Fewer classes, no dance vids, it’s been quiet this week for the House. Not to say that it’s been for the SCA. We’re in one of the perennial “flaps”, but that’s not what this newsletter is about.
The gift exchange package went out, some sanding/finishing of wood projects happened, more
sewing, Anja’s embroidery and some really tasty dumplings, plus herbs and more. This coming week ought to be more of the same, but there’s a Virtual and a mini potluck happening on Sunday! and links and links!
All meetings are on hold for the moment, although Project Day and the Monthly Potluck are being held in the Virtual Realm.
- 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 – 6/21
- Next Winter Feast tentative Date is 2/15/21, Theme ??
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/
Heraldry & Name news as seen in a few places& checked with LQA : From Juliana de Luna, Laurel Queen of Arms, greetings to all those to whom these presents come.
Offensive Names and the Current Situation
As you doubtless know, a great deal of concern has been expressed about the fact that Wolfgang von Sachsenhausen, a name registered in 2007, included reference both to a Nazi concentration camp and a scientist who did experiments there. We wish to share with you, so that you can share with your populace, an explanation of how this name was registered and a general road map of what the Laurel Office has been working on since we became aware of the issue in the morning of Saturday, June 6, 2020.
How this name was registered:
The Standards for Evaluation of Names and Armory (“SENA”) ban the registration of names that are offensive.Specifically:
No name that is offensive to a large segment of members of the SCA or the general public will be registered. Offense is a modern concept; just because a name was used in period does not mean that it is not offensive to the modern observer. Offense returns are rare because the bar for determining offensiveness is quite high; it has not been unusual for years to pass between returns for offense.
Offense is not dependent on intent. The fact that a submitter did not intend to be offensive is not relevant. The standard is whether a large segment of the SCA or the general public would be offended.
In 2007, we were not as attuned to the problems of white supremacy in the SCA as we are today.At that time, we used a different set of rules, but the rules about offensiveness were substantially the same.
The people making decisions on names and armory are not experts in every topic that arises. For that reason, we rely heavily on commentary from our array of volunteer heralds from every Kingdom.In this particular case, no one at the Society level identified the link between this name and the concentration camp in commentary, so the issue was not considered at the time.I was a commenter at that time and can say that we rarely looked actively for such issues, assuming that submissions of hate were a thing of the past.
Now, in 2020, we are more alert to the problems of white supremacy and racism in the Society, as are our commenters.In addition, there is vastly more information available to allow us to identify potentially problematic names.We make a regular practice of checking Google and other available resources, such as the databases of white supremacist images and lists of offensive racial terminology, when making decisions.Offensive racial epithets such as the Gypsy have been banned, as have certain depictions of the Celtic or Norse crosses that are commonly used by hate groups.
What has the Laurel Office been doing?
Since becoming aware of the issue, the Laurel Office has been working on several projects:
(1)We have prepared a report to the Board of Directors discussing the issue, our plans for moving forward, and the calls for revocation of this person’s registration (something that is regulated by Corpora rather than the Laurel office).
(2)We have prepared and will shortly be issuing a Palimpsest Letter for commentary adding a provision to SENA banning names that are morally offensive and proposing a multi-factor test for moral offensiveness.
(3)We have researched and prepared a proposal for how to handle names that incorporate place names of concentration camps, which will appear in an upcoming Cover Letter.
(4)On the April 2020 Cover Letter, we will be announcing a new policy allowing free changes of names and armory for people whose registered elements are offensive.For example, some period armorial motifs have been co-opted by hate groups in the years since they were originally registered.Likewise, the phrase the Gypsy once had a very different popular meaning, but is now considered hate speech by the Roma people and the United Nations. People who now find themselves with inadvertently offensive names may wish to change them and we are removing one barrier to doing so.
(5) Pelican Queen of Arms is forming a working group to identify other potential red flags in names so that we can maintain a list of problematic name elements going forward. Although Pelican and her staff have been doing this same work behind the scenes for several years, we now are actively reaching out to people who are not presently commenting to request their assistance.
What can people do?
(1)Be patient.Many of the things we are trying to do require substantial research time or input from the Board of Directors.
(2)Become involved in researching and commenting on names and armory in OSCAR.The Sovereigns are not experts in every single area of language, history or armory.We need and rely on commentary from experts in a wide variety of fields.We remain particularly in need of people with expertise in languages and cultures outside of Europe.
(3)Become involved in researching and writing articles to help educate people on period names or armorial motifs that have problematic modern connotations.
Julia Smith/Juliana de Luna
Laurel Queen of Arms
I tried 3000 year old hairstyles using Iron Age Tools.
Keys to the Kingdom Courtesy and Etiquette in the Current Middle Ages By Briana Cassia
Concept of Classroom Education by Brynjarr Olfuss
Event Stewards 101 by Vivien NicUldoon
How to Stitch a Temari: the Japanese Art of Spherical Embroidery
How to Run a Royal Court
The whole channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyPzZuaj1u2KSL67wWgLvXA/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=1
Early Week – Classes and projects this week.
Cookery – Thursday night started with a cheese dumpling experiment from Knoedlein von dem
Kaeß (Recipe and redaction below) after that a potroast and cacik got set up. Some sauteed vegetable got done for supper with the rest of the dumplings on Friday and then the rest of the leeks went into a chicken stew.
On Sunday some of the herbs that were harvested went into supper’s chicken dish over rice. Sorrel, garlic scapes and a bit of thyme.
Sewing – The Hedeby Bag got sewn up on Saturday. More got done on the sippy cup and Anja is starting a frame kiss-lock purse.
Sundials, etc. – Sanding was happening on the big wooden tray and a small bowl. The tray got re-finished, as well. The bowl needs a mend from a divot in the side. Not sure where that came from.
Herb Bunch – Water/Tending went on all week. Anja got some harvesting done on Sunday.
Project Day – The gift exchange set got completely finished and put together. Herbs were harvested, cookery done, sanding. Anja attended an online elevation to the Laurel. Loren went to Yachats to pick up some plants. No one online.
Cheese Dumplings from Anna Wecker, (translation Volker Bach)
- 156 Knoedlein von dem Kaeß – Dumplings of cheese
- 1 quart beef broth
- ¼ cup red wine
- 2 cup Bread crumbs
- 1 cup Grated gruyere
- 1 TBSP dried shallots
- 1 tsp Ginger (instead of pepper)
- 1/ tsp Cinnamon (instead of mace)
- Saffron (didn’t have)
- 4 egg
- ½ cup milk
- Set broth to boil, gently.
- Add wine
- In a small bowl mix bread crumbs and spices.
- Add milk and then eggs on by one and stir until you have a thick , rather crumbly dough.
- Let stand for ½ an hour. If it’s not sticky enough, add a little milk, but not much.
- Take dough by the spoonful, roll into balls and set gently into the middle of the boiling broth.
- Put the lid on (I did 9-10 in a batch), and let come back to a boil. (Makes 24-30, meatball size.)
- When all rise to the surface, give them another 3-5 minutes at a boil, then using a straining spoon lift out into a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Put in the next batch.
- Eat hot, or if you’re not going to eat them right away, store dumplings tossed with a little melted butter, separately from the broth and in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave, or fry on butter.
Grate bread and cheese, two parts bread, but the third cheese, and make it properly with eggs, not too thin so that it does not run. Pepper it well and also add mace and saffron. Put them into boiling meat broth, always into the center of the boil (? alle mal fornen in den wall) and let it boil very slowly. Beforehand quickly fry it brown in fat. This gives a very good broth that you may well give to a sick person who eats cheese.
And if you have a very weak soup, grate a little cheese and throw it into the boiling water (in den wall). It boils together. Press it out with a spoon, it immediately produces a good flavour as though it were spiced.
But this should not be a common peasant cheese, but of the good Swiss or Italian cheeses, also Dutch and their like. When they turn hard, they are useful for such things.
OMGS, these were *so* good! They had a little wine flavor, just a touch of spice and you could taste the cheese. Yummmmmm. I ate 6 before I stopped…
Ealdormere Cooks: Pies and Stress Baking – https://www.facebook.com/groups/620471958041787/?multi_permalinks=3043938249028467¬if_id=1592072168485715¬if_t=group_activity
Tudor and Renaissance Music vol. 4 (1450-1600
XV th century French Renaissance music – Gilles Binchois compilation mix
- The Man Who Sacked Rome – https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/douglas-boin-alaric-the-goth/612268/
- Æthelflæd: Lady, or Queen? – https://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2020/06/thelfld-lady-or-queen.html
- After Hundreds of Years, Unknown Woman in Tudor Portrait Identified as Mary Boleyn – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-hundreds-years-unknown-woman-tudor-painting-was-identified-180975071/
- The Africans Who Called Tudor England Home – https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/black-african-tudors-england
Silly Q&A – Question: Who invented fractions? Henry the 1/8
Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)
- ASXLVII = 24
- ASXLVIII = 88
- ASXLIX = 794
- ASL = 2138
- ASLI = 731
- ASLII = 304
- ASLIII – 146
- ASLIV – 222 plus 4 puppets, 3 hippocras mix, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 9 tiny bobs, 7 pincushions, 3 pins, 4 snip case w/snips, lucet cords, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 14 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124), 2 emery strawberries.
Total as a Household = 4053 handed off
In ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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