A quiet week is a good week, except when it results from a fall. A pair of bopped funny-bones has sidelined Anja, except for typing. Some garden stuff happened, mostly seeds and tags, and moving a few plants.

Herb Workshop is on hold. Sewing isn’t bringing anyone but mundanes. Herbs in the Garden is irregularly scheduled. At least Project Day is going…..

Check out the links towards the end of the newsletter. The full series of Secrets of the Castle is linked there!

Sweet Cicely
  • 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 – 

29 Apr 1602: Balthazar Sanchez, confectioner or ‘comfit-maker’ to Elizabeth, #Spanish evangelical emigré, buried in St Mary Woolchurch #London (Sugar refinery, Rijksmuseum)


MAY 13 AT 3 PM – MAY 15 AT 5 PM – Táin Bó – Barony of Glyn Dwfn – 1053 Hanley Rd, Central Point, OR 97502-1253, United States – Event by Barony of Glyn Dwfn, Erin Scott and Asia Johnson
After the long, dark years apart, Táin Bó is BACK!The Great Cattle Raid is a family style event where the goal is to have so many things to do you can’t do them all. There are classes, A&S competitions, Archery, Heavy, Rapier, and Cut and Thrust fighting, youth activities, and of course lots of Cattle Raiding!

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
Rapier Combat
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.

JUN 30 AT 2 PM – JUL 5 AT 3 PM – An Tir West War 2022 – Lazy J Ranch, 96029 Euchre Creek Rd Gold Beach OR 97444 – Event by A&W War: a War of the West & AnTir
Come once again to the beautiful, temperate coastlands and the epic war between the mighty Kingdoms of An Tir and the West. There will be battles, both heavy and rapier. There will be Arts and Sciences, rapier and archery, equestrian activities galore–and of course there will be fine merchants.

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 12thnight2023@antir.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 – Fun flirtatious dances from the 15th century! – The Creative Contessa – Here is a performance of several dances from the 15th century, reconstructed from original manuscript dance manuals of the era!

Danças Medieval – Passeiose Diversão

Classes – 

Cowdray House and the Legendary Curse of Fire and Water – The Tudor Travel Guide – Join Sarah at the haunting ruins of Cowdray House, in West Sussex, to hear about its noble Tudor history and the legend of the fiery curse that would one day reduce it to ashes.

The Cowdray House Murals & the Fascinating Tale of the Mary Rose – The Tudor Travel Guide – une into this ‘modcast’ (the movie version of a podcast) to hear Sarah chat with academic geographer, Dominic Fontana. Dominic is an expert on the Cowdray House murals. He brings to life the dramatic events of 19 July 1545, when the Mary Rose was sunk in the Solent as the English fleet engage the French forces. The detail in the painting, and what this tells us about what happened that day, is extraordinary and beautifully described by Dominic. Don’t miss out on leading more about this fascinating artefact!

Early Week – Anja’s been working on the cookbook every spare minute….and there aren’t a lot of those. She also got to the Adiantum hybrid A&S night.

Cookery – Working on the cookbook, mostly formatting, but had to figure amounts, as well. Potato/leek soup and a couple of batches of bread were all this week.

A Tudor Salad for May Day – Tasting History with Max Miller

Green Sauce for Easter Eggs – Nick Saint-Erne – This Medieval recipe for a Verde Sawse, or green sauce, was used for eggs, but could also be added onto fish or other food. It is great use for Spring herbs and provides a sharp herby taste. It can be made with parsley, thyme, mint, sage, chives and any other green herbs available. Besides the fresh green herbs, it uses wine, vinegar, bread crumbs as a thickener, salt, pepper and a little garlic, ginger, cinnamon and saffron.

Sewing – History of the embroidery frame https://www.letempsdebroder.com/en/articles-en/history-of-the-embroidery-frames/

Easy Renaissance Hairstyle Tutorial – Have you ever been in a hurry to get somewhere, but you needed to look elegant and put together when you got there? This renaissance hair tutorial is my go to style for those kinds of situations because it is quick, easy, and requires relatively few tools to dress your hair: ribbon of at least 2 yards, bodkins, mirror, 2 hair ties, and a comb. I wore this to a recent event with the Society for Creative Anachronism, but I’ve also worn it to work, the Ren Faire, and parties. In my experience, having the correct historical headgear or hairstyles can be the cherry on top of your new outfit.

Herb Bunch – Raining too hard for outdoor work at least part of the week. Wednesday was all planting seeds – cilantro, pea, radish, carrot, nasturtium, lettuce, viola…and set up the pots for oregano.

Project Day – Anja had bopped both funnybones in a fall (among other things) so she was pretty sedentary this week.

Feast planning – Ya know…. we did the marzipan and shortbread chess set. How about a Hnaftafl Game set for this feast, done the same way? – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tafl_games


Bent cheese fritters – Volker Bach – Deep fried cheese… because deep fried cheese.

<<5>> Zu chrumpen krapfen als ross eisen

For crooked fritters, bent like horseshoes

Grate good cheese and take half the amount of flour, break eggs into it enough for the dough to be soft enough to be rolled out, and add spices. Roll it out on a board so that it becomes like a sausage. Bend that and fry it in fat.

Cheese fritters, unbent

This is one of many recipes for cheese-based fritters from medieval Germany and my favourite crowd-pleasing recipe. It’s low threshold medieval cuisine, people can participate by shaping the fritters (children especially love bending them around their fingers) and the result tends to get eaten up fast. I usually serve them with a sweet fruit sauce, but they can stand on their own and are easy enough that you can cook them over a campfire.

The flavour depends very much on the kind of cheese you use. I prefer a soft, but flavourful kind such as Emmental or cheddar, but the recipe also works with something as mild as mozzarella or a hard cheese like pecorino. As regards the spices, pepper or nutmeg work well in my opinion. If you do not care about historical accuracy, chili is excellent in these.

The Inntalkochbuch is from a monastic library in Bavaria’s Inntal region (the Inn is a tributary of the Danube), dating to the late 15th/early 16th century. It is written in Upper German and strongly reflects local culinary traditions, though some of its recipes are commonplaces found elsewhere.

Another cheese fritter – Volker Bach – Zu ainem pachen in ainer schüssel
For a fritter (served) in a bowl
Take grated cheese and flour in equal amounts, break eggs into it and season it well, knead it together and roll it out on a board. Make the dough into strips (struczel), fry them in a pan in fat and then cut them in(to?) a bowl.
This is just another of the many recipes for cheese fritters, in this case intended as a side or main dish. Not much needs be said about it. If you slice it into thin strips, it can look like a bowl of fries.
The Inntalkochbuch is from a monastic library in Bavaria’s Inntal region (the Inn is a tributary of the Danube), dating to the late 15th/early 16th century. It is written in Upper German and strongly reflects local culinary traditions, though some of its recipes are commonplaces found elsewhere.

Miscellaneous pix


Nicholas Breton: May – Passamezzo – Peter Kenny reads a description of the month of May in early modern England. From Nicholas Breton’s Fantastickes, 1626.
IT is now May, and the sweetnesse of the Aire refresheth euery spirit: the sunny beames bring forth faire Blossomes, and the dripping Clouds water Floraes great garden: the male Deere puts out the Ueluet head, and the pagged Doe is neere her fawning: The Sparhawke now is drawne out of the mew, and the Fowler makes ready his whistle for the Quaile: the Larke sets the morning watch, and the euening, the Nightingale: the Barges like Bowers, keep the streams of the swéet Riuers, and the Mackrell with the Shad are taken prisoners in the Sea: the tall young Oke is cut downe for the Maypole: the Sithe and the Sickle are the Mowers furniture, and fayre weather makes the Labourer merry: the Physitian now prescribes the cold Whey, and the Apothecary gathers the dew for a medicine: Butter & Sage make the wholsome breakfast, but fresh cheese and creame are meat for a dainty mouth and the Strawbery and the Pescod want no price in the market: the Chicken and the Ducke are fatned for the markets and many a Goslin neuer liues to be a Goose. It is the moneth wherein Nature hath her full of mirth, and the Senses are filled with delights. I conclude, It is from the Heauens a Grace, & to the Earth a Gladnesse. Farewell.

Flemish Renaissance Song from the Susato Music Books – Een Venusdierken Heb Ick Uutvercoren”

At the Sign of the Crumhorn, Flemish Songs and Dance Music from the Susato Music Books
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense – Sven Berger & Andreas Edlund
Naxos 8.554425 http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/cds/nxs54425.htm


  1. Hellinc: Compt alle uut by twe by drye
  2. Josquin Baston: Naelden, naelden
  3. Anon. arr. Susato: Den III. ende VI. Ronde
    Quatre branles
  4. Anon: In drucke moet ick sterven
  5. Anon: Ick draeghe in mynder herten
  6. Carolus Souliaert: Wilt doch mit maten drincken
  7. Appenzeller: Een venusdierken heb ick uutvercoren
  8. Anon: Hoe drucklic is dat herte myn
  9. Hellinc: Nieuwe almanack
  10. Susato: Int midden van den meye
  11. Baston: Een gilde heeft syn deerne
  12. Anon: Myn herteken
  13. Susato: Myns liefkens bruyn ooghen
  14. Anon: Ghy edel jonghe gheesten
  15. Anon. arr. Susato: Den IIII., I. ende VI. Ronde
  16. Anon. arr. Susato: Entre du fol
  17. Clemens: Een venus schoon
  18. Anon. arr. Susato: Den hoboecken dans
  19. Souliaert: Ick ginck noch gister avent
  20. Anon. arr. Susato: Den IIII. ende III. Allemaingne
  21. Anon. arr. Susato: Den I., II. ende III. Gaillarde
  22. Ghiselin / Verbonnet: Ghy syt die wertste
  23. Souliaert: Ick truere / Druck en verdriet
  24. Susato: O tyt zeer lustich vul melodyen
  25. Anon: Aenmerckt nu hier
  26. Anon: Wy comen hier ghelopen
  27. Anon: Eeen meysken eens voerby passeerde I
  28. Anon: Eeen meysken eens voerby passeerde II
  29. Anon. arr. Susato: Den III. ende IIII. Ronde

Performers: Roy Anderson (sackbut), Annette Arvidsson (dulcian, crumhorn, recorder), Sven Berger (shawm, cornet, crumhorn, recorder, flute), Andreas Edlund (countertenor, bass, trombone, dulcian, crumhorn, rauschpfeife, recorder), Eva Niste (sackbut, recorder), Christer Nyström (dulcian, crumhorn), Allan Fagerström (viol), Göran Josefsson (lute), Cecilia Luther (fiddle), Kenneth Medin (viol), Mikael Paulsson (lute), Elisabet Belgrano (soprano), Helena Oervin (soprano), Bo Ejeby (tenor), Jonas Franke-Blom (countertenor, baritone), Liliane Håkansson (soprano)

Playing time: 66′

Recording date: September 1997 & August 1998 (Gothenburg)

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Libice nad Cidlinou https://czech-archaeology-news.estranky.cz/articles/castellology-in-czech-republic/libice-nad-cidlinou—slavnik-fortified-settlement.html

Czech Republic has Neolithic structures older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologys-greatest-discoveries-8748606/1

Blucina Burial https://czech-archaeology-news.estranky.cz/articles/history-of-czech-archaeology/blucina-burial.html

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Video Links

A quick bit on Seahenge – https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Idou5pF7MPM

Sagas and Gender – Medievalists – Did you know that Loki was a gender-bending God? In this episode of the Medieval Grad Podcast, Lucie Laumonier interviews Matthew Roby, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. Matthew’s research looks at sex and gender in Old Norse and Icelandic sagas. There were many gender-bending characters in these texts, informing us of the gender representations and roles of Norse societies. The topic was so dense that we’re making a two-part series about this – first, gender, and in the next episode, sex!

Can These Historians Build A Medieval Castle? | Secrets Of The Castle | Full Series | Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – Using only traditional tools and 13th century techniques, join Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold as they learn how to build a medieval castle in France. This complete series follows the trio as they uncover fascinating 13th century practices and discover what life was like for people living and working in the Middle Ages.


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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 = 177 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, 48 key bottle openers, 4 dishcloths
Total as a Household = 4238 handed off

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