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University Catalog

Greetings unto the patrons of the Merry Rose,

What follows is the catalog for the 38th session of the University of
Atlantia. There were a few last minute changes in the catalog before I
shipped it off to Henry for reproduction, and as a result, on course
description did not make it into the printed version, and is included
here. That course is number 76, Music Notation. The course is shown
on the schedule that appears in the middle of the printed catalog, it's
just the description that is missing. I apologize for missing that one,
but as I said, there were several last minute changes, and life has
been somewhat hectic of late. You folks here are the only ones with this
course description, and I encourage you all to pass this info on to others
who may be interested. I suspect that some sort of notice about this will
be posted at the registration area at University also.

In service,

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11 - Welcome to Atlantia - Tehair MacDiarmada, Judith von Gruenwald and 
Gyrth Oldcastle of Ravenspur An introduction to the Society, its history, 
geography and structure.

12 - What's in a Name? - College of Heralds Learn how to design a name for 
your persona and get it "copyrighted", as it were, by the heralds' office. 

13 - Who s That Dude In The Pointy Hat: Titles of Precedence and Forms of 
Address - Tirloch of Tallaght How to address people in the society, and 
recognize royal personages and peers.

14 - What to Bring to a Camping Event and Why - Rosine of Rowenwald and 
Arn Biorn Bassi Dansson How to stay warm, dry, and comfy at an overnight 

15 - Devloping a Persona - TBA. A basic look at developing your SCA persona.

16 - Courtesy in the SCA - moderator: Melisande de Belvoir Courtesy is not 
quite the same as courtliness. This panel discussion will focus on the 
differences between them, and will provide an open forum for exchange of 
ideas on fostering courteous behavior at events and elsewhere. As far as 
possible, the panel will be composed of members of the Queen's Order of 
Courtesy and the Order of the Rose.

21 - Basic Brewing - Tadhg macAedain uiChonchobhair A basic overview of the 
various areas of brewing. Meads, beers, wines, cordials--this class touches 
lightly on all these. Nuts and bolts brewing with recipes to get started on 
the adventure.

22 - The History of Beer - Othon d Auvergne This class covers the history 
of classic beer styles including when, where, and how they came into being. 
Discover the laws that shaped the beers--and the politics that shaped the laws.

23 - The Making of Goode Cordials - Havelyard of Bourne Learn the basics of 
making fine cordials and liqueurs. Taste, color, clarity--all marks of a fine 
product for the pleasure of your guests. The class will cover the various 
techniques used for producing all manner of cordials.

24 - The History of Meads - Terafan Greydragon This class covers the history 
of meads including when, where, and how they came into being.

25 - Get it Done Quicke - Tadhg macAedain uiChonchobhair Wines and meads were 
often ready to drink in a matter of days. You see a few in the SCA--but you 
should see how many recipes there are! Taken only from The Queen s Closet 
Opened and Sir Kenelm Digbie's The Closet Opened we'll examine about a half
dozen out of the horde.

26 - Great Meads - Alistair Mac Millan Patience is a virtue, they say, and 
in fewer endeavors is that as true as in brewing. Alistair will introduce 
you to the "great" or "long" meads with plenty of practical how-to information.
Learn to make those crystal clear shimmering meads that put a smile on your 

27 - The Effect of Honey on Meads - Terafan Greydragon The character of any 
mead is based upon the honey that is used. Terafan explores these effects 
and discusses the various types of honey that are available.

31 - Family and Kinship Structures - Teleri Talgellawg Of all human 
institutions, the family is probably the most influential in peoples' 
lives, yet, until recently, it has been little studied. The words family 
and kinship evoke definitive images in our minds; but do these images match 
concepts of family and kinship in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance? This
class will explore the evolution of the ideals and realities of family and
kinship structures in Europe from late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period.

32 - Property and Dower Rights - Igor Bear The rights of women--single, 
married, widowed, and remarried widows--to own property and form legal 

33 - The Role of Women in Middle Eastern Society c 670-1600 - Xenophon 
Vaughn This class will discuss the "real" role of women in various Middle 
Eastern societies, with special concentration on women in Islam. This class 
is designed to cover everything from herders and female warriors, to the more 
controversial subjects such as concubines and "belly-dancers".

34 - The Iconography of the Feminine - Celynen of Stow-on-the-Wold 
Representations of women through symbols as found in period art. Slides.

35 - Ecclesiastical Women - Berengaria of Caer Mear A brief overview of life 
in a nunnery with some examination of major figures such as Clare of Assisi 
and Hildegard of Bingen.

36 - Bradamante - Deirdre O'Siodhachain The Legends of Charlemagne were among 
the best known of chivalric literature in the Middle Ages. One of the major 
characters was Bradamante, a rare female knight. What were the expectations 
and assumptions about her role in the story? Was she an equal or a helpless
woman dressed in armor? The discussion will largely be based on Boiardo's 
Orlando Inammorato.

37 - Christine de Pizan - Elizabeth MacAlester Christine de Pizan was 
virtually the only professional woman writer of the Middle Ages. This course 
is intended as an introduction to de Pizan and will cover significant events
in the writer's life and her major works.

41 - Workshop on Budgeting & Planning A Feast - moderator: Ysabel Farquahar; 
Panelists: Winifred Corbet de Wynterwood, Fritz Justin Fritz and Melisande 
de Belvoir A two-hour moderated panel discussion where those new to cooking 
feasts will step-by-step plan a menu, determine portion sizes, determine total
quantities of ingredients to buy, and prepare a budget, prepare a planning 
schedule for things to be cooked ahead and to cook on the day of the event 
for a typical SCA feast for 128 people.

43 - On Medieval Decoration and Presentation of Food: Subtleties - Judith 
Von Gruenwald Will discuss methods of dressing and presenting food and 
subtleties in a more Medieval style.

44 - Kitchen Disasters and How to Fix Them - moderator: Tirloch of Tallaght; 
panelists: Rose of Black Diamond, Igor Medved A one-hour moderated panel 
discussion on typical kitchen disasters and whether and how to attempt to 
make that disaster into a success. 

46 - For To Serve A Lord: Serving High Table Medievally - panel: Teleri 
Talgellawg, Micheal Tagh Fasagh, and Ascian McConnell A panel discussion 
covering 15th and early 16th century sources for Medieval high table service 
and how they can be adapted for use at Society events.

47 - Kids Can Cook, Too:  Getting Children Involved in Feast Preparation - 
Tehair MacDiarmada and Gwenifvar A group discussion on the types of activities
suitable for children to do to help with feast preparations and serving.

51 - The Gilling West Sword - Brok the Badger Examine the history, 
construction techniques, form and function of a 10th-century Pattern 
Welded Sword, Anglo-Saxon/Norse.

52 - Investment or  Lost Wax  Casting - Chirhart Blackstar A period form 
of metal casting using centrifical force techniques. This one was used 
more commonly for precious metals, such as silver and gold. Learn the history.
Examine the tools, techniques, and rewards.

53 - Sand Casting - Grethfryth An ancient technique for casting brass and 
bronze. Examine the tools, techniques, and some  pretties  that come of the 

54 - Period Architecture - Stefan of Cambion It wasn't all gothic cathedrals. 
How to tell gothic from romanesque from tudor. What sort of dwelling your 
persona would have had.

55 - Castles - Stefan of Cambion Principles of design. Evolution from the 
wood motte and bailey castles of the Celts to the massive stone edifices 
surviving today.

56 - The Medieval Chest: Joinery - Dafydd ap Gwystl Construction techniques 
used in creating medieval chests from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance, with 
physical examples: lap-joint chests (Viking and six-board) and tongue-and-
groove chests (hutches and 10-board, framed and paneled). Dovetailing and
advanced techniques will only be mentioned. This class will be equally 
valuable to the novice woodworker who wants to make a simple medieval box, 
and to the competent woodworker looking for information on medieval joinery 
and how they actually did things. There will be an extensive handout 
illustrating surviving medieval chests and a hands-on examination of 
reproduction chests. Tools will only be touched on, and the focus will be 
on re-creating medieval chests with modern tools. 

57 - The Medieval Chest: Decoration - Dafydd ap Gwystl This class is a 
companion to the Joinery class, but it is not necessary for students to 
take one class to appreciate the other. This class will be an examination 
of the decoration techniques used on medieval chests from the Dark Ages to 
the Renaissance: many types of painting, incised carving, chip carving, 
low-relief carving, tracery, linenfold panels, and so on. The focus will be 
on the techniques that are simple enough for anyone to use with little or 
nothing in the way of tools or experience. There will be an extensive handout 
and a show-and-tell examination of a variety of decorated reproduction chests.

61 - Period Golf - Torquil macTaggart the Steadfast You thought only Scots 
liked to hit little balls with big sticks? Think again! Such pastimes have 
been around a lot longer. Study some of the games from Roman times through 
the Renaissance that eventually became the favorite preoccupation of Scotland.
Examine period construction of equipment (clubs, balls, etc.)

62 - Cheating the Cheater: Period Techniques - Kara in Danska & Rabah az-Zafar 
Cards and dice...learn period techniques employed in the games of chance. 
Learn some of the tricks of the trade used by individuals and teams to shift 
the odds. This is not a how-to class--this is class to prove to you that the
gambling hells of Atlantia are in fact fair.

63 - Fishing Techniques - Brok the Badger The emphasis will be on Angling, 
which was considered a gentleman's sport. Including a discussion on the gear 
needed and how to make your own authentic gear. Other common fish harvesting 
methods will be briefly discussed. (Brok will play hooky in the afternoon and
go fishing somewhere nearby, for it is written that Allah does not subtract 
from a man's alloted days, that time spent in fishing.)

64 - Game of Go - Students of the Hanashi Go School The ancient Oriental game 
of strategy. This class will cover the basic rules and conventions of the game.
Students will build progressively from 5-line boards to the traditional 19-line
board (as time permits).

66 - Dolls in Period - Assar merch Owen This class on period dolls (mainly 
those of the 15-16th centuries) is geared towards a combined audience of 
adults and children. The class includes a workshop in doll making for children
and young-at-heart adults.

71 - Modern Music Theory for Period Music - Aelfred of Cres The course will 
provide an introduction to the musical scale, modes, keys, clefs, intervals, 
consonance, dissonance, and chords. Duration: 1 hour. 

72 - Atlantian Choir - Anne of Carthew The Atlantian Choir will practice and 
perform at the April University. Singers will have a chance to learn and 
perform period choral music in any range of difficulty, as well as meet 
singers from across our fair land. Contact Lady Anne of Carthew for more 
info at (703)427-6271 or Barbara_Bilodeau@sra.com.

75 - Bardic Arts 101 - Anna MacKenzie  Ever wanted to be a bard and just 
didn't know where to start?? Or perhaps you are a novice bard and would like 
some more guidance? Then this class is for you!  Come learn the basics of 
bardic courtesy, get some ideas for source material and/or share sources, 
as well as gaining a basic understanding of the bardic arts in the SCA.

76 - Understanding Music Notation - Alessondrea and Anne of Carthew - How to 
read and understand modern music notation in order to platy and sing SCA music.

77 - A History of and How to Play the Jew's Harp - Rabah az Zafar A class 
dealing with the jaw or Jew's harp throughout history, and how to play it 
without losing your front teeth. There will be several harps for use and 
sale by the instructor, but if you have one, please bring it.

81 - Manorialism and the Economics Thereof - Esclarmond de Colloure Explores 
the workings of this most basic economic and social structure of the Middle 

82 - Documentation is Not An Obituary - Dafydd ap Gwystl Documentation should 
be a diary of research and construction notes, not an obituary of a project. 
This class will NOT be boring. Dafydd will show how documentation should be 
a learning record for the craftsman, not a justification retrofitted onto a 
project and aimed at a judge. Re-creating a medieval object is a series of 
compromises as the artisan comes up against constraints of expense, knowledge, 
time, skill, and materials. Dafydd will attempt to show how to use this
process, and not let it use you. This class is aimed at anyone who wants to 
gain some insight into an effective approach to creating more medieval objects.
As a side effect of this technique, students will learn how to write brief, 
clear, informative post-mortems on their projects.

83 - Development of a French Persona from Period Sources - Esclarmond de 
Colloure Focuses on French society and culture in the 9th through 15th 
centuries including particular sources for French names, regional politics, 
and ways to customize your persona type (fighter, merchant, pilgrim, etc.).

84 - Herbal Medicines in the Middle Ages - Miriam bat Isachar The course will 
focus on the use of herbs for various ailments, their preperations, and in 
some cases the scientific evidence for why it worked. Disclaimer: This is not 
a how-to-use-herbal-medicines class. This is how THEY used them. Herbs are 
often medicines and should be prescribed by a licenced practitioner. I am not 
one, so don't try this at home.

85 - De arte linguarum: A Survey of European Languages 700-1500 - Alianora 
Munro This will be in part an historical survey of vernacular languages and 
dialects spoken in Europe during the Middle Ages, with likely tangents on 
education and knowledge of multiple languages in the period, and in part a 
discussion of ways in which one can add colour to one's persona (and 
surroundings) with these languages. There will be written examples of at 
least some of the languages/dialects to be discussed.

86 - When is a Car not a Fire Chariot? Using Medieval Language in the SCA - 
Keilyn FitzWarin This class will cover using more medieval language in 
situations such as: writing event announcements, writing letters, issuing 
challenges, making announcements during events, casual speech, writing poetry 
and other times when the use of more medieval turns of phrase may add to the 
elegance of a situation (specific areas will be addressed as class interest 

87 - A Mostly Painless Introduction to Library Research - Alianora Munro 
Designed for the innocent, the eager, and the lost. The course will cover: 
navigating academic libraries and other research facilities (including 
catalogues, cataloging systems, and microforms); deciphering footnotes (what 
does op. cit. mean anyway?); useful resources and how to use them; and 
surviving encounters with primary source materials. There will also be 
information on electronic resources available to the computer-literate and 
lots of handouts.

91 - Cotehardies in 4 Yards or Less - Aislynn Fyrlocc Class will observe 
(and help with) construction of a minimum-waste 14th-century lady's 
coteheardie. They will leave with the patterns, instructions, and experience 
needed to construct their own  dress.

92 - Plantagenet Kings of England - Thomas Smyth of Ayr A class about the 
triumphs and tragedies of England s House of Plantagenet.

95 - Between Your Head and Your Hat: What to do with your hair - Aislynn 
Fyrlocc An introduction to ladies  hairdressing for 13th-16th centuries. 
We will cover Headpiece usage as well as some "non-hat" styles. Class size 
limit: 10 (due to hands-on nature)

101 - To Teach Dance - Alyson of Islay A class on teaching dance masters/
mistresses how to teach dance. Teaching dance successfully consists of more 
than merely showing people the steps and playing the music. Learn how to teach 
people dance in such a way that they won't have to count their steps or think 
about what kind of steps they are doing. A class that teaches people how to 
interpret steps, break them down for the choreographically impaired, and put 
them back together again into a dance sequence. The difference between similar 
types of steps (e.g., the difference between a pavane single and double, and 
a bassedanse single and double). How to let the music tell you what to do.

102 - A Step Beyond - Winifred Corbet and Beornherd of Weyrmouth Winifred 
and Beornherd of Weyrmouth will be teaching dancers the subtleties of style 
and grace, and a bit of flirtation while dancing. Learn how to appreciate 
your partner, and in turn be appreciated. The dances they will be using are 
Hole in the Wall, Gathering Peascods, and Belle qui Pavane. It is preferred 
that you already know the steps to avoid having to take time to teach the 

103 - Belly Dance Appreciation - Atesh  (Sit down class, not for dancers 
only). Atesh explains the subtle dimensions of an artistically pleasing 
performance in Middle Eastern dance. Previously squeamish onlookers will be 
discerning dance aficionados after honing their aesthetic sensibilities in 
this class! Whether you dance, or just watch, this class is for you.

104 - Intro to Juggling: Learn to juggle! - Kendrick Wayfarer and Company  
Impress your friends and neighbors!  This class is for people who cannot 
already juggle but would like to learn the rudiments of the craft. Learn the 
basic 3-ball cascade, as well as more advanced skills as time allows. Please 
bring juggling equipment if you have it.

105 - Advanced Juggling: Can you do a 3-ball cascade? - Kendrick Wayfarer 
and Company Can you pass flaming  torches? If your juggling skills lie in 
this range, this is the class for you! Brush up on current skills and learn 
new ones. Likely topics include advanced 3-ball tricks, ball passing, and 
beginning club (knife, torch) juggling. Depending on the experience and 
interest of the students, instruction in contact-juggling, more-than-3-ball 
juggling, club passing, and use of other props may also be covered. Bring 
any props you may already have!

106 - Improvisation and the SCA - Aislinn ferch Llwelyn A class on using the 
art of improvisational acting in playing with your persona at an SCA event. 
This class is meant to help a person feel more comfortable in playing their 
persona. There will be background on medieval theatre, but the main emphasis 
will be on skits involving role-playing of your personal character. Look 
forward to loads of fun and laughter.

111 - Flash Card Heraldry I, Groups and Royal Peers - Leifr Johannson Leifr 
will again present his class on the arms of Atlantian Groups and Royal Peers 
living in Atlantia.  Get a look at this selection of emblazons and learn to 
spot people from across the field. Blazons of Shires and Cantons wishing to be
included can be e-mailed to lharrop@mrj.com.   Send information before April. 

112 - Flash Card Heraldry II, Knights and Liveries - Leifr Johansson  We will 
present flash cards for the active Knights and commonly seen liveries in 
Atlantia and around the SCA. Improve your field heraldry recognition and KNOW 
who the other guys are. Send your suggestions to lharrop@mrj.com.

113 - The Use of Heraldry in Period Clothing - Brenna of Storvik A slide show 
of numerous and varied examples of heraldic clothes and accoutrements.

114 - How to Use Heraldry in your SCA Clothes - Seonaid ni Fhionn A practical 
class on making heraldic clothes; how to use clothes for heraldic display; how
to work heraldic ornamentation into your costume.

115 - Creative Court Heralding - Gyrth Oldcastle of Ravenspur Gyrth will 
amaze and educate one and all with the ease with which one can creatively 
herald any court. Come and find out how make any court enjoyable.

116 - Designing Interlace - Erica Poitevins The 'Cut & Paste' method. An easy 
way to come up with a unique interlace design for each project. "This method 
really works, and will have you designing beautiful interlacing before you 
know it", comments a former student. Limit 12 people.

124 - Late Celtic Culture -Alyson of Islay 16th Century Celtic history and 
culture (concentrating on Ireland) Outside influences (like Spain and France).
How all of this affects persona development in the SCA.

125 - Late Celtic Clothing -Cormac McCluin This is the companion to the Celtic
Culture class, except that, natch, we will be looking at clothing.

127 - To Succeed as Camp Master - Rosine of Rowenwald For gentles who have 
volunteered to help run a large encampment. Whether for a household or a 
baronial encampment, the tasks are somewhat different than just trudging off 
into the woods and setting up. This class will cover some of the additional 
things to think about. Also, known as "How to be a Successful Slum Lord--Or 
Keeping Your Head in Spite of Yourself".

T1 - Leather Bottles - Damon Argent We will demonstrate the manufacture of 
costrels, or leather canteens. We will cover all the steps in a "galloping 
gourmet" style, basic construction and assembly, forming wet leather with 
sand, courboilli, and finishing. (Come see Silver teach Atlantia to pound 
sand.) This class will begin in the town right after lunchtime.

T2 - Lanthornes - Avar of Caer Mear  The art of making leather lanterns. 
These are spiff working lanterns with horn lenses. You gotta see 'em. Avar 
will be working at his craft all day, so drop in and take a look.It will 
take about two hours of your time to get the full demo and learn how it's 

T3 - Introduction to Card Weaving I: Threaded in Patterns - Megan O'Donnelly 
An introduction to weaving bands using tablets or cards in which the pattern 
is made by systematic variation in the turning of the cards and the manner 
in which they are threaded. The patterns that result tend to be geometric, 
usually with a definite right and wrong side. Materials fee of $5 includes 
cards and yarn. Limit 5 people. This will be a morning "town" class.

T4 - Introduction to Card Weaving II: Double-faced Double-turn Patterns - 
Megan O'Donnelly An introduction to weaving bands using tablets or cards in 
which the pattern appears on both sides of the band and is created by turning 
the cards in two separate sets according to a detailed pattern. The pattern 
appears on both sides, one a mirror of the other. This technique allows the 
weaver to create complex designs that would be very difficult with a threaded 
in pattern, including lettering. Materials fee of $5 includes cards and yarn. 
Limit 5 people. This will be an afternoon "town" class.

T5 - Shoes - Gawain Kilgore - An all day hands-on class in the construction 
of leather shoes. You need to invest the entire day; but you will walk away 
with a new skill and a partly completed pair of shoes. We will also cover some 
history. Materials fee: $30. Class limit: 12. 

General Leatherworking - Cordwainers' Guild  Various workshops will be offered 
by members of the Cordwainers (Leatherworkers) Guild. Specifics will be 
announced that day, but may include slippers, scabbards (knife and sword), 
and general accessories (belts, pouches, etc.) The workshops will be running
off and on throughout the day. Come by the "Town" and join in. Some limited 
supplies of leather will be available at cost. Please feel free to bring along 
any leather at your disposal for projects.