Eleanor Bonwicke

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Burg Hannstein, Bornhagen, Lower Saxony, Germany, 2010.
Registered Name: Eleanor Bonwicke
Resides: Bonwicke
Status: Active
Joined SCA: 2014
Order of Precedence

Or, a clump of three papyrus stalks sable, a chief indented gules.

Her Excellency, Baroness Eleanor Bonwicke

Previously Known As:
Nickname(s): El
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Additional Registered Heraldry:

Alternate Persona:

Eilíf Býúlfsdóttir


  • Local Offices Held
    • Seneschal, Barony of Bonwicke, 01/18/2020 - 2020
    • Minister of Arts & Sciences, Barony of Bonwicke, 10/15/2015 - 10/15/2017
    • Baroness of Bonwicke
  • Regional Offices Held
    • Minister of Arts & Sciences, Central Region 01/20/2018 - 01/18/2020.
  • Kingdom Offices Held

Persona History:

Formerly mid-16th Century English, currently 9th century Norse. (Although she has been known to wear clothes from additional time periods and cultures)


I am primarily involved in the Arts, and have recently focused on the Scribal Arts. My other arts interests include costuming and costume accessories from a wide variety of periods and locations, knitting, making jewelry, and cooking.


Timeline of Activity:

My husband and I were invited to a Hallowe’en party by a friend who needed a costume. We dressed my friend in my husband's late-period Tudor outfit, and we dressed as historically accurate pirates (late 17th century). We met the founding Baron and Baroness of Bonwicke Hakon and Anna at the party and talked for a long time. We traded contact information and kept me informed of meetings in Lubbock. I purchased a membership card in time for my first event - Bonwicke’s Artisan 2014. Since then I have jumped in with both feet! I have taught classes on hand-sewing, shoe-making, knitting, wire-work, calligraphy, and illumination including paint-making and leafing. I am happy to offer a class upon request.

Prior Groups:

Populace Provided Information:

Notable Contributions or Accomplishments:

  • Autocrat, Bonwicke’s Artisans: 01-24-2015
  • Kingdom A&S Competition Pilgrim’s Badge: 07-11-2015
  • A&S Champion – Barony of the Eldern Hills: 10-24-2015
  • Co-Autocrat, Bonwicke’s Artisans : 02-27-2016
  • A&S Champion – Barony of Bonwicke : 06-24-2017
  • Co-Autocrat, Bonwicke’s Artisans: 06-23-2018
  • Thrown weapons authorizing marshal: 07-31-2019 - 07-31-2022
  • Kingdom A&S Competition Pilgrim’s Badge: 02-08-2020

Non-Armigerous Awards and Recognitions:

  • Crimson Tear of Bonwicke: 08-20-2014
  • Crimson Tear of Bonwicke: 02-27-2016
  • Master William Blackfox Award Winner, Best Cover for a Kingdom Newsletter, AS LV (56) - this commendation recognizes the creator of a piece provided for use as the cover of a kingdom newsletter. Awarded to the artist for “Black Hours Scroll”; The Black Star, January 2022.


Mundane Information:

(Reprinted with permission from the Bonwicke newsletter)
Before even knowing about the SCA, Eleanor “became interested in the European Middle Ages when I was living and working overseas in Germany - I had a postdoctoral research position at a Research Institute in Goettingen, lower Saxony, Germany, and performed experiments at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France. There were medieval festivals ALL OVER THE PLACE in the spring and summertime, and I would go with friends from work. We all became quickly hooked and started making our own costumes and shoes to feel like less of a tourist. When my husband finished his PhD at George Augustus University, we decided to move back to North America. I obtained a research position at Texas Tech University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where I run a cancer biophysics lab. When we first moved to Lubbock, we attended Renaissance Faires until I joined the SCA. My family has had a recent addition - our wonderful dog Peanut. I hope that she can attend events soon, when she’s a little bit more mellow around people. Most of my hobbies and interests were easily integrated into the SCA - clothing design and assembly, knitting, and jewelry making. I also enjoy designing celtic knots and incorporating them into knitting patterns.”

Special Needs:

In Case of Court:

I am a diabetic. Closing courts typically over-run most people's dinner time. I need to do a blood glucose test before evening court and eat snacks during court. People close to me usually give me a prod to make sure I do these things because I get easily distracted at events. If you know I will be called into court, please make sure I do a blood glucose test in advance. Additionally, due to an ongoing knee problem, I can no longer kneel.