Re: [SCA Newcomers] Introduction and some questions (Irish persona/garb/names/dates)
- HI Tara,
Welcome! I'm wondering if you attended the Hartshorn-dale newcomer's
meeting. It is the Shire I hail from, and usually attend Newcomer's, but I
had too long and hard a week in the mundane world and didn't make it this
time. There are some very friendly and knowledgeable people here.
Hartshorn-dale is Montgomery and Chester counties, PA.
There is a book on Irish garb titled "Dress in Ireland: a History" by
Mairead Dunleavy. It covers Irish clothing from pre-SCA period to the
Victorian era. There is a well researched chapter on the middle ages, and
another chapter on the Renaissance. I have a copy and would bring it if you
are local to me (contact me offlist).
There is a very good webpage on Irish garb as well
From what I understand though, Irish garb in the middle ages tended to be
like English garb but a little behind the times. Rather like going today
going from a chic urban setting to a rural backroad area.
You asked "do you generally pick a year within the allotted time range and
your garb from there, or vice versa?" I think the answer is that you need
to decide what gets your interest. Is there something from a specific time
frame that interests you, or is there a style of garb that you really like.
There are folks who do different types of garb as mood or the event dictate.
As for names, there is a lady in this area who is very good at helping folks
find a name that they like and is registerable.
Take care & Good luck,
Ps. I too have a great interest in Arthurian legend.