Stile Field Battle at Gulf

Detail of fol. 5r from Royal Armouries Ms. I.33, circa 1300. Public domain in the US

by Baroness Ayisha bint Asad

Many of you have heard this already. The lucky ones have lived it. I beg your indulgence for repeating once more the glories of the Calon Host.

At Gulf Wars this year, there were three battles planned: the Town, the Field, and the Ravine. The Town was fought, and lost. The Ravine was flooded. It is of the Field I will now speak.

We gathered upon a Wednesday, fair and sunny. At the appointed hour of 1pm we mustered. With many still weary from the armored battle, our small group started out towards the field, a few stragglers trailing behind. No songs had we this time, but still our banner in front, and a wagon full of water and shields.

We were directed here, then there, as the generals organized their troops and counted the tally. Fourty-some per side, if memory serves. Anthills were active, and we were cautioned accordingly. Our Commander, Master Donald, was given our assignment: to harry and delay the enemy, as the cavalry to our side ran ahead and picked them off.

And delay we did! The first round, we advanced as one; then came the command to fall back. Twice, thrice, we retreated in good order, stringing along our adversary as their flank was picked apart. Then came the call to press, step and step again. Across the field we swept them, across the world’s edge, as our line held and theirs crumbled.

Few fighters we lost that round, and our side’s generals sang the praises of the Calon Host! Our enemies, too, saw our worth, and sent over their Masters to better deal with us in the second round.

We were hard pressed then, and many perished. What little I saw: Uji beset our foe, until he was legged. One reached forth to end him, and in that moment exposed himself to me. I took the shot, before I too was slain. My comrades fought bravely, but as the tide advances, so too the wave of the enemy overtook our lines.

The third and final round then came. Again we advanced, again fell back, and once again, we pressed the line. One by one our fighters fell, until four still stood – Ujimori, shield in hand, and no hand left to hold a sword. Baron Donald, Master of Defense, now defenseless, but still standing. Master Gawin, and a recruit from the West, Ibrahim, still stood with arms. Stepped forward they then with what they had in hand (or with what they did not). Other kingdoms fell in line, and together forced out the foe. A few scattered fighters then remained to be picked off, and the third round was ours!

The Calon Host fought as one, and both sides alike acknowledged our role in the fray.

(Apologies to anyone whose part I remembered incorrectly. Fog of war, and all that.)

Lilies A&S World Tour

Gleaned from the Calonlist. Organizer links have been changed to email addresses instead of Facebook links:


While A&S classes and activities will continue to be scheduled freely, we’re also organizing a multi-day celebration of the many of the possible cultures and time periods that make up the “pre-seventeenth century world.”

• Sunday: Sixteenth Century Europe – Mistress Sibilla Swaine
• Monday: Mongolia – TRM Ashir and Ashland ( Through their chamberlain Mistress Ishmala
• Tuesday: Norse – Ylva kennara Jonsdottir
• Wendesday: The Islamic World – Mistress Rahil Al-Sirhaan
• Thursday: Japan – The Honorable Lord Saito Takauji
• Friday: Late Middle Ages – The Honorable Lady Maegwynn Attewode

Each day of the “world tour” will begin with a 9:30 intro to their era and/or culture, but thematic classes and activities are being asked for to accompany the morning tour meetings.

Please reach out to the organizers of the days you are interested in, and I’m happy to answer questions or point you in the right direction.

If you’re interested in teaching a world tour day class, please submit it via the class form in addition to reaching out to an organizer:  Class Submission Form

Hvgo van Harlo

http://lilieswar.org/arts-sciences

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Calontir Announces EPay Registrations

Gleaned from Facebook:


The Kingdom of Calontir would like to announce ePay registrations have arrived! Thanks to the hard work of many folks, but mainly HE Roise ni Ullachain and Lord Giovanni Loredan, we will now be able to take pre-registrations for events.

The first event open for pre-registration is Kingdom A&S. It will be open until April 6th. The EPay Site can be found at https://epay.calontir.org. This will be the link for all future pre-registrations, so save the link somewhere you can find it again!

Please stay tuned for more announcements.
Mistress Meadhbh inghean uí Shuibhne
Kingdom Exchequer

Funeral for Sveinn Njalsson

From Ragnheiðr:

The funeral for Lord Sveinn Njalsson (Duane Nelson) will be held this Tuesday, March 13, at 11 AM, at Memorial Park Cemetery in St Louis. We will hold the service in the lovely Victorian faux-medieval chapel, right at the entrance to the cemetery. With our Kingdom at War, I do not expect to see the chapel full of friends in garb — but if you do attend, garb is always appropriate.

We will also hold a memorial celebration sometime in April.

Please do not send flowers! Instead, consider setting aside a donation for the upcoming Sveinn’s Shieldmaiden Fund, to assist and encourage the women of Calontir who wish to take up arms. (If you would donate to a registered charity instead, please donate in his memory to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.)

The Passing of Sveinn Njallson

Courtesy of the Knowne World Memorial Shield Project

Lord Sveinn Njallson has passed after a valorous battle with cancer. He is survived by his lady wife, Lady Ragnheiðr Refsdóttir, and his son Kristian. He is preceded by his first wife, Dagny Vigunnsdatter, of blessed memory.

Sveinn was squired to Syr Duncan Eardstapa.

Svein joined the SCA in 1979. Though he could not travel extensively, he was a constant and stalwart member of the Kingdom of Calontir and of the Barony of Three Rivers. He served in the baronial guard for a time, also receiving the Order of Three Rivers Silver and the Baron’s Order of Gallantry.

His Kingdom awards include the Order of the Iren-Fyrd, Order of the Leather Mallet and Order of the Torse.

While he is remembered as a stalwart brother in arms, Sveinn is also remembered as being kind, helpful and welcoming to newcomers, always willing to share his knowledge of Norse lifestyle.  Not seeking the spotlight, he nevertheless worked behind the scenes, quietly and competently, to insure thing ran smoothly.

 

Sveinn also participated in equestrian activities. From Sir Sato Jiro:

Sveinn, before his cancer was diagnosed had been coming to B3R equestrian practices regularly and was learning to do mounted combat on our mules. After he was diagnosed and had begun treatment he continued to come to practices and continued to ride for some time even while on harsh Chemo treatments. His refusal to give up doing things he loved (like riding the mules in combat) even when feeling unwell was an inspiration to many of us equestrians in Three Rivers.

In origin, the term chivalry means “horsemanship”, formed in Old French, in the 11th century, from chevalier (horseman, knight). Sveinn showed me he was a horseman and he was full of Chivalry with his bravery.

 

 

Finally, here is a story shared by Lady Pádraigín an Ein i gh:

Not many know this, as I officially joined SCA later in my life – but I’ve known a very special, wise, clever and amazing man known as Sveinn (Duane Nelson) for a while now.
I was 13 when I met him and his first wife at a NYE party hosted by Jennifer Llewelyn. The funny thing about SCA people is they don’t see a teenager or a toddler, they just see smaller humans and treat them with respect and inquire and show genuine interest. I was f—ing shy when I was 13, and I remember reading this book at the start of the NYE party and Duane came up to me and just started to inquire about the book and talking to me like an adult – a new thing for me to experience. He recommended some authors I might like and to this day, they are some of my favorite authors.
I will never forget heading to my first(ish) event (I was there a total of 3 hours, so I don’t really count it) that same year and every time I saw Duane, he’d always ask how I was doing, was I enjoying myself, had I drank water, you know the typical SCA hospitality questions.
When I officially joined the SCA 6 years ago, I walked up to Duane and asked if he remembered me and he gave me the biggest hug and said, “Welcome Back, of COURSE I remember you.” He was, in part one of the reasons I decided to jump in feet first with the SCA. He was a familiar face in an unknowing crowd and that was always comforting.
A few months ago my goddaughter and I met Duane and Rebecca at Central Reform Congregation for an evening service. Rebeca was walking my goddaughter through the service, as she is planning on converting.
Afterwards we went out to dinner at Ari’s. And I will never forget what Duane said after her ordered the lamb chops: “Always order the lamb chops. Our own lives are fleeting and precious if you want the lamb chops, order the damn lamb chops.”
May Vallhalla greet you with songs and mead a’plenty.

 

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with final expenses.

Announcement – Board of Directors Update – Hate Speech/Hate Symbol Policy

Detail from the Hunterian Psalter, Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 229 (U.3.2) circa 1170. Public domain in the US

The Board of Directors is fully aware of the concerns of our membership regarding hate speech and hate symbols. We are working on drafting new policy to help with these important issues.  Our intention is to create the most effective policy that we can before it is put out for commentary. Please know that your concerns have been heard and are not forgotten.


Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

In Memoriam: The Passing of Baron Sir Cormac O’Sullivan

 

Photo courtesy Mistress Rhianydd Arberth

Baron Sir Cormac O’Sullivan passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Courtesy of The Knowne World Memorial Shield Project

Memorial visitation will be March 6, from 4 PM to 8 PM at Calterra Funeral Home, 5140 Daggett Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.  Funeral Mass will be March 7 at 10 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4200 Delor St., St. Louis, MO 63116

Baron Cormac was the second baron of the Barony of Three Rivers, serving from 1990 to 1995. He is remembered fondly by many as their “first Baron”, and a great inspiration in their SCA experience.

He is also remembered for his exuberant performances of songs like “Haul Away Joe”, and his recitation of Shylock’s speech from the Merchant of Venice. He was always smiling, and his joy in life and the SCA was infectious, bringing everyone along with him for the ride.

Sir Saito remembers:

Baron Sir Cormac was the first knight I met in the SCA 30 years ago.  He immediately impressed me with his kindness to strangers. He also, for the many years I fought with him, inspired me to remember SCA fighting is more about honor and fun than victory. He ALWAYS was smiling a big grin inside his helmet.  Always.  I never saw him without that grin, ear to ear, as he smashed people with his mace.  He was the knight that made me want to be a knight.  He was also a funny guy who could make me laugh.  He used to use this line on young new fighters like myself 30 year ago. It went like this “Young man” he told me “Now try not to hurt this old, slow, tired knight.  Come closer so I can hear and see you better” He would then explode into a grinning whirlwind of mace and shield.    I use that line myself for many years now in his honor.   It saddens my heart to think his inspiring light isn’t shining still.

 

In Memoriam: The Passing of Lady Ciarnait inghean uí Mheadhra (Elizabeth Ravenscroft)

Courtesy of the Knowne World Memorial Shield Project

Lady Ciarnait inghean uí Mheadhra (Elizabeth Ravenscroft) passed away on Thursday morning, February 22nd, 2018. No information on memorial services was available at the time of publication.

Over the years she was apprenticed to Mistress Bess Darnley, then she became the protege of Countess Comyn Hrothwyn of Goldum Aecum (Shadow) Bess returned to Canada. She also was fostered as apprentice to Mistress Luciana di Ridolfi of blessed memory. 

She was a strong and supporting member of the Shire of Dun Ard, who worked hard to maintain the group. Between her work and health her activity level in the SCA dropped off over the years but any event held in Dun Ard had her hand in planning in some capacity.

She was also a talented costumer, who produced beautiful Elizabethan garb.

Bess: “She truly was a gentle soul who had no real idea of the positive impact she had on people around her.”

Shadow: “She always had a willing, open heart and an ‘helium hand’ when helping others discover her love of costuming and the SCA. Her life didn’t allow her participation sadly but she was there helping in the shadows. She will be missed.”


Ed. Note:  A previous version of this article misstated the order of Elizabeth’s peer relationships. This has been corrected.

On This Day: February 13, 1542. Catherine Howard Beheaded

Catherine Howard – by Hans Holbein the Younger, circa 1540

On this day in 1542, King Henry VIII of England has his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, beheaded after two years of marriage.

Henry’s historic mid-life crisis, which culminated in his marrying a teenager 30 years his junior, had given England five queens in a dozen years and three heirs that will cause religious strife in years to come.