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Goðsvara Thingeyris

Goðsvara Thingeyris
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About Goðsvara Thingeyris

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    The Lady Oracle of Thingeyri
  • Birthday 05/01/1989

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  1. Grand Tournoi du Camp du Drap d'Or

    The Grand Tournoi du Camp du Drap d'Or The Grand Tournoi du Camp du Drap d'Or, which means "Grand Tourney of the Field of the Cloth of Gold" in the Norman-Walsch tongue, is a knightly tournament which is held annually in the Duchy of Normandie. It is one of the most important tourneys in the High Realm of Stormark, in prestige second only to the Grand Tournament of Southport, which is held annually on the Southport Tournament Grounds which are situated just outside the capital of the aforesaid Providian Heptarchy. The tourney takes place at Château Laverdure in the deep south of the Knightly Jarldom. Its origins can be traced back to the glamorous and extravagant festivities surrounding the historical meeting between Duke Tristan of Normandie and Duke of Benoît of Loonois, Ministraut, and Finistère which took place in 1220 is known as the Camp du Drap d'Or. The meeting had been arranged to increase the bond of friendship between the two young monarchs following the peace treaty of 1214 between that has become known to history as the Paix des Dames. Though now for several centuries in the Duchy of Normandie, Château Laverdure and its lands were at the time of the Camp du Drap d'Or regarded as part of Loonois, Ministraut, and Finistère. That was the main reason for that site to be chosen as meeting place for the two Sovereign ducal rulers; being Triple Duchy territory but fully encircled by Normandie rendered it as close to neutral territory as was practicable in those days of yore. The Tournoi du Camp du Drap d'Or lasts seven days, with five days allotted to the joust. Besides the joust, the tourney always includes, In accordance with venerable tradition and ancient custom, a melee, an archery contest, an axe-throwing contest, a horse race, and a tourney of singers. Over time the tournament had also become the selection device of the Brotherhood of Leopard Knights, the elite personal guard of the Duke of Normandie, which took the prestige of the tourney even higher, and the knights fought eagerly than ever for the right to wear white leopard skin mantles, which were usually only to be worn by the members of the Ducal Family, quarter their arms with the Ducal Arms of Normandie and guard their liege. Ever since its inception the Grand Tourney of the Field of the Cloth of Gold several centuries ago, it has been the aim of its organizers throughout time to impress the populace and guests with their opulance. The tournament's splendor has therefore always been beyond breathtaking; the shining armor, the great chargers caparisoned in silver and gold, the cheers of the excited crowd, the silk banners snapping in the wind and, of course, the knights themselves since this ancient tourney attracts the fine fleur of chivalry of Stormark and Reikistjarna including members of the Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu such as the Lady Chloe Bloodhelm, who out of feelings of properiety does not participate in the Grand Tournament of Southport, and the Storjarla Fjǫrleif Hallbjörnsdóttir.
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  4. Les Jumeaux

    Les Jumeaux Les Jumeaux, which means "The Twins" in the Norman-Walsch tongue, is an age-old fortification which is situated just outside the Royal City of Quimper, the capital of the Twin Peninsula Jarldom. The aforesaid fortress serves nowadays as the official residence of the High King of Stormark in His capacity of Duke of Normandie as well as the seat of the Jarl of Normandie, the Jarl of the High Realm who governs the Duchy of Normandie in His Imperial and Royal Majesty's Name and on His behalf. This also the place where the Haute Cour de Normandie, the legislature of the Knightly Jarldom, meets. This twin castle has played a prominent role in Norman history. It was besieged several times and controlling Les Jumeaux was of paramount importance for maintaining control of the Duchy. From the deep in the Days of Valtia until High King Harald ascended the Leopard Throne, the Ducal Throne of Normandie, a procession would be led from Les Jumeaux to the Abbaye de la Sainte-Trinité de Quimper on the coronation of a Duke. In the absence of the Duke or Jarl the Connétable des Jumeaux is in charge of the castles. This was a powerful and trusted position in the days of yore and still carries tremendous prestige in the Twin Peninsula Jarldom. According to the ancient Norman chronicle called the Draco Normannicus Les Jumeaux was built by Count Lionel of Normandie. He had moved his capital and seat from Quercy on the isle of the same name to the mainland city of Quimper to be closer to his continental holdings. To Count Lionel the construction of this magnificent double fortress was an excellent way to show off the vast, and still rapidly growing, wealth and power of the Norman rulers from the House of Cáthau caused by innumerable succesful raids as well as the expansion of their domains. He also required a stronghold against the restlessness of the huge and brutal populace of the City of Quimper as well as his perennially unruly and treacherous vassals down south. The structure consists of two massive castles which are, aside from a road, connected with each other by a maze of underground tunnels called wormwalks or wormways. which allow people to move in a quick and safe manner between the castles especially when the weather is bad, at night, or in times of war or other danger. Les Jumeaux is a strong castle which has never been taken by either siege or storm and has served its owners throughout times, the Dukes of Normandie, very well, being one of the factors which allowed the House of Cáthau to hold onto the Leopard Throne for millenia.
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  7. The Norman Knight

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  8. The Norman Knight

    Her Holiness the Lady Oracle of Thingeyri wonders whether when the cavalry charge depicted in the painting took place?
  9. The Norman Knight

    Her Holiness the Lady Oracle of Thingeyri wishes to convey to the Lady Aoife that this article is great!
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  11. New Arms for the Duchy of Normandie

    Her Holiness the Lady Oracle of Thingeyri wishes to convey to His Grace that the lions, which in heraldic parlance also may be referred to as leopards, represent the Leopard Brothers who were the founders of the Duchy of Normandie. The axe is a Viking symbol of royalty and authority and alludes to the royal status of the Dukes of Normandie.
  12. Princess Clotilde of Franciana

    Her Holiness the Lady Oracle of Thingeyri wishes to convey that the Princess Clotilde of Franciana was quite the beauty!
  13. The People of the Duchy of Normandie

    The People of the Duchy of Normandie The People of the Knightly Jarldom, also known as Normans, descend from the Valtian Vikings, or Norsemen, from the war band of the sellswords Horik and Hyngwar Rognvaldsson, also known as the Leopard Brothers, who settled on the Isle of Quercy after Horik and Hyngwar Rognvaldsson had become the vassals of King Clovis VII of Franciana, and Francianish locals. Normans do still very much adhere to the ancient codes of conduct, including courtly love, which were adhered to by the Norman knights of old with gallant knightly values including honour, bravery, courteousness and honesty. Those codes of conduct are to this very day commonly known as the Norman Code of Chivalry. An important part of chivalry was to show respect and gallantry towards others. The aforesaid Code of Chivalry was and is an important part of the society and lives of people who dwell in the Twin Peninsula Jarldom and was admired and understood by all. Despite the eventual conversion to Christianity of quite a few of them, their adoption of the Walsch language, and their abandonment of sea roving for Francianish cavalry warfare in the decades following their settlement in Normandie, the Normans retained many of the traits of their piratical Viking ancestors. They displayed an extreme restlessness and recklessness, a love of fighting accompanied by almost foolhardy courage, and a craftiness and cunning that went hand in hand with outrageous treachery. In their expansion into other parts of Micras, the Normans compiled a record of astonishingly daring exploits in which often a mere handful of men would vanquish an enemy many times as numerous. An unequaled capacity for rapid movement across land and sea, the use of brutal violence, a precocious sense of the use and value of money - these are among the traits traditionally assigned to the Normans. From their settlements in Normandie the adventurous Normans embarked on several major expansionary campaigns in Micras. The most important of those was the invasion of the kingdoms of Bosworth and Anglethyr in 1204 by Duke Fulk of Normandy, who became King of both Bosworth and Anglethyr upon the success of what is now known as the Norman Conquest. Much earlier in the long and glorious history of the Duchy, Norman adventurers also began a somewhat more prolonged and haphazard migration to other parts of Reikistjarna. Among the most remarkable of these Norman adventurers were Roger de Hauteville, who founded the County of Sicilia, and Tancredo d'Adraisio who founded the County of Adraisia. Among the Norman traits regarded by their contemporaries as specially characteristic were their utterly unbridled character and their capacity for quick and fruitful imitation and adaptation. The former characteristic contributed to the production, by a process akin to natural selection, of lines of outstandingly able and ruthless rulers wherever a Norman state came into being. Numerous of the Norman rulers of Normandie, Bosworth, Anglethyr, and Sicilia were among the most powerful and successful secular potentates of their age in their ability to create political institutions that were both stable and enduring. The Normans’ capacity for imitation and adaptation was even more significant for the history of Micras. The art of building castles was not a Norman invention, but the Normans became masters in the use of very simple yet enormously effective castles. These little fortifications, which were complementary to the warfare conducted in open country by small units of cavalry, became the hallmark of Norman penetration and conquest. Again, although the Normans were at first novices and imitators in the practice of fighting on horseback, they soon became masters of cavalry warfare as it was then practiced on Reikistjarna. Mounted on much the same breed of war horse as zir Hammish, Providian, or Gascon opponent, wearing the heavy mail hauberk that was standard among the warriors of the time, protected by a conical helmet and a kite-shaped shield, and armed with a long, broad-bladed sword and a slender lance, the Norman cavalryman proved on countless occasions that he could outfight and overwhelm the most powerful forces brought against him. To some extent, no doubt, this was due to the importance which the Norman knightly class attached to the training of young warriors. The Normans were quick to imitate whatever they saw, and this faculty of imitation is evident in all the different countries where the Normans settled. But Norman imitation was never slavish, and is certainly not the whole story of Norman achievement. A truer explanation of Norman success would be that they combined a boundless self-confidence with a marked capacity for adapting to their own purposes the institutions they found in newly won territories. Thus, in Sicilia their control was based on faith in their own military superiority, their strategic use of castles and harbours, and their importation of feudalism to govern the relations of the count with zir more important subjects. In government, however, they adopted the highly advanced and largely literate techniques already developed by the Greco-Romans and the Muslims.
  14. Viking-age hut found in Reykjavik

    Her Holiness the Lady Oracle of Thingeyri wonders whether the Storjarls Thorstein Noah and Audun Joel have been playing in Snæland again?
  15. The Norman Code of Chivalry

    Her Holiness the Lady Oracle of Thingeyri wishes to convey to His Imperial and Royal Majesty the High King of Stormark that this article on the Norman Code of Chivalryis an exuberantly sweet read!
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