Valeria Cabrielli, receiving her Dolphin at Gyldenholt Unbelted 2016.
Per bend gules and Or, two roses counterchanged argent and gules
Robbed at a tender age of that which is most valuable to a woman of virtue, and being further wronged by a father who drank away much her dowry, Valeria found herself unable to marry a man appropriate to her family's station. Her mother had died young, and her step mother was formal and distant. (Perhaps because she was constantly squeezing her father for each penny the household needed to survive.) At seventeen, she eloped secretly with a young soldier, Niccolo. Their love was true and sweet, but woefully short. He went aboard a ship to help the Venetians defend Cypress, and died in the fray. Valeria was a widow not yet twenty, but with the benefit of his commission money.
Having some funds now to secure herself, but uninterested in marrying again for love of her Niccolo, she left her family's home attempting to find some way to make a place for herself. Her brother, an educated man, who frequently attended the humanist salons of the era to discuss the new philosophy, had taught her to read. And so, armed with, if not a great world of knowledge, more ability than most women of her age and birth, she went to court. There the women were gossiping to one side, while the men played at the chess and gambled boldly at card games. Valeria, with the kind of confidence born of a desperate gamble, sat down in an empty chair at the men's card game, and placed an ante, to much shock and whispering among the ladies. And also to the smiling amusement of one senior cortigiana. So it was that Valeria received a mentor and began to learn a trade that would judge her for a different set of virtues.
Scribal Arts: Illuminator and aspiring calligrapher.
Fencing: 32" spadroon. Home practice: Gyldenholt.
Bardic arts: vocal and mandolin. Instrument: Magdalena is a post period bowl-back mandolin made in 1865.
|Class Materials||Class Title||Category||Event|
|File:ColorHandout.pdf||Paint Mixing: Good Color Practice||Category: Scribal Arts||Event: Collegium Caidis 2016|
|File:LayoutClass.pdf||Adapting Historical References into Scrolls||Category: Scribal Arts||Event: Collegium Caidis 2016|
|File:WatercolorClass.pdf||Botanical Watercolor||Category: Scribal Arts||Event: Scribal Playday 2016|
Projects & Publications
|White Scarf Roll of Arms||Illuminator||Closing of the Order of the White Scarf.||Spring Coronation 2015 A.S. L.|
|Talon Crescent Treaty||Illuminator||Formation of the Talon Crescent War.||Talon Crescent War, Saturday Court A.S. XLIX.|
|Heraldic Banner for Barony of Gyldenholt||Painter||Gift to the populace by Giles and Giuseppe||Gyldenholt Unbelted. A.S. L|
|Argent Blade||Lorenzo di Vita||Breviarium Strigoniense. 1523-1524 20v |
|Detail of Argent Blade||Lorenzo di Vita|
|Master of Defense||Colwyn Stagghorn||The Hours of Elizabeth the Queen. 1415-1897 |
|Detail of Defense: Arms||Colwyn Stagghorn|
|Detail of Defense: The Household of Saint Valentine Badge||Colwyn Stagghorn|
|Master of Defense||Michael Mallory||Armorial plates from the Order of the Golden Fleece. 16th century. |
|Detail of Defense: Arms||Michael Mallory|
|Duellist||John James MacCrimmon|
|Detail of Duellist: Duellist Badge||John James MacCrimmon|
|Duellist||Snorri Snarfari Bjornsson & Sviatoslava Akilina Vasil'evskaia zhena Nikolaeva||Gospel Lectionary, Ornamented headpiece and initial letter "E," with the Resurrection of Christ, and the St. John the Baptist Preaching (John 1:6-9), Walters Manuscript W.535, fol. 9r. 1583-C. 1625|
|Laurel||Lot Ramirez||Hours of Isabella d'Este. c 1490. [http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2012/western-manuscripts-minatures-l12241/lot.23.pricehl.html}|
|Detail of Laurel: Portrait of Lot Ramirez||Lot Ramirez|
|Lux Caidis||Lot Ramirez|
|Detail of Lux Caidis: Arms||Lot Ramirez|
|Argent Blade||Rhydderch Derwen|
|White Scarf||Mora Ottavia Spadera|
|White Scarf||Angus le Todde Mac Donnell|
|White Scarf||Diego Antonio de Palma|
|White Scarf||Lot Ramirez|
|Master of Defense||Lot Ramirez|
|Lux Caidis||Thea Gabrielle Northernridge|
|Lux Caidis||Beorn of the Northern Seas|
|Lux Caidis||Avenel Kellough|
|Laurel||Beorn of the Northern Seas|
|Apprenticing Contract||Richenda Elizabeth Coffin|