The Coronets of Madrone
- 11. Stefan of Pembroke and Emmelina de Coventry
- 10. Cire and Elisabeth:
- No information about Edward Cire of Greymoor and Elisabeth de Rossignol has been written at this time.
- 9. Ragnarr and Bergdis:
- No information about Ragnarr Thorwaldsson and Bergdis Thorgrimsdottir has been written at this time.
- 8. Fiach and Anne-Marie:
- No information about Fiach CuCool Feardri Ulfredsson and Maitresse Anne- Marie d’Ailleurs has been written at this time.
- 7. Tim and Tierzah:
- No information about Timothy Ap Caradoc and Tierzah nic Cathal has been written at this time.
- 6. Trahaearn and Janelyn:
- No information about Trahaearn and Janelyn has been written at this time.
- 5. Lee and Anastasia:
- Boyar Lee of the Lowlands lived in Muscovy. He was a money handler working in the Tzar’s treasury. In 1568 he married Anastasia Aleksandrovna Andreeva; the marriage had been arranged several years previously and they had never met until the wedding. He was later made ambassador to the Kingdom of An Tir where they then resided. They had one child, a daughter named Natalia. Their first child and heir, Nicholas, died in infancy.
Boyarina Anastasia Aleksandrovna Andreeva was born in 1545 in Muscovy. She was the only child of her parents Vladimir Aleksandrovichand Anastasia Ryurikovna. Her father and his father before him were Boyars and came from Kiev. Her mother was the third daughter of a rich merchant in Novgorod. When Grand Prince Ivan became Tzar of all the Russias her father was one of the few who supported his Exalted Majesty. Her mother was lady-in-waiting to the Anastasia Kochkin until the Tzarina died. Her parents then retired to their own estates in Muscovy where her father could continue to attend the Grand Prince. She was married to Lee of the Lowlands in 1568.
Anastasia spent her time in her own apartments directing the servants and employing her needle to such projects as did befit her station. She embroidered church vestments and such apparel as was needed by her household, as well as household linens and ornaments. She held a small retinue of her own, a scribe and secretary, as she did not read or write, two ladies-in-waiting, and a poet laureate to amuse her.
- 4. Frederick and Delane:
- Frederick the Red was born in Swansea in southern Wales. Frederick was the first son of the Baron and Baroness of Swansea who were also heirs to the Barony of Madrone. Feeling restless at home he ran away with a group of rogue sailors. Becoming a respected member of the crew and with his skill at arms growing, he captured a Chinese junque which had become lost in the seas near his homeland. He finally returned home to find the estate in turmoil. With his rogue crew he took the castle and drove off the offending Englishmen. Also being held in the castle was a comely maiden who had found herself taken while traveling. Frederick married this lady, Delane the Forgotten.
Delane the Forgotten was born of a Norse mother and Mongol father. Lost at the age of three in the year 1060 at a Byzantine bazaar, she was adopted by a group of traveling camel herders. By the age of fourteen she ran away with a French circus troupe. Ending up on the shores of Calais, she hitch-hiked a ride across the channel to England. Hiding in the Queen’s baggage cart she found herself in the western lands now called Wales. There she was swept off her feet by Baron Frederick the Red of Swansea whom she married.
- 3. Theodulf and Anne:
- Theodulf of Borogrove was born in Wein-am-Rhein in 1449. His mother was a Danish lady who had become lost on a pilgrimage to Canterbury and met his father in unusual but proper circumstances during a local holiday. Theodulf was named for a noted churchman, who deserved a better remembrance.
Theodulf entered the service of Prince Fred of the House of Hangover as a scribe to the heralds. In this capacity, he traveled throughout Europe and England. He acquired marginal proficiency with many styles of calligraphy and illumination. As Prince Fred was an indiscriminate but enthusiastic lover of music, Theodulf was able to improve his stature in court by learning to play the piple flute a bec andkrummhorn. On occasion he even played some of the right notes. In 1469, Theodulf accompanied the Prince on a trip through Wales. He found the rain so to his liking that he determined to stay. Alas, there was a clause in his contract stating that he could only leave the Prince’s service if he entered the monastery or got married. The choice was clear.
Anne of Caerdydd was born in a small town north of Cardiff. Her father was a wool merchant and was therefore known as Hywel yrGwlanog (Howell the Wool). Her mother, Catrin, was a weaver in a tapestry workshop in Cardiff. Before her marriage, Anne learned to weave from her mother and to merchandise from her father.
- 2. Liam and Dierdre:
- Liam of the Barque and Dierdre Muldomhnaigh
Attended their first Madrone event on Samhain A.S. IV; at this time Madrone, though a Barony, had no Baron in residence, founder Raymond the Mild having long since travelled to the Southlands. It was eventually decided that an empty throne was depressing, and elections for castellan were held; Liam had agreed to stand for office and was appalled to discover he won. (Much later he was made Court Baron and his lady Court Baroness.)
During their reign the Crier increased in size if not wisdom, the Order of the Red Branch was founded, An Tir became a principality, the University of Ithra was established in Madrone, and the An Tir rebellion took place. (Not that the last one got anywhere.) Suffering Baronial burnout, they eventually retired in favor of Theodulf of Borogrove and Anne of Caerdydd.
Liam of the Barque (Liam an Bhaid) had the persona of a twelfth-century Welshman, save when he was in another century or nation. He was a patron of the arts and although he fought in earlier days, did his best work at revels. He received a Pelican for many services rendered. He died on July I, A.S. XVI.
Dierdre Muldomhnaigh was a twelfth-century Irish bard with a propensity for time travel (she invariably got into hot water wherever she was). She received the Order of the Laurel and the Pelican, perpetrated untold horrors under the guise of the Ordure of Motley, and wrote many of the more virulent An Tir rebel songs. She still teaches history of medicine and Irish lore at Ithra.
- 1. Raymond and Sheen:
- No information about Raymond and Sheen is available at this time.