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The Fairly Honourable Lady Ciana Scholari di Polcenigo

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Device: Azure, an elephant rampant maintaining in its trunk a goblet argent
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Photograph: Ciana Scholari di Polcenigo
Pronounced Ciana (Shi-ah-nah,
diminutive of Luciana) Scholari (Sko-lah-ree) di Polcenigo (Pohl-chen-ee-goh)

14c and 16c Northern Italian. Ciana is the daughter of the Scholari famila from Polcenigo, a little town north of La Bella Venezia. When the family fell on hard times while her parents were far from Italy Ciana married a chronically absent Venetian naval officer, bought a small villa in Venice, and became a courtesan. Due to parents with enlightened ideas about women, Ciana has been well educated to better care for the family palazzo and lands, with periodic semesters studying at the medical school in Salerno.

She hosts political and philosophical salons as well as small entertainments and soirees, hosts fundraisers for the aid of women and children, and enjoys spending time with her patrons and champions. She gleefully supports her patrons and champions on the field, sometimes joining in the fun of archery or picking up a sword.

Ciana enjoys kitchen and medicinal gardening, kitchen crafts (such as soapmaking, cheeses, breads, subtleties), creating grand feasts, brewing and distilling, sewing and embroidery. She is just getting into the illumination arts, learning to play the mandolin, and starting to fight heavy again after 10 years out of armour. She absolutely adores dancing and is always seeking an enthusiastic partner!

Ciana finds Kingdom and Shire business, hosting events, stewarding feasts, and welcoming newcomers to be very fulfilling.

Courses that you can find her teaching: basic to advanced period and peri-oid cooking, sexual subjects in history, topics related to women, and medical practices.

As Ciana travels quite often, a better list of her event attendance can be found at her website: atyourpleasure.org

As a Courtesan, Ciana seeks a Patron that will fight in Crown for her, and otherwise support her SCA activities. Exchange of service to be negotiated with the potential Patron's desires.

A Few of Her Favourite Things:
  • elephants
  • owls
  • bumblebees
  • water
  • cobalt or phthalo blue, ultramarine, silver
  • lapis lazuli, star sapphires, sapphires, black opals, blue topaz, cream pearls
  • deep bass drumming
  • Flowers: creamy carnations, artichokes, dandelions and other wildflowers
  • Fruits: grapes, berries, olives, apricots, pears, Serrano lemons
  • Veggies: carrots, beets, artichokes, garlic, parsnips, asparagus
  • Plants & Herbs: basil, mints, rosemary, foxglove, carnations, fennel, burdock
  • mead, cordials, whiskey, eau de vie, grappa, herbed and/or fruited waters & teas
  • very occasional sweets and chocolate because...
  • prefers savoury and umami snacks like nuts, hummus, relishes, pickles, olives, and.....
  • Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeses
  • that murmur of a big group of well-contented feast-eaters
  • heavy fighting
  • dancing!
A Few Dislikes/Avoidances/Allergies:
  • anaphylactic latex allergy (she carries Epi)
  • alpha-gal reaction (n/v, rash to anaphylaxis) to pork
  • raw or not-entirely cooked onions/onion family
  • coffee, caffeine, pop
  • avoids sweets and candy in general (but will gobble up a loaf of bread if no one is looking)
  • too much rosewater in food/drinks
  • moldy or 'smells like teenager' cheese (exception- mild molds like brie)
  • repetitive noises (eg finger tapping, beeping) & whistling
  • very strong perfumes

Current Projects (some of these are ongoing, repeats, constant...):
  • Personal pavilion
  • Dining/gathering pavilion
  • Gallery/arming tent
  • Small pavilion for my spawn
  • Banners, pennants
  • household livery/tabards
  • matching table linens
  • quite a few batches of mead
  • quite a few batches of cordials
  • some recipe redactions
  • some scrolls
  • a bunch of general largesse
  • a bunch of children's largesse
  • a bunch of personal largesse
  • chopines
  • prep for classses that I am teaching never ends
  • garb-making never ends ever
  • I am sure that I have a dozen other projects...
Looking to barter for:
  • woodworking (peri-oid tables, chairs, benches/boxes etc)
  • heavy armour



  Award Name Presenting Branch Court Date Event Name Presenting Royalty
Brigits Flame, Order of Kingdom of Northshield 2/9/2019 Kingdom A&S Competition Vladimir III and Petranella III
Cygnus, Award of the Kingdom of Northshield 8/26/2017 Great Northern Fiber Moot Woot and Shoot Konrad and Aibhilin
Leaf of Merit, Order of Kingdom of West 11/12/2001
Ash Leaf, Order of Kingdom of West 11/1/2001
Award of Arms Kingdom of West 4/21/2001
Award of Arms Kingdom of Drachenwald 9/25/1993
Order of the Burdened Bouget (Barony of the Far West) Kingdom of West 11/18/2001
Far West Support Kingdom of West 11/12/2001
Popular Company of Sojourners Kingdom of Drachenwald 9/9/2000
Companion of the Order of the Cygnet Kingdom of Meridies 1/1/1995
Dragon's Tear Kingdom of Drachenwald 1/2/1994
Order of the Dragon's Pride Kingdom of Drachenwald 7/17/1993
Please send award updates/corrections to the Clerk of Precedence: cop@northshield.org .

Current/Previous Offices:

Office Officer for Group Start Date End Date In Office
Branch Chatelaine Shire of Darkstone 10/1/2021 Active 3 months
Branch Seneschal Shire of Darkstone 1/21/2019 10/1/2021 33 months

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Authorization Card Expiration Date: 12/16/2026


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