Gentles of Æthelmearc! Fellow lovers of performance and performing! Greetings!
The days of strangeness and plague continue in new and varied ways, but time moves on and so must we.
We – Bran and Gavin – have had the honor and delight of serving as your Sylvan Bard (dipartite) this year, and with Their Majesties Gareth and Juliana’s ascension to the Sylvan Throne, the time has come to determine who will take up the mantle next.
While Kingdom Tradition holds that the successor to the role is chosen by competition at the Kingdom 12th night celebration, the continued pestilence means we will be without that opportunity.
SO, we will create a new opportunity in its place!
**Beginning October 7th, and proceeding through the last day of December, we will be accepting shortish (say 3-7 minutes, hard limit of 10min) performance VIDEO RECORDINGS via the Sylvan Bard email – email here. (Please send us a link to a location we can download from, like dropbox or google drive)
Song! Story! Poem! Bring us your best delightful performance in celebration of the new year, rebirth and renewal, and an eventual return to our desired ways of doing things.
We will send you a receipt email, and will curate the performances together into a 12th night concert/competition, with performances by ourselves, and your wonderful personages, from which Their Majesties will select their new Bardic Champion.
Any questions may be directed to the sylvan bard email above. Thank you, break a leg, and be well and joyful!
Welcome to the Ninth Known World Bardic Congress and Cooks Collegium, to be held online on September 10th, 11th, and 12th. We are hosted this year by the Mid-Realm’s Barony of Ayreton.
Join us for a weekend filled with classes, concerts, and bardic circles. In addition to cooking and bardic, we will also have brewing & vinting, along with instrumental & choral music classes –and more!
We encourage attendees to register on the website. Much like Pennsic, you can use your account to offer classes, suggest others, request stage time, or create your personal schedule.
The Report of the Ætherial Court of Their Sylvan Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, Held for the Second Virtual Queen’s Prize Tourney on June 26 anno societatis 56, Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.
Their Majesties opened the court and welcomed and thanked all for joining the court. They spoke of how much they were looking forward to the return of in person events, and reminded all present that the Final Edition of ÆLive would air on July 16th, and that the first live event would be the Saint Swithin’s Day event on July 10, followed by Crown Tournament in Misty Highlands on August 21.
The Kingdom Ministers of Arts and Sciences, Master Hrolfr and Mistress Elska A Fjarfelli were invited into Their Majesties’ Court to speak about the Virtual Queen’s Prize Tournament. They spoke that it had been such a joy to coordinate this online Arts and Sciences Faire to allow the artisans of Æthelmearc a venue to share their works and works in progress. They thanked Master Robert Ferness, the Arts and Sciences webminister, and Lady Magdalena Txoperena, Zoom Coordinator, for all of their support in making the tournament happen
They Encouraged everyone to visit the Æthelmearc Arts and Sciences website where all of the entries and documents are hosted. They thanked the entrants: Baron Caleb Reynolds, THLady Renata Rouge, THLady Cristina inghean Griogair, THLord Sasson de Sancta Victoria, THLady Beatrice de Winter, THLady Sophie Davenport, Forveleth Dunde, Lord Cassiano da Castello, Lord Claude Duvivier, and Lady Iladria Rosati for their hard work in preparing the projects. Masters Hrolfr and Elska then thanked all of the panelist judges for taking to to review all the entries and provide live feedback to all the entrants: Mistress Abigail Kelhoge, Mistress Alicia Langland, Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdene, Baron Edward Harbinger, THLady Eleanore Godwin, Mistress Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg, Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli, THLady Fede di Fiore, Master FRidirkr Tomasson, THLady Glenna Cholmondeley, Master Hrolfr a Fjarfelli, Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce Di SIena, Mistress Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina, Master Madoc Arundel, Lady Meadbh ni Clerigh, Lady Magdalena Txoperena, THLady Maggie Rue, Baron Padraig O’Branduibh, Mistress Phiala O’Caellaigh, Master Robert of Ferness, Mistress Rowena ni Dhonnchaidh, Master Silvester Buchardt, Mistress Sthurrim Caithnes.
Their Majesties then summoned Baron Caleb Reynolds to Their Court and along with Ministers of Arts and Sciences, presented him with the prize for best documentation for his entry of Aqua Alexiteria: A Cure for the Plague. Scroll in progress based upon a text by her Majesty Liadain.
Her Majesty called forth THLady Sophie Davenport and presented her as the Queen’s Choice for her project of a Byzantine Binding Model Book. Scroll in progress based upon a text by her Majesty Liadain.
His Majesty called upon THLady Cristina inghean Ghriogair, and presented her with the King’s Token for her entry of an Embroidered Book Covers.
Their Majesties took a moment to mention the work of Forveleth Dunde who is a newcomer to the society and whose entry of a tablet woven bag strap was her first project ever to be submitted to a competition.
Kalen Karuson, known as Cricket, was called into Their Majesties’ court. Their Majesties expounded upon his skill in archery and thrown weapons and how upon both ranges he was always likely to be helping others improve their form. For this Their Majesties inducted him into the order of the Silver Alce. Scroll by the hands of Baroness Anastasie deLamoure.
Their Majesties summoned Roisin Duncan to join Their Court, and spoke of her fiber works with Kumihimo, which she describes herself as a cat playing with string. She has improved in her craft, seeking more complicated patterns, even creating new patterns of her own, and yet she is generous with her art and seeds the kingdom and baronial largess with her weavings, and so Their Majesties were pleased to Award her Arms. Scroll by Maitresse Elyse la Beef and Hatun Gulsah al-zakiyya, Text by Lord Lundardo Capriolo.
The Armiger Fuego of the Hael was inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce in absentia for their blossoming skill with rapier. They were Impressed with their dedication to continually improving their skill as they served as the Rhydderich Hael’s Rapier Champion. Words and image from the The Flower of Battle of Master Fiore Friulano de’i Liberi 1409 with some additions by Zofia Kowalewska
Their Majesties then took a moment to showcase the gorgeous new cushions that had been crafted for the Sylvan thrones by Lady Avitoria Vidua. In appreciation for her fine craftsmanship to secure the comfort of Their Majesties, They presented her with a Golden Escarbuncle in absentia.
Baron Friderich Swartzwalder was invited into the court and inducted into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for his skills as an excellent and patient teacher of history and military history of Germany, and his skills at crafting silk banners. Their Majesties invited all companions of the Fleur to take a moment to find and greet Friderich to welcome him to the order. Scroll by Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen based on Biblia pauperum, a block book c. 1470-80.
Her Majesty spoke of her deep appreciation for all of the artisans who entered the competition and called forth THLord Sasson de Sancta Vittoria and named him Her inspiration for the day and gave him a personal token for his efforts in researching and bringing together all of the various Viking motifs in order to create the Chivalry scroll for Sir Marek Viacheldrago.
Their Majesties thanked all of the scribes and medallion makers who contributed to Their court. They further thanked their staff of Their herald, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Baroness Amalie Reinhardt for running the technologies of the court, THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke for providing lighting for Their Majesties thrones, and all of Æthelmearc for signing on and joining the court. They then invited all present to stay and enjoy Æthel Chat after court.
My name is Duquessa Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora and I hail from the peaceful and mercantile Barony of St Florian de la Riviere in the Kingdom of Lochac.
On behalf of the stewarding team, being Duquessa Juana Isabella de Montoya y Ramirez (West), Duquessa Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora (Lochac), and Magistra Beatriz Aluares de la Oya (Atlantia), I would like to invite you to the second Known World Colegio de Iberia sponsored by the West Kingdom over the first weekend of June 2021.
This is a weekend of virtual classes on the lives and times of the people who dwelt in the lands which we now call Spain and Portugal. The symposium covers the period from the Muslim Umayyad Conquest, and includes the great Muslim city-states and the four Christian kingdoms (Kingdom of Castile y Leon, Kingdom of Aragon, Kingdom of Navarre and Kingdom of Portugal), ending with death of the Habsburg King Philip II. We also explore some of the worlds who experienced colonisation by these kingdoms.
The Zoom room details and password will be made available closer to the date and advertised on the Facebook event and the website. We will be having a range of breakout rooms depending on the number class tracks required.
There are a range of different roles that we will need to make this event as easy and as fun as possible to run. If you would like to assist us in anyway please fill in this form: https://forms.gle/fHSy4DA7SkB37Y837
The event stewards (Tellina Tiffany Ballard & Giada Gigi La Bella Donna) are pleased to announce that the West Kingdom’s Salons of the Italies II (Italian Salon) is happening across the Known World April 23-24, 2021.
Fill out this class/demo form to teach. (Ginevra Tracy Bossinger is our class coordinator.)
The Report of the Æthereal Court of Their Sylvan Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held on the 20th day of March Anno Societatis 55, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.
Their Majesties opened court thanking all for attending. They spoke about how long the past year was, and how many friends that we all have lost, and also the fuzzy friends that we have lost. They then invited Lady Isabetta Orsini and David to join Them in Court. They had recently lost their dog Siff, and Their Majesties inducted Siff into the Sylvan Pack in memoriam. Regalia by Nycaise d’Ozier la Tailleresse.
Their Majesties invited Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure to join Them in Court. Baroness Anastasie had taken the Office of Æthelmearc Kingdom Thrown WeaponsMarshall, and she gave her oath of service to the Kingdom to serve faithfully in that Office.
Baroness Anastasie swears fealty as Kingdom Thrown Weapons Marshal
Master Antonio de la Luna was then invited into Court, and Their Majesties thanked him for serving the past 4 years as Kingdom Thrown Weapons Marshall. They went on to praise his unending courtesy, being a voice of reason, and constantly working so that others might enjoy themselves. For these things Their Majesties inducted Master Antonio into the Order of the Cornelian. Work in progress by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Master Antonio receives a Cornelian
The Sylvan Bard, Lord Eadaoin Ruadh, was then invited into Court and Their Majesties presented her with an Award of Excellence for her service over the past year as Sylvan Bard, contributing many Bardic Ambushes for AE Live, and other online venues.
Lord Eadaoin receives an Award of Excellence
Lord Eadaoin then announced that the previous evening she had hosted a bardic competition to determine her successor as Sylvan Bard. Their Majesties then called forth THLord Bran O’Labhragha and asked him to serve as Queen’s Bardic Champion, and Lord Gavin Kent was asked to serve as King’s Bardic Champion. Scroll by THLady Pippi Ulfsdotter.
The Kingdom Bard scroll
Her Majesty then invited Lady Megge Gormshuileach and Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli and thanked them both for their bardic performances in the Sylvan Bardic Championship, and presented tokens of appreciation to each.
Their Majesties then spoke of upcoming events and Invited Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile to speak about the upcoming Æthelmearc Heralds and Scribes Symposium event to be held on Zoom on April 10th, and that both Heralds and Scribes are still seeking teachers.
Their Majesties then invited Lady Thalia Papillon to speak as Autocrat of Ice Dragon. She announced that the Ice Dragon event will be several Zoom events starting with an Ice Dragon Bardic Circle on April 3, Pentathlon Judging online beginning Sunday April 11, leading up to Saturday April 24 for the Virtual event and court..
Lady Thalia Papillon was held in Court as Their Majesties praised her for her arts, creating largess, creating needle crafts, entering online competitions, creating needle cases and painting medallions. For these things and the quest to find more arts Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Sycamore. Medallion by Baron Magnus de Lyons, Scroll by Countess Margarita de Siena.
Lady Thalia’s Sycamore scroll
Their Majesties then called Lijsbet Hoefman into court. They praised her works in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael. She served as Chronicler and Webminister for Barony, making a new website for the Barony, assisting with the Ice Dragon Pent, as well as being a talented artist and musician. For this wide body of work Their Majesties were pleased to Award her Arms. Scroll by Lord Riobard Michel Padraig Timothy Seamus Ó Súilleabháin known as Brother Bobby.
Lady Lijsbet’s AoA scroll
Dugan Rushton and Cristina Aurelia Vitelli of Sylvan Glen were then called into court and Their Majesties Awarded Arms to both of them. Dugan served as Shire Chamberlain reorganizing property and creating new policies for its use and teaching youth combat. Cristina served as the Shire Herald and Deputy Minister of Arts and Sciences assisting many gentles with heraldic submissions. Scrolls created by Baron Caleb Reynolds and THLady Zosia Kowalewska.
Lord Dugan and Lady Cristina
Lord Dugan’s AoA scroll
Lady Cristina’s AoA scroll
Their Majesties then invited Lady Otilia von Passaw into court and thanked her for creating beautiful cast pewter pilgrim tokens for Their Majesties, her brooches were entered in the Virtual Queen’s Prize Tourney, and the kingdom had been impressed by the quality of her work. For these things, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by THLady Felice de Thornton.
Lady Otilia’s Sycamore scroll
THLord Rhys of Myles End was invited into court to speak about the Google for Non-Profit that Æthelmearc now features. THLord Rhys was part of the implementation team for the Webminister’s Office, and announced that all Paid Members could apply for an Æthelmearc Email address though the Æthelmearc Webminister Page. Their Majesties thanked him for his work, as they had heard how many hours had been spent by the Google Team making these updates, helping new users, and so They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
THLord Rhys’ Keystone scroll
Her Majesty Queen Liadain then invited Lady Ania Mhoireach to attend her in court. She presented her with a personal token as the Queen’s Inspiration, for although she did not compete in the Bardic Competition for Sylvan Bard, she did participate in the interkingdom Bardic Circle that followed with such joy at sharing and hearing others perform.
Lady Ania, Queen’s Inspiration
Their Majesties thanked all of the Scribes and Regalia makers who had contributed to Their Court. They spoke of the future of the Society and Æthelmearc, as our future looks bright, and They wished to open up Æthelmearc safely, asking the subjects of Æthelmearc what that process should look like. They announced that there will be a virtual event on May 1 to celebrate the New Year Anno Societatis 56.
Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful was then invited into court and presented with an Award of Excellence for her decades of support of the bardic community in Æthelmearc. She truly embodies the title of Sylvan Bard Emeritus, continuing to lead the peoples of Æthelmearc in story song and march at Circles, Competitions and Opening Ceremonies.
Their Majesties then invited Their New Sylvan Bards to perform their winning pieces in Court. THLord Bran O’Labhradha performed his winning song “Elegy of a Dream” and Lord Gavin Kent performed his winning poem “Ode to Kindle a Mighty Blazon.”
We are proud to announce that the Known World Sciences Symposium which had been previously planned for June 25 to 27, 2021 has now been merged with the University of Atlantia Symposium on June 12, 2021, which will be held as an online event.
This message is to let you know that His Majesty, King Maynard, has eliminated the high tech pretenders who tried to pass themselves off as “Æthelnet” and “Æthelnators”.
His Majesty wishes to reassure the populace that there will be no takeover by any computer overlords. While events and meetings may remain virtual for a while, our webministers and Zoomerators will continue to do the stellar job they have been doing for the last year, and our leadership will remain human.
Please resume your regularly scheduled activities, secure in the knowledge that our beloved Kingdom is in good hands.