Lord Nicolo Santorio began participating in the SCA in 2011 in the Shire of Roxbury Mill. His main areas of interest are rapier fencing, siege weapons and period sciences.
Late 16th century Venetian buonavoglia (professional sailor).
Offices & Positions
- Knight Marshal, Shire of Roxbury Mill, 2014 - 2019
- Rapier Marshal
- Youth Rapier Marshal
- Siege Marshal
Awards and Achievements
- Award of Arms - 10/20/2012
- Companion of the Opal - 10/19/2013
- Companion of the King's Missiliers - 5/2/2015
- Companion of the Sea Dragon - 6/24/2017
- Mill Stone Token - 5/17/2014 and 6/8/2019
- Free Scholar - 6/8/2019
Fencing was Nicolo's primary reason for finding and joining the SCA in 2011, and remains his main area of focus. His area of interest is predominantly in the study and application of historical styles, with a preference for the Italian masters such as Ridolfo Capo Ferro and Nicoletto Giganti. While single-sword and sword-and-dagger are his most common styles, he has as special fondness for the targa (wavelike pattern buckler) and rotella (large round shield) as off-hand devices.
Nicolo has been active in the siege community since authorizing in 2013. He has built two engines to date: A traction trebuchet and a counter weight trebuchet, both based on early Chinese designs that were later found in Europe. He also acts as the custodian of Sigfodr, an oak arbalest built by Sir Jonathas Reinisch and owned by Master William le Younger. He occasionally teaches classes on siege weapons to both adults and children.
He dabbles in woodworking and has made several camp items, including a settle (a combination seat and chest), a collapsible storage rack for rapier equipment, and support parts for canvas pavilions. He also knits and occasionally makes simple leather goods.
While not a formally sworn Forester, Nicolo has had a lifelong interest in the outdoors and primitive bushcraft skills. His main area of expertise is cordage and knot-tying.