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Çida Sol

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Mozarab living in the taifa kingdoms of Toledo and Cordoba in al-Andalus from 1020 to 1070, katib to Walladah for part of that time. Mozarabs are urban, largely middle class, Christians who have acculturated into Islamic society, dressing similarly and speaking Arabic as well as their own Romance dialect, but maintaining their own religious cultural traditions. I come from a family of civil servants. The taifa kingdoms are the many localized Muslim territories that resulted from the collapse of the unified Umayyad Caliphate that ruled al-Andalus, the Muslim territory of the Iberian Peninsula. The taifa kingdom of Zaragoza hosted El Cid, now the national hero of Spain, during his exile from Castile, and he later ruled the taifa kingdom of Valencia. The taifa period was a golden age of cultural creativity and social mobility in terms of poetry, music, and visual arts, as the many royal courts vied to attract artists, poets and courtiers. As katib to a Muslim noblewoman, I served as personal secretary and was expected to participate in the literary salons hosted by Walladah, extemporizing Arabic poetry and displaying other courtly arts.

Çida is my title in Mozarabic, related to "Sayyida" in Arabic and the masculine "Cid" in Spanish. I am particularly fond of blue, which is a color sometimes associated specifically with Christians in al-Andalus. And I am particularly fond of the Tree of Life motif, as well as various Islamic geometric motifs.


  Award Name Presenting Branch Court Date Event Name Presenting Royalty
Brigits Flame, Order of Kingdom of Northshield 12/7/2019 Feast of Boar's Head Jehanette
Hand of Tyr, Order of the Kingdom of Northshield 6/13/2015 Border Skirmish Tom II and Sigrid II
Cygnus, Award of the Kingdom of Northshield 6/13/2009 Border Skirmish VI Stephen and Ailleanne
Award of Arms Kingdom of Middle 7/10/2004
Cypher, Queen's Kingdom of Northshield 4/14/2018 Northshield Spring Coronation Kaydian and Cassandra
Scroll of Honor Kingdom of Northshield 9/12/2015 Fall Coronation Tom II and Sigrid II
Liaison Poisson, Award of Barony of Jararvellir 1/17/2010
WellSpring, Award of Barony of Jararvellir 7/6/2007
Pisces, Order of Barony of Jararvellir 1/1/2006
Golden Scales, Order of Barony of Jararvellir 10/1/2005
Alastair's Lamp, Order of Barony of Jararvellir 5/2/2004
Gilded Shell, Order of Barony of Jararvellir 1/1/1900
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