Here begins the report of the court of Their Majesties Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at Tavern Brawl in the Shire of Kings Crossing, October 30, AS56, jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, reporting, with the assistance of Baron Arias Beltran Del Valle, Sigil Herald.
Their Majesties invited all those present for whom this was Their first Royal Court, and gave them mugs made by the artisans of Æthelmearc and welcomed them to our Society and Kingdom
Their Majesties next invited the youth present to present themselves before Them. They then offered up a sacrifice, Lord Tiberious Hostilous Mallous, that the youth might be entertained and take goodies from the toy chest.
Their Majesties allowed Master Hrolfr á Fjárfelli and Lady Isolda de Leycestre to conduct some personal business in Their Court. Master Hrolfr gave Lady Isolda a green belt to mark her as his apprentice.
Their Majesties summoned Lady Ilaria Rosati, the Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champion, and Master Hrolfr á Fjárfelli to present themselves. Lady Ilaria was thanked for her long service as champion and allowed to retire. Master Hrolfr spoke of the tournament held this day and how impressed he was by those who participated in person as well as those who presented online. Their Majesties agreed and so called all the competitors present forward to be presented with tokens. There was a victor this day however, Their Majesties did name Baron Caleb Reynolds as King’s Arts and Sciences Champion, for his research paper into period recipes, and named THLady Nichola Beese as Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champion for her display of parchment creation and dying. Both scrolls were by Gesa von Wellenstein. There was a populace choice as part of the competition, THLady Nichola Beese proved to have the most votes.
Their Majesties next called for Lord Cassiano da Castello to attend Them. Lord Cassiano had entered a brewing entry in the competition that greatly impressed Their Majesties, thus did They name Lord Cassiano Their Royal Brewer.
Their Majesties next summoned Songtui Batar Sogdo, who was having a problem with his new protege. Their Majesties felt that they could help with this problem, and so called for THLady Adeliz Argenti to present herself. They felt that the only way to properly address this lady was in the presence of The Order of the Pelican, and so summoned that Order to present themselves, and after affirming that it was the Order’s wish to proceed They issued a writ for THLady Adeliz to contemplate elevation to the Order of thePelican, for her long service to DART at Pennsic and much more. Scroll by Ceindrech verch Elidir on parchment made by Abigail Kelhoge.
Her Majesty next called for Nea Kimball. It was Nea’s first event, and she entered a research paper in the Arts and Sciences competition, fenced, and generally enjoyed herself with a great amount of enthusiasm. For this Her Majesty named Nea her inspiration for the day and awarded her a Golden Escarbuncle. Her Majesty further felt moved to Award Nea Arms and make her a Lady of the Court. The scroll will be made by Her Majesty on parchment created and dyed by Nichola Beese.
Their Majesties thanked the event staff and the Shire for hosting Their Arts and Sciences Championship. They wished all present safe travels and spoke of how grateful and happy They are to be able to return to events.
There being no further business, Court was closed.
Their Sylvan Majesties, King Gareth Kincaid and Queen Juliana Delamere, are pleased to let it be known to all that they are looking forward to choose their Arts & Sciences Champions at the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Championship to be held at Tavern Brawl, hosted by the Shire of King’s Crossing this October 30th.
We encourage entrants to join us in-person at a wonderful site for a day of sharing and celebrating of all the wonderful things that our Arts & Sciences community has to offer. There will also be room for Arts & Sciences display and we are even working on some cool demos! However, we do understand that going to events is still a difficult choice for many of us and we have therefore decided on a hybrid in-person/virtual format for this year’s competition.
Entry by Lady Ilaria in the virtual Arts and Sciences Championship in 2020
The in-person competition will be held along the same lines as in the past. Candidates with their entries will be judged face-to-face and the scoring will be based on the Kingdom A&S rubric. In order to reduce the indoor face-to-face time for candidates and judges, we will limit this year’s competition to one 45-minute judging session with a panel of 2 or 3 judges. Although not a requirement, we ask that candidates register their in-person entry online ahead of time, to make planning for us a little easier!
Candidates who are not able to join us at the event can submit their entry online. We created a basic web form where you can securely upload some photos, your documentation and some basic info. The virtual part of the competition will be held much along the lines of last year’s competition. Each candidate will meet face-to-face with a panel of judges over Zoom for one 45-minute judging session during the week leading up to the event and their presentation and entry will be judged with the same rubric as used at the event. The site is discretely damp and we are excited and happy to accept alcoholic beverage entries at the event!
We want to emphasize that we totally love to see partial projects! It doesn’t have to be a completely finished entry to be eligible. As usual, you may also enter up to three related objects as a single entry. Prior entry in another competition or display does not disqualify you from entering, we love to see continued progress on existing projects. The scores will be tallied once all judging is completed (the combined online and in-person entries) and relayed to Their Majesties who will choose their champions and announce them at the event during court.
Their Sylvan Majesties and the Kingdom Office of Arts & Sciences are very much looking forward to seeing what our Kingdom has to offer!
The following is the report of the Court of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held on the 26th day of October Anno Societatis 54 in the Shire of King’s Crossing at The Tavern Brawl, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Tabor Herald.
Their Majesties welcomed all to Their Court and summoned Lord Godfrey de Bayeux from Their Guard. They then invited all children present to come forth. They tasked Lord Godfrey with the Royal Toy Box, and then loosed the Children to each select a prize.
All newcomers to the royal court were then invited to come forth and Their Majesties gifted each with a cup so that they could remember their time at the event, and come back to share a drink.
Baroness Elena de la Palma was then invited forward. She spoke about the effort of the AE Leads. The AE Leads is a committee within the Kingdom which is dedicated to encourage the growth of our society. One of the initiatives that is being championed is tokens of appreciation. The AE Leads Committee will be providing tokens at each event so that all members of the populace can use them to show their appreciation to any that they see providing service. Baroness Elena invited everyone to look at the Troll Tables at upcoming events for the tokens of appreciation and take as many as you wish to give to any gentle in thanks for their service.
King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle then invited Lord Jodocus van Cleeff to attend Their Court as the Autocrat of the event. Lord Joost thanked all who attended the event, and all of his staff who made the day a success, especially Their Graces Gareth Kincaid and Juliana Delamare for running the all-day side board. The cooks in turn invited all present to stop by the kitchen for leftovers.
Master Juan Miguel Cezar, the Thrown Weapons Marshal for the day and Lord Alfonso de Santo Domingo, the Archery Marshal of the day, were called forth. The marshals then announced the winners of the day’s tournaments on their ranges: For Archery, the Spiderwebs shoot was won by Lord Edwyn ab Eouan, and the Pumpkin shoot was won by Lord Meinulfr Grimsson. For Thrown Weapons: the Pumpkin throw was won by Lord Edwyn ab Eouan, the Apple throw was won by Lord Meinulfr Grimsson, the Skull and Crossbones throw was won by Lord Jodocus van Cleeff, and the Overall winner on the thrown weapons range was Lord Godfrey de Bayeux. The Marshals also ran a combined archery and thrown weapons challenge, and the winner of the throw and shoot challenge was Lord Edwyn ab Eouan.
His Majesty then called for the Mistresses of the List to come forth Viscountess Lucilla de Courtenay, and Meestress Odriana vander Brugghe. His Majesty Timothy had conducted a Heavy Weapons Round Robin Tournament, and he thanked the good Ladies for their invaluable assistance. They then announced that Sir Oliver Sutton had been the winner of the Tournament that day.
Baron Robert Hawksworth was then invited to speak for the Fencing Bear Pit tournament that he marshalled. Baron Robert announced that he had been impressed on multiple fronts by the winner, and announced that Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede, had won the tournament, and also stepped out of the tournament to marshal the bouts.
Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdene was then invited to speak of the Arts and Sciences happenings of the day. She thanked the many and various artisans who had entered the Arts and Sciences display that day, and also thanked Maestro Zanetto da Como who had organized the classes and the teachers that day.
Their Majesties then called forth Lord Heinrich Holzapfel von Herxheim. Their Graces Gareth and Juliana had Awarded him Arms in absentia, and so they presented him to the populace as Lord Heinrich.
Lord Alfonso de Santo Domingo was summoned back into Their Majesties’ Court. Beyond serving as a marshal, Lord Alfonso had demonstrated his skill as an archer, and so Their Majesties recognized his achievement of the rank of Master Bowman. Scroll by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
Timothy and Gabrielle then called for Lady Ceindrech verch Elidir to attend Them. They spoke of her service large and small – from copying the Æthelmearc song books to service as a youth marshal. They then summoned forth Their Order of the Millrind, Granted her Arms and named Ceindrech to their number. Scroll by Lord Owen Tegg and Lady Nicola Beese.
THLady Ceindrech’s Millrind scroll. Photos by THL Ceindrech.
Their Majesties commanded that the Order of the Millrind stay in Their Court and summoned Baroness Aine ny Allane. For her work in supporting Reigns, supporting the Sylvan army on the field, and as a court photographer, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by THLady Mairghread ui Stolbhard ui Coinn.
Baroness Aine’s Millrind scroll and medallion. Photo by Baroness Aine.
Her Majesty Gabrielle then spoke of a gentle that She had seen all over the event that day. Lady Brianna Eileen Taithlach had baked scones for the event, made banners, and taught dance. For this Her Majesty presented her with a Golden Escarbuncle and named her the Queen’s Inspiration.
The scribes who had contributed to the glory of Their Majesties court were then invited forward. Each had spent hours of their time and resources to prepare the magnificent scrolls for Their Majesties’ Court, and each were given a token from Their Majesties’ hand.
Their Majesties did then demand that Lord Owen Tegg stay in Their Court and summoned Their Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc to attend. Lord Owen’s skills at illumination, his teaching, and research into 14th Century manuscripts had earned him a place among that that Order. So did Their Majesties induct Owen as a Fleur and Grant him Arms. Scroll upon Parchment by Mistress Abigail Kelhoge, Illuminated by THLady Rachel Delicieux, Calligraphy by THLady Ceindrech verch Elidir, and Text by Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile.
THLord Owen’s Fleur scroll. Photo by THLady Ceindrech
There being no further business, the Court of Their Majesties was closed.
Here begins the Record of the Second Reign of King Gareth and Queen Juliana, Monarchs of Sylvan Æthelmearc, upon the day of Their Coronation, April 6, AS 53, in Their Shire of Sunderoak; as reported by THL Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with the assistance of Maestro Orlando del Bene di Vinta, Baron Robert O’Connor, Lord Fiachna mac Cennetig, and Lady Nichola Beese.
In Their Majesties’ First Court in the morning:
Having invited the populace to take their comfort, Their Majesties summoned to Them Baroness Angel Deth, who was then invested as Their Reign Coordinator. Having sworn her oath, her Excellency then bore words from her lord, Baron Grimbald Deth, long a trusted companion of the Royal House, who , though distant on the day, repledged his support to Their Majesties.
Baroness Angel swears fealty as Reign Coordinator. Photo by Master Alaxandair o’Conchobair.
Lady Aine ny Allane was next called to Their Majesties presence. Having seen her faithful work in Their Royal retinue in the past, They received her oath before investing her as Their Head Retainer.
Lady Aine swears fealty has Head Retainer. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Next was Lord Rhys of Miles End summoned to appear. Lord Rhys approached the throne with those gentles who wished to serve on Her Majesty’s Guard. Her Majesty asked him to serve as Captain. Lord Rhys then swore his oath to serve on behalf of all those he would lead in defense of Her Majesty.
Lord Rhys swears fealty as Captain of the Queen’s Guard. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
The Great Officers of the Sylvan Kingdom then attended Their Majesties where they swore their oaths to serve the Kingdom, followed by the gathered Baronages, each in turn, and the Most Noble Orders of the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican and Defense.
Great Officers and Peers swear fealty
The Territorial Barons swear fealty
The Order of the White Scarf then appeared before Their Majesties, and asked Her Majesty to bear their token, and swore to defend her at all costs.
Countess Anna Leigh was then asked to return before Their Majesties. They spoke of Her Excellency’s long conversations and devoted work in leading the Kingdom through her reign, and declared that her title be no longer sufficient to recognize her properly. So did they name her to be a Duchess of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. The scroll was a triptych created by the work of Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria, Baron Jasper Longshanks, and Mistress Ælfra Long. Also presented was a portrait of her Grace lovingly created by Baroness Sigrid Schreiber.
Countess Anna Leigh is made a Duchess, crowned with Duke Titus’ Ducal coronet. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
Duchess Anna Leigh’s scroll. Photo by Master Alaxandair.
With no immediate business at hand, Their Majesties’ Court was then suspended.
At Court in the Afternoon:
Having reopened Their Court, Their Majesties greeted Their Cousins from the Midrealm, Their Highnesses Edmund and Kateryn, and invited Them to join Their Majesties in Their Court.
Their Majesties then heard from those gentles responsible for leading the various competitions of the day, who recognized those who had emerged victorious in events for the arts and sciences, thrown weapons, archery, and fencing, as well as youth combat.
Their Majesties then summoned to them His Lordship Darri inn Valski. As heavy combat champion, Darri had held a tournament on the day to determine his successor as Champion. Despite his victory in the list, Duke Dietrich spoke of one who had comported himself in the manner of a champion, and demonstrated the skill of one as well, and suggested that THL Cid Hiyo was deserving of the title. Their Majesties agreed, and declared His Lordship Their Heavy Weapons Champion, and bade him take the place reserved for him in Their Court.
THLord Cid is named Heavy Weapons Champion. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Astrid of Helios Furion was then called to attend Their Majesties. For a decade has she labored to keep the fighters of the Kingdom well-hydrated on the field of battle, and can also be found retaining and supporting the Sylvan Army. So were Their Majesties moved to recognize her service by Awarding her Arms. Scroll illumination was the work of THL Phelippe Ulfsdottir, with calligraphy by THL Shirin al-Susiyya.
Astrid receives her Award of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Lord Otto Boese was summoned to Their Majesties’ presence. Their Majesties spoke on the intricate and detailed work Lord Otto produces to recreate his arms and armor in period style, while making it striking visually and effective. For his artistic work and research was he named to Their Order of the Golden Stirrup.
Lord Otto receives the Golden Stirrup. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Next was Lady Casey Redmane called to appear in Court. He research and interest in Russian garb has been noted for its depth, and her production of said garb noted for its quality. So was she named to the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll illumination by Thea de Nes, with calligraphy by Her Ladyship Shirin al-Susiyya.
Lady Casey receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties bade Lady Casey remain for a moment, and asked who it was who supported her in her work that it bears such recognition. She spoke highly of her Lord, Rhys of Miles End, who was then bidden to appear before Their Majesties. His Majesty spoke of his improved prowess on the field of combat. He was greatly impressed by his growth, and was moved to recognize that accomplishment by summoning to Them Their Noble Order of theGage, and adding Rhys to their number. Scroll by Mistress Gillian Llewellyn.
Lord Rhys receives a Gage. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then called for the presence of His Lordship Oliver Sutton. Like His Lordship Rhys, they had continued to see his improvement on the list field, and his leadership in helping to train fighters around the kingdom. But Their Majesties were not the only ones who had been impressed by his skill. So did They invite before Them Their Most Noble Order of the Chivalry, and sent His Lordship with that Order to consider a time where he would sit vigil to join that august Order. Scroll by Lady Gemina of Krull.
THLord Oliver receives a Writ for the Chivalry. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Next was Mistress Chrestienne de Waterdenne invited before Their Majesties. They had borne witness to her work as co-autocrat of Their Coronation that day, and noted that while her organizational work was exceptional, her civility, kindness, and welcoming attitude were equally valued, and deserved further recognition. So did They name her to Their Order of the Cornelian. Scroll by Her Ladyship Elyse le Bref.
Mistress Chrestienne receives a Cornelian. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties summoned into Court his Lordship Silvester Burchardt. Her Majesty spoke with Silvester, describing her joy as a practitioner of the fiber arts at seeing his Lordship’s work in tablet weaving and the like, and was greatly moved also by the quality of craftsmanship She recognized in that work. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Their Majesties deemed his work to be of highest skill. They then invited to Their Court Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel and bid him leave with them to consider elevation to be among their number. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.
Baron Silvester receives a Writ for the Laurel. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Having already completed Their business with one of the day’s co-autocrats, Their Majesties wished to have words with the other, and did summon Lord Jodocus van Cleef to Them. They spoke of his tireless work both on behalf of the event and of his home Shire of Kings Crossing. They declared it to be worthy of greater recognition, and so did add him to Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Her Ladyship Eleanor of Godwin.
Lord Jodocus receives a Keystone. Photo by Baron Steffan.
The Interkingdom Scribal Guild, known to the populace as the INKS Guild, was then called into Court. Their members described the work they do, creating scroll blanks to be sent across the known world to different kingdoms for their use. For this grand expression of service to the society did Their Majesties award the guild membership in Their Order of the Keystone. Scroll illumination by Sean O’Connor, calligraphy by THL Shirin al-Susiyya.
The INKS Guild receives a Keystone. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Master Kieran MacRae was next invited to attend Their Majesties’ Court. Master Kieran could frequently be seen in many roles around the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands or in the farther reaches of the kingdom as herald, performer, or otherwise devoted servant to tasks needing accomplished. They concurred with the assessment of Their Noble Order of the Millrind, and summoned that Order to Them, and added Master Kieran to their number. Scroll by Lady Eilionora inghean an Bhaird.
Master Kieran receives a Millrind. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Next did Their Majesties call for Baroness Kilde Jurgenstochter, and then did Kilde happen to appear before Them. Her Ladyship’s long service and varied contributions had been of great help to many, from supporting Their Majesties’ first reign to supporting local groups, and travelling afar to provide for the Kingdom. They announced that They were of a mind to recognize her work. So, too, was Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican, who were then invited into Their Court. They were bidden to take Her Excellency with them to consider a time where she may sit vigil to join that Order. Scroll by Her Excellency Ekaterina Volkova.
Baroness Kelda receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their being no business before Their Majesties at that moment, Their Court was then suspended.
In the evening, at feast:
Their Majesties called before them Baron Robert Hawksworth. Her Majesty spoke of the energy with which he approaches all his work in the Society, and the work he did to create an entertaining event for fencers on Their Coronation day. So did She name him Her Inspiration for the day, and awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle.
Baron Robert received a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their being no further business before Their Majesties, Their Court was then closed.
Monks in a cellar. Joseph Haier 1816-1891, via Wikimedia Commons
The Shire of Kings Crossing has conspired to bring you yet another fun activity hosted at this year’s annual Kings Crossing Birthday B(R)all on October 27th. This event will be tavern-themed, the perfect setting for a brewing competition! The event is held at the Chartiers Community Center, 2013 Community Center Drive, Houston, PA 15342. Site opens at 9AM and closes at 6PM. The day promises to be filled with many other activities including a gold chain tournament, fencing, cut and thrust, archery, thrown weapons, A&S Displays, classes, round table discussions, and the obligatory bar maiden races.
The competition is open to all home-brewed beverages. This will not be a single category, but rather a “best of show” format. All brew types will be judged together under the same rubric, which is the 60 point judging rubric using the AEthelmearc A&S approved brewing criteria. This places emphasis on Documentation, Authenticity, Complexity, Creativity, Workmanship and Aesthetics. An example form can be found here: http://brewers.aethelmearc.org/60ptRubric.pdf. The competition will be actively judged by a panel of judges.
Deadline for entry is October 27th at 11AM. The entry form can be found at the AEthelmearc Brewer’s Guild website: http://brewers.aethelmearc.org/EntryForm.pdf. Hard copies of the form will be available on location as well. Judging will start at 1:00PM sharp.
Detail of people drinking, from a treatise on the Seven Vices, Add MS 27695, f. 14r
Lord Jodocus “Joost” van Cleeff will be the acting steward of the competition, you may contact him via email (email@example.com) to submit your entry form or any questions regarding the competition
In addition to the brewing competition there will also be a round table discussion geared towards those that are new to brewing, or those that would like to start brewing, but may not have a solid foundation to start.
Below are links to two wonderful documents written by THL Elska á Fjárfella that may help to inspire your entry:
Here continues the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at the Kings Crossing Birthday B(r)all, October 28, AS 52, in Their Shire of Kings Crossing; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald to Their Majesties.
His Majesty Gareth, being unaccompanied by Her Majesty Juliana at this event, first asked those attending their first event to come forward and receive a drinking vessel, so that they would be better prepared for the many future events He hopes they attend.
His Majesty then called for the presence of Jodocus Van de Kloof. He spoke of Jodocus’ willing heart, serving his Shire of Kings Crossing as chatelaine and deputy seneschal, training to be a thrown weapons marshal, and helping to autocrat the day’s events. For this work was he Awarded Arms. Scroll by THL Zosia Kowaleska.
Jodocus Van de Kloof receives his AoA. Photo by Lady Katryn Whyte.
Katie (Katryn) Whyte was next summoned before His Majesty. She, too, was deeply involved in the day’s event, serving as feastocrat. She also helps to spread word of the Shire’s activities, both internally reviving the Shire newsletter, and externally helping to organize demos. She, too, was then Awarded Arms for this work. Scroll by Lady Gillian McGill de Verona.
Katie Whyte receives her AoA. Photo by Lord Jodocus Van de Kloof.
His Majesty then summoned Lord Alfonso de Santo Domingo before him. Word of Lord Alfonso’s success on the archery range had reached His Majesty’s ears, as had stories of his willingness to hold practices and provide equipment when most needed. For this was He minded to create him a member of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Lord Alfonso receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Mistress Gabrielle de Winter.
His Majesty next demanded the presence of Her Ladyship Katerina Das Vogelen. Long has this gentle worked to promote the Arts and Sciences studied by the Society in her Shire, helping others find garb when needed and information on other crafts when she could not provide it, wearing a smile the entire time. For this did His Majesty name her to the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Master Aelric Ravenshaw.
THLady Katerina receives a Keystone. Photo by Lady Katryn Whyte.
Lord Thrain inn Riki was then summoned to attend His Majesty. Lord Thrain serves as the Shire’s Knight Marshal, and has worked to insure that others might join him on the field well-equipped and well-trained to defend the Kingdom for His Majesty. So did He create Lord Thrain a member of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Gulsah Aydini and Lady Shirin of Susa.
Lord Thrain receives a Keystone. Photo by Lady Katryn Whyte.
His Majesty then called Lord Sven Tyrvisson to appear before him. His Majesty noted the decade passed that Lord Sven had at various times labored to run a local practice for the heavy fighters, hauling extra gear to and fro so all could practice, as well as serving as Shire Seneschal, and helping with demos and events. For this long history of service was he added to the number of the Order of the Millrind. Scroll by THL Sumayya al Ghaziyya.
Lord Sven receives a Millrind. Photo by Lady Katryn Whyte.
His Lordship Donnchadh Dubhghlas was summoned before His Majesty, who recalled the great number of years that his Lordship had served both Kingdom and Shire in a manner most worthy of recognition. So did His Majesty make that recognition known by calling forth His Most Noble Order of the Pelican, sending his Lordship with them to set a day and hour to sit vigil and contemplate his elevation to join that august Order. Scroll by Count Jehan de la Marche and Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh. Note: THL Donnchadh’s vigil and elevation will occur at Region 1 Twelfth Night in Misty Highlands on January 27.
THLord Donnchadh receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Lady Katryn Whyte.
His Majesty then asked those present who contributed to the scrolls and tokens handed out that morning to stand and be recognized by the populace.
Their being no further business, the Court of His Majesty was then closed.
Just about every Shire, Canton, and Barony in Æthelmearc has a website, as do many other groups like the scribes, heralds, and marshals. Many have useful resources, interesting information, or fun photos or stories. Here are some highlights:
Barony of Thescorre: known as the “Industrious Barony of Thescorre,” their website includes a wonderful manual on how to present various types of demos, many aimed at school children. Three gentles from Thescorre, Mistress Daedra McBeth a Gryphon, Mistress Sadira bint Wassouf, and Lady Cerridwyn of Raventree, call themselves the Academic Demo & Educational Presentations Team (or ADEPT). Their manual covers all kinds of demos that the SCA can present, including Displays, Bardic Circles, Talk Panels, and “Taking a Persona to School.” The ADEPT Handbook can be downloaded as a single file or viewed by section on the baronial website.
Barony of Delftwood: The Barony known for its Windmill has a beautifully designed recruiting brochure that does a great job of explaining what the Society is and does. They also have a page called A&S Handouts that includes articles on various topics like “Turnshoes” by Sir Óláfr Þorvarðarson, “Plying Your Homespun Yarn” by Lady Genevieve de Chaumont, and many articles on costuming by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin.
Shire of Coppertree: this shire, located east of Delftwood, has a storied past and is populated by many notable peers of the realm. Speaking of stories, on the shire website there’s a humorous one about the origins of the name of their Shire herald, the Red Squid Pursuivant.
Shire of Sylvan Glen: The southeastern-most shire in the Kingdom has a wonderful page for the Sylvan Glen Scriptorium with an enormous array of useful information for scribes, including links to sites with period manuscripts, or instructional materials on how to paint in various styles or do various calligraphic hands, as well as line drawings that can be used to create scroll blanks.
Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands: the Meetings & Activities page has links to separate pages for each of the regular activities offered in the Barony – not just when and where practices and workshops are held, but photos and detailed information including things like videos of choir performances, information on how to build youth combat armor and weapons, and links to related websites on heraldic resources or scribal standards from the baronial signet.
Kingdom of Æthelmearc: of course the Kingdom website has all kinds of useful information, including the Kingdom calendar, lists of Kingdom officers and royalty, links to local groups, and contacts for polling orders and mailing lists. But to my mind the most useful page is the Online Award Recommendation Form. If you know people who are doing great things for your group, whether in martial arts, service, or as artisans, then you should recommend them for appropriate awards. You don’t have to possess an award to recommend someone for it.
Æthelmearc Heralds: before you write that award recommendation, check the Order of Precedence on the Kingdom’s College of Heralds website to see what awards the person already has. Under Tools and Links, you can find a link to the Awards of Æthelmearc which can help you understand which awards to recommend your friends for. The Roll of Arms is a great place to find the registered names and Arms of the citizens of AEthelmearc, so if you’re handy with needle and thread and want to give a friend a gift, consider making them a banner using the image on the roll of arms!
Æthelmearc Rapier Combat: you can read the Kingdom Rapier rules, see a list of the White Scarfs of Æthelmearc and learn about the history of the order, find out who the past Kingdom Rapier Champions are all the way back to the founding of the Kingdom, and access links to all things rapier-related.
Æthelmearc Earl Marshal: for links to all things martial, whether heavy weapons, rapier, thrown weapons, target and combat archery, equestrian, youth combat, or siege, this is your best starting place.
Æthelmearc Archery Scores: want to see your current Royal Round average, learn how to run an IKAC, or find out who the Grandmaster Bowmen of the Kingdom are? This is your site. It’s actually a “child” site under an SCA-wide archery site, but the scores for Æthelmearc are maintained by the Kingdom Archery Scorekeeper.
Æthelmearc College of Bards: this site lists bards from all over the Kingdom, the history of bardic arts in Æthelmearc, lyrics and audio files of original songs about our Kingdom, and links to sites of bardic interest.
Æthelmearc College of Scribes: this site offers an array of resources for calligraphers and illuminators, including a list of current scribes, links to resources for scribes, the policies of the Kingdom Signet, and the Red Book that provides guidelines, advice, and scroll wordings for scribes.
Map of Æthelmearc: this site superimposes a map of Æthelmearc on a map of the U.S. You can zoom in and click an area on the map to see a pop-up window listing the name of the Shire, Canton, or Barony in that area, along with its region and a link to its website, if available.