a collection of literature from poets, bards, songwriters, and skalds in the SCA


This website serves as an unofficial chansonnier—that is, a book or collection of songs and poems—of several troubadours (who may style themselves singers, musicians, poets, bards, minstrels, and sundry other names) throughout the Society for Creative Anachronism. In addition to songs and poems, this site also presents prose fiction and research essays from the society's talented participants. There should be a little bit of something for everyone: entertainment, education, distraction. Hopefully you will find at least one of these to bring you some enjoyment. Check back often, as well, to see what further troubadours (and various works) have been added to the virtual leaves of this folio.

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M’amor, eu atendo,
Me da gran coidado.
Magdalena, vos amo!

Morria, vos digo,
Se no lh’ é comigo.
Magdalena, vos amo!

Me da gran coidado
Quant’ ei alongado.... more

A fin senhor,
Mi bella fror,
Sois la ben talhada.
De mi amor
No é melhor
Que seu vou namorada.
Mia renha
Por todo de mi coraçon.
Mia renha,
Day m’a senha,
E me... more

Hwaet! His fair name Harold do we hail, highest of the hlafords, our heahcyning.
Honored the oath-keepers all, offered rings to bind the oath.
Wyrd wove him into those ways; War and weeping were his lot.... more

Blood-worm bound to battle,
Bring to us a kindom.
Sing the sweetest death song;
Send unending crow cries. 

May the Midrealm prosper;
May the dragon never die. 

Swing yous sturdy short-swords;... more

Wil would be a woman 
Were lords not so sword-bound.
So spear-shy he does seem;
Shield-maidens have slain more.
Dorian, poor damsel
Does dote on the poor fool,
Though two terms from touching
There be no seed to... more


Katarzyna Witkowska of Atlantia
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Greetings!  I am Katarzyna Witkowska and live in Poland in the early 15th Century.  I am a widow with considerable land holdings outside of Krakow.  In my youth I served in the court of King Jadwiga until her untimely death.  My husband and one son were killed in the Battle of Grunwald in 1410.  My family believed a young woman needed a fine education in order to run lands and so I learned much at the University.  I especially love to write poetry and tell stories to children.  I still consider myself an archer although I do not shoot as much as I used to.

In the SCA, I have been Poeta Atlantiae twice.  I love to teach poetry and story writing to children and adults.  I especially like to explore different genres of poetry and teach about them.  My favorite poet is Francois Villon.  I also like the Hebrew Poetry from the Golden Age in Christian and Muslim Spain.  Of course, I also study Polish Poetry and am working on being able to recite it in medieval Polish.  Except for a few words, I cannot speak or write Polish but I am working on it.  One of my goals is to be a better bard and use poetry of all kinds to entertain.  I am also studying herbs and their uses both in cooking and in healing.

I am a warranted youth minister and enjoy working with the fabulous youth of Atlantia.  I also create and offer Pages Academy classes.  I am also a warranted voice herald.  I especially like to travel throughout Atlantia and meet people and teach.

Recent Forum Posts

by olivier
Linda Paterson (author of The World of the Troubadours and many other scholarly publications on troubadour-era literature and culture) and a team of colleagues have put a number of Crusade lyrics online: more
by olivier
Welcome to the overhauled website and to this forum in particular. Please feel free to post about anything remotely interesting that you think might be relevant for the site.