[Ravensfort] Fw: [Ansteorra] Janet of House Morningstar, R. I. P.

byzytym byzytym at att.net
Thu May 22 23:25:27 PDT 2008

That was well said.  Janet was one of a kind. We are all richer for having 
shared her SCA life.  I will raise a glass to her at my next Society outing.


"what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul ?"

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sher M" <runa.herd at earthlink.net>
To: "Ravens Fort" <ravensfort at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 3:27 PM
Subject: [Ravensfort] Fw: [Ansteorra] Janet of House Morningstar, R. I. P.

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jay Rudin" <rudin at ev1.net>
> To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 10:15 AM
> Subject: [Ansteorra] Janet of House Morningstar, R. I. P.
>>I have just heard that Janet of House Morning Star has passed away.
>> Many of you don't know her, or know her as a merchant in her later years.
>> When I joined she was a dynamo of action in all fields -- service, arts 
>> and fighting.
>> Though of small stature, Janet was a fierce competitor on the field.  Her 
>> shield was well known. I can still picture it --tierced  per chevron 
>> throughout azure, gules, and vert, overall an Egyptian hawk displayed Or, 
>> crowned of a bezant and maintaining two bezants.  She was loud, joyous 
>> and fierce.
>> The records show that she was the fifth Queen of Love and Beauty in the 
>> Steppes, as Amra of Acre won the fifth Steppes Warlord tournament 
>> carrying her favor.  What the records don't show is that, going into the 
>> final round, she already knew she'd won.  She just didn't know which 
>> title she'd have yet.  The finalists were Amra, her husband Telbyrne, and 
>> Janet herself.
>> In a war in which her knight, Sir Simonn, was legged, she stood at his 
>> side to defend him.  A blow was aimed at Simonn, but Janet threw her own 
>> shield out to cover him, exposing herself for a half-second.  Asked about 
>> it later, she said, "I did that?  That's dumb."
>> But nobody who knew her is surprised that, instantly and unconsciously, 
>> she did something dumb in service to somebody else.
>> She was equally aggressive in everything she did.  Disagreeing with Janet 
>> was never fun, because she would fight for her beliefs with every fiber 
>> of her being.  She carried her passion into everything she did.
>> She was known for her arts, but her greatest contribution to Ansteorra 
>> was her work with the Texas Renaissance Festival.  She co-ordinated our 
>> extremely well-paid activities there, and thus made huge contributions, 
>> not only to her own group's coffers, but also those of every active 
>> branch in Ansteorra.  If your branch dates back to the seventies or early 
>> eighties, then Janet materially helped you fund your events and 
>> activities.  All Ansteorran branches were relatively rich, at a time when 
>> the rest of Atenveldt (our home kingdom then) were close to scrounging 
>> Coke bottles on the side of the road to help pay for events.  Her arms 
>> had three gold coins, and it was quite appropriate.
>> But it isn't about the money.  She was part of Ansteorra developing its 
>> own character and its own identity, and was therefore instrumental in the 
>> rising of the Star from a principality to a kingdom.
>> The Egyptian Eagle is no longer displayed.  It has soared into the 
>> heavens, and has a crown more glorious than a bezant.  But as long as 
>> Ansteorra is a kingdom, there will always be an Egyptian hawk following 
>> the Black Star.
>> Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin
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