Fiore Leonetta Bardi

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Nobildonna Fiore di Bardi (she/her)
Resides: Barony of Carolingia
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence

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Award & Office Badges
Order of the MoonOrder of the DaystarCompanion of the Order of the Silver WheelCompanion of the Order of the Maunche
ChMinorMinister of Arts and Science


I am Nobildonna Fiore Leonetta Bardi (Fee-oh-re) also known as Fiore di Bardi (she/her). Primarily a costumer, I specialize in Florentine dress from the mid-1560s to ~1590, hand sewing, and embroidery. My area of interest includes research of life as an illegitimate woman in Florence, the Florentine Camerata, artifacts and practices for a noblewoman of this time -- including the practice of hunting and falconry in Florence, and Florentine textiles. I am increasingly interested in the people we try not to see and which most would have tried not to see even in the 16th-century, namely those of mixed race in Europe. Especially how a person of my lineage (I am of African, French, and Spanish descent) would have lived in 16th century Italy.

Motto: Penso e Creo

Pronouns: She/Her

Preferred Title: Nobildonna (no-beel-dohn-nah)


Fiore Leonetta Bardi born in 1550 is the illegitimate daughter of Giovanni Bardi, Count of Florence and Lucrezia Guarini, a noblewoman of mixed race and musician in the Court of Ferrara. She lives as a ward of her father's court and studied music and letters within the Florentine Camerata. Fiore Leonetta Bardi is best known to history for her numerous violations of Florentine sumptuary law as relates to apparel and the frequency with which her father was called before the Medici court on her behalf. It is rumored that Fiore di Bardi was secretly married to a German and may have given birth to a child of that union. The origin and veracity of these claims remain unknown, however, it is extremely unlikely that Signorina Fiore would have had to resort to such a union given her maternal dowry in the amount of 8000 florins. Fiore's pursuit of papal legitimacy continued throughout her father's lifetime.


Laurel/Pelican: Maestra Francesca di Pavia mka Meg Baron (Kingdom of the Outlands);

Guild: Keeper of Athena's Thimble, Craftsman;

Guild: Needleworkers Guild of Carolingia, Guildmistress;

Martial: Carolingian Company of Bowman;

Offices & Positions

  • Deputy Minister of Rubric and Competition, Ministry of Arts and Sciences, East Kingdom, present;
  • Guildmistress, Needleworkers' Guild of Carolingia, present;
  • Chancellor Minor, Barony of Carolingia, present;
  • Sovereign's Arts and Sciences Champion, East Kingdom, 2020-2021 - The Plague Year;
  • Arts and Sciences Champion, Kingdom of the Outlands, 2009-2010;
  • Guildmistress, Embroiderers' Guild, Barony of Caer Galen, 2008-2011;
  • Deputy Seneschal, Barony of Caer Galen (Outlands), 2008-2010

Event Staff

  • Family Point Coordinator, Falling Leaves in Exile, September 14, 2019 (Carolingia)
  • Family Point Coordinator, Otter's Welcome, May 11, 2019 (Carolingia)
  • Autocrat, A Weekend at the Florentine Camerata, March 20-22, 2009 (Barony of Caer Galen, Outlands)


  • Introduction to Openwork Embroidery
  • How to Embroider Your St. Birgitta Cap
  • Cover Thy Cup: Why and How to Make A Chalice Cover
  • Capturing Your Process for A&S Competition and Display
  • Intro to the General Rubric
  • Intro to the Performance and Research Rubrics
  • How to Teach over Zoom
  • Why Bother with Bara? -- Understanding 16th-century Proportional Patterning (coming soon)
  • 16th-Century Staymaking (coming soon)



Instagram @dressingflorentine

In Case of Court

Please contact Lord Frithuric Ulman ( and Baroness Arlyana von Wyck (

I am happy to acknowledge Ethereal Court as Actual Court and accept all that might transpire in-person, in that forum. Lord Frithuric holds my ICOP.