Monthly Archive: January 2017

November Heraldic Decisions

The November Letter of Acceptances and Returns has been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. The letter can be found online here:
Official notification will be sent to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant, Thora Grimudottir. Look for an email form ; 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.

Agmundr Skúli. Name.

Artare MacBane. Name and device. Per saltire argent and azure, a pawprint and a bordure sable.
Submitted as Artair McBane, the given name was changed at Kingdom to Artúr to match the documentation that could be found. In commentary, Christopher Liber documented the English given name Artare in the FamilySearch Historical Records. As to the byname, the scribal abbreviation Mc- expands to Mac- for registration per the September 2013 Cover Letter. The submitter indicated that he preferred the form Artare MacBane to the submitted form, so we have made that change for registration.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a pawprint.

Artemisia da Firenze. Name and device. Azure, a peacock contourny regardant argent between flaunches Or.
Submitted as Artemesia da Firenze, the given name was changed at Kingdom to Artemisia to match the documentation that could be found. Because the submitter prefers the spelling Artemisia, we have left this change in place.
Please advise the submitter to draw the flaunches issuant in chief from the corners of the shield.

Audette la Tricoteuse de Saint Denis. Name.
The submitter requested authenticity for late 15th century French. This request was not summarized on the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, we had sufficient information to determine the authenticity of the name without needing to pend this submission.
The given name Audette is a hypothetical feminine form of the documented male given name Audet, which is recorded in French in 1470 and 1520. The byname de Saint Denis can also be found in the late 15th century in French. However, we were not able to document the term tricoteuse to any earlier than 1585. Even the documentation provided in the Letter of Intent documented the term to the 17th century. Further, the pattern [given name] + [marked occupational byname] + [locative] is implausible for late 15th century French. Accordingly, the name is registerable, but it is not authentic for the requested time period.

Briana Stonefield. Name.
Nice late 16th century English name!

Dai Gerdwr. Name.
Gerdwr is an occupational byname for a musician dated c. 1400, found in The Dictionary of the Welsh Language (
Nice Welsh name for c. 1400!

Edward Archer of Kent. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The submitter may be interested to know that an Edward Archer was married in Kent in 1602 according to the FamilySearch Historical Records (

Enrico Morosini. Name and device. Argent, a porphyrio between in pale two broadarrows azure.
Nice name for 16th century Venice!
This is the defining instance of a porphyrio in Society armory. Also known as a swamphen, it is a poultry-shaped bird with long feet.

Eschina MacDonell. Device. Per pale azure and gules, a horse’s head couped between three compass stars Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of compass stars.

Finn O’Connor. Device. Azure, a bend sinister sable fimbriated, a bordure argent.

Joseph of Illiton. Name.
Illiton is the registered name of an SCA branch.

Katelin the Greene. Name.

Percivall Brackley. Name.
Nice late 16th century English name!

Rivenvale, Shire of. Device change. Vert, on a pile azure fimbriated and cotised argent a laurel wreath Or.
Their old device, Vert, on a pile throughout azure fimbriated, an angel statant to sinister maintaining a sword palewise argent and in dexter chief a laurel wreath Or, is retained as ancient arms.

Rose de la Cumbe. Device. Per pale purpure and sable, a winged unicorn segreant contourny and in chief three roses argent.

Rüdiger of the Flaming Gryphon. Name.
The phrase the Flaming Gryphon is the registered name of an SCA branch.

Edward Archer of Kent. Device. Per bend vert and gules, a drawn bow with arrow nocked, an orle argent.
This device is returned administratively. There was no mention on the Letter of Intent that the device had been redrawn after kingdom commentary, nor whether the submitter had approved the redraw.

Sóma Hjálmarsdóttir. Device. Argent, a Latin cross voided sable and overall a heart gules enflamed proper.
This device is returned for having a “barely overall” charge. SENA Appendix I, Charge Group Theory, in defining overall charges states “An overall charge must have a significant portion on the field; a design with a charge that has only a little bit sticking over the edges of an underlying charge is known as “barely overall” and is not registerable.” Here, more of the heart is on the cross than on the field.

SCA Peerages – Just a Popularity Contest?

SCA Peerages – Just a Popularity Contest?
by Sir Gregoire de Lyon (Greg Less)

I’ve been asked to write my thoughts on the SCA Peerages as nothing more than high school cliques populated by the Cool Kids. It is a good subject, one that I’m happy to address, but before I do so, I want to go over how the whole peerage process usually works (in my experience, so Middle Kingdom for the last 5 years).

There aren’t any state secrets in the following paragraphs, but if you don’t want to see behind the curtain to glimpse how the sausage is made, stop reading now. (more…)

Documenting the history of the Society for Creative Anachronism

Now available at Amazon “Fifty Years of Re-creating the Middle Ages: A history of the Society for Creative Anachronism.” This is not a history of the kingdoms, baronies, households etc. that make up the Current Middle Ages. It’s the history of the organization, the movement and the people who make up the SCA and how it has grown and changed over the years; with a gorgeous cover by Merald Clark (Merowald de Sylveaston). Book by Steven Muhlberger, AKA Duke Finnvarr de Taahe.

Pennsic War Announced!

Greetings to the populace of the Known World from the Royal Highnesses of the kingdoms of Aethelmearc, Ealdormere, East, Middle and Northshield.

We are making a public notice of our intentions for Pennsic War as follows: The mighty kingdoms of Aethelmearc and Northshield shall meet the mighty kingdoms of Ealdormere, East and Middle in a contest of truly epic proportions.

All other kingdoms, non-aligned households and mercenary companies are politely requested to fight with the Aethelmearc-Northshield Alliance in order to ensure the sides are fair and even for all of the battles.

Our number one goal for Pennsic is for everyone to have fun and bring back a little old school Pennsic magic to the many battle scenarios we have planned. We will also be focusing on archery, the arts and sciences, and service, which will all be included in war point battles.

As an added bonus the heavy weapons woods battle will return to the previous location off Zion Church Road.

If you have left the Pennsic family, we are hoping this is the war you choose to return. Rejoin the camaraderie, spirit and fun. We promise this Pennsic will be something special and one for the ages. Come back to Pennsic.

Court Reports, November – December, AS LI

Court of Her Majesty Kateryn, 13 November AS 51 (CE 2016), held at Fall Harvest in Dun Traigh.
Heralded by Chaya-Simcha bat Yonah. Seneschal was Katelin Crowe.

  • AoA: Carmen of Fearann na Criche, Katrina End Starre, Ulfarna Kjellen
  • Purple Fret: Sigurdr Sigvardson
  • Willow: Elena Khitraia Anton’eva doch’
  • Court Barony: Cedach na Muir, Meabh ingen Carthaig
  • Baron of Donnershafen: Ivar Volfkr
  • Baroness of Donnershafen: Marina Ivarskona


Kingdom Chatelaine’s Letter, February LI

Greetings to all from your Kingdom Chatelaine! As we start a new year, brave the cold, and look forward to warmer months, it is also time for me to look for a replacement as Kingdom Chatelaine. It has been a fantastic couple of years working with the Kingdom, becoming a Great Officer of State, meeting and assisting countless newcomers and getting to know so many of you – thank you very much for this opportunity! I am still and will always be a Chatelaine.

The Chatelaine’s Office is responsible for helping develop, support, encourage and strategically create best practices for recruitment and retention within the Society for Creative Anachronism. Recruitment is central to the maintenance and growth of our Society, but also equally important, is the continued presence and participation of existing members. (more…)

From Their Royal Majesties, February LI

Greetings unto the noble people of the Midrealm from Edmund and Kateryn,

February has long been a month of love and joy. As the days lengthen and light returns from the dark days of winter, let us seek out those we hold dear. Smile, give a kind word, gentle praise, and as we share joy it will be returned to Our Kingdom tenfold.

As always be safe in your travels. Yours in Service,
Edmund and Kateryn