Scolairi Notes

April AS XLI (2007)

From the Seneschal

From the MoAS

Rapier Report

Chatelaine Report

Scola Scribendi

Da'ud Bob: Anne of the Indies

Recipe Corner

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From the Seneschal


As most of you know by now, Lord Dugan MacLeod, pursuivant, rapier marshal, and former seneschal and Minister of Sciences, has departed to take a job up in Northshield. I wish him all the luck in the world, but will also miss him very much. Watch out for the Mounties!!!

With Lord Dugan's departure, we are in need of a new shire pursuivant. If anyone is interested in the office, please contact me (preferably in writing) soon so the curia can meet and select a new pursuivant candidate to present to the Dragon Herald.

The Awakening XXI is rapidly approaching -- make sure you talk to Baroness Angelique or Lord Vincenzo to get signed up to work sometime during the day. If we all pitch in together, the work load is lightened and we can all have a good time.

The warmer weather will bring back outdoor fighter practices and park cleanup...more details at the meeting.

Take care, play safe, have fun.



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MoAS Report


Greetings all,

Several events are coming up in the next few months. By the time you read this, the Midlands regional A & S will have come and gone and our neighbors in Illiton will have had their first event of the year. I hope some of you went to these events! The next A & S Fair will be the South Oaken Regional on April 14 in Dragonsmark in Lexington, KY. Coronation is also coming fast; it is scheduled for the weekend of April 28 in New Boston, MI, sponsored by Northwoods and Roaring Wastes.

Our own event, The Armored Easter Egg and Kingdom War Practice is almost upon us (May 5). There will be no feast this year, but Bronwen will be providing a lunch on the theme of the British Isles. Be sure to sign up to help at this event, which will be at Tri-Lakes again this year.

Finally, Crown Tourney and A & S will be held on the weekend of May 26-7 at Gyntarian in Akron, OH.

The Fiber Arts Workshop Symposium featuring Fiadnata o Gleann Alainn

from Flaming Gryphon, will be held this summer on July 14. It is tentatively to be held at the Normal Public Library Community Room from 10:00am-4:00pm. There will be more on this later.

Please be reminded that our A & S meetings will be held the third Thursday of each month in room 401 of the First United Methodist Church.

Sites of Interest:


Medieval Studies Program Library Resources. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. URL: .

Accessed 3/21/07

This site begun in 2001 gathers together bibliographical material for all areas of Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois. The site is organized by subject areas with a general list of journals & indexes and internet resources. The manuscript studies area contains both facsimiles and an image database. The facsimiles page consists of medieval and renaissance illuminated manuscripts on a wide ragne of subjects, among them exultet rolls, bestiaries, breviaries, books of hours, herbals, hunting books, medical treatuses, haggadahs, travel books, medical books, law books, etc.


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Rapier Report

Spring is upon us! That means outside practices, finally! We'll try to have one to two practices a month. If people want more, let me know, we'll work it out. Welcome to Mark, our newest fencer in training.


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Chatelaine Report

Greetings, Scolairi.

The summer event and camping season will soon be upon us. While you’re out enjoying the sunshire, make sure you take plenty of sun screen and drink lots of water! Even when summer events are “mostly” indoors, it is still easy to get over-heated or sunburned. Most of us are just not used to being outside for any length of time. A small first-aid kit is also a good idea along with any allergy medicines you use.

It is also wonderful to enjoy those long summer nights with candle light and a cheerful camp fire. Be careful of long, flowing sleeves & hems when you’re near the fire. Being aware of fire safety is always a good idea. Keep water & a fire extinguisher handy. Man-made fabrics catch fire more quickly & can melt as well as burn. Hot polyester stuck to your skin is a very bad thing.

That said, there is nothing like a great outdoor event! The current middle ages really come alive in a beautiful outdoor setting. Take care of each other and I hope to see you at an event soon.

Your Chatelaine, Ellen.

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Scola Scribendi

From the Scriptorium

The Midland’s Regional A&S Faire has come and gone. Lady Mary tells me there were NO calligraphy and illumination entries this year at all! I guess our scribes were all too busy working on court scrolls to make an entry for the faire – myself included.

This June the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium will be held June 14-17 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in the Barony of Lyondemere (Los Angeles, CA.)

The web site is now up with more details:


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Da'ud Bob

I swear, honestly, some days I just never know what I’m going to find. Or, in this case, what’s going to be given to me. I mean, there are a lot of movies out there, and even at my advanced age, I haven’t yet found the time to have gotten around to watching all of them. Yet. So when someone e-mails me about some movie (or several) that they’ve seen and/or videotaped, I’m interested. Because I’m always on the lookout for you, my faithful readers, for movies new and old which you might want to see, or about which you ought to be warned. Well, at a recent event I was loaned a videotape of a movie to “check out” for you. So I went on home, had a good night’s rest, and the next day, dropped it into the VCR. And thus it is that this month, Da’ud Bob reviews Anne of the Indies.

Starring Jean Peters as Captain Anne Providence, a young and hunky Louis Jourdan as Captain Pierre François LaRochelle, Debra Paget as Molly LaRochelle, Herbert Marshall as Dr. Jameson, and Thomas Gomez as Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, this 1951 flick attempts to have it all – action, adventure, drama, and romance, all tied up with plots, subplots, love, and betrayal. The long version of the plot is: LaRochelle is found by Captain Providence (a lady pirate, excuse me, “buccaneer”, with a grudge against the English because they killed her brother) on a captured British ship. Purporting to be a captive of the British, he signs on with Providence, and he and she fall in love. Her mentor, Blackbeard, doesn’t really buy LaRochelle’s story, however. And, in fact, LaRochelle, who is also already married, is working for the British against the pirates in order to get his ship back, which the British are holding until he helps them capture, among others, Captain Providence. But she escapes from the trap he helped set for her, captures his wife, and sails off to sell her on the slave market in Maracaibo. LaRochelle follows her, and in a battle Providence sinks his ship. Providence then maroons LaRochelle and his wife on a small islet called Deadman’s Cay, but three days later has a change of heart and returns to give him a longboat in which he can make it back to safety. In the process, Blackbeard, who has vowed revenge upon LaRochelle, comes upon Providence, and she dies under his guns in order to keep Blackbeard from discovering that LaRochelle is there. The shorter version of the plot is: “Hall hath no fury like a woman scorned, or at least, deceived.”

Good points: The stirring music by Franz Waxman. A young Louis Jourdan. (Anna Sue’s reaction upon first seeing him was “Oh, my God, he’s gorgeous! Three Woofs!”

Bad points: Carrying unsheathed knife in leather belt. Anne (pardon me, Captain Providence) makes Maracaibo sound just like Mos Eisley on Tatooine in the Star Wars movies – “the filthiest hole in the Caribbean.” Arab traders. In Maracaibo?! In what is now Venezuela?!? The real Edward Teach was not that illiterate or poorly spoken.

Zero breasts. One gallon of blood. Four dead bodies. Saber fu. Light sword fu. Cannon fu. Waves roll. Pirates (I mean, “buccaneers”) roll. Gratuitous bear wrestling. Gratuitous flogging. Gratuitous wenches fighting in a bar. Gratuitous nightmares. Gratuitous weeping pirates. Academy Award nomination to Jean Peters as Captain Anne Providence for “How does a Frenchman make love?” An 87 on the Vomit Meter. 1½ Stars.

Da’ud Bob says, “It’s not as good as the Maureen O’Hara pirate movies (e.g., The Black Swan). Check it out!”

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Recipe Corner


- Submitted by Ellen

Bread Pudding – this is a good way to use up your stale bread, rolls, or biscuits.

3 Cups milk 1/3 Cup sugar

4 eggs 1 1/2 tsps. vanilla

2 Cups stale bread, crumbled 1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium saucepan, heat milk on medium-low, until very hot, but not boiling. Stir frequently to avoid scorching. (Milk may also be heated in the microwave, but watch carefully so that it doesn’t boil.)

In a separate large bowl beat together eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt and nutmeg until well blended. Stir in the hot milk slowly. Mix in the stale bread and let sit for about 15 minutes until the bread is well-soaked in the milk mixture.

Pour into 1 1/2 quart casserole. Place casserole in a large baking pan. Place pan on center rack in pre-heated oven. Pour very hot water into baking pan to within 1 inch of top of casserole.

Bake 1 1/2 hours. Remove promptly from hot water. Cool on wire rack 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve hot or cold. Makes 8 servings of about 1/2 Cup each.

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