Battlemoor Date Changed

Bavarian engraving of a medieval tournament from the 1400s. Public domain in the US

The following announcement was posted on the Battlemoor website

Unto the populace of the Outlands and the Known World do We, Jaxarticus Rex and Anna Reginia Outlandium, send greetings.

After meeting with the Kingdom Seneschal, the Battlemoor Autocrats, the BAM council, and members of the populace, a decision has been made for this years Battlemoor.

Battlemoor IX will be held July 4th thru July 8th in Buena Vista Colorado.

There are many reasons for this change and we understand this effects plans and schedules. We apologize for this inconvenience but it is necessary, this year, because this site is currently the best choice for us.

Their Majesties are asking for feedback to gauge the interest of the Kingdom to see who is going or may be going with this date change. Please let them know at


A Review of “The History of English Podcast”

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The History of English
“The Spoken History of a Global Language”
By Kevin Stroud

If you’ve ever looked at an Old English document and wondered how we got from that to now, you’ll love this podcast. Stroud has made what could have been a mind-numbingly boring topic into a fascinating podcast. The podcast began in June 2012 and currently is at episode 106.

He begins with our language’s proto-Indo-European roots, discussing how the people who spoke it came to spread it all over Europe and beyond. He explains how pronunciation shifts occurred, things like how “p” became “f” (like how “pater” became “father”) and how we can trace the development of the language through those consistent changes.

He really hits his stride when he gets to Old English, which he must have studied at some point. Stroud’s a lawyer by profession, but his love of language is plain. He pronounces Old English and Old Norse words clearly, making the subtle differences distinct. His section on pronouns – which are Old English and which are Old Norse – was really good.

In order to show how English evolved, Stroud covers a lot of straight-up history. He discusses what led to the Magna Carta, what conditions led to the publication of the first law books in English, which wars caused which demographic shifts, and so on. He tells the history of England in order to tell the history of English.

Stroud’s website is good, too. He has entries for all his episodes. Some include maps that show migrations or areas where certain languages were prevalent. A couple have audio samples, such as Gregorian chants and a group singing “Sumer Is Icumen In.” I expect as he progresses into the later centuries he’ll have more such resources available.

Stroud also plans to include samples of various English speakers’ accents in future episodes to illustrate the evolution of modern English accents and dialects. On his website he has a place for people to leave a voice sample, asking everyone to list the place where they acquired their accent and say the same 13 sentences, such as “The ten steel beams are still supporting the tin roof” and “The goose took a bath in the mill pond.”

The History of English has an active community who ask questions, offer corrections, and generally comment on the interesting bits of information we learn every two weeks. Most of this is on the website, but there’s also a Facebook page.

Like many podcasters, Stroud has a Patreon page for donations. But his approach to fundraising is low key. He has two audio books for sale, one on Beowulf and the other on the alphabet. “Beowulf Deconstructed: The Old English of Beowulf” is available for $6 or $0.99 each for six chapters. “The History of the Alphabet” is in two parts, each $3.

I listened to the Beowulf audio book, and I liked it, but if you know much about it, or about Old English, it may feel like he’s covering well-tread ground. His focus is on the language, after all. But the best reason to buy these episodes is to support a podcaster who provides his main chronological narrative completely for free. This is especially true of Stroud, who has no ads on his podcast or website.

The History of English podcast currently is in the early 13th century. Recent episodes looked at the Ancrene Wisse, discussed prefixes and suffixes, and the most recent episode looked at the early medieval book trade.


In Memoriam: Duke Kenric æt Essex

Photo by Raziya bint Rusa

Crossposted from the East Kingdom Gazette, for those Calontiri who knew His Grace Kenric:

“When righteousness and mercy are associated in the ruler’s authority, he may, while soothing the hearts of his subjects, inspire them with reverence, and, whilst correcting, sooth them. So spoke Alfred, great King of the Saxons, and it is as if he had known Kenric ætEssex.” – From the ducal scroll of Kenric æt Essex

Duke Kenric æt Essex, Knight, Laurel, has been declared lost at sea following a boating accident on Friday, January 12th. Kenric was one of the most highly accomplished and beloved citizens of the East. He and his wife, Avelina Keyes, reigned three times as King and Queen of the East. He was the only person in the history of the East to be inducted into five orders of High Merit. Prior to his first reign as King of the East, he served as East Kingdom Brigantia Herald for four years, then subsequently as Kingdom Chamberlain for two years, and at the time of his death was serving as East Kingdom Marshal of Armored Combat.

Kenric was a fixture in his home Barony of the Bridge for decades and was a leading member of Duchy Von Drachenklaue and of House Silverwing. He recieved his Award of Arms in the Fall of 1994 from Lucan II and Jana II and was shortly thereafter inducted into the Pillar of the Bridge for his contributions to his local group. He was a companion of the Order of the Sagittarius (1998), of the Silver Crescent (1999), of the Maunche (2000), of the Tygers Combattant (2001), of the Chivalry (2002), of the Silver Rapier (2014), of the Laurel (2014), and of the Golden Rapier (2017). In addition, he held the rank of Master Bowman.

He was recognized with the Queen’s Honor of Distinction by Caitlin and by Jana IV, and with the Queen’s Award of Esteem by Caoilfhionn II, and he was recognized with the King’s Cypher by Lucan for his personal service to the Crown during three different reigns, as well as twice by Brennan.

For his courtesy and deportment in the Crown Lists, he was awarded the Shield of Chivalry four times. He twice served as Queen’s Champion of Arms and also won the position of King’s Champion of Arms three times. He was recognized with the Order of Valor of the East by Darius II and Roxane II at Pennsic 32 in recognition of his valor on the battlefield.

Kenric was a skilled metalworker, who at this past Pennsic was one of Champions representing the East for the Arts and Sciences War Point. He also did extensive and immersive research on Anglo-Saxon culture and language, learning to read and speak Anglo-Saxon English and striving at all times to make his person and persona as historically accurate as possible, to make history real and tangible to enhance both his own experience and that of those around him. To note only one vivid example, he was a performer in a battlefield telling of Beowulf at Pennsic XLII during his first reign. As one audience member described it, “when it came to be his turn he rose from his high seat to speak just as the sun was setting. He was exactingly dressed for the role, and as the light shifted from the setting sun to the torches in the tent, the Anglo-Saxon King of the East spoke the words of King Hrothgar in the original language that the poet put in that king’s mouth. We were transported.”

Kenric and Avelina reigned three times in the East. At the end of their first reign, Kenric “retired” his original persona and name of Kenric of Warwick, and at the Coronation of Edward II and Thyra held elaborate funeral rites for the death of the King, culminating in the elevation of Prince Edward and Princess Thyra to the Crown. The story of the passing of King Kenric captured the imagination of many in the East, and a number of artworks, stories, and songs were inspired by the life of “Saint Kenric of Warwick of Blessed Memory”. During their second reign, Kenric adopted the persona of Kenric æt Essex, cousin of the original Kenric, who had married Avelina and who again reigned in the East. During their third reign, Kenric instituted King Kenric’s Challenge, whereby he pledged to personally reward any and all Eastern Citizens who completed two, three, or four war point activities in armored combat, rapier, archery, or thrown weapons at Pennsic War.

Kenric is survived by his beloved wife, Duchess Avelina Keyes, and their daughter, as well as a wide circle of family and friends. An interfaith Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, January 20, 2018 at noon at Saint Benedict’s Church in Warwick, RI.

Photo by Raziya bint Rusa

Coronation Court Summaries, January 13, A.S. 52

Final business of Damien and Issabell:
Giulia Isabella da Venezia – Court Baronage
Cilian Mac Marroo – Golden Calon Swan
Zachariah MacDonald – King’s Favor
Ælin Kausi – King’s Favor
Brian Robert MacDougall – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Courtesy
Catalina de Arazuri – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Ideals of the Society
Bataciqan-nu Ko’un Ashir – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Chivalry
Galen MacColmáin – Court Baronage
Annora Reyner – Court Baronage

First court of Ashir and Ashland:
Sir Daniel Steelbender is the new King’s Champion.
Honorable Lord Balin Kendrick is the new Queen’s Champion.

Other court tidings:
The Order of Chivalry swore fealty on the sword of Mar Riddari.
A boon was begged for Johanne of Fisher Gate to join the Order of the Laurel.

Evening court:
Hoe-Yan Gejige – AoA
Emerick Jones – Leather Mallet
John Bowyer – Cross of Calontir
Margaret von Rothenburg – Queen’s Chalice
Damien MacGavin – Duchy
Issabell St. Charles – Duchy
Hugo van Harlo – Torse

Other court tidings:
4 newcomers received mugs.
Countess Bele Anna de Rugé presented new throne cushions.
Many of the populace swore fealty.
A boon was begged for Ylva Jonsdottir to join the Order of the Laurel.

Painting of the League of the Holy Court, circa 1375. Public domain in the US

Twelfth Night Court Summaries, January 6, A.S. 52

In morning court:
Augustin le Blinde and Aleit de la Thomme were invested as the new Baron and Baroness of The Lonely Tower.

On the field:
Michael Erikson – Iren Fyrd

In evening court:
Priscilla Dionessa – AoA
Giovanni Loredan – Golden Calon Swan
Willeam Rudhall – AoA
Odierne Lion – Leather Mallet
Gylys mac an Dieorr – AoA
Aethelred the Well Read – Leather Mallet
Christina l’Ambeler – Cross of Calontir
Ffelix Æskelsson – Cross of Calontir
Maegwynn Attewode – Calon Lily
Bjarm Rorikson – Chivalry

Other court tidings:
12 newcomers received mugs.

Presentation scene; detail of a miniature from BL Royal MS 15 E vi, f. 2v. 15th C. Public domain in the US

Sir Mar in the Hospital

Reposted from Facebook:

Good afternoon, everyone,
For those of you who already know, I would like to thank each and every one of you for the love and support you have sent me, the shire, and above all, Mar’s lady, Amethyst.

For those of you who don’t yet know: On Monday, 1/1/18 around 9:30 pm, my knight, Sir Mar, had an aneurysm in the left side of his brain. This caused the right side of his body to lose all function and feeling.

Amethyst flew down on Wednesday afternoon. She, and Mar’s mom, have been with him around the clock, sometimes in shifts.

On Thursday, 1/5/18, Mar went into surgery to relieve the pressure caused by the clot re-absorbing into the brain. It’s an extremely routine procedure that the surgeon has done many many times and has a 100% survival rating. They went in to remove the clot and cauterize any potential bleeds, helping release the pressure. He went in at 7 AM, and got out around 10 AM. The surgery went textbook, much to the relief of everyone.

After the surgery, we have seen good improvement. He has very minor control over motor function in the right side. He is able to open his eyes and look at people for a short period of time, the first of which was with Amethyst. He will potentially have the breathing tube removed either today or tomorrow.

At the moment, he is still in the ICU. Because he is still under close observation, we have to keep visitation to a minimum. We need to keep blood pressure down, and the flu is going around, so we have to keep visitation to a minimum.
We do have several Grimfelons that are basically living in the waiting room, making food runs, ensuring the family is sleeping, and generally taking care of family and visiting folk. For those who wish to join us, We are currently at Washington Regional in Fayetteville. I cannot garantee any visitation, due to the already stated reasons. However, I will post another update, once visitation can take place. I will also have a book avaliable for signing and/or writing get well messages.

Washington regional also has a send-a-patient-an-email website, for those who are unable to make it. I have linked it here:

We ask that you not come if you have the plague, as it is one of the worst things that can happen at this time.

We also ask that you not message Amethyst about this. – She has her plate full. Feel free to message myself if you have something you need said to her, or something you do not want to leave in the comment section below, I will do my best to respond when I am able.

For those who wish to do more during this time, Countess Belanna is organizing a Norse-themed quilt to be made and given to Mar. It will consist of patches made by those who wish to do participate. This may change, but I believe the general idea is to send you a square of cloth, and you embroider/applicate/magic said cloth, then send it back. Please message her for more information.

In service,

Updated and Revised Equestrian Waivers

Gleaned from the CalonList, kudos to Mistress Eoswyth þe Siðend who shared this news:

Bavarian engraving of a medieval tournament from the 1400s. Public domain in the US


Greetings to all KEOs, and felicitations at this festive time of year!
After literally years of work, I’m very pleased to announce that the Society has updated waivers for equestrian activities. I claim no credit for this accomplishment – all credit and thanks for a huge amount of work go to Mistress Eowyth, and to the work on review and acceptance on the part of the Office of the Society Seneschal and the Society’s in-house counsel, Patrick Anderson.
Details are as follows:

In order to reduce the amount of paperwork required at equestrian events, a new “combined” Waiver and Consent to Participate form has been created. This new waiver is only to be used for those events where an equine is present. All attendees are required to sign this waiver, including members who have a blue card. This form is applicable to equestrian events only, because it is both the equestrian waiver *and* the general site waiver (combined into one).  This eliminates the need for those without a blue card to sign multiple waivers at events with equines.  Everyone just signs this one form.The equestrian insurance policy has not changed.For those states that do not have equine liability laws (as of October 2017 that includes California, Maryland, New York, and Washington D.C.), the use of the Society Standard combined waiver is required.All states must showcase the appropriate Warning signs on site, with at least one to be at the equestrian field and one at the event check-in location (i.e. Gate/Sign-In/Troll). These signs can be purchased online through appropriate vendors or created following the appropriate requirements.If there are no equines, standard participant waiver procedures apply. Refer to the Seneschal’s Handbook if you have any questions. For those Kingdoms that include the waiver language on their gate forms, please contact Mistress Eowyth and she will help in updating your forms appropriately. Forms can be downloaded from the SCA’s Library of Documents at you have any questions regarding these updated waivers, please contact Mistress Eowyth (, Master Terafan – the Society Equestrian Officer (,  Master Alan – the Society Earl Marshal (, or Master Antonio – the Society Seneschal (

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that all your equestrian marshals know about the change, and please help seneschals and autocrats understand that they only need this one form at any events with equines.

Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon, OL, OP
Society Equestrian Officer