Sabine de Kerbriant

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Sabine playing rauschpfeife at PARF, 2012
Resides: Barony of Bhakail
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
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Award & Office Badges
Order of the Salamander Order of the Crucible of Bhakail Troubadour Order of the Harlequin Award of the Golden Lyre Companion of the Order of the Silver Crescent Companion of the Order of the Maunche Companion of the Order of the Laurel Companion of the Order of the Pelican CourtBarony


Pronouns: She/her

Preferred title: Baroness (or Baronne if you're feeling French! Dame also works.)

Sabine de Kerbriant (formerly Sabine Kerbriant de Lanvaux) first found the SCA in 1993, accidentally drawn in by the siren call of a friend saying "Hey, someone's dragging me to this weird dance practice thing and I want you to come too!" At the start of her SCAdian career she dabbled in a number of the classic activities, including heavy weapons fighting, fencing, and embroidery, and quickly learned not to mess with anything involving sharp points and/or long strings. Her primary interests are music (current favored instruments include gemshorn, rauschpfeife, crumhorn, recorder, and transverse flute), poetry and literature, manuscripts and early printed books, commedia dell'arte, dance, and archery, but she can easily be distracted by any interesting medieval or Renaissance art form -- especially the tasty ones. She is particularly fond of all things French. Sabine has held a variety of baronial offices (including a five-year tenure as Baroness of Bhakail and a stint as baronial bardic champion), has been director/co-director of the Bhakaili Branslers since 2007, and enjoys calling herself patroness of the commedia troupe I Zanni Illuminati (now on hiatus). King Edward III and Queen Thyra II inducted her into the Order of the Laurel at 12th Night in Carillion on January 17, 2015; Queen Anna III and Princess Honig named her Queen's Bard at the East Kingdom Bardic Championship in Concordia of the Snows on February 11, 2017; and Demon King Ryouko'jin and Rani Indrakshi inducted her into the Order of the Pelican at Armored Champions in Eisental on June 4, 2022.

Persona-wise, Sabine comes from minor Breton nobility somewhere vaguely circa 1300. She was fostered in a Parisian branch of the family, eventually becoming a lady-in-waiting to Dorren of Ashwell, an English baroness on pilgrimage. She spent some time receiving musical tutelage from first Maitresse Linette de Gallardon and then Magistra Rufina Cambrensis; more recent escapades are entirely her own fault and should not be blamed on any reputable musicians.

Sabine is married to Baron Nissim Aven Darmon, called Darmon; their child El de Kerbriant held the title Marquis of Black Icorndall from 2008-2013. Together with Margreþa La Fauvelle, once her first apprentice and now a sister Laurel, she performs as part of "Rondelay Music". Lady Solveig Bjarnardottir is her apprentice, Nobilis Juliana Bird (a.k.a. Bird the Bard) a student, and Baroness Suba al-Hadid a former student.

Offices & Positions

Bhakail baronial offices:

  • Baroness (June 2008 - June 2013)
  • Minister of Arts & Sciences (2004 - 2007; Sept. 2015 - Mar. 2018)
  • Chamberlain (2001 - 2006)
  • Chronicler (1995 - 1999)


Order of the Laurel, Order of the Pelican, Order of the Maunche, Order of the Silver Crescent, Order of Terpsichore, Order of the Troubadour, Order of Apollo's Arrow, Queen's Honor of Distinction, Golden Lyre, Order of the Crucible of Bhakail, Order of the Salamander (Bhakail), Order of the Harlequin (Bhakail)

Projects Etc.

  • Performer, Beowulf Zoom production, November '20
  • Performer (Duke of Orleans), Henry V Zoom production, October '20
  • Performer, Gawain and the Green Knight Zoom reading, August '20
  • Event steward, Winter Nights South '17
  • "Music & Literature in Medieval Germany" director, Bhakail German Society demo '15
  • Performance class coordinator, Noisemakers '15
  • Music coordinator, Bhakail Yule '14 & '15
  • Arts classes coordinator, K&Q Rapier '14
  • Coordinator, Music Day on Artisan's Row, Pennsic XLIII & XLIV
  • Deputy event steward, Noisemakers '14
  • Chief officiant, Bhakail's Courts of Love, '08 - present
  • Charter member, East Kingdom Stationers Guild, '06
  • Assistant editor, "Rediscovery: The Arts of War" - A&S special Pikestaff issue, spring '06
  • Organizer, evening concert at Noisemakers Schola, '05
  • Musical director, "Macbeth" - Known World Players Pennsic XXXIV production, '05
  • Songwriter, Carmen Orientalis - included in "Sing for the East" compilation, '04
  • Organizer, benefit concert at Southern Region War Camp, '04

Classes taught in the past/available to teach now:

  • Basic Recorder - for children or adults
  • Contrafact/Filk ("Filking with History" with Judith Fitzhenry; "Introduction to Contrafactum, aka Period-style Filking" as solo teaching)
  • Introduction to Crumhorns/Crumhorn Consort
  • Introduction to Troubadour & Trouvere Repertoire
  • Songs for the East
  • What to Play and Where to Play It: Getting started making instrumental music in the SCA
  • Working with Instrumental Ensembles in the SCA