minstrel: Introduction time

MotleySong at aol.com MotleySong at aol.com
Thu Nov 29 18:15:34 PST 2001

Grettings All!

Allow me to introduce myself as well:

I play in the SCA under the name Sancha de Flores and am a resident of the 
East Kingdom (Ostgardr).  I am a member of a 4-part company of entertainers 
called The Coribant Compaignye.  We style ourselves after a Late 
Medieval/Renaissance band of minstrels.  Right now we are focusing on 
homophonic and polyphonic vocal music, as well as "illustrated story 
telling," as we call it (reciting stories with pantomimed actions).  We're 
also eye-balling instrumental music, but recorders are about all our budget 
will permit ;)

I have actually been spending some time lately doing some free research on 
the role of entertainers in Medieval and Renaissance society.  I recently ran 
across a book by William Tydeman titled _The Theatre in the Middle Ages_ 
which has a wonderful chapter called "The Performers."  This chapter gives 
some very interesting information about entertainers ("histriones") in 
period, and it provides citations from period sources and writings on 
performers, performances, etc.  If you're interested in this sort of thing, I 
recommend you take a look at this book.

That's it for me, pro tempore.  Cheers!

- Sancha

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