Æthelmearc Curia will be held virtually on October 1, 2020, at 7 p.m.
It will likely be on our Kingdom Zoom channels. More information will be forthcoming.
Illadore de Bedegrayne
From Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal:
The Curia of TRM Timothy and Gabrielle will be held on Sunday, January 12th at 11 am at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House 441 Theatre Dr, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15904
The following have seats on the Curia Regis: the Crown and Their Heirs, the Officers of the Kingdom, the Peers of the realm, the territorial Barons/Baronesses of the realm, and the local seneschals of the realm.
All are welcome to attend this meeting and see how the business of the Kingdom is conducted.
The current Agenda:
Æthelmearc 2020 Budget
Old Business – Howling Wolf and Gilded Mirror award updates
Kingdom 25 year committee update
New Business – New Crowns committee
[Editor’s Note: Curious about Curia? Read more about it in this old post.]
From: AEthelmearc Seneschal
The Curia of TRM Gareth and Juliana will be held next FRIDAY evening at 8PM at the Bog Three Day at New Germany Grove Hall, 1635 New Germany Road, Summerhill, PA 15958.
The following have seats on the Curia Regis: the Crown and Their Heirs, the Officers of the Kingdom, the Peers of the realm, the territorial Barons/ Baronesses of the realm, and the local seneschals of the realm.
All are welcome to attend this meeting and see how the business of the Kingdom is conducted.
Great officers, please submit your written reports to me no later than next Monday, July 8th.
As you may have seen, the First Curia of Marcus and Margerite will be held this Sunday, the 25th, at Their Coronation site in the main hall at 10am. Some of you may be wondering, what the heck is “Curia” anyway? As always, the Gazette is here to answer your questions!
What is Curia?
The term “Curia” is used as shorthand for the Curia Regis. Basically, it’s the Royal Council – a gathering of people, led by the King and Queen, held to conduct the Kingdom’s business. It’s a business meeting for the Kingdom, in other words. It’s held at least once per reign. Depending on the business that needs to happen, Their Majesties may choose to hold more than one during Their Reign.
Who is on this council?
The King and Queen lead it. Their Heirs have seats, of course. All of the Officers of the Kingdom have seats, as well as the landed Barons and Baronesses, the Peers of the Realm, and all the local Seneschals.
What does it mean to “have a seat” on the Curia Regis?
It means that those who are members, or have a seat, have a voice in whatever decisions are being made, or topics that come up.
So the people on the Curia Regis vote on things?
Nope. The King and Queen make all the decisions. The folks on the Curia Regis are there to advise them. Rarely, the Royalty may take a quick poll to gauge public opinion, but it’s not a vote.
What do they actually do during the meeting?
Either the sitting Royalty or the Kingdom Seneschal preside over the meeting, depending on the wishes of Their Majesties. Minutes are normally taken. When discussion happens, it’s directed by whomever the King and Queen wish to direct it, usually Themselves or the Kingdom Seneschal. They may decide to limit discussions on some topics, for time considerations.
The actual goings-on really depend on what the King and Queen want to do, but there are a few things that must be brought before the Curia Regis. The Kingdom Officers report. By Law, each Kingdom Officer must submit a written report to the Crown on the state of the Office at or just before Curia. Curia is also where law changes happen, if needed. Any changes to Law must be brought before the Curia Regis (the Kingdom Seneschal must be present), as wells as any changes to Kingdom financial policy. The approved yearly budget is submitted to the Curia Regis, as are any large budget changes that come up during the year. Finally, if the Royalty want to create any new awards or honors for the Kingdom, They must consult with the Curia Regis first.
How do I know when the Curia meets?
It will always be published in our Kingdom newsletter at least in the issue in the month it is to be held. This is usually announced by the Crown or the Kingdom Seneschal, and often both. You’ll see it via various electronic communication methods, too.
If I don’t have a seat on the Curia Regis, can I still go?
Absolutely! Curia is always open to the public. However, if you don’t have a seat, you shouldn’t expect to participate in discussion. But the Royalty may choose to permit members of the populace (that’s you) to speak, if They wish.
It’s great when people are interested in the running of things! And it’s good to know what’s going on in the Kingdom.
If you want to come to Curia this Sunday, but can’t come to the event, the Event Steward says you can come on Sunday free of charge. You’ll need to sign in, so that means show proof of membership or sign a waiver. See you there!
Just a quick reminder that the 2nd Curia of Their Majesties Tindal and Etain will take place Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Ice Dragon. Curia will follow immediately after morning Court and the specific location of Curia within the site itself will be announced at the end of Court.
If you have any questions regarding Curia, please feel free to contact the Kingdom Seneschal, Duke Christopher, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unto the Good Gentles of Sylvan Æthelmearc do Byron, Prince, and Ariella, Princess, send Warm Greetings!
April is A&S month in Æthelmearc! In addition to all of the other wonderful ways to support the Kingdom, every April weekend will have opportunities for artisans: Ice Dragon kicks off the month, including the competition for Queen’s Favors; at our Coronation on April 9, we will have an A&S display; at the Siege of Harlech on April 16, there will be a brewing-only competition (to make up for all the A&S competitions at dry sites); Her Majesty will be attending Hartstone’s A&S Faire on Saturday April 23, followed on Sunday by a scribal workshop in the Debatable Lands hosted by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix; the A&S display at Blackstone Raids rounds out a month with 5 weekends of A&S activity! Our eyes will be on the artisans on the Kingdom, as we look for Champions to represent the Kingdom in the Pennsic A&S War Point this year.
Our first Curia will be held at War Practice on May 22 at 10AM.
Our thanks go out to our predecessors, Tindal and Etain, for Their marvelous service to the Kingdom. It will be a great honor to succeed Them, and to represent this glorious Sylvan Kingdom.
Yours In Service to Æthelmearc,
Byron and Ariella
This Sunday We will be holding Curia. In addition to officer reports and financial updates, it is Our intention to bring up for discussion the following topics:
1) The status of the Kingdom trailer purchase.
2) Creating a policy regarding a youth site token for events requiring a means of identifying child and parent.
3) Adding a new award level with three new awards that would recognize a single outstanding act of martial accomplishment, service, or Arts & Science. The awards would be given out at the whim of the King and Queen, have no impact on an individual’s Order of Precedence and could be awarded to an individual multiple times.
We encourage everyone who is interested in the discussion or has opinions to attend.
Tindal Augustus & Etain Augusta
The Curia of Their Majesties Tindal and Etain will be held on 9 am on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Dewitt Community Room located at 148 Sanders Creek Parkway in East Syracuse, NY 13057.
The First Curia of Titus and Anna Leigh – Agenda
There will be a short Curia at Twelfth Night January 10, 2015 at 9:00am in ACG. Curia is opened by the King’s Herald opening Court. This allows us to make any required declarations immediately instead of repeating them later in another Court.
A. WRITTEN Officer Reports ONLY – Please have them to Their Majesties, Their Highnesses, and me by the event. They will be published on the web site and other electronic venues.
B. Kingdom Budget for 2015
C. Changes to Kingdom Financial Policy – second presentation. The initial presentation of the changes to the Financial Policy was at the Curia of Tindal and Etain this past summer. We then had several months for public comment. After this second presentation at Curia, the updated Financial Policy will be signed off by the Financial Committee and sent to the Board of Directors for ratification. This extended ratification process is in place because Kingdom Financial Policy is Society Policy and is higher in precedent than Kingdom Law.
D. Announcement of changes to Seneschal Policy:
The lead time for soliciting resumes will be moved from 6 months to 15 months before the current Seneschal steps down. The choice will be made by the Royalty seated one year prior to the change, so as to allow for an extended training time for the new Seneschal. This brings practice into line with the Exchequer’s Office.
Seneschal Policy, as all Officer Policy, is not required to go before Curia. As this is a major change to the way we currently do things, we are announcing it now and again at Curia in order to get feedback OUTSIDE Curia both in person, and via email and other communication venues before a final decision is made.
E. Change to Kingdom Law :
Their Majesties wish to change the deadline for Crown Letters of Intent from 1 month postmarked or hand delivered to Coronation postmarked or hand delivered. It cuts off a week lead time. We are putting this out ahead of time to try to get some of the discussion done before Twelfth Night as our time for Curia is very limited.
Article III: CROWN TOURNAMENT REQUIREMENTS
III-600 Letters of intent must be sent to the Crown. They must include the following elements for both entrants:
• SCA names
• Legal names
• Telephone numbers
• E-mail addresses
• Proofs of membership
• Age (proof to be supplied at Crown Tournament)
To facilitate complete letters of intent, a form is available on the Kingdom website as well as from the Crown and the Seneschal on request. Prospective entrants are encouraged but not required to use this form to ensure a complete letter. ***Letters of intent must be postmarked, e- mailed, or hand-delivered to the Crown no later than 30 days prior to the Crown Tournament. ***The Kingdom Seneschal shall verify eligibility as defined in the Bylaws and Corpora.
CHANGE TEXT BETWEEN *** *** TO:
***Letters of intent must be postmarked, e- mailed, or hand-delivered to the Crown no later than the Coronation immediately prior to the Crown Tournament.***