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Event Report: Archery Muster, April 12, A.S. XLIX, Debatable Lands

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-04-19 18:04

This year’s regional archery muster, held at the castle of Sir Byron and Sir Ariella, drew a small but enthusiastic group of archers and throwers. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the activities there.

Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

The weather was lovely with warm temperatures, light breezes, and just enough overcast to keep the sun out of the archers’ eyes. The day began with bowmen testing themselves against the Gwyntarian Winter Challenge at the lower level of the castle, while weapons were being thrown on the driveway in front of the castle.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama.

After a pot luck lunch with drinks provided by our hosts, the main action moved up to the parapets, where archers shot at an array of inventive targets provided by THLord Deryk the Archer. This year’s novelty targets featured a pirate theme, with doubloons, ships, ghosts, kegs of ale, and shipboard rats. The ghost and a whale moved (thanks to assistants pulling them along on a rope) to provide extra challenges.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama.

In the Great Hall, a table of items donated by gentles of the Debatable Lands was offered in a silent auction to benefit the Barony-Marche. The auction, run by THLady Elss of Augsburg and Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth, netted $170.

Photo by THLord Ishiyama.

Their Excellencies, Byron and Ariella, were also pleased to welcome a visitor from the soon-to-be-Kingdom of Avacal, Lord Peregrine Falconer, who was in the Debatable Lands on business and attended the muster after reading about the castle in the Gazette.

The organizer of the muster, Master Urho Waltterinen, looks forward to running it again next year.

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Take a guided tour of HMS Erebus

History Blog - Sun, 2015-04-19 08:04

Last year Parks Canada released a minute of the video taken by the remote operated vehicle which found the HMS Erebus and a minute of the film taken by divers when they discovered the ship’s bell was included in a brief video about the recovery and analysis of the bell, but other than that, we’ve only had a few photographs of the wreck.

On Thursday, VIP visitors to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto got an unexpected treat when what they thought would be a few minutes of recorded footage of the new Erebus ice dive turned out to be a live broadcast of a dive to the wreck complete with narration by underwater archaeologist Ryan Harris. The ROM event was attended by government types like Treasury Board president Tony Clement and parliamentary secretary to the Minister of the Environment Colin Carrie and by an extremely lucky seventh grade geography class from University of Toronto Schools. After the video tour, they were able to ask questions about the ship to diver Marc-Andre Bernier.

Now Parks Canada has released a recording of that live stream so those of who are neither government officials nor in the seventh grade can get their first long, hard look at the wreck of the HMS Erebus. It shows Harris, supported by an off-screen Leading Seaman Caleb Hooper, moving from stern to bow pointing out areas and artifacts of interest like the bronze six-pound cannons, the tracks that allowed the crew to lift the screw propeller out of the water when ice was heavy, the quarterdeck, the ship’s very long tiller, the capstand, the remains of the mainmast and the port side bilge pump.

The quality of the picture is excellent, thanks in part to the two feet of ice on the surface that block waves and allow particulate matter to sink to the seafloor. There are moments when it’s a bit dark down there, what with it being 36 feet deep under a thick ice sheet, but you can still see what Harris is describing just fine. The video is just short of 10 minutes long (time totally flies, though, so don’t let that daunt you) and ends a little abruptly which I hope means there will be a part two released soon.

The dives only began last week because they were delayed by bad weather and are expected to continue through Friday. There’s a photo gallery of the Erebus base camp, the triangular holes cut into the ice sheet, the blocks of ice removed after being cut out and more here. Also, Parks Canada Archaeology tweeted this amazing picture of a tent shot from the hole in the ice.

Here’s the video about the HMS Erebus bell released in November 2014. It’s short but awesome:

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

ACCEPS - No Longer Approved

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-04-18 23:37

The Society Seneschal has indicated that the ACCEPS payment system is no longer approved for use by SCA branches, effective at midnight April 18.

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ACCEPS No Longer Approved

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 23:29

From the Society Seneschal, on the ACCEPS online event payment system.

The Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. believes that there are better options in terms of electronic payments in the SCA; the corporate office is moving towards an alternative payment service as rapidly as possible. As such, the Board of Directors is discontinuing its relationship with ACCEPS and no longer approves the usage of ACCEPS as of midnight April 18, 2015. As such, I am directing all Kingdom and Local Group Seneschals to follow the decision of the Board, Corporate Treasurer and Society Seneschal to not utilize ACCEPS. If anyone makes the unfortunate mistake of not being in compliance with this directive, the officer in question’s warrant will be immediately suspended.

As for all current ACCEPS related events, these will be allowed to go to completion; however, there will be no time extension in terms of these same events.

A.J. Pongratz
Society Seneschal

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Crown Lyst

Trimaris (Kingdom) - Sat, 2015-04-18 23:10

Unto the Populace of Trimaris do we, Takamatsu Sadamitsu no kami Tadyoshi and Cecilia d'Este proclaim:

The Format of the Crown Tournament shall be as follows:

Crown Tournament will be conducted by heavy weapons combat.

The tournament will be double elimination, best 2 out of 3 for the finals.

Claimants must be authorized in all 4 weapon styles.

Claimant at their discretion will use all 4 styles throughout the lyst and a style may not be repeated until all 4 have been used. In the finals, any weapons may be used.

Period style shield size will be limited to claimants width from shoulder to shoulder, and length from chin to crotch.

The requirements to enter the Crown Tournament are:

Each Claimant to the throne shall provide a Letter of Intent to their Majesties 15 days prior to Crown Tournament.

    (1) The Modern and Society names of both the claimant and consorts
    (2) The membership numbers of both the claimant and consort.

Both the Claimant to the throne and consort must possess and AOA level award or higher and must have attended 6 events in the past year. (Gulf Wars or Pennsic count as 2.)

Both the Claimant to the throne and their consort must have held a shire level or greater office.

The Claimant to the throne and their Consort must both be acceptable to the Crown.

Any Kingdom Officer wishing to enter Crown Tournament must designate in writing to the Crown the person who will replace him or her should that officer win the tournament 15 (business) days prior to Crown Lyst. The replacement must be acceptable to the present Crown. The letter designating the replacement must also be signed by the prospective replacement.

The crown will accepted electronic submissions.

ACCEPS Responds to Board Ruling

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 22:57

ACCEPS has posted a response to the announcement that the Board will no longer grant a variance that allows it to process credit cards to reserve for SCA events.   The original message can be found here.

The Board of Directors has decided to discontinue the variance granted to ACCEPS to take credit cards on behalf of SCA events, effectively immediately.

There was no explanation nor discussion from the corporate level with any member of the ACCEPS staff prior to this decision, which was broadcast to the Kingdom Exchequers on Saturday, April 18.

Based on subsequent phone conversations with the Society Treasurer and President, no issues or problems were communicated to us, just that the Board had decided to stop using ACCEPS.

Without the variance, ACCEPS cannot continue to operate in good faith within the SCA. We apologize for the inconvenience to all our friends and those events which were in progress.

The ACCEPS fee will be refunded to all branches for events which were not able to complete their requested registration period. All current registrations and funds will be sent to the event stewards during the next two weeks.

It has been an interesting and fun 12 years providing ACCEPS to the SCA.

Farewell and good luck.

ACCEPS Staff – Mistress Isobail, HL Sarra, Sir Rhodri, Misress Kaitlyn

Please send any concerns or questions to comments@sca.org and please copy acceps@gmail.com.

The Board’s announcement can be found here.

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ACCEPS No Longer Approved For Future Use

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 22:31

The following was posted to the Society Seneschal’s webpage today.  The original can be seen here.

The Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. believes that there are better options in terms of electronic payments in the SCA; the corporate office is moving towards an alternative payment service as rapidly as possible. As such, the Board of Directors is discontinuing its relationship with ACCEPS and no longer approves the usage of ACCEPS as of midnight April 18, 2015. As such, I am directing all Kingdom and Local Group Seneschals to follow the decision of the Board, Corporate Treasurer and Society Seneschal to not utilize ACCEPS. If anyone makes the unfortunate mistake of not being in compliance with this directive, the officer in question’s warrant will be immediately suspended.

As for all current ACCEPS related events, these will be allowed to go to completion; however, there will be no time extension in terms of these same events.

A.J. Pongratz
Society Seneschal

ACCEPS response including their plans for refunds can be found here.

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Master Lodovick of Grays Inn Wins QRC

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 18:38

Don Lodovick, Queen’s Rapier Champion. Photo by Don Will Parris.

In a field of 55 fencers, believed to be one of the largest Æthelmearc Queen’s Rapier Champion Tournaments ever, Master Lodovick of Grays Inn defeated Don William Parris in the finals to claim victory and the position of Rapier Champion for the reign of Queen Gabrielle.

The Queen’s Rapier Champion Tournament was held on April 18, A.S. XLIX, in the Shire of Silva Vulcani.

Master Lodovick, who resides in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog, was inducted to the White Scarf in the reign of Henri I. He became a Master of the Pelican last summer for his service to the Bog.

While His Majesty King Timothy was in Ansteorra on business, hoping to secure the Ansteorran army as Pennsic allies, Queen Gabrielle presided over the tournament and held court.

Congratulations to Doña Gabrielle de Winter, the autocrat of the QRC, and her staff from Silva Vulcani on another successful event.

Her Majesty Gabrielle recognizing the 11 fencers who participated in their first QRC. Photo by Don Will.

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Vladislav Strelec knighted at Ansteorra Coronation

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-04-18 11:20

At Gulf wars 2015, Their Majesties Lochlann Dunn and Michelle Chantal de Charante of the Kingdom of Ansteorra placed Vladislav Strelec on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry.

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Creeping Baby Doll is back…FOR YOUR SOUL

History Blog - Sat, 2015-04-18 10:19

Inspired by my recent foray into Swiss watchmaker automata, I decided to revisit one of my old favorites from the archives: the creepy Creeping Baby Doll. When I first posted about this monstrous hybrid of human baby and machine four years ago, it was within the context of the National Museum of American History’s extensive collection of robots which includes the patent model for a crawling (called “creeping” in the 19th century) baby doll patented in August of 1871 by one George P. Clarke. The only photograph of robobaby was a blurry black-and-white which while dissatisfying still managed to convey the disturbing incongruity of the baby face and limbs attached to a heavy mechanical torso.

The museum has lately expanded its online collection so now there’s a full entry dedicated to the Creeping Baby Doll patent model complete with a proper high resolution color picture. Feast your eyes upon her, I dare you!

Now you can see her ice blue eyes and toothy grin which add a whole new dimension of horror. What’s that you say? You wish she were staring right at you, sucking your soul out through your uncontrollably slackened jaw? Done!

Temporarily satiated, she can now move on to her next victim, leaving your empty zombified body to shuffle behind her, another drone in her growing army.

To be fair to George Pemberton Clarke, whose model was an improvement on one invented by his boss, Robert J. Clay, earlier that year, the final production toy was nowhere near as terrifying as the patent model. The National Museum of American History has one of those too, although they’re not certain when it was made.

You can just see the gear and wheels peeking out from under her belly and armpit, but all dressed up with her little bonnet she’s significantly less spine-chilling. Still not much of a cuddly toy for little girls to play house with, however. Indeed, she ultimately found a market as a novelty, one of a number of wind-up metal toys including Girl Skipping Rope and Toy Gymnast made by the Automatic Toy Works, a small New York mechanical toy company founded by Robert J. Clay.

In 1872, a year after the first Creeping Baby made her debut, he submitted a patent application for another so-called improvement to the design: the Crying Creeping Baby Doll. A projecting blade made of rubber or paste would strike the notches of a toothed wheel as it turned, thus producing a sound that Clay assures us is “in imitation of the crying of a child, or of an animal voice.” I like that baby and animal cries are entirely interchangeable, in his opinion. Sadly, I have been unable to locate a recording of whatever god-awful ululations this mechanism produced, or even any evidence that this version of the toy ever went into commercial production.

The non-crying Creeping Baby went on to have a long career. Clay’s company was in business from 1868 until 1874 when it was bought by Connecticut toy makers the Ives Manufacturing Company in 1874. Ives continued to produce automata under the Automatic Toy Works imprimatur for years after the acquisition, expanding the line with clockwork mechanisms that make the Creeping Baby look like the teddy bear from the Snuggle commercials.

This trade catalogue from 1882 has made the rounds of the Internets because of its wide array of painfully racist toys. Out of 17 toys on offer, seven are caricatures of black people, including a fiddling Uncle Tom and “The Woman’s Rights Advocate” who is unnamed but is an unmistakable reference to Sojourner Truth, the abolitionist and women’s rights advocate who had been born a slave in upstate New York and became nationally famous as an anti-slavery and gender equality advocate. Her 1851 speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” became a rallying cry for abolition and the women’s rights movement. Two more toys are caricatures of the Chinese (doing laundry, of course) and one is an Italian Organ Grinder, who while stereotypical does not have the cringe-worthy exaggerated caricature features of the other racialized toys. He also plays music, unlike the fiddler, with a mechanism the catalogue proudly attributes to those masters of automata, the Swiss.

On the last page of that catalogue you’ll find the one, the only Wonderful Creeping Baby, “the best doll ever made.” She’s the second most expensive at $5 (the Organ Grinder runs $6, doubtless because of his Swiss music box) and her “resemblance to life is almost startling,” we are assured.

The Ives Manufacturing Company was the top producer of mechanical wind-up toys in the 1880s, but by the end of the century cheaper copycats were so widespread the business shifted to focus on toy trains. After a fire leveled the Ives factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1900, they rebuilt as a state-of-the-art toy train manufacturer. They were hugely successful, the largest toy train company in the country, until model railway makers Lionel overtook them in 1924. Four years later they were bankrupt and were eventually bought out by their rivals Lionel in 1933.

As for George Clarke, the patent office records his long career, before and after his foray into toy design. Here’s his 1857 application for first a new arrangement of steam boiler safety valves. Ten years later he was living in New York and was inventing more entertaining mechanisms like this extremely cool globe made of discs he called “zones” depicting the “animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms of the earth.” That would have been just before the time when he worked with Clay at the Automatic Toy Works.

A decade after that his patents returned to more practical mechanisms, including this cane with an electric current in the head (1878) that would gently zap the hand wielding it. Although Clarke noted in the patent application that “the effect of a gentle galvanic current on the human organization is not in the present state of electrical and physiological science fully explained” but that doesn’t stop him from claiming it “functions as a battery for the relief or cure of diseases of the nerves.” As if that weren’t a sufficient selling point, the mechanism can be fitted inside the “handle of any portable tool or weapon, as a policeman’s club or the like, if desired.” Billy club and taser all in one. I’m amazed it never went into production.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Message from a Grateful Sylvan Signet

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-04-18 07:32

Mistress Ekaterina Volkova steps down as Sylvan Signet. Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe, called Jinx.

I look back on my term as Sylvan Signet of the Glorious Kingdom of Æthelmearc​ in wonder. Through the position I have met and worked with some of the most amazing and talented artists in the Known World.

This started 5 years ago when Duncan von Halstern​ and Ilish O’Donovan​ said “Sure, let’s hire her” when my name was presented to them to take over for the Retiring Gillian​. They have the first of my thanks. I also give thanks to all the Royalty that I have served under: Christopher and Morgen, Isenwulf and Rosalinda​, Andreas and Kallista, Khalek and Branwyn, Maynard and Liadain, Timothy and Gabrielle​, Tindal and Etain; and Titus Germanicus​ and Anna Leigh. I learned a great deal from all of them and hope that they too feel that a friendship has formed.

But I could not have done the job without my various deputies. To Marija Kotok​, Giana di Aurelio, and Sthurrim Caithness, who at some point stood as my drop deads, I told you I wouldn’t do it. To my education deputies Giana and Yvianne, thank you for coordinating classes for Heralds and Scribes. To my Pennsic University Coordinator Matilda Bosvyle​, you were a godsend, thank you for helping to increase the reputation of the scribes of our Kingdom. To Filippo​ and Anna Leigh​, who were my fund raising deputies – because of your works we were able to host the known world at Pennsic. And to Giana and Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Sienna, my webministers, thank you for the work you did to make our website better.

Also a big thank you to my Heralds, Master Brandubh and Master Kamishima – thank you for being the Yang to my Yin in making court happen smoothly and being a sounding board when I needed.

To Kayleigh MacWhyte, Marguerite Louise Gingraix​ and Augusta Weyfare​ – fellow Signets who helped me at times throughout my terms.

A big thank you to Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella, who agreed to take this job after me. I know I leave the office and its people in good hands.

And finally, a thank you to the ones I could not have done this without… my scribes. I am awe at the skill, talent, dedication and generosity that you have all shared. The scribes of Æthelmearc are the Kingdom’s true jewels. These fine folks have produced 1599 scrolls in the last 4.25 years. They worked under all kinds of pressure, usually short notice being the biggest. They were given an average of 37 days to make unique one of a kind scrolls (more often than not, it was closer to 15 or fewer days) to help make someone’s special moment even more special. These are the unsung heroes that deserve the praise and rewards for my term. No matter how long I am gone from the office I will always think of you as MY scribes. I can only hope that I was able to serve you well.

To the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, my home and the best Kingdom a person could hope to live and work in, I thank you for being you and appreciating the scribal arts as strongly as you do. Don’t forget to thank your scribe.


Sylvan Signet of Æthelmearc, Rtd.

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Accessibility Addition to Online Event Listing Forms / Événement formulaires ont maintenant la question de l’accessibilité de l’emplacement

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-17 18:13

“Unto the Seneschal/es, Event Stewards and Populace of the Laurel Kingdom of the East, from your servant Alayne, East Kingdom Accessibility Porter, greetings and warm wishes for good health!

Good Gentles,

You will see a small but vital change to the online event listing form. It will now be including a box which will ask “Check this box if the site is accessible per the Kingdom Accessibility Porter’s checklist.”

Be not afraid! This is not a dire question, nor should it bring fear into the hearts of those who labor long to find event sites. This is a simple step in a thought process. It asks, “if someone contacts you about any of the many accessibility issues which many of your fellow SCAdians deal with on a daily basis, will you have an answer?”

This box indicates that you are prepared to respond to an inquiry as to whether or not someone will be safe and comfortable in dealing with a disability at your event. Sometimes, sadly, that answer will be “no.” Other times, it will be “yes.” This box prevents your reply from being, “huh?”

Accessibility issues, and the office of the Porter are not a barricade to utilizing event sites, but rather a spring board for dialogue between event staff and event attendees. It will help the special needs community make their best choices as to which events they attend, just as we all have always made our best informed choices as to which events we attend.

The day of the event is the busiest time for both Event Steward and Hosting Group; the dialogue regarding site Accessibility should be completed before this time. The new box will help to prevent back up at the Gate from an attendee asking a question which would have best been asked prior to arrival, of a volunteer who might have no concept of how to answer. It will save time and in many cases temper.

The Office of the Accessibility Porter (or more simply: Porter) is ready to assist in the ongoing needs of both event personnel and the general populace, as well as our specific demographic in creating a culture of inclusion.

Should you have questions, my Deputies and I are here to assist you.

In service,
Alayne ”
Brièvement, En français par Mistess Bess:

Lorsque vous ajoutez votre événement pour l’inclusion sur le site Web du Royaume, vous verrez une nouvelle section qui vous demande si votre lieu de l’événement est accessible aux personnes handicapées.

Il s’agit d’aider vos invités savent avance ce qu’ils peuvent s’attendre à votre événement pour l’accessibilité avant leur arrivée.

Pour plus d’informations sur comment vous pouvez faire votre événement mieux pour les personnes handicapées, veuillez communiquer avec le portier de l’accessibilité de Royaume,

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Court Reports: Last Court of Titus and Anna Leigh, and First Court of Timothy and Gabrielle, April 11, A.S. XLIX

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-17 17:00

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Coronation in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais 11 April AS 49, accompanied by His Excellency Liam, Baron of Debatable Lands; Their Excellencies Aquila and Bronwyn, Baron and Baroness of Thescorre; Their Excellencies Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael; Their Excellencies Fergus and Helene, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood; Their Excellencies Ichijo and Cerridwen, Baron and Baroness of Blackstone Mountain; Their Excellencies Gunnar and Barbary Rose, Baron and Baroness of Endless Hills; and Their Excellencies Iago and Emilia, Baron and Baroness of St. Swithin’s Bog. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of THL Madoc Arundel, Shrike Herald.

Baron Robert of Sugargrove. Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe, called Jinx.

Baron Robert of Sugargrove came before Their Majesties to present, as promised, new Heirs’ thrones for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. After consulting with the populace as well as Their herald, Their Majesties named the new thrones as Laurel and Branch, for They knew well the skill and research that Baron Robert had done into all manner of period woodworking. And being so impressed that They felt this worthy of recognition, They charged Baron Robert, with the accompaniment of Their Order of the Laurel, to choose a time and place in consultation with Their Heirs that he might sit Vigil in contemplation of accepting elevation to that Order. Scroll forthcoming.

THL Morien MacBain presented a cake and miniature catapult to Their Majesties on behalf of the Order of the Scarlet Battery.

Hundthor the Master Pintsman was Awarded Arms in absentia for his skill and promotion of the brewer’s art in his Shire and Kingdom.Scroll by Dame Margaret Makafee.

THLord Blue Star. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

Lord Blue Star was Granted Arms and inducted into the Order of the Gage for the joy and skill he relentlessly displays on the heavy weapons field. Scroll forthcoming.

Matthias Lachlann was Awarded Arms in absentia for his donation of garb to his local Gold Key and his skill at leatherworking. Scroll by Baroness Alex.

Lord Andros Duran was created a Companion of the Golden Alce in absentia for serving as a teacher and marshal, and for his skills in thrown weapons and combat archery. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Leir.

Lord Sergei Ratminov was elevated to the Order of the Golden Alce for his proficiency in both heavy weapons and fencing combat. Scroll by Countess Kallista Morgunova upon wording by Count Sir Andreas Morgan.

Lady Tamarra of Dragon’s End was welcomed to the Order of the Golden Alce for the enthusiasm and bravery she shows on the heavy weapons list, taking up arms in Crown Tournament and never fearing to challenge the best fighter on the field. Scroll in process by THL Gwydion ap Arden.

Lady Tamarra of Dragon’s End. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Lord Edward of St. Swithin’s Bog was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for the delight he brings to the populace through his music. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Lord Hanse Drachensone was created a Companion of the Sycamore in absentia for his skill in weaponsmithing and other metalworking. Scroll illuminated by Lady Edana the Red and calligraphed by THL Fiora d’Artusio upon wording by Don William Parris.

Baroness Katerina McGilledoroughe was elevated to the Order of the Sycamore for her many and varied interests among the gentle arts, including trim weaving, jewelrymaking, illumination, sewing, and leatherwork. Scroll forthcoming.

THL Caellin Athlone was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for her service as retainer to Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen, as head retainer to Their Excellencies Liam and Constance of the Debatable Lands, and as largesse coordinator for Their Majesties. Scroll forthcoming.

Lady Caellin Athlone. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Minamoto-dono Kumamoto Sakurako. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Lady Teresa Luisa Alvarez was Granted Arms and inducted into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her research and execution of period clothing and embroidery. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

Minamoto-dono Kumamoto Sakurako was elevated to the Senior Sixth Court rank, Granted Arms and welcomed into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her study and creation of period ink, arrows and other Japanese arts. Scroll forthcoming.

Lord Vigo di Napoli was Granted Arms and named a Don of the Order of the White Scarf for his tireless devotion to the fencing community of Æthelmearc and the Known World, as well as the fierce skill he demonstrates when he takes the field. Scroll forthcoming.

Don Vigo di Napoli. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Their Excellencies, Ichijo and Cerridwen, were inducted into the Order of the Cornelian in celebration of the courtesy and welcoming spirit that they show to all members of the Society, both new and old. Scrolls forthcoming.

Baron Ichijo and Baroness Cerridwen. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Her Excellency, Mistress Ekaterina Volkova, petitioned Their Majesties to release her from her position as Sylvan Signet, for she had toiled for many years in that role and it was time for new leadership of the Kingdom’s scribes. Their Majesties thanked her for her service and released her.

Lady Geirdis Riurikova likewise petitioned Their Majesties to release her from her position as Kingdom Chamberlain. Their Majesties did so, and in recognition of the service that she had performed in her role, Granted her Arms and created her a Baroness of the Court. Scroll forthcoming.

Baroness Geirdis Riurikova. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Maistir Brandubh Ó Donnghaile and Mistress Hilderun Hügelmann, Their Majesties’ Reign Coordinators, were elevated to the station of Baron and Baroness of the Court for the unfathomable service they had done to Their Majesties over the course of Their reign. Scrolls illuminated by Lady Maria Adriane and calligraphed by Mistress Alheydis von Körckhingen.

Mistress Hilderun and Maistir Brandubh. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Mistress Kateryna Ty Isaf, the Kingdom Exchequer, in celebration of her diligent work in that role and especially in the recent renegotiation of the Pennsic Treaty, was created a Baroness of the Court. Scroll forthcoming.

Mistress Kateryna Ty Ysaf. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Their Majesties announced that, in recognition of their attendance upon Their Majesties at the recent Estrella War, the following gentles were hereby inducted into the Order of the Golden Thorn: Master Alaric MacConnal, Master Bovi farmaðr, Hara-dono Kikumatsu, Mistress Hilderun Hügelmann and Ishiyama-roku-i Gen’tarou Yori’ie.

Their Majesties awarded the Sigil of Æthelmearc to a great number of gentles. For the complete list and information on how to get your scroll if you received a Sigil, click here.

Their Majesties invited Their Heir, Prince Timothy, who spoke His claim for the Sylvan Throne. Mistress Cori Ghora, Kingdom Seneschale, testified that the Crown Tournament was held in accordance with all Kingdom Laws. The Silver Buccle Herald spoke in the name of the Earl Marshal, that the tournament was held according to the highest standards of martial prowess. Baroness Ekaterina spoke on behalf of the Minister of Lists, that His Highness was indeed the right and proper victor of the day. Kameshima-kyō, Silver Buccle Herald, stated that Their Majesties had indeed named His Highness as Their Heir, and that His Highness’s patents of nobility had been confirmed.

Her Majesty called for the Captain of Her Guard, Doña Gabrielle Winter, who dismissed Her Majesty’s Guard before being herself dismissed. Her Majesty then called for Her Head Retainer, Baroness Katerina McGilledoroughe, who dismissed the Royal Retinue before being herself dismissed.

His Majesty thanked Her Majesty for being His inspiration before removing the Royal Crown from her head and giving it into the safe keeping of the Kingdom. He then removed the Crown from his own head and, as his last act as King, crowned Timothy of Arindale the 36th King of Æthelmearc.

King Timothy is crowned. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Here ends the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, 35th in the line of monarchs of the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc

Thus begins the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc. Documented: the Business of Their Court at Coronation, 11 April Anno Societatis XLIX, in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarou Umakai, with the assistance of THL Madoc Arundel, Shrike Herald.

In the morning:

King Timothy invited His Princess, Gabrielle, before him and crowned her Queen, second of that name, of Æthelmearc.

Princess Gabrielle processes in to be crowned. Photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar.

The lineage of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc was read.

Their Majesties received oaths of fealty and service from the Great Officers of State, the landed Barons and Baronesses, the Royal Peers, those who had received Writs of Summons for the Order of Defense, the Order of the Pelican, the Order of the Laurel, and the Order of Chivalry.

Duke Sir Titus Scipio Germanicus and Lady Anna Leigh were summoned before Their Majesties. His Grace’s status as a Duke was reaffirmed, and Lady Anna Leigh was granted Arms by Letters Patent, and named the 19th Countess of Æthelmearc and a Lady of the Rose. Scrolls in progress illuminated by THL Fiora d’Artusio and calligraphed by THL Sophie Davenport upon wording by Don William Paris.

Anna Leigh is made a Countess. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Sir Ariella of Thornbury was invited before Their Majesties and installed as the Chivalry Advisor of Her Majesty’s Guard. Lord Silvester Burchardt was called before Her Majesty and named the Captain of Her Guard.

Lord Silvester Burchardt is appointed Captain of the Queen’s Guard. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

In the afternoon, in the Royalty Room:

Their Majesties proclaimed that Her Excellency, Countess Genevieve du Vent Argent, was hereby reinstated as a Lady of the Rose, with all rights and responsibilities thereto appertaining.

Their Majesties affirmed that all business done by Their Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh at the Masque de la Fou event in the Midrealm on March 28, A.S. XLIX, was heretofore read into the Kingdom record as documented in the Court Report from that event.

In the evening:

Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella was invited before Their Majesties and installed as the new Sylvan Signet for the Kingdom. Baroness Ekaterina, her predecessor, presented her with the Kingdom Seal of Æthelmearc and entrusted it into her possession.

Mistress Euriol of Lothian was installed as the Interim Kingdom Chamberlain and invited any and all who might be interested in performing this very necessary service to the Kingdom to speak to her privately.

Mistress Euriol swears fealty as Chamberlain. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Marius Sittius was called before Their Majesties and, in recognition of his devotion to the fencing program in his home Shire of Hartstone, They presented him with a collection of fencing armor and equipment that had been collected and donated by the Order of the White Scarf of Æthelmearc.

Fencing gear donated to the Shire of Hartstone by the Companions of the White Scarf. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Brokkr the Vangarian was Awarded Arms for his assistance to his Shire in setting up and clearing of events, as well as his service as an armorer. Scroll by Meisterin Felicity Flußmüllnerin upon wording by Herr Fredrich Flußmüllner.

Lord Brokkr the Varangian. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Greer Wallace was Awarded Arms for her enthusiasm in making garb, serving as tollner and volunteering at demos. Scroll by THL Anlaith ingen Trena upon wording by Baroness Alex.

Lady Greer Wallace. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Lord Silvester Burchardt was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for his support of his shire and household and his reputation for getting done what needs to be done. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Leir.

Lord Leofr. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Lord Leofr Grimr was created a Companion of the Sycamore for his extensive research into period food and beverage arts, most notably sausage making, the preparation of game meats, and brewing. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

The children of Æthelmearc there present were summoned and sent to play.

The Peers of the Realm were invited into Their Majesties’ Court, who then asked His Excellency, Don Quinn Kerr to step forward. Being so moved by his years of devotion to the fencing community, and knowing well his love for his Kingdom, They charged him to select a time and place that he might sit Vigil and contemplate being named the next Master of Defense of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Scroll in progress by Baroness Cynthia Love of the Tower.

Master Quinn receives Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

Duchess Christence Heiseler called Blackmoore of the East Kingdom was invited before Their Majesties to report upon the proceeds raised by the day’s Auction Fundraiser for Their Majesties’ Travel Fund. Her Grace, being to that point unaware of the final total, shared joy with populace upon learning and revealing that over $1,000 had been raised. Their Majesties, being confident in Their own funds, requested the permission of Their Kingdom Exchequer to divert the money from the Travel Fund into starting a fund for a Kingdom Storage Trailer. Such permission being received, it was so ordered.

Duchess Christence. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.

The Seneschale’s office announced that Mistress Cori’s successor had been chosen, and Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns was named as the next Seneschal of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.

Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin reminded all those assembled that the Æthelmearc Gazette happily accepts articles from Kingdom Officers, Peers, and any other members of the populace who wish to contribute.

Their Majesties thanked all those assembled who helped make Their Coronation a glorious event for the Kingdom.

Her Majesty, reviving the tradition started by her predecessor, Duchess Liadain, stated that She would be giving out a Token of Inspiration at each Court where She was in attendance to that gentle who most impressed and inspired Her that day. That day, She had noted well the inspiration given by Baroness Morgan Argante Elandris of Cantref Gwaelon, not only to Her Majesty, but to all those who encountered Her Excellency.

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

In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc

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Pennsic: Scheduling activities on the Battlefield / Comment planifier des activités sur le champ de bataille

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-04-17 12:20

Re-posted from the Midrealm Gazette

From the Pennsic Battlefield Scheduler, Countess Joleicia of Litchfield:

People wishing to use the battlefield/fort/tourney lists for an activity can place a request using the same process as last year – via the Pennsic University Thing process found here:  http://thing.pennsicuniversity.org

Please enter all applicable information to help me sort out the best place to put you in; especially set-up/tear down times and what area you’d prefer to get. Volume of participants expected can help too. There is a supplementary area for extra info. Deadline for the book is two weeks and I will do my best to schedule all requests submitted by that date.

Questions can be sent to me, Countess Joleicia of Litchfield , Pennsic 44 Battlefield Scheduler.

En français par Mistress Bess

Personnes désireuses d’utiliser le champ de bataille, ou fort ou tournoi des listes pour une activité à Pennsic peuvent déposer une demande ici: http://thing.pennsicuniversity.org

Veuillez indiquer autant d’informations que possible, y compris pendant combien de temps vous avez besoin, quel champ que vous souhaitez utiliser, et le nombre de personnes que vous vous attendez à avoir. Date limite pour figurer dans le livret de l’événement est dans 2 semaines.

Des questions peuvent être envoyées à Countess Joleicia of Litchfield , Pennsic 44 Battlefield Scheduler.

Filed under: En français, Official Notices, Pennsic

Knowne World Poetry Competition and Poetry Day at Pennsic

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-04-17 10:00

The Kingdom of Atlantia will again sponsor the Knowne World Poetry Competition on Monday, August 3, at Pennsic in conjunction with Poetry Day at Artisan's Row.

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Categories: SCA news sites

New York to put up marker at site of Wall Street slave market

History Blog - Fri, 2015-04-17 05:08

There are 38 historical markers in Lower Manhattan. None of them acknowledge the city’s massive debt to the slaves who literally built it. That will change this year because the city council has approved a marker on the site of New York’s first slave market at the corner of Wall Street and Pearl Street.

In 1627, a year after the Dutch West India Company imported the first 11 African slaves to New Amsterdam, slaves built the wall that Wall Street was named after. It started out as a defensive earthwork embankment along the northern boundary of the settlement meant to keep Native Americans from attacking the settlement, a Manhattan version of Hadrian’s Wall. When Governor Peter Stuyvesant ordered the construction of a more elaborate palisade wall spanning Lower Manhattan from the Hudson to the East River in 1653, slaves again formed the bulk of the work force.

The Wall Street wall came down in 1699. By then slavery had grown exponentially. The Dutch had imported slaves to do the hard work of clearing land for houses and farms, filling shore areas for docks and building roads that free Dutch immigrants refused to do preferring the easier and more lucrative route of the fur trade which allowed them to make money quickly and return home. When the English conquered the colony in 1664, they continued to rely heavily on slave labour as farmers, dockworkers and household servants. New Amsterdam was renamed New York after the Duke of York, the future King James II, who had received a vast swath of the newly conquered territories from his brother King Charles II. The good duke just happened to be the major investor in the Royal African Company which had the monopoly over English trade with West Africa, a trade which primarily consisted of the sale of human beings. James gave slave ships priority access to docks and warehouses in New York City.

By 1703, slaves were found in 42% of the households in New York City, more than anywhere else in the north and second only to Charleston in all the English colonies of America. In 1711, almost 1,000 of New York’s population of 6,400 were black people, most of them enslaved. Their masters often sent them to make extra money by renting themselves out for short and long terms. All those slaves milling about, rubbing elbows with each other and free people of color without supervision, gave the powers that be agida, so on December 13th, 1711, the New York City Common Council passed an ordinance “Appointing a Place for the More Convenient Hiring of Slaves”

Be it Ordained by the Mayor Recorder Aldermen and Assistants of the City of New York Convened in Common Council and it is hereby Ordained by the Authority of the same That all Negro and Indian slaves that are lett out to hire within this City do take up their Standing in Order to be hired at the Markett house at the Wall Street Slip untill Such time as they are hired, whereby all Persons may Know where to hire slaves as their Occasions Shall require and also Masters discover when their Slaves are so hired and all the Inhabitants of this City are to take Notice hereof Accordingly.

It wasn’t just slaves for hire who were contained in the market at the corner of Wall and Pearl Streets. Market House — known as the Meal Market since 1726 when the city granted it exclusive rights to the sale of grains — was the first official slave market in New York City. People were bought and sold there for more than 50 years and the city taxed every sale, thus making New York City itself not just the beneficiary of slave labour, but an active participant in the trade.

Other sites in Lower Manhattan sprang up where slaves were traded, and by 1762, the Meal Market had become an eyesore to the elite who for decades had enjoyed the prosperity and convenience its human cattle provided them. They submitted a petition to the Common Council:

Said Meal Market greatly obstructs the agreeable prospect of the East River, which those that live on Wall street would otherwise enjoy. That it occasions a dirty street, offensive to the inhabitants on each side and disagreeable to those that pass and repass to and from the Coffee House, a place of great resort, that same be removed.

Heaven forfend anything spoil the view of the East River or sully the way to the Merchants Coffee House. The Council responded with alacrity. In February 1762, the Meal Market was demolished. Slavery was far from over in the city. Even after the Revolutionary War when slavery began to wane in the northeastern states, New York doubled down. In 1790, Philadelphia had a population of 28,522, 300 of them slaves. Baltimore which, like New York, was a busy port city but which unlike New York was in close proximity to the plantations of the south, had 1,300 slaves out of a population of 13,503. New York City, for the first time overtaking Philadelphia as the most populous city in the nation with a population of 33,131, counted more than 2,300 slaves among them.

In 1799, the state legislature passed a gradual emancipation law declaring children of slaves born after July 4th, 1799 free, but even that half-assed measure was only technical freedom. Those children had to serve as indentured servants to their mothers’ masters until they were 28 years old (for men) or 25 years old (for women). Slaves born before that date were still slaves until they died, but they would now be called indentured servants. On July 4th, 1827, black people in New York held a parade celebrating their official freedom, but the sad truth is there were still slaves in New York until the 1850s.

Despite the enormous role of slaves in the birth and development of New York City, the African Burial Ground National Monument is currently the only memorial that makes any reference to slaves in all of Lower Manhattan. The new marker

The new plaque may be unveiled on Juneteenth (the anniversary of the official announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas by Union General Gordon Granger on June 19th, 1865, which has evolved into a wider celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery in all of the Confederate states), but the date is still up the air. The council hasn’t decided where exactly the plaque will be installed yet nor even the exact wording. Wall Street is swaddled in scaffolding at the moment; they need to pick a spot where the memorial will actually be visible.

Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

A Message from the New Æthelmearc Kingdom Equestrian Officer (KEO)

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-16 18:15

Greetings! I would like to introduce myself. I am THL Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoighill, and I have recently taken on the office of Kingdom Equestrian Officer of Æthelmearc. I live in Sunderoak, and have been in the SCA for about six years now. I am a lifelong horse(wo)man, having been sat up on a horse for the first time at about six months of age. I bought the first horse I owned myself at age eleven, and I never looked back. I have spent a (long!) lifetime training/retraining horses and riders, showing hunters, fox hunting, trail riding, riding sidesaddle, and, more recently, carriage driving, as well as dabbling briefly in a few other things, such as polo and endurance riding. I currently own two horses – both bays  – an Arabian gelding, Cien, and his half sister, an Anglo-Arabian mare, Mouse, who is my usual SCA mount.I actually joined the SCA without even realizing that there was much in the way of equestrian going on. As it happens, I love fiber arts (especially weaving), making cheese, making soap, leatherwork, and wood carving. After listening for many years to people telling me that since I did all of these things, I really needed to join “this organization called the SCA”, I finally did so, and was delighted to find whole bunches of people who like the same things I do!

Lady Aaliz de Gant, Deputy KEO

The equestrian program is going through some huge changes at present. We are holding experimental activities in the Kingdom, including wood lance jousting, mounted to ground combat, and now cut & thrust. I am hoping to see some growth in driving, as well as in mounted archery and driven archery. We are currently training several new marshals, and there are more riders showing an interest in becoming part of our group. I hope that I can keep the Æthelmearc equestrian program balanced and moving steadily ahead while I hold the reins. I would like to thank Mistress Gozen for all of her hard work and dedication to the program while she held the office. She’ll be a tough act to follow! But take heart, folks, she’s not going anywhere! Gozen will actually be taking on the job of Experimental Deputy, and she is in charge of the experimental activities that are happening in the Kingdom now. I would also like to welcome Lady Aaliz de Gant as Deputy KEO. She is officially in charge of keeping me on the straight and narrow, and I know she’ll do a wonderful job of that!

Meanwhile, there are equestrian practices going on throughout the Kingdom. Mistress Gozen is hosting practices at her farm. Sunderoak is sponsoring practices at my farm, and in Sylvan Glen, one of our new MIT’s, Lady Roana River of Sylvan Glen, is hosting practices with the very able assistance of Lady Alienor de Bathe. It’s really great to see that we now actually have enough practices going on that we have to schedule around each other to avoid conflicts.

The Æthelmearc Equestrian Championships will be held on the Fourth of July in Stormsport. We hope to welcome in- and out-of-kingdom riders to compete at the Championships. The King’s and Queen’s Champions, of course, will be chosen from among the Æthelmearc riders, but there will be an individual prize for the highest scoring horse and rider pair of the day, regardless of their citizenship.

Last year’s Kingdom Equestrian Championship – THL Meadhbh riding the course.

Æthelwald Proving Grounds will once again showcase equestrian activities June 19-21 in Sunderoak, and there will be more equestrian events to come as the year rolls on.

We hope to see many of you at these events, and I would like to thank all of the local groups and individuals who are making these practices and events possible.

THL Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoighill, Æthelmearc KEO

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Last Court of Their Majesties Edward III & Thrya II

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-16 14:26


The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 11 April in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Canton of Black Icorndall; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item.  The Court observed a moment of silence for the passing of Master Adhemar de Villarquemada.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Miriam Culpepper to attend upon them, whereupon they awarded Arms to the said Miriam, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Onóra inghean Uí Ruairc.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Cassandra Arques de Northmannia.

Item.  Their Majesties created Ellisif Vémundardóttir a Baroness of the Court, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Item.  Their Majesties endowed Aleksei Dmitriev and Æthelhawk Keyfinder with the Order of the Burdened Tyger for their labors in providing food upon the occasion of their Majesties’ Coronation.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Item.  Their Majesties received a gift of a roll prepared after the fashion of the mortuary rolls of old, commemorating the events of their reign and other good and notable deeds and persons of the East Kingdom, the which roll was organized by Gunðormr Dengir, with contributions from Aildreda de Tamwurthe, Rahel Carolingiae, Steffan ap Cennydd, Eva Woderose, Aaradyn Ghyoot, Andreiko Eferiev, Kayleigh Mac Whyte, Lada Monguligin, Eleanor Catlyng, and Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Akamatsu Katsumoto and Akamatsu Tora with her Queen’s Award of Esteem for their good works in aid of the Crown and Kingdom.

Item.  Their Majesties made gifts to the following good ladies in recognition of their labors as Seamstresses to the Crown:

Cassandra Grey of Lochleven

Alesone Gray of Cranlegh

Gwenlliana Vachan

Marieta Charay

Item.  The Worshipful Company of Their Majesty’s Underwear made gifts to Their Majesties.

Item.  His Majesty endowed his good and noble lady wife, Cassandra Grey of Lochleven, with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Marietta Charay with her Queen’s Cypher.

Item.  Their Majesties bade Mercedes Vera de Califia to attend upon them and, the said Mercedes so appearing, and their Majesties praising her long and dedicated service to the Realm, they endowed the said Mercedes with an Augmentation of Arms in recognition thereof, the which deed was confirmed in document authored by Alys Mackyntoich, calligraphed by Alexandre St. Pierre, and illuminated by Camille des Jardins.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Peter the Red with her Queen’s Cypher.

Item.  His Majesty invested Aryana van Wyck, called Arlyana, with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  Their Majesties gifted Katherine Stanhope with a token of their thanks for her goodly aid during their reign.

Item.  Their Majesties gifted Cezilia Raposa with a token of their thanks for her support during the reign.

Item.  Her Majesty gifted Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka with a token of her thanks for the said Nataliia’s aid in helping Her Majesty take the rapier field.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Eleanor Catlyng with her Queen’s Award of Esteem for her scribal work during the reign.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Philip White with her Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Æsa feilinn Jóssursdóttir.

Item.  Her Majesty gifted Adam Trent with a token of her thanks for his aid and support during the reign.

Item.  Her Majesty summoned before the Court the good and gentle Aífe ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige, whereupon her Majesty invested the said Aífe with her Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed was confirmed through a document created by Astrid Feilan.

Item.  Her Majesty summoned her noble guard Llewellyn Walsh before the Court , whereupon Her Majesty inducted the said Llewellyn into the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Shadiyah al-Zahra and Arthur de Beaumont.

Item.  Her Majesty invested and endowed Marguerite inghean Lochlainn with her Queen’s Award of Esteem.

Item.  Their Majesties appointed Antonio Patrasso an Artisan to the Crown for his creation of silk banners and pennons for their use.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Caitriona of Greenwood Isle with her Queen’s Cypher.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Harvey Wynegode with her Queen’s Cypher.


Item.  Their Majesties summoned Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch to attend upon them, whereupon they created the said Cristoff a Baron of their Court, the which deed was confirmed in a document illuminated by Robert of Stonemarche and calligraphed by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Her Majesty invested Chiara di Marte da Venezia with her Queen’s Cypher.

Item.  Her Majesty endowed Eva Woderose with her Queen’s Cypher.

Item.  Their Majesty summoned before the Tyger Thrones Simon Gwyn, captain of the Queen’s Guard, and created him a Baron of the Court for his good work, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich and calligraphed and illuminated by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Martyn de Haliwell to attend upon them and appointed him a Tailor to the Crown.

Item.  His Majesty invested Martyn de Haliwell with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  His Majesty invested Donovan Shinnock with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  His Majesty invested Alesone Grey of Cranlegh with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  His Majesty invested Alys Mackyntoich with his King’s Cypher.

Item.  Her Majesty invested her good and honored lord, Matthias Grünewald, with her Queen’s Cypher            .

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians playing for the Court and the day’s festivities.


Duena Mercedes, the Seneschale, Sir Jibril, the Earl Marshal, and Master Ryan, Brigantia Herald, reported to their Majesties that, in accordance with prophecy, their time upon the Throne had come to an end; whereupon her Majesty dismissed her Guard; and whereupon their Majesties caused themselves to be divested of their robes of estate.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess, acknowledged heirs to the Tyger Throne, entered the Court and were invested with the Crowns of the East in accordance with ancient law and tradition; whereupon Edward and Thyra, illustrious and noble, departed for their personal estates.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.


Master Ryan Mac Whyte

Master Rowen Cloteworthy

Master Malcolm Bowman

Don Donovan Shinnock

The Gazette thanks Baroness Cateline la Broderesse for the photos used in this article.

Filed under: Court Tagged: awards, coronation, court, court report, Edward and Thyra, royal court, royal progress, royals, royalty

Bows for Calontir Falcons Fundraiser

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-16 12:52

Reprinted with the permission of The Midrealm Gazette.

How the “Bows for Calontir Falcon Fund” came about.

In March while returning from Gulf Wars, the Brook’s family trailer transporting their precious Calontir birds was lost in a vehicle fire. I saw that Calontir was doing a “Silent Auction” at an event for them, but felt something more needed to be done.

I am from Gleann Abhann. We are celebrating this year our 10th year as a kingdom. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck, and basically all our regalia and scrolls were lost. The Knowne World came to our aid with replacements for everything to get us back on our feet. We as a kingdom proclaimed we would not forget the good that was done to us and when others were in need we would return their good in kind. Like many of my fellow scadians, a promise was given.

There is a Baronial War at Samhain in October coming up between the Baronies of Grey Niche and Three Rivers at the Castrum/Roman Reenacting site in Lafe, AR. I am the owner’s SCA liaison/site manager for handling business with the SCA. The site has a period tavern that was not going to be used. I contacted William Hopper the autocrat and Jim Hannold the Grey Niche Seneschal for permission to run a fundraiser which the barony endorsed.

My son wanted to use a period cart and sell lemonade at the war for tips to help and get other kids to help. Then everything changed.

Jim Bryant, a truck driver who is also a master bowmaker and will be teaching classes at another event “Athenaeum” at the Castrum on the weekend of May 8th contacted me. We had met at Gulf Wars and talked a little, but we have not known each other long. Jim wanted to help. He wanted to do a raffle/fundraiser for one of his beautiful bows. Then the next day he said, “I want to do two”. He called me up that evening and said, “Let’s do five and the top prize will be a English Longbow of Yew with horn tips”. He asked me to run it for him.

So, in a month we went from a bar/lemonade wagon at a war to a huge raffle. Five bows will be given out. We will be selling twenty five hundred tickets at $1 each. We have found out that many states that you sell something then you are automatically entered into the raffle, so then it is not considered gambling. So, I am selling “Limited Edition Stickman” drawings that will be sent to you via email, and then you will be entered into the drawing. The drawing to be done at court during the Baronial War.

Jim saw a kingdom and a family in need and had the means to make a difference. His mailing address is in the Midrealm but mainly he plays in Meridies. For myself, my part is to honor a pledge given a decade ago. For Jim, it is purely out of love.

For more details on how to help and get involved please contact me directly at italonorman1187@gmail.com We have setup an account with Google Wallet. Once the $2500 goal is reached that money will be sent to the Brooks.

Thank you for helping.

THL Ranulf di Aversia
Lord Sigvat Odvarsson

Filed under: Announcements

Scheduling Classes and Meetings at Æthelmearc War Practice

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-04-16 08:44

Photo by Lord Darter the Chronicler.

The Æthelmearc Gazette is pleased to share this missive from Aidan ni Leir, the Class Coordinator for Æthelmearc War Practice.

The event is only four weeks away; the deadline for the on-site booklet is just over two weeks out (30 April).


I am very sad to report that as of today, I have only FIVE offers so far. While it is traditional to wait until the last minute to volunteer, these numbers are way below what I have had on the schedule at this point for the last several years. Surely, at an event which has an average attendance of over 1200 gentles, there are more than FIVE volunteers? I know there are many capable teachers with much to offer in this Kingdom, so if you available, please send the following information for the website and booklet:

  • Name of Teacher
  • Title of Class
  • Description of Class (brief, please, 75 words or less)
  • Class Length
  • Maximum Number of Students
  • Age Limit of Students
  • Fee, if any

Please include your legal name and e-mail address, and your preferred time for your class, as well as any special requirements you may have. The schedule will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you volunteer, the more likely it will be that I can accommodate you.

Space is available from 9am-8pm on Friday and 9am-6pm on Saturday in one of three large tents (with tables and chairs), the upper bathhouse (also with tables and chairs, plus electricity and access to water), and the Great Hall.


If you are an officer who would like to hold a staff meeting, or you represent an order or a guild who would like to hold a meeting, you will need to send me the following  information so I can book you a space:

  • Name of order/office/guild/group
  • SCA and legal name of the clerk/officer/representative
  • E-mail address of the clerk/officer/representative
  • Preferred day and time requested
  • Amount of time requested

Space is available from 9am to 8pm on Friday and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday in one of three large tents (with tables and chairs) or the upper bathhouse (also with tables and chairs, plus electricity). Please be flexible; classes will have priority on the space.

Please send your class or meeting request to me by 30 April:

E-mail: helen.pinto@comcast.net
Phone: 724-203-4014
Mail: Helen Pinto
1936 Crestmont Dr
Aliquippa, PA 15001

Thanks in advance for your generous offers, and feel free to cross-post this announcement anywhere you think there may be interest.

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