Announcement from the East Kingdom Minister of Lists

Greetings,badge Minister of Lists

I have updated all of MOL forms (with the help of Baroness Ellesbeth Donofrey) to help reduce the amount of problem paperwork in the MOL office. They are available on the MOL website. You may also email me and I will email them to you right away.

All old forms should be destroyed and the new forms are to be used immediately.

The new forms have a space for an MOL to sign if at an event. If there is not MOL present please write “not present”. Please fill in the event name. These additions will allow for better follow up from the MOL office.
I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Lady Sabina Luttrell
East Kingdom Minister of Lists

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Unofficial Court Report: BBM/Bergental Yule

Bergental Yule ThyraThe Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 13 December in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Bergental; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the fealty of the Baron and Baroness of the Barony Beyond the Mountain.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Throne their subject Sitt al-Gharb ha-niqret Khazariyya, and thereupon awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Kayleigh Mac Whyte.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their Court the good man Grímólfr Skúlason, whereupon they awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Eloise of Coulter.

Item.  Her Majesty acknowledged the valor of the children who had defeated the dread pineapples that had infiltrated their Court.

Item.  Their Majesties rewarded Emma Lovell, Caleb Patrasso, Courtney Rose and Fracesca Grieco for their work as part of the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item.  Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the realm.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to those good gentles newly come to the East.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the gift of a song composed by Jean Louis LeCocq and rendered in calligraphy by Bronwyn of Wentworth.

Item.  His Majesty endowed Elisenda de Luna with the token of the King’s Esteem of Merit.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Erik Hemeor von Welzin, sometimes called Erik von Hemeor, to be brought before the Tyger Thrones, whereupon, praising the said Erik’s valor and prowess in battle, their Majesties did invest him with the Order of the Tygers Combattant, the which deed was confirmed with the gift of a stained glass created by Conor O Ceallaigh, with calligraphy by Lada Monguligin.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned their herald, Alys Mackyntoich, before the assembled Court and did then issue strict and unyielding command that she attend upon them on 31 January to answer the question whether she would be invested with the Order of the Laurel, the which command was set forth, at considerable and voluble length, in a document authored by Martyn de Haliwell and calligraphed by Eleanor Catlyng.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their presence the valiant man Finn of Concordia and did then award him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Item.  His Majesty summoned before the Court assembled Annys Ruth O’Carney, often called Annastrina, and, praising her fine works and careful study, did endow her with the King’s Order of Excellence, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Her Majesty, finding much honor and worth in the good man Cedric of Armorica, did then endow him with the token of the Queen’s Honor of Distinction.

Item.  Their Majesties then commanded the Baron of Bergental, Robert dwe Makmyane, often called Robert dwe Mac Minn, to attend upon them, whereupon they did offer praise of his many labors and travails for the Realm, in cognizance of which they did invest him with the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed by the gift of a book bound and calligraphed by Heather Rose de Gordoun.

Item.  Their Majesties did then summon forth from the kitchens Jovonna d’Esprit, of whom great praise had been spoken; so that her great merit be made manifest, Their Majesties did then devise unto the said Jovonna an Augmentation of Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Ryan Mac Whyte and calligraphed by Edward MacGyver dos Scorpos.

Item.  Their Majesties offered their thanks to the musicians who had entertained all during the day and during court.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:

Master Ryan Mac Whyte

Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh

Bergental Novice Schola – A Call for Teachers

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Teacher with class.Bergental’s Novice Schola will be held on March 14th, 2015, in Springfiled, MA and the event is currently recruiting teachers to create entry-level classes of all types. Any A&S, Garb, Food, Martial, History, and SCA Life classes are welcome.

This year there are two specialty tracks that are especially welcome. One is for classes intended for “tween” aged members, defined as youngsters between the ages of 8 or 9 and 14 or 15. Mistress Annestrina will be coordinating this set of classes, and will have a dedicated youth room for the entire day for her teachers.

Second, since the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt will occur in 2015, there will be a track of classes for anything having to do with Agincourt: 15th century life, the battles, the Kings, the history leading up to the battle or after it occurred. Lord Griffin Dunham is coordinating this track.

Put on your thinking caps, and contact Lady Barbeta Kyrkeland who is managing classes for the Schola with your class ideas as soon as possible.

Pennsic Message from the Prince

Pennsic groupHis Highness, Crown Prince Darius, called Omega asked the Gazette to share the following with the populace.

As some of you may know, Her Highness and I are very good friends with Their Highnesses Ragnvaldr and Arabella of the Midrealm. We have been getting along so famously that we have decided it is about time we were actually neighbors. To this end, we will be taking over Aethelmearc. The lands gained will of course be divided equally between the parties involved.

New Southern Region Rapier Deputy Announced

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badge marshal rapierUnto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings.
   I am pleased to announce that the new Southern Regional Rapier Deputy will be Baroness Engracia de Madrigal.  Again, I would like to thank Don Griffith Davion for his service in this position.  Please join me in welcoming Baroness Engracia to her new position, and I encourage all of you to help make her transition a smooth one.
   In Service,
     Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East

East Kingdom Seneschal Seeking Chair for 50th Year Anniversary Display

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Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia, East Kingdom Seneschal, is looking for someone to head up the East Kingdom Display at the 50th Year Anniversary celebration. This should be someone who has an interest in the pageantry and history of the East, as well as the ability to work with a multi-kingdom group to make the 50th Year celebration shine. The following letter is from the coordinator of the display chairs, and details what is expected from the chair and the Kingdom display. Please contact Dueña Mercedes with questions or to express your interest in the position.

To the Great Kingdom of the East does Eleanor, Baroness of the Flame, in the esteemed Kingdom of the Middle send greetings!

The 50th Anniversary of the Society for Creative Anachronism is upon us! “50 Year” will be celebrated in the Middle Kingdom in the State of Indiana, at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex from June 16th to June 27th, 2016.

I have the pleasure of working as the Archivist for the event, alongside THL Elizabethe Alles, who is the Chair of Historic Displays, to ensure that all Kingdoms are represented at this most noble function!

We are asking that each Kingdom designate a Chair who will head your particular Kingdom’s display. This person will work directly with me in coordinating their displays, including the acquisition and collection of items if needed. If a representative cannot be on site for the event, any and all items can be sent to me and volunteers will set up the display. While these are static displays, having members of the Kingdoms on-hand to answer questions and tell stories is highly encouraged.

Each Kingdom will be allotted a 20-24’ (length) x 8’ (Depth) space located in the Hendricks Power Exposition Hall.

We are asking that all displays include the following:
o A banner or sign displaying the name of the Kingdom
o A large Kingdom device displaying the arms of the Kingdom
o King and Queen Lineage on a large easily readable display
o Pictures or items that are a part of the Kingdom’s history (example: coronets, gowns, casting molds from important items, mantles, old armor, new armor etc.)
o A 10 minute video on the history and traditions of the Kingdom (Please keep videos positive and uplifting, use proper SCA photo release forms and send digital copies of forms to Kelly Magill at questrix@gmail.com)

Recommended but not required:
o Any written Kingdom histories
o Peerage Lineage
o Displays of Kingdom traditions
o Kingdom songs recorded or written for viewing and listening
o Lists and depictions of Kingdom level awards
o Maps of territories, baronies, shires etc.
o All the things that make your Kingdom unique!!

Though the event is a year and a half away we want to ensure each Kingdom is represented in the best way possible. Display Chairs should be chosen by February 28th 2015 in order to facilitate communication and provide time to plan and gather the materials needed for this project. A common information sharing webpage will be created when all Chairs have been identified.

I look forward to working with the Kingdom Display Chairs for all Kingdoms, and will assist in any way I can to make sure that all displays are successful.

In Service,
Eleanor, Baroness Flame
The Middle Kingdom

East Kingdom Regional Rapier Practice

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Regional Rapier PracticeWar is once again behind us, and though the fertile mantle of the East Kingdom will soon be covered in snow, it’s the perfect time for its fencers, soldiers, and duelists to bare polished steel and mind their deadly art. Another war is always around the bend, and preparation is paramount to victory!

To keep the East Kingdom rapier army’s skills sharp and improve unit cohesion, the Barony of Carolingia will be hosting an EK Regional Fencing Practice on Sunday, January 4th. At the practice, fencers will get a chance to work on their melee skills both with their household/local fencing unit, and with the kingdom army at large. There’ll also be time for single bouting, and a tournament taking place is also a strong possibility.

There will also be a class or two for fencers to learn from. Parties interested in teaching a fencing class (be it for single or melee), should contact Lord Remy Delemontagne de Gascogne, Captain of the Carolingian Caliver Company with their class title and agenda.

When: Sunday, January 4th from 12-5pm
Where: Cambridge War Memorial (1640 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138), Barony of Carolingia
Cost: $5 entrance fee that goes to the school for maintenance
Other notes: Street parking is free on Sundays and folks can park in the Harvard Vanguard parking lot across the street. Please wear non-marking footwear. Because this is a practice, non-authorized fencers are allowed to participate.
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Can’t make it to the EK Regional Rapier Practice? Have no fear! Carolingia hosts a monthly melee practice at the War Memorial, open to all who want to work on their melee techniques. Here are the upcoming melee practice dates (more dates added monthly).

December: Sunday the 14th from 2pm-5pm
January: (REGIONAL PRACTICE): Sunday the 4th from 12pm-5pm
February: Sunday the 15th from 2-5pm
(Dates subject to change, but hopefully not)

Any questions, thoughts, or concerns should be directed to Lord Remy.

The Reign of King Jehan de la Marche

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King Jehan de la Marche, wearing the ancient crown of the East.  The crown had a Velcro attachment so it could be resized for each wearer.

King Jehan de la Marche, wearing the ancient crown of the East. The crown had a Velcro attachment so it could be resized for each wearer.

The Gazette asked Count Jehan de la Marche, eighth King of the East, for memories of some of his early SCA experiences. This is the second installment he sent, which covered his memories of his reign. 

The next event I recall was my coronation, which was also the next Crown Tourney, which was supposed to be the tradition at the time, though observed irregularly. (I believe it fell in late September or early October 1972.) It was held on a site in Beyond the Mountain which was basically an unmown field –the owner of the site had told the autocrat that it would be mowed in advance of the event, but it was not, so the field was covered in grass two or three feet high. Oddly enough, I have no distinct recollection of the moment that Cariadoc put the crown on my head, though I know the ceremony was very simple by later standards. I believe we used a version of the Archenlandish oath from C. S. Lewis’s The Horse and His Boy (”This is what it means to be a king: to be first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat, and when there’s famine in the land, as must be sometimes, to wear finer clothes and laugh louder over a scantier meal than any man in your kingdom.”) However, that belief is based on what I recall of the practice of the time, not direct memory of hearing it. The one moment I distinctly recall is that when I kissed my queen after crowning her, her crown fell off.

Count Jehan de la Marche

A recent photo of Count Jehan de la Marche

There was also the episode of the Queen’s Piper. Sometime before the coronation, I was walking through Wolsey Hall at Yale and heard a man playing a bagpipe alone in an empty auditorium. I had invited him to the coronation, and since there was already a King’s Piper (Sir Eyolf) I appointed this one (whose name I do not recall), the Queen’s Piper, whereupon Lauryon said “All right, now play.” Someone said “The queen has issued her first command,” and he played.

I recall asking Duke Cariadoc and Duke Akbar to serve as my guards. We had a lot of byplay in those days over our personas’ religions (nowadays it might be more sensitive). I said approximately that although I was a Christian king I had found Saracen dukes very reliable.

There was a very small crown tourney –I believe there were five fighters entered (the minimum under SCA law at the time) and I asked Duke Akbar to enter so we would have even numbers for the first round. He did and ended by winning the crown, defeating Sir Finnvarr de Taahe, who had lately moved to the East from the Middle Kingdom (Barony of North Woods).

The next event I recall was a tourney in the Barony of Myrkwood (Baltimore), then led by Begum Sita of Oudh. The main point I remember was the tourney destroyed four swords (all those available in the barony at the time). I believe Middle-trained fighters tended to hit harder than Eastern ones (on average) –there were some exceptions, such as Shlomo and Garanhir. Sir Finnvarr and I met in the final, and I won. I believe one of the other fighters was Alain du Rocher.

I believe the next event was the Carolingian Yule Revel –the ancestor of the masked ball, though I am not sure it was masked at that time. All I recollect distinctly was that there was some elegant dancing and that I ended the event (or at least the formal part) with a quotation from Shakespeare “Our revels now are ended.”

During my reign, I did issue the first code of laws for the East Kingdom, all or nearly all of which have since been superseded. They included an attempt to have a representative of the Crown in each group to encourage communication –which was never implemented –and a law advocating (as it could not be required) that subjects who could not attend the wars should contribute to the costs of those who served (scutage). Although this was never enforceable, and has not been law for many years, I was told lately that one lady in the East still abided by it and contributed to her friends’ costs of going to war. My recollection is that I circulated these laws by postal mail (there being no email in those days) rather than discussing them in a live council.

I also reorganized the kingdom order of merit – as I understand the situation (it was before my time), Duke Akbar in one of his earlier reigns had created the Order of the Silver Crescent, and then Shogun Rakkurai had created an equivalent Order of the Golden Dragon . I merged the two orders into the one Order of the Silver Crescent (all members of the Golden Dragon becoming members of the SIlver Crescent). At that time, I believe that order was the only order beneath peerage level in the kingdom.

The last major event of my reign was Twelfth Night held in the Barony of Myrkwood. My queen Lauryon was unable to attend due to illness, and so I asked Countess Abrizhade al-Medina O.L. (who had been queen to Franz von Blickend-Lichten, second king of the Middle) to serve as my ceremonial consort, which she graciously did.

The guests at the event included members of the Maryland Medieval Mercenary Militia (later Markland) who contributed considerably to the liveliness of the occasion. Two of them staged a mock dagger fight (with steel daggers) and rolled around my feet as I was sitting at the feast. There was also an episode I never fully understood in which I remarked my drink tasted odd and one of the MMMM shouted “The king has been poisoned.” I am not sure whether someone had actually put something in the drink or it was just an improvised response.

More seriously, I did (as I mentioned before) knight Asbjorn the Fairhaired, chiefly for his valor at the First Pennsic War. Since he was squire to Duke (at the time Prince) Akbar, I asked Akbar if he would prefer to actually dub Asbjorn, but he replied that he wished me to do it, so I did. This was the only peerage granted in my reign.

Afterward I did crown Akbar as king (his third and last reign), and his lady Duchess Khadijah was crowned queen. Oddly enough, I do not recall the ceremony at all. There was no ceremony making me a count –I think the title was only developed a little later, though Atenveldt had Crown Barons and I believe Franz von Blickend-Lichten had been made a baron after serving as king of the Middle.

I do remember that the next morning El of the Two Knives asked me how it felt to be a duke, and I replied I was not a duke as I had only been king once. In fact, I never became a duke –I sometimes like to say “I only made one mistake” –though in fact I fought hard in several later crowns

 

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