An Tir Internal Letter for May, AS XXXXI / 2006 CE

Arms of Lady Richenda du Jardin

Lady Richenda du Jardin, Lions Blood Herald
524 W. 7th Avenue, #510
Spokane, WA 99204
509-455-5137 or richenda@cet.com



Unto Christopher Black Lion and the esteemed members of the An Tir College of Heralds to whom this missive comes, Richenda du Jardin, Lions Blood Herald, sends greetings and felicitations.

COMMENTARY ON THE ITEMS IN THIS INTERNAL LETTER IS DUE ON THE 10TH OF JULY.

The May Lions Blood meeting will be held on May 14 at 1:00 at my place. Directions to my house are:

From the West: Take your best route to I-90. Get off on exit 280 (Lincoln Ave/Maple Ave.). Go through two lights and turn right at the next intersection (Jefferson). Go one block and turn left (Fifth). Turn right at the fourth stop sign (Howard). Follow Howard for two blocks - find whatever parking you can in the second block as parking is rather tight. Walk up to 7th and I am in the brick building on the left (524 W 7th.). Buzz apartment #510 and someone will be down to get you.

From the East: Take your best route to I-90. Get off on exit 280 (Lincoln Ave/Maple Ave.). Turn left at the second light (Second). Turn left at the second light (Fourth). Turn right at the next intersection (Jefferson). Go one block and turn left (Fifth). Turn right at the fourth stop sign (Howard). Follow Howard for two blocks - find whatever parking you can in the second block as parking is rather tight. Walk up to 7th and I am in the brick building on the left (524 W 7th.). Buzz apartment #510 and someone will be down to get you.

Limited crash space will be available.

The meetings for the rest of the summer are scheduled:

  Date Location
June June 11 (Knowne World Heraldic the following week) My place
July July 9 (Coronation weekend after) TBD
August August 22 (Pennsic - so this will be during the week) My place
Sept September 17 TBD

I am looking for people to host the July and September meetings.

LETTERS FROM KINGDOM HERALDIC STAFF

From Lions Blood

As you can see from the schedule, this summer is rather hectic. Any help I can get hosting meetings will be much appreciated - especially as I-90 will be under construction going through Spokane.

This is the last PAPER Herald's Page that will be mailed. If you want to receive the Herald's Page after this, send me your e-mail address and I will add you to my mailing list - this includes kingdom staff officers. IF YOU WANT TO RECEIVE A PAPER COPY, YOU MUST SUBSCRIBE TO THE HERALD'S PAGE. The cost is $12.00 per year.

Any of you who consult, please go over your submitter's packets before they are sent to me. I have had a number of submitters send a single $12.00 payment for name and device packets. Name and device submissions are two submissions, each requiring a payment. Both payments can be included on the same check. In addition, please go over the copies they need. I am still getting incomplete packets.

Finally, I want to thank all my commenters! You are doing wonderful job! I love it when new commenters join because they have a new view on things. Sometimes a "stupid" question is just what I need to make the right decision.

I want to throw some ideas out now for improving our commenting process. We have a wonderful tool that is WAY underused - antir-commentary@castle.org. If you comment, please subscribe. I want people to post their commentary there so we can actually discuss issues that may come up each month. Put the letter you are commenting on in the subject line so we are all in the same month.

In service,

Richenda du Jardin
Lions Blood
richenda@cet.com

LAUREL ACTIONS

The following items have been registered by Laurel in February.

The following items have been returned for further work in February

The following item has been pended until August

LIONS BLOOD ACTIONS

Below are the results of the April Lions Blood meeting.

These items will be forwarded to Laurel, and are tentatively scheduled to be decided in August

These items are being returned for further work


NEW SUBMISSIONS

To be ruled on at the August Lions Blood Meeting.

1. Adrianna the Fierce Madrone Badge, Release

(Fieldless) In saltire a stag's attire and a unicorn's horn sable.

The submitter requests that her badge, (Fieldless) In saltire, a stag's attire and a unicorn's horn sable, registered in April of 1997, be released 
immediately.



2. A'isha al-Zahra Blatha An Oir Name & Device, Resubmission to Kingdom

Per fess sable and gules, overall an elephant head cabossed Argent Armed with tusks or, 3 fleur de lis, 2 and 1 or

The submitter's previous name submission, Ay{s,}e al-Zahra', was returned by Laurel in April of 2005 for being two steps from period practice: combining Turkish and Arabic, and having a more than 300 year gap between the name elements. This resubmission addresses both issues by changing the elements to the form suggested in the letter. 

The submitter will not accept major changes to her name, desires a female name and is not interested in authenticity. She will accept the formation of a holding name. 

A'isha is documented from "Andalusian names: Arabs in Spain" by Juliana de Luna at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/andalusia/

Al-Zahra is documented from "Andalusian names: Arabs in Spain" by Juliana de Luna under other women's bynames at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/andalusia/

A copy of the return letter was included with this submission. Copies of the Medieval Names Archive article were not. 

The submitter's previously submitted device, Gules, on a pile nebuly sable between in chief two fleurs-de-lis in base a fleur-de-lis Or overall an elephant's head cabossed argent armed Or was returned in January 2005 for contrast problems. This submission addresses that difficulty.



3. Althaia Lazura Wyewood Name & Device, New

Azure, a Common Kingfisher, Volant with wings adorsed, argent; within a torse argent and purpure.

The submitter will not accept major changes to her name, desires a female name and is interested in having her name be authentic for the language/culture of 13th-14th century on the West coast of the modern Yugoslavia, an area that was a heavily mixed Slavic and Italian population; with some Greek and Byzantine influences. She will allow the creation of a holding name. 

Althaia is documented from A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names edited by P.M. Fraser and E. Matthews, Vol. 1, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1987. The entry reads as follows: Althaea. A daughter of Thestius and Eurythemis. Althaea married her uncle Oeneus, king do Falydon, and bore two daughters, Gorge and Deïaneria, and several sons, the most famous of whom was MELEAGER. Some say, however, that Deïaneria was Dionysus' daughter and Meleager a son of Ares. Others claim that Althaea had a son by Poseidon...[Homer, Iliad, 9.543-599; Apollodorus 1.7.10-1.8.3.] 

Althaia is also documented from English Linguistics 15001800 (A Collection of Facsimile Reprints selected and edited by R.C. Alston, The Scholar Press Ltd., Menston, England, 1972. The entry is as follows: Althæa, æ, f. g. Plin. A kinde of wilde mallowes, called water mallowes, or marsh mallowes.

The Dictionary of Plant Names by Allan J. Coombes (c) 1985, 1994 Timber Press has the following: Althaea ál-thie-a Malvaceae The classical name for Gk. Althaine (to heal) referring to medicinal properties. Perennial herb.
 
The construction of Lazura is documented from "Early Croatian Given Names" by Walraven van Nijmegen (Brian R. Speer) at http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/croat.html: "In most early Slavic cultures, women's names were identical to men's names, but with an -a tacked onto the end.... This pattern can be used to construct likely feminine names from the masculine ones we have on record... 

Paul Goldschmidt's "Dictionary of Period Russian Names", Section L at http://www.sca.org/heraldry/paul/l.html has Lazar, Lazarko, Lazar', Lazor, and Lazor' with dates ranging from 1181-1598. 

Prace Instytutu Języka Polskeigo by Zespół Redakcyjny has Łazur under the header Łazarz as a variant of Lazarus as does Antroponimia Polska Kresach Poludniowo-Wschodnich XV-XIX Wiek: with a date of 1453. 

Copies of all documentation are included with this submission. Documentation was included for the depiction of the Common Kingfisher, drawn from The Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe and the Western Palearctic by Mark Beaman and Steve Madge, Princeton University Press which includes pictures of the bird and identification of its range as the majority of Europe, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and possibly Syria. 



4. Anne Mary Quinn Wyewood Device, Resubmission to Laurel

Per bend sinister, Azure and Gules, a swan naint contourny, Sun Or

The submitter's name was registered in November of 2000. 

Her previous device was returned for conflict with Johann Kiefer Hayden, Per bend sinister gules and azure, two owls contourny Or. While there is a CD between a swan and an owl, there is not the substantial difference between the two birds needed for X.2 to hold. Therefore, there is but a single CD for a change of type of the primary charges. The swan is argent.



5. Arthur Buchanan Wyewood Device, New

Per fess vert and sable, an eagle between three roses argent.

The submitter's name was registered in November of 2003.



6. Astridh Skialdbriotr Herons Reach Name, New?

The name type and action boxes, as well as all the administrative boxes are missing from the form. 

The submitter will accept any changes, expresses no preference as to gender or authenticity and will allow the creation of a holding name. 

Astridh is documented from the Viking Answer Lady's website http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONWomensNames.shtml#f ridr as follows: Ástriðr The first element Ást- here is a form of Old Icelandic Áss, "god, one of the Æsir". In proper names, the first element becomes Ást- before the liquid r. The second element is from -friðr, see above. Occurs in Old Danish as Estrith and in Old Swedish as Astridh (this example is from Bohuslän) and Æstridh, OW.Norse Ástriðr. Runic examples oinclude [sic] the nominative case forms astriþ, osriþi. This name appears in Laxdæla saga (c. 1245) as Ástriðr of Breidafjörd, wife of Bárðr Höskuldsson. This name also appears in Landnámabók for Ástriðr slœkidrengr ("slender as a youth"), the daughter of Bragi the skáld in ch. 22; Ástriðr, the wife of Arnmóðr Heðinsson in ch. 55;…

[URL above is incorrect; correct URL is http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONWomensNames.shtml#fridr - Online IL Editor]

Skialdbriotr is documented by a report from the Academy of Saint Gabriel numbered 2871 which discusses various forms of axe names (bry{dh}ja randa, flag{dh} hli/far, glakn hli/fa, grand hli/far) and references to 'shield' and 'breaker' (brjo/tr megingar{dh}a Hanga, {o"}r-brjo/tr bla/ferils odda). The report culminates in the following: "Based on this evidence, a compound such as <schakdbrjo/tr> would likely refer to a warrior and not his weapon; instead, we recommend choosing one of the axe names we found. In particular, <Randgri/{dh}> comes closest to your desired meaning."

Copies of the actual webpage and the report were not included with the submission. Instead, all pertinent information was copied and pasted into the form.



7. Eikíkr Hrafnkelsson Aquaterra Name, New

The submitter will accept any changes necessary for registration, desires a male name, cares most about the language/culture of his name and wishes his name 
to be authentic for the language and/or culture of an unspecified area. He will allow the creation of a holding name if necessary. 

Eiríkr is documented from "The Old Norse Name" by Geirr Bassi Haraldsson. Hrafnkell is documented from "The Old Norse Name" by Geirr Bassi Haraldsson.



8. Gemma Meen Montengarde Device, Resubmission to Laurel

Purpure, on a tower argent a dog rampant purpure and in chief a coronet Or.

The submitter's name was registered in January of 2002. 

The submitter's previous device submission, Purpure, on a tower argent a "dog" rampant purpure and in chief a coronet Or was returned in October of 2004 for a redraw. "The tertiary appears to be a lion, not a dog. Charges in a submission must be identifiable, per RfS VIII.3. We would have changed the

[rest of text missing - Online IL Editor]



9. James the Tormentor Seagirt Resubmission to Kingdom

Or, two pales sable, overall a cross patonce in chief a baronial coronet gules orbed argent.

The submitter's name was registered in July of 1988.

His previous submission, Or, two pallets sable, overall a cross clechy and overall in chief a coronet gules pearled argent, was returned in May of 2005 for the following reason: 
"This device must be returned for non-period style. The difference in size between the cross and the coronet makes it impossible to see them as a single charge group, and we have seen no evidence that the use of multiple overall charge groups is in keeping with period practice." [May 2005 LoAR]



10. James Wolfden Lions Gate Name & Device, New

Vert a wolf salient to sinister maintaining in its dexter forepaw three arrows Or

The submitter will accept any changes necessary for registration, desires a 14th century English male name, cares most about the sound of his name, and expresses no interest in authenticity. He will allow the creation of a holding name. 

James is the submitter's legal given name (a photocopy of his birth certificate is included). 

Wolfden is documented from "Onomasticon Anglo-Saxonicum" under the headers Wolf- pg 504, and -den pg 163. Photocopies not required. 



11. John de Canon Wyewood Name & Device, New

Quarterly Or and argent, a Castle azure between three grenades gules

The submitter will accept any changes necessary for registration, desires a male name, and if his name must be changed cares most about the language/culture (English). He wishes his name to be authentic for 15th century England. He will accept the creation of a holding name if necessary. 

John is the submitter's legal given name (a photocopy of his driver's license is included). 

de Canon is documented from http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/york15/surnames-alphabetical.htm under the C section and that information comes from The Archaeology of York: 2/2 Historical Sources for York Archaeology after AD 100 York Bride masters' Accounts page 126 (pdf) which can be found at http://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/bridgemasters/ 

A copy of page 1 of the article above is included with this submission (it covers the letters A and B).



12. Ladislaus Dozsa Aquaterra Name & Device, New

Barry of six argent and azure and on a base argent a horse rampant contourny sable

The submitter will not accept major changes to his name, wishes a male name, cares most about the sound and language/culture (Hungarian) and will allow the creation of a holding name. He expresses no interest in authenticity. 


Ladislaus is documented as being a Saints name in Hungary: Ladislaus I (1040-95), king of Hungary (1077-95), canonized in 1198 from http://www.bartleby.com/65/la/Ladisl1Hun.html. Ladislaus IV 91262-90), king of Hungary (1272-90) at http://www.bartleby.com/65/la/Ladisl4Hun.html. Ladislaus V or Ladislaus Posthumus, 1440-57, king of Hungary (1444-57) and, as Ladislaus I, king of Bohemia (1453-57) at http://www.bartleby.com/65/la/Ladisl5Hun.html

The horse is black with red hooves, eye and tongue.



13. Matvei Levchenich Adiantum Name, New

The submitter will not accept major changes to his name, desires a male name, and cares most about the language/culture of his name. He is interested in having his name be authentic for 13th-14th century Russian (Novgorod region) and will accept the creation of a holding name if necessary. 

Matvei is documented as a variant of Matfei (under the header of Matfei) and dated to the 14th century from http://www.sca.org/heraldry/paul/ma.html

Levchenich is documented as a surname dated to the 16th century under the header Levchen from http://www.sca.org/heraldry/paul/l.html.



14. Mór Bran Aquaterra Name & Device, Resubmission to Kingdom

Per bend sinister silver and vert a crow proper and a hautbois bendwise argent

The submitter's previous submission, Mór M'Gregare, was returned in April 2004 for aural conflict with Moira MacGregor, registered in May of 1988 (via the Outlands).

The submitter will accept any changes necessary to the registration of her name, cares most about the language (Scots), is interested in a female name and will accept the creation of a holding name if necessary. She expresses no interest in authenticity.

Mór is found at St. Gabriel's report # 1094, which says it is a popular late-medieval Irish name, but that there is no evidence that it was used in Gaelic Scotland. The letter goes on to discuss variants and several other names.

Bran is found in Black's Surnames of Scotland under the header Bran and is dated to 548, 1154, 1187, 1219, 1629.

The submitter's previous device, Per chevron vert and argent, a raven close sable sustaining a thistle fesswise proper, was returned in April of 2004 for a fatal problem with the field/chief. The following Laurel precedent describes the problem precisely:

This is not a pile, because it issues from the top corners of the shield. Nor is it chaussť, because it does not extend all the way to base. Nor is it a chief triangular, because it is much too deep. Nor is it a per chevron inverted field division, because it does not issue from the sides of the field. As a result, this must be returned. [Rickard of Gwyntarian, 10/01, R-Middle].
This submission is a complete redesign.


15. Peredur Balfau Iachaol Aquaterra Name & Device, New

Argent, on a lozenge fesswise gules, a bear statant argent and on a chief gules 3 crosses paty argent.

The submitter will not accept major changes to his name, wishes a male name authentic for 12th-13th century time period and Welsh language/culture and will accept the creation of a holding name. 

No documentation was provided for this submission. 

The red of the lozenge and chief are a darker red that is nearly burgundy.



16. Seagirt, Barony of Seagirt Badge, New

Bendy wavey argent and azure overall an orca naiant embowed counterembowed proper

The submitter's name was registered in January of 1990 and updated in May 2003. 



17. Shahid al-Hasan Seagirt Name & Device, New

Argent, between three crescents purpure, a chevron azure, overall a bordure engrailed sable.

The submitter will accept any changes necessary for registration, desires a male name authentic for 10th-13th century Arabic and will accept the creation of a holding name if necessary. 

Shadid is documented from "Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices" by Da'ud ibn Auda (David B. Appleton) at http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/arabic-naming2.htm

al-Hasan is documented from "Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices" by Da'ud ibn Auda (David B. Appleton) at http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/arabic-naming2.htm.



18. Wyvernfeld, Incipient Shire of Wyvernfeld Name & Device, New

Argent, a wyvern passant sinister gules, in base a laurel wreath sable, Within on a bordure vert two stalks of grain or crossed at base

The submitter will accept any changes necessary, cares most about meaning which is stated to be "fields of the dragon/dragon's fields" and expresses no interest in authenticity.

"Feld" is stated to be German for "field" Dave's "Mythical Creatures and Places" at http://www.eaudrey.com/myth.wyvern.htm under "wyvern": Description: A winged variety of the dragon, with 2 bird-like legs. The Wyvern frequently has a barbed tail. Features: Found frequently in heraldry. The Wyvern is generally destructive and predatory. It can also symbolize pestilence. Described By: A medieval European variant of the dragon. 

[URL is incorrect; correct URL is http://www.eaudrey.com/myth/wyvern.htm - Online IL Editor]

Precedent: Wyvernwood, Barony of - Trimaris. Included with this submission is a petition signed by 4 officers and 6 members of the populace 



19. Wyvernfeld, Incipient Shire of Wyvernfeld Badge, New

Chequy vert and argent, a wyvern's (bat's) wing gules

The submitter's name can be found elsewhere in this letter. 

The field is chequy argent and vert.



Arms of Li Ban ingen Echtigeirn

Written by Li Ban ingen Echtigeirn, Boar Pursuivant

Azure a bantam cock statant wings elevated and addorsed on a chief argent an annulet sable.

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