In early 2019, Master Eldred Ælfwald requested that Lady Kaaren Valravn create his court baron scroll (scroll information here). In turn, she asked Lord Ishmael Reed to write an original poem and me to translate the poem into Old English. Ishmael wrote the poem in the style of the 14th-century alliterative revival, which I then translated into Old English alliterative verse.
In June 2019, I wrote the scroll text for Lady Tóth Éva’s Coral Branch, which was calligraphed and illuminated by Lady Kaaren Valravn. See her site for the full scroll.
Hear, Atlantia, the words of Christoph and Adelhait,
your König and Königin by right of arms.
We delight in the Arts and the Sciences,
but cooking is an alchemy that blends both,
nourishing and strengthening the populace.
Tóth Éva is one who has distinguished herself in the arts and sciences.
So do We choose to induct Tóth Éva into Our Order for the Coral Branch.
Moreover do We raise Tóth Éva to the ranks of nobility and Award Arms
that shall be devised by Tóth Éva and Our heralds to be her own forevermore.
Done this thirteenth day of July Anno Societatis LIV, at Our King’s Assessment
in Our Barony of Black Diamond.
In June of 2019, I had the honor of writing the scroll text for my friend Sarah la Malade’s Coral Branch, their first award in the SCA. The art was done by my friend Kaaren Valravn. For more on the scroll, see Lady Kaaren’s site.
Scroll Text: Let all know that We, Christoph and Adelheit, King and Queen of Atlantia, love the beauty of Coral. Coral takes many forms and colors, a rainbow that enriches the populace. Like the Coral, Sarah la Malade has enriched their Shire in diverse ways, through music, poetry, and research. Their work is known and admired; the hands that perform the work are beloved. Thus do we see fit to induct Sarah into Our Order of the Coral Branch. So too do We raise them to the ranks of nobility and Award Arms, directing Noble Sarah to consult with Our heralds in the creation of arms that befit them alone. Done by Our hand this day, June 29, A.S. LIV, being 2019 in modern reckoning, at Storvik Novice in the Barony of Storvik.
The prompt for Poeta Atlantiae in 2019 was too good to pass up: choose two poetic forms that are from locations at least 500 miles from each other. I chose the ghazal, from Persian and Arabic traditions, and alliterative verse, from Old English tradition.
In May 2019, I collaborated with Lady Kaaren Valravn to write scroll text for an AoA. For the scroll, see Lady Kaaren’s site.
Listen, Atlantia, to the words of Christoph, King by right of arms, and Adelheit, Our radiant Queen.
It delights Us when one commits to learning both the arts of heavy combat and thrown weapons, for Our Kingdom shall be protected on many fields. It is a boon to the Kingdom when those skills are demonstrated to others, so that Atlantia’s populace may increase, and someday, too, Her armies. Yet one of the greatest delights is when such dedication and service is done by one raised amongst Us.
It is with joy that We have watched one such person grow and serve. Thus do We Award Arms to **********************, and charge him to consult with Our Heralds to develop appropriate arms, should he see fit.
Done by Our hands this 8th day of June, AS LIV, at Journey Through the Nine Realms in Our Barony of Raven’s Cove.
In 2019, I had the honor to write the scroll text for my friend Ishmael Reed in a fantastic collaboration with Lady Adelaide Half Pint (illumination) and Lady Kaaren Valravn (calligraphy). Of course, I had to write a Shakespearean sonnet for Lord Ishmael:
From Ragnarr King and gracious Queen Lynette:
Hail and heed our words, Atlantia fair!
For poetry written and many a doublet
A Coral Branch for Ishmael Reed declare.
He toils with sharp and pointy things each night:
A quill, a pen, a needle, sometimes wit.
His laborious toil makes Atlantian arts shine bright
and keeps the lantern of arts well-tended and lit.
He calls forth words from both the brave and afraid
By easing others’ fears of meter and rhyme.
And oh! diverse doublets he helped be made,
Manifold shirefolk dressing now sublime.
Thus have we with royal power decreed:
Present this Coral Branch to Ishmael Reed.”
To see the scroll, visit Lady Kaaren’s site.
In 2018 my friend Ishmael Reed became Poeta Atliantiae, and somehow managed to convince me to start writing poetry again. The Fire of the Hunt was the result. I entered it into my first-ever bardic and poetry competitions at Trial By Fire 2018, and somehow managed to win both.