Olivier de Bayonne

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Resides: Barony of Nottinghill Coill, Atlantia
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence Entry

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Olivier joined the SCA in the fall of 1999 and briefly spent some time looking into medieval Russia (under the persona/name Olsk Buslavl') before being enthralled by 12th c. France/Occitania.

For several years until his own elevation, Olivier was apprenticed to both Efenwealt Wystle and Aenor d'Anjou, learning how to improve himself in the courtly and performing arts.

He has spent most of his time in the SCA talking about and composing poetry, engaging in armored and rapier combat, and experimenting with a range of arts commonly pursued by many SCAdians (from leatherworking to armoring to costuming).

After taking some time off for graduate school, Olivier has recently returned to activity. However, these days he is much more enamored with the classical era, especially 5th-2nd c. BCE Scythian and Sarmatian cultures. Maybe a new/alternate persona will emerge to reflect this new phase of SCA activity? (Probably.)


Olivier de Bayonne is a troubadour in mid-12th c. Gascony, although these days he tends to do more teaching (and training for war) than writing or hiring joglars to perform his work.

Households and Affiliations


Offices & Positions


  • Southern Regional Deputy, Kingdom Chatelaine, 2006ish-2007ish
  • Chatelain, Canton of Elvegast, 2005-2006ish
  • Web Minister, Canton of Elvegast, 2000-2001


  • Poeta Atlantiae, 2005-2006
  • Baronial Bard, Barony of Windmasters' Hill, 2004-2005

Projects & Publications



Classes Taught

Class Title Event Date
Overview of Troubadour Lyric Poetry: Themes, Genres, Forms University of Atlantia Session 102 (Sept. 2019)
11/12th Century Norman England University of Atlantia Session 69 (Feb. 2007)
Medieval Poetry: Fundamental Themes and Concepts University of Atlantia Session 69 (Feb. 2007)
Examining Medieval Themes and Concepts in SCA Poetry University of Atlantia Session 69 (Feb. 2007)
Norman England Collegium Session 11 (Oct. 2006)
How to Read Middle English University of Atlantia Session 68 (June 2006)
Examining the Middle English Lyric University of Atlantia Session 66 (Oct. 2005)
Themes of Troubadour Poetry and Song University of Atlantia Session 64 (Feb. 2005)
The Middle English Lyric Collegium Session 08 (July 2004)

Awards and Achievements


Date Award Event Bestowed By
3/1/2000 Award of the Windfriend (Atlantia) (Windmaster's Hill)
9/16/2000 Award of Arms (Atlantia) Academie of the Rapier (Windmaster's Hill) Anton IV and Emer I
4/28/2001 Companion of the Kitty Hawk (Atlantia) (Windmaster's Hill) Dead Saints' Tourney (Elvegast) Iacopo and Lucia
8/1/2003 Baronial Award of Excellence (Atlantia) (Windmaster's Hill) Pennsic War XXXII (Æthelmearc) Rodrigo
8/1/2003 Companion of the Tempest (Atlantia) (Windmaster's Hill) Pennsic War XXXII (Æthelmearc) Rodrigo
2/11/2005 Companion of the Boreas (Atlantia) (Windmaster's Hill) Tourney of Ymir (Windmaster's Hill) Rodrigo
2/12/2005 Companion of the Pearl (Atlantia) Tourney of Ymir (Windmaster's Hill) János I and Rachel I
2/10/2007 Master of the Laurel (Atlantia) Tourney of Ymir (Windmaster's Hill) Ragnarr III and Anneke I