Bela of Eastmarch, West
Sir Bela was a Court Baron of the Kingdom of the West, one of the founders, and a very eminent Bard. His device was "azure, a saltire argent, in chief a sun inglory". His wife is Lady Karina of the Far West.
From the Bards' list of Ansteorra :
Sir Bela of Eastmarch, better known to the public as author Poul Anderson, passed away last night/early this morning. He was battling a form of prostate cancer. Here is a note from his wife Karen and his daughter Astrid:
"We brought Poul home from Alta Bates for terminal hospice care.
We gave him Jubilaeum Akvavit, Carlsberg Beer and Boeuf Tartare.
We gave him all our love. About midght, he slipped away."
Now, my words. He was a wonderful author, and many of his novels I read in my youth. They were part of what set me on the path in search of honor and chivalry, and striving to be exceptional without losing one's humanity. It was only after I had been in the SCA a few years that I heard Poul was in it too. This may explain why the SCA was such a good fit for me, as he had already exposed me to some of the concepts. I hope to only leave one percent of the legacy he has left, and will spend a lifetime striving to achieve even that much.
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