Iulia Agricola

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Panteria, 2015
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 LaurelCompanion of the Order of the Maunche


Iulia Agricola Litavicci filia is a first century Romanized Gaul of the Aedui tribe, from the lands that are now Burgundy in central-eastern France. I changed to this persona in 2013 after a decade as the Elizabethan Elinor Strangewayes. My partner Master Ekkehardt of Oakenwode and I are research and production junkies specializing in the hot arts - I do glass, he does metals of all kinds, and we both play around with leather, wood, and stone. We run a small business in the SCA providing historically accurate replicas of pre-1200 AD glass beads. I was made a companion of the Order of the Laurel in 2014 for my glass research and beadmaking. My Maunche is for diverse arts, but my research into 16th century Iberian chocolate redactions and late period maritime technology were what I was known for at the time.

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 (House Strangewayes) and I have made a point of offering our services as security and gophers at Birka for a number of years.

Research and Projects

My major all consuming research interest these days is historical glass beads and glass kilns. I'm also exploring enamelled bronze brooches and Roman foodways.

I've participated in the A&S 50 Challenge by making over 100 documentable period bead replicas. The first 50 is here and the second 50 can be seen here.

Classes I have taught:

  • Intro to Glass Beadmaking - My handout, Getting Started In Lampworking, can be seen on my website.
  • Period Bead Petting Zoo: How to dentify period-looking beads at craft stores
  • Late Period English Rounds
  • Period Sea Chanteys & How to Tell When They're Not
  • So You Wanna Be a Pirate, or Late Period Maritime Technology
  • The Making and Drinking of Chocolate (in two parts)

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."

Projects of which I'm proud:

Previous major research projects:

  • Late period maritime life, technology, and material culture. My particular focus has been 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.

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