86th Crown

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86th Crown
Gabriel III and Sonja III - Dip - Photo by Melodie de Ryes.jpg
Photo by Melodie de Ryes, January 14, 2023
Sovereign: Gabriel of Maccuswell
Consort: Sonja Ryzaja
Crown Tournament: September 9-11, 2022 in Marata
Coronation: January 14, 2023 in Bjornsborg
Stepped Down:
Predecessors: Creppin l'Ostriche & Toryn Sevenstitches

Reign Overview

Crown Tournament

Royal Whims or Declarations

A Temporary Removal from Participation is issued against Laura Michelle Lovell effective today, March 13, 2023.

Staff Members



  • Bard
  • Middle Eastern Dance
  • Kingdom Artisan


  • Kingdom Warlord:
  • Queens Champion: Veronica di Sanguine
  • King's Champion:
  • Queen's Blade of Honor:
  • Royal Huntsman:
  • Guardian of the Queen's Hope - Junior Division:
  • Guardian of the Queen's Hope - Senior Division:
  • Guardian of the King's Dream:

Peers Elevated

Name Date Peerage
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Special Recognitions


Hrafna Wyrdmake - Announced as the first item of Royal Business at their Coronation.

Gauntlets & Gloves

King's Gauntlet

Queen's Glove

Progress While Prince & Princess

  • September 17, 2022: Mooneschadowe Trade Days
  • September 23, 2022: Rosenfeld Mabon Melees (Her Highness)
  • October 8, 2022: Kingdom Arts & Sciences (Her Highness)
  • November 4, 2022: Skorragardr's Axeman
  • November 12, 2022: Fall Round Table (Virtual)
  • November 17, 2022: Bordermarch War of the Rams
  • December 2, 2022: Elfsea Yule
  • December 10, 2022: Vindheim Winter Coronet
  • January 14, 2023: Coronation

Words of the Coronet

November 2022 Black Star

Greetings Ansteorra!

Crown Tourney was a fantastic event, a display of chivalry and courtesy. We are delighted to have the opportunity to travel this kingdom and reunite with those who make it wonderful. It has been a rough few years of stasis from challenges imposed from outside our society, and as the seasons turn we are still all waking up and remembering who we are and why we come together. It is our friendships that draw us, the respect for those we hold in high esteem, the dream we all chase. We look forward to seeing you these next few months.
Gabriel & Sonja

December 2022 Black Star

To the stellar populace of Ansteorra, We bid you warm greetings.

The holidays will soon be upon us. It is at this time of year that we start reflecting on all that we’ve been through recently and how we’ve come together to support each other and unify under an idea of living our best SCA dream. It’s important to remember each of us can contribute to another’s dream. Simple, small gestures can have a big impact; a warm smile at the sight of one another, a kind gesture like offering to help someone carry something when we notice their hands are full, introducing a newcomer to a friend, or recording a special moment for someone so they can relive that moment over again. The populace of this Kingdom constantly show support for each other in these small but impactful ways. We are proud to be part of a community that gets joy from contributing to others dreams. Wishing the best to all during the holiday season and we look forward to creating wonderful memories with you in the future.

Gabriel & Sonja
Heirs to the Crown of Ansteorra

January 2023 Black Star

To the stellar populace of Ansteorra,

We bid you warm greetings. As we enter the new year, we’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the joy and happiness the previous months brought us due to revitalized interactions with the populace of Ansteorra. While looking back gives us fond memories, it is looking forward to the future that inspires us to be our best selves. It is with this renewed sense of excitement that we carry into the new year. Excitement for traveling all over Ansteorra to spend time with those who make this kingdom unique in so many ways and representing this incredible kingdom in foreign lands when the Knowne World unites in comradery and fun for a war with no enemies. We’re looking forward to creating wonderful memories together.

Gabriel & Sonja
Heirs to the Crown of Ansteorra

Progress While Crown

The Words of the Crown

January 11, 2023

Greetings Ansteorra,
There is going to be a new activity at the 86th Queen's Champion Celebration on January 21st, 2023, 1x1 training with previous Queen's Champions and/or fighting Roses. I encourage all those eager to add to the rapier skills they already possess, take advantage of this unique opportunity.
After the first part of the Queen's Champion Tournament has concluded, there will be a dedicated list set off to the side where former Queen's Champions and/or fighting Roses will be available and ready for 1x1 fighting/training. This list is open to all previous Queen's Champions and/or fighting Roses, plus anyone who wants to join them in the list. I've spoken to a couple of Champions who generously offered to participate in this 1x1 training.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the event that celebrates the rapier community.
Warmest regards,
HRH Sonja

January 15, 2023

We, Gabriel and Sonja, invite the following into morning court for recognition at Queen's Champion, January 21 2023:
Adelaide de Bourbon
Michelle Chantal de Charente
We further invite the following into evening court at the same event:
Gwenfrewi ferch Llewellyn
Thomas Towlewardie
Phocas of Bordermarch
Magdalena de Paz
Zain Mountain-Gate

Please feel free to contact crown@ansteorra.org for questions, concerns, or scheduling problems.

January 19, 2023

Good evening,
Thank you to everyone who is planning on attending and/or fighting at the 86th Queen's Champion Celebration. It is such a wonderful thing to have a front row seat for an event celebrating the rapier community. This event is about honoring the rapier community, and those who have dedicated a huge amount of their time to serve the Queen and Kingdom. The fact that many of you pre-signed up to participate in the Queen's Champion Tournament warms my heart, regardless if you are fighting to be the next champion or fighting to be part of the day.

The number of fighters signed up for Queen's Champion Tournament is inspiring. However, it does create some timing and logistic challenges (absolutely a good challenge to have). As a result, the format of the first part of the tournament will be determined by the number of fighters in the tournament (whether they are going for it or not). The list mistresses and I have been in communication trying to figure out the best format for the number of fighters and the time allotted for the tournament. We are still in discussions because they have mentioned a lot of valid points. So, with the caveat that the format may need to change, I can share with you our initial thoughts about the tournament format.

What the list mistresses and I are thinking for the first part of the tournament is:
If there are 48 fighters or less, we will have 4 lists, up to 8-12 fighters per list, and each fighter in that list will get 8 bouts.
If there are more than 48 fighters, we may have to move to a timed bear pit to stay within timelines.
Note: Weapon forms are not dictated. The entire tournament is "Bring your best".
The bow out round will be after part 1 of the tournament concludes, and before part 2 starts.

Part 2 of the tournament will be the Top 8 from part 1 of the tournament who are fighting to be the next Queen's Champion. This will be the traditional single elimination, best 2 out of 3, weapon of choice. Double kills will be refought.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the 86th Queen's Champion Celebration at the end of this week.

In service to Ansteorra,
Sonja Regina

January 22, 2023

Greetings Ansteorra,
Wow! What a phenomenal event the Barony of Bordermarch held yesterday. Their Excellencies, Meurik and Gabby, and many, many Bordermarchians organized, planned, and executed one of the most beautifully executed, rapier focused events We had the pleasure to attend in a while. Many thanks to the event steward, Honorable Lady Eireann Hviturhrafn, and her team for making a Queen feel like the most special person in the world. There were many things done to cater to the Queen and rapier community that enhanced the celebration for all. Speaking of catering, Lady Aveline bit Belrose, did an incredible job as feast steward, pulling together many skilled cooks to provide an incredible luncheon buffet feast.

Special thanks to the List Mistresses, Countess Michelle, Countess Deanna, Mistress Myfanwy, and Honorable Lady Nicaize, who without their expertise, knowledge and collaboration would have been nearly impossible to keep on schedule. Their collaboration and recommendations to have a tournament in a format I desired, allowed the fighters to showcase their skill, provide lots of fighting the opportunities, and keep within the specified timeframe, made it possible for ALL of those things to happen. Handling a 2 phase tournament with 55 fighters is no small task, and they handled it like real pros. Thanks to all of the list heralds and marshals who kept the lists running smoothly while enhancing the atmosphere that we are supportive of each other. They allowed the fighters to have their day in the list by choosing to not fight and fulfill these essential jobs.

Thanks to all the fighters who entered the tournament. Whether it was to participate in the day, or to endeavor to serve as Queen’s Champion, your presence showed the rapier community is strong and thriving. Witnessing smiling faces and laughter during the bouts, knowing the stakes involved, impassioned me to immerse myself even further into the rapier community. The skill I witnessed was awe inspiring.

Thanks to my Queen’s Champions, Master Orazio and Honorable Lady Veronica. While Orazio’s time as my Champion was brief, it was meaningful. I’ve witnessed him be a fantastic champion to many Queens before me and I was grateful I was able to call him My Champion for a brief time. As happy as I was that Orazio was by my side, I am ecstatic Honorable Lady Veronica is My Champion now. She fought her way through the list of very skilled fighters to earn her place by side. I am grateful that Veronica had the will and desire to be my champion. I have no doubt her and I will have a fun time being side by side, and I’m looking forward to it. Thanks to Mistress Tatiana who made the amazing outfit I had on at the event. I felt so good in that outfit, it was like I was a Queen gliding a few inches from the ground.

Warmest regards,
Sonja & Gabriel
Regina et Rex

January 29, 2023

We, Gabriel and Sonja, invite the following into court for recognition at Mooneschadowe's Provincial Games, February 4 2023:
Adalia von dem Burg
Jutte von dem Burg
Francesca di Lucca
Please feel free to contact crown@ansteorra.org for questions, concerns, or scheduling problems.

January 30, 2023

Winterkingdom, hosting Sable Soldier, was an incredible event. There was 60 hours of classes, melee fighting, lunch, largess derby, silent auction, a delicious and sentimental feast, and three courts. A whole lot of fun packed into one event.

Thanks to Their Serene Highnesses for recognizing deserving individuals with awards from both the principality and kingdom. Your ties to the Vindheim populace is inspiring.

Thanks to Their Excellencies of Northkeep and the entire event staff for organizing, running and hosting such a great event. Time seemed to fly by because all of the fun while learning that was constant throughout the day. In addition, thanks to the kitchen staff, for putting such delicious food on our plates. We enjoyed tasting every food item from every remove.

Thanks to Sir Martel (Tim Drost) and the Chivalry of Ansteorra for organizing Sable Soldier. You made it possible for us to come together and play over, and over, and over again. We had a variety of melee scenarios, fast-paced and fun, where we watched our units improve their cohesion and command in real time. At the end the Chivalry recognized Vindheim as the unit to carry the Sable Soldier banner at Gulf Wars. Vivat Vindheim! Thanks to our on site chancellor, Mistress Colleen, who made sure everything was taken care of for us and the entourage. You had a long day of hard work to make it so we wanted for nothing, and we always had the support we needed.

Thanks to our Golden Staff, Sir Absolon, who worked with many others to coordinate three courts; Northkeep baronial court, Vindheim principality court, and Ansteorra kingdom court. All 3 courts worked seamlessly together to recognize deserving individuals. Also thanks to all of the court heralds for working together to coordinate the flow of the courts. You made court better experience for the populace. Thanks to our entourage who makes it possible for us to do what we do because they donated their time to support us.

In service to Ansteorra,

Gabriel III & Sonja III
Rex et Regina

February Black Star

Mighty Ansteorra, We launch most enthusiastically into Our reign. This wondrous kingdom is a deep wellspring of experiences, and We intend to progress through as many of them as possible. The kingdom's calendar is packed, from the windswept plains to the coasts of the sea, and the threat of war looms as our friends from Trimaris march to the field to test our mettle.

A brief note about awards during this reign: We intend to summon in advance those deserving individuals that We see fit to recognize in court. We have decided that, while it is great fun to spring a surprise on friends, it is often not the best experience for the recipient. Therefore, We will alert those whom We would recognize so they might prepare, as well as alert Us should there be problems with scheduling, concerns about special needs, or anything else.

This February, We look forward to seeing everyone at Provincial Games, Laurel's Prize Tourney, Battle of the Pines, and A Day in the Forest.

Gabriel and Sonja
Rex et Regina

The Words of the Populace

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