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Re: [SCA Newcomers] finally getting around to joining SCA

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  • eowynesque2b@aol.com
    Thank you Brangwayna for the information.? I m beginning to see a persona in my mind s eye. I just HATE to wear things on my head.....and I ve not really found
    Message 1 of 64 , Jun 27, 2008
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      Thank you Brangwayna for the information.? I'm beginning to see a persona in my mind's eye.

      I just HATE to wear things on my head.....and I've not really found a time period where the women left their heads uncovered.

      << sigh >>

      Andrea in Calontir

      Brangwayna Morgan
      Shire of Silver Rylle, East Kingdom



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      From: bronwynmgn@...
      To: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 7:29 am
      Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] finally getting around to joining SCA








      As women, looking for a medieval persona, so much of what interests me....would have gotten me burned at the stake in the SCA time period.? By the 14th century Mid-Wives and Wise Women were being targeted, tried as witches and executed.

      How does the story of your persona address this, or are you writing your own story to occur before the persecution starts?

      Was there such a thing as a Christian-Midwife?

      Actually, by the mid-14th century in most of Europe (with the exception of a few Eastern European countries), you would have been hard-pressed to find anyone at all who DIDN'T consider themselves to be a Christian and who attended Christian services regularly.? These same people may well have made use of the herblore and charms that their pagan ancestors saw as part of a non-Christian religion, but identified themselves as Christian.? There were no longer any organized pockets of pagan religion?in the vast majority of Europe by this time.? England, for example, was pretty firmly Christian by the end of the 8th century, 600 years earlier.?
      And midwives, at this time, were pretty much any women in the vicinity who had had babies or assisted others in having babies (usually both), not any sort of organized profession at all.
      So yes, there were Christian midwives who would also have used, without anyone questioning it at all, formerly pagan herb knowledge and charms to help their patients.? One big one was making sure all knots in the immediate vicinity of the laboring woman were untied, to help open the passage for the baby.? These same midwives, if no man or priest was present to do so, were able to baptize infants who were in danger of dying into the Christian religion?as soon as the child's head was clear of the mother's body, and were expected to know the proper words and actions to do so.? If they were found to baptize incorrectly, they could be prohibited from acting as midwives at later births, as their actions would jeopardize the infant's soul should it die before being properly baptized.? They were the only women permitted to perform this essential Christian task.

      Brangwayna Morgan
      Shire of Silver Rylle, East Kingdom


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    • Giertrud Gyldenstierne
      3e quart du XVe siècle 3rd quarter of 15th century YIS, Giertrud Gyldenstiene RUGA Provost, Shire of Blackmoor Keep [Non-text portions of this message have
      Message 64 of 64 , Jul 13, 2008
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        3e quart du XVe siècle

        3rd quarter of 15th century
        YIS,

        Giertrud Gyldenstiene
        RUGA Provost, Shire of Blackmoor Keep


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