Saturday, November 27, 2010

Panache for Iida Juhanantytar


The initial was illuminated by Nicole d'Anjou and is based on MS Hs. I 489, fol.215r, from the 14th C.

The text reads:

Ulfr and Caoimhe king and queen of drachenwald announce by these presents that for her skills in the arts particularly in weaving we create our subject Iida Juhanantytar a member of our Order of the Panache, with all the rights and responsibilities appertaining thereto. Done on the 27th day of November, a.s. 45.

© 2010, Sara L. Uckelman.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lindquistringes for Kathryne Elizabeth Gordon

Kathryne BL Harley 2793 f.33

The design is based on British Library MS Harley 2793 f.33, from the first half of the 9th century. This was my first attempt at doing a zoomorphic initial. I didn't quite capture the look of despair on the fish's face, or the bored look on the duck, but I'm still pretty happy with how it turned out.

The text reads:

By these words let the will of Ulfr and Caoimhe, king and queen of Drachenwald be known. We have not only heard many testiments of the deeds of our subject Kathryne Elizabeth Gordon but also seen them with our own eyes. We wish to reward this service by making the said Kathryne a member of our Orden des Lindquistringes in witness of all she has rendered to us. This we do on the 4th day of December, a.s. xlv, at Yule Ball in our shire of Flintheath.

© 2010, Sara L. Uckelman.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Panache for Asa Vavare

Panache for Åsa Vävare


The text reads:

Ulfr and Caoimhe, king and queen of drachenwald, to all the dukes, counts, barons, lords, and gentles of this kingdom, greetings and salutations. Let it be known that we have not only by the testimony of many worthy and credible gentles but also by our own witness been informed and acquainted of the many skills and deeds in the arts and sciences displayed by our subject Åsa Vävare. In recognition we make the said Åsa a member of our Order of the Panache, with all the rights, responsibilities, and privileges appertaining thereto, and so that all may know of her excellence, of her knowledge, and of her prowess in these matters we charge her to bear the badge of the order, issuant to chief from a torteau charged with a bezant pierced sable three feathers gules, Or, and sable, depicted more plainly below. So that none may contest this our will we the said king and queen have witnessed these presents on the 11th day of December, a.s. xlv, being the Feast of Saint Lucia.

The initial was illuminated by Lord Arnaut de Najac at Kingdom University. The calligraphy was done Nov. 18 and 19, and I painted in the badge on Nov. 19.

© 2010, Sara L. Uckelman.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sigillum Regis for Katheryn Hebenstreitz


Nov. 12 I picked out the design, pencilled in the borders, and started inking it. Nov. 13 I finished inking it and painted the gold, and Nov. 16 I did all the colors and the inner border.

The design is based on Pierpont Morgan Library MS M.1000 fol. 230r.

I took photos as I went:


© 2010, Sara L. Uckelman.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

AoA for Sophie

Sophie San-Florianensis III, 1

The exemplar is MS Codex San-Florianensis III,1, fol. 43v, an 11th C manuscript. Nov. 1, I drew out the lines and the initial, painted the green and blue, and wrote the incipit. Nov. 2, I did the gold, red, and white, and wrote the text, and Nov. 4, I calligraphed it while at the Gothenburg airport. Here are some photos of combat scribing:

combat1 combat2

The text reads in Latin:

Incipit verbis Ulfi et Ceve regis et regine

Magnas et multas attestationis actionum subjecti nostrorum Sophie audivimus, et placet nos. Scite quod his presentibus agnoscimus virtutem dignitatemque supradicte Sophie. Altamus et assignamus ei ordonis domine et jus tali armis prout deferet cum Collegio Armorum. Nullus prohibeat Sophiam ostendere istos armos, alioqui irascemur.

Fit manibus nostris in septetvicesimo die Novembris anno societatis xlv.


Here begin the words of Ulf and Caoimhe king and queen.

Great and numerous attestations of the actions of our subject Sophie have we heard, and it pleases us. Know by these presents that we recognize the virtue and dignity of the abovesaid Sophie. We raise her to the rank of lady and assign to her the rights to such arms as she shall register with the College of Arms. No one prohibit Sophie from displaying those arms, or we shall be mad.

Done by our hands in the 17th day of November, a.s. xlv.

© 2010, Sara L. Uckelman.