Kenric II and Avelina II

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Kenric II and Avelina II (Photo by Eye of the Beholder Studios)
Sovereign: Kenric æt Essex
Consort: Avelina Keyes
East Kingdom Crown #: 92
Preceded by: Gregor IV and Kiena II
Succeeded by: Brennan and Caoilfhionn


  • Winter reign of AS 48 (October 2013- April 2014).
  • Renamed the King's Order of the Tyger of Valor as the Order of the Tyger of Valor on January 26, A.S. 48.




CYNE-WEORC : Kingmaking

by Myra Hope Eskridge, drawn from Beowulf

Old English

Hwæt! We Eást-thegns / in geardagum, þeodcyninga, / þrym gefrunon, hu ða æþelingas / ellen fremedon.

Aledon þa / leofne þeoden, beaga bryttan, / on bearm bǽl-fýres

Sin ge-swegra / weg-gomen com.

Eodon him þa togeanes, / gode þancodon, ferþ-grim þegna heáp, / ferhþum fægne

Tomas Hrafn-hyll maðelode, / on him tohte scan Aras ða bi ronde / rof oretta, heard under helme, / hiorosercean bær

“Eart þu se Essex, / se þe wið Edward wunne?”

Kenric maþelode, / “Na! Ge-swegra ic beo!”

æfter þæm wordum / weorold-cempa leod efste mid elne, / nalas ondsware bidan wolde; / wig-wylm onfeng

Swa mec gelome / leód-mægen þreatedon þearle / þryðswyðe ecgþræce Kenric gemærunge gemacode / mægenræs forgeaf hildebille, / Hrafn-hylle cwellede.

þa wæs Essex / heresped gyfen, wig-gomen weorð-mynd, / þæt him his winemagas ágirnon hyrdon. / Eode Avelina forð, cwen Kenrices / cynna gemyndig,

“Bruc ðisses cyne-rice, / Kenric leofa, cen þec mid cræfte / ond þyssum cyn-ren wes lara liðe; / Wes þenden þu lifige, æþeling, eadig.”

þæt wæs god cyning!

Modern English

Listen! We have heard / of the East-thanes glory, in the old days / the kings of tribes – how noble princes / showed great courage!

They laid down the king / they had dearly loved their tall ring-giver, / in the center of the bier.

His cousin / came to the tourney.

They clustered around him, / his thanes Fierce in battle / happy in their hearts

Thomas Ravenhill spoke, / gleaming from battle The famous champion / stood up with his shield brave behind helmet / in hard war-shirt

“Are you the same Essex / who challenged Edward?”

Kenric replied, / “No! I’m his cousin!”

After these words / the warrior of the world turned boldly / would not wait for answer / surging battle enfolded them.

Again and again / the champions made fierce attacks / with violent swordplay. Kenric finished it. / He put his whole force behind his sword-edge, / killed Ravenhill.

Then Essex was given / victory in battle such honor in the tourney / that the men of his house eagerly served him / Avelina came forward Kenric’s queen, / mindful of courtesies;

“Enjoy this kingdom / the treasure of a people. Make known your strength, yet be / to these common-folk gentle in counsel. / While you may live, be happy, O prince!”

That was great king-ship!


  • Coronation of Kenric II and Avelina II
  • Endewearde Hunt
  • Tir Mara A&S and Rattan Championships
  • Novice Schola
  • East Kingdom Fall Crown
  • Smoking Rocks Investiture
  • Saint Eligius Celebration of Arts and Sciences
  • 100 Minutes War
  • Herne the Hunter RP
  • Bridge Birthday - 40
  • EK 12th Night
  • A Market Day at Birka
  • Medieval Makers Faire
  • King's & Queen's A&S Champions
  • Black Rose Ball
  • King & Queen's Bardic Champions/Novice Schola
  • Mudthaw
  • King's and Queen's Rapier Championship
  • Coronation of Brennan mac Fearghus and Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain

More Information

Coronation of Kenric II and Avelina II, EK Gazette

The Kingmaking of Kenric, EK Gazette