Re: New Subject: Reference Idea Requests
- M'Lady Saranna wrote...
>I am thinking of developing a second persona from eitherYou have excellent taste! (me? biased? you betcha!).
>Ceska Trebova, Bohemia or Domasov, Ivancice, Brno,
>Moravia set in the late middle ages or early Renaissance.
>I am asking for the titles, authors, and ISBN numbersThe general problem with the Czech Republic is that very little has been
>of reference materials that the list members recommend
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
A surprisingly good timeline provided by a well-established travel agency:
A brief history of Bohemia in the 12th-13th century:
For naming practices:
Start with Walraven's "Common Czech names of the 15th & 16th centuries" at
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...
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.
The Czech & Slovak Knowledge pages run by Anezka z Rozmitala:
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 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
CzechEd@egroups.com - Cz/En/Cz translation list
- On Thu, 31 Aug 2000, Trudy A Plotz wrote:
> I am thinking of developing a second persona from either Ceska Trebova,So what is your primary persona? If you decide you really like being
> 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)
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
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.
On Sat, 2 Sep 2000 18:13:48 -0700 (PDT) <vespirus@...>
> So what is your primary persona? If you decide you really like++++++++++++
> Czech, I have resources on Czech and Slovak heraldry, and could help
> design arms that fit into the appropriate style. (But not right now,
> life strikes!)
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- On Mon, 4 Sep 2000, Trudy A Plotz wrote:
> Walrave,Well, I can tell you that someone living in the 900s would not have had
> 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.
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