Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina
Anna visits a Norman manor for Epiphany.(A Shire Twelfth Night 2014)
Argent, A dolphin naiant sable, a bordure gules.
|Awards & Offices|
| Award of Arms, Lotus (A&S in Bridge), Pillar of the Bridge, Order of the Lodestone (Smoking Rocks), Seamstress to the Crown (Kenric and Avelina I AND II.)|
Kyria Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina came to the Barony of the Bridge by ways of Trimaris in 2002, where she had been playing on and off for a few years during high school and college. She is garb diva, Man-At-Arms to Lord Tristan le Sauvage, a warranted marshal of fence and a pretty good brewer, too. She is painfully obsessed with all things Roman and Eastern Roman (Byzantine) and enjoys blabbing about her recent projects and teaching classes. She moved to the Barony of Stonemarche in February 2014. She is married to Lord Geoffrey de Tosni.
Anna replaced her missing cousin, Anna Dauzzano da Siracusa at court during Bridge Birthday 2012.
Research and Development Department
Anna's primary area of study is the late 11th Century of the Byzantine Empire, during the reign of Alexius I and the First Crusade. She has developed her own patterns for Byzantine clothing based on historical finds, which are available on her website, annasrome.com, which has pages dedicated to both Ancient Roman and Byzantine garb. She is also interested in Byzantine-Norman relations (which were not good) through the 11th Century, especially the transference of fashion between the two cultures and the absorption of Saracen styles as well which is seen in extant Norman-Sicilian finds. She is working on a piece for Tournaments Illuminated on Byzantine silk production, and eventually a Compleat Anachronist on Roman dress.
In addition to clothing, Anna has also just recently begun dabbling in iconography, using period mediums such as gold leaf and egg tempera from natural pigments. It's daunting, but she enjoys it and hopes to continue to improve and expand her skills in this art form.
She also has done extensive research on the Varangian Guard's service to the Byzantine Empire from their inception during the reign of Basil II in the late 10th Century through the 4th Crusade when Constantinople fell to the Franks and Venetians in 1204.
As a brewer, Anna has successfully made some Roman wines based on a modern day moscato by infusing spices and other aromatics to make period beverages in wine that she fermented herself. Through her brewing research, she's discovered that the Romans used parallels to modern wine kits, and also added sulfates to their wines as preservatives much as we do now.
She's pretty decent with Latin, and would like to someday learn Greek. Other period art forms she would eventually like to check out would be calligraphy and illumination, lampwork beadmaking, and period cosmetics.
Visit her blog at http://www.annasrome.com for further insight into her projects, and don't hesitate to email her with any questions at email@example.com.
A complete list of classes is available at http://annasrome.com/classes-ive-taught/
If you are interested in class materials or having Anna teach at your event, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyria Anna is a lady born of a high-ranking Greek family living in Saracen-controlled Sicily around the 11th century. She was married to a lower ranking prince of the Imperial family by proxy and moved to Constantinople in her early teens. She was rapidly caught up into dangerous court intrigue, and after nearly 20 years of grandiose Imperial life, her husband was mysteriously killed while turmoil reigned during a shifting of power in the Purple. Being that her family was of an opposing political view to the Emperor, she was placed under house arrest and is confined to the grounds of the Great Palace Complex overlooking Propontis (The Sea of Marmara).
Anna befriended several men of the Varangian Guard during her life in Constantinople, who often plot to get her out of the city. Unfortunately, their oath to the Emperor put their lives and pay in jeopardy, and the endangerment of her family is too great. So she spends her time dressing in expensive silks and linens, watching games at the Hippodrome, reading the classics, and flirting with the Norsemen.
Alternate Persona: Anna Dauzzano da Siracusa
Anna was born in the mid 16th century to a Spanish mother and Italian father. Anna found herself engrossed in the classics while working in the offices of her uncle's shipping company. After turning down several profitable marriage proposals, her uncle saw in her a better businessperson than noblewoman, and gave her the ship, La Delfina Nera (the Black Dolphin), to sponsor and run as her own corner of his larger conglomerate.
Disagreeing with the tribute demanded by the Spanish crown for them to continue to operate out of Naples, the Dauzzano clan packed up and relocated to Venice, which gave them greater access to the Eastern Mediterranean and the goods coming off of the Silk Road. Anna, along with her brother, Maximo, took La Delfina Nera to the island of Cyprus to be more strategically placed for trade with the Ottoman Empire out of Constantinople. This is a dangerous place to be, as the Ottomans continually press the Venetian merchants and shippers on the island, and threaten invasion.
Anna's ship was taken off the coast of Cyprus one fateful autumn afternoon, and she is now presumed dead. Rumor has it she was sold into the Sultan's harem.
Alternate-Alternate Persona: Numera Faustina Septima
Domina Faustina (Septima, if you know her well enough), was the seventh daughter of a Roman Tribune by the name of Numerus Faustinus, who served for many years in Britannia where he received high honors. Faustina, being of such a Patrician family, was married to an older senator, who she had little interest in except for his money.
Faustina enjoyed a life of pure Roman decadence. Hosting lavish feasts, spending her husband's money on expensive imported goods from the East, and laying about in the baths with the other debutantes and socialites gossiping day in a day out.
Offices & Positions
- Deputy Seneshal of Trollhaven, 2003-2004
- Arts and Sciences Champion for the Barony of the Bridge, 2011-2012
- Baronial Marshal of Rapier for Bridge 2012-2014
- Queen's Guard - Caoilfhionn - 2014
- Autocrat for Black Rose Ball, 2004
- Autocrat for Black Rose Ball, again. 2010.
- Co-Autocrat for the Coronation of Lucan VIII and Jana V, 04/02/2011.
- Kitchen staff for Ice Weasel, 2012.
- Co-Autocrat for Bridge Birthday 2012.
- Artistic type...person for Black Rose Ball 2014.
Projects & Publications
- The book, Of Summer and Winter, and it's upcoming sequel, The Overcast of Autumn, is one possible account of Anna's life. The book can be purchased at many retailers, including Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Of-Summer-Winter-Angela-Costello/dp/1480083968/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1350305786&sr=1-1 or her website at http://ofsummerandwinter.com
- And her blog, which chronicles all things Rome and Byzantium. Includes pages on garb for these cultures: http://annasrome.com
She is also working on pieces for Tournaments Illuminated and Compleat Anachronist.
Mundanely, Angela Costello is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she majored in history and minored in classical studies, and a student at the University of New Hampshire, pursuing her masters in museum studies.