Unofficial Court Report, King’s and Queen’s Bardic Champions
COURT OF THEIR MAJESTIES EDWARD III AND THYRA II AT KING’S AND QUEEN’S BARDIC CHAMPIONS
January 31, 2015, Incipient Shire of Nordenfjord
The 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 31 January in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Shire of Nordenfjord; on which day was held a contest to determine who might be chosen as the next Bardic Champions of the East Kingdom. Upon the conclusion of the aforementioned contest, 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 did call for Sofya of Ostgardr, Arabella d’Mer, Katrusha Skomorokha Negodiaeva doch’, and Ailionora inghean Ronain and presented them each with the Award of the Golden Lyre for their works done in that day’s display of Arts and Sciences.
Item. Their Majesties called for Margretha la Fauvelle so as to induct her into the Order of the Troubadour, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Arden of Icomb.
Item. Determining that the aforementioned Order of the Troubadour remained incomplete, Their Majesties sent for Marguerite inghean Lochlainn to induct her into the same Order, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Marietta Charay and Constance de Saint Denis.
Item. Their Majesties called Anastasia da Monte to stand before the assembled Court, and praising her skill with a rapier inducted her into the Order of the Golden Rapier, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Svea the Short-sighted.
Item. Their Majesties did cause to step forth Donovan Shinnock, and inducted him into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Alys Mackyntoich and Kayleigh Mac Whyte.
Item. His Majesty called forth his Bardic Champion, Martyn de Haliwell, to release him from service. Their Majesties went on to praise the skill and scholarship of Martyn, and did cause him to be inducted into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document by Reijnier Verplank.
Item. His Majesty called Ysemay Sterling before the assembled Court, and did name her as his new King’s Bardic Champion, the which deed was confirmed in a document by Martyn de Haliwell and Astrid Feilan.
Item. Upon releasing Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige from her position as Bardic Champion, Her Majesty called forth William the Alchemist to stand before the Court and be named as her Queen’s Bardic Champion, the which deed was confirmed in a document by the aforementioned Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige and Lada Monguligan.
Item. Their Majesties did call forth the Children of the East, and after a great run did make gifts of toys to them.
Item. Their Majesties caused to come forth those Newcomers to the Society, and gave tokens of welcome to them.
Item. Their Majesties called Amelia Joan, known as Molly, to step before them. In thanks for her efforts at feeding the populace and other good works, Their Majesties did award unto her arms and presented her with a document by Nest verch Tangwistel confirming the deed.
Item. With the day’s Court nearing its end, Their Majesties called for Alys Mackyntoich to come before them and answer the question which had been earlier put to her, that being whether she would accept the mantle of the Order of the Laurel. Mistress Alys then processed into the Court, accompanied by a great display of heraldic beasts, and did give consent to be inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Many worthies then did speak praises of Mistress Alys, and declaim her virtues and worthiness of this Order unto the Court, and Their Majesties did invest Mistress Alys with the regalia of her station and confirm the said station with a document created by Eva Woderose and Alexandre Lerot d’Avigne.
Item. Their Majesties did call Master Galefridus Peregrinus into Their Court to renew him in the office of Kingdom Chirurgeon.
I, Donovan Shinnock, Golden Rapier Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.
Ryan Mac Whyte
Alesone Grey of Cranlegh
Photos by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse.