Azure, three wheels and on a chief argent, a dragon statant azure.
Eldred is currently Triton Principal Herald of Atlantia. He is also a Companion of the Order of the Pelican, and a Companion of the Order of the Laurel (primarily for calligraphy & illumination). His introduction to the SCA was at a few events in the mid-1980's in the Barony Marche of the Debateable Lands where his interest in archery was sparked. In the early 1990's, he began attending events in Atlantia and additional arts and skills began to draw his attention--specifically: calligraphy, illumination, and brewing. Calligraphy and Illumination led to heraldry. Heraldry led to architecture and stained glass. Architecture led to an interest in period furniture and woodworking. Woodworking led to game boards and thus, to games and numismatics. In short, every dive into a particular art turns into a sideways exploration into other arts.
Eldred Ælfwald is a 12th century itinerant scribe living near Chester on the Welsh border.
Offices & Positions
|Triton Principal Herald||Atlantia||Jan 2019||Jan 2022|
|Azure Dragon Herald||At-Large||May 2008|
|Chancellor||University of Atlantia||Jan 2006||Jun 2009|
|Web Minister||Clerk Signet, Atlantia||Jan 2006||Jan 2009|
|Clerk Signet (Great Officer)||Atlantia||Jan 2003||Jan 2006|
|Target Archery Marshal||Atlantia||Jan 2003||Dec 2013|
|Minister of Arts & Sciences||Falconcree||Nov 2002||Nov 2003|
|Editor, Scribes Handbook||Clerk Signet, Atlantia||Jan 2002||Dec 2010|
|Herald||At-Large, Atlantia||Apr 2001||Jan 2008|
|Seneshcal||Falconcree||Nov 2000||Oct 2002|
|Web Minister||Clerk Signet, Atlantia||Oct 2000||Apr 2001|
|Deputy Chronicler||Nottinghill Coill||Jun 2000||Jun 2001|
|Web Minister||Falconcree||Mar 2000||Nov 2000|
|Head of Scriptorium||Barony of Nottinghill Coill||???||???|
|Commenting Herald||Atlantia||Mar 1998||Mar 2000|
|Gordian Knot Herald||Nottinghill Coill||Dec 1997||Apr 2001|
|Deputy Minister of Arts & Sciences||Falconcree||Aug 1997||Nov 2000|
|Deputy Seneschal||Falconcree||Aug 1997||Feb 2000|
|Commenting herald||Middle||Feb 1997||Jun 1998|
|Gordian Knot Pursuivant||Nottinghill Coill||Nov 1996||Dec 1997|
|Branch herald||Cyddlain Downs||Nov 1996||Jul 1997|
|Branch herald||Nottinghill Coill||May 1994||Nov 1996|
|Branch herald||Falconcree||Nov 1992||Oct 1994|
|Mistress Bríg ingen Érennaigh||Apprentice||Elevated to the Order of the Laurel in 2011|
Elevated to the Order of the Pelican in 2019
|Master Lucien de la Rochelle||Apprentice||Elevated to the Order of the Pelican in 2018|
- Atlantian Heralds Handbook, 3rd edition. Currently in review.
|Furniture||Display||Calligraphy & Illumination|
Made as a gift for Brigh when she became Eldred's apprentice in 2005. He made a similar one for Lucien.
|Corvus Rose Window
This was a long term heraldic display project for House Corvus based on the rose window of the north transept of Notre-Dame de Paris. The order in which the heraldry is displayed is from the center out in order of registration of the first 20 or so members, then by when the individual joined the household or when they registered their armory while in the household. This is the third heraldic rose window Eldred created-the first two were for the Cantons of Falconcree and Cyddlain Downs.
|Apprentice Contract |
Mistress Siobhán NicDhuinnshléibhe wanted a unique apprentice contract between herself and Lady Meadhbh inghean Thaidhg uí Domhnaill. This is what she got...
|Nottinghill Coill Chairs of State
Magnus Iain Craig (who is a master cabinetmaker by trade) provided the mentoring and some of the joinery skill, but the vast majority of the work was completed by Eldred over several months (700 hours total). The design is based on the "Glastonbury chair" but with some hidden modern upgrades and redimensioning from the original plans. The chair is completely made from ash and finished with a ground walnut stain and sealed with three layers of hand-rubbed carnuba wax and linseed oil mix.
|Atlantian Pennsic Gatehouse
Griffith Jenner provided the space and building expertise, Caelen Hood provided additional muscle and hands. Eldred helped design and build the structure, then fabricated all the doors, windows, and the massive red oak gates for this project. It was packed flat onto a trailer, transported and assembled on-site at Pennsic.
|Golden Dolphin for Baroness Ia |
A Byzantine-style Golden Dolphin scroll for Baroness Ia Anna Kazimov. The inspiration is from a 6th century Byzantine Canon table. The sea lions are a direct reference to Ia's heraldry.
|May 2021 Crown Tournament Shield Tree
To support the visual presentation of Atlantia's 80th Crown Tournament being livestreamed, this Tournament shield tree was inspired by the Luttrell Psalter. Eldred and other scribes (Amelia Rosa, Adelaide Half Pint, Natalya Susaninna zhena Medveknikgoteva) painted the heraldry and the images were scanned and enlarged to place on the tree.
|Pelican for Lucien de la Rochelle
One of my larger pieces, it is inspired by a bestiary, and includes an encyphered message for Lucien hidden in the scales of the sea-dog's tail.
|Spring Crown Tournament 2021: Procession||Crown Tournament Procession
Due to a very constrained timeline for Atlantia's Crown Tournament, the normal Procession and presentation of combatants and consorts was not done. In order to provide context and pageantry for the populace who watched the tournament being livestreamed, Eldred and Ealdthryth produced a video presentation of the candidates and their heraldry.
Things to Peruse
- Ealdercote Home of Eldred AElfwald and Ealdthryth of Humberstone
PublicationsClick to expand/collapse
- Editor, Atlantian Heralds' Handbook, 3rd Edition, Kingdom of Atlantia, Society for Creative Anachronism, 2019-.
- Editor, Atlantian Scribes Handbook, Kingdom of Atlantia, Society for Creative Anachronism. 2004-2010.
- Annotated Bibliography of Scribal Resources. Proceedings of the Known World Heralds & Scribes Symposium, Society for Creative Anachronism. 2004
- Canting. Proceedings of the Known World Heralds & Scribes Symposium, Society for Creative Anachronism. 2004
- Introduction to Scroll Layout & Design. Proceedings of the Known World Heralds & Scribes Symposium, Society for Creative Anachronism. 2002
- Animal Blazonry. Proceedings of the Known World Herald’s & Scribes Symposium. Society for Creative Anachronism. 2001.
- Notre Dame de Paris. The Nottinghill Quill—Newsletter for the Barony of Nottinghill Coill, Society for Creative Anachronism.
- Sainte-Chapelle. The Nottinghill Quill—Newsletter for the Barony of Nottinghill Coill, Society for Creative Anachronism.
- St-Denis. The Nottinghill Quill—Newsletter for the Barony of Nottinghill Coill, Society for Creative Anachronism.
- The Troubled Reign of King Stephen (3 part series), The Nottinghill Quill—Newsletter for the Barony of Nottinghill Coill, Society for Creative Anachronism.
I have taught a variety of classes and workshops over the years. I'm not sure these are all of them... Some have links to the notes or articles I have online. Click the relevant section header to expand or collapse the list.
- A Herald's Guide to Surviving Court © 1998
- Introduction to Heraldry
- Animal Blazonry © 1998 Needs updating to match SENA
- Heraldry for Children
- Basic Blazonry © 1998
- Beginning Names
- Heraldry for Non-heraldic Cultures
- Heraldry in History
- So, You Want to be a Herald?
- The Heraldic Submissions Process
- Armorial Display
- Basic Conflict Checking
- Atlantian Order of Precedence
- Heraldic Roundtable
- A Survey of Illuminations from Durham Cathedral
- Introduction to Making Scrolls
- Scribal Roundtable
- English Court Hands
- Illuminations for the Artistically Challenged
- Matching Hand to Illumination
- Introduction to Scroll Layout and Design © 2001
- Blazonry for Scribes
- Introduction to Calligraphy
- Medieval Architecture: The Rose Window © 2002
- Capital Idea: Romanesque Architecture in France
- Woodworking: Board Games
- Woodworking: Cheap Campaign Furniture
- Woodworking: Plain Benches
- Woodworking: Breakdown Chairs
- Woodworking: Curule/Coffered Chairs
- The Troubled Reign of King Stephen © 1999
- Introduction to Cordials
- How to Write Documentation
|12/11/1993||Falconcree||TOYS FOR TOTS TOURNAMENT||4-weapons form tournament to raise toys for the USMC Toys for Tots program|
|08/28/1995||Falconcree||PENNSIC PAUPER'S POTLUCK|
|12/14/1996||Falconcree||TOYS FOR TOTS TOURNAMENT||4-weapons form tournament to raise toys for the USMC Toys for Tots program|
|04/10/1999||Falconcree||PASSAGE TO THE EAST I: THE ENGLISH ANARCHY||The first in a series of events chronicling the travels of pilgrims through different lands. Their first stop: England of the 1130's during the time of Stephen and Matilda. Town and castle battles were a big feature of this event|
|03/01/2003||Atlantia||KINGDOM ARTS & SCIENCES FESTIVAL||Implementing the vision of Master James of Middle Aston. The current format of KASF was started at this event|