Here continues the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at Their Crown Tournament, October 7, AS 52, in Their Shire of Hornwood; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, with the assistance of Lord Ronan O’Conall.
In the morning court:
On October 7, 2017, We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, issued a royal sanction – banishment from the royal presence against Matthew Gibson, known in the Society as Tegrinus de Rhina. This sanction will expire at the end of our reign.
Their Majesties then summoned before Them those members of the Order of the Pelican there present. Having been informed of and agreeable to the Order’s desire to add to their number, they summoned in turn Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr and Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenburg, and sent each to the place prepared for them to sit vigil and contemplate elevation to that noble Order.
Their Majesties then received before Them those combatants and consorts who were to vie for a place beside Their Majesties as Heirs to the Sylvan Throne, giving Their tokens to the couples as they were received.
Their Majesties then gave leave to Their Officers to conduct the Crown Tournament and Their Court was thus suspended.
At the conclusion of the tournament:
Having emerged victorious from the list of combatants, Their Majesties invited before them Duke Sven Gunnarsson and Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Liathain. Having confirmed his desire to serve as Prince, His Majesty placed the crown on Duke Sven’s head, creating him the Prince of Æthelmearc. His Highness then received the consort’s crown, and put it on the head of His lady, Duchess Siobhan, creating Her as His Princess.
The Court of Their Majesties was once again suspended.
In the evening, holding Their Court:
Their Majesties summoned before Them the Children of the Kingdom who were then sent in pursuit of toys carried by his Lordship Darri inn Valski with which to entertain themselves during the business of Their Majesties’ Court.
Next, those attending their first event with the Society were summoned before Their Majesties. As a token of Their welcome to the Society and the Kingdom, each were given a drinking vessel to use for themselves as they attended further events in the future.
Their Majesties then invited before Them the Ladies of the Rose to speak about the chivalry witnessed on the field during the tournament. The Order noted the chivalry displayed by many of the fighters present that day, but determined one had demonstrated that chivalry above the rest, naming Duke Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn to carry the Shield of Chivalry.
His Lordship Alrekr Bergson was called forth to discuss the archery competition held during the day.
Their Majesties then received Baroness Fiona ingen ui Fhaolain to swear her oath of loyalty on behalf of the Baronage of the Endless Hills.
Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers was then invited before Their Majesties. They noted Sir Alonzio’s many years of service to the Army of Æthelmearc, but also noted that a sign of his position as member of the Order of Chivalry had yet to be presented to him. So did They present him with a (only slightly overdue) scroll announcing his Elevation to the Chivalry by Their honored Ancestors Rurik and Elspeth in AS 37. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Their Majesties Awarded Arms to Rollo Bastardson for his service in the Kingdom Army, especially over the past three Pennsic Wars, fighting with the Borderwatch in defense of Their lands. Scroll by Lady Shirin of Susa.
Ulf Halfdansson was then summoned before Their Majesties and was Awarded Arms for setting a fine example, first as a youth fighter, and then as an adult, offering a hand of service wherever needed. Scroll by Master Kieran MacRae.
Their Majesties next called for Bryna Barth, and Awarded her Arms for giving of her talents as cook, webmistress and retainer, among many others. Scroll by Lord Jacques of Sylvan Glen.
Felineaous Wratheon was next Awarded Arms by Their Majesties. Called Wraith, he has contributed to the Society for more than 20 years, before recently gaining citizenship in Æthelmearc. He, too, fights with the Borderwatch and serves as a herald and bard. Scroll by THL Eleanor of Godwin.
Joel of Hunter’s Home was next Awarded Arms for his service on the field of battle with the Borderwatch, defending the Kingdom both with heavy weapons and on the rapier field at this past Pennsic War. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Lucius Livis Lazarus was then summoned to the Royal Presence. Lucius has quietly served the Kingdom and His Majesty’s House Sable Maul for years, providing his arm on the field, and his talents in casting and cooking when the fighting had ceased. For this did they Award him Arms as well. Scroll by Lady Edana the Red.
Lady Thyri Erbewyf was summoned before Their Majesties, who had heard of her service as a key part of the Borderwatch siege crew. She trains new siege engineers and was the Borderwatch’s field commander on the field this past Pennsic. For this did they induct her into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Felice de Thornton.
Lord Leonardis next was called to appear before their Majesties. Word had reached Their ears about his continued prowess on the fighting field, and his contributions to the heavy weapons community. For these reasons did They create him a member of the Order of the Gage. Scroll by Alita of Hartstone.
Baroness Miriel du Lac was called before Their Majesties. Her Excellency currently serves as Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael, but word of the other forms of service she provides helping to set up and dismantle events, and contributing on the fencing field and in the kitchens had reached the ears of Their Majesties. So did They induct her into Their Order of the Millrind. Scroll by Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes.
Their Majesties next summoned to them Lady Deidre Scot of Clan Scott. They had heard of her work at events doing a myriad of tasks from cooking to retaining to being sure all were fed, as well as the more onerous tasks of securing event sites and serving as exchequer. For this was she also added to the number of the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by Lady Shirin of Susa.
Their Majesties the invited back from her vigil Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenburg, who confirmed her desire to be elevated to the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Words in support of her Elevation came from Mistress Drea, delivered by Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdenne, Master Jose de Madrid, delivered by Mistress Cori Gora, and Master Robert of Sugar Grove, all as members of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Words from Mistresses of the Pelican Rosemarian of Edgewater and Ysabeau Tiercelin were also shared, as were words from Duke Marcus from the Chivalry, Duchess Liadain and Duke Elffin O’Mona, shared by His Highness Sven as Royal Peers, and from Lord Christian Goldenlok and Elizabeth and Isabelle von Halstern speaking as members of the populace.
Having heard those words, Their Majesties did then bestow upon Mistress Elisabeth the symbols of her new position, and created her one of their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Scroll is a work in progress.
Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr was next summoned from her vigil, to speak to her desire for elevation to the same Order. Speaking to her worthiness was Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella as one of the Pelicans, Duke Rurik as one of the Chivalry, Meesteress Odriana vander Brughe as a Laurel, and Countess Elena as a Royal Peer. Also heard were words from Mistress Amaryllis as a chirurgeon, and words from Count Jehan de la Marche as a Jewel of Æthelmearc, conveyed by Master Morien MacBain.
Their Majesties heard the testimony from those worthies, and did also induct Baroness Constance as one of their Most Noble Order of the Pelican, having bestowed upon her the signs and symbols of that Peerage. Scroll is a work in progress.
Her Majesty then bid Lady Dorothea Stark Shutze attend Her, as she had decided to name Lady Dorothea Her inspiration for the day, and awarded her a Golden Escarbuncle.
Their Majesties then thanked the scribes and craftsmen who had provided their gifts and talents in the creation of the awards and scrolls handed out that day.
However, before closing Their Court, Their Majesties summoned Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh before them. Having heard of her work as a scribe and assisting the Sylvan Signet in the work of that office, They thanked her, and did summon Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel to attend them, at this point bidding Mistress Graidhne to accept a writ to sit Vigil to contemplate elevation to that Noble Order at a later date. Scroll by Mistress Hrefna inn Heppna Thorgrimsdottir.
Their being no further business, and by that hour, no further light with which to conduct it, the Court of Their Majesties was then closed.
All photos by Lady Aine ny Allane.