THis is a two-week report!

House Capuchin Shield2Last week kinda vanished… people did post on Sunday, although there wasn’t a regular Project Day. Anja was teaching and Loren up to his eyebrows in customers. So this week, a bit more has been happening….. some sewing, lots of garden stuff, a bit of cookery…. and Anja’s class on marzipan on Saturday. 

We’re talking about starting up the Herbs Workshop again, now that Anja and Loren have had their shots. Project Day will continue in the virtual realm, but folks are now welcome to bring projects to the shop 1-5pm on Sunday. 


All meetings are on hold for so long, although Project Day and the Monthly Potluck are being held in the Virtual Realm. Herbs Workshop (in person) will be starting up again during the month of June and folks are now welcome to bring projects to the shop to work on on Sundays 1-5pm! Potlucks will open back up in July. We’re going to keep right on with the virtual ones side-by-side with the actual. 

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Virtual Potluck – 4/18, 5/16, 6/20 
  • No Winter Feast in 2021. We’ll revisit for one in 2022 sometime in the next two months.

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:

Countess Berengaria de Montfort of Carcassonne, OP, 26th Queen of An Tir, 5/27/21

It is with great sorrow that we mark the passing of Countess Berengaria de Montfort of Carcassonne, OP, 26th Queen of An Tir on 5/27. Her husband, Alail Horsefriend was at her side, as were her beloved cats. I snagged the picture above from the “Berengaria updates” group, since we don’t have one in the files. Bera was the queen who inspired, “Tablero de Beregaria”, a simplified Tablero game played with snack bags of M&Ms. We knew her as a “go-to” for information on feast cookery and a teacher of those skills, plus the “PLQ’s” required for peerage. …and the source for the quick mustard and pea soup that we have at feasts. 

Bera’s favorite pic of herself.

Annora de Montfort of Shadowood OL – “Bera was known in the cooking world for her research into period Goan cuisine. She was an enthusiastic feast cook and event steward for literally, decades and co-founder of House de Montfort. We are poorer for her loss.”

Sarah E Yancey Miller – “My friend and one of my Pelicans, Countess Berengaria de Montfort Carcassonne, passed away this morning. She was a force of nature, a whirlwind that you wanted to be caught up in. She encouraged me to try to serve in ways I had forgotten about with baking. She trusted me to represent her in a Rose Tourney. She had the best sense of humor and the biggest heart. I will miss her friendship and guidance.”

Cynthia Ley – An Tir weeps.

I snagged the picture above from the “Berengaria updates” group, since we don’t have one in the files.

May Crown Grand Ithra Final Court 2021 – Kingdom of AnTir, SCA – The court of Christian and Helene

Baron Sir Master Gerhard Kendal of Westmoreland – Lion of An Tir, KSCA, OL, GdS, JdL, GGS, HL, GoA, Founding Baron of Lions Gate, Baron of the Western Court, AoA, Augmentation of Arms, LoM, OSS, MTM, MdO, MI, LI, Havok, RF – November 12, 1936 – December 16, 2003, Anno Societatis XXXVIII – Husband of Amanda Kendal of Westmoreland, father of Melissa Kendal of Westmoreland and Andre Lessard.

Misc – Barbara Millard (Used with permission) – I shared this story in the SCA humour page… My first event…Clinton War 1995. I am wandering around kind of lost, and found out they were having an auction of items abandoned on site more than 2 years before. So I went to watch. This amazingly handsome man wearing the most amazing green velvet Elizabethan costume is trying to figure out what this THING is that he has to sell. So after a few minutes of dithering with many shouted suggestions from the audience, he decided it was a nightcap for a two headed giant. And Baron Gerhard Kendall wore a large woman’s bra on his head…and sold it for 20 bucks…and I fell in love with the SCA.

His AnTir CultureWiki page – 

Simply because this was priceless (and I got permission to put it here) – Seamus O’Caellaigh – “OMG I don’t remember seeing this picture. Thanks Alexander for catching my Mano’d’oro excitement and horrified ‘OMG I was dressed like this’ 4 years ago! ❤ Egils ❤

Educational Events

  • A Master List for finding classes, webinars and other things –
  • Jun 5 at 7 AM PDT – Jun 6 at 3 PM PDT – Sparkly and Shiny – 
  • June 4-5 Known World Colegio de Iberia II, a Virtual Event, held on the first weekend of June 2021! – The focus of the virtual classes is on the lives and times of the people who dwelt in the lands which we now call Spain and Portugal. The symposium covers the period from the Celtiberians, Roman occupation, the Visigoths, the Muslim Umayyad Conquest, and includes the great Muslim city-states and the four Christian kingdoms (Kingdom of Castile y Leon, Kingdom of Aragon, Kingdom of Navarre and Kingdom of Portugal), ending with death of the Habsburg king Philip II. We also explore some of the worlds who experienced colonization or occupation by these kingdoms, as well as the relationships held by other countries. Website – We have a website which will contain information about classes and our teachers, as well as the schedule. This is getting updated all the time so visit regularly! It is located here: And you can contact us by email:
  • Known World Science Symposium – JUN 25, 2021 AT 8 AM PDT – JUN 27, 2021 AT 11 AM PDT – Barony of Gryphon’s Lair –

 Other Good Stuff

Knowne Worlde Entertainment Guide – KWEG – Entertainment List –

Dance Vids – Gioliva Demo – Rachel Lorenz – The Creative Contessa dances Gioliva with her Condottiero. For those who wish to follow along, she calls the steps for the first time through.

Classes – 

SCA Iberia has 14 new classes from clothes to horses to food posted here:

Weave Along: Elisenhof E-417 – Elewys of Finchingefeld – A lovely chain pattern from Northern Germany dated to the 8th-11th century. This pattern is a remastered one from Egon Hansen, from his Tablet Weaving book; and Guido Gehlhaar, a tablet weaver with a blog at


Early Week – from 17-20, almost nothing, then from 24-26, most everything was Herbs Workshop stuff. 

Schmaltz (duck fat) Left is from pan juice, right is from boiled carcass.

Cookery – for the week beginning 5/17 it was all eating up leftovers. During the week starting 5/24, Anja was working on marzipan for a class on 5/29, which got done with one student. We’ll be recording at a later date. We got the schmaltz labeled and put by. On Friday we were trying to start a soup, harvested thyme, celery (regrown) carrot and turnip tops and dandelions, but the soup didn’t actually get the rest (cabbage, parsnip, carrots, plus a “soup box”) until Saturday night and it cooked all night. Sunday morning some elderly turnip and onion got added and some spices. 

They didn’t research this well. There are far earlier references, but…. A Pirate Botanist Helped Bring Hot Chocolate to England –

A Tang dynasty monk and his secret candy recipe –

Beet Greens from the Medieval Garden – Nick Saint-Erne – Easy way of cooking beet greens and Swiss chard grown in my Medieval garden. Fried in a cast iron pan with onions, mushrooms and salt and pepper. Easy to make and tasty vegetable side dish for your next Feast!


Sewing – Still doing mundane sewing, but also back to work on the needlebook. Coming up with an idea for a mask…. 

The Aalsum Hat –

Anatomy of a 16th Century Lady’s Clothes | Clothing Identification – Lynne Fairchild – What do you call that 16th century clothing item, such as a farthingale or kirtle? From cauls to partlets and more, this video covers the names (with examples) of different parts of a lady’s clothing ensemble from the Tudor and Elizabethan periods. The main focus is of northern European clothing (English, French, and Dutch). What’s the difference between an attifet and a French hood? How about the difference between a Spanish farthingale and a French farthingale? Please watch and find out.


Sundials, etc. – Board Games & Card Games Played in the 16th CenturyLynne Fairchild – Learn about what board games and card games were played in the Renaissance, specifically around the 16th century during the Tudor era, such as chess and alquerque. Plus, view historic examples of game boards in paintings and museums!

Herb Bunch – During the week of 5/17 and lot of moving, tending and planting happened. Lots of making starts and planting on 5/25, which is this picture set. Talked to Eleanor de Bolton and figured out that the Purple Ruffles Basil that I keep referring to is an oregano. I apparently mis-labeled it right from the start! Also, so that folks know…. we haven’t had a garden for several years. After we moved to Jeanne’s everything had to be tucked in between her plants and then she died and we had nowhere. We’re finally back to having a (containers only) garden and I’m going bonkers with planting and making starts. 

Found a book of cookery and herbs – The Garden of Eden, or, An accurate description of all flowers and fruits now growing in England with particular rules how to advance their nature and growth, as well in seeds and herbs, as the secret ordering of trees and plants / by that learned and great observer, Sir Hugh Plat.
Plat, Hugh, Sir, 1552-1611?, Bellingham, Charles.
London: Printed for William Leake …, 1654. –

Full Sun area

Porch plants

Table – Many of these will go back to the shop, some for sale. 

Vegetables and herbs in the medium-sun area

Shop plants on 5/30 


Project Day – On 5/23 Anja was so tied up in her class that she never got online! On 5/30, nobody else showed up during the time. 

On 5/23 Michelle Crocker posted these pix, looking for input. It’s planned to be a Norse Apron Dress.


Volker Bach posted in Medieval and Renaiisance Cookery (edited for length & spacing) – Cashew marzipan – Looks like 1722 for the earliest edition.

In today’s contribution to the “It’s dangerous to read historical sources when you are bored” category: Massepain du Cacao & de noix d’Acajou selon Père Labat

Jean Baptiste Labat writes in his ‘Nouvelle Voyage’ (vol.6 p.95) ” I have also eaten marzipans made of cocoa and cashew nuts in place of ordinary almonds; aside from the colour, which was brown, they were of very good flavour. The cashew nut is much better than almonds when one makes marzipan paste; It has more flavour, more lightness and delicacy. These marzipans could be made in Europe as well as in the Isles, because cashew nuts can be transported and preserved through a large part of the year without going bad.”

I couldn’t just leave that standing there, could I? The ‘syrup’ version is pliable enough to be moulded, but holds a shape. The ‘dry’ version probably will as well if I process it for long enough. I gave up too early on that. Maybe it would also look good as little bites, with cashew nuts or candied tropical flowers on top for decoration.

Miscellaneous pix

Music – Real Medieval Norse Song (video with musical notation) – Musica Medievale – Ensemble: Mare Balticum – Album: Ice & Longboats  – Video: Codex Runicus, fol.100 (XIV cent.) 

In this video you can listen to five versions of “Drømde mik en drøm i nat is”, the oldest known secular song in the Nordic countries written around 1300. It is written in Old East Norse and is included in Codex Runicus, a transcript of Scanian Law where it forms a final note. Like the law itself, it is written in runes, and the tune is written on two simple staves in an early form of musical notation.

The text of the song is: Drømde mik en drøm i nat um silki ok ærlik pæl There are several interpretations of the text, as the meaning of the words silki and ærlik pæl is obscure. Traditionally, most interpretations have been variants on these readings: (I dreamt a dream last night of silk and fine fur I dreamt a dream last night of silk and expensive cloth This interpretation takes the 13th-century word silki to mean silk. It may be compared with the medieval song “Palle Boosons visa” which also speaks of “silk and fine fur”: “Han kläder sig i silke, så och i ädel päll…”) This interpretation has been called into question, because it fails to take account of the context of the document.

Codex Runicus is a lawbook that ends with a text of marginal notes. Since the song appears to be written in the same hand that completed the main body of the manuscript, it would seem more appropriate if the lyrics of the song were connected with the content of the document. One would expect a text concerning law and order rather than luxury.

However, there are many examples of similar insertions of unrelated text into medieval European documents, a particularly notable one being the Old Irish poem Pangur Bán. Alternative interpretations that better fit with this understanding of the song’s context are:

“I dreamt a dream last night of justice and fair play
I dreamt a dream last night of equality and honest measure”

The word silki could be seen as related to the old Nordic word slik meaning equality or the same as. Likewise, Ærlik pæl could be “honest measure”, since pæl and pel, are old words for “measure”, cognate with German Pegel.[5] Ærlik is used meaning “honest” (cf. “ærlig” in Modern Danish) on the very first page of the Codex Runicus. (Wikipedia)

Real Ancient Music of ScandinaviaMusica Medievale – Ensemble: Ake & Jens Egevad, Ensemble Mare Balticum – Album: Ancient Music of Scandinavia – Ice & Longboats  – ideo: Codex Runicus (XIV cent.) & GKS 1005 (XIV cent.)

This work is a collaboration between the University of Huddersfield, Delphian Records and EMAP (European Music Archaeologic Project). The information contained in the booklet is extremely detailed: from the musical history of Scandinavia through the centuries to the explanation of the musical instruments used for this recording, all reconstructed on the basis of archaeological sources. For space problems I limit myself to reporting only the first part of the booklet, the link to purchase the disc is at the bottom of the information. Scandinavia’s archaeologically known prehistory encompasses about 12,000 years or some 360 generations. Until about 13,000 years BC, Scandinavia (which in this context means the region covered by the present-day Nordic countries Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland) was an unpopulated area covered by the glaciers of the last Ice Age. The ice cap then began to retreat, and man migrated into the area as soon as he could maintain himself there. The Viking period, most commonly dated to around 800-1050AD (though some definitions prefer the more extended period from 750 to 1103AD), is the last period of this prehistory, and the first from which we have material traces of music-making. Vikings are typically conceived of as shipbuilders, mariners, explorers, traders, warriors, raiders and plunderers. However, they were primarily farmers, and their economy was based on agriculture and animal husbandry. The Norsemen who went off to raid or trade travelled worldwide, as we know. Their travels were facilitated by their advanced seafaring skills and characteristic longboats. The boundary between prehistoric and medieval times is naturally flexible. Standard archaeological practice places it at around 1050AD for southern Scandinavia, and for the more northern parts even later. The continental Middle Ages, by comparison are usually reckoned from 476AD – about 600 years earlier than in Scandinavia. These late Iron Age centuries are sometimes also called Scandinavia’s ‘pre-Middle Ages’. This period saw the gradual creation of the preconditions for true states, the rise of urbanisation, the introduction of Christianity and the use of writing, all in embryonic forms that heralded those we know from Scandinavia’s written medieval history. If one wants to move beyond archaeological traces — preserved musical instruments, sound tools, or pictures of them — to know anything more precise about what was played or sung, then this is the period from which we first have written music notation to inform our picture of Scandinavia’s soundscape. And so the second story told by this recording is that of the early centuries of Christianity in Scandinavia and in its musical life.

  • 1 Drømde mik en drøm i nat (version for medieval bone recorder) – Codex Runicus, ca. 1300
  • 2 Signals to the Aesir Gods
  • 3 In the Village: Musical Pastimes
  • 4 In the Village II: Evening
  • 5 Mith hierthæ brendher (version for voice) – Codex AM 76, ca. 1400
  • 6 Lux illuxit – Sequentia: Eystein Erlendsson, ca. 1170
  • 7 Scribere proposui – Cantio: Piae Cantiones, ca. 1582
  • 8 Drømde mik en drøm i nat (version for bells) – Codex Runicus, ca. 1300
  • 9 Ramus virens olivarum – Piae Cantiones, ca. 1582
  • 10 Drømde mik en drøm i nat (version for voice) – Codex Runicus, ca. 1300
  • 11 Drømde mik en drøm i nat (version for medieval harp) – Codex Runicus, ca. 1300
  • 12 Drømde mik en drøm i nat (version for symphonia) – Codex Runicus, ca. 1300
  • 13 Nobis est natus hodie – Codex Speciálník, ca. 1500
  • 14 Ferro transecuit – Estampie: Piae Cantiones, ca. 1582
  • 15 Pax patrie – Estampie: Decus Ecclesie, ca. 1400
  • 16 Ad cantus laetitiae – Rondellus: ca. 1400
  • 17 Mith hierthæ brendher (version for shawm, symphonia and pellet bells) – Codex AM 76, ca. 1400
  • 18 Melody from Hultebro
  • 19 The Warrior with his Lyre
  • 20 Gethornslåt
  • 21 Grímur á Miðalnesi
  • 22 Jesus Christus nostra salus – Jan of Jenštejn, ca. 1410
  • 23 Nobilis humilis – ca. 1300
  • 24 Gaudet mater ecclesia – Second Vatican Council
  • 25 Hostia grata Deo – Antiphona: ca. 1400
  • 26 Ferro transecuit – Antiphona: Piae Cantiones, ca. 1582
  • 27 Gaudet mater ecclesia – Improvisation: Second Vatican Council
  • 28 Sancta Anna, moder Christ – ca. 1200
  • 29 Diem festum veneremur – Sequentia


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Taking Care of Babies in the Middle Ages

Video & Podcast Links

[Podcast] The Shocking Arrest of Anne Boleyn: From Greenwich to the Tower, with co-host, James Peacock – The Tudor Travel Guide – 


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  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII = 146
  • ASLIV & ASLV = 230
  • ASLVI = 0 plus 4 puppets, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 1 kiss-lock pouch, 9 tiny bobs, 7 pincushions, 3 pins, 3 snip case w/snips, lucet 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

Total as a Household = 4061 handed off

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