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Histories of the Kingdom of Trimaris.

 

NOTE: See also the files: SCA-hist1-msg, placenames-msg, Meridies-hist-msg, you-know-msg, SCA-stories1-msg, border-stories-msg, SCA-fence-hist-msg.

 

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   Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

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From Eric.Smith-1 at kmail.ksc.nasa.gov Tue Jun 13 18:06:20 CDT 1995

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: animals/pets

From: Eric.Smith-1 at kmail.ksc.nasa.gov (Eric C. Smith)

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 1995 15:48:32 -0400

Organization: NASA/KSC, DL-ICD-C

 

hendricp at norand.com (Peter Hendrickson) wrote:

> For the sake of my own curiosity i am taking an informal

> poll concerning animals/pets at SCA CAMPING events.

>

> your comments are greatly appreciated.

>                                 

>                                         GUTHORM SCYLDING

>                                        (Peter Hendrickson)

>                                         hendricp at norand.com

> P.S. I do bring my animals (dogs & children) to all camping events

>      in wich I participate.

 

In Trimaris, we have no camping sites which allow pets.  A few years back,

Kingdom Law was changed to specifically ban pets from all events, but that

law only lasted for the duration of that reign.  I would love to take my

dog (the cutest little sheltie you'll ever see!) to events, but alas, they

wont let me.

 

Maredudd

--

Eric C. Smith                  Maredudd Cymysglyd ap Cynan

NASA/DL-ICD-C                  Kingdom of Trimaris

KSC, FL 32899                 Shire Starhaven

Eric.Smith-1 at ksc.nasa.gov      maredudd at caer_bondu.surf.tach.net    

 

 

Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 13:01:08 -0600

From: david friedman <ddfr at best.com>

Subject: Re: SC - Highnesses, Lownesses, and Period Cooking.

 

At 1:59 AM -0500 3/1/00, Jehanne Argentee wrote:

>Lance is more confrontational than I, and more likely to ruffle feathers. I

>know the idea of him challenging someone over how they talk about the

>Princess seems outragous to some people... but in Trimaris it has been

>known for a fighter to call another out during a feast, the two go out,

>armor up, and fight... then come back to the feast so that the challenged

>fighter could apologize to the ladies at the table for having used

>profanity in front of them.

 

Challenging doesn't seem outrageous to me. The last time I can

remember issuing a serious challenge, as it happens, it was over the

territory that is now Trimaris. I challenged the Board of Directors

for having transferred the territory from the East Kingdom to

Meridies without having consulted (indeed, without having even

notified) the crown of the East.

 

David/Cariadoc

http://www.best.com/~ddfr/

 

 

From: "Jay and Diane Rudin" <rudin at ev1.net>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Trimaran Crown List Cancelled

Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 09:28:06 -0500

 

Daniel wrote:

> If any Trimarian muckety-muck happens to be reading this ... OK, I'll

> Google Trimaris's Web page and CC the kingdom seneschal ... you might

> want to keep in mind Corpora IV.A.1:

>     Royal Lists must be conducted at a tournament announced in the

>     kingdom newsletter as being for that purpose.

 

This is not the first time that Trimaris has had to deal with this.

 

Trimaris's original Coronation was rescheduled at the last minute due to

Hurricane Elena.  The Principality of Trimaris became a kingdom in someone's

living room, while the Hurricane sat just off shore near Tampa all weekend

long. No event flier was sent, but the kingdom has always been considered a

legal kingdom.

 

(They re-scheduled all the panoply for a few months later, but the date of

becoming a kingdom is still that Saturday, Labor Day weekend, 1985).

 

Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin

Department of obscure historical details

 

 

From: Bill Ernoehazy <dedoc at mac.com>

Date: May 18, 2009 4:32:20 PM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com, crown at trimaris.org

Cc: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com, Trimaris Rapier <Trimarian_rapier at yahoogroups.com>, CWST <CWST at yahoogroups.com>

Subject: [tri-temp] Epees In Trimaris

 

Gentle Cousins:

After careful consideration of the state of the art in SCA rapier combat,
and the weapons forms used at Gulf Wars,
I am in receipt of guidance from my Crown.

 



Thus: As of Saturday May 23, AS 44 /AD 2009, epees will no longer be used in the Kingdom of Trimaris in rapier combat. Revisions to the written rules are being prepared at this writing, and will be posted as soon as signed off upon.

 

Please feel free to direct questions or concerns to me, at my email.



 

I remain, 
in service,


Baron Giovanni di Fiamma, OWST


Kingdom Rapier Marshal for Trimaris

 

 

From: Elaine Manyoki <emanyoki at yahoo.com>

Date: August 13, 2010 2:04:47 AM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] tornation?

 

<<< 

Could someone(s) tell me the general story of Tornation? 
And what were you doing during it?

 



Tamara >>>

 

Wow.. lots of memories...Gaston and Judith were having Coronation, if I remember 
correctly,...and as we watched across the lake at Wewa, we saw the storm, and 
then the tornado, coming at us. (One of the hazards of Florida...no mountains to 
stop the things...)

 

The new King quickly sent everyone off to their camps, and 
in the Dragonstar camp, (my household), we literally stood at the four corners 
of our pavilion and held on for all we were worth. We lost two of our 
household's tents, and flooded two more...those of us that stayed ended up 
bunking with Don Khalid and Dona Jeanne for the night...the storm itself was 
scary stuff...

 

J'anos went out on the damage patrol afterwards to try to help, 
and the rest of our household tried to put stuff back together. I understand 
there were a number of vehicles damaged from tree limbs and whole trees coming 
down on them, and some minor injuries...there were reporters at the gates when 
we were going out, trying to find out how everyone was doing....the Chiurgeons 
and Constables were to be commended, they kept everything running smoothly until 
we all got off-site...


 

Katya

 

 

From: Scott Christianson <honorbyfaith at gmail.com>

Date: August 13, 2010 12:10:46 AM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] Trimaris motto

 

<<< Does Trimaris have a motto? What is it and what does it mean?

 

Tamara >>>

 

*Anthem*

*By Mistress Warjna, O.L.*

 

There's a fair land in the south land

bounden by blue waters three

'Tis my own land 'tis my homeland

The place where I would be

Where the mist lies in the sunrise

On a stormy tropic sea

'Tis the land of Trimaris

That reaches out to me

 

See her banners fly unfettered

As the gull flies from the shore

See the shaft's flight in the sunlight

As archers make their score

Hear the swords clash see the light flash

Like a bolt from heaven's door

Hear the drums roar like thunder

When Trimaris goes to war

 

See her folk stand on their own land

They are strong and they are free

See the sun rise into blue skies

Like a jewel from the sea

On the warm sands of my home land

Feel her salt wind blowing free

 

For the land of Trimaris

I pledge myself to thee

For the folk of Trimaris

I pledge myself to thee

--

A song pipes in the air of Trimaris.

"All children big or small come follow me learn have fun and play games...."

 

--Vivat Trimaris

 

Softly Spoken,

Kingdom Minister of Children, Trimaris

Sergent of Infantry in the Triskele Legion

Yours Alexander de Valiant a Scott

 

 

From: Elaine Manyoki <emanyoki at yahoo.com>

Date: August 13, 2010 1:53:35 AM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] Trimaris motto

 

<<< The motto is: Ex Subter Mort
And the translation if I remember correctly is death from below.



 

Daimhin >>>

 

Yes, that is correct, as far as I am aware. I believe it has something to do 
with Trimarians being called the Swamp Lords at Pennsic, because we come "up" to 
PA to deal the rest of the kingdoms a mortal blow...hence, death from "below"...


 

Katya

 

 

From: "Steve" <aesop_2000 at yahoo.com>

Date: August 13, 2010 10:53:39 AM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] Trimaris motto

 

<<< Yes, that is correct, as far as I am aware. I believe it has something to do with Trimarians being called the Swamp Lords at Pennsic, because we come "up" to 
PA to deal the rest of the kingdoms a mortal blow...hence, death from "below"...


 

Katya >>>

 



Sort of... It isn't so much that we come "up" to Pennsic, as it is that we crawl up from out of the swamps... It is a play on the Airborne motto "Death From Above".

 



Turold


 

 

From: Vicky Eisenstadt <alysounJ at gmail.com>

Date: August 13, 2010 2:22:02 PM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] Trimaris motto

 

<<< Does anyone know why this was chosen? Where there other mottos in

contention to be the office motto?

 

Tamara

PS: I'm working on the Trimaris History Scrapbook. >>>

 

It had to do with Trimarian warriors at Pennsic, UnImpressed with what

passed for "hot and humid" up North, I believe, but also Turold's comment

about us "coming up from the swamps" is no doubt the far more accurate story

:) The original T-shirt featured a hand coming out of swamp, with dead green

things hanging from the knife clutched in the hand.

 

There wasn't really a contest or anything, it just kinda...happened.

 

Alysoun

 

 

From: "Rurik" <rurikps at cox.net>

Date: August 13, 2010 3:23:05 PM CDT

To: <trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com>

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] Trimaris motto

 

Yes, there is. I wrote it. It's in my songbook, which can be found in the 
files section of this group.



http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/QKRlTGk5VZxVKlOicIcMB8yvRSYZFf1NGDpkMyE_h6TMjfpmwdkONcuqbm3xQ_-jNiT0f1Fnxp3MXe6kozgzh4PF6sfYU6p5/Rurik%27s%20Songbook.zip



 

Rurik



 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Laura Thornton" <wulflinde at bellsouth.net>
 <<< There is actually a whole song filked with the motto
.  I will try to find it, I had it at one point, back in 1988
.  I even had a t-shirt with a hand holding a dagger coming up out of the muck
 and mud with the motto on it.


 

The song was filked to One Tin Soldier
.  Listen children to a story that was written long ago
, 'bout a kingdom and the swampland and the three seas down below
. From the swampland (forgotten lyrics here)


 

Chorus and it ends with 'Death from Below' instead of Rides Away


Damn...... Gotta find it now....


 

Wulfie >>>

 

 

From: "Rurik" <rurikps at cox.net>

Date: August 13, 2010 3:29:37 PM CDT

To: <trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com>

Subject: Death from Below filk (was Re: [tri-temp] Trimaris motto)

 

Not sure how this is going to come through...

 



Death from Below

copyright Steven G. Harrett

aka: Rurik Petrovitch Stoianov 1987



(to the tune of "One Tin Soldier")

 



D A Bm



Listen fighters to a ballad that was written long ago,



G D Em 
A7



'bout a Kingdom and it's swamplands, and the fighters there below



D A Bm



The king had made a proclamation, "Trimarians would go to war!"



G D Em A7 D



So we polished up our armor and prepared to travel far.



 

CHORUS:



D Gm G 
D



Go ahead and bring your armies, go ahead and bring your friends.



D Gm G 
D



Do it to preserve your Kingdom, it just won't matter in the end.



D Gm G 
D



Trimaris has come to war, to conquer and defeat their foe,



D G (tacit) 
D



And when the war is over ... You'll have felt .. "Death from Below!

 

"

Atlantia had made a challenge, "Come and fight us if you dare!"



"We are here prepared for battle, come to us, see how you fare!"



So, Trimaris left for battle. We traveled far to Northern shores.



The Tu-Chux came to help defeat them, to fight the war to end all wars!



 

(CHORUS)

 



The battlefield came up before us, we sailed upon Atlantian shores.



We left our ships prepared to conquer, to accomplish what we came there for.



Atlantia was there to meet us, our first battle was won with ease,



So we prepared for our next conquest, the battlefield we quickly seized!



 

NO CHORUS


 

The Champions of these two great kingdoms faced each other, prepared to die.



Atlantians had overcome them, our Champions in death did lie.



The next two battles we fought too fiercely, Atlantia could do no more,



And when the dust had fin'ly settled ... Trimarians .. Had won the war!



 

ENDING CHORUS:



They went ahead and brought their armies, they went ahead and brought their 
friends.



They did it to preserve their Kingdom, it didn't matter in the end!



Trimaris had gone to war, to conquer and defeat their foe,



And when the war was over ... they had felt .. "Death from Below!"


 

 

From: "cylinamrek" <cylinamrek at yahoo.com>

Date: August 14, 2010 8:05:19 AM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

Subject: [tri-temp] More on Swamp Lords

 

Actually there is another Swamp Lords filk dating back to my early years in Trimaris, before we were Kingdom (thinking it might even be from before we became a Principality).

 

The filk was written by a member of Sea March, Lord Edward Worthington-Smythe (called Hyphen) and it was called the Swamp Lords of Trimaris. Digging through my papers, I actually found a copy and here it is.



 

Swamp Lords of Trimaris


(Tune of Witchita Lineman)

 



I am a swamp lord of Trimaris


I fight in waist deep mud


All my armor's made of leather


'Cause the iron turned to rust


With my gator mount beside me


My snorkel and diving mask


I ask is there anything more for a man to ask?



I am a swamp lord of Trimaris


My castle lies deep in the bogs


If you feel something nibble at your toes


Don't worry, it's our pet frogs


And though we lost our baron in the quicksand


And gators ate our two best knights


We've been making pink armor


Teaching flamingos how to fight.



I am a swamp lord of Trimaris


I rule a marshy domain


Although it rains almost every hour


I really can't complain


'Cause when an army comes to plunder


We just wait for high tide


And laugh as their banners


And knights sink from sight!

 



I'll keep digging and see what other old gems from our early years I can find.


 

 

From: Aspasia <aspasia1490 at yahoo.com>

Date: August 15, 2010 3:51:43 PM CDT

To: Trimaris Temp <trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com>

Subject: [tri-temp] 1st Coronation

 

I went with Wulfie (Wolfhilda de Bond). When we got to the site in the Tampa Bay area we were met at the gate with a "go away."

 

It was undetermined if there was going to be a Coronation or not. As I had attended Ljudmilla, our first Queen, Wulfie and I went to a hotel. They kept calling our room with updates. They were in touch with the BOD to get permission for it to be legal. I put on my garb, Wulfie put on her armour, we paraded around the hotel. Then we went back to our room and played UNO until we got "the call." 
The Coronation happened quickly, so we weren't there, they had to beat Eleana if she came ashore.

 


Baroness Margarite can tell you more. 
This is also why Baldar was dubbed "Storm King of Trimaris." The first few reigns you could expect a storm of some sort at his Coronation.



 

Maitresse Aspasia Moonwind


Honor Before Honors

 

 

From: Vicky Eisenstadt <alysounJ at gmail.com>

Date: August 16, 2010 5:04:45 AM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] 1st Coronation

 

<<< Thank you, although it took me a while to figure out what you were speaking
 of, not being a Trimarian. Lol.  I finally figured out that "Eleana" must have been a hurricane or tropical
 storm and not a competing royal usurper.

When was this?
  Why were you met at the gate with a "go away"? Was this a dispute or
 mis-communication with the landowner? Or was this due to the potential
 landing of the storm? >>>

 

Labor Day Weekend, 1985. Hurricane Elena. They were met with a "go
 away" because the original path of the hurricane mandated closing the 
site.

 

Amusingly enough, Baldar's sister is named Elina. (Duchess 
Elina).

 

At 10th Year, the evening's formal festivities opened with
 Baldar standing at one of the hall, facing the crowd (Feast Hall,
WeWa) while Duchess Elina traveled toward him, while moving in a 
counterclockwise fashion. His Grace (actually, I believe he was King
 then too) stated: "Hurricane Season?" Then, Elina threw a glass of 
water all over her brother, stated, "KING season!" and traveled
 counterclockwise away.....

 



Alysoun



 

 

From: "Rurik" <rurikps at cox.net>

Date: August 16, 2010 2:09:50 PM CDT

To: <trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com>

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] 1st Coronation

 

I was onsite early for that one. I was already set up (tenting) with Natasha 
and Serina (my first wife) when we got the word to evacuate. The ladies went 
and packed up our stuff while I went and worked the parking lot directing 
traffic and heading off the inbound traffic. It was probably me that told 
you to go away ...lol :)



 

I was one of the last ones off site, and stayed with a friend who lived 
outside the evacuation zone. We spent the weekend there and got word that 
they held the Coronation in Master Ragnar's back yard and that they would be 
recreating it at Village Faire in October, which they did.



 

Some of our people ended up in evacuation shelters, and naturally, ended up 
serving there, helping out, and even taking over some organization 
needs....because they were better at it than the trained volunteers.



 

Go figure. :)

 



Rurik

 

 

From: Aspasia <aspasia1490 at yahoo.com>

Date: August 17, 2010 2:32:18 PM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] 1st Coronation

 

<<< I was one of the last ones off site, and stayed with a friend who lived 
outside the evacuation zone. We spent the weekend there and got word that 
they held the Coronation in Master Ragnar's back yard...>>>

 

Nope, in his living room. I think Margarite may have pictures. There were just the main officers and a few others.


 

Yes, I think it was you who sent us away. I DO have some pictures from the shelters. I'll see about getting them to Tamara.



 

Maitresse Aspasia Moonwind


Honor Before Honors



 

 

From: Vicky Eisenstadt <alysounJ at gmail.com>

Date: August 18, 2010 12:17:39 PM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] Simple question

 

On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 1:08 PM, logan <logan at ebonwoulfe.com> wrote:

<<< I would like to add another question (being new to the kingdom and all).

why are so few sites used in trimaris? at least it seems like that to me

especially when i see someone promoting an event and the only mention of the

site is something like "at ocala" or "at the mooselodge". coming from a

slightly (not by much) larger kingdom with 3 to 5 events every weekend and

most of them i would have to look at the flier to get the physical address

of the site this is a very different environment.

 

logan >>>

 

Trimaris has had some challenges with event sites...mostly due to either

getting priced out of them or outgrowing them - sometimes both.

 

When we were smaller, it was easier to find sites that could accomodate a

whole 300 people for TMT.  By say 1994, our "main" sites - WeWa and Winona,

(were we still using Keystone then?)were getting far too small for the

600-700 that showed up for the large kingdom events.  I was the land steward

for 10th year (WeWa, September 1995) and it was a mega-leval Tetris game

finding room for all 1500 people.

 

Today, the non-kingdom events are spread out over a variety of sites

(Brandon Rotary, Norsehorse, Winona, North Florida Christian, etc.) because

they draw far less people and, therefore, give the staff far more

flexibility.

 

As far as price goes, when a site doubles it's "in the door" fee, or adds a

ridiculous new charge (the cabin charge instituted by WeWa for example); it

prices the site out of Trimaris' pay grade.

 

This is not a new problem - has been going on since the days we outgrew

Corbett for kingdom events.

 

Alysoun

 

 

From: "Sara Glaze" <sorcha at cfl.rr.com>

Date: August 18, 2010 5:37:30 PM CDT

To: <trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com>

Subject: Re: [tri-temp] Re: [castlemere] Simple question

 

<<< Many of the early SCA kingdoms were concentrated in a single city. I believe Chicago in the Middle, New York City in the East, Phoenix in Atenveldt. This changed a bit as the SCA grew and diffused into other areas from different directions. There was also an SCA tradition that didn't last real long, that the first group established in a state was automatically a barony. Hence the Barony of Stargate (Houston, TX), which would not have qualified as a barony today, went immediately to Barony status because it was the first group officially formed in the state of Texas, even though for some time it wasn't bigger than the groups in Dallas and Austin.

 

Stefan >>>

 

That would be wyvernwood....who came in when Trimaris was still Meridian ....used to be the running joke when I lived in Sangre....you could be on either coast and be in Wyvernwood because it was the only SCA thing in Florida at the time.

 



Sorcha

 

 

From: Elizabeth Bair <countessdulcia at gmail.com>

Subject: [tri-temp] History of Martinmas

Date: October 5, 2010 10:47:47 AM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

 

It's come up a couple times recently that some newer members of our

fair Kingdom are confused about the name of Trimaris' Fall Crown Lyste

event - Martinmas Moot. The event is NOT named after Duke Martin and

isn't related to him in any way. So? What *is* Martinmas Moot?

 

Well, first off - a "moot" in Anglo-Saxon England was an assembly,

mainly of the shire, where local legal and amdinistrative issues were

dealt with.

 

Martinmas is actually a contraction of "Martin", meaning St. Martin of

Tours, and "Mass", which refers to the Catholic celebration of the

Eucharist. When combined in this way, the term specifically means the

day on which the Mass celebrating a specific saint is performed, thus

the day itself takes on the saint's name. In the Catholic Calendar,

nearly every day of the year has a designated saint or Holy person who

is commemorated. More important saints, especially those whose Mass

falls on or near days that were important for other reasons

(solstices, ancient holidays, etc) became associated with larger

festivals and celebrations than simply a mass or service in their

name. Medieval people didn't have desk or wall calendars, but they

knew when the various Saints Days fell, thanks to the Church. Often

you'll find in medieval documents the date is given as "X days before

Martinmas" of "X weeks after Easter" or "X days after Michaelmas" in

addition to, or even instead of, a calendar date.

 

St. Martin of Tours was born around A.D. 316 in Szombathely, Hungary

and grew up the son of a Roman military officer in Pavia, Italy. He

joined the Roman army and was sent to Amiens, where, on horseback, he

met a starving man begging alms at the city gates. Moved by deep

compassion, he tore his red, woolen his cloak in two with his sword

and gave half to the beggar. The next night, he had a dream in which

he saw Jesus wearing the half of the cloak he'd given away, surrounded

by angels. In the dream, Jesus asked him to look at it and to see if

he recognized it. He did, of course, and realized that he must convert

and devote his life to Christ. St. Martin's remaining piece of cloak

became a very revered relic. In fact, the building where his cloak

("cappa" in Latin) was preserved was known as the "cappella," -- the

root of our words "chapel" and "chaplain.")

 

There’s a lot of information available about his life and deeds – look

it up if you are interested.

 

St. Martin is the patron saint of beggars, vintners, equestrians,

soldiers, tailors, innkeepers, alcoholics, and geese. He is usually

depicted on horseback, handing half of his cloak to a beggar, or

relinquishing his arms. His symbol is the goose.

 

St. Martin's Feast is considered the first day of Winter (and the last

day of Autumn) for practical purposes, so, alluding to the snows of

that season, the Germans say that "St Martin comes riding on a white

horse." Of course, it might not feel like Winter if one is

experiencing a "St. Martin's Summer" -- the equivalent of an "Indian

Summer." It is said, too, that one can predict what sort of Winter one

will have by the conditions of St. Martin's Day: "If the geese at

Martin’s Day stand on ice, they will walk in mud at Christmas."

 

The Feast coincides with harvest time, the time when newly-produced

wine is ready for drinking, and the end of winter preparations,

including the butchering of animals. An old English saying is "His

Martinmas will come as it does to every hog," means "he will get his

comeuppance" or "everyone must die". Because of this, St. Martin's

Feast is much like the American Thanksgiving -- a celebration of the

earth's bounty. From the late 4th century to the late Middle Ages,

most of Western Europe, including England, engaged in a period of

fasting beginning on the day after St. Martin's Day/Martinmas. This

fast period lasted 40 days, and was, therefore, called "Quadragesima

Sancti Martini", which means in Latin "the forty days of St. Martin."

At St. Martin's eve, people ate and drank very heartily for a last

time before they started to fast. This period of fasting was later

shortened and called "Advent" by the Church.

 

In many countries, including Germany, Martinmas celebrations begin at

the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of this eleventh day of the

eleventh month. Bonfires were built, and children would carry lanterns

in the streets after dark, singing songs for which they are rewarded

with candy. This is may be where the American tradition of

Trick-or-Treat originated, as that is not a part of most European

Halloween celebrations.

 

And on a macabre final note, old superstitious folklore (not Catholic

teaching, of course!) says that if you stand in the back of the church

and look out over the congregants on St. Martin's Day, you can see

auras of light around the heads of those who will not be among the

living at the next Martinmas.

 

There are lots of other traditions surrounding Martinmas, or St.

Martin's Day, from all around the world. More modernly, November 11th

is also known as Veterans Day (in the US) or Armistice Day (also

Remembrance Day or Poppy Day). It commemorates the the sacrifices of

members of the armed services and of civilians in times of war,

specifically WWI. The major hostilities of World War I were formally

ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with

the German signing of the Armistice. The poppy symbol is a result of

Canadian military physician John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields"

which refers to the profusion of red poppies that grow in the

battlefields and cemetaries where war casualties are buried.

 

So that's the medieval history lesson regarding Martinmas Moot.

Mistress Alysoun has the Trimarian history lesson regarding the event

itself. =)

 

Dulcia

 

 

From: Vicky Eisenstadt <alysounJ at gmail.com>

Subject: [tri-temp] A Very Brief and No Doubt Incomplete History of Martinmas Moot

Date: October 5, 2010 10:54:36 AM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

 

Martinmas Moot is one of the most venerable events in Trimarian

History, dating back to 1977, when it was called the Trimaris

Fighters' Forum.

 

The next year, it was called Martinmas Moot and the winners were named

Warlord and Warlady of Trimaris.

 

Later, of course, it became Trimaris' Coronet List and then, when we

successfully threw off the chains of our Foreign Oppressors (JK

Meridians, loveyoumeanit), Crown Lyst.

 

This upcoming Martinmas Moot will be the 32nd Tourney to bear that

name and (at least) the 33rd time that Major Fighting will have

occured in Trimaris on that date. I love Moot...

 

Alysoun

 

 

From: cat herder <cat_herder at comcast.net>

Subject:      thanks   Re: [tri-temp] A Very Brief and No Doubt Incomplete History of Martinmas Moot

Date: October 8, 2010 10:38:08 AM CDT

To: trimaris-temp at yahoogroups.com

 

>>> PS: For extra credit, what was Trimaris called before it was called "Trimaris"? (answer by Master Tally)

 

<< It was called "the Land of Flowers".

 

Tamara >>

 

< They thought we were all pansies?  >

 

"la Florida" is Spanish for "Land of Flowers".

Florida was named by Ponce de Leon in 1512, "la Florida."

:)

 

Tamara

 

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