The Coronation of Donngal and Catalina: A Letter from Mistress Nesscia inghean Chearnaigh

My Dearest Cristina,

 

As you know, I recently loaded my wagon and made the long trek south to the southern borders of our fair Calontir. The journey started under cloudy skies, and though cold, the wind did not bite.

 

I paused at the estate of your cousin, Mistress Gyđa, the welcoming baroness of our neighboring Barony of Mag Mor. She and her goddaughter, Emma Underfoot, traveled much of the journey with me.

 

As our journey continued south, the winds blew strong and the skies opened. Soon the roads were deep in snow and our pace slowed. The wagon and horses proved true, plodding along, though blanketed themselves.

 

Having a cover o’er our wagon is ever a blessing from the gods, as we stayed warm and dry.

 

The snow continued for most of the rest of our over long journey, and our relief proved great when snow turned to rain and we at last arrived at the estates of the Baron and Baroness of Vatavia. Sir Uldin and Mistress Sung welcomed us with open arms, providing victuals and space for our bedding.

 

And finally the great day, impetus for my journey, arrived. The time had come for good King Xerxes and kind Queen Belanna to retire. The Coronation day of Their Heirs, Donngal and Catalina! The village square, cold but dry, proved a glorious setting for the days festivities!

 

During the morning, Their Royal Majesties Xerxes and Belana held Their last court, with tidings of joy! Good Mistress Ishmala‘s apprentice, the Honorable Lady Helena Soranzo was inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Then room fell silent as Their Graces said Their farewells to Their Household and stepped away from the thrones, leaving behind the trappings of state. The heralds then read out the Calontir lineage for all to hear.

 

Then up strode Brave Donngal toward the thrones! The guardians of our lands challenged him, and testaments were heard by all attending, that He was indeed the rightful Heir to the throne! It thrilled those gathered to see him step up and swear his oath to the populace and set crown on brow.

 

When he called forth Fair Catalina to stand by his side, the Fyrdmen of Calontir marched in her wake, showing her strength not only as an Artisan, but as a Leader of Warriors! As King Donngal placed the crown on Her head, She also swore Her oath to the populace. And cheers rang through the assembled.

 

The day was filled with food and greetings and laughter. Friends from around the known world had come together. Stories shared, lessons taught, and glasses raised.

 

In the evening, Their Majesties held court again in the square, recognizing individual gentles for their skills in the arts and sciences.

 

An Emissary from the southern kingdom of Ansteorra arrived during court, presenting gifts and asking for our aid. War is coming to Glenn Abhann!

 

King Donngal told the assembly he had heard these rumors, and appointed His Excellency, Sir Uldin, as his General. Cries of war rang through the square!

 

Queen Catalina will join Her Fyrdmen on the fields of battle! She called them forth to fight!

 

As the Emissary departed to inform his own king, the crowd quieted, and Mistress Dorcas stepped forth with her protege, Johann. They addressed the populace and spoke of the need for heralds in the upcoming wars. If one cannot fight, they can indeed still serve the kingdom by carrying words to the populace. Then she turned to Their Majesties and begged a boon! The Honorable Lord Johann is to be inducted into the Order of the Pelican!

 

Amid cheers and cries of war and cries of congratulations, court concluded. Tables were set up and the feasting commenced.

 

A glorious day!

 

And so now, my dearest friend, the sun has set and risen on a new day. We will load our belongings and turn our wagons back to the northern lands. The rider with whom I send this missive will arrive long before I set foot on mine own estates.

 

I pray the day finds you warm and safe and dry. May your home fires continue to warm your hearth and home until next we meet.

 

Coronation Court Summaries, January 12, A.S. 53

Final business of Xerxis and Belanna:
Helena Soranzo – Laurel
Conna ingen Ui Chearbhaill – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Courtesy (announced at Toys for Tots)
Már í Miklagarði – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Ideals of the Society
Titus Decimius Alexander (Xandre) – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Chivalry
Bataciqan-nu Ko’un Ashir – King’s Favor
Idonea de Clare – Court Baronage

Other court tidings:
Sir Anton von Hagenstein – citizen by treaty
Lady Alexandra Rikve Jessen – citizen by treaty

First court of Dongal and Catalina:
Lord Rashid al-Rais is the new Queen’s Champion.
Honorable Lord John Bowyer is the new King’s Champion.
Honorable Lady Ayisha bint Asad is the new Stile Champion.
Lord Shane Bax is the new Archery Champion.
Lady Elizabet Walker of Paisley is the new Equestrian Champion.
Brady of Oakheart is the new Youth Champion.
Duke Tristram of Lindesfarne – Thegn

Evening court:
Caius Equitius Rectus Xerxis – Duchy
Bele Anna de Rugé – Duchy
Alis Kerwen – AoA
Eyfríðr Geirsdóttir – Leather Mallet
Korinna the Scythian – Golden Calon Swan
Angus Sinclaire of Glasgow – Leather Mallet

Other court tidings:
Gifts were exchanged with Her Sylvan Majesty Queen Anna Leigh.
Caius Equitius Rectus Xerxis – Augmentation of Arms from Æthelmearc.
Bele Anna de Rugé – Augmentation of Arms from Æthelmearc.
5 newcomers received mugs.
Jarl Owen ap Aeddan ap Trahaearne brought bribes, er, gifts for Calontir and Æthelmearc.
Sir Aiden O’Seaghdha is the new Earl Marshal.
Honorable Lord William Douglas presented the Royal Pound.
Sir Uldin of Ravenscroft and Lord Giacomo dalla Fattoria dello Stato are the Gulf Wars generals.
A boon was begged for Johann Steinarsson to join the Order of the Pelican.

Edward II of England receiving his crown. 1307-27

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!

 

Coronation Court Summaries, July 14, A.S. 53

Final business of Ashir and Ashland:
Arnsfast Rikkardsson – Chivalry
Fionna nic Alisdair – Augmentation of Arms
Issabell St. Charles – King’s Favor
Alessandra de Piro – King’s Favor
Ishmala bint Yuhannah – King’s Favor
Ívarr fótviss – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Chivalry
Marie du Puy – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Courtesy
Hálfgrímr hafreki – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Ideals of the Society

Other court tidings:
It was announced that Youth Combat has been promoted from “experimental” to fully sanctioned combat activity.
A scroll to honor Cian mac Cu’Roi and Tatiana Dieugarde for their time as Territorial Baronage in Coeur d’Ennui was presented.

First court of Xerxis and Belanna:
Sir Martus Aleskandrov is the new King’s Champion.
Sir Xandre is the new Queen’s Champion.

Evening court:
Master Ravasz Janos is the Queen’s Cut & Thrust Champion.
Salvatore of Forgotten Sea – AoA
Jorunna of the Lonely Tower – AoA
Wilhelm von Brandt – AoA
Ashland de Mumford – Duchy

Other court tidings:
The Barony of the Lonely Tower tithed to the kingdom.
3 newcomers received mugs.
HG Ashland de Mumford was named the new Lilies Exchequer
Honorable Lord Nikolai Kolpachnik Spiach’ev was created a Herald Extraordinary by the authority of Ms. Brigida von München, Gold Falcon Principal Herald.
Master Mikail Azadan Askoldovich received his Pelican scroll, due since the reign of Xerxis I and Belanna.
A boon was begged for Anna Plantyn to join the Order of the Laurel.

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

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

Court summaries from the Coronation of Damien II and Issabell, July 8, A.S. 52

Final business of Ashir and Ashland:
Sile O’Kyan – King’s Favor
Cerric aet Blaecac, Aethelred the Well Read, Yngvarr Oakson – King’s Favor
Alessandra de Piro – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Chivalry
Ancelin de Briquessart – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Courtesy
Saito Takauji – Queen’s Endorsement of Distinction for Ideals of the Society

First court of Damien and Issabell:
Sir Hildibrandr Tjúguskegg is the new King’s Champion.
Mistress Maren Þorskapitr is the new Queen’s Champion.
Duchess Ariel of Glastonbury Tor and Sir Aleksandr Yaroslavovich Vyetcikov were named to be Their Majesties’ Thegns.
Honorable Lord William Fletcher of Carbery is the new Archer Champion.
Honorable Lady Geva de Kent is the new Equestrian Champion.
Honorable Lord Gawin Kappler is the new Cut & Thrust Champion.

Evening court:
Bataciqan-nu Ko’un Ashir – Duchy
Ashland de Mumford – County
Aleyn Crawley – Queen’s Chalice
Kari Otoshi’s Daughter – Queen’s Chalice
Cilian Mac Marroo – Cross of Calontir
Halldóra Guðrøðardóttir – Silver Hammer
Volkmar Katzbalger – Silver Hammer
Caterine le Jeune – AoA, as it was her third AoA, TRMs welcomed her into the Order of the Torse.  She also received a ring from Her Majesty’s own hand.
Giulia Isabella da Venezia – Golden Calon Swan
Maegwyn verch Bleddyn – Calon Lily
Fastmundr Eldjarnsson – AoA

Other court happenings:
Their Majesties gave gifts to His Highness of the Midrealm and Their Highnesses of Northshield.
A boon was begged for Vilhelm Lich to join the Order of the Pelican.
Bataciqan-nu Ko’un Ashir received his Chivalry scroll, due since the reign of Martino III and Ariel.
A boon was begged for Conna ingen Ui Chearbhaill to join the Order of the Pelican.
3 newcomers received mugs.
Their Graces Sven and Siobhan presented gifts from AEthelmearc.
A boon was begged for Severin Sveinsdóttir to join the Order of the Laurel.
A boon was begged for Kristine nic Tallieur to join the Order of the Laurel.

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute. 13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid.  Public domain in the US

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute.
13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid. Public domain in the US