King’s Rapier Champion Results

From a field of 62 combatants, Master Donovan Shinnock emerged victorious and was named King’s Champion of Rapier. He faced Don Thomas of Effingham in the finals, with Don Nathaniel Wyatt and Allerick van den Broeke rounding out the final four.

Master Donovan faces Don Thomas in the finals. Photo by Simona bat Leone

Master Donovan faces Don Thomas in the finals.

Their Majesties address the final four combatants.

Their Majesties address the final four combatants.

Photos and results provided by Simona bat Leone.

Filed under: Rapier Tagged: fencing, King and Queen's Champions

King & Queen’s Rapier Championship Court to Be Held

IMG_6103A morning Court will be held this Saturday, October 17, at King and Queen’s Rapier Championship, in New Bedford, the Barony of Smoking Rocks.

The Eastern Crown Herald has reported that the plan is to hold the court as close to 10:30 am as possible.

Filed under: Announcements, Rapier Tagged: court

Unofficial Court Report of the Last Court of Their Royal Majesties King Omega V & Queen Etheldreda I

Being the Court of Their Royal Majesties King Omega V & Queen Etheldreda IV, held on October 3rd, 2015 at the Coronation of Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II.
Court Heralds:    Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen, Baronin  Maria Erika von Ossenheim.

SCA Name


Calligraphy and Illumination

Alke von Ossenheim

Tyger’s Cub

Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille
Faolán an Sccreccain

Award of Arms

Fiona O’Maille ó Chaun Coille
Baron Uther Shieldbreaker

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Nadezhda Voronova

Augmentation of Arms

Nest verch Tangwistel
Gabriella bas Sera

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Maria Erika von Ossenheim

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Cateline La Broderesse

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Angelina Capasso

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Julianna le Chaluner

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Hayash Tsakime

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Rainillit Leia de Bello Marisco

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Victoria la Picade

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Amarie de Saint Denis

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Azure Brennan

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Etain of the Crown Barony of the Bridge

Queen’s Award of Esteem

No Scroll
Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen


Maria Erika von Ossenheim

Court Barony w/ Grant of Arms

Svea the Short Sighted

Filed under: Court Tagged: court

Unofficial Court Report of the Crown Regent of the East

The short but glorious reign of Mercedes, Crown Regent of the Kingdom of the East

Regent Mercedes crowns King Brennan IIAs their majesties Omega and Etheldreda drew close to the end of their reign they were suddenly called home to their Duchy to maintain their lands. As the heirs could not be summoned on such short notice, their Graces Darius and Etheldreda were left with no recourse but to leave the crown in the hands of the kingdom Seneschal, Mistress Mercedes.

The Dread Crown Regent then closed the final court of the reign. She then opened the first court of her Regency. Crown Regent Mercedes then proceeded to lead the populace in a traditional Ostgardian sing along. At the conclusion thereof she did summon forth and Coronate their Highnesses Brennan and Caoilfhionn as Brennan Rhi, and Caoilfhionn Banri, 96th King and Queen of the East, thus ending her Regency.

So recorded and attested this day, the third of October, Anno Socitatus L.
– Master Ryan Man Whyte, Brigantia Herald of the Kingdom of the East.

(Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse)

Filed under: Court Tagged: Concordia of the Snows, coronation, King, Queen

Unofficial Court Report of Brennan and Caoilfhionn’s Coronation

The Kingdom of the East, on 3 October 2015, AS L, celebrated the Coronation of Brennan Ri and Caoilfhionn Banri!

The newly crowned King and Queen heard the fealty of those greater officers of state, landed Barons and Baronesses, and champions before suspending court and sitting in state.

At the first court of Brennan and Caoilfhionn, His Majesty Tindal of Aethelmearc was welcomed, and gifts were exchanged.  Their Highnesses Acre made a presentation of a gift to their newly crowned Majesties as well.

Her Majesty Caoilfhionn then called forth Einarr Njortharson, called Billy Fish, and named him the Captain of her Queen’s Guard.  Einarr then proceeded to name the rest of her Majesty’s guard force, who were presented with scarves to represent their station.

Before court was continued, the populace bore witness to an eerie sight – the ghostly spirit of Kenric of blessed memory appeared to race across the dais, vanishing as swiftly as he appeared.

Their Majesties called forth Elewys of Anglespur.  They awarded her arms, making her a lady of their court.  She was presented with a scroll by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Ui Ruairc.

Her Majesty then proceeded to call forth the children who had participated in her Children’s Service Initiative.  Caleb Patrasso, Emma Lovell, Caitilin ingean Donndubain and Rowyn received tokens for their participation.

The children in attendance were called before the court.  Duncan MacKinnon was called forward to run with the toybox, to the delight of all in attendance.

Next Sir Jeffrey was called forward, and despite his unshod appearance, welcomed all to participate in a demo happening the next day.

Jean Paul Ducasse, Baron of Concordia, was called forward.  He told the populace about the success of the Populace Badge fundraiser, and was presented a gift for the generosity of Concordia for hosting Their Majesties’ coronation.

Brennan and Caoilfhionn asked for a moment of silence, in memory of the recent passing of Aiden ni Leir.

Drake Oranwood was called before the court.  His talent in bardic performance was rewarded with his induction into the Order of the Troubadour.  He was presented with a scroll by Katrusha Skomorokh with words by Olivia Baker.

Their Majesties called before them Anne de Basillion.  They made her a lady of their court, awarding her arms.  She was presented with a circlet, and a scroll by Mari Clock van Hoorne.

Next Brennan and Caoilfhionn called forth Isabel de Bayonne.  Her talent spoken of, they requested the presence of their Order of the Maunche.  Isabel was elevated to the order of high merit for the arts and sciences, and presented a medallion and a scroll by Elsa de Lyon.

Their Majesties called before them Doroga Veronin.  During their coronation ceremony Doroga had spoken for the populace as one without grant nor patent, but they felt the need to correct that he had neither been previously awarded arms.  Thus Doroga was made a Lord of their court, and presented with a scroll featuring illumination by Lillian ate Valeye and calligraphy by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Her Majesty called before her Duncan MacKinnon.  Speaking of his frequent chivalrous actions, she awarded him with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, presenting the traditional glove and a scroll by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig featuring words by Lucius Aurelius Varus.

Their Majesties next called forth Rhys Ravenscroft.  They spoke of his prowess since moving to the East Kingdom, and called forth their Order of the Tyger’s Combatant.  He was presented with a medallion, and a scroll by Jan Janowicz Bogdanski.

Their Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn expressed concern with Their Excellencies of Concordia of the Snows.  They brought forth a need to sue Jean Paul and Lily for holding too tightly to Magnus Hvalmagi, not allowing him the proper freedom to be recognized outside of the Barony.  Thus it was they called Magnus forth, and also witnesses to the crimes – the companions of the Order of the Laurel.  Magnus received a writ to contemplate elevation to the order at a date to be named, and received a scroll by Isabel Chamberlaine with words by Toki Redbeard.

Their Majesties concluded and closed their first court.  Long Live the King!  Long Live the Queen!  Long live the People of the Kingdom of the East!

Thank you to the heraldic staff – Master Donovan Shinnock, Master Ryan McWhyte, Mistress Kay Leigh

McWhyte, and Lord Yehuda ben Moshe.

In service,

Master Malcolm Bowman
Eastern Crown Herald for Brennan and Caoilfhionn

Filed under: Court Tagged: awards, coronation, court report, royal court

Tyger Clerk of the Signet Holds Scroll Blank Contest

“Greetings Scribes,

As you assuredly all know we were very hard on the supply of blank scrolls we had on hand over the last reign. We are getting quite low on blanks suitable for AoAs, and completely out of blanks for higher level awards. it would be especially great to have some blanks that are appropriate for Orders of High Merit such as the Maunche or Silver Crescent.

Therefore I am proposing a contest. I am going to put up a set of prizes including: a book of gold leaf (25 sheets), 10 (or 12) leaves of pergmegnata, a pad of Bristol smooth paper, and an assortment of tubes of gaouche. I am also willing to accept prizes if anyone has something they want to donate. The more the prizes the more the fun.

To win a prize all you have to do is get a blank to me by Birka. For every blank I will enter your name into a random drawing for the prizes. If you get me 4 blanks, you will get entered 4 times. After all the names are in the hat, I will get a random passerby to draw a name for each prize.

I will draw the winners at Birka. I haven’t totally decided when yet, but it will probably be at the end of the scroll display, before court. You do not have to be there to win. I will get the prize to you.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you (to) all (of the scribes) for the long hours you put in and great artwork you put out.

Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel
Tyger Clerk of the Signet”

Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Tidings

Winter Night’s In New Location

BardWinter Nights is an event where bards, storytellers, singers, and musicians compete in a friendly supportive environment. It has been held in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows for several years, but this year, the Canton of Aschehyrst is delighted to host the Winter Nights event with the permission and support of the Barony of Concordia. The event, with the support of the Barony of Carolingia, will be held on the 24th of October. (For more information, see the event announcement.

“Winter Nights is a unique venue” says Mistress Anne of Framlingham. “It brings together storytellers, singers, and other practitioners of the bardic arts at all levels from beginner to expert, to test their competitive mettle and venture beyond their usual repertoire in a safe, supportive environment. The performance quality and companionship is of the very best.”

Winter Nights is about more than just performing. It is a tourney style competition for performers. The day will start with short pre-prepared presentations by each competitor. This is followed by pairs of opponents facing off across a proverbial ox-hide, giving and receiving performance challenges. Performers are graded on their performance. Each performer can earn extra points for issuing a supportive and positive challenge or for meeting the challenge that they received. Performers are free to ignore the challenge they have been given – they just won’t get the additional points. The judging will be by other competitors with the winner being decided by total points earned. One winner will be selected to carry the Winter Nights arm-band and return next year to defend it.

Mistress Aife believes that the competition and supportive atmosphere is key to the success of the event. “One of the things we tried to balance over the years was healthy competition and fun. Competition can be a great tool to help people strive.”

The event is open to performers and audience members alike. As many rounds as possible will be run until the evening when there will be an open bardic circle. Over the years there have been wonderful performances. As Master Peregrine the Illuminator observed: “Sometimes the prepared pieces knocked my socks off, and sometimes the pieces made-up-on-the-fly (to answer a specific challenge) made my jaw ache with laughter. … the true winner was always the audience.”

“Winter Nights isn’t simply a performance event; it is its own performance community,” wrote Master Toki Redbeard. “From its inception, the performers and the audience have made it their own. The unique personality of Winter Nights is the outgrowth of all of that passion for performance.”

The event is free, there will be an all-day-board (with a wide variety of offerings). Donations are requested to cover the costs of food. The site is damp.

The Gazette thanks Sir Michael of York for this article.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Aschehyrst, Bardic, Carolingia, Concordia of the Snows

An Account of Artifacts of a Life II

The second Artifacts of a Life event was held this past Saturday in the Barony of Carolingia. The first such event was held two years ago in the Barony Beyond the Mountain. Both have been joint events sponsored by the two Baronies, and they are the inspiration of the co-Stewards, Baron Jehan du Lac and Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn.

Entries in this Arts and Sciences competition represent the “artifacts of a life” of a person from our period of study. Part of the fun of experiencing the entries was learning how the artisan tells the story of what the items represent. There were three categories — Typical for entries with 3 to 5 items, Elite for entries with 6 to 9 items, and Village for entries of 6 to 9 items by a team of 2 to 4 people. There were no Village entries, but 11 entrants participated in the other 2 categories, as follows:

Alesone Grey of Cranleigh — presented a “book of secrets” and various products from it, as used by a grocer’s apprentice (specializing in confections) of late 16th century England.
(Left photo by Tristan; right photo by Ygraine.)

Alys Attewater — showed examples of spot removal techniques and their effectiveness, a cooked item (raviolis), and a child’s apron, representing the housewifely arts of 15th century Germany.
(Left photo by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)

Barbeta Kyrkeland — demonstrated lacemaking and presented the work and tools of a professional lacemaker. Two shapes of pillows and several forms of bobbins were shown, along with pattern strips and a lace samples book.
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(Left 3 photos by Tristan; right photo by Ygraine.)

Elena Hylton — displayed a gown and shoes.
(Photo by Tristan.)

Elysabeth “Lissa” Underhill — created an informative display of beads and the methods of glass bead production.
(Left photo by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)

Lorenzo Gorla — displayed drawings and text for a fencing manual, and a letter of introduction to the resulting book.
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(Photos by Tristan.)

Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka — presented an assortment of 16th century paint brushes and writing implements, period pigments, and an apprentice contract.
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(Left photo by Tristan; right photo by Ygraine.)

Pakshalika Kananbala — created a lovely setting in which to display a noble Indian woman’s furnishings and accessories.
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(Left photo by Ygraine; right 2 photos by Tristan.)

Sorcha Dhochair inghean ui Ruairc — items all related to the life of a monk in 8th Ireland. One quoire from a hand-copied psalter, a wine sieve, a leather cover for the eventually finished psalter, and a knotted prayer cord.
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(Left photo by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)

Sunnifa Heinreksdottir — displayed a collection of everyday items which a 6th century Anglian woman on her deathbed is leaving to her daughter, including an unfinished basket (of plaited and coiled day-lily fibers) which she admonishes the daughter to finish and deliver to fulfill her promise. Included were mats and baskets, a sprang loom bearing a linen work-in-process (from flax grown, processed and spun by Sunnifa), spindles with clay whorls (which she fired at Pennsic), a hawthorne needle, handspun wool yarn, and various other items.
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(Left photo by Tristan; right 3 photos by Ygraine.)

Wilhelm zu Eltz-Kempenich — recently moved to the East from the Midrealm, shared pieces of 14th century armor from an armory collection. Breastplate, gauntlets, arm harness and sabatons.
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(Left photo by Ygraine; right 2 photos by Tristan.)

Ysabelle du Draguignan — presented items preserved by her family or found during the excavation of her ancestors’ Castle Draguignan in France. These consisted of two pieces of lustreware pottery, a painted glass, a number of clay toy figurines and a rattle, and fragments of stained glass and pottery.
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(Left 2 photos by Ygraine; right photo by Tristan.)

At the end of the day, a brief Court was held by Baroness Nicolette of Carolingia, who welcomed to the dais her noble cousins, Baron Dorigen and Baroness Eloise of the Barony Beyond the Mountain. Each of Their Excellencies called forth artisans they wished to personally recognize. For Baroness Nicolette, this was Lady Sorcha, whose display moved her with its elements of a spiritual life. Baron Dorigen and Baroness Eloise praised Lady Elena, especially noting that she made shoes to go with her gown, and Lady Lissa, whose work had inspired Her Excellency to try beadmaking herself.

Then were called into Court Baron Jehan and Mistress Elizabeth, to announce the winners. For the Typical category, Lady Lissa received the top honors, and Lord Wilhelm came in at second place by mere fractions of points. In the Elite category, Lady Sunnifa was declared the winner, and Baroness Alesone received second place honors, also by a very narrow margin. The winners received prizes of beautiful wooden chests, and the runners-up received baskets of assorted goodies and useful items.

Baron Jehan and Mistress Elizabeth then called forward Master Peregrine and thanked him for serving as tabulator of the scores throughout the day. Baroness Nicolette then expressed her appreciation to Baron Jehan and Mistress Elizabeth for creating such a unique way for artisans to show their work and such a comfortable competition format, and she presented them with personal gifts.

Reported by Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood.
Photos by Master Tristan de Warrell and Baroness Ygraine of Kellswood, as noted.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Barony Beyond the Mountain, Carolingia

Recommendations Requested for 2nd Polling of Brennan & Caoilfhionn

A message from Their Highnesses:

King Brennan and Queen Caoilfhionn at Balfar"s Challenge in 2014 Photo by Ygraine of KellswoodGreetings all,

Recommendations to be considered for the 2nd polling of Brennan & Caoilfhionn will be accepted through the end of Friday 10/9. Recommendations for polling awards received after that time will be passed to our heirs.

Please remember that you need not be a member of an order to recommend someone you consider deserving. If you know someone you feel strongly about, please recommend them via the online recommendations system.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing …
Brennan & Caoilfhionn

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: award recommendations, awards, pollings