- Jun 10, 2007Greetings,
I thought I'd introduce myself before I butt in on a conversation or
two. I'm new to the list, but not the SCA. Formerly I had developed an
interest and persona from the Frankish Kingdom/Duchy of Lotharingia,
because I was mundanely born in Montmedy. I still have arguments with
book Heralds about Lotharingia (Usually it has a theme something like
"No, Montmedy and Verdun are *NOT* examples of medieval French
culture.") The past few years though, I've been developing an interest
in Novgorod and Tver, and to a lesser extend Kiev and Moscow.
Mundanely I live in Eastern Ontario, the Barony of Skraeling Althing in
Ealdormere, but I work wherever my job takes me. Currently that's
Bridgewater New Jersey where my office is, or Warwick Rhode Island
(Barony of the Bridge), and Fremont California (Principality of the
Mists). I don't know if any other's from Ealdormere are active here.
I also had the pleasure of working in Russia for 6 months, and spent a
good deal of time examining artifacts in Museums. I lived in North
Eastern Moscow, on ulitsa Smolnaya, close to Rechnoy Vokzal. I speak
enough Russian to get by in a restaurant, store or hotel or to deal with
the Militsa on occasion ... but not enough to know how to swear at
drivers. I can read a bit more than I speak also, something that makes
reading documents in Russian a bit easier.
I've returned on vacation a few times, to visit friends in St.
Peterbourg, Mosow and Ufa. On my last trip there late last fall, a
Russian/Bashkir woman I met in a shop on Arbatskaya a few years ago
presented me with a beautiful cloak made of blue velvet, and embroidered
and couched with gold and white thread. She made it after a painting
purportedly from the mid 14th century. It's quite a bit Tartar
looking, but it's a beautiful garment. She says that if I return,
she'll make me a "real hat and boots" to match it (felt and fur). I've
warn the cloak to a few events, but it's somewhat difficult to maintain
so that doesn't happen often.
I'm now developing a persona to match the garb, which has been an
interesting journey. I want to thank some of the members of this group
though, some of your research has been masterful.
In Russia itself, artifacts from the early period are difficult to find,
because many of the collections have been plundered, burned or otherwise
destroyed in various conflagrations. Sad really. But I have seen the
standard tourist type museums, Tretyakov Gallery, the Kremlin and it's
armoury museum, the Balshoy and Maly, I also spent considerable time in
the Museum of History of Moscow examining artifacts and old documents.
I spent so much time in the early period section they invited me to the
storage and restoration facility. It's interesting. I've seen how real
braes might have been made, although there is probably more than one
way. A 14th century boot heel made with laminated leather presumably
nailed to a boot that was dug up by a gardener near the Kremlin wall,
and the remains of a suit of lamellar and male armour that was found in
the 30's while excavating a building foundation. Not much of it
survived. The interesting thing is that the coif had been repaired at
some time using butted male. The rust was as bad on the butted male as
it was on the rivited ones, so it is likely to have been done a long
time ago. One could almost imagine a hasty repair between sorties.
Anyway, that's about it. If you've read this far, thank you!!!
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