In Memoriam: Duke Kenric æt Essex

Photo by Raziya bint Rusa

Crossposted from the East Kingdom Gazette, for those Calontiri who knew His Grace Kenric:

“When righteousness and mercy are associated in the ruler’s authority, he may, while soothing the hearts of his subjects, inspire them with reverence, and, whilst correcting, sooth them. So spoke Alfred, great King of the Saxons, and it is as if he had known Kenric ætEssex.” – From the ducal scroll of Kenric æt Essex

Duke Kenric æt Essex, Knight, Laurel, has been declared lost at sea following a boating accident on Friday, January 12th. Kenric was one of the most highly accomplished and beloved citizens of the East. He and his wife, Avelina Keyes, reigned three times as King and Queen of the East. He was the only person in the history of the East to be inducted into five orders of High Merit. Prior to his first reign as King of the East, he served as East Kingdom Brigantia Herald for four years, then subsequently as Kingdom Chamberlain for two years, and at the time of his death was serving as East Kingdom Marshal of Armored Combat.

Kenric was a fixture in his home Barony of the Bridge for decades and was a leading member of Duchy Von Drachenklaue and of House Silverwing. He recieved his Award of Arms in the Fall of 1994 from Lucan II and Jana II and was shortly thereafter inducted into the Pillar of the Bridge for his contributions to his local group. He was a companion of the Order of the Sagittarius (1998), of the Silver Crescent (1999), of the Maunche (2000), of the Tygers Combattant (2001), of the Chivalry (2002), of the Silver Rapier (2014), of the Laurel (2014), and of the Golden Rapier (2017). In addition, he held the rank of Master Bowman.

He was recognized with the Queen’s Honor of Distinction by Caitlin and by Jana IV, and with the Queen’s Award of Esteem by Caoilfhionn II, and he was recognized with the King’s Cypher by Lucan for his personal service to the Crown during three different reigns, as well as twice by Brennan.

For his courtesy and deportment in the Crown Lists, he was awarded the Shield of Chivalry four times. He twice served as Queen’s Champion of Arms and also won the position of King’s Champion of Arms three times. He was recognized with the Order of Valor of the East by Darius II and Roxane II at Pennsic 32 in recognition of his valor on the battlefield.

Kenric was a skilled metalworker, who at this past Pennsic was one of Champions representing the East for the Arts and Sciences War Point. He also did extensive and immersive research on Anglo-Saxon culture and language, learning to read and speak Anglo-Saxon English and striving at all times to make his person and persona as historically accurate as possible, to make history real and tangible to enhance both his own experience and that of those around him. To note only one vivid example, he was a performer in a battlefield telling of Beowulf at Pennsic XLII during his first reign. As one audience member described it, “when it came to be his turn he rose from his high seat to speak just as the sun was setting. He was exactingly dressed for the role, and as the light shifted from the setting sun to the torches in the tent, the Anglo-Saxon King of the East spoke the words of King Hrothgar in the original language that the poet put in that king’s mouth. We were transported.”

Kenric and Avelina reigned three times in the East. At the end of their first reign, Kenric “retired” his original persona and name of Kenric of Warwick, and at the Coronation of Edward II and Thyra held elaborate funeral rites for the death of the King, culminating in the elevation of Prince Edward and Princess Thyra to the Crown. The story of the passing of King Kenric captured the imagination of many in the East, and a number of artworks, stories, and songs were inspired by the life of “Saint Kenric of Warwick of Blessed Memory”. During their second reign, Kenric adopted the persona of Kenric æt Essex, cousin of the original Kenric, who had married Avelina and who again reigned in the East. During their third reign, Kenric instituted King Kenric’s Challenge, whereby he pledged to personally reward any and all Eastern Citizens who completed two, three, or four war point activities in armored combat, rapier, archery, or thrown weapons at Pennsic War.

Kenric is survived by his beloved wife, Duchess Avelina Keyes, and their daughter, as well as a wide circle of family and friends. An interfaith Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, January 20, 2018 at noon at Saint Benedict’s Church in Warwick, RI.

Photo by Raziya bint Rusa

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

Twelfth Night Court Summaries, January 6, A.S. 52

In morning court:
Augustin le Blinde and Aleit de la Thomme were invested as the new Baron and Baroness of The Lonely Tower.

On the field:
Michael Erikson – Iren Fyrd

In evening court:
Priscilla Dionessa – AoA
Giovanni Loredan – Golden Calon Swan
Willeam Rudhall – AoA
Odierne Lion – Leather Mallet
Gylys mac an Dieorr – AoA
Aethelred the Well Read – Leather Mallet
Christina l’Ambeler – Cross of Calontir
Ffelix Æskelsson – Cross of Calontir
Maegwynn Attewode – Calon Lily
Bjarm Rorikson – Chivalry

Other court tidings:
12 newcomers received mugs.

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

Sir Mar in the Hospital

Reposted from Facebook:

Good afternoon, everyone,
For those of you who already know, I would like to thank each and every one of you for the love and support you have sent me, the shire, and above all, Mar’s lady, Amethyst.

For those of you who don’t yet know: On Monday, 1/1/18 around 9:30 pm, my knight, Sir Mar, had an aneurysm in the left side of his brain. This caused the right side of his body to lose all function and feeling.

Amethyst flew down on Wednesday afternoon. She, and Mar’s mom, have been with him around the clock, sometimes in shifts.

On Thursday, 1/5/18, Mar went into surgery to relieve the pressure caused by the clot re-absorbing into the brain. It’s an extremely routine procedure that the surgeon has done many many times and has a 100% survival rating. They went in to remove the clot and cauterize any potential bleeds, helping release the pressure. He went in at 7 AM, and got out around 10 AM. The surgery went textbook, much to the relief of everyone.

After the surgery, we have seen good improvement. He has very minor control over motor function in the right side. He is able to open his eyes and look at people for a short period of time, the first of which was with Amethyst. He will potentially have the breathing tube removed either today or tomorrow.

At the moment, he is still in the ICU. Because he is still under close observation, we have to keep visitation to a minimum. We need to keep blood pressure down, and the flu is going around, so we have to keep visitation to a minimum.
We do have several Grimfelons that are basically living in the waiting room, making food runs, ensuring the family is sleeping, and generally taking care of family and visiting folk. For those who wish to join us, We are currently at Washington Regional in Fayetteville. I cannot garantee any visitation, due to the already stated reasons. However, I will post another update, once visitation can take place. I will also have a book avaliable for signing and/or writing get well messages.

Washington regional also has a send-a-patient-an-email website, for those who are unable to make it. I have linked it here:

We ask that you not come if you have the plague, as it is one of the worst things that can happen at this time.

We also ask that you not message Amethyst about this. – She has her plate full. Feel free to message myself if you have something you need said to her, or something you do not want to leave in the comment section below, I will do my best to respond when I am able.

For those who wish to do more during this time, Countess Belanna is organizing a Norse-themed quilt to be made and given to Mar. It will consist of patches made by those who wish to do participate. This may change, but I believe the general idea is to send you a square of cloth, and you embroider/applicate/magic said cloth, then send it back. Please message her for more information.

In service,

Updated and Revised Equestrian Waivers

Gleaned from the CalonList, kudos to Mistress Eoswyth þe Siðend who shared this news:

Bavarian engraving of a medieval tournament from the 1400s. Public domain in the US


Greetings to all KEOs, and felicitations at this festive time of year!
After literally years of work, I’m very pleased to announce that the Society has updated waivers for equestrian activities. I claim no credit for this accomplishment – all credit and thanks for a huge amount of work go to Mistress Eowyth, and to the work on review and acceptance on the part of the Office of the Society Seneschal and the Society’s in-house counsel, Patrick Anderson.
Details are as follows:

In order to reduce the amount of paperwork required at equestrian events, a new “combined” Waiver and Consent to Participate form has been created. This new waiver is only to be used for those events where an equine is present. All attendees are required to sign this waiver, including members who have a blue card. This form is applicable to equestrian events only, because it is both the equestrian waiver *and* the general site waiver (combined into one).  This eliminates the need for those without a blue card to sign multiple waivers at events with equines.  Everyone just signs this one form.The equestrian insurance policy has not changed.For those states that do not have equine liability laws (as of October 2017 that includes California, Maryland, New York, and Washington D.C.), the use of the Society Standard combined waiver is required.All states must showcase the appropriate Warning signs on site, with at least one to be at the equestrian field and one at the event check-in location (i.e. Gate/Sign-In/Troll). These signs can be purchased online through appropriate vendors or created following the appropriate requirements.If there are no equines, standard participant waiver procedures apply. Refer to the Seneschal’s Handbook if you have any questions. For those Kingdoms that include the waiver language on their gate forms, please contact Mistress Eowyth and she will help in updating your forms appropriately. Forms can be downloaded from the SCA’s Library of Documents at you have any questions regarding these updated waivers, please contact Mistress Eowyth (, Master Terafan – the Society Equestrian Officer (,  Master Alan – the Society Earl Marshal (, or Master Antonio – the Society Seneschal (

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that all your equestrian marshals know about the change, and please help seneschals and autocrats understand that they only need this one form at any events with equines.

Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon, OL, OP
Society Equestrian Officer

From The Lilies War Committee About Merchants

We know that a lot has been said in the last week or so about the combining of the two non-food merchant areas at Lilies War.  We hope that this will provide more insight as to why the decision has been made to do so at this time.  Please note, the merchants we are discussing, unless otherwise stated, are not the food merchants.  At this time the only location the food merchants can be is where they currently are.

 So many have asked why now?

 For years we have heard comments from both attendees and merchants regarding the separate merchant areas.  Many of the new attendees admit to not knowing there was two separate areas for merchants. They also admit that when asked about the New Market area they have been told that the New Market is for the “lesser” merchants who sell inferior goods. Many of the New Market merchants have heard the same thing. And several had stated that if things stay the way they are they would not be returning to Lilies War.

 And for as many years that we have been hearing these comments, the idea of combining the two areas has been debated.  Both sets of perspective Event Stewards for Lilies War 32, were keen on the idea of combining the Old and New Market Areas.  The Committee agreed and the chosen Stewards proceeded with the plan.

 Many have also commented on the logistics with the merchant staff.  There are two members of the merchant staff that most, if not all merchants come in contact with, the Merchant Liaison and the Merchant Coordinator.   The Merchant Liaison handles any necessary paperwork during the “off war” cycle and assists, when necessary, with any on site activates.  The Merchant Coordinator, which is a merchant, handles all of the merchant forms and on site merchant activities.  These two individuals are very familiar with the merchants and very good at what they do.  They have the trust of both the Committee and the Staff when it comes to any and all merchant issues. It can be quite difficult to watch out for the three Merchant Coordinator and run their own booth.  Ion the past the Coordinator has had volunteers to assist them with these duties. But just as it is getting harder to find volunteers to set up for an event or sit a gate shift or two, it is becoming more difficult to find volunteers to provide the daily support that the Merchant Coordinator needs.

Why the Old Market Area?

Our options were:

 1.       Move all the merchants to the New Market area.

  • a.       When the idea of moving all of the merchants to the New Market area was last discussed, it was made known that if the plan were to proceed multiple Old Market merchants would not be returning to Lilies War.
  • b.      After surveying the land, it is on a steeper grade (some areas more than other), and there are certain areas that can get quite marshy when storms come through camp.
  • c.       It is more centrally located in the camp as a whole, especially since this upcoming war the battlefield will be located on the east end of camp.

2.       Move all the Merchants to the Old Market area.

  • a.       With this choice, we know that at least 1 merchant has chosen not to return to Lilies war.
  • b.      While the land is flatter, for the most part, moving the merchants to this area will displace the campers who have traditionally camped there the last several years.  However, this would not be the first time that land would have to be acquired for a War activity.
  • c.       With the battlefield moving, having all the merchants in the Old Market area will provide for a better draw to that end of camp.  With Archery and the Food Court this will be an additional draw to the west side of camp.

3.       Move all of the merchants to an entirely new area

  • a.       All of the merchants that have stated that they will not be returning if forced to move, would do just that, not return to Lilies War.   Thus losing even more merchants than either of the previous two options.
  • b.      While there is other land that might be flatter, less marshy during storms, or have less camping.  There are very few areas that have all three, and are available for use by the war.
  • c.       There is no guarantee that the third location would provide the best of land and camping conditions and be centrally located enough for attendees to visit.  In fact, there are a few areas that could fit the other criteria, but are so far removed from any other war activity that merchants would not get any foot traffic during the week.

4.       Keep the Merchants where they were last year.

  • a.       This option would lose merchants as well.
  • b.      It would not address the many concerns that we have received from both merchants and attendees.

Is there room in the Old Market area for all of the merchants?

Fortunately, there is. Last year we saw just over 900 people come through gate, which was in fact a 5% to 8% decline from the previous year. And some of those were merchants.

Why didn’t you tell us about this sooner why keep it secret?

The final decision was made at the Lilies War Committee meeting at Kris Kinder, on December 9th.  Yes the irony of deciding the fate of the merchant areas while at a merchant event is not lost on us.  And it was never our intent to keep this information from anyone.  All Lilies Committee meeting are open to everyone. This was not one of them.  And while we usually have a general idea of what will be discussed at each meeting, you never really know what will come up and how long it will take until you are in the middle of it.   After the meeting a medical issue came up that prevented the announcement in court that evening.  A few days later, the decision was made public for us, while at the same time the Stewards were planning an announcement of their own and the Merchant Staff was preparing the updated paperwork that will be sent out to merchants soon.  Unfortunately, an additional delay occurred so we could answer other urgent matters that had arisen.

Does Lilies care about merchants?

In fact, we do.  We understand that in order to thrive, we need to encourage more merchants to come to Lilies War.  In order to do that we need to provide the best atmosphere that Lilies War can provide.  That includes combining the market areas, and asking the populace to continue supporting all the merchant who attend the War as much as they can.  At other events, please talk to other merchants about Lilies War and encourage them to attend!  Perhaps together we can make Lilies War more than just a vacation for some, perhaps we can turn it into a vacation with a thriving and prosperous merchant area.  And frankly, more merchants and a better shopping experience will attract more people.

What about those merchants who don’t wish to move from the New Market area? 

Since we are opening up that area for camping it means that if a merchant doesn’t want to leave that area, for whatever reason, they can become an in-camp merchant. They will have to follow the rules for being an in-camp merchant.  But it’s an absolutely feasible option.

We believe this decision is for the best for our War. We have weighed options, and as outlined earlier, the logical course of action is to provide a consolidated merchant’s area where all merchants are all seen and known, drawing not only hopefully more, but better and more profitable shopping for our merchants. We know that not everyone likes this decision, and that some will even take it personally. We…I apologize for that.  It is never our intent to make anyone upset.  We also understand that individuals have to do what they think is best for them and their situation, even if that means not attending Lilies War any longer. But we ask that you please try to understand that we, the Committee, have to do what we feel what is best for Lilies War.

 As always, if you have any comments or questions about Lilies War please contact us via email at:

Event Stewards –

Lilies War Chair – lilieschair@calontir.ogr

 And if you are merchant and you have questions about merchanting at Lilies War, please contact the Merchant Staff at

Baroness Rebecca Beaumont, OP

Chair of the Lilies War Committee

From the Lilies War 32 Stewards

It has come to our attention as your Event Stewards for Lilies War 32: “Counties vs. Duchies” that the word has started to spread regarding the placement of merchants for the next Lilies War.

We wanted to announce that for Lilies 32, we are combining the merchant areas. The plan is to move all of the merchants into the Old Merchant area by the archery field. We hope that by making this change we will be able to simplify logistics and provide another lure to that end of camp.

We understand that this change will disturb how things have been set up in the past, including some personal camping areas. However, this decision was not made lightly. Several discussions were had, questions were answered, and the Lilies War Committee was consulted. We believe that at this time, this option is what is best for Lilies War

We appreciate your support while we make these changes.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact Komes Agamemnon Platylithodae at

In service,HL Katherine D’Arles and Komes Agamemnon Platylithodae
Lilies War 32 – Event Stewards.