Sunday, 22 October 2017

Tangwystl Caterina D'Courci, Duchy, 2017

Be it ordeined, established, and enacted by Edward, king, and Rylyn, quéene, of this realme of Ealdormere, with all the preheminence, and dignitie roiall to the same apperteining, that We do bestow, anoint and give unto Tangwustl Caterina D’Courci, first viscountesse of this Our kingdome, the title, style and right of duchesse, with the appurtenances thereto in anie wise due or appertaining. In her, Our kingdome’s first princesse, shall rest, remaine, and abide, our most roiall favour. This We order, Edward, souereigne lord king, and Rylyn, high quéene, with the grace of the North so to indure.

Done on the feast day of Blessed Charles of Austria, while Their souereigne maiesties sit in the castell of Rockton, within the lands of the boar known as Ben Dunfirth, in the yeare of the world 5984, and in the fifty and second yeare of the society, after the birth of the Lady Ealdormere 28, and in yeare ninetéene of the lupine realme.

Wording by Maister Colyne Stewart, based on “An act for the establishing of the crowne in the line of Henrie the seauenth” as recorded by Raphael Holinshed in Holinshed's Chronicles, which were written in 1577 with a second edition released in 1587.

In modern English, for the ease of the Court Herald:

Be it ordained, established, and enacted by Edward, king, and Rylyn, queen, of this realm of Ealdormere, with all the pre-eminence, and dignity royal, to the same appertaining, that We do bestow, anoint and give unto Tangwustl Caterina D’Courci, first viscountess of this Our kingdom, the title, style and right of duchess, with the appurtenances thereto in any ways due or appertaining. In her, Our kingdom’s first princess, shall rest, remain, and abide, our most royal favour. This We order, Edward, sovereign lord ing, and Rylyn, high queen, with the grace of the North so to endure.

Done on the feast day of Blessed Charles of Austria, while Their soverign majesties sit in the castle of Rockton, within the lands of the boar known as Ben Dunfirth, in the yeare of the world 5984, and in the fifty and second year of the society, after the birth of the Lady Ealdormere 28, and in the year nineteen of the lupine realm.

Original:

Be it ordeined, established, and enacted by this present parlement, that the inheritance of the crown of this realme of England, & also of France, with all the preheminence, and dignitie roiall to the same apperteining, all other seigniories to the king belonging beyond the sea, with the appurtenances thereto in anie wise due or apperteining, shall rest, remaine, and abide, in the most roiall person of our now souereigne lord king Henrie the seuenth, and in the heires of his bodie lawfullie comming, perpetuallie, with the grace of God so to indure, and in none other.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland
(3 of 6): England (7 of 9), Henrie the Seauenth, Sonne to Edmund Earle of Richmond, Which Edmund was Brother by the Moothers Side to Henrie the Sixt,
by Raphael Holinshed


which is part of the Holinshed's Chronicles, which were written in 1577 with a second edition released in 1587.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Pesha, Order of the Crucible, 2016

With grace and dignity do we, Velikii Knyaz Siegfried and Velikii Knyagina Xristina, call before us Pesha, known as Gypsy.  Her skill at dance, needle crafts and in persona research are known throughout Our kingdom and those of many of Our royal cousins.  Therefore, at the counsel of the kniaz and posadniks and people of Ealdormere, it is ordained and commanded by Us that Pesha be at once admitted into Our most noble Order of the Crucible. And if it happen that any kniaz or posadnik or other member of the populace, do go against this, Our royal decree, that such person, by assent of our boyars, shall pay a fee equal to their station. This we proclaim at Tournoi du Coeur des Glace, in Our shire of Bastille du Lac on the fourth day of the second month of the fifty-first year of the society.



Wording by TH Laird Colyne Stewart, based on the Statuta Armorum, c. 1260.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Elenore de Cherbourg, Award of Arms, 2016

So We, Siegfried and Xritstina, keepers of Ealdormerean land in its princely rule, address Ourselves to Elenore de Cherbourg. My dear child, listen of how your father and mother birthed you and raised you in good instruction and into the desire to serve those of Our lands. For you work in Our halls, and cook in Our kitchens, and serve at Our feasts, and work with embroidery and thread. Our people’s blessing upon you, we hold you in favour and seeing your good deeds which are righteous and whose fruits add to the abundance of plenty in our kingdom do We bestow upon you an Award of Arms.

This is given certificate at Queen’s Prize Tourney, in Petrea Thule, the month of November, the 66 day of autumn 51. Signature in this certificate of Siegfried, Velikii Knyaz, and Xristina, Velikii Knyagina.



Wording by TH Laird Colyne Stewar, based on the Mstislavov gramota (c. 1130), the Domostroi, section 25 and postscript (16th century) and a pledge record of the prince of Kholm to Ivan III (March 1474).

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndyfyrdwy, Court Barony, 2016

Due commendations and greetings from Thomas Byron and Ariella, King and Queen of Sylvan AEthelmearc by right of Arms, to Our right trusty and well beloved Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndyfyrdwy. Whereas by the advice of those men and women with whom we have utmost trust, and in recognition of the decades of service which you have done for Shire, Barony, Canton, Principality and Kingdom, while upon horse or upon foot, we are minded to surround Ourselves with such barons as shall give us council in certain arduous and urgent and serious affairs concerning Us and the defense of Our Kingdom, that We command that you, waiving all excuses, place personally yourself before Us that we may make you a Baron of Our Court in recognition of the Service which you have done for more than a generation of souls within Our society. This act We do with joy in Our hearts on the 9th day of August, two score and eleven years after wise elders met at Mistland's Tourney, from which all days are numbered.

Wording by Baron Caleb Reynolds, inspired by Summons of a Baron to Parliament (1295).

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Rhoswyn Gwynedd, Award of the Maiden’s Heart, 2016

Strong sacrifice is the strength (not in oppressor’s battle
But in ethereal miracles),
Highly-praised renowned gathering place, pure its essence,
Is the domain built by Rhoswyn Gwynedd.

Since I am song’s steward I will make a declamation of praise
To the works of this glorious lady,
Where the words collected rival the pleasures of Annwn,
Sparkling like spray from Owain’s fountain.

Nigel the King, Adrielle the Queen, brought to Rhoswyn renown,
It is made of a heart of the maiden,
A sign that none shall be o’erlooked in their kingdom
Fine is the golden wise pillar of the Wolf.

As our poet has related, so do we Nigel and Adrielle, King and Queen of Ealdormere, bestow upon Rhoswyn Gwynedd our Award of the Maiden’s Heart for her work as webminister and exchequer. Done while sitting Our thrones in Our canton of Ardchreag at the War of the Trillium on the feast day of Euddogwy in the fifty-first year of the Society.

Wording by THLaird Colyne Stewart, based on the Welsh poem I’r Grog o Gaer (To the Rood at Carmarthen) by Dafydd ap Gwilym.

Annwn was the Underworld, a place of delights, a paradise.


Owain’s fountain is a reference to “Owain, of the Lady of the Fountain”.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Jocelyn de Cranewell, Order of Defense, 2016

Be it known unto all by this present writings wheresoever it shall come to be read, heard or understood and especially to all manner of officers under Our dominions do We, Nigel III and Adrielle III, monarchs of the lands of the north, to all Justices, Mayors, Shieriffs, Bailiffs, Constables, Headboroughs, and to their deputies, and to all others to whom this decree comes, greetings.

Every parent, in order that their children should acquire reputation, procures for them some place in some royal court, and of some protection, to provide for them the best that they can. So did a notary of the court of Florence, place with Us his only daughter, who has, under the guise of learning to dance, become adept with the sword, and dagger, and cloak. She has traveled far across the Known World, both learning from those who are masters of the art, while freely giving of her knowledge to those in need. She has flourished upon the field, and has Our trust.

Thus do We, your sovereign King and Queen majesties with Our most honourable counsel, look with favour upon Jocelyn de Cranewell as an exemplar of the arts of the sword, and because she is dear to Us and shown of herself the magnanimity, the cunning, the valour, and the innumerable other virtues, and also the greatness of her ancestors, being descended as she is from a Lion of Ansteorra, who was begat by Hans Durmast, who was begat by the Moondragon who introduced the art of defense to the Society, do We admit with authority and by special commission under Our broad seal the said Jocelyn de Cranewell into the Order of Defense, forever more to be known as a Maestra and a Peer of the realm. And therefore we state by Our royal majesty and most honourable cousel, desire all our true subjects to aid the said Jocelyn de Cranewall against all strangers and such as teach without authority, and such foresworn men against Our royal majesties, which of long time have deceived our true subjects. We desire all our true subjects and officers as they love our sovereign crown to suffer none to keep any school of Defense whatsoever they be except having authority to show in like case as this Maestra Jocelyn de Cranewall hath unless it otherwise be also recognized by the Crown. In so doing you shall show your selves true and full faith officers and subjects unto our power.

In witness thereof on the day of the feast of Clare of Assisi, while sitting Our thrones in the Debatable Lands at the Pennsic War in this, the fifty-first year of the Society, do We sign our hand and seal.


Wording by THLaird Colyne Stewart, based in part on the introduction to Ridolfo Capo Ferro’s treatise "Great Representation of the Art and Use of Fencing" and Sloan MS 2530 page 31-2 which concerns the creation of a Master of Defense. Section in bold may have been cut for space.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Mattius of Petrea Thule, Scarlet Banner, 2016

Nigel, king, Adrielle, queen, and servants of Ealdormere, to Their beloved subject, Mattius of Petrea Thule, squire and man of good cote, greetings.

The actions of the worthy ought to meet with a corresponding fulfillment. Insomuch, as of your affection for all things martial, being always upon the lists and the fields of war, being a squire to one of our loyal knights, training to be a marshal, and the joy that is always apparent upon your person when so engaged: We, therefore, much pleased with the earnestness of your dedication, do look on you in favour, and do ordain that, by the authority of this Our present decree, you be given Our Award of the Scarlet Banner.

Given at Pikeman’s Pleasure, by the hand of Nigel and Adrielle, King and Queen of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, on the 4th day of June, in the 51st cycle of indiction of the incarnation of our Society.


Wording by THLaird Colyne Stewart, based on the Papal Bull “Pie Postulatio Voluntatis” which established the Order of the Knights Hospitaller.