Maister Colyne Stewart's ethereal realm.

All works on this page are (c) Todd H. C. Fischer, 2001-2016.

If interested in reprinting any of the articles, stories, poems or songs that appear on this page, please contact the author.

Monday, July 4, 2016

New Article Posted

My class notes for Medieval Debate Poetry have been posted to the Athenaeum Hectoris site.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

New Poem

I have added a new poem commemorating the VERY hot Crown Tournament held yesterday in Bastille du Lac.

From the Flames Forged

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Update to Challenge Page

I have made a slight update to my Challenge page, adding an introductory paragraph and two older challenges I made before I started tracking them.

I am considering what my next challenge will be, and am open to suggestions.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

50 Poems in AS 50 Challenge

Back on June 3rd 2015 (the second month of AS 50) I made the following challenge:

Hereby do I, Colyne Stewart, as I wish to better myself in all ways, challenge myself to write a number of poems to number no less than fifty in number to mark and celebrate and honour the fiftieth year of our Society. This I pledge on this feast day of Clotilde.

I am pleased to announce that I have just posted the 50th SCA/medieval poem that I have written during the past twelve months to succeed in this challenge! I really tried to challenge myself, by writing in several different genres and forms from many different European cultures and time periods. I had fallen behind in my task and about 20 of these poems were written in the past two months. I hope I did them all justice.





Friday, April 29, 2016

Poetry Challenge Success! 50 poems for AS 50!

Back on June 3rd 2015 (the second month of AS 50) I made the following challenge:

Hereby do I, Colyne Stewart, as I wish to better myself in all ways, challenge myself to write a number of poems to number no less than fifty in number to mark and celebrate and honour the fiftieth year of our Society. This I pledge on this feast day of Clotilde.

I am pleased to announce that I have just posted the 50th SCA/medieval poem that I have written during the past twelve months to succeed in this challenge! I really tried to challenge myself, by writing in several different genres and forms from many different European cultures and time periods. I had fallen behind in my task and about 20 of these poems were written in the past two months. I hope I did them all justice.

You can find links to all the poems from this challenge on my Challenge page.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Collegium disceptationis poeticae

Yesterday I founded the the Collegium disceptationis poeticae which is a group (on Facebook) for SCA poets who would like to collaborate in the writings of d├ębats, partimens, flyting and other medieval poetic contests.

What I am hoping for is that this group will be used to instigate collaborative writing. If a member has an idea for writing a medieval debate poem, they can post the idea to the group and be matched up with a partner (or partners) as well as judges (if required by their form).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

List of Ealdormerean Blogs

I began a new project today, which is to collect a list of blogs belonging to Ealdormereans.

I know lots of people don't like to toot their own horns, but I would encourage everyone to start an SCA blog. Albums on Facebook are not enough. Most of them aren't set as public, so people who aren't friended with you can't see them. And photo albums don't track your service. You can be proud of what you have done without giving in to Pride. I'm proud of you, and I want to spread your wordfame. You may think no one cares about what you have to say, or do, or make, but that is often far from the truth.

In fact, quite often someone's name will come up in a discussion and I want to point out the cool things they have done and having a blog to point to with fully documented details of how cool and productive they are is really handy. It helps for award recommendations too. Just sayin'.

So, if you have a personal SCA blog, please consider sharing the link with me as I begin to compile this resource!

Please note, I am not looking for links to Facebook profiles (though Facebook pages may be appropriate) or to business/merchanting sites.



Thursday, March 24, 2016

Slight Update to my Persona

A Scottish poet in the 15th and 16th century was apparently called a makar (or makir), meaning both poet and maker. My persona is from the mid-14th century Scotland. I think that's close enough for me to use the term. My persona has therefore been slightly updated.

Encyclopedia Britannica has this to say about the makar:

Alternative titles: makaris; maker; makeris; Scottish Chaucerian
Makar, also spelled Maker (Scottish: “maker,” or “poet”), plural Makaris, or Makeris, also called Scottish Chaucerian, any of the Scottish courtly poets who flourished from about 1425 to 1550. The best known are Robert HenrysonWilliam DunbarGavin Douglas, and Sir David Lyndsay; the group is sometimes expanded to include James I of Scotland and Harry the Minstrel, or Blind Harry.Because Geoffrey Chaucer was their acknowledged master and they often employed his verse forms and themes, the makaris are usually called “Scottish Chaucerians”; but actually they are a product of more than one tradition. Chaucerian influence is apparent in their courtly romances and dream allegories, yet even these display a distinctive “aureate” style, a language richly ornamented by polysyllabic Latinate words.
In addition, the makaris used different styles for different types of poems. The language that they used in their poems ranges from courtly aureate English, to mixtures of English and Scots, to the broadest Scots vernacular, as their subjects range from moral allegory to everyday realism, flyting (abuse), or grotesquely comic Celtic fantasy.



Sunday, January 31, 2016

New Book on Chivalry by Sir Nigel and THL Colyne

Within the Society for Creative Anachronism, Duke Nigel MacFarlane, KSCA, has reigned as king twice in the Kingdom of Ealdormere and has been a knight for over a decade. Originally from the Middle Kingdom he now dwells in the northlands with his lady, Duchess Adrielle Kerrec, OP, OL, surrounded by their household of Arrochar. In this volume, Sir Nigel expounds on the nature of chivalry, with his words on the subject being transcribed by his squire, TH LairdColyne Stewart (also known asTodd H. C. Fischer). Within you can read his thoughts on the virtues, pilgramages, the taking of dependents, and more.

Order it on Amazon.