The name Lia came after looking through The Academy of St. Gabriel's website
documenting medieval names and naming customs. Simply browsing through the most interesting time-frames I found an entry that listed Lia
as a female given name dating to a record in Bristow made in 1191.
Lia This has the appearance of being a hyp. of some Lat name, but itremains obscure.
Lia 1191 Bristow
I had also toyed with the name Ottilia, which I found documentation for on a site for French Norman
OTTILIA (franc) - 14 décembre - « l'héritičre » - usuel en France : Odile.
Ottilia has the charm of ending in Lia, and also being the middle-name of my paternal grandmother (also of my cousin's daughter). It means, in Old French, "heiress" and was sometimes also spelled Odile. That was a side-track however, Lia is a very good name: short, easy to pronounce in almost any language, and memorable. Plus, I like it.
As for the surname, de Thornegge, I did some research, looking through the links provided on the official SCA site
. I found a site listing the names of civic officers
, Mayor and Chamberlain, of the English town of Lynn. On there, I found John de Thornegge, who served as Mayor for several terms. The first term started in 1313, and his last term ended in 1331. It had a nice ring to it, so I adopted it for my own.
For a long time I did not know what exactly Thornegge was. I guessed it to be the name of a place from which this John came from, but did not know until quite by accident I found on the same site a search-engine on Medieval English Towns
. Searching on "Thornegge" I found the will of Joan de Thornegge
, widow of the Mayor, John. In the commentary there it stated that it was believed he came from the town of Thornage, Norfolk some 25 miles west-north-west of Lynn.
On the same site I found a wealth of other information, for example a map of Lynne
as it would have appeared in Medieval times along with a biography
of the town. In the day it was known as Bishop's Lynn
, while today it is know as King's Lynn
Lia de Thornegge seemed at first to be a Norman woman somewhere in the 11th or 12th centuries. I arrived at this by a very scientific method (I watched a movie when I was a very little girl). Later ponderings have moved the time period somewhat to the turn of the 15th Century, in the span 1390 - 1420. With the surname of de Thornegge I'm imagining a (great?) grandchild of the mayor John, making her contemporary of Margery Kempe
, famous for being one of the first women to publish a biography (as well as being a religios zealot).
In May 2004 I paid the fee and submitted my registration for name (Lia de Thornegge) and arms through the Nordmark Herald. My name was passed through to Laurel and registered in December 2004, but my arms were returned to me at Kingdom level. Finally, after receiving a Grant of Arms at Double Wars 2010 I pulled myself together and organized a new submission for a device, and this time it passed in January 2011, and my device is Per pall inverted sable, vert and argent, three seeblatter inverted argent, argent and sable
- I got my AoA on March 15, 2003, at Kristoffersmäss in Aros from Prince Brendan II and Princess Anna.
- At Doublewars XVII (2004), May 22, I was awarded Ljusorden (Order of the Light) by Prince Johann II and Princess Helwig. This order is awarded by the Principality of Nordmark and is, according to the Law of Nordmark, "Given to those who have shown skill in arts, crafts, and science, and a will to share their skills and knowledge with others." I was immensly pleased and quite embarassed when the Prince and Princess came to the shire Tuesday meeting to read the award text and make it official since I did not attend the event.
- August 9, 2007 at Visby Medieval Week, I was called into court to be honoured with entry in the Order of the Panache, the Kingdom AoA level award for Arts and Sciences, from the hands of King Alaric and Queen Nerissa. The scroll was made by Lady Renika Rikardsdottir, and the miniature shows a woman wearing an open red hood, just as I was wearing on that very day! I was also given a Panache token.
- Midsummer Coronation of TRM Gerhardt and Judith, June 20 AS 44 (2009) I was called up to Principality court and given the Nordmark Malachite, awarded for studies of the time period re-enacted in the SCA and using the results of those studies for the well being of Nordmark, from Their Highnesses Franz and Willhelmina.
- Midsummer Coronation, June 20 AS 44, The outgoing Queen Cecilia honoured me with a Queen's Order of Courtesy.
- At Double Wars XXIII (2010) I was given a Grant of Arms by Their Majesties ThorvaldR and Fiona. It was quite a moving moment. The herald, Sir Vitus, first read a poem and proclaimed that it was read for a special Lady - at which point they called my name. The poem was taken from the scroll, which the Honourable Lady Genevieve la flechiere had made for me.
- Visby Medieval Week 2012 was a good event for me. Principality court was held by Her Highness and I received the Golden Ribbon, Nordmark's award for service. I was quite surprised, but very happy to get this award, with a scroll made by my Laurel, Mistress Helwig Ulfsdotter.
- ... But that was not all, because as I sat myself down after leaving the court, I was called up again and presented with a writ from Their Majesties Paul and Aryanhwy asking me to present myself at Kingdom University to answer the question if I want to become a member of the Order of the Laurel! I certaily did not see that one coming and was quite awestruck.
- At Kingdom University, November AS 47 (2012), I was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for late period embroidery and costuming. I received many beautiful gifts, including the scroll made by Mistress Melisende Fitzwalter, with the text by HRM Aryanhwy.
- At October Crown Tourney 2014 in Aarnimetsä I had made a scroll for a deserving lady to document her Lindquistring, and was delighted to see her receive it - only to be called up next to be invited into the Orden des Lindquistinges, with a beautiful scroll on real vellum made by Mistress Bridget Greywolf.
- April AS 39 (2005) - Current: Web Minister for the Shire of Aros.
- August AS 40 (2005) - January AS 41 (2007): Teakettle carrier for shire's weekly meetings.
- September AS 40 (2005) - January AS 40 (2006): Test person for Nordmark's new Census system.
- February AS 40 (2006) - August AS 41 (2006): Temporary Chatelaine for the Shire of Aros.
- August AS 41 (2006) - March AS 43 (2009): Chatelaine for the Shire of Aros.
- May AS 44 (2009) - April AS 45 (2011): Minister of Arts and Science for the Shire of Aros. Handing over to Anna Nilsson.
- August AS 44 (2009) - November AS 47 (2012): Visby Medieval Week, I was asked to become apprentice to Mistress Helwig Ulfsdotter. Contract signed October AS 44, witnessed by Queen Judith and Prince Franz and belt received.
- April AS 45 (2011) - January AS 46 (2012): Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences, finishing the term for Lady Katherina Mornewegh who stepped down due to personal reasons. Handing over to Jahanarabanu Vivana.
- January AS 46 (2012) - May AS 47 (2012): Deputy A&S Co-ordinator for Double Wars XXV
- June AS 47 (2012) - Current: Exchequer for the shire of Aros.
- September AS 47 (2012) - April AS 47 (2013): Webmaster and running the A&S Competition for Drachenwald Spring Crown.
- January AS 47 (2013) - May AS 48 (2013): Deputy A&S Co-ordinator for Double Wars XXVI
- March AS 47 (2013) - August AS 48 (2013): Activities, A&S and fighting schedule coordinator for Styringheim's Medieval Week camp.
- Sture Shirts, Double Wars XXI (2008). 3 students attending. No handout.
- Practical Blackwork workshop, Glötagillet (2008). Short theoretical overview, pattern handout and materials for making an embroidered roll for pins and needles given.
- Repeat of practical blackwork workshop at Aros Microevent November 29, 2008. 2 students.
- Scribal workshop, batarde ductus, Aros Fencing Camp (2009). 7 students. No handout
- Blackwork workshop, Glötagillet (2009). Basic repeat of last year's class, slightly expanded for fill patterns.
- Basic Embroidery workshop, Nordmark Coronet Tourney and Winter Games (March 2010). Providing three patterns for populace badges for both Nordmark and Drachenwald and fabric for working on, Mistress Helwig provided the thread, and together we held an embroidery workshop. A dozen or so students. Handout of the three patterns.
- How to learn a new calligraphy style, Double Wars XXIII (2010). A simple class on what to look at in a new style, how to decipher it and how to start learning the new hand. Basically a repeat of the Workshop at Aros Fencing Camp. 6 students. Handout of practice sheet for the batarde hand.
- Elizabethan Metal Thread Embroidery, Aarnimetsä Academy (November 2010). A workshop with demonstration of four different metal thread stitches, and half a dozen students. Handout of brief history and stitch diagrams linked off the embroidery page.
- Repeat of Metal Embroidery Thread, Double Wars XXIV (May 2011).
- Drachenwald 12th Night Coronation, 2008. Judged two Late Period Costume entries; Renika Rikardsdottir and Cecilia de Conway.
- Nordmark University, 2008. Entered a 16th Century embroidered needlebook. Two other entries. No placing.
- Double Wars XXI, 2008. Entered assissi embroidered apron. Won first place, two Olde Hansa glasses. Mistress Jaelle and Lady Cristina Stolte judging.
- Double Wars XXIII, 2010. Entered the blank scroll competition with a blank destined for the Principality of Insulae Draconis. Won Queen's choice.
- Double Wars XXIII, 2010. Entered the competition category "First time new technique", with Elizabethan metal thread embroidery. A work-in-progress that will be a coif and forehead cloth embroidered with blackwork and coils filled in with metal thread embroidery. Won category.
- Drachenwald Midsummer Coronation, 2012. Entered a tooled leather penner, which unfortunately was not finished at the time of competition. Finished fourth out of five entries.
A&S 50 Challenge:
- August AS 39 (2004). Served as lady-in-waiting in court at Visby to Their Highnesses of Nordmark, Johann and Helwig.
- May AS 40 (2005). Served as lady-in-waiting in coronet court at Double Wars to Their Highnesses of Nordmark, Bengt and Ermingard (stepping down) and William and Filippa (stepping up).
- September AS 43 (2008). Served as head lady-in-waiting at Nordmark Civil War for Her Royal Majesty Fiona.
- October AS 44 (2009). Served as lady-in-waiting at Nordmark Civil War for Her Royal Majesty Judith.
- May AS 45 (2010). Served as lady-in-waiting at Double Wars for Their Highnesses Nordmark, Eirik and Filippa, for the event, at court on Tuesday, and Saturday.
- May AS 45 - November AS 45: Engaged as court photographer for Their Highnesses Eirik and Filippa's reign.
- October 2010. Served as lady-in-waiting at Nordmark Civil War for Their Highnesses Nordmark, Eirik and Filippa.
- October 2010. Served as lady-in-waiting at Norrskensfesten for His Highness Nordmark, Eirik.
- January 2011. Served as lady-in-waiting in Last Court at Twelfth Night Coronation for Their Majesties UlfR and Caoimhe.
- June 2011 - March 2012. Served as lady-in-waiting for the reign of Their Highnesses SvartulvR and Elizabeth of Nordmark.
- Dec 2012 - Current. Served as lady-in-waiting for the reign of Their Highnesses Eirik II and Jacquelyna. Court lady-in-waiting at their stepping up court Dec 15.
I am participating in the SCA Wide challenge to create 50 items before the SCA's 50th birthday. Read more about it on my A&S 50 page
It is not uncommon for Royalty of The Known World to keep a diary of their progress, i.e. those events which they have, or will, visit. I bring photos from all events
I have visited.