When I first joined the SCA I had absolutely no clue as to what I wanted in terms of persona. As time went on, I found myself falling head over heels in love with all things Elizabethan. I liked the look of the clothes, the history, everything about England at that particular time. But I also like other ‘looks’. I can’t say that I took the time to explore the history of the Italian gowns I attempted, I simply mimicked the portraits.
Now that I’m older and have returned to the SCA after a long absence, I find that I’m not the same person I was who was gaga over all things Elizabethan. There’s something about England in the 13th century that really speaks to me now. Magna Carta, the Baron’s Revolt, Simon de Montfort, the Albigensian Crusades…hell, all the Crusades…it’s such a rich tapestry. And the real bonus? The clothes are super comfy and I can dress myself! (My Elizabethan clothes were pretty comfy, too. But being able to dress myself is awesome when I have to chase my daughter around!)
And that brings me to the thrust of this post. In my last post, I talked about wanted to flesh out my persona and my friend Sandy
left an interesting comment. Sandy observed that fleshing out persona sounded interesting and that she wanted to do a bit more research other than looking at a dress and saying, “Hey, that’s pretty!”
Her comment got me to thinking about how we in the SCA choose the time periods we each attempt to re-create. What is your driving force? When you look at a period in history, are the clothes of the period your driving passion or is it the history of the time? Or do you gravitate toward the culture of a particular country and find ways to incorporate that into your SCA experience?
I’ve shared, in a round-a-bout sort of way how I came to love the 13th century. I’d love to hear how you came to the period in history you’ve chosen. Or, if you haven’t chosen one at all I’d like to hear about that as well!