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Gina Dragoni

Persona

Born: August 22, 1338 in Spoleto, Italy

Ancestry: Italian

Husband: Lord Richard of Dragon Castle, merchant.

Home: Portsmouth, England

Life in her own words: “I was born in Italy in Palazzo Dragoni which is in the centre of Spoleto next to the Cathedral. The palace, whose most ancient rooms were built in the 9th century over Roman ruins, is located in the highest and most beautiful place of Spoleto, commanding the whole valley down to Assisi. Spoleto is nestled in the hills of the Italian state of Umbria.

“It is the year 1383 in ordinary time during the reign of his holiness Pope Urban VI (since 1378).

“The city of Spoleto is 79 roman miles from Rome and would take 7 days of hard riding to reach there. But even at that distance Spoleto was always loyal to Rome and the church.

“My loving father is a fabric merchant. He did not want to get involved in public administration like many of my uncles and brothers, nor was he interested in farming like some of my other uncles. As a fabric merchant, he is very well known and popular in the city for the variety and quality of cloth and his fair prices. He made my dowry 200 measures (arms spans) of fabric. What a generous man he is.

“I met a merchant who was traveling from England. He talked to my father at great lengths. They made several good business deals and before he left, he had also asked for my hand in marriage. When I realized that my husband-to-be had the same name as his king, Richard II, I knew that he would be a good man to marry. Alas, Richard of Dragon Castle.

“I had never thought of leaving my beautiful Spoleto before, but for my lord – I would travel the world - which I did. It was a very long trip to his home in England and much more damp than I was used to, but I had much fabric to cover me and keep me warm.

“My mother taught me many skills that I might need when I marry. I was instructed on the steps of creating wool from sheering the sheep through spinning the yarn and weaving the fabric. My favourite is actually creating clothes from the woven material but usually the servants do most of the hard work. She also taught me how to make soap, paper and cook – all of which are necessary in the running of a prosperous home and keep a watchful eye on the staff.

“Our crest has been in the family for years. It is an ancient helm with the Dragon perched on top. The Dragon is a great mythical creature from which the Dragoni family derived their name. It symbolizes strength and security. The legend says that there were two kingdoms that were united under one ruler as determined on the battlefield. That ruler wore the ancient Dragon helm. The legendary dragon only recognized the single ruler (the man who wore that ancient helm) and protected both kingdoms. There was an argument and a single ruler could not be recognized. Without a single ruler both kingdoms perished since the dragon could and would not protect them. Richard’s heraldry is part of that same legend. His banner shows a lion clutching onto a dragon’s golden egg. This is the dragon that would protect the kingdoms. So you see, we were destined to be together.

“I now lead a very happy life in my home in the city of London in the country of England with my husband and child. I tried to be a good catholic and give my love many healthy children, but alas it was not meant to be. I have provided him with a handsome heir who will take care of us in our old age.

“My dear gentles, this is the story of my life, as I have unfolded it before you.”

Whereabouts

Canton of Harrowgate Heath in the Barony of Skraeling Althing

Offices and Appointments

Current Offices

Past Offices

SCA History

Joined the SCA as card member in 2001 in Caldrithig. Moved over to Canton of Harrowgate Heath to assist in the forming and support of the new canton (Jan 11, 2004).

Generous with gifts to the canton, barony and especially Kingdom over many years including award folders, garb, bags, goblet covers, woven trim, much jewellery, candles, feast ware, wood boxes, scribal books, handmade paper notes & envelopes, pennants, cases of mead and illuminations.

Service:

  • volunteered at First Aid Point (including several times as CIC) and Security watch several times per event.
  • co-feast steward at Feast of the Hare (Nov 2004)

* Lunch steward:

SCA Teaching:

Demonstration/Teaching participation:

  • Inkerman school demo (22 Jan 05)
  • Morewood school demo (Feb 15/05; April 2, 2008)
  • Kemptville Dairyfest demonstration (Aug 7, 2004; Aug 6, 2005; Jun 3, 2006; June 2, 2007; May 30, 2009)
  • Chesterville Market demo (Jun 26, 2004; Sep 17/05; Sep 16th, 2006; August 25, 2007; August 23, 2008; May 23, 2009)
  • Winchester Dairyfest Festival (August 12, 2006)
  • Girl Guides demo (Jun 9/07)
  • Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary (Woodstock July 7, 2007)
  • Winston Churchill Alternative Elementary school (May 2, 2008)
  • Osgoode Medieval festival demo (Jul 13/08; July 11/09; July 2010; July 9-11, 2011; July 6-8, 2012)
  • University of Guelph, Kemptville campus (spring 2011)
  • Upper Canada Village (June 8-11, 2012).

Event participation outside of attendance:

  • co-feast steward at Feast of the Hare (Nov 2004);
  • Lunch steward at Tor Brant event (Dandelion Festival May 2006);
  • Autocratted premier event for canton of Harrowgate Heath (ne Offangard)
  • Marshal Meadows Festival (July 23, 2005);
  • Archery at Marshal Meadows (May 31, 2008);
  • Co-autocratted Summer Siege event (June 20/09);
  • Border Spat - for Love or Vengeance (May 12, 2012);
  • assisted at gate at Break the Back of Winter (Tor Brant Jan 2005);
  • lunch steward at Fowl Winter’s Night (Mar 4th, 2006);
  • Merchanted canton store (St. Maximus Day in Stratford April 8th, 2006);
  • Refreshment coordinator - Marshal Meadows: Feast of Love (Jun 10th, 2006);
  • Children's activity coordinator - Skraeling Althing Twelfth Night (Jan 6, 2007);
  • Lunch steward - Practicum (Caldrithig - Feb 24, 2007);
  • Registration steward at Hallowmas event (Nov 3, 2007);
  • Merchanted canton store (Coronation - Oct 2007);
  • Merchanted canton store (Feast of the Hare - Nov 15, 2008);
  • Lunch steward - Practicum (Caldrithig Feb 2008);
  • Their Excellencies court Herald - Coronation (Apr 24, 2010);
  • Their Majesties court Herald - Dandelion Festival (May 15, 2010);
  • Lunch steward - Summer Siege event(June 19, 2010);
  • Their Excellencies court Herald - Feast of the Hare (Nov 6 2010);
  • Their Excellencies court Herald - Crown Tournament Spring Crown Tournament (Spring 2011);
  • Autocratted Border Spat event between East Kingdom & Ealdormere (May 25, 2012);
  • Pennsic war - volunteered at First Aid Point (including several times as CIC) and Security watch many times per event. Volunteered at Ealdormere Royal; 2017 Pennsic war started volunteering for Disability cart also. 2018 started volunteering for Watch base radio shifts.
  • Lunch & feast steward for Summer Siege event (2012 and 2016);
  • Assisted with Registration for Summer Siege event (2016)
  • Judged A&S for Summer Siege event (2016)
  • Assisted in making pewter site tokens for Summer Siege event (2017)
  • Entered Queen's Prize Tourney with card woven belt (2016)
  • Entered Pentathlon with hand sewn dress; mead; soap; pearl necklace and woven belt (2017)

Interests

I enjoy learning new skills; creating items that will be enjoyed by others and providing service to my canton, barony, and kingdoms where I enjoy playing.

Over the past several years, it has been my honour to present many of my works to Kingdom and Barony so they can be used to gift others. It is not uncommon for me to gift several boxes filled with largess to royalty to make more variety to their gift-giving.

I also enjoy visiting other cantons, baronies and kingdoms and enjoying their events.

Awards

Other Activities

skills:

tried:

Contact Information

  • Gina can be reached by email
Arms: Or, on a Nordic spectacle helm a dragon passant purpure.
Badge: Or, in chief a goulpe, and in base six piles inverted three and three purpure.
Baronessa Gina Dragoni.
Baronessa Gina Dragoni with husband Lord Richard of Dragon Castle.
people/gina_dragoni.txt · Last modified: 2019/03/09 04:29 by Gina Dragoni