Members of the New Varangian Guard
Mikligard Garrison

 


  Joined in: 1987

Alias: Viking name Odd "the Squinter", from morning appearances on bright days.

Historical interests: Rus', Byzantium, early medieval material life, especially costume.

Favourite activities: Researching and then reconstructing, costuming, shoemaking, combat, ceramics, and jewellery making.

Dreams: To make a Byzantine soldier's campaign kit, and organise a full-on Byzantine dining set for the club by next Conference. To write an 'I was there' type book about Byzantine armies.

Habits:
Museum junkie - bad company on holidays, prefers libraries to scenery.

Homepage:
Medieval Outfitting and Supplies
"Your Viking Specialist"


CHRISTOBEL FERGUSON

  Joined in:
1989

Alias:
Viking name Gudrun.

Historical interests: Rus', Byzantium, 10th-11th century Finnish and Scandanavian Viking, and Julio-Claudian Roman (as a sideline).

Favourite activities: Reconstructing costumes, testing out recipes and holding feasts, archery, combat, tablet weaving and calligraphy.

Dreams: To complete a full set of 10th century Viking costume based on the reconstructions of Flemming Bau, Inga Hagg and Agnes Geijer. To own a replica bone viking comb. To travel through Finland and Russia and go down the Dnieper (well part of it) on a replica Viking ship and to visit Istanbul again. Also to see the Byzantine artefacts in the Met. and Cloisters Museums in New York. To visit the ancient sites in Greece and see the "Varangian" mosaic on Chios.

Habits: Loves visiting new places and quite likes museums, though not as much as my junkie husband, but he is good company on holidays, best tour guide ever. Currently chief general organiser for the club and especially the Rusalia.

Homepage: http://www.ozemail.com.au/~chrisandpeter


Helen Gravina

  Joined in:1995

Alias: None

Historical interests:
10-11th century Rus', Vikings, et al. in Byzantium. Also dabble in Roman Republican era as well (218BC-100AD).

Favourite activities:
Reading and trying new (historical) recipies. Current interest- the 'Book of Jewish Food' by Claudia Roden. Bellydancing (when I get time to practise). Making modern and Byzantine style costumes to wear. .

Non favourite activities:
Meetings. Washing-up (overrated).


Valerie Houghton

  Joined in:Late 1992

Alias: Still trying to decide

Historical interests:
Turkish, Vikings, Rus' - costume, art, artifacts, and prechristian belief systems.

Favourite activities:
Creativity, making things, all kinds of things, exploring esoteric beliefs ancient and modern. .

Dreams:
To complete the aquisition and making of turkish armour and weapons...... and THEN be able to stand without collapsing under the weight of same! (any ability to wield weapons as well would be an added bonus).

Habits:
Discovering /exploring anything 'new'(to me), be it artistic mediums or techniques, scientific theories, philosophies, historical information, or an episode of 'Monkey' I haven't seen yet!!

Homepage: http://www.gryphon.org.au


CHRISTOPHER MORGAN

  Joined in:
1993

Alias: Pet name Quarf, Viking name Flosi, or in Byzantium Christophoros Varangopoulos ('son of a Varangian': usually ends up as "Varangopolis", 'city of the Varangians' - well he is a big lad).

Historical interests: Middle Eastern Archery, Byzantium, steppe nomads. Any thing to do with big boots, curvey swords and long coats really.

Favourite activities: Fighting, feasting, footrubs, well anything starting with 'F' really...(Hmmm, I didn't write this, and I'm not going to touch it...)

Dreams: Putting a second storey on his bell tent. To have more gear than anybody else.

Habits: Keeper of the webpage. Wearing more armour than anyone else, not for protection, but because it looks good. Maker of Sabres, by the bucket load. (well, it seems that way anyway..)

Homepage:


GRAEME NOTT

  Joined in:Late 1987

Alias: Halfdan the Brown

Historical interests:
-10th cent Byzantine, Anglo-Scandinavian, 15th cent 'War of the Roses' (no, really)

Favourite activities:
Researching stuff, particularily textiles related stuff. Dressing up in silly clothes and beating each other around the head with various metal objects, just the usual ;-) .

Dreams:
To do a combat show in the snow (it's going to happen!!). To have my natural talents as a maker of fine 'turnips and cheese' cuisine finally recognised (this probably won't).

Habits:
I'm keen on the researching bit but not so much on the actual doing bit.

Homepage: The Wandering Varangian


Roy Pickton

  Joined in:Late 1987

Alias: None (Roy is short for Royal/King, so you can call me Sir orYour Majesty,ok - Just Roy Will Do)

Historical interests:
Rus', Byzantium, Archery, medieval materials.

Favourite activities:
Combat Archery (shooting Sven in the head makes my day), Target Archery, Combat - Shield walls are fun (watch out for the FLYING WEDGE we did it first). Just being around friends on our Medieval weekends eating, drinking & Beating the crap out of each other. .

Dreams:
Getting a full set of Byzantine Fighting & Feasting Costumes Together, to stop Quarf From getting a Bigger Tent than me.

Habits:
Not to become NVG INC treasurer again (I did my bit)..

Homepage: Roy's Home Page


PETER RAFTOS

  Joined in: 1997

Alias: Nickname "RiffRaff", well so he says to distinguish from other Peters in the
club, but will answer to Panayioti or Fatboy.

Historical interests:
Byzantium and its social history but especially the role Byzantium played in the transmission of knowledge eg. diet, costume, literature, metaphysics, science and technology to other cultures both East and West and what in turn Byzantium learned from outside.

Favourite activities:
Researching aspects of everyday Byzantine life - weddings, funerals, anything... Watching others eating paximadia.

Dreams:
To equip a Byzantine army field kitchen, cook in a klibanos, find out what a thermospodium really is, and to learn Classical and Modern Greek so I can actually read the primary source material.

Habits:
Is the club Treasurer. Prefers books to... just about anything (err... but not account books that is).


GARTH RICHARDS

  Joined in: 1999

Alias: None that I have heard people call to my face!

Historical interests:
Cultural diversity of central Europe, within the timescale of year 1000 to 1400 plus a bit. The formation of buffer states such as the Khazars and Alans. Mostly a bit of a Rus Viking with a recent Byzantium influence (baggy trousers for ever!). Recent guest appearance as a Bishop is having an iconoclastic influence.

Favourite activities:
Archery with a not so traditional (spotted-gum, an australian wood for those folk who have never heard of same) longbow, marveling at hitting the target every now and again. Inflicting an ever growing burden on my shoulders and back as my mail vest becomes a shirt (and vowing never again to knit mail). Making silk banners of ravens, dogs and dragons. Leatherwork.

Not so Favourite activities:
Being hit on the head all the time - NEMAS is a non-head blow club and I still think that people will leave my noggin alone.

Dreams:
To build a small hut in the Pine Forest ( Nemasburg next Easter).To hit a target more frequently. To not get hit on the head so often. To learn how to cast metal. That learning to speak German fluently will- (a) enable me to swear convincingly in mid fight and (b) enable me to enter into the delights of cod-pieces, puff and slash ala Landsknecht.

Habits:
Attempts to convince most folk that re-enactment is a sane & healthy past-time (oops sorry about the pun), which is difficult considering my line of work (psychiatric nurse educator).


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