[sig] Re: Re-enactment question
>Salut!Then I shall wait patiently for your return.
>not to put you off, but if I can find them when I am near a computer
>or about to be on a computer before Pennsic, I would be happy to post
>them for you. Otherwise, I am afraid it will have to wait until I
>return. The hard copies with webpages in the corners are at my home
>in a couple of piles, while I am at work. And my DH and I still have
>to finish making the walls for our ger.
>I will happily post them though, as soon as I am able.
>Despina de la Brasov
- Despina -
The points you raise are all valid, but I think you may be slightly missing
(BTW, I might dispute the accuracy of the claim that "the English... were
never completely looted and taken over by a dictator or form of government
that believed in complete supression and destruction of the past" - what
about the Danelaw? Or, much more successfully, the Normans??)
I am more than aware of the lack of sources for the early period - I am
trained as an archaeologist, and now live in Bohemia and work in the
heritage sector. However, the Czechs for example have an excellent,
unquashed tradition stretching from the early chronicles to the romanticism
of the C19th National Reawakening of a detailed pseudo-history of their
arrival and settlement in the what is now Bohemia, and of the foundation of
the great Premyslid ruling dynasty... so why no re-enactors for this period?
There is certainly enough published archaeological evidence of the
enclosures used by the first Slavic settlers to make a fair stab at
reconstruction, if one really wants to... but no-one wants to. The question
is, why not??
Note that there ARE re-enactment groups in Central Europe - and, as list
members have noted, even SCA-affiliated groups in Russia, which suffered all
the problems you mention. In Bohemia we have re-created Iron age
settlements, Medieval burghs, Thirty Years' War engagements, C19th
fortresses and even WWII bunkers... but why nothing about origins?
Any ideas, anyone????
Alastair Millar, BSc(Hons)
Consultancy and translation for the heritage industry
e-mail: alastair@..., http://www.skriptorium.cz
P.O.Box 685, CZ 111 21 Prague 1, Czech Republic
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