So, I sucked it up and decided that I could be poor a couple of weeks. And so I purchased Byzantina Australiensia's new translation of De Ceremoniis so I could start building Byzantine ceremonies and researching things from the primary (or close to it) source document. For those not in the know, De Ceremoniis is the book … Continue reading De Ceremoniis
First, a bit of silly. (also, reasons why I really shouldn't be allowed into Photoshop #478, and major apologies to Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half). Ahem. Anyway, so, my friend Aline was elevated to the Laurel this weekend at Kris Kinder, which is Calontir's biggest shopping event. When she was announced at Pennsic, … Continue reading Aline’s Laurel Paternoster
I got a request to write yet another scroll text for one of Calontir's embroiderers, who just happens to have a later-period persona. After a bit of digging, I found the Paston letters, which date from between the years of 1422 and 1509, and consist of correspondence between the gentry of Norfolk, with a few … Continue reading Scroll Text – Calon Lily – Melisent McAffee
Writing scroll texts is a bit of a treasure hunt - some legal texts are perfect for the Grants and Patents of Arms that the Society so loves. Other texts, well, not so much. I was asked to write a scroll text for a new Huscarl (our GoA level in either martial, equestrian, or archery), … Continue reading Scroll Text – Thomas Fleishacker
After moving over from Blogger to WordPress (Hi everyone!), I've also been deep in paternoster joy. It's true. I can't go to a bead store without finding something that I've fallen in deep lust with, and over the weekend was no exception. I found some gorgeous red horn beads as well as some silver-plated granulated … Continue reading Paternoster joy
It's been a busy few months for me as I prepared to take the mantle as Principal Herald of Calontir. Garb to make, contracts to write, calligraph, and illuminate, ceremonies to write, and then bits to learn and create and find out about. Photo by Marie le Faivre/Kate Gill So, garb. I was gifted some … Continue reading And that’s official . . .
Taking a bit of a side journey into another one of my SCA passions: court pageantry and heraldry, and then as a part of that, ceremonies. As a herald, I love looking at ceremonies. I find that they bring so much of the medieval aesthetic and yes, even a bit of the mystique and drama … Continue reading Sidetracked a bit?