ANST - New question
Elyh at aol.com
Wed Aug 13 12:06:19 PDT 1997
>Most of us chose our personas fairly early in our SCA life, before we knew a
>lot about the various time periods and cultures. My question is this: if
>you had it all to do over again, would you choose the same time and culture?
> Would you choose a different one? Why?
Well, I think I've said this before, but:
I always wanted to be French. But I wanted an Elizabethan corset about as
much as I want a hernia. However, in France I was lucky enough to see a wax
museum containing reproductions of 'actual costumes worn by actual french
people in actual history.' I was hooked before I reached the souvenir shop.
I decided Elizabethan was still nasty, but late 16th century FRENCH
costuming is gorgeous and marvellous!!
If I wanted to change my personna, I just *would.* No problem. Changing my
name would be rough; because everyone knows this name. But if I decide to
wear something reminiscant of la Couer de Lion instead of Charles IX, then I
will wear it, and keep the same name. I can't imagine ever wanting a radical
Occasionally, I may be a slave to Ansteorran fashion. If the Royal Court
takes a fancy to the dress and mannerisms of the Arabs, then as a loyal
subject and toady I might be tempted to dress that way myself. After all, in
my own period, a French king married an Italian and suddenly everyone in
Paris was dressing like Italians.... And if my circle of friends become
prone to post-period practices such as cavalier hats and wide lacy cuffs, I
just might adopt the fad myself....or at least get one of those nifty hats.
After all, I live in Ansteorra now, not France, and Ansteorrans must worry
about sunburn and heatstroke--wear wide brimmed hats is what I say (with
lovely ostrich plumes!!!).
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