Hello and Welcome to my blog. In these pages, I will explore the lives of Medieval Women from a feminist perspective.
I research women’s work with special focus on working class women, country women, and marginalized women. For my purposes, I define women’s work as the emotional and physical labor undertaken by women contributing to the support of themselves, their families, and their local economy. My research focuses primarily on women’s health, with emphasis on midwiferie. Related areas of study include sex work and witchcraft.
My persona is Lady Esa inghean Donnchaidh (Gaelic, daughter of a nobleman), who hails from the Scottish Highlands; specifically the lands of Morvern along the coast of the Sound of Linnhe in the west.
It is now the fourteenth century, and Esa is forging a life as a single country woman of modest means in Kiel Parish where she is the resident midwife. As such, Esa has become all too familiar with the ecclesiastical courts as they increase pressure on the midwives for fears of folk healing and malleficium, both of which are crimes punishable by banishment or death. The economic climate in fourteenth century Britain has created a boom of job opportunities for women following the devastating Black Plague, and Lady Esa works her monthly shifts in the stews of Winchester, as is common, while picking up additional work locally in gynecology and midwiferie.
It is her Dalriada lineage that inspires the Iona Cross n her device, per chevron sable and agent, in base a Celtic cross azure.
My SCAdian affiliations include: Clan Oldcastle, Free Company of St. Lawrence, Period Heroes, Knowne World Courtesans, and Haus zum Drache. I am also a fellow of the Atlantian University, and a resident of the Barony of Stierbach in the Kingdom of Atlantia.
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Mundanely known as Rachel Scott, I reside on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I have an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii, and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.