January 26, 2013

Midrealm Persona Project: 10 manuscripts from my time

Response to Question from 1/26/13, For the A&S 50 Persona Project

"List as many illuminated manuscripts, book of hours, ext. written in your century AND your time period. Try to find 10!"

Here are some links for you:

This one I call MOMMO: Mother Of all Medieval Manuscripts Online. It occurred to me most of the links I have been saving for years are right here anyway. http://www.utm.edu/staff/bobp/vlibrary/mdmss.shtml

And here are my personal links:


So, here goes:

Jocelyn’s List of 12th century English manuscripts
(This one goes to 11)

“Winchester Psalter’ or ‘Psalter of Henry of Blois’
Mid 12th century-2nd half of the 13th century, Winchester Cathedral
Fully Digitized, British Library: MS Cotton Nero c iv
f. 7r--Very interesting striped hose

Miscellany including Bede's De Natura Rerum A composite manuscript: John Chrysostom, Homilies. Augustine of Hippo, Sermons. Isidore of Seville, De Differentis. Bede, De Natura Rerum Anselm, De libero arbitrio.
Mid 12th century, probably England
Fully Digitized, British Library: Harley MS 3015

Psalter ('The Shaftesbury Psalter') with calendar and prayers
1135, the nunnery at Shaftesbury, England
Fully Digitized, British Library: Lansdowne MS 383

The Rochester Bible 12th century, England [the cathedral priory of St Andrew, Rochester]http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?index=18&ref=Royal_MS_1_c_vii
Fully Digitized, Royal MS 1 C VII, ff 1r-183v)
Bede, Prose Life of Cuthbert England, North (Durham).The priory of Durham Cathedral, 1175-1200
Fully Digitized, British Library: Yates Thompson MS 26
f. 9r, Missing miniature, pasted down and lost. Part of a horse’s butt outside of what’s left of a painted frame.

John of Worcester‘s, Chronicle of world and English history,
Worcester Cathedral Priory, written 1128-1140.
Fully Digitized, Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MS 157

Terence's Comedies
St. Albans Abbey, mid 12th century
Fully Digitized, Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Auct. F. 2.13
Opusculum de ratione sperean anonymous Latin compilation on astronomy English, Mid 12th century
Fully Digitized, Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 83
Scenes of the birth of ChristNorth English, third quarter of the 12th century
http://bodley30.bodley.ox.ac.uk:8180/luna/servlet/view/all/what/MS.%20Douce%20293/when/12th%20century,%20third%20quarter/?q=LIMIT: ODLodl~29~29,ODLodl~7~7,ODLodl~6~6,ODLodl~14~14,ODLodl~8~8,ODLodl~23~23,ODLodl~1~1,ODLodl~24~24&os=0
Illuminations Digitized, Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 293

Worksop bestiaryEngland, possibly in Lincoln or York, ca. 1185
Illuminations Digitized, Pierpont Morgan Library, MS M 81
PsalterEngland, perhaps Canterbury, ca. 1180.
Illuminations Digitized, Pierpont Morgan Library, MS G.43



Some Random Durham Cathedral Charters with bodacious wax seals:

October 23, 2012

Midrealm Persona Project-Question Set 1: Current Local

1. What country do you live in? What part of the country?
Englaland, in the Guthlaxton wapentake (hundred). About a days walk from Ledecestre (Leicester) to the noreast, and Coventry in the sowest; and A few hours walk from Rocheberie (Rugby) to the south. While I have never gone to see it, there is a high cross about half a days walk to the norwest where the ancient Roman roads of Fosse Way and  Watling Street cross.

2. Are there any maps from your area (from your time) No, have not found any extant maps yet.

3. What is your capital? Wintonceastre (Winchester)

4. How far is it to the capital city? (in units of measure your persona would have used?) 100 miles
5. Have you ever been there? No
6. How did you get here? My great grandfather Ivo de Goce was given land becasue of his acts of valor and dedication to his baron on the battlefield of Hastings. VER

7. What is the climate like? We have cool weather, and mild winters. Very rarely do the men need to take off their tunics during thier work, exept perhaps in the warmest months of July and August. In the winter, we sometimes get snow, but it does not stay on the ground very long.  The streams and rivers do not freeze over, and occasionally on some very cold nights in January and February would the water in pails and troughs get a rind of ice upon them.

8. What is the terrain like?
The land is rather flat, with a few hillocks and slopes. The flat lands are covered in grasses for grazing cattle and sheep, and the soil good for growing corn (grains) and oats. There are ample small woodlands along the creeks and marshes in the vales. EXP

9. Who are the people who live in this place?
 Farmers, both freedmen and villeins. In the village of Lutterwurth, a few tradesmen such as the potter, the smith, stone cutters, woodworkers, and a tanner. VER

10. Who are the people who travel to or through here? TBD

11. What is the largest road and where does it go? TBD
12. The nearest church or cathedral? The church of St. Mary in the village of Lutterwurth. EXP

13. Nearest waterway? Is it navigable and how? The River Swift runs through the village of Lutterwurth. Ne name is deceiving, it is actually moreso a stream. During seasons of drought, some parts of it dry up and we need to take our livestock further down the river to drink. The river starts in the marshes to the east, and flows sowest to the River Avon.

13 7/32. And what do those letters mean?
(TBD-TO BE DETERMINED) I dont know the answers yet, but I will work on finding them.
(VER-VERIFY) Right now I am just making stuff up. ;-) I will work on fleshing out that story.
(EXP-EXPAND) I've so much more cool stuff to tell you about this, but I'll get to that later.


I belong to the Facebook Group "Midlands A&S 50 Persona Challenge". It was started by the fabulous Baroness Verena Entenwirth as a way for people to dig deep and truly research their persona. Every 2 weeks a series of questions is posted, and then we research the answers to those questions.

Because I love making and wearing garb of many centuries, a sort of have a few SCA alter egos, depending on what I am wearing or doing that day. Some of them have names, and a small back story, but at events I am always Jocelyn. Facebook has done enough to make us forget all of our SCA names again, so calling myself a different name for the day is just too much.

I would like to mention my alter-egos though, because they are fun, hard working, and delightful ladies:
>Helga Ivorsdottir, 10th Dane living in Jorvik. While married to her first husband they lived in Iceland. It is a wild magical country, but she much rather likes the warmer temperatures and stability of city life with her blacksmith husband.
>Alice Choysse, 14th century widower in Oxford, took over her husbands bookshop where they took commisions for prayer books and rented out pecia for the students at the university.
>And every once in a while, Milly will leave the ancestral hunting lodge in the north, to come to dirty old 16th c. London to meet her sea captain husband and see what presents he has brought for her from afar.

It is turning our this Persona project is deeply fascinating, and I am going off on so many tangents, I would never be able to research and keep the biographies of 4 ladies straight. So we will focus on the first, my true namesake, Dame Jocelyn of Lutterworth. Lets begin to meet her in the next post.

November 30, 2010

Ha, I crack myself up. My google fu is not with me tonight. I found my own website while looking for something completely different.

I am undertaking the making of Regalia for the Barony of Ayreton--baldrics for the archery, A&S, rapier, and heavy combat Baronial Champions. I cant seem to locate the specific badge for an archery champ.

And the search goes on.


October 25, 2010

I have Identified the Mystery Dragon

This weekend, I found the dragon picture from my Sept 27 post in the book The Cultural Atlas of the Viking World edited by James Graham-Campbell, on page 139. I was browsing the book looking for pictures of bead necklaces (only had one small pic). Luckily this book is wise enough to include a thourough and detailed List of Illustrations in the back, and our dragon can be found at the Cambridge University Library, call number MS Ff 1.23, f. 37v.
Sadly Cambridge has not digitized all their manuscripts, but according to the website, items in the "double letter" collection are not restricted and can be looked at freely as long they are not being restored. Great, I'll phone British Airways right now... Just kidding. :)

October 11, 2010

An Exciting New Position!

Saturday at the Canton of Grey Gargoyles' Stone Dog Inn event, the Barony of Ayreton held its first Baronial Court. I received the exciting position of (principal) A&S Baronial Champion!

I have alot of ideas to try out over the next year.... woo hoo!

October 8, 2010

Maroon Elizabethan Dress Diary Part 3

Wednesday night Mistress Arrienne stopped by to help wrangle the skirt panels onto the now finished bodice. A had made a new hoop shirt with a 3.5 yard bottom circumference. It is sortof my training- farthingale. Arrienne had me one with a 5.5 circumference, but I think I need to work my way up to that big girl farthingale.

Tragically we discovered my skirt panels must have been originally cut for a lower middle class dress without farthingale. But over the spring I had collected some snazzy trim and taffeta linings, so that bumped it up to a more upper middle class-low noble status dress--farthingale required. This can be fixed with some guards--I have a small length of black wool i just need to dig around for. So I was was rather sad that even with a sewing frenzy Thursday night, it would not have been near ready for Saturday. Besides, Indian Summer is in full force, and it will be 80F on Satuday. So wool might not be the best thing to wear that lovely day.

There are 3 more local events in 7 weeks, so there will be more opportunities for the dress to make its debut. That gives me more time to redo the undersleeves, the matching forepart, make an underskirt to attach the forepart to, and possibly mail order a custom tall hat.

Last night I worked on a pair of Elizabethan venetians for The Boy. Lets just say 12 year olds are not thrilled with having things pinned on them sewn, put back on, and so forth. I took a shortcut with these--at Goodwill I found a pair of black ladies petite capri pants. I dont think they were even worn--the front pockets were still basted shut. Most important they had no back pockets so, but the front pockets were easier to hide in the pleating. So all I had to do is make a casing around the bottom hem, ran a ribbon through, and I think these should be good for a couple years. I had to take the waist in a bit, but they can be let out as he grows. Major score--$5, 30 minute boys Elizabethan pants.

With it, he can finally wear last year's Goodwill experiment of a $7 ladies linen blouse, which I shortened the sleeves, took the buttons off, butted the front seam together, covered the button holes with machine embroidery, and embelished the front of the blouse with more machine embroidery. He can borrow one of dad's flat caps, and I got some girls black knee socks, and he is ready to go. I just wont tell him ALL his clothes began life in the ladies and girls department. :)