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 Her Majesty’s Royal Court at the Tournament to choose Her Rapier Champion, 28 May, Anno Societatis LI, in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Her Majesty asked for a moment of silent remembrance in honor of Baron Malcolm Fitzwilliam.

Malcolm FitzWilliam

The late Baron Malcolm Fitzwilliam. Photo by Master Alaxandair O Conchobhair.

Her Majesty next asked the children forward and invited them to amuse themselves at the rear of the hall with activities provided by Don Clewin.

Then Her Majesty gave leave to Their Excellencies Stefan and Fiona of the Barony of Endless Hills to hold a brief court.

Her Majesty received Lady Deirdre Kildare, seneschal, and representatives of the Shire of Aibhann Ciach Ghlais, to thank them for their hospitality. Lady Deirdre presented Her Majesty with a gift basket in appreciation of Her visit.

Her Majesty also invited the cooks of the St. Lawrence Guild of Cooks, and Lady Greer Wallace, who provided the excellent victuals available throughout the day. Her Majesty thanked them for taking such good care of Herself and all the attendees.

Next did Her Majesty call Vincenzo of Endless Hills into Her Presence, and inducted him into the Order of the Silver Buccle.



Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful.

Her Majesty next desired words with Lord Simon Sevastion Caminante. Mindful of his skills and prowess, Her Majesty did name him a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce.


Photo by Breyhyres Gwendolyn the Graceful.

Her Majesty called forward Lord Cormacc mc Gille Bridghe. In recognition of his many efforts, Her Majesty named him a Companion of the Order of the Keystone.


Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful.

Then Her Majesty invited Countess Elena D’Artois and Master William Parris forth to present the prizes for the Bearpit Tournament that followed the championship tourney. Lord Durante de Caravaggio de Florenza, Lord Andreas von Halstern, and Don Po Silvertop earned accolades for their performance. Countess Elena also asked Don Diego Miguel Munoz de Castilla to explain the Wild Hunt. All interested fencers are invited to participate in the year-long competition.

Doña Elena, Master Will,  and Master Diego receive roses from Her Majesty before the tournament. Photos by Lady Antoinette de Lorraine.

Her Majesty next received Doña Fiora D’Artusio, Her outgoing Rapier Champion, and Lord Jacob Martinson, the day’s victor. He received from Doña Fiora the regalia of his new office. Lord Jacob then offered his fealty upon the champion’s rapier and joined the Court.

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Lord Jacob Martinson, new Queen’s Rapier Champion, receiving a Golden Alce in the reign of Tindal and Etain. Photo by Arianna.



Photo by Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful.

Her Majesty summoned Lord Durante forward once more, and presented to him Her token of inspiration.

Her Majesty again thanked the event staff, the marshals, combatants, ministers of the list, cooks, and all others who made the day enjoyable for all.

Her Majesty asked those scribes who contributed to the scrolls bestowed in Her Court to stand and be recognized.

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

Faithfully Submitted,

Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

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