To Kareina's Laurel Page.
To Kareina's Embroidery Page.
To Kareina's Wax Tablet & Case Project Page.
Kareina's Pavilion Page.
The text for the page is thus:
An Englishman, Stephen Harding, ruled the abbey of Citeaux between 1109 and 1133. Under his influence, Cistercian art adopted the lively and inventive English tinted drawing style, very different in character from the order's contemporary austerity in architecture."
The Song of Inspiration:
The Raven Banner
Words: Malkin Gray (Debra Doyle) Tune: Peregrynne Windrider (Melissa Williamson) Source: Westerfilk Collection Volume II - Calontir Katriana's Songbook
Sigurd the yarl of the Orkney Isles
Has called to his banner a Viking band
And sailed to Dublin to make himself
King of the Irish lands.
- - -
But crowns are never so quickly won
The Norns they well know.
The king of the Irish blocks our way
We must to battle go.
- - -
The Raven Banner of the Orkney Isles
Brings luck in battle but its bearer dies.
Two men have fallen neath its wings today
But still the raven flies.
The Yarl bids a third man to take it up, the third man answers, No!
The devils your own, take it up yourself
And back to battle go.
- - -
Tis fitting the beggar should bear the bag,
Replied the Yarl, And I'll do so here.
He fought with the banner tied around his waist
And fell to an Irish spear.
He died and the Irish broke our lines. We had no chance but flight.
But I'm not hurried its a long way home
I won't get there tonight.
- - -
The Norns have woven a bloody web,
A tapestry made of guts and bone.
And parceled it out the Orkney host; Our day in Irelands done.
The grey wolf howls and the raven soars
Beyond the arrows flight.
And Odin is waiting beyond the fray
For some of us tonight.
Send comments to: e-mail: