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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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The Order of the Tyger’s Cub

At Endewearde Hunt last weekend, a Tyger’s Cub was made. Three, actually. In the court report that Mistress Brita posted to the East Kingdom Gazette, it was noted that one the members of the order who welcomed the new members had received his Tyger’s Cub 20 years ago.

That made me go check the OP.

I received my Tyger’s Cub at Panteria, on May 25, 1998. It was given to me by Timothy and Gabrielle, who, funnily enough, almost won crown in Aethelmearc this past weekend.

I was 11 when I received the award, which makes it now older than I was when I got it.

This past summer, at Great Northeastern War, the average age of the members of the Order was 17. I was proud to stand next to my companions, ranging in age from 25 to 7.

I think it is incredibly important for those of us who have grown up in the SCA and received that honor, and gone on to continue our careers look back and recognize those who are on that same path. I make a point of always rising and joining the Order when called, even when others my age felt it was “time for us to be grown-ups” I am a grown-up. And because of that, I am a role model to those younger than me.

It is important to recognize the service that has gotten them recognition, and also to show them the company they are in. Of the Tyger’s Cubs I’ve known personally, I can think of two Barons, a Baroness (besides myself), multiple members of the Queen’s Order of courtesy, a Duchess, a member of the Order of the Tyger’s Combattant, more than one member of the Order of the Sagitarius, two young men who died while in service to their country, fencers, fighters, and archers. Throughout the kingdom, members of the Order of the Tyger’s Cub continue to do service, to participate, and to make our society a better place.

It is important to show our youngest members what we expect from them, and how much we believe that they are an integral part of our society.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Opinion

 

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Massacre of the Innocents Hugo van der Goes

Massacre of the Innocents Hugo van der Goes (1).

I think I need to make this outfit. This is a fantastic color.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2012 in Sewing

 

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.

Sources:

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=08&region=euwf#/Key-Events

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Lyon

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/burgundy-and-the-rhone/lyon/history

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2012 in Persona Research

 

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New Dress Inspiration

 

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I especially like the embroidery/trim at the bottom of the gown.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Sewing

 

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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For Posterity

On the SCA Facebook, someone asked about whether or not people in various kingdoms maintain a vigil wishlist. A few people said yes, one person said that it was considered presumptuous in their kingdom, and would reflect poorly on a candidate.

 

My response was well received, and I wanted to keep it somewhere I could actually find it, rather than allow it to get buried in Facebook for all time.

 

My father has all of his dependents write an “Open in Case of Peerage” letter. I have written one as well, and he, my fiance, and my knight have copies. His theory is that this is one of the biggest events in one’s sca life, if and when it happens, and it should turn out the way you want it to. It is not presumptuous to know what you want if something should happen, it is presumptuous to assume something will happen.

 

That is what I posted on Facebook. Of course, I always have more to say.

 

I think that it is an important distinction. People are entitled to get what they want out of a peerage ceremony. It’s not presumptuous to know what you want. I have heard too many people say, “Well, it was great to get my laurel, by I really wish I hadn’t been surprised like that” or “I would have chosen _______ to speak for me instead” This is the one time that the kingdom stops and recognizes a career in the SCA, and you deserve to be recognized the way you want to be. So yes, I have an in-case-of-peerage letter. And you should too, even if you think that you will never get there. Because your friends could always surprise you.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Opinion

 

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