Mistress Morwenna Westerne
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Mistress Morwenna Westerne resides in the Barony of Carolingia.
Although improper for a well-brought up Elizabethan lady, she enjoys acting and has participated in 4 Shakespeare plays (Twelfth Night, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer's Night Dream) as well as many shows with I Sebastiani (The Greatest Commedia dell'Arte Troupe in the Entire World). She has also appeared in the perfectly appropriate and courtly Masque of the Twelve Goddesses. More fittingly to her station, she does all sorts of needlework, cooks, and translates Latin poetry.
Morwenna is a Companion of the Order of the Laurel. She also is a Companion of the Manche, the Moon, the Daystar, and the King's Order of Excellence. She has twice served as Royal Bardic Champion, once to the King and once to the Queen.
Morwenna Westerne was born into a noble family in Cornwall. She's has always though it terribly unfair that she was given a traditional Cornish name while her younger sister was graced with the perfectly ordinary name of Emma.
At a young age Morwenna was sent to London for education and an introduction to court life. She has remained as a lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth and watches out for her family's political and business interests. She spends her time, when not in attendance to Her Majesty, concocting sweets in her stillroom, translating racy Latin poetry, and working embroidery, as well as keeping a watchful eye on the account books.
She is currently being courted by the Boyar Aleksandr Ruslanovich, who is part of Ivan IV's embassy from Russia. Due to religious and geographical differences, not to mention the difficulty of obtaining permission from a cranky Queen and insane Tsar, it is likely that marriage is not an option anytime soon.
Projects & Publications
Carolingia's Test Kitchen: Candied Violets, May AS LV
A Conceit of Walnuts, May AS XXXVII
Banquet for La Feste a La Tour du Lac, February AS XXXVI
"The Honourable Boyar, His Biscuit Bread", Tournaments Illuminated 140, Fall 2001
"From French to English to the Table" The Carolingian Minuscule, December AS XXXIII
"Secrets of Quick Warm Weather Brewing" in The Carolingian Minuscule, Arts & Sciences Edition, May AS XXXII
Offices & Positions
- Guildmistress of Cooks' Guild, Barony of Carolingia, 2005-2014
- Queen's Bardic Champion, 2002-2003
- King's Bardic Champion, 1999-2000
- Provost of the Borough of Fenmere, 1990-1992