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Happy New Year — Viking Style! (Or: Party Hats at the End of the World)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2004 Scott Farrell)   Daily life in the Middle Ages was fraught all sorts of dangers — disease, injuries, rabid wolves, windburn, disco music, chupacabras, waxy yellow build-up, and bunions, just to name a few. Fortunately, with the help and encouragement of the medieval church, the people were able […]

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The View From The Big Chairs

(A little inside view of the life of Guillaume and Felinah)   Here are Guillaume and Felinah, Baron and Baroness of Calafia, both on the field and off. When they took over these positions, they couldn’t understand why Talanque, the former Baron, passed on his coronet with a strange look of relief and sorrow, hope […]

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For The One Whose Favor I Bear

(A little inside view of the life of Guillaume and Felinah)   After discovering that Guillaume and Felinah had arranged a “clandestine marriage,” King Edric and Queen Albra threatened to seize their baronial lands (and turn the barony over to the Baron of Gyldenholt for “safe keeping”) if the two did not publicly exchange vows. […]

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The Chronicles of the Chepstow Tournament

As some of you know, 2005 was truly an experience of “a dream come true” for me. As a celebration of my 40th birthday, my dear wife, Felinah, arranged for me (and 12 of my most tenacious friends) to have a tournament in Chepstow castle — the home of William Marshal. It was a great […]

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“I Didn’t Expect An Inquisition”

Regular readers of “I Didn’t Expect An Inquisition” know that, each month, Guillaume’s by-line is presented with a new “nickname” inserted. Why? Well, to tell you the truth, no one knows, and even prescription pharmaceuticals can’t seem to solve the problem. So, until Guillaume’s therapist makes some progress, we’ll just have to put up with […]

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13th Century English Tournaments

Those who have followed Guillaume’s writing over the years know that Duchess Felinah and Duke Guillaume have a unique, symbyotic relationship. Felinah (being an educated Persian lady) provides insight, wisdom, prudence, and enthusiasm; Guillaume (being a heavily-armed Norman knight) provides rattan shavings and 24-hour latté service. Thus, in response to several readers’ requests for website […]

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Glossary: 13th Century Knightly Terms and Offices

Those who have followed Guillaume’s writing over the years know that Duchess Felinah and Duke Guillaume have a unique, symbyotic relationship. Felinah (being an educated Persian lady) provides insight, wisdom, prudence, and enthusiasm; Guillaume (being a heavily-armed Norman knight) provides rattan shavings and 24-hour latté service. Thus, in response to several readers’ requests for website […]

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A Message from the BIG GUY

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique It has been more than two years since my first book, “We Are Not Amused, Sir Guillaume!” was published, and this website was opened to the public. Since that time, nearly 2,000 copies of my books and CDs have sold, and I have had the honor of signing books […]

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Living the Lessons of the SCA (After the First Cup of Coffee)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2002 Scott Farrell) One of the most difficult parts of being in the SCA comes on Monday morning, when it’s time to put the cloaks and bodices back in the closet, clear the armor out of the car (although some fighters don’t bother to do that; they just drive […]

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A Challenging Proposal (one of Guillaume’s most famous articles)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2003 Scott Farrell) I was in my pavilion at the last tournament when Felinah, after fighting about 1,300 challenge fights, sat down next to me with sweat actually dripping out of the ends of her hair, and said, “I’m exhausted! I had to turn away those last five fighters […]

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