A Latin champions text

For Mattias’s Mountain’s Pride, I wanted to try my hand at a Latin text, to match the documents of the 12th c.
The text is based on a Latin charter of Raoul de Coucy, dated to 1168.


Russian mountain sun.

A baronial arts award for Fjorlief, based on the opening of a 15-16th c Slavonic gospels. Hand mixed gouache (synthetic vermillion and ultramarine, Terra verte, titanium white, and purple earth), oak gall ink and w&n gold ink on paper, 10″x14″. Many manuscripts of this time were written on paper, so I have used paper for…

Two troves of Slavonic Manuscripts.

I’ve just found two new to me places to find digitized Russian/Old Church Slavonic manuscripts. Both of these have many many options to look through. The Vatican Library’s Slavonic manuscripts. Click on the book to access individual manuscripts. Vatican Slavonic Manuscripts Gospels. MSS Vat Slav 4 The library of the Trinity Sergius Monastery. Many many…

Romanesque Mountains pride 

A Championship scroll from August 2017 based on the 12th c German Arnstein bible, gouache and commercial inks on pergamenta. Arnstein Bible, folio 65r The Arnstein Bible is a lovely example of Romanesque Illumination, in two parts. The half I have drawn my inspiration from is characterized by circular scrollwork initials drawn in red, with…

Ways to Wear Temple Rings

When temple rings are found in burials, they are generally found near the temples or on the side of the skull, though the specific attachments do not always survive. Over time, various types have been referred to both as earrings and temple rings, depending on the source. Many wearing options are now attested, including in…

Braid Style Throne Favor

A Throne Favor for Aryana. Based on a 15th c manuscript from Novgorod. Hand mixed pigments (synthetic vermilion, indigo, ocher, and titanium white) and India ink on pergamenta. Approximately 7″x 9″. Text is English transcribed into Cyrillic. This style is known as balkan braid, and is one of the common styles of ornament of the…

Griffin printing for TAH Seamus and Turk

Two Princes needed step up clothes that said ‘Summits’. So, Ayla requested a griffin print for them. I used the existing ring and heart from the ponies, as seen on these 6-7th century wool tapestry leggings. I used the griffin from another piece, referring to the arms of the Summits. I had just gotten a…

An Anglo-Saxon Resource.

Saxon Rabbit is back! My Laurel, Ælfflæd, is gradually getting her website back online, now on WordPress. She has info on brocaded tablet weaving, the Anglo-Saxon lyre, and more. Take a look!! Saxon Rabbit

14th- 15th c Manuscript Production in Novgorod.

Many medieval Russian manuscripts were produced by and for clergy, though lay production is known. Novgorod was a center of production, centering around the archbishopric, and then expanding in the 15th century to the monasteries. Types of manuscripts made included Gospels, Psalters, Lectionaries, Bibles, books of sermons, commentaries, chronicles, and miscellanies. (Popova 1984, Smirnova) Manuscript…

Fjorlief’s 14th century inspired scroll

Back in May, Fjorlief made an equestrian championship scroll for Stromgard based largely on the Hours of Saint Omer, British Library Add MS 36684, with additional bits of inspiration from the Luttrell Psalter and the Queen Mary Psalter.

Spiral Temple Rings

Wire spirals are the distinctive feature of Severian temple rings, found starting in the 10th-11th c, though some finds date up to the 13th c. Severian finds cluster in the area east of Kiev.

Characteristics of Tetralogical Style Manuscript Illumination

14th and 15th century Novgorod saw the flowering of a striking and and idiosyncratic style of manuscript illumination which incorporated high contrast zoomorphic knot work formed into a variety of shapes. Gospels, psalters, books of canons and more were decorated in this manner. This distinctive style was based in Novgorod starting in the 13th c….