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Submitted by Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful, Sylvan Bard of Æthelmearc.

Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful

Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful

Happy A.S. L, Everyone!

I’m a little behind on my article series — the next one will be out soon — but in the meantime, I could not let the occasion of our inaugural Order of Defense peerage go unmarked.

Years ago, I took a commission to write a piece in honour of Her Grace, Dorinda Courtenay. At the time, I neglected to put in a verse about fencing, an activity which she had only very recently taken up.

I had to rectify that!

Here is the song I wrote then, with a little added something to comemmorate her historic elevation. The music is by Guillaume de Machaut, a 14th-Century composer.

Duchess Dorinda Courtenay

Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, photo by Duchess Anna Blackleaf.