Crown Tournament Requirements

From Their Royal Highnesses to the Populace of the Midrealm, Greetings!

We are accepting requests to fight in our Crown Tournament on May 27-28 in the Barony of Shadowed Stars (Fort Wayne, IN). We request that all warriors, sound of wind and limb, with armor and weapons in good repair submit their letters of intent to ourselves via our email with copy to . You must submit your letter of intent to fight, the person whose favor you will bear that day, proof of membership that extends until the second week of May 2018 and copies of both your modern identification with pictures (scanned image PDFs are acceptable). We will be accepting letters to fight up until the end of the day at our Coronation in the Barony of Flaming Gryphon May 6, 2017 (held in Lebanon, OH). These documents must also be sent to the Kingdom Seneschal at to be counted as well. (more…)

Exchequer News, April AS LI (includes PayPal info!)

Greetings unto the Exchequers and populace of the Middle Kingdom:

First of all, I want to take a moment to thank all of the exchequers that have passed the baton over the past several months. In particular, I wanted to thank a few of my deputies who have stepped down over the past few months.

  • Lady Bojei Temur who has served as the Midlands exchequer over the past few years. She is moving on to become our Deputy Exchequer for Training.
  • Signora Elisabetta Morosini di Mettenini is stepping down as the Deputy Exchequer for Training to retire to her estates.
  • Lord Domnaill O’Hodrain was our NMR Deputy Exchequer and is still the local exchequer in the Shire of Cuil Cholium.

Thank you so much to all of you for your dedication and hard work over the years. You have my deep and abiding gratitude. (more…)

Earl Marshal’s Letter, April AS LI

Greetings!

I would like to thank Sir Gebhard for all the hard work that continues to go into the database. We as Marshals, equestrians, rapier combatants, armored combatants and even hound handlers will now be able to make a color copy of our authorization paperwork. We will also implement being able to take a photo of the authorization paperwork and then sending it to Lady Bella the Clerk of the roster. She will accept this via email. The newly-authorized fighter will keep the original paperwork. This should allow for immediate updates to the database and streamline paperwork. (more…)

December Heraldic Decisions

The December Letter of Acceptances and Returns has been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. The letter can be found online here: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/
Official notification will be sent to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant, Thora Grimudottir. Look for an email form apache@sca.org; if you have items in submission you may want to add it to your address book as we have occasionally had issues with spam filters grabbing them. Please make sure to follow the link in the email as that lets us know that you have received the notification.

MIDDLE acceptances

Æiric ørvender. Augmentation of arms. Argent, a chevron between two pairs of stag’s attires sable and a heart gules and for augmentation on the chevron a crescent pendant argent.

Aelfric the Kestrell. Device change. Vert, a pheon and on a bordure argent an orle gules.
The submitter’s old device, Vert, a pheon within a bordure argent, is retained as a badge.
Please advise the submitter to draw the orle slightly narrower.

Alban Dameron Elexander. Device. Argent, a fleur-de-lys azure and in base two peacock feathers in pile vert, a bordure azure.

Alison le Picart. Name and device. Vert, three lotus flowers in profile one and two and a chief argent.
Originally submitted as lePicart, the name was changed at Kingdom to la Picart on the belief that the byname had to agree with the gender of the given name. However, there are multiple examples of women using le Picart as an inherited surname. We have changed the name to le_Picart, which is nearly identical to the submitted form, to match the documentation.

Andreas Renardi. Name and device. Lozengy Or and vert, a fox courant proper and on a chief vert three decrescents Or.
Nice Latinized French name for the mid-13th century!

Anna O’Doran. Name and device. Argent, a raven rising and a tierce sable.
See the Cover Letter for a discussion of Irish Clan Affiliation bynames for women.
Nice 16th century Anglicized Irish name!
There is a step from period practice for the use of a tierce with another charge.

Auðin Hrafnsson. Name change from Oweyn Hudson.
The submitter’s prior name, Oweyn Hudson, is retained as an alternate name.

Cáelfind an Bhoga. Name.
The submitter may be interested to know that the spelling Cáelfind in Boga is a fully Middle Irish form of the name. If she wishes to have the fully Middle Irish form, she may submit a request for reconsideration.

Claire of Cleftlands. Device. Azure, a badger’s head cabossed argent marked sable and two beehives one and two Or.

Clive Fletcher. Name.
Both elements are dated to 1590 in Lincoln, England, making this an excellent late 16th century English name!

Colin le Jandre. Name.
Excellent mid-15th century French name!

Einarr Ginnfastsson. Name.

Flann MacDonald. Name and device. Per pale Or and gules, a chevron between three maple leaves counterchanged, a bordure sable.
This name mixes a Gaelic given name and a Scots byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Flóki rauðskeggr sipill. Name and device. Azure, on a sun between in chief an increscent and a decrescent Or a boar rampant gules.
Submitted as Flóki rauðskeggr sipill Gl{oe}ðisson, this form of the name used three bynames — two descriptive bynames (rauðskeggr and sipill) and a patronymic (Gl{oe}ðisson). However, we have no evidence of three bynames being used in this manner in Old Norse. The submitter permitted us to delete the patronymic if necessary for registration. We have done so to bring this name in line with documented patterns for Old Norse names.

Gwyon ap Bran. Name.

Hanß Leiland Adelbrecht. Name.

Hedvika Tane{cv}nice. Name and device. Per chevron vert and argent, two unicorn’s heads erased respectant argent and an orange tree fructed proper.

Hosokawa Gentarou Masahiro. Device. Vert, a roundel between eight roundels in annulo Or.
This design was documented as an Individually Attested Pattern in Japanese heraldry. The submitter provided sufficient evidence of the use of a larger roundel between smaller roundels in annulo and, during proofreading, Siren provided documentation for the use of the tinctures used here.

Isolde de la Ramée. Alternate name Merewynn Bocestre.
Given the attested Old English forms Meruyn, Mereuuin, Merefynn and Mærwynn, we find Merewynn to be a reasonable interpolated spelling.

Jack Campbell. Name and device. Per fess embattled sable and Or, in chief a boar’s head couped close Or and in base three lozenges one and two gules.
Nice 16th century English name!

Johanna Bakensdochter. Name change from Clara de Guevara.
Excellent early 16th century Flemish name!
The submitter’s prior name, Clara de Guevara, is released.

Kamil ibn Abd al-Malik al-Maghribi al-Sahih. Name and device. Per bend gules and Or, two crescents counterchanged.
Nice device!

Keely the Tinker. Household name House of the Golden Wheels and badge association. (Fieldless) Four wagon wheels conjoined two and two Or.

Konrad Mailander. Badge. (Fieldless) A streitgabelklinge Or.
This badge does not conflict with the device of Ukraine: Azure, a Ukrainian trident head Or. There is a DC for the difference between fielded and fieldless designs and another DC for the difference between a streitgabelklinge and a Ukrainian trident head.
It also does not conflict with the badge of the Shire of Amlesmore: Gules, a spearhead Or. There is again a DC for the difference between fielded and fieldless designs and another DC for the difference between a streitgabelklinge and a spearhead.

Konrad Mailander. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. (Fieldless) A streitgabelklinge Or.
The submitter grants permission to conflict for any armory that is not identical to his registered badge.

Lillie O’Pherran. Name and device. Per pale purpure and vert, a wolf sejant and in chief three lilies argent.
Submitted as Lillie O’Ferran, the submitter requested the spelling O’Pherran if it could be documented. Coblaith Muimnech was able to demonstrate instances of Ph- and F- being used interchangeably in Anglicized Irish. Therefore, we have changed the byname to the submitter’s requested spelling.
See the Cover Letter for a discussion of Irish Clan Affiliation bynames for women.

Lucius Archer. Name.
Nice 16th century English name!

Marcus Antonius Anicetus. Name and device. Azure, three towers Or, above each a mullet of six points argent.
The submitter requested authenticity for “Roman.” This request was not summarized on the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, the Letter of Intent contained enough information for commenters to determine whether the name meets this request. The cognomen Anicetus appears in the Annals of Tacitus as the name of a freedman and former tutor of Nero who later became commander of a fleet in 60 C.E. The praenomen Marcus and the nomen Antonius were also commonly found in Rome in the first century, making this an authentic Roman name for that era.

Meadhbh Ramsay. Device. Per fess embattled sable and gules, three mullets Or and a domestic cat sejant gardant argent marked sable.

Niccolo Bartolazzi. Name and badge. Quarterly purpure and vert, a thunderbolt between in bend two domestic cats statant Or.

Petrus the Bear. Name and device. Per pale gules and argent, a horse and a bear combattant counterchanged, a point pointed sable.
The byname is the lingua Anglica form of the Middle English byname le Bere, dated to 1166.

Petrus the Bear. Badge. (Fieldless) A bear statant gardant gules maintaining over its head a sword fesswise reversed proper.

Petrus the Bear. Augmentation of arms. Per pale gules and argent, a horse and a bear combattant counterchanged, a point pointed sable and for augmentation, on the point pointed a closed fetterlock Or.

Roas Edeline de Winter. Name and device. Argent, a chevron inverted azure between a rose and three hearts gules.
Originally submitted as Roas Edeline DeWinter, the name appeared on the Letter of Intent as Roas Edeline De Winter without any explanation of the change. Although it appears that this change was made to match the documentation, we again remind Kingdom Submissions Heralds that, “[i]f changes are made to the name on the form before it is received by kingdom, that should be noted either in the summary or in a note to the sovereigns.” [March 2012 Cover Letter]

The byname was documented from the FamilySearch Historical Records. This source routinely capitalizes prepositions, such as de, even if they were not capitalized in period. We therefore have changed the byname to the typical capitalization de Winter for registration.

This name combines two English given names with a Dutch surname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Rónán of Keyth. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and vert, five scarpes dancetty argent.
This name combines a Gaelic saint’s name and a Scots surname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Sáerlaith ingen Máel Ciaráin. Name.
Submitted as Sáerlaith Phécach ingen Máel Ciaráin, the descriptive byname Phécach could not be documented within 500 years of the given name, as required by SENA. Therefore, that element has been dropped from the name for registration.

Scarlet Wolf. Name and device. Per pale wavy sable and argent, an Oriental dragon in annulo vorant of its tail, a bordure engrailed counterchanged.
Nice 16th century English name!
There is a step from period practice for the use of an Oriental dragon.

Sean Sharke. Name and device. Per pall inverted gules, sable and Or, a shark and a bordure indented argent.
Sean is either Gaelic or Anglicized Irish, either of which can be combined with an English surname under Appendix C.

Tarmach ben Yehuda al-Khazari. Device change. Azure, a lion passant gardant Or, on a chief argent a quill pen and an arrow in saltire vert.
The submitter’s old device, Azure, two lions combattant reguardant maintaining a star of David all between three roundels Or, is released.

Voron Aleksandrovich. Name.
The submitter requested authenticity for “Russian.” This name meets the submitter’s request because both elements are found in late 15th century Russian.

Walterus Bigod. Name and device. Or, a sea-lion maintaining a sword, on a chief gules three hearts argent.
Excellent English name for the 12th-14th centuries!

Zilia degli Giudici. Name and device. Vert, an open scroll and on a chief embattled Or four hearts vert.
The submitter requested authenticity for Sicilian language/culture. Unfortunately, this name does not meet this request because the elements are from different dialects of Italian (specifically Venetian and Tuscan). However, the name is registerable as submitted.

Zoe Doukaina. Device change. Argent, on a crequier purpure in base a Star of David argent.
The submitter’s old device, Argent, a Jew’s harp purpure, is retained as a badge.

MIDDLE returns

Aturdokht of Dark River. Badge. (Fieldless) A yale rampant vert, spotted and armed argent, breathing fire proper.
This badge is returned for conflict with the device of Styrkárr Bjarnarson: Or, a yale rampant guardant vert bezanty armed gules. There is one DC for the difference between fielded and fieldless design but no other DC. There is no DC for the orientation of the creature’s head, no DC for the addition of the flames and no DC for changing the tincture of the spots, which are not tertiary charges.

Saraswati-man.ikkam. Augmentation of arms. Azure, a lotus blossom in profile Or and a bordure quarterly Or and argent, and for augmentation, on the blossom a lozenge ployé azure charged with a quill pen argent enflamed proper.
This augmentation is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states “Elements must be drawn to be identifiable.” Commenters were unable to identify the charge on the lozenge, likely because of its very small size and complex outline.

Zophia Pyotrowska. Device. Gules, the letter W and a bordure argent.
This device is returned for conflict with the device of Curwinus Trevirensis: Azure, a Norse sun cross within a bordure argent. There is a DC for changing the field but letters and Norse sun crosses are both considered symbols so there is no DC between them.

MIDDLE pends

Katarzina Celjska. Name.
This name combines a Polish given name with a Slovenian byname. Polish is considered part of the “North Slavic” language group under SENA. Slovenian, however, is considered part of the “South Slavic” language group. Appendix C currently does not permit the combination of North Slavic and South Slavic.
This name is pended for discussion of whether combinations of North Slavic and South Slavic name elements should be permitted and, if so, under what circumstances.
This was item 16 on the Middle letter of September 30, 20

First Tournament of the Greenwood – April 8, 2017

Please join us for our first Tournament of the Greenwood to be held on Saturday, April 8 in the Barony of Sternfeld at the Grand Pageant Tournament of Chivalry and Ball.

This is an open tournament for both archery and thrown weapons in which you may try your skills against a Forester of the Greenwood Company. There will be two lists: a duel list and a coaching list. In the Duel, challenge a Forester to a duel. There will be a set of fun and challenging targets from which to choose. Or, if you rather, invite a Forester to shoot with you just for fun and use that opportunity to get pointers. Learn what it’s like to shoot on the Champion’s team. Learn some tips and tricks to better improve your skills. If you make your own equipment, bring examples of your craftsmanship to share.

There will also be a round table called “Ask the Forester.” Sit down and have a chat. Talk about archery and thrown weapons, ask questions, get pointers on putting together a fun archer event, and more!

From the Dragon Herald

Greetings unto the heralds, pursuivants, scribes, and populace of the Great Middle Kingdom from Meister Konrad Mailander, Dragon Principal Herald.

It is my pleasure this day to announce some appointments to offices under my purview as Dragon Herald.

Herr Alexander Adelbrecht von Markelingen is the new Lincoln Herald, the Regional Herald for the Midlands. Signore Guillaume Gallatini is the new Oaken Herald, the Regional Herald for the North Oaken Region. Lord Sebastian Hunzicker is the new Lunar Pursuivant, the deputy to Constellation Herald. Lady Sorcha Fraser is the new Dragon Signet.

Since Guillaume was the Bicorporate Pursuivant, the deputy to the Oaken Herald, that office is now open. If you would like to apply for the office of Bicorporate Pursuivant send you application to me at herald@midrealm.org and to Guillaume at northoaken.herald@midrealm.org

We also are still looking for applicants for the positions of Lakes Pursuivant, deputy to Fenris Herald in Pentamere, and Prairie Pursuivant, deputy to Lincoln Herald in Midlands. If interested send you applications to myself and the appropriate Regional.

I would like to thank Dame Estelle de la Mer for her service as Dragon Signet and again thank Master Daniel Eysham of Tweed and His Lordship Piotr Zavilov for their long service as Midlands and North Oaken Region Heralds.

In service to Crown and College,

Konrad Dragon

Court Reports – January AS LI

Court of Their Majesties Edmund and Kateryn, 7 January AS 51 (CE 2017), held at Twelfth Night in Cynnabar. Heralded by Chaya-Simcha bat Yonah, Konrad Mailander, Eadred Alford. Seneschal was were Artemesia Voltera.

  • Baton: Katherine MacDermot
  • Dragon’s Treasure: Alexander von Lübeck
  • AoA: Bronach inghean Mathghama, Valgautr Ormstunga, Gandalfr Skeggje
  • Red Company: Louis le Coffrier, Kjell Smiðr
  • Purple Fret: Arriss End Starre
  • Willow: Rychesa Tkaczka, Una Uilebaine
  • Evergreen: JahanAra bint al-Yehya amat al-Hafeeza
  • Greenwood Company: William O’hAnain
  • Dragon’s Heart: Genoveva von Lübeck

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From the Minister of Arts & Sciences – A&S Faires!

Greetings to all the Artisans, Craftspersons, Inventors, Creators, Dancers, Singers, Actors, Players, Writers, Smiths, Brewers, Fabricators and Merrymakers of the MIdrealm!

Arts and Sciences Faire Season is underway!

February 4, 2017, Constellation Regional A&S Faire/Better War Through Archery, Barony of Sternfeld, Danville, IN, Is COMPLETED, and all eight entries are eligible to go on to the Kingdom Faire!

We have FOUR more Regional Faires: (more…)