Re: [SCA Newcomers] Re: persona advice
- How is the occupation of Chirurgeon handled as a female? I am also new and feeling around for a suitable persona, my real life experiences seem to contradict each other for the purpose of authenticity in a persona... I figured I should have some frame of reference when researching my first persona, i.e. not make it all entirely different from who I am.
I'm a middle aged female with children (son 10, daughter 8) that are also SCA newbies (boffer is fun!). I'm a nurse, so I considered the whole European convent thing for the healing/chirurgeon context, but it didn't strike me as "fun" and as my kids are with me, not exactly appropriate either. I have toyed with the idea of druid as well, or a "wise woman" type, but the former I ran into the same thing that Jeff did, and the latter smacks of fantasy role-play. My aunt has traced our family tree back to the 1400's in England, so that interests me, my last name (Billings) has an old Norse reference, and I've always loved the Scottish culture due in no small part to my father being a piper and having attended Celtic festivals all my life :) How on earth do I begin to narrow this all down?? Is the "basic garb, nondescript medieval peasant" thing *really* ok to do til I figure some of this out?
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- Gosh, I can't get over how SCA similar we are! I also have two
children (boy and girl both born into the SCA), am a Chirurgeon and,
although not a nurse, I was a medic during the Vietnam War. :-) The
SCA is a great family hobby. I now have grandchildren (boy and girl)
who SCA. And since people in my family live into their 100s, I
consider myself just now "middle-aged". ;-)
To your question about females in medicine - here is a good website
discussing women in medicine in early history:
It includes some of my favorites: Philista (318 -372 BC) lectured
so well that pupils flocked to her, and was so attractive that she
had to lecture behind a curtain. AND in the Middle Ages Trotula of
Salerno who gained repute as a physician and obstetrician.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD has a number
of manuscripts and articles on what they call "Salerno The Mother
of Medical Schools" They say "The fame of Salerno's practitioners,
women as well as men spread across Europe by the end of the eleventh
century." So you could profess your persona was educated there. :-)
For more about Trotula go to:
A very interesting read is a translation of a 13th century Anglo-
Norman text on medicine (which mentions Trotula).
Hope some of this helps.
(Oh, yes...the "basic garb, nondescript medieval peasant" is
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> How is the occupation of Chirurgeon handled as a female?(snipped) > I'm a middle aged female with children (son 10, daughter
8) that are also SCA newbies (boffer is fun!). I'm a nurse
(snipped), so is the "basic garb, nondescript medieval peasant" thing
*really* ok to do til I figure some of this out?
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