Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re: Persona Development
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>My Lord Peregrine, I bid you good greetings. May I inquire as to which
> Like Madame du Pont, I come from An Tir where our emphasis is often
> more recreation than re-creation. I have prided myself on the
> authenticity of my garb, 'in persona' speech, and cooking - we have a
> great baronial culinary guild and I have tried a lot of period
> recipes. And the household I just joined required a persona story as
> admission criteria, so I submitted seven pages, carefully composed by
> "cracking the books" from Hakluyt's Voyages onwards. But in January I
> felt lacking and reached a point where I felt I had to re-define my
> SCA development path and establish a plan to guide me and measure
> progress. And everyone I consulted recommended I devote my energy to
> Persona Development. So I request the forbearance, guidance, and
> support of this august assemblage in achieving this end.
> I started my quest by identifying over 120 items (now more than 150) I
> would 'know and do comfortably' as my persona, grouped roughly into
> ten areas (History and Geography, Society, Daily Life, Social
> Activities, Apparel, Food and Drink, Arts, Sciences, Politics, and
> Religion) and developing a five year plan (the 25 years for persona
> creation suggested previously may be presumptuous as I am mundanely 58
> years old) to address them and measure my progress. Some items are
> easy - I now have six volumes of Elizabethan poetry that are too easy
> to lose myself in - others more challenging - my high school music
> classes and terrible singing voice help little with making music as an
> Elizabethan courtier - and a few quite scary - my fear of hounds,
> horses, and hawks petrify me when I should enjoy all three in persona.
> But I believe that the persona DEVELOPMENT process may be rightly yclept.
> As an English (very minor) noble of 1595 I have the advantage of the
> probably the richest documentation of any SCA place or period, and it
> is in my native (and only) language, but as previously posted the
> topics of Society (all levels), Daily Life, and Social Activities are
> never really written down. Are there any suggestions from the group?
> Thank you for your coutesie.
> Peregrine Falconer, the Navigator
part of An Tir you call home? I am from the Three Mountains/Dragon's
I really admire your persona work, as I do all those who really delve
into it and create the person. I've been in the Society for 28 years and
am *still* assembling her: Arlys o Gordon is an early 14th century
English noblewoman of the Gordon family, married to a distant Scottish
cousin also of that name.
I also have love the Henrician-Elizabethan eras, but as a disabled
person, just can't deal with the clothes. ;-)
However, you had asked for some additional source material to help you
on your quest. Here are some from my bookshelves.
_Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times_. R.E.
_The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor & Stuart Britain_. John
_Birth, Marriage, and Death: Ritual, Religion, and the Life Cycle in
Tudor & Stuart England_. David Cressy.
_Elizabethan Life In Town and Country._ M. St. Clare Byrne
_The Description of England: The Classic Contemporary Account of Tudor
Social Life._ William Harrison
Fare thee well,
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Even though I'm an SCA lord, my primary persona is a 16th century
Englishman who is not. He/I regretfully left the wondrous realm of
Queen Elizabeth and am now living in a foreign land.
-- Eldwin Nightowl <http://eldwin.loveshade.org/>