The Honourable Lady Gwendolyn of Aldburg is a Saxon woman, originally from Portloc in the mid 10th century. Her father was a merchant who traded in the Portloc port, and her mother was a weaver and the daughter of Ælfwine, a mariner. Soon after Gwendolyn was born, her grandfather Ælfwine set sail on a long journey with three companions. He came back a changed man, with incredible but far-fetched stories of his journey. Gwendolyn was close to her grandfather, and was one of the few who believed his wild tales.
Strong willed and stubborn, Gwendolyn refused all offers of marriage until her father gave her an ultimatum: choose or he would choose for her. It was Ælfwine who arranged for her passage on a ship to Aldburg, to stay with his son on the east coast of England. Gwendolyn stayed in Aldburg for a couple of years, and learned to wield a sword from her uncle. She was often drawn to the docks, full of strange people and goods from distant lands.
Eventually she left Aldburg as well, taking ship with the Danes away from England and eventually ending up in Kievan Rus' by way of the Swedes. There she met a a Kniaginia who took her in and taught her to run a household. She also met a Rytsar who, noting her penchant for sword work, took her as his student and from him she learned much. She followed her Rytsar to war, gaining renown on the field of battle.
Despite loving her new life and her Rus' mentors, she always continues to consider herself Saxon.
Gwendolyn was introduced to the SCA by her best friend in the fall of AS 44, while in grad school in the Barony March of the Debatable Lands in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Although she enjoyed this taste of the current Middle Ages, she did not join herself until she moved to the Northlands in September of AS 46. She lived in the Canton of Harrowgate Heath for seven years, then moved to the Canton of Caldrithig in the summer of AS 54.
Gwendolyn can easily be found at camping events by locating the 12' oar which her knight gave her as part of her squire's regalia. She is also known as “That Girl who Paints Lego”.
Despite the propensity of the Kingdom to confuse her with Yngvildr Ádísardóttir, the two of them are, in fact, different people.
*Primarily out of necessity.