From The Representation of Lordship and Land Tenure in Domesday Book

Bookcases in the library of the University of Leiden, 1610

A recent email from recommended the paper The Representation of Lordship and Land Tenure in Domesday Book by Stephen Baxter, faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Oxford. The paper is embedded below.

I encourage anyone interested in late Anglo-Saxon and early Conquest England to check out his papers at:

The basic membership at is free, and there are a wealth of papers and articles

In Memoriam: The Passing of Aine nic Taillieur

The words of Mistress Kristine nic Taillieur:

Courtesy of the Knowne World Memorial Shield Project

On September 3, 2019, Annette Barker (nee Taylor,) known to many as Aine nic Taillieur, passed from this world to the next. Lest any question her might, let all know of her story. Though unusual, a clan of Draugr arose in her homeland which called themselves Cancer. A strong warrior woman, she fought bravely for two years, wounding and destroying members of the clan through guile, knife, and even resorting to a poison which pained her deeply and caused the loss of her locks.

After battling fiercely, however, it soon became apparent to Aine that the war could not be won without great cost. Knowing that, without a home base, the enemy could be stopped, she planned one final tactic. She pulled the Draugr into a false sense of security, allowing them to believe they had won and drawing them into a tight circle around herself. At the last moment, she set the land about her ablaze, trapping the Draugr within. Alas, she too, was trapped.

Thus passed Aine Nic Taillier from this world, her battle cry screamed across the land and the sounds of Savage Daughter ringing in her ears.

Such was her love for those around her, to protect them from the enemy. Such was she a mother, who nurtured all who met her. Such was she loved that, upon hearing of her passing, cups were raised across the meadhall to toast to her victory and to the memory of such a great woman.

Skol, for the hero Aine nic Taillieur, who chose to fight until the end, taking the enemy with her





Sing Non Nobis!

Tournament of Valor Court Summaries, AS 54

Saturday court, August 31:
Varrus of Vatavia – AoA
Skapti eldboðungr – Leather Mallet
Veyl Robertsson – AoA
Bertram Grűnrock – AoA
Elizabeth Raven – AoA
Hieronymus aka Hero – Golden Calon Swan
Generis Vach – AoA
Alessandra Corsina – AoA
Darius van Delphin – AoA
Roben Dunlop – Leather Mallet

Other court tidings:
Royal sanction announced against Titus Decimius Alexander (aka Xandre), to expire 1/11/2020.
A gift of stained glass was presented to Their Majesties.
The Barony of Vatavia presented a tithe.
A Torse scroll was presented to Kolsveinn Stýrismaðr; scroll was astray since Lilies 2019.
An AoA scroll was presented to Samuel Strangefellow; also astray since Lilies.
The First Ax was presented to Master Magnus Anskegg.
Cherish Otte of Ansteorra read a letter from the Baronage of Raven’s Fort, Elrique de Netterville and Sarah Róís Netterville, commending the Seneschal of Westumbria.
Countess Conna ingen Ui Chearbhail is the new Royal Nomenclator.
5 newcomers received mugs.
Duke Tristram of Lindesfarne is the interim Kingdom Advocate.

Sunday court, September 1:
John Bowyer – Chivalry

Codex Manesse, UB Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, fol. 17r, “Herzog von Anhalt”, 1305-1315. Public Domain in the United States

Aine nic Tailliuer in Hospital

Mistress Kristine nic Tailliuer shares on Facebook:

The time we hold with our friends is precious, even more so when we find that the end of that time is drawing unexpectedly nigh.

Such is the case for Annette Barker, known by many who love her as THL Aine Nic Tailliuer. The time she has left is short, likely anywhere from a week to a couple weeks.

We know that she is beloved in her community and kingdom and her family, chosen and biological is large. Her husband and children are working with her and her care team to ensure she is comfortable for as long as possible.

Please refrain from coming to the hospital without first reaching out to the family to ensure she is able to accept visitors.

She has requested that Aston Tor, The Broken Harp, and her friends in Axed Root work together to hold a celebration of life for her at a later date.

We will continue to update as we have more information.


Cattle Raids court summary, August 24, A.S. 54

Raiding Cattle. Diebold Schilling the Youger. 1513

On the field:
Æsileif Jotunsdottir – Iren Hirth

In evening court:
Emerick Blackpool – AoA
Alaric Acwulf – Torse
Fastmundr Eldjarnsson – Torse
Dragii the Serene – AoA

Other court tidings:
The Barony of Mag Mor presented largess to the Crown.
Bartholomew Mercer won the Novice rattan tourney.
Duke Caius Equitius Rectus Xerxis won the “Bring Your Best Game” rattan tourney.
Lord Deo MacCillian won the “Best Teammate” rattan tourney.
Lord Cian mac Lorccáin huí Chonaill won the “Opposites” steel tourney.
Master Mikhail Nikolaevich Kramolnikov won the “Wound” steel tourney.
Lady Miakushka Loshkina won the Blank Border competition.
Lady Lizbet of Spinning Winds and Æþelwyn æt Ulancumbe tied for the A&S win.
8 newcomers received mugs.
While Her Majesty Yseult won the archery competition, Master Rolf Hobart had the highest score.


Announcement: President’s Report for the July 2019 Board Meeting

Men harvesting wheat, Queen Mary’s Psalter, circa 1310. Public domain in the US

John Fulton, President for the SCA, has announced that a report from his office is now available on the SCA website. This report contains the publishable summaries and commendation sections from each Society Officer’s reports, as well as publishable summaries submitted by various Board committees.

The report can be located here:

Questions or comments regarding this report should be directed to Mr. Fulton at

If you send comments, please use the subject line “President’s Report July 2019”.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Announcement: Proposed Corpora Addition – Non-Discrimination

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

The Board of Directors is currently requesting commentary with regard to the following the proposed policy addition to Corpora:

Non-Discrimination Policy

The SCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, size, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law.

Please email all commentary to comments at  Please use the title “Non-Discrimination Policy Proposal” in the subject line.

Do not use attachments in your commentary to Attachments will cause your message to be marked as spam.

In lieu of email, commentary may be sent by US Mail to:

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
RE: Non-Discrimination Policy
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

Commentary regarding this proposed Corpora change, whether sent by email or US Mail, must be received by the Board no later than January 1, 2020.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email

Announcements – Project Corpora Updates

Men harvesting wheat, Queen Mary’s Psalter, circa 1310. Public domain in the US

Greetings to all,

From John Fulton, President, SCA, Inc.

As mentioned in my last President’s Report to the community there is a project to review Corpora to clean up any confusing or outdated language in order to make it more “user-friendly”.  This will be an ongoing project and will not affect the Board presenting proposals to the membership on substantive changes such as the recently suggested change to Corpora IV.B.1 which would remove the mention of gender as a requirement for Royal Lists.

At the July 2019 meeting, the Board approved the first set of edit changes/clarifications for commentary to the membership.

Information about this project can be found here:

A copy of the relevant parts of Corpora showing the proposed edits can be found at the above link.  Edits are red-lettered.

Also available is a copy of an explanation of the proposed changes.  Most of these are editorial in nature only.  This includes changes to the Glossary, some standardized language cleaning, and moving toward gender-neutral terms.  This also proposes removing such phrases as Western Europe in order to properly include many other cultures within the scope of the Society’s pre-17th Century reenactment activities.  This part was addressed recently by the Board.

This is the first of the current attempts at editing and updating Corpora.  It will not be the last. Nor is this considered to be a complete and finished document. 

The intent of this project is NOT to do substantive game-changing alterations.

Please send all comments to with the subject line “Corpora Edit Comments – Set 1”.  Include your modern and SCA name and membership number if you have one.

Also, please feel free to email me also at with questions or suggestions.

Many thanks to Kelly Magill and Lis Schraer for helping me so much.

In service,

John Fulton

Mka Duke John the Bearkiller

President, Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Memories of Master Eadweard Boicewright

Nearly a month ago, my lord husband told me that Master Eadweard Boicewright, one of my dearest mentors and friends, had passed away. He said that he had suffered a cardiac event.

It broke my heart.

Papa, as those who learned from him call him, was a pillar, not just in our kingdom, but in the Society at large. He was a keeper of our memories, he dispensed wisdom to kings and peasants, and he gave of himself whenever and where ever he saw a need, without any expectation of praise or reward.

The first time we met was at Valor, in 2011. I was mending a friend’s trousers when he sat down across from me at the table. We talked about my SCA name, about trouser seam stability (he told me how his trousers were split when he was called into court to receive a Calon Cross), and mundane things. In retrospect, I see now how he was sizing me up and getting a feel for the kind of person I am.

I guess he liked what he saw because a few months later, he sponsored me in my first Queen’s Prize Tournament and introduced me to Marcella (Mama), his lady wife. She taught me how to make cloth buttons, finger loop braid, lucet, and heddle weave.  It became a habit during my first year in the SCA: I’d go hang out in Papa’s wood wright shop and make tools then go upstairs and ask Mama to teach me how to use them.

Since I moved away, I’ve missed that bond and rapport. Not many people will drive twenty-thirty minutes to take a broke college student out for a nice lunch because she spent the bulk of her much-need Spring break bedridden with Strep Throat, but Papa did. Not many laurels would steer apprentices that could be stars in their belts toward other peers because they see how they could flourish in that relationship, but Papa did.

To be clear, Papa was not the sort of man who brandished his title. I still remember the grin that spread across his face when he finally told me he was a laurel and saw my face pale as I shrunk away a little. I was still new enough to have Peer Fear and had been talking easily  with him for over an hour at that point, so I was a more than a little intimidated. More importantly, though, what he said to me about being a laurel gave me the first inkling that it was something I could aspire towards. He told me that being a laurel meant being a teacher and teaching is something to which I have always been drawn. That seed has remained with me eight years later.

Papa was also one of the most insightful people I have ever known and the most honest. He was the man he always aspired to be, like the Kipling poem he was fond of quoting: a man who talked with crowds without losing his virtue and walked with kings without losing the common touch. I wasn’t done learning from him and I’ll always miss our talks.