AEMMA - The Academy of Medieval Martial Arts is an
organization devoted to the research and resurrection of Western Martial Arts. It
is AEMMA's goal through study, practice and education to elevate Western Martial
Arts to a level equal to that enjoyed by Eastern Martial Arts in our culture today. Brian
Mcilmoyle is the lead instructor of AEMMA's Toronto chapter and Co-Founder of
the AEMMA organization. Brian has been practicing and studying Swordsmanship
for 17 years.
Class: Historical Techniques of Armoured Combat
Alfredo d'Courci is a diplomate to the Court of Henry
VIII from the Italian Kingdom of Napoli. Alfredo De Santis is a technical computer
specialist originally from the region of Abruzzo in Italy and owner of 12 acres
of prime Italian real estate.
Class: Italian for Re-enactors
Alisaundra Juliana de Sentis was born in 1550
in the province of Catalonia, the daughter of a wealthy french textile merchant.
At an early age, her parents sent her to Valenciennes to stay with her aunt and
uncle. It was there she was taught her letters, amongst other things, by Father
Francesco, the family priest and scholar. Alisaundre became a collector of manuscripts,
incunabula and fine books and she now takes care of the family library in Paris,
France. Amy Menary (B.A., B. Admin. Dip., M.I.St.- in progress) works at Wilfrid
Laurier University in the library.
Class: Books, Articles, and Research
Anne le gris was born in 1452 at Wilton House
in Somerset. After spending her formative years in Paris, she now lives with her
artist husband in Venice. She fills her days with managing his atelier. Among
other SCA projects, Anne is currently studying modal music composition. Ann Graham
owns Silver Writing, which offers technical writing and editing services to both
the high tech and manufacturing businesses in the Ottawa area.
Classes: Introduction to reading square notation White Ruffs, Black Turtlenecks - Development of the English Sonnet
Anne Cox is an obstetrical nurse who is an amateur textile
enthusiast with special interest in Western Europe from 900 to 1400 AD.
Class: Warp Weighted Loom
Artus Faucon is a guy from around 1530 Normandie, who
travelled as a sailor and a jongleur. Jonathan Whiteley will be traveling to Simon
Fraser University to start the Master's thing in Ecology, having graduated from
the Environmental Sciences program at Guelph. In the interim, he is a Stewardship
Assistant for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and a part-time professional Cheerleader
with Canadian Cheerleading Inc
Class: Dueling and the Rapier Culture
Audrey Hollinger attended a three-hour workshop in
papermaking five years ago, and took to it like a duck to pulpy water. She and
her husband now own the Papertrail, which specialises in supplies and equipment
for hand papermakers throughout Canada and the world. For more information, please
call the Papertrail 884-7123 (1-800-421-6826 outside the K-W area)
Viscountess Rylyn Buchanan is a 11th century saxon
lady very happily married to a Norman lord. She spend most of her
time running the manor, taking care of the children, and sewing.
Beth Patchett is a happily married stay at home mom.
Classes: Conquest Era clothing in England
Yoshikuri Nagayo is a samauri from the late 1500's.
The son of a powerful Daimyo, he came to Europe to find the assassin of his father
and restore is family's honour.
Classes: Japanese History of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1543-1603)
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Konrad Mattias Jager used to be a lndsknecht
but currently finds himself drifting back in time to the 14th century. Brian Dorian
lives in the 21st century and is happy that this is so.
Class: Pavillion Making
Swannoc lives in Scotland in the year 1292, her father
owns a bit of land in the country and has two peasant families working it. Three
years ago she went to visit an aunt and was kidnapped by Vikings. After spending
a year with the Vikings Swannoc was able to win her freedom in a bet. When she
returned home she found that she was missing the land of Ealdormere, a land that
she saw during her year with the Vikings, she convinced her parents to allow her
to spend some time there. Swannoc is having lots of fun and meeting many new people.
Caroline McLachlan-Darling is an OAC student who found out about the SCA while
at a chapters Demo two years ago. She loves Dancing, riddles, history and reading.
She hopes to eventually get her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies and teach at a University.
Class: Children - Dance
Mistress Tangwystl d'Courci, Vicountess Ealdormere,
Countessa Midrealm, Lives in the England of the 1530's. Before the real impact
of the King's Great matter and the dissolution of the monasties was felt. Caitrin
De Santis is a Surgical nurse at the Ontario Veterinary College, Honours History
student and owner of Romanza, a sewing and design studio for re-encators. Caitrin
lives in Guelph with her husband Alfredo, three egocentric cats, and two horses
(Drummer and Bella).
Classes: Bodices and Corsets
Life during the Tudor Era
Daniele di Padola is a poor student, who has worked
his way up through the Italian school system on the charity of the teachers. Hoping
to find work teaching noble sons (since he'd have to take on a lot of charity
cases, teaching school is rather... unlucrative), he is trying to branch out into
teaching arms. Nathan Kronenfeld is the proud father of the Purpose of the Universe
- little else about him is really relevant at the moment.
Alyce de Sheppey is a noble woman of the Middle
Ages. She was born on the Isle de Sheppey and has travelled far and wide exploring
her Norman roots and tasting the pleasures of other places. Danute Dorion is a
contract worker whose experience is as diverse as her Medieval pursuits.
Classes: Fashion Accessories
Master Sylard of Eagleshaven has been a prominent citizen of Septentria 'almost since the very beginning'.
Sylard is a late 10th century Norse merchant and craftsman living near Duhblin.
Darrell Markewitz is a Living History specialist who designed and
implemented the 'Norse Encampment' interpretive program for Parks Canada at
L'Anse aux Meadows NHS. He consulted on the educational programing related
to the exhibits 'Vikings - North Atlantic Saga', and Full Circle - First
Contact', which are now touring across North America. In 2001 he was a
member of a team of specialists engauged in a project to reconstruct the
orginal Viking Age iron smelter at L'Anse aux Meadows.
Class: Norse Ironworking
Grimbold No bio Yet
Class: Norse Tool Time
Albrecht Stampfer is a German of noble birth, who,
having fallen on hard times, has taken up the trade of fencing teacher. He has
moved to England in order to take advantage of....um... help encourage, interest
in the new fangled rapier fight. David Stamper is a house dad, and loving every
minute of it.
Class: On Being an Elizabethan Gentleman
Davin de la baliene is an early 15th century French
son of a nobleman. As third son he has earned his way with his sword. As a mercenary,
he joined forces with the Romanians in their fight against the Turks. There, he
met his wife, the Gypsy Martya.
Class: Basic Stone Carving
Lady Ealasaid Loganich na Kildare is an Irish lady
who was given in marriage by her father (whom she no longer speaks to!) to the
Laird of Clan MacLeod. She went to the isle of Skye, where she tends to
his household and his children and of course, the Laird himself. Joyce Morris
is a devoted wife and the mother of 3 teenagers. In her spare time she works
for a major hearing aid manufacturer in their repair department.
Lady Chiara da Montepulciano is the daughter of a
late 15th c. Genoese merchant and plays a significant role in her family's business,
most recently by negotiating a lucrative deal with the Sultan of Istanbul for
6 Arabian horses in exchange for the famous Montepulciano wine. Elyse Tera (BA.,
D.Ac) is an acupuncturist and shiatsu therapist in Ottawa and at various events
in Ealdormere and beyond.
Class: Medieval Medicine in China
Eric Praetzel is an electronic/computer engineer, who
is discovering the other side of life (dance, music, arts and crafts). One of
these days he will discover the fleece of decisiveness and develop a persona.
For now his interests are sewing with colourful fabrics, dancing, weaving, playing
music, and looking for other fun things to try.
Class: Introduction to Rennaisance Dance
Thane Foote the Potter was found wandering in the
widerness of Yorkshire, at the tender age of 32,covered in mud. The local gentry
having overimbibed in the local brew made a spontaneous decision and exiled him
to somewhere else. Having nothing but the mud he wore and necessity being the
mother of invention, he used it to create his first pot. The legend continues.
David Clarke is a professional studio potter and sculptor, erstwhile teacher retired,
with special interest in the building of wood frame structures.
Class: Saxon History
Francois van Heerden is a senior security analyst
working for a major financial institution. In his other life, he has a serious
problems distinguishing modern times from ancient realities. His abiding interest
in all things astronomical and mystical has lead him to investigate the origins
of how astronomy was used in previous ages and the sources of superstitions.
Garwig der Waffenschmidt was born in Sussex, England
just before the turn of the 10th century. Orphaned in his fourth year
he was apprenticed to a local smith from whom he learned the basics of metalworking.
Caught up by a call to battle from the local thegn, he perforce learned the art
of repair and manufacture of armour - specifically chainmail. For
his skill he soon acquired the title of "der waffenschmidt" - weapon or armour
smith. Gary Snyder is a Kitchener grandfather working for Ontario
Hydro and has been with the SCA for 12 years.
Classes: Chainmail - Advanced Techniques
Chainmail for Beginners
Lady Marian of Heatherdale is the
daughter of a Scottish lord, in the time of King Edward Longshanks' occupation
of the North. She is doing her bit for the rebellion by suffering
through an alliance marriage on a prosperous, civilized estate in sunny France.
Heather Marian Dale is a professional
songwriter and performer in the Toronto area. She has recently released
her first CD of original songs based on Britain's King Arthur legends, called
"The Trial of Lancelot".
Classes: Arthurian Legends
The Real Braveheart
Master Alasdair of Raasay is a traveling mercenary with
an interest in many of the finer arts practiced in areas through which he has
traveled. J. Caz Bentley is an itinerant teacher, carpenter, and stained glass
artist who has passed his thirty- third year and therefore counts his blessings.
Silver Point Drawing
Gierhaerdt of Hildeschiem is a local chain-mail knitter.
Weekdays he can be found in his shop building or repairing link armour for the
pagans, and sabotaging armour for the Christians. Weekends he can be found drinking
his profits in nearby Einbeck, where Bock beer will be invented 100 years after
he dies. His hobbies include middle-eastern drumming, reading Germanic runes,
and playing with things that go BANG and THUD. Jerry Penner is a 34 year-old electronic
design engineer working for a small firm in London, where he designs and builds
robots and commercial automation. He knits and sells chain mail in several local
shops, and in his spare time plays with things that go BANG and THUD.
Class: Siege Attack Weapons - Theory and Practice
Raffe Scholemaystre is the household tutor living at
Scarborough castle in 1380. Jim McColm is a grade 8 Special Education teacher
in the area that used to be Scarborough Ont.
Joan Woodcott is a kitchen wench in a Tudor manor house. The
days are long and the work is hard but she does get the scraps from the masters
table sometimes, and the kitchen is never cold even in the midst of winter. Jo
Duke has been a vegetarian on and off for over 10 years and likes the variety
of Ethnic and Traditional food. She also edits the Newletter for the
SCA Needleworkers Guild in Ontario and loves making and wearing hats.
Class: Medieval hats for modern heads
Lachlann Longshanks is also known as Justin Marshall
who is a full time student at the University of Waterloo studying computer science.
He has been in the SCA for 4 years and is interested in martial combat (specifically
fencing and heavy fighting) and is interested in the Japanase and Welsh histories.
Class: Chainmail - Advanced Techniques
Kadhlin Ragnarsambatt was a small town girl living
on the shores of Scotland in the mid 800s when evil Vikings raided the nearby
Church at Iona and stole some of the women folk away. She was promptly renamed
by her Viking captor, Ragnarr, who says he can't pronounce "that pig grunt
language the Scots used" anyway. She now lives with Ragnarr in Iceland as
his ambatt (personal body slave). Karen is a library clerk at the University of
Waterloo, deeply bored by her day job. In the evenings and weekends, she rides
herd on Leif the Licky, Ginger cat, her far too busy partner, Neil, and their
new house in the quiets of St. Agatha.
Class: Roles of Women in Norse Society
Keja is 15th century Romany travelling the Baltics
with her extended family, under the watchful eye of her Patron, Lord Vladimir
Blahuciak. Karina Bates is a part time farmer, full time owner of an Internet
Service Provider, spending what little of her time she has left in an Early Music
Choir and researching Rom history, amongst other things.
Class: The History of the Rom (Gypsies)
Cainnear inghean Ui Chatharnaig was born in County
Meath Ireland in the 11th century. When her mother died in childbirth and her
father in the latest trade trip, Cainnear (Kon'ner) was sent north to live with
her grandfather in Armagh. Not knowing the raising of girlchildren, he allowed
her to spend most of her days in the local monastery where her love of books and
their creation began and was nurtured. Cainnear recently moved from Northshield
to Ealdormere and is slowly becoming acclimatized. Kelly Carney-Garlow is kept
busy with her spouse, 8 year old daughter and 2 cats. A self employed contractor,
she doesn't feel the need to explain the 12 boxes of stuffed animals and beanies
in the garage. Ask and she might tell you about it.
Class: Pretty Books - Illumination
Cynred Broccan is an Anglo-Saxon from the 11th century
who happens to be very interested in timber framing since that's how his home
is built. He is also interested in blacksmithing, cause you just gotta
have tools to do the job. He also likes beer, food and song in no particular
order. Ken Cook is nuclear operator at Ontario Power Generation's Pickering
plant. He also likes timber framing, blacksmithing, beer, food and
song in no particular order. He lives in a converted barn, which just
happens to use timber frame construction.
Class: Timber Framing
Kseniia Nikolaeva doch' is the youngest of five children
living in her father's home in Iur'ev, a town west of Novgorod. Her life is currently
being debated between her mother's desire for her to be a nun, her father's desire
to marry her off, and her own desire to be her own woman. Kristina Jarvis is a
somewhat part-time student in post-secondary school who is trying to reach her
dream of being a journalist.
Class: 16th Century Russian Clothing
Aurelia Gabraina is an eleventh century byzantine
court lady who has a taste for fine period couture. Larisa Kallaur-Telford is
usually found stitching madly away mostly for friends and family but occassionally
for herself. She is degreed in art history and Byzantine studies. By day she is
a full-time ceramic artist.
Leonora da Liliacea is a retired Venetian spice merchant
who now fills her days embroidering. Lorina Stephens owns and operates with her
husband a business catering to the historical re-enactment community, supplying
cooperage, historical sewing patterns, and handsewn, embroidered garments. She
is a professional artist, textile artist, writer, and entrepreneur.
Classes: Embroidery - Blackwork
The history of Embroidery
Rawnie Maddelaina bala Kameskro is a fifteenth century
gypsy fortuneteller. Dale Gray is a housewife who busies herself raising
Class: Reading the Tarot
Wilfrid of Sweflingham, Archer General to His Majesty,
appears at a number of points in history (occasionally under the aliases of Thorgeirr,
Edmund or William), but is rarely found far from his bow. Marcus Burnham is a
research geochemist living in Sudbury, where he tortures rocks for a living.
Class: The Art of the Fletcher II
Margaret of L'Errain No Bio yet
Class: Children - A day in the life
Viscount Edward the Red is a Norman knight who fought
in the battle of Hastings, and later settled in northern England. Mark Patchett
is a Software developer, a proud father, a die-hard weekend warrior, and a dabbler
in various arts such as armouring, mail making, leather working, and woodworking
( and anything else he can fit into his dwindling spare time. )
Class: Leather Armour
Dionysia de Troyes Youngest daughter of 12 children, 10 of which
are girls. I have been fostered out to my elderly great Uncle because of 'indiscretions' with a local
Lord's son... which ended up with me pregnant. My family turned a blind eye because he was of higher
social standing, and this is a time-honoured way of climbing the social ladder. All was happy, until he
died in a fall from a horse. His family subsequently decided that I was a liability and denied that the
child was his. Obviously, since I could sleep with him out of wedlock I was a *complete* tramp. I am
currently studying music and hope to some day become good enough to become a trobaritz in the court of
Eleanor d'Aquitaine. Melanie Burrett is currently on maternity leave from the Waterloo Regional Library caring for
her squeaky-new daughter. When she gets off maternity leave she'll be looking
for work, as she got pregnant in the middle of a contract (OOPS:)! Some time in
the fall she will start looking for work as a technical writer or adult educator
teaching computers, which is what she was doing at the library.
Class: Children - Music
Mohasaba is a Turkish lady who enjoys Middle Eastern dancing, and travelling to other countries to merchant. She is learning how to brew (for the infidels as Allah forbids her from drinking what she makes). She dances in the Arabic style, however she likes meeting dancers from far away lands and learning (stealing) their dance moves. Lori-Lee Craig has been dancing for over 7 years. She takes and teaches Middle Eastern dance class. She was part of a Cabaret dance troupe for a year but found she liked dancing in the SCA better as a student of Moria the Black. She enjoys the many aspects of different cultures, but mostly the food. She works as an Accounts Payable Clerk for TDL Group in Oakville. She also enjoys making pinata's, doing illumination, merchanting at events. She is also very much a cat person.
Class: Middle Eastern Dance for beginners
Ragnarr Kennari is a tired old ex-viking who now
makes his living as a trader. Never one to give up a fun hobby he
is still making trouble wherever possible. Neil
Peterson is a software development manager working on his PMP certification.
In his spare time he is a student of Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University
and works with many groups to promote an appreciation of Norse History.
Class: Introduction to the SCA
Mistress Thaninieyaieres is an 11th century herbalist.
Having finished her apprenticeship with Mistress Tamarra Amalthea of Romany, she
set up her own apothecary called Wyte Wythy Moon. She has apprenticed Caitryn
of Chalcewell, and has her eye open for one or two more. She can be seen at various
tournaments and events racing after her son Liam the Curious. Paddy Gillard-Bently
is a twentieth century hair-stylist (who does blood-letting too) struggling to
make a name as a writer.
Classes: Children - Herbs
Piero di Paxiti da Vincenza is a man well-known to
the authorities in Venice, who travels with caution, drinks in moderation, and
very rarely speaks of his work. Peter Westergaard is a software consultant
who travels too often and a part-time web developer, who likes brewing, dancing
(all eras), singing, and entertaining the idea that he'll actually learn to play
For your eyes only - Espionage and Intrigue
Ragnheithr kennari, less formally known as Heithr,
is a late 9th century Norwegian emigrant to Iceland. She and her husband Vali
emigrated to Ealdormere, and have the holding Vindheima in the lands of RamsHaven,
over which they are currently the gothar. Heithr joined the SCA in November 1974
when her interests were piqued by the fighters she saw on the grounds of the University
of Manitoba. Since then, Heithr has herself fought, had some lessons in fencing,
participated in archery shoots, researched her homeland and its effects on the
known world, and learned such domestic arts as sewing, embroidery, drop spinning,
dyeing, patterning, cooking, brewing, and leatherwork. Her speciality is the laws
and customs of Iceland in its formative period.
Class: Pronouncing Old Norse
Lady Branwen is a minor noble living in Wales around
1400. Rebecca Naugler is a mdieval history buff who has had a finger in every
pastime she can over the past 6 years.
Martin Bildner is a pewter-caster and musician from
the town of Wismar in early 14th century Germany. Richard Schweitzer is a teacher,
artist, and musician currently residing in Sudbury, Ontario.
Class: Making Musical Instruments
Roselyne de l'Estrangere is a 13th-century noblewoman.
Despite having received an extraordinarily bookish education, she has none the
less managed to marry a handsome Italian noble and produced the most exquisite
girl baby of all time. ("Next time a boy, for sure!") Sue Kronenfeld is a Ph.D.
student at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. More
than this, she is the mother of the adorable one-year-old toddling around in a
medieval gown, and rejoices to live in an era in which girl babies are considered
as important as boys, and equally in need of instruction in Latin and ancient
Class: The Culture of Courtly Love: Who, What, When/Where, Why (or Why Not) and How
Gaerwen of Trafford is a woman of Welsh descent living
in the time of the Dane Law. Due to her perverse nature and interest in her neighbours
she has taken to wearing Norse dress so that, amidst other reasons, she may display
her great wealth at every opportunity. Her love of fibre arts has her pursuing
spinning, cardweaving, needlework and embroidery though she has yet to get the
knack of naalbinding. Sarah Hughes makes her living doing Account Management,
Project Coordination and Graphics Management in a variety of fields.
Class: Drop Spinning for Beginners
Garraed Galbraith - Tim Jennings is the
general manager for one of Canada's leading family theatre companies. He has worked
as a professor of theatre production at both the College and University level.
Tim has an almost fanatic interest in traditional folk music and the "bardic tradition",
and explores these areas as his primary interest in the SCA
Classes: Adapting Early Irish Poetics for the Modern Recreationist
The Role of the Bard in Celtic Society
Graem deListe de Cherbourg can occassionally be found
stealing enemy spears at Pennsic but otherwise enjoys bardic arts, good food and drink and giving his wife pretty baubles. Tom Telford enjoys researching 10-12th
century european arts and technology including architecture, metalsmithing/jewelry (i.e. making baubles for his wife) as well as music and social studies. He also
is well read in Norman and Plantaganet dynasties.
Class: Byzantine Jewelry
Martya cel Indaratnic Lapusneanu is the only daughter
in a family of sons. A member of the Kalderash wandering Gypsy tribe she grew
up in Romania. She was given much freedom to roam amongst the native peoples,
writing down their stories and exploring their lands. Through her brothers who
were joined with those fighting the Turkish invaders she met her husband, a French
son of a nobleman, by the name of Davin. Tracy Trombley's bio is still to come.
Classes: Children - Basic Stitching
Children - Bread and Butter
Vlad No Bio
Class: Children - Heraldry
No Bio Exists
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