Yseult of Broceliande

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Yseult of Broceliande served solo as the 3rd Baroness of Adiantum from 27 May XXV/1990 through 30 May XXVIII/1993. On stepping down as Baroness of Adiantum, she was made a Court Baroness, May 30 AS 28 / 1993. Yseult is a member of the Order of the Pelican (1989), the Order of Adiantum (2010), the Order of the Summits (2011), the Order of the Laurel (2013), and she is a Lion of An Tir (2023).

She founded Adiantum’s Baronial newsletter, The Bicranial Bear and edited The Elf Hill Times and ran Alfarhaugr Publishing Society from 1984 to 1991. She served as Seneschal (AS 20-21), Arts Minister (AS 22), Castellan (AS 22-25), Exchequer (AS 45 - 48), co-A&S Minister (AS 49 - 50), A&S Minister (AS 50 - 52), Chronicler (AS 56-present), and Chamberlain (AS 57 – present) of Adiantum, and autocrated Egil's Tourney IX, XV, and XLIV, consulted on XL and XLVII, co-autocrat for XLIII, and XLVI; the Law Court Revel, AS18; the exhibit and demo at Eugene WISTEC for the Magna Carta Exhibit AS 21; the dancers who performed with the Lincoln Mystery Play at Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene AS 24; the Baronial Beach Parties AS 24 & 25; and 12th Night Coronations in AS 24, 45 49, 54, and 57.

Yseult's persona is late 12th century from the area around modern Narbonne, France. Her land holdings include coastal land with salt pans and scrub oak where the kermes beetles that produce red dye are collected. Another property in the hills produces a decent wine. She is unusually well educated for a woman, that is she can read and write. Her first husband died in the Holy Land, and she has managed her estate since then. This has put her in contact with the Jews who have the farm of the Bishop of Narbonne's salt pans, near hers, and the Cathars who live in the hills. Genoese traders buy her salt and dye in Narbonne, so she is involved in the busy Mediterranean trade world. She has had her sobriquet "of Broceliande" since late childhood because of her love of the courtly tales of King Arthur told by the traveling bards. More recently she has been known to inhabit the late 6th century world of Merovingian France and Anglo-Saxon England.