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The recording of the business of Sven and Siobhan, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held at the Queen’s Rapier Championship during the Myrkfaelinn War Practice in the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn, on the second day of June, Anno Societatis LIII.* Reported by THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, with the assistance of Lady Romey Feurhertts.

In the morning:

Twenty three individuals presented themselves to Her Majesty to vie for the title of Queen’s Rapier Champion. She spoke to them about honor and prowess. The current Champion, Don Jacob Martinson, also had words of encouragement and inspiration. Her Majesty then randomly drew pairs to begin the tournament.

On the field at the conclusion of the Tournament:

Master Illadore de Bedagrayne was presented to Her Majesty as the winner of the Tournament.

Illadore Rapier Champ

Master Illadore is named Queen’s Rapier Champion. Photo by Lord Robert of Ferness.

In the evening:

His Majesty spoke about the day and bid the assembled populace to come closer in order to hear better.

Master Illadore de Bedagrayne was introduced as the Tournament winner and chosen by Her Majesty to be Her Rapier Champion. The scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds was presented and she was adorned with the cape and sword of the Champion by Don Jacob Martinson.

Countess Marguerite and Countess Caryl then came forward and spoke about how pleased and honored the Ladies of the Rose are to be associated with the fencing community. To commemorate this association, they presented tokens commissioned by Countess Elena to the former and current Champions.

Marguerite and Caryl

Countess Caryl and Countess Margerite. Photo by Lord Robert of Ferness.

Their Majesties then called for Percival Potts. His Majesty spoke of Percival’s art of pottery and musicianship with the bagpipes, and then spoke of his martial prowess on the fencing and heavy list, and as a part of the siege team. He was then praised for his friendship and helpfulness, for which he was Awarded Arms. Scroll by THL Phellippe “Pippi” Ulfsdottir.


Percival receives his AoA. Photo by Lord Robert of Ferness.

The children were called forth and Her Majesty spoke to them about all of the wonderful activities that She saw them doing, such as making hobby horses and then jousting with them. Her Majesty pointed out the toy chest and the rules for choosing a toy were explained. She then sent them off in an orderly fashion to choose a toy to occupy them for the remainder of court.

Their Majesties called for Maedbh ni Clerigh. Her Majesty spoke about her extensive research and activity with cooking and brewing. She also spoke about how she has dressed herself and her family in beautiful garments. For these things Maedbh was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore.


Lady Maedbh receives a Sycamore. Photo by Lord Robert of Ferness.

Their Majesties then asked for Robert of Ferness to come forward. His Majesty spoke of Robert’s prowess as an archer, and his art of making bows and arrows for himself and others. His Majesty, being quite impressed with Robert did make him a Companion of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds, calligraphed by Lady Nichola Beese.

Robert of Ferness

Lord Robert receives a Golden Alce.

Sigvaldi the Ram was then called forth and the Queen spoke of his prowess on the throwing range. She was impressed with his generosity in loaning gear and his taking the time to teach other throwers. For this he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.


Lord Sigvaldi receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Lord Robert of Ferness.

The members of the Order of the Sycamore were asked to stand and the populace was instructed to look at who is and isn’t standing and to take note of who they thought had a Sycamore but wasn’t standing.

The members of the Order of the Golden Alce were asked to stand, and again the populace was asked to make an observation of who does and does not belong to the Order.

Their Majesties then asked for Cristina Inghean Ghriogair to come forward. They spoke of her teaching and sharing of her knowledge in the arts of brewing and embroidery. They find her art to be exceptional and pleasing, and thus inducted her into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc. Scroll illuminated by THL Vivienne of Yardley and calligraphed by THL Shirin of Susa.

Cristina Fleur

Lady Cristina is inducted into the Fleur. Photo by Lord Robert of Ferness.

The scribes who contributed artwork in the form of illumination, calligraphy and wordsmithing during the past year were asked to stand and be thanked for their beautiful and generous work.

THL Hrolfr a Fjarfelli asked for a moment of the court’s time. He thanked all of those who worked and helped to make the day a success, and Their Majesties also thanked everyone who contributed to the day.

Her Majesty asked for Ixac ben Simon to come forward. She spoke about his attentiveness to foreign visitors by showing them around and gently explaining the activities going on. She thanked him for bringing them to meet Their Majesties and for the generosity of his time. For this She named Ixac as Her inspiration for the day.

There being no further business, the court of Their Majesties was closed.