Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at Kingdom 12th Night, 10 January Anno Societatis XLIX, in the Shire of Abhian Ciach Ghlais. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald.
The Kingdom Seneschale announced the following change to Kingdom Seneschal Policy: The lead time for soliciting resumes for the position of Kingdom Seneschal will be moved from 6 months to 15 months before the current Seneschal steps down. The choice will be made by the Royalty seated one year prior to the change, so as to allow for extended training time for the new Seneschal. This brings practice into line with the Exchequer’s office.
The Kingdom Seneschale further announced the following change to Section III-600 of Kingdom Law, Crown Tournament Requirements: The sentence “Letters of intent must be postmarked, e-mailed or hand-delivered to the Crown no mater than 30 days prior to the Crown Tournament” will be changed to “Letters of intent must be postmarked, e-mailed or hand-delivered to the Crown no later than the Coronation immediately prior to the Crown Tournament.”
The Kingdom Herald announced that the office of Chancellor of the Æcademy had passed from Meestress Odriana vander Brugghe to Mistress Alicia Langland.
The Kingdom Seneschale announced that Their Majesties would hold a second Curia at the Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins on February 7th.
In the morning:
Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn was brought forth and announced as the new Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences.
Mistress Maria Christina de Cordoba was brought forth and thanked for her service as Kingdom Mistress of Lists. Baroness Rynea Ingen of Stormsport was then asked to join Mistress Maria and invested as the new Kingdom Mistress of Lists.
Lady Mairin O’Cadhla was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for her devotion to providing a safe and entertaining environment for the children of Æthelmearc at events. Scroll by THL Aindreas mac Ghille Fhionntaigh a’ Ghaoithe Airgid.
Lady Elizabeth Arrowsmyth was created a Baroness of the Court of Æthelmearc for her passionate service to her Barony, Kingdom, and to Their Majesties. Scroll by Mistress Kateryne of Bakestonden, Baroness Boudiccea Ravenhair, and Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
His Royal Highness, Timothy of Arindale, was named a Companion of the Millrind for his tireless support and building of the Æthelmearc Army. Scroll illuminated by Lady Fiora d’Artusio and calligraphed by THL Kieran MacRae.
Baron Tigernach mac Cathail was invited before Their Majesties to answer the Writ of Summons that had been served to him. He answered that it was still his wish to sit Vigil and receive the counsel of the Order of the Pelican. Said order was then invited into Court to escort Baron Tigernach to the place that had been prepared for him.
In the evening:
Lady Alianora Bronhulle, the Sylvan Bard, came forth and announced to the populace that a grand competition had been held to allow Their Majesties to choose her successor. Their Majesties then proclaimed to one and all that Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful had caught Their eyes and ears, and They named Her Excellency as the new Sylvan Bard of Æthelmearc. Scroll by Lady Rosalia Krowczykowa.
THL Madoc Arundel, who had overseen the day’s Taster’s Tavern, was brought forth and announced that Baron Rauthbjorn Lothbroke had won both the Populace’s Choice and Her Majesty’s Choice for his Lemon mead. Scrolls by Lady Lara Sukhadrev.
Lady Antoniette de Lorraine, the Seneschal of Abhain Ciach Ghlais, came forward and presented gifts to Their Majesties on behalf of the Shire. While Lady Antoinette was in Their presence, Their Majesties took the opportunity to commend Lady Antoinette for her unending patience, politeness and pleasantness by inducting her into the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll by Duchess Branwyn verch Gwythyr.
Lady Ysabeau of Comport, of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, was brought before Their Majesties and, the appropriate negotiations and documentations on behalf of Their Majesties Trumbrand and Kaylah having been negotiated and documented, named as a subject of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.
Fede of Nithgaard was Awarded Arms for the splendid German garb that she made not only for herself, but for others who had attended the day’s event.
Lady Teresa Alvarez was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her skill and generosity in the creation of Italian garb. Scroll by Lady Mary Elizabeth Clason.
Lord Daniel Rufus was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for his generosity in opening his house to host meetings, classes and practices, as well as the annual shire’s Thanksgiving meal, for his involvement in the shire’s cook’s guild, and for his assistance in setting up and cleaning up events. Scroll in progress by Lord Angellino the Bookmaker.
Adelyn Idesborn and Christian Goldenlok were Awarded Arms for their devotion to the martial and musical arts. Adelyn’s scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley; Christian’s scroll illuminated by Mistress Juliana Delamare and calligraphed by Adelyn Idesborn upon wording by Sir Gareth Kincaid and Mistress Juliana Delamare.
Lord Conrad Kienast was created a Companion of the Sycamore for his skill in entertaining the populace through the art of storytelling. Scroll by Baroness Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur.
Lord Jeremiah MacCoul was named to the Order of the Keystone for his service as shire Knight Marshal, as a heavy weapons marshal, at demos, and for creating tabletop games for use at events and demos. Scroll by Lady Kaðlín Sigvaldakona.
Lady Elyse la Bref was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her skill in creating award scrolls. Scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley.
Lady Ylaire Sainte Claire was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for her work as autocrat, teacher, scribe, and Minister of Arts and Sciences. Scroll by Lady Alianora Bronhulle.
Lady Edekyn O Fierhie was created a Companion of the Sycamore for her performance skills with I Verdi Confusi, as a teacher and student of dance, and her devotion to several performances over the course of each of recent Pennsic Wars. Scroll by Lady Elyse la Bref.
THL Morien MacBain was named to the Order of the Millrind for his service setting up and cleaning up events, as teacher, as marshal, and equipping and training newcomers, as well as the extensive traveling that he does in order to make these things happen. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Lier.
The Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc was convened, and Lady Alianora Bronhulle was inducted as its newest member, for she has shown skill and enthusiasm in both the execution and teaching of the arts of calligraphy, illumination, lacemaking, costuming, cooking, and bardic performance. Scroll calligraphed and illuminated by Lady Edana Aldys Haukyns upon wording by Baron Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn.
Baron Tigernach mac Cathail was summoned before Their Majesties and gave testimony that he had indeed received the counsel of the Order of the Pelican and the populace as They had instructed, and was now prepared to receive elevation to that Order. Their Majesties received the testimony of Duke Timothy of Arindale, who stated that his service to the Kingdom as its King, Prince, Knight and Duke paled in comparison to Tigernach’s. Sir Murdoch Bayne spoke of Tigernach’s first days in the Society, when he attended a meeting of the Barony of Endless Hills, found things that needed to be done, and stepped in and did them. Sir Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn added that, having known the burden of the Crown, the Pelicans bear the burdens of running the Society, and Tigernach bears those burdens with joy. Mistress Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina of the Order of the Laurel spoke of the qualities of artisans that we admire, including the “fire in the belly” that gets others excited, and of Tigernach’s skill at getting others excited about serving the Society. Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn of the Order of the Pelican stated that he marvels at Tigernach’s knowledge of the laws of Æthelmearc, which is quiet, hidden service that few see and nobody appreciates. Duchess Anna Blackleaf, Lady of the Rose, sent words of Tigernach’s unfailing courtesy and gentle demeanor while performing service for others, even in the face of difficult situations. Brandubh O’Donnghaile, 33rd Jewel of Æthelmearc, spoke of the many forms of inspiration, some loud, some quiet, and that Tigernach was capable of both, doing what he does so that there will be no problems. Hearing such testimony, Their Majesties invested Tigernach with the regalia of his new station, being the ancestral Pelican Medallion of Æthelmearc, a personal medallion, and a cloak, created him a Companion of the Pelican, and Awarded him Arms by Letters Patent. They then received Master Tigernach’s Oath of Service, and read a proclamation illuminated by Countess Rosalinda of Castile and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai upon wording by Sir Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn.
Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Sylvan Signet, announced that a Scroll Blank competition had been held that day to bolster the supplies of scribes. The competition had been scored for both prolificacy and skill, with points both for new scribes and experiences ones. A total of 77 scroll blanks had been collected over the course of the day. The winner of the day’s competition was Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarō Yori’ie, who had produced 59 of the 77 scroll blanks.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.
In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc
~ photos by Alaxandair O’Conchobhair