Many of you know that for over 20 years I was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval recreation group mostly centered in the United States and Canada that focuses on the time period between 600 and 1600 CE. I was known at first as “Anne de Lyons” when I played as a student at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (SCA chapter: Shire/Barony of Mag Mor, Calontir), but quickly shifted to a nuzhen persona once I took Asian history courses at UNL. As my life
December 2004. Mithril (left) and Aragorn (right) sit in my Yule tree. That year Mithril’s hobby was throwing the collector ornaments out of the tree — especially my Princess Leia from the original Star Wars. Way back in 2004 the following circulated on social media. I always call it “A Parrot Thanksgiving” but its original title was “How to Stuff Your Turkey On Thanksgiving.” Whatever you call it, this is what nearly all of us with birds experience over the holidays.
This next article about medieval aviculture comes from my years as Society expert on medieval aviculture in the Society for Creative Anachronism. Parrots and Popinjays: a Brief Look at the Role of 1310s illumination from the Queen Mary Psalter showing a popinjay (Psittacula parakeet) at Christ’s right hand and opposite a falcon. Companion Birds in Medieval Europe An Overview to the Role Parrots, Finches, and Doves Played in Medieval History June 7th, 2012 Medieval illuminatio