After six glorious months as our King and Queen, Their Majesties Kenric and Avelina held their last court on October 1, in the 51st year of the Society. What follows is an unofficial account of the proceedings. Continue reading
On the first of October, Anno Societatis 51, in the Barony of Bergental, there was a Coronation. By the hands of King Kenric III and Queen Avelina III, Duchess Anna Ophelia Halloway Tarragon was crowned Queen Anna III. There was a brief pause in the Coronation ceremony as Brion sang “My Queen” to Queen Anna, bringing her – and several among the attending staff and audience – to joyful tears. Queen Anna then crowned Duke Brion Anthony Uriel Tarragon as King Brion III. They took the fealty of Their Great Officers of State, and of House Runnymede, and of Their Champions, and the people of the East and swore fealty to all of them in return. Rightfully crowned, they then called for Duke Kenric aet Essex, Duchess Avelina Keyes, and Lady Aethelthryth Kenricing and gave them gifts in return for the time they served the Kingdom. They then installed the Queen’s Guard and the Lords and Ladies in Waiting to their stations, before retiring to sit in State. Some little while later, the first Court of Their Majesties Brion III and Anna III was opened.
Duchess Rowan de la Garnison, Ambassador from Their Majesties Marcus and Marguerite of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, was called before the Crown. She presented the words of Their Sylvan Majesties, words of friendship and unity, and gifts of the produce of their lands, cloth of their colours, and jewels. Duchess Rowan was warmly thanked for the gifts and instructed to bring Their Oriental Majesties’ own words of friendship back with her.
Their Majesties then called for the children of the East. King Brion spoke to the children, saying that if they wanted a toy from the chest, they must pursue scholarly deeds. He called for his Champion of Horse, Baroness Lillian Stanhope, and sent the children to follow her and learn something of horsemanship before each could take a toy.
Her Majesty then called for Duke Brennan mac Fearghus and thanked him for being a stalwart companion during Her time as Princess. She gifted him a bottle from the royal cellars as thanks for his guidance and friendship.
Queen Anna then called for Duchess Aikaterine FitzWilliam who, though not present, was thanked for the splendid Coronation garb she created for the Crown.
King Brion asked for Duke Gryffith, who was also absent, but thanked him for organising the Coronation tourney Their Majesties had requested.
Their Majesties then asked those newcomers to the Society to approach the throne and gave them handcrafted beads as tokens that they should remember the day.
Next the event stewards, Mistress Jovonne d’Esprit and Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh, were called before the Crown. They were thanked for the wonderful day they had organised and gifted bunches of roses as a thank you.
Master Julian le Scot was summoned by Queen Anna, who spoke of the fun times they had shared, the deep respect and admiration she had for him, and how Master Julian was someone who she wanted to emulate. She gifted him with a white glove and named him a Companion of the Queen’s Order of Courtesy.
Their Majesties called for Jehannette Bouchart. They spoke of her work as a tourney herald, as kitchen staff, and as a retainer for the Crown. Wishing to reward such works, They Awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the Court. To commemorate this, Lady Jehannette was given a scroll created by Duchess Thora Eiriksdottir.
Drake MacGregor was brought before the thrones and Their Majesties praised him as a workhorse, quietly getting things done and striving to better himself. In recognition of his accomplishments, They Awarded him Arms, making him a Lord of the Court. A scroll by Baroness Mari Clock van Hoorne was presented to Lord Drake so that he would remember the day.
The Crown then asked for Lord Pádraig Ó Riain, who came forward. They spoke of the many years he had been involved in the Society, his time as Seneschal, his running of events and his work setting up and breaking down events for others. Wishing to recognise his many works, Pádraig was made a Companion of the Order of the Silver Wheel and given a scroll crafted by Heather Rose de Gordoun.
Celia le Taverner was summoned and Their Majesties spoke of her time attending previous Royals and her time spent braiding hair for others, and how she made others feel good about themselves. The King and Queen wished to reward such works and Awarded her Arms and gave the new Lady Celia a scroll with calligraphy and illumination by Lady Aesa Lokabrenna Sturludottir and words by Lord Arthur le Taverner.
King Brion then announced the winners of the tourney held that day. Duke Brennan mac Fearghus was called forward as the winner. He was presented a glass in recognition of his feat. His Majesty then called for Lord Corwin Blackthorn and praised his comportment in the lists and gave him a glass that he might remember his accomplishment.
Their Majesties then asked for Baron Simon Montgumery. That morning, Simon had been sent to vigil to contemplate whether he would accept the accolade of the Order of Chivalry. Simon knelt before the thrones and offered that he would be honoured to accept the belt of a Knight. Simon first returned his squire’s belt to his knight, then King Brion noted that he was very pleased to be the one to knight his great-grandsquire. Worthies from across the Known World came to speak on Simon’s behalf and, those words accepted, he was then girded with the spurs, belt, and chain of knighthood. Simon offered his oath of fealty. Their Majesties dubbed him Sir Simon Montgumery and King Brion gave him the last blow to be accepted unanswered. A scroll to commemorate the day, crafted and sealed by Pan Jan Janowicz Bogdanski was presented.
The business of the day finished, King Brion and Queen Anna thanked the people of Bergental and the people of the East for supporting Them and attending Their Coronation. On that note, Court was closed and Their Majesties processed out.
These are the events of the day as I recall them. My thanks to all the scribes, heralds, Champions, guards, retainers, event staff, and attendees for their help creating a wonderful day.
Pray know I remain,
For Crown and College,
Master Rowen Cloteworthy
Following is the unoffical court report from the Closing of the Inne at Coldwood, held this September 24.
Gavin Asgarson – Gawain
Lilli of the Valley – Tyger’s Cub; scroll by Heather Rose de Gordoun
Allie of the Valley – Tyger’s Cub; scroll by Heather Rose de Gordoun
Emrys of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Lisabetta Medaglia
Emily of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Constance de St. Denis
Volkmar of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Myrun Leifsdottir
Beytill Aidenson – Silver Tyger; scroll by Mari Clock van Hoorne
Phelippe du Peirgore – OTC; scroll by Altani Khatagidai
Katherine Slough – OSC; Illumination by Lisabetta Medaglia, calligraphy by: Faolan an Screcain
Brien MacShane – Chivalry; scroll by Vettorio Antonello
Editor’s Note: A banishment was announced in this court. For more information, please see the official announcements in Pikestaff.
The reporting herald was Donovan Shinnock.
On August 27 in the Shire of Quintavia, Their Magesties Kenric and Avelina gathered with their populace to choose their new equestrian champions. Following is the unofficial court report.
Lillian Stanhope – King’s Equestrian Champion; scroll by Katherine Stanhope
Gwenillian Rhiannon of Dragon Keep – Queen’s Equestrian Champion; scroll by Katherine Stanhope
Gritta of Strangewayes – AoA; Illumination by: Lily atte Valleye, Calligraphy by: Nest verch Tangwistel
Fortune St. Keyne – Burdened Tyger; scroll by Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille
Alexei Dmitriev – Burdened Tyger
Shire of Quintavia – Company of Fellowship
Duncan Kerr – Silver Tyger; Illumination by: Myrun Leifsdottir, Calligraphy by: Nest verch Tangwistel
Ciarnat ni Bhroin – Maunche; scroll by Sunniva Ormstung
Doucet de Verdun – Pelican; scroll by Harold von Auerbach
The herald of record was Donovan Shinnock.
On a hot and humid morning, Their Majesties, Kenric and Avelina opened their court at the Feast of John Barleycorn in the Crown Province of Ostgardr, Canton of Northpass.
They called forth their Viceroy and Vicereigne, Guy avec Cheval and Johanne aff Visby and, after thanking them for their long years of service, allowed them to step down from their posts. They then summoned forth Sudder Saran and Lada Monguligin and invested them as the new Viceroy and Vicereigne of the Crown Province of Ostgardr and presented them with scrolls by Kayleigh MacWhyte.
They then called forth Barbeta Kirkland and bid her sit vigil in contemplation of being elevated to the Order of the Laurel. Court was then suspended.
East Kingdom College of Heralds
Report for the Court of: Kenric and Avelina
Reporting Herald: Donovan Shinnock (assisted by Yehuda ben Moshe, Anastasia da Monte, Martyn de Halliwell, Ryan MacWhyte, Liadan ingean Chineada)
Recipient, Award, Scribe
Talan ap Gueiluirth, Silver Tyger, Elen Alswyth of Eriskay
Talan Gwyllt, Silver Tyger
Kit de Coldwood, Silver Tyger
Ciaran d’alltherien Tostigh, Silver Tyger, Elizabeth Greenleaf
Sorcha Dhocair, Golden Rapier, Sarra Graeham of Bimham
Recipient, Award, Scribe
Tiernan MacAlpin, Chivalry, Padraig Dubh MacEanruig, Faelin MacLochlainn
Recipient, Award, Scribe
Eon of Carolingia, AoA, Triona MacCasky
Doroga Voronin, Silver Rapier, Nataliia etc.
Dionisio da Desio, Silver Rapier,
Lupold Hass, Golden Rapier, Palozi Marti
Recipient, Award, Scribe
Mikjall Bogmadr, Master Bowman,
Alexandre de Champlaine, AoA,
Sean of Malagentia, AoA, Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille
Keegan of Malagentia, AoA, Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille
Sean Dubh, AoA, Triona MacCasky
Marian Rose Meerstappa, Gilder,
Marguerite ingean Lachlainn, Augmentation of Arms, Heather Rose DeGordoun
Sean O Morain, Troubador, Magdelena von Kirschberg
Poplyr Childs, Apollo’s Arrow, Nest verch Tangwistel
Grimolfr Skulason, Silver Wheel, Eadaoin Chruitire
Magnus de Londres, Golden Mantle, Hawise ferch Meredith
Anelida of Falconbridge, Company of the Pennon,
Sigurthr Vigurhafn, Company of the Pennon,
Vissevald Selkirksson, Company of the Pennon,
Colin Ursell, Company of the Pennon,
Nicolette Bonhomme, Company of the Pennon,
Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh, Company of the Pennon,
Magdelena, King’s Award of Esteem,
Carminante, King’s Award of Esteem,
Maggie Rue, King’s Award of Esteem,
Kayleigh MacWhyte, King’s Award of Esteem,
Rolf the Carter, King’s Award of Esteem,
Remy dela Montaigne de Gascogne, King’s Award of Esteem,
Anne of Farmlingham, Queen’s Order of Courtesy,
Dom Coelho do Baraco, Court Barony, Saerlaith ingen Chennetig
Alys Treeby, Maunche, Agatha Wanderer
Isabel du Ross, Silver Crescent, Lada Monguligin
Samuel Peter deBump, Master Bowman,
Brunissende Dragonette, Laurel, Isobel Chamberlaine
Ruslan Novgorodcev, Tyger of the East, Vettorio Antonello
Recipient, Award, Scribe
Handsome Boys, Blue Tyger Legion,
Though the day started overcast with a bit of rain, there was naught but comradery and lightheartedness to be found among the attendees of the Barony of Smoking Rocks 40th Anniversary Celebration, held on the 23rd of April, Anno Societatis 50, reckoned 2016 in the Common Era. The day’s revels were attended by Their Majesties Kenric III and Avelina III. In mid-afternoon, upon completion of the rapier and armoured tourneys and the arts and sciences competition, Their Majesties opened Court. They invited Their Excellencies Smoking Rocks join Them and to conduct what business they had in Baronial Court. Smoking Rocks Court concluded, Their Majesties resumed Their own Royal Court.
First to speak to the King was Ceawlin Alreding, Baron of Smoking Rocks. Baron Ceawlin recalled a time in the past when a faithful family retainer named Kenric had served as his cupbearer. At the time, Baron Ceawlin had promised his retainer a ha’penny at Christmastide. Kenric’s fortunes now much changed, His Excellency still wished to fulfill his debt and presented His Majesty with his ha’penny and his thanks.
Their Majesties called for Ysabella de Coventry and spoke of her service to thrown weapons and archery. They wished to pass on the appreciation of her work by Their predecessors, Omega V and Etheldreda IV, and gave her a scroll Awarding her Arms from the 22nd of August, A.S. 50, 2015 C.E. at the Equestrian and Thrown Weapons Championships. The scroll was prepared by Lady Aaradyn Ghyoot.
The Crown then called for the children of the East and offered them toys from the Kingdom’s coffers, if they could catch Ulf the Dragon Slayer. Ulf ran out of Court with the box, followed by a dozen children and much joyful cheering.
King Kenric and Queen Avelina called for Lasair an Fhraoich and spoke of her tablet weaving and work on the inkle loom. They called for Their Order of the Silver Brooch and made Lasair a member of that Order, with a scroll to commemorate that crafted by Lord Vettorio Antonello.
Their Majesties called for those new to the Society and several people approached. Their Majesties offered them tokens of appreciation and thanked them for participating.
Lord Haakon Ragnarsson was summoned before the Crown and praised his work as an anchor of his shield wall. They called for Their Order of the Silver Tyger and caused Haakon to be numbered among them, with a scroll saying such prepared by Lady Onora inghean ui Rauic. Their Majesties felt Their Order of the Silver Tyger incomplete and called for Baron Bruka the Saracen. King Kenric praised his work in the shield wall and his skill with pole arm, and named Bruka to the Order with a scroll prepared by Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel. Mistress Nest verch Tangwhistle then approached the thrones in her role as Tyger Clerk of the Signet and swore fealty, and was given fealty in return by the Crown.
The Crown called for Lady Marguerite von Elfenau. They spoke of her work as a chonicler, her musicianship with Fracta Modi, and how she opens her house for project days and newcomer get togethers. They called for Their Order of the Silver Wheel and caused Marguerite to be counted as one of that Order. She was presented with a framed piece of stained glass crafted by Lady Solskinn of Smoking Rocks with words by Mistress Nest verch Tangwistle.
Their Majesties then spoke of the polling that had recently been conducted in the Barony of Smoking Rocks in its search to find successors to Baron Ceawlin Alreding and Baroness Molly Blythe. Their Majesties announced that they had found the heirs to the Baronial Seat and called for Lord Richard Leviathan and Lady Alys Attewater and bade them plan for their Investiture. Queen Avelina then thanked the Barony and the event steward for a wonderful day and offered her expectations for a wonderful feast.
Before the Court of Their Majesties could be closed, Master Padraig Dubh MacEanruig, who had been made a member of the Order of Chivalry twenty years prior, came forward and asked if Their Majesties would accept his fealty. King Kenric said he would much rather have Master Pat at his side than opposing him and so accepted his offered fealty and gave him the fealty of the Crown in return.
There being no further business, the Court of Kenric III and Avelina III at Smoking Rocks 40th Anniversary was concluded. My thanks to the heralds – Mistress Suba al-Hadid, Lady Amy verch Rychard, Lord Agapios Cargos, and Justinius Alexander Eternus – and all the retainers and scribes and others who supported the Crown and the event.
For Crown and College, Pray know I remain, – Master Rowen Cloteworthy
Here follows the unofficial court report from Balfar’s Challenge, held in the Barony of Dragonship Haven, the 16th of April, 2016. Reporting Herald: Donovan Shinnock.
|1||Galen Avdenmork||Tyger’s Cub||Saerlaith ingen Chennetig|
|2||Sorcha inghean Ui Duinn||Award of Arms||i: Lillian ate Valeye
c: Faolán an Screcain
|3||Rodrigo de Medina||Award of Arms||Aaradyn Ghyoot|
|4||Rumhann MacDuibhsidhe an Bhlog Seolta||Award of Arms||Aud Lifsdottir|
|5||Sybill Teller||Award of Arms||Aziza al-Shirazi|
|6||Llewellyn ap Goddoddin||Maunche||Eleanor Catlyng|
|7||Rhode Kephalania||Maunche||Mari Clock van Hoorne|
|8||Quintain Brillian||Order of Defense||i:Shadiyah Al-Zhara
c: Eva Woderose
w:Gaius Quintillius Alopex
Here follows the unofficial court report from the Coronation of Kenric and Avelina, held on the 9th day of April, 2016, in the Shire of Quintavia. Reporting Herald, Donovan Shinnock.
|1||Brennan mac Fearghus||Duke||i: Ro Honig von Sumerfeldt
c: Alexandre St. Pierre
w: Alys Mackyntoich and Mylisant Grey
|2||Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain||Duchess||i: Ro Honig von Sumerfeldt
c: Alexandre Saint Pierre
w: Mylisant Grey
translation by Christopher and Eric Michaelson
|3||Courtney Rose||Tyger’s Cub||Culann mac Cianain|
|4||Daithi Dubh||Award of Arms||Constance de St. Denis|
|5||Leurona Winterborne||Silver Tyger||Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille|
|6||Nichol Mac Donnachaidh||Silver Tyger||Elllesbeth Donofrey
c: Jonathan Blaecstan
|7||Matthew McGyver||Silver Tyger||i: Shahdiyah al-Zhara
c: Nest verch Tangwistel
|8||Gideon ha-Khazar||Maunche||Agatha Wanderer
c: Alexandre St. Pierre
w: Aneleda Falconbridge
|9||Llewellyn Walsh||Golden Rapier||Camille des Jardins|
|10||Amy Webbe||Silver Crescent||Katherine Barr|
|11||Aife Ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige||Silver Crescent||Katherine Stanhope|
|12||Gun∂ormr Dengir||Silver Crescent||Vettorio Antonello|
On a soggy Thursday afternoon, Caoilfhionn Banri opened her court at the Gulf Wars in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. She called before her Millicent Rowan and Gregor Mac Eoain and inducted each into the Order of the Silver Rapier. She further awarded Gregor Mac Eoain Arms and made him a Lord of the Eastern Court. Court was then suspended.
That night, the winds did howl, the rain poured down, and the East gathered in the Royal cabins to wait out the severe weather. When it was calm again, the populace poured out to survey the damage. The mighty Eastern force, helped right blown over tents, clear storm damage, offered hot food and beverage to those who no longer had any.
On a damp and gray Friday morning, Caoilfhionn reopened her court. She spoke of pride in her forces both on and off the battlefield. She spoke of bravery and comportment on the list shown by the fighters who fought at her side and in her name.
She called before her Sorcha Dhocair and inducted her into Order of Valor of the East.
She then began to speak of the generosity of her Eastern Force. She saw people come together to help friends, neighbors and strangers pick up the pieces left by the severe storm. She remarked upon how food and beverage magically showed up into the royal cabin to feed everyone who had taken up refuge there. She spoke with pride on how a little wind could not stop the East. And with that, she inducted the Eastern force into the Company of the Pennon of the East.
- Aethelhafoc Caegfindan
Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Asa in Svarta
Collin Monro of Tadcaster
Cristoff Gocherhan von Loch
Elglin of House Eagle
Elizabeth Elenore Lovell
Gregor Mac Eoain
Jan Janowicz Bogdanski
Juliana von Altenfeld
Martin Wasser Speier
Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh
Melisande of the Gryffon Wood
Nuno Cabral do Mar
Ommadan an Luch
Raziya Bint Rusa
Thomas of Effingham
Violante du Porto
And thus closed the Court of Caoilfhionn Banri at Gulf Wars in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.
I swear these words to be right and true. I respectfully submit these into record by my hand.
Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh, OL.