being in their 50s when the joined in the mid-1980s. Nevertheless, they jumped in with both feet, merchanting and helping out in whatever ways they could. They were members of the Peacemakers household, founded by Baroness Serena Lucia of the Peacemakers and now headed by Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers.

Esperanza and Guido, probably late 1980s. Photo taken by Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi, provided by B.D. Wahlberg.

Esperanza received her Laurel for poetry from Yngvar and Caryl, first King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at 12th Night in A.S. XXXII. She was known for her wit and her sometimes pungent sense of humor, and was a regular contributor at bardic circles.

Although ill health and limited mobility kept her from attending SCA events for most of the last decade, Mistress Esperanza is remembered fondly by many in the Debatable Lands.

Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi recalls, “Esperanza halevi was a wonderful woman. Her poetry was fun and full of humor. She and her husband Guido merchanted books, when they could bring themselves to part with them.”

Master Michael Alewright remembers, “She was (among many other things) a poet extraordinaire, devoted bibliophile, and friend with open heart and wry perspective. She will be greatly missed.”

Their Majesties, Byron and Ariella, commented “Our interaction with Mistress Esperanza was pivotal. When trying to locate the SCA (after a search for a perfume merchant led us to drive to the gates of Pennsic) someone told us to find Tucker’s Books and she told us about the local Barony meetings at CMU. So, approximately 20 years ago, she was the clandestine gateway into the SCA for us.”

Here is one of her humorous filks, courtesy of her grandchild B.D. Wahlberg:

 (Tune: “Hava Nagila” – more or less!)

Pennsic! It’s time for Pennsic! Oh yes, it’s Pennsic – the very best time of year!
Turn off the highway, onto the byway; over the one-lane bridge – and we’re here!
Ooh! Ahh! How medieval!
Look at all the lords and ladies – garbed and armored, hot as Hades!
Look at all the grand pavilions – boy scout greens to bright vermilions –
And on the grass – oh, what a gas! – six barbarians swilling beer!

Oh, oh – a court’s in session! Here’s a procession of V.I.P.’s up the aisle:
Heralds in tabards, swords in their scabbards; proud heads adorned with crowns in high style!
Eh, what? Heralds mumble!
Cannot hear a word they’re saying; maybe the King is A.O.A.-ing;
Maybe he’s making knights or laurels (chosen for talent, not for morals!)
Who can it be?Wish I could see… The acoustics here are vile!

 Guess I’ll be moving on now, behind the barn now, to see the merchants’ display;
Shopping! How I love shopping! So I’ll be stopping at every booth on the way!
Ooh! Ooh! I can’t stand it!
Look at this gown of antique satin, yellow and green (like leeks au gratin);
Look at this gorgeous belt I found me (wish it would reach the whole way round me!);
A darling stuffed rat!  Gotta have that – mustn’t let it get away!

Oh, look – a Punch and Judy!  Oh, goody, goody, a puppet show, what a lark!
And when that’s ended (how simply splendid!) actors will come and play “Noah’s Ark”!
Oh, oh – is this period?
Belly dancers, dressed in scanties – shove some money in their panties!
That’s all right for Medes and Persians – I like classier diversions!
Shall we pavane? Galliard, anyone?Or just party after dark???

Hey, now it’s time for dinner! Though I’d be thinner if fancy foods I’d forgo,
Still, I would rather feast now on roasted beast now, with almond pudding to go…
Say, what? What’s your problem?
What’s all this annoying prattle, asking if I enjoyed the battle?
Everything here is so exciting – why would I want to look at fighting?
…Pennsic’s a war??? That’s what it’s for???? HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW??!!!

And here’s another ditty of Mistress Esperanza’s:

Song to a Certain Tune

I’ve written songs to ‘most every tune
From “Malaguena” to “Clair de Lune,”
From “Bobby Shaftoe” to “Bonny Doon” –
But not one to the tune of “Greensleeves.” 

But “Greensleeves” is a lovely song,
And if you use it you can’t go wrong
Your authenticity’s firm and strong
If you sing to the tune of “Greensleeves.”

Now, Lady Greensleeves, I’ve heard them say,
 Used to lie around in the grass all day;
With all the men she was making hay,
And that’s how she got her green sleeves.


As bard, I’ve written songs in the past,
And some are slow, and some are fast;
But this one’s over and done at last –
It’s the one to the tune of “Greensleeves!”


Her obituary is available here. Mistress Esperanza was 86.

Contributions in memory of Esther Tucker may be made to Congregation Dor Hadash, or Friends of the Squirrel Hill Library.


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15th c. art stolen from prince by Nazis found

History Blog - Tue, 2016-04-19 04:45

Three 15th century paintings stolen from the Tuscan villa of the Prince of Luxembourg by the Nazis have been found after 72 years. The artworks were first targeted in 1940, under the extension of what had originally been anti-Semitic Italian Racial Laws instituted by Mussolini to kiss Hitler’s ass in 1938. The laws stripped Italian Jews of assets, including art works. In 1940, that law was widened to cover “enemy nationals.” Neutral Luxembourg was occupied by Nazi Germany that same year, and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, husband of Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, and grandfather of the current Grand Duke, was suspected of colluding with the Allies. Under that pretext, the Bourbon-Parma art collection in the Prince’s Villa Borbone delle Pianore in Camaiore, near Lucca in northwest Italy, was confiscated by the Fascist government.

The Prince had other fish to fry at the time. He and his children fled Luxembourg when Germany invaded, traveling through France and Portugal before sailing to the United States. They spent a few months as the guests of General Foods heiress and then-richest women in the United States, Marjorie Merriweather Post, who had become friends with the ruling family when her husband was appointed US Ambassador to Belgium and Envoy to Luxeumbourg in 1938.

The collection remained in the villa until the spring of 1944 when it was stolen by the 16th SS Panzer Grenadier Division which a few months later would earn even more infamy with massacres of civilians. The SS ultimately planned to transport the loot to Berlin, but first the Bourbon-Parma art and many other works pillaged by the 16th Division were delivered to Dornsberg Castle in the Tyrol, then the residence of Karl Wolff, General of the Waffen-SS and Military Governor of northern Italy. Art looted from all over northern Italy was collected at Dornsberg, and organized and documented with standard Nazi efficiency.

It never got to Germany. In 1945, the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives unit of the U.S. 5th Army, better known today as the Monuments Men, under the leadership of Captain Deane Keller recovered the stolen artworks from Dornsberg Castle. Prince Felix read about the liberation of the looted Bourbon-Parma collection in a news article and claimed ownership of the pieces stolen from him. Many of them were still there and the Prince got them back in 1949.

Around 40 of the works stolen from Villa della Pianore were not in Dornberg, among them marble busts of Bourbon rulers of France and paintings by Canaletto, Dosso Dossi, Paris Bordone and Perugino. Prince Felix filed a damages claim and the Italian government reimbursed him for their value, assessed at the then-astronomical sum of $4 million lire, in 1945. The missing works were never forgotten. Seventy years later, the Carabinieri Art Squad of Monza started digging through archives trying to track down these long-lost pieces. After two years of scouring the documentary and photographic archives of the Cini Foundation in Venice, the Zeri in Bologna, the Siviero and Capitoline Archives in Rome, museum center of Florence and the art library of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, the Carabinieri discovered one of the lost pieces, a Madonna and Child by Gianni Battista Cima (1460-1518), hanging on the wall of a home in Monza in December of 2014. The family said they had inherited it from a relative who was an art dealer and had no idea of its dirty past. Another of the missing paintings, Holy Trinity by Alessio Baldovinetti (1425-1499), was found in the same home. The third work, Circumcision/Jesus Presented at the Temple by Girolamo dai Libri (1474-1555), was discovered in the home of another family who had inherited it from a collector who died in 1945.

The two families have been charged with receiving stolen goods, but the charges aren’t likely to stick. Meanwhile, the three paintings are at the Pinacoteca di Brera where conservators will give them some much needed love. The works are not in great condition, faded and damaged from their altogether too exciting adventures. The government has yet to decide where the paintings will reside permanently.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Ice Dragon Pentathlon Category Places

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-18 21:52

At long last, here are the complete category results from this year’s Ice Dragon Pentathlon. The quality of the entries was simply amazing this year, making for some difficult judging decisions. One thing, though, was never in question; surely Æthelmearc is setting an example for the Known World in the Arts & Sciences!

Previously announced were the Pentathlon winners:
Novice: Elska Fjarfalle
Artisan: Irene von Schmetterling
Laurel: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie
Tabi in Burgundy Linen
Second: Irene von Schmetterling
Third: Svana in Kyrra

Tied for first:

Elska Fjarfalle
Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin
Tied for Second:
Edana the Red
Zofia Kowaleska
Third: Kolfina Jodisfottir

First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

Rowena Macara
Red Leather Bridle





Silvester Burchardt
Brocaded Tablet Woven Band Samples







Polish Hydromel

Madoc Arundel
Sage Beer
Second: Madoc Arundel

First: Zofia Kowaleska
Polish Hydromel
Second: Elska Fjarfalle
Third: Lucretia di Cosimo


Rachel Dalicieux
Second: Rachel Dalicieux

Ian Campbell
Inlaid Floor Tiles
Second: Kalishka Peredslava
Third: Kolfina Jodisdottir

No first or second
Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

Elska Fjarfalle
Second: Abigail Kelhoge
Third: Rowena Macara

Lucanian Sausage

Joszefne Rahel Nagy
Second: Svana in Kyrra

First: Ottilige Rappoltsweiler
Second: Ottilige Rappoltsweiler
Tie for Third:
Lucia de Moranza
Zofia Kowaleska

Second: Madoc Arundel

Hand of Glory by Lady Maggie Rue, Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.

First: Maggie Rue
Hand of Glory
Second: Edana the Red
Third: Liam Macantsaoir

First: Irene von Schmetterling
Sture Glove Study
Second: Svana in Kyrra
Third: Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

First: Silvester Burchardt
Tablet Woven Brocaded Band
Second: Lucia de Meranza
Third: Abigail Kelhoge

First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

Brocaded Tablet Woven Band

First: Madoc Arundel
Second: Rachel Dalicieux
Third: Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

First: Zofia Kowaleska
Book of Hours Page
Second: Rhiannon Elandris
Third: Edana the Red

First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

First: Irene von Schmetterling
Skirrets in the Pot and in a Salad

First: Elska Fjarfalle
Second: Rhiannon Elandris
Third: Sasson della Sancta


First: Ruslan Ygorovich Voronov
Leather Scabbards
Second: Ian Campbell
Third: Ian Campbell




First: Elska Fyarfalle
Second: Arsalan Egesig
Third: Luceta di Cosimo

First: Marguerite d’Honfleur

Prose & Poetry
First: Megge Gormshuileach
Second: Darri Inn Valski

First: Edana the Red
Second: Megge Gormshuileach

Svana in Kyrra
Second: Irene von Schmetterling

First: Lucia de Moranza
Second: Rowena Macara

Rachel Delacieux

Third: Liam Macantsaoir

First: Lucetta di Cosimo
Second: Nigel of Southwood

Illumination by Marioun Golightly

First and Second: Marioun Golightly
Third: Rachel Dalacieux

First: Juliana Rosalia
Second: Zofia Kowaleska
Third: Edana the Red
Honorable Mention: Abigail Kelhoge

First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

Second: Luceta di Cosimo
Tie for Third:
Lucia de Moranza & Abigail Kelhoge

First: Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

Second: Sasson della Sancta

Viking Era Loom

First: Madoc Arundel
Second: Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie

First: Hrolfr Fjarfell
Viking Era Warp-Weighted Loom
Second: Hrolfr Fjarfell


Simon a Fjarfelli
Woven Backpack







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Call For Donations To SCA 50 Volunteers

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-04-18 16:46

Attention, Talented Artisans of the Society for Creative Anachronism

In the Society for Creative Anachronism, we are a collective of volunteers, each serving in their own way at one point or another so that all may have a chance to play, enjoy, learn and have fun. It is on this mantra that the SCA has gone on for 50 years now, and shall continue to do so.

As we Celebrate 50 Years of the Society, many of our SCA family will be considering attending the SCA 50 Year Celebration Event, June 17th through the 27th of this year and many of them will be giving their time and service to the event, staffing the Gate, serving on the Watch, Marshalling the Lists.

We wish to show appreciation to the Volunteers who give of themselves, from the newest member giving their first hour of service to the Multi-Peer who serves alongside that newest member. The Society works because our Volunteers continue to turn the wheels and drive us forward to fun, adventure, knowledge and my personal favorites, Family and Friendship.

Everyone who volunteers on site during the event will receive a ticket for each hour they serve. These tickets can be dropped into boxes that will labeled with the items you’ve donated: items that our volunteers would proudly use or displayed long after the event is over.

And Artisans, this is where you are most needed. We come seeking donations from the Amazingly Talented populace of the Known World: we are asking you to please consider donating handmade items that people would Buy/Trade/Commission for themselves.
No matter your rank, Laurel or student; professional crasftsperson or astonishingly talented amateur: we’re asking all of you to help us recognize the volunteers in service to the Society’s 50th Year Celebration. Please, put forth your beautiful work to be a cherished gift for a Volunteer.

If you’re considering a specialized item (something that must be custom sized or fit, for instance) or you aren’t sure how to submit it to the cause, please contact my Coordinator, THL Justice McArtain, at justice.napier@gmail.com
All donations can be mailed to His Lordship Justice ahead of the Event or delivered at the SCA 50 Year Celebration Event if you are attending.

To Donate, or if you have any additional questions, simply email the following details to justice.napier@gmail.com

  • SCA Title and Name
  • Mundane Name
  • Item to be Donated
  • To be mailed or delivered at 50 Year
  • Mailing Address
  • Any additional information / description of your item you wish to include (including pictures of our work if it’s a ‘after raffle’ item.

As a thank you to everyone who contributes, His Lordship Justice will be doing a raffle of his own.
Two artists will be drawn to receive a Gift Card each to get more supplies (or whatever you want to do with the money).
We thank you for your time and hope that you will reach out to offer your talent to support the Volunteers who give of theirs for this once in a lifetime Event.

In Service,

Herr Alexander Adelbrecht von Markelingen

SCA 50 Year Celebration – Volunteer Relations Coordinator

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