I find this thread very intersting because it is an issue our group has been forced to consider "in advance" of a problem occuring.
The Anglo-Norman Isles sat astride the only coastal navigation route between the mediaeval Realm of England and points South. The Duchies of Normandy and of Brittany were not always "at peace" with the Realm of England - and for shipmasters denied safe harbours in those Duchies, by reason of disagreement between the three "Ruling Princes" or Sovereigns, found our Isles ideal places to put-in for trade, for re-supply, for R.& R., or to repair damages caused by stress of weather or unfortunate meetings in maritime encounters en-route.
There was a *huge" pilgrim Trade flowing in both directions past our Isles, - as well as the said shipmasters, their crews, and their Diplomatic, Merchant Trading, and other Passengers.
This having been the historical circumstance, we feel we can justify in our Companie any latter 15th C. Character from any Land whose People can be historically proven to have passed these isles en-route Southwards or Northwards, by ship, between 1450 and 1509.
I hasten to add that, - while our main Client, the local Museum Service, is quite happy with the proposition, - the circumstance has not yet arisen, because all of our Companions so far are of white Caucasian descent, and, if not of Jersey Lineage themselves, have chosen Western European Characters.
Yours in service,
[aka. Messire Matthew Baker/Matthieu Besquer, Governor & Castellan of Jersey, 1486-1497: - "Si vis pacem, para bellum"]
late-medieval Re-enactor; & Historian and Master Artisan to
"The Companie of the Duke's Leopards",
[the only medieval living-history Group
in "olde" Jersey]
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