The Barony of Politarchopolis

The Society for Creative Anachronism in Canberra, Australia

Baronial Archery Champion

The new Baronial Archery Champion is Wintherus Alban. Huzzah!

Woe to any who would attack our walls, for they shall not advance within bow shot for the hail of arrows that will be.

Our thanks to Lord Sigmund for his year’s exemplary service.

We congratulate all those who participated in this years’ championship. It has been a lot of fun.

We had 20 archers in the field round of the championship today, and a number of observers. The picnic lunch was ample and scrumptious, and we were blessed with gorgeous weather and magnificent views.

There were six fabulous entries in the A&S competition, ranging from the practical to the delicious. There was poetry, there were bunnies, there were cupcakes, as well as a masterfully decorated bow rack and a token effort by the incumbent champion.

Lady Avril of Ambledune won the A&S with her perpetual banner, featuring archery motifs and space to record the personal colours of each of our champions past and present.

As Baron and Baroness, we were proud to witness the prowess of our archers, to see their creativity and to enjoy the hospitality of their table. It was also lovely to have other members of the populace turn out to enjoy the day with us. Thank you, and we hope to see you all again very soon.

Joan, Baroness.

token court more entries bow rack picknicking picnicking crowd and the banner on display second field target baron success baron shoots Lauren squires shooting Dam shoot more preparation getting ready archery banner - aeveril

 

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St Vitas Early Music and Dance Weekend Timetable now confirmed

COMBINED PROGRAM – MUSIC AND DANCE STREAMS

SATURDAY
9:00 – 10:00 Pythagorean tuning – Crispin Sexi
Warm-ups with Amoroso and/or the Black Allemande –
Helouys le Poer

10:00 – 11:00 Beginner Recorder and Reading Music – Kiriel du Papillon
Gratiosa/s – Estelle Canning

11:00 – 12:00 Rounds – Ailis Inghean Mheadhbha
Spagnoletta – Alliette Delecourt

12:00 – 1:00 Dance Band Practice – Leon Arundell organising
Newcastle – Brian le faucheeur

1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH

2:00 – 3:00 Pipe and Tabor – Leon Arundell
Good Manners according to Four 16th Century Dancing
Masters – Joanna of the Beechwoods

3:00 – 4:00 The Viheula – Jehan
An Arc of Fine Dances—2 Domenico, 2 Chigi and 2 Arbeau
– John Garden

4:00 – 5:00 Musical Instrument Show and Tell with 3D printed period
instruments – Paul de la Ville.
Continuing An Arc of Fine Dances

6:00 Feast, followed by a Ball

SUNDAY
10:00 – 11:30 Red Book of Monserrat Voice and Instrumental Jam
Session – Annabel deSwinburne
Gloria D’Amore – Joanna of the Beechwoods

11:30 – 1:00 Writing four-part harmony using Campion’s method
– Crispin Sexi
Parsons Farwell & Variations for Rostbolli Gioso – Alliette
Delecourt

1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH

2:00 -3:00 Discussion of now and future music and dance events.

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Congratulations to our Raffle Winners

Good afternoon everyone

The fundraising raffle today was drawn at 5pm by their Excellencies, Crispin and Joan.

Results:

1st prize, ticket #44  Clem Avenell won the breast plate

2nd prize, ticket #42 Sally Avenell won the shield painted

3rd prize, ticket #101 Cathy Skippington won the silk banner

Big thanks to all involved who helped sell tickets and particularly Baroness Alesia for all her hard work coordinating as well as painting the banner.  Thanks also to Lord Gabriel and Sir Kitan for their donation of their time and efforts in crafting the shield and the breast plate.

The raffle has raised $700 for the Barony so well done everyone who assisted.

in service

Anne

An example of the work of the Whyte Falcon Forge who donated the breast plate

An example of the work of the Whyte Falcon Forge who donated the breast plate

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Vacant Officer Positions – FAQs

Offices currently vacant include – Arts & Sciences, Herald, Chronicler, Webwright & Chandler.

Ever thought about being an Officer of the Barony – WE NEED YOU!

Currently the offices of Herald, Arts & Sciences, Chronicler and Webwright are currently vacant and we are keen to find fabulous individuals to fill those roles. What’s in it for you, I hear you ask? It’s a chance to meet a whole bunch of people, share your ideas and inspirations, promote excellence in a particular field and just have a go. You are supported by your Kingdom Officer (and their network of people across Lochac), your friendly local seneschal and other baronial officers as well as their Excellencies, the Baron & Baroness. Most offices will only take a couple of hours a week at maximum (and not all the time).

If you are interested in learning more, please email seneschal.polit@gmail.com, letting me know which office you are interested in applying for. If you think this sounds awesome and you want to apply, please email the appropriate Kingdom Officer (http://lochac.sca.org/lochac/regnum/index.html) stating your interest and any relevant skills/experience, ccing your local friendly seneschal (seneschal.polit@gmail.com).
Being an officer in the SCA is a great way to learn, contribute and meet people.

We’d love to have you on the team!

Officer Positions – Answers to questions I’ve received (as I figure this might be good general information.

Q:Are there already preferred applicants for the roles?

A: Nope, every application is taken on its merits, discussed with the relevant kingdom officer and the Baron & Baroness.

Q: Have you received any applications so far?

A: Yep, one for webwright (however they would like a short term to mentor somebody in the role so this would be a temp fix) and one for chandler.

Q: I don’t have much experience – can I apply?

A: Depending on the office, experience can help but they can also be an amazing opportunity to learn and we can discuss what supports that may be available.

 

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Ainslie Hall – open from 2

The Hall will be open from 2pm today for project work. Heavy combat and Rapier will also run. See you there!

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Commentary Period – Provisional New Seneschal Announced

Good evening gentles.

As you are all no doubt aware two weeks ago I put in a call for expressions of interest regarding the role of Seneschal of Politarchopolis as I was planning to step down.

It is my pleasure to announce that Lady Anne de Tournai has been provisionally chosen to be the new Seneschal.

As of today there begins a two week commentary period in which members of the populace may email myself at seneschal.polit@gmail.com or the Kingdom Seneschal at seneschal@lochac.org.au with any comments or concerns you may have.

At the end of that period, unless any insurmountable issues arise the office will pass shortly thereafter at a suitable event.

Warm regards

Semyon

Seneschal

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Royal Etiquette 101

This is a very limited guide, which I wrote a few years ago. It has been requested that it be published again, and that does seem a good idea.  There is much more which could be said, but if you are looking for a basic plan for how to behave at fancy events, this will do.  Hope it is helpful to someone!

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Considering the Royal Visit coming up VERY soon, here are a few words on SCA etiquette…

In the SCA, we have various levels of hierarchy, from Kings, nobles and merchants, right down to those who portray themselves as peasants. We all play at being medieval, and knowing how to behave in a medieval setting is part of that.

Deference towards one’s social superiors was basic to medieval culture. It was very important to understand your place in the hierarchy, and your place was confirmed by the way people behaved towards you. There were many rules and customs about the way people should speak and move in each other’s presence. In essence, it comes down to this – you served those more important than yourself, and expected service from those less important.

The peasant served the lord served the knight served the earl served the duke served the king. There was no shame in serving those higher up than yourself; in fact, it was an honour, and the road to honours.

Nowadays we all feel far more equal to each other, and there is much less formality in our dealings with other people. To recreate medieval life, we have to adjust our modern mindset. We don’t expect everyone to behave perfectly. Just do your best to know the guidelines and observe them as much as you can.

In the SCA, we show respect to the holders of various positions. Some of these have obvious medieval status, such as Baronesses or Kings. Other positions are administrative, such as Seneschals and Reeves. All the people filling these positions are working very hard to make the game better for all of us, and they deserve our respect. However, the ceremonial ranks get extra deference at events, because that enhances the game for everyone.

If you met a real live king, would you jostle him out of the way to get at the food? Certainly not! That would just be rude.

As a newcomer to the SCA, it can be hard to know what is expected, especially if you haven’t been to ‘important’ events before, where formal courts are happening and everyone is on their best behaviour. So, for those who may be a little unsure, here are some basic notes on SCA etiquette…

The King and Queen are top of the heap (followed by the Crown Prince and Princess if they have been chosen). Under them come the landed Barons and Baronesses – that’s Joan and Crispin for Politarchopolis. There are some other levels, but they are much less of an issue.

The King and Queen are addressed as “Your Majesty”, the B&B as “Your Excellency”. Everyone else can generally be addressed as “my Lord” or “my Lady”, and you won’t go too far wrong.

There are conventions about how people behave around the ‘Pointy Hats’ – that’s anyone with a crown or coronet (coronets are like crowns, but less so). Whenever you pass near these people, you should bow or curtsey. When you approach them (or they approach you), curtsey again before conversation begins.

Anywhere there is an official spot set up for the Pointy Hats, bow when you pass it. Even if no one is there! This includes their dinner table – if you are passing within about ten feet of it, bow to the pointy hatted ones. Even if no one is sitting there, bow just the same. (If they are there, be extra polite!) The same goes for thrones, indoors and outdoors.

Remember that Pointy Hats have a lot of work to do at an event – they’re not just standing about looking pretty and receiving curtseys! They have to attend meetings, arrange courts, deal with all kinds of problems while you are having fun. And look good at the same time. And keep their tempers. So…

If Pointy Hats are talking to someone, don’t interrupt – it’s quite likely they are having a vital meeting. Wait and see if it’s okay for you to join the conversation. Pointy Hats usually have various people looking after them at an event – guards, ladies in waiting, chamberlains, pages. If you want to ask something, hand something over, or just socialize, try approaching one of their attendants. The attendants may be able to solve your problem, and will have some idea whether the Pointy Hats have time to talk to you just then.

Give the Pointy Hats precedence – this means they get first go at the food (they probably have people to arrange this). They also go through doors ahead of ordinary folk, and are seated first. It is polite to wait for permission before seating yourself in their presence. It is okay to ask for that permission.

Give them some privacy – if there is a room or a tent set up for their use, keep out unless you are asked in. Find somewhere else to dump your gear. If you are invited in, don’t overstay your welcome. They may need to chat privately with somebody, or just get away from everyone for a short time.

During court, or at the beginning of a meal, everyone will stand until the Pointy Hats are in place. As they pass through the hall, everyone bows. After the Pointy Hats are seated, the populace will be told they can also sit. Likewise at the end of the meal or court, everyone should stand (and bow) while the bigwigs leave the area. During the event, there should be lots of bowing and scraping every time anyone goes near a Pointy Hat – or near their thrones.

It’s not so hard really. Just take note of anyone with a crown or coronet, remember to bow any time you are near them, and give them some space to do their jobs.

In service,

Joan Sutton

 

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Midwinter taxes

Greetings, Politarchopolis!

As Midwinter approaches, the Barony is preparing to play host to the Crown and Kingdom. It is customary to offer taxes to the Royals on such occasions, and in true feudal style, we would like to collect these taxes from among our populace. :)

If you are relatively new to the Society, ‘taxes’ usually take the form of small gifts which the Crown can re-gift at their pleasure. They should be easy to store and transport – not too heavy, not too bulky, not too fragile, non-perishable. They can be any small medieval thing you have made or purchased.

These items need not cost much, but they should be worthwhile gifts. Think about what you would like to receive, if the King or Queen were to give you a thanks token.

Suitable choices include: small items of jewellery, cords (at least 90 cm long, in all colours), lengths of lace or braid, pouches, buckles, calligraphy tools, small books, beads, trinket boxes…there are lots of ideas.

Taxes should be given direct to your Baron and Baroness – if you wish to contribute but don’t see us regularly, message us and something can be arranged.

We have a few weeks before Midwinter, so we look forward to seeing plenty of tax revenue between now and then!

Regards,
Joan and Crispin. 

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Coming Events

Greetings Populace,

While Ultimate Fighter has been cancelled, there are still some exciting events in the coming month:

This coming Saturday sees us travelling to the lands of Rowany, for the Feast of the Pheasants in their canton of Okewaite. We hope to see many of you there with us, showing support for our neighbours and partaking of their hospitality.

http://okewaite.wordpress.com/

And on the 5th and 6th of July we will host Midwinter Coronation for the crowning of Cornelius and Elizabeth, the next King and Queen of Lochac. There are currently 136 people booked for this auspicious event, with a price rise on the 22nd of June. The feast is capped at 200 people so please book to avoid disappointment.

If you are able to help out for set-up, pack-down or serving, please let Crispin know.

http://politarchopolis.lochac.sca.org/midwinter2014

Baron Crispin and Baroness Joan

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Baronial Retinue

starting at Fields of Gold 2013

Champions -

Heavy – Lord Gabriel van Dorne
Fencing – Lord Clement Valentin der Spieler
Archery – Lord Sigmund Spelman

Arts and Sciences – Lady Alexandra Hartshorne

Guards -

Baroness Alesia du Cheval Blanc (Sergeant)
Lady Conciata Delacita Delvecchia
Lord Robin of Ambledune

Attendants -

Mistress Isobel le Bretoun
Violet Fleur
Lady Elisabeth Saunders
Isabella ni Paiden

Art – Arthur
Science – Scientia

As at May 2014:

Champions -

Heavy – Lord Ben the Undecided
Fencing – Don Francois Henri Guyon
Archery – Lord Sigmund Spelman

Arts and Sciences – Lady Alexandra Hartshorne

Guards -

Sir Ysambart Courtin (Sergeant)
Lady Conciata Delacita Delvecchia
Lord Robin of Ambledune

Attendants -

Lady Elisabeth Saunders
Violet Fleur
Jack Argent
Saffiya Fiore de Rabatta (Cup-bearer)

Art -Arthur
Science – Scientia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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