The Arts & Science Journal for the Kingdom of Lochac of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA, Inc.). Cockatrice is an email publication only via subscription with the editor. It is not a corporate publication of SCA, Inc., and does not delineate SCA, Inc. policies.

Cockatrice August A.S.50 (2015) now Available for download

Here is the next edition of Cockatrice!

Cockatrice August A.S.50 (2015)

  • Cloud Collars, by Miriam bat Shimeon
  • Book extract: The School of Virtue, by Theophrastus von Oberstockstall
  • An Alkanet dye recipe from the Leyden Papyrus X, c. 300 AD, by Aleinya Thrakeses
  • The A-Team: Part One, by Anton de Stoc
  • Announcements: Medieval Science In Ye Tavern
  • Columns: From the Editor
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Cockatrice Calendar AS 50 (2015)

May 50 Edition

Submissions due

1 April


1 May

August 50 Edition

Submissions due

1 July


1 August

By Theophrastus von Oberstockstall | Print Calendar | Link

The February A.S. 49 edition of Cockatrice.

The February A.S. 49 edition of Cockatrice. 

It is a larger file than normal, but this is a well illustrated edition!

Click this link to start downloading: CockatriceFeb49

Details: ~6Mgb, .PDF, 36 pages

If this causes any issues please let me know.

In this issue:


Sitting a book on your head does not transfer knowledge, by Theophrastus von Oberstockstall

12-14th century Mongolian noblewoman’s headdress, by Gilligan O Tomelty

Making a Goffered Veil, by Elizabeth Braythwayte

Erbowle (Fresh Plum Pudding),  by Helouys le Poer

Sambocade, by Ellen of Wyteley

From the Editor

Cockatrice FAQs

By Theophrastus von Oberstockstall | Cockatrice Editions | Tagged: , | Link

Cockatrice Calendar AS 49 (2014/15)

November 49 Edition
Submissions due 1 October
Published 1 November

February 49 Edition
Submissions due 1 January
Published 1 February

May 50 Edition
Submissions due 1 April
Published 1 May.

To contact the Editor email:

By Theophrastus von Oberstockstall | Uncategorized | Link

About the Contributors to the Auguast, A.S. 49 edition of Cockatrice

Lady Gabriella Borromei is a Courtesan hailing from Fiorenz. She is a well travelled daughter of a Silk Merchant, whose mother disappeared when she was a child. She was
raised by her father and given an education in view to her marrying well and taking over the business, but Gabriella had other opinions and ran away to look for her mother. She found herself in the courts of Venice where her talents were nurtured and she became a sought after companion. Gabriella is continuing her search for her mother and currently resides in the lovely Canton of Stegby.

Lady Kara of Kirriemuir was born in the 13th Century in Scotland, however she currently resides in Venice helping to run a House (Casa de li Gatti) for educating Courtesans. Kara’s main role is feeding her household and teaching the members Cooking, Budgeting and Household Management. Kara’s favourite dishes to cook are all
the different varieties of tarts and pies. Kara has recently learnt Wood Turning and plans to pass this knowledge onto the other members.

Theophrastus von Oberstockstall is a Lord in the Barony of Riven haven. He pursues knowledge of a medieval chemical nature (having transcribed the first printed distillation text ‘The Art of Distillation’) mixed with intriguing medical interests (witnessed in his recent transcription of ‘The Seeing of Urines’, a urine diagnoisitic text) and other fascinations (ergot poisoning in medieval European history). He is currently under Laurel apprenticeship to Mistress Filippa Ginevra Francesca di Lucignano. He dreams of holding a reenactment of Dr. John Dee’s ceremonial magic in full garb, but is current working on a new readable version of ‘Liber Ratziel’ and planning a new transcription of a Gentleman’s etiquette book. He is married to Lady Helyana van Brugge who together have created their Great Works, Hannah and George.

By Theophrastus von Oberstockstall | Uncategorized | Link

Equestrian Guild

It is with joy and excitement that we announce the foundation of the Equestrian Guild of Lochac.

The purpose of the guild is twofold:
1: to promote the art and enjoyment of all things equestrian
2: to further our knowledge and develop our skills in the full depth and breadth of this art.

At this early stage we only have a facebook page (Equestrian Guild of Lochac) which anyone interested my join and contains a copy of the guild charter. A webpage and mailing list will also be established shortly.

Anyone wishing to join the guild may also contact me, Ciana da Lucca, at

By Theophrastus von Oberstockstall | Uncategorized | Link

Wanted! Past editions of Cockatrice!

Do you have unloved past editions of Cockatrice lying forlorn on your bookshelf?
Or if you love them so much you that you are unable to part with them then would you be prepared to scan/photocopy them?

I wish to build up an archive of past editions of Cockatrice as a Kingdom resource for the future. These would be held by whoever is the current editor of Cockatrice as there is no so current resource in the editorial files.

If you are willing to contribute with either unwanted copies or would be willing to scan/photocopy your own ones please email me at
I will cover all photocopying/postage costs.

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Cockatrice August A.S. 49 Contents

Articles in Cockatrice August A.S. 49.

The Ripley Scroll Revealed
Theophrastus von Oberstockstall.

10 Things that you forget to tell the New Medieval Cook.
Gabriella Borromei.

Apple and Orange Tart
Kara of Kirriemuir.

Recipes and Cooking in the Middle Ages – Tips and Tricks for All
Kara of Kirriemuir.

The articles are of a “superb quality”. Editor.

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Cockatrice Jan. AS 48 Articles

Cockatrice January AS 48 Articles

Medieval Law: The Animal Trials
Liadan ingen Fheradaig.

Ergot: The fungi that ate medieval Europe
Theophrastus von Oberstockstall.

A Brief Introduction to Irish Myth – Part 2
Brían dorcha ua Conaill.

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Cockatrice FAQs

Cockatrice FAQs

1. Can I write an article for Cockatrice?

Yes, you can! Cockatrice is all about sharing your research and your enthusiasm for your particular Art or Science. One of the best things about the SCA is the huge range of ‘things’ covered under the umbrella of Arts and Sciences from brewing to smithing to philosophy to music to embroidery to costuming to cookery to philosophy to carpentry to shoe-making to textile arts to book binding… Get the picture? The rationale for Cockatrice is to give the people of Lochac a place where they can share their research and passion for an Art or Science and to inspire their readers! This includes anyone interested in Arts and Sciences from Laurels to newcomer.

2. But what do I write and how much?

You can write an article on a particular area, like the ones in this edition. I would suggest aiming for around 1000 words as it gives you enough room to express yourself but is still short enough to hold the attention of your reader. If you don’t think you could manage writing a full article then there are a number of other ways to contribute including:
§ Write a review of book you have found helpful or interesting. This could be an academic work of research or a popular history or even a work of fiction set in the SCA time period.
§ Write a song or poem. This could be something that you have performed at an event or written for a contest or even for fun!
§ Draw a picture – have you been experimenting with period artistic techniques then send it in!
§ Redact a recipe – send in your versions of favourite period recipes.

3. But I don’t know everything about my particular area of interest!

Firstly, thank goodness! How boring SCA life would be if we did know everything.
There are many stages in our research journeys in the SCA and Cockatrice is a place where you can tell other people where you are at this point in time. It doesn’t matter if you have been studying one particular area for the last fifteen years or it is something relatively new to you, the purpose of Cockatrice is to give you a platform to tell people about what you have found out so far and to provide them with inspiration in their own journeys in the SCA.
The other point about research in the SCA is that it is often impossible to know everything about a particular area, often due to a dearth of primary sources133. Other barriers can include difficulties with language and access to resources. One of the fun things about the SCA is the creative part of anachronism – in other words – how did you overcome these particular obstacles. Again Cockatrice is a place where you can tell others about how you have been creatively anachronistic. If you have made modern substitutes then tell us how and why you did so.
Another thing to remember is that part of research is putting our own particular interpretations on period Arts and Sciences. We come up with theories about how and why people in period did things certain ways usually based on our reading of primary
source evidence. Cockatrice is a place for you to explain your ideas about an area of interest and describing how the evidence you have collected supports your theories. This may not mean you are definitively right as after your article has been published new information may come to light that may damage your argument or you may rethink what you have said. The important thing to remember is that your article in Cockatrice is a
reflection of where you are at on at that stage of the journey and the exciting thing about the SCA is that we always learning new things!

4. How do I reference my article?

There is nothing worse than reading an article full of interesting ideas and thinking where did they get them only to find that there are no references! If you are submitting an
article to Cockatrice it is important that at the minimum you include a reference list of all the sources you have included.
For Referencing Websites:
Include the URL of the website and the date you accessed it. The date is important because due to website being often frequently updated this date tells us what version of the website was used.
This could look like:
French Metrology (n.d.).The metre adventure:,
viewed 30 September 2012.
133 In case you are not sure of the terminology – a primary source is created at the time e.g. a period manuscript,
tapestry, dress, embroidery, sword etc. A secondary source is a piece of research based on these primary sources e.g.
examining period embroidery examples to present an article on the different stitches used.

For Referencing Books:
Book References should include the author, title, publisher, city and date of publications and look like:
Palmer, John, How to Brew (Brewers Publications: Colorado, 2006)
If you are including an article out of a book it should look like:
Geijer, Agnes, ‘The Textile Finds from Birka’ in N.B. Harte and H. Ponting (ed), Cloth and Clothing in Medieval Europe, (Heinemann: London, 1983), pp. 80-99
If it is an article from a magazine:
Gribling, Barbara, ‘The Black Prince: hero or villain’, BBC History Magazine, January 2013, vol. 14, pp. 30-40

For Referencing Images:
All images used in articles must be referenced for copyright reasons. It also pays to check that the owner of the website is happy for you to use their images in your own work!
You can either include the referencing with the images in your article or create an image list at the end. This should be referenced like any other book or

Looking forward to see your articles!
The Editor

By Theophrastus von Oberstockstall | Uncategorized | Link