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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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Poem: Timur Malik

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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Poem: The Fall of Khwarazm

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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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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Health, Nutrition and Aging in the Middle Ages

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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