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Crown Tourney: Update

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-06 15:39

The final bouts before the round of 16 were as follows:

Lord Donnan Fitzgerald d. THL Turi Mac Kinnon

Sir Culann mac Cianain d. Sir Cedric of Armorica

Master Ãvaldr Valbjarnarson d. Baron Vachir Artslanjin

Sir William MacCrimmon d. Luthor Von Eisenfaust

Duke Randal of the Dark d. Baron Jonathan Miles

Baron Rory Maclellan d. Lady Vasia von Kãenigsberg

THL Richard Crowe d. THL Galvyn Lockhart

Sir Sichelgaita von Halsstern d. Lord Patrick Lumhalghs


The winners of the above bouts from the Wounded List join the final 8 in the Winners’ List to make up the final 16.


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Crown Tourney: Second Round

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-06 15:22

Second Round pairings with results.   Again, any errors will be addressed as quickly as possible.
YIS, Efeilian

Winners’ List

Sir Culann mac Cianain d. THL Richard Crowe

Master Dmitri Stephanovich  d. Sir Harold Hakonson

Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrucke d. THL Turi Mac Kinnon

Sir Zhigmun Czypsser d. Sir William MacCrimmon

Sir Pellandres, dit le frere  d. Baron Vachir Artslanjin

Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver  d. Baron Rory Maclellan

THL Arne Ulriksson d. Duke Randal of the Dark

Sir Ivan Ivanov syn Dmitriev d. Sir Sichelgaita von Halsstern

Lord Ingvar Thorsteinsson d. THL Galvyn Lockhart

Master Dmitri Stephanovich d. Sir Culann mac Cianain


Wounded List:

THL Klaus Winterhalter d. Lord Dorian Kalogero

Lord Donnan Fitzgerald d. THL Klaus Winterhalter

Lord Abel atte Watere d. Lord Berkhommer Von Nuemburg

Sir Cedric of Armorica d. THL Gawyn O’Clery

Master Ãvaldr Valbjarnarson d. Onryo

Luthor Von Eisenfaust d. Master Sigurthr Vigurhafn

Baron Jonathan Miles  d. Lord Brick James Beech

Lady Vasia von Kãenigsberg d. Lord Martin Wasser Speier

THL Richard Crowe d. Sir Harold Hakonson

Lord Patrick Lumhalghs d. Master Ryan Mc Whyte

Lord Donnan Fitzgerald d. Lord Abel atte Watere


For a full list of those entered in the Tournament, both combatants and noncombatants, please see: Crown Entrants

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Crown Tournament – First Round Pairings

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-06 14:54

First Round Pairings with results:

THL Richard Crowe d. THL Klaus Winterhalter

Sir Culann mac Cianain d. Lord Dorian Kalogero

Sir Harold Hakonson d. Lord Abel atte Watere

Master Dmitri Stephanovich d. Bye

THL Turi Mac Kinnon  d. Master Ryan Mc Whyte

Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrucke d. Lord Patrick Lumhalghs

Sir William MacCrimmon d. Lady Vasia von Kãenigsberg

Sir Zhigmun Czypsser d. Lord Martin Wasser Speier

Sir Pellandres, dit le frere d. Lord Brick James Beech

Baron Vachir Artslanjin d. Baron Jonathan Miles

Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver  d. Luthor Von Eisenfaust

Baron Rory Maclellan d. Master Sigurthr Vigurhafn

THL Arne Ulriksson d. Master Ãvaldr Valbjarnarson

Duke Randal of the Dark d. Onryo

Sir Sichelgaita von Halsstern d. Lord Berkhommer Von Nuemburg

Sir Ivan Ivanov syn Dmitriev d. Lord Donnan Fitzgerald

THL Galvyn Lockhart d. Sir Cedric of Armorica

Lord Ingvar Thorsteinsson d. THL Gawyn O’Clery


Any errors are mine and I apologize.  Corrections will be made as soon as I find them.   Also, there are a numbers of byes required for this size tourney; I am only reporting on bouts fought so I apologize for any confusion as we go.

For a full list of those entered in the Tournament, both combatants and noncombatants, please see: Crown Entrants


Efeilian, called Parsley

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Crown Tourney – Today

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-05-06 13:44

Procession started about noon and first round pairings will be posted here shortly.

Stay tuned for Updates as they come in from the field.

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Preview Rome’s San Giovanni subway museum

History Blog - Fri, 2017-05-05 23:21

After six years of delays caused by constant archaeological discoveries, the first station of Rome’s new Metro C line is complete. The San Giovanni station near the Papal Archbasilica of St John in Lateran was unveiled to the press this week. The subway stop won’t be open to the public until the end of the year at the earliest because the rest of the line is still under construction. The station’s atrium museum was opened to the public on April 1st of this year, but that was just for the one day. It’s not clear whether visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibits before the official opening of the San Giovanni subway station.

The construction of the San Giovanni station beginning in 2011 unearthed a vast swath of the city’s history, from prehistory to the modern era. The richest finds date to the late Republic and early Imperial era, with the most extraordinary features discovered on a 1st-3rd century A.D. commercial agricultural concern 20 meters (65 feet) below the surface, the closest ever found to the center of the ancient city. Archaeologists discovered farming-related artifacts including a three-pronged iron pitchfork, woven baskets, and leather fragments, possibly from a shoe or glove. The farm’s engineering was evidenced in grooves carved deep into stone from the many turns of a long-decayed waterwheel, and in recycled amphorae, their ends cut open to be nested into each other in long lines for use as water channels. Archaeologists also found a huge hydraulic reservoir (115 feet by 230 feet), the largest ancient Roman water basin ever found, dating to the 3rd century A.D.

“It’s so big that it goes beyond the perimeter of the (metro) work site and it has not been possible to uncover it completely,” [excavation head Rossella] Rea explained. “It was lined with hydraulic plaster and, on the basis the size that had been determined so far, it could hold more than four million litres of water”. [...]

“It seems likely that its main function was to be a water reservoir for crops and an area that made it possible to cope with overflows from the nearby river. No other basin from ancient Roman agriculture is of comparable size. Beyond the walls of the work site it extends toward the (ancient city) wall, where it is probably preserved”.

San Giovanni’s massive archaeological endowment didn’t stop there. A surprising number of well-preserved archaeobotanical remains were recovered, among them seeds, nuts, and the roots and stumps of willows and other trees. A number of peach pits were also discovered, likely the remnants of the farm’s orchards. Peaches are not native Roman fruits — these probably originated in Persia — and even in the Imperial era they were still considered an expensive, exotic import. It indicates that the farm was used to produce luxury foods, likely for the Imperial table.

And that’s just scratching the surface of what was found during the San Giovanni dig. More than 40,000 artifacts were unearthed (hence the half a decade of delays): ancient pottery, coins, oil lamps, delicate glass perfume bottles, baked clay pipes, lead pipes, architectural elements, sculptures, reliefs, colorful dishware from the 17th through 19th centuries and on and on. The station museum displays a broad selection of these treasures in spacious, well-lit display cases.

The station has been ingeniously designed to take advantage of its subterranean location to create an immersive time machine experience for travelers and visitors. Riders enter the station today, then as they descend towards the train platforms, they pass through the Middle Ages to the Rome of the Emperors to the Republic all the way back to the Pleistocene. Artifact exhibits and information panels accompany you as you time travel, marking important dates in the city’s history.


Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Gage Meet ‘n’ Beat at War Practice

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-05-05 14:56

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

Greetings Good Fighters!

We would like to hold the now-traditional Gage Meet N’ Beat Friday night of War Practice [Editor note: May 19] on the battlefield.

All members of the Order of Chivalry are invited to take the field with us, and we often have fighters from neighboring Kingdoms join in. Starting at 6pm and going till about 8pm, bring every weapons form you want to use and come fight, learn, and have fun!  The format is very informal; just find someone on the field and fight as many passes as you both choose.  Please bring your auth card for the MOL and spread the word!


Sir Ariella

Categories: SCA news sites

SCA Marketplace Sale for Month of May

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-05-05 12:06

Please be advised that the SCA Market Place is conducting a 20% sale through the month of May on back issues certain issues of The Compleat Anachronist and Tournaments Illuminated, as well as The Known World Handbook.

If interested the information can be found through the SCA website here: https://members.sca.org/apps/#Store
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

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First-ever funerary garden found in Luxor

History Blog - Thu, 2017-05-04 23:07

Archaeologists from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have discovered the first-ever funerary garden at the entrance of a Middle Kingdom (1980-1790 B.C.) tomb on the Draa Abul Naga hill on Luxor’s west bank. Egyptologists have known about these gardens from iconographic depictions on tomb walls and at the entrances to tombs, but this is the first time archaeological remains of a physical funerary garden have been found. The discovery of the garden and archaeobotanical analysis of its remains will confirm what Egyptologists have learned from the paintings and provide new information about plants and the environment of Middle Kingdom Thebes and the role of botany in funerary rituals. Along with the sun, the plant world was the best expression of the Egyptian idea of perpetual rebirth and resurrection.

The funeral garden was found in a courtyard at the entrance to a rock-cut tomb believed to date to the Twelfth Dynasty, about 4,000 years ago. The garden is a rectangle that measures about 3×2 meters (10×6.5 feet) and is raised about a foot and a half off the ground. It is divided into a grid with rows of five or seven beds each about a foot square. Experts think each of the small beds contained different plants. In the middle of the garden are two beds slightly higher than the surrounding ones that likely contained small trees or shrubs. Thanks to the wonders of desert preservation, archaeologists found a tamarisk shrub in one corner of the garden. It was still upright with intact roots and foot-long trunk. Next to it was a bowl containing the remains of dates and other fruit that was probably an offering.

CSIC professor and dig leader José Manuel Galán:

“The plants grown there would have had a symbolic meaning and may have played a role in funerary rituals. Therefore, the garden will also provide information about religious beliefs and practices as well as the culture and society at the time of the Twelfth Dynasty when Thebes became the capital of the unified kingdom of Upper and Lower Egypt for the first time. We know that palm, sycamore and Persea trees were associated with the deceased’s power of resurrection. Similarly, plants such as the lettuce had connotations with fertility and therefore a return to life. Now we must wait to see what plants we can identify by analysing the seeds we have collected. It is a spectacular and quite unique find which opens up multiple avenues of research”.

“Digging in a necropolis not only allows us to discover details about the world of funerals, religious beliefs and funerary practices, it also helps us discover details about daily life, about society and about the physical environment, both plant and animal. The necropolis thus becomes, as the ancient Egyptians themselves believed, the best way to understand and embrace life,” concludes the CSIC researcher.

Besides the garden, the excavation team discovered a mud-brick chapel attached to the facade of the rock-cut tomb. There are three stelae on the exterior. One of them is dedicated to one Renef-seneb, another to “the soldier (“citizen”) Khememi, the son of the lady of the house, Satidenu.” The stelae also include references to a local Theban deity named Montu and the gods Ptah, Sokar and Osiris. The chapel and stelae date to the Thirteenth Dynasty (around 1800 B.C.), so they are later than the garden and rock-cut tomb.

The Djehuty Project, now in its 16th dig season, is exploring that key period when ancient Thebes became the capital of unified Egypt about 4,000 years ago. This season’s discovery of the garden and the tomb and chapel underscore how important the Dra Abu el-Naga hill was during this period as a center of funerary and religious activity.

In this Spanish-language video, José Manuel Galán discusses the discovery of the funerary garden. It’s not subtitled, but the visuals speak for themselves. He starts by explaining where the garden was found and its archaeological significance. Around the 20 second mark, there are images of the garden iconography found in tombs. Overhead views of the excavated garden begin around the 30 second mark, with film of the excavation itself starting at 40 seconds. At 55 seconds, there’s an amazing scene of an archaeologist recovering seeds from one of the beds with tweezers. At 1:12 is a nifty digital reconstruction of the garden and the plants that might have grown there. At 1:54 you can see the excavation of the tamarisk trunk. Professor Galán points out in the voice-over that the tamarisk had a funerary association in Egyptian religion. The soul of the deceased would fly onto a branch of the tamarisk and perch there waiting for offerings.


Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Google Doc Users: Beware Phishing Scam

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-05-04 16:58

Please note that there is a current phishing scam going around through Google Docs (and hence, email, due to sharing features).

If you are not expecting someone to be sharing a Google Doc with you, PLEASE DO NOT CLICK OPEN ANY LINKS!

If you have clicked a link in an email yesterday, please consider changing your password, as most likely the purpose of this scam is to collect personal account information.

If you clicked a link within the Google emails and granted permission within your account, check your app permissions by following this link —  you can remove authorizations for Google on that screen.

 If you have questions, please contact me. 

Amalie, Æthelmearc Webminister

Categories: SCA news sites

An Invitation to Retain!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-05-04 16:47

By Lady Elena de la Palma, Head Retainer to Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle.

Have you ever attended an event with royalty and noticed someone standing behind or beside Them? Perhaps holding a cup, perhaps taking notes? Those people are not there by accident – they are retainers, and Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle invite you to try something new and be one yourself.

Lady Catherine O’Herlihy demonstrates experienced retaining at Ice Dragon, balancing a cup, a snack, a basket, a bag, and the Crown of the East Kingdom. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.

What is a retainer?

Retaining is an incredibly important part of The Dream. Retainers ensure that Their Majesties (and Their Highnesses) are kept comfortable and supplied with what They need so that They can keep their focus on the populace. The retainer attends to all the details: ensuring that Their Majesties are supplied with food and drink; carrying gifts and other important items; and helping Their Majesties stay on schedule during the day of the event. They may also be called on to seek out gentles with whom Their Majesties would speak, or even to maintain a perimeter of silence should Their Majesties need to have a private conversation.

Retainers wearing baldrics attend Their Highnesses during the procession at Queen’s Rapier Championships. Photo by Hersir Torvaldr.

What do retainers do during Court?

Retaining during Court is a little different from retaining during the day. The basics are the same – you ensure that Their Majesties’ cups are full and take any gifts that might be received – but the way it happens is a little different. Before Court, all of the retainers will gather with the Queen’s Guard, the Kingdom Champions, Their Majesties, and Their Herald, and process into Court with the group. Then, the retainers will take shifts standing by Their Majesties during Court. The Head Retainer coordinates the shifts, switching retainers out at regular intervals so that no one stands for more than a few minutes.

Retaining during Court is a really unique experience. You’re looking out at the populace from behind the royalty and very close to those receiving awards – not a view you usually get every day!

Retainers attending Their Majesties and Their Highnesses at Ice Dragon Court. Photo by That Guy Phil, Unsung Hero of Miscreants and Other Tourists.

But…that doesn’t seem so hard!

These duties may sound simple, and they are – but that’s the beauty of it: anyone can retain! It doesn’t matter whether you are new to the society or have been here for years. I did my first retaining shift at the first event I attended that had royalty present. I barely even knew what a King or a Queen was! I volunteered that morning, and after a few hours and a quick introduction to retaining I found myself watching a tournament with the Queen, her goblet in my hands.

The real skill of retaining comes from learning how to anticipate the needs of Their Majesties before they ask. One can retain perfectly well without this ability, but it’s one that all great retainers master.

Do I need to prepare to retain?

You don’t have to do anything, but it is very important look to your own comfort. Wear comfortable shoes and comfortable clothing that will let you move around, hold goblets, carry gifts, and otherwise move without hindrance. Make sure that you’ve eaten before your retaining shift starts. Make sure that all your own needs are taken care of so that you’re free to focus on attending to the needs of Their Majesties.

Can I try retaining?

Absolutely! Their Majesties love to meet new people, and it’ll be my pleasure to ensure that you’re completely comfortable with your duties as a retainer before your first shift. Just get in touch with me and we’ll get everything set up.

Their Majesties will need retainers at every Royal Progress event during Their Reign, starting with the A&S Faire in Nithgaard this weekend and including Pennsic and Æthelmearc War Practice. It’s very easy to dip a toe in the retaining waters – shifts are usually an hour long and cover either His Majesty or Her Majesty, not both. We’re happy to schedule you around any other commitments you might have at the event – just let us know! Even if you’re busy all day, having another retainer for Court is always lovely.

Everyone is welcome. Whether you’re a brand new retainer or an old hand, Their Majesties welcome your service and thank you for it – and they’d love to meet you!

If you’d like to learn more, contact me or find me at an event. I’d love to talk with you about retaining and answer any questions you have.

Categories: SCA news sites

A&S Faire and Queen’s Prize Tourney: FAQs and Food

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-05-04 16:28
From Master Fridrikr and Mistress Orianna, Kingdom A&S Ministers: Good gentles, Regarding the Æthelmearc A&S Faire and Queen’s Prize Tourney this weekend in Nithgaard:
  1. The A&S Display is separate from the Queen’s Prize Tourney.
  2. The A&S Display is open to all. No registration is needed. Just come, set, & display your work. Easy-Peasy!
  3. The Queen’s Prize Tourney is open to all NON-Laurels.
  4. The Queen’s Prize Tourney is by registration only.
  5. 5. For planning purposes, the Registration closes Thursday night (TONIGHT) at midnight.

Please register before 11:59 PM, Thursday, May 4th! Registration forms may be found here.


From Lady Elena de la Palma, Event Steward:

I’m excited to share the dayboard menu Lady Magdalena Txoperena has created for the A&S Faire and Queen’s Prize Tourney.

This dayboard explores Aztec cuisine at the time of Spanish arrival in the early 16th century. Recipes are sourced from descriptions of the foodstuffs, cuisine, and recipes provided by the arriving Spanish and Aztec sources, including first-person narratives from Bernal Diaz del Castillo, conquistador alongside Hernan Cortez and later author of The True History of the Conquest of New Spain, and Fray Bernardino de Sahagun, a Spaniard who moved to New Spain in 1529 and continued to study and write extensively about all aspects of Aztec daily life (including food) for the next 50 years. Additional information about the research behind the food will be available at the Faire. ALL DAY
  • Red Popcorn – Red corn, chili powder, salt
  • Blue Popcorn – Blue corn, salt
  • Tortillas and Totopos – Corn masa, some with chiles
  • Vegetable and Fruit Sticks – Carrots, cucumbers, jicama, mango, pineapple
  • Guacamole – Avocadoes, tomatoes, tomatillos, onion, salt
  • Salsas – Assorted peppers, onion, tomato, tomatillo, pepitas, salt, pepper,
  • cocoa powder, honey
  • Alegrías – Popped amaranth, sugar, honey, salt
  • Atole – Masa, flavoring, piloncillo
  • Chia Water – Chia, pineapple, sugar
  • Chocolate – Cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cocoa nibs, honey, chile powder, salt
  • Chilaquiles de Huevo (served for breakfast) – Eggs scrambled in sauce of tomato, onion, peppers, salt, pepper
  • Caldo de Pavo (Turkey Broth Soup) – Turkey, carrots, corn, onion, salt, pepper
  • Frijoles de Olla (Beans with Onion) – Black beans, peppers, onion
  • Rabbit Pipián Tamal Balls (Rabbit Tamale Balls) – Rabbit, pepitas, red peppers, salt, onion, masa
  • Pescado en Salsa de Tomate (Fish in Tomato Sauce) – Tilapia/cod, tomato, onion, chiles, salt, pepper

Categories: SCA news sites

Restoration of Mausoleum of Augustus begins

History Blog - Wed, 2017-05-03 23:01

Remember when I wrote that article on the history of the Mausoleum of Augustus, how it got to its current derelict condition and how the mayor of Rome planned to get a restoration started by the end of the year to coincide with the 2000th anniversary of Augustus’ death? That was 2014. The restoration did not get started by the end of 2014. Nor by the end of 2015. Or 2016. But at long last, the Mausoleum’s day has finally dawned. The old mayor, Ignazio Marino, is gone and the new mayor, Virginia Raggi, officially inaugurated the 10-million-euro ($10.9 million) restoration project on Tuesday.

Six million of the total cost was raised from a private donor, not the mysterious Saudi prince who was bandied about by the former mayor as a potential funding source, but the Italian telecom brand TIM. The rest of the money was contributed by the city of Rome and Italy’s culture ministry.

The refurbishment, which will end in a grand reopening in April 2019, will include 3-D effects and the restoration of the 13,000 square metres of a monument that is even bigger than the famed Castel Sant-Angelo, built over the tomb of a later emperor, Hadrian.

The project represents a “model of public and private collaboration we hope will become a model,” said Raggi.

It doesn’t look bigger than Castel Sant’Angelo today, but when Augustus built it when he returned to Rome in 31 B.C. after his final defeat of Mark Anthony at the Battle of Actium, its grandeur was without parallel. It had a lot of competition because the Campus Martius, the “Field of Mars” where troops mustered and tribes gathered to vote just outside the pomerium, the city’s ancient religious boundary, had become a popular location for new temples, public buildings, artworks and the tombs of the rich and noble. Now the sole ruler of Rome, Augustus planned his Mausoleum to contain his ashes and those of his whole family. Made of brick clad in white marble, the interior had a vaulted ceiling and separate corridors for each family member. The entry was flanked by two pink granite obelisks Augustus looted from Egypt, and an earthen tumulus planted with cypresses topped the roof. When it was finished in 28 B.C., the Mausoleum was 295 feet in diameter and an estimated 137 feet high.

Everyone who was anyone in the Julio-Claudian line — minus Augustus’ disgraced daughter Julia, her disgraced daughter Julia and the Emperor Nero who was buried in the tomb of his paternal family — was buried in the Mausoleum, and it was one of the great icons of Rome until the 5th century when the Visigoths plundered it. Following in the Visigoths’ footsteps were the usual suspects of late ancient and medieval Rome — popes and endlessly squabbling Roman nobles — who stripped the building of its marble and converted it into a fortress. That’s what happened to Castel Sant’Angelo, formerly the mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian, too, but Castel Sant’Angelo remained in use as a papal fortress and prison for centuries, while the fortifications of Augustus’ tomb were destroyed during a petty war between noble families only decades later.

Stripping the fortress left the Mausoleum in a ruinous state. It found new life in the Renaissance as a sculpture garden, amphitheater, a sort of sideshow spectacle venue, and in the early 20th century, an Art Nouveau theater. Then came Benito Mussolini. In 1936, he decided he’d return the Mausoleum to its true Roman origins and tore down all the later additions and modifications, leaving the original brick walls. He planted cypresses on top of the walls in the mistaken belief that Augustus’ architects were as simple as he was, even though anyone who’s ever even seen what trees and vines can do to buildings would have realized this was an incredibly dumb idea.

The Mausoleum never recovered from that disastrous “restoration.” It was closed to the public in the 1970s because it was structurally unsound and dangerous. For decades it has been a crumbling shadow of its former self, a virtually unknown and unrecognized ruin in the middle of a wide Fascist-era piazza, shelter to homeless people and junkies, used as a litter receptacle by passersby.

The restoration project will hopefully reverse this appalling history of neglect and incompetence. The tomb will be closed to the public for the duration, although some “special” visits may be arranged for small groups (VIPs, I’m guessing), until the grand reopening in 2019.


Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

24 Bronze Age axes found in Norway

History Blog - Tue, 2017-05-02 23:15

The first finds were made by metal detecting brothers Joakim and Jørgen Korstad on January 25th of this year. Scanning a field in the village of Hegra, about 25 miles east of Trondheim, Norway, they discovered nine socketed axes (known as Celts), a spearhead, a casting mould and a fragment that may be a piece of an ancient horn called a lur. Realizing they had stumbled on an archaeological mother lode, the brothers called Nord-Trøndelag County Council archaeologist Eirik Solheim, who immediately had the area secured and inspected the finds on the spot. He dated the axe heads and other artifacts to the Late Bronze Age, between 1100-500 B.C.

Last week, a more thorough excavation of the site was undertaken funded by Cultural Heritage and the Nord-Trøndelag County Council. The Korstad brothers and their trusty metal detectors aided Eirik Solheim archaeologist Merete Moe Henriksen from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The second search unearthed another 15 axeheads and additional metal objects and fragments. That brings the total of the Hegra Bronze Age hoard up to 30 artifacts, 24 of them axes.

This is the largest number of axes ever found in a single deposit in Norway. As if that weren’t significant enough, only about 800 metal artifacts from the Bronze Age have been recovered in Norway, so 30 in one fell swoop is a finding of sizeable proportions. In the county of Trøndelag only about 150 metal objects from the period have been unearthed, so the county’s Bronze Age metallic artifacts have just increased by 20 percent.

Stjørdal municipality is one of the areas in central Norway that has a concentration of ancient rock art and rock carvings. Solheim has wished for a museum to showcase the rock art of the area.

“We know that there’s been a lot of activity in this area, but we’ve lacked artefacts. Now this shows up and it’s infinitely more than we could have asked for. It’s so spectacular and totally cool,” he says.

NTNU researchers will now study the objects in the hope of determining the nature of the hoard, why the artifacts were buried there. The always popular religious ritual is a possibility, but there may have been a more practical motive as well. They could have been hoarded temporarily for safekeeping before being melted down and recast, only for the plan to be interrupted.

The axeheads have already revealed a Kinder egg-like surprise inside: there appear to be other metal objects encased within some of them. The team will also test the objects using XRF analysis to determine what alloy they are composed of. The type of alloy will indicate whether the axes were tools used for work or if they were decorative. Small samples of the metal will be analyzed to determine the origin of the copper. Copper is known to have been mined locally in the Bronze Age, including in what is now the municipality of Meråker, about 50 miles east of Trondheim.

Archaeologists hope to return to Hegra in the fall to look for more artifacts and get some answers to some of the questions about this unique hoard.


Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Pennsic YouthU and TeenU Seek Teachers / L’Université de Pennsic recherche Enseignants jeunesse

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-05-02 20:21

En français

Greetings to the Teachers of the Known World,

We are very excited to announce  the YouthU and TeenU tracks of Pennsic University this year.  We are looking for teachers who are interested in teaching classes to 11-13 year olds or to those gentles who are 14-17. These classes will be taught in the Pennsic University tents.  Please make sure to include a 2nd, unrelated adult in your planning and description for all classes. No youth teaching experience or certification is required

Our youth are looking for a variety of classes, with beginning and intermediate arts classes often requested, hands on activities, classes about certain time periods, and practically everything SCAdians are interested in.

If you are willing to teach a class, please contact us and let us know:

Class Name:
Short Description:
Best for Teens/Youth or Both
2-3 Days that are best for you, and morning or afternoon preference.
You may also register directly with PennsicU as explained above and send us an email so that we can look for your class.

Email leonetedangely@gmail.com and cc youth@pennsicwar.org

We look forward to serving the youth and teens of Pennsic,

Leonete D’Angely
Ardenia ARuadh

En français

Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Salutations aux Enseignants du Monde Connu,

Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer les cheminements Université des Jeunes (YouthU) et Université des Adolescents (TeenU) à L’université de Pennsic cette année.

Nous recherchons des enseignants qui sont intéressés à enseigner des classes pour les 11 à 13 ans, ou aux 14 à 17 ans. Ces classes seront enseignées dans les tentes de l’Université de Pennsic. Veuillez vous assurer d’inclure un deuxième adulte avec qui vous n’avez pas de liens familiaux dans la planification et la description de toutes vos classes. Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir de l’expérience d’enseignement avec les jeunes ou de certification pour enseigner aux mineurs.

Notre Jeunesse recherche une variété de classes, pratiquement tout ce qui intéresse un SCAdien normalement; mais notez que des classes débutantes ou intermédiaires en arts sont souvent demandées, des activités pratiques, ainsi que des classes présentant certaines époques spécifiques.

Si vous désirez enseigner une classe, veuillez nous contacter pour nous laisser savoir: le nom de la classe, une courte description, à quelle catégorie d’âge s’adresse la classe, un choix de dates vous convenant pour donner la classe, ainsi que votre préférence selon le matin ou le soir.

Vous pouvez aussi directement vous enregistrer avec l’Université de Pennsic, et nous envoyer un courriel pour que nous puissions trouver votre classe. Envoyez un courriel à leonetedangely@gmail.com et mettez en copie confirme youth@pennsicwar.org.

Nous avons hâte de servir la jeunesse présente à Pennsic.

Leonete D’Angely & Ardenia ARuadh

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, En français, Pennsic

Pennsic A & S Champions Team Announced

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-05-02 19:35

On behalf of Their Most Glorious and Fierce Imperial Majesties, Ioannes and Honig, I am excited and pleased to announce the Champions for the Arts and Sciences War Point at Pennsic.

The War Point will be on Thursday of War Week, in the Great Hall, 11:30-5:00. These are the changes from years past: All are welcome to come view and vote on the amazing works of all of the artisans. Artisans are entering a single, new item and are anonymous. Voting is from 12:00-4:00; from 4:00-5:00 the Artisans will return and discuss their work with interested populace members. The war point will be awarded at 5 o’clock.

The Artisans representing the East: Lady Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Duke Kenric aet Essex, Lord Stefan of Silverforge, Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir, and Baroness Katheryn Fontayne.

Please come out and support these amazingly talented artisans with your votes!

In service,

Meisterin Agatha Wanderer, Arts and Sciences War Point General

Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Pennsic Tagged: Arts and Sciences, Pennsic

Rodin’s unique Absolution on display for the first time

History Blog - Mon, 2017-05-01 23:10

Absolution, a unique and mysterious work by Auguste Rodin, has gone on display at Paris’ Musée Rodin for the first time since its creation in around 1900. Very little is known about this sculpture. There is no documentation about it in the artist’s archives, and he never made a marble, terracotta or bronze version of it. It’s such an experimental piece with no directly comparable works in Rodin’s oeuvre that curators aren’t even sure if it’s finished. The fact that he kept it at all suggests Rodin was at least satisfied with it.

It has never been exhibited before because it is incredibly fragile. Three plaster sculptures are draped with a fabric coated in plaster, the latter of which posed a particularly thorny conservation challenge. It was kept in storage wrapped in paper, and when conservators removed the wrapping, they found the piece coated in dust and broken in several places. The three plaster figures had come apart and the fabric had lost a good portion of its plaster coating. In order to even get to the figures, the draping had to be lifted which, given its extreme fragility, was a risky operation. Then the broken figures had to be put back together and the fabric, cleaned and repaired, put back in place. They had to accomplish all of this with just an old black and white photograph of how the sculpture had once looked to go on.

This video shows the difficulties conservators had to overcome to stabilize Absolution enough to put it on display, albeit in a glass box to protect it from even the smallest breeze that might cause the textile to move.

Rodin was one of the first sculptors to include textiles in his artworks. He took advantage of the flexibility of the medium to drape and mold the fabric, which he would then coat in plaster. The integration of textiles lent his sculptures a soft, fluid element in marked contrast with the hardness of plaster and stone. In Absolution the textile envelopes the figures of a man, Ugolino della Gherardesca, betrayer of his benefactor, condemned to the lowest circle of Hell in Dante’s Inferno; a woman, representing the Earth; and the head of a martyr. The draping obscures many details of the sculpture within, framing and highlighting the thematic significance of the kiss of forgiveness, the eponymous absolution.

Absolution has been on display since last month at the Kiefer-Rodin exhibit. The exhibition commemorates the centenary of Rodin’s death by pairing his work with pieces by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer that were inspired by sculptures and drawings by Rodin. Like Rodin, Kiefer experimented with contrasting media, hard and soft, textile and stone. By putting Kiefer and Rodin together, the exhibition emphasizes the modernity of Rodin’s vision. It will run through the end of the year.

The original plan was for Absolution to travel to the Barnes in Philadelphia where it would be on display from November 2017 until March 2018 before returning for permanent display in Paris, but the Musée Rodin’s conservators determined that it is impossible to transport the delicate sculpture anywhere, never mind across the Atlantic, without damaging it. The textile is the main sticking point. Any vibration or movement can cause the gypsum to flake off, and because of the way it is draped over the plaster figures, it can’t be packed or wedged in a way that supports it during transit. Figuring out protective packaging for the textile would be so complex and experimental an engineering challenge that the Musée Rodin is unwilling to take the risk.

So Absolution is staying in Paris, safe from people’s breath and air currents in its glass box.


Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Happy New Year!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-05-01 17:56

Happy New Year! It is now Anno Societatis LII (AS 52).

From the SCA website:

SCA newsletters and award ceremonies use a special calendar, numbering our years starting with the year the SCA was founded. Years are specified as “Anno Societatis, or A.S. – (Latin for “in the year of the Society”) followed by a number, usually expressed in Roman numerals.

Our “New Year’s Day” is May 1st, the day that the First Tournament was held in 1966.

History of the West Kingdom – The First Year

Information on Society Calendar Dates

Special thanks to Her Excellency Desiderata Drake of Delftwood for inspiring this article. 

Categories: SCA news sites

Polling Deadline is Tonight at Midnight

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-05-01 08:12

Responses to the second poll of Their Majesties Ioannes and Honig need to be sent before midnight TONIGHT – Monday, May 1st. The polls close at 11:59 pm, and the polling link will be inactive after that time.

Polls are sent to the members of the Orders of High Merit and the Peerages so that they may provide input to the Crown on future members.  Orders which conduct polls include the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Defense, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combatant, Sagittarius, Maunche, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance.

If you are a member of one of the Orders of High Merit or the Peerage and are not currently receiving polling emails, please sign up via the instructions on the East Kingdom Polling Lists page. Please note that the discussion lists and the polling lists must be subscribed separately.

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: polling deadlines, polling orders, pollings, polls

Denmark’s oldest grape seeds were locally grown

History Blog - Sun, 2017-04-30 23:53

Archaeologists have found evidence of homegrown grapes in late Iron Age and Viking Denmark: two charred grape seeds unearthed from a site on the west shore of Lake Tissø, Western Zealand. This is one of the richest sites from the late Germanic Iron Age and Viking Age ever discovered in Denmark. Since the 1990s, excavations have unearthed two aristocratic residences (one dating to 550–700 A.D., the second to 700–1050 A.D.), pit houses, assembly places, a market and artisan workshop area and ritual sites.

In the 2012-2013 dig season, the team collected soil samples for macrofossil analysis from both the aristocratic residences. In 2015, archaeobotanist and curator at the National Museum Peter Steen Henriksen recovered one charred seed while sifting through a five liter soil sample from Bulbrogård, the oldest of the royal complexes. Examining it under the microscope, Henriksen could see that it looked like a grape seed; the charring had not altered its shape. A colleague confirmed the identification. It was indeed a seed from the common grapevine (Vitis vinifera). He found a second grape seed in a soil sample taken from the later royal complex, Fugledegård.

Before this find, the earliest grape seeds found in Denmark date to the late Middle Ages, and historical records from the 13th century support that grapes were grown in Denmark during the medieval warm period. Because this was such an exceptional discovery, the grape seeds were studied in further detail. Each seed was subjected to archaeobotanical analysis. One of them, the one from Fugledegård was radiocarbon tested. The C14 result dated it to between 780 and 980 A.D., the Viking Age. The Bulbrogård was not dated because researchers wanted to preserve it for strontium isotope analysis. (The testable cores of the seeds are so small it wasn’t possible to run both tests on each.) The strontium isotope results placed the grape seed squarely in the range characteristic for Denmark, specifically Zealand.

They are by far the oldest grape seeds discovered in Denmark, and the first potential evidence of local viticulture in late Iron Age/Viking Age Denmark. There’s no way to confirm the seeds were used to grow grapes at Lake Tissø. They could have been in the lees of a wine barrel, although that would not explain how the seeds were found in two complexes that were 600 meters and at least a hundred years apart. Besides, it’s hardly an import if the raw material was grown on the island.

“This is the first discovery and sign of wine production in Denmark, with all that that entails in terms of status and power. We do not know how [the grapes] were used – it may have been just to have a pretty bunch of grapes decorating a table, for example – but it is reasonable to believe that they made wine,” archaeological botanist and museum curator Peter Steen Henriksen of Denmark’s National Museum told Videnskab.dk. [...]

“Before we only had suspicions, but now we can see that they actually had grapes and therefore the resources to produce [wine] themselves. Suddenly it all becomes very real,” professor Karin Margarita Frei of the National Museum told Videnskab.dk.

The results of the study have been published in the Danish Journal of Archaeology and can be read here.


Categories: Arts and Sciences, History

Court Reports: Last Court of Marcus and Margerite, and Coronation of Timothy and Gabrielle

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-04-30 10:31

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of the Coronation of Timothy III and Gabrielle III, April 22, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of Thescorre. As recorded by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, and Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Their Majesties awarded Elizabeth Von Halstern and Isabelle Von Halstern each a Silver Sycamore in absentia. Scrolls by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

The children of Æthelmearc were then invited forward and were given a token by Their Majesties.

Next, Steinervor Hest was invited before the Court. Their Majesties spoke of her diverse service, skills, and arts; from woodworking to brewing, her hospitality, her service and graciousness at demonstrations and events, and her willingness to teach others. Thus, Their Majesties were minded to raise her to the ranks of the nobility and did Award her Arms. Scroll illuminated by THL Elyse la Bref, with calligraphy by Lady Vivienne of Yardley, upon words by THL Padraig O’Branduibh.

Lady Steinervor receives an AoA. Photo by Doña Alessandra Bentivegna da Faenza, called Yasmina.

Effen Lavosch then attend Their Majesties, who spoke of her eagerness to assist at feasts and event, her enthusiasm, and her sharing her joy of the Society with others, and so did create her a Lady of the court by Awarding her Arms. Calligraphy and illumination by Abigail Kelhoge with words by Abigail Kelhoge and Jean Hope.

Lady Effen receives her AoA. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Katherine Restrider was awarded Arms in absentia. Scroll by Fa Ren Zhang Ming Li.

Artemisa de Manorola was awarded Arms in absentia. Scroll by Catherine Wolf and Brynna Barth of Bonn with calligraphy by Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella.

Lady Edana the Red was named a companion of the Keystone in absentia. Scroll forthcoming.

Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth was created a companion of the Sycamore in absentia. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

Lady Mollie O’Donnell was created a companion of the Keystone in absentia. Scroll forthcoming.

Lord Seamus Morgan was created a companion of the Keystone in absentia. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

Lady Magdelena Txoperena was created a companion of the Keystone in absentia. Scroll forthcoming.

Lord Padraig Ua Ceileachair was awarded a Cornelian. Scroll by THL Minamoto Roku-I Sakurako, with text and calligraphy by Lady Brigette de Sainte Mere-Eglise.

Lord Padraig receives a Cornelian. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Her Majesty then called for her Rapier Champion, Lord Durante de Caravaggio. She spoke of the quest She placed on him to speak to others and to learn the history of the creation and bearers of the rapier of the Queen’s Champion. She told of Lord Durante’s successful completion of that quest, and his presentation of his findings to Her. However, She went on to explain that not only did he complete the quest, but that he then went further by creating a lineage book of the Queen’s Rapier Champions that will be passed to each successive Champion so that each champion may add their name and the name of the Queen they serve, and may know of the history and lineage of the sword they carry and of their predecessors and the Queens they served. For this act above and beyond what was asked of him, Her Majesty named Lord Durante her Inspiration and did bestow upon him a Golden Escarbuncle.

Lord Durante receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties then called forward the scribes and artisans who contributed works for Their court and presented them with tokens of appreciation.

Their Majesties invited His Highness, Prince Timothy of Æthelmearc, into Their Court. His Highness thanked Their Majesties for Their time on the thrones, during which They stewarded Æthelmearc with boundless love and generosity, but reminded Them that He had been promised the throne on this day. Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns, Kingdom Seneschal, confirmed that there had been a tournament held in accordance with Society and Kingdom law, and that His Highness had been victorious. He then carried words from Master William Parris, Kingdom Earl Marshal, that the tournament had been held in accordance with the laws of the Earl Marshal and that His Highness was the right and honorable champion. Baroness Aemilia Soteria brought words from Baroness Rynea von Ingen, Kingdom Minister of Lists, that the list had been right and true and His Highness had emerged victorious. Kameshima Silver Buccle testified that he had been present that day, and that His Majesty had indeed crowned His Highness as His heir and promised Him the throne.

Prince Timothy asserts his claim to the throne. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Knowing that Their time on the thrones was nearing an end, Their Majesties bid His Highness hold for a few moments, that They might properly thank those who assisted in Their reign before departing the thrones.

In recognition of Their gratitude for service rendered throughout Their reign, Their Majesties then called forward the following individuals and presented them with Sigils: THL Aine inghean Riocaird, Lady Aine O’Muirghesan, Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella,Countess Anna Leigh, Lady Beatrice van Cleef, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede, Dorothea Stark Shultz, Lord Durante de Caravaggio, Lady Edana the Red, Lady Elena de Palma, Mistress Elizabeth Lovelle, Lady Fenna Rioux, Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen, Lord Horatius Cincinnatus, THL Isabel Fleuretan, Duke James Ahearn, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Baroness Kelda Jungensdottir, Lord Laegaire macConaill Meic Shiadail-Vigdisson, Lady Maeve Aislynn Ronan, Mistress Mahin Banu Tibrizi, Lady Meg MacNeil, Sir Olafr Thorvardarson, Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Simon Fjarfell, Sir Tristan Sexwolf, and Lady Venezia of Thescore. Scrolls by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen; pewter tokens by Lady Edana the Red.

Their Majesties then called forward Mester Meszaros Janos, Baroness Rowena Moore, Don Jacob of Dumore, Duke Christopher Rawlyns, Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson, and Mistress Isabeau de l’Isle. Their Majesties spoke high words of praise for these individuals who, throughout Their reign, provided exemplary and invaluable service and assistance. In recognition of this service, Their Majesties presented each with an Award of Excellence and provided a personal gift to each. Scrolls illuminated by Mistress Elizabeth Lovell and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai upon wording by Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi.

Countess Isabeau, Master Tofi, Duke Christopher, Master Janos, Don Jacob, and Baroness Rowena receive Awards of Excellence. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Her Majesty then called for Her Captain of the Guard, Don Jacob of Dunmore, who then called to be attended by the Queen’s Guard. Her Majesty thanked Don Jacob and the Guard for their service to Her and then did release them from their duties, bidding each of them keep their guard’s scarf as token of their service.

Maestro Orlando steps down as Jewel Herald. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties next were attended by their Majordomo Mester Mazaros Janos and Their Head Retainer Baroness Rowena Moore, and upon thanking them for their service, released them from their duties.

Kameshima Silver Buccle then called for Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, divested him of the title and position of Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, and released him from the oaths to which he had been bound, save that of the confidences entrusted to him by Their Majesties.

Their business being concluded, Their Majesties once again called for Their Heir, Prince Timothy. King Marcus thanked his Lady Queen for her companionship, guidance and wisdom through Their reign. Then He removed Her crown and placed it into the trust of Silver Buccle.

As his last act as King, Marcus III placed the Crown upon the head of Timothy III and proclaimed him King of Æthelmearc.

Timothy is crowned King of Æthelmearc. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Thus ends the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc.

Thus begins the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy III and Gabrielle III, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Coronation, April 22, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of Thescorre. As recorded by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, and Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

His Majesty called for Her Highness, Princess Gabrielle of Æthelmearc. Hearing Her confirmation that it was indeed Her desire to serve as His Queen once again, His Majesty took the Consort’s Crown from the care of Silver Buccle and crowned Her Highness Gabrielle III, Queen of Æthelmearc.

Timothy crowns Gabrielle Queen of Æthelmearc. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

The lineage of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc was read.

The Kingdom Officers of Æthelmearc swore their fealty unto Their Majesties.

The Kingdom Officers swear their fealty. Photo by Doña Alessandra Bentivegna da Faenza, called Yasmina.

The Barons and Baronesses of the Debatable Lands, Thescorre, Rhydderich Hael, Delftwood, Blackstone Mountain and Endless Hills swore their fealty unto Their Majesties.

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The Landed Barons and Baronesses swear fealty. All photos by Lady Amalie.

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

Kameshima-kyō Silver Buccle did call Dame Kateryna ty Isaf before him and, upon receiving her oath, did name her Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald. Kateryna Jewel of Æthelmearc then swore her service and fealty to Their Majesties.

Dame Kat is invested as Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties called before them Baroness Amelia Soteria, Head of Their Royal Household and received her oaths to keep Their Household and Confidence and accepted her as Their head of household and staff.

Baroness Soteria swears fealty as head of household. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties then invited before them His Excellency, Sir Murdoch Bayne and Her Majesty requested that he act as the Chivalry Advisor to Her Majesty’s Guard.  Sir Murdoch accepted the position and advised that he was ready to instruct and stand as council for Her Guard.

Sir Murdoch accepts the post of Chivalry Advisor. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Her Majesty called forth Lord Cormacc mac Gilla Brigde as Captain of the Queens Guard and the members of Her Guard.  Lord Cormacc swore oaths on behalf of all Her Majesty’s Guardfolk to protect Her person so long as She is the Queen of the Sylvan Lands.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Elena de la Palma and the members of the Royal Retinue.  Lady Elena swore oaths on behalf of the Royal Retainers to serve Their Majesties throughout Their Reign.

Lady Elena swears fealty on behalf of the retainers. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties invited before Them Duke Marcus Eisenwald and Baroness Margerite Eisenwald. His Majesty spoke of the inspiration both the former King and Queen had been during Their time upon the Sylvan Thrones.  His Majesty in particular was moved by Duke Marcus’s artistry and comportment and knowing that His Grace had no Ducal coronet, gifted him with the Second Coronet made by His Majesty’s own hands.  They reaffirmed his rank as Duke and thanked him for his fine stewardship of Æthelmearc.  Their Majesties remarked upon the grace her Excellency had shown during her time as Queen and the inspiration the populace took from her love of the Kingdom.  They conferred upon her the title of Countess and placed her Diadem upon her brow to mark her status while his Grace held her hand.  They then called upon the Orders of the Rose and Garnet to invest Her Excellency as the newest Rose of Æthelmearc. Countess Caryl spoke of the particular duties of being a Queen and how well Margerite had fulfilled those duties and welcomed her on behalf of the full order to take her place among them.  The Roses placed the cloak of the Order upon her shoulders knowing she would bear its weight with diginity. County scroll by Maighstir Kieran MacRae.

Countess Margerite’s scroll by Maighstir Kieran MacRae. Photo by Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf.

Margerite is made a Countess, while Marcus is confirmed in his status as a Duke. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

The Court of Their Majesties was then suspended.

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, Third of Their name as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel Herald with the assistance of Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, at Their Coronation in the Barony of Thescorre on April 22, Anno Societatis LI.

The Court of Their Majesties was resumed to read following pieces of business: On April 22, 2017, do We, Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, expel Dan Heyman, known in the Society as Dan of the Debatable Lands, from participation in any SCA Activity. On April 22, 2017, do We, Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, expel Derek Holton, known in the Society as Bluestar, from participation in any SCA Activity. On April 22, 2017, do We, Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, expel James Henry Schaffer IV, known in the Society as Cadan Buri, from participation in any SCA Activity. The Court of Their Majesties was then suspended. The Court of Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle resumed in the afternoon. The Sylvan Bard, Lady Magge Illfoster performed a piece entitled “The Rose of Arindale” in honor of Her Majesty and written for Their Coronation at the invitation of His Majesty to “surprise Him”.  Their Majesties took a moment to regain composure and His Majesty thanked Lady Magge and the Court for gifting Them with a moment of magic in the Society.  His Majesty accounted it among the most memorable moments of his SCA life.

Lady Magge singing for the Crown. Photo courtesy of Master Tigernach ma Cathail.

Their Majesties called forth Lord Snori skyti Bjarnson and praised him for his extensive work in the archery community.  They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone with a scroll Painted by Anngs de Vaille and calligraphed by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruadh.  They then asked him to remain before Them and called forth his son.

Lord Snori receives a Keystone Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

 Their Majesties inquired as to if the young Snorison had heard of the tradition of the chasing of the toy chest.  When he advised he had not, They called forth all the children present and explained that They had instructed Lady Svava of the Bog to take the chest of toys and run away from the children with a small head start and squires acting as blockers.  Once the host of children descended upon said lady, they were to take one toy each, beginning with the youngest child present and leave her otherwise intact.  A countdown was made and the children chased the toy chest bearer from the court.

Lady Svava gets ready to run with the chest of toys. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties called forth Lord Sebastian Mora advising that he was known to be a consistent hand in helping cooks and autocrats. Further was he known to be a person who helps with the set up and take down of event sites at every location he was present.  Seeing the fine work behind the scenes done by Lord Sebastian, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Keystone with a scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley.

Lord Sebastian receives a Keystone. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Lord Sebastian’s Keystone scroll made by Lady Vivienne of Yardley. Photo by Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf.

Their Majesties then invited Baron Tigernach mac Cathail and Lady Margareta Le Sayre to speak of the Spark Challenge.  Baron Tigernach and Lady Margareta explained that Their Majesties,  seeking to enrich the Kingdom, its populace both new and old are charged with a quest to try new things they have never before done or have not done in a great deal of time.  They further charged all gentles of the Kingdom with the task of recognizing such new endeavors by bestowing a pearl or similar token upon the person.  When a noble citizen of Æthelmearc has received 8 such tokens, they may present themselves to Their Majesties to receive a token marking the completion of the quest. Their Majesties invited Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella, Sylvan Signet to present herself to them and agreed that the time had come for her to step down.  They asked if she had a successor and she advised she actually had two.  Their Majesties invited Mistress Antionette de la Croix and Lady Shirin of Susa before Them and taking their oaths of Service, accepted Them as the new Sylvan Signets.

The new Signets and their deputies are appointed. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Among the scribes who bore witness to the oath of the new Sylvan Signets was Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena.  Their Majesties bid her to please kneel before Them.  They called forth the most Noble Order of the Pelican.  Speaking of all her great work where often it is not seen, They advised there were many who saw her and spoke of her worth.  She was commanded to attend Their Majesties at Pax Interuptus to sit vigil and contemplate induction into the Order.  The writ scroll was created by THLady Zofia Kowalewska.

Baroness Juliana receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Baroness Julianna’s Pelican Writ, crafted by THLady Zofia Kowalewska. Photo by Dame Kat.

Their Majesties invited before them the Ambassador of the Mid Realm, Lord Michael of Exeter.  Lord Michael advised he came bearing gifts of friendship from Their Highnesses William and Isolde.  Having accepted the gifts of friendship, Their Majesties advised Lord Exeter to convey that They returned that friendship.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Elska Fjarfell.  They spoke to her of how impressed They were with the works she has created and how They have seen the entries she made for Ice Dragon and knew her handiwork from the level of detail and research that went into each entry.  They called forth the Order of the Fleur d’Aethelmearc and asked that she be welcomed as their newest companion, changing her title to The Honorable Lady Elska Fjarfell.  Scroll created by THL Mairghread ni Stilbheard uu Coinn.

Lady Elska receives a Fleur. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Lady Elska’s Fleur scroll, crafted by THL Mairghread ni Stilbheard uu Coinn. Photo by Dame Kat.

Their Majesties invited before Them Mistress Alicia Langland, Master Robert of Sugargrove and The Honorable Lady Jacqueline de Molieres.  They thanked the three for the creation of the Royal Throne and its beautiful baldequin.  Their Majesties remarked that the Kingdom has benefited from the beauty of the embroidery of THL Jacqueline and They felt there were others who concurred.  Their Majesties called for the most noble Order of the Laurel to attend Them and delivered to THL Jacqueline a Writ of summons to attend Them at Æthelmearc Academy to sit vigil and contemplate induction to said Order.  The scroll was calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix with wording by Mistress Marguerite d’Honfleur.

THL Jacqueline receives a Writ for the Laurel. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

THLady Jacqueline’s Laurel Writ, calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix with wording by Mistress Marguerite d’Honfleur. Photo by Dame Kat.

Their Majesties bid Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella to remain before Them and spoke directly to the Populace.  They thanked Duke Tindal for his service as Kingdom Warlord but noted that with his move to the East Kingdom, They found Themselves in need of a new Warlord for the coming Pennsic War.  They then advised that Mistress Alexandra had agreed to serve her Kingdom as Warlord and advised that in matters marshal for the betterment of the Kingdom War host, she speaks with Their authority.

Mistress Alexandra is named Warlord. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties invited before Them the autocrats of the event Baroness Orianna and Lady Venezia.  They thanked both for the wonderful event and asked that this thanks be passed to the entire staff.  Her Excellency commented that it is a great joy to have a staff that can be entrusted with all tasks great and small and that she would thank them outside of court as well.

The autocrats, Lady Venezia and Mistress Orianna, address the populace. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties asked that the scribes who contributed to the works of art presented this day to the members of the populace please stand and be acknowledged for their selfless gifts.

Her Majesty then asked that Lady Felice de Thorton come forth.  Her Majesty spoke of the particular difficulties in having a spouse far away when one travels to events.  She advised that She too has felt this burden when the King is called from Her side and that She appreciates and values the effort Lady Felice showed to come to the event and further to be such a joyous presence in the day.  She asked all to recognize Lady Felice as Her Majesties inspiration of the day and bestowed upon her a Golden Escarbuncle.

Lady Felice receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

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

As reported by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel Herald with assistance from Master Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald.
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