Thursday, 30 April 2015

Ealdormere Fencing Roster Updates


Are you a fencer? Do you know a fencer? We're doing a full update of Ealdormere's fencing roster to make sure we have accurate numbers and information for everyone.

Ideally I'll have everyone's responses by 15 May 2015. Please, take a moment to update your information by going here and filling out the form questionnaire:

As a bonus, it gives you a reason to dig out your authorization card and check its stamp date! (exciting, yes?)

Also, please forward this message to email lists, Facebook groups, etc. as appropriate.


Earn War Points at Singing!

Ealdormere sings at Pennsic 2014.
Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.
Singers call to arms!

We have a unique opportunity to help our kingdom on her way to a special war point at Pennsic this year!

Two weeks ago the Pennsic War Point rules were published in various venues. Non-combatants may have assumed this doesn’t apply to them… NOT SO! There is a Service/Volunteering war point on the books this year, and listed right alongside marshaling, teaching classes, volunteering at gate and the various info points, is singing in the Pennsic Known World Choir! That’s right, this Pennsic you can contribute to the Ealdormerean war effort by SINGING!!

Volunteer hours will be tallied for each kingdom between Tuesday-Thursday of war week. During those dates there are three practices (currently scheduled for 10-12am daily, see Pennsic book for location details and any future scheduling changes), a dress rehearsal (currently scheduled for 1pm Thursday afternoon, same caveat), and a performance (currently scheduled for Thursday evening). That’s approximately 8 hours PER SINGER that can be contributed towards our Kingdom’s total, which will add up fast if even a small percentage of our many strong voices choose to participate!

THL Marie has thrown together a quick web page to help people learn the music:

Hope to see many of you there!

For the curious, you can see a copy of the full draft war point rules (which also include an A&S war point, incidentally, via anonymous competition by 14 non-laurels per side) in the East Kingdom Gazette online here:

Royal Tournaments for the Reign of Steinarr and Liðr

Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.
The long snows of Ealdormere have finally washed away and the sun is now shining bright and with the bright sun comes bright news. Sir Baldric Leeman of NewCastle Emlyn, humble servant of Their Royal Majesties Ealdormere does send Greetings to the populace.

It is my honour to announce that Their Lupine Majesties Steinarr and Liðr are sponsoring tournaments at all local practices in Ealdormere. Their Majesties ask each local marshals to host a tournament during their regular fight practices, once during Their Majesties Reign. This tournment can be in any format, but must provide a first and second place finishers. All results are to be sent to me, along with the names of all participants. I’d ask local marshals to contact me soonest when they would like to hold their tournament and are welcome to advertise it how they see fit. I’m also willing and able to support advertising. I’ll be posting a calendar with all the dates and locations of each practice. Their Majesties are hoping to see fighters travel to other practices to compete and enjoy adversaries they might not otherwise meet.

Participates receive 1 point for entering, 2 points for 2nd place and 3 for winning.

There will be a prize for highest point total, furthest distance traveled to a tournament, and a prize for most tournaments attended. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line and I’d be happy to offer what advice I may. I can be reached at

Their Royal Majesties ask that both Armoured AND Rapier practices enjoy this opportunity.

A few additional details:

1. You do not need to be authorized to compete in the practice tourneys.

2. All details about the date you will be holding your tournament and
the type of tourney you are running should come to me.

3. The goal of the tournaments is to build a stronger Ealdormerean Army,
so tournaments that are WAY different and have odd stipulations should
be avoided and stick to fighting for the sake of making better fighters.

4. All questions should come to me, I'll handle the liaise with TRMs if
I'm not sure of an answer.

Yours in Service to the Lupine Thrones,


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

On the Peerage

What is a peerage in the SCA?
(Please pardon my apparent overuse of masculine pronouns. It is not intended as a slight. It’s merely for brevity.) I’ve been asked this question quite a few times over the years. Recent occurrences have motivated me to put my thoughts in writing and in public for all to see. It’s a topic that is far more subtle than it might appear. Let’s begin with semantics.
What does the word mean?
The word “peer” is defined as: “one who is of equal standing with another.” On the face of it, this seems counterintuitive. If a peerage is considered one of the highest honors that can be attained, and candidates are “elevated” to this rank, then how does that equate to equality?
The secret lies in the entire phrase: “Peer of the Realm.”

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Missive from TRMs Regarding Their Coronation

Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.
Warm Greetings Ealdormere,

We would like to pause in the rush of new duties and responsibilities to thank everyone for a fantastic day at Coronation. The weather was optimal, the site was lovely, and We were well pleased seeing so many people enjoying the day.

To Rattanicus and his event staff, wassail for a well put together event. To Siegfried and his kitchen/serving staff, wassail for a feast that left so many in food coma. The Queen was overjoyed at being able to enjoy everything brought to Our table.

Thank you to all the marshals and their helpers - without you, We would not have been able to pick Our Champions that day.

Special Thanks to His Grace Sir Ieuan Gower and Sir Magnus Ulfgarson for coming such a long way to see a friend ascend the Lupine Thrones.

Of course, none of this would have been possible were it not for the patient wisdom and strong guidance from Their Graces Trumbrand and Kaylah. We were fortunate to have you as Our Royal Parents. Thank you for everything (especially the ice cream!).

Well done Ealdormere, a great day ushering in what We hope will be a great reign.

In Service to Ealdormere
Their Royal Majeties Steinarr and Liðr

The History of Ealdormere's first 50 years now online!

"The Wolf, the Wilds, and the Will: Being a History of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, beginning with the first appearance of settlers in the northlands, and culminating with the present time" by THLaird Colyne Stewart, written for the SCA's 50th Anniversary Event, has, at long last, been completed. It has been posted to the History of Ealdormere website, and will be available to own as a book within a few months.

An earlier version of the history, missing AS 49, was previously published on the site.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Ealdormere William Blackfox Award Nominees

The Chronicler's Office of Ealdormere has officially announced the Ealdormerean nominees for this year's William Blackfox Awards. As the SCA website states:

Master William Blackfox was the author and illustrator of the cartoon Warthaven. He gave generously of his time and talents, and was very supportive of the Kingdom Chroniclers until his untimely death.
To honor his memory, the Office of the Society Chronicler sponsors the annual Master William Blackfox Awards to recognize excellence in the work of Chroniclers and newsletter contributors. Newsletters provide a valuable resource and communication tool for SCA members around the world!

This year, the official nominees for Ealdormere are:

Best Article, Ursus, May 2014 (Barony of Septentria), Chronicler: Lyda Langsrackrdottir, Author: Pelayo Marchmount, Title: A Game of Words: Skaldic Poetry (Drottkvaet)

Best Article in a Kingdom Newsletter, The Tidings, Februart 2015 (Kingdom of Ealdormere), Chronicler: Colyne Stewart, Author: Hector of the Black Height, Title: Childish Writing Isn't Easy

Best Artwork, The Clarion, March 30, 2015 (Barony of Ben Dunfirth), Chronicler: Augusta Wayfarer, Artist: Prudence Underwit, Name of Piece: Map of Ben Dunfirth

Best Kingdom Cover Art, The Tidings, May 2014 (Kingdom of Ealdormere), Chronicler: Nicolaa de Bracton, Artist: Augusta Gamarelli

Best Layout and Design, Skraeling Althing Chronicle (Barony of Skraeling Althing), Chronicler: Lucia de Enziana

Best Overall Newsletter, Skraeling Althing Chronicle (Barony of Skraeling Althing), Chronicler: Lucia de Enziana

Best Poetry or Short Fiction, Ursus, Summer, August 2014 (Barony of Septentria), Chronicler: Lydr Langackrdottir, Title: For Three Birthdays and an Anniversary, Author: Hector of the Black Height

Best Special Issue, Ramshaven Herald, Summer 2014 (Barony of Ramshaven), Chronicler: Adnar Dionadar

Accessing the Tidings and other Kingdom Newsletters

Having trouble accessing the Tidings or the other kingdom newsletters? This FAQ written in 2012 and posted to the official SCA website may have the answers you are looking for.

A Quick View of the SCA E-Newsletter Website

E-Newsletters FAQ updated February 14, 2012

Photos from Coronation Posted

Christopher Miller has posted in his Lost Hemisphere Blog about his day at Coronation, complete with many photographs.

You can read the blog here.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Last Call for Getting Pennsic Battles Published is May 1

Just a reminder that May 1 is the published deadline for getting tournies in the PRINTED Pennsic book. People need to get registered if they want to be in the book.
FYI - we can continue to schedule right up to Pennsic - they will appear in the on-line listing of classes/tourneys/events/etc.
**so far I'm able to schedule entries within 24hrs of receiving it in the system, so if it's not on the class list but you've sent it in and it's not appearing there, email me and I'll check on it.
Also, if you'd like to try to edit where I've scheduled you, it might be possible, but no guarantees, again email me:
Joleicia (not Gilebert)

Saturday, 25 April 2015

A Brief Summation of the Coronation of Konungr Steinarr and Dróttning Liðr

Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.
The coronation of Konungr Steinarr and Dróttning Liðr took place on the 25th day of April in the Shire of Bastille du Lac. In a dim hall lit by a blazing fire, Trumbrand and Kaylah consulted with the Oracle, a one-eyed Norseman, to see if it would be a fruitious time to hand the kingdom over to their heirs. The Oracle, having consulted the bones, told them that if a coronation was held that day, the weather would turn fair, the kingdom would prosper, but that there would be war in the south. Having decided they could live with that, Trumbrand and Kaylah pass the Crowns of the Northlands to Steinnar and Liðr.

Representatives from the kingdoms of the East, Calontir and An Tir were on hand to witness this event.

A number of tournaments were held during the day, to determine who would represent Their Majesties as Their champions. At evening court, it was announced that the champions were as follows: Tormot Quilliam, King’s Champio; Tristham Ovinra I Groffa, Queen’s Champion; Graem de Liste, Archery Champion; Jobjorn, Rapier Champion; and Daniel of Whitby, Thrown Weapons Champion.

As well, His Majesty called to him several proud northern warriors to stand as the forefront of his Vanguard. These were Sir Ed the Red, Sir Quilliam, Sir Gann, THL Bjarn, Lord Tristham, HE Grom, and Lord Wiley. His Majesty hoped that in time this Vanguard would swell with more warriors in full Norse kits.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Catching up with the Trillium Exchange

At Coronation tomorrow, at about 2 pm, you may see a few artisans disappear somewhere, only to emerge with big smiles on their faces clutching an item as if they've just found the One Ring.  What you've just seen is the last part of the Trillium Exchange, and they've just received their gifts  As one of the founders of the Exchange, I thought I would give you a little history and how you might get involved next time.

A few years ago, purely by chance, I ran across Noblese Largesse, a Known-World-wide artisan swap, and eagerly signed up.    It's very much like a Secret Santa swap for artisans. I provided some information about myself, and a few days later, I received an email with information about an artisan somewhere else in the Known World (in my case, my first swapee was in the Outlands). I knew that someone else, somewhere, had received my information.  I then had about six months to come up with some sort of handmade item to send to my partner.  I could use materials in my stash, but there was a soft limit on purchasing new materials of $25.  I opted to paint a silk banner with my recipient's heraldry and Kingdom affiliation.   I then packed everything up and mailed it to her.  And I received back from an artisan in the East Kingdom an amazing goldwork on red silk embroidery.  A Facebook group allowed all the participants to see the amazing things the group had created.  I went on to participate in two more of these swaps, and let other Ealdormerians know about it.  And I dreamed of setting up our own Kingdom-wide swap, as a number of people were starting to do.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Merewen's Pentathlon Documentation - Part 5 of 5 (Weaving)

Silk Tablet Woven Band With Double-Face and Multicoloured Double-Sided Brocade

Weaving (Group V) Beginner

Merewen de Sweynesheie
Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.
Goal:  To create my own patterns, to weave with silk for the first time, to try brocade for the first time, to learn how to do 3/1 broken double-faced twill, and later, to learn how to do regular double-faced weave.  This is my third weaving project - I had only done threaded-in 4F/4B projects until now.

Merewen's Pentathlon Documentation - Part 4 of 5 (Scientific Instrument)

The Sector of Thomas Hood

Scientific Instrument (Group III) Beginner

Merewen de Sweynesheie

Photo by Lord Alexander Gladstone.
Goal:  To recreate the sector of Thomas Hood as an introduction to scientific instruments of the Middle Ages.  This is my first scientific instrument project.

1.      Study of Extant Material and Examples
2.      Construction Steps
3.      Process, Choices, and Materials
4.      Further Information about the Markings and Marking Guides
5.      Considerations
6.      Use of the Sector
7.      Resources

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Update to the Kingdom Event Bid Rotation

As approved by the Privy Council, the event bid rotation has been updated to account for moving Kingdom A&S from the fall to the spring. The new rotation is as follows:

Merewen's Pentahlon Documentation - Part 3 of 5 (Face Bead)

Reproduction of Facial Mosaic Cane and the Bead on which it is Found

Glass Work (Group IV) Intermediate

Merewen de Sweynesheie

Goal: To recreate a face bead made using my handmade mosaic cane.  I have never made murrini anywhere near this complex before, and wanted to challenge myself.  I had also never made murrini that wasn't round and had never made murrini that required multi-step piecing before.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Evolution of SCA Communications Survey

The Society Publications Manager is looking for your feedback on SCA Newsletters, current and future!

As this topic has come up several times in the past couple of years in Ealdormere, I thought Ealdormerians might want to take the chance to give their input.

Evolution of SCA Communications Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey designed to gather data to assist us in the evolution of communications within the SCA.

We appreciate your time and the opportunity to gather information so we can best serve your needs in the future.

Click here to take the survey.

Countess Honor of Restormel
Society Publications Manager

Notes from the April 18 Board Meeting

Originally posted by the AEthelmearc Gazette:

Master William de Montegilt attended the April 18 Board Meeting and has submitted the following notes to the Gazette.

If you’ve never been to a Board of Directors meeting, you might want to attend one. The ceremonies are very impressive. The directors are carried in, each on his or her own palanquin, to the central meeting table laden with gold plate and jeweled cups, where they are greeted by cheering members of the populace…..

The Late Winter Shoot-An Archer’s View

Princess Incognito
By Ealdormere Gazette correspondent HE Seonag nicThomais

The Arrow Recovery Depot.
My lord and I arrived on a crisp Spring morning eager to stretch muscles and spend time with friends. We arrive to find the HL Daffyd already hard at work preparing the grill for the afternoon repast and his lady Mahild in the scullery chopping, stirring and preparing still more food, whilst Her Excellency Anne Tinker was tucked into a corner repairing arrows in preparation for the days events.

SCA Featured in Slate Magazine

The online news magazine Slate has just posted an article featuring photographer Euan Forrester's work chronicling various events in the Kingdom of An Tir, as well as a nice introduction to what the SCA is all about.   His photography should ring true to just about any SCA member in any kingdom.

Read the story here.

KWHSS Update: Keynote Speaker and More


In the midst of the issues around ACCEPS, I realized we hadn't passed on a few exciting updates about Known World Heralds and Scribes:

First, we are thrilled to confirm Mme. Claire Boudreau, Chief Herald of Canada, as our keynote speaker.  Mme. Boudreau is very excited about attending and seeing what we do with heraldry in the SCA, and to talk about the consultation and design process for a modern heraldic authority.   Many may have read the article in the National Post last year about her office (, which is what prompted us to invite her to speak to us.

We are also thrilled to confirm Master Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme as our heraldic guest instructor.  For decades, SCA heralds have been using the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry (affectionately known as the Pic Dic) as a guide to heraldic charges used in the SCA.  The Pic Dic is now in its third edition and is online at  Master Bruce will be teaching three classes.

We have a wonderful lineup of both scribal and heraldic classes in the works from instructors from within Ealdormere and from many other kingdoms.  There is still a chance to sign up to teach a class.  Visit the KWHSS webpage at

Finally, we are excited to welcome Mistress Marian of Heather Dale (recording artist Heather Dale) for a concert the evening of June 27.  Mistress Marian is actually a herald herself and Trillium Herald Emerita for Ealdormere.  There will be dancing before and after the concert.  You can sign up to attend the evening activities only online for $10 (also available at the door).  So even if you are not interested in heraldic or scribal activities, you can come out and spend an evening with one of Ealdormere's brightest stars.

Again, our dates are June 26-28 at the Four Points Sheraton close to Toronto Pearson Airport.  A reminder if you want to reserve a room using our reservation block, please do so soon as space is limited.

Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
Class coordinator and co-steward, KWHSS 2015

KWHSS Update Regarding ACCEPS

Update on Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium:

To those that have registered already via ACCEPS, please rest assured that your registration is good and valid. All of those registrations will be forwarded to event staff shortly so all will be good.
For those of you that have been procrastinating with registering, please bear with us as we are putting together a registration form on the event web site that will allow you to pre-register and either forward payment via standard mail or pay at the gate. I apologize for the inconvenience that's been thrust on us with the ACCEPS issue however we will still have an awesome event with the best heraldry and scribal classes of the year!

I will update as soon as the registration form is ready. In the meantime, you'd best contact the hotel and get your rooms reserved soon! Time is getting on and June will be here before you know it!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Event Steward, KWHSS 2015

For those of you in Ealdormere, the event staff is happy to take registration payments at events, although we do ask that you register online (once the new form is ready)   Please come out and support this first-ever KWHSS held in Ealdormere.

New Internal Letter of Intent now on OSCAR


Ealdormere heralds and all external commenters:  A new Internal Letter of Intent is up for commentary on OSCAR.  You may access it at  (Note:  You must have a login to OSCAR to access this link).

For those who have no idea of what I'm talking about, the Internal Letter of Intent is the first step in the registration process for names and armoury in the Society.  During this step, heralds within the Kingdom have a chance to review submissions and make commentary; a few external heralds also participate in the process.  This is our chance to spot any issues with submissions early and to correct them before they are sent up to Society.  Once they are there, it usually takes about six months to learn whether or not a submission will pass or not.

If you are a herald and would like to participate in the internal commentary process--or even just to observe the process--contact Trillium Herald, who can set up access for you. It's a great way to learn about submissions.

If you simply want to track your submission, go to and use the search function to find your submission and receive details of where it is in the process.  You can also click the "track" link on the left-hand side for details as to when each external letter will be decided.

As always, if you have any questions about submissions in general, need access to forms, or need help (with either documentation or heraldic design), feel free to contact me.  If I don't know the answer, I will put you in touch with someone to help.

Green Mantle Herald (Submissions)

Merewen's Pentathlon Entries - Part 2 of 5 (Illumination)

Diptych of Illuminations from the Book of Hours of Daniel Rym

Illumination (Group IV) Beginner

Merewen de Sweynesheie

Goal:  To use pergamenta and gouache for the first time, to recreate an illumination in similar size, colours, and technique as the original, and to do whitework design.  (Challenges that were suggested to me at QPT.)
Photo by Merewen de Sweynesheie.

S@g@ of the Tagged and Bagged Viking

Monday, 20 April 2015

Update on the Board and ACCEPS

Posted to the Society Seneschal's page earlier today:

The Seneschal of the Society sends greetings to my fellow SCA members and participants,

Based upon the fact that ACCEPS has now shut down, the need to remain silent to ensure the security of everyone’s credit card information on ACCEPS is no longer a concern and as such, I am able to divulge the following factual basis for the SCA’s ending of its relationship with ACCEPS in terms of all future events. 

Please know that it was the Board of Directors and the Corporate Officers’ intention to allow ACCEPS to continue to serve the Kingdoms and the local groups in terms of those events that were currently being handled through ACCEPS and that the immediate shutting down of all ACCEPS activities was not anticipated by the Board of Directors or the Corporate Officers.  The immediate termination of ACCEPS was a decision made solely by the ACCEPS staff. 

Merewen's Pentathlon Entries - Part 1 of 5

Embroidery of an Elizabethan Book Binding in Silk and Metal-Wrapped Threads

Free-Form Embroidery (Group II) Beginner

Merewen de Sweynesheie

Goal:  To do my first planned embroidery project, to embroider with silk, to work with metal threads, and to create something that I could use in the future.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

ACCEPS No Longer Approved by the SCA

The following announcement was just posted on the SCA's website:
The Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. believes that there are better options in terms of electronic payments in the SCA; the corporate office is moving towards an alternative payment service as rapidly as possible. As such, the Board of Directors is discontinuing its relationship with ACCEPS and no longer approves the usage of ACCEPS as of midnight April 18, 2015. As such, I am directing all Kingdom and Local Group Seneschals to follow the decision of the Board, Corporate Treasurer and Society Seneschal to not utilize ACCEPS. If anyone makes the unfortunate mistake of not being in compliance with this directive, the officer in question’s warrant will be immediately suspended.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Roman "Meatloaf"

THLaird Colyne Stewart has posted a recipe for Roman "Meatloaf" that he has been researching for the Royal Guild of Ealdormerian Feast Cooks. You can read about it on his Articles page.

The Royal Guild of Ealdormerian Feast Cooks has a group on Facebook to act as "a meeting place to share the work-load of fest-cooking, as well as to share information regarding problem solving strategies."

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Missive from Pennsic 44 Battlefield Scheduler

As many have already seen here:

The Pennsic War point schedule has been firmed up.

FYI Rapier Champions War Points will begin at 11am.

This means people wishing to use the battlefield/fort/tourney lists for an activity can place a request using the same process as last year - via the Thing University process found here:

Please enter all applicable information to help me sort out the best place to put you in. There is a supplementary area for extra info. Deadline for the book is two weeks and I will do my best to schedule all requests submitted by that date.

Questions can be sent to me at:

I'm not on this FB site very often these days so cannot guarantee seeing posts [there].

Countess Joleicia of Litchfield
Pennsic 44 Battlefield Scheduler

Bows for Calontir Falcons Fundraiser

How the “Bows for Calontir Falcon Fund” came about.

In March while returning from Gulf Wars, the Brook’s family trailer transporting their precious Calontir birds was lost in a vehicle fire. I saw that Calontir was doing a “Silent Auction” at an event for them, but felt something more needed to be done.

Photos of Kingdom A&S

Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.

Master Eirik Andersen, OP, has added photos from Kingdom A&S to his photography website, which can be viewed here.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Known World Metal and Glass Symposium Seeking Teachers

Class proposals are now being accepted for the Known World Metal and Glass Symposium, September 4-7, 2015, in Mankato, MN. We are looking for classes in the following categories and more:

Glass: Stained Glass, Bead Making/Lampwork, Cloisonne/Enameling

Metal: Engraving, Casting, Blacksmithing, Knife Making, Armoring, Repousse & Chasing, Jewelry Making, Smelting, Coining, and Chain Mail

Pottery: Throwing, Glazes and Firing

Please email Constanza de Sevilla with the following if you are interested in teaching: Your modern and SCA name and contact information (please include a phone number and email), Class Name, Class Description, Class Length, Electricity and Water Needs (we cannot guarantee access to electricity or running water), Age Limit and if participants can be under the age limit with adult supervision, Class Size Limit, Recommended Clothing and Safety Equipment, Class Fees, If students should bring their own tools, Any other important information regarding your class. Class sessions are 55 minutes long with a five minute break, and can last for more than one session. If you are can or are bringing a shade fly or other structure for your workspace, please include the size and space for ropes.

Missive from His Highness

Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.

Kingdom A&S again showed the strength and skill of our artistic community. So many fantastic entries, it really is our credit to our Laurel community that such skill has been fostered and helped grow. Congratulations to all the winners and participants for your hard work and skill.

Some Photos of Merewen's Illumination

One of the items LadMerewen de Sweynesheie used as part of her Pentathlon entry at Kingdom A&S this past Saturday was a beautiful illumination.

Photo by Merewen de Sweynesheie.

Agenda for April 18 Board Meeting Posted

The agenda for the April 18th meeting of the SCA's Board of Directors has now been posted. The meeting will take place in Covington, Kentucky.

A Knight’s Belt Tablet Woven in the Style of the 9th Century Augsburg Cingulum

Q: What Could Be More Stressful Than Weaving in Pure White?  

A: Making Gifts for Laurels

A Knight’s Belt Tablet Woven in the Style of the 9th Century Augsburg Cingulum

By Lady Elanna of House Marchmount

About a year ago, the household of Sir Aelwyth the Grey began a project to make him some new garb.  As my husband is one of his squires, I was asked to weave him a new knight’s belt.  This presented several challenges.  First, Sir Aelwyth, in addition to being a member of the Chivalry, is also a member of the Order of the Laurel, and an excellent artisan.

Challenge One:  Make a gift for a Laurel.  Yeah, not stressful in the least.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Positions for SCA 50 Year Seeking Applicants

The following positions are accepting applications for the SCA 50 Year Event:

Historic Display Chair:
Description: This person is responsible for the identifying, collection, and display of items of historic value within the Society for Creative Anachronism. These shall include items from all Kingdoms and periods of the Society's history. Will also be responsible for the return of such items.
Requirements: Organization, organization, organization. Well developed network of contacts within the Society. Library or museum skills a plus. Must have the ability to develop a budget and stick to it. Grace under pressure is a forte.
Will report to: Master Llewellyn ap Teirnon
Must Liaison with Archivist, Historian, Shied Wall Coordinator and Official Photographer.
Submit application including SCA and mundane resume by May 15 to Baroness Odile de Brienne.

Description: This person will be responsible for aiding the Historic Display Chair in the creation and settting up of the historic Display for SCA50 Year. In addition, they will be responsible for preparing and travelling with and/or sending a subset of the Historic Display to events as denoted by the Board of Directors after 50 Year in Sternfeld is completed. Will also be responsible for the return of such items.
Will report to Master Llewellyn ap Teirnon
Must Liaison with Historic Display, Historian, Shield Wall Coordinator, and Official Photographer.
Submit application including SCA and mundane resume by May 15 to Baroness Odile de Brienne.

A message from the Society's Office of Information Management and Technology

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Webministers and Social Media deputies are requested to distribute this un-edited message widely.

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Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

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Largesse Tourney at Break the Back of Winter

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce that I am sponsoring a largesse tourney at Break the Back of Winter in the Canton of Greyfells present to you the Dirty Dozen Donation Derby!

Here’s how it works:

Each entrant creates 12 items based on a theme. Each entrant picks their own theme. Any theme – as specific or as broad as they want – from ‘things a 14th century man might have in his pockets’ to ‘things I made on Mondays’.

Group entries are allowed.

Items may go to either Kingdom or Baronial (Skraeling Althing) largesse. The entrant decides to which each item will go - please note for each item whether it is intended for Kingdom or Baronial largesse.

All submitted items must be ‘ready to go’ as largesse. It is requested that each item be tagged with the entrants name and where they are from. Tags will be provided if you forget.

There is no documentation requirement, but please feel free to provide it if you like.

Judging will be done during the event by populace bean count. The 12 items will be judged as one submission.

And the prizes:

The winner of the derby selects one item from each of the other entries as their prize. So 12 entries means the winner gets 11 prizes, etc.

Each other entrant may then select one item from one other entry as an entrant gift. Group entries still only get one prize. The remaining items will then be donated to Baronial or Kingdom largesse (as marked). Items that do not specify will go to whichever group receives fewer marked largesse items.

I will get the display table ready to go as soon as I can in the morning. I will have extra largesse tags available for those that forget. Beans for populace voting will be available at gate (as soon as I get them there).

Entrants are invited to set up their items from the time the table is ready onwards.

The populace is asked to vote once things are all set up - let's say, after lunch. Come see all the pretty things and vote for your favourite!

The winner will be announced in court. Tallying of the beans will be done shortly before court so that we know who to announce as the winner.

In order to keep court short, prize selection will take place immediately after court closes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

I can't take credit for coming up with this idea (I heard about it from friends in An Tir), but I thought it was too nifty not to do here. There is a general facebook page for the 4D, including photos of entries from previous competitions if you are looking for inspiration:

Yours in Service,

Skraeling Althing Seeks Chronicler Candidates

Baroness Lucia d’Enzinas, chronicler for the Barony of Skraeling Althing, is seeking a successor. Prerequisites for holding the position include having an SCA membership and access to a word processor and email. The interested party should also be able to produce four issues a year. Anyone interested in applying for the position should contact the baronial seneschal. Anyone with questions about the position should contact Lucia.

Back issues of the Skraeling Althing Chronicle can be viewed on the barony webpage.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Medieval Poetic Forms, Devices and Genres

Medieval Poetic Forms, Devices and Genres

By THLaird Colyne Stewart, February AS 49 (2015)

[This paper has been removed as it has been rewritten into a book manuscript and is currently being reviewed by potential publishers.]

Deadline for Pennsic Teachers Fast Approaching

The deadline for people to register to teach classes at this year's Pennsic War is May 1st, a date that is rapidly approaching. If you are planning to teach a class, you can register via the Pennsic War website.

May 2015 Kingdom Newsletters Available

As per communication from the SCA Inc., sent this morning:

We are pleased to let you know that the May 2015 Kingdom Newsletters are now available to all current Sustaining and International members for your review.
Are you a New Member?
No Registration is Required - to visit the enewsletter site, please go to to access.
Please use your Membership Number as your User ID and the beginning password is the word start. We would advise you to change your password to one of your choosing upon entry.
If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact Member Services.
Kind Regards,
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Illuminated Scroll Blank featuring Spring Flowers found in the Kingdom

Rohais de Guildeford
Entry for the Kingdom of Ealdormere A&S Faire
April 2015 SA XLIX

Illuminated Scroll Blank featuring Spring Flowers found in the Kingdom.

I became intrigued by this style of illumination, that seems to lift the objects, mostly items found in nature, off the page by the use of shadows. I searched the British Library’s Online Illuminated manuscripts and found the following manuscript pages to study.

These images are identified by The British Library, as being free of known copyright restrictions

Kingdom Pentathlon Winner

Three amazing artisans this year challenged themselves and awed the kingdom with their entries into Pentathlon, where each entrant had to make five different items from between three to five different categories.

Poems Written in Period Forms and Styles

THLaird Colyne Stewart, Kingdom A&S, April AS 49 (2015)

The Kidnapping of Badrielle

By THLaird Colyne Stewart, January AS 49 (2015)

Badrielle was stolen at Septentria’s Twelfth Night;
Adrielle’s eyes were burning with a vengeful fire.
Badrielle was stolen at Septentria’s Twelfth Night,
Stolen from her husband, the ducal northern knight;
Her students knew the matter to be of utmost dire;
Across the land soon many knew of the puppet’s plight
And friends and OAFs and strangers picked up weapons for a fight;
The duke set out to searching, sending forth his squire,
Who searched the hall and field and keep, the basement and the spire;
And guilty parties felt compelled to put to pen and write,
For they had taken her to drinking around a hearty pyre,
They prayed her Grace’s anger would therefore be sleight,
Adrielle’s eyes were burning with a vengeful fire.

Photos of Kingdom A&S

Photo by Christopher Miller.
Society newcomer Christopher Miller attended Kingdom A&S this weekend--his first real SCA event. To commemorate the occasion he took several pictures which he has shared on his blog Lost Hemisphere.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Pennsic War Points Announced

Ealdormere at Pennsic War 2014. Photo by Master Eirik Andersen.

As reported by the East Kingdom Gazette, the war points for the upcoming Pennsic War have been announced and are as follows:

15 Points for Armored Combat
10 Points for Rapier
7 Points for Archery
1 Point for Service
1 Point for A&S
1 Point each for Thrown Weapons and Siege

9:00 am: Opening Ceremonies
10:00 am: Unbelted Champions – 1 point
11:00 am: Belted Champions – 1 point.
12:00 pm: Matched Champions – 1 point
1:00 pm: Century Champions

10:00 am: Armored Castle Battle – 2 points.
1:00 pm: Rapier Manor Battle – 1 point

10:00 am: Armored Bridge Battles – 3 points
1:00 pm: Rapier Village Battle – 1 point
3:00 pm: Siege and Combat Archery Battle – 1 point

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: A&S Point
9:30 am: Archery Champions Shoot – 1 point
TBD: Thrown Weapons Tournament – 1 point
TBD: Rapier Champions Battle – 1 point
TBD: Rapier Heroic Champions – 1 point

11:00 am: Armored Woods Battles – 3 banners, 3 points
2:00 pm: Rapier Woods Battle – 3 points

10:00 am: Three Armored Field Battles– 1 point each (3 points total)
1:00 pm: Rapier Field Battles – 1 point each (3 total)
Service Point comprising hours from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 1 point
A&S Point for non-Laurels – 1 point

Populace Archery Shoot – 6 points

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Q&A About the Order of Defense Regalia

With the first writs for the newly created Order of Defense expected to be issued this weekend at Coronation, the Gazette is grateful to Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, Elmet Herald for submitting this article clarifying the regalia for the new order.
Many questions have arisen regarding the regalia of the forthcoming Order of Defense.  Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, Elmet Herald (East Kingdom Education Deputy) answers some of the most common questions
A red livery collar. The regalia of the Order of Defense is a white livery collar.
A red livery collar. The regalia of the Order of Defense is a white livery collar.
Q: What, exactly, is the regalia of the new Order?
A: A white livery collar.
Q: Where does it say that?
Q: What, exactly, is a livery collar?  Is it the same as a collar of estate?
A: “Livery collar”, “collar of estate”, “chain of estate”, “chain of office” all seem to be fairly synonymous.  There is a wide variety of forms found in period, though most seem to fall into two categories – a leather or fabric strap with fittings and mounts, or a metal “chain” made up of plaques, “S” shapes, or other elements.  A variety of period livery collars can be seen hereand here.
Q: So which of those is reserved to the Order of Defense?
A: No particular form is specified.  The relevant text from the decision:
In acknowledgement of the diverse forms and ornamentation that livery collars may possess, we decline to specify a type for the Order, just as we do not specify anything beyond a white belt for the Order of the Chivalry. In order to be considered regalia, the collar itself must be white.
Q: White?  Heraldic white is the same as silver.  Does that mean that all metal livery collars are now reserved for the Order of Defense?
A: No.  While the heraldic term “argent” is used to specify both “white” and “silver”, that applies to armory, not regalia.  The registration specifically states that only white-colored collars are reserved for the Order, not metal-colored ones.  The relevant text from the decision:
Much like the superprotection of the white belt as regalia for the Order of Chivalry does not prevent the populace from wearing belts of other colors or metal, the superprotection of a white livery collar for the Order of Defense does not mean that members of the populace cannot wear livery collars of another color or metal livery collars, including those made of silver.
So just as a silver-colored belt isn’t reserved for knights, a silver or pewter colored collar isn’t reserved for Masters of Defense.
Q: What about a shirt with a white collar?  Or an Elizabethan-style white ruff collar?  Can I no longer wear these?  Can I not have a white collar on my dog if I bring her to an event?
A: No.  The regalia is only for livery collars, not any other kind of collar.  Shirt collars, ruffs, dog-collars, etc. can all be white.  Only white livery collars are protected.