Re: [SCA Newcomers] creating a persona...help please
- On Monday 16 May 2005 12:12, Lady Wolfsong wrote:
> I was thinking of not having the children with me due to the same reasonsPerhaps your children are older and have been fostered out as apprentices to
> that I really don't have them (depression, panic attacks...lost custody) but
> how would that work back then? People didn't divorce, right? So would their
> father have left me and taken the children?
learn trades. Or perhaps they are studying abroad. Or perhaps one of your
children has a health condition (such as polio) and is living with relatives
in another locale because of the climate. Or perhaps your oldest son is
serving in the military, or is a page to a noble household, etc.
Or perhaps your children are safe at home but *you* are traveling abroad for
Lots of reasons exist why your children might be elsewhere than at your side,
in the Middle Ages, and the reasons need not be the same for each child. :-)
Here's an example from my own persona:
During my youth, I stayed at home with my mother in Constantinople while my
father, an itinerant merchant caravan-master, traveled west each year plying
his trade. When I was older, my brother and I journeyed with him for a few
years, but I was dismally unskilled at bookkeeping and was more interested
in the craft of the caravan tinker than in what I was supposed to be learning
about business. My father was disappointed in me (the more so because my
younger brother excelled at business). Eventually, he agreed to send me to
study al-Gebra and astronomy in the Arab lands, if I would agree to forego
my inheritance of his business interests in favor of my younger brother. Being
young and cocksure of myself, I agreed to this, and set off.
The result of all this is that in my childhood I saw only my mother most of the
time, in my youth I saw only my father most of the time, and from my early teens
onward I saw neither. My parents both died during the years I was abroad
studying (remember that in the Middle Ages, life expectancy was much shorter
than today, and this sort of thing would have been quite common).
I hope this helps. The main thing to remember is that the same life events
that separate families today -- and many more -- also existed in the Middle
Ages. Technology and social customs have changed, but people are still
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