The auction of around 1500 letters of famous women, including Catherine of Aragon's plea to Pope Clement VII to block her divorce from Henry VIII, took place in November 2014 in Paris. The auction, whose book was entitled Women: Letters and Signed Manuscripts, brought a total of EU 794,173. (photo)
Modern people doodle when bored. So too, apparently did medieval scribes, according to Dr Erik Kwakkel, a book historian at Leiden University, Holland, who posts "medieval eye candy" that he comes across during the course of his research on his blog. (photos)
As a companion to our story on the Queen’s Guard, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope interviewed former royal retainers to learn what the job of serving the Crown entails.
As our Kings and Queens travel among the populace, you may have noticed that they are almost never alone. Typically there is at least one gentle tagging along behind, often carrying a basket, goblet, cloak, or fan. During courts, they are standing behind the thrones, fanning the royals if it is warm or offering them libations to keep their throats cooled. These good folk are retainers, and while their job may look simple, doing it well it is not. Some experienced retainers explain why.
What do retainers do?
Master Tigernach mac Cathail, who has served as a retainer for multiple royalty including Timothy and Gabrielle, Malcolm and Tessa, and Andreas and Kallista, says, “A retainer is like a butler and personal secretary all rolled up into one. They take notes and gather contact information regarding gifts that are presented for personal thank you letters. They remind the Monarchs about Their schedule. A retainer may have to fetch items or locate individuals with whom the monarchs would like to speak.” Master Tigernach continued, “One of the general rules I also go by is to try to keep Their Majesties’ hands free. They shouldn’t be carrying things or doing things that the retainer could be doing.”
Baroness Nuzha bint Saleem, who was head retainer for Khalek and Branwen, commented, “Your utmost purpose is to keep the royalty comfortable and safe – not the way the Queen’s Guard keeps the royalty safe, [but in] the simple little things that you would do for your family. You wouldn’t let your mother or your sister eat something they’re allergic to. You wouldn’t let your brother remain stuck in an uncomfortable conversation. You’d always make sure they had space at the dinner table and a place to sit if they came to your home. It’s the same for royalty at events.”
Indeed, one of the problems that SCA Royalty often have is that since they were not born nobility in the real world, they are unused to having ‘servants’ and may be uncomfortable with others fetching and carrying for them. Master Tigernach observed, “Sometimes this involves educating new sets of royalty. Often they don’t like someone waiting on them and want to do things for themselves. However, [retainers are] part of making the Kingdom look good.” He joked, “I let King Andreas dig his own sump in Æthelmearc Royal, and told him to enjoy it, because it was one of the last things we would let him do [that Pennsic].”
Many past retainers think of their role as stage managing the theater of the SCA. Baroness Boudicea Ravenhair, called ‘dicea, who has also served as a retainer for numerous Crowns, noted, “In my experience, retaining is the heart of the performance art in the SCA. Retainers are stage managers, set dressers, props, make up, dressers, handlers, house managers, special functionaries, concessions, catering, directors, prompters, and stage ninjas. They are the people who hold the space for the royalty to make magic with the populace. Roles are based on needs and filled with skills. SCA theater is a gift that everyone involved works to create together.”
Baroness Nuzha agreed, “Remember that this is not your show, it is theirs. You are a roadie, not the main act. You have done a good job if people see the beauty and the smoothness with which the show happens, but none of the effort.”
The best retainers anticipate the needs of their King and Queen without smothering them. Master Tigernach remarked, “There is a balance to taking care of the royalty and handling the little things, [without] going overboard. The final say is always up to Their Majesties, and you have to work out the line with them.”
Anyone can be a retainer
Unlike the Queen’s Guard, who are generally appointed by the Queen in consultation with her Captain of the Guard, anyone can volunteer to serve as a royal retainer for an event. Mistress Euriol of Lothian, who has retained for Timothy and Gabrielle as well as Malcolm and Tessa, remarked, “I encourage new people to retain. It is important [to understand] that if there is a general call out to become a retainer, then it is intended for everyone. If you show up to an event, volunteer to retain. If you know you’re going to an event in advance, reach out to the Head Retainer or equivalent and make the offer.”
Mistress Euriol noted that retaining can be a broadening experience for those who sign on for an entire reign. “Those that are considered part of the regular staff may go to events they may not regularly go to. Carpooling is great way to get to know people better. Finding crash space is a good way to make new friends.”
If you would like to serve as a retainer, however, there are some important things to remember. Baroness Nuzha says, “Read their whims, check for their allergies, [and] don’t wear, feed them, or have them around any of the things they’re allergic to. Don’t dote. That gets tiresome. Just BE present. BE aware. Notice if they seem uncomfortable or tired or hungry or thirsty.” In addition, Her Excellency points out that discretion is vital for retainers. “You should stay the heck OUT of their conversations. You are there to make them comfortable and to help them do the things they need to get done. You are not there to butt in or acquire knowledge to use for gossiping. You are most likely NOT their confidante. Do not assume the role unless it is asked of you.”
I encourage new people to retain – Mistress Euriol of Lothian
Retainers’ roles differ depending on the circumstances. Master Tigernach noted, “Being a battlefield retainer is different than being a regular retainer. During breaks [in the fighting] you have to bring food and drinks onto the field. You may also have to help with the armor, although a squire usually takes care of that.” He continued, “For court, the retainers process in behind the guards and champions and may have to carry stuff. During court they will stand behind the Thrones on their shift and keep Their Majesties’ glasses full.”
At events with hot weather or a lot of physical activity, like Pennsic and War Practice, retainers need to ensure that their King and Queen remain hydrated and healthy. Master Tigernach said, “For some monarchs you have to almost push [fluids] on them. I know with King Malcolm, I didn’t bother to ask if he wanted something to drink most of the time. Instead I would just put [a cup] into his hands. It’s important that retainers take care of themselves, too. They need to make sure they stay hydrated and rest if needed.”
Serving Royalty with children
Many of Æthelmearc’s Kings and Queens have reigned with small children in tow. These children have their own needs that retainers are often asked to assist with, and each set of royalty had their own way to accommodate their children. Mistress Katryne (Kate) of Bakestonden, who served Morguhn and Meirwen as well as Andrew and Alexandra, commented, “We had an approved list of retainers to watch the child. But if said child wanted mommy or daddy at any time, [we would] bring the child even if it was in the middle of court or a meeting.”
However, not everyone is suited for royal babysitting. Mistress Euriol noted, “Depending on the Royals, those who take care of any children may not be considered a retainer, but may considered separately from that function. There are also retainers who are not comfortable taking on a role with children.”
What does the Head Retainer do?
Mistress Euriol explained, “Head retainers organize the retainer schedule and recruit people to retain. They step in to fill a hole in the schedule. They may do some of the errands that may be more sensitive in nature. They also set the expectations of the retainers’ duties in general and what might be needed for a specific situation.”
Master Tigernach agreed that being head retainer requires organizational skills. “You [maintain] the spreadsheet with all the contact information for retainers. You also need to keep track of the schedule for the event and the schedule of retainer shifts. You have to share information with the Captain of the Guard. The Guard usually help at the beginning and end of events to unload and load gear. The head retainer or reign coordinator had the schedule and I would get that information to help figure out my shift.”
Mistress Kate recalls coordinating with autocrats and royalty liaisons before events. “There were lots and lots and lots of emails, phone calls, and spreadsheets with all of the contact information. [There was] a sheet for main contacts, then a sheet per event, and we did a lot of localized retainers per region so we had a contact sheet of available retainers per region per event.”
Baroness Nuzha noted, “If you are the head retainer, it is your job to make sure that your retainers are taken care of, as well as the royalty.” She recommends that all retainers have a backup and know their limits.
Baroness ‘dicea commented, “Retaining [for] royalty isn’t fun and games. It is pretty hard core larping. Royalty have ideal images of what is great about their kingdom that they want to reflect back to the populace. The retainers are supporting this theatrical presentation. Everyone has a role in every situation. It is not about rank or value, it is about the image of having people to pour drinks for guests, it is [about] the image of having a Herald. Royalty and their entourage are putting on a play within a play, setting aside other roles to make this part shine brightest.”
Mistress Kate concurred. “We retained by the saying: Service is love made visible.”
[T]he notes show Newton switching ideas from science to maths, classical history, politics and literature.
Finding a manuscript in Newton’s own hand complete with sketches and explanations of the metaphors woven into the design lends new insight into the man, his work at the mint and the seething cauldron of politics bubbling around Queen Anne’s coronation.
Official commemorative medals were struck for every coronation of a Stuart monarch. There were gold versions to hand out to the peers and diplomats attending the coronation and cheaper silver versions to throw into the crowds gathered at Westminster Abbey. Original documentation about the design and production of most of the Stuart tokens has not survived. That makes the Isaac Newton papers on the creation of the 1702 medal all the more significant.
Hone was doing research for the Stuart Successions Project, a joint study by Exeter University and Oxford University of printed material written during and about the succession crises in Britain between 1603 and 1702, when he came across a set of manuscripts from Newton’s time as Master of the Mint. One of them was a 50-page document that, judging from the completely rusted clasp keeping the pages together, hadn’t been read for years. The manuscript detailed the design of the first coronation medal and other prospective medals as well.
Newton was in his mid-50s when he was appointed Warden of the Royal Mint in 1696 during the reign of King William III. He was enlisted by Secretary to the Treasury William Lowndes to help in the Great Recoinage of 1696, an attempt by the government to solve a currency crisis by taking old, badly clipped silver coins and counterfeits out of circulation. Newton committed to the task with characteristic vigor, going undercover in taverns and dark alleys to gather information on counterfeiters. He personally interrogated suspects and witnesses and prosecuted dozens, securing convictions in 28 cases. He also helped establish the Bank of England as ordered by Acts of Parliament.
He was appointed Master of the Mint in 1699, and even though both the mint positions he held were widely considered sinecures, Isaac Newton took the second one as seriously as he had the first. He retired as Member of Parliament for the Cambridge University constituency to dedicate himself to the job. Little surprise, then, that he was writing 50-page treatises on commemorative medals when his predecessors had left that sort of thing to Mint minions. He put his extensive knowledge of mythology and allegory to work crafting a doozy of a propaganda piece.
The obverse of the medal is profile of Queen Anne similar to what you’d find on the regular coinage inscribed “ANNA D.G. MAG. BR. FRA. ET. HIB REGINA” (“Anne, by the grace of God, Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland”). The reverse is the juicy bit. Anne is depicted as the Greek warrior goddess Pallas Athena standing on a hill with the rays of the sun shining down upon her. She holds three bolts of lightning upraised in her right hand and her aegis in the left. At her feet is an aggressive monster with two heads, four arms (two of them hold clubs, the other two rocks) and eight snakes in place of legs. This side is inscribed “VICEM GERIT ILLA TONANTIS” or “She is the Thunderer’s viceregent” across the top and “INAUGURAT XXIII AP MDCCII” (“Crowned April 23, 1702″) across the bottom.
The multi-headed serpent element suggests this monster is the Hydra, classical symbol of a complex and die-hard enemy that springs two new heads for every one you cut off. Before now scholars have thought the monster represented a domestic faction opposed to Anne’s rule. Hone discovered that Newton had a whole other think going.
But Newton, in his own notes on the design, describes it as a symbol of “any Enemy with which Her Majesty hath or may have War”. In other words, the monster presents the double threat posed by Louis XIV and James Francis Edward Stuart [Anne's exiled half-brother, the Catholic son of James II], the Old Pretender. The motto looks back to William and Mary. By describing Anne as a “Thunderer”, Newton explains that he was alluding to the coronation medal of 1689, which likewise portrayed William as a thundering Jupiter. In a sentence, Newton explains that the coronation medal “signifies that her Majesty continues the scene of the last reign”.
The messages of the medal were not lost at the time. Some of William’s allies used the medal to suggest that Anne was William redivivus. William’s Tory enemies, on the other hand, considered it a potentially seditious object. The High Tory Vice Chancellor of Oxford even banned students from discussing the medal in their panegyrics to the new queen! This medal, it seems, had political bite.
The medal’s depiction of Anne as the warrior queen continuing where King William had left off seems to have made people nervous in other ways as well. She never again appeared as a fighter. There were two other medals cast after this one in 1702. The second featured her profile on the obverse and her husband Prince George of Denmark on the reverse. The third had the usual profile obverse and a European town under siege on the reverse. The inscription says “VIRES ANIMUMQUE MINISTRAT,” meaning “She gives strength and courage.” Gone was the warrior goddess vanquishing the country’s enemies with her terrible power of the thunderbolt. In a matter of months her she was whittled down into an inspiration, a sort of spiritual Betty Grable pin-up shoring up troop morale. That shift became permanent, and it’s very noticeable because there were multiple issues of Queen Anne commemorative medals with battle scenes on the reverse.
Hone thinks Newton’s work at the mint may have played a part in his knighthood. Queen Anne knighted Isaac Newton in 1705, three years to the month after her coronation, during her visit to Cambridge. He was running for Cambridge MP at the time and the election was a month away, so historians generally believe the knighting was a political gesture rather than recognition of his work for the crown or his scientific accomplishments. Newton was only the second scientist ever knighted. Sir Francis Bacon was the first to receive the honor in 1603.
"You come to Gulf Wars, and there may be 4,000 people on site, but it's still Mayberry. Everybody knows everybody and everybody is friendly. It's a group of people from all walks of life, all areas, that come together to live the dream. We're reliving a period of chivalry, of honor, of courtesy to all," says Rebecca Baker (Rebecca MacGillivray) about Gulf Wars.
THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for March 2015.
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The next East Kingdom Curia will be held at Mudthaw in the Barony of Settmour Swamp (Stanhope, NJ) starting at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 28. Full event details can be found in the announcement on the East Kingdom web site: Mudthaw Event Announcement. Long time attendees of the event will want to check the directions, as the site has moved this year.
The following is the detailed agenda for the Curia that will be held next Saturday at Mudthaw. Any comments on the items should be sent to Their Majesties at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
East Kingdom Curia
1. Curia Opening
2. Old Business (for all proposed changes, see Agenda Details below)
2.1 Thrown Weapons Champions
Additions to V.C. and VIII.A. to formalize the standing of the Thrown Weapons
Revision to VII.A. to provide a process for branches that wish to allow non-residents to hold office in the branch; and related change to VIII.E.
3. New Business (for all proposed changes, see Agenda Details below)
3.1 Order of Defense
Additions to IV.A. and IX.E. to include the newly-established Order of Defense in the Polling Orders.
3.2 Equestrian Award (name tbd)
New section IX.C.13. to provide recognition for prowess and service to the Kingdom in equestrian lists and activities.
4. Officer Reports
5. Curia Closure
EK Law Section III.I. The Agenda for the Curia Regis
1. Any items that The Crown chooses to add to the agenda after the Curia has been called will be added to the agenda under “New Business”.
2. If a Curia notice has been sent according to East Kingdom Law, but another Curia needs to be held before the previously announced one, any items of business held over from the earliest Curia will be automatically added to the agenda of the subsequent Curia under “Old Business”.
(Text proposed to be added is underlined; text proposed to be deleted is struck through. Only revised sections are listed; all other sections remain unchanged)
IV. Kingdom Officers
2. The Lesser Officers
m. The Administrators of the Polling Order E-Mail Lists
iv . Order of Defense Administrator
[remainder of section IV.A.2.m. renumbered; no change to content]
V. Court Appointments
C. The King’s and Queen’s Champions
1. Will consist of:
a. The King’s and Queen’s Champions of Arms, also simply referred to as the King’s and Queen’s Champions.
b. The King’s and Queen’s Archery Champions.
c. The King’s and Queen’s Fencing Champions.
d. The King’s and Queen’s Equestrian Champions.
e. The King’s and Queen’s Bards.
f. The King’s and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champions.
g. The King’s and Queen’s Thrown Weapons Champions.
[no change to V.C.2. through V.C.4.]
If a branch wishes to allow members who reside outside the formally approved boundaries of that branch to hold office for that branch, the branch must establish and ratify procedures to elect and remove officers and to determine rules of eligibility to hold office, and file those with the Kingdom Seneschal. In the event that a non-resident officer is selected, or a branch officer becomes a non-resident during their term, the branch Seneschal, superior Kingdom-level officer,
No gentle residing outside the formally approved boundaries of a branch may hold Office for that branch.
A. Kingdom Events
[no change to VIII.A.1 through VIII.A.10]
11 . King’s and Queen’s Thrown Weapons Champions Tourney(s) will be held during the months of June or July, if possible. Written bids must be sent by February 1 s t. The Heirs must choose from eligible bids by March 15th .
[former section VIII.A.11. renumbered; no change to content]
E. Event Supervision
The individual in charge of an event (often called “autocrat”):
1. Must be a paid member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
2. Must be eligible to be an Officer reside within the boundaries of the group sponsoring the event.
3. Is to be considered an officer of the sponsoring group, for the period of time between the group’s acceptance of the event proposal and the completion of the event.
C. Orders of Honor
13 . [Equestrian Award Name]
a. The Order of [EA] may be awarded by The Crown for prowess in the equestrian lists and demonstrated service to the Kingdom in marshalling, teaching, and helping to promote and expand the knowledge of equestrian arts.
b. This award is bestowed upon a single individual once.
c. A scroll shall be given acknowledging this award.
E. Polling Orders
The Peerage Orders (Chivalry, Laurel, and Pelican, and Defense), the Order of the Rose, and Orders of High Merit (Silver Crescent, Maunche, Tygers Combatant, Sagittarius, and Golden Rapier) are Polling Orders.
[no change to IX.E.1. through IX.E.7]
Voici l’Ordre du jour de la Curie Royale qui se tiendra samedi prochain à l’événement de Mudthaw. Vos commentaires peuvent être envoyés à Nos Majestés aux adresses courriels suivantes: firstname.lastname@example.org et email@example.com.
Curie du Royaume de l’Est
Le samedi 28 mars à 10 h
À l’événement de Mudthaw
Baronnie de Settmour Swamp
Ordre du jour
Rédigé le 19 mars 2015 à 14 h 30
2.1 Champion d’Armes de Lancers
Ajouts à V.C et VIII.A pour uniformiser le(s) Champion(s) et le(s) tournoi(s).
Révision de VII.A pour déterminer un processus permettant aux groupes qui le souhaite, qu’un non-résident puisse y occuper un poste d’officier et effectuer les changements nécessaires à VIII.E
3.1 Ordre de Défense
Ajouts à IV.A et IX.E pour l’inclusion du nouvel Ordre de Défense aux Ordres votants.
3.2 Décoration Équestre (Nom à être déterminé)
Création de la section IX.C.13 pour reconnaître les prouesses et le service envers le Royaume dans la lice et le domaine équestre.
Lois du RE (EK) Section III.I. L’Ordre du jour de la Curie Royale
(Les textes ajoutés sont soulignés; les textes à abroger sont raturés. Seuls les points touchés par les modifications sont présentés)
[Note de la section IV.A.2.m. renuméroté, aucun changement au contenu]
[Aucun changement de V.C.2 jusqu’à V.C.4]
Si un groupe souhaite permettre à des non-résidents d’occuper un poste d’officier, il doit adopter une procédure pour élire et démettre les officiers, il doit déterminer les règles d’éligibilité aux poste d’officiers, il doit soumettre le tout au Sénéchal du Royaume. Si un non-résident est retenu à un poste d’officier, ou si un officier devient un non-résident; les personnes suivantes doivent être prévenues immédiatement par écrit : le sénéchal du groupe, le supérieur Royal immédiat de l’officier concerné et le Sénéchal du Royaume.
Une personne non-résidente d’un groupe ne peut occuper un poste d’officiers
dans ce groupe.
[Aucun changement de VIII.A jusqu’à VIII.A.10]
[La section VIII.A.11. devra être renumérotée pour refléter les changements]
La personne en charge d’un événement (généralement appelé autocrate ou intendant)
Les Ordre des Pairs (Chevalerie, Laurier, et Pélican et Défense), L’Ordre de la Rose, les Ordre de Hauts Mérites (Croissant d’Argent, Manche, Tygre Combattant, Sagittarius, et Rapière D’Or) sont des Ordres Votants.
[Aucun changements de IX.E.1 jusqu’à IX.E.7]
Traduction Leurs Excellences Godfroy & Alisay de Falaise
Filed under: En français, Law and Policy Tagged: curia, East Kingdom Law, equestrian, thrown weapons
The East Kingdom is saddened to hear of the loss of the Calontir Falcons on the way home from Gulf Wars. Master Freiderich von Blumenkamp of Calontir, Lady Lora Ann Rós and their son Liam’s car caught on fire on the return trip. Although all the humans escaped safely, unfortunately, none of the birds escaped. Artemis, a 21 year old Harris Hawk, Cinnamon a 5 year old Red Tailed Hawk. Winter a 4 year old gyrfalcon, Lady a 16 year old Aplomado falcon and Ra’n, a 4 year old American Kestrel died in the fire.
While on site the Gazette interviewed Master Freiderich, the Gulf War Falconry Coordinator, and Lady Lora Ann. They taught us the difference between a falcon and a hawk, spoke about falconry as a blood sport in SCA period and also about the modern process of becoming a licensed falconer in the United States. From October to March they hunt with the birds about 3 times a week. In April the birds molting brings the hunting season to a close.
Most magically, Master Friederich, Lady Lora Ann and another falconer from Trimaris allowed visitors to the mews to hold the falcons on their wrists. All who saw the raptors were charmed by their beauty and grace. Both Her Majesty Thyra and Her Highness Etheldreda visited the Falconry tent, and many members of the populace posted photos and stories of their experiences to Facebook, considering it one of the highlights of the event.
A fund to help the family of falconers has been set up by Lord Andromir Vukovic of Calontir. From the announcement posted on Facebook: ” The account is titled Falcon Fund. The intent is to collect funds to be dispersed to Lora Ann, Fredrick, and Liam (The Brooks family) via their bank account or to a disposable gift card. This is a convenient way to those in and out of Kingdom to show their kindness…otherwise, collection points for those wishing to give “made/purchased” pieces will be announced at a later time or you may contact me via private message. To connect to the PayPal account, the name is Falcon Fund and the email associated is firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you still wish to donate, but not via PayPal…contact me privately…”. Lord Andromir Vukovic, Mundanely known as Andy Cardin.
Article text and photos were provided by Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn.
Our thanks to Muirgheal inghean Domhnaill, for supplying this older photo of Artemis.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Tidings, Uncategorized Tagged: Falconry, Gulf Wars
I’ve been listening to BBC Radio Leicester for the past half hour because they said coverage would start then. “Coverage” turned out to have been used loosely — there’s only so much 70s easy listening and random gospel music I can take (Ooh! Woman in Love by Barbra Streisand! I had forgotten that song existed) — but there have been a couple of neat descriptions of the town being decked out in bunting, people already beginning to congregate, some historical background tidbits and a lovely, moving interview with a reenactor chap who was part of a dawn bonfire vigil at Fenn Lane Farm.
I’m keeping my eye on the RichardReburied hashtag on Twitter in the hopes of locating some live video once the actual events begin at 10:50 AM GMT (6:50 AM EST). Meanwhile, the city of Leicester’s Richard III website has started live blogging the day, although there isn’t much up as of yet.
I’ll keep updating this entry as the day progresses.
3:11 Dammit. I just got rickrolled by BBC Radio Leicester.
3:23 Coolness: when the cortege stops at St. James’ Church in Sutton Cheney (Richard heard his last mass the night before the Battle of Bosworth at Sutton Cheney Manor which sadly no longer stands), one of the VIPs at the brief 10-minute service will be Dominic Smee, the young man with scoliosis who was given custom armor and taught to fight in a test of Richard’s capabilities and completely aced it.
3:50 Judith Bingham composed an anthem for the Cathedral service that was inspired by a book Richard III owned. When she was preparing to write, she was given access to some of Richard’s books. One of them was an English copy of The Book of Ghostly Grace by 13th century Saxon Christian mystic Saint Mechtilde of Hackeborn which Richard’s mother had given to him. Inside the book in spidery brown ink Richard had written his name, “R. Gloucester,” and his wife’s “Anne Warwick.” Bingham found it deeply compelling and ultimately titled her piece Ghostly Grace.
5:15 A live blog from the BBC will have news, pictures and video of today’s events.
You know, it’s crazy to me that nobody seems to have full day video coverage. I assumed it was just not available online, but it seems no television channels are doing it either, just highlights here and there.
6:18 BBC News has a segment from the University right now. I bet they’ll show the coffin reveal live. EDIT – Confirmed! News guy just said they’ll be back live when the coffin moves. If you’re not in the UK, you can watch it here.
6:50 The coffin just came out! Six pallbearers carried the oak and yew coffin to a stand in front of guests and podium. Speech now. It’s on BBC News live.
A photo posted by KRIIILeicester (@kriiileicester) on Mar 22, 2015 at 3:57am PDT
Finally a live stream! It’s from The Mirror and I have no idea if they’ll cover the entire cortege or just pop in and out like the BBC is doing.
7:04 Members of the excavation and research team — Richard Buckley, Matthew Morris, Turi King, Jill Appleby, among others — are placing white roses on top of Richard’s coffin.
7:07 Also members of the Richard III society, Philippa Langley in high relief, and now members of Richard’s family Michael Ibsen, Jeff Ibsen and Wendy Duldig, all placing roses.
7:17 Coffin loaded onto the hearse. These pallbearers are amazing. They have a changing of the guard-like precision of movement.
8:50 The cortege has stopped at Fenn Lane Farm, close to the spot where archaeologists believe Richard III fell in battle.
A photo posted by KRIIILeicester (@kriiileicester) on Mar 22, 2015 at 5:52am PDT
9:05 Dr. Alexandra Buckle, expert in medieval music and member of the Reinterment of King Richard III committee, has created a blog dedicated to her research on medieval reburial ceremonies. She’s been posting on it this month to celebrate the reinterment. It’s fascinating: How to Rebury a King.
9:11 The cortege is off to Dadlington where some of the dead from the Battle of Bosworth are believed to be buried.
10:26 The hearse is about to arrive at the Bosworth Battlefield Centre. There are people in medieval costume lined up waiting for him. BBC News is covering it live.
10:42 The coffin is at the Bosworth Battlefield Centre being escorted through the field by a military procession. Modern Lancers cadets, camo and black berets, not knights in armour.
11:09 The Duke of Gloucester (Richard’s title before he was king) lit a flaming beacon and it was extremely cool.
11:42 The Hinckley Times has an excellent live blog of today’s events. It’s the best I’ve seen today at covering the cortege and filling in the blanks with relevant detail.
1:23 The horse-drawn gun carriage bearing the coffin is slowly processing towards the Cathedral. Channel 4 is covering live now and will continue to do so for the next three hours.
Proposal to the Board of Directors to Create the Order of Valiance/Proposition à l’Assemblée des Directeurs pour créer L’Ordre de Vaillance
A proposal to create an omnibus peerage for all of the martial activities that fall under the purview of the Society Earl Marshal, with the exception of rattan and rapier, has been sent to the Board of Directors. The name proposed in the Order of Valiance. The badge proposed is an Eagle with wings displayed upon a hunting horn inverted, although alternative name and badges were included in the proposal. Regalia suggested is an order medallion.
Proposed Changes to Corpora for Omnibus Peerage
VIII. PERSONAL AWARDS AND TITLES
4. Patent Orders:
Additional suggestion, in keeping with the Order of Defense:
Une proposition pour créer un ordre des pairs regroupant toutes les activités de combat sous la juridiction du Connétable de la Société (Society Earl Marshal) ; à l’exception du combat en armure (rotin) et l’escrime, a été déposée à l’Assemblée des Directeurs.
L’Écusson proposé est un aigle aux ailes déployées au-dessus d’une corne (cor) de chasse. Cependant d’autres noms et écussons accompagnent la proposition. L’insigne distinctif est un médaillon.
Changements proposés à la Charte concernant l’Ordre soumis.
VIII. RECONNAISSANCES PERSONNELLES ET TITRES
4. Ordres Patentes:
TRADUCTION Son Ecellence Godfroy de Falaise et Son Excellence Alisae de Falaise
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The lion is the symbol of the King of England, and for the first time since the early 13th century, the city will be without the king of the beasts. The lack of lions will occur due to a new exhibit being built at the London Zoo, causing its three residents to be relocated until 2016. The BBC Magazine Monitor has a feature about the history of the London lions.
The week of events leading to the reinterment of King Richard III on Thursday, March 26th, begins this Sunday with a cortege bearing his coffin from the University of Leicester to the Leicester Cathedral. After emerging from the university’s Fielding Johnson Building, the coffin holding Richard III’s remains will depart in a hearse at 11:40 AM and begin a slow procession stopping at historical sites from Richard’s last days.
The first stop is Fenn Lane Farm, the spot where archaeologists believe Richard III died at the Battle of Bosworth on August 22, 1485. There the Reverend Hilary Surridge will lead a private ceremony bringing together soil from three locations of significance in the king’s life: Fotheringhay (where he was born), Middleham (where he spent his early teens learning the knightly arts), and Fenn Lane (where he died).
Further stops include the Sutton Cheney church, the nearby Bosworth Heritage Centre and Bow Bridge, the medieval boundary of Leicester where the City Mayor, Lord Mayor and Gild of Freemen will welcome the remains. The cortege will then follow on foot to St. Nicholas Church where after a brief service the coffin will be transferred to a horse-drawn hearth to process through the city center.
The final stop at 5:45 PM is Leicester Cathedral where the king’s remains will be formally handed over from the University, holder of the Ministry of Justice exhumation license, to the Cathedral Church of St Martin, Leicester. The congregation will hold a service of Compline with a sermon preached by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster. On Monday the Cathedral will open to members of the public who wish to view the coffin and pay their respects. It will remain open during the week.
I haven’t been able to find any live video feeds of the entire cortege, but BBC Radio Leicester will be covering it. Listen live here. Channel 4 television will be covering the reinterment live on Thursday but is only scheduled to broadcast the arrival of Richard’s coffin at Leicester Cathedral on Sunday at 5:10 PM GMT.
Leicester has a website dedicated to reinterment week with lots of information and details about the events. The BBC has interactive maps of the cortege’s stops outside and inside the city. I’m hoping the University of Leicester’s YouTube channel, which has been replete with Ricardian goodness in anticipation of the reinternment, will have complete video of all the ceremonies.
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What do you enjoy about this activity?
This is where the Anachronistic part of our game comes into play rather heavily. If the Internet was a technology in the feudal system of the times that we are recreating, would there be someone, per Kingdom, fief, enclave or monastery whose sole purpose would be to build, expand and defend their territory of the Æther Realms from any and all transgressors? I would believe so, and I am happy to hold that mantle at this time for the East Kingdom.
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Are you currently looking for any deputies?
What was your first event?
And what made you stay?
Now my extended family through the Society spans multiple Kingdoms, continents and decades. I view a new member of the Society, or even those just curious in the SCA as friends I haven’t met yet.
Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?
But I am certain that you are looking for names here, so I’ll try to keep it to one or two in a few broad categories that we encompass, which I fear will still be quite the list anyway. Otherwise I’d feel like I was in some way name dropping, which is definitely not my intention. In no particular order…
Alasdair Stuart Campbell of Argyll, the gentle giant of a man that showed me what it meant to be someone of respect and honor when I was but a small boy, and still does today. Edward Dragonslayer and Geoffrey Fitz Galen both easily are considered those that I looked up to over the years (and still do) for this as well.
Edward Zifran of Gendy, Randal of the Dark and Morgunn Sheridan as shining stars of how one can own being chivalrous without being puffy about it. Each in their own unique and different way. (There are so many more that embody what we espouse as Chivalric pillars this list would need its own printing, even for my own personal influences.)
Ian of Clan Mitchell and Anton Winteroak, how to be approachable and smile even when there is stress to be found. How to hold together with tenacity and perserverence amid adversity, coupled with a side of polite decorum and remaining calm.
Alastar O’Rogan, Isabella of York and the one they call “Gypsy”, also each in their own way, showing the rest of us how grace and beauty can be personified to stop the world without having to be demure or overbearing about it.
Alayne Alexandra Nyvern Nightwatcher and Lydushka as additional mother figures, always caring and nurturing no matter how far away they are, or how often they see you. Personal examples of the extended family that the Society in general brings together.
Lastly, but certainly not at all least, Rebecca Greylever, my actual mother yet my persona’s Aunt (you can ask for the story around a campfire sometime) for being the House matriarch and the main driving force behind who I am today.
Of course, I could go on and on. I still feel a bit like I was name-dropping, even after cutting out so many others to make it less so, but… you did ask. How about we just say, “Dear reader, if you know me more than just in passing, you have made an impression on me and your name would be somewhere in this listing as well. I’ll leave it for you to decide where.”
Now, to finally wrap up. The Office of the Webminister has an “Open Door” policy. That is to the entire Kingdom, not just the Webministers. Please feel free to contact me for anything that comes to mind which pertains to the on-line presence of the East Kingdom. Questions, Concerns, Requests, Kudos and Complaints are all welcome. Yes, even the complaints. Without knowing that there is something wrong, I can not fix it. And that is what I am here for. To make sure that the Æther Realms of the East Kingdom work, are secure and giving the populace what is needed.
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Mistress Kayleigh Mac Whyte reports from Gulf Wars that Don Davius St. Jacques, former Eastern Queen’s Champion, was made a member of the Order of the White Scarf in Trimaris court this morning.
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Unto the Populace of the East Kingdom does Lady Cellach Dhonn inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh send greetings.
Thank you to all who visited our Barony this past weekend to attend King and Queen’s A&S Championship and BIA. I hope you had a great event and lovely time.
It’s now time to offer thanks to those who made this event possible. My first thanks goes to Their Royal Majesties, King Edward and Queen Thyra for their trust in allowing us to host this event. Then a special thanks to Mistress Tadea di Bruno for her continual support and confidence in our team. Next to my co-autocrat, Boyarinia Ekaterina Solov’eva Pevtsova. She was the webmaster for the event. She also sat at the troll most of the day. To our seneschal Lady Aciladai for her help on setting up the site on Friday and for your helping throughout the event. To Flavius Felix for your help with troll.
To our kitchen staff lead by Lady Sile Dhubh inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh for an incredible dayboard and a succulent feast. Without you this event would not have been sucessful. To Lady Marguerite de Gui who help established the menu. To Ladies Bella, Jolene ,Nicole and Lord Graaw who help in the kitchen Friday and Saturday. To Maerwen who rolled the pie crust for the pear tart and camesome evenings to help. Your presence was appreciated. To Lady Caught Mhor inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh who helped in the kitchen cleaning, scrubbing from early in the morning on Saturday. It’s always a pleasure to work with you. To Lady Deidre Ruath inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh who let us use her freezer to store foods and also help in the kitchen.
To Lady Kirsa, Lady Mayuki Yuri, Lord Guyuk and Sean Mac Fergus for being there where ever I needed help. To Lady Mayuki Yuri, who found people for service and washing the dishes. A special thanks to Master Luke, Master Jehan du Lac, Mistress Cynthia Dudley and Mistress Briana Douglase. To Baroness Genovefa Clerica who found the coordinator for set-up and clean-up team. To Renaud, Léana, Camil, Hakan Al-Bashir , you were amazing, just amazing! To Lady Sile Dhubh who help created the event token, to Lady Gaeira Aggodottir, Lady Deidre Ruath inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh, Maerwen, Saoirse and Ragnar for doing them. To Osc the Weaver and Alexander for IDD chatelaine’s tokens. To Sir Pélandres who has volunteered on many occasion for this event. I told I was keeping you in back-up. My apologies to you as I was trying to keep the secret from you.
To Lady Sunnifa I Hvalseyju, Osc the Weaver and Flavius Felix for playing a lovely piece of music before feast. To Mistress Rainilt, Master Luke and to all the judging team for your comments and advices. To participants who shared their arts and knowledge. Thanks to all who attended and we look forward to seeing you again.
Gentes Dames et Nobles Seigneurs, à toute la Populace Du Royaume de l’Est, Dame Cellach Dhonn inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh vous envoie les salutations distinguées.
Je remercie tous ceux qui ont visités notre Baronnie la semaine dernière à l’occasion du Championnats d’A&S du Royaume de l’Est et de notre investiture Baronniale. J’espère que vous avez eu un bon évènement et que vous avez eu du plaisir.
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Let our foes beware! As the East Kingdom Gazette reports here, there is no hiding from our mighty king!
On February 28th of this year, Peter Kotowicz, an archaeologist with the Historical Museum of Sanok, received a phone call from a history-loving friend named Tomasz Podolak who told him he had found something interesting, possibly treasure, in the village of Pakoszówka near Sanok in southeastern Poland. Podolak has discovered ancient bronze artifacts before that are now in the museum — he received an award by the Minister of Culture last year for the finds and his reporting of the objects while they were still in situ — so as soon as Kotowicz hung up he got in his car and started driving.
When he arrived at the find site, he saw several shallow wells in the earth, each containing some bronze fragments. One of them held a larger piece with only the tip showing above the soil. At first glance, Kotowicz was unable to identify the objects although he suspected they might be of Celtic origin. When he excavated the initial finds and an area of approximately 20 feet around them, he realized the fragments were all pieces of a single item of a jewelry: a bronze anklet in a characteristic Celtic design from the 3rd century B.C.
The largest piece formed about half the ring. The traces of two hinges are visible on the end pieces. The edges of the fragments suggest the jewel broke apart in antiquity rather than as a result of modern activity. As one piece was found more than 50 feet away from the central cluster, it’s possible the anklet had been deliberately destroyed and its fragments strewn about, perhaps for ritual purposes.
Known by German term hohlbuckelringe, meaning hollow bulge ring, these ornaments are among the most distinctive Celtic designs. You can follow the trail of Celtic expansion into eastern Europe in the 3rd century B.C. by following the hohlbuckelringe like breadcrumbs. They first appear in southern German and the territories of the Boii tribe in what is today Bohemia, Czech Republic, in the early 3rd century. As the Celtic tribes moved east, so did the hohlbuckelringe. Examples have been unearthed in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and southeast from there into Asia Minor.
While Celts were known to have settled in the Sanok area during the La Tène period (450 B.C. – 1 B.C.), very little of their material culture has been recovered from this part of Poland. Almost nothing was known of the Celtic presence in the San river valley until excavations in the 1990s found evidence of settlement like pottery sherds, fragments of a glass bracelet, a hearth, an iron sword and, the most prized Celtic artifact in the Historical Museum of Sanok, a gold coin discovered by happenstance in the village of Trepcza.
So while this newly discovered anklet is in pieces, incomplete and plain in decoration (more elaborate versions were made from precious metals and added swirls and bumps to the bulges), it’s a significant and unique find. No other examples of this archtypical form of Celtic female adornment have been unearthed in the region. Kotowicz believes that after the gold coin and the iron sword in the Regional Museum in Rzeszów, this ankle ring is the most exceptional Celtic artifact south of the Carpathians.
The location where the hohlbuckelringe was discovered has not previously been considered of archaeological import. Archaeologists plan to thoroughly scan the area with metal detectors. They’re also hoping to secure funding for more in depth research and additional excavations, but that will depend on the assessment of the regional conservation office.
The ankle ring is now being conserved at the museum in Sanok. It will go on display later this year in one of the underground exhibition halls of Sanok castle.
Do you have questions you have always wanted to ask a Peer? Here is your chance to ask away!
We are going to pick ten questions from the populace at large, and do a series of articles. We will solicit answers from all of the peerages for each question. We think it will be interesting to see how answers differ among the peerages (or if they are the same!).
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In 1975, archaeologists discovered a well-preserved, 12th century sword beneath a tree in Siberia. Experts believe that the sword, found near the site of the death in battle of 14th century Russian hero Ivan Koltso, may have once belonged to the armory of Koltso's benefactor Ivan the Terrible. (photos)