Entering the summer season means that things can go nuts for Anja and Loren. They certainly did this weekend! We had a great potluck and visit with Helen Louise, Hobbit John and Aelwynn Seamestre on Thursday and then a good potluck on Sunday, as well. Otherwise a lot of our time was taken up with mundane stuff.
Herbs in the Garden on Wednesday. Sewing Time on Saturday. Project Day on Sunday. 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!
- 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 – 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/
Summits June Investiture – Morning Court & Defender’s Tournament – Streamed live – includes morning court, Defender’s Tournament, and the last court of Their Alpine Highnesses at the Summits June Investiture, hosted by the Shire of Tymberhavene in Coquille, OR.
Summits June Investiture – Investiture – Streamed live – stream included the Investiture and first court of the new Alpine Highnesses at the Summits June Investiture, hosted by the Shire of Tymberhavene in Coquille, OR. – Principality of the Summits, Kingdom of An Tir SCA
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.
JUL 15 AT 2 PM – JUL 17 AT 5 PM – An Tir July Coronation – Clayton Community Fairgrounds, Event by Arnora Grimsdottir, Lilyanne Jennifer Williams and Jenn Harper – The Barony of Wealdsmere is proud to once again host July Coronation!
This event will be at the Clayton Community Fairgrounds in beautiful Williams Valley, WA – the same site as July Coronation 2019. This is a great site with plenty of room for camping, RV’s and buildings for activities out of the summer sun. This site offers potable water, showers and electricity. For the most up to date info please go to: https://antir.org/events/july-coronation-2022/
AUG 12 AT 3 PM – AUG 14 AT 12 PM – The Long & Short of It – Event by Barony of Terra Pomaria and Stephen A Trickel – 9755 Willamette St, Aumsville, OR 97325-9625, United States
The Long and Short of it is a summer gathering for Terra Pomeranians and friends. Championships will be held for Heavy Fighters, Archery both young and old, and thrown weapons. Prize Tournaments for Rapier, Cut and Thrust, a Youth A&S challenge, and Equestrian Challenges in memory of Mistress Lady Macha the Determined. A potluck will be held Saturday, with a roast provided by the Thegn Clovis and Baronesa Ximena. All attendees are encourage to bring a tasty dish to share
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 email@example.com.
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 – Encouraging Dance at Your Medievalist Events, Live Q&A – The Creative Contessa
Renaissancissimo! Quand je bois du vin clairet, Tourdion by NVA – From the performance “Renaissancissimo!” – Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam
8 new videos from the Known World Italian Symposiun 2022 – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe1Izj92BXlpjlCZbykKqVA/videos
A Brief History Of Bloody Mary – Mary I Of England – Brief History
Early Week – Most of what we going on was prep work, but Anja went to an Egil’s debrief Monday evening and work on a couple of small paper buildings while that was going on.
Cookery – This week, a lot of this, is going to be found under “potluck”. A new potage de Crecy got done for the Thursday guests. It cooked in the crockpot for 4 /12 hours on high and then 4 on low, so it was quite soft and *really* delicious. That’s not just *my* opinion, that’s what everyone said.
The “skyr cheese” was made that evening and finished on Friday, spiced with cheese salt and garlic powder.
- Mystery of the Tudor banana – https://www.theguardian.com/uk/1999/jun/16/maevkennedy
- Medieval Beef Roast with White Garlic Sauce – https://historicalitaliancooking.home.blog/english/recipes/medieval-beef-roast-with-white-garlic-sauce/
- The Oldest Cookbooks From Libraries Around the World – https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/oldest-cookbooks
Carla Cecilia Collalto Berardi – Roquefort’s happy birthday…
On June 4, 1411, King Charles VI of France declared that only the people of the town of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon had the right to sell cheese with the official name of “Roquefort”.
This event is historically considered to be the first instance of a legally protected designation of origin, the effect of which still continues to this day! The name “Roquefort”, however, was already in use well before the intervention of Charles VI: some say that the cheese was already in production at the time of the Romans, and that even Pliny the Elder would have mentioned a blue-stringed cheese being made in the region. Without a definite birth date, however, it is safe to assume June 4 as the “formal” birthday of Roquefort!
What is certain is that, despite probably dating back even to prehistory, cheesemaking as a craft became incredibly widespread mostly during the Middle Ages: many popular cheeses, such as Camembert, Cheddar, Parmesan, and Gruyère, were in fact developed at this time. Cheese soon became essential for everyday life thanks to its efficiency in preserving milk (one of the greatest sources of quality nutrients at the time and today), making cheese a valuable product people could either store for winter or even sell: hard cheese (“Caseus vetus”, old cheese, in contrast whith “Caseus recens”, fresh cheese), especially, was extremely important, as it could be traded and carried by merchants for longer distances and longer periods of time. People would adapt the process of cheesemaking depending on the geographical characteristics of the region they lived in, leading to the great variety of products we know today; moreover, the main ingredient for medieval cheese seems to have been sheep’s (and not cow’s!) milk, at least up until the 14th or 15th century.
In this regard, Roquefort still represents the epitome of medieval cheese: made entirely from the milk of the Lacaune breed of sheep, the cheese is aged inside a set of local caves, where the characteristic mold (found in the soil of the caves) is also added.
Legend has it that Roquefort was “invented” when a young man, while eating plain cheese, saw a beautiful girl and quickly abandoned his meal in a nearby cave in order to follow her.
Months later, when he finally returned to the cave, he found that his cheese had molded, effectively transforming into Roquefort.
“Caseus vetus” and “Caseus recens”, illuminations from the manuscript “Tacuinum sanitatis”, ms. Cod. Ser. n. 2644, f. 60r-v, 1380-1399, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien.
Medieval thimble discovered in England – https://www.medievalists.net/2022/06/medieval-thimble-discovered-in-england/
The REAL History of the Princess Hat – Making History – A headdress from the medieval Mongol Empire? European whimsy? Something Freudian? Maybe you’ve heard a pithy theory about the history of the hennin, or conical “princess hat,” but I doubt you’ve heard the REAL history. Today we’re going to dive into some serious fact-checking, and wrap up with what I think you need to know about fashion in the Late Middle Ages. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUeW-SOeYW4
00:55 General Hennin Facts
03:03 European Theory
04:13 Boqta Theory
10:32 Ottoman Theory
15:28 what is even real?
16:33 MIC DROP
Uffizi gallery. A large and beautiful embroidery – Interesting…. docs say, “panel” & “painting”. OP says it’s an embroidery. Hmmm….
Stinging Nettle Friendship Bracelet Challenge – It’s time for the annual Nettles for Textiles challenge! This year we invite you to make a bracelet out of nettle fibre and share a picture of it using #nettlefriends to the Nettles for Textiles group – Sally Pointer
Sundials, etc. –
- The British Library has the digitized Leechbook online now. This is the one that has a remedy for MRSA as an eye-salve. – https://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2016/01/balds-leechbook-now-online.html
- Apothecary Weights and Measures – https://giveitforth.wixsite.com/giveitforth/post/medieval-cooking-basics-apothecary-weights-and-measures
- Archaeologists find Viking Age shipyard – https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/06/archaeologists-find-viking-age-shipyard/143855
- Mystery of Black Death’s origins solved, say researchers – International team link spike in deaths at cemeteries in Kyrgyzstan in 1300s to start of plague pandemic – https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/15/mystery-black-death-origins-solved-plague-pandemic
My Blacksmith Husband Made Me a 16th Century Ballock Dagger! – What questions would you like to ask my blacksmith husband about this historical dagger that he made me, to be included in an upcoming video? – Lynne Fairchild
Herb Bunch – More roses were harvested for sugar. Sweetgrass was harvested for the shop. Sorrel for supper.
Project Day – Anja and Loren opened their shop early. This weekend was the Waldport celebration of Beachcomber Days, which pinched the time that they usually have for House stuff.
Some pictures from earlier are added here.
From 6/12 – Peggy Vlach – “My project was done yesterday. Today I went to Scriptorum. Got this machine when I was in 5th grade, have always wanted a table for it. Now I have one.”
HFrom 6/12 – Helen Louise – Its Renaissance faire season so more Elizabethan kirtles and shifts… this one is a wool plaid. I’m still working on the Roman wardrobe for myself and hubby to wear at An Tir West war.
Feast Planning – We found a new recipe for “nut cake”. This looks like a possible for the “sweets” course for the feast. (see Recipes section)
Potluck – We actually had two this week! On Thursday, Helen & Hobbit John and Aelwynn Seamestre came out for the afternoon. We had a pot of potage de Crecy, bread, and nibbles which included smoked salmon, a salmon spread, a blueberry & vanilla goat cheese, pickled beets, pickled chickpeas, pickled black beans, chive butter, rainbow carrot pickle and “pickled”/marinated cheese. The last two in that list were experiments that we popped open for the first time that day.
On Sunday, the regular potluck day, we had more stuff and some guests, customers to the shop who got some nibbles and talked history for a bit. The lady is an old SCA-dian from Blatha an Oir, who hasn’t played in awhile.
Potluck Menu – I’ve mingled the two meals in the menu below.
- smoked salmon
- salmon spread
- blueberry & vanilla goat cheese
- pickled beets
- pickled chickpeas
- pickled black beans
- chive butter
- rainbow carrot pickle
- “pickled”/marinated cheese
- Hardboiled eggs
- skyr cheese
- potage de Crecy
- Bohemian Rye bread
- White rolls
- trencher breads
- Mortar chicken
- Marzipan (pirate and pecan)
- 100’s of 1000’s
Nut Cake – Peterborough Vikings – Clan Wulfhar (collected on Facebook 6/18/22) – Nut cake made with hazelnuts apple eggs and honey. Traditionally this would have been cooked on a griddle pan hung over an open fire
- 2 cups hazelnuts
- 1 cup dried apple
- 1 1/2 cups ml honey
- 4 eggs
down to preference you may want to toast the nuts before mixing with other ingredients, if you don’t have a griddle and open fire it can be cooked in an oven
- Preheat the oven to 175°C
- Finely chop the hazelnuts and apple.
- Mix the nuts, apple and.honey in a bowl.
- Whisk in the eggs.
- Spread the mixture into a large circle on a greased baking tray.
- Bake on the middle shelf for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Although no recipes were written down from the Viking age, the ingredients used would have been widely available, and the recipe would have been passed down generation to generation, this recipe is one that is still used in modern day Scandinavia , so a variation of this could have been enjoyed as a Viking treat
Music – Playford’s Dancing Master: Strawberries and cream or Ginnie Pug – An anonymous 17th Century ‘country dance’ from Playford’s Dancing Master, 1657
Eleanor Cramer: bass viol
Christopher Goodwin: renaissance guitar
Alison Kinder: recorder
Tamsin Lewis: renaissance violin
- Original Czech dog breeds: The Bohemian Shepherd – https://english.radio.cz/czech-dog-breeds-8742713/2
- Silver coin featuring famous Viking king unearthed in Hungary – https://www.livescience.com/viking-king-coin-discovered-hungary
- DNA analysis reveals source of Black Death – https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/15/health/black-death-plague-source-identified-scn/index.html
- Mystery of Black Death’s origins solved, say researchers – https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/15/mystery-black-death-origins-solved-plague-pandemic
- Face of wealthy Bronze-Age Bohemian woman revealed in stunning reconstruction – https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-bohemian-woman
- Medieval manuscript discovered in Spain after going missing for over 80 years – https://www.medievalists.net/2022/06/medieval-manuscript-discovered-in-spain-after-going-missing-for-over-80-years/
- Government Jobs in the Middle Ages: 14th-century London – https://www.medievalists.net/2022/06/government-jobs-middle-ages-london/
- Man’s Best Friend: Love for Dogs in the 10th century – https://www.medievalists.net/2022/06/mans-best-friend-dogs/
- The Early Medieval Hospital – https://www.medievalists.net/2022/06/the-early-medieval-hospital/
Video & Podcast Links
The Hidden Hands Behind Medieval Manuscripts with Mary Wellesley – Survivors of time, neglect, and sometimes disasters, medieval manuscripts are the work of countless authors, scribes, artists, and craftspeople, many of whom remain anonymous. This week, Mary Wellesley shares the stories behind some of the most famous manuscripts of the Middle Ages and the hidden hands behind them. – Medievalists
Tudor Norfolk: In Search of Three Surprising Boleyn Family Treasures – The Tudor Travel Guide
Nüshu – These women are trying to preserve an ancient Chinese language invented as a secret code – https://theworld.org/stories/2022-06-13/filmmaker-trying-preserve-ancient-chinese-language-invented-secret-code-between also Wiki article – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C3%BCshu
The Legacy Of The Eight-Legged Viking Horse | In Search Of The Viking Horse | Chronicle – What’s the link between Odin’s mythological eight-legged horse and the modern Icelandic horse? Brought over from Northern Europe by the Vikings over 1,000 years ago, the Icelandic Horse has recently been proved to be intrinsically linked to the Viking legend. Join us as we trace the mythology, history and training of this special Icelandic breed and explore the Norse legend of Sleipnir. – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries
Charlemagne: The Emperor Vs The Vikings | The Last Journey Of The Vikings | Chronicle – As the Vikings begin to attack the coasts of Northern Europe, they begin to encounter a whole different kind of resistance. Charlemagne, the notorious Frankish emperor has no plans to give up his Christian territory to these new raiders. This is the fascinating history of the the Viking raids on Europe and the obstacles they faced: religion, power, and empire. – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries