Racial Diversity


Ashburnham Pentateuch

f. 65v: A mother and father grieve for their child

Spain or Italy (5th or 6th C.)

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, MS nouv. acq. lat. 2334

Consider this manuscript in light of the article I posted 2 days ago about historical European mixed race families. A lot of similar articles go right from Roman Britain to Renaissance Italy, but documents like this that often bridge the historical “gap” because go unremarked upon because they’re often not considered analgous to written records or artistic depictions. What they do, rather, is show that in the imagination of artists during this time, racial diversity was part of their social consciousness and how they envisioned concepts like “a family”. My thanks to Dr Caitlin R Green on bringing this manuscript to my attention.

Names of Jews in Medieval Navarre (13th–14th centuries)

Names of Jews in Medieval Navarre (13th–14th centuries)

Do you know of any good sources off the top of your head for 12th to 14th century Spain/Iberian peninsula? I’m new to SCA and thought it would be fun to do something new to me but have had trouble with the research. /:

Since you’re new, I’m going to start with garb. For me, garb is the stepping stone into more detailed research, such as names, or even other handcrafts or music.

The only reference I have handy is from my own research into 13th century Spanish clothing. Spain is really a melting pot of cultures at this point, with Muslims, Christians, and Jews living in relative peace and harmony.

I’ve been researching 13th Century Spanish Christian garb (because the various cultures wore different stuff), and you can see what I have collected here: [link]

Alfonso X’s book of games is a great place to start for this kind of research because it depicts both genders and various cultures. You can view it here: [link]

Does that help? Was there something more specific you were wanting to look into? Let me know! 😀


Me in my self-made medieval dress (Spanish 13th century).

Camisa margomada (embroidered chemise), brial (laced dress), and pellote (sideless surcoat)!

I’m working on research for this kind of outfit from 13th century Spain for my Epic Timey-Wimey Garb Project. So seeing this this morning made me squee. 😀