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Nov. 15th, 2010 03:18 pm
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This past weekend, I finally cleaned out all the boxes of pottery that have been stacked under the sewing table. I had to move the table too, so when I got home on Sunday I got out the vaccume cleaner out and sucked down several cats worth of hair that had accululated in that corner.  Never make a clean spot on a Sunday, it's like giving a mouse a cookie.

The rest of my weeeknd was taken up by a class on Spanish Feasting practices in the 15th century. It went pretty well, thanks to everybody who helped, and those who took the class.

Thanks to Eliška who packed a lot of pottery, Rhys who let his dad come to do dishes, Rosario who sewed on buttons, Mark & Diane who agreed to sit at the high table, John who leaps on greneades for me, Miyake who brought unexpected tables, Gianetta who brough rose water and makes the best mazapan ever, and Constantina who provided a much-needed lunch.

Many thanks to Juan Santiago and Rose de Le Mans for being our hosts; to our autocrat Vittoria Aureli; and our Spanish language translators, Rosario de la Torre and Brighid ni Chiarain.

Senior Hall Staff
: Geoffrey Mathias
Butler/Panter: Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn
Cupbearer: Isabel D Triana
Almoner: Vyncent atte Wodegate (Christian de Holacombe, research)
Master of the Wardrobe: Cynthia Barnes

Carvers Lead: Vyncent atte Wodegate
Aurelia de Montfort, Brian FitzWilliam of Glastonbury, Brion of Bellatrix, Cynthia Barnes, Godric of Castlemont, John Theophilus, and Lüthold von Altstadt.

Servers Lead: Aasa Thorvaldsdottir
Ascelin Meere of Ravenslock, Ghislaine d'Auxerre, Mari inghean Cúán, Miyake Nobuhiro, and Sedania de Corwyn.

Cooks/Kitchen Staff Lead: Juana Isabella de Montoya y Ramirez
Gianetta del Bene, Aelf of King's Crossing (scullery), Krysta MacIntyre (sweets), Wulfric of Creigull, and Ysabella Dolfin.  Team Garnish: Christian de Holacombe, Cordelia Tosere, Catherine Holcombe of Arden and Donata Bonacorsi.  Thanks also to Vyncent atte Wodegate, Cynthia Barnes, Cordelia Tosere, and Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn for freezer space and the Barony of Darkwood for use of their cooking equipment.
Knives Lead:Godric of Castlemont (who also made many of the prickets and the sugar rasps)
and knife cases:Geoffrey Mathias, Vyncent atte Wodegate
Spoooooon! Lead: Geoffrey Matthias
Catherine Holcombe of Arden, CoenWulf Maclachlainn, Crystal of the Westermark, Cynthia Barnes, Donata Bonacorsi, Effric neyn Ken3ocht, Flidais ní Eitigen, Gelis of Balweary, John Theophilus, Klaus Rother von Schweinichen, Lüthold von Altstadt, Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn, Vyncent atte Wodegate, Vittoria Aureli, and friends.
Napkins, towels, and tablecloths: Cordelia Tosere, Constance Lymnour, Crystal of the Westermark, Cynthia Barnes, Etain du Pommier, Geneviève de Vendome, Gianetta del Bene, Johanna Ludwiger von Hertesbergk, Klaus Rother von Schweinichen, Marguerite du Royon, Sophie Xylander, Vyncent atte Wodegate, and friends.
Portpaines and high-table cloth: Aldith Angharad St. George.
Team Trencher: Lead: Geoffrey Matthias.
Catherine Holcombe of Arden, Constance Lymnour, Gianetta del Bene, and Rose de Le Mans.
Benches: Lead: Vyncent atte Wodegate
Crystal of the Westermark, Donata Bonacorsi, Etain du Pommier, Flidais ní Eitigen, Gelis of Balweary, Geoffrey Matthias, János Mihály, John Theophilus, Juana Isabella de Montoya y Ramirez, Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn, Vittoria Aureli, and Wulfric of Creigul.

Pottery: Lead: Cordelia Tosere.  Featuring the work of  Lodema the Potter and Mercy the Potter.
Painters: Aasa Thorvaldsdottir, Constance Lymnour, Crystal of the Westermark, Cynthia Barnes, Diane de Winchester, Dona, Flidais ní Eitigen, Geoffrey Matthias, Isabel D Triana, John Theophilus, Krysta MacIntyre, Mark von dem Falkensfenn, and Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn.
Special thanks for loan of furniture, linens, serving ware, curtains, AV equipment, and muscle power: Aldith Angharad St. George, Donata Bonacorsi, Éireannach Katleen Nic Ghiolla Chainnigh, Cynthia Barnes, Flidais ní Eitigen, Geoffrey Matthias, Rosario de la Torre, Étaín du Pommier, János Mihály, Juan Santiago, Rose de Le Mans, Wulfric of Creigul, Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn, Vyncent atte Wodegate, Violet Ruthvene, and a host of others.

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Last weekend: GM goes to band camp every Labor day weekend, so I usually go south to visit my parents. Mom and dad seem to be doing well, and grandma was mostly coherent (she suffers from some form of dementia). Grandma and I folded laundry together, and she seemed to stay on-task a lot better than I would have thought from mom's descriptions. Mom's new canary, Figaro, is nearly done with this molt and re-growth, and sings quite nicely. My parent's new dog, Nicolas, is better behaved than the other dog, Nellie, but is still a bit spoilt. Being a temporarily handicapped does make getting on and off the plane quicker, but no perk is worth having this damn thing on my foot. 15 more days until the next cast-off.

PPF2, bowls: There's another painting party scheduled for Sunday the 12th. There might be one more the weekend of the 18/19th, depending on how quickly we get things done. If you have a mighty urge to paint ceramics, please let me know.

PPF2, linens: I ordered a new roll of linen for the new under-tablecloth and some new napkins. I hope it arrives soon so I can get to work on it.

Garden: in spite of help from joycebre, the weeds are trying to take over. I need to open a can of whup-ass on the entire yard, something that may not happen until after the rains start.

Trenchers: A co-worker is gong to Toronto. I hope I can get him to take some pictures for me at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Cool link: A four-pointed Anglo-Saxon ring with dog heads!

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No so much "Spain" as the kingdom of Aragon, which is the upper right-hand corner of modern Spain. If you can add some dates for conflicts, music, food or dance, I would be very grateful.

Arnaldus de Villa Nova (b.1235 Valencia –1311)  writes  Liber de Vinis which goes thorugh and amazing number of translations

1330 -- The Book of Good Love (poetry, stories), written by Juan Ruiz. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Good_Love

1350  -- The Book of Sent Sovi (cookbook) composed around the middle of the fourteenth century

1395 -- Le Menagier de Paris is writing his household/cookery book in Paris.

1412-- King Ferdinand I "the honest" of Aragon and Eleanor of Alburquerque stepped up in 1412,. He was the first in the House of Trastámara, 1412–1516

1414-1435 Joanna I Queen of Naples

1415 – Death of Pope Gregory XII (1406-15) In life he had been opposed by Pedro de Luna ("Benedict XIII") (1394-1417), Baldassare Cossa ("John XXIII") (1400-1415), and Pietro Philarghi ("Alexander V") (1409-1410)

1416 -- King Ferdinand I of Aragon dies in 1416, succeeded by son, Alfonso V the Magnanimous. King's widow Eleanor, who was then 42 years old, retired to Medina del Campo.

1416 -- Alfonso V the Magnanimous (1396-1458) step up as king of Aragon, Sicily and Naples.
Alfonso has a wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfonso_V_of_Aragon which notes that there was a "court of the mistress" by Alfonso's long time lover, Lucrezia d'Alagno,

1417 – Pope  Martin V (1417-31) steps up as pope. Birth name, Oddone Colonna  (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09725a.htm)

1420 -- Chiquart writes 'On Cookery' (french, or Savoyard)

1420 -- Joanna I of Naples (now married to James de la Marche who has been exiled for being a pinhead) is attacked by Louis III of Anjou, Martin V, Sforza; defended by Caracciolo with the assistance of Alfonso of Aragon and the condottiere Braccio da Montone

1420-1425, Enrique de Aragón (1384 – 1434), marquess of Villena and cousin to King Ferdinand I is writing Arte Cisoria

1431 – Eugene IV (1431-47) steps up as Pope. Opposed by Amadeus of Savoy ("Felix V"), antipope (1439-1449) Birth name Gabriello Condulmaro of Venice

1433  Joanna I of Naples adopts Alfonso of Aragon as her heir, for the second time. The first time, the adoption was "annuled" at the urging of the queen favorite, Sergianni Caracciolo.

1435-42 --- Alfonso I of Aragon, the Magnanimous is in conflict with the forces of René of Anjou

1442 Alfonso occupies the city of Naples; arranges for his illegitimate son Ferrante to succeed him there (while his brother John succeeds in Aragon and Sicily); Pope Eugenius IV comes to terms (1443)

1440-1145-ish? -- Alfonso V the Magnanimous had to spend some time fighting against the royalist party led by the *special* favorite of King John II of Castile,  Álvaro de Luna. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81lvaro_de_Luna)

Heinrich Isaac (ca. 1450-1517) composer of La Spanga and Fortuna Desperada

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Howdy ya'll. 
I just got word that the West Kingdom's Fall Collegium 2010 has been moved to November 13. If you were hoping to attend the class on the Perfectly Period Feast for 1420-1440 Catalonia, please adjust your calendars accordingly.

Sadly that's not the bad news. The bad news is spring collegium for 2010 has been cancelled, so any preperatory classes for servers and carvers will be at the outdoor West Kingdom Arts and Sciences weekend. A&S weekend is currently scheduled for June 11-13th.

GM and I will try to attend any local collegial events between now and feast if there are people in outlying areas who would like to be carvers or servers. I may also attempt to teach the guest and staff feast classes at the cook's playdate at the West-Antir war in July.

eta: for more discussion on the decisions around collegium, please see [info]etaine_pommier's  Collegium? post. (sorry, here's the unlocked version, http://etaine-pommier.livejournal.com/241052.html .)

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New Project: A perfectly period Spanish Feast at Fall Collegium (23Oct2010 moved to 13Nov10). Primarily based on The Book of Sent Sovi­: Medieval Recipes from Catalonia (backed up where necessary by Chiquart's 'on Cookery': A Fifteenth-Century Savoyard Culinary Treatise,  Arnaldus de Villa Nova's Liber de Vinis, and the new translation of Le Menagier de Paris). The main service sources we hope to use are Enrique de Villena's Arte Cisoria (backed up where necessary by "Boke of Curtasye"/Sloane MS 1986 and Ruperto de Nola). The time period is 1420-1440CE, but the geography (other than "Iberian peninsula") is not quite determined, but likely to be Catalonia.
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 A plan is forming to create another PerfectlyPeriodFeast, perhaps at fall collegium in 2010. We'll give this one a proper name.

A Spanish feast primarily based on Rupert de Nola, (c.1529, Nola wrote in Catalan for the Aragonese court in Naples. Aragon and Catalonia covered much of the same ground. Aragon is a political unit and Catalonia is a cultural region.[thanks, Juana!]) Other Spanish sources to be determined, hopefully from 1520-1560. Anybody who can read Spanish, please look over the books listed here: http://www.bib.ub.es/grewe/grewe1.htm and let me know if they are really about food. 

If you'd like to get into this project early, please drop me a line and I'll send you an invite to the yahoo group. The same yahoo group as last time, in case you are already on it.


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