Tuesday, January 12, 2016
This past Saturday I spent the day at an SCA event – that’s Society for Creative Anachronism. I used to be very active in that organization, and in fact my first published novel, Murder at the War, was set at their biggest annual event, The Great Pennsic War. This Saturday event, Twelfth Night, was very well attended. The King and Queen were there, and our local Barony installed a new Baron in an elaborate ceremony. In the SCA, I am an Abbess, Margaret of Shaftesbury (Shaftesbury was the largest nunnery in England in the Middle Ages; its abbess held the rank of Baron and was entitled to sit in the King’s Council). My modest little abbey is named Abatia Cervi Albi, Abbey of the White Stag, after the vision of St. Eustace. Deer Abbey, for short. Here I am in my winter garb, crozier in hand – Abbots and Abbesses carried crosiers (like a bishop’s crook). Mine was hand carved by Master Einar Lutemaker and is one of my most precious possessions.