ANST - New Question

Mitchell, Paul T MTCHPTAA at
Thu Aug 14 08:15:00 PDT 1997

Galen of Bristol, that oppressive, 12th century Norman, here!

If you're just getting back from Pennsic to the incredible backlog
in your box, you'll be fine to delete this unread.

> 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?

I chose my persona after seeing _The Lion in Winter_.
If I had it to do again, I might choose a more typically
Norman name, like Robert, Geoffrey, William, Henry,
Richard, or John, and my byname would be a patranymic
rather than a placename.  "Geoffrey FitzRobert" just
screams "Norman", doncha think?  And there are no
"Sir Geoffrey"'s in Ansteorra.  What I _would_ change
(and what I may yet change) is my coat of arms.

My arms are a pretty good example of the heraldic concepts
of balance and simplicity, except that I have a bend between
2 unlike charges.  I should have put the bend between 2
axes, instead of between an axe and a compass star.  I may
yet make that change.  Timing is important though; I still
have a perfectly good surcoat with the old arms on it, and
I've done a number of projects which include my arms,
banners, and so forth.  So maybe not.

 - Galen
paul.t.mitchell at
pmitchel at  

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