Crown Tournament Court summary, October 8, A.S. 51

Bahadur Bataciqan-nu Ko’un Ashir and Lady Ashland de Mumford were named Heirs to the Falcon Throne.

In evening court:
Gilana Peregrina – AoA
Kolfinna Halvgrimsdottir – Torse
Bjarm Rorikson – Torse
Anne Von Weingarten – Calon Cross
Donngal Eriksson – Augmentation of Arms
Claire of Forgotten Sea – AoA
Augustin le Blinde – Torse
Gawin Kappler – Stíle-Fyrd
Severin Svendottir – Calon Lily
Lorraine d’Lanci – AoA
Krystyn i Lund – Golden Calon Swan
Marie of Cologne – Pelican

Other court news:
A mug was given to 1 newcomer.
Jarl Owen ap Aeddan of Ansteorra gave gifts to TRHs Ashir and Ashland
Master Gerald Goodwine and Mistress Eleanor Deyeson publicly thanked donors who helped the Great Machine go to SCA 50 Year celebration.
Sir Duncan of Skeene announced that “off head” helm inspections, to focus on padding, would begin after the first of the year.
Duke Garick von Köpke and Duchess Yasamin al-Hadiyya rained Benjamins on the Kingdom Exchequer.

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

Tournament of Valor Court Summaries

Saturday court, September 3, A.S. 51
Alex of Vatavia – AoA
Brian Robert MacDougall – Stile Fyrd
Bree Oakwife – AoA
Vashti al-Asar – Torse
William Douglas – Silver Hammer
Francisca Sangria de Leon – Torse
Aiden Wren Cheriksdottir – Queen’s Chalice
Mathurin Kerbusso – Pelican
The new Champion of the Calontir Bardic College is Lady Cristabell Rose Alwin.
The new members of the Lilies Committee are Master Thomas of Cologne, Master Magnus Anskegg, and HL Chiara di Paxiti.
4 people received First Event mugs.

On the field, September 4
Øyríkr Raðúlfsson – Iren Fyrd
Toke Ormsson – Iren Fyrd

Sunday court, September 4
Astrid of Vatavia – AoA
Morgan Stone – AoA
Avraham ben David Hakhuzari – Order of Chivalry / Knight
Gunnar Thorisson – Pelican
Elaisse de Garrigues is the new Royal Skald.
2 people received First Event mugs.

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

CalonSound Special Edition CD

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

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

I usually avoid being the news, but this is one exception.

I gave out copies of a new CD at my vigil for Pelican at Valor XXXVII. This CD is a compilation of material including studio recordings, live recordings, and recovered tapes.

Below are two links. The first is the set list for those who received copies of the CD directly. The second is a link to The CalonSound Project article that includes the same list, as well as a downloadable disk image of the CD itself. Enjoy!

Mathurin
Non Nobis Solum

 

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CalonSound Special Edition CD

Warning: This compilation may only be distributed as a physical CD or as an ISO file containing all tracks. Any other distribution, including, but not limited to, electronic distribution of individual tracks, is a copyright violation and against the express permission of the artists. Please don’t make us get all Medieval on you.

 

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