Strasvytsa! Menya zahvoot Boyarina Yelizaveta Medvedeva ...
Oh, wait - English, okay.
Greetings, I am Boyarina Yelizaveta Medvedeva (Lady Elizabeth the Bear in the common language). I hail from the great (and unfortunately Tatar-occupied) city of Kiev circa 1450. As the daughter of a Kievan merchant who traveled the Silk Road, I've been all over Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and some parts of Asia.
As a member of the SCA, I reflect those fictional travels in my areas of research, which include all aspects of those areas, but particularly focusing on Russia and Ukraine.
I'm also an archer. I shoot both 'handbow' (a modern replica of a period Mongol bow as well as a relatively modern wooden recurve bow) and crossbow (a replica of a 16th Century Flemish piece).
In this great society of ours I reside in the Barony of Carolingia,
which you will find on your maps as the metro Boston area. Until
recently I was the Guildmistress of the Quire (the vocal half of our
Jongleurs) and for a few years I was the Historian/Librarian for the
Barony. Sometimes I teach Middle Eastern dance and drumming, but
lately I've been spending more time teaching about Russian music and
garb and whatever else people will sit still for. I'm a master bowman
thanks to the patience and skill of my teachers, Master Li Kung Lo and
Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood, and I have been honored to be a member
of the East Kingdom Archery Champions team at Pennsic. I am
apprenticed to Mistress Gwendolyn of Middlemarch for the purpose of
studying music and theatre. I used to be a garb merchant, I dance and
sing and sew and act and marshal archery. You might have guessed by
now that I like to keep busy. For more details, here's a sort of SCA resume.
I am married to Shi Hua Fu (MKA Dan Ritter). Here are Fu's details.
I am proud to have been recognized with the following (in order of
(largely copied from the East Kingdom Order of Precedence)
02/21/1998 Companion of the Manche (EK - arts)
10/26/2002 Companion of the Silver Crescent (EK- service)
02/08/2003 Companion of the Sagittarius (EK - archery)
06/04/1994 Award of Arms
01/25/1997 Companion of the Troubador (EK - performance)
04/26/1998 Companion of the Moon (Carolingia - Arts)
??/??/1999 Companion of the Daystar (Carolingia - Service)
06/27/1999 Companion of Perseus (Carolingia - Martial)
02/03/2001 The Queen's Gift of the Golden Lyre (EK - arts; theatrical performance)
10/05/1996 Seamstress to the Crown
I'm also the administrator/owner/archivist of the sca-east mailing
list. If you live in the East Kingdom and would like to join the
discussion, please visit the web site: http://mail.indra.com/mailman/listinfo/sca-east.
My registered coat of arms is: per pale purpure and vert, a bear
passant to sinister, in chief a seeblatt, argent.
In English, this
is: a polar bear on a purple and green field with a silver seeblatt
[heraldic water lily] above the bear.
Back to Yelizaveta's SCA page
Back to Eliz's home page