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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 content... read more

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 content... read more

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 content... read more

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 around with their wet gamebesons fermenting in the trunk like some kind of portable gourmet mushroom... read more

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 who wanted to challenge me. I just couldn’t hold my shield up any more.” Sipping my... read more

Halloween Customs from the Discount Shelf of Erin’s Aisle (Medieval Irish Folklore of All Hallow’s Eve)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2003 Scott Farrell) The sun is slipping towards the horizon a mite earlier these days, the night wind has a chill nip to it and there’s the pungent scent of cow manure on the breeze. All of that likely means the days of autumn and harvest tide are upon us, or that we’re camping at Caid’s Great Western War. (Or, possibly both … ) Yes, my children, it’s time once... read more

Some Knights To Remember (Chivalric Literature for the Common Fighter)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2003 Scott Farrell) Recently, Felinah and I were having dinner with Baroness Kyriath. While dinner discussions between the three of us — and by “three of us” I mean “Felinah and Kyriath” — often involve subjects like “blood-sucking insects,” “medieval torture instruments,” or “parasitic diseases of the brain,” this evening’s conversation was... read more

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