Productive weeks are sometimes very quiet. Lots of goodies this week. Anja did her blackwork class and it got recorded. There was another class on casting.

Herbs in the Garden, Sewing and Project Day are ongoing and on time this week. Masks required. We’re keeping right on with the virtual meetings side-by-side with the actual. 

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 7am-9pm, on hold
  • Herb Workshop, In the Garden – Almost weekly over the summer. Please ask to join the facebook chat! Usually at 3pm on Wednesdays.
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, 1 to 4pm
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.

Next Potluck – Next Potluck – 10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 1/15/22

Winter Feast LVI, Norse Theme. Page here – More pages coming!


Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  and new one here: and number three is here:

Misc – Mistress Yseult has been in Europe for a couple of weeks and posting picture after picture of architecture, artwork and extant objects. This one came up and Anja went “Ooh! A top!” Ancient Roman


November 5 , 2022, 9am – MARTINMAS / GUNPOWDER PLOT DAY FEAST – The Barony of Terra Pomaria (Marion, Polk & Lincoln Counties, OR ), Turner Christian Convention Center, 5605 Jubilee Dr SE Turner, OR 97392 This is a Level 1: Other (Branch primary events of regional or Kingdom interest) event.
Hello noble traveler, are you in need of a rest after a summer of activities?
Do you hunger for some soup, snacks, and camaraderie?
What about a rousing battle of wits, or to peruse the science and artistic arts your fellow Barony(and beyond) mates have been working on?
Do you bake bread? Come with a homemade loaf to accompany the evening’s fare and be judged the most a-peel-ing to win a prize.
Their Excellencies Terra Pomaria, Thegn Clovis de Walton and Baronesa Ximena, have seen fit to offer reprieve to our long running Arts and Sciences champion HL Nemo Magnus, those who would succeed him to the title may register within.
A Rapier prize tournament will be held to test the populace and prepare them for the coming Future Championship(TBD).
Their Alpine Highnesses, Datu Bato and Dayang Emma von Bern will hold court.
Fees: Adults (Ages 18 and up) $20 for the day, $5 discount with proof of current membership to the Society for Creative Anachronism. Youth (Ages 17 and under) are free of charge with accompanying adult. Site fee includes potluck luncheon dayboard (with a roast beast provided by the Barony) and an evening feast of soups to warm the body, heart, and soul accompanied by a bread baking competition in search of the Barony’s most a-peel-ing baker.
Event Steward: Stefan De Kilpatrik (Stefan the fat) moc.liamg@lekcirT.nehpetS
Branch Seneschal: HL Gwyneth Blackthorne gro.ritna@lahcseneSairamoParreT
“Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot
I know of no reason why gunpowder season should e’er be forgot.”
Prereg is open:

December 9 , 2022 until December, 11 2022 – SUMMITS INVESTITURE – The Principality of the Summits
The Shire of Coeur du Val (Corvallis, Benton County, OR ) Event site: Philomath Scout Lodge, 660 Clemens Mill Rd Philomath, OR 97370
Good people of An Tir, join our Alpine Highnesses Datu Bato and Dayang Emma von Bern as they bestow the Summit Coronets unto their heirs. More information to come soon!

December 17 , 2022, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM – ADIANTUM YULE – The Barony of Adiantum (Eugene, Lane County, OR ) This is a Level 2: Branch Event where no Kingdom or Principality business is expected to be conducted event.
Event Main Contact (Event Steward): Murchadh Monaidh Chraoibhe
The Barony of Adiantum celebrates the coming of winter with Baronial Court, a potluck dinner, and a day of friendship.

JAN 13, 2023 AT 12 PM – JAN 15, 2023 AT 5 PM – An Tir 12th Night 2023 – Valley River Inn
Event by Barony of Adiantum, Pam Perryman and Esther Reese
Hello From An Tir 12th Night 2023!
12th Night 2023 will be held in the Barony of Adiantum (Eugene, Oregon). Our event site is the lovely Valley River Inn, which is happy to host the SCA again.
For those new to the site, the “SCA block” is the entire hotel! The staff is friendly, with many having been our hosts at past events in their hotel. They know us, and they love our events. At 12th Night 2020, fifty-three+ hotel staff worked with Gold Key to wear garb during the work shift. It’s a welcoming space that’s all ours for the weekend!
Your event Stewards are Dame Yseult of Broceliande Ol, OP (Pam Perryman) and Honorable Emma Haldane (Esther Reese).The best way to reach them is to send an email to
The event email will be checked at least once a day, and usually several times a day.
Site Fee is $30.00, with a $5.00 discount for SCA members. There is no pre-registration or payment; pay and sign in at the gate.
The event page is hosted on the An Tir server, on the calendar page.
That will always be the most up-to-date place for information:



House Capuchin Winter Feast – 2/19/23 – Come join us for a Norse Feast (Viking era)! We’ve been researching for two years, now, because of the virus, so you can expect some good food and fun! The site is open from noon to 8pm, although we’ll be there from 8am to midnight or so. If you’re there outside of the event times, you’ll likely be put to work. 🙂 We’re planning a couple of classes, music, stories and possibly some dance as well as food all day and the feast proper starts at 5pm. Bring your feast gear and some containers to take leftovers home with you, along with the “travel food” that we usually plan as the last course of the feast. This is a free event, although there’s a donation can by the front door to help defray the costs.

Dance Vids – 

A Renaissance Dance in a Renaissance Garden! – The Creative Contessa – Here is a performance of Rostiboli Gioioso in Due, a lovely dance for two from the 15th Century composed by Domenico da Piacenza. Filmed in Changeyongung, a 15th century palace in Seoul, in the Neo-Renaissance gardens at the back of the grounds.

Medieval/Renaissance dance/combat footwork drills, February 28 – The Creative Contessa – Raw, unedited footage of a whole hour class building posture, dexterity, strength, and stamina! Challenge yourself to be a better dancer and fighter, whether in the 15th or 21st century! I’ve only done my job if you come to resent me at least a little bit by the end of the session! 😉 I offer drills classes regularly; join in and embrace the awkward!

Classes – 

Basics of Holbein-style Blackwork – SCA Aila’ntha – Blackwork is a simple technique with complicated patterns. We start with “what is this technique?” and look at some history and portraits of how it was used in period, then go on with the basic stitch, learn how to do a few patterns, and also some of the tricks for starting and ending your thread.
You will work the basic stitch, a simple line stitch, a simple side-trips stitch and a fill stitch at the very minimum. We can start with how to thread a needle!

Includes the basic stitch, several patterns in a graded presentation, plus patterns for further stitching.
You will need to have:
• a skein of floss or spool of sewing thread in black or other dark color
• a piece of Aida fabric 14-count is best, 3x5in minimum (I start everyone on Aida, and will explain why during the class….yes, even if you’re an expert, honestly!)
Size 26 or 28 cross-stitch needle (found also as “tapestry” needles….)
• snips or scissors
• Good light
• Thimble, support gloves or whatever else is necessary for your comfort.
You do not need a frame or hoop! This is worked in-hand.
This class leads into a “So you’re no longer a beginner at Blackwork? What’s next?””
class handout THERE IS NO FEE!

Pewter Casting with Brynjarr Olfuss – SCA Aila’ntha – In this class I will discuss the materials used for impression casting in sand and the use of soap stone as casting mediums. There will be a demonstration of using both sand and soapstone for molds as well as using soapstone to create casting positives. Soapstone and sand have been used by many cultures since people have begun to cast metals such as copper, bronze, and other precious metals.
Cut Short because of Trolls

00:26:14 Helen Gaskins: that is so cool…
00:32:51 Gerald Loosehelm (Northshield): I was thinking that laying the soapstone in a cast iron skillet that is resting on a hotplate turned onto the lowest setting. it would take a long time to cool but the detail should be very good.
00:34:51 al Thaalibi (An Crosaire, Trimaris): Especially in cooler weather, for long running demos and projects I use a charcoal fire pot that has a void space underneath that works to pre-warm the stones.
00:40:52 Gerald Loosehelm (Northshield): Make your model or mold as polished as possible. any mark WILL be transferred to your finished cast and will have to be polished off. It is more work upfront but far less work on the backend.
00:41:27 Gerald Loosehelm (Northshield): There is evidence in the far east of soapstone molds for precious metals.
00:42:34 Gwyneth (She/Her): Did you have a hand out? I missed the first bit where you were talking about the supplies/ sand
00:45:41 Fjorlief, An Tir (she/her): be sure to mention that dust protection for your lungs when carving soapstone is really important
00:49:59 Diana Fiona O’Shera (Meridies): Definitely an issue! I prefer to work with hand tools because I can reduce the dust in the air, as well as creative control.
00:51:07 Gerald Loosehelm (Northshield): I was way off. “However, lead was not banned from pewter for health reasons until the 1970s. It is more likely that pewterers gradually moved away from leaded alloys and towards antimony based pewters because they allowed for a new processing technique.”….
00:53:51 Gerald Loosehelm (Northshield): I work in my basement shop but I have installed p[roper ventilation that is sufficant for metal casting and other hot work such as enamaling. Most SCA members should be working outside without question.
00:55:31 Gwyneth (She/Her): Oh awesome! Thank you!
00:55:41 Gwyneth (She/Her): Yep!
00:55:58 Gerald Loosehelm (Northshield): Also, have a separate set of tools for pewter. Pewter can contaminate your silver and gold work and cause issues with pitting when you try to heat and solder.
00:56:54 Gwyneth (She/Her): This looks like a fun rabbit hole to dive into 😄
00:57:21 Diana Fiona O’Shera (Meridies): Oh, it very much is!

Catalina of Motril, Katherine of Aragon’s Royal Bed-maker: Secrets of the Tudor Bedchamber – Historic Royal Palaces – Catalina of Motril was an enslaved servant to Queen Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife. She might have held the key to one of Tudor history’s biggest secrets of the royal bedchamber…
As a royal bed-chamber servant, Catalina would have held vital information about whether Katherine’s first marriage to Prince Arthur Tudor (Henry VIII’s brother) was consummated – a crucial detail in Henry VIII’s plans to divorce Katherine and marry Anne Boleyn. Catalina might have held the key to one of Tudor history’s biggest secrets of the royal bedchamber.
Born in Motril, Granada, a Muslim territory until 1492, Catalina was likely to have been enslaved after the Reconquista (Reconquest) of Granada. It’s possible she was of North African heritage and Muslim although it’s likely she he may have converted to Christinaity on entering Katherine’s service. Catalina may not have been her real name. She may have been named after her royal mistress, La infanta Catalina (Katherine of Aragon).
Katherine of Aragon arrived in England in 1501 for her marriage to Prince Arthur. Two ‘esclaves’ (slaves) were recorded as being part of Katherine’s large Spanish entourage. Catalina was likely one of them although, once in England, Catalina’s status as a slave would be unclear. She would have been one of several people of colour at the Tudor court. (John Blanke, a Black Tudor musician was present at court from 1507).
Her role as Katherine’s bed-chamber servant meant she would have prepared the royal bed for Katherine’s marriages to Arthur and Henry, as well as attending to Katherine on the eve of her coronation whilst staying at the Tower of London.
Catalina’s position meant she would have been one of a handful of people who would know if the marriage to Prince Arthur was consummated.
At some point, Catalina married Oviedo, a crossbow maker, had two daughters and returned to Motril. We don’t know what happened to Catalina after 1531. She is one of history’s forgotton witnesses but it’s clear she led a remarkable life.
Read more about Catalina’s story:

Early Week – Anja’s blackwork class was Tuesday evening and it was up on Youtube by the end of the week. Links above.

Cookery – Thursday night we started a chicken soup broth. That got fridged and then turned into a soup by adding carrots, onions and greens, plus some odds and ends. The jars of radish spread that were left got salted, warmed and re-mixed. Much better! Each jar takes 1/2 tsp.

What Medieval Junk Food Was Actually Like

Who doesn’t love a good snack break? But did you know in the Medieval Times they also loved their junk food? Check out today’s insane video to find out what kind of crazy snacks they were eating back when public executions were considered social gatherings! –

Sewing – Was all sorting projects again. We had to put a bunch of stuff away, because of putting in a new bookshelf, so finding everything is going to be another chore, although at least initially a bunch of the stuff will actually go into the shelves. Embroidery patterns got worked on, starting on Wednesday and a few even made it into the computer.

Awesome pattern book – Anonymous, German, 16th century | Manuscript album of designs for lace and embroidery | The Metropolitan Museum of Art – On verso of last fly leaf, a row of cryptographic symbols and the words ‘sans varier’ above a couplet in script, reading “Jusques a la mort, vit l’homme e esperance/ Combien que a nul sen donne aucun assurance” (Anja copied the whole thing!) –

Sundials, etc. – 

Primero | The History Behind This 16th Century Gambling Card Game – Lynne Fairchild – Primero was a 16th century gambling card game similar to modern day poker! The first written mention of this game was from 1526.
There were variants of this game described by primary sources, which sometimes contradict each other. This game’s origins were either Spanish or Italian. Based on my research, if I had to venture a guess, I would say that this game’s origins were Italian.
Did you know that Shakespeare made a reference to this card game in the Merry Wives of Windsor!? Check out this video to see exactly what was said in which act and scene!

Primero Part 2 | How to Play this 16th Century Gambling Card Game – Lynne Fairchild – Primero was a 16th century card game similar to modern day poker!
There are variants of this game. This version is based on the description given by Gerolamo Cardano in his “Book on Games of Chance” (Liber de ludo aleae: written around 1564, but published posthumously in 1663).

Herb Bunch – Herbs in the garden kept getting interrupted by showers, but the dirt was soft, so weeding was easy. We harvested that lone tomato, hoping to get it to ripen on the windowsill. Had to be done since the plant was softening. The dahlia’s are already 3 times the height in the picture and the cardoons another 6 inches or so! Raspberries and strawberries got picked on Sunday, as well as a few during the week, maybe 1/2 a cup, total. The Farmer’s Market is over for the year, so the lovely produce won’t be showing up here until spring again. Herbs in the Garden was mostly weeding, but we had help from some visiting kids after they got home from school! We were talking about potatoes and one brought a sprouting one from home to show me. Loren found some in our bin, too, so they need to get planted.

Project Day – People posted before, after and during! Anja got sidetracked into new story, this one about the Hunger Wall.

Arlys – PROJECT DAY, LARGESSE DAY. Made 6 game sets of Rota, which is Roman tic-tac-toe. The boards are deliberately left rough.–the game has been found incised into the paving stones of Roman roads. These “stones” are actually painter’s cloth, sealed with glue at the edges because the stuff will fray like crazy unless it is. Marked with Sharpies–the “stamps” aren’t. They’re wooden laser cut outs that I dipped in paint. Glass pebbles for play and rules. If you haven’t worked with painter’s cloth before (you can buy a large bundle of it for cheap at Harbor Freight), the stuff has two sides. One is to catch the drips (the working side) and the other prevents paint etc. from going through. Makes nice wall hangings too.

Helen Louise – Busy day for Adiantum Gold Key, 3 people came to make new garb. Lot of fun helping them.

Feast Planning – Waiting for the Summits Bardic date….

Miscellaneous pix

Archaeology Roman – A real letter from a Roman soldier – Written in the 2nd century AD by a little boy named Apion from a small Egyptian town.
He enlisted in the Roman army in Alexandria, boarded a large government ship and sailed for Italy. The ship weathered a terrible storm.
As soon as he landed, received his new uniform and paid for it, he went to be painted in a picture for his family and sent it home along with this letter:
Apion to his father and lord Epimachos: Happy birthday!
First of all I hope that you are well and that things are going well for you, my sister, her daughter and my brother. I thank Lord Serapis [an Egyptian god] for saving me right away when I was in danger at sea.
When I arrived in Miseno [the Roman port of war, near Naples], I received three gold coins from the emperor [Trajan?] As money for the journey, and I am fine.
Please write me a line, my lord father, on your well-being, second on that of my brother and sister, and third so that I may piously greet your hand, for you have brought me up well and I can therefore hope for a quick promotion, the gods willing. Give my regards to Capiton [a friend] and my brother and my sister and Serenilla [a family slave?] And my friends. I am sending you my little portrait via Euktemon. My [new] Roman name is Antonius Maximus.
All my best!
The letter was written in Greek on papyrus, not by the boy himself, but by a hired public letter writer.
Two of Apion’s friends who enlisted with him added their greetings in the left margin.
The letter was originally folded and sealed.
He passed through the highly efficient Roman military post and arrived safe and sound as far as the small village in Egypt, where the boy’s father and family read it almost two thousand years ago. After the death of his father, the letter was lost in the household waste and archaeologists found it not long ago under the collapsed walls of the house. With it was another letter written by Apion years later to his sister after he had long been stationed somewhere on the Roman frontier and had a wife and children. That’s all we know.
If you allow, I would like to make some considerations.
I admit I was moved to note this boy’s pride in joining the Roman army.
I find admirable the affection and gratitude for what his father had done for him, which is now rare.
Generous the per diem for the transfer, of 3 aurei, corresponding to 300 sesterces, that is to say about a year’s wages.
Surprising that in addition to the letter he sent a portrait, I think in uniform, very modern!
The Cursus Publicus is amazing, enough to deliver the letter in a small Egyptian village.
Today we talk a lot about inclusion: we should learn from our ancestors.
Let us remember that at the time the provincials were “Peregrini”, that is, not Roman citizens.

Our Beautiful Prague – Is that wall jagged or hungry?
One of the many major acts that King Charles IV did in 1348 was the founding of the New Town. The founding charter was issued on 8 March 1348, and just a few weeks later the foundation stone of the New Town fortification was laid in the personal presence of the monarch and many guests from the Empire.
The king set clear rules for practical life in the new territory of the capital of the kingdom. The inhabitants of the Old Town were allowed to move freely around the new territory of Prague. Residents of New Town were exempted from paying taxes for 12 years. The king also ordered that within one-year malthouses, driers, and breweries be moved to the territory of the New Town, as well as: “Wheelers and smiths of any metal except those who properly make tools for work and for the use of horses and armor.”
In April 1348, the distribution of land began. Within eighteen months, everyone had to build their own house on the allotted plot of land, on which they could take out a mortgage of up to half of its value – this was to have funds left over for maintenance.
This development of the town was also connected with the building of its fortifications. New Town was fortified for several kilometers. The Gothic walls, stretching for almost 3.5 km, including twenty-four defensive towers and four city gates, were completed in just two years. They were continued by the fortification of Vyšehrad. Although the two Prague towns, the Old and the New, were connected, the fortifications of the Old Town were preserved.
In the years 1360-1362, another part of the fortifications was built to protect the Lesser Town, which also permanently included part of the undeveloped Petřín Hill. Its primary aim was to strengthen the city fortifications of Prague Castle and the Lesser Town against attack from the west and south.
Originally, this wall was called jagged. It was built from marl, i.e. stone that was quarried at the construction site – thus reducing the cost of building the wall. The wall was 4 meters high, and almost 2 meters wide. It had battlements, a walkway for easy movement of military patrols, embrasures, and eight outpost towers, so-called bastions. It was built from Hradčany, to Strahov and down to Újezd.

Click the link for the full text, more photos and a map. And there you will also find why lovers get together on Petřín on May 1st. 🙂 –

Photos and text by Our Beautiful Prague


Prelude for Clavichord in C major (2011) by Eduardo Antonello -New Baroque Music – Early Music in a Different Way 😉 (Modern piece in Baroque style, look at the clavichord, though!)

𝔐𝔞𝔯𝔢 𝔅𝔞𝔩𝔱𝔦𝔠𝔲𝔪 – Music In Medieval Denmark, Ensemble Peregrina, A. Budzinska-Bennett & Benjamin Bagby – 𝔐𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔞 𝔐𝔢𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔳𝔞𝔩𝔢
Ensemble: Peregrina, Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennett & Benjamin Bagby
Album: Mare Balticum Vol. 1 – Music In Medieval Denmark
Video: Carta Marina et descriptio septemtrionalium terrarum ac mirabilium rerum in eis contentarum, diligentissime elaborata anno 1539 Veneciis liberalitate Reverendissimi Domini Ieronimi Quirini – Olao Magno, XVI secolo

København, Det Arnamagnæanske Institut, ms. AM 76, 8° (Mid-15th C.)
1 Mith Hierthae Brendher
2 O Rosa In Iherico
3 Gaude Mater Letare
4 Psallat Fidelis Concio
Meister Rumelant von Sachsen (2. Half Of The 13th C.)
5 Got In Viel Hohen Vröuden Saz
6 Got In Viel Hohen Vröuden Saz (Instr.)
7 Die Tenschen Morder
8 Alle Künige Vürsten Herren
9 Alle Künige Vürsten Herren (Instr.)
From Knud Lavard’s Office (13th C.)
10 Gaudet Mater Ecclesia
11 Ave Martyr Dux Danorum
12 Decus Regni Et Libertas V. Cetibus Angelicis
13 Dulcis Martyr Dux Kanute
14 Preciosa Mors Sanctorum
15 Von Meiner Mervart – Michel Beheim (Codex Runicus, C. 1300)
København, Det Arnamagnæanske Institut, ms. AM 76, 8° (Mid-15th C.)
16 Drømte mig en drøm i nat (Instr.)
17 Maria candens lilium
18 Letificat laudatio

Conductor, Liner Notes, Medieval Harp, Vocals – Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennett
Harp, Vocals – Benjamin Bagby
Vielle – Baptiste Romain
Vocals – Hanna Järveläinen, Kelly Landerkin, Lorenza Donadini

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Video Links

Can Jason teach Lloyd to ride a veteran jousting horse? – Modern History TV – Jason Kingsley and Lloyd from the Lindybeige channel chat about historical cavalry and try riding a real champion jousting horse. A big moment right at the end!

Italian sailors ‘knew of America 150 years before Columbus’ – Hidden History – Did Italian sailors know of the Americas 150 years before Columbus ‘sailed the ocean blue’ in 1492?

Tintagel Castle – linked to King Arthur – could collapse into the sea – Hidden History – Tintagel, the mythical place of King Arthur’s conception, is under threat from the waves according to English Heritage.


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Largesse, Gifts and Auction items
·       ASXLVIII = 88
·         ASXLIX = 794
·         ASL = 2138
·         ASLI = 731
·         ASLII = 304
·         ASLIII = 146
·         ASLIV & ASLV = 230
·         ASLVI & ASLVII = 187 plus bookmarks, 4 puppets, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 1 kiss-lock pouch, 10 tiny bobs, 7 pincushions, 3 pins, 3 snip case w/snips, 23lucet cords, 25 pouches for block-printing, 2 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 14 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124), 2 emery strawberries, 1 woolen spool-knit cord, 46 key bottle openers, 4 dishcloths, box of thread waxers.
Total as a Household = 4240 handed off

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In ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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