is a third year prehistoric archaeology
student at Wilfrid Laurier University. His major interests
are fieldwork methodologies, archaeological theory,
environmental archaeology, and artistic representations of
native peoples by the early European artists.
Class: Vikings and the Inuit in Greenland
is an independent contractor, specializing in
finishing basements and minor home renovations. He is an
avid football and hockey fan, as well as a military
enthusiast. In the SCA, Yoshikuri Nagayori
is a samurai from the Mutsu province in northern Japan circa 1580. At
that time the province was under the control of the daimyo Date
Masamune, a Tokugawa supporter.
Classes: Who were the Samurai? Samurai Cooking Warrior Monks and Ninja of Japan Stories and Poetry of Medieval Japan History of Japan European Influence on Japan
is a 6th year Ph. D. student in
sociolinguistics, working on language variation and
grammatical change in 20th century English. She also
occasionally teaches undergrads about Language. In her spare
time, she plays french horn and recorder. She also spins,
knits, weaves and has begun experimenting with dyeing. She
lives in Toronto with two cats and her ever-patient husband,
who has learned to stop asking "what's in that
strange-smelling jar in the backyard." In the SCA, Brigid
grew up in the war-torn Debatable Lands where a great
conflict erupted in her neighbour's backyard every year. It
scared the sheep. Seeking a quieter life, she moved herself
and her sheep north, and found a good husband. She
occasionally sings and plays music for dancers, and she
pines for the day she can afford a sackbutt. But normally,
she just works with wool. A lot. She visits the Debatable
Lands regularly, to see her family and for the shopping. War
is good for shopping.
Classes: Intro to Fibre Prep for Spinning Intro to Drop Spinning
Caitrin Ollerhead DeSantis
is known in the SCA as Countess, Viscountess, Mistress, Tangwystl
d'Courci. Caitrin and her husband Alfredo live on a 20 acre farm where
they raise Shetland sheep, gaited horses and peacocks - all watched
over by an Abruzzi sheepdog named Milton.
Class: Truth about the Tudors
Dr. Chris Nighman
is an Associate Professor of Medieval &
Renaissance History and the Co-ordinator of the Medieval
Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He received
his B.A. in History and Medieval Studies from the University
of California at Santa Barbara)and his M.A. and Ph.D. in
History from the University of Toronto. His research area is late medieval and early renaissance
intellectual and ecclesiastical history, focusing on Latin
florilegia (collections of quotations), early Italian
humanism, conciliar sermons (especially eulogies) and
ecclesiastical politics, rhetorical theory and practice as
it relates to the construction of self and delimitation of
audience, pastoral reform in response to heresy, scribal
agency in manuscript traditions and editorial agency in
early print traditions.
Class: Keynote Lecture: Statim inuenire: the Manipulus florum in the 14th and 21st centuries
worked as a consultant to major museums in the field of Living History.
His major achievents include the creation of the 'Norse Encampment' for
Parks Canada and the 'World of the Norse' for the Cranbrook Institute
of Science. Darrell has worked on the Smithsonian's 'Vikings - North
Atlantic Saga' and the Newfoundland Museum's 'Full Circle - First
Contact'. He is a co-founder of the Dark Ages Re-creation Company
. A professional blacksmith, he operates the Wareham Forge
. In DARC, Darrell is known as Ketill Einarsson
. Ketill, like many young Norse men from Norway, went 'a viking', and was
involved in the battles in Ireland. He was fascinated with the work of
the weapons smiths, and learned how to work iron, spending more and
more time in the forge - and less and less on the battlefield. In his
middle age, he decided to settle near Dubhlin with his wife Bera,
spending his hard earned silver on a small farmstead. He now balances
his work as a blacksmith with seasonal trading voyages to Jorvick and
Classes: Exploring the Viking Age in Denmark Towards an Icelandic Smelt To build a Tent - Camping in the Viking Age
is a chemical engineer who somehow
found his way into dancing in the SCA. Thus, Darius the
Dancer was born. I have continued to study and to teach
dance in the SCA for approximately 12 years, and consider
myself at an intermediate level in my research. My main goal
has always been to bring dance knowledge to the masses, and
to introduce it in such a way as to be fun and easy to
follow for all who are willing to give it a try.
Classes: European Dance - Mimed Bransles European Dance - English Country Dances
is a stay at home dad, military historian, war gamer and
miniature figure painter. He lives in Guelph along with his wife and two
Known in the SCA as Albrecht Stampfer
, David's persona is a German mercenary
soldier whose knowledge of military engineering and tactics has found employ
in places as far away as Persia and England. He is also a tolerably skilled
swordsman who has studied under masters from both Italy and Germany, and now
teaches the Arte of Defence in the city of London.
Classes: Warfare in the Renaissance Part 1 Warfare in the Renaissance Part 2
is currently a 4th year
student of Wilfrid Laurier University. She is working
towards a combined Honours degree in English and Medieval
Studies, and is involved in the Medieval Student Society on
Class: Three Early Medieval Celebrities
is an executive assistant and writer. Some published works
include "75 Years of Greyhound Canada" (2004) and "Lo Sposalizio del Mare"
(2003: Compleat Anachronist Issue 123). She lives in Guelph with her husband
Known in the SCA as Asa Gormsdottir
, Eve's love for pattern, colour and fine
detail has drawn her into the research of textiles, illumination, cookery
and several other things. Don't get her started because she won't shut up.
Class: An Introduction to Lindisfarne Illumination
is a Kitchener grandfather working for Ontario Hydro and has
been with the SCA for many many years. 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.
Class: Building a Viking Ship Model - A Boat for the Burning
is a second year Ph. D student at Toronto's
Centre for Medieval Studies where she focuses on
manuscript culture and literature in fourteenth-century
England. She has traveled to a number of libraries and
cathedrals in England and Scotland in order to study these
books. In the SCA, Prydydd Gwerydd verch Rhys is a 13th
century Welshwoman and poet.
Class: Reading Medieval Books - what is that word?
J. Caz Bentley
is a teacher, carpenter, and artist who works in a variety of media. In the SCA,
Master Alasdair of Raasay is a retired mercenary with the time to indulge in practicing the fine arts practiced
in areas through which he has traveled.
Classes: Apprenticeship in the Artistic Professions Silver Point Drawing
is a Prospect Researcher at the Heart & Stroke
Foundation of Ontario. Her interests range widely, although
she tends to concentrate on such topics as embroidery,
sugarpaste/subtleties, Irish clothing, beading, and the
compulsive researching of any topic that's mentioned
to her. In the SCA, Medb ingen Dungaile
was an 11th century
merchant's daughter living in Dublin, however she
discovered the 16th century a few years ago and hasn't
looked back since.
Class: Beginner Embroidery
is a RN currently away from her work.
interested in many things Medieval especially those of the
does so many things within the SCA that it is hard to pin
lately she is most interested in Beads and Spinning. But
beads. She is known in the SCA as THL Aislinne of Alainmor
played since 1977. She lives with her very tolerant husband,
and their very anxious Lab-mixed named Bella.
Class: Treasure Necklaces
is a 38 year-old
self-employed electronic design engineer specializing in the
development of custom products for resale by local companies. He knits
and sells chain mail in several local shops and via his website at
In his spare time he plays with things that go BANG and THUD. 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.
Classes: Chainmail for Beginners Chainmail - Second Steps
started medieval recreation about 17 years ago,
and unleashed a passion for creating historical garments, dyeing using natural
and traditional dyes and all kinds of weaving. Known variously as Jorunn, Jhone
of Wodecott, or Joan Woodcote, a weaver or tailleur, tradeswoman, goodwife and mother,
she loves to relax with a beer and a game of chance and strategy.
Class: Simple Medieval Dice and Table Games
is a library
clerk at the University of Waterloo who was recently promoted in her deeply boring day job although she enjoys the
opportunities it provides to further her research efforts.
Karen has demonstrated various parts of the Viking Era textile process
at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Haffenrefer Museum at Brown
University in Rhode Island and at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in
Detroit, Michigan. In DARC
, Karen is known as Kaðlín Ragnarsambatt
Kaðlín was a small town girl living on the shores of
Scotland in the mid 800s when 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 use" anyway. She now lives with Ragnarr in Iceland
as his ambatt (personal body slave).
Class: Viking North Atlantic Sites & Museums
is a part time farmer; a member of Hurly Burly (an Early Music Choir & Ensemble) and a
researcher of Roma history, amongst other things. In the SCA, Keja is a 15th century Romany travelling the Baltics
with her extended family, under the watchful eye of her Patron, Lord Vladimir Blahuciak.
Classes: Pottery in Europe History of Andalusia
is a Nuclear operator at Pickering with a penchant
for smelting iron, forging iron, working iron and ...well,
you get the idea. He was introduced to iron smelting by
Darrell Markewitz and taken part in about 20 smelts.
Cynred Broccan is an 11th century Anglo-Saxon thegn who
likes to get his hands dirty at the forge, working wood and
timber and smelting iron. His contemporaries thinks he's a
little nuts, but Cynred doesn't care.
Class: Making Medieval Helms
is a fourth year
Medieval Studies and English student, who hopes to dive
headfirst into the connections between Medieval Europe and
Shakespeare's England in graduate studies in the fall. She
enjoys sewing her bits of period costume, attending
Stratford Festival, archery and dabbling in languages -
though sometimes Old English gets away from her a bit.
Class: Three Early Medieval Celebrities
is a fourth-year Classical Archaeology student at Wilfrid Laurier University
who, when not doing readings or homework, enjoys spending time dancing, watching movies, and attempting to
become profficient at any number of the random hobbies she picked up through the SCA. In the SCA, she is
known as Symonne de Brienne or Miyoshi Yukino.
Class: Christian catacombs of Rome
, a Human Resources practitioner for 21 years
and an HR software analyst for the last 10 years for the
City of Brampton, recently retired.
Mistress, Baroness Rachael Catherine McLellan is a late
period Elizabethan Lady whose father is in the diplomatic
corp for Her Majesty. As such, she was well schooled in
religion and the arts. Rachael spent 3+ years as the
Kingdom Signet and found a passion for illumination and has
been producing scrolls for Ealdormere and Rising Waters for
most of her SCA career.
Class: Introduction to Black Hours Illumination
is a software developer and father. Count Edward the Red is a Norman Knight
who fought at the battle of Hastings, and later settled down in northern England where he married a
Saxon lady. (How their son ended up as a Viking is still a mystery.) Edward enjoys fighting, with rattan
polearms and swords and rapiers in the SCA and with rebated steel swords and spears with Regia Anglorum.
He also enjoys building things - armouring, woodworking, leatherworking, and even setting things on fire,
and whatever else he can fit into his dwindling spare time.
Classes: Flint and Steel Fire Striking Introduction to Naalbinding
is a fourth year
History and Medieval Studies major at Wilfrid Laurier
Class: Three Early Medieval Celebrities
is a certified
Project Management Professional working in the software development
industry at BlueCoat Systems
. In his spare time he is a student of
Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University
and works with museums, libraries, schools, and various
groups to promote an appreciation of Norse History, and the application
of Project Management to historical projects such as this conference. His primary research interest is in
the processes of the Norse era specifically including iron smelting and bead making.
He is a charter member of the local PMI chapter
, a member of
the Ontario Museum Association, a 20 year veteran of the SCA
and the co-founder of the
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
where he is known as Ragnarr Thorbergson
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.
Classes: Viking North Atlantic Sites & Museums Viking Era Bead Production
can usually be found spinning, weaving, dyeing, playing in the garden, sewing and
cooking amongst other things. In the SCA, Odette de Saint Remy is a wool merchant in the early 16th century in
France. Inexplicably drawn to the darker side, Gyða is a Norse woman who settled in England someplace and
found a comfortable living as a weaver and dyer.
Class: The Possibilities of Early Period Colour
is a teacher, artist, musician and imminent father currently busy preparing
his "farm" north-west of Orangeville. In the SCA, Martin Bildner is a pewter-caster, instrument maker and musician
from the town of Wismar in the early 1300s. In DARC, Rig is a Skald of no fixed address (his wife has a terrible
time keeping track of him).
Classes: Pewter Casting for Triflers and Sadmen Pewter Casting for Beginners
is a chemistry teacher in Toronto. In the
SCA, Master Rufus of Stamford is a Saxon born in 1098 in the
village of Stamford, with a great many hobbies and interests
to keep himself busy. Some of these hobbies include tablet
weaving, archery, leather work (primarily bottles), choral
singing, and playing the harp.
Classes: Tablet Weaving for Beginners Double Faced Tablet Weaving
Dr. Ronald A. Ross
is a Professor of Archaeology at
Wilfrid Laurier University,
in Waterloo, Canada. He teaches in the departments of
Archaeology and Classical
Studies, and Medieval Studies. His research interests
include the medieval origins of
the British iron and steel industries, medieval demography
and population, and
archaeological method and theory.
Classes: Farms to Forges Three Early Medieval Celebrities Vikings and the Inuit in Greenland
is a computer technician and and has also gone back to university
part-time to further his education. His hobbies are to numerous to mention but his one great
love is anything dealing with archery, modern or historical. Within the SCA, he is Dafydd ap
Sion, a Welsh bowman in the army of Edward the III.
Classes: Battle of Poitiers The Mary Rose - what we have learned so far
is a historical archaeology student at Wilfrid
Laurier University. Her activities in the SCA consist of
mainly whatever seems interesting at the time, including
Vikings, amber carving, dancing, Tudor England,and cheese
making. Her goal is to become almost proficient at
absolutely everything. Her current academic infatuation is
Finland between the 11th and 13th centuries.
Class: Viking Era Bead Production
is known as Gaerwen of Trafford
in the Society of Creative Anachronism where she portrays a woman of
Welsh descent living in the time of the Dane Law. In REGIA and DARC,
Sarah is known as Gudrun
and portrays a Norse woman living in
10th C York. Sarah's love of fibre arts has her pursuing spinning,
natural dyeing, cardweaving, inkle weaving, needlework and embroidery
though she has yet to get the knack of naalbinding. Sarah is currently
working as an Executive Assistant and provides computer consulting in
her spare time.
Class: Wet Felting
is the technical director at Theatre
Orangeville and as a result is a very busy young lady. Emma
Dansmeyla is primarily a dance instructor in the SCA, but in
DARC, Aesa has more projects than she can keep track of
(which is what Rig is for).
Class: Dances from Tudor England
is a certified project manager (PMP) with a financial services
company in downtown Toronto, and also holds a PhD in medieval history. She lives in Ajax with
her husband and small herd of cats, and is also involved in Toastmasters. She is a calligrapher,
illuminator, clothier, researcher, archer, and dyed in the wool project manager, even outside her
job. She is a former editor of the SCA's international magazine and is currently about to become
Trillium Herald for Ealdormere. In the SCA she is known as Nicolaa de Bracton, a 13th century minor
noblewoman born in Leicester and now living in London.
Classes: Introduction to Calligraphy Popular Religion during the Middle Ages (c. 1100-1450)
is a history/anthropology student at Athabasca University. As an
illustrator, she makes pictographic versions of complex texts for people who have difficultly with
language. Her past work includes "Life is Larger than Aphasia" a self-help book, and the "Assessment
for Living with Aphasia" a quality of life measure. Currently, she is developing a communicatively
accessible film "What is Aphasia." Magnunnr Hringsdottir
is a sheepfarmer and wool trader from
Hvammr in West Iceland.
Classes: Viking age clothing and textile production To build a Tent - Camping in the Viking Age
is a manager for a second hand clothing store
and has been sewing extensively for many years. In the
Society, Valerie is known as Lady Mahhild de Valognes, a
Norman noblewoman who is running the family estate while her
husband is away on Crusade. Mahhild enjoys a variety of
medieval crafts including sewing, Lucet, embroidery,
chainmaille, wire knitting, leatherwork, calligraphy and
Class: Hand Sewn stitches for seams, edges and hems
is on the secretarial staff of a psychiatric
hospital. Away from work, her family, rambunctious kitten,
knitting, crocheting, sewing, spinning, weaving and two
gardens keep her busy. Her quest to learn how to get the
fibre from the flax she has been growing in a local biblical
garden since 2000 led her to the SCA in the fall of 2003,
where she is known as Anne of Saffron Walden. Anne enjoys
learning as many new A&S skills as possible, especially but
not exclusively in fibre arts.
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