Category Archives: Persona Research

Yay! New Project!

My copy of a Medieval Home Companion finally came in after much shipping drama. For those unfamiliar with the work, basically, an elderly man in Paris in 1393 married a 15 year old and wrote her a manual in how to be a good wife, since he would probably die soon and he wanted her to reflect well on him to her next husband. Yeah, I know, weird.

However, it is one of the most complete looks into housekeeping in the fourteenth century. The book also has some fantastic woodcuts, including a few of some dresses I would really like to make.

I plan to do a blog-along as I read. So you, too, can enjoy my reactions to the husband’s suggestions of his wife’s house-keeping.

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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Persona Research, Projects


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Artifacts of a Life, an SCA project

This looks like a fantastic deadline and goal for my project. Obviously, this project will never be completely finished, but I like the idea of creating 3-5 artifacts from Leonete’s life quite a bit.

Artifacts of a Life, an SCA project.

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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Persona Research, Projects


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Things I Never Knew About Peas

“And first a SOUP of OLD PEAS. It is appropriate to shell them, and to find out from the people the place the nature of the peas of the area (for commonly peas do not cook well in well-water: and in other places they cook well in spring-water and in river water, as in Paris, and in other places, they do not cook at all in spring-water, as at Besiers) and this known, it is appropriate to wash them in a pan with warm water, then put in a pot with warm water on the fire, and boil them until they burst. Then separate the liquid from the solid, and put the liquid aside, then fill the pea-pot with warm water and put on the fire and separate a second time, if you wish to have more liquid: and then put back without water, for they will produce enough. and boil in it; and it is not appropriate to put the spoon in the pot after the separating, but shake the pot and the peas together, and little by little feed them with warm water or a little more than warm but no cold, and boil and cook completely before you add anything except hot water, be it meat or anything else: do not add salt, nor bacon, nor absolutely anything whatsoever until they are fully cooked. You can add bacon water or meat stock, but you must not add any salt, nor even the tip of the spoon, until they are well cooked; you can always stir them by moving the whole pot.

On meat days, you should, after the separating, add water from bacon and from meat, and when it is almost cooked, you can put bacon in; and when you remove the bacon from these peas, you must wash it with meat-stock, so that it looks nicer to put in slices on the meat and so that it does not appear to have peas stuck to it.”

Source: Le Menagier de Paris


I wonder what the modern explanation for the peas not cooking well in various types of water is.

This sounds like a pretty easy recipe to try, and pretty much like modern split pea soup, at least the way I cook it.

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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Cooking, Persona Research


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Map of Lyon

This is a little late for Leonete, but it is a jumping off point.



Digitation source:
Braun and Hogenberg
Civitates Orbis Terrarum I 10
first Latin edition of volume I
was published in 1572
Engraving: admitted to
Balthasar van den Bosch, 1550


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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in Persona Research


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Housewifery and Cooking

As I expand this project, I hope to begin adding what I have learned to my in-person SCA experience. I am setting myself a goal of Spring Crown Tourney to pack a lunch that is accurate to what Leonete would have packed for a tourney or festival day. I hope to do some tryout runs of different recipes and redactions before then.

So far, thanks to my resourceful facebook friends, I have collected the following manuscripts to read:

Ouverture de Cuisine printed in 1604, it is a little late for my time period, but I am told that much of it is still relevant.

Du fait de cuisine – 15th century

Le Managier de Paris – More of a household handbook, which I am excited to read, as I think that it will help put me more in the mindset of Leonete. I have ordered a translation off of Amazon, but will also read the online one.
le Viandier de Taillevent – 14th century cookery. Slightly earlier than Leonete, but again, good reference.

My wonderful friends have more suggestions for me on the way, but I think that these four will put me off to a good start towards Leonete’s meals being accurate and appetizing.

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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Persona Research


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Timeline of the Lyon Region Circa 15th Century

Lyon Cathedral

43 BC: Lugdunum founded at the hilly junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers. It quickly became the capital of the Gauls.

1312: Philip the Fair annexed the city to the Kingdom of France.

1450s: Lyon had spread to 36 districts, each with its own trade.

1453: Hundred Years’ War Ends. English expelled from France.

1461–83: Four annual fairs established, drawing merchants from all over Europe, especially Italy. This caused Lyon to become a major center trades including spices and silk.

1472: First printing establishment set up in Lyon. Lyon quickly became a printing center of Europe.

1476: Lyon Cathedral finished.

Late 1400s Francois I gave Lyon silk-weaving privileges, which until this point, had been reserved to Italy.

1494: Charles VIII (r. 1483–98) invades Italy in an attempt to conquer the kingdom of Naples. He succeeds, but is quickly pushed back.


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Posted by on October 6, 2012 in Persona Research


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Persona Development Project

There has been quite a bit of talk recently about what each of us can do to be more authentic to our personas. This can range from making sure one’s head is covered to knowing the language and skills of one’s persona. I chose my persona because I liked the name and I liked wearing cotehardies, but I would like to expand my interests and research the time period and place in greater depth.


So I am embarking on a project to develop my persona in greater detail.

Over the next few months, I plan to research Lyon in the 1480s, the events of the region, the places Leonete would have visited, and the items that would have been available to her.

I also would like to develop a list of skills she would have had, and have a better understanding of what she would have spent her time doing.

I’d like to learn a little bit of French, and some Latin as appropriate.

I would like to develop a better wardrobe, with 2-3 completely authentic 1480s outfits.

One of the purposes this blog will serve will be the documentation of this project and a repository for links and photos. I welcome any input, starting links, or other help that those who have researched this time period might give me.

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Persona Research


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The Æthelmearc Gazette

Covering the Kingdom of Æthelmearc of the SCA

My Mind Rebels at Stagnation

The adventures of a redheadedgirl as she barrels her way through law school and the rest of her life

Got Medieval

The Life and Times of Baroness Leonete D'Angely

The Life and Times of Baroness Leonete D'Angely

Antiquarian's Attic

"A Farrago of Antiquities routed out of the Rusts and Crusts and Fusts of Time!"

East Kingdom Gazette

Covering the Eastern Realm of the SCA