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Genevieve Chastisse de Vaucresson, SCA Enthusiast

I have been a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a historical re-enactment (or: "Living History") organization whose focus is the Middle Ages and Renaissance, since 1980.

In March of 1996, at the court of TRM's Tarquin and Aibhilin, I was elevated into the SCA's Order of the Laurel, the Society's highest recognition for achievement in the arts and sciences. I was honored by the recognition of my abilities as a seamstress for my specialty: clothing of the Elizabethan Era (but more level-headed folk just tell me I'm just insane to spend that much time on my garb....).   Besides being a clotheshorse, my interests include calligraphy and illumination, brewing, gardening , and dance - both English and Middle-eastern.

I currently claim 2 apprentices: one active, one inactive.   My active apprentice is Lady Georgia the Pragmatic, co-proprietress of "The Likely Lotus" (Italian Renaissance Garb).  My other apprentice, Lady Khaatirah, was stolen by the gypsies (or so we believe) and was recently rumored to be hiding out in Caid.

Mistress Gwyndlyn caer Vyrddin, a former apprentice of mine and the first in my lineage to be elevated, was elevated by TRM Pieter and Nan at Jubilee Olde English Faire on June 21, AS XXXVIII.  

My involvement in the SCA's infrastructure has included such jobs as that of:
  • Minister of Arts, Shire of Far Reaches, Middle Kingdom;
  • Hospitaller, Barony of Bjornsborg , Ansteorra;
  • Seneschale, Shire of Alte Kaempe Feld (now Blauwasser), Drachenwald;
  • Chatelaine, Shire of Far Reaches, Middle Kingdom;
  • Chatelaine-at-large, Middle Kingdom, (authored the "Pre-Pennsic Packing Planner");
  • Seneschale, Shire of Swordcliff, Middle Kingdom.
  • Founding principal of the Mid-Midlands chapter of The Silver Thimble Guild.
  • I have also served as a scribe, contributing illuminated scrolls to a number of royal courts.
  • Currently I serve as Webminister for the Shire of Swordcliff.

I have had the honor of serving, garbing, feasting, and dancing for, assorted crowns and coronets during my adventures across the lands!   However, I am best known to my fellow SCA-dians as the proprietress of "The Gilded Lily".  

The SCA Inc The Middle Kingdom The Midlands The Shire of Swordcliff
SCA Inc. Middle Kingdom Midlands Swordcliff

Interesting links I've found:

Resources for scribes: http://moas.atlantia.sca.org/topics/call.htm

A Dialogue of Chivalry: thoughts from the Middlebridge about peerages.

A really well written article on how Peers are selected for elevation. From the Atenveldt site.(pdf)

Calligraphy exemplars from the Dark River Scriptorum

Things to buy your Laurel for Christmas: http://www.cafeshops.com/laurelbait

My Noble Midrealm Cousins: http://www.midlaurel.com

Updated: 11/03/06