Re: [Authentic_SCA] How Authentic is Normal?
- Come to Bright Hills (Northernmost Barony in Atlantia). We have Mongols,
Venetians, Florentines, Elizabethan's, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, even Japanese,
and all of us trying for more and greater authenticity in each succeeding
Not that I'm biased or anything, you understand.
an interactive D&D game! Great Fun
----- Original Message -----
From: "William DuBois" <phonixasz@...>
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 1:41 PM
Subject: [Authentic_SCA] How Authentic is Normal?
> I just joined the SCA last month and have just recently attended my
> first court function. I was a bit concerned because I was very much
> out of period in dress - just a doublet and a sword I happened to
> already have plus a feather in my hat to signal that I was at least
> However, with very, very few exceptions, my minimal garb was
> more 'period' than most of what I saw. And I'm talking senior folks,
> barons, knights etc.
> It seems that most SCAians think slavic peasant garb equals
> authentic medieval. The most common 'outfit' observed was heavy
> black biker boots or brown hippy Indian laceup boots, baggy pants
> (sweats or plaid pajama-like) and a tunic that looked like something
> a 19th century slavic peasant might wear to market day. This in no
> way equates to what I think was wore 'in-period'. I'm new to the SCA
> but not to either interest in the medieval period or to the ability
> to research a subject. (I can't comment regarding the female attaire
> as I haven't researched it at all)
> Is basic slavic peasant attire kind of the norm? The heavy black
> boots are very masculine in an American 'Rebel without a Cause' sort
> of way, but nothing like court dress in the medieval period. I had
> intended to aim for something more authentic - gown, tights and
> pointed shoes. As a result of my visit to court, I feel perfectly
> free to go for something sort of a cross between Heavy Metal fantasy
> medieval and BDSM leathers.
> But, I'm curious. Do other regions dress 'in-period'?
- Hmm. See, I'm a believer in Caradoc's philosophy of "don't let the best
be the enemy of the good". While I certainly realize that biker boots
are not hand crafted period shoes, I find them a lot more appropriate
than Docs or addidas. I find biker boots totally ignorable.