Inside Blakemere: Notes from the Yearly Accounts of a Late Medieval Household

The East Kingdom Gazette recently published a research paper titled Inside Blakemere: Notes from the Yearly Accounts of a Late Medieval Household by Mistress Aildreda de Tamworthe, of the Barony of Carolingiabased on her study of the management of medieval households in England.

Office of the Chirugeonate Closing

From the SCA Announcements email list:

The decision has been made to close the Office of the Chirurgeonate as of August 10th, 2015. The board and corporate officers want to extend their gratitude for ALL who have served our organization in this capacity in the past. To those who have provided feedback, questions, and worked to explore options for scopes of the office that would allow our organization to retain the office and maintain insurance coverage for the officers and our organization, many thanks as well.

To clarify some of the concerns that have been raised during the many discussions of this change, the board and corporate officers want to provide the following information:

The Society Seneschal has been directed to remove references to the Chirurgeonate from the Record Retention Policy. Existing records should be retained for 2 years for adults, 21 years for minors, then shredded to ensure any Personally Identifying Information is destroyed.

Local groups should sort records into Adult, Minor and Destroy categories and ship (paid for by the local group) records to the corporate office. The corporate office will retain records and handle the shredding.

Each Kingdom has thirty business days to transport these records to the corporate office.

Event Coordinators/Stewards/Autocrats are still responsible for arranging for EMS on site if that is required by municipal/county/state requirements. This most often will apply to large events projecting an attendance greater than the threshold set by the applicable modern agency. It is recommended to include information regarding distance from site to medical care in event announcements, particularly for camping events.

The marshallate will still be responsible for reporting injuries on the field. Seneschals will still be responsible for reporting injuries (particularly requiring transport) as currently directed.

Tangible assets owned by SCA branches that are specific to the Office of the Chirurgeon may be retained or donated or sold, in accordance with applicable financial policies.

Over the counter medications may not be purchased by SCA branches to distribute or make available to event attendees.

The badge of the fleam will remain available for those individual volunteers (not affiliated with the SCA, Inc. and its Kingdoms and local groups) willing to provide basic first aid.
Should additional questions or concerns regarding this change arise, please direct them to the SCA President, at

Our thanks again, to all the volunteers that have helped keep our organization going for 50 years!

Leslie Vaughn
President, SCA, Inc
A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations, SCA, Inc.

Bows for Calontir Falcons Fundraiser

Republished from the Midrealm Gazette:

How the “Bows for Calontir Falcon Fund” came about.

In March while returning from Gulf Wars, the Brook’s family trailer transporting their precious Calontir birds was lost in a vehicle fire. I saw that Calontir was doing a “Silent Auction” at an event for them, but felt something more needed to be done.

I am from Gleann Abhann. We are celebrating this year our 10th year as a kingdom. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck, and basically all our regalia and scrolls were lost. The Knowne World came to our aid with replacements for everything to get us back on our feet. We as a kingdom proclaimed we would not forget the good that was done to us and when others were in need we would return their good in kind. Like many of my fellow scadians, a promise was given.

There is a Baronial War at Samhain in October coming up between the Baronies of Grey Niche and Three Rivers at the Castrum/Roman Reenacting site in Lafe, AR. I am the owner’s site manager for handling business with the SCA. The site has a period tavern that was not going to be used. I contacted William Hopper the autocrat and Jim Hannold the Grey Niche Seneschal for permission to run a fundraiser which the barony endorsed.

My son wanted to use a period cart and sell lemonade at the war for tips to help and get other kids to help. Then everything changed.

Jim Bryant, a truck driver who is also a master bowmaker and will be teaching classes at another event “Athenaeum” at the Castrum on the weekend of May 8th contacted me. We had met at Gulf Wars and talked a little, but we have not known each other long. Jim wanted to help. He wanted to do a raffle/fundraiser for one of his beautiful bows. Then the next day he said, “I want to do two”. He called me up that evening and said, “Let’s do five and the top prize will be a English Longbow of Yew with horn tips”. He asked me to run it for him.

So, in a month we went from a bar/lemonade wagon at a war to a huge raffle. Five bows will be given out. We will be selling twenty five hundred tickets at $1 each. We have found out that many states that you sell something then you are automatically entered into the raffle, so then it is not considered gambling. So, I am selling “Limited Edition Stickman” drawings that will be sent to you via email, and then you will be entered into the drawing. The drawing to be done at court during the Baronial War.

Jim saw a kingdom and a family in need and had the means to make a difference. His mailing address is in the Midrealm but mainly he plays in Meridies. For myself, my part is to honor a pledge given a decade ago. For Jim, it is purely out of love.

For more details on how to help and get involved please look up on Facebook  “Bows for Calontir Falcons”. or contact me directly at We have setup an account with Google Wallet. Once the $2500 goal is reached that money will be sent to the Brooks.

Thank you for helping.

THL Ranulf di Aversia
Lord Sigvat Odvarsson

CALONTIR Kingdom Arts and Sciences

From the Calonlist:

Good Morning Calontir!

As you know the deadline for entering Kingdom Arts and Sciences is fast approaching, and we are diligently working to make sure we have every entrant and judge form entered into our system. However, there seems to be a few glitches in the system, and while the wonderful Web Minister is hunting down the gremlin that caused these glitches, we are concerned that some of the forms may have slipped through the cracks in to the netherworld of cyber space.

We need your help Calontir! If you sent in a form, either as an entrant or as a judge, we are asking you to double check the website for you name.

Championship entries can be found here:

Tri-Level entries can be found here:

Judges can be found here:

If you sent in a form and you don’t see your name on the appropriate list please contact Mistress Ishmala​ at donyllc or myself at beaumont_rebecca

We sincerely thank you for your help in this matter. And if you have any questions please let us know.

Thank you,
Mistress Rebecca Beaumont

P.S. Please feel free to cross post this missive to any appropriate list or page.

January 2015 LOAR Results

Collected from the Calonlist, via Gunnar Thorisson, Vert Hawk Herald

CALONTIR acceptances

Agnes von Heidelberg. Device. Per chevron throughout azure and argent, two garbs Or and a lamb couchant azure maintaining over its shoulder a wooden spoon proper.

Amerigo de Tincto da Venezia. Name and device. Vair, on a bend sinister sable a quill pen argent.

Caitilín ingen Áengusa. Device. Per bend gules and sable, an elm tree and in canton a sun Or.

Caitríona ingen Láeghaire. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and vert, a natural dolphin naiant bendwise sinister argent and a dragonfly bendwise sinister Or.

Submitted as Caitríona inghean Laoghaire, the genitive (possessive) form of the father’s name, Laoghaire, was documented as a 17th century Early Modern Irish spelling of a 5th century name. Thus, there is a gap of more than 500 years between the given name and byname. We have changed the name to Caitríona ingen Láeghaire, using a 10th century Middle Irish form of the byname that is temporally compatible with the Early Modern Irish Caitríona, in order to register the name.

Deidra de Warenne. Name change from holding name Deidra of Bonwicke.

This name was pended on the August 2014 Letter of Acceptances and Returns to allow commenters to document the given name Deidra or for the submitter to provide proof of her legal name. In addition, a second byname of Childentune was removed at that time with the submitter’s permission.

Deidra could not be documented to period. As documentation of the submitter’s legal name was provided, we are able to register this name.

Dorcas Whitecap. Badge. Argent, in saltire a wooden needle piercing the field and a sprig of rosemary proper.

Finna Firisdóttir. Name and device. Per bend sinister Or and azure, a raven sable maintaining in its foot an arum lily argent slipped and leaved vert, an orle gules.

Submitted as Finna Fyradottir, the formation of the patronym was not supported by the documentation. No evidence was found for the spelling Fyra-.

In commentary, Orle documented the 10th century Danish name Finna Firisdóttir from an area that is now part of Sweden. The given name and byname are derived from the masculine given names Finnr and Firir, respectively, themselves found in Lena Peterson’s Nordiskt runnamnslexikon. The submitter agreed to a change to this name. We are happy to make this change in order to register the name.

Finna Firisdóttir. Badge. Per bend sinister Or and azure, an arum lily argent and an orle gules.

Giovanni della Torre. Name and device. Per chevron gules and sable, two tilting lances in saltire and an armored horse’s head couped contourny Or.

Nice 15th century Italian name!

Goldcorn Moon. Name.

Howard of Yle. Name change from Howard of Brockenhurst and device change. Sable, two rams combattant and on a chief argent a bow sable.

The submitter’s previous name, Howard of Brockenhurst, is released.

The submitter’s old device, Vert, in pale three broad arrows and on a chief Or a battleaxe gules, is released.

Juliana de Loxelegh. Device. Per chevron argent and gules, two fleurs-de-lys gules and an owl affronty maintaining in its talons a key fesswise argent.

Khanzada Anaga. Name and device. Per bend sinister rayonny Or and argent, a peacock in its pride purpure and an elephant gules.

Submitted as Makduna Khanzada Anaga, the submitter requested a name from Mughal India.

Photocopies were provided for the title pages of the books cited in the Letter of Intent, but none of the relevant pages within the books were provided in the packet. Luckily for the submitter, kingdom was able to provide the additional pages so that we could consider the name.

Makduna was not documented in the Letter of Intent, and commenters were unable to provide further support for this element. As the submitter allows all changes, we have removed Makduna from the name.

Khanzada (“khan-born”) appears to be a given name dated to the reign of Humayan, who ruled from 1530-56. The documentation also includes a variant form, Khanzadeh. The question was raised in the Letter of Intent whether this term is presumptuous, as the example in the documentation summary was Khanzada Begum (“khan-born princess”). Annette S. Beveridge, The History of Humāyūn (Humāyūn-Nāma) (pp. 248-52) has examples of the pattern Khan-zada Begum + byname. An example is Khān-zāda Begam Mīrān-shāhī, daughter of Sultan Ma{h.}mūd Mīrān-shāhī and Khān-zāda Termizi. She also appears in a list of the daughters of her mother, Khān-zāda Termizi. Therefore, Khān-zāda appears to be used as a given name and not a title. Green Staff documented an alternative transliteration, Hânzâde, as a given name found in Istanbul (not Constantinople) in 1546. Therefore, we can give the submitter the benefit of the doubt that Khanzada is a plausible given name in our period, rather than a title or descriptive byname.

Under PN4B1 of SENA, Khanzada can only be used in contexts that make it clear that it is a given name and not a form of address or title. Green Staff noted that Khanzada is expected to follow the given name when used as a title. If we had not dropped Makduna, documentation would have needed to have been found to support Khanzada as a second element.
This low-contrast complex line of division remains identifiable.

Miyazaki Atsutaka. Device. Azure, a polypus argent each tentacle maintaining a bell and on a chief enarched wavy Or three estoiles azure.

Nikolai Kolpachnik Spiach’ev. Name change from Ambrogio di Dionisio Acciaiuoli and device change. Gules, a demi-stoat issuant from base Or.

The submitter’s previous name, Ambrogio di Dionisio Acciaiuoli, is retained as an alternate name.

The submitter’s old device, Purpure, a pall ermine, is retained as a badge.

Nice device!

Nikolai Kolpachnik Spiach’ev. Alternate name Kolushka Konstiantinov.

Nikolai Kolpachnik Spiach’ev. Badge. (Fieldless) A cornucopia sable fructed proper.

By default a cornucopia is palewise with the opening to chief.

Nikolai Kolpachnik Spiach’ev. Badge. (Fieldless) A bag of madder erminois.

Nice badge!

Nikolai Kolpachnik Spiach’ev. Blanket permission to conflict with alternate name Ambrogio di Dionisio Acciaiuoli.

Nikolai allows registration of a name that is at least one syllable different from his alternate name, Ambrogio di Dionisio Acciaiuoli.

Nikolai Kolpachnik Spiach’ev. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. Per bend sinister ermine and counter-ermine, a rose counterchanged sable and argent, a bordure gules crusily formy argent.

The submitter grants permission to conflict to armory that is at least one DC from his registered armory.

Nikolai Kolpachnik Spiach’ev. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. Purpure, a pall ermine.

The submitter grants permission to conflict to any armory that is at least one DC from his registered armory.

Nikolai Kolpachnik Spiach’ev. Release of alternate name Zhaba Zagriazhskoi.

The submitter’s alternate name, Zhaba Zagriazhskoi, is released.

Pascual Manrriquel Caminante. Name and device. Per pale sable and argent, a tricorporate wolf and a bordure denticulada counterchanged.

Nice late 15th century Spanish name!

Runa Jonsdottir. Name and device. Or, a sea-wolf gules tailed vert.

Sorcha inghean Fhaoláin. Name and device. Vert, on a pile between two thistles Or a wolf rampant sable.

Submitted as Sorcha inghean Faoláin, Faoláin needs to be lenited. Therefore, we have changed this element to Fhaoláin in order to register this name.

This name does not conflict with the registered Sorcha ní Fhaolain. Precedent states that,
The submitter requested the form Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaoláin if it could be justified. Unfortunately, this is a identical in sound to the registered Caelainn inghean Fhaolain. The particle was changed to inghean Uí in order to clear this conflict.

Prior precedents concerning the difference between inghean and inghean Uí reflect the now-obsolete Rules for Submission, which stated that, “Two bynames of relationship are significantly different if the natures of the relationships or the objects of the relationships are significantly different.” (in this case, a daughter rather than a relative of some ancestor). Under SENA, we no longer consider the nature of the relationship when determining conflict. Instead, the addition of a syllable (Uí) is enough to clear this conflict under PN.3.C.2, Substantial Change to One Syllable. [Caoilfhionn inghean Uí Fhaoláin, April 2014, A-East]

In the present submission, inghean has an additional syllable compared to ní (itself a contraction of inghean Uí). Therefore, this name is also clear under PN3C2 of SENA.

Tobias Oldenburg. Name and device. Per pale dovetailed purpure and vert, two chevronels and in chief two towers argent charged with a decrescent vert and a decrescent purpure.

This complex low-contrast line of division is identifiable here and thus registrable.

Wolfram Janssen. Name and device. Or, a bend sinister dancetty vert between a wolf and a ram both rampant contourny purpure.

In commentary, Goutte d’Eau found both elements dated to 1596, making this an excellent late period German name!

Ysabel de la Oya. Name.

Both the given name and byname can be found in the same town, dated to 1495, making this an excellent late period Spanish name!

CALONTIR returns

Rébeca la Chienne. Device change. Argent, a wooden harp with the forepillar carved as a dog proper, in chief three open scissors inverted vert.

This device is returned for conflict with the device of Ann Etheridge of Somerset: Argent, a harp proper, stringed sable, entwined about the pillar three thistles slipped and leaved proper. There is a DC for adding the scissors in chief. Any other DC would have to come from the harp. The fact that the harp’s forepillar is carved is a detail left unblazoned in period: The harp was blazoned on the LoI as having its forepillar in the shape of a harpy. Following the pattern of period heralds, as seen in the blazon of the arms of Ireland and others, we will not blazon details of the forepillars of harps, as they are considered artistic details. [Christina Butterman, LoAR of March 2009]

Nothing has been presented to overturn this precedent. The carving of the harp is an artistic detail, worth no difference, and the thistles on Ann’s device are clearly maintained charges, also worth no difference.

Tatiana Nikonovna Besprozvannyja. Device change. Gules, a natural demi-tiger erect regardant erased argent striped sable and an orle argent.

This device is returned for redraw. Please instruct the submitter on the proper way to draw erasing: either three or four prominent, pointed jags on the erasing, as described on the Cover Letter to the November 2001 LoAR:  Therefore, for purposes of recreating period armorial style for erasing, the erasing should (1) have between three and eight jags; (2) have jags that are approximately one-sixth to one-third the total height of the charge being erased; and (3) have jags that are not straight but rather are wavy or curved.

Alternatively, the submitter could also draw the charge clearly couped.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a natural (demi)tiger.

The March to Lilies: The Hundred Years Week

From the Lilies website

As part of Coronation, Duchess Aislinn sponsored an A&S competition of the best Hundred Years War period crest. Overall, we were impressed with the quality of all of the crests. Three stood out, however. Sir Halvgrimr’s peacock was fantastic. HL Aiden might very well have won, if his crest had not actually been from the 1500s, not the time of the Hundred Years War. The winner was HL Cearr MacBrendan’s wolf, which was an excellent, and documented, period example of a crest.

As part of his victory, Cearr will choose 10 resurrections for either the French or English. As he has yet to make his choice, I suspect Sir Snorri and Mistress Rhianwen might have to bid for those resurrections.

On to other items. HL Jawhar, the Gate Steward, is beginning his call for people to serve at the gate. If you are interested in helping out, please email

Next, if the Lilies theme makes you interested in new Hundred Years War garb, at Clothier’s Sir Mathieu Chartrain will be teaching about the garb of Hundred Years War soldiers.

For up to date news about Lilies and the activities leading up to it, follow