Re: [Authentic_SCA] Research
- Hi Alyse,
> I was hoping that someone here would have some helpful suggestionsWhich culture? Sicily was a key central trading point in the middle of
> on where to find representations (actual art or copies) of female
> clothing from Norman Sicily (1090-1190) I am researching for Golden
> Swan and hope someone can help me.
the Mediterranean, where Europe, Africa and the Middle East did
business. My interest was in Sicily under Roger II, where you had both
the local kinds of Christians (Byzantine and Roman), Muslims and Jews,
and probably a range of ethnicities in each religious group.
Problem is, there's very little information about women in medieval
Sicily, beyond the Jewish silkworkers who were kidnapped to found the
Sicilian silk industry (and possibly the royal harem, depending on who
you read). There's quite remarkably little about non-royal Norman
women. I began to wonder whether the Normans had sent men of fighting
age only, and done their standard thing of settling down with local
I really felt my lack of languages while trying to research Sicily:
sources are in Latin (like Roger's "Gesta"), Greek and Arabic. I
eventually got dissatisfied with making guesses based on English and
French information about what was happening in France and England, and
relocated somewhere where I could get and read the sources.
Sicly is/was fascinating. If you manage to do this I'll be very
interested in your research. However, just as an observation, if I were
planning to do Golden Swan in a year I'd choose a different persona
from a time and place where it wasn't so hard finding the bare basics,
so I could concentrate on getting the detail right.
Alys de Wilton
- If you are interested in Jewish realated stuff, I found this book in a
library search. "The Jews in Sicily, edited by Shlomo Simoshon"
it is part of a series put out by Tel Aviv University about the Jews in
Italy. I have not looked at that one, but have extracted a lot of names
out of some of the others.
You may be able to get a copy of it via Inter library loan. I may be able
to take a look at it next week, I need to go up to Hebrew U to do
some stuff sooner or later.