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The Minister of Arts and Sciences Newsletter
For the Kingdom of Atenveldt
The MoAS
January Issue 2002 C.E.
Issue 11

Welcome to a New Year! There are lots of exciting things happening in the next few
months. A reminder to everyone that the Estrella War A&S competition will be held on
Saturday starting at 9am. I hope to see many of you there. As always, please feel free to
contact me with any questions.

There will be a mandatory officer's meeting for all Kingdom of Atenveldt MoAS on
Friday at War from 1-3pm in the A&S pavilion. The pavilion will be located next to the
Grand Court/A&S classes pavilion. If you cannot attend, please be sure a deputy is sent in
your place. We have a lot of new and exciting things happening that I would like to share
with you.

It is my pleasure to announce the completion of the Atenveldt MoAS Handbook and the
Kingdom Dance CD. Copies will be made available at the MoAS meeting free of charge
to all A&S Ministers. I also hope to have the new Kingdom Criteria Competition
Handbook completed by that time as well.

I’m am looking forward to meeting many of you at the War.

Yours In Service,
Baroness Isabel du Lac d'Azur

Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences
4191 East Wildcat Drive
Cave Creek, Arizona

The number of subscribers to this newsletter is now at 806!!!
Some big changes to the newsletter will be taking place over the next 2 months. The
new Atenveldt Arts and Sciences website is approaching completion. It will have a link
to the new A&S website on the Kingdom website. Within the Atenveldt Arts and
Sciences website you will find immeasurable advice on all aspects of Arts and Sciences.
You will also find this newsletter and archived issues.

Attention past contributors: It is our hope that by using this mode of communication
more people will be able to partake of the knowledge and advice you have most
graciously shared with us all. However, if you do not want your article shared in this
fashion please contact me ASAP.

The main format of the newsletter will not change, however we will now be able to put in
photos, charts and diagrams. Below is a list of main focus topics I have planned for this
year. Please, look to them and see if you can help. (You may turn in information any
time). This topics are just a guideline and can be changed. And, as always you are
welcome to submit even if it is not on the main focus topic. (More than ever..I need your

January === Persona
February ==== Breads
March (our 1st anniversary) ==== New Class Ideas
April === Simple Costuming (T-tunics, Dog-Robbing...)
May === preservation of food
June ==== Demos
July ==== Writing Letters and Speaking in a Period Fashion
August ==== Decorating and Camouflaging
September === Collegiums and Workshops
October ===== Deputies
November ==== Performing Arts
December ===== Alchemy

If you have topics you would like to see please let me know.

This year at Estrella War I will be at Troll all day on Wednesday signing up people for
volunteering, than teaching , and than autocrating the Entertainment at a stage area near
food court for the remaining days of the war. I will be camped at the Archery area with
the Shire of WinDale. Please, if you have a few minutes stop by and say hello. I would
love the opportunity to put some faces with the names.

I would also ask that if you could, would you take a few moments and let me know what
you would like to see in the newsletter. Is it going in the right direction for you? Are there
focus topics you would like to see?

Your feedback is vital to the success of the newsletter.
As always we are in need of your wisdom and guidance. Please, do not waver in sharing
your knowledge with us. As you have been shown..now is the time for you to return the

Again, thank you one and all for making my Dream come true.

"Nothing is not period: it just needs more Documentation"

Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences Drop-Dead
Lady Eden Blacksmith
Sonja Boroughf
3710 Devlin
Kingman, AZ 86401
Message phone is 928_681_2696

You know you`re in the SCA when...
you yell "Huzzah" at mundane events instead of cheering "normally".

We want articles on:
What to do when your group's A&S activities die down
How to train a Drop_Dead
How to redirect overly_helpful members
How to organize Guilds
How to organize an Arts and Sciences Competition
Things they never told you about being MOAS
What are your Societal obligations
Please, SUBMIT, you know you want to. Edenblacksmith@yahoo.com
All Submissions must be by the 18th of the month.
If you have any questions, comments or would like to submit please contact me.
In Service to the Dream
(please see disclaimer at end of newsletter)

This is an area for you to share your thoughts, ask questions, give ideas, share your
experiences, comments, suggestions, what articles would you like......

Please send all letters to edenblacksmith@yahoo.com
Dear Editor,

I am new to the position of MOA&S within my group (but, not to the position of
MOA&S). Everyone as been very helpful. In fact too helpful ;) With the office I have
inherited 5 deputies!

I need advice. I do not need, or want 5 deputies. I do not know what to do with 5

How do I let some of them go with out offending the others? Help!

Thank you for any advice you can offer.

Lady C......

(Name and e-mail address on file)


Please send a letter to the editor...


Classes at Estrella War
You know you`re in the SCA when...

your garb closet is bigger than your clothes closet and the clothes are in better condition.

Eleanor and Louis Part 4 Dame Fiona Gwyllt Wynne Barony of Atenveldt

Some Advice on Explaining What a Persona is By Lady Eden Blacksmith

On Choosing a Name and a Persona; A Quick and Dirty Guide
By Ld. Daniel Raoul le Vascon de Navarre', OAE, OES

Some Persona Research Suggestions
by Julian ferch Rhys

Book Review written by Rudolf Fekter, Shire of Otherhill
Morgaine Somerset, called Morgaine of Glastonbury

Lady Ilsa Von Sonnenburg

Fiona Gwyllt Wynne

Plus Regular Monthly Features

Please see Southwind for more Information
All Dates are for year 2002
February 16th Estrella War A&S Competition
April 6th_7th Kingdom Dance & Rapier Collegium
May 11th A&S Competition for the Barony of Mons Tonitrus
May 18th_19th A&S Competition for the Barony of Sundragon and the Barony of Tir
June 14th Fabric War Barony of Sundragon

In the 1200s, northern Europe's largest towns__London, Paris and Ghent__contained no
more than 30,000 or 40.000 residents. Southern European cities like Venice and Florence
had over 100,000. The world s largest cities__Constantinople and Baghdad__each had
about a million people.

Eleanor and Louis
Part 4
Dame Fiona Gwyllt Wynne Barony of Atenveldt

Her daughter, Marie, was left at home while her mother went on the Crusades. There
were nearly 100,000 people who left on this Crusade. They took troubadours; that is,
Eleanor took troubadours, poets, jongleurs, on the journey. When it began it had all the
appearance of a gigantic party. She took along many wagons of clothing, jewelry, and
other accouterments which was to prove a great problem along the way. "On the previous
Crusade," says Meade, "women following the cross had lived as men and endured the
same conditions, neither asking for special privileges nor receiving any. This time,
obviously it was to be different. Clearly the ladies were suffering no hardships; on the
contrary, they appeared to regard the expedition as a movable feast to be adjourned during
the day and resumed immediately upon halting for the night." Any problems that arose
were contributed to the "southern" influence.
Since Eleanor held courts of love and other entertainments, scandalmongers were quick to
place blame on her and indeed to this day there are those who feel that Eleanor was
promiscuous during this time. Considering that she was married to a man who would
prefer to be a monk, one could at least understand how this outgoing, love_of_life woman
would be tempted. On the other hand, it would seem that with all the retinue involved,
liaisons would also have to be carefully engineered. Eleanor loved the idea of courtly love
and probably was satisfied with flirting and being adored; but one will never know.

Certainly for a woman who altogether conceived ten times, it seems unlikely that she
dallied during this time, unless she knew of some herb or other that would work as a
contraceptive, which would probably have been nearly unheard of for a Catholic queen.
The time spent in Byzantium was "an awakening experience for the queen, whose
education had progressed just far enough to make her travels profitable. It opened her
eyes to vast, lofty, undreamed_of possibilities for majesty, and all the acadia from which
she had suffered at home was purged from her soul. The magnificent entertainment of the
Crusaders in Manuel's capital was of a nature to fire the imagination of the young Queen
of France. The reality was far above the rumor, and every way extravagant.

Eleanor met Manuel's wife, Irene in the fall of 1147 when the Crusaders arrived at
Byzantium. Irene was German, the sister_in_ law of Conrad of Hohenstaufen, the Holy
Roman Emperor. He arranged Irene's marriage to Manuel, the son of John Comnenus (the
emperor of Byzantium). Irene played host first to the invading Germans in Byzantium and
then to the Franks. Eleanor was wined and dined, but "Eleanor had genuinely mystified
the empress and the other glittering females in her entourage. What puzzled them most
was why any woman would wish to travel to Jerusalem when even the relatively short trip
from Constantinople to Antioch was considered treacherous for a woman." When the
Greek women found out that Eleanor not only did not use a canopied litter, but actually
rode horseback like a man, they felt that, even though they called themselves Christian,
the Franks were indeed a primitive people. The Greek women thought that Eleanor had
joined the Crusade so that she could keep an eye on Louis. Probably nothing was further
from the truth. Eleanor had been bored and had joined for high adventure as much as

Eleanor spent thirteen days in Byzantium and this was apparently the beginning of the
end of her relationship with Louis. She could not help but compare him to Manuel who
was resplendent in his clothing, while Louis dressed like a monk. The courtiers dared
approach Manuel only if they did so with bended knee and bowed head, while just about
anyone could walk up to Louis to discuss anything with him. To Eleanor, the comparison
was only to strengthen her feelings that Louis would never be a "kingly" man. Let us not
forget that Eleanor was still high_spirited, in the height of her youth, and in comparing
Manuel and Louis, Eleanor found Louis sadly lacking in just about every way.

 On one leg of their journey, they were crossing Mount Cadmos and Louis decided to take
charge of the rear column. Geoffrey de Rancon was at the head of the column and it was
rumored that Eleanor also rode at the head, although Meade feels that as she was such an
important personage she probably did not do so. However, Eleanor being the adventurous
person she was, might very well have done so. In any event, Geoffrey took his column
further than he was supposed to, thereby splitting the two columns. The ever_ready Turks
took advantage of this and attacked the rear column. "As the hours wore on, stragglers
came in to the Poitevin camp torn with thorns, bruised, wounded, fainting with thirst,
unable to speak for weakness and anguish. Toward prime a monk led the dazed King of
the Franks into the queen's camp on a stray horse that majesty had never owned."

Another version of this event is that the king fought off a crowd of Turks single_handedly
on the mountaintop and that: During the fighting the king lost his small and famous royal
guard, but he remained in good heart and nimbly and courageously scaled the side of a
mountain by gripping the tree_roots that God had provided for his safety. The enemy
climbed after him, hoping to capture him, and the archers in the distance continued to fire
arrows at him. But God willed that his cuirass should protect him from the arrows, and to
prevent himself from being captured he defended the crag with his bloody sword, cutting
off many heads and hands.

Payne contends that this is probably a true story. He admits that Louis VII was "among
the worst of French kings and among the worst of generals," but says he possessed some
courage and could be capable of feats of endurance. One would feel that desperation
might be a consideration in his courage and endurance, particularly since he was
described as being dazed when he was brought into the queen's camp. He probably could
not believe that he had been left to defend himself. One of the reasons the rear column
was nearly destroyed was the narrow trail and the presence of so much luggage on that
trail. It was believed that this excess of luggage was directly attributable to the women,
and especially to Eleanor.

Geoffrey and Eleanor were both blamed for the attack, especially because the
Aquitainians were in the vanguard as well. The fact is, though, that as usual Louis'
ineptness probably caused the major problem even though the Franks were not willing to
concede that their king was at fault. After this attack, conditions worsened considerably
for all the Crusaders.

(Editor's Note: The story of Eleanor and Louis continues next month)

The List of Popes

Some Advice on Explaining What a Persona is.
By Lady Eden Blacksmith
I have been told by new people that the confusion of just ‘what is a persona’ almost kept
them from joining and I have had people tell me that the persona issue as kept them from
playing. Once you stop and think of this issue it may seem to a new person as if we are a
society of people with Multiple Personality Disorder. (No offense intended)

One of the facets of job as MoAS is to explain what a persona is. Let us start with by
giving some examples of what a persona is not:

This is not a D&D character....if this was a D&D character than I would weigh 100 ponds
less, have pointed ears and could throw a fireball. However, it must be said those who
have played D&D may have an easier time of adapting a different personage.

This not mandatory!!!! You never have to design, develop, or perfect a persona. You can
play SCA using your real name and wear what ever style of clothing you want. However,
understanding this part of the game may allow you to learn more about history...and even
more about yourself.

This is not an opportunity to be rude, chauvinistic, mean or hateful and expect no
repercussions. While you may feel that as Olaf you feel free to throw your mutton bone
over your shoulder without a care, understand that when it lands on Isabella’s
head.....words will be spoken.

This is not a test. What ever you decide is comfortable to you on what your persona is or
is not is up to you. If you feel okay with researching everything down to the last detail,
but do not want to be called anything but your given name, than okay. If you have a
chosen a persona name and that is all, than okay.

What a Persona is.

A persona is an opportunity to recreate a segment of history in a very personal way. It is
as simple as that. It is up to the individual to define their own persona.

Within this newsletter you will find personal persona stories. We hope that they will
inspire you to study and choose your own path.


In the early Middle Ages, Europeans told time in a way that would seem very strange to
us today. They divided the day into 7 hours' of equal length. Because summer days are
longer than winter ones, a winter 'hour" was about 60 minutes, but a summer one was
150 minutes! By the late 1300s, Europeans had mechanical clocks and often installed
them in the towers of churches and town halls.

One of My Favorite Movies
A Knight’s Tale
After his Master dies unexpectedly, a Medieval squire, William (Ledger), decides to try
jousting and hits the road with a couple of friends. On the way they run into an unknown
writer named Chaucer who agrees to forge genealogy papers to provide William with a
fresh history that will pass him off as a knight. With an acceptable pedigree now in hand,
the young squire sets out to prove himself at the country's jousting competition. And, of
course, he finds time to be chivalrous on the way. I know...it is completely ‘Not
Period’...but who cares? Any medieval movie that begins with a Queen song is okay in
my book. And yes, her costumes were putrid (and do not even get me started on her
hair). However, I think that this movie should be mandatory for all of us who show signs
of becoming authentic mavens.

What is One of Your Favorite Movies?

Please Cast Your Vote for the Worst Movie with a Medieval Theme
Each month I am going to ask for your vote for the Worst Movie with a Medieval Theme.
You may nominate as many movies as you wish...at the end of the year I will tally the
votes and see which movie as won: please cast your vote today!!!!

Some of my VOTES are:

Author’s Quest
 (Merlin takes 5 year-old Arthur to the future to live till he is 15. To give you an example
of how bad this movie is Clint Howard (Ron Howard’s bother) gives the most believable
performance with the line: “I am not a Dark Ages kind of Guy.”)

Army of Darkness
( “Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.” That is categorically how I felt
watching this movie. Three little words...how hard is it to say three little words: Clatto
Verata Nicto. I just did not get it. On the other hand my husband loved it...to this day
when we are having a small disagreement he will say: “Well, how can I expect you to
understand...you did not like Army of Darkness.”

The 13th Warrior
(I tried...I really tried to like this movie, however by the time we get to the point where
the lead character can suddenly and with fluent ability be able to speak the Northmen's
native language (when asked how this occurred, he replies, "I listened"); I knew that any
hope of salvation was lost. Not to mention that the lead character, who's an Arab,
wouldn't be speaking English in the first place, thus making a moot point of the transition
over to everyone speaking English that itself is meant to represent the warriors' Nordic
language. But, please believe me when I say I did try. Even the fact that the lead was
Antonio Banderas could not save it.


You know you`re in the SCA when...
your kid gets a bunch of plastic knights you swipe them to outline your tactical ideas for
the next war/fighter practice with your friends.

(If your information changes please contact edenblacksmith@usa.net )
Barony of Atenveldt
Voron Gregorii Tselomundrenniq
Barony of Tir Ysgithr
Lady Anastasia of Three Oaks
(Theresa Contos)
Barony of SunDragon
Lady Treasa Callan
Bonnie McCormick
Barony March of Mons Tonitrus_
Lady Sibééal inghean Mhurchadha
Sierra Vista, AZ
Barony of Twin Moons
Lord Phillip the Skeptic
Mesa, AZ
Barony of Ered Sul
M'Lady Ivah
Flagstaff, AZ
Shire of Granite Mountain
Lady Rose Elizabeth Weaver
Shire of Burning Sands
Baroness Kiera
March of Wealhhnutu_
Mistress Anne Dudley de Brandhard
Shire of Ironwood Loch
Lady Margaret Raedwulf
Ehrenberg, AZ
Shire of Windale
Madame Jacquelin de Normandie
Kingman, AZ
Shire of Aurochs Ford
Shire of Dragons Lake
Lady JoAnna de Loch
Shire of Londinium ad Rubrum
Lady Phoebe MacGregor
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Incipient March of the Four Mountains
M'lady Gwendolyn MacLaren
The Incipient Shire of Hawks Keep
Lady Charis Aeghen
Meadview, Az.
College of St Vladimir

So how Long did you live?
or The Average life span in the Middle Ages
W.J. MacLennan and W. I. Sellers investigated aging through the ages and published
their findings in the "Proceedings of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh" in
The Scots from the Iron Age (700 to 0 B.C.) buried their dead in cists or stone chests.
Recently scientists excavated nine skeletons in Scotland from the Iron Age (700 to 0
B.C.). These people died at ages of about 10, 19, 30, 35, 40, and 45. Three, however,
lived past 45.
Anglo-Saxons back in the Early Middle Ages (400 to 1000 A.D.) lived short lives and
were buried in cemeteries, much like Englishmen today. Field workers unearthed 65
burials (400 to 1000 A.D.) from Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in England and found none who
lived past 45.
Kings did better. The mean life expectancy of kings of Scotland and England, reigning
from 1000 A.D. to 1600 A.D. were 51 and 48 years, respectively. Their monks did not
fare as well. In the Carmelite Abbey, only five percent survived past 45.
The royal court, however, managed about as well as their kings, according to the UK &
Ireland Genealogical Information Service. The 23 men reported on lived an average of 49
years; only one lived into his 70s (71). All of these men, by the way, lived past
adolescence so infant mortality does not bring the average down.
Another royal court (20 men), born later (from 1600 to 1899 A.D.) lived an average of 62
years. These men also lived past adolescence (earliest death at 36). Five men lived into
their 70s but none into their 80s although John Pitt, the Earl of Chatham, lived to 79.

You know you`re in the SCA when..
your immediate family consists of only two rather small, thin people, but you justify your
purchase of a full-sized van/pickup truck saying "We'll need the extra space for events!"

Help in Finding Answers to Some Questions
complied by Lady Eden Blacksmith

In your search to answer some questions as to what your persona would know you might
look to the URL’s below. If you are still searching for a persona than please look to
below. You might find (as a friend of mine did) that you want to be from a certain time
and place because of who the King was from..

Who was my King

What did I do for a living or whom did I pay wages to

What was happening

What did I eat

What did I wear

What did I read

What did I say

Help in picking a name

You know you`re in the SCA when..
you choose your language courses in college based on what your persona would have
 (...Man! I'm really bummed out that they aren't teaching Anglo-Saxon this semester...)
Some specialty persona's information
Irish historical clothing
Ireland's history in maps
Places of Japanese interest
A brief summary of Iceland's history
Medieval Italy
Medieval Poland
1215 AD Signing of the Magna Carter_ signed in Runningmede.
1248_ 1270 AD Last Crusade_ It was the very last of the New Crusades
1274 AD Marco Polo enter service of Kublai Khan_ His account of his journey was a
medieval best seller.
1337 AD Beginning of the Hundred Year's War_ It was between France and England.
England lost the war.
1348_1350 AD Black Death {Bubonic Plague}_ 1/3 of Europe's population died {60 to
90 million people}; carried by fleas that came ashore with black rats.
1452 Leonardo Da Vinci Born_ He was born outside the village of Vinci, Italy; Leonardo
painted the Mona Lisa in about 1503 or 1505.
1451AD Christopher Columbus Born_ Born sometime between August 25 and October
31 in Genoa, Italy.
1431 AD Joan of Arc Burned as a Witch on May 30_ ;She was burned in Rouen, France.
1527 1525 AD Peasant's Revolt_ The German peasants revolted against their leaders. It
broke out in Black Forest, and it moved north. The reasons for the revolt are increasing
dues and services. The peasants flag was black , white and red with shoe on it.

A number of European advances during the Middle Ages were made possible by the
Moorish occupation of Spain. Most important was the use of Arabic numerals, which we
still use today. The Moors also brought new words to Europe. "Algebra," "lute,"
"magazine," "orange," and "tariff" all come from Arabic. In addition, the Moors
introduced a game that quickly became popular from Cadiz to London: chess.
On Choosing a Name and a Persona; A Quick and Dirty Guide
By Ld. Daniel Raoul le Vascon de Navarre', OAE, OES

The first question asked any newcomer to the Society is often: "What is your Name?"
followed quickly by: "What is your persona." These can be a perplexing questions as any
choices you make will probably stick. Your name should be something to which you will
answer. It and your persona should be something you will be happy with in the long
term. To avoid confusion you should thus chose a name which would be appropriate to
the time and place of your persona.

Otherwise you may go through life in the Society explaining that while your name is
indeed Orm Svenson the Kraken Killer you are actually a 16th century Italian. The
following is my "Quick and Dirty Guide to Names and Personas".

Names; A Rose by Any Other Name Would Still Have Thorns

Regarding names there are a few hard and fast rules. You cannot use the name Rex or
Regina as those are titles reserved for kings and queens. Using the exact name of a
person out of history, legend or fiction is also forbidden as it would suggest that you are
claiming to be that person or character. Attempting to use the exact name of a god or
goddess as your own is thus not acceptable. Yes if you are a winsome lass you could
probably call yourself Diana the Huntress, carry a bow, folic with greyhounds and get
away with it. I would not however, even in jest; tell a lord who consorts with two pet
ravens, carries a spear, and possesses but one eye; that it would be all right to wear a eye
patch, a big floppy hat and call himself Odin Allfather.

All periods and cultures used some form of naming practice and most can be easily
documented. As a start a newcomer should decide on a first name based on the general
time and place they intend to set their persona. Generally speaking if your persona is
from a christianized period and area in Europe many of the common names from the
Christian Bible, albeit in a localized form, will usually be acceptable. Regarding more
specific locales, for many periods you can find works which include lists of names
which will provide suggestions and documentation for the name you ultimately pick.

If for example you wish to be pre or slightly post christianized Iceland from
approximately 1000 to 1150 AD you can easily investigate some of the naming practices
and first names of that time by reference any one of a number of excellent translations of
the Icelandic Sagas. The more famous of these works should be available in either your
local library or a good book store. Nal's Saga for example is replete with minor
characters who possessed interesting names such as Una Snake in the Eye and Kettle

 If you wish to be Saxon or Norman there are partial or even full translations of the
famous record of the census taken after the Norman Conquest called the Domesday
Booke which you might wish to consult. While more obscure you should be able to find
a copy of this in a genealogical library or even in the genealogical section of a large
public library. This document details, among other things, both the names of the
conquered country's various new Norman tenants and the names of the former Saxon
owners of those holdings. Among the interesting names reportedly included therein are
two of my favorites, Ralph the Haunted and Alwin the Rat.
As exampled above, persons in period often received appellative names tagged on to their
first name as even a small English village might have, for example, more than one John.
These were often drawn from their occupation, some physical attribute, where they were
born or events in their life. Numerous examples of occupational names from the British
Isles which have come down to us are; Smith in its various forms, Hunter, Cooper,
Fisher, Carter and Shepard to name but a few. Alwin the Rat by the way was probably a
rat catcher and thus represents an interesting if odd example of a occupational name.
Those regarding physical attributes such as; Little John (reputed to be quite large), Harold
Bluetooth, Sven Forkbeard, Eric the Red, William Rufus and Robin Lightfoot suggest the
quite colorful options available if one decides to go in that direction. John of Gaunt
represents a well known example of a place based appellative name. Even princes and
kings received appellative names based on their life's experiences as witness those of the
English prince know variously as John Lackland and John Softsword. He was, of course,
later to be crowned King John. Experience or event based appellative names can be quite
vivid. The names Eric Bloodaxe, Vlad the Impailer, Lief the Lucky, Edward the
Confessor, Pedro the Cruel and Ethaelred the Unready; provide us with strong images of
those persons. Experience based names have a way of changing based on the fortunes of
the individual as the story of William the Bastard later known as William the Conqueror

A word of warning, appellative names within the Society tend to be awarded by others
often out of the recipient's own injudicious utterances. I know of both a David the Just
and a John the Plain who apparently said to heralds at some fateful moment that they
were just David or just plain John respectively. On one occasion I knew of a gentle who,
when queried by a Baron's herald, said his name was Stephon. When asked if he had
come up with anything further he said no. The Baron told the herald to leave him be as
Stephon was good enough. At that juncture the poor lad, but for the mercy of the Baron,
would have been christened Stephon Goodenoff on the spot.

A Plethora of Persona for the Perspicacious

As I explained above, the second most asked question of a newcomer to the Society is
"What is your Persona?" By convention in the Society, your persona is generally
considered to be that of a member of the minor nobility unless you chose to claim a lesser
social standing. The persona you create should be that of a person born before 1600 AD
who died before 1650 AD at the absolute latest. For practical considerations of persona
documentation most people would agree that early personas should not be set before 100
AD and many would push the early cutoff date to approximately 400 AD. Your persona
should thus be that of a person who could have lived within that time frame during a
specific time period in a place or region you have selected.

Even that guideline has exceptions. I have been told of one lady who's persona is that of
the daughters of a particular house over the course of several hundred years. It seems
that, per her persona story, the family always had a daughter in each generation and by
convention that daughter was always given the same name. This allows her to wear a
wide variety of garb and remain in persona in each. Many people chose European
personas but any persona which would have had direct contact with Europe is generally
considered acceptable. Thus we have Saracen, Chinese, Japanese and yes even native
American personas.

To be quite frank there are some things that you cannot claim for your persona. You
cannot claim to be an actual documentable historical figure. You cannot claim to be a
figure out of legend, myth or fiction either. Claiming to be an elf or some other
non_human fantasy race is also not allowed. Thus you cannot claim to be The Richard
the Lionheart, The Arthur Pendragon, or Bilbo Baggins' halfling neighbor from down the
lane. Likewise, per my previous discussion of names, you should never claim to be a
god, goddess or demi_god. To do so will, at the very least, get you talked about in
whispers; and earn you odd looks coupled with veiled references to Calligula. You are
also not allowed to claim to be the blood relation of any of the above folk. Rank, such as
a knighthood, cannot be claimed as it must be earned within the society.

People often decide on a persona based on an area or place that interests them. They then
select a time period which will provide them enough information upon which to base a
persona. If for instance you are interested in Bohemia you might wisely chose the time of
the Hussite Wars as that is arguably the best documented interval of Bohemia history
before 1600 AD.

Some people decide on a persona based on an event or activity which appeals to them. If
for instance you want to base your persona around the first Crusade then by logical
extension your persona would presumably be that of someone who went on that crusade,
was in the middle east at the time or at the very least was directly influenced by the
course of that crusade. If travel and sailing are your interests then you may want to chose
a persona which would have done both. Norse, Hansa, and 16th century Spanish,
Portuguese, and English personas for example can lend themselves quite handily to this.

Occasionally people decide on a persona based on the personas of the people with whom
they chose to associate. Thus a person may join with a group of like minded friends and
they will chose personas with common backgrounds. I have in my experience known
roving households of Norse, Scottish, Irish and even Norman personas. As you might
expect husbands and wives occasionally have matching personas.

Sometimes I have seen persons chose personas based on how they want to dress. A lady
or lord will look through a historical costume book and spot exactly how they want or
conversely how they do not want to look. I have met ladies who saw "Princess Bride" or
"Romeo and Juliet" and decide in an instance to be 16th century Italian. I have met lords
who have sworn that they would not be caught dead in tights. Some of those lords
decided on Norse or Saxon personas based, at least in part, on the fact men in both of
those cultures wore trousers. I have met gentles who choice of persona was purely
based on the fact that they liked and could afford a good approximation of the armor of a
particular time and place. All of these methods are valid. Most newcomers use a
combination of them to chose a persona.

In closing I can only express the hope that I, via this short missive, have made your
choices of name and persona less daunting and more enjoyable.
This is in no order and if you have more information or other Kingdom Guilds please
contact me edenblacksmith@yahoo.com

Sir Shron Ravenhair
c/o Scott Friedman
896 W. 10th Ave
Apache Jct, Az 85220
email: sirshron@att.net

SunDragonScriptorium was founded as a forum for scribes and others interested in SCA
style scribal arts to learn and practice their skills. It has been in existence for over a year
now and is steadfastedly growing. We endeavor to teach calligraphy and illumination
from beginner to advanced levels. Our scribes are actively involved in producing work for
the Barony of SunDragon as well as the Kingdom of Atenveldt log. We are teaching in
different regions of the Kingdom as well. Official meetings are the first Monday of every
month as well as the third Tuesday, at 7pm. Depending on demand we are able to offer
other workshop opportunities as well. For further information please contact either
Amanda Baker (Mistress Branwen of Werchesvorde), the baronial scribe of the Barony of
Sundragon at bakerswood@msn.com.au or Eva Mehlhose ( Lady Alyssandra von
Drachenskralle, also known as Alex, the scribe), Silver Quill Aten at
alexscribe@worldnet.att.net. We will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
SunDragon Scriptoria is open to any and all interested in the scribal arts and has an active
e_list in the yahoo groups under Sundragonscriptorium@yahoo.groups.com. We are
currently also teaching in the Tyr Isgythr , Granite Mountain and Barony of Atenveldt
Lady Alyssandra von Drachenskralle
Silver Quill Aten (Kingdom Scribe)
Deputy scribe Barony of SunDragon
Eva Mehlhose
Glendale, AZ 85303

"The purpose of the Guild shall be to encourage the spread of period dance throughout the
kingdom of Atenveldt." "The Guild is established to further the practice of, and research
into the dancing arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Guild is open to all those
who practice, teach or are otherwise interested in the art, music, history, reconstruction,
performance or theory of period dancing styles."
Anyone with any interest can join _ the base requirement is having attended at least one
dance practice or dance at an event and having participated therein.
Arglwyddes (Lady) Julian ferch Rhys
Kingdom Dance Deputy for the Kingdom of Atenveldt
Baronial Dance Minister
Barony of Atenveldt

The Herbalist Guild will include: Gardeners, Alchemists, Midwifery, Medicinal, some
Cooking and almost any form of Herbalism from period.
This is an area for you to list the A&S activities happing in your area.
Please e_mail me at edenblacksmith@yahoo.com with your information
The Barony of Atenveldt's Ongoing Classes
Medireview and Renaissance Dance
When: The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month 7pm_ 9pm
Where: Augustana Lutheran Church 14th St. & Virginia
Teacher: Lady Julian
For more information about the class email julian@cableaz.com
Middle Eastern Dance Practice
When: The 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month 6:30 pm _ 9pm
Where: Lady Cyldia' s House (call for directions)
Teacher: Lady Cyldia & the Middle Eastern Guild
To register please call Lady Cyldia at (602) 689_0666 or email her at
If you wish to have a class you are teaching added to the schedule please email Lady
Camilla Hazelwood nolayergen@aol.com
It is important to register ahead for the classes so that the teacher can be prepared for the
correct number of people! Please register at least a week before the class.
There is a Tri_baronial & collegiate (TM, SD, Aten, & ASU) dance practice that happens
every other Tuesday of the month.
For more information: Lady Maredudd ferch Gryffudd maredudd17@att.net
You know you`re in the SCA when...
you start to wear your hair the way your persona might have worn his/hers.
(...Smith, it's not so much the waist length beard, but do you really have to braid it?...)
Persona Worksheet

1. What is your name
How did you get your name?
Is there an English translation?

2. Where are you from
What part of the country do you live in?
Are you from a city, village, manor, or farm?
What kind of building do you live in?
Where do you eat, sleep, work?

3. When are you from
What year is it?
When were you born?
Are you considered a child, an adult, or elderly?

4. What is you station in life
Are you a noble, peasant, or other?
Are you wealthy, poor?
Is this likely to change?

5. With whom do you live
Are your parents alive?
Do you have brothers and sisters?
Are you married? To whom?
Do you have children?
When, Why, & How do people get married?
Are there there people in your household who aren't related to you?

6. What do you do
Do you have a job?
What are your daily responsibilities?
How do you get paid?

7. What do you wear
How do you obtain or make your clothing?
Do you have different kinds of clothing (everyday vs. special occasions)?
Do you wear underwear? What kind?
How do you care for your clothes?
Do you have many clothes?

8. What is your typical daily menu
Does your menu change during the year?
How & where do you get what you eat?
How is your food cooked & preserved?
How is it served?

9. What do you do for fun
What entertainment is available to you?
Do you provide entertainment for others? How?

10. How were you educated
What language(s) can you speak?
Can you read or write?
Did you go to school?
What did you study?
How did you learn to do your work?
Who taught you?

11. How do you keep clean
How often do you bathe?
Where do you "go to the bathroom"?
How is waste disposed of?

12. How were you affected by warfare
Do you fight? Under what circumstances?
What armor and weapons are used in your time and place?
How do people of your time & place get weapons and armor?

13. What kind of medical care was available to you? For injuries? Illnesses?
Who provides your medical care?
Do you supply medical care for others?
What happens to people with handicaps?

14. What kind of legal system do you live in
Who makes the laws?
What happens to those who break them?
How does this affect you?

15. What is your religion
Is it important in your life?
Does everyone around you practice the same religion?
How does THAT affect you?

16. Have any events made a profound difference in your life?
Have you witnessed or taken part in any important events?
Who are the most famous people of your day and age?
Craft books of all descriptions. Send me the titles & authors you are interested in & I can
probably get them for you. Orders of 5 or more of the same title will get your group a
discount. Also certain craft tools are available such as: Inkle/Card Weaving Looms,
shuttles, weaving cards, weaving yarns, Lucets, Kumihimo Looms, Tama &
Counterweights, Lace making bobbins, Tapestry bobbins, Knitting needles & Crochet
hooks made of bamboo, Needles for leather sewing, Tassel makers, ceramic Pin
Cushions, etc. Again the group discount applies. Inkle Looms are only made to order. *
Thank you,
Lady Morgan O'Cinneide the Celt (Teri Kennedy), Aquarian Arts Studio, 2998 W.
Wilson Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86001, 520_779_1291, AquarianArts@msn.com
Some Persona Research Suggestions
by Julian ferch Rhys
Hope it's useful to you...
http://www2.kumc.edu/itc/staff/rknight/Persona1.htm _ research questions for developing
a persona
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cariadoc/little_things.html _ Cariadoc's "Little Things"
about being in persona
http://www.florilegium.org/files/PERSONAS/Easy_Persona_art.text _ "easy way to
create a persona"
http://www.florilegium.org/files/PERSONAS/Inquisitn_Gme_art.text _ the "Inquisition
Game" where you get grilled on your persona _ my favourite!!
http://www.florilegium.org/files/PERSONAS/Persona_Build_art.text _ "building a
persona" article
There's some other articles under "personas" at http://www.florilegium.org

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Plague in the Middle Ages "Black Death" book written by Robert S. Gottfried.
Book Review written by Rudolf Fekter, Shire of Otherhill

Plague is caused by a bacterium normally found in the digestive tract of certain fleas
which infest rodents. Sometimes these bacteria multiply to the point that they block the
flea's gut, causing the bacteria to spread to the flea's host. Wild rodents which get this
disease are said to have "sylvatic plague." The same bacteria also causes bubonic plague
in humans. Six days after being infected by one of these fleas, a person develops fever,
greatly swollen lymph glands (called "bubos"), and then hemorrhaging under the skin.
Without modern medicine, the victim has roughly an equal chance of living or dying. If
the infection occurs in a victim's lungs, it is called "pneumonic plague." Pneumonic
plague has a 3-day incubation period, can be spread directly by coughing and has a
fatality rate of over 95%. Direct infection of the blood (blood poisoning) by these bacteria
is called "septicemic plague". It kills within 24 hours.

The first recorded incidence of plague in Europe was the Justinian Plague of 541 CE
(originating along the Nile River, then spreading outwards). Plague troubled Europe until
about the 8th Century, occurring in cycles roughly 10-24 years apart.

Then Europe was free of plague epidemics until the mid-14th Century. This plague-free
time roughly coincided with a period of favorable weather patterns and improved crop
yields. Europe's population grew from about 25 million in 950 CE to 75 million in 1250
CE. New fields were planted. New lands were cleared and settled. Iceland and Greenland
were colonized. However, all the good farmland was taken by 1250, and after that it was
a story of too many people and not enough land. Worse, the weather began cooling
(Greenland was abandoned) and crop yields declined.

Too many people meant cheap labor. Poor crop yields meant rising food prices (bad for
peasants, good for landlords). For example, 8 bushels of wheat on the London Market
cost 5 shillings, 7 pence in 1310 CE, but cost 40 shillings just 6 years later.

While Europe was getting cooler & wetter, central Asia was getting warmer & drier.
Plague appeared in the Gobi Desert in the 1320's; it spread along the trade routes to all
those countries in contact with the Mongol Empire (China was affected as strongly as
Europe). The pandemic reached Constantinople and Alexandria by 1347, England by
1348 and Russia by 1350. Fatality rates ranged from 10% to over 50% of the population,
often averaging 35%.

It was hardest on areas where plague entered from several directions at once, or places
where cold weather encouraged pneumonic plague. Jews were accused of poisoning wells
and massacred (especially in Germany). Flagellism cults flourished. Quarantine measures
failed. Pope Clement VI showed himself to be a responsible leader. In the Arab world,
Muslim clerics preached that plague victims were martyrs destined for heaven.
With so many serfs/peasants gone, landlords were forced to either hire wage laborers to
get work done, or let parts of their land return to the wild. At Cuxham Manor, England,
the weekly wages of an average ploughman rose from 2 shillings in 1347, to 7 shillings in
1349, to 10 shillings in 1350. In the years after the Plague, many landlords switched from
wheat farming to raising cattle & sheep. Labor shortage was a long-term problem, for
plague returned to Europe in 6-12 year cycles (with smaller fatality rates) for well over a
century. Europe's population declined drastically and took generations to recover.
Disease(s) kept the population in check and created a boom for wage laborers in western
Europe (plague was not the only deadly disease in Europe).

People were preoccupied with death and the hereafter. It affected everything: religious &
social attitudes; university & medical school curricula; the economy; which crops were
planted; the decline of serfdom in western Europe (eastern Europe is another story); and
so on.

For more information see The Black Death. by Robert S. Gottfried. It is a fascinating and
highly informative book.
You know you`re in the SCA when...
you are cleaning up after an event and all that you can think of is how great this
aluminum table edging would be on a shield. And for that matter, drop the legs and put
on a handle, it's good light plywood, well reinforced, a little on the large side but maybe
for war...
Morgaine Somerset, called Morgaine of Glastonbury
BORN: December 17, 1320 at Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England.
MARRIED TO: Sir Gawain MacAengus (deceased; killed at Battle of Crecy 1346).
YEAR: 1337                     PLACE: Glastonbury.
CHURCH: St. John's
EDUCATION: Tutoring by a monk of Glastonbury Abbey; speak English, speak, read,
and write French, read and write some Latin.
TRADE: Land rents, wool (raise sheep), supplemented by making of cider and cyser
(abundant apples in Somerset).
TITLES, LANDS, AND HOLDINGS: Inherited lands on and around Wearyall Hill
(Glastonbury); husband's lands in Orkney (occasionally rent gets through).
OBLIGATIONS: Rents to Glastonbury Abbey.

Name: Henry of Glastonbury
Birth: 1295
Place: Glastonbury
Married: 1317 Place: Dover
Died: living
Occupation: Merchant

Name: Genevieve d'Avignon
Birth: 1300
Place: Avignon, France
Married: 1317 Place: Dover
Died: living
Occupation: "Wife"

As recorded in the year 1352 AD

MONARCHS: Edward III (Philippa of Hainault).
ALLIES: Burgundy, Flanders, Genoa, Castile.
WARS: Hundred Years' War with France; war with Scotland.
CRUSADES: None at this time.
INQUISITIONS: European inquisition against Knights Templar and Spiritual
DISASTERS: Black Death (1348_49).
LAWS: House of Lords and House of Commons developed by 1350. Treason defined by
1352. Statute of Laborers 1351.
TRADE: Wool export.
PEOPLE AND PLACES: Abbot of Glastonbury _ Walter Monington; Archbishop of
Canterbury _ Simon Islip; Pope _ Clement VI (1342_52), Innocent VI (1352_62).
Papacy in Avignon. Order of the Garter founded by Edward III in 1348.

To rise: Prime (6:00 am).
Duties: Unlock spice cabinet for day's rations; give cook day's menu; give housekeeper
instructions and money for day's shopping.
Breakfast: Bread, Somersetshire cheese, cold meat from last night's supper, ale or cider.
Duties: Go over accounts, instructions, etc and check on working of sheepfold and cider
processing with bailiff.
Lunch: Soup, roasted capons, apples, cider.
Activities: Needlework, shop for non_food items at market, visit with friends in St.
John's churchyard.
Supper: Lamb stew, salmon (from Bristol Channel), boiled turnips and leeks, spiced
Activities: Send servant to Abbey Gate with food for alms, read to household.
To bed: One hour after Compline (9.00 p.m.) = 10:00 p.m.
Places visited: Local fair, if occurring.
People met: Abbot Monington; various lay brothers; Abbey pilgrims.

GAMES: Chess; Backgammon; Blindman's Bluff (Hoodman's Blind).
DANCE: Carol (ring_dance); Bergette (shepherd's dance).
MUSIC: Ars Nova; Italian Madrigal; Rondeau; Plainchant; Ballade.
STORIES: Anything Arthurian; Robin Hood tales; Chaucer.
HOLIDAYS: Epiphany (Jan. 6); St. Brigid's (Feb. 2); Easter (March/April); May Day
(May 1); St. John's (June 24); Lammas (Aug. 1); All Saints' (Nov. 1), Christmas (Dec.

TEXTILE: Wool; Linen; Silk _ imported from Italy; Occasionally cotton from India.
PAPER: Mainly parchment (lots of sheep running around).
WOOD: Predominantly oak and apple. Furniture, paneling; carts; framing for house and
barns; loom, spinning wheel; buckets, barrels, etc.
LEATHER: Cowhide. Harnesses for horses and oxen; saddles;
STONE: Mortars and pestles; millstone (at Abbey); lamps
METAL: Most farm tools or parts thereof; cooking implements: implements for other
hearts, rims of cart wheels, axles; bucket and barrels rims; hinges, latches, locks for
doors, cupboards, chests, etc.

CLOAK: Wool cape; fur overcape.
TUNIC: Surcoat (every day); Gates of Hell (Feast)
GOWN: Cotehardie, tippets.
CHEMISE: Linen kirtle.
SHOES: Leather slippers (indoors); boots (outdoors).
BELT: Brass or silver chain; card woven; jeweled.
POUCH: Leather or embroidered linen.
HAT: Toque and barbette; net snoods; veils.
HAIR: "Rams_horn"; single braid with fillet.
JEWELRY: Jeweled fillets, crispinettes, and belts; rings; earrings.
FABRICS: Wool and linen; some silk; cotton from India.
DYES: Woad, madder, berries, etc.
EMBELLISHMENT: Silver or gold buttons on "Gates" front and cotehardie sleeves;
embroidered dress and capes edges.

PAVILION: 1 shade pavilion (no camping!).
BED: Master_feather bed, others_straw pallets.
BEDDING: Master__linen sheets, embroidered coverlet, others_wool blankets.
LIGHTING: Rushlights, wall torches, tallow candles. Special_beeswax candles.
LUGGAGE: Wood chests.
TABLE: Trestle tables
CHAIRS: Master_chairs with backs and cushions, others_benches, stools.
PLATES: Head table_wood, others_bread trenchers.
GOBLETS: Pottery mazers or cup that guests bring; Feast_silver chalices for head table.
CUTLERY: Personal eating knives. Head_silver spoons, others_horn or wood spoons.
LINENS: Master_sheets; table cloths.
COOKPOTS: Bronze and iron cauldrons.
FIRE: Peat and apple wood, mostly. Lit with flint and steel.
PLATTERS: pewter.
CUSHIONS: Needleworked bolsters and pillows; kneelers made for church.
BANNER: House flag for "in residence"; traveling banner.
TOOLS: Sheep shears, hammers, axes, shovels,
TOILETRIES: Ivory comb, twigs for brushing teeth, attar of roses (Father brought from
Holy Land).
SPICES: Salt, saffron, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pepper.
MEATS: Mutton, lamb, beef, poultry, seafood_fresh and sea water.
VEGETABLES: Carrots, leeks, lettuce, turnips, celery, peas, garlic, cabbage.
FRUITS: Apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots.
BREADS: Wheat, rye, manchet_all bought in town.
DRINK: Cider, cyser. mead, ale, wine_all local.
SWEETS: Candied ginger, candied orange peel, wafers, tarts_apple, pear, etc.
You know you`re in the SCA when...
the only time you can see your living room floor is when your van is packed for an event.
Dyers, spinners, weavers, & others are invited to gather on Thursday, Friday & Saturday
to participate in dyeing, sharing information, learning new things. Check the daily
newsletter for times: we’ll start up the dyepots in the AM & continue from there. Look
for the Dye-In at area 9 on the map. Bring your dyestuffs & items to dye, if any. Some
will be provided for a small fee. With your help, this will be a spectacular addition to
Estrella War & could be the beginning of similar activities held at other events.
Bring your wheels, drop spindles, looms & chairs to the Dye-In, & demonstrate your
skills, share information, & just be in good company.
If you would like to see how dyeing (or spinning or weaving) was done in medieval
times, come watch, ask questions, stir a dyepot or two, & learn dye basics.
For those in the Period Encampment: though we work over propane stoves, the actual dye
procedure & results are almost exactly period. We will be using period dyestuffs such as
indigo, madder, logwood, etc. So please come by to see how it was done in the Good Old
You don’t have to be an expert dyer; just be willing to help empty rinse buckets & do
other chores. I can’t play all day with dyepots, because we have a merchant booth, Trim-
Bull Traders. I’’ll also be in a walking cast (torn post-tibular tendon) & tire quickly. Your
assistance will ensure the Dye-In’s success!
For those who don’t know us, we can supply all kinds of personal plus business
references. I’d say “character” references, but there are far too many people willing (nay,
eager!) to verify that we are characters! “We” are John & Bjo Trimble (Court Baron John
ap Griffin, OP & Court Baroness Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani, OL, OP), long-time SCA
members. John was one of the best field heralds around & served twice on the BoD
(which says something about his pain tolerance). I’m responsible for the first (if short-
lived) Artisan’s Guild, starting the Chirurgeonate, & organizing Collegium Caidis, at
which both Trimbles taught for many years. We’ve been Pennsic & Estrella merchants &
sold at World Science Fiction Conventions, Westercons, & faires. I was Merchant Liaison
(autocrat) for both 20th Year Celebration (TYC) & 25th Year Celebration (TFYC).
Added to our other sins, we edited the original Caidan newsletter, The Crown Prints;
John edited the TYC & TFYC event newsletters. We’re also Fan Guests of Honor at
ConJose, the upcoming World Science Fiction Convention www.conjose.org - which
may or may not say something more about us. I hold occasional backyard dye workshops
& willingly travel to teach in other areas.

You know you`re in the SCA when...
your son wants to take woodshop so he can make toys... and take Home Ec so he can run
a feast kitchen... and his friends see what he's making in metal shop and stop hassling him
about taking home Ec.

Daniel Raoul le Vascon du Navarre', A Short Introduction

He is a merchant adventurer, an occasional courtier to the court of Henry of Navarre' and
a Huguenot of Basque ancestry. His family left Navarre proper in 1513 when it was
conquered by Ferdinand the Catholic and annexed to Spain. He was born in 1547 at Pau
in the principality of Bearn, at which point in time the Kingdom of Navarre had shrunk to
the principality of Bearn, a part of Bigorre, and the county of Foix on the French side of
the Pyrenees. His family had been historically in liege to the Albrets, the hereditary
monarchs of Navarre, and thus were Navarrese in origin while Daniel Raul in actuality
could be said to be Bearnese. Though older than Henry of Navarre by approximately 6
years he was bookish and studied with Henry under Florent Chretien. Daniel Raul was
raised in Pau and Nerac until the death of his parents in 1562 in the religiously inspired
warfare in Bearn which culminated in the massacre at the Chateau of Pau.

Upon their death he entered the household and service of his maternal uncle in La
Rochelle. He voyaged to England in 1565 to gain experience in his uncle's business
enterprises. He traveled to Paris to attend the wedding of Henry in 1573 and survived
the attendant St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre by assiduous garderobe skulking, the dint
of a well flung chamber pot, some very sturdy oak doors and a well made crossbow. He
observed William the Silent's relief of Leyden in 1574. In 1575 his uncle's business being
somewhat affected by the economic disorder engendered by the bankruptcy of the
Spanish royal treasury and Phillip's issuance of the "Second Decree" he traveled in the
Netherlands. In 1576 he was present in Antwerp on business for his uncle when, in what
was known as "the Spanish Fury", it was sacked by Spanish soldiers who were rioting as
a result of not being paid. He escaped the disturbance and traveled back to England.

Daniel Raoul has traveled widely in Europe, the Levant and places even further east. He
has visited Russia in the employ of the English Muscovy Company and found it far to
cold for reasonable people. During his travels and later in England he was an inveterate
diarist and correspondent, especially with his uncle. He currently resides in London
where he manages family business interests in England and Flanders. He has also been
known to help the "Sea Beggars" dispose of a cargo on occasion. Among his English
friends he is known as Daniel Leadenpenny.

Important dates:

1513 Conquest of Spanish Navarre by Ferdinand
1547 Birth of Daniel Raoul
1559 War between Spain and France, Abdication of Charles V, Peace of
Cateau_Cambresis (age 12)
1562 Death of Daniel Raoul's parents (age 15)
1565 Voyage to England (age 18)
1566 Visit to English/Scottish Border
1570 to 1572 Travel to Russia and Back
1572 "Sea Beggars" seizure of Brill; William von der Mark, Lord of Lumley's massacre
of Catholic clergy
1573 Attended Henry's Marriage (age 26),
St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre
Recall of Alva and posting of Don Luis de Requesens
1573 Escape to Flanders
1574 Relief of Leyden by William the Silent
1575 Bankruptcy of Spanish treasury and Spanish "Second Decree"
1576 Death of Don Luis de Requesens, sack of Antwerp in "the Spanish Fury" posting of
Don John of Austria, the victor of Lepanto.
1576 Escape to England
1576 Don John of Austria signs the "Perpetual Edict", seizure of Namur.
1577 William the Silent's triumphant entry into Brussel.

Dates yet to be established:
Travel in Mediterranean Sea
Capture by Moslem Pirates
Ransomed by Henry's Envoy
Return to France
Negotiation with the Moriscos on behalf of Henry and the Dutch
I have compiled a Known World Songbook, and that Songbook is now printed and ready
for distribution! I had it done on 3_hole punched paper both for economy and durability.
It will hold up better than Perma_bind, especially if readers and users page through it
frequently. Another plus is that if one wants to copy a song for the members of its group
to learn the words, it will be easy to remove a page, copy it and distribute it.

The songs are copyable within the society. The songs run the gamut from the 60s to the
present and now include more than filk songs. Some are so darn funny it makes one
chuckle and some (Drums, Strangest Dream and Behold I Give You The Kingdom) tug at
your heart.
There are 418 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, 385 songs, Table of Contents, Index, etc. A 1 1/2 inch
binder will hold the book nicely.

This is a not_for_profit venture, just wanted to get the songs out to all those interested. I
tried to keep the cost down as low as possible and 3_hole was the best way to go in that
respect. The printer charged me $11.75 for each book and with $3.25 postage the book
will cost $15.00.

Checks and money orders can be made payable to:
Milly McCloskey
14228 North 45th Drive
Glendale AZ 85306
In your service,
Mistress Catriona Mcpherson
Kingdom of Atenveldt
Last Month: "I like the laurels particularly."
Lady Elizabeth from An Tir was the 1st one to write in with the answer: Monty Python
and the Holy Grail.

Lady Elizabeth will receive a Castle in France, a life time supply of her favorite beverage,
and 17 Billion Gold.*

And For an extra 100 points the actor

"In the end, we're all dead men. Sadly, we cannot choose how, or when. But what we can
choose is how we decide to meet that end, so we are remembered forever as men."

or you may choose to answer:
"Have her, then, but you're a lordly fool. She's been plucked since I saw her last -- and not
by you. It takes a woman to know these things."

However, if you get both..you win an extra prize.

* Prize Redemption Location is not disclosed due to security issues.
You know you`re in the SCA when...
you know every line in Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail by heart.

Lady Ilsa Von Sonnenburg

Greetings unto thee good Lady,

You have asked for stories of a person’s life so here is mine: I am the daughter of a
German noble who occupied a castle on the Rhine. While I was away on a visit to a
relative, the castle was attacked and my family killed. Upon returning I found my home
decimated and my family lost. I made a vow of revenge on the rievers_ to hunt them
down and cause them to meet the same fate as my family. I trained with my distant uncle
(the relative I had been visiting) and then began to scour the countryside for the
whereabouts of the riever band. While there I met up with a mercenary band and with
them hunted down the bandits and killed them one by one. Afterwards, because of the
burden on my conscience, I took ship for the Holy Land and went on crusade.

Thank you for the chance to tell my story.

Yours in service,
Lady Ilsa Von Sonnenburg
Tir Ysgithr Atenveldt
Something to Consider if you want a Frankish persona.

Whilst residing in Paris in the sixth century, Queen Clotild (d. 554), the widow of the
Merovingian ruler Clovis, became the unwilling subject of the inveterate plotting of her
sons, Lothar and Childebert, who were jealous of her guardianship of her grandsons, the
children of their brother, Chlodomer.

Childebert spread the rumour that he and his brother were to plan the coronation of the
young princes and sent a message to Clotild to that effect. When the boys were
despatched to their uncles they were seized and separated from their household. Lothar
and Childebert then sent their henchman Arcadius to the Queen with a pair of scissors in
one hand and a sword in the other. He offered the Queen an ultimatum. Would she wish
to see her grandsons live with their hair cut short? or would she prefer to see them killed?

Beside herself with grief, Clotild stated that if they were not to succeed to the throne she
would rather see them dead than with their hair cut short. Rejecting the scissors, she
opted for the sword.

To the modern audience this story seems strange. Why should a queen choose to have her
grandsons killed rather than submitting them to a haircut?

In the world of Merovingian Gaul, however, the story had a potent resonance and hair
itself was of the utmost importance. The Merovingian kings, who had established
themselves in the ruins of Roman Gaul, were known as the Reges criniti, the long_haired
kings. For them, their long hair symbolized not only their aristocratic status but also their
status as kings. It was invested with a sacral quality and believed to contain magical

The Byzantine poet and historian Agathias (c. 532_c. 582) had written:

It is the rule for Frankish kings never to be shorn; indeed their hair is never cut from
childhood on, and hangs down in abundance on their shoulders ... their subjects have their
hair cut all round and are not permitted to grow it further.




The Celts

The Irish

The Welsh

The Scotts

The Vikings

The English

The French


You know you`re in the SCA when...
while trick-or-treating, someone asks your son what he is, and he replies: "I'm Guy de
Lacy, a pre-tabard 11th century Norman who settled near Cornwall!"....
Fiona Gwyllt Wynne
1068 _ Fiona born
1081 _ Sent to Court of William the Conqueror (age 13)
1084 _ Son born (age 16)
1097 _ Son sent to court (age 13)

My name is Fiona Gwyllt Wynne and I live in Cymru (Wales). My story begins long
before I was born. My ancestors were Celts. I am descended from the line of Hywel Dda,
a Celtic king who united all Wales for a brief time in the 10th Century.

In 1055, my father, Wrff Dydda, married Gwynnth, the daughter of a Welsh chieftain.
They had two sons, Hywel, born in 1056, and Ffwf, born in 1058. In October of 1066,
Gwynnth died and my father, grieving over her death, left his brother in charge of the
princedom (and my soon_to_be brothers) and went into the hills. He was gone from the
princedom for eighteen months, and when he returned, he brought back a
three_month_old baby girl ___ me!

No one ever knew who my mother really was. It is rumored that my mother was of the
Tylwyth Teg (the Fair People), but Wrff never said, and I never found out. I was named
Fiona after my Scottish aunt; Gwyllt, because I had no mother and it was felt I would be a
wild child, as I proved to be; and Wynne, meaning fair, blessed, and sacred, because the
people believed my mother to be of the Fair People.

I learned to ride well and I had a Welsh pony of my own. I rode with my brothers until
they began taking in interest in girls and then of course they didn't want me tagging along.
After my brothers deserted me, I began to ride with the local village boys, as well as with
the sons of my father's men. Though I was treated more as one of the boys, rather than the
village princess, my father worried about me, especially when I began to show signs of

Although my father was a proud Welshman and not at all fond of the Normans (as few
Welsh were), he nevertheless sent me to the Norman Court when I was thirteen where my
Aunt Fiona was lady_in_waiting to Matilda, William the Conqueror's Queen. My father
sent me to the Norman court so that my aunt could "make a lady" of me. The plan was for
Aunt Fiona to present me as a suitable bridal candidate to a worthy noble family (once I
had been tamed). I, on the other hand, was determined not to marry anyone at all in
England, certainly not a Norman, nor indeed did I intend to marry at all unless I chose to
do so. The battle lines were drawn! But, all my intentions came to nought when I saw
William had three sons: Robert, William Rufus, and Henry. Robert was not at court, but
Rufus and Henry were there. Henry was charming, handsome, and very different from the
rough and tumble Welsh boys I had known. Henry and I were attracted to one another
almost from the moment we were introduced. We met secretly many times until we were
discovered by my aunt, who was, of course, absolutely horrified. My aunt said that if
William or Matilda found out, not only would I be banished but so would she, and that it
could mean a direct war against my father since very little excuse was needed for the
Normans to raid Wales anyway!

So, Henry and I weren't able to meet in secret anymore. Rufus also found out about our
meetings, although I don't know how. I really didn't like Rufus. He was older, and fancied
himself quite the man. He was a very mean and nasty person. He had a ruddy complexion,
red hair, and a temper to match. Because he found out that Henry and I had been meeting
secretly, he apparently thought that we had also been lovers; but Henry and I were really
innocents. Rufus began to make certain insinuations and to try to get me alone. Somehow
I sensed that I should not be caught alone around Rufus and so I tried very hard to always
be near other people.

William had given a large area of land to his Standard Bearer at Hastings, Robert de
Todeni. Todeni built Belvoir (beautiful view) Castle, and the King, Queen, the children,
the retainers, and the entire entourage went on a "progress" to visit the Belvoir Castle.
While we were in residence at Belvoir, Henry and I managed to carve our initials in a
special tree on the Belvoir lands. The whole countryside was wild and beautiful, and it
was such a pleasure to go riding on Todeni's vast estate.

My aunt had, however, asked me not to go riding alone, and usually I didn't. One day,
however, I was so terribly bored that I decided to go riding. Everyone seemed to be
engaged in other pursuits and as there wasn't anyone around to stop me, I went alone. It
was a mistake! Rufus saw me leave and followed. He caught up with me where I had
stopped by a stream to water the horse. I knew I was in trouble the moment he rode up.
Actually, he didn't say a word; he just walked over to me, threw me on the ground and
ravished me. I fought like a wild animal. I was strong, but Rufus was much stronger. I
was very angry and upset, but mostly I was afraid someone would find out and cause
problems for my father. Rufus, after all, was also a king's son and while I was also of
noble blood, I was Welsh and not considered a suitable match for a future king of
England. I thought if I didn't tell anyone, everything would be alright. How naive I really
was. No matter how careful I was to never be alone, Rufus always managed to find me,
even when we returned to The Tower.

I really started thinking about going home, but when I asked my aunt she told me that a
possible wedding had been proposed for me to a lesser noble of William's court. I did not
know what to do. One day soon after, though, I was called into aunt's chambers and given
the news that my brothers had been killed in a border skirmish and my father was
seriously wounded in the same battle. My aunt had no choice but to let me go home.
I left England to return to Wales and was glad to see the last of Rufus, although I was
very sad that I would not see my Henry any more. I wasn't feeling well, but I was worried
about my father and felt that once I arrived home in my beloved Cymru, everything would
be alright. Soon after I arrived home I discovered why I wasn't feeling well. I was
pregnant with Rufus's child. No sooner had I realized this than my fathers condition
worsened and he died shortly after. So now I was alone; my father and brothers gone, and
I, carrying a child, was expected to take over the princedom.

I had to act quickly before anyone could turn against me. I was declared head of the
princedom and even though I was a woman, I accepted the role of chieftain. My nobles
had been very loyal to my father and brothers and now they vowed loyalty to me.
Fortunately, fighting in the winter months was difficult and during the next few months
the borders were quiet and for a time a tenuous peace lay over the land. In the spring of
1084, I gave birth to a lusty, red_haired son, whom I named Thwff.

Three years after my son was born, William Rufus became King of England. He did not
know that he had a son and I did not tell him. I decided that as I had not known who my
mother really was, neither would my son know that Rufus was his father.

In the ensuing years that damned bloody Rufus began to raid Wales again. Many of our
countrymen capitulated to the Normans, but in the hills we fought them and kept them at
our borders and out of our lands. I have never married up to this time. I have had my
hands full raising a red_headed hellion, keeping the bloody Normans at the borders, and
keeping the other princedoms from trying to overrun us.

When my son was thirteen, he wanted to go to England to see the Normans, he said, and
to try to learn from them something of their ways. I really did not want him to go, but he
was determined and so I sent several of our most trusted nobles with him, as well as the
normal retinue necessary for a journey of this magnitude.

I did not realize how deep his hatred was for the Normans, and especially his animosity
towards Rufus, until much later after he returned home. It seems that because my son had
red hair, Rufus was unconsciously drawn to him; understandable since Rufus was Thwff's
father. Apparently Rufus developed a deep fondness for the boy even though he was
Welsh. Rufus, it seems, felt that Thwff was young enough to be molded into a Norman
soldier. The similarities between the two intrigued Rufus and while he might have
suspected that Thwff might be his, he certainly could not have known since only I knew
the identity of my son's sire. Thwff played the game very well, or so I've been told.
Heingratiated himself with the household and the court and became inseparable from

As the story was told to me: one day there was a large hunting trip, with many members
of the court in the hunting party. During the hunt, Rufus was killed by a stray arrow. Foul
play was suspected, but nothing was ever discovered, and so it was officially declared a
hunting accident. It seems that Rufus' favorite, my son (and his) , was "inconsolable" and
"could not bring himself to stay any longer" now that Rufus was gone.

However, as I said before, as the story was told to me, the first night out on the way back
to Cymru, there was much drinking and joyous celebration in the camp. The nobles
toasted Thwff over and over, with sly references to his dexterity with a bow, and thus
another of the many Welsh legends was born that night!

And now, my beloved Henry is King of England. Hopefully he will have his hands full
with Normandy and England, and won't have time for Wales. We shall see!
Wanted: Youth Pages!

The office of Estrella Royalty Liaison needs youth volunteers! Sarolta, the Kontess
Akilli_Aslan is looking for young people from the ages of 12 to 17 to serve as pages for
visiting royalty. No prior experience is necessary! We are looking for enthusiastic
individuals who are willing to be attentive to our royal guests!

Duties will include carrying messages to and from visiting royalty to the royalty liaison
during a minimum of three scheduled check_ins, attending visiting royalty as necessary,
and heralding scheduled events for the royalty in their care. Youths will page in pairs
using the buddy system.
As youths will need to be able to move about the site liberally, parental permission will
be necessary to volunteer for duty. Volunteers will need to be available from 9am to 5pm
on Thursday through Saturday and 9am to 2pm on Sunday of the War. (Although they
must be available all day, they will not be working that entire time) Sign up for one day
or all five!

On Sunday of the War, at the Queen's Tea there will be Bardic for participating pages.
This will be your chance to show your best courtly qualities, tell a story, sing a song,
show a dance, demonstrate an art! We look forward to all our pages attending.

All volunteers will be required to fill out an application and attend a briefing on courtly
manners before they will be allowed to serve. Applications will be available prior to the
briefings which will be held on the following dates: January 6th at Kingdom War
Practice, January 20th at Kingdom War Practice, and February 13th & 14th at the Estrella
War (Times for the meetings at Estrella will be posted at the Teen Activity Center). Look
for the Estrella Royalty Liaison Sign!

Any questions may be directed to Kontess Sarolta at (480)580_2428 or
kontess_sarolta@yahoo.com; and H.E. Maestras Dona Deborah Inis Glas at
You know you`re in the SCA when...
you overhear your three-year old meeting new little friends at the playground and he asks,
"What's your name?" then "What's your SCA name?"
Hear ye, hear ye!
Let it be known to all that at Estrella War XVIII, there will be a Known World Scribal
Tea. All scribes are invited to attend the tea, sponsored by Her Royal Majesty of
Atenveldt, Queen Elsbieta, and Her Excellency, Baroness Tatiana of SunDragon. It will
be held on Saturday, February 16 , 2002, in the SunDragon Baronial Pavilion, located in
the Barony of SunDragon Encampment, from 2pm-4pm. There will be tables to display
your beautiful scribal work and examples of scribal tools (paints, brushes, parchment, and
books). Of course there will be plenty to eat and drink as well. We also encourage
bringing works in progress, so as to discuss the multiple processes of creating such
works of art. Information will be posted at troll for directions and times. If you have any
questions, please contact the tea autocrat, Lady Rowan Bridgit Blackmoor (Bethany
Cole) at rowanbeth@earthlink.net or at 623-936-5155 (2pm-8pm only). Hope to see you
all there!
You have been sent a copy of this newsletter if you are a MOAS in the Kingdom of
Atenveldt or you are involved in the ARTS AND SCIENCES.
Submission is for everyone. SUBMIT SUBMIT..PLEASE SUBMIT
If at anytime you would like to have your name removed from this newsletter list please
contact me at edenblacksmith@yahoo.com If you would like to receive the newsletter in
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The Atenveldt Artisans and Teacher's Directory is ready for viewing..it is my hope
that it never be completed.

If you have NOT joined the Atenveldt Artisans and Teacher's Directory ....please contact
me at edenblacksmith@yahoo.com
or Lady Siobhan MacCumhail siobhan@theriver.com

If you would like a hard copy either by snail mail or in person, or online please contact
Lady Siobhan MacCumhail siobhan@theriver.com
Or you may contact the Kingdom MoAS.

I am most grateful to Lady Siobhan for coming forth and taking over the responsibility of
the Directory..she has put in many hard hours of work to take my rough draft and turn it
into a book we can all enjoy and utilize . Thank You!!!!!
1) anyone can submit..you do NOT have to be a MOAS or from the Kingdom of
2) since the newsletter is sent mainly by e_mail..I can not include, drawings or photos
..however, I can include a URL referral. If you do not have a service..may I suggest
http://photopoint.com/ It is so easy I can use it.
3) I would prefer if you would copy and paste your submission to the
e_mail.....attachments are icky...however..I will accept attachments..text doc files are
best..I have word perfect and works.
4) please include your full SCA name and Kingdom
5) please submit..do it do it now!!!!!! You know you want to.
All submissions must be by the 18th of the month to go into the upcoming issue, any
submissions after the 18th of the month will go into a future issue
This newsletter is for one and all. It would be my hearts desire if I could send it free to
every member, however mundane realities make it impossible to do so. It is FREE online,
however if someone would like a snail_mail copy the cost is $5. This cost is to cover
shipping and a small bit of printing cost. You are welcome to print out the newsletter and
share it person to person with your neighbor who may not have e_mail. Please, see
Disclaimer at end of newsletter for posting regulations.

(You do not have to be from Atenveldt to get a copy)

If someone would like a postal copy please have them send name and shipping address
to :
Sonja Boroughf
3710 Devlin
Kingman, AZ 86401
atten : the Minister of Arts and Sciences Newsletter for the Kingdom of Atenveldt
and either $5 worth of stamps or $5 made out to Sonja Boroughf
This newsletter is a private means of communication for the Minster of Arts and Sciences
and other interested parties within the Kingdom of Atenveldt and the Society. It does not
denote official policy of The Kingdom of Atenveldt, nor the SCA. All articles are the sole
ownership of the author. If you wish to reprint an article for public use contact the author
and/or my self. Do not reprint an article with out authorization ...and I would appreciate
knowing what publication it is going into. If you have trouble contacting an author please
contact me...some have given me a blanket agreement for submission. General historical
information and Event Information can be used with out prior authorization. Copies of
this newsletter may be shared for teaching and informational reasons privately person to
person. Do not post this newsletter to an open list. If you have any questions regarding
reprinting or re_posting the information in the newsletter please contact me.

Atenveldt MOAS who do not have e_mail will receive a hard copy free.

Any mistakes, spelling errors, grammar errors are mine and mine alone, please do not try
and take them from me.
Lady Eden Blacksmith

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