Thursday, October 3, 2019

Æppel Ūp


By Maister Colyne Stewart, October AS 54 (2019)

Talisman Bran’s[1] | at Brok’s Kaer[2] grows
The fruit of health[3] | so fulsome tree’d
Clíodna’s birds[4] | eat deep and full
Though locked the gates | of garden pure[5]
From poisons foul | it protects well[6]
In press is crushed | for cider, wine,
Ydromellum[7] | if done with sweets
So sought by bears | lo, binge we all!

Written in the Anglo-Saxon style to commemorate a day of apple picking and cider making at the farm of Joffr and Dubhessa.

Sources
Hooke, Della . Trees in Anglo-Saxon England: Literature, Lore and Landscape.
Suffolk: The Boydell Press, 2010. Accessed September 28, 2019

Horn, Peter C. “The Alcoholic Drinks of the Anglo-Saxons” (March 18, 2011).

Levick, Ben, and  Uzzell, Hazel. “Food and Drink” (1992; 2001). Regia Anglorum https://regia.org/research/life/food.htm accessed October 3, 2019

Thomas, Kate H. “Comparing æppla and oranges: Anglo-Saxon fruit” (August 3, 2016). For the Wynn.  https://forthewynnblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/comparing-aeppla-and-oranges-anglo-saxon-fruit/ accessed October 3, 2019





[1] A reference to ‘The Voyage of Bran,’ a medieval Irish tale.
[2] Kaer Brok is the name of their farm, and means “castle of the badger”.
[3] The Anglo-Saxon’s used the apple as a cure for many ailments.
[4] Clíodna is an Irish faerie, the queen of the banshees. She is attended by birds who are known to eat apples.
[5] The forbidden fruit in the biblical story of the Garden of Eden is often depicted as an apple.
[6] One of the many medicinal uses of the apple in Anglo-Saxon times was a cure for poison.
[7] A form of cider that is fermented with honey.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Appointment of Bailiff, Manor of Colyesburg, 2019


To all faithful in Ealdormere to whom the present writing shall come, Colyne Stewart of Colynesburg say greeting in the Name of the Wolf. As it was the prerogative of the Crown of the North, in the personage of Siegfried II and Xristina, to bestow upon me, the said Colyne, rights to the lands of Colynesburg called in the vernacular Drews End, to hold in feu and heritage with all its just perinents, as contained by the King's Highway to the north, thence west and south along the Crossroad Creek, thence east along coast till it comes to the Royal Forrest of Beaton, thence north over the fen back to the King's Highway.  Such lands were granted to my personage, whole, free and undisturbed in perpetuity, without any kind of subjection, service claim or demand, with liberty of fishing in the loch and with liberties in the forest of Beaton. As it is now come a time for myself, the said Colyne, and his house to pay chevage to Their Excellencies Septentria and move from Their ancient Ursine lands to the eastern reaches of the Hare, know ye that I have called upon Her Excellency Anneke the Furious, to act as my steward, bailiff and reeve and watch over the entirety of the estate as described above in my absence, and I ennoble her to oversee and collect from any lands, tenements, rents, reversions and services, with their appurtenances, of the manor of Colynesburg. In witness whereof to this present writing, I, the aforesaid Colyne have put my seal. Given on the feast of Margaret Pole, in the 1st month of the reign of Roak Khan and Hyrrokin Khan Begam and 24 years since the Proscription .

Based on Quitclaim of lands and Arms by Walter Haywode To John Fromond (12 March 1402/3).


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Taking a Break

I, Maister Colyne Stewart, am departing these lands on a pilgrimage, one from which I may not return. I have asked the scribes of my ethereal library to maintain these archives, for now at least.

I wish you all good journeys.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Colyne's Pelican Elevation Ceremony

This ceremony was written by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracon.


Notes:  The poetry is based on a passage from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The rest of the ceremony is based on the induction ceremony for the Order of the Golden Fleece, translated by Ursula Georges from the fifteenth-century Chronique of Jean le Fevre, Toison d'Or King of Arms.

Wording for my Pelican Scroll


To all Ealdormere's faithful people who shall see these letters, Siegfried, King and Xristina Queen, in the presence of Our noble and powerful Dukes and Duchess, Counts, Earls and Countesses, Barons and Baronesses, Masters,  Laurels, Pelicans, Knights and their squires, ladies and lords, and all in the future as well as the present, We greet you on this Feast of the Annunciation this 25th day in the month of March in the 51st  year of our society, in our beloved lands of Caldrithig, a place suitable and convenient for this.

We will and do grant by these Letters Patent, for us, our heirs and successors, with the common advice, assent and consent of many nobles, including Our beloved companions of the Order of the Pelican,  giving with sincere intent,  induction unto Colyne Stewart into the Order of the Pelican, for he has performed exemplary and long-standing service to Canton, Barony and Kingdom as historian, scribe and officer, always as one who provides an example of courtesy worthy of emulation.  We do create and advance him to the title and degree of Maister of the most noble Order of the Pelican, to be in all places of honor numbered a Peer of Our Realm, with all right, privileges, insignia, precedence, and responsibilities thereto appertaining.  We affirm by these Letters Patent his right to bear the arms per pale gules and argent, a fox rampant counterchanged. In token whereof, We grant him the privilege of displaying above his shield, in whole or in part, the achievement proper to the Order: to wit, a cap of maintenance gules trimmed argent plumetty gules, the whole goutty de sang.

We wishing to recognize his devotion and goodwill and on account of such faithful service and loyalty  do establish by this his present  charter, to Colyne Stewart, that land called in the vernacular Drews End,  to hold of him in feu and heritage with all its just perinents, as contained by the King's Highway to the north, thence  west and south along the Crossroad Creek , thence east along coast  till it comes to the Royal Forrest of Beaton , thence north over the fen back to the King's Highway.  Such lands shall belong to our ally and friend, whole, free and undisturbed in perpetuity, without any kind of subjection, service claim or demand, with liberty of fishing in the loch and with liberties in the forest of Beaton.   And wheresoever any letters, charters, deeds or instruments may be discovered bearing upon obligations, conventions and compacts of this nature, We will that they be deemed cancelled, invalid, of no effect and void, and of no value or moment.

If any, however, should try, against Our wishes, to harm this charter, through the spite of oppressive covetousness, may they, falling down to the swirling masses of noisome darkness, be cursed, into everlasting fire, where they may be tormented in a cruel punishment by demons with heated iron instruments of torture if they do not change this before their death with appropriate penitence.
That the certainty of foreknowing may give true and clear remembrance of the past and to that  it is forever to be known, this shall be executed in manuscript  and be proclaimed in the Barony of Caldrithig bearing the seal of the Crown, together with the seals of  the Ducal house of Arrochar. 

Dated this 25th of the month of March in the 51st  year of our society in the reign of Siegfried and Xristina. 

Wording  by Her Grce, Duchess Adrielle Kerrec.