This is a two-week report, since your scribe was down sick most of 12th Night week. None of us went, so we didn’t have that much to report. This week just past was more normal, but folks are still trying to catch their breath… and Adiantum’s Mid-Winter feast got cancelled. We still don’t have a solid answer as to what to do about our Feast, although we know that in-person is out.
Project Day is now open for in-person meet-ups as well as in the Virtual Realm! Potluck this month will be Virtual and Real-World! Herbs Workshop and Sewing are ongoing. Masks required. When will the rest of these open up in person? We’ll keep right on with the virtual ones side-by-side with the actual.
- Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 7am-9pm, doing sachets/potpourri)
- Herb Workshop, In the Garden – Irregularly scheduled. Please ask to join the facebook chat!
- Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
- Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, 1 to 5pm
- Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
- Next Potluck – 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/15
- Winter Feast LVI, Norse Theme. Page here – https://housecapuchin.com/winter-feast/winter-feast-norse-feast-as-lvi-february-2022/ In-Person has been cancelled.
Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here: https://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/portfolio/ and new one here: https://housecapuchin2.wordpress.com/portfolio/ and number three is here: https://housecapuchin3.wordpress.com/portfolio/
Misc – There was someone who was COVID positive at 12th Night. That has closed down all in-person activities for 10 days.
, – Barony of Madrone An Tir – Slideshow video of the Kingdom of An Tir’s first 12th Night, 1982.
Online Facebook group comments….
Peggy Vlach – I went to virtual 12th night so what is on YouTube is what I saw. At one point, to fill time, they were showing pictures of when An Tir was first a kingdom and one of them had the dowager princess.
Arlys – Oh my gosh! I remember when we used to sing and play for Her Serene Highness–we’d do a concert at her senior community. My a cappella singers and Anja’s recorder consort (Starfollower). I also remember one concert we did was in a somewhat drafty room and Janeltis was cold, so we bundled her up in my grizzly bear cloak, and she was warm and toasty in that.
Rosamonde Sherwood – I remember meeting her at Estrella …. Had her all to myself for 2 whole hours!! We had a lovely time.
Anja – Janeltis was a wonderful lady, to put it mildly. The recorder consort was honored to bear her name. I loved what time I got with her, and I’ve been continuing to tell people the tag to every critique she made of my work. “Next time will be better!”
Arlys – She taught my Beloved how to do needlepoint after he took a head shot and she was keeping him awake. 🙂 The piece still survives, and is quite nice (An Tir was still a principality of the West.)
More An Tir and 12th Night here – https://www.youtube.com/c/KingdomofAnTirSCA
12th Night Friday Live Stream – Kingdom of AnTir, SCA
12th Night Saturday Live Stream – Kingdom of AnTir, SCA
SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022, 9AM–7PM – Adiantum Mid-Winter’s Feast Cancelled
SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2022 AT 4 PM – Moneyers Moot – Online event – Event by Barony of Terra Pomaria and Kristopher Williams – Join us for a Q&A session the Master Emmerich, Master Derian and Magister Arion hosting by the Barony of Terra Pomeria in An Tir – https://www.facebook.com/events/984538722469348
University of Atlantia – University Session #109-2/5 – February 5, 2022 to February 6, 2022 – Kingdom of Atlantia (online) Location: University of Atlantia website: https://university.atlantia.sca.org Student Registration is now open, from January 3rd until midnight February 2nd, 2022, for the University of Atlantia’s Winter Session!!!
March 11-13th, 2022 The West Coast Culinary Symposium is coming to Caid. It is a full weekend up at a Camp Wrightwood of culinary classes, hands on workshops, lectures and all things food (and drink). People from all parts of the Knowne World, from beginners to advanced cooks, travel to enjoy being around like-minded foodies and to geek out about historical cooking. All are welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy the event! Registration for this event is currently happening with early registration discounts up until January 3rd, 2022. All those that are wanting to either reserve a bed for the weekend or day trip, need to please register in advance. Registration link to Google Form: https://forms.gle/n2mDJbFihKLBoMAG6If you are wanting more details and updates on this event, please check out the FB event and add yourself to it as interested. FB Event link: https://fb.me/e/S6hsNi2N Hope to see you all there!
Dance Vids – More dance below in “Dancing with the Duchess”
Fun medieval English dance for 2 / Grene Gynger – The Creative Contessa – (I can’t get the vid to come up, here, but it’s up on youtube!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oQ-yFbP59M&t=2s
Branle des Lavandieres – Historical Dance – 16th century French branle performed by members of The Historical Dance Society. Music by Jeremy Barlow and The Broadside Band.
Pyrography 101 by Guillermo De Cervantes – Barony of Terra Pomaria – The Barony of Terra Pomaria hosts our friend Guillermo De Cervantes from the Kingdom of Trimaris, who will be teaching us the Art of Pyrography! Guillermo gives an introduction to the craft of creating art with fire and heat. With an explanation of how to use both period and modern tools. Join us in exploring ways to increase the beauty of our gear and add that extra touch that makes the SCA special.
What Was Normal Life Like In Anglo-Saxon Britain? | 1000 AD | Chronicle – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – What was it really like to live just before the end of the first millennium? 1000 AD recreates life circa 999 AD, showing the everyday lives, loves and passions of the Anglo-Saxon people. Britain’s system of social welfare, law and order and a yearning for knowledge made them the envy of Europe – and a country under threat from violent and oppurtunistic raiders, the Vikings.
This docu-drama runs alongside interviews with leading historians who paint a revealing picture of the political and social structure of pre-Norman Britain
DID CATHERINE OF ARAGON SLEEP WITH PRINCE ARTHUR OR WAS HENRY VIII A BIGAMIST? Six wives documentary – History Calling – Did CATHERINE OF ARAGON SLEEP WITH PRINCE ARTHUR TUDOR or was Henry VIII a BIGAMIST for marrying Anne Boleyn while Catherine still lived? Many have wondered, was Catherine of Aragon a virgin when she married Henry VIII or did he annul their marriage and cause a Tudor scandal due to her age, lack of a male heir and because he’d fallen in love with someone else. Did he truly think Catherine and Arthur had slept together and did it really matter either way? In this Tudors documentary we’ll look at the evidence to learn about Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon’s marriage, Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s marriage, their annulment (or the King’s Great Matter as it was known at the time), the love affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon’s death and burial as Princess dowager of Wales. If you’ve ever wondered ‘who was the Spanish Princess’, this video will give you a great insight into the complex character that was Henry VIII’s first wife.
A Brief History Of The Prince In The Tower – Edward V Of England – Brief History – A brief history of King Edward V of England. I am new to youtube and hope you enjoy my content. Cheers!
The 6 to 8 Wives of Ivan the Terrible – History Tea Time with Lindsay Holiday – What 16th century megalomaniac monarch magnified the power of his nation, ordered the violent executions of thousands of his own people, became obsessed with fathering male heirs and went through at least 6 wives, several of whom were murdered? Why Ivan the Terrible, Tsar of Russia of course! In fact he outdid Henry VIII of England in many terrible ways, including having not 6 wives but as many as 8. The exact number is still debated by historians. But 6 or 8, they would all come to regret their wedding vows. Let’s meet the women who were unfortunate enough to call one of the most evil men in history their husband.
Early Week – The week of the 3rd-9th Anja and Loren were both sick, and no one posted for Project Day on 1/9, so we decided to put the report off for a week. No one from the House got to 12th Night, although some of us watched the live feed. From 10-16 most of the energy went into cooking, although Anja had her embroidery.
Cookery – Cookery during the week was pumpkin bread, blueberry jam and a cabbage/spinach dish with bacon, plus the frumenty.
Frumenty – writeup and recipe here: https://housecapuchin.com/winter-feast/winter-feast-norse-feast-as-lvi-february-2022/foods-from-the-norse-viking-era/kaupang-apple-frumenty/
The Swiss Have Made Cheese Since the Iron Age – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-have-made-cheese-iron-age-180958952/
Rome’s Wonder Medicine: Cabbage – Tasting History with Max Miller
1600s Chicken & Cherries with Ken Albala – Tasting History with Max Miller
2. 17 – El Pollo De Enero, Debajo De Las Alas Trae El Dinero – Fogones en la Historia – Receta de Fidawsh, pollo cocido con fideos. Plato de la cocina morisca de la península. (2. 17 – The Chicken Of January, Beneath The Wings Brings The Money – Kitchens in History – Recipe for Fidawsh, chicken cooked with noodles. Dish of the Moorish cuisine of the peninsula.)
La Galette des rois | Epiphanie | French Pastry – Erline – https://ko-fi.com/erlinecottage98
for the custard
120g of milk
18g brown sugar
2 egg yolk
for the frangipane
100g almond powder
75g icing sugar
1 whole egg
60g of milk
250g of puff pastry
Sewing – Cut out 14 napkins, 3 mini House tablecloths and associated trim. Finished the back of a sachet and started a bookmark.
Napkin/Cloth – I originally had a mundane student working on these. I had to throw out the two that she did! Someone who can’t follow instructions….
Small Projects are Adult Fidget Toys – https://seedsofimagination.wixsite.com/blog/post/small-projects-are-adult-fidget-toys
Making Beeswax Cakes – Elewys of Finchingefeld – Making little cakes of beeswax from silicone molds. The beeswax cake is an essential item for hand sewing to strengthen the thread and make it glide through the fabrics easier. This is a fun craft for those rainy or snowy days, and they make great gifts! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd58OaZq-lw
Hand Sewing & Seam Finishing with Nastassiia Ivanova Medvedeva – Barony of Terra Pomaria – Barony of Terra Pomaria hosts our friend Kennari Nastassiia (Tasha) Ivanova Medvedeva (OL) from the East Kingdom.
Tasha gives us helpful hints, tips, and tricks for hand sewing, whether you intend to make entire outfits by hand or just hand finish your machine-sewn garments. Also addressing methods of hand sewing for construction, and finishing seams and hems in wool and linen so that your garments don’t fray off your body. In addition, covers a method of sewing a construction seam while also flat-lining your garment.
16th Century Italian Flower Pattern | Step by Step Blackwork Embroidery – Lynne Fairchild – This flower pattern is from a late 16th century Italian embroidery sampler, located at the the Museo del Tessuto in Prato, Italy. This particular embroidered flower will become part of a pin pillow.
Sundials, etc. –
- Wagons, handguns and flails – Tábor Museum shows secrets behind Hussite victories – https://english.radio.cz/wagons-handguns-and-flails-tabor-museum-shows-secrets-behind-hussite-victories-8719426
- January 1422: The Hussites led by Jan Žižka defeat the Second Crusade at Německý Brod – https://english.radio.cz/january-1422-hussites-led-jan-zizka-defeat-second-crusade-nemecky-brod-8738591
- Researchers Are Using X-Rays to Solve the Mystery Behind Sicily’s Child Mummies – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-study-sicilian-child-mummies-180979386/
- Horned ‘Viking’ helmets were actually from a different civilization, archaeologists say – https://www.livescience.com/horned-viking-helmets-from-different-civilization
Herb Bunch – No workshop again this week. Last week was cancelled by illness.
A set of pix that got missed from the snow on 12/27
This week’s garden pix
Project Day – Loren and Anja started with getting the pork roast into the roaster, and it took way longer than it should have. By 2:30 she was back at the computer, finding youtubes for this report. Cooking went on from that point: Loren’s bread, heating up the other things and making a nibble tray that we never got any pictures of. The roast was done around 6pm, but it wouldn’t slice.
Ailantha posted – “Busy day yesterday. Grandchild was visiting so we worked on a lined elizabethan doublet for them. Pictures in a week or so when finished. I also worked on a leather sheath for their throwing knife and some leather bow tip protectors and string savers to become largess. Oh, and a belt carrier for a bull whip. I’m thinking of painting a small white wren on the largest knife sheath, as their name is Ryn. I think they might like it, and it should be easy.”
Helen Louise says, “Just finished early linen jacket, working on pants and casting bees wax sewing tread patties from our bees wax.”
Feast Planning – Not really getting any input from folks over the last few weeks. The most I have was “no in-person feast.” I really was hoping for people to say whether they want the feast cookbook, Estella’s “moveable feast” or both. I may have to post to everyone on the group.
Potluck – Since it was just us we didn’t do as much with pictures as usual. We’re in the middle of a shop re-set and things are a mess, with little room. So, we cooked, ate and didn’t try to make a fancy spread.
Nibbles – We just pulled out bottles, jars and fridge boxes, and stuffed our bowls!
- garlic butter (last of the roasted garlic butter)
- pickled beets
- pickled eggs
- pickled beans (3 types)
- Pickled asparagus
- Pickled brussels sprouts
- Pickled mushrooms
- Cheddar cheese
- Pork Roasted with apples and berries (recipe below)
- Lentil & pea stew with carrots and bacon (recipe elsewhere)
- Cabbage, spinach and other greens with bacon (recipe below)
- Apple Frumenty (see cookery)
Afters – no pix….
- 100’s of 1000’s
- apple muse
Veg dish – Not necessarily period, but it’s just a variation on similar dishes that are documentable.
- 1/2 red cabbage
- water to cover
- pound bacon
- 2 TBSP butter (if needed)
- Salt (maybe)
- Chop cabbage. You can use the stem if you chop it fine.
- Separate spinach stems from leaves and chop (1/2 inch pieces). Set spinach leaves aside.
- Put cabbage and spinach stems into a medium saucepan and pour in water to cover.
- Bring to a boil.
- Turn to medium-low and simmer until fork-tender.
- Let stand until cool and drain, then set aside.
- Cut bacon pieces into 1/4’s.
- Put in a large frypan with about 1/2 an inch of water. Let simmer until the bacon is changing color. (You’re looking for cooked soft, not crisp. ) This takes awhile, but you don’t have to stand over it.
- Chop onion and add. Let simmer until the onion goes transparent.
- If there’s not enough grease left, add the butter.
- Chop spinach leaves, add to pan and stir in.
- Stir every 5 minutes or so until the leaves are ate least wilted, if not cooked through.
- Drain. (The drained liquid is a good add for soups!)
- Stir contents of pot and frypan together and taste to see whether it needs salt.
- Serve hot.
- May be held in a low-temp casserole or crockpot or reheated in the microwave.
Note – You can add other greens such as carrot, beet, parsnip or turnip tops or leaves like plantain, dandelion, kale, lettuce, bok choy, lamb’s quarter, etc…. Treat these as either spinach leaves or as the stems. In other words either fry at the very last if leafy and tender, or add to the cabbage if harder.
- 1 apple
- 3-5 pound pork tenderloin roast, boneless
- 1 cup berry sauce (https://housecapuchin.com/winter-feast/winter-feast-norse-feast-as-lvi-february-2022/foods-from-the-norse-viking-era/berry-sauce-for-red-meat/)
- Salt (maybe)
- Core and slice apple with skin on and place in a thick layer on the bottom of a roasting pan.
- Set the roast on top.
- Pour/dollop the berry sauce on top.
- Roast at 400F for about 2 1/2 hours until internal temp is over 165F, turning over once and spooning apple and berry mush back onto the top of the roast.
- Let stand before trying to slice (depending on the quality of the roast, it might shred instead of slice!)
Dance with the Duchess
The Dancing Duchess: Dancing with Stjarna – Excerpts from my new papers…
Today’s morsel: Branles from Arbeau.
“All musicians are in the habit of opening the dancing at a festival by a double branle which they call the common branle, and afterwards they play the single branle and the gay branle and at the end the branles of Burgundy, which some people call branles of Champagne.” These four dances will teach the basic steps of the branle and lay the groundwork for the dances to follow. The last dance in this section is “danced by lackeys and serving wenches, and sometimes by young men and damsels of gentle birth in a masquerade, disguised as peasants and shepherds.”
• Double/Common Branle
• Single Branle
• Gay Branle
• Haut Barrois
The Dancing Duchess: Dancing with Stjarna – Mixed Branles and Branles that represent countries.
Arbeau describes the mixed branles of Champagne as branles that “have been arranged in numbered series.” These dances were so commonly danced, that the musician had a set order that they would be played at the balls. Arbeau mentions that the musicians in Langres play ten in succession that would be known as the above-mentioned mixed branles of Champagne, and “another number in sequence known as Camp branles and yet another they have named branles of Hainaut and branles of Avignon.” The series would change when new compositions or trends arose. Also included in this selection will be the branles that take their names from the countries that they were usually danced. “The Poitevins dance their branles of Poitou, the Scots, their branles of Scotland and the Bretons branles which they call the Trihory or papsy.”
• Branle of War
• Scottish/Escosse Branle
• Maltese Branle
Music – Musicians from around the world recreate famous Hussite chorale – https://english.radio.cz/musicians-around-world-recreate-famous-hussite-choral-8688368
Lorenzo Il Magnifico. Trionfo Di Bacco / Chants De Carnaval 1449-1492 – Alberto Sosa
- Palle, Palle, Palle. Heinrich Isaac
- Ben Venga Maggio. Angelo Poliziano
- Galliarda “Su L’erba Fresca”. Joan Ambrosio Dalza
- Era Di Maggio. Joan Ambrosio Dalza
- Lo Mio Padre. Joan Ambrosio Dalza
- In Questo Ballo. Joan Ambrosio Dalza
- Calata. Joan Ambrosio Dalza
- Trionfo Di Bacco. Lyrics By – Lorenzo De’ Medici
- Spagna I. Johannes Ghiselin
- Spagna II. Josquin Desprez
- Canto Di Lanzi Pelelgrini. Lyrics By Guglielmo
- Vilana Che Sa Tu Far?. Josquin Desprez
- Canto Di Lanzi Suonatori Di Rubechine. Josquin Desprez
- Canto Di Lanzi Allegri. Josquin Desprez
- Pan De Miglio. Josquin Desprez
- Scaramella Va Alla Guerra. Josquin Desprez
Carnovale Con Crocifisso
- Carro Della Morte. Lyrics By Antonio Alamanni
- Volgi Gli Ochi. Alexander Demophon
- Jesu Jesu. Lyrics By Feo. Belcari
- Visin Visin
- Canto Degli Spazzacamini
– Marc Pontus, alto
– Lucien Kandel, tenor
- Serge Goubioud, tenor
– Marc Busnel, bass
- Sicily’s Bony Capuchin Crypt – https://classroom.ricksteves.com/videos/sicily-s-bony-capuchin-crypt
- Seafaring in the Norse world: Advice from the Konungs skuggsjá – https://www.medievalists.net/2022/01/seafaring-norse-world/
- Cryptocurrency and Medieval Monetary Theory – https://www.medievalists.net/2022/01/cryptocurrency-medieval-monetary/
- Researchers Unearth 2,000-Year-Old Synagogue in Mary Magdalene’s Supposed Hometown – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-synagogue-found-in-mary-magdalenes-supposed-hometown-180979208/
- Rediscovered Medieval Manuscript Offers New Twist on Arthurian Legend – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rediscovered-medieval-manuscript-offers-new-twist-on-arthurian-legend-180978705/
New and Updated Pages
Kaupang, Apple Frumenty – https://housecapuchin.com/winter-feast/winter-feast-norse-feast-as-lvi-february-2022/foods-from-the-norse-viking-era/kaupang-apple-frumenty/
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