Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of His Majesty’s Court at Bog Throwback 3-Day, 18 July Anno Societatis L, in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog, accompanied by Their Highnesses Magnus Tindal and Etain, Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc, and Their Excellencies Iago and Emilia, Baron and Baroness of St. Swithin’s Bog. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.

In the morning:

His Majesty invited His Excellency, Don Quinn Kerr, to attend him, along with all of the members of the Order of Defense there present. Affirming His Excellency’s desire to hold the field in contemplation of elevation to that order, His Majesty instructed the Order, in the person of Maestro Orlando, to escort Don Quinn to the area that had been prepared for him.

His Majesty informed the populace that throughout the day, He would be presenting baldrics upon the fields of combat to those who had earned places on Æthelmearc’s various Champions teams at the upcoming Pennsic War. He then urged all combatants to bear the regalia of Æthelmearc proudly upon the field.

Kameshima, Silver Buccle, echoed His Majesty’s words to those whose skills do not lie upon martial lines, and exhorted all subjects of Æthelmearc to fly the colors at their camps and upon their persons during the upcoming War. He reminded the populace that the East and Middle Kingdoms come to our lands every year and fight to claim them, as if forgetting or ignoring that the subjects of Æthelmearc hold, and will hold, allegiance to neither, and that we need to remind them that they trespass on our lands.

Photo by Kathleen Giesey.

Photo by THLady Caitilín ní Mhaolchonaire.

In the evening:

His Majesty called forth the children present, and so that they would not be bored or restless while the business of Court was conducted, entrusted them once again into the willing and capable care of Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers.

His Majesty gave leave to Their Excellencies to conduct their Baronial Court.

The following gentles were announced as having earned places on the Unbelted Heavy Weapons Champions Team for Pennsic: Morgen of Rye, Tigernach Mac Cathail, Uilliam Mac an t’Saoir, William Freskyn Murray, Dominic McMoreland, Vladisla Nikulich, Clewin Kupferhelbelinc, Morien MacBain, Jussi Laplein, Ian Kennoven, Marek Viacheldrago, Eckhart von Insterborg, Angus MacClerie, Darian of the Wood, Guillaume le Noir, Tegrinus de Rhine, Beatrix Krieger, Thorsol Solinauga, Lothar Hugelman, Bluestar, Ulrich von Swartzburg, Tadhg Sotal O’Neill, Fridrich Swartzwalder, Rauthbjorn Lothbroke, Caelin O’Ruairc, James Whealan, Arden Scot, Gareth Whytebull, Jeremiah MacCoull, Oliver Sutton, Markus Skalpr Grimsson, Arias Beltran del Valle, Fearghus mac Eoin, Tiberious Hostilious Malous, Christian Goldenlok, Burgoes of Hunter’s Home, Ian of Sunderoak, Nicholas the Bastard, Otto Boese, and Steffan Einarson.

The following gentles were announced as having earned places on the Fencing Champions Team for Pennsic: Dorinda Courtenay, Titus Scipio Germanicus, Elena d’Artois le Tailleur, Kadan Chakhilgan Ger on Echen, Iago Benitez, Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen, Lodovick of Gray’s Inn, Benedict Fergus atte Mede, Clewin Kupferhelbelinc, William Paris, Po Silvertop, Fiora d’Artusio, Andreas Jager von Holstein, Jehan le Blanc, Lucius Marius Sittius, and Cairdha Eilis O’Coileain.

Lady Rachel Dalicieux was created a Companion of the Keystone for her service to the musical and scribal communities, both as creator and organizer. Scroll illuminated by Lady Isabel Fleuretan (with assistance by His Furriness Patrick the Orange) and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.

Lady Rachel receiving a Keystone. Photo by Kathleen Giesey

Lady Rachel receiving a Keystone. Photo by THLady Caitilín ní Mhaolchonaire.

Don Quinn Kerr was invited, and confirmed that it was still his wish to be elevated to the Order of Defense. Sir Hrothgierr Ivarsson spoke of Don Quinn’s adherence to and pursuit of the Knightly virtues. Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen of the Order of the Laurel named Quinn her inspiration, and praised his ability to teach others without their realizing they’re learning anything. Dame Vivienne Marie de Beauvais of the Order of the Pelican recollected when she first met Quinn 25 years ago, roasting sausages over epees as part of a fledgling fencing community in the SCA, and extolled his effort to growing the fencing community both in Æthelmearc and the SCA at large. Maestro Orlando of the Order of Defense recalled the first time he faced Quinn on the fencing field, and how Quinn politely helped him and so many others in the Kingdom improve. So moved by the testimony of these Peers, His Majesty named Quinn Kerr the 3rd Defender of Æthelmearc, and presented him with regalia of his station: the ancestral Livery Collar of the Defenders of Æthelmearc, a personal livery collar to mark him as a Defender of Æthelmearc, and a cloak bearing the badge of the Order, along with the Lineage book of the Defenders of Æthelmearc. Master Quinn pledged his fealty to Æthelmearc upon his rapier. Scroll illuminated by Master Caoinlean Seanchaidh, calligraphed by Lady Rachel Dalicieux upon wording by Doña Emily of Dunvegan and Doña Katherine Vivian, and presented in a frame created by Sir Hrothgeirr Ivarsson.

Master Quinn becomes a Master of Defense. Photo by Kathleen Giesey.

Master Quinn becomes a Master of Defense. Photo by THLady Caitilín ní Mhaolchonaire.

His Majesty, wishing to continue Her Majesty’s tradition in Her absence of recognizing inspiring gentles, brought forth Doña Caroline of Burgundy. However, in addition to inspiring His Majesty, Doña Caroline has inspired her Barony and Kingdom for many years. And so His Majesty asked for the attendance and witness of the Companions of the Pelican as Doña Caroline was served with a Writ of Summons to contemplate elevation to that Order.

Doña Caroline receives a Writ of Summons to  the Pelican. Photo by Kathleen Giesey.

Doña Caroline receives a Writ of Summons to  the Pelican. Photo by THLady Caitilín ní Mhaolchonaire.

His Majesty asked those who had contributed to the day’s scribal offerings to stand and be recognized.

There being no further business, His Majesty’s Court was closed.