Society Of the Middle Ages Board of Directors
Brian has been actively involved in medieval recreation since 1986 and has received recognition for his efforts in armored combat, performance arts and service. In that time, he has met some of his oldest and dearest friends. He met the love of his life to whom he’s been married for 30 years. He has been honored to share the tournament and battlefield with skilled and honorable opponents. He was favored to be able to share drinks, stories and song with people who were larger than life, and seemed better suited to legend than this mortal world. He carries these treasured memories with him, and is working to create still more in the SMA.
Sir William of Gloucester is an English knight who fought under the banner of the Earl of Huntington at the Battle of Crecy. There he had the good fortune to capture and ransom to the good earl a French count. The proceeds of this ransom thereby founded his fortune. While in France, he met a Burgundian lady and was instantly stricken by her beauty and her charm. For reasons unknown, but which he has never questioned, this pearl of Burgundy agreed to be his wife and traveled with him to his home in the midlands of England. William and Jehanne have since, and still live at their manor of Twinoak, near the cathedral city of Gloucester.
Chairman of the Board
Paul Mitchell has been involved in medieval re-enacting since 1979. He is a knight in four medievalist organizations, the first coming in 1987. He has founded branches, traveled, taught, learned, helped, led, and followed for over four decades. Many of his best relationships have been with people he met through this hobby.
In the Society of the Middle Ages, he is the first Knight Banneret of the Order of the Golden Chain, and is a Knight Bachelor of the Orders of the Golden Quill and of the Golden Maunche, a holder of the Lion d’Or, a Companion of the Order of Vigilance, and is an active fighter (chivalric and historical), archer, herald and bard. He is the founding seneschal of the Shire of Stokeford-Upon-Trinity. He is also the author of Sir Galen’s Guide to Knighthood in the Society of the Middle Ages.
Paul lives in Plano, Texas, near Dallas, with Karie, his wife of 27 years, and four of their five children. He is sixty years old. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sir Galen of Bristol is an English knight of the 14th century, and the Lord of Willowbourne Castle.
Melissa Grace Marsch
In Society life I am known as Melissa Falleinwell.
I’m a retired teacher who lives in New York.
I'm looking forward to crafting SMA into a more immersive experience for event goers, where they can get a taste of the sort of life that medieval people lived in the manors and towns. I'm especially looking forward to themed events.
Melissa Falleinwell hails from England near the Severn River during the reign of Stephen and Matilda. I make Church vestmants and paraments.
Populace Advocate at Large
Mundanely, I am known as Christine Huse. I have been a stay-at-home wife and mother for the better part of 2 decades. I homeschooled our youngest child from first grade until she graduated last year. Prior, I was a legal assistant working for a probate attorney and a financial planner. I also volunteered as a mediator on the weekends or after work. A few years ago, I lost a significant portion of my eyesight and can no longer do the job I am trained to do. Now, I sell antiques and make items to sell for a little extra income.
In the SMA, Matilda Spycer was from Exeter, England in the late 14th to early 15th century. She was the only surviving child her parents had grew up learning about medicinal herbs from her parents. She loved her little farm and garden on the outskirts of the city. She met many foreigners when she went into town to sell her herbs at the market that was situated along the docks. But she had to leave it all behind when she was falsely accused of being a witch. Before, they could arrest her, she boarded a ship and settled in the new Province of Solumbria within the Kingdom of Alendia.
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Sigvardr Brynjolfsson is a 9th century Viking from the rocky Isle of Iceland. Raised by fishermen on the coast of Norway, he grew up loving the sea but had a strong disdain for the family trade of fishing. When Sig reached the age of manhood, he wished his family well and set off looking for adventure. He found a job on a trader ship where he worked as a deck hand and when the need arose he would take up his axe to protect the ship or acquire items of value for the ship’s captain or himself. After hearing of a land of rocks, fire and waterfalls with beauty beyond imagination, Sig took his accumulated fortune and bought a small boat and set off for this island. Sig settled along the southern coast and built a rock hut at the base of a striking rock formation rising from the fields in the shadow of a great mountain. This mountain, “Eyjafjallajökull” was in fact a dormant volcano. If you hiked to the top of the foothills above his home you could see an amazing waterfall cascading almost 200 feet over a rocky cliff and on a clear day you could see the coast a short walk to the south from his home. Sig spent many a night under the sun and stars in the shadow of the volcano in a land “fit for Odin himself” as he would often say. Andy Beach is a public safety professional, and a full time educator. In his spare time when he is not assisting the Society as the Communication Director and Social Media Officer, he can be found riding his motorcycles, gourmet cooking, and taking photos of his travels. He has 15+ years experience in historical reenactment with time in 5 kingdoms and 2 coronet tournaments.
Director - Webminister
In the Mundane world Charles Miller is a Senior Road and Bridge Inspector. Mostly his job consists of material sampling and testing and reading and interpreting contract language/specifications and ensuring compliance. He has also practiced web design on and off for the last 10 years, building hobby and commercial websites.
In the Society of the Middle Ages Baron Connull Mac Cainnich is a late 14th century Scott hailing from Kilmarnock. Connull enjoys fighting of all kinds. When it comes to Arts and Science Connull is a true master at learning a quarter of what it takes to become proficient in everything. Above all he values Honor and Service to the greater good.
Sir Johann Von Aue has 34 years of reenactment experience and studies Historical Combat from period sources.
Jon Eppler is a retired Veteran who works in Corporate Security and Emergency Management.
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