Elysabeth Underhill

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Elysabeth Underhill
Resides: Hartshorn-Dale
Status: Having Fun
Awards: Order of Precedence
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Award & Office Badges
Companion of the Order of the Pelican Companion of the Order of the Laurel Companion of the Order of the Maunche Companion of the Order of the Silver Crescent Companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier Award of the Golden Lyre

Order of the Harlequin Order of the Salamander

Member of the Tadcaster Militia


Mistress Elysabeth Underhill, nicknamed Lissa, (she/her/hers), used to be a working-class woman from the mid-late 1500's England. However, she has not had a set persona for a while now, and you are as likely as not to see her running around in early period Viking-ish garb.

At the moment, Lissa's focus in the SCA is supporting the Arts and Sciences and improving her skill with a Rapier. She has been a fencer for much of her time in the SCA, having taken a break for a few years to pursue other activities.

Please know that Lissa is always happy to teach her art, or to provide advice about A&S projects, research strategies, documentation, research papers, and A&S competitions. Mundanely, she is an academic librarian. Teaching and mentoring in the SCA is extremely important to her, and something she is comfortable doing, so please do not hesitate to ask if you think she can help. Lissa tends to be a bit busy/preoccupied at events, so contacting her via Facebook (Lissa Underhill) or through e-mail ( might be the best way to get in touch.


Note: Lissa prefers to recieve awards of significance or precidence in court at an event, and not virtually.


Selected History of Service

  • EK Gazette, Research Article Curator, 2019
  • Kingdom Minister of A&S, 2019
  • Kingdom Deputy Minister of A&S, 2018
  • Kingdom A&S Special Deputy, 2017
  • Chancellor of the East Kingdom University, 2011-2013

Lissa has organized multiple A&S competitions, from local baronial championchips, to Crown's A&S, and the Pennsic A&S War Point.

Lissa has also coordinated classes for many schola and universisty events on the local, kingdom and society level. Events include: Noisemakers (Bhakail), May-be Event (Iron Bog), Artisans's Village (Hartshorn-dale), Known World Rapier/Costume Symposium, and Pennsic Artisan's Row Glass Display.

Finally, Lissa has taught many A&S classes over years, both related to her primary art of Lampworking, and "meta" A&S classes.


My art is the making of glass beads. While I have made beads from many time periods, much of my focus has been on recreating glass beads from Early Medieval England (5th-7th century). I have also done research on the social meaning and significance of glass beads in that society. With the help of friends, I have also researched, reconstructed, and made beads on a period-appropriate bead furnace.

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