Sofya la Rus

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Mistress Sofya la Rus[edit | edit source]

Persona:[edit | edit source]

  • 14th Century Russian
  • Sofya Jakovleva Kliucheneva was born in 6780 (1272) in the city of Nizhny Novgorod at the junction of the Volga and Oka Rivers. Her parents are Iakov Kliuchen and Iudita Beretina doch.

> After the destructive Mongol raid of 6801 (1293) when Andrey Alexandrovich enlisted Tatar help to try to remove his older brother Dmitry from the Grand Princely throne, Sofya's family re-located west to Novgorod the Great. Her father became a sexton for one of the churches, and there she learned about painting icons. > Sofya began to learn about medicine as way of showing Christian charity to the many foreigners involved in international trade out of Novgorod. The German merchants were particularly active through the Hanseatic league outpost there. In 1304 (6812), she was married to a Thuringian merchant, Sifrid von Eichelborn, of a woad-trading family out of Erfurt.

History in the SCA:[edit | edit source]

Timeline:[edit | edit source]

  • Started in the SCA fall 1997 in Shadowdale
  • 1999 - First event, "Our Favorite Vices" in Shadowdale in the reign of Luther and Lenore of blessed memory, made bread for the first time (sourdough!) thanks to Master Gawaine's recipe for Fine Cheate Bread
  • 1999 - First event in Heraldshill, "Black Harvest" with the cow launched from the tower and snow (had melted before I got there)
  • 2000 - Attended Midrealm Spring Crown Tourney in Dark River. Met Master Mordak Timofeeivich Rostovskogo in person.
  • 2001 - moved to Heraldshill
  • 2003 - Taught first RUSH classes - Being Rus in these Current Middle Ages & Intro to Clothing of Early Rus, at St. Augustine's Faire in Hampton.
  • 2004 - Attended first Lilies.
  • 2005 - Became Shire Webminister, got AoA at Lilies
  • 2006 - Acccidentally inducted into the Midrealm's Order of the Williow (AoA Arts), site boss at St. Augustine's Faire, taught at Known World Costuming Symposium in Jararvellier, Northshield
  • 2007 - went to Gulf Wars for the first time, received Leather Mallet for Russian research, taught at Slavic University of the Midrealm
  • 2008 - co-autocrat for Ages of War, became group herald, received Silver Hammer for Russian research
  • 2009 - judged for the first time at Queen's Prize, event steward for St. Augustine's Unfaire and Ages of War, judged at Kingdom A&S and invited into the Order of the Laurel, vigil at Cattle Raids, taught at Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, elevated at King's Company of Archers
  • 2010 - received Torse

Groups and Affiliations:[edit | edit source]

  • Current Group: Heraldshill
  • Past Group: Shadowdale
  • Other Affiliations:
    • married to Lord Sifrid von Eichelborn,
    • former protege of Master Mikhail Kramolnikov
    • Apprentice: Lady Jutte Roose van der Brugghe

Offices:[edit | edit source]

  • Local Service:
    • Webminister (2005-present)
    • Herald Pursuivant (2008-present),
    • Event Steward, Site Boss - multiple events
  • Kingdom Service:
    • Habicht Herald (2014-present)
    • ran Heralds Point at Lilies War 2013, 2015, 2017
    • keeper of the unofficial Calontir Google calendar - Calendar ID:
    • keeper of the unofficial Calontiri Wikispace -
  • SCA-wide service:
    • external commenter for the College of Heralds on Russian/Calontir issues
    • perennial work at Gulf Wars Heralds Point
    • keeper of,, and

Interests:[edit | edit source]

  • Russian, German, English, Scandinavian cultures, but mostly Russian (all aspects)
  • Costuming
  • Medicine
  • Architecture
  • Knitting and card weaving
  • Singing
  • Cooking
  • Heraldry, esp. names and armory
  • Scribal Arts

Scribal Portfolio:[edit | edit source]

Cristina Cross
Herald Herald
Russian-style Russian-style
Research on period Russian scroll wording:

Other Information[edit | edit source]

My website -

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