La Villa delle Sorelle
H.E., Mistress Gwenhwyfar dinas Emrys

Biography

Gwenhwyfar is the daughter of Siobahn of Cymtwdu and Cair Dinas Emrys. Dinas Emrys translates to Ambrosius Fort, a place in a mountainous area of Wales. Cair, Gwen's father, was a sheep farmer who traded the wool to the merchants in Flanders. He died when she was only two years old. Her mother Siobahn was a midwife who died when she was 10 years old, and thus she was taken in by her aunt and her Englishman husband, Edward Maskery. The couple had no children of their own, and made their living as merchants who traded the fabric made from the wool of Flanders. It is from them that Gwenhwyfar learned business, finances and trade.

Gwenhwyfar was married at 14 to Richard of Houndsrun, a man 36 years her senior, who died 6 months later of gout. He had no surviving family and thus Gwenhwyfar was left with all his estates, which her uncle Edward kept in trust. Richard Houndsrun was a merchant who ran a large tavern/inn where weary travelers, including knights, crusaders and pilgrims, found a safe place to stay. His family fortune came from the merchant class as well, as Richard owned several ships that traded wool and spices as well as a small fleet of fishing vessels which supplied many a market with fresh fish.

Lord Edward died just as Gwenhwyfar was turning 19 and his wife, Gwenhwyfar's aunt, was confined to her bed due to old age and senility. When she died Gwen inherited all they had in addition to what they were holding in trust from her husband. Now the owner and operator of two inns, which cater to sailors, crusaders, courtisans and the like, Gwenhwyfar also owned the fleet of ships from her husband and traded regularly with the Italians and the far east. Her taverns served fresh fish from her fishing galleys, and she used the wool and wool products from her father and uncles' estates to continue trading. In addition, she is a generous sponsor of patrons of the arts.

After many successful years of running her businesses, Gwenhwyfar was eager for change, and a well deserved break. She decided to leave the cold and drafty strongholds of England for the warm sun of Southern Italy. She continues to welcome visitors, run events, and promote locale artisans, and encourages everyone to come and visit her in her new home.

Award Scrolls:

Order of the Burdened Tyger
Order of the Burdened Tyger
Order of the Maunche
Order of the Maunche
Queen's Order of Courtesy
Queen's Order of Courtesy
Seamstress to the Crown
Seamstress to the Crown
Seamstress to the Crown
Seamstress to the Crown
Order of the Burdened Tyger
Order of the Burdened Tyger
Order of the Pelican
Order of the Pelican

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  • Order of the Pelican
  • Grant of Arms
  • Order of the Maunche
  • Order of the Silver Crescent
  • Court Baroness
  • Order of the Burdened Tyger (x2)
  • Award of Arms
  • Queens Order of Courtesy
  • Queens Honor of Distinction (Geneviere I)
  • Queens Honor of Distinction (Brenwen I)
  • Order of the Iceberg - Service (Ruantallan)


Awards

  • Northern Shores Regional Arts & Sciences Deputy
  • Baronial Seneschal (2003-2005)
  • Co-Organizer of the Northern Shores Royal Travel Fund
  • Seashire Seneschal (1995-1998)

November 2003
People's Choice A&S - Blackwork

November 2004
Achieved competency level in Blackwork as determined by Athena's Thimble