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Spotlight: Bardic Circle
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Gyldenholt, founded by Duke Armand and Duchess Diana de Savigny in 1979, is one of twelve baronies currently in existence within the Kingdom of Caid in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). Our current Barons are Their Excellencies Giles Hill and Giuseppe Francesco da Borgia.
We are located in the Kingdom of Caid in Southern California with the Barony of Angels to the north, Lyondemere to the west, Dreiburgen to the northeast, Califia to the southeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. View a map of Caid and Southern California here.
We are pleased to say that the Barony is quite active, both on a Baronial and Kingdom level. We have many activities in various areas of Medieval and Renaissance studies. If you are new to the SCA and/or you would like more information about Gyldenholt and the SCA in general, please visit the Newcomers Page.
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reetings from Their Excellencies,
Unto our much-loved populace of Gyldenholt do we, Giuseppe and Giles, send you these fair and fond greetings.
Good people, as the pages turn in the book of hours, we are mindful of the approach of not only the holidays, but the “busy season” for Gyldenholt. Soon, we will be enjoying our annual Yuletide celebration with our neighbors in Lyondemere, followed not long after by the finest of martial prowess at our annual Unbelted Tourney. At both of these events, we will be holding a court, and we have a request for each of you. Have you, in your observations of guild meetings, or practices, or events; run across a particular individual who inspires you? Have you seen someone who shines particularly bright in the areas of martial prowess, or fine arts, or service? If so, we would love to hear from you, as such accomplishments and attributes certainly deserve recognition. Each of you are the eyes and the ears of the Barony. And we cannot act without the support and recognition of each of you.
Along the lines of courts, we would like to briefly touch upon a subject that is very important to us – that of Court Etiquette. Lest we be accused of leading by bad example (and indeed, at times, we both have), it is important to remember that even though some courts tend to drag on, they are very important to the person who is being recognized. It is simple courtesy, not to mention a significant kindness, to allow that person to have “that special moment” without rudeness or ridicule. In recent times, some lady or gentleman has been unable to respond immediately to a summons into court – typically because that person is off somewhere else working. As that individual approaches the thrones for perhaps the first time ever or the first time in a long time, people in the audience pipe in with comments ranging from, “Ooooh, you’re in trouble now!” to “Uh-oh… You did it!” While we are happy that we have not seen this type of behavior displayed in our own Barony, it saddens us to see it at all. Why? Because it is a blemish upon the recognition that the individual deserves.
Think about it for a moment. Despite the fact that some courts seem to go on and on and on; and despite the fact that people become restless; for the person who is working long hours at gate who is about to receive his or her AoA, this is a moment that she will most likely remember for quite a long time. It will be the moment where finally – FINALLY – she will be publicly recognized for some act or acts of selflessness and accomplishment. As such, we owe it to that person to show respect and courtesy. We understand that no one means any harm by trying to interject a bit of levity --and some may find it ironic that we are acting like the snarking-police! Rather we ask you consider the situation and the recipient of the award. There will be plenty of time later on to joke back and forth with your friends. But for that one moment during court, please allow the recipient of an award to enjoy receiving it without tarnish or distraction.
As the days grow shorter and the cold fingers of winter (or what we call winter here in Gyldenholt) approach, we look forward to time together, good meals, fun stories, and making more history together as proud Caidans, and as members of the greatest Barony in the shining Crown of Caid. Until the time we next see you, we will remainRead the rest of the Monthly Newsletter!
Baron Giles & Baron Giuseppe
Those members of our barony who have been called into service by Their Excellencies appear in the lists of the Gyldenholt Court & Guard.