We try to represent a person in England of 1471 as closely as possible. To do so we have the following rules about your physical appearance when representing a member of Lord Grey’s Retinue:
- All unnatural hair colors and extremely inaccurate hairstyles are to be tucked into a hat and to kept covered at all times.
- Modern eyeglasses are not permitted. Please wear contacts or go without (sorry).
- Any piercings that are visible are to have the hardware removed.
- All jewelry is to be removed (except for that which is historically accurate and justifiable for your personna)
- Any tattoos are to remain covered at all times please.
- Ladies are not to wear any make-up or nail polish.
- No modern clothing is to be worn – yes, that means no bras (sorry Ladies)
- If you need to use your cel phone please conceal it to the best of your ability and step away from the camp to have your conversation discretely.
- Same for any modern item you need to use – conceal it to the best of your ability and use it with the utmost discretion please.
- This is a time of modestly – Women kept their hair covered at all times and very little skin is ever exposed. Men would similarly be modest but to less of an extreme.
We are open and welcome to all people regardless of a person’s skin color, nationality, religious preference, political preference, sexual orientation or disability. We ask that all members respect that we each have the right to our own opinions, so for common courtesy – please refrain from any political/racial/sexist/biased/anti-semitic type conversations and certainly not ever in the presence of the public. Should a member of the public ask or say something inappropriate we ask our members to please mitigate the topic and lead the conversation away from it as quickly as possible.
- If you wish to portray a person of a different sex than that which you were born – We ask that you generally pass as that opposite sex.
- If your genetics/nationality is something obviously not common for England of 1471 – We ask that you have a prepared answer for if/when a member of the public should ask about it. It can be as simple and “no, my ancestors were not in England in the 15th century”. It is also a great opportunity to open the conversation about trade and migration with other cultures and possibly the origins of slavery – up to you, whatever direction you are most comfortable with.
- If you have an obvious physical disability – together we will come up with a way to make it work with your persona.