May 2018 – French


Is there no gentleman among you who would perform some feat of arms for the love of his lady? If there is, then here I am, ready to go forth fully armed and mounted to tilt with the lance three times, to land three blows of the battle axe, and three strokes of the dagger. So let there be someone who can undertake such a feat, and all for his lady. Now let us see amongst you Englishmen if there be any of you in love.”  (Histoire ancienne jusqu’à  César, Perrin Remiet)

Illumination by Lady Aaradyn Ghyoot
Calligraphy by Mistress Eleanor Catlyng

Why did you choose this culture? I have French heritage, and because when I think about “myself in medieval times” this is how I see myself. I bounced around a lot in time periods before I settled on the 14th century.

What is the inspiration for your piece and why did it appeal to you? Art inspired by Royal MS 20 D I f6r, circa 1330. The first fancy “court” dress I ever made was a cotehardie for a pas d’armes. It seemed fitting that I do a tourney piece for my calendar page.

Materials used: gouache on perg

Other notes of interest about your piece: Unlike other tourney pages, there are no ladies present on this one. The English (standing behind the King) are armed for defense. The French Knights who issued the challenge don’t reveal their faces, but are prepped and ready for the List. This isn’t for pomp, this looked to me to be Knights calling out men not worthy to face them.

What is your favorite medium to work in? Gouache on vellum- the feeling of the vellum really helps me suspend belief and helps me feel closer to period.

What is a C&I technique that is challenging to you, or not your favorite? I am a poor calligrapher, and am exceedingly grateful for the excellent Calligraphers in the Kingdom!

What is a piece of advice you would give a new scribe? Keep scribing. Even if you don’t have an assignment- don’t stop creating.