Court Reports of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc Gareth II et Juliana II July 13, AS 54 (2019) Bog Three-Day Event Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog. Here continues the Record of the Second Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at the annual St. Swithin’s Bog Three-Day Event, AS 54, in Their Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog, accompanied by Their Heirs, Prince Timothy and Princess Gabrielle, and Their Excellencies Gunther and Rosheen of St. Swithin’s Bog. As reported by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, OL.
In the morning, the Crown received The Honorable Lord Silvester Burchardt and asked whether it was still his intention to sit vigil that day. At his reply, They then brought forward Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel. His Highness Prince Timothy asked His Lordship to return the belt marking him as His Highness’ squire. Their Majesties then directed the Order to conduct His Lordship to the place of his vigil. Court was suspended.
In the evening, Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies Gunther and
Rosheen to conduct the business of their Court.
Their Majesties made Sylvia von Fredeburg a companion of the Order of the Silver Sycamore for her artistic endeavors and for teaching others. Following this, the children
were invited forward for the traditional “running of the toy box.” His Highness suggested that His Grace, Duke Gabriel of Maccuswell, might enjoy learning how it works first-hand. His Grace sportingly agreed.
Their Majesties permitted Lord Cheng Tai Ren to present His Highness Prince Timothy with an item commemorating Their Highnesses’ eventful trip to crown: A “reign” deer made by the hands of Lady Gui Dai Li.
Next, Their Majesties asked to be joined by those attending their very first Royal Court, and presented these gentles with drinking vessels to welcome them into the Society.
Thereafter, Mistress Gabrielle de Winter came forth with Lord Alfonso de Santo Domingo, that all might witness as he took up her offer to become her protègé.
Their Majesties next summoned His Lordship, Guillaume le Noir. His Majesty had learned of Guillaume’s efforts on behalf of the moneyers’ guild and found them laudable. Their Majesties therefore were moved to name him a Companion of the Sycamore.
Catherine de Troyes was called forward. The Crown remarked on her accomplishments in cooking feasts, as well as her efforts to teach the art of spinning, and her general helpfulness as crew on many events. For this, They created her a companion of Their Order of the Keystone and Awarded her Arms.
Their Majesties brought forth Richard of Foxmore. In recognition of his long, quiet dedication as knight marshal, as well as working on the kitchen crew, and making board games, They did name him a companion of Their Order of the Keystone.
Their Majesties also asked to be joined by Lady Gemina of Krull. Taking note of her scribal contributions, and particularly of her labors to provide children’s activities, They named her a companion of Their Order of the Keystone.
Next did Their Majesties request the presence of Mikael ibn Mehlen ibn Yosaf al-Uqlidsi. Their Majesties declared Themselves impressed by his all-around skills in heavy combat, rapier combat, archery, and thrown weapons. Thus he was made a companion of the Order of the Golden Alce, and Awarded Arms.
Their Majesties next desired to speak with Mistress Cynthia Love of the Tower. For her continued service in teaching and encouraging scribes, and for her many contributions as a scribal ninja, They presented her with an Æthelmearc Award of Excellence.
The Crown had need to be attended by Baroness Osa of Greenland. Citing her constant, long-standing, and widespread support of many reigns, many regions, and many events, Their Majesties called forth Their Noble Order of the Millrind. With the Order’s acclamation, Her Excellency was created one of their Companions.
Baron Cormacc mac Gilla Brigde was summoned to attend Their Majesties. His Majesty spoke of the joy His Excellency exhibits in his fighting, and of the dedication he has shown, and of his prowess. His Majesty called for the Noble Order of the Gage to join Him. With their affirmation, His Excellency was added to their number.
Their Majesties wished next to be more closely attended by Their Silent Herald, Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir. However, it was not for her signing that They wished to see her, but for her prowess with the blade. After summoning forward Their
Order of the White Scarf, Don Simon Caminante removed the blue scarf from her arm, and offered a white one in its place, which Her Majesty bestowed to add Dona Gytha to the Order.
Then Their Majesties invited The Honorable Lord Silvester Burchardt to provide his answer whether he would be elevated into the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Receiving his reply, They called for that Order to join them and heard words of testimony. Duchess Sonja Ryzaja, distinguished guest from Ansteorra, spoke as a Lady of the Rose and Royal Peer. Sir Beatrix Krieger conveyed the words of Baron Murdoch Bayne, OP, KSCA, on behalf of the Order of Chivalry. Dame Branwyn MacFhionguin represented the Order of the Pelican. Finally Mistress Phiala O’Ceallaigh, as Companion of the Order of the Laurel, attested to Silvester’s worth. Moved by these words, Their Majesties presented him with the outward symbols of his rank and received his oath.
Baron Silvester is made a Laurel
Her Majesty then announced her Inspirations for the day: Lady Gemina of Krull, and Lady Melissa Anne, who had run the children’s activities for the day, and awarded both a Golden Escarbuncle in token of Her appreciation for their efforts.
Their Majesties recognized all those who contributed scrolls, medallions, and regalia for
those recognized in Court that day.
His Highness begged leave to address the populace. His Highness remarked upon the proliferation of activities and pursuits that enrich our Kingdom and Society, but that sometimes lead to fragmentation as we are forced to choose between one activity or another at events. Their Highnesses wish to dedicate Their upcoming reign to finding ways to bridge the gaps between participation, upon the historically-inspired theme, “A Day at the Tournament.” They invite any who have suggestions or ideas about how to enable our subjects to enjoy more varied activities during the course of events, to contact Them in the coming weeks.
His Majesty reminded all that we have but two weeks until the Pennsic War is upon us. His Majesty expressed the hope that all present had taken up a new area of interest this year. His Majesty further declared His aspiration that as the Known World travels to our lands, that all within the Kingdom of Æthelmearc should outfight, outfence, outshoot,
out-volunteer, and outshine all other realms, so that all who visit us can see and recognize the grandeur of Æthelmearc.
Finally, His Majesty thanked all the staff who had worked to make the event enjoyable and successful, and the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog for their generosity and hospitality.
There being no further business, the Court was closed.
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, OL
All photos by Arianna of Wynthrope, who apologizes for the poor quality