Classes Offered So Far

This page lists the class titles offered to date, as of 2 August 2008.

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We'd especially like to see original heraldic and onomastic research, particularly from European resources that are possibly unknown in the rest of the Society.

Juliana de Luna
Julia Smith

Heraldic Titles
In this class, we'll explore the structures and forms that heraldic titles took in medieval England and Scotland. We'll also briefly examine heraldic titles in France and the Iberian peninsula. At the end you should be able to construct an appropriate heraldic title.

Italian Names from Florence
We'll examine name elements and patterns as found in the over 50,000 names recorded in the Florence Catasto of 1427. We'll examine both men's and women's names, as well as the differences in names within the the domains of Florence.

Juliana de Luna is currently Palimpsest Herald, the Society rules herald. She's researched names (Spanish, Italian, Arabic, English, etc.) for a decade. She's done many heraldic jobs (submissions, consultation tables, etc.), but is probably most famous for trying to set the record for the most heraldic titles at once.

Canting in German and English Heraldry

Gwenllian ferch Maredudd, Longeley Herald
/Wendy Erisman

Longeley Herald presents her original research using English and Germanic sources; a comparison of how the two styles use cants (which can be quite different). This session updates her previouswork with new material and interpretation from her work.

Dame Gwenllian ferch Maredudd, Longeley Herald, has been fascinated by heraldry since she found a book by Fox-Davies in the public library at age 10. She joined the SCA 17 years ago and immediately became a herald, serving in a range of offices including, most recently, Heralds Point Coordinator at Pennsic and Wreath Queen of Arms.

Creating New Ceremonies.

Court Baroness Moraig Drummond
Sarah Fowlston

This session will cover how the Kingdom of Northshield pulled together various sources for our ceremonies and explain the reasons for the basic ceremonies and how they can be altered. Discussion will be on other perspectives and ideas on how wording can be changed to accomodate various people.

Court Baroness Moraig Drummond has been a herald for about 15 to 18 years when the Baroness of her Barony learned that they needed to replace the Baronial Herald on a Wednesday mentioned my name, and on the following Saturday after I had said I would, officially installed me that evening. Since then I have been Baronial Pursuivant, Middle Kingdom Deputy to the Dragon Herald, Polaris Herald for the Principality of Northshield and since then a Herald at Large. I have been actively involved with the creation of ceremonies for the Principality and Kingdom of Northshield since the beginning.

Outside the SCA I am employed with a non-profit health insurance company helping people get the most out of the health insurance their self-insured employers provide and my employer administers.

Documenting Names from Genealogical sources
Jeanne Marie

What's a genealogical source? This class explores the answer to that question and explains how to use (and not use) these sources to document a name in a manner acceptable to the College of Arms.

Baroness Jeanne Marie Lacroix lives in the Shire of Heatherwyne (Caid) and is interested in heraldry and brewing. She has formerly served as Wreath Queen of Arms and as Crescent Principal Herald. Mundanely, she's been an active (amateur) genealogist for close to 20 years. She works primarily with French and Irish records.

The Gentle Art of Illumination—Learning to See
Glazing with Egg Yolk

Gabrielle De Noyes
/Diane Calvert

I really live the Dream: I'm a professional illuminator/calligrapher with a gallery/studio open to the public where I sell my work and accept commissions. I dress in garb at the gallery also!

Reconstructing Durer's Sketchbook

Milesent Vibert
/Grace Vibbert

In 1520 Albrecht Dürer undertook a trip to the Netherlands to attend the coronation of Charles V. He took with him two small sketchbooks; one for silverpoint drawings and one for ink. Modernly we expect an artist to carry a sketchbook, but when did this ubiquitous accessory of the artist first really come to be? This session examines the questions of the origin of the artist’s sketchbook, its construction (paper, size and binding) and use by artists, like Dürer, of the early 16th century.

The Honorable Lady Milesent Vibert is the third Baroness of the Barony of the Cleftlands (Cleveland, Ohio) and a former regional Signet for the Oaken (Ohio and Kentucky) region of the Middle Kingdom.

Grace Vibbert is a freelance artist/illustrator who fixes computers for a living.

Advanced Illumination

Duchess Nerissa de Saye
/Jen Fraser

This lesson is for the illuminator of intermediate to advanced skill level, who aspires to create 'convincingly' period, original miniatures.

Duchess Nerissa de Saye is a 14th century French noblemwoman, who was Laureled for Scribal Arts in Lochac. She has reigned thrice, within three Kingdoms. Mundanely, Jen Fraser moved to London in 2006 where she works as a graphic designer. Website:

Painting armor in illuminated manuscripts

Baroness Aldermoureis “Alda” Ventzke
Gabrielle Alicia Lawrence

This class will review some of the styles and conventions of how armor was portrayed in illuminated manuscripts.

Aesthetics of SCA Heraldry

Feminine occupational bynames in Socin: a new examination
AElfwynn Leoflaede dohtor

Medieval College "Diplomas:" Determination Announcements at the University of Vienna, a Report and a Reconstruction
Master Johannes von Narrenstein, Paper presented by Milesent Vibert

Heraldry in the Luttrell Psalter
Genevieve la Flechiere

Elspeth Ann Roth
Heraldic Myths and Misconceptions

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