The Shire of Rhuddglyn

Wilfrid Ahenobarbus

Mundane name: Tyler Elkink
Medieval Date of Birth: 1317
Medieval Place of Origin: Warns, Frisia
Heraldry:
Title:
Officer Position: Master of Stables, AS XLIII
Activities:
A&S: Blacksmithing
Combat: Heavy
Awards Earned:
Date Joined the SCA: AS XLIII

While nobility like every other free-born Frisian, Wilfrid's family were not particularly powerful or wealthy; they had respect and resources, but not power. Indeed, his family were working nobles, and his father pursued blacksmithing as a profession as well as a hobby; it was the income from this trade that allowed him to send Wilfrid to study at the University of Paris for several years.

Wilfrid attended the Norman faculty of letters for several years (beginning at the age of 15, in 1332), excelling in mathematics and philosophy and living in the Collegium danicum before graduating (in 1338, at the age of 20) to the superior faculty of theology, where he studied the works of Augustine and Aquinas. The opening shots of the Hundred Years' War troubled but did not end his studies; rather, his father, satisfied with the studies and eager to have his son home again to learn the running of the estate, ordered him to return in 1341.

Wilfrid did so willingly, though he regretted leaving the peace and pleasure of the University's massive library, where he had learned Latin and Greek. However, his education as a noble soon distracted him; while he'd learned to ride and shoot and fight as a youth, more serious conflicts drew his attention. He learned serious swordwork, the upkeep of the estate, and the application of horsemanship to combat. Then the war of 1345 happened. Invaders burned his family's town and estates, leaving them near poverty even while the Frisians slaughtered them to the last man in vengeance.

The loss of the buildings was assuaged by the saving of the people; Warns had wisely been abandoned as the invaders approached. But, without food, with a rapidly-cooling economy, and with very little stores available, things looked grim. Somehow, Warns survived the first year, subsisting heavily on fishing while they rebuilt shelters. Wilfrid's frame, well-fed in his university years and well-trained from his father's education in fighting and forging, was highly valued. But when the houses were finished and the fields were re-sown, the economy still hadn't recovered, and Wilfrid's family still hadn't regained the small wealth or prestige they'd had before.

Besides this, political tensions were brewing. Wilfrid, hoping to serve his family best, struck out on his own, seeking fortune on the road with his martial prowess and smithing.