Winning entry in Master Alexander’s Challenge
The Barony of Dragonship Haven celebrated St. Eligius Arts and Sciences competition Saturday
November 15th, as well as tourneys for rattan and rapier to select Baronial Champions. The main A&S competition was an unusual design and involved entrants judging other entrants of similar experience level. Advisers discussed considerations for judging with each group and were available for consultation throughout the contest. Many thanks to Mistress Anarra Karlsdottir and Mistress Michel Almond de Champagne who guided our novices, Mistress Briony of Chatham who helped the Artisans, Master Jehan du Lac who assisted the Experienced Competitors and Mistress Nest ferch Tangwystl who worked with the entrants in the Laurels and Masters group.
Twenty six entries were in this competition each consisting of several parts and examples. Many fine and beautiful items competed for prize scrolls created by Baron Adhemar, Duchess Elisende of Merides, Baronness Efa Gath fach (Parsley) and Baroness Ysabella de Draguignan.
Winners of this competition were:
Novice A (in SCA under 3 yrs) – Chelsea of Gloucester – Spinning – Display of different weights
Novice B (in SCA over 3 yrs) – Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson– Viking Arm band
Artisan – Gideon ha-Khazar) – Research – “Why is this knight different than all other knights?”
Experienced competitor – Lissa Underhill – Anglo Saxon Glass Beads
Laurels and masters – Mistress Eleanor LeBrun — Evolution of Hoods through the SCA period.
Several focused competitions were also held this day. Winners included
Artisan’s Progress: Lissa Underhill: Anglo Saxon Glass Beads
Medieval Moment: Dziuginte Litovka: Armor for a Lithuanian Farmer
SCA Kluge:Anna Illevna – Heraldic Viking Apron
Master Alexander Challenge: Ysemay Sterling–Weaving silk fringe, woodcut print, glass beads.
Baron Adhemar’s Choice: Eleanor le Brun- Hoods through the Sca Time Period
Populace Choice: Lissa Underhill: Anglo Saxon Glass Beads
The organizers are very grateful to the good gentles who thoughtfully examined and judged entries into these contests: Master Luke Knowlton judged entries in Medieval Moment. Mistress Pagan Graeme picked the winner of Artisan’s Progress. Master Morgan Rhys ap Bran chose best SCA Kluge. At Lady Cassandra de Matisse’s request, the Master Alexander’s Challenge winner was selected by His Excellency Adhemar de Villarquemada.
A varied and delicious homemade dayboard was prepared by Master Tristan de Worrell and Mistress Renye Wurm able supported by Master Jaji and Lady Yasmine bint Rasheed.
In other contests of the day, Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson won the Baronial Heavy list tourney as well as the Novice B division of the A&S competition. Thus was Lord Ulfgeirr Ragnarsson appointed both Dragonship Haven Baronial Rattan Champion and Baronial Arts and Sciences Champion.
Having won the Rapier Tourney, Lord Jean Michelle LeVode was appointed Dragonship Haven Baronial Rapier Champion.
The Barony’s Worshipful Company of Artificers (A&S) was augmented by the induction of Lady Bronwen Rose of Greyling called Brose and Lady Kathryn Ramsey. The Barony’s Order of the Yale (service) was likewise strengthened by the additions of Lady Kathryn Ramsey and Lord Jean Michel LeVode.
A marvelous dessert revel after court was organized and largely prepared by Lady Isabella d’Allaines le Comte.
Our thanks to Lady Bronwen Rose of Greyling called Brose for submitting this report, and for the use of her photos.