Memories of Master Eadweard Boicewright

Nearly a month ago, my lord husband told me that Master Eadweard Boicewright, one of my dearest mentors and friends, had passed away. He said that he had suffered a cardiac event.

It broke my heart.

Papa, as those who learned from him call him, was a pillar, not just in our kingdom, but in the Society at large. He was a keeper of our memories, he dispensed wisdom to kings and peasants, and he gave of himself whenever and where ever he saw a need, without any expectation of praise or reward.

The first time we met was at Valor, in 2011. I was mending a friend’s trousers when he sat down across from me at the table. We talked about my SCA name, about trouser seam stability (he told me how his trousers were split when he was called into court to receive a Calon Cross), and mundane things. In retrospect, I see now how he was sizing me up and getting a feel for the kind of person I am.

I guess he liked what he saw because a few months later, he sponsored me in my first Queen’s Prize Tournament and introduced me to Marcella (Mama), his lady wife. She taught me how to make cloth buttons, finger loop braid, lucet, and heddle weave.  It became a habit during my first year in the SCA: I’d go hang out in Papa’s wood wright shop and make tools then go upstairs and ask Mama to teach me how to use them.

Since I moved away, I’ve missed that bond and rapport. Not many people will drive twenty-thirty minutes to take a broke college student out for a nice lunch because she spent the bulk of her much-need Spring break bedridden with Strep Throat, but Papa did. Not many laurels would steer apprentices that could be stars in their belts toward other peers because they see how they could flourish in that relationship, but Papa did.

To be clear, Papa was not the sort of man who brandished his title. I still remember the grin that spread across his face when he finally told me he was a laurel and saw my face pale as I shrunk away a little. I was still new enough to have Peer Fear and had been talking easily  with him for over an hour at that point, so I was a more than a little intimidated. More importantly, though, what he said to me about being a laurel gave me the first inkling that it was something I could aspire towards. He told me that being a laurel meant being a teacher and teaching is something to which I have always been drawn. That seed has remained with me eight years later.

Papa was also one of the most insightful people I have ever known and the most honest. He was the man he always aspired to be, like the Kipling poem he was fond of quoting: a man who talked with crowds without losing his virtue and walked with kings without losing the common touch. I wasn’t done learning from him and I’ll always miss our talks.

Announcement: The New Event Volunteer Job Posting Page Is Now Live!

Gleaned from the Book of Faces:


Due to popular demand – the Web Team has created a new job posting dashboard for Event Stewards (etc.) to post upcoming volunteer jobs that are needed for upcoming events!

Volunteers are encouraged to peruse the dashboard and e-mail the contacts listed to help groups to be able to put on the best events they can! This is a great way to give back to your Kingdom with service!

To submit a job posting, go to: Event Job Posting Submission Form (https://calontir.org/eventjobpostingssubmit/)

To view the dashboard, go here: Event Job Posting Dashboard (https://calontir.org/job-dashboard/)


Honorable Lady Allison of Forgotten Sea
Kingdom of Calontir Webminister

 

From Their Royal Majesties: Letters of Intent and Why We Fight

Unto the Chivalry, Huscarls, Fyrdmen, and Men at Arms of the Kingdom of Calontir, and unto those who inspire them to deeds of greatness,
Greetings, from Donngal, Fourth of that name, King of Calontir, and Catalina, Fierce Queen of the Heartlands.The deadline grows close for submitting letters of intent to contend to become Our heirs. Before that deadline passes, please consider our words:
Different Kingdoms have developed different traditions surrounding Crown Tournament:

Some Kingdoms allow anyone from the Known World to enter, whist others have held that only the Chivalry may enter without an express invitation from the Crown. Our Kingdom Laws reflect a desire, borne from our first days as a Kingdom, that nobody, Crown or common, should be able to influence the outcome, outside of the will of the combatants themselves, and our long-held tradition which states that you shouldn’t enter crown unless you’re there to win it; a pushback against the notion that crown is a good place to be seen by the chivalry.

We were reminded, today, by a good friend’s post from a far Kingdom, that every fighter in the list lends their renown to the eventual victor.

To that end, we ask each of you, fighter and consort, to search your hearts, and if you are ABLE to serve as Crown (as opposed to actively wanting it), then we beseech you, take up pen, then sword, and bring your renown to add to the glory of our eventual heirs, and to the history of our great Kingdom.
In Love and Service to the Crown & Kingdom
]|)onngal & Catalina

 

Kingdom of Calontir Map Updated

Rescued from Facebook:


The Kingdom of Calontir map has been updated.

The creator of the map is Sir Gustav Jameson.

Also contributing to the map was Sir Stefan MacIntyre who pulled together the KML data, Sir Brendan Mac an tSaoir who helped with data scrubbing and Sayyidi Umm Ya’kub Rayya al-Zahra’ bint Fath al-Badawiyya who contributed the original draft.

Lady Allison of Forgotten Sea

 

http://seneschal.calontir.org/calontir-map.php

Calontir Storycorps at Chieftains and Crown Tourney

The Bavarian Herald Jörg Rügen around 1510. Public Domain in the US

Come, bring us your stories!

Calontir Storycorps is collecting the recollections of the populace at Chieftains and Crown Tourney this Spring! We would like to hear and record SCA stories (or at least involving SCA people): stories you were there for personally, stories that were told to you, and events/happenings you think pivotal to our history. We can record your story day of, or you can arrange a phone-call or to send us your own audio file. Why? We want to fill in the story of the kingdom, get points of view from our elder members especially, and ultimately provide a source for future Calontiri to use in creating performances and written histories in the period style. Please find/contact me (Elynor) at the event to sign up for an interview!

Legal stuff: In future we may seek to post the actual recordings or transcripts online so that they may be easily accessible to the populace.To that end each participant will be asked to sign a Society media release form, to give permission for use (and which kinds of use: audio, transcript) at the time of the recording.

YIS,
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Master Crag’s Histories Now on Calontiri.info

Master Crag Duggan approached me a few months ago about creating an online repository for his historical material; a collection of interviews and stories he made and collected as he researched and documented the early history of Calontir. After discussing with Crag and with Mistress Sofya la Rus, we determined that the Calontiri Wiki would be the best platform.

Sofya has completed uploading the first tranche of material, and it is available now at Category:Master Crag’s Histories

We hope you enjoy them.

Mathurin
Non Nobis Solum

 

Lilies War Committee Chair; Call for Applicants

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

The search for the next Lilies War Committee Chair has begun.

Responsibilities include:

–          Facilitating regular meetings of the Lilies War Committee.

–          Calling for and reviewing bids for Lilies War.

–          Advising Event Stewards, as needed, on any Lilies War related issues.

–          Arrange for and sign contracts, as needed, for Lilies War infrastructure.

–          Handle any “off season” questions regarding Lilies War.

–          Other items as need and requested by the Crown.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at LiliesChair@calontir.org

Letter of interest are due by December 15, 2016. Please send letters to Their Majesties (Falcon-Crown@calontir.org), Their Highnesses (Falcon-Heirs@calontir.org) , the Kingdom Seneschal (Seneschal@calontir.org) and The Committee Chair (LiliesChair@calontir.org). The choice will be made shortly thereafter to allow time for training.  The new Chair will take over after the next Lilies War, June 2019.

In Service,

Mistress Rebecca Beaumont,

Lilies War Committee Chair

Games! Chicanery! History!

Alfonso X “El Sabio” and his Court, 13th Century. Public domain in the US.

Unto the populace of Calontir, on behalf of Their Highnesses, I, Count Marius Lucian Fidelis, send word.

At the Coronation feast to be held III days before the Ides of Janus (January 12, 2019) there will be a game of wit and memory.

Some might call the ability to remember places and dates Trivial! I say having a strong grasp of history prepares us for the future.

Form your teams, purchase your feast tickets. And while we feast we will test our knowledge of the history, both mundane and societal.

The game will consist of 2 rounds of 10 questions, for best advantage build your teams with a broad range of mundane and society knowledge.

The ability to pre-purchase feast tickets is forthcoming. In the mean time, assemble your teams and be prepared to purchase tickets at gate.

Long live the King!