I'm very excited! The more I read and hear about it, the more I want to become involved. I wish I knew more about history, so I at least had a vague idea of what I wanted to do as far as creating a persona. I know that I'd LOVE to learn fighting and I'm drawn to bad-ass warrior women. lol I also know that I really like fancy clothes & titles, chivalry, and codes of honor. LOL I'm torn between wanting to be a knight and wanting to be a fancy, frilly noblewoman.
I wish I could narrow down a time period or culture or something, but I'm so ignorant on the subject that I don't even know where to begin. I know that Eleanor of Aquitaine appeals to me, and I've been doing some extra reading about her. I'm still going through the Universal History of the World books (I'm working on the volume 'The West in the Middle Ages' right now). I want to read more about the Visigoths, the Mongols (Josh likes them), the Knights Templar, and William of Normandy. We're also interested in eastern societies, but very ignorant there and that's a whole different volume.
Anyway, I'd love to hear from any SCA folks (Scadians?) or historians here. Who or what are interesting things from the middle ages that I should definitely look into? If you have a persona (or a few), how did you come up with one? Did you have a time period you just adored, or did you just look into cool people in history that called to you? I know I have plenty of time to figure all this out, but I'm just curious and eager to learn. :)