- Greetings! This is my first post to this list, and I thought I'd
introduce myself. My name is Revesz Jlona, and I currently reside in
the Canton of Three Hills, Barony of Andelcrag, Middle Kingdom
(that's Kalamazoo, MI) though my dancing heart resides in the Barony
of Cynnabar (Ann Arbor, MI). I've been Hungarian all my life, but my
persona has only been Magyar for a few months. Jlona is the daughter
of a Magyar merchant father from either Buda or Pest, and a German
mother from Nuernberg (can't pin down which city I love best!)
That's about as detailed as the bio gets.
I don't really know much about the region and history of Hungary
(that's why I've chosen it!) so any recommendations for basic history
texts would be greatly appreciated. What I'd really like, however,
is sources for 10th to 12th century Magyar garb. I haven't had much
luck yet - I found one picture from the 9th century and one from the
16th; neither are particularly useful at this time. English text is
of course my preference, but German runs a close second.
Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
(mka Lydia Revesz)
- Greetings Jlona,
My name is Gavrick Gavrilovich and I began playing with the SCA in Ann
Arbor (during grad school). You are extremly fortunate to have Alina
Foxwood as your dance minister. She's a wonderful person and an
My advice about the bio is simple: slowly work on it. It took me a
year to come up with my first name and patronymic. Actually, I think
I've finally figured out a suitable last name: Chudsky [chud-skee; "u"
as in chew. Taken from Lake Chud (Peipus)]. So, in two-three years,
I've got a very good personna with what I think is a cool name. You
may not want to take three years, but I think it's certainly worth the
time to sort things out.
As research and sources go, I'm not the first scholar to ask about the
Magyars. However, I advise you to first look at the book "Historical
Atlas of East Central Europe" by Paul Magocsi. You find it's a good
start to do research and you'll find lots of cool maps.
Secondly, you should have great resources near you in Kzoo. I believe
WMU is in Kzoo. They should have what you need in their Medieval
collections, if not in their Eastern European section.
Furthermore, since you're in Ann Arbor sometimes, contact Alan
Pollard. He's the head of the Slavic and East European Division of
the UM Library. His office is located in 110F Hatcher Grad Lib and
his email address is "apollard@...". Alan's great and
truthfully, I think the other librarians work miracles, too.
Hope this serves as a good starting point for your research.
Have an excellent day,
Gavrick Gavrilovich (Gabriel Jones)
PS Please pass along my best wishes to Alina and the rest of the
Cynnabar dancing group.