Wednesday, 11 January 2017

February Newsletters Available

We are pleased to let you know that the February 2017 electronic newsletters are available for your review.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Heraldic Acceptance Letter

Greetings unto the populace!

The following names, badges, devices have all been accepted (Now with blazons!):

Ailis de la Marche. Device. Argent, a dragon in annulo vorant of its tail purpure maintaining in its feet a cauldron, an orle sable.

Eileen Darcy. Name and device. Azure, an otter rampant maintaining a dagger, an orle argent.

Erick Brewer. Name and device. Per saltire azure and gules, a pantheon rampant Or mullety of six points gules.

Helen of Greyfells. Badge. (Fieldless) A wooden three-legged stool proper.
This is the defining instance of a three legged stool! Which is awesome!

Jørgen Lennertson. Device. Azure, a demi-goat erased Or.

Liðr Lang-Akason. Badge. (Fieldless) A key fesswise reversed per pale sable and vert.

Song Zidie. Change of device to badge. Argent, a polypus within an orle sable.

Tangwystl Tudur. Name change from Tangwystl de Curci.
The submitter's prior name, Tangwystl de Curci is retained as an alternate name.

Thyri the Spinner. Name and device. Per saltire purpure and vert, a pantheon rampant contourny argent mullety of six points purpure.

Congratulations everyone on your new pretties,
Erick Brewer, Seeblatt Herald

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Letter to Skraeling Althing: QPT

Greetings unto the industrious populace of Skraeling Althing from Baron Shahid and Baroness Catherine.
Her Excellency Catherine had the pleasure of attending the Queen’s Prize Tourney. It was wonderful to see so many Skraels in attendance at a very successful A&S event. We had, by Her count, seventeen entrants from Our barony:
  • The Honourable Lady Avelyn Wexcombe of Great Bedwyn – 10th C. Garb
  • The Honourable Lord Laurenz Tonnemacher – Gambeson
  • Lady Alienor la fileuse – Woven Scarf
  • Lady Dubhessa Ni Uilliam – Russian Collar
  • Lady Elsebeth Ffarberyn – Egg Tempura Painting
  • Lady Emelote of Calais – 1560’s Child’s Outfit
  • Lady Estienne De Nantes – Tablet Weaving
  • Lady Gina Dragoni – Tablet Weaving
  • Lady Ilsebet Jeghersche – Food
  • Lord Joffr Rodso – Snaptjn Stone
  • Lady Lerthan ingen Chormaicc maicc Morgaind – Redacted Dishes
  • Lady Lydia – Harp Performance
  • Lady Morag Taylor – 15th C Panel Chest
  • Lady Pesha – Research Paper
  • Alana the Quiet – Embroidered Boars
  • Marguerite of Boldt Castle – Gingerbreade
  • Saraphina of Caldrithig – Spinning
She was thrilled to be present to see The Honourable Lady Eluned verch Angor be placed on vigil for the Order of the Laurel.  And congratulations to Lady Lucia de Enzinas for receiving her Award of Arms.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Practicum in February, which will host the vigil of The Honourable Lady Eluned verch Angor.
In Service,
Shahid and Catherine
Baron and Baroness of Skraeling Althing

AmazonSmile - Program Update

Greetings unto the Populace of the SCA,

Now that 2016 has come to a close, we wanted to update you on our partnership with
the AmazonSmile program.

As of November 2016, AmazonSmile has donated an additional $689.33 to the
Society For Creative Anacronism for the period of July 1 to September 30.
The total donated from this program since July 2014 is now $4764.69.

It is your continued participation in this partnership that has made it a
great success. For those of you already participating, we send you a big
thank you. We appreciate your continued support of this partnership and SCA
Inc.

For those who haven’t heard of the AmazonSmile program, here is the
original announcement:

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Second Entry in Their Majesties' Bardic Competition

Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.
Their Majesties Ealdormere, Siegfried and Xristina, have challenged the people of Ealdormere to a bardic competition wherein they are to extol the virtues of a former Queen of the lupine lands.

The second entry was by TH Laird Colyne Stewart, who presented the following poem at Queen's Prize Tourney:

Her Royal Heritage
By TH Laird Colyne Steward, Lupine Bard, November AS 51 (2016)

My Queen has asked me to recite
Fair words about her forebears bright—
“My regal mothers, were they fierce,
And with sharp spears the foemen pierced?
Or were they kind and debonair,
Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.
With flowers in their braided hair?
And did they work with silk and thread,
Or were they bookish and well read?
Of horses did they know their way,
And could they lead the hounds that bay?
Oh tell me, poet, of my past,
And of my line, my mothers passed.”
“My fairest queen, hear now your lore,
So many others gone before,
Lo each of them were royal true,
And many were the things they’d do;
But there was one who did them all,
Who led her folk in field and hall,
With those of wolf and of the bear,
Met strong the tygre’s steely stare,
She rode her stead in battle’s hell,
And strode with spear and never fell.
She bled her blood, she worked her hands,
For betterment of all our lands.
With needle, thread, she knew her art,
And always giving from her heart,
She clothed so many ‘gainst the cold—
Yet, wait! For more there must be told!
Around her children laughing play,
While hounds, obedient, panting stay;
Within her rooms are piled tomes
Among her pins and fancy combs,
And red and yellow hair bound flowers,
From which she’s read in midnight hours.
So worthy she, so right and true,
A Pelican and Laurel too,
Countess, Duchess and Baroness,
Her name to you I will confess
‘Tis Adrielle, the Iron Queen,
Whose virtues I see in your mien.
Xristina, ruler, sovereign,
My duty now is duly done.”


During the reign of Siegfried II and Xristina, the people of Ealdormere were challenged to write a song, poem or story about one of the Queens of Ealdormere. I choose Her Grace, Adrielle Kerrec, who I feel epitomizes all that is noble within our Society. I wrote my poem as an amas, which was a genre in 7th century Ireland that extolled the virtues of a local saint. 

First Entry in Their Majesties Bardic Competition

Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.
Their Majesties Ealdormere, Siegfried and Xristina, have challenged the people of Ealdormere to a bardic competition wherein they are to extol the virtues of a former Queen of the lupine lands.

The first to enter was Lord Dietrich von Sachsen, who performed the following song at Crown Tournament:

Iron Queen of the Northlands
by Lord Dietrich von Sachsen, to the tune of "Widow at Windsor" as sung by Peter Bellamy

Have you heard of the Queen of the Northlands,
With a gleaming gold crown on her head?
She has ships on the foam, she has servants at home,
She pays us poor beggars in red.
   (Oh, poor beggars in red!)
There's her mark on the dogs and the horses,
Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.

There's her banners a-fly in their scores,
And her sergeants you'll find with a fair wind behind
That takes us to fight in her wars
   (Poor beggars! We're off to the wars!)
   Then here's to the Iron Queen Adrielle,
   And here's to the swords and the drums,
   The men and the horses that make up her forces,
   For we are the Iron Queen's sons.
   (Poor beggars! The Iron Queen's sons!)

Fight now with the strength of the Iron Queen,
Whose voice shakes the kings in their thrones
And we'll bring her great fame with the sword and the flame,
And we'll salt down their land down to its bones.
   (Poor beggars! -- it's blue with our bones!)
Insult not the Queen of the Northlands,
With lying and other such slop,
Even the kings must come down, and Princes doff their crowns
When the Iron Queen stands and says "Stop!"
   (Poor beggars! -- we're sent to say stop!)
   Then here's to the Lodge of the Northlands
   From the ice to the Great Seas it runs
   To the Lodge that we've tiled with the treasures we've piled
   That shines like a thousand bright suns
   (Poor beggars! -- It's hot in the sun!)

We have heard of the Iron Queen Adrielle
And the love of her land she has shown,
For that love we shall stand vigil over the land,
Whenever the war-horns are blown.
   (Poor Beggars! And ever they're blown!)
Take hold of the Wings of the Morning,
And Fly 'till this life ye depart,
But you won't get away from the tales that they say,
Of the Iron Queen's courage and heart.
   (Poor Beggars! -- stand fast and take heart!)
   Then here's to Sons of the Iron Queen,
   Whenever, however they roam!
   Here's all they desire and if they require
   A speedy return to their home
   (Poor Beggars! -- They'll always seek home!)

Monday, 12 December 2016

January Newsletters Available

The Membership Staff have announced that the January 2017 Kingdom Newsletters are now available.

To visit the enewsletter site, please go to http://enewsletter.sca.org to access the newsletters. Log in with the same login information that you use to renew your membership.There is even an option to "remember me on this computer", so you don't have to enter in your login information each time!

The nuances of logging in are on the left side of the screen, including methods for getting help.

Once you are logged in:

At the top of the screen are the membership options.  Click the button for newsletter access on the far right.  This will open the directory of Kingdoms which remains unchanged.

Note that on the directory of Kingdoms, there is a folder marked Archives.  This is where the older issues of the electronic newsletters are maintained.  These files currently go back to March 2012 when we first introduced electronic newsletters.

If you have any questions or difficulties, you should contact Member Services at (800) 789-7486 or membership@sca.org