A reproduction of part of the Bayeux Tapestry
Photo by Lady Mary of Montevale
By Lady Mary of Montevale,
A visitor to the Barn on Monday for the Pennsic 41 A&S Exhibit could have managed to spend the entire five hours there without ever having to leave for lunch thanks to the samples available at some of the displays.
The first of these I encountered were the two substantial examples of cured pork, both thinly sliced to be available for a large number of nibblers. Just two rows away, my nose led me to the display beneath the large Atlantian A&S banner where Nikulai and Girard of Windmaster’s Hill had earthenware jugs of their brewing products. If you were over 21, you could sample four different all-grain brews (from 6% to 9% alcohol); a non-alcoholic root beer was available for all ages.
Then I spied the plates of three different period ravioli. They were the exhibit of Rose of Sternfeld (Mid) who at the age of eleven was participating in Pennsic’s adult display for the second year in a row. While Rose offered samples to passers-by, her mother Lady Caristonia Ainslie explained some of the details of the cooking project.
The French ravioli contained spinach and mint, both from the home garden. This was a late 16th c. dish for which the source was the Overture de cuisine. The Italian ravioli - mid-15th c. from the Libro di arte cocinaria, contained chicken and bacon. Both these ingredients were purchased from a local butcher, just as a person in period would have done. The English ravioli with a cheese and saffron filling was from the late 14th c and the source was Forme of Cury. Although the saffron was purchased, Rose made the cheese and the butter for this herself.
Rose also made the pasta, rolled it, and hand-filled the ravioli. She chopped ingredients by hand - no food processor was used, and she hand-ground all the herbs using a mortar and pestle. For today’s exhibit, the ravioli were boiled in water in an electric pot due to the limitations inherent in the location (the Barn).
While Rose and I talked, Baroness Arielle sampled the wares and declared the the two delicious, period vegetarian ravioli “gave her great pleasure,” and presented young Rose with a beautiful long-stemmed red rose in appreciation. Just starting seventh grade this year, the young cook also appreciates that although school has already begun, she was able to get permission from her principal for this trip to Pennsic to count as an excused absence; it is an educational trip. While she is here, she is also an enthusiastic youth fighter and served as a water bearer yesterday for the My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad tourney. It’s not all vacation of course-her viola sat in its case under the exhibit table so that she would not miss her music practice this afternoon after the display ended at 3.
One of the displays from the West was a Gorgon pebble mosaic done in the Greek style. About three feet by two and a half, it may end up being made into a table, according to its creator Lady Nisaa Karahisari. Gorgon mosaic images have been a favorite of hers for many years, but her inspiration to make this piece was modern recent and very personal. The stunning mosaic is a gift for her husband Ajax, and she was to present it to him later in the day when he is knighted on the battlefield. (Yes, he already knows about the gift. It weighs about fifty pounds and was one of the things with him on the drive from the West Coast to Pennsic.)
There are always many eye-catching and interesting items in the A&S display. One of the most unusual was a real boar’s tusk in a wire frame created by Rignach verch Aniel Dubh of Æthelmearc. She was inspired by two Bronze Age grave finds from France and Germany, the earliest of which dates from the 16th c. B.C.E. She explained that she was drawn to the piece as a potential project in order to learn how the makers of the originals had done the wirework. The size of the tusk-about nine inches-is the determining factor for the proportions of the wirework enclosing it.
Other stunning piece on display included:
A heraldic shield bearing the Midrealm device done in size 15 myuki beads on linen and appliqued on a black velvet pouch by Lady Isabeau du Vallé (East) who has undertaken a personal quest to complete such a pouch for each kingdom of the SCA.
A dress decorated with blackwork and a wooden box cover insert in the same style which were done by Mistress Safiya bint Suleiman (Trimaris) as part of her research into the origins of blackwork in 9th-10th c. India.
Scrolls to be awarded to the winners in the three forms (spear, axe, and knife) of the Thrown Weapons Champions Tourney on Tuesday which has been made by Æthelmearc scribes, including Pani Zofia Kowaleweska and Baron Caleb Reynolds, who himself participates in Thrown Weapons.
Intaglio work by Rekon of Saaremaa (Caid) who also demonstrated her craft at Artisans’ Row on Saturday.
An exquisite miniature manuscript page which Master Ranthulfr Asparlund (Mid) had entered in a University of Michigan alumni show.
But the item attracting the most attention and the most picture-taking on Monday was the Bomticc tapestry - a tapestry history of the SCA from AS 1 through (eventually, when completed) AS 50. The project, done in the size and style of a Bayeux Tapestry, has been completed up to about AS 27 and the beginning of Gulf Wars.
Lady Jadwiga Wlodzislawska (Mid) says she began the tapestry in 2009 after learning of the AS 50 Project because it seemed to be a good way to make use of her collection of SCA historical facts and trivia, and it was something she could do in her small apartment.
The top strip of panels, stretched about 30 feet across the Barn, began (of course) with that very first tourney held on May 1, 1967, in a backyard in Oakland, CA. A panel or two later, the East Kingdom was created, and if you know your SCA heraldry and history, it is possible to count off the years as other kingdoms are born, with Æthelmearc and Ealdormere making their appearance very near the end of what has been completed on the second strip of panels.
Some sad events, such as the death of a Queen of Atenveldt in AS 20, are shown, as is at least one modern world event - the appearance of Halley’s Comet in AS 21. (The comet which appears on the original Bayeux Tapestry as a portent of the critical events of 1066 was identified centuries later as Halley’s as well.) There are also some less widely-known firsts in SCA history depicted such as the first University event, the first augmentation of arms, and the first occasion when a Pelican was awarded by an individual kingdom rather than by the Society.
Lady Jadwiga was giving “guided tours” of her amazing creation throughout the entire time the A&S exhibit was open. She explained to me that some of the information was very hard to find, and she mentioned the wikis of the kingdoms of Caid and An Tir as having been especially helpful. She also pointed out to me that her tapestry is worked on muslin the same width as the widest measure point of the actual Bayeux Tapestry, because to do it in linen would have been prohibitively expensive.
Vivats to all the artisans in Monday’s A&S Exhibit!
By Lord Jack Marvell
Come call it a Golden Chain. Some call it Duke U. Whatever the name, though, the Middle Kingdom-sponsored Tournament of Chivalry held on Tuesday gave unbelted heavy fighters from across the Known World a chance to learn from more than 75 members of the Chivalry.
“This is something that we in the Middle Kingdom have done for about a decade and a half,” said Duke Ullr, the organizer of the event. “We invited every member of the Chivalry and every sitting king to hold the field... We call it a tournament in more of a sense of a showcase instead of a competition.”
About 200 unbelted fighters came to learn from the assembled knights. There were five current kings on the field, Duke Ullr said. “It is exciting stuff.”
King Savaric of the Midrealm said his kingdom relies on the tournament as a teaching tool. “It’s a beautiful thing,” he said. “All these guys are thirsty for knowledge. It is here. All they have to do is go to the well. I hope they drink deeply.”
This is the first time that the Middle Kingdom has held a Tournament of Chivalry at Pennsic. “This is our kingdom’s greatest teaching tool,” King Savaric said. “It is the best way for our knights to interact with the unbelted. Their knowledge is going to be disseminated and spread through the Known World from this one event. You’ll see it on the field next year.”
The tournament met with the approval of its participants. “It is a blast,” said Duchess Elina of Beckinham, who hails from the Midrealm. “This is the best learning environment possible. I’m on the unbelted side. I’ve got something to learn from everybody, and I always will.”
The format alternated between rounds of fighting and classes. Holding the field is a grueling experience for the participating Chivalry, who are faced with wave after wave of unbelted fighters. “They are completely wiped out, but they do it as a duty to the Crown,” Duchess Elina said.
The format gives unbelted fighters the opportunity to fight with members of the Chivalry as often as they want. “If you didn’t get enough fighting today, it’s your own fault,” Duchess Elina said.
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Vote for most helpful, knowledgable, authentic, fun merchant. Thank them for making Pennsic wonderful. Vote @ Cabochons #17 Bow. Ends Thursday at noon.
Handicap Tourney on Wed the 8th at 3PM. If you have a physical imparement that you think that prevents you from throwing come anyway and learn how. Location Throwing Weapons Range.
Events Open to All
This year the event called “RIVER WAR” which will be held in the Barony of Iron Bog (EK) is planning to fill a weekend with a great deal of fun on Sept. 28-30th at Tall Pines Day camp. See Lord Sterling De La Rosa (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions.
Feed your spinning habit! Gorgeous fiber at MTF #28
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26.
12x20 Panther double bell wedge pavilion. Used once and carefully stored since. Includes tent, poles, stakes, ropes and awning. $900 OBO INQ at Hunters Home or call 858-735-0113 lv message
Midnight Madness special! Buy a Pennsic 41 T for the chirurgeons and choose a free T from a past year - from Claus the Toymaker
Hangover, Headache, Heat Exhaustion COLD Neckcoolers could be the cure $5 BRIAR PATCH GARB #73
A new shipment of hair sticks just arrived at Lady Guen’s. Space 121
Leather armor kit for sale. Optimized for CA but useable for heavy. See THL Eamon Barony of Roaring Wates/Darkyard. $180 OBO
Hot off the press, The Inkle Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon is available at Ursula’s Alcove #166.
Warm cloaks, lots of styles, custom made on site. CLOAK AND DAGGER, 13 Bow Street
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE from Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Cloaks - 10% off to celebrate our 10th War. MTF #28
Folding knives for sale! I have lots and lots of folding knives from $1 to $8. I don’t want to take these home. Costumes by Loren, 166 Fleet Street.
MASKS, hand-carried from Venice. Unique. Space 28
For sale 2 teak x-chairs. $300. Vair & Ermine (N18). Ask for Ysane
Ask Mawsho about real estate and romance at Merchant Site 2. All accessories for your camp. Read my ad in the merchant book.
30 years in business - so we are taking 30% off on different items each day. Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
For sale: SCA Road Signs - “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger: Viking Territory”, and many others, some new and very silly. $5 each. Claus the Toymaker. #26.
3 Ladies’ Rings, made by Master Gaulkner, history-based. Blue sapphire, sz 7, $100; Citrine , sz 7, $100; Amber, sz 6, $100. Brun @ 703-597-8724
Full Chain Mail Coif $75 See Farasha & Suad Merchants Space 60
Good garb - Bad garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont and Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Henna art at Your Inner Vagabond. Specializing in fine-line detail and custom designs. Kids badge #s tattooed for $1. Ask for Heather (thru Thurs).
Knitting needles & accessories. Misty Tower #28
Complete set of A. Kent’s novels about Richard Bolitho. 24 vols., paperback. Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
Laptops for sale at cost. Inquire at Mystic Mail.
20x30 Pavilion. Ropes-Poles-Stakes included. $950 obo. See at Northern Cross on Runestone Hill or leave message. 814-881-8097. Karsten.
Beading needles and wire now in space 121
Madness! 20-30% off most! Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
Yurts 4 Sale! See T&A Yurts @ the end of Bones Nose. Master craftsmen, all new materials. 215-896-5859.
How can anything sarong be so right! Sarongs at Bronwyn’s at Moongate.
Snoods in silk, cotton and metallic. Custom orders welcome. Space 121
Mama Thunder dresses for sale @ Hobbitronics (#8)
For sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
Acer Iconia Tablet A500 10S32 with case $250. Sp #185 LaWrensNest. Ask for WREN or Julie
9 yard saris 7 yard: Just Plain Plunder #18
Claus’ Guide on “How Not to Get a Laurel” - Audacious and naughty - the truth is hard and very funny. See Claus the Toymaker. #26 across from the Barn.
Panther 16x16 Regent, super ground cloth, 12x12 awning, poles, stakes, ropes. $1000 OBO. Call/txt 405.659.6737. Available Fri.
32 foot former NASA touring trailer for sale! Trailer has two personnel doors with stairs and safety railing, an awning on one side and can be wired for electric. Perfect for storage or merchanting! Asking 6K, price negotiable. Call 814-897-6830 or email email@example.com
Kids garb at Neverland Designs #121 Plunder Lane
Pavilion company for sale. Est. 1982. Set own hours, full/part-time turnkey, everything incl. See our ad in the gatebook. Period Pavilions, space 28.
For Sale: THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
Leather Works. Save your hands. Compound Action Revolving Punch 70% less pressure required to operate. See Isak - Booth 56 Leather Crafter
Penners at long last! Beautiful handcrafted leather cases for your pens. Durer wished his was as nice as these. Guild of Limners.
For Sale: Good Gentles...How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee, Toymaker
Pennsic Virgin badges - $3. Prior years also. Space 28
Asterix and Obelix have come to War. Visit them at Ursula’s Alcove, 166 Fleet St.
PERIOD PAVILIONS, new and used for rent and sale. 3 on site for immediate delivery and 12 more on site at end of war. Others in stock, can ship. We do custom pavilions - colors and intricate shapes and faux buildings our speciality. More details and pics plus free catalog at space #28.
Half Gallon Pennsic Party Flasks! Don’t run out of your favorite beverage! Hamish’s Dreck Booth 175
WOOL: fine twill, flannel, gabardine, coating, melton, dark Stewart - Dragon’s Magic #27
For Sale: Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. Sale price $20 per sheet. The Guild of Limners, #26 across from the Barn.
Benefit the Chirurgeons -- buy an original Pennsic 41 T-shirt, $12. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Why melt? Cool comfortable cottons in bright knotwork or middle eastern patterns. Shop early for best selection. Costumes by Loren, 166 Fleet Street.
Private 8x8x10 Locker for rent on-site $600/yr. See Baron Petreus, Full Moon Canada S.E. Corner B-09
18 Ft Yurt. Great shape, $900 or best offer. Will trade or barter. Call Erica 617-653-1963
Rubber stamps hand carved by Mistress Briana - Unique to the SCA all from period sources. Only at the Guild of Limners.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
Sharp shiny objects! Low prices! New Selection of Handmade Axes! Keep your raiding Vikings happy! Hamish’s Dreck #175
Marquee tent 10x21 2yrs old Sunforger $1200 complete. See Anton #83 Street of Gold
Tent for sale: 10x20 canvas...Inquire at Polyhymnia N10...Ask for Alaric...Pick up at end of Pennsic.
Yurt for sale $400 or B/O. See Jimmy the Brewer Camp Biernmead N22
Professional cabaret dance costumes including Madam Abla $200.00 and up. Ask to see at merchant space 4.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
Tentmasters 12x18’ pavilion, poles, ropes and stakes. $1500 obo. See at Lochmere Camp on Battle Row. Viking Slat Bed (queen) $250 also available.
For Sale: Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-annic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. Guild of Limners #26.
Totes on sale! Celtic- $14. Other- $17. MTF #28
New Learning CD by Mistress Rosalind Jehanne. Available at Camelot Treasures #30. Street of Dreams.
Trailer 4 Sale: 8 x 16 custom trailer, 2 axle. Rear ramp, side door. Interested leave msg @ Midrealm Royal for THL Briana Exchequer $500 OBO
Unused set of armor and ironmonger helmet $400 OBO. See Gareth at Axes & Arrows in N09
Mint Carousel pavilion 18’ Panther. Purple & gold asking $2000 OBO. Also a storage/box trailer. 6’x8’x5’ upgraded to larger one. Great onsite storage $150. Contact Garraed Harpwood E24 or 206-419-6640.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick and chunky. Fair trade products. $8-$32, limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
We have lots of new merchandise at Costumes by Loren! Earrings, necklaces, gemstones, doll clothes, teddy bears, and more. 166 Fleet Street. We take credit cards.
IRIDESCENT SILK TAFFETAS at Dragon’s Magic #27
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing? Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4, limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #26.
Yard sale block E18 in Misty Highlands on 8/9 & 810 from noon - 3PM. Books, goblets, and a small gorget. Yard sale prices! Ask for Lady Asta.
10x14 Panther wedge tent with super ground cloth, 2 pole hangers and 2 rafter hangers $400 obo. Camp Big Yellow House N18
Paternosters from simple to divine. Space 121
Yurts 4 Sale. 10, 12, 15, 18’ Rich 815.641.1189 msg/txt
For Sale: Bosch 250-LP tankless electric pilot water heater w/GoPower RV solar kit & inverter. Installed in solidly built 4x8 storage/utility house w/ shingled roof. Plumbing will support 2 exterior shower stalls + sink. Room for plumbing expansion. Used at Pennsic ‘06-’10, in enclosed offsite storage since. Requires flatbed trailer or similar to transport. Needs new batteries, filtration. $1000. Inquire at Pit of Dispair N21. Ask for Anastasia or Elizabeth.
Porcelain dolls, stamped + gilt leather, woven tapestry panels, 24” hair pieces, 1066 t-shirts. Space 28
www.SimplyTapestries.com Great Tapestries, Great Prices...
12 Step Meeting E07 Denys the Decadent’s Camp. 4:00 PM Daily. AA NA OA SA GA All welcome.
Losing your cool? Hot under the collar? Get your reusable cooler at Designs By J, space 162. Free recharge service!
Thunder Dinner will be on Thursday Aug 9 at Trimaris Royal at 7PM/1900 followed by circle at Brigadoon.
Michael Z. WIlliamson signing copies of his new novel, “When Diplomacy Fails...” at Cloak and Dagger, 13 Bow Street.
Jewish persona? Or mundane Jew? I’m writing about Jewish/Pennsic. firstname.lastname@example.org or find Eliezer.
Barbarians! Bellydancers! Get your tribal on with Harquus temp tattoos. FDA approved, safe, BLACK! Ask for Heather and Your Inner Vagabond thru Thurs.
To Commodore Robin, undying love from a good man to you. May you become one someday!
Photography Roundtable AS 14 4 - 6PM Wed. Come discuss any photography topics. All skill and equipment levels welcome. Sponsored by Master Phillip.
Camelot Guild declines protection.
The Honorable Lord Giacomo Vincenti, Provost of Atlantia hereby announces the prize of the Honorable Lord Arghylle Buchanan that he be tested by all members of the Honorable Order of the White Scarf, Warders of the Bronze Ring, OGRs and diverse others to prove his merit upon his prize upon his assumption of our Order. The prize fight will begin directly after the rapier war point on Thursday on the main rapier field.
Dubious about modern medicine? Book signing! Come learn how medicine started in the USA. Auntie Arwen’s Tuesday @ 2PM
East Kingdom Seneschals meeting - Thursday 9. August 4-5 P.M. East Kingdom Royal
Knives sharpened, cleaned, small repairs, sheaths- Cloak & Dagger, 13 Bow Street.
Lady Griscin Uaineol wishes to extend her gratitude to the gentleman who helped me up when I fell in the road Sunday night with one arm already in a sling. God bless you
Master José aka Mathew Gnagy will be signing books and showing off his unique technique at Ursula1s Alcove 166 Fleet St on Tuesday from 4PM to 6PM. Pick up or bring your copy of his new book, sKnitting off the AxisK. He will also be available Friday at noon for those who can.t make the reception on Tuesday.
Attention Occupiers! HQ for Occupy Pennsic is at Bard’s Haven/E19. Come by and tell us your stories!
Portrait photographer seeks models for Pennsic portfolio. Maidens, warriors, nobles, wenches. All types. No events, lg groups, children. Text name, picture , concept to 215-808-8480. Limited spots.
88.3FM Radio Free Mongolia. Background sounds for the Pennsic War.
REGIA ANGLORUM meet and greet Tuesday at 2PM at Folump Enterprises in booth 62. All interested in realistic, serious living history at the Viking era are welcome.
Sewing machine free. Needs tune up. Too heavy to carry around. Inquire at Wulfden. Ask for Malkyn.
Costumes by Loren now takes credit cards. 166 Fleet Street .
Tent for sale 11x18 oval marquee w/custom 9” canopy blue trim dags N08 (15 foot red Japanese banner) Ask for Ruttiger
Bonecrack scout sighted on Battle Road.
Time change - Ritsuryo: Rank Title and Government in Medieval Japan (850P) will meet Wed 8/8 at noon
Lady Griscin Uaineol is pleased to announce the nuptials of her daughter Bug to John Grabach on Sat August 4th
Any who have business in the Great Matter may attend His Grace Duke Laurelen tonight at 6:30 in his encampment. Camp is 3 Bears N17.
Up and coming evil genius needs minions for world domination. Benefits include: Snazzy but ineffective armor, melodramatic monologues, suicidal odds. Blasters not provided. Call 1-800-BWAH-HAHA
Driving thru MO? SCA friendly campground near I-44. Visit MTF-space 28 for more info.
Need help breaking down Fri & Sat - Aug 10 & 11 - Spin Weave N Burn #98 St. of Gold- $75 & left over beverages
Lost & Found
Missing- one ninja sock monkey
4’ Bullwhip, single tail, Thursday night on Battle Road. Birthday gift, please return to House Sable Maul.
Lost: custom ramshead torc. Reward for return
In 1982 Clann O’Choda was on a year-long meadbuzz, and we lost a herd of calves. We discovered this when adult cows returned this War. Our thanks will be shown to those who returned them to O’Choda - E02!
Lost: small double-edged 6” blade knife with black plastic fiber pistol-grip handle. Sentimental value. Please turn it in to Lost and Found!
Memorial ship burning: Thursday, Aug 9. Procession from Folump Enterprises, Merchant Space 67, Market St. Blank shields to paint in advance available at Clan Cambion, E-15 Howard’s Fenway (Stonehenge)
House de Londres invites our friends to our annual Bardic Circle and Party Tuesday at 9PM
Join us to celebrate the elevation of Master Lewellyn ap Tiernon to the Order of the Pelican. Bear Camp E08 Tues 7th 9 - 12PM
“Bobby buggy beauties!” bemoans bereft bard. “Belles’ ballads by top of Rune Stone Path.”
Rosheen, Gunther, Arvik, and Ian. Flick it-stick it from the metal flingers
Cat and Braap of Black Talon - Congratulations on your marriage - Aug 4, 2012
Dona Francis seeks old Trimaris friends. N13 Club Aed
For Lady w/ 3 knee operations. I have ur purchases 703-973-3491
Rosheen, Gunther, Arvik, and Ian. We are so proud of you all. Good luck in the thrown weapons war point tourney. THL Kenn and Lady Katya. Flick it stick it.
The Magdaronica is incomplete!
Congratulations to Laird Claymore on receiving his AOA at Æthelmearc War Practice! XO Thunderrrrr!!!!!
Wanted to Buy
WANTED: Trailer, at least 4 x 8 wih 1.78 ball hitch. Ours broke down & stolen from roadside. House Barra Camp N07 ask for Brock or Isabelle.