Genevieve Chastisse de Vaucresson

Order of the Laurel

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Modern Name: Kari Little-McKinney
Specialties: Clothing
Group: Shire of Caer Gwyn, Region of Midlands
Elevated by: Tarquin and Aibhilin
Elevation Date: 1996-03-30

My persona history:

I am "Genevieve Chastisse de Vaucresson", a 16th century French woman, the daughter of a farmer with properties on the outskirts of Paris. My mother died when I was 8 and my two older sisters married off before I was 11, so I was fostered out to a local noble lady for my training in the domestic arts.

During a period of some travelling around Europe for my education in my late teens, I ran away from my chaperone after falling for a charming mercenary whom I desperately attempted to follow. That did not turn out well. I spent time in Italy where I was 'adopted' by and became friends with a group of ladies from Istanbul who in sharing with me the foods and dances of their lands gave me a love for all things eastern.

Later, in 1569, my path took me to England where I found I could make a living as a seamstress to the noble ladies of the Queen's court. But, getting itchy feet after a few years I returned to Italy, caught a boat with my friends to Istanbul, and shortly after that a merchant train to India. Ended up in the court of Akbar as a handmaiden to Jodhaa. But, court life was dull, so I dressed up as a man and went out with the army and learned to ride a horse.

Eventually the guys decided a nice 'boy' like me needed a wife and fixed me up with a cute Russian girl I ran into and made friends with in Kashmir, and next thing we knew we were married. She doesn't mind, I'm in heaven, and my army buddies still don't have a clue that 'Veer' isn't quite the man he seems.

In March of 1996, at the court of TRM's Tarquin and Aibhilin, I was elevated into the SCA's Order of the Laurel, the Society's highest recognition for achievement in the arts and sciences. I was honored by the recognition of my abilities as a seamstress for my specialty: clothing of the Elizabethan Era (but more level-headed folk just tell me I'm just insane to spend that much time on my garb....). Besides being a clotheshorse, my interests include calligraphy and illumination, brewing, gardening , and dance - both English and Middle-eastern.

I currently claim 2 inactive apprentices. Lady Georgia the Pragmatic, co-proprietress of "The Likely Lotus" (Italian Renaissance Garb) and still resident in Illiton, and Lady Khaatirah, who was stolen by the gypsies (or so we believe) and was recently rumored to be hiding out in Caid.

Mistress Gwyndlyn caer Vyrddin, a former apprentice of mine and the first in my lineage to be elevated, was elevated by TRM Pieter and Nan at Jubilee Olde English Faire on June 21, AS XXXVIII.

My involvement in the SCA's infrastructure has included such jobs as that of:

  • Minister of Arts, Shire of Far Reaches, Middle Kingdom;
  • Hospitaller, Barony of Bjornsborg , Ansteorra;
  • Seneschale, Shire of Alte Kaempe Feld (now Blauwasser), Drachenwald;
  • Chatelaine, Shire of Far Reaches, Middle Kingdom;
  • Chatelaine-at-large, Middle Kingdom, (authored the "Pre-Pennsic Packing Planner");
  • Seneschale, Shire of Swordcliff, Middle Kingdom.
  • Webminister for the Shire of Swordcliff.
  • Chronicler for the Shire of Swordcliff
  • Exchequer for the Shire of WurmWald
  • Archery Marshall, Proto-Incipient Barony of Caer Gwynt

    Founding principal of the Mid-Midlands chapter of The Silver Thimble Guild.

    I have also served as a scribe, contributing illuminated scrolls to a number of royal courts.

I have had the honor of serving, garbing, feasting, and dancing for, assorted crowns and coronets during my adventures across the lands! However, I am best known to my fellow SCA-dians as the proprietress of "The Gilded Lily".