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Turquerie

Posted in Crewe Member Bios, How to with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2013 by creweofthearchangel

Alice Mason/The Princess Jülide
London, England 1718

At some points in our lives we come to crossroads and are forced to choose a path that we do not necessarily desire. A year ago I came to such a place and was forced to reinvent myself entirely. My guise was that of a Turk, a figure at once made fashionable and desirable by the European obsession with Oriental culture that has persisted for some two hundred years now and shows little sign of abating. ca. 1730 Elizabeth Howard (1701-1739), eldest daughter of Charles Howard, 3rd earl of Carlisle, in Turkish costume by George Knapton

England, like many other European countries, is enamoured of the perceived exotiscm of Turkey. When I first perceived that I must give life to the role I would play, I found a ready supply of research material. Portraiture in the Turkish style is common amongst the European elite. The women often leave off their stays and clothe themselves in the luxurious garments worn by Turkish women, such as loose robes of ermine, flowing silk robes called entari, and elaborate turbans. ca. 1717 Mary Wortley Montagu with her son Edward, by Jean-Baptiste van Mour.

Operas and the theater are also rife with Orientalist extravagance. The opera Mehmed II by Reinhard Keiser and many others based on the various military conflicts, palace intrigues, and passionate romances of the Ottoman court are accompanied by elaborate sets and musical scores that attempt to recreate the ideal exotic fantasia. Attendees, the men in particular, clothe themselves in extravagant Turkish fashion.

The political arena was my final area of study, though the most important as it opens the doors to all the rest. Alhough they remain a strong military presence in the world and maintain their occupation of the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire is no longer perceived as a dire threat to England and all of Western Europe. With their declining importance in the eyes of Europeans, it has become fashionable to make use of their culture as something decorative and original.

Thus you can see, through these many avenues of fashionable influence, my path was easily laid before me. I need not travel to any distant land to acquire a new style; a new persona- my own silk road was paved directly through the heart of Europe.

Alice princess 2

* First Painting: ca. 1730 Elizabeth Howard (1701-1739), eldest daughter of Charles Howard, 3rd earl of Carlisle, in Turkish costume by George Knapton

** Second Painting: ca. 1717 Mary Wortley Montagu with her son Edward, by Jean-Baptiste van Mour

Copyright June 18, 2013 S.W.Permenter

Quartermaster Jack Roberts

Posted in Crewe Member Bios with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2012 by creweofthearchangel

Jack Roberts, Quartermaster of the Archangel. Born England in the late 17th century

Born 1681, London, England.
I grew up comfortably in London, my childhood more easy than most. My father, a well to do merchant, owned a number of well-appointed ships and he conducted a successful business, although his trading practices were somewhat questionable. As third in line, two very healthy brothers were born before I was, I stood to inherit little but was still well educated in the affairs of trade. About the age of twelve, as my friends began their lives in the Royal Navy, I began working in my father’s company. Finding myself so often around the docks, Continue reading

Dorian Lasseter

Posted in Crewe Member Bios with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2012 by creweofthearchangel

Master Gunner of the Private Ship of War, Archangel. Born near Meelick, Ireland, the second son of a shipwright in October of 1670.

Dorian’s father moved the family when he was 3 years old (Spring 1674) to Galway bay for work, then at age 7 (Summer 1678), they moved once more to the northeast coast of Ireland, near Belfast, again following after employment. Whilst a lad, Dorian helped his father in the shipyards, and learned much about ships. As he got older, he grew adventurous and helped take small boats and ships out and across the channel to the Scottish/English coast.

He was soon making his own way in the world as an able seaman aboard merchants on routes between Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Spain, Portugal and all points in between. For his adventurous spirit Continue reading

Cran Ohlandt

Posted in Crewe Member Bios with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2012 by creweofthearchangel

Cran Ohlandt, Able Seaman. Born in the new world to parents of a lower sort.

Cran has no memory of his father or mother or much of his life at all before the age of nine. The only family he can remember was a kindly old man and his wife that he lived with outside of the citie of Boston.

By the time he was twelve he was apprenticed to a Mr. Neale, the Wharf-master of a sounthern set of docks. He assisted in every aspect of the wharves. Continue reading

Israel Cross

Posted in Crewe Member Bios with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2012 by creweofthearchangel

Israel Cross, Bosun of the Private Ship of War, Archangel. Born in Africa in the 1690s.

As a child, he was shipped to Barbados as a slave and worked a sugar plantation owned by Nathaniel Cross, a wealthy sugar baron . As was popular amongst slaves at the time in Barbados, he frequently ran away into the interior of the island to be with the bands of rebel slaves that lived there. Soon though, his particular band was recaptured, and his master branded and whipped him as punishment. He then ran away again…and again…on the third try, Israel made his way to Bridgetown(the one port capital and largest city in Barbados). Continue reading

Josephine “Joseph” Legard

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Mademoiselle Josephine Legard, Herbalist & Engagé
(or for ye English speaking lot) Indentured Servant
Born just outside of the town of Cancale, in the coastal countryside of Bretagne, France in April of 1686.

“I was born just outside of the town of Cancale, in the coastal countryside of Bretagne, France in April of 1686. Two years later, my brother, Henri, was born, completing our family. Our home was a small stone cottage which was nearly a 2 day journey from the larger port city of St. Malo. Continue reading