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Welcome to the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust! The Bailiwick is a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism serving Center City Philadelphia, South Philly, West Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and surrounding areas.

We are a non-profit educational organization devoted to the study and recreation of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. We are participatory in nature: rather than being mere spectators, we dress, dance, fight and feast much as was done before the year 1600. We research various arts and sciences from our chosen period, and we share what we have learned. However, we are also a very social group: we learn while having fun!

The Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust is a canton of the Barony of Bhakail, the chapter of the SCA covering the greater Philadelphia area. A Canton is a chapter that works directly under the auspices of a larger SCA branch, such as a Barony or Province. Members of the Bailiwick are also full and active members of the Barony of Bhakail.

The Bailiwick and Barony are located in the southern tip of the ancient and mighty Kingdom of the East, the second-oldest of the twenty kingdoms in the SCA. The Eastrealm stretches from Delaware in the south to Nova Scotia and Quebec in the north, rallying both English-speaking and Francophone SCAdians under the purple-and-gold banners of the East.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our activities or events!

Bailiwick Business Meeting – Wednesday 9/16 at 8pm

The next business meeting of the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust will be on Wednesday, September 16th, at 8pm. Please note the day change and the later start time. Our usual room wasn’t available until this time.

We’ll be in the usual room (Meyerson Conference Room) on the second floor of Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut Street). If you are not a member of the UPenn community or have not attended one of our meetings before, please send Livia an email with your modern name and she’ll put you on the list for the security guards, and you will need a photo ID to enter. Livia’s e-mail is seneschal@ivyeinrust.eastkingdom.org.

The agenda will be posted shortly. See you on Wednesday, 9/16!

Tavern Talks – Sunday, 9/13, 1-3pm

On Sunday, September 13, 2015, you are all invited to join the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust for our monthly round of conversation on diverse topics and enjoyment of the extensive beverage list (including non-alcoholic beverages as well as many beers). The food menu is pretty tasty, too!

Mistress Scheherazade al-Zahira will discuss her research on the history and use of coffee during the Renaissance time period.

Where: City Tap House (citytaphouse.com), located on the north side of Walnut Street between 39th and 40th Streets, on the 2nd floor balcony of the Radian Building. Enter through the street-level door between Capogiro and Jimmy Johns, and take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

When: Sunday, September 13th, 1-3pm.

There is metered street parking on the blocks around the restaurant, and FREE street parking (even on the major streets) once you are as far west as 42nd Street. Please pay attention to signs for loading areas, driveways, hydrants, and other impediments to free and easy parking.

There is also a pay parking lot on the northwest corner of 40th & Walnut (entrance on Walnut) attached to the Fresh Grocer, but it’s a little pricey.

Very easy to get to via SEPTA. Take the El to 40th and Market and walk south to 40th and Walnut, or take the 21 bus to 40th and Walnut. Always close to the trolleys and other buses.

Bailiwick Business Meeting – Thursday 8/20 at 7pm

Next business meeting of the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust will be Thursday, August 20th at 7pm.

We’ll be in the usual room (Meyerson Conference Room) on the second floor of Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut Street). If you are not a member of the UPenn community or have not attended one of our meetings before, please send me an email with your modern name. I’ll put you on the list for the security guards, and you will need a photo ID to enter.

Seneschal report
* removal of references to the Chirurgeonate
* my job has changed, but meetings don’t have to. Are we still happy with the usual time/date?
* what all zip codes are in the Bailiwick?
Exchequer report
* all is well
Chatelaine report
* rides requested for Baronial commons (Sun 8/23)
* travel to River Wars (Sept 25-27)
* new folks
MoAS report
* Tavern Talks
– Sunday, September 13th 1-3pm, City Tap House: – Scheherazade tells us about coffee
– Sunday, October 11th 1-3pm – location TBD – Lady Jane talks about the history of medicine w/o herbalism
– Sunday, November 15th 1-3pm – location TBD – Lady Xanthippe tells us about Finnish magic
– Who wants to step up to be point person in reserving space for Tavern Talks?
* Other stuff?
* Science deputy
Ivy Pursuivant (Herald) report
Webminister report
* Requesting photos of activities & events – can supply consent forms
* Reminder that anyone can submit articles, research, things of interest for posting

Upcoming events
* There has been a desire from one member in the barony for the Bailiwick to run a royal progress event in January. Hopefully I’ll have more details by the meeting. If so, is anyone interested in this project and want more information to maybe autocrat such an event?
* Schola in Summer of 2016 – does anyone want to join the staff for that event? We can also pull from a wide pool of other folks.

New school year Student recruitment? y/n

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, 8/20.  – Livia, Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust, seneschal

Bailiwick Business Meeting – Thursday 6/18 at 7pm

Next business meeting of the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust will be Thursday, June 18th at 7pm.

We’ll be in the usual room (Meyerson Conference Room) on the second floor of Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut Street). If you are not a member of the UPenn community or have not attended one of our meetings before, please send me an email with your mundane name. I’ll put you on the list for the security guards, and you will need a photo ID to enter.

Seneschal report
New MoAS
New Herald
New Webminister
Chatelaine report
Exchequer report

Tavern Talks scheduled through the end of the year (skipping August because of Pennsic and December because of Yule). Still looking for more speakers for 2016

Thanking Bruni for ten years of Noisemakers (because someone skipped court at the event in question)

If we have any updates on the future manuscript schola, they can be here.

Decide whether we want an August meeting.

See if there are any pre-Pennsic needs and/or and non-Pennsic activities for those who can not go.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

– Livia Petralia

Tavern Talks – June 14th 1-3pm

The day after the Iron Bog Investiture, you are all invited to join the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust for our monthly round of conversation on diverse topics and enjoyment of the extensive beverage list (including non-alcoholic beverages as well as many beers)

In June the conversation will wander far afield to the topic of cooking in Japan’s Momoyama period. Livia Petralia has been researching this topic for the past year and will have just returned from cooking at the Find Hungry Samurai event. This will not be a polished talk and there will not be handouts. But there are some surprising differences and I can tell you about the quest for perfect broth.

Where: City Tap House (citytaphouse.com)

located on the north side of Walnut Street between 39th and 40th Streets, on the 2nd floor balcony of the Radian Building. Enter through the street-level door between Capogiro and Jimmy Johns and take the elevator to the 2nd floor

When: Sunday, June 14th, 1-3pm


there is a paid parking lot on the northwest corner of 40th & Walnut (entrance on Walnut) attached to the Fresh Grocer.
$11 for the first hour
$2 each additional hour
up to a $30 maximum

Street parking on campus is restricted for campus move out days, but there is FREE street parking (even on the major streets) once you are as far west as 42nd Street. Again, pay attention to signs for loading areas, driveways, hydrants, and other impediments to free and easy parking.

via train – 30th Street Station – (served by all of SEPTA’s regional rail and Amtrak) which is fourteen blocks (1.5 miles) away, but also directly adjacent to the 30th Street stop for the Market-Frankford Line and the Subway-Surface trolleys (there is an elevator to the platforms)

Market-Frankford line – to the 40th & Market stop. Walk 2 blocks south along Walnut.

Via trolley – Take the #11, #13, #34, or #36 Subway-Surface Trolleys to the 40th & Baltimore portal. Walk 4 blocks north along 40th, to Walnut.

Via bus – Take routes #21 or #40 to the 40th & Walnut stop, or take route 42 to 40th & Spruce. Walk 2 blocks north along 40th, to Walnut.

Officer Opening – MoAS

To all who may be interested and eligible, the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust is searching for a new Minister of Arts and Sciences.

If you are interested, we are hoping to fill the position as an order of business at the June 18th Meeting. But if you have any interest please contact livia.petralia at gmail

You will have at least one deputy and people to help.

Responsibilities of the position include:
Quarterly reports (March 1, June 1, September 1, December 1)
Active membership

And then it’s useful for you to support the Arts and Sciences according to the wishes of the group and to no further extent than your time and energy accommodate.

see also moas.eastkingdom.org

Thank you,
Livia Petralia
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust, seneschal

Calligraphy 5/31/15 1-5

Calligraphy Gathering!

All are welcome!

My guess is that more SCA scrolls get scribed with a metal dip pen and ink than any other technique. It has the advantage of simulating a true quill’s dispensing of liquid ink, which is quite period. So let’s make a mess while exploring period letter forms some more! Materials provided (including markers as a fallback), or bring your favorites.- Reijnier Verplanck

Sunday, 5/31/15 1-5 pm

at the Wolff Home in Havertown

Rsvp requested so we have enough supplies.
at scadian at hotmail

Arranging rides for local 6/6 & 6/13 events

Hail, Bhakail! Ave, Ivy! Bonjorn, Icorn! And hello to a few folks not on the local SCA list-servs!

On the first and second weekends of June, two of our nearest neighbors are holding fun, interesting, close-by events.

Hartshorn-dale is holding an A&S camping event in northern Bhakail on the first weekend of June; and on the second Saturday in June, Iron Bog is holding a martial and Court-themed event in New Jersey, less than one hour from Bhakail.

If you need a ride to either event, or have space in your car to offer, please let me know off-list. There are several Bhakailis without cars who are hoping to attend either/both of these events; if you have car space in exchange for chipping in towards gas/tolls, please let me know, and we’ll match you with the person closest to you who needs a ride.

Artisans’ Village

A weekend to discuss, learn, and watch various medieval/Renaissance arts & sciences such as: paper arts, including bookbinding and printing; glass bead making; metal arts, including blacksmithing, metal casting, and cold metal techniques; a science area, including confectionary sciences; historic combat; plaster casting; dance; brewing; and a fleece to shawl competition.

to be held in Willow Grove, PA

Friday, 6/5, to Sunday, 6/7

or daytripping on Saturday 6/6 or Sunday 6/7


King’s & Queen’s Rattan Champions/Iron Bog Investiture

A day of medieval armored combat, Renaissance rapier, archery, youth activities, A&S display, and Their Royal Majesties will invest the new Baroness of Iron Bog, after the current Baron and Baroness of Iron Bog hold Their Last Court.

to be held in Moorestown, NJ

Saturday, 6/13


Thanks very much!!

– Philly

binsteaj at upenn dot edu

From the Barony: First Philadelphia Renn Faire :)


This past Sunday was the first Philadelphia Renaissance Faire and we’re glad to say it was a lovely day out, despite the forecasts! A number of us gathered outside and took a group photo ahead of the opening of the gates, but we didn’t process in. We have a better idea, now, of where parking is, etc. and we’re also going to be discussing official participation of some sort next year with the organizers as soon as they’ve recovered from this year’s run ;) Whether we arrange for an information booth/table, a list field, specific activities (just dancing, shield-painting, etc.) we’ll see what comes of discussions once planning starts again :)

The Faire was certainly small; the day’s acts were on two stages and the storyline they had running seemed to go well, though there were some issues with amplification on both days, apparently (so following what was going on was sometimes tough). That said, though, their entertainers were all good with the public, they were never stumped, even when thrown some off-script curveballs, and they all seemed to have as much fun as everyone else :) The Mountain was an impressive guest to have as a headline act, and watching him pick up and toss a 227lb ball – six times! – was earth-shaking. No, literally, the earth thudded under our feet as we watched from dozens of feet away…we weren’t sitting close to the stage and every toss of the ball could be easily felt. Very impressive :)

Hopefully this will happen again next year, and we’ll see what we can do to help out; they had need of volunteers behind the scenes, I should mention, as well as folks who could do improv as part of the schtick, so I’ll ask about both roles for next year as well as how we can get in with a demo, if possible.

It was a fun day, amazing to get so many people out for a non-event outing of sorts and we really enjoyed seeing Bhakailis, SCAdians from neighboring groups, Pennsic merchants and other friends throughout the day. From start to finish, it was an enjoyable day out and hopefully they decide to do it again :D

Lastly, if anyone asked us to get tickets and didn’t go, we did still have to buy those tickets and will need to hear from you :)

Mael Eoin & Ysmay

New website with lots of scanned medieval manuscripts open to all

Hail, Bhakail! Ave, Ivy! Bonjorn, Icorn!

For all the budding scribes out there or if you just like to look at scanned medieval manuscripts, the University of Pennsylvania Library has a new, free website with tons of high-quality scanned images of manuscripts, which is open to the world, not only to the Penn community:



Not all of the images are in the SCA time period, but many are.

Happy viewing!

Crown Tourney, Spring Thynge and upcoming events :)


As we wrote our report for this month’s business meeting, we included the following, plus what we’ve previously sent out to the lists about Coronation and Noisemakers. The whole report is a long one, but seeing as we’ve already sent out about the other events, here’s the recap of events from the past couple of weeks and a list of upcoming events that we’ll be attending, should anyone else be considering doing so :)

Crown Tournament

Crown Tournament was a lovely day out in the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn, and we have Prince Brennan and Princess Caoilfhionn as heirs of the Kingdom once again! It was quite a momentous day for a lot of reasons, but the celebration of the historic occasion with the creation of a new Peerage was amazing to witness. The principals of the Order of Defense are Master Antonio, Master Frasier and Master Donovan and our own Lord Martyn contributed to the ceremony for the creation of the Order with a processional followed by many worthy speakers for those being elevated that day. We would like to thank Lady Katrin for being ever-present as Our retainer for the day, we would not have made it through the day without her.

Spring Thynge in Caer Adamant

The Barony had a number of folks attend Spring Thynge this past weekend, primarily in the guise of the Cross and Crescent kitcheners who were on hand to provide dayboard and contribute to the potluck feast, as requested by the Shire of Caer Adamant. It was a long, hot day of preparing and serving food for the archers, throwers, fighters and others enjoying the event, and we really enjoyed seeing everyone and helping as we could make the event a good one. Thanks to Lord Jibril, Lady Astrid, Lady Violet, Baroness Ysmay, Lord Sean, Lady Girsell and all others who pitched in or wanted to pitch in.

​Pennsic A&S War Point​

​We’re very pleased to ​hear that Lord N’Kante and Lady Lissa have been announced as Eastern representatives in the Pennsic A&S War Point! We know their works well and have extolled their virtues and talents as each have been Champions of ours recently, so we know to expect excellent representation for the Kingdom; we’ll be sure to write of their presentations as they happen! Vivant!

Baronial Progress

Given that War is looming and camping season is (somewhat suddenly) upon us, we’d like to mention events we’ll be attending; if anyone is interested in retaining for us and/or in joining Bhakailis camping at any of the camping events, please do let us know :)

5/16 Philly Renn Faire (less of an event or demo and more of a social day out)
5/29-5/31 SRWC / K&Q Archery Champions (we’ll be camping)
6/5-6/7 Artisan’s Village (we’ll be camping)
6/13 Iron Bog Investiture / K&Q Rattan Champions
6/19-6/21 East Kingdom War Camp (we’ll be camping)
7/10-7/12 Great North Eastern Warn (Mael Eoin will be camping)

It has been such a busy month, if we have missed anything, we do apologize. In looking out to the rest of the year, with upcoming events and everyone’s various planned
activities​, if you want to comment on award recommendations, are interested in retaining or getting involved more in any way, have praise for folks we should hear and pass on or the like, please do let us know. We’re amazed and honored to have so many members and friends of the Barony who are contributing in many, many ways to not only the Barony, Bailiwick and Canton but also the Region, Kingdom and Society. We enjoy extolling the virtues and accomplishments of everyone and are glad to do all we can to encourage and support all good works as we can :)

In Service,
+Signum Eugenii Discipuli Bhakailorum Baronis​
​Ysmay de Lynn, Baroness​
​of Bhakail​

Arranging rides for Sat 5/9: two local SCA events!!

Hail, Bhakail! Ave, Ivy! Bonjorn, Icorn!

On Saturday, 5/9, there are TWO interesting, fun, and local SCA events to choose from:

“May-Be (I’ll Try Something New)”
in Moorestown, NJ (Barony of Iron Bog)

A&S classes; medieval armored combat & Renaissance rapier tournaments; and more!

Site fee includes dayboard. (The cook is a former Bhakaili, Lady Genevra.)

Site fee: $16 (16 yrs+ non-member); $11 (16 yrs+ member); $5 (11-15 yrs); Free (10 and under).


“Through the Woods”
in Townsend, DE (Shire of Caer Adamant)

Archery tournament; thrown weapons tournament; medieval armored combat tournament; and more!

Site fee includes dayboard. (The cooks are Bhakail’s own Baron Mael Eoin & Sayyid Jibril.)

Site fee: $17 (19 yrs+ non-member); $12 (19 yrs+ member); $5 (7-18 yrs); Free (6 and under).


If you need a ride to either of these events, or have space in your car for either of these events, please let me know off-line.

The difficult part will be choosing which event to attend!!


– Philly

Thank yous for Noisemakers X


It is my privilege to have been autocrat of Noisemakers X. It was a wonderful day, full of sun, sultry psaltery, heraldry, and scribal arts. So many people were critical to making the event the lovely time that I feel it was. The following thanks, I believe, cannot be treated as complete, as I only know what I witnessed or what I was told. For those who contributed, but who are not herein named (most especially the many who helped to transform the gymnasium from a hang-out den to court), please accept my thanks for the part you played in making the event amazing!

First of all, I’d like to thank all the teachers. As a schola, Noisemakers could not operate without the generous donations of time and expertise that teachers make in offering classes. So I would like to thank, in no particular order, Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Lord Yehuda Ben Moshe, Dame Brunissende Dragonette, Reb Eleazar ha-Levi, Dame Lillia de Vaux, Lady Seraphina Delfino, Baroness Theodora Bryennissa, Lord Berrick Grayveson, Lady Isabeau d’Orleans, Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Lord Ian Douglas, Lady Erlan Nordenskald, The Honourable Lord Kai SaerPren, Maîtresse Sabine de Kerbriant, Lady Margretha la Fauvelle, Master Arden of Icomb, Lady Marion Quyn, Lord Reijnier Verplank. I’d like to thank Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, who graciously volunteered to teach, but was unable to make it to the event, and thank Dame Lillia de Vaux for picking up that class.

I’d also like to take this moment to thank I Zanni Illuminati for privileging us with the first performance of the riotous and rollicking Pantalone’s Worry Box. While I must apologize for the troublesome acoustics, I also must applaud how funny the performance was, both within and without earshot (as I roamed the hall). The honored players were Baron Fum, Lady Lianor de Matos, Lady Gyrsell McLeod, Lady Xanthippe Ourinina, Lord Atilla Soldus, and Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant! Bravi!

Thanks are due to Dame Brunissende Dragonette for beginning the Noisemakers tradition over 10 years ago. For this Noisemakers specifically, she organized and scheduled a wonderful offering of Heraldry classes. She also helped to look ever classrooms.

On the musical side of things, Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant put together a terrific and varied set of classes that included a substantial bit of both music making and music instrument making! We also had a well-attended Juggling class in the performance track this year. Thank you for organizing such a varied and delightful panel!

Meesteres Annetje van Wœrden offered a delicious, bountiful dayboard. She was the first on site and was working all through the day to make sure that that teachers and attendees were well fed in their mid-day break. Along with her were her kitchen staff, Lady Asa in Svarta, Lord John Marshall, and Lady Triona MacCasky. But I would like to take a moment to acknowledge that the work of creating the dayboard began many months before the event.I have heard that the following people were also involved in the long-term prep Lady Elizabet Marshall, Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh, Mistress Judith the Uncertain, and Mistress Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco. Many thanks to all who helped in preparing this delectible repast. Again, thank you to all of the kitchen staff for their many days of work leading up to and including Noisemakers.

Baroness Philadelphia Brown did so much for the event. She provided excellent and conscientious gate organization. She worked with other Bailiwick staff to make sure everything was paid for in advance and managed reimbursements afterwards. Furthermore, her help in setting up, providing table cloths, tearing down, and cleaning up was essential and greatly appreciated!

While we are on gate, I’d like to thank everyone who helped Philly out at gate, Lady Gisela Szabo, Baroness Judith the Confused, Lady Xanthippe Ouranina, Mistress Scheherazade al-Zahira and Lady Jadwiga Piwowarka-Miodosytnika, among others. Thank you for making sure that everyone was welcome!

Particular thanks are due to Lord Martyn de Halliwell, who served as point contact with the site, in addition to teaching and helping to set-up. Also, he helped in the complex shepherding of cooking supplied between Coronation and Noisemakers!

I extend my great appreciation to Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar for her amazing suite of youth activities! What a wonderful program! I was particularly charmed by the regalia scavenger hunt. Helping her through the day were Baron Nissim aven Darmon , Lady Xanthippe Ouranina, Lord Brian mac Dhughaill an Boghadair, Lady Aibhilin inghean ui Phaidin , Mistress Scheherazade al-Zahira, and Alanna de Maris of Ravenstar. I extend my thanks for enriching the Youth programs with harp, heraldry, and handwriting (please pardon the misrepresentation of calligraphy as handwriting; it is in the greater cause of alliteration)!

The consulting heralds! I cannot forget to tender my immense thanks to you all for being on call to answer questions! Many thanks are due to Dame Lillia de Vaux, Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, Lady Beatrice Shirwood, and Lady Seraphina Delfino!

I’d like to thank Lady Siobhan inghean ui Dhonnabhin and Lord Ian Douglas for proposing the challenges for the Baronial Bardic Championship, and for all who entered! Congratulations to our new Baronial Bardic Champion, Lady Girsell McLeod!

I’d like to send special thanks to Sayyidda Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail for so much help throughout the day, in set-up and tear down, moving desks and setting up a washing station, but most especially I want to thank her for the wonderful and helpful signage that she made on the day, a task that had beneficial effects throughout the day and which I would have completely forgotten about! So many thanks!

Thanks are due to Master Rowen Cloteworthy for taking the many pieces of information sent to him and producing the attractive and well-organized program that kept the schedule of the day legible to all!

Lord Geoffert of the Lone Oake deserves special mention. While he helped immensely throughout the day in setting up, tearing down, I would mention him especially for setting up a water station that kept guests hydrated while also taking on the unenviable task of directing traffic and parking as people arrived in the morning. Likewise he and Lady Xanthippe Ouranina were some of the last people on site, taking custody of some of the cooking gear and taking an exhausted Event Steward home. Many thanks for all your help!

Lord Brian mac Dhughaill an Boghadair, I offer you my thanks for transforming a gymnasium into a heraldry festooned hall. The banners were very much appreciated, as were your and Geoffert’s efforts in decorating the hall with them. Thank you for providing pageantry!

Special thanks are due to Lady Jadwiga Piwowarka-Miodosytnika in addition to any thanks for setting up. On a personal note, I thank her for providing this Event Steward and his Gatekeeper with a much needed ride to the site. But, in the same vein, she ventured out into Mundania to procure ice for the kitchen staff. Many thanks for being our errand runner!

A special note of thanks to Lady Iseaulte of the Clews! During court set-up she volunteered her folding table for Their Excellencies use, and furnished them with water. This help was unbidden, offered freely, and very-much appreciated!

And now to turn to the great number of people who helped to set up, tear down, and clean up the event. If there were one area I would say that I did not do enough to organize before hand it would be soliciting volunteers before the day. I was feeling overwhelmed with other duties and only turned my attention to this a week or so before the event, hoping and trusting in the volunteerism of others. I can only say that, while this was a poor piece of planning on my part, indeed the generous nature of the many people who come to SCA events proved strong and true. There will certainly be many whom I cannot name, people whom I know by sight, whom I have even talked to at a number of events, but whose names I do not know. The omission of your name should not be taken as a slight. I saw so many helping and yet was so busy trying to manage the event that I cannot list every name. So, before naming the names of those I do know, I extend my thanks to any and all who pitched in on the day. You are appreciated. Noisemakers would not have operated without you!

And now to those I can name. So many thanks are due to the following people. Their names may have already been noted for specific duties. I include them in this list anyway, as they were key to the mundane setting up and putting away for tables, chairs, cleaning of the kitchen so the cooks could rest, alteration of classroom configuration and reestablishment of that initial order. In no particular order: Lady Sonja of Bhakail, Osric of Bhakail, Lord Ian Douglas, Lady Triona MacCasky, Sayyidda Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail, Lady Xanthippe Ouranina, Lord Geoffert of the Lone Oake, Lady Jadwiga Piwowarka-Miodosytnika, Lord Brian mac Dhughaill an Boghadair, Dame Brunissende Dragonette, Baroness Philadelphia Brown, Lord Reijnier Verplank, Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant, Lady Alesia and Alanna de Maris of Ravenstar, Lady Elizabet Marshall,

A note on teacher tokens: I had an idea for the logo of the event. I asked for help in developing the design so that it could be used in multiple media. I sent a sketch out and got back a wonderful expression of my general idea, with improvements that made it much more legible! I was thrilled, but couldn’t manage to track down who did it! In the meantime, this design was picked up by Baroness Philadelphia Brown’s worthy consort–one who does not even play with the SCA–and rendered along with yet another improvement into 3-D cast pewter badges. Upon seeing this token at the event, Lady Margretha la Fauvelle came forward to let me know that it was she who did the initial rendering based on my idea and how pleasant it was to see it used and so brilliantly executed. So a very big thank you is due to Lady Margretha la Fauvelle and the consort of our Philly, both of whom very generously dedicated their effort to the event in ways that were entirely behind the scenes, but which, at least from my position, added a great deal to the experience.

Thanks are due to another invisible contributor to the event, Lady Livia Petralia, who was key in helping me to keep this, my first event, organized. Ever willing to allow me to wax far more lyric in meetings than strictly necessary and always supportive, I could not have done this without her help and advice.

I’d like to begin wrapping up by thanking Their Excellencies Mael Eoin and Ysmay for supporting the Bailiwick’s event while navigating the hosting of a coronation the week before. I can say that we were all honored by their presence, by their choice of Noisemakers as the host event for the Baronial Bardic Championship, and by their choice to hold court at the event. I must offer my personal thanks for offering me a small part of that court to honor Dame Brunissende Dragonette. Thank you again for your support and your ever pleasant and effervescent presences!

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who came out to the event. What a wonderful day.

Please pardon the delay in sending this out. As you can see, there were many names to gather and many to thank.


Ælfric FitzHugh

[hist-book] TODAY: Laura Aydelotte, “‘Her Bouk’: Early Modern Women’s Provenance Marks and Research in the Material and the Digital Archives”

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please join us TODAY, Monday, 27 April, for this year’s final meeting of the Workshop in the History of Material Texts. We will convene at our usual time and place: 5:15pm in the Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center on the 6th Floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

We will be welcoming Laura Aydelotte (Penn), for a can’t-miss talk entitled “‘Her Bouk’: Early Modern Women’s Provenance Marks and Research in the Material and the Digital Archives”

Laura writes,

The Provenance Online Project, or POP, presents material marks left in books by former owners in a digital environment. The project contains over 12,000 images and crowdsources information about these images of provenance evidence. As POP begins to expand to include images outside of Penn, the potential for quickly and easily comparing provenance marks in books from multiple libraries at once will increasingly open up potential new avenues for scholarship.

One area that offers especially rich information is the study of early modern women’s provenance marks, which have much to tell us about what women from the 15th to the early 18th centuries owned and read, and how they used books. However, little attention has been paid specifically to studying women’s provenance marks and they can often be hard to effectively locate in library catalog records. This presentation will provide a brief introduction to POP as a project, and then focus on the challenges and discoveries that have come out of searching for and examining pre-1750 women’s provenance marks both as they appear in material texts and in digital form at Penn Libraries, the Library Company, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Laura Aydelotte is Director of POP (the Provenance Online Project), CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Early Modern Studies at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Affiliate in the Penn English Department

All are welcome! Please forward this email widely to any who might be interested. Those who do not hold University of Pennsylvania ID cards should bring another form of photo identification in order to enter the library building.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Peter Stallybrass
Annenberg Professor in the Humanities

Marie Turner
Brizdle-Schoenberg Fellow in the History of Material Texts