> Hi all!
> This is a question for a friend of mine. Her significant other wants
> to have a persona switch and is leaning towards early German, which
> she describes the women's attire as "the little aprons" and
> then "yuck!" I am trying to come up with alternatives for her. I
> know he will not go into a period where tights are worn. Must be
> pants. I think that 11th or 12th century Anglo-Saxon or Norman might
Well, it depends what you mean by 'tights'. As far as I can tell, all
early-period versions of what we call tights were, in fact, tight(ish)
trousers, often cut on the cross to make them stretch, and fit better.
However, Norman and Saxon ones were more like what we think of as trousers,
so they would probably work for him. Tight tights seem to be a bit later in
Does anyone have any examples of this style of dress? Male
> and female, either pics of SCA folk, or period examples - engravings,
> tapestries, whatever.
For 11th C, have a look at the Bayeaux Tapestry (it'll be on line
somewhere). Also, someone on this list mentioned a book by or about Edward
the Confessor, also the right century. Sorry, I can't recall the details,
but someone here will know - or you could just try a search for Edward the
Confessor, or any other ruler about that time.
> (new period spelling of Morrigan, what do you think?)
I think this would be pronounced 'Moor-y-en' - does that matter? However, as
far as I know, Morrigan wasn't a name, but a description of a deity, whereas
Muirghen looks more like a person's name. The Annals of Ulster are online,
and are a useful place to check names (even better if you can read Latin).
Go to: www.ucc.ie/celt/online/G100001/ to have a look.
This site, put up by one of the ladies from the Academy of St Gabriel, is
also handy for finding Gaelic names, and where and when they've been found.
And my apologies if I'm telling you something you already know. :)
An Fhirinne in aghaidh an tSaoil
(The Truth against the world - Druid maxim)