The King’s Champion is Lord Gellyes Joffrey.
The Queen’s Champion is Lord Kenimathor of Lochleven.
The EK Gazette thanks Master Rowen Cloteworthy for reporting today.
On February 6th, in the Shire of Barren Sands, an impressive array of artisans and craftspeople convened to compete for the positions of King’s and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champions. Entries included examples of the vast range of Eastern arts, including pottery, metal-working, period clothing, syrups and sugar work, illumination, research on period hygiene practices, a comparative analysis of period bread-making, and cooking in a working model of a period ceramic oven.
Lady Cassandra Blondel de Seint Alban kindly permitted the Gazette to use her photos of the many lovely works on display. The images below are merely a sample of the day’s excellent works.
By the end of the first round of judging, the following people were chosen for the second round:
After interviewing all of the seven finalists, their Majesties chose Elysabeth Underhill and Magnus hvalmagi as their Champions.
Mistress Elysabeth, Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champion, recreated three glass bead strings from the Portway Anglo-Saxon Cemetery using data from the Portway excavation report. She placed the bead strings in historical context by comparing and contrasting them using research she had done on Anglo-Saxon bead typologies, the social meaning of beads in Anglo-Saxon England, and the meaning of grave goods in Anglo-Saxon burials.
Master Magnus, the King’s Champion, describes his work as follows: “In 1555, the Swedish archbishop Olaus Magnus published Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), an encyclopedic work detailing all facets of existence in mid-16th-century Scandinavia. Included in the text are writings about the production of malt and beer, but they lack the detail needed to readily redact the recipes. Using supporting information gleaned from contemporary rural Norwegian farmhouse brewing – the kind that grandpa and great-grandpa would’ve done in the Old Country – as well as numerous other sources, I fill in the gaps and attempt to establish plausible connections that allow the contemporary to inform the period practice, in order to take my best shot at recreating the infrastructure and process indicated in the text. The project is broken into 3 parts: Part I, the recreation of the malt (including a malting kiln); Part II, the reconstruction of a rotary hand quern; Part III, the development of a coherent recipe and subsequent beer.”
Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri, as well as Her Highness Avelina, did visit the Shire of Owlsherst on 5 March AS L, to attend the occasion of the King’s and Queen’s Bardic Championship.
The day began with a short court to send Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Sheikha and Magnus Hvalmagi to sit vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican and Order of the Laurel respectively.
There were many fine bardic performances for two rounds, when the third round was reached with four finalists. Drake Oranwood, Sol la Cantor, Alys Mackyntoich and Æthelflied Brewbane.
Not long after these final four performances, on the topic of Valor in a manner chosen by His Majesty Brennan, were complete, Their Majesties did open their court.
The Queen’s Bardic Champion, William the Alchemist, was called forward. He was thanked for his service. Her Majesty invited her new champion, Alys Mackyntoich. Alys was presented with the regalia of her championship, a scroll by Ysemay Sterling, and attended Her Majesty in court.
The King’s Bardic Champion, Ysemay Sterling, was called forward. She was thanked for her service. His Majesty invited his new champion, Æthelflied Brewbane. Æthelflied was presented with the regalia of her championship, a scroll by Ysemay Sterling, and attended His Majesty in court.
All four finalists received tokens from Their Majesties for their entertaining performances.
The Princess Royal, Courtney Rose, did wish to present a scroll of her making to a bard she chose as her champion. Thus it was that Lianor de Matos was invited into court to receive her accolade.
King Brennan and Queen Caoilfhionn invited representatives of the Shire of Owlsherst to attend court. They were thus presented with fine gifts, and Their Majesties thanks their hosts for their hospitality.
Next did Their Majesties invite into their court Ben the Rat Catcher. Though a youth of the Kingdom, they spoke well of his service, and named him a Page to their Court. The Order of the Tygers’ Cub were called forth. Ben received a medallion, and a scroll by Harold von Auerbach.
The order was not complete, however. Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called into their court Spencer Oranwood. He was made a Page to their Court and inducted into the Order. Spencer received a medallion and a scroll featuring calligraphy by Leonete d’Angely, illumination by Tola Knyttir and words by Alys Mackyntoich.
Next did Their Majesties call into their court Sarah-Grace Blakeslee. Though she was not herself present, they presented for her the garter of the Order of Gawain, and a scroll with calligraphy by Aleksei Dmitriev and illumination by Isa of Ruantallan.
Her Majesty called forward all those children who had participated in Her Service Initiative. They received tokens for their service.
All of the children present were invited before the court. The toybox was run, and as per usual there was much laughter at the joy of the children.
Their Majesties next called into their court Emerald Unudottir. They made her a Lady of the Court. She was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll by Elsa de Lyon.
Their Majesties invited into court all those attending their first, second or third event. They were thanked for attending, and presented tokens to remember the day by.
Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri next called into their court Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Sheikha. She answered in the affirmative that she would join the Order, and so the Order of the Pelican was called forth. Suba was elevated to the order, receiving a medallion, robe and hat and a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig with words by Sabine de Kaerbriant.
Their Majesties next called into their court Siobhan Nic Ghadhra. They made her a Lady of the Court. She was Awarded Arms, and received a scroll by Marietta Charay.
Their Majesties invited Hashiji Morikatsu into their court. They spoke of his combat prowess, presenting him with a medallion and thus inducted him into the Order of the Silver Tyger.
The Order not yet complete, Their Majesties called into court Seamus Mac Neachtain. His prowess well regarded, he was presented with a medallion and inducted into the Order of the Silver Tyger.
Their Majesties called into court the companions of the Order of the Silver Wheel. Next was Josceline le esqurel called before Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri. For his service he was inducted into the Order of the Silver Wheel, receiving a medallion and a scroll by þóra Eiríksdóttir with words in French by Brunissende Dragonette de Brocéliande.
The Order still incomplete, Their Majesties invited before them Robert the Tall. For his service he was made a member of the Order of the Silver Wheel, presented with a medallion and a scroll by Onóra ingheann Uí Rauirc.
Next did Their Majesties invite into their court Donnchadh Lochlain. He was Awarded Arms and made a Lord of the Court, and further presented with a scroll by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc with words by Ulrich Reinhart.
Their Majesties invited into court Drake Oranwood. Impressed with his performance overall, they named him a companion of the Order of the Silver Brooch. He would be presented with a medallion of the order after court.
Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri next called into their court Magnus Hvalmagi. He answered in the affirmative that he would join the Order, and so the Order of the Laurel was called forth. Magnus was elevated to the order, receiving a medallion, coat and hat and a scroll by Vettorio Antonello, as well as a drinking horn by Frigga with words by Toki Redbeard and Norse poem by Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn.
As Their Majesties went to close their Court, Ruslan Novgorodcev demanded a boon. So it was he offered to Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri his fealty.
There being no further business, the court of Their Majesties was closed. Long live the King and Queen! Long live the Prince and Princess! Long live the Kingdom of the East!
Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald.
A thank you to the Heralds for the court. Ysemay Sterling, William the Alchemist, Sabine de Kerbriant, Alys Mackyntoich, and Colin Ursell.
Their Majesties of the East, Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri did travel this Saturday, 6 February AS L, to the Shire of Barren Sands. There they did hold their King’s and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Championship.The competition and judging complete, Their Majesties, accompanied by Their Highnesses Kenric and Avelina, did call a court.
It began when Her Majesty called forth her champion of Arts and Sciences, Agatha Wanderer. She thanked her for her time as champion, relieved her of the regalia, and then named Elisabeth “Lyssa” Underhill the new Queen’s Champion of Arts and Sciences. Lyssa received the regalia and a scroll by Elen Alswyth of Eriskay.
His Majesty called forth his champion of Arts and Sciences, Naomi bat Avraham. He thanked her for her time as champion, relieved her of the regalia, and then named Magnus hvalmagi the new King’s Champion of Arts and Sciences.
The Princess Royal, Courtney Rose, was called into the court to make a presentation to one she had chosen to recognize. Thus was Nero Camulus called before the court. He was presented with tokens and a scroll by the hand of the Princess Royal herself.
Next were the kids who participated in Her Majesties’ Children’s Service initiative called forth. Emma, Caleb, Caitlin and Courtney all received tokens for their service.
The rest of the children in attendance were called into court. It was decided that Aethelthyrth Kenricing should run with the toybox, to the delight of all those in attendance.
Their Majesties Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri did call before their court Chartye Dale. They spoke of her service and her hard work, and then named her a Baroness of their court, Granting her Arms. She received a coronet and a scroll by Rhonwen Glyn Conwy.
Next Their Majesties called into their court Ellynor Redpath. They Awarded her Arms, presenting her a scroll by Constance de St. Denis with words by Charitye Dale. Further, Her Majesty presented to Ellynor the glove of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.
Her Majesty Caoilfhionn Banri called into court Ciaran Ua Meic Thire. She spoke of his great service and kindness, and presented him with the glove of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.
Their Majesties called forth the Seneschal of Barren Sands. She presented them with a gift from the people of the Shire.
Their Majesties invited into their court the companions of the Order of the Silver Brooch. They called forth Nero Camulus, and inducted him into the order. He received a medallion and a scroll featuring calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel and illumination by Elizabeth Eleanor Lovell.
The Order not yet complete, Isabel du Royse was called forward. She was inducted into the Order of the Silver Brooch, presented a medallion of the order and a scroll with calligraphy by Jonathan Blaecstan and illumination by Lillian atte Valeye.
Their Majesties welcomed into their court all those attending their first, second or third event. The newcomers received tokens and thanked for their attendance.
Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called into court Kamejima Takauji. He was thus made a Lord of the Court and Awarded Arms, and received a scroll by Magdalena von Kirschberg.
Next was Anna Vitalis called before the court. She was made a Lady of the Court and Awarded Arms, receiving a scroll by Svea the Shortshighted.
Her Majesty called forward Liadin ingen Chineada. Her courtesy highly regarded, Queen Caoilfhionn presented the glove of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy to Liadin.
Their Majesties called before their court Griffith Davion. Speaking of his long service, they invited to attend them the companions of the Order of the Silver Wheel. Griffith was inducted into the order and presented a medallion as well as a scroll by Caitriona inghean Sheamuis.
The Order still incomplete, Their Majesties called into court Alexis of Woods End. She was inducted into the Order of the Silver Wheel, presented with a medallion and a scroll by Robert of Stonemarch with words by Harold von Auerbach.
Their Majesties continued with the Order of the Silver Wheel, and called forth Aibhilin Inghean ui Phaidin. She was inducted into the order, presented a medallion and a scroll by Marieta Charay.
Their Majesties had one more for their new service order that day, and called forth Agapios Cargos. They inducted him into the Order of the Silver Wheel and presented him a medallion and a scroll by Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir.
Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri called into their court Naomi bat Avraham. They spoke of her art, and called forth the Order of the Laurel. Naomi received a writ to consider elevation to the Order, and received a scroll by Palotzi Marti.
Their Majesties called into their court Bran MacAirt. He was made a Lord of the Court, and Awarded Arms. He was presented with a scroll by Aziza al Shirazi. But Their Majesties were not done with Bran, and they further inducted him into the Order of the Silver Tyger for his fighting prowess.
Next was called into the court of Their Majesties Elena Hylton. They spoke of her arts, and called forth the companions of the Order of the Maunche. Elena received a medallion of the order, and was presented a scroll by Lada Monguligin.
The Order not complete, Their Majesties called forth Kathryn Kit Mercer. She was inducted into the order and presented a medallion of the order, and received a scroll by Katrusha Skomorokh which included a Sonnet by Tristan le Chanticler.
The Order of the Maunche not yet complete, Their Majesties invited before them Ulfgeirr Ragnarrson. He was presented the medallion of the order, and a stone with illumination by Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir, words by Anne of Framlingham and Runes translated by Avaldr Valbjarnarson.
King Brennan and Queen Caoilfhionn called before them Elisabeth Underhill. At the start of the day she had been put on vigil, and now answered the question before her in the affirmative. The Order of the Laurel was called forth. Lyssa was elevated to the Order, receiving a medallion and other regalia, and a scroll by Isabel Chamberlaine with words by Grimm the Skald.
Thus it was the court of Their Majesties came to its conclusion. It had been a wonderful day of presentations from the talented artisans of the Kingdom of the East.
Malcolm Bowman, Eastern Crown Herald
A thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day: Alys Mackyntoich, Anastasia del Monte and Liadin ingen Chineada.
Their Majesties held both a morning and afternoon court at Equestrian and Thrown Weapons Champions. The Gazette thanks Master Ernst for the following report:
Arnulf Tête de Laine d’ Saint Aubin was inducted into the Order of the Gawain.
Leon d’ Saint Aubin was inducted into the Order of the Gawain. Scroll by Constance de St. Denis
Rodulf d’ Saint Aubin was inducted into the Order of the Gawain. Scroll by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc.
Ysabella DeCoventry received her Award of Arms. Scroll by Aaradyn Ghyoot.
Tiernan Shepard was awarded a Burdened Tyger. Scroll by Aesa Lokabrenna Sturladottir.
Wynefryd Bredhers was awarded a Burdened Tyger. Calligraphy by Mari Clock van Hoorne.
Jared of Sarisberry was inducted into the Queen’s Order of Courtesy. Scroll by: Jan Janowicz Bogdanski
Brenden Crane was inducted into the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.
The following Gentles received the award of the Golden Lyre:
Rufus Bowie, Sile ingean MacCarthaigh, Nest verch Tangwistel, Dearbhorgaill ingen Rosa, Alys Attewater, Marguarite von Elfaneu, Amy ferch Richard.
Nejla Hatice Saime Dogan was granted a Court Barony.
Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina was granted a Court Barony. Scroll by: Nest verch Tangwistel
Wentliana Benegrek was granted a Court Barony. Scroll by: Leonete d’Angely
Nest verch Tangwistel was directed to Augment her arms. Scroll by Jon Blaecstan
Colin MacKenzie stepped down as EK Thrown Weapons Marshal, and Leon the Navigator stepped into the position.
Magnus DeLondres was declared the Queen’s Thrown Weapon Champion. Scroll by Charis Accipiter.
Kazimerz was declared the King’s Thrown Weapon Champion. Scroll by Jonathan Blaecstan.
Randal of the Dark was declared King’s Equestrian Champion. Scroll by Kayleigh Mac Whyte.
Duncan Kerr was declared Queen’s Equestrian Champion. Scroll by Kayleigh Mac Whyte.
Eleanor Fitzpatrick and Katherine Stanhope were made the Premiers of the Order of the Golden Lance of the East. Eleanor’s Scroll by Vettorio Antonello, Katherine’s scroll forthcoming
Isabella Natale was Awarded Arms. Illumination by Lorita de Siena, calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel
Terren of Tir was inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Scroll by: Heather rose De Gordoun
Maria Pagini was inducted into the Order of the Pelican Illumination by Harold von Auerbach calligraphy by Aud Lifsdottir
Juan Lazaro Ramirez Xavier was inducted into the Order of the Pelican. Scroll by Eleanore MacCarthaigh.
Siubhan Wallace was inducted into the Order of the Pelican Illumination by Lisabetta Medaglia Calligraphy by: Eleanor Catlyng.
The archers selected for the East Kingdom’s half of the Champions Team have just been announced by the Captain General of Archers, Baroness Jehannine de Flandres.
The 15 team members are:
The 5 alternates are:
Reported by Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood
The new Archery Champions, as previously reported, are:
Tournement winner and Queen’s Champion: Master Li Kung Lo
King’s Champion selected by His Majesty: Baroness Jehannine de Flandres
May 30, 2015 was a hot and humid day in Carillion, as 55 archers took to the range to vie for the honor of serving Their Majesties as Royal Archery Champions. Queen Etheldreda gave Her encouragement to those gathered, Master Rupert the Unbalanced and Master Peter the Red (the retiring champions), and Captain General Jehannine de Flandres provided instructions and thanked helpers, and the tournement commenced.
All participants could shoot the full course of 10 stations, each in keeping with the “Don Quixote” theme. The first shoot of the day was at a long distance “giant” (a windmill with moving blades), followed by a charging bull shoot (a traditional advancing soldier timed shoot, at 70 through 20 yards). After a break for lunch, shooting resumed, and the tests of skill included shooting the bars of a cage, killing scurvy sailors, slaughtering a wild boar, puncturing wine skins and flasks, herding sheep, and shooting through knot holes. Scores were then totaled and sorted. Captain General Jehannine reminded all present of the obligations and duties of serving as a Royal Champion, and as the top scorers were announced, each was asked if they wished to compete. Six finalists chose to step out of the competition:
declined – Krakken Gnashbone (83)
declined – Colin Ursell (78)
declined – Phillip Reed the Facetious (73)
1 – Alexandra Krakkensdottir (70)
2 – Mark Squirrelsbane (67)
3 – Nathaniel Wyatt (65)
4 – Jehannine de Flandres (63)
5 – Godric of Hamtun (62)
6 – Alexander von Heisler (62)
declined – Radagast (59)
declined – Kusunoki Yoshimoto (59)
7 – Li Kung Lo (59)
8 – Miles Boweman (57)
9 – Conor O’Ceallaigh (55)
10 – Otto Gottlieb (54)
11 – Tamsin Whitlocke (53)
declined – Aaron the Arrowsmith (52)
12 – Siobhan Inghean Cormaic (50)
13 – Treya min Teanga (59)
14 – Ygraine of Kellswood (48)
15 – Tomaloc (47)
16 – Alec Craig (43)
The 16 finalists were addressed by King Omega and Queen Etheldreda. The overall winner of the competition would be the Queen’s Champion (per usual), and the King said He would select His Champion from among the other finalists (as has been occasionally done in past years), then the shoot-offs between pairs of seeded competitors began.
Each archer had to knock down six “books” from a shelf, and the first to shoot a final, center target would advance to the next round. Between rounds, the shooting line was moved, and several books were replaced by smaller ones. (It is worth noting that the “books” were such famous works as Facing the Perils of Castle Anthrax by Sir Galahad, Distribution of Wealth in a Medieval Economy by R. Hood, PhD, How to be Very, Very, Quiet While Hunting by Sir E. Fudd and other similarly lofty titles.) The final pairing was a hard-fought contest between Baroness Jehannine and Master Li; she was ahead by two targets, then he caught up and hit the final target a split second ahead.
Queen Etheldreda congratulated Her new Queen’s Archery Champion, Master Li Kung Lo. Because of the excitingly close finish, King Omega selected Baroness Jehannine de Flandres as His King’s Archery Champion.
For those who keep such statistics, the 16 finalists were evenly split between handbow and crossbow, and this year six of the final archers were women.
Reported by Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood
(Photos by Baroness Arlyana van Wyck and
Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood, as noted.)
Their Royal Majesties have asked the Gazette to distribute the following announcement which can also be found in the June issue of the Pikestaff
Greetings to the East Kingdom!
We are very excited to announce that this year there will be an Arts and Sciences War Point at Pennsic. The following individuals have all committed to serving as our Eastern champions for the war point at Pennsic:
Please come and support our champions on Wednesday of War Week in the Aethelmearc Royal Encampment! All Maunches and Laurels are allowed to vote but the populace is encouraged to attend to see all the wonderful work being done in the Kingdoms of the East, Midrealm and Aethelmearc!
In Service to the East,
King Omega and Queen Etheldreda
Salutations au Royaume de l’Est ! Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer que cette année, un point pour les Arts et Sciences sera accordé à Pennsic. Les personnes suivantes ont toutes promis de servir en tant que nos champions de l’Est pour le point de guerre à Pennsic:
Agatha Wanderer (Championne de la Reine),
Naomi bat Avraham (Championne du Roi),
Rosina von Schaffhausen,
et Guthfrith Yrlingson.
S’il-vous-plaît, venez supporter nos champions le mercredi, dans la Semaine de Guerre, au Campement Royal d’Aethelmearc ! Les gens faisant partie de l’Ordre de la Manche, ainsi que de l’Ordre du Laurier, seront alloués un vote, mais la population est encouragée a assister et apprécier tout le merveilleux travail accompli dans les Royaumes de l’Est, du Milieu et d’Aethelmearc !
En Service pour l’Est,
Roi Omega et Reine Etheldreda
COURT OF EDWARD III AND THYRA II AT KING’S AND QUEEN’S ARTS AND SCIENCES CHAMPIONS AND BARONIAL INVESTITURE
On March 7, in the forty-ninth year of the Society, Their Majesties Edward and Thyra held Court in the Barony of l’Ile du Dragon Dormant, and conducted the following business:
At today’s King and Queen’s Bardic Championships, hosted by the Shire of Nordenfjord, the results were as follows:
William the Alchymist
Katrusha Skomorokha Negodieva Doch’
The King’s Bard is Ysemay Sterlyng, and the Queen’s Bard is William the Alchymist.
Thank you to Sir Michael of York for this report.