Calculi – The Roman Game of Strategy

Think of this game as a predecessor of Connect Four 🙂 ~As taught by La Signora Onorata Giata Alberti at the Academy of Performing Arts, Gleann Abhann~ Calculi, or “Five in a Row” is a Roman game played on the same board as Latrunculi. Each player has 33 pieces, in opposite colors. The traditional rules of Calculi, … More Calculi – The Roman Game of Strategy

Italian and Spanish Rolls of Arms and Impresa

For those interested in viewing period heraldry here is a list of Rolls of Arms (with links) containing pre-17th century Italian and Iberian examples: Armorial of the Order of the Annunciation, 1362 and later, Italian http://www.heraldique-europeenne.org/Armoriaux/Annonciade/Amedee_VI.htm Armorial of Cataluña, Castille and Portugal, 15th-16th century, Iberian http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/bsb00001370/images/index.html? William Bruges’s Garter Book c.1430 to c.1440 English roll of European … More Italian and Spanish Rolls of Arms and Impresa

SCA Arts & Sciences Bio for My Persona

Full Name and Title: La Signora Onorata (The Honorable Lady) Giata Magdalena Alberti, OSL Location: Barony of Axemoor (New Orleans, LA) (For more information on the SCA click here.) Personal Bio: Gigi hails from Southern Louisiana and is a social scientist working for the Department of Defense. Her mundane research focus centers on forecasts for social and … More SCA Arts & Sciences Bio for My Persona

How Not to be a Brazen Strumpet

Comportmento per Damigelle: Or, how not to be a brazen strumpet By La Signora Onorata Giata Alberti ~ fleurtyherald@gmail.com In this post I will cover comportment (manner of behaving) and deportment (manner of carriage) recommended for women in 15th Century Italian city-states with emphasis on application to courtesies and duties of life in the current middle ages. … More How Not to be a Brazen Strumpet

Bassetta – The Game that Bankrupted French Nobility

Known in Italian as bassetta (basset in England) this is a card game also known as barbacole, and considered one of the most polite pastimes of the quattrocento (15th C) and cinquecento (16th C). It was intended for persons of the highest rank because of the great losses or gains that might be accrued by the … More Bassetta – The Game that Bankrupted French Nobility