The real history of Saint Nicolas, formerly known as Nicolaas of Myra.

By Elska á Fjárfelli

Everyone over here knows about jolly old white-bearded Santa Claus, delivering gifts through a chimney, lured there by the enticing smell of cookies and good behavior on Christmas eve.  Many know this modern character is a reinvention of the European December 6th celebration of Saint Nicolas. What many might not realize is that the Saint Nicolas celebration is based on a real historic figure. And that the celebration itself, the giving of gifts, or coal, to our children goes back for so many centuries the tradition is actually SCA period. Forget Santa Claus and leaving him chocolate chip cookies – let’s celebrate Sinter Claes and have an historic excuse to hurl ‘pumpkin spice’ cookies & candy at the kids instead!

Saint Nicolas and the three boys he supposedly brought back to life (a variant of the three daughter legend). This is a typical Dutch wall insert, 16th century, at the Dam in Amsterdam, of which saint Nicolas is the patron saint.

The saint Nicolas is the patron saint of children, the poor, seafarers, butchers and merchants and became the patron saint of numerous churches in merchant cities like Antwerp (Belgium) and Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Currently more than seventy churches in the Netherlands are dedicated to Saint Nicolas, he’s that famous! The person Nicolas was born in Turkey, which was part of the Roman Empire at the time. He became bishop of Myra and died December 6th, 342 CE. A church was built on top of his grave which then became a popular pilgrimage destination. Centuries later, in 1087 CE, his remains were relocated to South Italy out of fear Muslim invaders would destroy them. At first, Saint Nicolas was only revered in Eastern Europe, but after his relocation, and as a patron saint of seafarers, he quickly gathered following in Western European coastal nations as well and by the 13th century December 6th had become his official name day or saint’s day.

This all sounds pretty normal for many of the Christian saints… So, what happened that morphed Nicolas of Myra into the well-known modern children’s icon Sinterklaas, as he is now known and celebrated? There are only a few historic stories (legends?) known about Nicolas of Myra. The best known is about a poor man with three daughters whom, thanks to the gifts of Nicolas of Myra, could properly marry instead of being sold into prostitution. To help them, Nicolas strew money through the open window, the likely genesis of the practice of strooigoed (strewn candy, specifically associated with this celebration) and, later, chocolate coins.

The Painting “De sinterklaasviering” by Jan Steen from ca. 1665 shows several traditions still in use today: the singing of saint Nicolas songs, the chimney with gifts in front of it, candy – and a whipping cane in the shoe of the bad kid (there is always one)

The celebration of Saint Nicolas coincided from about 1300 to 1600 with the folk celebration kinderbisschopsspel (children’s bishop game). A child plus retinue would be chosen December 6th as the Children’s Bishop and provided with food and gifts until December 28th. The other kids would receive a gift of money and a day off to celebrate December 6th.  Probably the oldest mention of this practice, dating to 1360, was found in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, quickly followed by a similar mention in Gouda, in 1363. By 1403 we first see the connection with spiced cake in the mention “honic, claescoeck en taert aen die kynders, op hunne patroen St. Nyclaes” (honey, klaas cake and pie for the children, at their patron saint’s day St. Nicolas). Medieval German and French cloister schools would celebrate Saint Nicolas Day with a miracle performance, where Saint Nicolas himself would appear to praise good students and reprimand the lazy ones.


A modern rendition of the medieval Klaaskoek, made with the help of a carved wooden mold.

In the late Middle Ages, in conjunction with the Saint Nicolas festivities arose the Saint Nicolas Markets; a similar development as the modern day European-style Christmas markets, inspired by the traditional German Weinachtsmarkt although perhaps a wee bit rowdier! The market would be visited after church, to buy gifts for the Saint Nicolas celebrations. One of those gifts could be the klaaskoek. [1] Hopeful boys would offer this cake, which is in the shape of a man and spiced with speculaas spices, [2] to a girl and if she accepted the klaaskoek… Quite likely inspired by the legend where Nicolas of Myra helped the three poor daughters get married.

The klaaskoek is still known to this day and age, even if its use as a marriage maker is mostly forgotten. [3] Another practice, and one that has become ubiquitous with the Sinterklaas celebrations even today, is the leaving out of a shoe. By the 15th century, poor people would leave a shoe in the church for the rich to donate money which would be distributed under the poor. Descriptions from the 16th century tell of children leaving out a shoe filled with oats and straw. [4] Parents would trade the contents of the shoe for toys, candy, ginger cookies, marzipan, pepernoten (peppernuts) and speculaas (speculatius cookies) – both made with speculaas spices. Other traditions would be the strewing of candy, often by an unseen entity, the singing of Sinterklaas songs and the giving of gifts on saint Nicolas eve – all traditions still practiced today.

Page of the 1600 Keurboek with the prohibition of the saint Nicolas festivities

Of course, after the Reformation not everyone was as amused with all the frivolity associated with a religious festivity and party pooper protestants tried to cancel the festivities, thinking them to be catholic superstition. Around 1600 Delft forbade the celebration of Saint Nicolas and other cities forbade the putting out of shoes and the sale of saint Nicolas specific cakes and candies. Instead, and influenced by Martin Luther, the saint Nicolas celebrations changed from a religious to a folk festivity. Even though the saint himself lost standing after the Reformation, the tradition was so popular that the celebration never completely stopped, not even with ultra-conservative protestants. Over time, the religious festival changed into an outdoor folk festival which again changed into a family celebration.

Interestingly, Saint Nicolas was not always portrayed as a stately bishop with a white beard and a red miter. [5] Likely due to the prohibition for northern Dutch protestants to portray catholic saints, saint Nicolas became portrayed as a scary black dude with leg-chains he would rattle to mortify kids into good behavior. [6] Sometimes called Zwarte Klaas (black klaas), this iteration of saint Nicolas developed into Zwarte Piet (black Peter), beloved by twentieth century kids’ helper of saint Nicolas, handing out candy to the good kids, giving coal to the bad – but also slightly white washed, so to speak, as twentieth century Zwarte Piet is assumed to be black from traveling up and down the sooty chimney to deliver the goods. Guess our parents’ generation was not that proud of that bit of Golden Age either – and the twenty first generation did away with Zwarte Piet altogether. Not quite sure about their substitute, [7] I doubt many kids will take candy from a Krampus!

By the 18th century, the back story of Saint Nicolas now portrayed him as coming from Spain – somewhat plausible as his ‘second’ home in South Italy at one point was part of the Crown of Aragon, associated with Spain. But whether he was thought to come from Spain, or only traveled to Spain to source oranges and other delicacies – the connection between saint Nicolas and Spain, his travel by steamboat and his servants gained a permanent foothold in the public imagination with the publication “Sint Nikolaas en zijn knecht” in circa 1850 by teacher Jan Schenkman. His book was so popular, that even its illustrations influenced public perception and saint Nicolas’ look as a stately old man with white beard, red bishops’ hat and mantel, and entourage of many black servants, the zwarte pieten, became the standard from then on. The ever-popular family tradition gained one more phenomenon in the mid-twentieth century hen gifts would start to be packaged in fun and unusual ways, [8] often accompanied by rather sketchy poetry.

At around the same time, in the 19th century, saint Nicolas emigrated to America, taking his white beard, red clothing, gifts and cookie tradition with him, and gaining a flock of reindeer along the way. [9] Having grown up with Sinterklaas, and having a kid growing up with Santa Claus, I think I prefer the one with the best cookies and candy. I am not in need of any klaaskoeken but man, do we miss the pepernoten… Santa Claus has no idea what he’s missing out on!

[1] ‘klaas’ is shortened from Sint Nikolaas, or Sinterklaas; which in turn became, when translated to English, Santa Claus, in case you were wondering.
[2] spices of klaas; very similar to pumpkin spice – yeah, not a new thing.
[3] Sad to say, I had never heard of it.
[4] for the horse, not saint Nicolas – who’d need a bribe a saint, right?
[5] the pointy hat; but not at all a wizard’s hat, even though he and the bag of gifts fits through a chimney, and he rides a horse on top of tiled roofs… yeah, not at all magical.
[6] oops.
[7] the history of Krampus goes back a long way, but its connection with Saint Nicolas is country specific. I had never heard of Krampus until Dutch society started looking for a zwarte Piet substitute. And while kids might prefer the brightly clothed, candy dispersing Peters, adults really, really took to dressing up in sheep skins, wearing horns and bells and going on parades to scare each other.
[8] the gifts would be called surprises, but with a Dutch accent. Ever received a gift-wrapped frozen pig’s head containing a set of silver earrings from your mother-in-law? That’s how that happens. It’s kind of similar to Secret Santa, but person-specific, and so much fun when played with creative people (often needing many months of R&D…).
[9] unsure how that happened. And why anyone trade in a perfectly fine Dutch Warmblood for a bunch of flying reindeer is beyond me.
[10] whom quickly caught on that ‘believing’ in both was advantageous.

There is much more to be found on this fascinating multi-cultural, multi-continental celebration. I did not even get to the Scandinavian variant, let alone Krampus! For easy reading check out the suggested WIKI pages – be aware that English counterparts are not necessarily carbon copy translations – and perhaps follow the trail of their bibliographies.



Court Report: Harvest Raid, Last Court of Court of Maynard & Liadain


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The Report of the Court of Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, held on the twenty-fifth day of September upon the occasion of the Coronation of Their Heirs at Harvest Raids in the Shire of Heronter, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.

Their Majesties welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for their patience as the world sorted out this time of plague.  They wished everyone a happy Harvest Raid, as this is Their Favorite Event, and thanked the Sire of Heronter for their hospitality.

Lady Magdelena Txoperena was invited into the Court and she begged the boon of being granted Æthelmearc Citizenship as work had once again called her out of Æthelmearc into the East. Their Majesties eagerly replied that They and Their Heirs would gladly assist her in her application for Citizenship. However while They had her in Court, Their Majesties presented her with the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence for her invaluable service to the Kingdom during the time of the plague as Deputy Webminister for Zoom and online classes.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Jane Arden and inducted her into the Order of the Keystone for her service as autocrat and Mistress of Arts and Sciences for the Shire of Heronter. She led efforts to create largess, scroll cases for the kingdom, and site tokens for Harvest Raid, all while serving the crown as a trusted retainer.  Scroll by Bubba Blackhammer of Atlantia.

Lord Nikolas the Bastard was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for his decade of service to the Shire of Sunderoak and the Borderwatch household, serving as Pennsic Land Agent, building and transporting all manner of items for the camps at both Pennsic and War Practice.  Scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.

Lady Diana of Warerford was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for skills in brewing.  She earned near perfect scores for her beers in the interkingdom brewers challenges and devises delicious cordials, all while teaching others the secrets of potent potables.  Scroll by Lady Gwen Cooke.

Duke Christopher Rawlyns was given the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence in absentia for his service as Medical Consultant for Æthelmearc and the Society at Large during these times, holding the Office of Kingdom Deputy Seneschal for Pandemics.

Their Majesties presented Master Antonio de Luna with the scroll for his Cornelian that had been awarded at an Æthereal Court.

Duchess Anna Leigh was called forth and inducted into the Order of Crowns Treasure for her service to Æthelmearc in coordinating, creating, and purveying largess for the Crown.

Baron Rhion Elandris of Glyndyfrdwy was called into Court. Rhion confirmed that it was his desire to proceed with Elevation to the Order of the Pelican, but first Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin was called forth to release him from his service to her as her Equerry.  Their Majesties then invited the Order of the Pelican to come forth and thanked Rhion and the Order for their patience in completing this business. Their Majesties then heard words from Viscountess Angharad of the Sleeping Lion for the Royal Peers, Sir Raimund of the Strait for the Chivalry, Mistress Cori Ghora from the Pelican, Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona delivered the words of Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn for the Laurel, Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin spoke for the Order of the Golden Lance, and Baroness Morgan Argante Elandris of Cantref Gwaelon spoke for the Populace of Æthelmearc and the Rhydderich Hael. Their Majesties then called for regalia to mark Rhion as a Master of the Pelican, Dame Zosia Kowalewska presented the Ancestral Pelican Medallion of Æthelmearc, Mistress Tiercelin and Baroness Morgan both presented personal medallions, and Mistress Tiercelin presented a hood of maintenance. Their Majesties then received his Oath of Fealty and presented Master Rhion as Companion of the Pelican.  Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope. Mistress Tiercelin then invited all present to attend Master Rhion’s reception that afternoon on the fighting field.

Their Majesties then called for the attendance of Their Heir, Prince Gareth Kincaid.  Prince Gareth presented his claim to the throne, and while he appreciated Their Majesties service to the realm, it was time for Them to step down. Their Majesties agreed and called for Their Officers to verify that all was in accordance. Master Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal, verified that Æthelmearc did hold a Crown Tournament in compliance with all Law and Policy and Variances from the Society.  Master Morien MacBain, Kingdom Earl Marshal, verified that a Tournament to select the Heirs of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc was held at that event which was full of valiant spirit.  Baroness Amelia Soteria, Kingdom Mistress of the Lists, reported that held the Tournament Lists and Tournament Tree and she could verify that Prince Gareth was victor of that Tournament.  Drotinn Jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald of Æthelmearc, verified that upon the conclusion of the Tournament that he with Their Majesties declared Gareth and Juliana Prince and Princess, promising them the crowns of the Kingdom.  Their Majesties agreed that all this was so, but bid Prince Gareth to go prepare his house as They concluded Their Business.

Their Majesties called upon the staff of ÆLive to attend Them: Duke Sven Gunnarsson, Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Liathain, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Baroness Ursula of Rouen, Baroness Amalie Reinhardt, Baron Magnus de Lyons, Lady Thalia Papillon, THLady Sumayya al Ghaziyya, THLady Phelippe “Pippi” Ulfsdotter, Lady Asuka Seishi, Lady Isabetta Orsini, Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann, and Master Illadore de Bedagrayne. They spoke to These gentles of their long service to Their Majesties and to Æthelmearc, and that they had allowed Their Majesties to keep an online presence for ÆLive and for Their Æthereal Courts when no events could be held.  For their service, Their Majesties awarded each a Sigil of Æthelmearc, in token of which they gave each a copy of the Codex Coronae, and a personal gift.  Codex Coronae produced by Mistress Abigail Kelhoge.

Mistress Abigail Kelhoge was then inducted into the Order of the Crowns Treasure in absentia for her works in creating the Codex Coronae, a bound parchment book of hours documenting the service of the staff of ÆLive and Finley its intrepid mascot.

The scribes and regalia makers who had contributed to Their Majesties’ Courts were then invited into court and presented with tokens of thanks for their generous donations of time and skill for the glory of the Æthelmearc Court.

Her Majesty then called for Her Guards to attend Her, Captained by THLord Abdullah Ishkhan al-Rashid and Lady Thalia Papillon, they led BaronMagnus de Lyons, Lord Cassiano da Castello, Baroness Irene von Schmetterling, THLord Guillaume le Noir du Bordeaux, Lord Chebe, Baron Brother Bobby, Lady Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog, Baron Carolus Loke, and Lord Won Cheol.  His Majesty thanked them for protecting His Queen Liadain as she is the most important in His life, and Her Majesty thanked each for accompanying Her throughout the Reign.  They presented each with a token of thanks and released them from their duties.

The Royal Retinue and members of the Their Majesties Court were then called forth, Their Majesties recognized Baroness Sláine an Einigh, Lord Éadaoin Gaelach Rua, THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke, Lady Genevieve O’Connor, THLady Fede di Fiore, Lady Jane Arden, Baron Tassin Tresseaul, Baroness Isolda filia Georgii, Mistress Cori Ghora, Duchess Anna Leigh, THLord Lothinn Vikarsson, Master Hrolfr a Fjarfelli, and Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli.  They presented each with tokens and thanked them for their support throughout Their Reign.

Duke Sven Gunnarsson and Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Liathain were then called into Their Majesties’ Court.  They thanked both of them for their support of Their Majesties and leadership of the Kingdom during their reign, and granted each of them Augmentations of Arms from Æthelmearc.  No task was ever beneath Duke Sven, any time there was a need he served as retainer, guard, pavilion wrangler, clean-up crew for Æthelmearc royal camp, Swedish Chef, and compiler of slide shows.  Duchess Siobhain shared her light and vibrancy with all she met, serving as retainer to advisor to Kingdom Chamberlain and serving ÆLive and the Æthereal Courts in the background. Both have left their indelible mark on Æthelmearc. Matching scrolls by Lady Aine ingen ui Bhrian with calligraphy by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.

Her Majesty Liadain then spoke that this was the time in court when She would normally recognize an individual whose actions had inspired Her that day, but this day She challenged all in attendance to recognize inspiration as they find it throughout the day.

Their Majesties then spoke to the populace with joy in Their hearts, that it was time for Their Reign to end and that They looked forward to retiring knowing that the Line of the Sylvan throne would continue.  They then called upon Drotinn Jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald of Æthelmearc to attend Them. Their Majesties then released Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile from Their Service and presented him with a token of Liadain Love, Drotinn Jorundr also released Baron Brandubh from his Office as Kingdom Deputy Jewel Herald and collected his tabard.

Prince Gareth and Princess Juliana were then called into Court.  King Maynard released Queen Liadain taking the crown from Her head.  King Maynard then took the Crown from His brow and placed it upon Prince Gareth proclaiming him King of Æthelmearc.

So ends the Report of the Reign of Maynard and Liadain.

Court Report: Coronation at Harvest Raid, First Court of Gareth & Juliana


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Report of the Court of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at Their Coronation held at Harvest Raids in the Shire of Heronter, on the twenty-fifth of September AS 56, Jorundr Hinn Rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald reporting.

In the Morning Court:

His Majesty Gareth placed the Crown of the Queen of Æthelmearc upon Juliana.

The rolls of the Royalty of Æthelmearc were read with the assistance of Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile and Otto Brandulfarson.

The Officers of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc renewed their oath of service.

The Order of the Chivalry renewed their fealty with words spoken by Count Jehan de la Marche.

The Order of the Laurel renewed their oaths with words by Mistress Cori Ghora.

The Order of the Pelican swore their oaths with words by Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir.

The Order of Defense renewed their vows with words by Duchess Dorinda Courtenay.

The Royal Peers spoke their oath with words by Duke Cygnus the Blissful.

The Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands, The Barony of Thescorre, The Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, The Barony of Delftwood, The Barony of Blackstone Mountain, and the Barony of the Endless Hills renewed their fealty and stewardship of their lands to the Crown.

Baroness McKenna Henderson was installed as Chancellor and Reign Coordinator.

Baroness Aine ny Allane was installed as Head Retainer and the retainers joined the Court.

THLord Rhys of Miles End and Baron Christian Goldenlok swore to protect Her Majesty as Co-Captains of the Guard, and the Queen’s Guard joined the Court.

Duke Maynard von dem Steine and Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh were called to return to Court. Their long service as Royalty for 17 months was finally at an end, and they were invited to return to their Ducal estates and take a much deserved rest. Commemorative scrolls Illuminated by Nicola Beese, with assistance from Katrina Beese, calligraphy by Ceindrech verch Elidir, upon words by  Brandubh O’Donnghaile.

Their Majesties had further words for Duke Maynard von dem Steine and Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaig, not only did they serve as Æthelmearc’s longest serving royalty, but they served as a beacon of light, hope and mirth during a dark time. For this it pleased Their Majesties to Issue each of them an Augmentation of Arms. Scrolls are works in progress by Sophie Davenport with words by Po Silvertop.

Court Suspended

In the Evening:

Their Majesties invited all newcomers to the SCA who were attending their first court to attend Them. Their Majesties welcomed them and gave them all mugs.

Their Majesties next sought the presence of Baroness McKenna Henderson and the Royal Toy Chest. The youth of the Kingdom were invited to follow Baroness McKenna and choose a toy.

Lady Jane Arden, the autocrat was given leave to conduct the business of the event. She wished that everyone had a pleasant day, and asked that everyone please return next year with the site tokens, which were dinner napkins, to sit at the feast that could not be held this year.

There was an Arts and Sciences Display with any fine entries, but the populace chose one as their favorite, Douceline de la Hay.

The victor on the Thrown Weapons range was Master Antonio de Luna.

The Fencing tournament victor was Lord Mathias al Tabai.

The Archery competition was won by Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli.

The Heavy Weapons tournament was won by Sir Marek Viacheldrago.

Her Majesty was very pleased by the Arts and Sciences display and wanted to recognize her choices for the day, Turlough Feolain and Douceline de la Hay, with rings from her hand.

There were many throwers who acheived ranks on the royal rounds that were not recognized, so it pleased Their Majesties to do so now.

As a Thrower with a score between 0 and 39: Salvadore De La Torres.

As Verfurs, with scores between 30 and 59: Aelfra Long, Keris Silber, Gnaeus Iulius Celsus, Tadeysz Wypij, Garrett of Thescorre, Rachelle L`ymagiere, Boudica, Jacen Teague, Astrid Giantkiller, Einrich Stein Hogger, Ástríðr in hárfagra Úlfsdóttir, Katharina Twin Moons, Rowhan, Arias Belktran del Valle, Merida, Sile inghean Chein.

As Casters, with scores between 60 and 79: Godfrey de Bayeux, Richard of Foxmoore, Roxanne of the Fox Tail, Dalibor Vilcekov, Radomir Bakalarz.

As Huntsman, with scores from 80 to 99: Arvik Hyttoinen, Meinolf Grimsson, Amalie Reinhardt, Caleb Reynolds, Duncan MacCoulagh.

As Marksman, scoring between 100 and 120: Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto, Gunther Grunbaum, Rosheen, Vihjalmr Jorgennson, Maddoc MacRoyri.

Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure was invited into court to recognize some more throwers who had achieved new ranks recently. Throwers: Lauren of Delftwood and Kalen – Cricket – Karuson. Verfurs: Ana Sirena DeValbuena, Claude Dubivier, and Thalia Papillon. Casters:  Abdulla al Rashid, Eoin MacCogadhain, and Michael of Wylder Woode.

The Moneyers Guild was invited to present the coins that they had struck in commemoration of Their Majesties’ third reign.

The Order of the White Scarf came forward to renew their bond with Her Majesty and offer their service to Her.

THL Rouland of Willowbrooke was released as Heavy Weapons champion as a tournament to find his successor was held this day. Sir Marek Viacheldrago was invited to join the Court and carry the Sword of State as Heavy Weapons Champion.

Duchess Siobhán Inghean uí Liatháin was invited into Court as the scroll commemorating her induction into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc from the reign of Byron and Ariella had been completed by Padraig O’Branduibh and Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Siena.

Their Majesties invited Lady Casey Redmane to attend Them. Lady Casey is known to be a retainer, a water bearer, and a chatelaine as she welcomes our newcomers. These services please Their Majesties so They did induct her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Gwen Cooke with words by McKenna Henderson.

Lord Davin ap Einion was next summoned before Their Majesties. They spoke of how polite he always is, and his consideration for others. These are the very traits exhibited by the Order of the Cornelian, so they did induct him into it. Scroll by Amalie Reinhardt.

Lady Helena Lyncoln of Norfolk was next invited before Their Majesties. She is known to run troll, and help her Shire of Heronter with many things. Their Majesties feel that such actions should be recognized, so they had her join the ranks of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.

Lady Isabele of Dunbar was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for her work creating site tokens and otherwise beautifying sites. Scroll by Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.

Lord Richard of Heronter was next called to attend Their Majesties. He assists his shire of Herontir with many things and keeps it running smoothly. For this Their Majesties did name him a Companion of the Keystone. Scroll illuminated by Melisande of the Gryphon Wood with calligraphy by Wat Tuttle.

Their Majesties next sought the presence of Lady Thalia Papillon who is always gracious and helpful. Their Majesties wished to recognize this by inducting her into the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll by Zofia Kowalewska.

Baron Magnus de Lyons was next called to attend Their Majesties. They had heard much of the good works he does from Their Order of the Pelican, so upon consultation with that Order, they delivered unto him a Writ to sit vigil and contemplate his induction into that Order. Scroll by Ekaterina Volkova.

Their Majesties invited all the scribes and others who contributed to the scrolls that went out during Their Court to attend Them. They presented tokens of thanks to those gentles.

Her Majesty wished to recognize one who inspired her on this day, Lady Jane Arden’s tireless work as autocrat and willingness to pivot quickly to include Coronation at the event was everything Æthelmearc strives to be. For this she was awarded a Golden Escarbuncle.

Here closes the first Court of Their Majesties.



Come Teach and Learn at the Upcoming Virtual Fall Æcademy!


Staff Only! As summer’s heat gives way to the chill of autumn and we bundle up against the coming cold… it is time for Fall Æcademy! Come brewers and weavers, come fencers and seamstresses, come swordsmen and scribes – come all ye with knowledge to share and a desire to learn to the virtual Fall Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College of AS 56.

Due to the ongoing plague, instead of postponing another year, this years’ Æcademy will be virtual. Open to any and all, we shall gather December 11th from 10am to 5pm in the fantastical many-chambered realm of Zoom.

We are seeking teachers in all disciplines to fill our many virtual classroom slots, as well as Zoom moderators. We especially welcome all first-time virtual teachers, as well as prerecorded classes, and classes hosted by out of Kingdom teachers, as space allows. Not sure how to work the Realm of Zoom? The Kingdom will have the Spider Squire Squad TM ready for any eventual mechanical needs. The KMOAS Æcademy webpages has virtual teaching as well as Zoomerator FAQs (have a question not listed? Contact us!).

Sign up to teach a class.
See our Virtual Teaching page for advice, FAQs, and how-tos.

Sign up to help as a Zoomerator.
See our Zoom help page for advice, FAQs, and how-tos.

And remember… with Ice Dragon around the corner (in-person, March 26, 2022, website update in progress), I am sure many of you are busy researching, making, and perfecting your entries. So much work goes into an Ice Dragon entry… wouldn’t it be nice to have all that work transcend a single event? Why not have your future (or past) Pent entry do double-duty by using what you’ve done so far as the basis for a class?

The research you are doing for your entry provides you with the historical background and practices needed to understand who, when, where, why and how someone in the Middle Ages would have crafted your item. This information would also be of interest to students in a class. Sharing this information will speed your students on their way toward creating their own versions.

In a Historical Background class based on your research, you might include information about:

  • The item’s time period, culture, or geographical area
  • The artifact, illustration or painting, historical document, or website that inspired your work
  • How your item would have been produced in the Middle Ages or Renaissance
  • Additional books, websites, and other sources you used for researching your project

Chances are, as you create your item, you have to make decisions along the way. A class in which you describe, in detail, the decisions you’ve made — about tools, materials, and procedures — would be of immense help to someone who’s always wanted to try doing what you’ve accomplished. Especially helpful — in addition to your finished project, of course — would be any practice pieces or missteps. Sharing problems to avoid or solutions that worked for you would give your students confidence that they, too, can be successful.

In a How-I-Did-It class based on your entry, you might include information about:

  • What tools and materials you used to make your item, why you chose them
  • Where you obtained them (If you made the tools you used, include how you did that as well!)
  • What techniques you used and why you used them
  • Any particular steps you would change if you were to do this project again

With the knowledge and skills gained by creating your entry, you can also help others make their own, perhaps simplified, great thing. By providing tried-and-tested materials and demonstrating recommended techniques, you can help your students avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes. If you take progress photos of your entry as you work on it, these would not only provide you with a step-by-step format to follow in your class – it would also provide you with a perfect photo journal to add to your competition entry.

In a How-I-Should-Have-done-It (formerly known as a Make-and-Take-It) class based on your entry, you could discuss:

  • Where to procure supplies and materials needed to make the item
  • Loaner tools needed to make the item
  • Step-by-step instructions needed to make the item

As is custom, the Æthelmearc Æcademy will be using a Book of Faces “Event” page (still in progress, our apologies) to keep folks informed with event info and updates. Once it is online, please let us know if you’re “Going” or “Interested”, and please share with your Friends!

Kingdom A&SWant to know what is already on offer? Check out our online class listing, courtesy of our ever-industrious KMOAS webminister Master Robert of Ferness. This class list will be updated as we continue to approve new class submissions over the coming weeks, so check back on a regular basis. We also intend to add class handouts to the class listings (as available) for future reference, and those boring, dark winter nights…

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Yours in Service,
Elska & Hrolfr, KMOAS and Elena de la Palma, Chancellor

Populace in Focus – Baroness Amalie Reinhardt


SCA Name & title: Baroness Amalie Reinhardt, OP

Years in the SCA: 14

How did you find out about the SCA? When I was in college at the University at Buffalo, I had a friends in my co-ed service fraternity (both local and scattered throughout Æ and the East) and Baron Fergus, a friend of my housemates. While in grad school, the Hael’s fight practice was a few floors down from my office on campus (as a computer lab supervisor), and I’d hang out and watch the fighters & fencers. Yet, I did not play at the time nor became a member of the SCA because of my heavy involvement in Alpha Phi Omega.

Where did you start, what was your first event? My official start in SCA was in 2007, when I moved to a very rural part of Coppertree for a teaching job. I knew practically no one in the area, my involvement with APO was winding down after being a section chair for 5 years, and I needed something to do. As SCA had been an long-time, back-burner interest, it was time to check it out. I would travel to Coppertree to watch the fighters at practice and have some social time. Before leaving the Shire, A&s nights had restarted, too.

When I returned to Syracuse, I sought out the Barony and started attending their weekly A&S meetings. The first Æ event I attended was an Æthelmearc Æcademy in Coppertree in the summer of 2008. I was only there for 1/2 the day. I remember taking a kennings class from Master Fridrikr and a bardic sharing class from Sir Haakon. There was a quiet moment before leaving when I saw a monarch butterfly flutter across a grassy field between buildings, which was the impetus for my poem “Butterfly on the Battlefield” —written 2 days later while proctoring a Regents exam.

What is your persona? My persona is Sinti, circa 1350-1400 in Southwestern Germany.

Why did you pick this persona? Partially honoring some family stories, I remember growing up and partially because nomadic people could pick up customs and culture from the areas in which they traveled/settled.

Do you have any group or household affiliations? I am currently the landed Baroness for the Barony of Delftwood. I was a member of a household for a few years, which disbanded in 2014. Now, my SCA family is Master Alaxandair and Mistress Maria — my SCA parents — and all of my siblings, aunts, uncles, and all the other strange combinations of our awesomely tangled family web.

Tell us a little bit about your life outside the SCA. In everyday life, I help teachers with educational technologies in their schools and classrooms. I also am a merit badge counselor for Scouts BSA and was an advisor for APO at SUNY Oswego prior to COVID. Oh, and of course, I spend time playing games and watching movies with Ixac and spend lots of cuddle time with Elmo and Jupiter!

What SCA activities do you or have you participated in? Arts & Sciences, including some fiber arts (kumihimo & inkle weaving), copper enameling, bardic arts, and calligraphy & illumination. Marshal Activities, including thrown weapons and archery. Webministry. (more below) Heraldic arts – helping others with name and device submissions.

Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.)

At the Baronial level, I am currently Delftwood’s Baroness, and have been a former webminister, Minister of the Lists, unofficial scribe (taking minutes for 7+ years), did an extremely brief stint as Chronicler.

At Kingdom level, I am currently the Historian and was the Kingdom Webminister for 5 years.

I am also the current webminister for Their Royal Highnesses Byron & Ariella, the Historian (as it’s easy to be one’s own webminister 🙂), the Kingdom Earl Marshal, the Kingdom Thrown Weapons Marshal, the Kingdom Chatelaine,  ÆLeads, the Kingdom’s Moneyers Guild, and Blackstone Raid. In the past I also have been webminister for the Kingdom webminister’s Office (again, it’s easy to one’s own webminister!), Kingdom Arts & Sciences, TRMs Tindal and Etain, and Blackstone Mountain.

So, as Kingdom Historian, I am currently working on a few different projects. One is creating a Book of Lists, which with the help of Baroness Antoinette and Lady Genevieve, we are working on creating officer lists dating back to the beginning of Æthelmearc. Another major project will be updating the Kingdom’s history paper, so it is brought to the current time. It currently ends in AS LI (2016). (If anyone has anything they wish to be included, please send me an email!)

As Kingdom webminister, I did many things, including keeping the site up-to-date. Under my tenure, the site was revamped, moved twice, kept the email forwarders in order, received officer reports and in-turn sent reports to the Society webminister, created the icon system for the Kingdom Events Calendar with THN Rhys and Mistress Aine (the other 2 Musketeers!), created and maintained the Pennsic Periscope, set up ÆTube, created the pictoral timeline of our Royalty, helped train and mentor webministers (and anyone desiring to learn to build a website), helped institute Zoom with THL Sumayya when the Great Plague came to our lands, assisted with ÆLive and Æthereal Courts, and instituted Google for Æ. I also have a new Zip Code finder ready to go once there is data, as this is one of the most requested features that was lost from our old website.

Also, during the kingdom’s jaunt into Zoom, Sumayya and I were training people to use Zoom and helped with consults from other Kingdoms, answering questions about Virtual Courts and how to effectively use and moderate Zoom rooms (as Æ was first!!).

As the Earl Marshal’s webminister, I also maintain the marshal database. In general, once a website is created, it needs to be maintained. Each site has it’s own personality, so what “goes into it” is based on the site, but the maintenance of these other sites takes only a few minutes here and there. The main builds, though, can range from a few hours to a week or so, depending on how much data is needed to be posted.

When you started in the SCA what goals did you have? To learn. Everything and anything — absorb it all… just like a sponge!

What are your goals now? To continue learning. To continue teaching. To continue being of service and fostering others to do service. (& to not have helium hand) and to continue having fun with what activities I participate in (and encourage others to try them out!)

What was the most intimidating thing you encountered in the SCA?

The webminister position was open in the Barony and I submitted a Letter of Intent (with the encouragement of many of my friends) to be the next Baronial officer and was turned away (coupled with a second retracted offer) in a fashion that would make many people leave forever. I am ever thankful that my friends were there to lift my spirits and that I did not walk away.

After the unexpected shutdown ends, what is one thing you would like to accomplish in the SCA? I would like to attend some larger events outside of Æthelmearc, like Gulf Wars or Birka.

What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA, or if new yourself what question would you ask and who would you ask it of?

1. Don’t be afraid of people in shiny hats or people with titles like Duke, Duchess, King, Queen, Sir, Master, or Mistress. Every single person in our Society started playing at one point and were in the same place you are today.

2. Ask ALL the questions.

3. Ask the same questions to multiple people to get a well-rounded view of your answer.

4. Try ALL the things.

5. You don’t need to be good at all the things.

6. Only do the things that you enjoy doing.

7. If you are able, help with set up and tear down. You will make friends and many hands make light work.

8. Ask about / know the rituals for elevations. Be aware of what takes place so there are no surprises to you while watching one for the first time.

9. Always say thank you.

If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have, what would it be? Pattern drafting. I could then make “all the garb” (and other really awesome fabric-inspired projects)!

If you had to join the SCA in another “era” (1970, 1980, etc.), what “era” would you pick and why? 1980s. I have this vague recollection of seeing fighting somewhere in Thescorre as a kid. I wish my family had stopped to see it that day, rather than rubbernecking in the car. I think I’d have been a member 30 years earlier if that had happened. Then instead of hearing all the stories of what happened in these years, I’d have seen some of it first-hand.

Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why? A Peli… ahem, wait a moment…

A Fleur. I have been doing arts and crafts my whole life. Now, I have learned new art forms because of playing in the SCA and have found some niches — like micrography.

If you could pick one thing you would like to see more of in the SCA, what would it be? Openmindedness.



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Court Report: Summer’s End



Report of the Court of Their Majesties, Maynard and Laidain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held at Summer’s End in the Canton of Beau Fleuve, with Their Highnesses Gareth and Juliana, Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc, and Their Excellencies Padraig and Juliana, Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hae, in attendance on the eleventh day of September anno societatis LVI, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald, with the assistance of THLady Sophie Davenport.

Morning Court.

Their Majesties granted leave to Their Excellencies, Padraig and Juliana, to hold a Baronial Court.

Their Majesties then summoned THLady Zosia Kowalewska to appear before Them.  They noted that she still wore the belt of fealty to her Pelican, and Summoned Mistress Gillian Llwelyn of Ravenspur to come forward.  Mistress Gillian took back her belt and released Zosia from her fealty.  Zosia then confirmed that it was her desire to proceed.  Their Majesties then called for the Members of the Order of the Pelican and asked that they take Zosia away to Vigil to offer their counsel.

Evening Court.

His Majesty opened court by noting what a beautiful day it was and that Their Majesties had truly enjoyed Themselves this day.  He further noted  that this day was the twentieth anniversary of a National Tragedy and invited all present to raise a glass in honor of fallen friends that we will see again in another life.  His Majesty further noted that today was also another anniversary and led the populace in singing Happy Birthday to Her Majesty Liadain.

Their Excellencies Padraig and Juliana were then given leave to hold their Baronial Court.

Their Majesties thanked Their Excellencies Padraig and Juliana for being such generous hosts and presented them with a gift basket as the greatest gift is being surrounded by friends and family as They had been at Summer’s End.

Their Majesties then summoned THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke to come forward.  His Majesty noted that They had not had the chance to hold a tournament to determine the Heavy Weapons Champion of Æthelmearc during Their Reign.  They noted that Rouland had stood by Their side, displaying his passion and drive for Æthelmearc holding the Sword of State and supporting Them throughout the Reign.  For this service to Æthelmearc, Their Majesties then named THLord Rouland as Their Champion, to stand as the Heavy Weapons Champion of Æthelmearc until Their Heirs are able to hold a tournament to find Their Champion.

Baroness Anastasie Delamour, the Kingdom Thrower General, was invited into Court.  Anastasie thanked Their Majesties for the opportunity to complete some business for her office.  She had issued a challenge over the summer involving a reverse royal round, with the extra challenge to compete off-handed.  She then presented Plumbata to Baron Caleb Reynolds who lead the points with 89, Lady THalia Papillon with 60, THLord Abdullah al Rashid with 54 points, Baron Magnus de Lyons with 52, Baron Caleb Reynolds Off-Hand with 50, Baron Edward Harbinger with 50 points, and Kalen Karuson with 43 points.

Her Grace Siobhain inghean uí Liatháin was then summoned forth to carry the toy basket and escort the youth of the kingdom to the rear of the hall to select items of amusement.

Valen of the Rhydderich Hael was Awarded Arms in absentia for his many accomplishments in the society sewing garb, creating fencing armor, archery, bringing in more new comers, and forging lasting friendships at practices.  Scroll by Baron Pádraig Ó Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena.

Æthelred of Dalewude was Awarded Arms in absentia for his service to the Rhydderich Hael.  He regularly demonstrates his skills with bow and arrow, and on the heavy combat lists for the glory of his Barony.  Scroll in progress by Baroness Rosemund von Glinde.

Their Majesties invited all individuals attending their first royal court to come forward and presented each with a handmade cup to remember the day, and welcomed each to return and share a drink in future.

Rose D’Aubigny was called forth and Awarded Arms for her skill on the fencing list, sewing her own armor and being named most improved fencer in the Rhydderich Hael before the plague.  Scroll by Lady Serena Milani and Mistress Liadain ní Chléirigh na Coille.

Lord Dark Oak was invited into Their Majesties court, and They presented him with a Gratia Coronae token for his carving skills.  Lord Dark Oak had presented the kingdom with 400 hand carved wax seals for various officers, order clerks and marshals during the time of the great plague.  Their Majesties had assisted Lord Dark Oak with distributing many of the stamps to those in attendance that day.

Their Majesties called forth Bernadette of the Rhydderich Hael and Awarded her Arms for her long service in the Barony helping wherever the need arises, cleaning, cooking, carrying, and moving any manner of thing.  She began as a youth, but now continues to help as an adult.  Scroll in progress by Baron Pádraig Ó Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena.

THLady Edith of Winterton was called forward and His Excellency Brandubh O’Donnghaile begged the boon to speak to this good Lady.  His Excellency expressed his thanks to Edith for her service as College of Heralds webminister, and in fact the thanks for Silver Buccle Heralds Kameshima Zentaroua Umakai, Sophie Davenport, Brandubh O’Donnghaile, and Jorundr hinn rotinn, all of whom she served as webminister, and during the tenure of Master Brandubh she had moved the entire heralds site to a new server updating code, and carrying all links, emails, and files in a single week.  Their Majesties were so pleased to hear this report that They presented her with the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence in appreciation for her herculean labors.

His Majesty then called for His Bard, Lord Gavin Kent.  As promised His Majesty shared a drink with Lord Gavin, but He noted that there was another reason that he was in court.  Gavin brings joy and light wherever he goes whether performing as a bard or providing background music for others, and for his generosity with his talents, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll limned by THLady Vivienne of Yardley, scrivened by Baroness Antoinette de la Croix upon a text by Master Po Silvertop.

Lord Tadeusz of the Rhydderich Hael was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce in absentia for his skills in Archery.  He stood as Archery Champion of the Rhydderich Hael, and took home the 7 Pearls archery championship for the Hael.  Illuminated by Sir Arden Scot, calligraphy by Mistress Liadain ní Chléirigh na Coille.

Their Majesties inducted Lady Logan Lotta d’Kent into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for her skills in the bardic arts.  She takes joy in sharing the Japanese storytelling traditions, and served as the bardic champion for the Rhydderich Hael.  Scroll by Mistress Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.

Lady Sarafina de Lucca was called forward and Their Majesties presented her with a scroll commemorating her induction into the Order of the Keystone that had been previously given at an online court by Their Graces Timothy and Gabriel.  Scroll by THLady Vivienne of Yardley.

Lady Katelyn Rose was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for her work in the background supporting others, cooking and washing dishes, eagerly assisting with sewing garb and other textiles.  Scroll by THLord Owen Tegg.

Lord Chebe was then called into Their Majesties’ Court.  Their Majesties thanked him for his donation of the new pole axes that he had created for Their Guards.  Lord Chebe was also commonly found serving on the Royal Guard.  For these contributions, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Golden Thorn.

Their Majesties invited Mistress Liadain ní Chléirigh na Coille to come forward.  They thanked her for her contributions to the Æthelmearc Scribal College, acting as Dean, scheduling classes and recruiting teachers, moving pavilions, and still creating scrolls.  For this it pleased Their Majesties to induct her into the Order of the Millrind.  Scroll limned by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen scrivened by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes, and medallion presented by Mistress Jenna MacPherson of the Lion’s Tower.

THLady Zosia Kowaleska was summoned into Court, and after confirming that she wished to proceed, Their Majesties summoned forth the Order of the Pelican who confirmed that they had given their counsel and would see Zosia added to their number.  Their Majesties then heard the words of Viscountess Susan of Foxmeadow as a Royal Peer, Lady Sarafina de Lucca from the populace, Baroness Ekaterina Volkova spoke as a Jewel of Æthelmearc, Sir Vlad Hideg of Caid spoke for the Chivalry, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede spoke from the Order of Defence, Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes spoke for the Laurel and Mistress Gillian Llwelyn of Ravenspur spoke for the Pelican.  Their Majesties were pleased by the words of praise for Their Subject Zosia, and so They called for regalia to mark her as a Pelican.  Their Majesties presented the ancestral Medallion of the Pelicans of Æthelmearc, Mistress Gillian Llwelyn of Ravenspur presented a personal medallion, and Baroness Juliana Rosalia dolce de Siena presented a second personal medallion.  Mistress Gillian Llwelyn presented a cloak, Their Majesties placed a cap of Maintenance upn her head, and called for a shield and a lariat of truth for this wonder woman.  Their Majesties then received her oath of Fealty to the Crown and Kingdom of Æthelmearc, and presented Dame Zosia, Companion of the Order of the Pelican to the populace.  Scroll by Maighster Kieran MacRae

Their Majesties summoned Baron Pádraig Ó Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena to attend Them.  They presented each with a Gratia Coronae Token for their leadership of the Rhydderich Hae during these adverse times.

THLady Eleanore Godwin was called into court and presented with the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence for her generous donations to the Kingdom’s Largesse.

Lord Robaird Michael Patrick Timothy James O’Suilleabhainn was called before Their Majesties and praised for his long leadership and support of the Rhydderich Hael.  For Brother Bobby’s numerous contributions Their Majesties created him a Baron of the Court of Æthelmearc and further Granted him Arms.  Scroll by MIstress Mistress Liadain ní Chléirigh na Coille.

Court Closed.

Court Report: Corn Maze


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Here begins the Report of the Court of Gareth and Juliana at Corn Maze in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, November 6 AS 56, accompanied by Their Heirs Byron and Ariella, jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald reporting.

In the morning on the Rattan Field.

Gage scroll for THLord Tiberious.

Their Majesties summoned Lord Tiberious Hostilious Malous to present himself before Them. His Majesty spoke that Lord Tiberious’ prowess on the heavy field has been growing, and that a certain Order had spoken to Him regarding Lord Tiberious. Thus did Their Majesties induct Lord Tiberious into the Order of the Gage. Scroll by Arianna of Wynthrope and Jon Blaecstan.

Their Majesties had further business with Their Order of the Gage, and so did call Posadnik Zvonimir Zavodchikov to appear. Posadnik Zvonimir’s prowess has also been noted, and so Their Majesties did induct him into the Order of the Gage, and the Household Gage was also presented to him. Scroll by Amalie Reinhardt.

THLord Zvonimir’s Gage scroll and gloves. Photo by THLord Zvonimir.

Their Majesties next had words for THLord Boden the Lost. THLord Boden has shown his skill and honor on the field, and His Majesty and the Order of the Chivalry agreed that he should be issued a writ of summons to contemplate joining that Order. Scroll by Rachel Daliceaux.

THLord Boden receives a Writ for the Chivalry. Photo taken from a video by Baroness Aine ny Allane.

In the evening, with the assistance of Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silver Sycamore Herald.

Their Majesties and Their Highnesses at the Corn Maze afternoon court. Photo by Master Denys the Decadent.

Their Majesties invited all newcomers to present themselves before Them and pick a mug that had been created by the artisans of the Kingdom as a token of welcome.

His Majesty thanked all who attended the event, and the staff and Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais for hosting this event. He also spoke of how glad he was to be able to fight in melees again.

Their Majesties next called for the youth, and the sacrifice, THLord Tiberious Hostilious Malous. THLord Tiberious was given a head start with the toy box, and the youth were instructed to chase him down and pick a gift.

Baron Leo Dietrich was invited to speak as the day’s autocrat. He wished to thank all who attended the event. as well as those who assisted in making the event work.

THLady Alianora Bronhulle the fencing marshal in charge spoke of the bear pit tournament that Lord Richard of Herontir ran, the victor of which was Don Cyrus Augur.

Douglas King of Acre presented gifts of friendship to Their Majesties and Their Highnesses.

Keistutus Prus Andrzejewski was summoned before Their Majesties. He is an exchequer, a fencer, he strives for perfecting his persona, and the garb that is appropriate for him. These actions please Their Majesties and thus They Awarded him Arms. Scrolls by Ekaterina Volkova and Cassiano da Castello.

Their Majesties next had words for Lord Joubert de la Rose. Lord Joubert is a Chatelaine and heavy marshal, he greets newcomers with infectious enthusiasm and hospitality. For this Their Majesties inducted him into the Oder of the Keystone. Scrolls by Anastasie de Lamour and Cassiano da Castello.

THLady Fede di Fiore was called before Their Majesties and invited to show her garb to the populace. THLady Fede always looks like she stepped out of a portrait. For this Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Golden Mirror. Scroll by Mairghead Stoibheard ingean ui Choinne.

Lady Isolda receives a Golden Mirror. Photo by Master Denys the Decadent.

Lady Fede receives a Golden Mirror. Photo by Duchess Gabrielle











Lady Isolde de Leycestre was next called before Their Majesties. Her 14th century garb is always well put together, and she further helps others advance their own garb towards being more period. For this Their Majesties inducted her in the Order of the Golden Mirror. Scroll by Murdia Drusilla Vellia Portia.

THLady Alianora’s photo of her Millrind scroll and medallion.

Their Majesties summoned before Them THLady Alianora Bronhulle, even though she had an alibi. There existed a group that testified against her for her long service towards fencing, being a combat scribe, and serving as Garnet Herald. Thus Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll illuminated by Melisande of the Gryphon Wood, with calligraphy by Jon Blaecstan, and words by Gavin Kent.

Their Majesties next summoned THLord Lotharius qui et Segimundus. THLord Lotharius’ skill at heavy weapons has grown such that a certain order wished to have words with him. Thus did Their Majesties deliver a writ of summons that THLord Lotharius contemplate entry into the Order of the Chivalry. Scroll by Murdoch Bayne.

Duke Timothy receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Master Denys the Decadent.

Her Majesty named Duke Timothy of Arindale as her inspiration for the day and awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle. His idea was the reason behind the first Corn Maze, and even though he was recovering he had still managed to make it to the event.

Their Majesties called the scribes, guards and retainers to receive tokens for their service.

His Majesty wished to thank everyone once again for attending the event and wished them safe travels. He further expressed his joy at getting back to the melee field and seeing everyone there.

Court closed.

Virtual Fall Academy: Teacher and Zoomerator Registration

Teacher and Zoomerator registration is now open for Virtual Fall AEcademy!

Teacher Registration:

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Come join us to teach, learn, and support the arts on DECEMBER 11th, 2021 via ZOOM.

*Student registration is NOT REQUIRED – we’re making it easier than ever to access virtual AEcademy!*

To get information, inspiration, and more, please check out this amazing event page, courtesy of our wonderful Kingdom Ministers of Arts & Sciences Master (and Class Coordinator for this fall’s Virtual AEcademy) Hrólfr Á Fjárfelli and Mistress Elska Á Fjárfelli, and the gracious Webminister for the Arts & Sciences website, Master Robert of Ferness!

Questions? Contact Hrólfr, Elska, or myself and we’ll be happy to answer!

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Got Auth? Important Reminders From Our Authorization Clerk



Greetings from THL Deirdre Scot of Clann Scot, Kingdom Authorization Clerk.

With practices and events in full swing once again, I will take this opportunity to remind everyone of a few things when filling out authorization forms.

  1. Please write legibly. If we get a form we can not read, we are guessing on names, addresses, emails, etc. On more than one occasion forms have come back as undeliverable. Which means your waiting longer for your card, and we have duplicate work.
  2. Fill out the form in its entirety. If we have to call, email or send back the form due to missing information it will only take longer for your card to arrive.
  3. If you are authorizing or re-authorizing in different disciplines (EX: Rapier & Heavy) you must have a marshal who is authorized in that form sign your authorization. For Example: If you are authorizing for one handed weapon and combat archery for heavy, and the marshal you are with is only authorized in one handed weapon. That marshal CAN NOT authorize you for combat archery. You will need to seek out a marshal who can authorize you for Combat Archery and ask for that signature.
  4. Marshals – Do not sign forms that are not filled out in its entirety. If you notice an individual who is authorizing or re-authorizing for a form you are not authorized in make sure inform them. If your marshallate has expired do not sign the form. We will send it back for a current marshal to sign. We do check the marshal roster.
  5. Marshals In Training (MIT) – A marshal in training should not be signing a form. If they are doing an authorization under the supervision of a Marshal then the supervising marshal should be signing the form.

In addition, self addressed envelopes are always welcome and encouraged. If you’re able,  a box of envelopes or stamps with your form or when you see one of us at an event, practice or meeting is also welcomed.

We are here to help. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out.

By doing the above, you help save time, expedite the process and most importantly keep your Authorization Clerks sane!

In Service We Remain,

THL Deirdre & Mistress Odrianna