I established this blog for a particular purpose, initially to develop a piece I am working on for the salon of the Tapestry Dance Retreat at the end of September, but also to continue working out aspects of my persona for the Society for Creative Anachronism, a woman of Norman/Lombard descent in the court of King Roger II of Sicily.
I have been doing research about the Muslim and Norman eras of Sicily and Southern Italy since 2006, when I got to visit Sicily. My own heritage is Sicilian in part; my grandmother was born in Corleone. My grandfather was from Calabria, a little town called Sellia Marina.
My SCA first paper exploring Sicily’s medieval past was about the Muslims on the island. If you want to read it, you can find it here.
A few visuals for inspiration…
Mosaics in the Zisa Palace (built by William I, Roger’s son, and completed by William II, Roger’s grandson)
Mosaics in the Sala di Ruggiero, in the Palazzo Normanni in Palermo:
I’ll be taking a look at the Arab-influenced culture of the Norman Sicilian court in my next post.