Unto the Populace of Æthelmearc do Byron, Crown Prince, and Ariella, Crown Princess, send fond Greetings.
In response to His Majesty’s call, we took up arms and strode, for the first time, upon the fencing field. We add our voices to the Masters of Defense and White Scarves who are calling upon all the fencers of Æthelmearc to demonstrate our Kingdom’s might with saber and foil. The Dragon’s Rose Challenge is currently being scored, and every fencer in the Kingdom is needed if we are to emerge victorious over our friends in the Middle Kingdom. Every practice, every event, and every tournament can help the Kingdom. You don’t need to be an expert fencer to assist in this fight, and you don’t need to have participated from the beginning. For more information, we refer you to Her Grace Dorinda’s informative article here.
Our attention is already drawn to this spring’s Crown Tournament, to be held on May 7th, which will determine our Heirs. In addition to the usual requirements set forth by Corpora and Kingdom Law, we are asking that every combatant and consort demonstrate a reasonable level of activity in the Society and in Æthelmearc by including in their Letter of Intent a list of six events attended within the past year, starting with the previous Spring Crown. Two lists should be included: one for the combatant and one for the consort. Formal events sponsored by an official Æthelmearc group are acceptable, as are major Inter-Kingdom events; practices and get-togethers should not be included. Letters of Intent must be received by our coronation on April 9th. We look forward to a tournament full of pageantry and chivalry.