About For a Few Florins More

Who Am I?

My name is Pam and I’m a thirty-something who resides in Nebraska. I found the SCA in the fall of 2000 during my freshman year of college. I’d always been a history nerd, okay just an all around nerd in general, and jumped at the opportunity to join the student branch located there. The SCA allowed me to indulge in the various rabbit holes of historical research I enjoyed while also offering a place to learn new skills. Thanks to the SCA I’ve developed new interests and met some wonderful people.

My biggest area of focus is in the construction of clothing and accessories. I enjoy sewing clothing from a variety of times and locations. For me the scope of the SCA time period is too interesting not to explore beyond the confines of my persona. However, I remain Lelia regardless of what I’m wearing. The Italian renaissance was one of my first historical loves and it seemed only appropriate to anchor my primary persona there.

The name vert owl comes from one of my badges within the SCA (fieldless, an owl vert). My device (per bend purpure and azure, an arrow bendwise between two pomegranates slipped and leaved argent–aka a white arrow between two pomegranates on a divided purple and blue background) is also featured.

Why Create For a Few Florins More?

I created this website to share my research and projects in one convenient location. Over the years I’ve found the blogs and websites of others invaluable in my research. For a Few Florins More will provide the opportunity to share what I’ve leaned throughout my time in the SCA. I hope this site will allow me to give back to the communities that have helped me in my journey, and to be useful for those looking for more information.

Who Is Lelia Corsini?

Lelia Corsini is a noblewoman living in the Italian city-state of Florence during the first quarter of the 16th century. The Corsinis, like many notable Florentine families, were involved in the banking and brokerage business and had branches throughout Europe. Living in a great trade city, she also would have had access to materials and cultures from the rest of the Italian peninsula. She received a proper humanist education alongside her siblings; this would have included languages (Greek and Latin), music and dance, literature and poetry, etc. As with most prominent families in the city, hers would be patrons of the arts.