Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Wow. The shit that passes for 'Celtic' these days never ceases to amaze me.
Now, I have no problem with people taking inspiration from Irish/Pictish/Anglo-Saxon/Gallic/Viking/Whatever-else-have-you knotwork and making some sort of fantastical pastiche. We've been doing it since the 19th century, and without it neither Art Nouveau nor LotR Elven architecture would have been the same. But I do have a problem with how it's advertised.
First off, must people keep calling it 'Celtic?' The term is very general and not associated with any single culture or ethnicity; it is used by linguists to describe a particular language group, and all other definitions are hotly contested. In addition, people have a tendency to apply it to all knotwork of northern Europe, forgetting that the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, whose languages were Germanic, not Celtic, have inspired more modern knotwork designs than the Irish!
Secondly, is it too much to expect that reenactment sites, which claim to be historical, would try to provide believable examples instead of total fantasy?
Apparently it is. If archeological digs have turned up any tiaras, they were planted there by time travelers.
Um, what's the point of a penannular brooch with a pin that doesn't function? And given that this thing's sporting a foliate pattern that looks more Byzantine than northern, I'd like to know why it's called 'Celtic' at all.
This was in the Celtic section. Yes, the Celtic section. Because mixing modern fantasy dragons with Anglo-Saxon knotwork is so very Celtic!
These little gems come from Chivalry Sports, which makes a lot of noise about being your One Stop Shop for all things Ren/Medieval. But all too often, its products are absolute crap.