Words for Wolfgang Gruenwald’s Award of the Burdened Tyger

Calligraphy & Illumination by Lady Astrid Faelin

Calligraphy & Illumination by Lady Astrid Faelin


I was asked by Lady Astrid Feilan to create words for Lord Wolfgang’s Award of the Burdened Tyger for his work on the Coronation feast of Brennan and Caoilfhionn. I used a format called Terza Rima which was first used in Dante’s Divine Comedy in the 14th Century, and was also used by Chaucer. It follows the form: ABA BCB CDC DED…. until such time as the poem ends. Here is what I created, following a brief introduction:



Unto all do We, Brennan and Caoilfhionn, Emperor and Empress of the East send greetings to Our Lord Wulfgang Gruenwald


The feast upon Our Coronation day,

Twas mighty to behold and filled with joy.

Tray after tray flew from the kitchen bay.
Armed with spoon and ladle he did employ,
An army to fill trays brought to tables,
All filled with dishes to delight, enjoy.
A feast fit for all to recall, fabled,

As grand feasts of a time long, long ago.

Burdened Tyger giv’n to chef most able.
Done by hour hands this 28th day of June, AS XLIX in Our Barony of Carillion at Our Southern Region War Camp.
The scroll was created by Lady Astrid Feilan and was given out at Southern Region Melee Extravaganza on XX June 2014.
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Words for Rowen Cloteworthy’s King’s Cypher from Kenric II

Mistress Kayleigh MacWhyte asked me to create words for a King’s Cypher being given out by HRM Kenric II to Master Rowen at the Coronation of Brennan & Caoilfhionn. I only had a short time, and decided to go with a 16th century poem format, in iambic pentameter even, with 16th Century spelling to boot.

I had originally intended to go with what’s called Rhyme Royal, used often by Chaucer with the form ABABBCC, but discovered the English Sestet, used by Shakespeare and others in the 16th Century, often in sonnets, following the form ABABCC.

These are the words I created:

Rex Orientalis am I, Kenric.
Oure loyal seervant Rowen has allways been,
Oure court heerault, managing time and shtick.
Oure King’s cypher for work both seen and unseen.
     He has made his trade into a fine arte.
     Because Rowen is, of course, wicked smart.
Given under Our signet in Our Barony of Settmour Swamp the vth daie of Aprile, in the xlviijth yeere of the Societie.
Kenric Rex
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Words for Rowen Cloteworthy’s Pelican Scroll

I was asked by Master Jonathan Blæcstan to compose words for Rowen Cloteworthy’s Pelican scroll. I totally based this on this cool 15th century document I found… and can’t find now, 10 months down the road… but will hopefully find in the morning and update this entry with a link or two.  Credit for the second paragraph goes to Baroness Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah.

I’ll keep searching for my documentation and update this post once I’ve found it.

Here is the final version I sent off to be calligraphed:

Kenric, by right of arms, King of the East, and Avelina, by grace and beauty, Queen of the East, to all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting.

Oft times many have heard the deep resounding voice of Our well beloved Rowen Cloteworthy ring throughout the hall.  Blue Tyger, Vox Regis, Troubadour, and Brigantia Herald has he been, long in service to the Crown. Tall and stoic, he has oft times stood between Our thrones, and those of Kings and Queens of blessed Eastern memory since the time of Balfar IV and Luna IV.

Service to Crown, College, Barony, and Shire have been present throughout the well-known Rowen’s path, but most importantly to Us, has been the number of heralds who’s voices have been lifted with the said Rowen’s guidance and support. The roster of heralds with an understanding of Eastern traditions with the aforesaid Rowen’s mark upon them is both lengthy and illustrious. This Herald Extraordinary has, with great certainty, become a foundation for generations of heralds who have already served in Our courts and on Our tourney fields. The nuances of his teachings and the effects of his generous support and encouragement toward his fellow heralds shall most undoubtedly reach forward from here at present into time unknown.

We do therefore, of Our own certain knowledge, from the plentitude of Our Royal Authority, and with the advice and consent of the venerable Peers of Our realm, do will and ordain that the aforementioned Rowen be endowed and established by these Letters Patent, with Companionship in Our Order of the Pelican and in the manner set forth hereafter: fusilly argent and sable, a chief gules.

It is now that We, Kenric and Avelina, storied King and Queen of the East Kingdom, command that this letter be read out in a clear voice to Our court, and be made known thereafter throughout Our kingdom.  Let no one infringe upon this, Our will; if anyone shall presume to attempt this, let him know that he will most assuredly incur Our Royal indignation and wrath.

Signed joyously by Us, Kenric and Avelina, revered King and Queen of the glorious East Kingdom, on the twenty-second day of March, being the feast day of Saint Paul of Narbonne, as we sit upon the thrones at the thawing of the mud, in our Barony of Settmour Swamp, in the forty-eighth year of the Society.

The scroll was given out at Mudthaw on the 22nd of March 2014.

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Words for Arastorm the Golden’s Laurel Scroll

Arastorm's Laurel CharterMaster Jonathan Blæcstan reached out to me to create word’s for Hlæfdige Arastorm the Golden’s Laurel Scroll. For those that do not know her, Hlæfdige Arastorm is a great authority on many topics tied in with Anglo-Saxon culture. Being that she’s an Anglo-Saxon expert, naturally when Jon asked for some feedback on what she’d want in her Laurel scroll, Arastorm had some great ideas on how to make a persona-appropriate scroll. The Anglo-Saxon Charter.

After receiving an email with some of the intended ideas for her scroll, I got to researching Anglo-Saxon charters. Which, are occasionally… very entertaining, but only occasionally. They certainly have an interesting format, and would have the “signatures” of all those present when the document was ‘officiated’ – for lack of a better, more relevant term. I posit that the signatures are actually oft-times just the names of all those present penned by the scribe who created the document, or clerk who was managing the paperwork that day. In many of the actual charters I reviewed online, many of the signatures look very uniform. More research would be necessary to determine if this is actually true.

So I found a text, and I felt I could incorporate the elements that had been requested into the scroll. Here’s the original text I primarily worked off of:

In nomine domini et salvatoris nostri Jesu Christi.

This document declares that King Æthelwulf granted to God and St. Peter and the community at Old Minster in Winchester 20 hides of land at Wanborough, when, with the consent of his councillors, he granted a tenth part of all his lands throughout all his kingdom to holy foundations for the praise of God and the eternal redemption of his soul; and he commanded that in the name of God Almighty and of all his saints, that no king after his time or any other man should ever alter this, but that the property should always belong undisputed to the holy foundation; and if anyone altered it, he should be accursed by God and by St. Peter, both during his life and after his death, unless he amends for it. And this was done in the year after 854 years had passed since the birth of Christ, with the cognisance of the councillors whose names are recorded here below…

So lots of mentions of holy-bits here, and for obvious reason, and not knowing the recipient by more than reputation and a few chance meetings, I decided to try and work around them. In other Anglo-Saxon Charters you find that there’s a tigthe paid on what’s been granted very often, and that was one of the elements that was requested. I pulled a few other elements from other charters in the same source, which also includes the Old English versions. The one I referenced above, is number VIII and is found of the page marked 15.

I spoke with Eorl Kenric æt Essex and Hlæfdige Avelina Keyes about the Charter, and learned from Kenric that titles weren’t really used, because they knew who they were talking about already in the document, so the title wasn’t necessary, and got the tip about the latin titles following sigatures. Many of the virtues perscribed in this scroll come from Arastorm’s own words on the virtues of a Peer.

This document declares that Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn granted to Arastorm companionship in their Order of the Laurel, when, with the consent of their councilors, they granted induction for her many publications and teachings on Anglo-Saxon subjects. They granted this on the condition that she remains every year unto them and their heirs an example of courtesy and chivalry for the kingdom, supports and upholds the laws of the kingdom, enriches the kingdom through sharing her wealth of knowledge, and advises them on the advancement of candidates for the Laurel. And they commanded in the name of the Eastern Crown and of all its entities, that no emperor or empress after their time or any other man should ever alter this, but that this charter should always belong undisputed to Arastorm; and if anyone should alter it, he should be accursed by all things honorable, courageous, loyal, and generous, both during his life and after his death, unless he made amends for it. And this was done in the year after 49 years had passed since the birth of our Society, in the royal manor called Bergental, on the twentieth day of September, with the cognisance of the councillors whose names are recorded here below

[Brennan] Rex

[Keelin] Regina

[Eadweard] Princeps

[Thyra] Principessa

Arastorm's Laurel CharterAnd here’s a finished copy of the scroll, photo courtesy Hlæfdige Arastorm. The Calligraphy and Illumination are by Master Jonathan Blacstean. The signatures are from those present at the ceremony, and really help make the document look like a real Anglo-Saxon Charter in my opinion.

The scroll was given at The Rose Tourney on September 20th, 2014 by TRM Brennan and Caoilfhionn.

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