Listen and know that the Shire of Heronter is well pleased to host the Coronation of Their Sylvan Highnesses, Arnthor & Ceirech, and thank Their Majesties, Byron & Ariella, for Their service and for bringing joy to our Sylvan Kingdom.
Coronation will be held September 24, 2022 at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center, 5013 Route 430, Bemus Point, NY 14712. The site will open at 9:00 am and close one hour after evening court. There are no any overnight accommodations.
The Event Steward for the day is Comtesse Margerite de la Marche (she/her). She may be reached at Jennifer Bastian-Stendahl, 44 Harris Ave Jamestown, NY 14701 716-338-8184 firstname.lastname@example.org (before 9:00 pm).
Head Cook Master Ian Kennoven (he/him) will provide a served buffet lunch. There will be no evening feast. Send menu questions to email@example.com.
SCA Covid protocols as of the event date will be enforced. Please be prepared to show your vaccination record or proof of negative Covid test upon arrival, per AE Covid protocols. This is not negotiable and courtesy towards the individuals checking is expected.
We are pleased to host the Kingdom Heavy Weapons Champion’s Tournament.
9:00 am – Tollner opens
10:30 am – Morning Court
After Morning Court:
Sitting in State
Heavy Weapons Inspections begin
One hour after Morning Court:
Heavy Weapons Championship
One hour after Heavy Weapons Tourney:
All attendees must be off site one hour after Evening Court.
Merchants are encouraged to bring a tent as all merchanting occurs outside.
Changing rooms will be available.
Adult Event Registration = $17
Adult Member Discount Event Registration = $12
Children 0-17 = free
There is no family cap as minors are free.
Register Online https://members.sca.org/ Log on to your SCA account (or create a guest account), select “Events” from the top menu to find the AEthelmearc Coronation registration link.
Register by Mail
For each attendee:
Contact info: Email address, phone, and/or street address.
Make checks payable to SCA, NY, Inc., Shire of Heronter and mail all registration info to:
Karen Ehrlich (she/her)
5294 Webster Road
Fredonia, NY 14063
ehrlich AT fairpoint DOT net
Registrations must arrive by Wednesday, September 21.
See the Facebook event page here for more information.
The Report of the Court of Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, held on the twenty-fifth day of September upon the occasion of the Coronation of Their Heirs at Harvest Raids in the Shire of Heronter, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.
Their Majesties welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for their patience as the world sorted out this time of plague. They wished everyone a happy Harvest Raid, as this is Their Favorite Event, and thanked the Sire of Heronter for their hospitality.
Lady Magdelena Txoperena was invited into the Court and she begged the boon of being granted Æthelmearc Citizenship as work had once again called her out of Æthelmearc into the East. Their Majesties eagerly replied that They and Their Heirs would gladly assist her in her application for Citizenship. However while They had her in Court, Their Majesties presented her with the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence for her invaluable service to the Kingdom during the time of the plague as Deputy Webminister for Zoom and online classes.
Their Majesties called forth Lady Jane Arden and inducted her into the Order of the Keystone for her service as autocrat and Mistress of Arts and Sciences for the Shire of Heronter. She led efforts to create largess, scroll cases for the kingdom, and site tokens for Harvest Raid, all while serving the crown as a trusted retainer. Scroll by Bubba Blackhammer of Atlantia.
Lord Nikolas the Bastard was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for his decade of service to the Shire of Sunderoak and the Borderwatch household, serving as Pennsic Land Agent, building and transporting all manner of items for the camps at both Pennsic and War Practice. Scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.
Lady Diana of Warerford was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for skills in brewing. She earned near perfect scores for her beers in the interkingdom brewers challenges and devises delicious cordials, all while teaching others the secrets of potent potables. Scroll by Lady Gwen Cooke.
Duke Christopher Rawlyns was given the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence in absentia for his service as Medical Consultant for Æthelmearc and the Society at Large during these times, holding the Office of Kingdom Deputy Seneschal for Pandemics.
Their Majesties presented Master Antonio de Luna with the scroll for his Cornelian that had been awarded at an Æthereal Court.
Duchess Anna Leigh was called forth and inducted into the Order of Crowns Treasure for her service to Æthelmearc in coordinating, creating, and purveying largess for the Crown.
Baron Rhion Elandris of Glyndyfrdwy was called into Court. Rhion confirmed that it was his desire to proceed with Elevation to the Order of the Pelican, but first Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin was called forth to release him from his service to her as her Equerry. Their Majesties then invited the Order of the Pelican to come forth and thanked Rhion and the Order for their patience in completing this business. Their Majesties then heard words from Viscountess Angharad of the Sleeping Lion for the Royal Peers, Sir Raimund of the Strait for the Chivalry, Mistress Cori Ghora from the Pelican, Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona delivered the words of Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn for the Laurel, Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin spoke for the Order of the Golden Lance, and Baroness Morgan Argante Elandris of Cantref Gwaelon spoke for the Populace of Æthelmearc and the Rhydderich Hael. Their Majesties then called for regalia to mark Rhion as a Master of the Pelican, Dame Zosia Kowalewska presented the Ancestral Pelican Medallion of Æthelmearc, Mistress Tiercelin and Baroness Morgan both presented personal medallions, and Mistress Tiercelin presented a hood of maintenance. Their Majesties then received his Oath of Fealty and presented Master Rhion as Companion of the Pelican. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope. Mistress Tiercelin then invited all present to attend Master Rhion’s reception that afternoon on the fighting field.
Their Majesties then called for the attendance of Their Heir, Prince Gareth Kincaid. Prince Gareth presented his claim to the throne, and while he appreciated Their Majesties service to the realm, it was time for Them to step down. Their Majesties agreed and called for Their Officers to verify that all was in accordance. Master Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal, verified that Æthelmearc did hold a Crown Tournament in compliance with all Law and Policy and Variances from the Society. Master Morien MacBain, Kingdom Earl Marshal, verified that a Tournament to select the Heirs of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc was held at that event which was full of valiant spirit. Baroness Amelia Soteria, Kingdom Mistress of the Lists, reported that held the Tournament Lists and Tournament Tree and she could verify that Prince Gareth was victor of that Tournament. Drotinn Jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald of Æthelmearc, verified that upon the conclusion of the Tournament that he with Their Majesties declared Gareth and Juliana Prince and Princess, promising them the crowns of the Kingdom. Their Majesties agreed that all this was so, but bid Prince Gareth to go prepare his house as They concluded Their Business.
Their Majesties called upon the staff of ÆLive to attend Them: Duke Sven Gunnarsson, Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Liathain, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Baroness Ursula of Rouen, Baroness Amalie Reinhardt, Baron Magnus de Lyons, Lady Thalia Papillon, THLady Sumayya al Ghaziyya, THLady Phelippe “Pippi” Ulfsdotter, Lady Asuka Seishi, Lady Isabetta Orsini, Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann, and Master Illadore de Bedagrayne. They spoke to These gentles of their long service to Their Majesties and to Æthelmearc, and that they had allowed Their Majesties to keep an online presence for ÆLive and for Their Æthereal Courts when no events could be held. For their service, Their Majesties awarded each a Sigil of Æthelmearc, in token of which they gave each a copy of the Codex Coronae, and a personal gift. Codex Coronae produced by Mistress Abigail Kelhoge.
Mistress Abigail Kelhoge was then inducted into the Order of the Crowns Treasure in absentia for her works in creating the Codex Coronae, a bound parchment book of hours documenting the service of the staff of ÆLive and Finley its intrepid mascot.
The scribes and regalia makers who had contributed to Their Majesties’ Courts were then invited into court and presented with tokens of thanks for their generous donations of time and skill for the glory of the Æthelmearc Court.
Her Majesty then called for Her Guards to attend Her, Captained by THLord Abdullah Ishkhan al-Rashid and Lady Thalia Papillon, they led BaronMagnus de Lyons, Lord Cassiano da Castello, Baroness Irene von Schmetterling, THLord Guillaume le Noir du Bordeaux, Lord Chebe, Baron Brother Bobby, Lady Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog, Baron Carolus Loke, and Lord Won Cheol. His Majesty thanked them for protecting His Queen Liadain as she is the most important in His life, and Her Majesty thanked each for accompanying Her throughout the Reign. They presented each with a token of thanks and released them from their duties.
The Royal Retinue and members of the Their Majesties Court were then called forth, Their Majesties recognized Baroness Sláine an Einigh, Lord Éadaoin Gaelach Rua, THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke, Lady Genevieve O’Connor, THLady Fede di Fiore, Lady Jane Arden, Baron Tassin Tresseaul, Baroness Isolda filia Georgii, Mistress Cori Ghora, Duchess Anna Leigh, THLord Lothinn Vikarsson, Master Hrolfr a Fjarfelli, and Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli. They presented each with tokens and thanked them for their support throughout Their Reign.
Duke Sven Gunnarsson and Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Liathain were then called into Their Majesties’ Court. They thanked both of them for their support of Their Majesties and leadership of the Kingdom during their reign, and granted each of them Augmentations of Arms from Æthelmearc. No task was ever beneath Duke Sven, any time there was a need he served as retainer, guard, pavilion wrangler, clean-up crew for Æthelmearc royal camp, Swedish Chef, and compiler of slide shows. Duchess Siobhain shared her light and vibrancy with all she met, serving as retainer to advisor to Kingdom Chamberlain and serving ÆLive and the Æthereal Courts in the background. Both have left their indelible mark on Æthelmearc. Matching scrolls by Lady Aine ingen ui Bhrian with calligraphy by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Her Majesty Liadain then spoke that this was the time in court when She would normally recognize an individual whose actions had inspired Her that day, but this day She challenged all in attendance to recognize inspiration as they find it throughout the day.
Their Majesties then spoke to the populace with joy in Their hearts, that it was time for Their Reign to end and that They looked forward to retiring knowing that the Line of the Sylvan throne would continue. They then called upon Drotinn Jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald of Æthelmearc to attend Them. Their Majesties then released Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile from Their Service and presented him with a token of Liadain Love, Drotinn Jorundr also released Baron Brandubh from his Office as Kingdom Deputy Jewel Herald and collected his tabard.
Prince Gareth and Princess Juliana were then called into Court. King Maynard released Queen Liadain taking the crown from Her head. King Maynard then took the Crown from His brow and placed it upon Prince Gareth proclaiming him King of Æthelmearc.
So ends the Report of the Reign of Maynard and Liadain.
Report of the Court of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at Their Coronation held at Harvest Raids in the Shire of Heronter, on the twenty-fifth of September AS 56, Jorundr Hinn Rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald reporting.
In the Morning Court:
His Majesty Gareth placed the Crown of the Queen of Æthelmearc upon Juliana.
The rolls of the Royalty of Æthelmearc were read with the assistance of Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile and Otto Brandulfarson.
The Officers of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc renewed their oath of service.
The Order of the Chivalry renewed their fealty with words spoken by Count Jehan de la Marche.
The Order of the Laurel renewed their oaths with words by Mistress Cori Ghora.
The Order of the Pelican swore their oaths with words by Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir.
The Order of Defense renewed their vows with words by Duchess Dorinda Courtenay.
The Royal Peers spoke their oath with words by Duke Cygnus the Blissful.
The Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands, The Barony of Thescorre, The Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, The Barony of Delftwood, The Barony of Blackstone Mountain, and the Barony of the Endless Hills renewed their fealty and stewardship of their lands to the Crown.
Baroness McKenna Henderson was installed as Chancellor and Reign Coordinator.
Baroness Aine ny Allane was installed as Head Retainer and the retainers joined the Court.
THLord Rhys of Miles End and Baron Christian Goldenlok swore to protect Her Majesty as Co-Captains of the Guard, and the Queen’s Guard joined the Court.
Duke Maynard von dem Steine and Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh were called to return to Court. Their long service as Royalty for 17 months was finally at an end, and they were invited to return to their Ducal estates and take a much deserved rest. Commemorative scrolls Illuminated by Nicola Beese, with assistance from Katrina Beese, calligraphy by Ceindrech verch Elidir, upon words by Brandubh O’Donnghaile.
Their Majesties had further words for Duke Maynard von dem Steine and Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaig, not only did they serve as Æthelmearc’s longest serving royalty, but they served as a beacon of light, hope and mirth during a dark time. For this it pleased Their Majesties to Issue each of them an Augmentation of Arms. Scrolls are works in progress by Sophie Davenport with words by Po Silvertop.
In the Evening:
Their Majesties invited all newcomers to the SCA who were attending their first court to attend Them. Their Majesties welcomed them and gave them all mugs.
Their Majesties next sought the presence of Baroness McKenna Henderson and the Royal Toy Chest. The youth of the Kingdom were invited to follow Baroness McKenna and choose a toy.
Lady Jane Arden, the autocrat was given leave to conduct the business of the event. She wished that everyone had a pleasant day, and asked that everyone please return next year with the site tokens, which were dinner napkins, to sit at the feast that could not be held this year.
There was an Arts and Sciences Display with any fine entries, but the populace chose one as their favorite, Douceline de la Hay.
The victor on the Thrown Weapons range was Master Antonio de Luna.
The Fencing tournament victor was Lord Mathias al Tabai.
The Archery competition was won by Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli.
The Heavy Weapons tournament was won by Sir Marek Viacheldrago.
Her Majesty was very pleased by the Arts and Sciences display and wanted to recognize her choices for the day, Turlough Feolain and Douceline de la Hay, with rings from her hand.
There were many throwers who acheived ranks on the royal rounds that were not recognized, so it pleased Their Majesties to do so now.
As a Thrower with a score between 0 and 39: Salvadore De La Torres.
As Verfurs, with scores between 30 and 59: Aelfra Long, Keris Silber, Gnaeus Iulius Celsus, Tadeysz Wypij, Garrett of Thescorre, Rachelle L`ymagiere, Boudica, Jacen Teague, Astrid Giantkiller, Einrich Stein Hogger, Ástríðr in hárfagra Úlfsdóttir, Katharina Twin Moons, Rowhan, Arias Belktran del Valle, Merida, Sile inghean Chein.
As Casters, with scores between 60 and 79: Godfrey de Bayeux, Richard of Foxmoore, Roxanne of the Fox Tail, Dalibor Vilcekov, Radomir Bakalarz.
As Huntsman, with scores from 80 to 99: Arvik Hyttoinen, Meinolf Grimsson, Amalie Reinhardt, Caleb Reynolds, Duncan MacCoulagh.
As Marksman, scoring between 100 and 120: Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto, Gunther Grunbaum, Rosheen, Vihjalmr Jorgennson, Maddoc MacRoyri.
Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure was invited into court to recognize some more throwers who had achieved new ranks recently. Throwers: Lauren of Delftwood and Kalen – Cricket – Karuson. Verfurs: Ana Sirena DeValbuena, Claude Dubivier, and Thalia Papillon. Casters: Abdulla al Rashid, Eoin MacCogadhain, and Michael of Wylder Woode.
The Moneyers Guild was invited to present the coins that they had struck in commemoration of Their Majesties’ third reign.
The Order of the White Scarf came forward to renew their bond with Her Majesty and offer their service to Her.
THL Rouland of Willowbrooke was released as Heavy Weapons champion as a tournament to find his successor was held this day. Sir Marek Viacheldrago was invited to join the Court and carry the Sword of State as Heavy Weapons Champion.
Duchess Siobhán Inghean uí Liatháin was invited into Court as the scroll commemorating her induction into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc from the reign of Byron and Ariella had been completed by Padraig O’Branduibh and Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Siena.
Their Majesties invited Lady Casey Redmane to attend Them. Lady Casey is known to be a retainer, a water bearer, and a chatelaine as she welcomes our newcomers. These services please Their Majesties so They did induct her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Gwen Cooke with words by McKenna Henderson.
Lord Davin ap Einion was next summoned before Their Majesties. They spoke of how polite he always is, and his consideration for others. These are the very traits exhibited by the Order of the Cornelian, so they did induct him into it. Scroll by Amalie Reinhardt.
Lady Helena Lyncoln of Norfolk was next invited before Their Majesties. She is known to run troll, and help her Shire of Heronter with many things. Their Majesties feel that such actions should be recognized, so they had her join the ranks of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
Lady Isabele of Dunbar was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for her work creating site tokens and otherwise beautifying sites. Scroll by Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.
Lord Richard of Heronter was next called to attend Their Majesties. He assists his shire of Herontir with many things and keeps it running smoothly. For this Their Majesties did name him a Companion of the Keystone. Scroll illuminated by Melisande of the Gryphon Wood with calligraphy by Wat Tuttle.
Their Majesties next sought the presence of Lady Thalia Papillon who is always gracious and helpful. Their Majesties wished to recognize this by inducting her into the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll by Zofia Kowalewska.
Baron Magnus de Lyons was next called to attend Their Majesties. They had heard much of the good works he does from Their Order of the Pelican, so upon consultation with that Order, they delivered unto him a Writ to sit vigil and contemplate his induction into that Order. Scroll by Ekaterina Volkova.
Their Majesties invited all the scribes and others who contributed to the scrolls that went out during Their Court to attend Them. They presented tokens of thanks to those gentles.
Her Majesty wished to recognize one who inspired her on this day, Lady Jane Arden’s tireless work as autocrat and willingness to pivot quickly to include Coronation at the event was everything Æthelmearc strives to be. For this she was awarded a Golden Escarbuncle.
Being the Chronicle of the Courts of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, held on the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth days of September, AS 54 (2019), at Harvest Raid in the Shire of Heronter. Submitted by Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, and Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silver Sycamore Herald.
During evening court [on Friday]:
Their Majesties, having been seated upon Their seats, bade the assembled populace to seek their comfort, then summoned to them Her Grace, Duchess Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin. They asked her if she had considered their invitation to join the Order of the Laurel, and Her Grace replied that she had indeed well-considered it, and wished wholeheartedly to proceed. Their Majesties then sent her off with the members of the Laurel there present to sit vigil.
Duchess Siobhan prepares to go on Vigil for the Laurel. Photo by Lady Isabetta Orsini.
There being no further business, court was suspended until such time as Their Majesties desired.
The next morning, His Majesty and many other gentles did assemble at the Estates of THL Cynwulf Rendell and THL Eleanore Godwin, and court was called to order by Baroness Ekaterina.
Upon resuming His Court, His Majesty Timothy thanked all those that were able make the journey so that the court and proceedings could happen.
His Majesty then called for THL Eleanore Godwin. His Majesty spoke of the dedicated work she has done for Barony and Kingdom in promoting the arts, producing scrolls and encouraging and making Archery and Thrown Weapons happen. For all this she was inducted into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll forthcoming.
His Majesty then addressed THL Cynwulf Rendell and thanked him for allowing the Court of Æthelmearc to come into his home. The Order of the Pelican was then called and asked if they agreed that this good man should join their ranks. The walls reverberated with affirmation and the King called for testimony of witnesses. Viscountess Susan of Foxmeadow, spoke for the Royal Peers and praised Rendell’s generosity, charity and open and welcoming nature. Ladies Simonetta d’Alfassi and Siobhan Readnait read the words of Belgraunde the Bladegatherer on behalf of the Populace. Mistress Cori Ghora spoke as Jewel of Æthelmearc and said how Rendell was a treasure to the entire Society. Baron Carolus Loke of Bae Blaidd Gwael read the words of Earl Yngvar the Dismal, Knight of the Society. Baroness Isolda filia Georgii read the words of Master Dorinda Courtenay, Master of Defense. Master Charles of Alden’s words on behalf of the Order of the Pelican were then shared to all.
Master Rendell and THLady Eleonore. Photo by Lord Mikus Magellus.
His Majesty, finding the actions right and proper then called for a medallion to be placed around Rendell’s neck. A cloak was then brought forth and the lineage of the cloak from Mistress Cori Ghora to Mistress Jenna MacPherson of the Lion’s Tower and to him. Next a Cap of Maintenance was presented. His Majesty then accepted Cynwulf Rendell’s oath and the scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska was read proclaiming him to be the newest member of the Order of the Pelican.
There being no further business, the court of His Majesty was suspended.
That evening, after a day of passable weather, fine fellowship, fierce martial pursuits, sumptuous foods, and noble arts, Their Majesties did again call all gentles there present to attend Their court.
Their Majesties, having been seated upon their most noble throne Armando, and bidding the populace to seek their comfort, spoke to the populace about the excellence of the event, and the fineness of the Shire of Heronter. Having addressed the populace, They called for Fela Flußmüllnerin. They spoke warmly of her contributions to the Arts and Sciences of our Kingdom, notable in one so young of age, and awarded unto her a Silver Sycamore. Scroll by Lady Katharina of the Twin Moons, with text by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.
Fela receives a Silver Sycamore. Photo by Lord Mikus magellus.
Next, they had summoned to Them Kai O Kennavain. Speaking admiringly of this young man’s impressive service at his young age to the Society, they awarded to him a Silver Buccle. Scroll by THL Sasson della Sancta Victoria with text by Lady Meg.
Kai receives a Silver Buccle. Photo by Lord Mikus.
The youth awards then being accomplished, Their Majesties called for all children present to approach the throne, and entrusted the care and distribution of the Kingdom toychest to their fifth and sixth heirs, Douglas of Arindale and Timothy the Younger. These fine boys, being old hands at this adventure, quickly decamped for the surrounding fields, followed shortly thereafter in mad chase by the assembled youths of the kingdom.
The children prepare to chase the toy box. Photo by Lord Mikus.
It was then Their Majesties’ pleasure to indulge in a bit of informal business.
Their Majesties first requested the presence of all in attendance who were at their first event. They bid them welcome, and gave them drinking vessels, so that they might find refreshment and fellowship that night.
The Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, then summoned forth the Marshal in Charge of the previous evenings’ night shoot, Master Bowman Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, who was conveniently the same person. Master Bowman Snorri then spoke of the difficulty of the night shoot, and called forth Lord Bjarki Rikarðarson, the winner, and presented him with his personal token, cast by Lord Tassin Tresseul, on a silver chain to wear about his neck, that all might recognize his dubious prowess at nocturnal remote stabbing.
Lord Bjarki is recognized as winner of the night shoot. Photo by Lord Mikus.
As archery was the topic of interest at the moment, Their Majesties also had the Marshal in Charge of the day’s archery activities summoned, and Master Hrólfr á Fjárfelli came forward. He named Lord Robert of Haseltine the best crossbowman that day, and likewise gave the name of Lord Godfrey de Bayeux as the best handbowman.
Lord Robert and Lord Godfrey are recognized for their archery skills. Photos by Lord Mikus.
Lady Jane announces the A&S winners. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Their Majesties did then inquire about the Arts and Sciences display that was prominently placed in the upper hall, and Lady Jane Arden was summoned to explain the day’s happenings. Lady Jane explained that many and sundry items had been displayed for the inspection and enjoyment of both the populace and the Royalty, and that the populace had chosen two favorites: THL Robert of Furness’ tawed hat and shoes, and the Lady Nycaise D’Ozier la Tailleresse’ embroidered wool tunic. Their Majesties had also chosen a favorite, and that honor went to Viscountesss Eira av Attemark’s landschnekt inspired coif.
His Excellency Baron Caleb Reynolds did then beg a boon of Their Majesties for a moment of their time. He called up Lady Thalia Papillon, and took her in front of all assembled as his Protégé, admonishing all that her successes were her own, but that he would hear of her failures.
Master Caleb takes Lady Thalia as his protege.Photo by Lord Mikus.
Next Their Majesties called forth their Champion of Thrown Weapons, Lord Rikardr in blakki Bjarn, called Bear of House Sable Maul, and inquired if he had indeed run a tournament to determine his successor for Their reign. Lord Bear replied that, with the assistance of Master Antonio de Luna, he had run such a contest, and that a winner had emerged. The Honorable Lord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto of the Barony-Marche of Debatable Lands then was called forward. Lord Bear divested himself of the accoutrements of the Kingdom Thrown Weapons Champion, presented them to His Lordship Kuma, and attempted to retire to take his rest. Her Majesty Gabrielle, having been impressed with the difficulty and imagination of Lord Bear’s targets, bade him stay a moment longer. Her Royal Majesty, being moved to name him Her Inspiration that day, then awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle.
THLord Kuma is named Thrown Weapons Champion, while Lord Bear receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Lord Mikus.
The informal business of the court thus dispensed with, Their Majesties had summoned to them Broddr Refsson. Having heard of his knifemaking skill and recruitment efforts, they were moved to Award him Arms, accompanied by a lovely scroll from Lady Aurelia Argenta Prima.
Broddr receives an AoA. Photo by Lord Mikus.
After that, Their Majesties called for Guy of Heronter, words having reached their ears of his prowess at both fencing and service, he was Awarded Arms from their hands, with a gorgeous scroll from Lady Magdelena Txoperena.
Guy receives an AoA. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Next Wentliana verch Meuric was bade approach the throne, which she did, quite fittingly, from behind it, where she was acting as retainer to Her Majesty. Having long been impressed by her steadfast service from a very young age, and as she was now approaching her majority, Their Majesties were wont to Award her Arms. Beautiful scroll by THL Zofia Kowalewska.
Wentliana receives an AoA. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Their Majesties then called forth Lady Jane Arden. They spoke of how it was fitting that They had already seen her once that evening regarding Arts and Sciences activities, because word had come to Them of her accomplishments in that area, and they had now seen proof. Therefore, They wished to enter this lady’s name into the rolls of the Order of the Sycamore, with a fabulous scroll by Duke Marcus Eisenwald.
Lady Jane receives a Sycamore. Photo by Lord Mikus.
The next order of business Their Majesties’ had was with Lady Sarah Ballangee, who was called to Them. Words were spoken of her steadfast helpfulness for over a decade, and so Their Majesties were moved to award her the honors and accolades of the Order of the Keystone. The particularly fine scroll was by THL Vivienne of Yardley.
Lady Sarah receives a Keystone. Photo by Lord Mikus.
The Viscountess Eira av Attemark was then asked to approach, and Their Majesties spoke of her constant service in the Shire of Heronter, at demos, sewing for others, hosting arts and sciences days, and cleaning up after events. For all this service They were compelled to add her to the Order of the Keystone, and a striking scroll by THL Gesa von Wellensten was given in token.
Viscountess Eira receives a Keystone. Photo by Lord Mikus.
After the cheers had died down, Lady Meg MacNeil was called. Their Majesties spoke of her prowess in tournaments and melees, and of her willingness to travel to fight. For all of this, she was inducted in to the Order of the Golden Alce, with a beautiful scroll by the hand of Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
Lady Meg receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Lord Mikus.
With smiles, Their Majesties then bade their Herald summon to them Duke Maynard von dem Steine. While His Grace is well-known far and wide for his puissance as a jockey of lengthy rattan, his many forays into the world of the arts were less well known – a deficiency now hopefully rectified. An exquisite scroll by Duke Marcus Eisenwald spoke of His Grace Maynard’s efforts at the minting of coins, the learning of 14th century deeds of arms, brewing, and many other aspects of craft. For these things, and many more, Their Majesties saw fit to induct him into the Order of the Sycamore.
Duke Maynard receives a Sycamore. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Following after, Their Majesties had summoned Lady Siobhan Readnait, the red of her face nearly matching that of her hair. They noted her service as an Archery Marshal, retainer, guard, in kitchens, and in the Sisterhood of Bellona. For all this, and more, they inducted her into the Order of the Keystone with a scroll bearing words from Baroness Mistress Juliana Ortolono.
Lady Siobhan receives a Keystone. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Next, Mistress Elska á Fjárfelli was called forward. Having already achieved a peerage in her discipline, the Arts and Sciences, Mistress Elska appeared quite confused as to why she had been summoned – and told Their Majesties so. They kindly enlightened her: she had been called to be added to the Order of the Keystone, for her many years of work on Royal Garb projects and service teaching at events made her eminently worthy of that honor. In token of this she was given a scroll made by the hand of Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Mistress Elska receives a Keystone. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Their Majesties, now wishing to indulge in a bit of theatrics, had summoned before them Their Most Noble Order of the Millrind. Once assembled, Their Majesties had Sir Ian Kennoven called into court, to much applause. They spoke of his longstanding service in the kingdom’s kitchens, and placed him firmly amongst the rest of his new Order with a scroll from Baroness Amalie Reinhardt. They then called for Baroness Slaine an Einigh, to even more applause, spoke of her long-term service as a water bearer – and many other acts of service – and added her to the assembled Order with a scroll from Vonda of Finnland. Finally, they called for Noble Rhys Penbras ap Daffyd – to thunderous applause – and spoke of his work as Kingdom Exchequer, as well as many other things, and duly added them as well to the Order with a scroll from the prolific Baroness Ekaterina Volkova. Their Majesties then sent the Millrinds to the back of the hall, there to render hearty congratulations to their new brothers and sisters.
Master Ian, Baroness Slaine, and Noble Rhys are inducted into the Millrind. Photo by Lord Mikus.
After the front of the dais had been cleared of celebratory Millrinds, Their Majesties called to them Baron Rhiannon Elandris. They spoke glowingly of his work in the arts and sciences over the years, saying that His Excellency’s work was so striking that it was instantly recognizable as his own. For this, they were moved to add his name to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, with a handsome scroll from THL Gesa von Wellenstein. This having been done, and vivats rendered with enthusiasm by all assembled, His Excellency turned to leave – only to be further detained by King Timothy. His Majesty then nodded to His Herald, who called for the assemblage of the Most Noble Order of the Pelican. He asked them if it was still their will to add this noble to their Order, and they replied in the affirmative, and so a Writ to contemplate elevation was read for Baron Rhiannon, speaking of his decades of service to the Rhydderich Hael, and the Kingdom’s equestrian community, and there was much rejoicing.
Baron Rhiannon receives a Fleur and a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Lord Mikus.
In due time, there was again an empty space in front of Their most noble throne, Armando, which begged to be filled. Their Majesties again called for Her Grace, DuchessSiobhán inghean uí Liatháin. Her Grace entered the court with much pomp and circumstance, preceded by drum and horn, and many worthy nobles, and beautiful ladies wearing clothing of Her Grace’s own make, and followed by guards from Ætt Skyti, well-armed and red-shielded, and other nobles with banners aflutter. His Majesty Timothy asked Her Grace if she had completed her vigil, and wished to proceed. The answer being yes, the Most Noble Order of the Laurel was then called for. Asking them if they still wished this lady to join their ranks, He was met with a resounding yes, and so then called for testimony from the Peers of the Realm as to her worthiness.
Duke Matthew Blackleaf spoke of her fine service and arts for the Order of the Pelican, then Duchess Dorinda Courtenay spoke of Duchess Siobhan’s fine qualities in the eyes of the Order of Defense. Duke Sven Gunnarson spoke glowing words from the Chivalry, then Duchess Cassandra Zoe Paganel’s words were heard speaking as a Royal Peer. Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh spoke as Jewel of Æthelmearc of the excellence of the lady, and then the words of three Masters of the Laurel were heard, each attesting to the scholarship, skill, and joy of the lady: Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin, Mistress Katheryn Hebenstreitz, and Mistress Joutsenjärven Sahra.
Once all these words had been heard, a medallion was called for, to mark her station. One made by his own hand was presented by Duke EikBrandr Solgyafi, OL, and placed around Her Grace’s neck by him at King Timothy’s invitation. A Norse covering was called for, to warm her shoulders, and was placed upon her by Meisterin Felicitas and Lady Katelyn of Nordmark. A golden wreath was placed upon her brow to proclaim her triumph, along with a kiss, by His Grace Sven. Finally, the Ancestral Pastry was presented, in its Ark, by Mistress Gail, to be kept and held by her in safety and reverence until it is called for again.
At that time, King Timothy drew forth the Sword of State, and along with Queen Gabrielle, laid hands upon its hilts, as did Her Grace Siobhan, and she spake this oath:
“I will, to my utmost power, stand against all wrongdoing, and uphold peace and justice. I will clothe fatherless and motherless children, virgins, widows, and poor people alike, and make them Finnish fabulous to the best of my ability; and likewise will I be a staunch and loyal supporter of my Crown and Kingdom, and rightly and honorably hold and exercise my mastership, for the honour to the Realm, this I swear, so say I, Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin.”
The Crown accepted her oath, and gave her one in return of support and friendship, and helped her to her feet. A scroll from the Scribes of Drachenwald was read, in the form of a carven wooden tablet, one side adorned with Finnish runes, read by His Grace Sven, the other side a translation of the first adorned with rune-shaped English letters, and devilishly hard to decipher, read with reasonable success by the Jewel Herald, without advantage of a typed crib sheet.
The assembled populace then gave three hearty vivats for Her Grace, Mistress Shanaynay, and the Laurels there led their new member to the back of the hall, there to give congratulations.
Duchess Siobhan is inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Photo by Lord Mikus.
Finally, Their Majesties called up all scribes there present who had contributed a scroll to the day’s courts, and each was given a token of appreciation from Their hands. Engaging in a bit of Royal subterfuge, they caught hold of The Honorable Lady Zosia Kowalewska as she made to depart, and bade her bide a moment more. They then called for Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. After verifying that it was still the will of this Order to take her ladyship into their ranks, Their Majesties presented her with a Writ to Contemplate Elevation to this order.
THLady Zosia receives a Writ for the Order of the Pelican. Photo by Lord Mikus.
There being no further business, court was closed.
Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald
An account of the court of Sven and Siobhan, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held at Harvest Raids and the Coronation of Anna Leigh on the 29th day of September in the 53rd year of the Society in the Shire of Heronter. Reported by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald and Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald.
Their Majesties thanked everyone for coming.
Meister Madoc Arundel asked for time to address the populace. He spoke of how, those brewers who participated in his challenge submitted points to earn stars for their guild favors and asked those that had submitted their points to see him.
His Majesty then spoke of the work the Brewers Guild did in helping him fulfill his dream of an open bar at Pennsic. It was then announced that the following brewers, who assisted with the project, are awarded Red Golden Escarbuncles: Absalon, Alastar Scott MacCrummin, Alysoun of the Debatable Lands, Arianna dal Valone, Brigette de Sainte Mere-Eglise, Cairdha Eilis O’Coileain, Caolifhion of the Woods, Catherine O’Herlihy, Chebe, Cormacc mac Gilla Brighe, Cristina inghean Ghriogair, Elska a Fjarfelli, Fuego, Garan of the Debatable Lands, Gaston de la Guerre, Gesa, Gille MacDhonuill, Halfdan Rauthkinn, Jakob Gosche, Jakob Krahe, Jan al Thalab, Josefina Milchele DA Canal, Madoc Arundel, Magnus Arminius, Meadbh ni Clerigh, Nohaaj, Ottilige von Rappoltsweiler, Pavel Dudoladov, Rebecca (from Atlantia), Robert of Ferness, Rollo Bastardson, Ronan O’Connal, Sigvaldi the Ram, Tarl Shadowraven, Tassin Tressel, Ulf Bareleg, Zianna beguy urdina de Zabaleta. It was asked that those who were not present to get their token to please seek out Meister Madoc to receive them.
Golden Escarbuncles are given to all who contributed to the Royal Bar at Pennsic. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Ranka Alfrun of the Debatable Lands was Awarded Arms in absentia for her long volunteer service time at troll, on the archery range and as deputy exchequer. Scroll is forthcoming.
Their Majesties then inducted Lord Theowyndwood Keyote into the Order of the Golden Alce for his skill on the combat field. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds. The Order of the Golden Alce was then asked to stand so the populace might see if there was someone deserving to be in the Order but was not and then encouraged to write that person in for the award.
Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, Kingdom Youth Marshal then announced that the time of her term was over and that Their Majesties and Her Highness had accepted His Lordship Methius Weasel as her replacement.
Maighstir Liam Mac an Tsaoir, then announced that under the request of Their Majesties, he coordinated the volunteers for this past Pennsic War and was pleased to report that Æthelmearc reported over 1956 hours of volunteer service at the War.
Lord Eustasious di Messina was named a member of the Order of the Keystone in absentia for all the behind the scenes work he does to make so many things happen. Scroll by THL Amalie Reinhart.
Lord Eustasious’ Keystone scroll by THLady Amalie. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then asked for the presence of Meisterin Felicity Flußmüllnerin, Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh, Baroness Helena Mützhasenin, Sir Beatrix Krieger, Lady Isabetta Orsini, THL Hrόlfr á Fjárfelli, THL Elska á Fjárfelli, and Baroness Ekaterina Volkova. Their Majesties said that it was through the work of these good gentles that they were able to be so successful in Their Reign. For this they were awarded Sigils of Æthelmearc and gifted with hand made cups made by the hand of Baroness Sybilla Detwyller.
Their Majesties present Sigils to those who provided high levels of service to their reign. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then called for Mistress Laurencia de Carlisle. It was noted that while she is known for her artistic skills, she also quietly serves throughout the realm as Arts and Sciences judge and mentor, retaining and making sure the populace is clothed. For this she was named into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova. Members of the Order of the Keystone were then asked to stand so people could know who needed to be recommended to the crown.
Mistress Laurencia receives a Keystone. Photo by Baron Steffan.
It was then announced that Their Majesties had further words with Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh. Her Majesty spoke of how they had known each other for more years than either one probably wanted to admit. How in all that time Her Grace served as inspiration, guide, mentor to not only Their Majesties, but the Kingdom as a whole. For this she was named the 45th Jewel of Æthelmearc. Scroll by THL Phelippe Ulfdottir.
Duchess Liadain is named a Jewel of AEthelmearc. Photo by Baron Steffan.
His Majesty then asked all present to join him in singing Happy Birthday to Her Majesty. Once the song was over, Her Majesty asked His Majesty to sing it in the tradition of His Homeland.
Their Majesties then called forth the Order of the Laurel and THL Luceta di Cosimo. His Majesty confirmed that they did issue a Writ to Her Ladyship to appear on this day to sit vigil. The Order indicated that a place had been arranged for the good Lady to sit and hear words. Their Majesties then bade the Order to take her and see that she received good counsel through the day.
THLady Luceta is sent on vigil for the Laurel. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Highness Anna Leigh then came forth and after wishing Her Majesty a Happy Birthday, she reminded Their Majesties that on a rainy day in May, Her Highness’ birthday, His Highness Titus did win the tournament and They were named Heirs. She said that while His Highness has left this world, She would take Her rightful place, as He would have wished, to rule the Sylvan Lands. Representatives from the Seneschal, Earl Marshal, Mistress of the Lists and Herald’s offices all attested that they did witness His Highness Titus win the tournament and crowned Heir and that He then placed the Princess’ coronet on Her Highness.
Princess Anna Leigh asserts Her right to the throne. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Their Majesties did agree that it was time to seek Their retirement but did need a few moments of time to finish Their business. Her Highness agreed and departed.
Their Majesties then called for the Retinue and Queen’s Guard. They thanked those who stood with them, followed them across the fields of war, guarded and made them safe. The Retinue and Guards were released from their duties and departed.
The King and Queen thank and release Their retinue and guards. Photo by Baron Steffan.
THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, then came forth and released Baroness Ekaterina Volkova from her obligations as Jewel Herald. Her Excellency returned the regalia of the office and retired from the court.
Mistress Ekaterina steps down as Jewel Herald. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties again thanked the Kingdom of Æthelmearc for the opportunity to serve as King and Queen.
Her Highness, Anna Leigh, then came forth to claim the throne of the Sylvan Lands.
His Majesty then removed the Crown from Her Majesty’s head and thanked Her with all His heart for serving as His Queen and inspiration. His Majesty then took the Crown from His head and handed it to Her Highness.
King Sven hands the King’s crown to Anna Leigh. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Highness spoke to the populace and said that there was only one person who She ever wanted to place the Crown upon Her head, and though He was not present in body, His spirit was with Her and with Her own hands placed the Crown of Æthelmearc upon Her head.
Anna Leigh is Queen.
The Lineage of the Royalty of Æthelmearc was read and Anna Leigh was then proclaimed to be the 43rd Queen of Æthelmearc.
Sven and Siobhan were released to their retirement.
There being no further business, the Court of Sven and Siobhan was closed.
The account of Her Majesty of Æthelmearc, Queen Anna Leigh, held at Her Coronation at Harvest Raids in the Shire of Heronter, on the 29th day of September, Anno Societatis 53, as recorded by THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, with the assistance of Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silent Herald.
Her Majesty, with the Sword of State, stepped forward to hear the Oath of Service from the Kingdom Officers present.
She then heard the Oaths of Service and Fealty from the Landed Baronage present.
– The Landed Barons swear their fealty. All photos by Baron Steffan.
Next, She heard the Oaths of the Royal Peers, the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, the Order of the Pelican, and the Masters of Defense. The Order of the White Scarf, with the Order of the Rose and Former Consorts, then did offer their Oath and presented Her Majesty with a White Scarf.
– The peerage orders swear fealty. All photos by Baron Steffan.
Duke Sven and Duchess Siobhan were called forth and Her Majesty reaffirmed their status, presenting Duke Sven with a scroll commemorating the event. The scroll was calligraphed and illuminated by THL Abigail Kelhoge, with wording by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova and translation by THL Phelippe Ulfdottir.
THLady Pippi reads Duke Sven’s scroll. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Court was then suspended, with the announcement that Her Majesty would be Sitting in State for a period during the afternoon.
When the court of Queen Anna Leigh resumed in the evening, Her Retainers and the Captain of Her Guard were called forth and they offered their oaths of service.
Next, the Silver Buccle Herald stepped forward to invest Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta as the Jewel Herald, the Voice of Her Majesty. He then knelt offering his Oath of Service, and took his place in Her Majesty’s court.
Maestro Orlando gives his oath as Jewel Herald. Photo by Baroness Sophia the Orange.
The Silver Buccle Herald begged to conduct one further item of business. It is the duty of the Kingdom Herald to name the Deputies of the College of Arms and it was noticed that one was missing. Thus it was announced that the Silent Herald Deputy is now to be known as the Silver Sycamore Herald.
The Silent Herald is now the Silver Sycamore Herald. Photo by Lady Aine ny Allane.
The Silver Buccle Herald then stepped aside to allow the Jewel Herald to continue to conduct Her Majesty’s court.
Her Majesty called forward all individuals for whom this was their first event and bid them welcome and presented each of them with a cup from which they could share drink and camaraderie with new friends.
THL Metheus Weasel was then called before the throne whereupon he gave his oath of services as the new Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal.
Lord Methius Weasel takes the oath of office as Kingdom Youth Combat Marshal. Photo by Baron Steffan.
He then spoke of the kingdom Youth Heavy Weapons Champion tournaments held this day. Fritz and Simon Fjarfell were then called forward and thanked by Her Majesty for their service as youth champions, after which she relieved them of their duties and received back their regalia of station. Carter of Thescore and Frytz Fluβmüllner were then called before the Queen and were presented as the winners of today’s tournaments. Frytz was named as Division 1 Champion in absentia, and Carter was named Division 2 Champion, who then gave his oath of service and was presented with the regalia of his station. Scrolls by Arianna of Wynthrope.
Carter and Frytz are named Kingdom Youth Combat Champions. Photo by Baroness Sophia.
The children of the kingdom were then called into court and welcomed, after which Her Majesty sent them off to select a gift of amusement from the kingdom toy chest.
The autocrats of the day’s event were then given leave to address the populace after which they were presented gift baskets by Her Majesty.
Next, participants of the day’s Arts and Sciences activities were invited forward and presented with tokens by the Queen, after which the winners of the competition were announced.
The combatants who entered the Kingdom Heavy Weapons Championship were then invited forward and were presented tokens by Her Majesty. THL Oliver Sutton, the Kingdom Heavy Weapons Champion, was then called before Her Majesty to speak of the tourney. Her Majesty thanked his Lordship for his service as champion and then relieved him of his post and divested him of his regalia. THL Darri inn Valski was then summoned before the throne, gave his oath of service, and was invested as the new Heavy Weapons Champion.Scroll by Isabella Montoya.
THLord Darri is named Kingdom Heavy Weapons Champion. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Grace, Duchess Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin next appeared before Her Majesty and was presented with a scroll commemorating her service to the kingdom as queen and extending the gratitude of the Crown and populace. Scroll by THL Rachel Dalicieux.
Duchess Siobhan is thanked for serving as Queen and receives her scroll. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Majesty then sought words with THL Teresa Luisa Alvarez. Her Majesty spoke of the longstanding personal service to the Crown, and to Herself and Titus. For her kindness, generosity, and service Teresa was named a Baroness of the Court. Illumination by Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria, calligraphy by Ysgriffennydd de Ynys Crwbanod.
Lady Teresa is made a Court Baroness. Photo by Baroness Sophie.
Lady Gulsah al Zakiyya attended Her Majesty, who spoke of her skill in the scribal arts, her teaching, and her clothing, and for these efforts did induct Gulsah into the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Rachel Rouse deFlumeri.
Lady Gulsah receives a Sycamore. Photo by Lady Aine.
Thomas Byron, Earl of Haverford then appeared before the throne. Her Majesty spoke of his skill with coining and his efforts as head of the Kingdom Moneyer’s Guild, and so did induct him into the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Lady Nichola Beese.
Earl Byron receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Majesty then had words with Lord Jasper Longshanks. She spoke of his service in creating wonderful tokens to be used as largess, and for that She did induct him into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll forthcoming.
Lord Jasper receives a Keystone. Photo by Baroness Sophia.
Her Majesty called for Earl Gareth Kincaid. She spoke of his artistry and craftsmanship with steel and leather, and his willingness to share these talents with others. She noted that his skill was beyond the average craftsman, and so did call forward the Fleur d’Ӕthelmearc and asked that he take his place among those members of that esteemed order. Scroll by THL Shirin al Susiyya.
Earl Gareth is inducted into the Fleur. Photo by Baroness Sophia.
Countess Margerite Eisenwald was then summoned before Her Majesty who spoke of Her gratitude for her support and her efforts in planning and leading the memorial vigil at Pennsic for Prince Titus. In recognition of Her appreciation, Her Majesty bestowed upon Countess Margerite the Ӕthelmearc Award of Excellence, and did present her with a small hand painted portrait in the likeness of Countess Margerite as a token of appreciation. Portraiture by THL Shirin al Susiyya.
Countess Margerite receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Baroness Sophia.
The Order of the Pelican was then called to attend Her Majesty, who spoke of one who was missing from among their ranks. Duke Sigenoth the Blissful was then called before the throne and presented with a writ of summons to contemplate elevation to that order. Scroll by Kieran MacRae.
Duke Sigenoth (known as Cygnus) receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Majesty then called for the Order of the Laurel, and then summoned THL Luceta di Cosimo. Speaking in testimony of Luceta’s worthiness to be named as a peer of the realm, Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann spoke of Luceta’s generosity and her compassion. Thomas Byron Earl of Haverford spoke of Luceta’s determination, search for knowledge, and her curiosity. Countess Ariella of Thornbury spoke of Luceta’s ability to make learning fun and how her knowledge and teaching enriches the Society. Master Clewin Kupferhelbelinc addressed Luceta’s efforts and the striving that she has undertaken to obtain the knowledge that she has. Maister Brandubh O’Donghaile spoke of his admiration for the inspiration she shows and that she’s “got a lot of love.” Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope described Luceta as a scholar, an artisan, a teacher, and a craftswoman. Having been satisfied by this testimony, Her Majesty then asked for Luceta’s oath of service, after which she was regaled with tokens of her new station and named to the Order of the Laurel. Scroll is a work in progress with words by Master Brandubh O’Donghaile.
– THLady Luceta’s Laurel ceremony, which included Commedia group appearances. Photos by Baron Steffan and Baroness Sophia.
Her Majesty then called for THL Bran Labhradha. She spoke of his passion and his efforts on the field today in the Kingdom Heavy Weapons Championship and named him Her Inspiration.
Lord Bran is named Queen’s Inspiration. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Majesty then thanked the scribes who contributed works of their art so that others might be recognized.
THL Torvald Torgarson then appeared before Her Majesty and presented a shield and a poem in honor of Prince Titus, which he then shared with the populace.
THLord Torvaldr reads his poem in honor of Prince Titus. Photo by Lady Aine.
There being no further business, this court of Her Majesty was closed.
Whilst clouds did cover all the land with rain Within our halls delights could scarcely hide The arts of Æthelmearc bore bright refrain And with their joyous leisure changed the sky A fretted griffin did Rhiannon bring To meet with pleasure paints which Jocelyn dared Hrolfr wove red threads the Queen’s own dress to ring And Kate and Ginny each a scroll prepared Here Elska’s work like dragon’s treasured cave: We tasted mead and conserve; belt we eyed Eadaoin’s wassail gave us the drink we crave Fearghus this hoard within his chest might hide The woven trim was crowd’s quite favourite art Most highly judged: the Wool was worlds apart
On Saturday, September 30, Anno Societatis 52, much of the Kingdom gathered in the Shire of Heronter on the shores of Lake Chautauqua for our annual Harvest Raid. I had the honor and extreme pleasure of organizing my favorite event activity: the Arts & Sciences display and competition.
I was astounded and delighted by the breadth of entries for the display and competition as well as the thorough documentation that many contributors included with their works.
We had two categories for entries. First, the competition that was held was for completed works in the theme of the harvest. This portion of entries was adjudicated.
Second was the open display, which was without theme or medium restrictions. Entries could be completed or works in progress. I enjoy having both categories available, as this gives all artists a chance to contribute work.
While all entries were beautifully made and presented, Fiber Arts won the day.
The Honorable Lady Elska á Fjárfelli won the harvest competition with her dyed wool and the Skjoldehamn belt into which it was made.
The Honorable Lady Elska á Fjárfelli’s dyed wool and Skjoldehamn belt, made from her dyed wool, won the Harvest Competition. (This and all following photos by Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce.)
The skills and artistry of Elska were much appreciated by all.
All members in attendance were welcomed to vote for their favorite among the entries, giving those without the theme a chance to shine.
Lord Hrólfr á Fjárfelli’s card-woven band for Her Majesty Queen Juliana’s apron dress, a beautiful Æthelmearc-themed trim inspired by the Birka Bands, was the highly marked favorite.
Lord Hrólfr á Fjárfelli’s card-woven band for Her Majesty’s apron dress.
The other entries, in various media, were all worthy of our attention and showed myriad skills. I look forward to these artists’ next entries!
Baron Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndrudwy’s fretted griffin.
“Gus in Memoriam” cat scroll by Lady Catherine O’Herlihy.
Lord Fearghus mac Eoin’s well-constructed Viking chest.
Scroll blank by Ginevra del Dolce.
The Honorable Lady Elska’s ginger-peach conserve.
The Honorable Lady Elska’s oenomeli, or Concord grape mead.
Eadaoin Gaelach Rua’s wassail (mulled cider), warmed over candles throughout the day, was very enjoyable.
Eadaoin Gaelach Rua provided information on wassail.
Lady Jocelyn of Hartstone’s paintings in various media. (I find it is often quite difficult to paint movement, but Lady Jocelyn surely captures it in every brush stroke.)
A very pleasing array of arts and sciences were offered throughout the day in addition to the competition and display. While many of Æthelmearc’s subjects gathered in the great hall throughout the day working on personal projects, there was also a small library, a scribal playtime hosted by Mistress Roberta, children’s activities including a Viking longship-building competition headed by Lord Lodthinn, and a games table hosted by Lady Maggie.
The arts are alive and well in Æthelmearc. What an honor it is to be a part of them. I look forward to seeing what you are working on the next time we meet.
Signora Ginevra Isabetta del Dolce
Minister of the Arts & Sciences for the Shire of Heronter
The Shire of Heronter has regular A&S gatherings. For our most recent gathering, Lady Edana the Red came up from Debatable Lands to teach pewter casting.
On Saturday, June 24th, 2017, members of the Shire assembled at the home of THL Keinven Ragnarsdottir and Baron Malcolm Fraser at 10 AM. Fortunately, it was a clear and sunny day, pewter hates rain and high humidity. Everyone had glasses or other eye-protection and paper dust masks were issued to all. Soapstone creates dust easily and it’s not something you want to breathe in. Long hair was tied back and everyone had been instructed to wear long sleeved tops to expose as little skin as possible. We worked outside to not leave stone dust on the furniture. Picnic tables were covered in old towels for easier clean up.
We were each issued a ‘carving kit’, a small Tupperware tub containing a marker (black), a plastic template for drawing circles (quarter and dime sized), a mechanical pencil (red shaft), a carving tool (wooden handle, scraper at one end, point at the other), a dental pick (brass), a crayon (red) a few scraps of paper (blueish due to shadows), a small piece of soapstone (I’ve already started carving mine), a few curls of sandpaper (at base of mechanical pencil) and a coin level (at top of box, on its side). The latter is a small piece of metal mounted to a small scrap of wood.
The first step is to design the badge. It had to be something small enough to fit on a quarter sized coin. The final token will be the mirror image of the drawing, so anything like letters should be done backwards. Geometrics, unless perfectly carved, tend to look a little lopsided. For this step, we used the scraps of paper, the template, and the mechanical pencil. My design can be seen in the picture above, my badge is a slipper charged with a vair bell. (Yes, it’s a pun, work on it!)
The next step is to start carving the mold. Above, Lady Edana demonstrates how to use the plastic template and the carving tool to inscribe a circle on the soapstone mold to about the depth of a quarter. Once the circle has been inscribed into the mold, the coin level is inserted into the groove and gently pulled toward the center of the circle. The small block of wood rides across the face of the stone while the metal point scrapes the coin shape to a uniform depth. Do not force the level, it will leave a groove. Just keep lightly scraping a thin layer at a time until the coin shape is complete. Lady Edana demonstrates using the coin level to Duchess Dorinda. Dorinda’s token design, a cross bottony from her badge, is by her left wrist. In the first photo above, my completed coin shape can be seen on the mold next to the kit. The pile in the center is the soapstone dust from carving the coin and will be brushed out with the paintbrush onto the towel.
Pirate Ginevra (left) watches as (right, front to back) Duchess Dorinda, THL Keinven, and m’lady Apollonia all work on carving their molds
Once the coin blank is complete, the next step is to carve the design onto the coin. Remember that the design is backwards, so letters need to be reversed. The deeper into the mold, the higher the image will be above the coin blank. A single layered design is best for a first attempt, however my design was a vair bell on a slipper, so the slipper was carved into the coin, then the vair bell was carved inside the shoe, deeper into the mold. The small curls of sandpaper are used to smooth out designs and erase tool marks on the mold. To test your carving, Play-doh™ is your friend. Press a small piece into the mold, then gently pull it out by the edges. Shown below, a small piece of red Play-doh™ is pressed into Dorinda’s mold and gently pulled out to reveal the final design. If you are not satisfied with your design, you can continue working on the mold and testing until you are content with the design.
The next step is to create the sprue, the channel that the pewter will be poured through. Lady Maggie Baxter, above uses a large metal file to begin the sprue. Knife cuts will bring the channel up to the design without damaging it. The location of a sprue hole depends on the design. You want the pewter to pour into the entire mold, not rise into the smaller details. If you’re going to have a loop on top of your token, the sprue should probably enter the bottom of the coin.
Next, vent holes are cut into the mold to allow air to escape as the liquid metal enters. Otherwise, air pockets and bubbles will form and the pewter won’t fill the entire mold. For safety considerations, Lady Edana’s assistant did all the pouring. A second piece of soapstone was held against the first, to provide a back to the medallion. The second piece had a cross-hatch design which created a texture on the back.
A metal catch basin to hold the pewter while it cools, a camp stove starter, wire cutters for cutting sprue, and several bars of pewter waiting to be melted. Notice that we are using an ordinary camp stove to heat bricks of pewter in a steel crucible. Pewter has a melting point around 230* Celsius. The exact temperature depends on the specific blend of metals that make up the alloy. The pieces are small enough that they can be held them together in a welder’s gauntlet. If we were doing a larger piece, the mold halves would be tied together and placed on a table. Note that there is another mold on the stove near the burner. A warm mold keeps the pewter liquid for a few moments longer and allows it to flow more easily into small details in the mold.
The pewter solidifies within a minute and the mold is opened. This is Lady Helena’s stylized H and the sprue enters the medallion at the bottom. The medallion is dumped into the metal basin and allowed to cool to the point it can be handled with bare hands. The excess metal that fills the sprue hole, and vent holes, is also called sprue and must be removed with tin snips or wire cutters. The edges of the medallion are then filed or sanded smooth. The cut off sprue, and mis-cast medallions, are simply dropped back into the cauldron to be melted down for the next medallion.
Below we see Duchess Dorinda’s finished pewter tokens. The loop will need to be drilled out on a few of them.
Shown below is a medallion that has both a front and a back. Notice the pins and pinholes in the mold so that the images line up.
Here are the two medallions cast from the mold above, showing the back and front of the completed design.
Shown below is a mold allows you to pour five medallions at once. Again, note the pins and pinholes to make the front and back line up correctly.
Completed tokens from every member of the class. Left: m’lady Othilia’s candle in an archway, Lady Helena’s stylized H Center: top; Duchess Dorinda’s cross bottony, l-to-r; THL Keinven’s triquetra, Lady Maggie’s linden leaf, Lady Ginevra’s swan, m’lady Diane’s fret Right: top; Lady Cigfran’s raven, m’lady Apollonia’s wolf, THFool Dagonell’s vair slipper
It was a very blustery day. Winnie the Pooh and Piglet left their homes in the Hundred Acre Wood and… Oops, wrong story. It was a very blustery day. My wife and I left our home at dawn to drive to the State University of NY at Fredonia to start setting up our demo for the first Fredonia Maker Faire.
Baron Jacob of Dunmore.
It was originally planned that we would be outside the new science building so fighters and fencers could fight on the lawn. A couple of the officials decided it was too cold and windy and rainy and just too darn blustery. So they got a couple of volunteers to help us re-pack our stuff and transport it all to the Williams Center and help us re-set up. The volunteers all wore bright yellow t-shirts to identify themselves. Naturally, the exhibitors promptly renamed them Makers’ Minions. With their aid, we were fully set-up before the faire opened.
The faire was originally supposed to be just the Science Building, but they got so many exhibitor responses that they extended the faire into the next building and there were exhibits in both the Science Building and the Williams Center. Nearly 100 exhibits in all. We got the second floor of the Williams Center all to ourselves. The main hall in the Williams Center is two stories tall. The second floor wraps around it like a ring with pillars forming niches all along the balcony side. The organizers put up an extra sign announcing “The Shire” was upstairs.
A&S display at the Maker Faire.
We draped banners off the balconies to hang down into the central hall. We set up an armor display in the first niche along with a chainmail making demo. In the second niche, we set up miscellaneous display objects including embroidery, garb, heraldry and a medieval cookbook. In the third niche, we set up a calligraphy and illumination display with a illumination demo. When the fencers arrived, they took over the fourth niche for their weapons and gear.
Master Otfrid Ammerthaler.
Master Otfrid Ammerthaler and m’lady Artemisa da Manarola arrived from the Rhydderich Hael just before the official opening. Lord Coinneich Mac an Leigh and THL Clarissa da Svizzera from Thescorre came shortly afterward. The doors opened and we had a slow but steady stream of fair-goers. We announced the teaching of a few simple country dances, and Artemisia, the Hael’s dance mistress, led the audience through them.
When our fencers, Lord Bjorn Einarsson and Baron Jacob of Dunmoore arrived and armored up, I announced from the balcony that there had been a falling out amongst the king’s musketeers and matters were to be settled by the sword. This was not choreographed, nor rehearsed nor pre-determined. Skill alone would decide the winner. Within two minutes nearly everyone from the hall below was now upstairs packed solidly from wall to wall awaiting the combat. Jacob and Bjorn gave a wonderful display of skill. When they stopped, we had dozens of people by our tables, trying on jackets, helms, coifs, surcoats, gauntlets, swords and bucklers while we talked about the SCA.
At 4PM, the fair closed and we started packing up. We had brought 40 flyers. We had 8 left. We had been interviewed by the Chautauqua Star, who had come to write an article on the fair itself. The issue came out Nov. 4th and is still available. Check your local grocery store for a copy if you live in Western NY. A tired few headed for home with our deepest thanks. The majority of us headed up to Dimitri’s in Dunkirk for Greek cuisine for a meal before going home to plan for next year’s Maker Faire.
All photos and video by m’lady Artemisa da Manarola.
For the Coronation dinner of Marcus III and Margerite of Æthelmearc, held at Harvest Raid in the Shire of Heronter on September 24, I created an edible crown. There are several crown styles available to the monarchs of Æthelmearc, but the Byzantine style looked to be the simplest to reproduce, so that is where I started. My intent is to do the others at some future date…
Master Janos (majordomo for the reign) provided me a with few pictures of the crown in his care.
I then made a cardstock mock-up and shaping form.
Next, I mixed up a batch of sugarpaste:
1/2 tsp. gum tragacanth
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. orange blossom water
1 Tb. egg white
12 to 16 oz. sugar, ground fine
Wet the gum with the lemon juice then add the orange blossom water and egg white.
Rest for several minutes and slowly incorporate the sugar until the desired consistency is reached.
The paste was rolled out and with the mock-up used as a template, the front piece was cut out. I worked the piece flat (smoothed the center areas and textured the borders), but when it was lifted to place onto the form the surface crinkled and much of the detail was lost. The form was too flimsy to work on, so if I make this crown again, I will create a more rigid form to work upon. The sugar was cured for a day in the dehydrator before being removed from the form. The sides were then cut. They slid off the form through the night, but luckily broke along the lines delineating the individual plaques. I now had an eight-piece sculpture instead of four.
They were placed back on the form and cured for another day before being removed so that the back piece could be manufactured.
A template was made and the escarbuncles were quickly cut out of sugarpaste using an X-Acto knife.
Once all the pieces had cured for a few days it was time to gold & silver leaf them. Each section was painted with egg white and allowed to dry. Twenty-four sheets of edible gold leaf and six sheets of edible silver leaf later, they were shiny.
I made a very quick plaster mold from wax cabochons. They shifted on me while pouring the plaster, but enough were workable to make the carnelians. After melting out the wax and allowing the form to cool, it was soaked overnight in water. I dissolved 1 cup of granular sugar in 1/2 cup of water, tossed in a small red beet from the garden and a tablespoonful of red sandalwood powder. (Editor’s note: red sandalwood, or sanders, is edible, while brown sandalwood used for incense is inedible.) This was brought to around 200 degrees Fahrenheit then the solids were strained out. The syrup was quickly placed back on the heat, brought to 300 F, removed from the heat and the bottom of the pan was placed briefly in cool water. The mold was patted dry and a spoon was used to drip syrup into the mold. As they cooled the carnelians were popped out and more were cast.
Once cooled the sugar carnelians were glued in place with a thinned-out version of the sugarpaste.
This was allowed to rest for a day, then the whole was assembled using the same sugar glue. The crown was placed in the dehydrator overnight.
The seams were then covered in gold leaf and the crown was returned to the dehydrator for another night.
Sir Ian presents the sugarpaste crown. Photo by Karen Mensch DeMichiei
Their Majesties Margerite and Marcus. Photo by Phil Martino
I presented the subtlety to Their Majesties about halfway through the feast. By the end of the meal, Her Majesty had broken the crown into pieces and distributed them to be eaten by the populace.
Reprinted from Sir Ian’s blog. All photos courtesy of Sir Ian, except where noted.