Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at the Siege at Harlech, 16 April, Anno Societatis L, in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Their Majesties invited Her Excellency, Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann of the Debatable Lands, to join Them in Their Court.

Castle exterior

Photo by Lady Brynna Barth.

Their Majesties invited Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson to address the populace. Master Tofi distributed prizes for participants in the day’s brewing competition. Of particular note and mention were: Baron Fergus of Hanna, Baron of Highland Forde, for his spiced mead; The Honorable Lord Jorundr hinn Rotinn for his Brunello (red wine); Lord Madoc Arundel for his Burgundy Pyment; and Nohaaj for his Belgian-style brown ale.

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Their Majesties thanked all those Youth Fighters who defended the castle gate with bravery and prowess that day.

Youth fighters court

Youth fighters. Photo by Arianna.

His Majesty called forward Sir Arnthor inn Sterki, who was victorious in the morning’s Atlantian Speed Tourney. Her Majesty presented Sir Arnthor with a bottle of libations, donated by the brewers, and a necklace to adorn his lady.

Tourney winner Arnthor

Single elimination tourney winner Sir Arnthor. Photo by Arianna.

Her Majesty then spoke of the spear tourney held at the castle gates, and invited Sir Graedwyn mab Tiernan and THL Bors of Rouen to come forth and be recognized as the day’s victors. Their Majesties gifted these gentles with two of the ceremonial spears used in Their coronation.

Spear tourney winners Bors and Graedwyn

THLord Bors and Sir Graedwyn, winners of the spear tourney. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties next called Josyefne Ra’hel Nagy into Their presence. Not accidentally was this gentle fetched from the kitchens. Her Majesty spoke of the good reports They have received of many a kitchen in which she has served, meals and support she has given to fighters, the ways in which she has offered her hospitality and generously given of her time to enhance the activities of others. Right mindful of the worth of such service, They were moved to Award her Arms.

Josyefne AoA a

Lady Josyefne receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Arianna.

Next did Their Majesties desire to speak with their Autocrat of the day, THL Elss of Augsburg. His Majesty thanked her for assuming the duties of autocrat in order that the day might come to pass, since it was scheduled before Their Majesties knew they would have other demands on Their time. However, on this day it was not for Elss’s organizational skill that she was brought before the thrones, but in recognition of her skill at Thrown Weapons. Thereupon did Their Majesties induct her into the Order of the Golden Alce.  Scroll by THL Tegrinus de Rhina.

Elss Golden Alce

THLady Elss receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Arianna.

Their Majesties called for the cooks, led by Mistress Katla ùlfeþinn, and thanked them all for stepping into a vacancy when Their previous cook was forced to withdraw her offer of provision.

Thanking the cooks

Their Majesties thank the cooks. Photo by Arianna.

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