Emrys Eustace
14th century culture/presona studies

Order of the Laurel

Modern Name: Joe Marfice
Specialties: 14th century culture/presona studies
Elevated by: Dag IV & Elayna II
Elevation Date: 2000-09-23

I was born in London in 1364, the bastard son of ser John Eustace and Katherine of Gloucester. As his wife had no male children, she forced John to send us away when she heard tell of the birth. Nonetheless, I was christened Emrys at St. Peter's in London before my banishment.

I grew up in the happy city of Gloucester, less than a day's ride from the Welsh marchlands. Mother was kept simply but well in a flat a block from the monastery of St. Mary de Crypt, where I learned my grammar and rhetoric. Out of a desire to climb the social ladder we walked a mile instead each sonneday and holy day to the great Cathedral instead, where the bones of Edward .ij. lie in a grand stone sarcophagus - such a thrill for a young boy! Perhaps it made me more comfortable around kings.

In my .xxi. year father grew sick of the plague, and changed his will rapidly. Fearful he should die without an heir at all, he paid the church's fee to legitimize me, and bequeathed me an inheritance upon my majority, a sum to mother to support her, and perhaps most importantly to me, his name. The next may I had my thritteenth birthday, and was a man before the law. My inheritance drew me 3 days ride to London...

There one of my father's friends, still deeply grieving at the loss, helped get me placed in school at the Temple, where I studied many advanced subjects, and learned a smattering of Italian, and all I could of parisian frenssh

From there, I found favors to introduce me to the roial household, and was squyred to kyng Richard .ij. when I was .xvj. The king was in truth a year younger than I, and we all got along well enough. I lived through (and would have fought in!) Wat's Rebellion in 1381 (I was .xvij. then), and was relieved to see the day end without much bloodshed. In my spare time I became enamored of heraldry, and began hanging at the elbows of the Chandos herald, learning all I could.

. This stood me in good stead, when Fortune turned her wheel. The Merciless Parliament of 1387 drove me in fear from Engelonde's shores, and brought me to the Knowne World, where I settled in the quiet and rich farmlands of Flamyng Griffe. I was soon put to work as an assistant to the baronial herald, and succeeded him in that post. I found favor with his lordeshippe Flaming Griffe and the Lady of the Barony, and became his lordeshippe's third squier in januarie of 1392, which is in these lands A.S. .xxvij.

Since then I have travelled back to engelonde three times on their excellencie's business, although now that my king is most foully murdered I fear I may not return again. I secured a treaty between my lord and the powerful duke John of Gaunt (now alas also executed), and have ventured to Wales, Scotland, and Ireland in search of great lords to fasten profit with.

Finally, I moved abroad, to continue my studies and training, first to the barony of Illiton in the Midlands region, and then to the kingdom of Aethelmearc, which is so powerful a land that it stole all the vowels from the Welsh language. And there I reside.

My major fields of studies which brought me to the laurelate were languages (Middle English & Old & Middle French), 14th-c men's costume, and medieval underwear. I was dubbed the "Undies Laurel". :{)

My current other areas of interest include cheesemaking, seals & guilds.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like me to teach or discuss any of the following classes:


A hand's-in course, taking us from a basic understanding of how milk rots (but in a good way!), to the creation of some simple "green" (unripened) cheeses. We'll even explore the use of some medieval alternatives to rennet that grow locally.

Period Laurels and Their Apprentices

We will examine the details of a medieval apprenticeship contract, the realities of an apprentice's life, and the economic advantages that made the guild/master/apprentice system so powerful in medieval life.

Sherts, Trewes & Hose I - A Survey of Medieval Underwear

Lacy & racy? More like warm & woolly. Few things are harder to document than unmentionables, but we'll mention them anyway. We'll go through their drawers, look through their linens, and take every chance we get to peek up their skirts.

Sherts, Trewes & Hose III - Chosen Hosen

Well, now that we've sifted through their unmentionables, let's be really courteous house guests, and tear'em apart! We'll examine weaves, fabrics, stitches, and patterning of documentable pieces of period undergarb.

Sherts, Trewes & Hose III - Chosen Hosen

At the risk of seaming redundant, we'll discuss documented hosen patterns from the Middle Ages, and follow how the patterns evolved to solve tailoring problems.

A Maner to Maken Englissh Sweete upon Þe Tonge

A brush-up guide for emmigrants to the Knowne Worlde from England, on how we used to speak and read English properly, as spake at the time of Chaucer (c1400). With an understanding of how it developed from the ancient tongues of our Saxon and Norman ancestor.

Lire Franciens

An intro, for those qui puis deja parler la francais moderne.

Les Trobairitz, Uppity Women of Occitania

You may be well acquainted with the legendary troubadours. But are you aware of their female counterparts - professional minstrels, writing and performing early medieval songs of love, and even lust? Come learn about these anachronistic women writers!

With These Knots I Bind My Camp

Before cordless drills and screws, before plentiful cheap nails, even before glue - there was knotted cord holding our lives together. Sadly, most of us barely know how to tie even two or three knots. My guarantee: you will learn to master a small handful of knots that will meet almost every need you may have in camp - or your money back

Weed Walks

Wear walking shoes and a hat, as we venture out into the wild to meet common plants around us that can be used for food, medicine,and - in the case of dangerous lookalikes - misfortune. Learn the difference!


An experienced mushroom hunter will take the class through an hour of information about this widely enjoyed medieval foodstuff. Weather and nature permitting, the second hour will be spent surveying mushrooms in the wild - wear sound walking shoes and a sunhat.