So, in this, the days of the panda's panini pandemonium, life in the SCA has continued. We have a new set of royals in Calontir, but because this is indeed the panda's panini pandemonium and also January, my partner and I decided that we could not really afford to travel to coronations. Now, if you … Continue reading Illuminated Fealty Oath
Breaking Byzantine: building a Byzantine persona for the SCA
This originated as part of building a basic persona guide, written for the Midrealm Pursuivant's Handbook (located here). Within that guide, I discussed the basic history of the Eastern Empire, as well as basic points of clothing, weaponry, literary references, political groups, religious information, as well as people within the Empire of note. This guide … Continue reading Breaking Byzantine: building a Byzantine persona for the SCA
Broke Byzantine: making a sartorial riot happen on a budget
All too often, when the term Byzantine and the Eastern Roman Empire are brought up in re-enactment and recreationist contexts, especially in a clothing context, we think opulence and splendour. We think “guess I’ll have to mortgage my house” or “time to rob the bank to afford this look.” I’m here to say that no, … Continue reading Broke Byzantine: making a sartorial riot happen on a budget
Byzantine Monograms: a heraldic practice
As an early-period Byzantine within the Society, I have come to grips that my arms and badges as registered with the College of Arms are perhaps not the most period for my persona, and so, this concept of trying to find a way of marking things that were mine or even blinging out things further … Continue reading Byzantine Monograms: a heraldic practice
Andrixos’ Herald Extraordinary
When Brigida, Gold Falcon Principal Herald, asked me if I wanted a crack at a scroll, I asked who it was for and I jumped at the the chance. You see, Andrixos (or Drx, more familiarly) wrote both my Calon Cross and my Court Barony scrolls, and it's always fun to get people back in … Continue reading Andrixos’ Herald Extraordinary
Experimental Archaeology and Social Media
So, it's been another week of a post being shared on That Social Media Site of purported 14th century Byzantine garments as they make the rounds. . . again. They're beautiful, well-crafted, and the photos look like they've been taken from a museum of sorts. The fabric looks right, and there's plenty of bling. So, … Continue reading Experimental Archaeology and Social Media
Survey of Byzantine Clothing Class
At Clothier's Seminar, hosted by the Shire of Cúm an Iolair, I had the opportunity to teach a class on Byzantine clothing from about the 6th century to about the 14th century. This will eventually be a series of posts at some point, but until then, please enjoy my handout (with a very large thank … Continue reading Survey of Byzantine Clothing Class
Achieve!, or the Diary of making an Achievement of Arms
Achievement of Arms are a period way to show off one's accomplishments in the SCA, as combined with one's heraldic device. I had the great fortune to create a conjugal coat of arms for my Byzanbestie Anna and her husband Gieffrei, and ended up also blogging the process, too. Let's start off with the details and … Continue reading Achieve!, or the Diary of making an Achievement of Arms
And after you ditch the donut. . . the bling!
My Byzanbestie, Anna of Anna's New Rome, just made a post about how anachronistic and frankly, terrible, the fabric donut is with Byzantine clothing. You can read about it here, with this another part of our collaboration. (TAG TEAM GO!) Of course, this led down the rabbit hole of what to do to further ornament … Continue reading And after you ditch the donut. . . the bling!
One of the more puzzling things I've been researching have been superhumerals. In the SCA, we have a tendency to make them out of fabric (because affordability), but I've now run into a second data point of what could be a superhumeral. For those who don't know what a superhumeral is, it is a collar … Continue reading Super-duper-humerals
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