This event report was submitted by Thomas Byron of Haverford, Crown Prince of Æthelmearc.
On October 31, AS 50, as the Hallows raised themselves for a night of freedom, the artisans of Æthelmearc joined the good gentles of Angel’s Keep for a day rich in the sharing of knowledge. Their Royal Majesties, Tindal and Etain, had called for a competition to decide who would stand as the Arts and Sciences Champion of Æthelmearc, and 18 of the Kingdom’s finest artisans heeded the call.
The site itself was majestic, and the people of Angel’s Keep are rightfully proud of the glory (and acoustics!) of the immense chapel in which Court was held. The warmth of the Shire was evident in the care shown to visitors who had traveled from far away (as well as a delicious lunch with many vegetarian options). There were so many wonderful people to meet and talk to that one had to set aside time to focus on the arts!
Photo by Prince Byron.
The centerpiece of the event was a novel format for an A&S competition, devised by Master Fridrikr Tomasson and Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona. Instead of a static display left out for judging, each artist was seated at a table on which their work was displayed, and there were chairs arranged on the opposite side of the table for the judges and the populace. Not only was this advantageous for judges, who could clarify any points of uncertainty, but it was also inviting for those who had never entered an A&S display. Instead of getting lost in advanced documentation, I was able to speak to the artisans on a level that was meaningful to me, and I could maximize what I learned from each of them. The greatest difficulty was tearing myself away from a table to try to ensure that I saw every entry (I must admit, I failed to see them all – I couldn’t bring myself to leave the fascinating conversations).
Their Majesties enjoy an opportunity to learn from the artisans of Æthelmearc. Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.
But in case that wasn’t enough to keep the populace sated with artistry, there was a separate A&S display in the lunch room, with more amazing work that could easily have been part of the competition. This was a good venue for those who could not remain with their work throughout the event. After hours of judging (and teaching and learning), Their Majesties called the judges to their chambers to help Them decide upon a new Champion. The Royalty also had an opportunity to choose their own personal favorite entries.
The winners of the competition were announced in Their Majesties’ Court that evening. The new Kingdom A&S Champion is Elskja Fjarfell of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn. Her display on medieval soaps showed so much more than just the cake of soap – she discussed the dead-ends that she encountered in her research; the chemistry behind the techniques; the subtle differences in methods that produced starkly different results; and the variations that were used in period. She also had a ewer ready in case you wanted to test the different soaps on your own hands! Elskja’s presentation was so popular that she won the Populace’s Choice in addition to the overall Championship.
His Highness discusses the finer points of soap-making with Elskja Fjarfell, Æthlemearc’s new A&S Champion. Photo by Hrolfr Fjarfell.
Her Majesty chose to particularly recognize Baron Artemius Andreas Magnus for his work on stained glass (and his stories from museums and glassworks). His Majesty, guided not only by His taste buds but also His respect for research on animal husbandry, chose as His favorite Lady Cassandra Mattis for her work on prosciutto. I was also honored to choose a favorite, as I was moved by the liturgical slippers made by Mistress Gillian Llewelyn. They are easily worthy of being showcased in a museum. Along with these gentles, THLady Solveig Throndardottir was called into Court to receive praise for her research into medieval Japanese cookbooks, which has become unrivaled as a canonical reference on the subject.
All of the artisans whose work was on display amazed me, as they had accomplished things that I could never even aspire to. But I also consider myself a winner, as my love of learning about all subjects medieval was rekindled at this wonderful event.
List of Entrants:
Abigail Kelhoge – Medieval Toddler’s Clothing
Artemius Andreas Magnus – Stained Glass Project
Cassandra Mattis – Messisbugo’s perduti recipe (1577)
Edith of Winterton – Thread after the Thorsberg trousers
Edward Harbinger – Silver jewelery
Elska Fjarfell – Medieval Soap Making
Felice de Thornton – Illuminated scroll blanks
Fridrich Fluβmüllner – Wood blocks for decorating clothing
Gillian Llewelyn – Embroidered Liturgical Sandals
Helene al Zarqa – Hats
Jasper Longshanks – Medieval leather pouches
Jocelyn of Hartstone – Stained glass
Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa – A variety of tarts
Madoc Arundel – 14th century great ale
Margarita Carpintero – Perfumes
Miklos Magdolna – Research paper on the Irish Travellers
Renata Rouge – 15th century Embroidered badge
Solveig Throndardottir – Medieval Japanese Recipe Project
Honorable and Noble Judges:
Bryn ni MacRose
Christina inghean Ghriogair
Honnoria of Thescorre
Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina
Liadin ní Chléirigh na Coille
Matilda Bosville de Bella Aqua
Rhiannon y Bwa
Svana in kyrra
This report was compiled by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope with assistance from O’no Kuma, Maistir Brandubh o Donnghaile, Master Alaric MacConall, Lady Katheryne Täntzel, Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill, Lady Melodia Beaupel, and Lord Robert Pour Maintenant.
Though the sun played peekaboo through clouds that brought intermittent cold winds and even the occasional tiny snowflake, the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt proved more fun for the folk of Æthelmearc than it did for the French on that fateful day in October, 1415.
The morning started with the Court of the Imperator, Magnus Tindal, in which he bade THLord Morien MacBain set himself on vigil, there to receive the counsel of the peers and populace regarding his elevation to the Order of the Pelicans.
TOYS FOR TOTS TOURNEY
Martial activities began with the Toys for Tots charity tournament organized by Brillo el Dragon for his high school senior project. 15 fighters participated in a bear pit tournament that lasted almost 2 hours, contributing toys and cash to the charity. Sir Vladimir Mechnik, known as Sir Vlad Two Swords, was the victor, but the children who will received Christmas gifts as a result of the tournament will be the true winners.
The Toys for Tots Tourney. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
YOUTH CHAMPION’S TOURNEY
At the same time, Their Excellencies Liam and Constance presided over their Youth Combat Champions’ Tournament, which had five young gentles similarly competing in a bear pit for the right to be named baronial champion.
Their Excellencies address the youth fighters. Photo by Arianna.
In addition to receiving points for winning and losing bouts, the fighters had the opportunity to receive bonus points from the Baron, Baroness, and Marshals for chivalry, sportsmanship, and feats of valor or humor. This resulted in not only many points of honor, but also some entertainingly dramatic deaths and a fair number of quotes from Monty Python. His Majesty stopped by and commended the youth fighters for their prowess and camaraderie. He also bestowed upon the newest youth fighter, Danny, a mug in appreciation of Danny’s skill in the Kingdom Youth Championship Tournament held the previous week at Crown Tournament. In the end, Ulfr, who had just stepped down as kingdom champion a week before, was the winner and named Baronial Youth Champion.
Ulfr vs. Danny in the Baronial Youth Combat Champion’s Tourney. Photo by Arianna.
Once the youth fighters left the field to hold tavern brawl melees at the picnic tables on the other side of the feast hall, the fencers took the list.
For the dozen or so rapier combatants, Lord Cyrus Augur ran a round robin tournament with each round being best of three fights using progressive weapons forms: single sword, sword and parry object (or just sword), and then two weapons. Master Will Parris was the victor.
THLady Fiora vs. Lord Balan. Photo by Arianna.
After the tourney, there were melees, including a free-for-all called Paranoia. Fencers who were killed were out of the melee until the fencer who had killed them was also killed.
Lady Lucia vs. Lord Michael Gladewyne. Photo by Arianna.
After a tasty lunch crafted by Lord Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka and his kitchen crew, the tournament to choose the Debatable Lands Thrown Weapons Champion was hosted by last year’s Baronial Champion, Lord Halldorr Bildr Fintanson. There were 8 competitors vying for this honor, and all knew well the challenge the cold weather presented to the already daunting task. A qualifying round was held, after which 5 throwers were deemed worthy. The championship field included all manner of experience levels, from the most serious and experienced to a first time thrower who picked up knife and axe that day simply to try his hand. A steady hand he proved, for he indeed did qualify and acquit himself nicely.
The competition was a Robin Hood themed throw, and centered on the capture of Will Scarlet.
Thrown weapons participants. Photo by Zyla of Sebastion’s Place.
The competitors included Lady Verena Wittkopf, Baroness Aemilia Soteria, Don Clewin Kupferhelblinc, Karl Kupferhelbelinc (age 6), O’no Kuma, and the first time thrower, Duncan McClough.
There were four targets, with one axe target and three knife targets, two weapons thrown per target. The axe target consisted of a white castle with a double door. Five points were awarded for hitting the door, one point for hitting the castle, and 10 points for hitting either the hinges or the handles of the door.
The second target proved much more challenging. It consisted of a head and shoulder with an inch-wide cloak above and around the shoulders. 10 points were given for sticking your knife in the cloak so as to pin Will Scarlet to the wall for questioning, 5 points for a non-lethal strike to the head or arms, and 1 point for the rest of the target. However, a lethal strike to the head or torso would prove costly, deducting 5 points from your score. There was only one 10 point throw, executed brilliantly by Baroness Aemillia Soteria with a devastating knife to the cloak at the bottom of the neck above the shoulder, pinning her subject quite nicely to the wall.
The third target consisted of a small Baronial shield over the center bullseye, with smaller still round shield targets encircling it. Each competitor was given a shield to strike. Hitting the target at all was worth 1 point, while hitting your chosen shield was 5 points. However, hitting an “ally” shield would deduct 5 points, and hitting the Baronial shield, God forbid, was a devastating deduction of 10 points. This target was the most difficult yet, yielding few points to the competitors, but thankfully no one struck the Barony shield.
The final and ultimately deciding target a “head” placed on the ground with an apple pinned upon the top. Competitors were to knock the apple off the top for 5 points, and doing damage to the apple’s skin would yield 10 points. But doing damage to the head would cost you a deduction of 10 points. This was by far the most challenging target. Not only was there a high risk for a miscue, but the target being on the ground presented a formidable addition challenge, as most throwers don’t practice throwing to ground targets. This point proved out in the end, with most competitors missing the target entirely or flirting dangerously close to damaging the head. In the end, only 2 competitors managed to knock the apple off the head: Duncan and Don Clewin, with Clewin being the only one to actually damage the apple, slicing the upper right portion of the apple clean off. This brilliant throw gave Don Clewin the Championship, with a total of 17 points. Three others tied for second with 11 points.
The throwing proved difficult due to the cold and wind as fingers became numb and knives became slippery and harder to control. However, there was never a complaint or a discouraging word heard by any on the throwing line. Her Excellency, Baroness Constance, marveled at the skill and aptitude of the throwers, especially in the cold conditions!
Congratulations to Don Clewin Kupferhelblinc on his victory. We know you will represent us well throughout the coming year. VIVAT!!
Agincourt was the site of many populace archery shoots:
Lady Katheryne Täntzel ran a youth shoot for French vs English.
Master Alaric MacConnal ran a shield shoot of French vs. English, which was won by Lord Pavel Dudoladov for the English.
THLord Deryk Archer ran a hunt shoot. Ben Nemeth, a promising new archer from the Debatable Lands, took top honors in this shoot.
Maistir Brandubh o Donnghaile ran royal rounds, where King Tindal shoot his first ever royal round.
We shot through the rain, snow and sun. In the end, not surprisingly, the English proved victorious on the archery range.
However, the premier archery competition of the day was the Seven Pearls shoot. There were seven stations, jointly designed and marshaled by last year’s champion, Lord Ichikiero Osoroshi, with assistance from Meistari Urho and Maistir Brandubh.
Seven Pearls Archery competition. Photo by Baron Liam macanTsaoire.
Alas, due to the need to reschedule after weather canceled the plan to hold Seven Pearls at Archers to the Wald, only two baronies were able to provide champions to shoot: the Debatable Lands sent Lady Katheryne Täntzel while Delftwood was represented by Baroness Anastasie Delamour. To make the competition more interesting, they invited other archers to fill in for the Baronies not represented, as the Shoots were designed for 7 to compete against one another. Baron Edward Harbinger, Lord Takematsu Yoshitaka, Ben Nemeth, Lord Pavel Dudolodov, and Master Alaric MacConnal filled in for the other groups.
Shooters were awarded points based on their ranking in each end. All archers received between 1 and 7 point for each end of arrows, first place in each end received 7 points, down to last place in each end received 1 point.
The shoot opened with a one-minute timed round where each archer had to shoot 3 arrows each at 20, 30 and 40 yard targets for standard royal round scores.
The second shoot required the archers to remove all 6 pearls from a baronial coronet while shooting en masse.
The third round was a swan shoot at 40 yards, while the fourth was a baronial heraldry shoot, where all archers shot at the heraldry of the other baronies. The winner was the barony with the least hits on its arms, while the barony with the most hits on its arms received the least points.
The fifth shoot was comprised of period targets of a shield and wand, and the sixth was a pearl hunt, with 49 pearls on the target. Only seven were true pearls and worth points, but archers had to shoot all the pearls to find the true pearls.
In the seventh and final challenge round, after working through the range, each archer issued a challenge and all archers had three arrows to answer the challenge.
In the end Lady Katheryne bested Baroness Anastasie to claim the title of Seven Pearls Champion for the Debatable Lands, while Baron Edward proved the victor among the stand-ins.
Much fun was had by the archers on this cold afternoon. Lady Katheryne, Marshal in Charge, wishes to thank the other marshals and also Meistari Urho for providing loaner gear.
The sides were chosen, French (blue) and English (red), with the marshals attempting to make them about even.
First there were a series of gate battles. Access was limited to a nine-foot gate, though the combat archers could fire more freely. The sides took turns being the aggressors with unlimited resurrections against the defenders who had none. Each side was the attacker twice.
After that, there was a series of five open field battles. The French won the first two, the English the final three.
Then a game was played where teams of three non-archers tried to cross an open field while a group of three archers fired at them. If any of the non-archers were ‘killed’ the entire team had to return to the starting line. If one was legged, all were legged.
Finally, the traditional ‘Tavern Brawl’ was held, in which fighters began the melee seated at picnic tables and then jumped into the fight when the marshals called Lay On.
ARTS AND SCIENCES
THLady Sumayya al Ghaziyyah and Lady Astridr Vikaskegg ran the first St. Crispin’s A&S Competition, which is planned to be held annually at Agincourt in the future. There were 25 entries ranging from novices to Laurels and from fiber and costuming to calligraphy and illumination. Entries were judged based on Creativity, Workmanship, Aesthetics, Authenticity, and Complexity. While documentation was considered important, scores for it were only considered in the case of a tie.
Baron Silvester Burchardt won the overall St. Crispin’s Challenge with his piece of brocaded tablet-woven trim.
Brocade tablet weaving by Baron Silvester Burchardt. Photo by Arianna.
Prizes were also given to gentles in categories based on the arts awards they possessed. Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope won the Laurel category with a black hours Fleur scroll. In the Journeyman category, for gentles with Fleurs, THLord Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie won for his Suoh (Japanese garb). In the Novice category, for gentles with Sycamores, Lady Ceindrich verch Elidir won for her knitted stockings based on an extant pair made for Eleanor of Toledo. In the Tenderfoot category, for gentles with no Arts awards, Lady Abbatissa Dreye de Banneberi won with her sekanjabin.
After the day’s activities wore down, Their Excellencies and His Majest held court, processing in to the Debatable Choir singing the Agincourt Carol.
Baron Liam and Baroness Constance recognized their Youth and Thrown Weapons Champions, as well as the winners of the Seven Pearls Archery and other archery competitions, the A&S competition winners, and the winner of the Toys for Tots tournament, as previously mentioned.
Baron Silvester Burchardt is named winner of the St. Crispin’s A&S Competition. Photo by Arianna.
Brillo el Dragon addresses the Baron and Baroness regarding the Toys for Tots tournament that he organized. Photo by Arianna.
Maistir Brandubh o Donnghaile was called forward as archery marshal and noted that Lord Pavel Dudoladov and Lord Robert Pour Maintenant had achieved the Royal Round rank of Marksman.
Their Excellencies also bestowed awards on the following gentles:
Lord Markus Skalpr Grimsson receives a Blue Silver Comet for his tablet weaving and the authenticity of his fighting accoutrements. Photo by Arianna.
Lord Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka receives a Gold Comet for his service, including building the gate for the Debatable Lands’ Pennsic encampment. Photo by Arianna.
Lord Robert Pour Maintenant receives a Gold Comet for his service as a heavy weapons marshal at practices and events. Photo by Arianna.
Their Excellencies then called for Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter, presenting him with a scroll commemorating the Green Comet that had been given to him at Pennsic, and also asked him to convey the Toys for Tots tourney winner scroll and likewise a belated Green Comet scroll to Sir Vladimir Mechnik, who had left the event before court.
Sir Thorgrim receives his Green Comet scroll and scrolls for Sir Vlad. Photo by Arianna.
Finally, Their Excellencies had words with the Imperator, Magnus Tindal, regarding their plans to invade their neighboring Shire of King’s Crossing at the Shire’s upcoming Birthday B(r)all on November 7th in order to retake the lands “stolen” from the Barony-Marche many years ago. His Majesty, after expressing some concern, decided the invasion might be justified and granted Their Excellencies leave to execute this plan.
Imperator Tindal addresses the Baron and Baroness about their planned invasion of King’s Crossing. Photo by Arianna.
Baronial Court closed, and Kingdom Court commenced. A record of the doings at that Court may be found here.
After court, gentles retired to a splendid feast cooked by Meesteress Odriana vander Brughe and her crew, then wound the evening down with bardic activities and good fellowship. Those who stayed overnight in the cabins on the site were treated to a breakfast of bagels and yummy feast leftovers Sunday morning.
Congratulations to the Autocrats, Baron Liam, Baroness Constance, and Lady Isabel, for another fine Agincourt event.
Report by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Lord Christian Goldenlok.
The Shire of Misty Highlands lived up to its name on Saturday, October 10th, as gentles from all over Æthelmearc wended their way through foggy valleys and across hills just beginning to turn to autumn gold, heading to the site of the Crown Tournament that would determine the successors of the Imperatori, Magnus Tindal and Etain. The mist soon lifted, and the populace was treated to a perfect fall day of bright sunshine, pleasant temperatures, and great deeds of nobility.
The Imperatori, Tindal and Etain, wait for the combatants to process in. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.
The day began with the Kingdom Youth Champion’s Tournament. Five enthusiastic youth fighters from Divisions 1 and 2 assembled to hear the words of Their Majesties, then spent almost an hour in joyous combat. The bear-pit tourney allowed all of the young combatants to fight as much as they wished. Their Majesties made it known that they would choose their champions based on chivalry and honor as much as prowess, and the youth fighters responded with great courtesy. In the end, the Imperatori chose Karl Kupferhelbelinc as their Division 1 champion, and Drake Magnusson as their Division 2 champion. The Marshal in Charge, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, was assisted by youth marshals Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen, Lord Matheus Weasel, Mistress Zoe Akropolitina, and THL Tegrinus de Rhina. The marshals and fighters also appreciated the great efficiency of Mistress Ekaterina Volkova, who tallied the wins and losses as MOL for this fast-moving tournament.
Karl Kupferhelbelinc vs. Drake Magnusson. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Once the youth fighters finished their tournament, the adults entering Crown Tournament assembled for the Grand Processional. 26 combatants were present to vie for the Crown, and each couple was presented to Their Majesties with a heraldic flourish and many banners flying. Once the procession was complete, Lord Thrain inn riki, who ranked lowest in precedence, set the tone for the day by challenging the highest ranking combatant, Duke Timothy of Arindale. The rest of the fighters then made their challenges and the tournament began.
Duke Duncan and Duchess Ilish process in to the tournament. Photo by Master Alaxandair o Conchobhair.
Long-Winded Tourney Coverage from Lord Christian Goldenlok
At Crown tournament, happiness, excitement, and inspiration were as beautifully abundant as the foliage of the fall season. A blessing from the Kingdom of Atenveldt, it seemed an illuminator gilded the golden sun as it made the fall foliage glow. The stillness of the lake painted the perfect picture of the majesty of our Kingdom.
The laughter of children and the clash of the combatants boomed throughout the valley and out across the lake. Lightning struck with each blow delivered, and when laughter abounded, it echoed so intensely that it seemed the entire Known World’s populace was gathered in fellowship, laughing with us.
The Shire of Misty Highlands was the setting for this most perfect atmosphere, which seemed to emanate the honor and glory of our fall crown tournament. With each passing list runner, herald, fighter, or consort, it was easy to become overwhelmed at just how alive the event was. As its vigor intensified, I found myself stationary, just looking at how the event unfolded before my eyes.
As I entered the site, I was greeted by Lord Arias Beltrane del Valle. He greeted me and directed me to where I would register. A fine southern region lady would accept my troll fee and place around my neck a token of admission. I heard the clanging of pots from the feastocrat, Lady Barbaia, and her helpers, resounding through the hall. I embraced the Autocrat, Mistress Juliana Delamere, who seemed rather popular as she had a line of people asking her about myriad things requiring her attention.
I excused myself and made my way down to the fighting. As I trod, I passed a fine gentle and his wife, Lord Olaf Steinabrjotr and Lady Mckenna Henderson, who were balancing large plates of food and drink to share with the populace. I intercepted them and relieved them of a tray of apples.
As I began my round of randomly serving refreshment, I had the opportunity to observe individuals in their respective pavilions. Canvas tents with pennants flying in the fall breeze framed the lists. In those tents sat the retinues of the fighters they were representing. Fine food spreads on a decorative cloth would be placed on long tables to be shared with others. Laughter and excitement was a common sight.
Since there were only two fighting lists, the populace was treated to an intimate view of the combat. I saw others in support, hurrying about. List runners would retrieve small wooden shields of heraldry from the heraldry tree, then place them on the appropriate list hangers to visually prepare the populace for which list the warriors would be entering.
Photo by Mistress Arianna.
The heralds would set the routine of the bout before and after each fight. Fighters would enter the list, salute the crown, make salutations to their combatants and their consorts, and begin their dance of destiny under the watchful eyes of the marshals. When the fight was concluded, those same list runners would bolt back to the Minister of the Lists (MOL) to report the victors. These ladies would record list advancements, announce who would fight next, and politely remind spectators to remove themselves from in front of the MOL table.
With all of this movement happening simultaneously, it’s truly a wonder that an event of this magnitude was so expertly executed. I attribute this to experience and the willingness to participate from the many volunteers that make these events possible.
The fighting was fierce and honorable, with no willing disregard for honor, courtesy, and chivalry; characteristics that are intrinsic to the Æthelmearc fighting community.
THL Marek vs. Sir Maghnus. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
The semi-finals saw Sir Arnthor inn sterki and Duke Duncan von Halstern emerge with one loss each, while Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford and Count Andreas Morgan were undefeated. Sir Arnthor and Duke Duncan were instructed that they must win twice to advance, but Sir Byron and Count Andreas had other ideas, and defeated their opponents in a single bout each.
Sir Arnthor vs. Sir Byron in the semi-finals. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
In the end, only two brave knights remained. Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford stood the field undefeated. Driven by love for his lady wife, Sir Ariella of Thornbury, and determined to become the heir to the throne of Æthelmearc, he stood opposed by a man who is no stranger to ruling the kingdom, Count Andreas Morgan, fighting for the honor of the beloved Countess Kallista Morgunova.
Two proud sons of Æthelmearc met in the finals of crown tourney with greatsword in hand. The first of three bouts were initiated by the marshal, Count Jehan de la Marche. The first pass saw Sir Byron brought to his knees, then defeated with a thrust to the body by Count Andreas.
Finals between Count Andreas and Sir Byron. First round, great sword. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Count Andreas chose to keep greatswords for the second match. Lay on was called, and the populace assembled was treated to a match that spanned the entire list field. Through an exchange of blows, and an intense moment of close-in fighting, Sir Byron rose the victor of the second bout.
Second round, great sword. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Sir Byron chose to exchange his greatsword for a weapon and shield for the third and deciding fight. Count Andreas chose to match his weapons form. With patience, maneuvering, and timing, one well-struck blow to his opponent’s helm ensured victory and the eventual rule of Æthelmearc for Sir Byron.
Third round, sword and shield. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
“I have dreamed, dreamed so often of this moment.” Phrases like these are said everyday. Few however, truly witness what it feels like when others complete their dreams. For Sir Byron and Sir Ariella, those assembled were blessed with a magical and intimate moment in which we were offered a glimpse of what it was like for Sir Byron to complete his dream, or rather, compete and win the honor of actualizing his dream beside his wife. It was truly a moment which I hope will live in the hearts of those assembled for years to come.
Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Many heavy fighters such as myself see the battlefield beside their significant others. My fiancée dons armor and literally fights by my side. Many fight beside their spouses in the battlefields of mastering an art or science or the battlefields of service to the kingdom. Many of us journey with the support of our friends, family, and chosen family. Whatever the journey, Sir Byron and Sir Ariella, or rather, Their Royal Highnesses, Prince Byron and Princess Ariella, offer us a look at the top of the mountain. A pinnacle of what it looks like to dedicate their family, years of their lives, their hope, honor, and prowess, to achieve the opportunity to serve the populace of Æthelmearc and indeed the Known World from, eventually, the thrones of Æthelmearc.
You can watch video of the tournament finals and the crowning of Byron and Ariella as Prince and Princess here(with thanks to Master Alaxandair o Conchobhair, videographer).
Prince Byron and Princess Ariella. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Kudos to the marshals, led by the Earl Marshal, Duchess Tessa the Huntress; the heralds led by the Sycamore Herald, Baron Robert O’Connor; and the list officers led by the Kingdom Mistress of the Lists, Baroness Rynea Ingen of Stormsport, who all did their usual efficient jobs to keep the tournament running smoothly.
THLord Darian Valski, recipient of the Shield of Chivalry. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.
After a brief respite, the Imperatori held Their Court, in which they recognized Their Youth Champions and bestowed awards on an array of deserving gentles. The Ladies of the Rose gave tokens to THLord Jussi Laplein and THLady Beatrix Krieger for their honor and courtesy on the field, and then bestowed the Shield of Chivalry on THLord Darian Valski, who was the only unbelted fighter to make it to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Congratulations to the Autocrats, Mistress Juliana Delamere and Lady Barbaia of Sable Maul, along with their staff and all the people of Misty Highlands for a beautiful event.
Their Excellencies Aquila d’Athos and Bronwyn nic Gregor approach their last court as Baron and Baroness of Thescorre. Photo by Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg
By Duchess Branwyn ferch Gwythyr
The general peace of the Barony of Thescorre was broken the last weekend in June at Pax Interruptus XXXIX. With the attendance of Their Royal Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle, and His Royal Highness Magnus Tindal, despite the heavy and constant rain, the stepping down of Their Avian Excellencies, Aquila d’Athos and Bronwyn nic Gregor, and the investiture of a new baroness, Sadira bint Wassouf, were witnessed.
Friday Evening Torchlight Tourney
As is traditional, a torchlight tourney was held on the Friday evening of Pax, run by His Grace Duke Khalek. The evening was beautiful, though chilly, and within the circle of many-colored torches, 9 combatants showed their mettle.
A challenging tourney with increasing opponents faced the participants, and though Beatrix Krieger and Ciaran Faxi Ullson were neck-in-neck for most of the tourney, Ciaran emerged the winner.
The Investiture was ushered in with a light rain, but this did nothing to dim the proceedings.
Sadira bint Wassouf takes her oath. Photo by Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg
Their Majesties allowed Their Excellencies Aquila and Bronwyn to conduct their business, after which They conducted some business of Their own. Following this, Their Majesties thanked Aquila and Bronwyn for holding Their lands in Thescorre, and Their Excellencies returned the baronial coronets of Thescorre to Their Majesties’ hands. Their Majesties then granted Court Baronecies to them for their service.
Baroness Mistress Sadira bint Wassouf, was formerly the second Baroness of Thescorre with her husband Saleem, who sadly passed away two years ago. She was called into court, followed by three camels of dubious heritage and attended by her daughter Baroness Nuzha bint Saleem, who sang a beautiful piece she composed for this day.
Baroness Sadira then took her oath, and received both coronets of Thescorre, becoming the eighth Baroness of Thescorre.
As the rain grew heavier, the heavy fighters, undaunted, took the field for a Gold Chain Tourney run by Their Excellencies, Baron Sir Byron and Baroness Sir Ariella.
The intrepid fighters take the field. Photo by Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg
Eight knights formed a circle around which eleven unbelted combatants fought five bouts with each. At the close of this stage, the knights gathered together to discuss their opponents, and determined The Honorable Lord Thorsol Solinauga and The Honorable Lord Bluestar as the finalists.
These two lords then fought each other, but were unable to best each other conclusively for many bouts, until at last, Lord Bluestar was victorious.
The tournament was followed by a brief set of melees, and then pole-arm and spear practice in pairs until the cold and wet finally drove them from the field late in the afternoon.
Perhaps with more forethought, the fencers took the hall for their activities, rather than remaining on the increasingly soaked field.
Nine fencers tested their mettle against each other, ending the day with a fun and challenging game.
Six archers braved the weather to compete in a tournament, of which the winner was Cynewulf Rendell.
Pax was also host to the Thrown Weapons portion of the Seven Pearls Tourney, in which the champions of all seven baronies in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc compete against each other annually.
This year, the winner of the Seven Pearls Thrown Weapons Competition was Andrew of Thescorre.
Entertainment and Dining
Though there were children’s activities and youth fighting scheduled, a dearth of youth made it difficult to continue with them, and so they were cancelled.
However, some brave youths could be seen playing on the playground and making their own fun.
A good number of merchants attended Pax, and the wool cloth especially went quickly, as people tried to escape from the chill.
Baroness Mistress Katja and her kitchen staff created an excellent finger-food lunch wrapped in cloth napkins, which included beef rolls, chicken pies, bean pies, pickles, cheese, cherries, and two kinds of sweets.
“Gentles seemed to appreciate that they could grab a bagged lunch and go without standing in a long line, and several people thanked me for including an ingredients list with each bagged lunch.
Although the weather was cruddy, Baron Eric and I had wonderful help from several gentles to set up the lunch tent before the rain began and swift help taking it down during the afternoon downpour, for which I am very grateful!” said Katja.
Their Majesties, His Highness, and Her Excellency held court in the evening, where they and their heralds met the challenge to be heard above the roar of the storm.
Baroness Sadira receives the new mathom. Photo by Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Baroness Sadira reluctantly received a brand new and improved mathom*, filled with the tokens for the populace of Thescorre to wear: The Heads of Bob the Raven, so that the Barony can go “Bob-bob-bobbin’ along” to Pennsic.
Their Majesties expressed their appreciation for the many people who attended despite the weather, and Her Majesty gave a token to Lady Venetia, who had done many tasks for Her even with a broken toe.
The autocrat, Lady Elen Woderose, felt that the event went very well, and thanked the many people who made it work. “It went swimmingly! … Thescorre (and the SCA in general) pulls together beautifully when plans have to change on the spot. Never underestimate the populace. … Every single time I needed a hand, I got about three or four. The love of my liege lords and ladies really glued this event together, and that glue was waterproof.”
*The mathom is a long and storied tradition of The Barony of Thescorre; based on The Lord of the Rings, it is a gift which no one wants, but once you have received it you have to keep it until someone else accepts it. Frequently the next recipient is tricked into receiving it.
Camels of dubious heritage. Photo by Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg
Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope enjoyed the day at the Scarlet Guard Inn and reports on the doings there.
The Scarlet Guard Inn is one of a small number of archery-themed events held in Æthelmearc throughout the year. When the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais decided a few years ago that they would no longer run Will’s Revenge, the Companions of the Scarlet Guard, Æthelmearc’s grant-level archery order, persuaded the good folk of the Shire of Hornwood to fill the gap. This year’s third Scarlet Guard Inn was as much fun as ever, despite some occasional rain. A total of 57 archers participated in one or more of the shoots.
The event included camping from Friday night through Sunday for those who were interested, but the main activities were held on Saturday. Roving ranges, which required archers to walk through the woods and shoot at targets placed along the way, included one with archers shooting the damned souls of Dante’s Inferno, run by Lady Katherine Täntzel; another run by Alrekr Bergsson (who received his Award of Arms later that day) in which archers had to acquire the assistance of Mythic Heroes to kill the escaped Norse wolf, Fenrir; and a third in which Lady Marina Aragones de Navarre had archers take aim at natural objects like tree stumps, sometimes through tricky terrain.
Photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar
There were also several stationary ranges. Master Robert the Grey once again ran his “skeet shoot” which had a wooden machine that Queen Gabrielle described as “looking like something out of da Vinci’s notebooks.” It tossed disks into the air that archers had two chances to hit using “flu-flu” arrows. Master Robert also ran a Popinjay shoot that required archers to shoot nearly vertical to knock a stuffed bird off a wire many feet above them.
The Kingdom Archery Marshal, Baron Edward Harbinger, ran a charity shoot in which gentles could pay $1 per arrow to shoot at targets of Pelicans, Laurel wreaths, Knights, and Puss in Boots (for the Order of Defense), each sponsored by a peer of the appropriate order. The sponsoring peers matched the arrows shot at their targets to a maximum of $10, and those who were present could also “defend” their targets by shooting them, with each hit removing a point scored by another archer. Some targets were shared by multiple peers, which led to the amusing scenario of one peer defending their target while simultaneously adding points to another peer’s tally, only to have the peer sharing the target return the favor. The shoot brought in $393 for the Kingdom Trailer fund.
Count Andreas Morgan’s target loses an eye to the author’s arrow. Sorry, Your Excellency…
A third range, in which archers took aim at characters from the Princess Bride movie, was run by Lord Ru Cavorst. In addition, THLord Juan Miguel ran a 100-yard clout shoot with a dragon at the center, and there was also a standard Royal Round range available for those wishing to improve their scores or receive advice from the members of the Scarlet Guard.
Many of the ranges had members of the Scarlet Guard available to offer training to those who desired it, and some classes were also offered under the pavilion where the cooks of Hornwood provided an all-day sideboard of bread, fruits, veggies, soups, sweets, and drinks.
King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle each took turns at the archery range. Her Majesty, who has previously held the rank of Master Bowman, was shy a string for Her crossbow, so THLord Juan Miguel graciously loaned Her his crossbow.
Queen Gabrielle aims at the Royal Round targets
His Majesty shot a longbow, and despite His protestations of not being a very good archer, did a creditable job at the Royal Round targets. Their Majesties announced in court that night that They intend to arise early each day at Pennsic to participate in the populace shoot on all four days, to serve as an example to Their subjects and encourage everyone to shoot the Archery War Point. King Timothy has said several times that He believes this year the War may come down to the Archery War Point as the deciding competition.
His Majesty shooting with THLord Cynwulf Rendell, with THLord Brada Æthelward marshaling
Their Majesties chose the Inn as Their venue to select both the Kingdom Archery Champion and Their Thrown Weapons Champion. The outgoing Thrown Weapons Champion, THLord Gunther Grunbaum, ran the Thrown Weapons Tournament. The finalists were Master Tigernach mac Cathail, Baron Caleb Reynolds, Lady Aemelia Soteria, THLady Rois O’Faye (called Rosheen), and THLord Kenn the Just.
The Thrown Weapons finalists retrieving their weapons while THLord Gunther scores
The rounds included a variety of targets, including ones where the objective was to not hit certain portions of the target. After a hard fought final round, the winner was Master Tigernach mac Cathail, who was invested as the new Kingdom Thrown Weapons Champion at the evening court.
Master Tigernach is invested as Thrown Weapons Champion
The Kingdom Archery Champion’s Tournament was organized by the outgoing Champion, Lord Ichikiero Osoroshi. After a qualifying round, there were seven qualifying archers who were required to shoot six arrows alternating between the 20 and 30 yard targets, with speed as well as points a determining factor. After this round, the field was reduced to three: Lady Katherine Täntzel, Lord Ru Cavorst, and Lord Gawin Hawkseye. The semi-final round required the archers to perform the difficult task of hitting “snakes” that popped out of canisters when Lord Ichikiero pulled a string. It took at least six rounds but this then reduced the field to two finalists, Lady Katherine and Lord Ru.
Lord Ru and Lady Katherine shooting the final round of the Archery Champion’s Tourney
In the final round, the archers were required to hit paper plates affixed to a mechanical device that made them spin at varying rates of speed, which was another difficult challenge. Both archers performed well, but the winner was Lord Ru Cavorst.
Lord Ru is recognized as the new Archery Champion
That evening, Their Majesties held court, bestowing awards on a number of deserving individuals in addition to investing Their new Archery and Thrown Weapons Champions. They also welcomed Their outgoing Archery Champion, Lord Ichikiero Osoroshi, to the ranks of both Ludicrous Bowman (with a royal round average over 120), and the Order of the Golden Alce.
Lord Ichikiero Osoroshi steps down as Champion and is recognized as a Ludicrous Bowman and a Companion of the Golden Alce
THLord Juan Miguel announced the winner of the Scarlet Guard Challenge, which invited every Shire, Canton, College, Dominion, and Barony in the Kingdom or from other Kingdoms to send a champion to compete. Five groups sent a representative to this year’s Scarlet Guard Inn: the Debatable Lands, Rhydderich Hael, Steltonwald, Hunter’s Home and Delftwood. Since there were only five competitors, they all shot in both rounds of the competition. The first round consisted of shooting at the dragon in the clout range; each archer got 2 shots from 100 yards, 80 yards, 60 yards, and 40 yards. The second round was a timed shoot at the dragon from about 35 yards away, with the archers having to shoot through a castle window. At court, THLord Juan Miguel and his wife, Lady Marina, displayed the banner they had made, which features a white escarbuncle on red, the badge of the Scarlet Guard, and space to add the name of each group and its archer who wins the challenge going forward. This first year’s winner was Lord Takamatsu Gentarou Yoshitaka of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands.
The Scarlet Guard Challenge banner
THLord Juan Miguel also offered a challenge for all archers to complete all nine stations and roving ranges over the course of the day. As the archers completed each shoot, the marshal in charge gave them a sticker to place on a scorecard. Those who accumulated stickers for every shoot received a gray “Iron Tassel” crafted by THLord Juan Miguel, which included a small cast pewter rendition of a tassel as well as an actual yarn archery tassel. Quite a few archers accomplished this feat, with a few others coming very close. THLord Juan Miguel lists the following archers who received Iron Tassels:
Photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar
THL Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoghill
Lady Simonetta d’Alfassi
THL Aindreas mac Ghille Fhionntaigh
Lady Miriel du Lac
Lord Robert MacEwin
Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth
Viscountess Lucilla Theresa de Courtenay
THL Madoc Arundel
Caelfind in Eich Gil
Lord Goffraid Cleireach
Gentles who earned an Iron Tassel, photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar
His Lordship says, “I’m already making plans for next year’s Iron Tassel, thinking of adding another range or having the archers attend a class.”
Saturday evening ended with gentles enjoying potables and good food around campfires. Despite the intermittent rain, which made it necessary for a few vehicles to be pushed out of the mud, everyone had a great time. Lady Katherine Täntzel said, “I can’t wait until next year!”
Companions of the Order of the Scarlet Guard with Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle. Photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar.
All photos not otherwise credited are by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
THFool Dagonell the Juggler provided this report of the Northern Oaken War Maneuvers in the Barony of Cleftlands, Middle Kingdom, which was invaded visited by a substantial number of gentles from Æthelmearc.
As dusk fell on Friday night, activities began with a Twilight Tourney for rapier, a Torchlight Tourney for armored and a Shakespearean Puppet competition for the non-martially inclined.
The sawdust smack down was judged by THL Elizabethe Alles, Baroness Verena Entenwirth, and Lord Pietro de san Tebaldo, and saw entries from Henry V, King Lear, several sonnets, and the Taming of the Shrew. One audience member said, “I’ve never laughed so hysterically at King Lear!” The King Lear performance was, in fact the winner having been put on by Lord Walter Glatz and his (newlywed!) Lady Sarah.
After the formal competition was over, the senior puppeteers gave a few impromptu puppet tutorials, and allowed participants and audience to play with a real puppet stage. The European Ball didn’t quite come together as gentles were tired with long drives, camp set-ups, and competitions, and instead quietly talked in the main pavilion until all hours of the night.
In the morning, the Breakfast Tavern opened with a filling breakfast of oatmeal, eggs, sausage, coffee and coffeecake for only $4. All lists, ranges and fields opened for inspections, authorizations, practices, and pick-ups.
Ranges, lists, and fields opening for the day.
Sir Otto of Westphalia (Rhydderich Hael) armors up for the heavy list.
While Lord Jacob of Dunmore (Heronter) armors up for the fencing list.
In the First Heavy list there was a 6′ Spear Tourney which was won by Duke Maynard von dem Steine (Rhydderich Hael).
A Novice Tourney was held in the Second Heavy List. In the First Fencing List was the Northern Oak Rapier Championship, while the Second Fencing List ran the NOT The Northern Oak Rapier Championship!
Artisans’ Row had some truly wonderful goods, including Dominica’s Fine Fashions from Æthelmearc.
I bought some wonderful homemade mustards from THL Edward fitz Ranulf, who got his Dragon’s Heart later that evening. We learned that a small accident had occurred the night before: the proprietor of Magic Carpet Kavehane pinched his hand between a trailer hitch and trailer ball and had to be taken to the hospital for stitches and then sent home. Classes to be held at the Kavehane were cancelled, so Dominica graciously took over as Merchant Liaison for the site, and the bards took over running the NOBLE competition so his lady could attend him at the hospital.
Classes offered that day included How to Make a Mary Rose Archery Bracer; Flax Processing: From Plant to Cloth; Intro to the Forge; Intro to Cloisonné Enameling; The Life and Times of our Boy Will (Shakespeare); Tortoise Shell Brooches and Temple Rings; Fiber Arts for Youth; Your First SCA Event; Rus Clothing; Out Damned Spot (Medieval Laundry techniques); Bardic Teaching Circle; Norse Gods: Aesir and Vanir; Norse Spirits: Trolls, Giants, Elves and Dwarves; Leather Art; From Page to Performance; Share the Love: Tokens of Appreciation; Death Becomes Her; Bayeux Tapestry Stitch Basics; Norse Apron Dress Concepts; Equestrian 101: Getting Involved with Horses (there were no horses on site); The Arte of Making the Medieval Bed (taken from a 15th c servant’s manual); and Calf to Codex.
Our Boy Will by Mistress Catriona nicHugh McLae
Fiber Arts (Lady Sorcha brecc ingen Donnchada)
Leather Arts by Exile Leather company
Flax Processing (THL Brendan O’Corraidhe)
From Page to Performance by THL Brendan O’Corraidhe (Midrealm Bard Emeritus)
Intro to the Forge by Vahalla’s Anvil
How to Make a Mary Rose Archery Bracer by Lord Oliver Stillman
The battlefields were also busy with The Grand Tournament of the Salamander, Melee Practice, an Unbelted Battle, Bridge Battles, Open Field Melees, Novice Rapier, and many pickups.
Sir Steffan Ulfkelsson lead Æthelmearc’s troops as the Rattan Army Warlord. As reported previously on the Gazette, Æthelmearc fielded 60+ fighters, and with its allies won three out of five field battles, two out of three bridge battles, and the gate battle. Vivant!
The archery range was equally busy with Royal Rounds, Youth Shoot, Northern Oaken Regional Championship Archery Shoot, Thrown Weapons Tourney, Youth Thrown Weapons Tourney, and a Novelty Shoot.
Northern Oaken is also home to the Baroness’ Bocce Tourney. The winner of the tourney takes home the Official Northen Oaken Baroness’s Bocce Tournament trophy, and must return the following year to defend it.
The Baroness’ Bocce Tournament
The Baroness’ Bocce trophy
At the Bocce tournament, I met The Bookie. You could bet bling (no real money!) on nearly any event occuring at Northern Oaken. What time it will start raining, the winner of a competition, the round a specific competitor is eliminated, the number of kills a specific fighter makes, etc. The Bookie will take any wager you can think of and decide on your odds. Winners are paid in NOWM pewter coinage. I wagered a spoon ring on myself to win the Bocce tournament and got 11 to 1 odds, as there were 12 competitors. Alas, personal wealth was not to be mine. Bling bet and lost becomes Royal Largess.
The Bocce Tournament winner, Hakon Hrafnsson of Rivenvale (Also pictured: Nagasani)
At the Bocce tournament, I also met a Midrealm celebrity.
Fizzgig is a Giant Angora rabbit. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but he’s the size of a miniature poodle! Not only does his mistress brush him daily and use his fur to spin, but he is also a Registered Therapy Animal and goes to senior citizens’ homes where he sits quietly on laps and lowers blood pressures. He also has his own Facebook page, so his fans know where to meet him in person.
For refreshment during the day, The Pierogi Hut open for business with standard hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks and the house specialty, three potato pierogis with fried onions and sour cream for only $3. I’ve eaten more pierogi this past weekend than I have in the past six months. Excellent pierogi!
As daylight faded and people started to gather in the main pavilion for court, we were entertained by a Middle Eastern dance troupe and by several bards including a few former Royal Bards. Court was announced and Their Draconian Majesties entered followed by Their Excellencies of Cleftlands and their respective entourages. Court was brief and amusing. This weekend was National Doughnut Day, so Their Majesties, Ragnvaldr and Arabella, thoughtfully provided a tray heaped with doughnuts. Anyone who had business before court or was called into court was encouraged to take a doughnut back to their seat.
After court was the 6th Annual NOBLE (Northern Oaken Bardic Lagniappe of Excellence) Cup Bardic competition. Each barony and shire was invited to send forth their best bard to compete. This year’s entrants included Lady Jolicia att Northclyffe for the Barony of the Cleftlands, Nagasani for the Shire of Rivenvale, Aron Stark for the Barony of Red Spears, and Lord Donalbane of Blakmer for the Barony of Brendoken. Each performer gave two performances., which ranged from Shakespeare recitations to songs to instrumental performances to period stories to “No ****, There I Was” tales. The judges consisted of Lady Kateryn Draper, a Midrealm Bard; myself, as an out-of-kingdom bard; and Lady Elizabethe Alles, last year’s NOBLE winner. After long discussion, the prize was awarded to Lady Jolicia.
The Knotty Dragon Tavern opened shortly after the bardic, with a free wet bar (you need a license to charge for alcohol, so gentles tipped well so that the tavern would keep going year after year.)
THL Brendan the Bard led the crowd with song and story, both solemn and silly, clean and bawdy. Things quieted down in the wee hours, so gentles not at the tavern could sleep. Conversation continued far into night, until one by one, gentles retired to their beds.
Sunday morning was breakfast at the Breakfast Tavern, a few minor purchases from merchants staying open til the last minute, then breakdown of personal gear as well as event locations and final farewells before hitting the road. I can’t wait until next year.
Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the Coronation of Timothy and Gabrielle which was held on a bright, sunny day in the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais.
The Coronation event really began on Friday night, when Prince Timothy sat vigil at the site, having invited the populace to seek him out and give him their counsel. Unfortunately the weather conspired against His Highness, with rain and wind forcing him indoors, which then caused the vigil to be cut shorter than previously planned. However, Prince Timothy commented on the following day that it had been a very valuable experience that He recommended to any future monarchs.
Last Court of Titus and Anna Leigh. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
On Saturday morning, a choir of gentles from all over the Kingdom sang Their Majesties, Titus and Anna Leigh, along with the assembled Barons of every Barony in the Realm, into the lovely sanctuary for Their Last Court.
Mistress Kateryna Ty Ysaf receiving a Court Barony. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.
Their Majesties bestowed numerous awards on deserving gentles, most notably a Court Barony on the outgoing Kingdom Chamberlain, Lady Geirdis Riurikova, and another Court Barony on the Kingdom Exchequer, Mistress Kateryna Ty Isaf. Their Majesties noted that among Mistress Kat’s many achievements, she renegotiated the Pennsic Treaty so that Æthelmearc will now receive 1/3 of the profits from the Pennsic War instead of the 20% it received previously.
Mistress Ekaterina Volkova asked Their Majesties’ permission to retire as Sylvan Signet, as she had reached the end of her term. They thanked her for all of her hard work with the scribes of Æthelmearc and granted her leave to step down.
Baron Robert of Sugar Grove. Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe, called Jinx.
Their Majesties summoned Baron Robert of Sugar Grove, who crafted the Kingdom Throne (nicknamed “Armando”) as well as the new Prince and Princess’ thrones. After praising his skill in woodworking and carving, Their Majesties called for the Order of the Laurel and informed Baron Robert that he was to present himself on a date mutually agreeable to himself and Their Heirs at which he was to answer whether he would accept elevation to the Order of the Laurel.
After numerous other awards were given, including Court Baronies to Their Heads of Court, Maistir Brandubh Ó Donnghaile and Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann, as well as Sigils to a large number of lords and ladies who had given of their time and talents to the reign (with Sigil scrolls woodblock-printed by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen), Their Majesties thanked the populace, walking out into the aisle to speak more closely to the people about how much They enjoyed Their time on the thrones and appreciated the support of the people of Æthelmearc.
Timothy crowned as King. Photo by THLord Juan Miguel Cezar.
They then called for Their Heir, Prince Timothy of Arindale. Once His Highness’ right to the Crown was confirmed by the Kingdom officers, Their Majesties released the Queen’s Guard and Their retainers, and then King Titus crowned Prince Timothy as King of Æthelmearc. Queen Anna Leigh relinquished her crown to King Timothy, and Duke Titus and Lady Anna Leigh departed the court.
King Timothy then proclaimed that the Kingdom should not be ruled by one person alone, and called forth his lady and inspiration, Princess Gabrielle, to the music of the choir and much praise from Her herald. He crowned Gabrielle as His Queen, after which the Silver Buccle Herald, Master Kameshima Zentarō Umakai, read the roll of Kings and Queens of Æthelmearc.
Queen Gabrielle is crowned. Photo by Lady Christina Mary Lowe, called Jinx.
Their Majesties accepted the fealty of the Kingdom Officers, the Landed Barons, and the Peerage including the vigilants for the incipient Order of Defense (of which only Don Orlando was present).
The Masters and Mistresses of the Pelican swear fealty. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.
Their Majesties then called for their predecessors. They thanked Duke Titus for his service, then asked the Silver Buccle Herald to present a special message to His Grace. Master Kameshima stepped from behind the thrones, bent toward Duke Titus, and said “Knock-knock.” After the expected reply from his Grace, Master Kameshima said “Amish.” When His Grace gave the usual response, Master Kameshima said “Awwww, we’ll miss you too,” at which the populace broke into laughter, groans, and applause.
Anna Leigh is made a Countess. Photo by THLord Juan Miguel.
Their Majesties then summoned the Ladies of the Rose, who requested that Comes Tindal bring forth the Rose cloak, which they draped upon Anna Leigh’s shoulders as she was inducted into their Order. Their Majesties handed an embattled coronet to Duke Titus, who placed it on Anna Leigh’s brow as the herald named her a Countess of Æthelmearc, to the cheers of the populace.
Their Majesties next appointed Sir Ariella of Thornbury as the Queen’s Guard’s Chivalry Advisor, and Lord Silvester Burchardt as Captain of the Guard. The Guards were then called in and given their baldrics of office.
Court was recessed so that gentles could enjoy a hearty lunch created by THLady Byrghida Zajacowa and her kitchen crew, followed by the various amusements of the day, which included a Gold Chain Tournament and Unbelted Meet & Beat organized by Sir Hauoc the Wild, a Rapier Tournament run by Doña Gabrielle de Winter in which fencers were invited to test themselves against the White Scarves of the realm, and dancing organized by THLord Sionn the Lost. There were also merchants, a Kingdom History display by the Kingdom Historian, THLady Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir, a table of period desserts for gentles to taste, and an auction of many fine items arranged by Duchess Christence Blackmoore and Baroness Ellesbeth Donofrey with assistance from Lady Syele Pfefferin and THLady Astrid Olafsdattir (friends of Their Majesties from nearby portions of the East Kingdom) to benefit the Royal Travel Fund.
THLord Blue Star, who received the Order of the Gauge in morning court, vs. Sir Ariella of Thornbury. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.
Don Vigo da Napoli, who was inducted into the White Scarf that morning, fencing his daughter, Lady Ghalyla bint Joseph. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.
Though the day was windy, the temperatures were warm and the sun was shining, so the fighters and fencers enjoyed the opportunity to compete in the list outdoors.
At the First Court of King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle, many deserving gentles were recognized. Shortly before court began, the tickets for the auction had been drawn and items given to the winners, so Their Majesties called for Duchess Christence to announce the total collected for the Travel Fund. The crowd gasped as Her Grace proclaimed that the auction had brought in $1,058, the highest she had ever seen for a single-day charity auction at an SCA event.
Lady Syele Pfefferin, Baroness Ellesbeth Donofrey, Duchess Christence Blackmoore, and THLady Astrid Olafsdattir, who organized the Travel Fund auction. Lady Syele also donated two very popular and amazing German hats, much like the one she is wearing, to the auction. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Mistress Alexandra dei Campagnella swears fealty as Sylvan Signet. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.
His Majesty thanked Her Grace, the other organizers of the auction, and all who donated the spectactular items to it, as well as the populace for their generosity. He suggested that, rather than Their Majesties using that money to fund Their own travel, the donations should be used to purchase a trailer for future Crowns to transport royal regalia.
Other notable items of afternoon court included the appointment of Mistress Alexandra dei Campagnella to the office of Sylvan Signet. Mistress Ekat was called forward to pass on the portfolios and wished her successor well in the post.
Their Majesties also appointed Mistress Euriol of Lothian as interim Chamberlain; Her Excellency made it known that she is seeking a permanent replacement in that office.
It was also announced that the next Kingdom Seneschal upon Mistress Cori’s retirement in September will be Duke Christopher Rawlyns.
Don Quinn Kerr receiving his Writ for the Order of Defense. Photo by Lady Christina, called Jinx.
Later in the court, King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle called for all of the peers of the realm to witness the bestowing of Æthelmearc’s third Writ for the Order of Defense, which was given to Don Quinn Kerr. King Timothy noted that numerous people had advised Their Majesties that the Order of Defense could not be complete without Don Quinn. He is not only a member of the White Scarf, but also has a Laurel for research into period fencing practice, and serves as commander of the Southern Watch. He hales from the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog, of which he is a former Baron. Don Quinn was instructed to determine a suitable date and place for his elevation. The populace expressed their pleasure at this Writ with great applause.
At the conclusion of court, gentles retired to a splendid feast by Lord Leioolfr Grimr and crew. Toward the end of the feast, Their Majesties requested the presence of the cooks, who received a standing ovation from the feasters along with King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle’s great thanks.
Lord Leioolfr Grimr, who received a Sycamore earlier that day, and the cooks in his crew. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Congratulations to the autocrat, Maître Gilles de Beauchamps, and the good folk of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, for hosting another memorable and well-run event!
A group from our Kingdom traveled to Estrella War last week. The intrepid invasion force consisted of Their Royal Majesties, King Titus and Queen Anna Leigh, Their Head of Court, Mistress Hilderun Hügelmann, Master Alaric MacConnal, THL Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie, and Lady Hara Kikumatsu. Quoth our Queen, “A small but mighty invasion!” A seventh companion, Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth, was sadly claimed by the fierce Ice Dragon before the journey (she’ll be OK) and could not attend.
THL Ishiyama’s Kumihimo Display. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann
Æthelmearc acquitted herself quite well in the War, staying busy with every type of activity. His Majesty, King Titus, took to both the heavy and rapier fields, and spent time visiting old friends. Master Alaric enjoyed shooting archery at some very inventive shoots. THL Ishiyama displayed his kumihimo braids at Friday’s A&S display. Lady Hara busied herself helping in camp, working as retinue, and creating kumihimo medallion cords for the gifts our Kingdom presented to Atenveldt.
Prize Scroll for Collar of Estate Category. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann
Mistress Hilderun taught a class on Livery Collars, and won the Collars of State category in the A&S competition Saturday with her Lady’s Early 15th Century Livery Collar, receiving a lovely scroll by Lady Ponaria Apalosvna and Hanim Ari Usni, at Great Court. Says Hilda, “Well, there weren’t any other entries, but my scores were pretty good!” The Collar was worn by the Queen to Friday’s State Dinner.
Queen Anna Leigh models Hilda’s Livery Collar. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann
Their Majesties of the East also presented Scrolls of Friendship to all Royalty present at Great Court. Æthelmearc’s scroll was illuminated by Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh, written by Teodora Bryennissa, and calligraphed by Lady Henna Sinclair.
Friendship Scroll from the East. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann
Her Majesty, Queen Anna Leigh, and Her Majesty of the East enjoy the Queens’ Tea, Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann
Our charming Queen was the soul of diplomacy, attending the Queens’ Tea on Thursday, and arranging for both the Largesse gifts presented to Atenveldt at Friday night’s State Dinner, provided by the talented populace of our Kingdom and Her Majesty’s own hand, and the sewing kits presented to the World’s Queens. The sewing kit project was spearheaded by Countess Kallista Morganova, each consisting of an embroidered biscornu needle case, pin cushion and scissor fob, presented in a painted balsa wood box. Her Majesty reports that all gifts were very warmly received.
Largesse generously donated by the people of our Kingdom, given to Atendveldt. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann
His Majesty Titus did his part for diplomacy as well, exhorting the assembled Crowns and crowd at Saturday’s Great Court to side with Æthelmearc against foreign invaders at the Great Pennsic War.
Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann
The Æthelmearcers were hosted most generously by the household Hrafnheim, of the Barony of Tir Ysgithr in Atenveldt. Hrafnheim provided friendship, tents, food, drink and bedding to our contingent, as well as adding Æthelmearc’s silk battle standard to the highest pole in their camp’s beautiful banner display. Their Majesties’ abode was provided and richly appointed by Count Thomas, and the retinue tent was provided by Lady Eyvor and Lord Domnall, and furnished by Viscountess Wander. One of the Heads of Household, Countess Ian’ka, also served as herald for our Kingdom during Great Court on Saturday, with a brag that would make our heralds proud. Lady Sigrid and Lord Keane of Hrafnheim served with the retinue during Great Court. Hrafnheim received gifts of thanks, as well.
Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann
Æthelmearc had a great time at Estrella War, and the companions will always remember the good times fondly and cherish new friendships made. We’ll be back!
Master Alaric’s Scores at the Archery Tourney. Photo by Master Alaric MacConnal