The Thirty Years’ War: How Was Peace Achieved? [VIDEO]

DW Documentary released a two-part series on how the Thirty Year’s War ended and the Peace of Westphalia was designed. In fact, it took five years for all the parties to get onboard and led largely by Maximilian, Graf von Trauttmansdorff who represented the Holy Roman emperor.

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King’s & Queen’s Rapier Champs Recap: 2018 edition

So yea. K&Q Rapier was almost a month back and, man, this year was a day. After eight years of fencing in the SCA and five Sweet 16 appearances, I finally won King’s Champ.

King's Rapier Champion scroll, East Kingdom 2018
My King’s Champ Scroll

I’m gonna compile all my thoughts about the tournament and the weeks leading up to it. It’s all tied together and were important to my road to the tournament, but no idea if the ideas will come across.

You can read my 2016 & 2015 recaps here. Apparently I didn’t write one for 2017?? Lame.

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So What Did The King’s Musketeers’ (Mousquetaires du Roi) Uniforms Look Like? [1622-1660]

There are few uniforms more iconic than the Musketeers tunic. Thanks to Alexandre Dumas and Hollywood, it is celebrated as a symbol of brotherhood, friendship, and justice.

And Hollywood has created a whole slew of different looks and designs for the Musketeers uniforms — everything from royal blue cassocks and white crosses, to navy blue tunics, grey, black, etc. Some with gold fleur-de-lis on the ends, some with a red sunburst behind the cross, others much more plain. The latest BBC rendition of the Musketeers even gave us leather shoulder pauldrons and a bastardized version of a long cassock.

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And as much as all of these designs are instantly recognizable, just how accurate are they to history? What exactly did the King’s Musketeers (Mousquetaires du Roi) actually look like?

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PENNSIC: My Chevau-léger Outfit

Back from Pennsic and working on some new research projects that I’m hoping to release soon. Until then, I wanted to show off my Opening Ceremonies outfit from the event — a 17th Century French chevau légers.

Examples of a 17th Century Chevau légers
Chevau légers were 17th Century light cavalry men in the French army. Me in the middle; chevau légers models from the Musee de l’Armee (Paris, France).

Chevau légers were considered light to medium cavalry. In the early to middle part of the 17th Century, they often wore a cuirass worn over a buff coat or just a buff coat, leather boots, and a helmet. The helmet was often a capeline, though the French cavalry apparently were big fans of the “iron hat” — a helmet that was in the shape of the wide-brim hat that was fashionable at the time (see the photos). Continue reading PENNSIC: My Chevau-léger Outfit

DOCUMENTARY: The Battle of Lützen

Came across this half hour Swedish documentary (English subs) on the Battle of Lützen, where Swedish king and military innovator King Gustavus Adolphus.

The documentary goes to the site where the battle takes place with an archeological crew to find out if the mass graves there were filled with Swedes or Germans. They also figure out what the soldiers died mostly from — swords, musket barrels (blunt force) or shot.

It’s not exactly an eye-opening documentary for anyone already interested in the era, but it’s worth a watch just the same as the Thirty Year’s War continues to be a relatively overlooked bit of European history.

East Kingdom Rapier Army Officer Commissions Project

This is my second year as General of the East Kingdom Rapier Army and I wanted to do something special for my immediate staff who put in a lot of hard work and effort over the year as well as during Pennsic. They take time out of their vacation to deal with me, do bunch of Woods Walks, come to a ton of meetings, etc. Being on Command Staff is fun but it’s also work that takes one away from other Pennsic fun.

Last year I “paid” my staff with replica French coins that I bought at a vendor at Pennsic. This year I decided to write officer commissions to official recognize their role on my command staff and as leaders in the East Kingdom Rapier Army.

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Text for Katerina Falconer de Lanark’s AoA Scroll

I forget exactly when and under what the context of the conversation was, but Countess Meggie suggested that I write some words for scrolls. So last summer I wrote two for people I knew.

Lady Katerina Falconer de Lanark
❤ Lady Katerina Falconer de Lanark ❤

I posted the OSR scroll I wrote for Zohane, but this Award of Arms scroll for my wife was truly the first scroll that I ever wrote. I did a bunch of research into period documents, looking for inspiration but came up empty. So, like with Zohane’s scroll, I used Mistress Alys’ Scroll Madlibs as some inspiration and then added in some of my own poetic flair that “sounded period” to my ears.

I did put in a little Easter Egg for her in the text — Captain Marvel — one of her favorite superheroes. I also wanted to call out all the work she did for the Calivers even before she joined the SCA and started fencing with us.

The scroll reads:

Lords and ladies of our dear East Kingdom, greetings. It has come to our attention that there is a fierce but just Gentlewoman in the Barony of Carolingia, a gentlewoman who has a Captain’s command of the needle and is a Marvel to behold on our Rapier Lists.

This Gentle is known to us by the name of Katerina Falconer de Lanark. A dutiful and loyal soldier of the Carolingian Caliver Company, she has been Indispensable in the construction of the aforementioned Company’s uniforms, and in Victory on the battlefield at Pennsic, bringing both Glory to the Company and to our fair and just Kingdom.

That these good works be not forgotten, we do now declare her a Lady of our court and Award unto the said Katerina such Arms as are just fitting and proper:

Signed by our hand, Ioannes Serpentius, Emperor of the East, and Honig, Empress, on this day, August 9th, in the fifty-second year, at Pennsic XLVI.

Myrun Leifsdottir did the artwork for the scroll. She did my MoD scroll as well, and when she was showing me some of her test artwork, there was an image that caught my eye based off artwork by Abraham Bosse that I knew would be perfect for a scroll for Kate.

AoA for Katerina Falconer de Lanark
Words by Marechal Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne; Art/Caligraphy by Lady Myrun Leifsdottir

Myrun goes over her process in this blog post (give it a read) and added some perfect personal elements to the scroll.

I’m not sure if scroll writing is my thing, per say, but it was cool to work on a couple of scrolls for friends and loved ones.

Researching swords, gonnes and garb during the 16th and 17th Centuries.