Elinor Strangewayes

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Gulf Wars, 2012
Resides: Shire of Mountain Freehold (formerly of the Barony of Stonemarche)
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
Vert, a bee volant and on a chief embattled Or, an acorn between two oak leaves fesswise, stems to center, vert.
Award & Office Badges
Companion of the Order of the Maunche


[EDIT: As of Winter 2013-14, I've switched personae to reflect my changing interests. I am now Iulia Agricola.

I first joined the SCA in 2001, when I assisted Lady Marielle de Chalon in founding the UNH Medieval and Renaissance Club (later to become the Incipient College of St Cuthbert). I served alternately as Vice President or Minister of Arts & Sciences there for the next six years.

I received my AoA in 2005 at Northern Lights 14 for my work with the College, as well as my research in period maritime navigational equipment. At Great Northeastern War 2008, I was made a companion of the order of the Maunche.

I currently reside in Mountain Freehold, but was originally from the Barony of Stonemarche and still think fondly of that place and its people.

Please note: I'm not "Elinor Strangewayes of Dorset" - that's someone else entirely.


Persona-wise, I'm currently tweaking and updating "myself" to reflect more precision in both time period and place, and trying to reconcile that with SCAdian geography.

The basics, however, are this: I study the 16th century, rarely ranging before the 1530s and occasionally wandering as far out as 1610. I am English, though I have knowledge of Germany and the Low Countries due to a (persona and real-life) ex who set his persona in that area. The Strangewayes family is historically based out of Manchester as early as the 1300s, though I am not certain if that's the town I want to set myself in. I am considering setting up an alternate male persona to reflect my maritime studies, as I strongly dislike the SCA phenomenon of women "pyrates" who don't make any pretense of disguising their gender. (Particularly since the rare seafaring non-passenger women never did so openly as women, at least in the European traditions, with the exceptions of outliers such as Grace O'Malley / Gráinne Ní Mháille.)

Offices & Positions

  • Vice President of the College of St Cuthbert (UNH, Durham, NH) 2001-2004.
  • Minister of A&S, ditto, 2005-2007.

I autocratted the College's Old Hampshire Faire event for three years, and co-autocratted it once. I served as the A&S coordinator for Harper's Retreat in 2007 and have judged the research paper and report categories at Northern Lights.

My household and I have made a point of offering our services as security and gophers at Birka for a number of years.

Research and Projects

I won three categories at Northern Lights 15: Herbalism and Period Science, with a Powder for the Cough and Metalwork for a floating brass plate Period Compass. I also submitted a Medicine for an Ague.

I won the Research Paper category at Northern Lights 16 with my article "Desirous to See the Strange Things of the World": The Curious Voyage of M. Hore. This paper explored the 1536 voyage of Richard Hore to Newfoundland, which is a fascinating story both for the myth - cannibalism, shipwreck, piracy - and the actuality: Admiralty court intrigue, nationalistic propaganda, and 16th century concepts of "civilized" behavior. Other entries that year included the first draft of my period drinking chocolate and a rendition of Ravenscroft's 1611 song "I Have House and Land in Kent."

Ongoing Major Research:

  • Late period maritime life, technology, and material culture. Currently I am focusing on fishermen and fishing technology.
  • English colonial and entrepreneurial efforts in the New World (yes, this is solidly period by even the most rigid definition of the SCA's end date, and it was quite profitable. There were English fishing vessels returning from Newfoundland as early as 1502, when the Gabriel of Bristol sold its thirty-six tons of fish for £180 in a time period when an English household servant could expect to make £2-5 in a year.)
  • The absorption of New World foodstuffs into Old World foodways
  • 16th century English and German costuming, especially funky hats and ruffs.

Classes I have taught:

  • Late Period English Rounds
  • Period Sea Chanteys & How to Tell Them Apart
  • So You Wanna Be a Pirate, or Late Period Maritime Technology
  • The Making and Drinking of Chocolate (in two parts)

Projects of which I'm proud:

  • The compass
  • A quadrant
  • A sounding lead (Some of my information is here, but I haven't posted any pictures of my reproduction yet.)
  • My early 16th century German Dress
  • An embroidered schaube
  • My big Elizabethan ruffs and Tudor hats, especially the Gable hoods.

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