No one from the House managed to get to Mooslemas. 😦 It’s getting far enough along in the season that the garden needs a lot of water. Some fun pictures from various places below, lots of links this week, a Roman dice game, an unusual marzipan recipe and funnies…. gotta have the funnies… 🙂 There’s a video that made me chortle there, too.
Herbs in the Garden, Sewing and Project Day this week. 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! Usually at 3pm on Wednesdays.
- 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 – 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/ It looks like we have a solid, tested menu, so fine-tuning over the next few months. We should start prep of pickles and things to be frozen in September.
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/
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.
(already held) July 19th This will be a short history of Pilgrimages in the middle ages.
August 2: A brief history and hands on construction of Pilgrims Bags preparatory to our mini pilgrimage on September 24th.. This will also be hybrid FB Live and in person event. WHAT TO BRING; You should bring a chair, a drinking vessel, a pair of fabric scissors, needle, thread, and 1/2 yard of fabric of your choice. Recommended fabrics are canvas, heavy linen, heavy cotton, or wool. Period options would have most likely been linen or wool. I will have supplies available for those who do not have such items on hand..
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
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.
September 2 , 2022 until September, 5 2022 – SEPTEMBER CROWN 2022 – Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Event Center – 1200 Fairgrounds Rd NW Bremerton, WA 98311 – Please join your friends and family from around the Kingdom (and those traveling from far distant lands) as we witness the fierce competition amongst those who would vie for the Sable Lion Throne of An Tir. The warriors who would claim such title must be fierce in deeds and chivalrous in nature. The finest representatives of these traits will be present at this most worthy of occasions. September Crown is also the occasion of the Kingdom of An Tir Protector Championship (archery and related), as well as the An Tir Kingdom Equestrian Championship. Both competitions will be glorious to watch. The location is within the beautiful lands of The Barony of Dragon’s Laire, where Their Excellencies Kloe of Thira and Arion the Wanderer await your arrival. We will do our best to ensure your stay with us is something to bring memories lasting a lifetime. https://antir.org/events/september-crown-2022/
September 16 , 2022 – September, 18 2022 – SUMMITS CORONET – Briaroak – Come bear witness to the grand tournament that will select the heirs to the Alpine Thrones.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 – Upon a summer’s day – Les Baladins de Céret
5 new classes from Pennsic! – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcPqyAoBz-iFNF3T-kQt0eQ/videos
What are the six major styles of Viking art? – https://thevikingherald.com/article/what-are-the-six-major-styles-of-viking-art/149
Why Was Normal Life On A Medieval Farm So Gruelling? | Tudor Monastery Farm | Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – A team of historians turns the clock back to the year 1500 to take on the role of the lay-folk who farmed and crafted within monastic lands. The presenters are put through their paces to give viewers a real-life account of what life would have been like in 1500, during the reign of the first Tudor King, Henry VII.
The Golem of Prague – a dark secret of Central Europe – Hidden History – A look at the legend of the Golem allegedly conjured into life by Rabbi Loew of Prague to defend his people.
Mystery guest learns to use a lance! (who is it?) – Modern History TV – Jason Kingsley, the Modern Knight, is joined by a mystery guest. They discuss how to use a lance from the back of a wooden horse, and investigate the practical skills a medieval knight would have had to learn.
Early Week – Most of this was finding things and putting them away after the demo. A bunch of stuff is still in Eugene. During the week it was all transferred to Helen’s, so we’ll have it for Shrewsbury.
There was a lot of online discussion and yes, it *does* look like an SCA demo is happening at Shrewbury. Now we just need to get the logistics together.
Cookery – Greens got harvested for a beef broth based vegetable soup and lots of leftovers went in, too. Found some interesting recipes that Volker Bach posted for sausages, one of which is pretty much blancmange stuffed into a tube. There was another marzipan one for tempting the appetites of invalids (that’s below)
The British Food History Podcast (lots of links!) – https://feeds.captivate.fm/the-british-food-histor/
Medieval Table Manners – Tasting History with Max Miller
Where Did Cheese Really Come From? – Weird History – Let’s talk Cheese History. Weird History is taking you on an epic food journey as we reveal the History of Cheese. We’re going from the very beginning and seeing where cheese began and what it is today. We’ll make stops through various points in history and see some of the surprising origins of your favorite cheeses. Sit back and enjoy this cheesy history.
Fiber Burn Chart – Very, very useful! Especially if you thrift!
Medieval Capsule Wardrobe: Strategically Building Your Historical Closet – Opus Elenae
Making a Basic 16th Century Flat Cap – Lynne Fairchild – We are going back to basics today with sewing a simple 16th century bonnet, also known as a Tudor flat cap! If you have never done any sewing at all but would like to try historical costuming, this is the video for you! Worn by both men and women, this head covering was typically made of wool and was usually black. However, these caps could also be made of silk and/or be red in color. It started out as a peasantry hat from the 14th century, but made its way to the merchant and nobility class in the 16th century.
0:00 | Introduction
0:51 | Brief History
2:42 | Step by Step Instruction
13:12 | Ending
Historic Examples of the 16th Century Bonnet, aka a Flat Cap – Lynne Fairchild – Some historic examples of the 16th century bonnet, aka a flat cap, along with pattern instructions on how to make your own. Most bonnets were made of wool. Black was the most common color used for this head covering. sumptuary law from 1571 required every non-noble male over the age of 6 to wear a wool cap on Sundays and holy days, or face a 3 shilling fine.
Sundials, etc. –
Jactus – An ancient Roman dice game, played with five dice, for two to four players. You also need coins and cards, but any tokens or counters will substitute for them. http://www.dice-play.com/Games/Jactus.htm
- At the start of a game the following number of cards/tokens and coins are placed in the centre of the playing area, depending on the number of players taking part.
- 4 players: 3 “Venus” cards/tokens, 6 “dog” cards/tokens, and 3 coins
- 3 players: 2 “Venus” cards/tokens, 4 “dog” cards/tokens, and 2 coins
- 2 players: 1 “Venus” card/token, 2 “dog” cards/tokens, and 1 coin
- Players in turn roll the dice and try to get five-of-a-kind. Players may keep as many of the previous player’s dice and roll the remaining ones in their turn.
- A player who makes 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 claims a coin. A player who makes 6, 6, 6, 6, 6 (Jactus Venereus) claims a Venus card/token. A player who makes five of any other number (Jactus Canicula) claims a dog card/token.
- Once a player has made five-of-a-kind and claimed their reward, they roll all the dice again in the next round. If a player is unable to claim their card/token or coin from the centre because there are none left, they may take one from another player.
- The first player to hold a Venus card, two dog cards, and a coin, wins the game.
Shock purpose of Bronze Age metal daggers revealed – Hidden History – New research has shown a surprising likely purpose for Bronze Age metal daggers.
Using the scratch tool. – Sven Skildbiter – Using the scratch tool on one of the sides of the Horning Table.
Using a ruler as a straight edge. – Sven Skildbiter – Using a ruler as a straight edge to guide the use of a ‘v’ gouge to carve lines into one of the sides of a Horning Table (Viking).
Herb Bunch – Weeding and watering were most of the efforts this week, plus greens & berries harvesting. Some went into soup, some was frozen for later.
Project Day – Anja worked on writing. Loren worked on spoons. Talked to Gudrun.
Ingredients list (Anja’s interpretation)
- 1/2 pound frozen chicken breast, cooked just until tender and 165 internally.
- 2 TBSP bacon fat (or chicken or duck schmaltz)
- 1/2 pound almond meal
- 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
- Orange flower water or rose water (amounts will vary)
Marzipans for invalids who have lost the desire to eat, very good and of great sustenance
- Take a chicken breast and simmer it in salted water until thoroughly cooked – but try not to overcook as it will make the chicken dry.
- Weigh the cooked chicken breast and measure out the same weight of almond flour and sugar.
- Grind them all together in a food processor. [Anja’s note – You will probably have to add at least a little liquid, use the orange flower water….]
- If you don’t have any wafers handy you can, at a pinch make these and just form them directly on to a sheet of baking parchment. Make the sides a little raised.
- Moisten with orange flower water
- Sprinkle with caster sugar and then sprinkle a bit more orange flower water on top.
- Bake in the oven at a moderate temperature until they are lightly browned. They can be eaten either warm, or cold.
Edited from Kiriel’s Kitchen, full post here – https://kirielskitchen.blogspot.com/2021/10/marzipans-for-invalids.html?m=1
Take a very fat capon or a hen which is very fat, and cook it with just your salt until it is very well-cooked; then take the breasts from it, and all the white meat without skin, and weigh that meat, and take as much peeled almonds, and combine the meat and the almonds; and take as much fine white sugar as all of this, and grind the almonds a great deal, and then the meat with them, and then the sugar; and then grind everything together, and stretch that dough upon a wafer, and make little marzipans of the size that you wish; and make the edges a little high, and let it be a little deep in the middle; and moisten it with orange-flower water with some feathers.
And then sprinkle fine ground and sifted sugar over that water, and then moisten it again, and sprinkle it as before; and then cook them in the oven in some flat casseroles, and paper underneath; and let the fire of the oven be moderate; and upon removing it from the casserole, the paper must be cast off of each one, (70) in such a manner that the marzipan does not break.
And this is a very singular dish and of great support for the invalids who have lost the [desire] to eat; because the little of this that they eat is of more sustenance than any other thing; principally drinking in addition to it the sulsido of hens made in the jug; and this is beyond estimation.
Miscellaneous pix –
Your scribe spent some time this week hunting “clipart” for various purposes. Two albums’ worth!
𝔇’𝔄𝔪𝔬𝔲𝔯𝔰 𝔏𝔬𝔦𝔞𝔩 𝔖𝔢𝔯𝔳𝔞𝔫𝔱 – French and Italian love songs of the 14th/15th centuries, Alla Francesca – 𝔐𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔞 𝔐𝔢𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔳𝔞𝔩𝔢
Ensemble: Alla Francesca – Album: D’amours loial servant , Chansons d’amour françaises et italiennes des XIVe et XVe siècles – Video: Christine de Pizan, Livre du chemin de long estude (année 1402) – http://www.facebook.com/musicamedievale
1 Anon. – diminution from Codex Faenza on anonymous ballad “A discort sont Desir et Esperance”, Faenza Bibl. Comunale MS 117 – Indescort (recorder, vihuela, harp)
2 Anon. – virelai-motet (? Borlet, end of 14th c.) Ma tredol rosignol joly / Aluette / Rosignolin (3 voices, cittern) – Anon.
3 Anon. – L’amoureuse flour d’esté / En l’estat d’amere tristour / [Sicut fenum arui] (motet; 3 voices)
4 Anon. – Se vrai secours briefvement ne m’eslye (ballade; voice, recorder, vihuela, harp)
5 Anon. – Puisque je sui d’amours loial servant (rondeau; voice, vihuela, recorder, tambourine)
6 Anon. – J’ay grant desespoir de ma vie (cornemuse)
7 Jacob de Senleches – La harpe de melodie (virelai; 3 voices)
8 Pierre des Molins – De ce que foul pensé souvent remaynt (ballade; voice, harp, vihuela)
9 Anon. – J’aime la biauté (pipe & tabor, psaltery, vihuela)
10 Anthonello de Caserta – Amours m’a le cuer mis en tel martire (ballade; voice, recorder, vihuela, harp)
11 Anon. – Que puet faire un cuer dolent / Ce ne est mie merveilles (virelai; 3 voices, pipe & tabor, cittern)
12 Francesco Landini – Giovine vagha (ballate; double pipe)
13 Guillaume de Machaut – Qui es promesses / Ha! Fortune / [Et non est qui adjuvet] (motet; 3 voices)
14 Baude Cordier – Se cuer d’amant par soy humilier (rondeau; 2 voices, recorder, vihuela, harp)
15 Anon., Codex Faenza after Machaut – Honte, paour (recorder, rebec)
16 Francesco Landini – Amor c’al tuo sugetto (ballata; voice, recorder, vihuela)
17 Johannes Ciconia / countertenor by Matteo da Perugia – Ligiadra donna (ballata; 2 voices, harp)
18 Johannes Ciconia – Doctorum principem / Melodia suavissima / [Vir mitis] (motet; 3 voices)
19 Francesco Landini – Questa fanciull’amor (3 voices, vihuela, recorder, tambourine)
Gérard Lesne – voice
Brigitte Lesne – voice, harp, psaltery, tambourine
Emmanuel Bonnardot – voice, vihuela d’arco, vihuela da mano, cittern, rebec Pierre Hamon – recorders, pipe & tabor, double pipe, bagpipe
- Watering cans – https://thegardenstrust.blog/2022/07/16/watering/?fbclid=IwAR1xok6I4bt7lQQVaytb7m50OCZgUB8JIdK4tAR_nqSvymPJ3yFB_vrAQug
- Science project reviving ancient perfumes – https://english.radio.cz/science-project-reviving-ancient-perfumes-8757218
- Cave Hidden Under Pembroke Castle in Wales Could Hold Secrets Dating Back 10,000 Years – https://www.ancientpages.com/2022/07/16/cave-hidden-under-pembroke-castle-in-wales-could-hold-secrets-dating-back-10000-years/
- The Book of St Albans. (Digitized) The Library of Trinity College Dublin – https://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/concern/works/8p58pm63q?fbclid=IwAR3GnEoGwfWU3TgFIZnnVV8r7kOeO5QQLfOJn5xYIkx-2L7BECs3MkP_HgM
- Experts Analyzed Centuries-Old English Skeletons And Exposed A Strange Reality About Medieval Life – https://nightdaily.com/s/strange-reality-medieval-life
- Defenestration in Prague – https://www.historytoday.com/archive/months-past/defenestration-prague
- “Magic” Shoe Discovered inside University Wall – https://www.archaeology.org/news/4773-160818-england-cambridge-shoe
- The Super-Ancient Origins of Your Blue Jeans – https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/peru-indigo-cotton-discovery-textiles-archaeology-jeans-huaca
Video Links & Podcasts
Medieval Well Poisoning Accusations with Tzafrir Barzilay (Podcast) – Medievalists – Medieval antisemitism flared up most famously and tragically during the Black Death when Jews were accused of deliberately poisoning wells, and thousands were executed for this wholly imagined crime. This week, Danièle speaks with Tzafrir Barzliay about what made well poisoning conspiracy theories so powerful, and how they started. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUUXNFza5kw
The Black Middle Ages with Matthew Vernon (podcast) – Medievalists – Ever since the medieval period ended, people have been looking to the Middle Ages to find inspiration and a sense of cultural roots. This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Matthew Vernon about the commonalities and kinship felt by African-American writers as they look back to the medieval past. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ATfZL3X-NA
The Real Story Of Marco Polo’s Treacherous Journey Across The Mongol Empire – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – Marco Polo’s legendary journey from Venice to the far reaches of the Mongol Empire, which he started in 1271, was a monumental leap of human exploration. His travels 700 years ago revealed an exotic world of riches the west had little knowledge of. But how does his journey look today? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxYr7Yw2VFw (only plays on YouTube)
The Real Charlemagne | Gone Medieval Podcast – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – Charlemagne is considered by many as the most ambitious ruler in Europe prior to Napoleon – but what do we really know about his 46-year long reign, beginning at the end of the eighth century, which saw a cultural and intellectual renaissance. – What can we learn from the sources about Charlemagne and his own personal history? –
How Did Someone Become A Medieval Knight? | Time Crashers | Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – The Time Crashers have gone back to 1468, one of the few years England was not troubled by the Wars of the Roses. They are split into two unisex teams of squires, the Reds, and the Blacks, competing with each other to prepare their knights for a jousting tournament. The fastest team to accommodate the winning knight is rewarded with a feast whilst the losers must polish yet more armor. –
This one made me giggle. Kinda reminds me of the very early days in the SCA!