Sunday, 28 February 2016

Japanese Recipe and Word of the Month

By Lord Hidetoro Shigamitsu

Greetings, proud Ealdormere!

I bring to you another recipe (partially using modern ingredients) as well as a phrase of the month (rather than a word) this time around.

Beef and Bok Choy Stir-fry

Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Making of a Master

By Ealdormere Gazette Columnist Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton.

It isn't every day that one witnesses the creation of a new Peerage Order.  In fact, it's safe to say that with the possible exception of Duke Finnvarr, there was no one in attendance at Practicum who had ever seen such a thing.

THL Giovanni d'Enzinas was put on vigil for the Order of Defence at Queen's Prize Tourney.  For those who were not in attendance, the initial boon was begged between Their Majesties, as there was not yet a Master of Defence within Ealdormere.  At Practicum, however, Master Giovanni of Trimaris -- or "Master Giovanni the Elder", as he was introduced--did this function at the vigil ceremony, held in a short morning court.  Rather than just the Order of Defence, Their Majesties then asked all the Peers there present to bear witness and to lend their support to the boon. Laurels, Knights, Pelicans, and Royal Peers all stepped forward to do so.
Photo by David Gotlieb.

The vigil ceremony then commenced.  Seven speakers, representing the seven virtues, each came forward with an item to wear or contemplate during the vigil.  These items were:

  •   An arming coat, represent defense against harm, just as the candidate would defend others against harm
  •    A gorget, to shine just as the candidate's heart would shine as a beacon of inspiration
  •  A white scarf, representing honour without fear
  •  A pair of gloves, a symbol of fellowship
  • A rapier helm, as a symbol of nobility
  • A sword - Giovanni's own--representing skill

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Awards from Practicum

Honors given by Quillium and Domhnail, at Practicum, February 20, 2016, A.S. L

Award of Arms
Gunnar of Caldrithig

Scarlet Banner
Laurenz Tonnemacher
Martin Brua

Avelyn Wexcombe

Master of the Order of Defense
Giovanni de Enzinas

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Heraldic Acceptance Letter for February 2016

Greetngs from Nicolaa Green Mantle!
The following names and armory have been registered by the Society:
Æthelbert of Whitstone Isle. Name.
Alicia Marie de Flers. Name.
Anna Bella la Viaggiatrice. Name change from Apollonia Esbiornsdotter.
Constantin Breathnach. Name and device. Argent semy of birds volant to sinister chief wings addorsed azure.
Fáelán Ruadh ua Aodha. Name.
Gerrard Carpentarius. Device. Per pale azure and gules, four swords in saltire conjoined at the hilts Or.
Hori Jirou Masamura. Name
Khaaiwesenebastet sat ne Polemon mewetis Aniti. Name.
Tiberius Valerius Callidus. Name.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

March Newsletters Available

The Membership Staff have announced that the February 2016 Kingdom Newsletters are now available to all current Sustaining and International members.

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Those Magnificent Monks in Their Flying Machines

By Caleb Reynolds

In the opening years of the 11th Century, a monk, living at Wiltshire Abbey, constructed a flying machine and leapt from one of the abbey's towers. Fantastically, the monk, named Eilmer of Malmesbury, did not die, but soared like a bird. A hundred and twenty years later, the historian William of Malmesbury recorded the following lines:

"Wherefore a certain Monk of our Monastery, by name Eilmer ... was a man learned for those times, of mature age and in his youth had hazarded an attempt of singular temerity.  He had by some contrivance fastened wings to his hands and feet so that, mistaking fable for true, he might fly like Daedalus, and, collecting the breeze on the summit of a tower, he flew for more than the distance of a furlong [1]. But, agitated by the violence of the wind and the swirling of air, as well as by awareness of his rashness, he fell, broke his legs, and was lame ever after. He used to relate as the cause of his failure his forgetting to provide himself a tail." [2]

The abbot forbade Eilmer from ever experimenting with flight again, and thus human flight was curtailed for centuries [3]. But, dear reader, do not think of Eilmer's attempt as a failure. The tower Eilmer launched himself from is no longer standing, but the present abbey is of a similar height: 25 meters. Local legend states that Eilmer landed in Oliver Lane, some 200 meters from the present day abbey. An impressive first attempt. The flight might have been longer if not for the wind. But William says that Eilmer flew "spatio stadii et plus," or more than 600 feet, before falling [4].