Aneleda’s works…

Photo by Jennifer Guyton.
Photo by Jennifer Guyton.

This is the website for Mistress Aneleda Falconbridge, as she is known of in the Society for Creative Anachronism. It contains scroll text, lyrics, original songs and poetry, musings, and occasionally even instructions!

Aneleda lives in the Barony of Endewearde in the East Kingdom. While she may mostly be found by following the noise, she’s often sighted at her desk writing scroll text, tunes and lyrics; playing with (or at least encouraging) the Northern Army; singing and middling through songs on her harp; cooking weird things; and attempting, with futility, snail husbandry. (She is not a “gross things Laurel” but gets closer every day!)

She is a Companion of the Order of the Laurel, Order of the Silver Crescent, Order of the Maunche, and Order of the Troubadour. Aneleda enjoys camping with her early-period collective, Noorden Bruggen. Their membership is primarily Norse, Saxon, Celtic, and Mercian, with a smattering of other times and places thrown in.  The collective enjoys historic cookery, music, discussion, and modern beverage alchemy.

She has been playing in the Society since 2002, her first event being the Great Northeastern War and her second event being Pennsic 32. Aneleda was an apprentice to Mistress Mira Fennor of Argyll and is a member of Thanet House, the household of Mira and Syr Cedric of Thanet.

Aneleda’s modern counterpart, Monique Bouchard is a wife and mother, self-proclaimed nerd, SnowCon gaming convention founder, church cantor, and a marketing professional currently working for CourseStorm, a software company in Orono, Maine.

Her latest projects can be found at

Her debut CD “I Am of the North” is available for purchase at


L’ouseau – a modern chanson de’ toile based on the “Laustic” of Marie la France by Aneleda Falconbridge 2016

From the first moment I read a summary of this story while researching, I was captivated. It was such a perfect summation of the themes of courtly love, in many ways. A woman is married to the wrong, often tyrannical, husband, likely for political reasons. She sees a nobleman (or vice versa). They woo from afar, maybe never speaking –the vision and imagination of each being enough to sustain a “love” which ultimately is discovered and brings about an end of the romance, typically with tragic fallout.

As a performance piece, it’s a challenge – it’s a long work, yet it needs to be for the fullness of the story. It’s also terribly sad, so the “right” moments are rare. After performing it at Ymir in Atlantia, I was encouraged to record it since some folks apparently want to sing very long songs that make people cry. It was recorded in February 2020 to that end. The recording is included in this post.

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Pelican, Applique for Syr Cedric

Cedric of Thanet already had a coat that represented his recognitions as knight and laurel, and this cloak would also represent the pelican. I was given the opportunity to create the medallion to recognize his inclusion in the order. (It represents a true labor of love since string is not my thing and my lack of love for sewing is broadly known.)

Pelican medallion for Cedric of Thanet designed and sewn by Aneleda Falconbridge / M.Bouchard.

The materials are wool, linen, cotton and metallic thread, and the ever-helpful wonder-under. The completed size is roughly four inches across. (In the photo, my leg is a good reference for size.)

The size was dictated by the existing white belt applique and embroidery. Sylvia du Vey provided size information and the green base that would be sewn to the cloak. The roundel uses a remnant of wool from the first dress I completed by hand (and which netted me the baronial A&S championship!) The green linen cloth is a remnant of my laurel elevation dress. The yellow beak and red blood drop were scavenged linen from one of the trilliums we had to remove from the cloak before we could add this. The chain stitch uses metallic threads (which are terrible to work with!) which bind it to the green base.

Sylvia du Vey sewed the finished piece to the cloak and took this picture.

The design of the piece is inspired by English roof bosses, particularly one from Devon. I fell in love with the oak leaf motif for multiple reasons – it’s unique, our region has many oaks, and, especially, because Cedric has a leather oak leaf on his key chain — it was a site token for the first event for which I was the autocrat, I believe, an early Endewerade Hunt.

I wanted the piece to fall “outside” the roundel, and so included an extra oak and lengthened the tail of the pelican (which is longer in other roof boss examples.)

This is the inspiration work.

If one is seeking unique pelicans, looking at architectural detail provides some truly lovely examples that are not often seen in the SCA. I was delighted to find a few that I’ll consider should the need arise again for a similar project!

Pelican, Baron Otto Gotlieb

Because We know that you especially desire to hear
and learn the state of Our respect for good works, We
König Tindal und König Alberic, find it fitting to state Our
opinion on the matter of Otto Gotlieb. We have surveyed
Throughout the East from Endeweard’s lands and thence
beyond. Having proved the customs of Service in manners
of leading, of making, of mapping, and all well witnessed by
many, We provide in these days past Martinstag, that Otto
shall be called a companion of the Order of the Pelican
and be knowne by his deeds and countenance. Worthy
is he for whom service is home. The bells should ring, and
crowds come gathering round. Made by Our sovereign word A.S. LV.

König Tindal König Alberic

Text inspired by

  • A public letter from Conrad II to the Abbot of Corvey on the Germans’ Crusade, original in Latin
  • “Worthy Art Thou, Returning Home” and “I‘ve Got My Fief” by Walther von der Vogelweide
  • The length and layout of the piece were dictated by the document upon which the scroll design was based, which has 11 lines of approximately 10 words each.

Pelican, Syr Cedric of Thanet

Laudate Cedricus.  A cuspide Pelicanus.1

To Cedric of Thanet, knight, laurel, and worthy subject, do We send Our greetings and recognition. Long and well have you served our lands, guarding the northern marches at Our ward’s end with sword, and spear, and ax, and blade. Teaching all comers, you have encouraged Our ranks and protected Our borders with your great service to those of great and humble esteem alike. In honor of your reliability and wise governance, We render to you the gratitude deserved for your care of Our loyal subjects, and for the very great fidelity which you have shown to the East, by ordaining you a companion of the Order of the Pelican with the advice and consent of your fellow companions. By this sign, all will know Our respect for your devotion, and should you be called beyond Our borders, all willing, you shall return to us. Thus, three days past Martinmas, in the fifty-fifth year of the Society, with Our intention of worthily rewarding your services now complete, We, Magnus Tindal and Alberic von Rostock, Royal Majesties of the East, ask you to continue the same. 

Labor omnia improba vincit. 

+ Ego Tindal rex Orientis consensi et subscripsi
+ Ego Alberic rex Orientis consensi et subscripsi

1. Pay tribute to Cedric. From the Spear a pelican.
2. Hard work conquers everything

This text inspired by

A Plate of Abbey Fare – Investiture Feast First Seating

“The food presented in this course represents the foods of fall in a well to do abbey. The abbey gardens would be heavy with fruits and vegetables, the chickens would still be happily laying, beer would be ready for drinking, and the wheat turned to flour. 

As our new Baron and Baroness consider their new station, the religious orders would have been called to give counsel. In this case, counsel is to share a fine, simple meal with friends and loved ones as often as possible.”

Great appreciation to Lord Andre Qui Boit Du Lait and Lady Olalla Tristana for the preparation of seemingly endless onions. Snarfi of Lyndhaven and Andre agreed to help in the kitchen. Extra thanks is offered to our volunteers who chose to help on the feast day: Nobles Izzy and Melody of Endewarde, Lady Alessandra, Lady Anya, Lord Cormac, and m’lady Elizabeth, who found proper plates for everything. Lords Seamus and William helped clean dishes during our course. The title of Warden of the East Kingdom Bee Preserve is held by Master Estgar aet Hrothecastre who made the honey used in the crabapples. Master Godric provided several ingredients from his day board to contribute to the course if needed.

Due to some last minute changes, I couldn’t use the menus I’d printed and created, so I’ve included the text that had been intended for that use as well as new text discussing the items that were improvised the day of.

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