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Nice Potluck this week! Still all in the Virtual World. No one’s been showing up at the shop. Lots of people were doing interesting cookery this week. More recipes below and lots of process pix! More Herb and Garden things… and lots of links.

Herbs Workshop and Project Day are/can be in-person.

When will the rest of these open up in person? We’ll probably keep right on with the virtual ones side-by-side with the actual. …and Crown having been cancelled and Coronet limited to essential people because of the Plague, we’re going to be keeping an eye on things.

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 6am-9pm, starts this week!
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, 1 to 5pm
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Virtual Potluck – 9/19, 10/17
  • Winter Feast 2022 is looking to happen. Updates soon!

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:

Misc – Principality of the Summits – IMPORTANT CORONET UPDATE

Greetings Summits,

The health and safety of the populace is foremost in our minds as we look toward September Coronet and watch the spread of the Delta Variant. Given this concern the following changes are being made to September Coronet:

  • Coronet will be a single day event, being held on Saturday September 18th
  • Attendance is being limited to essential attendees. This means Their Highnesses, tournament entrants and consorts, minimal retinue/court staff, required Principality officers (Seneschal, Lists, Earl Marshal, Herald, and Social Media), tournament marshals and heralds, as well as essential event staff.
  • Pre-registration is required for all attendees and you will not be allowed onsite without it. (People who are currently pre-registered and will not meet the criteria of an essential attendee will be notified via email)
  • Registration for the tournament will be available before the event.
  • All participants are requested to avoid opportunities for exposure where possible in the 10 days leading up to Coronet (September 8th through September 18th). We’re not asking you to stay home from work. We are asking that you skip large gatherings, county fairs, concerts, and the like.
  • All branches are required to suspend activities in the 10 days leading up to Coronet – September 8th through September 18th.
  • Masks are to be properly worn (covering your nose and mouth) by all attendees at all times except while eating and drinking. Mask wearing during rounds will be left up to the tournament entrants. (Similar to how the Olympics was managed)
  • There will be no site fee. Summits is covering the costs for this event.
  • The Summits Facebook Page will be continuously updated during the tournament, and we are looking into livestreaming portions of the event.
  • Existing restrictions against communal food and water will be observed.

Thank you for your understanding. We feel these revisions are necessary though realize they will be disappointing to many. These changes are disappointing to us as well. We had hoped to have a traditional Coronet with all the usual activities and community.

Please reach out with any questions.

Kenric & Dagma
rPrince & Princess of the Summits

Cassandra Deveroux
Seneschal, Summits

Other Educational Events

A Master List for finding classes, webinars and other things –

Pennsic University – Links are only up through August!

10/1-10/3 2021 – Daigaku-Ryo: Pan-Asia University = Constantinople to Heiankyō 2021 – October 1, 2021 — October 3, 2021 –

 Other Good Stuff

KWAS – The Known World Arts and Sciences Display is now live! Go to and click on “Display Hall” in the upper right corner to see the contributions.

Knowne Worlde Entertainment Guide – KWEG – Entertainment List –

SCA Iberia put out a whole bunch of videos from their most recent event!

Classes – 

Natural Dyeing with Marigolds: Rich Colours from the Garden – HistoryScienceFiber – Come explore the rich potential of natural dye pigments in this popular garden flower. From rich golds, mossy greens and dark chocolate tones, marigold flowers are wonderful additions to the colours you can forage and grow yourself. Totally sustainable and a great hobby for children, come explore natural dyeing! I’ve used a similar dye process for dyeing with tansy and goldenrod so you can take a look at the colours that are possible and see how you might want to plan out your future dye garden, whether in pots or beds. (More info and watch on YouTube, playback disabled) –

The Luttrell Psalter – A Year in a Medieval English VillageCrowsEyeProductions – Completed over 10 years ago and now remastered, the Luttrell Psalter film brings the famous 14th century illustrations to life and shows a year of working and living in a medieval village. Guided by the detailed and often humorous images of everyday life from the Luttrell Psalter, the Luttrell Psalter Film gives a unique glimpse of a year in the life of a medieval English village. Filmed over four seasons, it shows the changing landscape with its fields and flowers, and the daily activities which dominated the lives of our forefathers. This 20-minute film draws on over 35 different images from the margins of the manuscript, allowing the people from the Psalter to walk out from its vellum pages. Have a look through the original manuscript on the British Library website and see how many scenes you recognise: 1325-1340, Contents: ff. 1r-12v: Calendar, with the feasts of the following English saints included: Edward (18 March); Augustine (26 May); Translation of Thomas of Canterbury (7 July); Wilfrid (12 October); Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln (17 November); Edmund (20 November); Thomas of Canterbury

More on the clothing here:

Medieval Disabled Bodies – Medievalists – Lucie Laumonier talks to Adelheid Russenberger, a PhD candidate in history at Queen Mary University of London, England, about medieval disabilities and what it meant, in the Middle Ages, to be disabled. You can get the show notes at

The Non-Binary Viking Grave: What Do We REALLY Know? – The Welsh Viking – That Viking age grave they found in Finland (in 1968) that’s been all over the internet this week? Yeah, I’ve heard of it. It’s… it’s kinda my thing to read up on the latest archaeology, especially if it’s Norse and Viking related! What did the grave contain? What does DNA and genetic testing actually tell us about the person buried in it? Is the jewelry, weaponry and clothing important? Were there two swords in the same grave? Is the person non-binary? Well you’ll just have to watch the video and find out, won’t you? Eh? *NOTE: Being non-binary is NOT a choice. Using the term ‘non-binary’ as a label and self-description is a choice, is what I mean.* (more info and links on the YouTube)

Early Week – A little clean-up from Sunday’s cooking… a little garden tending…. A little working on plants for sale.

Cookery – We actually started last week, wanting to get one set of dishes out of the way. Midweek we got pictures of a lovely salad that came out of our garden. (below in “Potluck”).

Anja’s been doing some research into marzipan and other sweets of that type. Halvah, a middle-eastern sesame seed version, was the most recent, but she’s also setting up to try the cashew and cocoa one from the 1700’s.

Wheats for Flour in Medieval Europe – Lynne Fairchild – When I was doing research and recreating a 16th century recipe for Jumbles by Thomas Dawson, I wanted to use a more historically accurate flour than the modern bleached all-purpose flour that can be found at any local grocery store today. Here is the information that I have found so far regarding historical wheats. For more information on the 16th century Jumbles recipe, please visit: ,

The Cookbook of Nostradamus: Prophecies in the Kitchen – Tasting History with Max Miller

Sewing – All mundane except for research.

Accessories and dress details 1350-1355 Paris, france-bnf-francais 1586 poesies

Getting Dressed in the 14th Century – Ploughman – CrowsEyeProductions – A 14th century English ploughman dresses ready for work. Based on illustrations in the Luttrell Psalter.

Weave Along with Elewys, Ep 20: Cambridge Diamonds – Elewys of Finchingefeld – The Cambridge diamonds pattern, a 6th century Anglo Saxon find, has a unique weaving technique, alternating idling packs of cards. I show you how to make all the mistakes…sigh…and eventually get it right in the end. (More info and links on the YouTube)

Sundials, etc. – 

Matt Bunker – album: Viking Age finds from Valsgärde. – Games pieces, glass, from boat grave 3 at Valsgärde. 10th century. Pieces for Tafl or Tablut.

Although it’s more famous for it’s Vendel period boat burials, there are several Viking Age burials at Valsgärde. The objects from these burials are in the collection of the Gustavianum – Uppsala University Museum.

If you like my museum photo work, either for study purposes or just for enjoyment, you can always support my never ending quest to visit all the museums to photograph ALL the early medieval things: –

Herb Bunch – 

Friday Morning

Saturday and Sunday

Gardening – Eleanor de Bolton – Used & Quoted with permission

Bottle gourd harvesting time! ❤️Had fun trying to recreate the images from the tacuninum sanitatis, now for the cooking 😊.I planted these as more an exploration of medieval garden veggies, but I think they may become part of my yearly garden rotation. A more drought and heat tolerant back up to zucchini and cucumbers.

Project Day – Ailantha chimed in early on, while Anja was running back and forth cooking. She was at it all day, too!

Helen Louise sent a pic of her baking.

Potluck – We ended up working on food all day, between Loren having to run home for some things that were forgotten and being horribly tired and dragging, it took a bit! Of course, we started last week. Anja started with the tri-pot, having pulled out a frozen vegetable soup, some brussel sprouts and a cabbage and onion dish. Loren made a batch of bread and then Anja fried the mortar chickens.

…and working on things during the week including a lovely salad and some halvah. 

Potluck day – Nibbles and Sweets

Potluck – Mortar Chickens – 4 small chicken breasts made 11 patties, but there was too much egg…. 

Potluck – Feast

Potluck Menu

Pickled eggs in the middle, from upper right….washed curds with garlic and dill, fig jam, butter, cheese, pickled beans, black olives, pickled brussels sprouts


  • Pickled eggs
  • Bean pickles
  • Fig jam
  • Pepper jam
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Black olives
  • Washed curd with garlic and dill
  • Light bohemian rye bread


  • Fennel sausage patties
  • Girdle cakes (oat and barley with dill)
  • Mortar Chickens (rye bread trencher and spring onion topping)
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Cabbage and onion cooked in wine
  • Brussels sprouts
My plate


  • Halvah
  • Shortbread
  • Naughty Cake


Cabbage and onion cooked in wine – This is a simple dish that you see referenced and never turned into a recipe! The period version would have been chopped and put in a sealed crock in the edge of the fire, pretty much to steam slowly. I added a little salt, cumin and caraway to give it some extra flavor.

  • Bag of coleslaw mix
  • 2 onions
  • 1/2 cup wine
  • Tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground caraway
  • Optional – whole caraway to sprinkle serving dish)
  • butter pats (for individual servings)


  1. Cut up onions so they are no more than bite-sized.
  2. Put coleslaw & Onions in a 2 quart pyrex or other microwave safe dish.
  3. Pour wine over.
  4. Nuke for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir well
  6. Add spices

Mortar Chickens, Meister Hans 1460 cookbook

  • Chicken breast, cooked and cooled
  • 1 egg
  • medium pinch Saffron
  • 1 tsp Horseradish or pepper
  • 1 tsp Aniseed
  • Fat or oil (used bacon fat)


  1. Muddle the egg.
  2. Sprinkle ground saffron onto egg and let sit for a few (best overnight!) for the saffron to “color”.
  3. Mix egg and spices.
  4. Using a food processor (or a small knife and then a mortar) chop the chicken to mush.
  5. Add egg mix and process until well mixed.
  6. Chill mix if you’re going to try to roll this out.
  7. Divide into 6 sections for patties or 12-15 for “nuggets”.
  8. Roll into balls and smash flat, about 1/2 inch at most.
  9. Heat oil/grease. You need at thin layer and will have to add fat between patties.
  10. Drop patties/nuggets onto oil. Not at a high temp, or they’ll burn to the pan very fast. I used “3” on my dial of 3-8.
  11. Loosen from pan within a minute. At about 3 minutes it will be browning on the bottom and can be carefully flipped to the other side. These are *very* tender and will tend to fall apart if you handle them like a burger!
  12. Fry until done (check inside temp with thermometer…. 165F-180)
  13. Serve each on ½ a roll and garnish with spring onion rings.

Recipe #62 Von mörser hüner die mach also – Of mortar chickens, make them thus

Take a roasted chicken, dismember it small and take the sheer meat of it. And take a thin batter of eggs and of pepper, anise, pepper and saffron and pound it all together in a mortar. Fry it in a little fat, those are mortar chickens.

Loren’s basic bread loaf recipe for a 2 pound breadmaker

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup plain sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt (approx or less)
  • 2 1/2 tspn yeast
  • 1 Tbsp bacon fat (or less to taste)
  • 4 Cups Unbleached cheap white flour

Mix it all together until it resembles bread dough, let it rise a couple times, somewhere warm, like in an oven at 125, until it looks like something that should be cooked, then scorch it at 350 degrees for about half an hour until it appears edible. Modify these directions as needed to make it work.

[Anja’s translation: He uses a bread maker on dough cycle, so dump stuff into the bucket and turn the thing on. Check it after about 10 minutes (this depends on your breadmaker, during the 2nd mixing…..) to make sure the flour is all “in”. When the cycle ends, shape it and let rise in a 125 oven for 15-30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. ]


  • Seed bread – Add ½ cup of “seeds”, usually a mixture of millet, flax and sunflower for us, but your mileage may vary.
  • Italian Seasoning Bread – Add one packet of 4 seasons Italian Salad Dressing mix, plus 1 TBSP minced garlic.
  • Olive/Caper – Add 1 can of olives, drained, ½ that of capers – bread comes out flat.
  • Sesame – Add ½ cup of sesame seeds. Brush with butter and sprinkle with seeds
  • Rye/Caraway – Replace 2 cups of the white flour with rye and add 1 1/2TBSP caraway seed. This dough usually takes additional water. Check after the first “rumpus” of the bread maker (on mine, after 10 minutes)

Miscellaneous pix

Posted on Facebook on 8/9 – Marie Hilder – Mail is one of the lesser known finds from Mound 1 (‘THE’ Sutton Hoo burial). Although badly corroded, enough survives to suggest the Sutton Hoo mail was tnic-length or even longer. It was folded and placed at the end of the (probable) coffin and underneath a large silver dish with control stamps of the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I (reigned 491–518). If well-treated, the Sutton Hoo mail could have been made anytime in the later 5th or 6th-century, which would make it the same age as the Byzantine silver dish it was buried under. There’s a chance – impossible to prove – that the mail was even made in the Eastern Mediterranean. This was a valuable piece. Among the Franks at this time, a good ‘mail shirt’ was worth twice as much as an embellished helmet, three times a sword without a scabbard, and six times a shield and spear. From Anglo-Saxon Wessex (late 7th-century) comes a law code of King Ine which values a ‘byrnan’ the same as a man’s wergeld (the value placed on his life). So the impression we have from documentary sources is that iron armour was rare and expensive in the 6/7th-century. Mail was available only to high-ranking warriors, like the man buried in Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo. So where do the famous Sutton Hoo shoulder clasps fit into all this? There may be a clue in the Strategikon, the handbook of military tactics ascribed to the Byzantine Emperor Maurice and probably written between 575 and 628 (making it contemporary with Sutton Hoo). The Strategikon recommends wearing small pennons at the shoulders in order to impress the enemy – which is immediately reminiscent of the Sutton Hoo shoulder clasps, which were used perhaps to close a padded chest protector worn on top of the iron shirt. What was this chest protector most likely made from? Well, layered quilted linen is effective in warding off blows from edged weapons and from arrows – more so than leather. Any chest protector could be fitted onto the body in two sections which opened and closed at shoulder level, and the sides tightened with straps. This suggestion is consistent with the traces of leather and textile found with the iron ‘chain work´at Sutton Hoo and also in the Benty Grange (Derbyshire) burial, also 7th-century. A textile cuirass would also work better with the shoulder clasps. Body armour came in many forms in Early Medieval Europe. We need only consider the terms used in the poem ’Beowulf’ to realise that. Here, in addition to the famous byrnies, we find words for protective battle wear such as: licsyrce (body shirt) and beadobrægl broden (woven battle garment). The presence of mail in the Sutton Hoo grave raises other important considerations about the grave assemblage. How was the mail acquired? If the buried man or one of his ancestors had fought as a mail-clad warrior, where did he fight? Because this is the gear of an elite warrior in the Germanic-Byzantine military world. Indeed, the primary theatre of war for northern Germanic tribes in the 6th-century was in Byzantine-ruled Italy. The image projected by the Mound 1 assemblage was therefore that of a top military commander in this world – perhaps identifiable by his shoulder clasps as a high-ranking member of a particular tribal or military order. Wear that gear in Britain – the iconic helmet, a mail tunic, and jeweled shoulder claps to close a torso protector – and that man would be the image of the imperial splendour of Rome and Constantinople. A king in other words. But, as author Noël Adams concludes, this is all speculation. “To our distant modern eyes, however, it seems that one clear message conveyed by the Mound 1 burial to those who conceived and witnessed it is summarised by the words ascribed by Ennodius to Theodoric the Great as he donned his armour for battle: “Let them at least say, ‘How splendid he looks in death‘, if they have not the chance to admire me fighting”. The full article, ‘Rethinking the Sutton Hoo Shoulder Clasps and Armour’ by Noël Adams is on the Academia site or you can read it here:…/rethinking-the-sutton-hoo… The photos of the mail shirt fragment and the shoulder clasps are from the British Museum. The photos showing the reconstructed textile body protector are shared courtesy of Paul Mortimer, aka King Rædwald of East Anglia – the Sutton Hoo king.


Sicilian Medieval Music – Musica Medievale – Ensemble: Al Qantarah – Fabio Tricomi Album: Abballati, abbalati! Video: Frédéric II, traité de fauconnerie (XII/XIIIth cent.)

Since ancient times, Sicilian culture has been shaped by the influence of foreign powers which often co-existed: those of the Hellenic world, the Italic civilisation, the Arabic presence and the Norman conquest. These intertwining influences led up to mediaeval times, the historical pivot’ around which the project for this disc rotates. Thus Sicily appears as a crossroads of races, traditions, varied and often exotic ethnic roots giving it a multi-layered and cosmopolitan quality which has become ever richer over the centuries and has made of the island a sort of bridge (in fact “AI Qantarah” is a river in eastern Sicily whose name in Arabic means’ the bridge) and a unique contact point for the various foreign civilisations which have become an essential part of the Sicilian territory. Sicily has adopted as its own the musical traditions and styles of Arab, Byzantine, Provencal and Norman cultures, conserving their intrinsic qualities and forms along with elements springing from the origins of Sicily itself. When one considers Mediaeval Sicily, it is natural to turn to the age of Frederick II and the great stimulus his reign gave to the sciences and arts. The Sicily of Frederick’s times was an admirable example of both tolerance and intellectual fervour: the lively and progressive scientific and philosophical climate left by the Arab community after the Norman conquest, the refined and invaluable literary works written by the residents of the Court, found an ideal meeting point in the personality of Frederick. These facts further motivate the choice to record this disc in the Ursino Castle which Frederick himself had built at Catania by the architect Riccardo da Lentini, 13th century. The pieces from this disc comes from two collections: the 12th century “Troparium de Catania” and the “Corpus of Sicilian Folk Music”. The use of these sources guarantees a good assortment of contexts, ranging from the religious to the lay, from the cultured to the popular tradition. The instruments used are chosen to reflect the variety of the repertoire, so that alongside cultivated mediaeval instruments copied from the iconography that has reached us, we find those of Sicilian and Middle Eastern tradition. It should be pointed out that the variety of instruments used and the rather daring use of middle eastern instruments are sustained by the frescos of the 13th century Palatine Chapel in Palermo, second only in importance in musical iconography to the contemporary miniature of the “Cantigas de Santa Maria”. Frederick II is directly alluded to in the piece Dolce lo mio drudo. While the Sicilian quality of the “Corpus Favara” is unquestionable, the Catanese quality of the “Tropari” is derived from the fact that the pieces, stylistically similar to sacred music commonly played all over Europe in those times, were copied in Sicily for use in liturgical services in the Catania cathedral. The three Tropari conserved in Madrid, usually defined ‘SicilianNorman’, contain liturgical sequences, conductus and dramas, genres which had only just appeared in the 12th century. The inclusion in the repertoire of a contrafactum of a text by Giacomo da Lentini “Ben m’è venuto” with a melody by the Provencal troubadour Peire Cardinal (J. Schultze, “Sizilianische Kontrafakturen”), documents a musicological hypothesis according to which the Sicilian poets of the 13th century set their own verse to music.

  1. Surat Mariam – 1 pt.
  2. Trad. Salemi, F. 744: Canto di Carnevale/Trad. Messina: Tammuriddara/Trad. Castellammare del Golfo, F. 605:Assummata di lu corpu di la tunnara/Trad. Persia: Navaii
  3. Anon. XII sec.: Congaudentes jubilemus
  4. Peire Cardinal / Giacomo da Lentini: Ben m’è venuto
  5. Trad. Catania: Assolo di marranzanu
  6. Trad. Palermo, F. 141: A la viddanisca
  7. Anon. XII sec.: Natali regis glorie
  8. Anon. XV sec.: Dolce lo mio drudo
  9. Trad. Trapani, F. 224: Vicariota
  10. Anon. XII sec.: Exultantes et letantes/Trad. Maletto: Ballettu
  11. Trad. Resuttano: Sugnu vinutu di luntana via
  12. Anon. XII sec.: In hoc anni ciruclo
  13. Anon. XII sec.: Benedicamus Domino
  14. Trad. Montedoro, F. 364: Montedoro
  15. Trad. Partanna, F. 763: Richiami
  16. Anon. XII sec.: Resonet intonet
  17. Trad. Persia/Palermo, F. 740: Parandoush / Chiovu ‘Abballati
  18. Anon. XII sec.: Eia fratres
  19. Surat mariam – 2 pt.


  • Fabio Accurso: ‘ud, voice, daf
  • Roberto Bolelli: voice, scattagnetti
  • Farzaneh Joorabchi: voice, setar
  • Nico Staiti: tammureddu, riqq, daf
  • Donato Sansone: friscalettu, symphonia, daf, voice
  • Faisal Taher: voice
  • Fabio Tricomi: vielle, lyre, tar, ‘ud, friscalettu, pipe & tabor, zarb, tammureddu, daf, marranzanu, voice
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Video Links

How the Mastermyr lock works, version 2. – Sven Skildbiter – This version of the lock has the key raising the spring up and over the slide stop. Thanks to Gaz and Driffa for parts of the lock. Thanks to Morgan for filming and editing this video. Yes, it will appear in one of my forthcoming books.

Pay Day in the 15th Century, or: The Contessa’s Pageboy is Such a Ham! – The Creative Contessa – My youngest is a ham…. a complete ham….

Palaeolithic Crafts at Creswell Crags – Sally Pointer – Sally Pointer and the Ancient Craft team demonstrate palaeolithic crafts at the ice age heritage site of Creswell Crags. For more information about the site, please see Dr James Dilley/Ancient Craft has his own YouTube channel, please have a look at his excellent videos, he’s well worth subscribing to!

Medieval knight vs modern vehicle, who would win? – Modern History TV – A lighthearted look at whether a medieval knight might be able to kill a car with a single handed sword! #medieval #destruction #sword Jason Kingsley’s my car windscreen needed replacing so he took the chance of testing it out with a medieval sword.


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Largesse, Gifts and Auction items
·         ASXLVII = 24
·         ASXLVIII = 88
·         ASXLIX = 794
·         ASL = 2138
·         ASLI = 731
·         ASLII = 304
·         ASLIII = 146
·         ASLIV & ASLV = 230
·         ASLVI = 176 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 = 4237 handed off

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