Sir Richard Fergus Fitzalan de Glymmere, Baron
"Courage and Faith."
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SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism)
vSir Richard Fergus Fitzalan, Knight
of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Baron Glymm Mere, on this
day unto you, most noble reader, sends respectful greetings and good
vSince I was a young boy playing with
wooden swords running through the neighborhood with friends playing
Knights of the Round Table, I have been fascinated with medieval history
and Knighthood. In 1973 I saw my first "live" knight at an SCA demonstration
in Olympia, WA at Lakefair. During my college years I majored in late
Imperial Rome and early Medieval History (BA, 1977, WSU). And during
those student years I discovered the joy of swashbuckling with foils
(used as rapiers unsafely) and fantasy fiction (thank you J.R.R.Tolkien).
vIn 1978, upon my return to Olympia,
a few friends and I created "House Arkeep" a
quasi-medieval group that gathered for medieval style parties. We
learned to make costumes and chainmail and fought with quarter staffs
and bought swords. We met an SCA member who gave us lots of information
and help (thanks, Frank!) and we learned to forge steel and make spears.
But as there was no SCA branch close by (at least not according to
our leader), we did not discover the wider world of the SCA for a
few more years. We even put out our own newsletter, "House Arkeep
vIn 1981, while working at The Evergreen
State College, I met a student (Alison Lamb) who was very interested
in medieval history and who brought in real SCA members for a demonstration
that May. As Angharad (as Alison became) founded our local SCA chapter
(Shire of Evercleare, Olympia, WA), I became the founding Minister
of Arts & Sciences for the incipient Shire and have been a member
and usually an officer, ever since. And our small "household" that
built our earlier social group became House Arkeep
within the Shire.
|vMy early SCA name was Fergus
Fitzalan. I did archery and persona (personal history) development
and research, and various arts and sciences projects. Then I took
up the sword on the path to becoming a knight. I spent nine years
as squire to Duke Thorin Njalsson before I was knighted. When
the Shire of Glymm Mere (as Evercleare became known) was elevated
to Barony in the Kingdom of An Tir, I was invested as the founding
Baron of Glymm Mere. My son, William (known as Lord Guillaume
Fitzalan in the SCA) was raised in the Society.
My son, Guillaume Fitalan, about age three, feeding strawberries
to Queen Angharad.
1993, I changed my name to Richard Fergus Fitzalan and was knighted
at September Crown in the Kingdom of An Tir that year. When I stepped
down as territorial Baron of Glymm Mere in 1995, I was made a Court
Baron by the King and Queen of An Tir. I spent the next several
years as a knight errant, riding around from shire to shire, participating
in tournaments and performing poems and songs
as a good troubadour should. My most common nomme de guerre
is "le chevalier joyeaux" ("the joyful knight").
activies are many, and include archery, armoring, beadwork,
combat (armored and light and rapier), marshalling, heraldry, and
diverse arts and sciences (being an apprentice in the An Tir Moneyer's
Guild and an apprentice to Mistress Keilyn FitzWarin of the Kingdom
of Atlantia for the study of poetry). My medieval form poetry
has seen print in Renaissance
Magazine as well as in my chapbooks.
vI also find myself spending much of
my SCA time volunteering for one office
vThe courtesy and chivalry exemplified
in the Society is a constant source of inspiration in my life.
vI participate in the Tourney Company
and An Tir Chivalry emailing lists and have been a contributor to
Chronique: The Journal of Chivalry.
Richard is a 13th century knight from the Welsh border lands
in England. Our cousins held the Castle
Clun on the border. I was born in 1155 of a Norman father
and a Scots mother [within the SCA, my persona's years are based
on the real current year minus 800]. Our Norman family came
over with the Conqueror in the person of one "Alan" and our
family has been FitzAlans ever since (Fitz being a Norman style
of patronymic). My mother gave me the good gaelic name Fergus,
but my father saw to it that I had a good Norman name on both
sides of it!
vIn 1184, I became a member of
the retinue of Duke Thorin and his squire and spent time in
Yorkshire and Scandinavia. In 1190, I left on Crusade with the
English army lead by King Richard Lionheart. In 1191 I fought
in the capture of Cyprus and was in the garrison left there
when the Siege of Acre occurred. I rejoined the army by ship
during the march down the coast and participated in the Battle
of Arsuf where, lead by Templars, the Crusaders won the day.
I was also part of Richard's rescue party for Jaffa in 1192.
In 1192 I returned to England. In 1193, I was Knighted and granted
lands near my cousins in Arundel (where unknown to me then,
my Fitzalan cousins would become Earls of Arundel (in 1289)
by marrying into the de Albini family in the 1220s).
serving two years from 1193-1195 as a Baron, overseeing the
Crown's lands in Glymm Mere
in the Kingdom of An Tir,
I took the example of my near contemporaries, William
Marshal (1144-1219) [from
whom I am descended] and Ulrich von Lichtenstein (1200-1276),
and took to traveling the tourney curcuit and became a knight
errant and troubadour from 1194-1198. There are many poems and
stories about my travels and adventures. King Richard Lionheart
died in 1199.
vIn 1200, I withdrew from courtly
life and joined the Knights
Templar, who I was so taken with after serving beside them
on the Third Crusade. Having crusaded to the far lands of Ansteorra
and having spent several years in the monastic habit, I retired
from the Order and returned to courtly life in An Tir.
"Non nobis, Domine, non nobis sed nomini tuo da gloriam."
"Not to us, Lord, not to us but to Thy Name give the glory."
Sir Richard Fergus Fitzalan, Knight of the Society for
Creative Anachronism, Baron in the Court of An Tir,
Knight-brother of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ
and the Temple of Solomon.
Pauperes commilitones Christi templique Salomonis
"Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon."
vIn 1202, due to an injury gained
in combat, I was forced to put aside my armor and retired as
a "hedge-knight" to my country estates in Glymm Mere.
vIn 1205 Sir Godric ap Rhys,
Captian of the Company of Saint Ulrich, asked me to join that
noble group and so I have. With limited fighting, I still do
what I can to train our newer members.
vIn 1207, having been successful
in my return to fighting, I resumed my personal arms, begin
fighting in tournaments and returned to court life in An Tir
as Baron Glymm Mere.
|Click on photo for
William Marshal's effigy
I visited these sites
during my 1995 visit to
Sir Richard of the Company of Saint Ulrich
Fergus Fitzalan - Knight, 5 Sep AS 28/1993
Award of Arms - 26 Feb AS 17/1983 -Ulfred & Adara
Goutte de Crystal [Glymm Mere]- 10 Dec AS 18/1983 -Mary Margaret MacInnes
Forget-me-not - 14 Jul AS 19/1984 -Angharad
Goutte de Sang - 14 Jul AS 19/1984 -Thorin & Angharad
Red Deer [Glymm Mere]- 28 Jul AS 19/1984 -Mary Margaret MacInnes
Sergeant (Glymm Mere) - 8 May AS 28/1993 -Gwendolyn Fitzalan
Throne Favor - 16 May AS 28/1993 -Barak & Lao
King's Favor - 17 Jul AS 28/1993 -Barak
Knight - 5 Sep AS 28/1993 -Rorik & Helena
Court Baron - 4 Feb AS 29/1995 -Tjorkill & Elowyn
Throne's Favor - 13 July 31/1996 -Thorin & Sineidin
King's Favor - 13 July 31/1996 -Thorin
Jambe de Leon - 24 May 32/1997 -Darius & Morgaine
[From the An Tir Order of Precedence Listing]
Deputy-Seneschal [Western Region, An Tir] 8/98-4/2000
Chronicler [An Tir, Kingdom] 9/95-9/96
Royal Herald [King Thorin & Queen Sineidin, An Tir] 1/96-7/96
Territorial Baron [Glymm Mere, Barony] 1/93-2/95
Constable [Glymm Mere, Shire] 6/91-12/92
Demo Coordinator [Glymm Mere, Shire]3/90-4/91
Seneschal [Glymm Mere, Shire] 11/85-12/87
Gamesmaster [Glymm Mere, Shire] 12/85-4/86 and 8/86-1/88
Chief Scribe [Glymm Mere, Shire] 12/84-11/85
Gamesmaster [An Tir, Kingdom] 1/84-1/86
Royal Huscarl [King Thorin, An Tir] 1/84-7/84
Minister of Sciences [ Glymm Mere, Shire] 6/83-1/84 and 9/84-10/85
Chronicler [Glymm Mere, Shire] 3/83-9/84
Minister of Arts [Glymm Mere, Incipient Shire] 7/82-5/84
1978, upon my return to Olympia, a few friends and I created "House
Arkeep" a quasi-medieval group that gathered for medieval style parties.
What we thought of at first as a chance for Halloween dress up and
making neat-looking medieval stuff, turned into an almost monthly
gathering. Other early members included Gwendolyn Fitzalan, Nicholas
de Basle, Seamus na Coille Aosada and Vaclav Bili.
vWe learned to make costumes and chainmail
and fought with quarter staffs and bought swords. We met an SCA member
who gave us lots of information and help (thanks, Frank!) and we learned
to forge steel and make spears. But as there was no SCA branch close
by (at least not according to our leader), we did not discover the
wider world of the SCA for a few more years. We even put out our own
newsletter, "House Arkeep News".
we discovered the SCA in 1981 with the founding of , the Shire of
Evercleare in Olympia, WA, several House Arkeep members became founding
officers. During the next decade, our numbers grew as our Shire grew,
and Arkeepians were always serving as officers, autocrats, doing publicity,
demonstrations, making things for the shire, etc. Service became
our motto. But somehow we were always known for being a silly bunch
too! We developed the motto "Glymmaris, hilarus locus est"
or "Glymm Mere, it is a silly place." (said with your best Monty Python
accent, of course)
vAside from autocratting events for
the shire and then barony, the Household also celebrated being a household
together during one special event each year. We would gather on the
weekend nearest the summer solstice (Gwendolyn's birthday being on
June 20th and mine being on June 23rd and the solstice falling in
between) and have an SCA birthday party in the backyard. At that party,
the Household would give something we'd made to Glymm Mere, and Gwendolyn
and I would give presents to all our guests. And our house members
would give us presents as well. One year they took up a fund and bought
me a new helm!
House Arkeep at one of the Solstice Parties
June 1991 or 1992?
[Click on Photo for larger image]
Left to right
Connor, Vaclav, Timothy, Eoin, Sylvan (peeking from behind), Adara,
Richard (me), Felicia (in front of me), Gwendolyn, Tristan, Geran
(in front of Gwendolyn), Caitlin, Valerian, Salya (in front of Valerian)
Guillaume, Stergar, Tristan and Felicia's two boys
vIn 1992, the shire, by then known
as Glymm Mere, put together
an application for elevation to Baronial status and Gwendolyn and
I were selected as the Founding Baron and
Baroness of Glymm Mere. In 1993, I was knighted and began to take
squires, who defacto, became members of my Household. In 1994, Gwendolyn
and I divorced and the Household split as well.
then, House Arkeep continues, in reduced form. Most of the older members
do not participate as much in the SCA anymore. My squires and their
families are defacto part of my household and thus part of House Arkeep,
but my relationship as a knight to my squires is obviously different
in nature to that of general house members. We continue to use the
badge and name of House Arkeep.
vIn addition to myself, my son Lord
Guillaume, and my squires and their families,
House Arkeep also continues to include the Honorable Lord Vaclav Bili,
Lord Valerian the Innocent, and Lord Timothy Padric.