Apparently, I did something wrong the first time or the computer simply ate this info the first time around. Wish I'd saved the first copy.
About me and family- 30, female, married happily, one daughter 21 months, baby number two is due in July, thankfully in a position that I can stay at home with the little ones at this time. Our house is full of books, fabric, legos, classic car parts (mainly GTO) and computer equipment as we are firm believers that you can never have to much of any of these:). I've played in the SCA on and off (now mostly off due to parenthood and traveling with husbands job)for 5 years or so. Attempting to restart my SCA life now that the traveling has decreased. I also want my children to be raised in the society. One of my main interests in society is costuming - and having a daughter to dress up has been lots of fun. Currently, I am searching for garb that can be easily adapted for pregnancy and nursing (my daughter still nurses and will probably continue for awhile yet). If anyone has any suggestions, please email me.
Frisian info-need to dig out most of it, but some items that might be of special interest are a Frisian language course (book & tape), lingustic book (scholarly - I think Markley is the author), a book on Frisian names (published 1898), a small frisian/english dictionary (not very good and I actually have two of these), lots of other books in my library which have snippets of frisian info which are refrenced onto notecards which I definetly need to dig out as I put the cards away when I was pregnant and havent touched them since. I also have, the address for the Frisian Information Burea (I think thats the name) - it's in the states, some of the info from here has not been updated in years - when you request information you get a typewritten (on a typewritter!) sheet of paper with books for sale. They may or may not be doing this any more because it's been years since I contacted them. If after looking at this, anyone is looking for particular info just holler and I'll try and make that the next bit of stuff I dig up.
****OK - now for some important stuff
"The Lex Frisionum of Charlemagne (802-803 A.D.) was supposed to express in written form the oral Frisian folk law, and also protect certain Frisian rights. The phrase 'the free frisian', which as to become so famous, appeared here for the first time, as the limits to foreign control over Frisian life were firmly established." (p18)
"The Lex Frisionum proclaimed:
This is the law, that the free Frisian cannot be forced to journey further, neither by decree nor by request, than out with the ebb and back with the flood, because of the necessity, that every day he must defend himself against the salt sea and the wild viking with five weapons, with spade and fork, with sheild and sword, and with the point of the spear." (p2)
"The period of uneasy domination by the Franks was also the era when Viking prowess from further north began to assert itself. The Frisian has to be free to protect himself from the salt sea and the wild Viking, states the Lex Frisionum, and Norse raids on Frisian towns and farms, and later churches and cloisters, certainly must have occured with some frequency. Scandanavian objects found all across Friesland, however, need not be evidence that the Norsemen plundered the entire provience; in the amounts found, they could well be the result of ongoing Frisian trade(Van der Molen 1981:94). So also the popular notion that Frisian churches of later years had low northern doors to force one to bow towards Denmark when leaving has been regulated to myth. As a matter of fact, the relationship between the Frisians and the Vikings was no simple one; there were Frisians who sailed WITH the Vikings on at least two seperate raids on England (Van der Molen 1981:89)."
The above info is quoted from a book in my personal library.
Frisian and Free - study of an ethnic minority of the Netherlands
Author - Cynthia Keppley Mahmood
ISBN - 0-88133-418-9
The book (which I do not have) referenced in the above quote is:
Van der Molen, S.J. (1981). Oorsprong en Geschiedenis van de Friezen. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Does anyone have this book and the ability to read/translate it or no if an English version exsists?
The bit above with the church doors seems clumsily attached to the bit on the laws, but thats how the author wrote it so that's how it gets quoted. It does bring up an intresting topic though. The Frisians sailing with the Vikings. I have more information on this in another source which I will have to pull off the shelf later. (This next part is from my often times fallible memory so forgive any mistakes please). The book is about the Vinland map (rather large book but interesting reading) and some material in it may be questionable. There is a story, (don't recall how documented) about Frisians sailing to the Americas with the Vikings, and two of them being brought to Rome to tell thier story of this journey. There is even a painting of these two Frisians and thier Romanized names in some Roman building. I can't remember the building, but I believe their names were given as Malorix and Veritus. The names especially the spellings are proabably wrong and definetly not Frisian, but plausibly a latin/romanized version of their names. This may only be a folktale, but I will dig out my book and post the info as it is given along with any references he sites. (Please remember the last time I read about the Vinland map and the Frisian to America story in it was over three years ago - and this info was pulled from my memory and definetly needs checking).
Well - I hope someone out there finds at least part of this enlightening.