Cattle Raids Court summaries, Saturday, August 27, A.S. 51

On the tournament field:
Half-Troll – Iren Hirth
Zack – Iren Hirth

On the equestrian field:
Toke Ormsson – Calon Cross
Rannveig Katrin Bjarnarsdottir – Eo Hirth
A boon was begged for Cilian Mac Marroo to join the Order of Chivalry

In royal court:
Killian lo Schermidore – Torse
Tigernan Flann – AoA
Isibél Inghean Dáire – Golden Calon Swan
Damien “Sugarbritches” MacGavin – Leather Mallet
Chiara di Paxiti – Calon Cross
William Turner – AoA
Miklos Farma – Leather Mallet
Catherine Ann Jourdayn – Calon Cross
Owain the Younger – AoA
Khalil abd’l Wahid al-Katib – Torse
Agamemnon Platylithodae – Order of Chivalry / Master at Arms

Other court news:

The new Kingdom Seneschal will be Master Brendan Mac antSaoir, the office change is to take place at Toys for Tots.
Letters of intent for Kingdom Earl Marshal and for Kingdom List Minister are due by September 5.
Letters of intent for Crown Tournament are due by September 24.
The new Kingdom advocate will be Mistress Rosalyn of Aberdeen, she will step into the position as of Crown Trounament.
12 people received First Event mugs.
Lord Giovanni Loredan swore fealty as the new Kingdom Webminister.
The Deans of the War College are:  Dean – Snorri Riddari, Logisitics – Sir Brockman,
Training – HL Emma, Instruction – Sir Lucian

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

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

Calontir Customs: Vigils

As practiced in A.S. 51, by HL Vǫlu-Ingibiǫrg

A vigil is a time set aside for a peerage candidate to listen and reflect.  (A peerage candidate is someone who has been announced in court as deserving a peerage, but not yet been through the elevation ceremony which usually takes place during a later court.)  

Royalty and all peers who wish to do so will gather to “put someone on vigil,” which involves taking the candidate to a tent or room and having some private, secret ceremony.  (Rumor has it that this involves shaved flaming baby ducks.  I do not know, and no one who does is allowed to talk about it.)  In reality, I’ve been told the secrecy is so that the ceremony feels special and thought-provoking to the candidate.  A laurel-candidate told me he felt this part brought “a connection to peers you didn’t know you were part of.”

After this initial mini-ceremony ends, the peers will disperse, and the second phase begins.  (This phase is sometimes jokingly called “trial by conversation.”)  The candidate will sit in the tent, usually for at least six hours (more if it’s an overnight vigil), and receive visitors.  (This has some root in the medieval idea of instruction during preparation for a knighting ceremony.)  The royals will generally be the first to visit; in the meantime other folks will begin arriving.  

You do not need to be high-ranking, or even friends with the candidate, to speak with him or her.  The only thing you need is to have something to say to the individual sitting vigil.  Some people will go to express appreciation for the candidate’s skill or hard work; some to offer congratulations, warning, or advice.  I was told by a candidate that for him, these visits further deepened the feeling of inclusiveness, of Calontir as an “us.”

If you wish to speak to the candidate, either by yourself or with someone who agrees to go in with you, head to the area near the vigil tent or room, find the person with the waiting list, and ask to be added.  Depending on how early you arrive, and how talkative the people ahead of you are, it may be quite some time before you are called.  If you’re a ways down the list or need to go do something, you can leave; traditionally, if your name comes up before you get back, you will go next after your return.  

If you can see into the vigil tent and no one else is there, someone is probably fetching the candidate water or food.  Do not go in without being called; there is always a waiting list, and it’s usually long.

While you’re waiting, try the tidbits at the nearby vigil table.  Hospitality was an important concept in the middle ages, so vigil foods (snacks) are prepared or obtained by the candidate’s friends, intended to honor the candidate by refreshing visitors.  Food that is tasty, period, and matches the candidate’s interests will impress visitors.  Also in this area, someone will likely have a book where you can write a message for the candidate, whether or not you plan to speak to her or him.  The great number of visitors can blur things together in a candidate’s mind, so leaving a note in the vigil book may be a good idea.

Once you are called in, there is no special ceremony or format to observe—nothing you’re particularly supposed to say or do.  A visit may take five to ten minutes, or less if you’d like.  Speech with someone sitting vigil is a short snippet, or distillation.  Follow the candidate’s lead, but keep in mind that you can always catch the individual later for an extended conversation.  Take more than fifteen minutes, and you’ll likely seem greedy.  (Remember: there is always a waiting list, and it’s usually long.)  When you leave, the candidate will thank you for the visit, and sometimes will give a personalized token.  (e.g. Francis, a metalworker, gave fire-starting flints.)

Afterward, go enjoy the rest of the event.  The candidate will usually be elevated at court at the end of the day he or she sat vigil.  Some participants in the elevation ceremony will speak softly, so you’ll want to sit close in order to be able to hear.  Get there early!

Upcoming Elevations

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

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

From the Calontir website:

HL Agamemnon will be elevated to the Order of the Chivalry at Cattle Raids

HL Mathurin will be elevated to the Order of the Pelican at Valor

HL Gunnar will also be elevated to the Order of the Pelican at Valor

HE Svana will be elevated to the Order of the Pelican at Kings Company of Archers

Count Sir Marius Lucian will be elevated to the Order of the Laurel at Queen’s Prize Tourney

 

 

Elevation Announcements

Countess Catalina de Arazuri was announced at Chieftains to be elevated to the Order of the Laurel. Vigil and elevation are to be held at the Tournament of Horse and Falcons.

Honorable Lord Hildibrandr Tjúguskegg was announced at Gulf Wars to be elevated to the Order of the Chivalry. Vigil and elevation are to be held at Lilies War.

Honorable Lady Nesscia inghean Chearnaigh was announced at Gulf Wars to be elevated to the Order of the Pelican. Vigil and elevation are to be held at the Tournament of Horse and Falcons.

 

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

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

Lilies XXIX — Elevations Scheduled for Lilies

Thanks to Mistress Eleanor Deyeson:


 

Friday:

  • Uldin of Ravenscroft – sunset – vigil overnight at the Fort on the battlefield

Saturday:

  • Cionnadh mac Cosgraigh – 7:00pm – vigil in Conna’s encampment in B3R (meet at taste of Calontir)
  • Eric de Tyr – sunset – vigil overnight at HG Ostwalt’s camp near the battlefield (meet at Royal Pavillion)

Sunday:

  • Eric de Tyr – 9:30am – Knighting ceremony on the battlefield
  • Uldin of Ravenscroft – 5:00pm – Knighting ceremony in opening court
  • Cionnadh mac Cosgraigh – 5:00pm – Laurel ceremony in opening court
  • Guillaume la Sudeterre – after court – vigil in the bronze casting area (meet after court)

Monday:

  • Mathieu Chartrain – 7:00pm – vigil in Jorunn and Avraham’s camp (meet prior at Grand Pavilion)

Wednesday:

  • Maren Thorskapitr – 6:00pm – vigil in tent near permanent shelter on the point where the C d’E party is

Thursday:

  • Guillaume la Sudeterre – 5:00pm – Laurel ceremony in Grand Court
  • Maren Thorskapitr – 5:00pm – Pelican ceremony in Grand Court

Friday:

  • Gustav Jameson – 9:30am – Pelican ceremony at the Ladies of the Rose tourney field

Saturday:

  • Mathieu Chartrain – 1:00pm – Laurel ceremony at closing court