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  • Alastair Millar
    M Lady Saranna wrote... ... You have excellent taste! (me? biased? you betcha!). ... The general problem with the Czech Republic is that very little has been
    Message 1 of 5 , Sep 1, 2000
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      M'Lady Saranna wrote...

      >I am thinking of developing a second persona from either
      >Ceska Trebova, Bohemia or Domasov, Ivancice, Brno,
      >Moravia set in the late middle ages or early Renaissance.

      You have excellent taste! (me? biased? you betcha!).

      >I am asking for the titles, authors, and ISBN numbers
      >of reference materials that the list members recommend
      >to beginners.

      The general problem with the Czech Republic is that very little has been
      published recently in English. The standard primer on Czech history in
      English here is still: J.V. Polis'ensky: "History of Czechoslovakia in
      Outline", ISBN: 80-85195-05-04. Published in Britain in the late 1940's and
      Bohemia in 1991. The anti-German/pro-Socialist bias is not surprising, given
      when it was written. More recently, a humourous guide to Czech history and
      character - and one of the few sources to acknowledge Jewish contriubutions
      to Czech history/culture: B. Karas: "Czechs and Balances", ISBN:
      80-7214-136-8. Pub: Prague, Baronet, 1998, RRP $7.50

      In the meantime, for online things, try:
      A brief overview of the History of the Czechs from the Czech Ministry of
      Foreign Affairs... http://www.czech.cz/czech/history.html
      Radio Prague's lighthearted but not always reliable rundown on Czech
      history: www.radio.cz/history
      A surprisingly good timeline provided by a well-established travel agency:
      http://www.travel.cz/travel/history1.asp
      A brief history of Bohemia in the 12th-13th century:
      http://www-lib.usc.edu/~aflesch/bohemia.html

      For naming practices:
      Start with Walraven's "Common Czech names of the 15th & 16th centuries" at
      http://www.panix.com/~mittle/names/walraven/lateczech/
      The "Bibliography of Czech Names" at
      http://www.s-gabriel.org/docs/czech.html (from the SCA's Academy of St
      Gabriel) gives the lowdown on useful reference books. And see the list of
      Premyslid rulers on my own site, of course...
      http://www.geocities.com/alastairmillar/premyslid.html

      If the Thirty Years' War is your sort of period, I can send you an article
      written by myself and Stanislav Kasik (a well-known Czech herald) on the
      mutations of the name Wallenstein, which will give you an intro. to the
      usual "German-Czech-and-English-forms" problem.

      More generally:
      The Czech & Slovak Knowledge pages run by Anezka z Rozmitala:
      http://www.crosswinds.net/czech-rep/~anezka/knowledge.html

      My own miscellany of various SIG-related things, weighted strongly towards
      Bohemia and Moravia: http://www.geocities.com/alastairmillar

      Details of some other SIG people interested in Bohemia/Moravia, and their
      specific interests: http://www.geocities.com/alastairmillar/studygroup.html

      Hope this helps!

      Alastair

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      Alastair Millar, BSc(Hons)
      Consultancy and translation for the heritage industry
      e-mail: alastair@..., http://www.skriptorium.cz
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    • vespirus@socrates.berkeley.edu
      ... So what is your primary persona? If you decide you really like being Czech, I have resources on Czech and Slovak heraldry, and could help you design arms
      Message 2 of 5 , Sep 2, 2000
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        On Thu, 31 Aug 2000, Trudy A Plotz wrote:

        > I am thinking of developing a second persona from either Ceska Trebova,
        > Bohemia or Domasov, Ivancice, Brno, Moravia set in the late middle ages
        > or early Renaissance. (I have ancestors from those two areas of the now
        > Czech Republic)

        So what is your primary persona? If you decide you really like being
        Czech, I have resources on Czech and Slovak heraldry, and could help you
        design arms that fit into the appropriate style. (But not right now, real
        life strikes!)

        --Walraven
      • Trudy A Plotz
        Walrave, My primary persona is a Swedish Viking in the 900 s. I really enjoy heraldry and greatly appreciate any help you have the time to give regarding this
        Message 3 of 5 , Sep 3, 2000
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          Walrave,
          My primary persona is a Swedish Viking in the 900's. I really enjoy
          heraldry and greatly appreciate any help you have the time to give
          regarding this subject.
          Lady Saranna

          On Sat, 2 Sep 2000 18:13:48 -0700 (PDT) <vespirus@...>
          writes:
          > So what is your primary persona? If you decide you really like
          > being
          > Czech, I have resources on Czech and Slovak heraldry, and could help
          > you
          > design arms that fit into the appropriate style. (But not right now,
          > real
          > life strikes!)
          >
          > --Walraven
          >
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        • vespirus@socrates.berkeley.edu
          ... Well, I can tell you that someone living in the 900s would not have had heraldry, since it did not exist yet. In the SCA, we don t usually let that stop
          Message 4 of 5 , Sep 9, 2000
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            On Mon, 4 Sep 2000, Trudy A Plotz wrote:

            > Walrave,
            > My primary persona is a Swedish Viking in the 900's. I really enjoy
            > heraldry and greatly appreciate any help you have the time to give
            > regarding this subject.

            Well, I can tell you that someone living in the 900s would not have had
            heraldry, since it did not exist yet. In the SCA, we don't usually let
            that stop us from designing heraldry and using it -- all based on the idea
            that you're interacting with other people using heraldry, and an traveller
            in a foreign land usually adopted some of the customs of his/her new home.

            My advice, without knowing specifics of your taste or how much you already
            know about heraldry, is to keep it simple. Simple heraldry is early
            heraldry, and the simpler designs are considered more elegant by those who
            are "in the know" about such things.

            If you have specific ideas or designs in mind, I'd be happy to discuss
            them with you privately (rather than burdening the list with an off-topic
            discussion).

            --Walraven
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