Every week seems to go by faster and faster! Friends got to Bar Gemels this week, even if your scribe didn’t. Once the rain quit there was a lot to be done in the garden. Isabeau is almost done with “Mrs. Weasley’s Sweater”. Gudrun showed up (virtually) for Project Day, and there are lots of links in this week’s report.
This week there should be an in-person Herbs in the Garden, besides the weekly Sewing Workshop.
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 incense
- 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 – Next Potluck – 5/15, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18
- Winter Feast LVI, Norse Theme. Page here – https://housecapuchin.com/winter-feast/winter-feast-norse-feast-as-lvi-february-2022/ More pages coming!
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 – Bar Gemels – Barony of Terra Pomaria
Pictures from Helen Louise’ album on Facebook
Bar Gemels – Summits Captain of Eagles & Hunter Championships – Principality of the Summits, Kingdom of An Tir SCA – This stream will include the Summits Captain of Eagles & Hunter Championships from Bar Gemels, hosted by the Barony of Terra Pomaria.
Bar Gemels – Evening Court + Bardic – Principality of the Summits, Kingdom of An Tir SCA – This stream will include the evening court and bardic events from Bar Gemels, hosted by the Barony of Terra Pomaria.
MAY 27 AT 12 PM – MAY 30 AT 3 PM – Egils 2022 – Adiantum – Event by Barony of Adiantum and Chris Howerton – Lynx Hollow Park
You are invited to join the Barony of Adiantum for a three-day weekend of Medieval Adventure.
Activities to Look forward to:
Heavy Armored combat – Holmgang, Prize Tournaments & Baronial Defender Tournament
Cut & Thrust Combat
Bardic Baronial Championship & Performances
Medieval Period Archery Fun Shoots, Competitions & Royal rounds
Thrown Weapons Baronial Championship & Fun Toss
Medieval Court, Pageantry & Ceremony
Norse Trade Blanket
Youth & Family Activities
Medieval Merchants’ Row
Arts & Sciences Village, Full of Classes, Demo’s and Displays
JUN 17 AT 3 PM – JUN 19 AT 12 PM – Summits June Investiture – Penny Sturdivant Park
Event by Shire of Tymberhavene, Principality of the Summits and Kanavati Nakkan – Come one and all and bear witness as the Coronets of the Summits are invested to
His Excellency Tamawa Bato and Her Excellency Emma von Bern
Gates open at 3:00pm on the 17 and close at Noon on the 19th.
The Shire of Tymberhavene will host its traditional Soup and Bread welcome on Friday evening/night in the gazebo.
More details to come.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: https://antir.org/events/twelfth-night-2023/
Dance Vids – A magical medieval dance: Gioliva – The Creative Contessa
WAS EDWARD IV ILLEGITIMATE? | The life of Edward IV | The birth of Edward IV | History Calling – History Calling – WAS EDWARD IV ILLEGITIMATE? This is a question which has been asked (and given various answers) since Edward’s own lifetime. Did his mother, Cecily Neville (or Cicely Neville), Duchess of York have an affair with an archer named Brayborne or was her eldest surviving son really the child of her husband, Richard, Duke of York? In this Plantagenet history documentary from History Calling, we look at the birth of Edward IV in France in 1442, at the evidence that his reputed father may have been separated from his mother 9 months earlier, at his supposedly low-key christening in Rouen Cathedral (though his younger brother Edmund, Earl of Rutland, had a much grander one the following year) and at the accusations of illegitimacy levelled at him in later years by his other brothers, George, Duke of Clarence and Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III). We’ll also hear about the apparent outburst from his mother (reported later by Domenic Mancini) that he wasn’t really the Duke of York’s son and the accusations that he looked nothing like his supposed father. At the same time, we’ll consider some other explanations for all of these pieces of ‘evidence’. For instance, was Edward IV born early (or indeed late) and might a premature birth account for a quick and quiet christening? Did he just look like other family members rather than his father and were his mother and brothers simply throwing shade at him for their own political reasons? Finally, when looking at the life of Edward IV more generally, we’ll ask, does it even matter if he was legitimate or not? Did it affect his claim to the throne? This video will examine the character of Duchess Cecily, who of all the women of the Wars of the Roses, is arguably rather overlooked but who lived through the conflict from start to finish and who was known as ‘Proud Cis’. It will question how likely it is that a woman of her character, famed piety and background would have ‘lowered’ herself to have an affair with a mere archer.
What Was Life Like As A Dark Age Peasant? | Worst Jobs Of The Dark Ages – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – Tony Robinson investigates what life was like for the common man in the Dark Ages. From charcoal-making to egg-collecting, life as a peasant in the early medieval ages often entailed getting your hands dirty. These are the worst jobs of the Dark Ages.
2:40 Roman Gold Miner
8:18 Anglo-Saxon Peasant
23:20 Charcoal Maker
35:05 Viking Warrior
41:34 Egg Collector
Did medieval peasants travel? – Modern History TV – Jason Kingsley, the modern Knight, discusses how and why medieval peasants might have travelled and why.
Thanks to Hereford Cathedral.
Early Week – Both Anja and Loren were still ill during the early part of the week, but Anja got a little done on bookmarks, and having found some sand to stuff the sacks with, she stitched up the little pile of “hops” and “malt” for the brewing diorama.
Cookery – Eating up leftovers is always the task the week after potluck. The fake green brewet got finished on Friday, having added a number of eggs that were poached with some of the leftover leek/onion greens and a bit of ham. ….the solids and the poaching liquid were also added to the jar. The carrots got held for a couple of days and then used in a casserole. …and did I get any pictures? Nope!
Anglo-Saxon kings were mostly veggie but peasants treated them to huge barbecues, new study argues – https://phys.org/news/2022-04-anglo-saxon-kings-veggie-peasants-huge.html
Patina Versatilis – Ancient Roman Frittata with Nuts – Historical Italian Cooking
Gregorian frittata – Volker Bach – https://www.culina-vetus.de/2022/04/23/gregorian-frittata/?fbclid=IwAR2EKKl-DpH5bOEBsdi6b8bH_INjq8D9DESRo8Mn8EhYASXWc9KAdNTyuvo
Part one of today’s Dark Ages Dinner
In his Liber in Gloria Martyrum, Gregory of Tours (probably 538-594 CE) provides narratives of the lives of eminent Christian leaders. Mostly, these are the hagiographies of piety and suffering you expect from the genre, but sometimes, he captures details of everyday life in the Frankish kingdom. One such occasion is found in chapter 79, were he describes a meal served to an orthodox and a heretic clergyman. It includes this description of the final course:
The fourth course, then, was served in the middle of a sizzling pan (sartago fervens) in which lay such a mixed dish (compositum … cibum) that was made of beaten (conlisis) eggs quickly (parumper) mixed with flour, which is customarily adorned with pieces of dates and the roundness (rotunditatibus – slices?) of olives.
(quoted after Margarete Weidemann: Kulturgeschichte der Merowingerzeit nach den Werken Gregors von Tours, Mainz 1982, p. 370)
We can see this is not really a recipe, but it is a starting point: The dish involved both eggs and flour, though the proportions are not clear. It was prepared in a frying pan and adorned (exornari) with dates and olives. This is intriguing. As I had the opportunity to cook with friends today, we decided to try a few foods from the so-called Dark Ages.
The interpretation we tried was as a patina, a class of egg dish popular in Roman cuisine. Beaten eggs mixed with a small amount of flour went into a hot frying pan with about a teaspoon of olive oil. After it began to firm up around the edges, I distributed sliced olives and figs (there were no dates to be had) across the surface and finished cooking it at a low heat until it was fully set.
This version was a success, though it could certainly stand some refining. A smaller amount of egg (about half as much) would have both cooked faster and allowed a more decorative arrangement of the fruit, as Gregory’s text envisions. This would also likely have produced an even more intense flavour combination. The sweetness of dried fruit and the tart saltiness of the olives complemented each other very well.
Contact with the pan produced a semi-firm crust, resulting in a consistency much like the filling of a quiche. I thin that may have been the intended effect. However, I should also try it out with eggs beaten to a froth or scrambled in the pan for a softer, spongier consistency, and with more flour and possibly some kind of leavening to make a pancake or flatbread.
Certainly a project worth continued pursuit.
Cherry Pudding – #routiersCiekawostki – (google translate from Polish, that’s why the odd wordings)
A recipe from the XIV – the eternal manuscript “The Form of Cury.” Not easy, because the ingredients were served, but what, how much – it’s enough for the eye.
Proportions according to my testing:
- – cherries (I had a pack of 450g frozen)
- – half-sweet white wine (small glass)
- – butter (2 tablespoons)
- – white bread remedies (I had 4 normal size cutlets)
- – sugar (4 tablespoons)
Cherries (frozen work well, because they have been drilled and they were already running out of juice) are crushed and together with the juice we put it in a pot. We cook until they start to fall apart, we water wine in enough to keep them wet all the time. When they are prepared to soften, we blend or rub through the sieve and put it back into the pot. We dip enough sugar to make it sweet (not slightly sweet, but quite intensely, because the sweetness is supposed to suppress the bread flavor later).
We pour wine and cook on a small flame all the time until it gets the consistency of condensed milk. Then we add and dissolve the butter, mixing all the time. We are dipping the ingredients from the white bread little by little until it is prepared and thickens the pudding. We pour it on purpose so that it has a consistency of glue to the wallpaper and the added bread will completely melt.
We’re putting it together from the fire to follow, while the gluten from the bread will start to tie and thick the whole thing a bit more. We put it into molds, bowls and put it in a cool place for a complete study.
In the original recipe there is a mention to sprinkle it with edible flower flakes, but since I don’t have a garden, and the urban ones are not good, so nuts and honey are gone.
In the children’s version or non-drinking wine, you can replace it with white grape juice.
Sewing – Little sacks this week (pix in “Sundials”), getting ribbon ends onto a few more bookmarks, and setting up a tablet cover was most of the stitching this week. Isabeau has almost finished the “Mrs. Weasley sweater”. This pic is as of Thursday.
How to Bundle Dye for Eco Printing – History Science Fiber – From wrapping presents to bees wax food storage options, from sewing and quilting projects to table linens, learning to DIY bundle dye will open up amazing possibilities to introduce natural dyed fabrics into your life. I will cover everything you need to know from picking the right fabrics to selecting your dye stuff, designing your pieces and setting beautiful, rich colours. Add a more sustainable, eco friendly dimension to your fabrics. Bundle dyeing can be fun for everyone including children. This episode can easily be adapted into a how-to instructions for teaching natural dyeing to kids. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMv1rRkP6XM
Nettle Fibre Processing – Sally Pointer – Follow along as I prepare fresh stinging nettles for coarse, medium or fine fibres. This method does not require any retting and only needs simple tools. Perfect for cordage making, or use fine fibre for nettle spinning.
16th Century Symbolism of Seashells on Clothing – Lynne Fairchild – There are 2 portraits of important ladies (one from the late 15th century and one from the early 16th century), both who are wearing calico scallop shells on their person: Margaret of Austria and Katherine of Aragon. (more info and sources on the youtube page)
Weave Along with Elewys, Ep 27: Easy Laurel Leaves – Elewys of Finchingefeld – In this video, I am making another pair of silk sock garters for a friend for her elevation to the Laurel, which will be happening this June. This design is a simpler tablet woven laurel leaf pattern in 20/2 silk. This is a fantastic pattern for a beginner in tablet weaving, but will require 2 fishing swivels for the project to deal with the twist build up, because sadly…*THIS IS NOT TWIST NEUTRAL*Sorry.
Finishing Fabric Edges – How to Hem Corners! – The Creative Contessa – A quick tutorial on how to miter corners and create beautiful, clean edges!
Sundials, etc. – We got some pix on Thursday of the little brewery. …and then a better on Sunday.
Herb Bunch – Chilly and rain… very little other than weeding happened during the week. On Thursday, in the evening, one of the tomatoes went into its pot, but Anja ran out of light. Friday morning, under a gloriously blue sky, the other went in and the tomato cages were put into place. There’s supposed to be one more pea bucket, but we’re waiting for soil.
Then on Friday, Sat. and Sun. we got some more pix, plus some “spring” shots from around where we live.
The garden at home.
At the shop
Signs of spring
Sir Walter Raleigh’s medicinal garden at the Tower – Historic Royal Palaces – Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the most famous explorers of Elizabeth I’s reign. He was also a scholar and a poet. However, he managed to displease both the Queen and her successor James I, and so found himself a prisoner of the Tower of London – no less than three times!
As a gentleman, he was deprived of his liberty but not his comforts: his family could visit and he grew exotic plants in a medicinal garden within the Tower walls.
Raleigh endured over 13 years of imprisonment at the Tower of London. During this time, his physical and mental health suffered.
Raleigh brewed his own herbal remedies using plants from the garden. This included his Balsam of Guiana, a potent medicinal cordial of strawberry water, and his ‘Great Cordial’ a mixture of 40 ingredients, including herbs, spices and powders. He used these medicines, and many others, to treat himself as well as fellow residents (and prisoners) at the Tower.
Project Day – Was fairly quiet. Loren was working on a sanding/refurbishing project. Anja had her embroidery at her desk and was working on finding links and talking to Gudrun…. who is fine, btw, but has moved to Spokane.
Feast Planning – We’ve been talking with various folks who aren’t usually online and haven’t seen the poll. The overwhelming majority has been to repeat the Norse Theme for 2023. We’re talking 19, vs. 1 & 1.
𝔈𝔠𝔠𝔬 𝔩𝔞 𝔓𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔞𝔳𝔢𝔯𝔞 – Music from the 14th century, David Munrow & The Early Music Consort of London – 𝔐𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔞 𝔐𝔢𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔳𝔞𝔩𝔢 – Ensemble: The Early Music Consort, directed by David Munrow – Album: Ecco la Primavera, Florentine music from the 14th century – Video: Roman de la Rose, 14th cent. (Bodleian-Library-MS-Douce-195) – http://www.facebook.com/musicamedievale
Another wonderful piece of art by David Munrow and his Early Music Consort of London. This time it is a compendium of many Italian songs of the fourteenth century. Yes, as the names of the composers suggest, the repertoire is Italian, not just Florentine. This album is from 1969, I prefer the way that ancient music was interpreted in those years, I think it is more credible, wild and accurate than the interpretations of these days.
1 Ecco La Primavera – Francesco Landini
2 Lamento Di Tristan – Anonymous
3 Giunta Vaga Bilta – Francesco Landini
4 Questa Fanciulla, Amor: I, II – Francesco Landini
5 Trotto – Anonymous
6 De Dimmi Tu – Francesco Landini
7 Con Dolce Brama – Maestro Piero
8 Two Saltarelli – Anonymous
9 Rosetta – Antonio Zacharia Da Teramo
10 Quan Je Voy Le Duc – Anonymous
11 Cara Me Donna – Francesco Landini
12 La Bionda Treccia – Francesco Landini
13 La Manfredina – Anonymous
14 Donna’l Tuo Partimento – Francesco Landini
15 Con Brac Che Assai – Giovanni Da Firenze
16 Istampitta Ghaetta – Anonymous
17 Da, Da, Da, A Chi Avareggia – Lorenzo Da Firenze
18 Fenice Fu – Jacopo Da Bologna
19 Biance Flour – Anonymous
Recorders, Crumhorns, Tenor Shawm – David Munrow
Tenor Vocals – Martyn Hill, Nigel Rogers
Countertenor Vocals – James Bowman
Lute – Robert Spencer
Organ, Harp, Percussion – Christopher Hogwood
Rebec, Mediaeval Fiddle – Mary Remnant
Tenor Sackbut – Alan Lumsden
Bass Viol – Oliver Brookes
Victime paschali laudes – An easter chant, “Praise the Easter sacrifice”. Listen to that echo moment! You can hear why church music from that time didn’t need harmony.
Several English history links at this page – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0bvgz00/art-that-made-us-series-1-3-queens-feuds-and-faith