Our (SCA) King and Queen have chosen to make each major event part of a “Royal Progress” as if they are travelling to place to place around medieval Europe as they travel from event to event within our SCA kingdom.
For June Crown (the tournament that will determine their heirs to the throne) they’ve chosen Istanbul. Oddly enough, for Spring Champions (which I blogged about earlier) they chose Constantinople. Now.. their personas are 11th Century (which works well for me, since my persona is 10th Century Iceland, so it’s not so far off) so for Spring Champions, I simply pulled out my 11th Century Byzantine costume- since Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine empire in the 11th Century. Perfect!
However, I’m a bit stumped when it comes to June Crown, since Istanbul is the MODERN name for the same city (the name seems to have developed in the Ottoman era – 1453–1922 but was used alongside Constantinople and only officially became the name for the city in the late 1920s/early 30s)… So.. my options:
- Use Miklagarðr for the name of the city – the name the medieval Vikings had for the city and wear my Viking/Norse garb, in the style of the 10th century…
- Use my Byzantine garb for the event, and consider it Constantinople still in the 11th Century
- Or pick Turkish costume from the Ottoman era – after 1453 but before the 17th century which is when the SCA time frame “ends”.
I feel like the *intention* of the Royal Progress is probably the last option, so that’s the direction I think I want to go.
So… with just a few weeks before June Crown, it’s time to do some research, some pattern-drafting, some block printing, and some sewing!