Every time I write “this was a quiet week” I sigh to myself, because the weeks aren’t exactly quiet for *me*, but quiet as far a House things go. …and this was one with the exception of the potluck prep.
The garden is still fighting the slugs and snails. I’m starting to understand those knights battling them in marginalia! We’ve lost all the beans now, and most of the onions are gone… including Audrey!
Herbs in the Garden, Sewing and Project Day are on-going. 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 – 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 – Says, Eleanor de Bolton, “at AWW, Her Majesty found me (surrounded by veggies ) and Granted me entrance into the Order of the Goutte de Sang (An Tir’s grant level service award)
Wow! I am still lost for words. I didn’t see my current service at that level, just more as a spin-off to my work as a Rose/VE and now Laurel. I am honored and will try to get over my imposter syndrome.
…and to be a bit braggy for a sec… this is my 5th Grant of arms Woot! My fleet of l’ships is now truly worth of the title Admiral . I think all of us 3+ grant award folks should create the Order of the Admiralty”
July Coronation Morning Court – This stream includes the morning court for July Coronation.- Kingdom of AnTir, SCA
Ongoing meeting/event! Adiantum Arts & Sciences Update
With the arrival of summer, we will once again begin meeting in hybrid meetings, outdoors, beginning on Tuesday July 19th.
On that date we will begin an 8 week series of classes and activities leading up to a mini Medieval Pilgrimage across our small town.
July 19th we will meet hybrid via FB live. This will be a short history of Pilgrimages in the middle ages. It should be noted that not all pilgrimages were spiritual and this activity will inform about both the spiritual and personal reasons historically recorded for pilgrimages. This activity will be crafted in a way to allow those of all beliefs to feel welcome to these activities.
August 2: A brief history and hands on construction of Pilgrims Bags. This will also be hybrid FB Live and in person event.
August 16: a short diversion from our theme to a class on the history and construction of Arrow building 101, scheduled months ago. HL Alan Bowyer will be our guest presenter.
August 30: historic background of and hands on construction of walking sticks for pilgrimages
September 13: history of and hands on construction of bag shoes presented By HL Hrodr-Navar Hakonsson Steve Alter OP
Saturday September 24th: pilgrimage across our small town with a couple of stops along the way and a celebration at the end of the day:
2 stops at local ‘churches’, (one is presently a restaurant and the other a community service center). The walk will end at a local church and conclude with a celebratory feast.
Participants will receive a scallop shell token to hang on their walking sticks and a passport at the beginning of he walk.
Each will receive a pewter token and a stamp on their passport at each stop.
On arrival at the destination they will receive a Compestella (certificate of completion), and will join in a celebratory 14th century Festus of a similar nature to that prepared historically at pilgrimage stops.
The distance covered in this pilgrimage will be minimal, about 1.5 miles, with 2 stops en route.
We will be in garb, using our bag shoes, walking sticks, and pilgrims bags and we will carry banners. Our Chatelaine, Dame Johanna Trewpeny will be a member of our company, should we encounter mundanes curious about our presence and our purpose. This will be a rain or shine event, so dress for the weather. And we will be using FB Live as we progress.
More details will be posted this evening on each event, as FB allows me (we have been arguing all day about whether i should be able to edit via my phone).
So there are a whole lot of fun events coming up! Lets enjoy the beautiful weather and each others company while we learn more about the past by bringing it into our future!
Yours in Service,
Aila’ntha of Williams Keep
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/
JUL 29 AT 3 PM – JUL 31 AT 6 PM – Mooselmas – Laverne County Park – Event by Shire of Tymberhavene and Maat Pittman
Please join the Shire of Tymberhavene as they take advantage of the gift of a fifth weekend in July, cool coastal temperatures, and the birth of the one and only Viscount Moose… err Viscount Seamus O’Cailleigh! (His 40th, but that’s a secret, shhhh). To celebrate the holiday of the Moose, activities to be determined exactly, will include, Art, Art, Art and Science, Science and some more Science. If some dear friends of the Moose decide to marshal some kind of sweaty activity and the Moose agrees, it shall also be allowed. Site is Tymberhavene’s favorite! You know the one!! Hot showers and flushing toilets!
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 – Leggiarda Marina by Cesare Negri – Dance Balletti – Utopia Early Music
Repeating because it was such fun! – An Tir Dance Off April 2020 – An Tir Dance Off in A.S. AS LIV being April 2020 Gregorian – Between dancers, horses, musicians, dogs, and editor, we had ONE HUNDRED PARTICIPANTS in the making of this video! AN TIR!!!! Music is “Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor (no copyright infringement intended). Initiated, compiled, and edited by HL Aelis de la Rose, with outreach assistance from HL Alicia du Bois. – Kingdom of AnTir, SCA
What Was Normal Life Like For Medieval Servants? | Time Crashers – 6,605 views Jul 13, 2022 TV presenters Fern Britton and Louise Minchin, weight-lifter Zoe Smith, former rock chick Meg Matthews, actors Kirstie Alley, Keith Allen, and Charlie Condou, comedian Chris Ramsey, ex-footballer Jermaine Jenas and long jumper Greg Rutherford sign up to be transported back to six periods of history, starting with the Elizabethan era where they are servants at a great hall preparing a banquet for the lord and his guests. Here they discover just how menial a menial life was. – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries
Is This Anne of Cleves in Both Portraits? | 16th Century Portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger – 57 views Jul 14, 2022 This portrait is attributed to potentially being Katherine Howard, the 5th wife of King Henry VIII of England. However, there is evidence that it may instead be Anne of Cleves, the 4th of wife of King Henry VIII. – There is no authentic contemporary evidence of what exactly Katherine Howard looked like. This portrait was painted on a 4 of Diamonds playing card. Could that be a reference to the 4th wife of the Diamond (the current monarch at the time: Henry VIII)? Is that the same calm expression as Anne of Cleves? Does the necklace provide evidence of who this lady is? – Lynne Fairchild
Europe’s Apocalypse: The Shocking Human Cost Of The Thirty Years’ War | Holy Wars – Chronicle – The biggest catastrophe in Europe, the Thirty Years’ War, was caused by Martin Luther’s longing for a purer Christianity. Between 1618 and 1648, Europe lost over 8 million innocent people, in an orgy of violence between Protestants and Catholics. Often referred to as “Europe’s apocalypse”, how did a war between people of the same faith lead to such appalling catastrophe? – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries
The Unsettling Secrets Hidden In Holbein’s Tudor Portraits (Waldemar Januszczak) | Perspective – British art historian Waldemar Januszczak shows that Hans Holbein witnessed and recorded the most notorious era in British history. He painted most of the major characters of the 16th century Tudor Era, including the famous image of King Henry VIII. What unsettling secrets lay hidden in his famous paintings? What do his images reveal about Henry’s relentless drive to control the English church?
Early Week – Amy stopped by on Monday with a bag of scraps for pouches.
Cookery – We watched all week for the fennel to flower. On Monday they were just starting. On Thursday, they were “almost”. We harvested one batch Friday evening, and another Sunday morning. Tempus baked a batch of bread on Saturday, so we’d have some for the potluck.
So how much ale did a medieval peasant actually drink? Much, much less than you think – https://zythophile.co.uk/2022/07/12/so-how-much-ale-did-a-medieval-peasant-actually-drink-much-much-less-than-you-think
A History of Ketchup – Tasting History (recipes from 1787)
Sewing – Anja was working on gnome pincushions/pattern weights this week. No pix, yet.
Vines and Leaves – In this video, I am making a bag strap for a clear plastic stadium bag. This is a fantastic pattern for a beginner in tablet weaving – Elewys of Finchingefeld (Lots more info on the YouTube page)
Making a Tasselled Belt for a Bronze Age outfit – Today I’m finishing a bronze age inspired woollen tasselled belt to go with my outfit ready for the Festival of Archaeology. It’s an interpretation rather than an exact copy, but it’s giving me a chance to improve the overall look of this costume. Video also includes some footage of the Festival of Archaeology at the British Museum 16 July 2023 – Sally Pointer
New Viking Age Jewelry Find – (Link in captions and in link section below)
Sundials, etc. –
Hand-Dug Well Using Primitive Tools? – Frontier Well – Townsends Wilderness Homestead – Townsends
Herb Bunch – On Monday Loren and Anja did some plant tending at the shop, including the parsleys that had suffered a slug attack in the garden and been brought into town to keep a closer eye on them. On Tuesday Anja worked on weeding while he watered the whole garden. We also got an Oregon Grape start into a bucket. Hopefully, it’ll take. The beans have come up.
…and then the planter box that the beans were in, got dumped, while Loren was working on the plant trellis. So it got picked up and put back together, but it’s anyone’s guess how the plants will do.
Watering happened again Friday evening and fennel flowers were harvested and the hard stems snipped away. Sunday morning strawberries/blueberries were harvested and a stem of lovage for the cookery, and then more of the fennel blossoms.
Project Day – Started the day talking with Gudrun. She’s come down with the Plague. 😦 Talked with Helen Louise for a bit about the demo next weekend. Peggy posted a great set of process pictures of her trial of the Norse Apple-Nut cake recipe. (In “Recipes” section) Anja got a little sewing done and Loren a little sanding.
Potluck – Nibbles were out on the table, early. Cooking started around 3pm and it took quite awhile to get the chicken far enough to be skinned and boiled. By 5:30 we were heating up the soup and cooking the cabbage.. Not long after that the chicken was finished being skinned, boned and chunked… *not* the original recipe, but I did want Loren to eat some!
We ended up eating at home, since it was just two of us. The chicken was good, although better before I addeds, “just a little more cinnamon”. <sigh> I’ll know better next time. Before that unfortunate choice, there was a nice balance of fennel and ginger in the dish. I might just leave out the cinnamon and serve with cinnamon/clove/cardamom sugar on the side. This is going to be a good feast dish, since it can be done entirely ahead and just heated. I’m going to harvest, snip (de-stem) the rest of the fennel flowers, so we can!
No, the bug in the apple muse didn’t stay there. He was discovered after the photo was taken and unceremoniously escorted of the feast, taking flying lessons by means of a spoon catapult!
- bread – white rolls
- skyr cheese
- “white” cheese
- Pickled cheese (infused/marinated)
- pickles (beans, egg and turnip)
- chive butter
- black olives
- Pickled herring
- Other cheeses
- Lentil/pea soup with carrots
- Chicken with Fennel Flowers
- Trencher bread
- buttered carrots
- three colors of beets, roasted and sliced.
- Caboges yfried, actually boiled and buttered… 🙂 Tricolor cabbage mix and onion.
- Norse Apple Nut Cake – Peggy
- Apple Muse with fresh berries
Norse Apple Nut Cake – Recipe by Peggy Vlach, edited by Anja- So here is my first try at making the Norse apple/nut cake. I think that 1 1/2 cups of honey is too much, next time I will cut that amount in half. What with all the honey and the eggs the batter was very runny….it took 30 minutes instead of 15 to set up in the oven at 350 degrees. However, it is yummy.
- 1 cup chopped dried apples
- 2 cups toasted chopped hazelnuts (Safeway has chopped hazelnuts in their baking section)
- Apples and nuts mixed in a bowl
- ¾ of your favorite honey
- 4 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Chop the dried apples and measure 1 cup.
- Put into a bowl.
- Toast hazelnuts and chop. Measure two cups.
- Add to bowl and mix.
- Measure 1 ½ cups of honey. Add to bowl and mix.
- Add eggs and mix very well.
- Spread in a 13×9 pan, lined with foil to contain mess.
- Bake in pre-heated oven for 15-30 minutes until golden brown on top and set.
- Let cool and serve warm or cold.
Page can be found here – https://wp.me/P8ngGY-6bY
Medieval Chicken with Fennel Flowers – https://historicalitaliancooking.home.blog/english/recipes/medieval-chicken-with-fennel-flowers/ – ITALIANO – from Anonimo Veneziano, Venetian source, 14th century. Anja’s adaptation
- 1 flat of chicken thighs, approx.. 4-5 pounds.
- Water to cover
- 1 TBSP salt (or to taste)
- 1 cup bacon fat (or other hog fat, but bacon tastes good!) You can usually get this amount from a pound of bacon.
- 1 handful of fennel flowers (cut flowers from the ends of the stiff stems!)
- 1 ½ cups almond flour)
- Small piece fresh ginger
- Mix of sweet spices (cinnamon, , cloves, Indian bay leaves) or powder douce.
- Mix almond flour and fennel flowers together. (This may be done ahead of time.)
- Grind spices. (This may be done ahead of time.)
- Cut up bacon and fry. Let cool. Strain bacon fat into a cup and save the rest for other purposes. (This may be done ahead of time.)
- Peel the skin from the chicken. (This may be done ahead of time.)
- Parboil chicken. (This means to cover the chicken with water, salt it, and bring to a boil, then pull out of the liquid and set aside (it won’t be fully cooked!) **
- Strain the broth and set aside. If you stop at this point, refrigerate both chicken and broth, separately, then skim any grease from the broth and discard.
- Melt the bacon fat.
- Add the chicken. (Chicken was de-boned and chopped before this step!)
- Mix the flour/flower mixture and the various spices.
- Reserve 1 TBSP for step 16.
- Mix the rest with 2 cups of the chicken broth.
- Give the chicken pieces a few minutes to begin to warm up, then add the broth and seasonings mix.
- Let simmer for 15 minutes and turn over/stir.
- Simmer for another 15 minutes, stir, and check for done-ness
- Put the chicken on a serving platter or a shallow bowl.
- Stir the sauce well, cooking a little longer, if necessary, then pour over the chicken and dust with the reserved seasoning mix.
** Anja’s note – Because the chicken was frozen, it had to be cooked far enough to get the skins off and by that time it was close to temperature! 5 pounds was too much chicken for the pot, too, so I decided to bone and cut up before frying/cooking, and then reserve some for another day.
Original recipe – Toy li polastri e smenbrali e fali bolire e non tropo e frizelli in lardo; toy mandole, fiore de fenochio e masena ogni cossa in sema e distempera con la lessadura de li polastri e poy dali per scutelle e metili specie dolce.
Translation – Take the chickens and cut them in pieces. After boiling them a little, cook the meat with lardo. Grind almonds and fennel flowers together, and dissolve them in the chicken sauce. Plate adding sweet spices.
Music – La Reverdie – Knights, Maids & Miracles – Suso in Italia Bella (Disc 3) – Music in the courts and cloisters of northern Italy
Song 1 of 10 – O lylium convallium
Song 2 of 10 – Tres enemics
Song 3 of 10 – Gewan ich ze Minnen
Song 4 of 10 – En mort d’En Joan de Cucanh
Song 5 of 10 – Lux purpurata – Diligite justitiam
Song 6 of 10 – O in Italia felice Liguria (Madrigal)
Song 7 of 10 – O in Italia felice Liguria (Instrumental Version by Doron David Sherwin)
Song 8 of 10 – Nel bel giardino che l’Adige (Madrigal)
Song 9 of 10 – Pyançe la bella Yguana (Instrumental Version by Elisabetta de Mircovich)
Song 10 of 10 – La Reverdie
- Mystery grave in Oslo gives up some of its secrets: “Skeletons could date to reign of Inge Krokrygg, King of Norway” – https://thevikingherald.com/article/mystery-grave-in-oslo-gives-up-some-of-its-secrets-skeletons-could-date-to-reign-of-inge-krokrygg-king-of-norway/135
- The Secrets of a Long-Overlooked Cipher Linked to Catherine of Aragon – Henry VIII’s first wife may have commissioned the design as an act of defiance during the Tudor king’s attempt to divorce her. – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-secrets-of-a-long-overlooked-cipher-linked-to-catherine-of-aragon-180980400/
- A 14th-Century Nun Faked Her Own Death to Escape Convent Life – A newly translated letter written by a medieval archbishop reveals the nun’s shenanigans, which allegedly included crafting a dummy in the likeness of her body. – https://www.history.com/news/runaway-medieval-nun
- A tomb linked to the legend of King Arthur is being excavated for the first time – https://kion546.com/cnn-other/2022/07/11/a-tomb-linked-to-the-legend-of-king-arthur-is-being-excavated-for-the-first-time/
- Magic mirror: Cincinnati Art Museum discovers centuries-old mirror reveals hidden image – https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/travel/magic-mirror-cincinnati-art-museum-discovers-centuries-old-mirror-reveals-hidden-image/ar-AAZxBeL
- Archaeologists find previously unknown Roman city at the foot of the Pyrenees – Dated between the 1st and 2nd centuries, the urban complex had ‘buildings of enormous proportions’ and public services including baths, water supply, streets and sewers – https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-07-13/archaeologists-have-discovered-a-previously-unknown-roman-city-with-buildings-of-enormous-proportions-at-the-foot-of-the-pyrenees.html
- New Viking Age jewellery find delivered to archaeological museum on a platter – The typical Viking Age women’s jewellery had been collecting dust in somebody’s living room for decades. Until last week, when it was all of a sudden delivered by an anonymous source at the Museum of Archaeology in Stavanger. – https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-viking-age-vikings/new-viking-age-jewellery-find-delivered-to-archaeological-museum-on-a-platter/2055396
- New runic artifacts discovered during excavation at the Medieval Park in Oslo’s old town – Archaeologists excavating the Medieval Park in Oslo’s old town have discovered eight new finds of runic objects from medieval Oslo (three of bone, three of wood, one of metal, and one possibly of horn). In addition, there is a find of a piece of bone with script-like markings. – https://thevikingherald.com/article/new-runic-artifacts-discovered-during-excavation-at-the-medieval-park-in-oslo-s-old-town/137
Video Links & Podcasts
Medieval handcart: just the ambient trundling noise ASMR – Experience the singing noise a medieval handcart makes as it trundles through the beautiful English landscape. No talking or explanation, just the landscape and atmosphere. – Modern History TV
Une saison lumineuse à Guédelon… – Les tailleurs de pierre, carriers et maçons œuvrent à la construction de la porte entre deux tours ; les charpentiers équarrissent, taillent et assemblent la charpente de la tour du pigeonnier ; les coloristes et les peintres poursuivent les décors de la chapelle et travaillent avec les menuisiers à la réalisation des fenêtres en toile peinte…
A bright season in Guédelon… – Stonemasons, quarry workers and masons work on the construction of the gate between two towers; the carpenters square, cut and assemble the frame of the dovecote tower; the colourists and the painters continue the decorations of the chapel and work with the carpenters on the realization of the windows in painted fabric…
Biocodicology and Birth Girdles with Sarah Fiddyment – This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Dr. Sarah Fiddyment about a mind-blowingly simple way of collecting biological information from parchment, what it can tell us, and what it reveals about how a late medieval birth girdle was used. – Medievalists
New and Updated Pages
- Foods from the Norse Viking era – https://wp.me/P8ngGY-4So
- Norse Apple Nut Cake – (inspired by Peterborough Vikings) – https://wp.me/P8ngGY-6bY
The Boudica Song | Cut-Throat Celts – Don’t diss this Miss! It’s the anthem of the cut-throat celts and their boss – Boudica! Cross her at your peril! – Horrible Histories