Posts Tagged ‘court’

We ventured out to Fall Aecademy in Thescorre today.  TRex wore her Viking apron dress.
I'M A VIKING!

I taught my “13th century men from the waist down” class, which M says I should call “Underwear ain’t nuthin’ but braies and hose. It was the first class of the day so people kind of trickled in. Broom came in and asked hard questions and heckled me like he always seems to. Then TRex and I went to a class on making paper boxes, and we hung out with some poeple. Kate taught TRex to spin with a drop spindle and I went to Mistress Rhiannon’s class on 13th century spinning wheels (K2, I’ll tell you all about it!) and we just generally had a pleasant day.

Court time rolled around and we all settled in; I alternated between entertaining TRex and working on my embroidery. The Baron and Baroness gave a handful of awards, thanked the teachers, etc. My Lady Queen gave a couple of AoAs, failed to give out a lot more as a bunch of peopel were not in attendance, then a Sycamore, a Silver Buccle… Alicia got a very well-deserved Fleur. Teresa got a writ for a Pelican, date of the vigil to be set later. TRex was getting increasingly antsy. Court was clearly almost over.

The herald called Broom in and he flounced in declaiming about how he really needed to talk to the Crown. Elisabeth got up and said, “Wait, this is MY job!” And they squabbled a bit about who was supposed to be doing whatever it was they were doing. TRex was whining that she was hungry, I was embroidering. Someone on the guard offered Broom a katana, which he declined.

Court

And then… somebody called my name and M popped up
like an overdone piece of popcorn and said, “LET’S GO!” and dragged me bodily into court. Broom took my elbow and informed me that it’s customary to bow, which I was actually in the process of doing and then I knelt before My Lady Queen. Broom said that he had a message for the Crown from a person in his previous Barony of Dragonship Haven and read some lovely words about … underwear that Eilis had sent.Somewhere in there was something about how I deserved to be a Laurel because of my skill in making …. underwear. M tells me that I melted at that point. I know that I was very nearly in tears and breathing very deeply, watching My Lady Queen’s face, and listening to Broom and then Elisabeth recommending me to the Crown. And then they called up the order (or maybe they’d called them up earlier? I don’t quite remember) and read the writ, which was made by Cori.

And then the Laurels dragged me to the back of the hall; it was a good thing Broom helped meup ’cause my garters were really tight and I couldn’t quite feel my legs. And that was the end of court and I got

Assembled Laurels

dragged off to the Royal Room to discuss scheduling with the Crown. We aren’t totally sure when it’s going to be yet, but I will post when we have settled on a date.

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For the second year in a row, the Canton of Beau Fleuve has hosted spring Coronation – this year, though, the new Royals are from our own Barony!  So we went, of course, because I love Coronations – almost as much as I love Crown Tournaments.

It was a very fun day.  I entered the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Championship – the theme was largesse and entries were to be donated to the Crown for distribution during the reign.  I entered the two award medallions that I had finished recently and the pelican cushion – rather than it languishing in the closet like it has been for the last six years.  At one point during the day it really dawned on me that I would not be taking it home with me.  I really am fine with it, but it was such a labor of love that I would be lying if I said it was easy to part with it.  In addition to the Crown’s choice (which was John Michael Thorpe, who does beautiful meatalwork), they recognized the Laurels’ choice, populace choice, and outgoing champion’s choice.

As it turns out, the middle weekend of April is a pretty good weekend for me to go to an event.  Six years ago, I was apprenticed to Eilis and got my Maunche at Balfar’s Challenge (which was today, too).  My Husband is a Sneaky BastardToday, I was the outgoing champion’s choice of the folks entered in the A&S championships (prize: a lovely buff-colored kidney pouch).  I received a token as a seamstress to the Crown, and I received my Sycamore.  (For the non-Ae folks, that’s the A0A level A&S award.)  I had suspected that something was up because I’d been getting a lot of weird questions from various folks.  Obviously I didn’t know WHAT they were up to or when anything might be happening, but I was not completely shocked.  What I didn’t expect was that Matatias had written the scroll text!  I love that – each of my Kingdom A&S awards comes from him, since he made my Maunche medallion as well.  Sadly, he had to be at work this afternoon so he couldn’t be there for court, but Irene says that she got good pictures.