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

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Ramshaven seeks new Heirs

Unto the populace of Ealdormere, let it be known that on December 3, 2016 A.S. LI, during their Baronial Court at Wassail, Penda of Glindemere and Sibylla of Glyndmere, Landed Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Ramshaven, have initiated the Baronial Selection process to find their successors. A call for Letters of Intent has been made with a deadline of no later than January 16, 2017.
A electronic copy of the Selection Process may be found at: http://www.ramshaven.ca/…/ramshaven_selection_policy_2016.p…
Contact information for the Officers of Ramshaven may be found at:
http://www.ramshaven.ca/officers.php
Questions may be sent to the baronial seneschal email account.
YIS
Lucia de Moranza
Baronial Seneschal for Ramshaven