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Ermine, Chausse Raguly Vert, a Tower Gules
- 1 His Excellency, Master Edwin FitzLloyd, OL, OP, Defender of the Dream
His Excellency, Master Edwin FitzLloyd, OL, OP, Defender of the Dream
Previously Known as Athelstan of Banbury.
Additional Heraldry: Full Achivement
Mantling: Vert and Argent
Crest:A pair of antlers Or, entwined of a rattlesnake lozengy erminois and pean
Supporters: Dexter, a house cat (felix domesticus) sable reguardant ramant bearing deer antlers Or, Sinister, a garb of wheat tied of a rattlesnake lozengy erminois and pean
Achievement rests on a stone bridge of five arches, rather than the stanard compartment or mound.
Motto: When the serpent dies, his venom stays strong.
- Local Offices Held
- Kingdom Offices Held
- Minister of Arts & Sciences, Kingdom of Ansteorra, 1985-1986
- Chamberlain, Kingdom of Ansteorra, 1982-1985
Edwin FitzLloyd was born in 1486 at Beaurepaire, Hampshire. His mother was Elizabeth d’Eresby, the aunt of the noted poetess of the same name and was wife to Sir Thomas Brocas. Edwin and his twin sister Muriel were fathered by the Flemish Duke von Eaker, who visited the English court for the marriage of Henry VII to Elizabeth of York early in 1486. Although Sir Thomas did have not have a happy marriage and did not acknowledge the twins as his children, they were quietly integrated into the large Brocas household at Beaurepaire as a part of the family.
Upon Thomas Brocas death in 1492, his widow Elizabeth returned to Wales to live in the household of her brother Hugh d’Eresby with her children, where they became close friends with their cousin, the poetess Elizabeth d’Eresby. Later in life Elizabeth the poetess became a member of the Beguine Order at the urging of her good friend Clare Rosemuire St. John, and moved abroad to live in the Danish port city of Bjornsborg.
With little hopes of a successful future for her children their mother Elizabeth appealed to the Flemish duke who had fathered them. At the time, although married, he had no legitimate children, and agreed to make some financial arrangements for Edwin and Muriel’s upkeep, assuring that Edwin would be able to attend college at Cambridge and that Muriel should have a suitable dowry should she marry. It was at this time that the twins were allowed to adopt their distinctive surname of FitzLloyd, acknowledging their relationship with the duke by incorporating his given name into the standard form used by illegitimate children.
Finishing at King’s College, Cambridge in 1509, he obtained a minor position in the Household of Charles Brandon. Edwin soon progressed within court circles, finally coming to the notice of Henry VIII at the time of the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520. He was useful to the King due to his relationship with the Flemish Duke and was elevated to a Barony by the King at the end of that international meeting with France.
Later into Henry VIII’s reign, as the sentiment towards Roman Catholics deteriorated, Edwin FitzLloyd and his sister, Muriel FitzLloyd left England in search of a more accepting environment, taking their young cousin, Martin FitzHugh with them. A hot-head, Young Martin was soon brawling in the streets with members of the rapier community wherever they stayed, drinking and not paying his bills much to his cousin’s dismay.
After spending time in France, the Fitz Lloyd twins with their cousin found their way to Ansteorra, where Edwin and Muriel both held many public positions. Edwin was rewarded for exemplary knowledge of the Arts with elevation to the Order of the Laurel, as was Muriel. Edwin was also rewarded for his admirable organizational skills with elevation to the Order of the Pelicans. Their young cousin Martin was eventually recognized for some prowess with rapier weaponry and received Queen's Rapier of Ansteorra.
During the reign of Mikael of Monmouthshire II and Rebekka die Blonde II, as part of an attempt at an interkingdom peace treaty, Edwin FitzLloyd was married to Siobhan ni Breoghan, the anglicized version of her name being Joan Fitzgerald, she was the daughter of the Earl of Kildare, and had been living in the Kingdom of Meridies for some time due to their family titles being held in retainer by the English crown and their lands in Ireland confiscated. Their marriage contract was signed by the Crowns of both Kingdoms during the registry portion of their ceremony and the solemnization of the inter-kingdom treaty, during a Knowne World Heraldic Symposium.
As Joan’s dowry, the Crown of Meridies gave their claims to the Kindgdom of Trimaris into the hands of the Crown of Ansteorra. When the dowry was not delivered into the Crown’s hands, and the treaty proved insubstantial, that failure resulted in the first Gulf War, most of the non-military arrangements for which were made by Joan FitzLloyd.
While fond of each other Edwin and his wife Joan, who had never been a love match, chose to live in separate households after the failure of the treaty under which their marriage was founded failed. As her dowry failed to materialize to secure her future, she left Ansteorra, and was last known to be cohabitating with an Italian knight on the Kingdom of Caid, and thing specifically prohibited within their marriage Contract.
Edwin was invested to serve as the Baron of the Steppes by the Ansteorra Crown during the reign of [[29th Crown|Kein MacEwan I and Alisha MacLeod I]. He served in that capacity for seven years. During the reign of Mahdi I and Valeria I, he was recognized for his dedication to the honor and dream of Ansteorra with being awarded the much lauded Lion of Ansteorra.
Edwin’s sister Muriel was married to Pepin Moroni, a former Baron of Namron, and relocated to live within the Kingdom of Trimaris. Ever an artist, she spends more time on her limning and painting than running a noble household.
Joan FitzGerald’s younger sister Elizabeth FitzGerald, often called “The Faire Geraldine” was the second wife to Sir Anthony Browne, Master of the Horse to King Henry VIII, and related to Sir John Gage the Constable of the Tower in London.
Through this network of marriages Edwin FitzLloyd found himself related to many prominent families of the date, including the Irish Fitzgerald’s, the Brownes, The Gages, The Duke of Suffolk (whose third wife was Katherine Willoughby d’Eresby, a cousin on his mother’s side), The Greys, and Dacres of Gilsland and Naworth in Cumberland and the Nevilles. This placed him squarely within the party of some extremely devout Catholic nobles hoping for the church’s restoration in England following the eventual death of Henry VIII.
While maintaining his social and scholarly life in Ansteorra, as an exiled English Catholics, he has hopes of returning to England once the True Religion is reestablished by Henry VIII’s daughter Mary, the Rightful Heir of that Throne, who is sure to reign in the place of her sickly brother Edward after her father’s death. Until that time, Edwin continues to serve the Crown of Ansteorra, his adopted home.
Research and Archival Studies
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16th Century Daily Life
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Notable Contributions or Accomplishments:
- SCA Board of Directors:
- April 2003 - July 2004
- April 2006 - October 2009
- January 2013 - October 2014
- SCA Chairman of the Board
- April 2007 - October 2009
- January 2014 - October 2014
- Received an Augmentation of Arms, October 2011
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