Esa inghean Donnchaidh

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The Honorable Lady Esa currently resides within the Barony of Caer Mear in the Kingdom of Atlantia. She first began playing in the SCA in 2012 in the Barony of Stierbach. Esa is a researcher of women’s health from the ancient world to the middle ages, with special emphasis on menstruation, sexuality, and bodily autonomy. Esa is also a Deputy Chancellor for the University of Atlantia,


Esa's name seems most fitting for a fourteenth century Scottish woman; however, Esa's primary persona recently changed to that of an Iron Age Orcadian woman (circa 500 CE). Esa is alternatively known as Venus of Atlantia. The persona of Venus is classical Roman; inspired by Aphrodite, the ocean, sapphic love, and living deliciously.


Azure, in pale a salmon and a loaf of bread, a bordure embattled argent.

Her heraldry is inspired by the medieval “love loaves” and other food magic, and the persecution of women that beliefs like these incited. We may make light of absurd tragedy, but let us never forget the very real persecution of our foremothers under such pretenses as these. “The desperate mistress was condemned for using magic to incite love. Successes were claimed to have been accomplished by her serving a man bread she had kneaded with her buttocks or a fish she had previously inserted into her vagina.” (From the Buchard of Worms)


  • Apprentice to Beatriz Aluarez de la Oya
  • Households: Free Company of St. Lawrence, Clan Oldcastle, House zum Drache
  • Guilds and Groups: Knowne World Courtesans, Atlantian Courtesan Guild, Period Heroes

Offices and Warrants

Current Offices

  • Deputy Chancellor, Atlantian University (January 2020 – Present)

Past Offices & Warrants

  • Minster of Arts and Sciences, Barony of Stierbach (November 2018 – January 2020)
  • Minister of Arts and Sciences, Atlantian Courtesans Guild (September 2018 – January 2020)
  • Deputy Minister of Arts and Sciences, Barony of Stierbach (June 2017-November 2018)
  • Canton of Abhainn Iarthair’s Thrown Weapons Marshal (Jan 2015-Dec 2016, Canton of Abhainn Iarthair)
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer for the Canton of Abhainn Iarthair (February 2014-Dec. 2016/ Abhainn Iarthair, Stierbach, Atlantia)
  • Thrown Weapons Marshal (September 2014-2016/Stierbach, Atlantia)
  • Archery Marshal (November 2013-2016/ Stierbach, Atlantia)

Helpful Links

Esa's SCA website

Esa's SCA resume

Esa on the OP


Classes Taught:

  • Herbs for Gynecology and Obstetrics (Atlantian University, #103, 1 February 2020, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • Abortion in Medieval Europe (Atlantian University, #101, 15 June 2019, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • But to Foule Lust and Likynge of Lecherye: Menstruation, Family Planning, and Women’s Bodily Autonomy (Atlantian University, #100, 2 February 2019, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • Gynecology and Obstetrics in Medieval Europe (Atlantian University, #98, 3 February 2018, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • Herbs of Northern Africa (Pennsic University, Pennsic 46 (2017), Known World)
  • Be Dynamic! A Hafla Primer (Known World Dance and Music Symposium, 15-18 June 2017, Known World)
  • Herbalism in Arabia (Atlantian University, #94, 16 September 2016, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • Herb Preservation Methods (Atlantian University, #91, 19 September 2015, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • Use What You Have! (Newcomer Track, Atlantian University, #91, 19 September 2015, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • There’s a Tea for That! Hydrosols in Traditional Herbalism (Atlantian University #90, 13 June 2015, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • Magick or Medicine? Traditional Herbalism in the Middle Ages (Atlantian University #90, 13 June 2015, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • Herbal Infusions for Beginners (Atlantian University #89, 7 February 2015, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • Wise Woman as Witch (Peasant’s Revolt, 22-24 August 2014, Shire of Canthanar, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Growing a Medicinal Herb Garden (Peasant’s Revolt, 22-24 August 2014, Shire of Canthanar, Kingdom of Atlantia)
  • Herbal Infusions_ Medicinal Teas Vinegars oils (Peasant’s Revolt, 22-24 August 2014, Shire of Canthanar, Kingdom of Atlantia)

Miscellany and Sundry

Esa uses a rescue inhaler, which she carries with her. She also has many food restrictions, so it is recommended that you do not attempt to feed the Esa.