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Re: Modern Personal Conveniences

Poster: Lance Harrop <lharrop@mrj.com>

Dear Esclarmonde, you write:

>   I will continue to assert that we are and must be an educational, and thus 
> reasonablly accurate, organization until we give up or change the federal 
> tax-exempt status.

No!  We must KNOW what is accurate to be educational.  If I am asked if 
people in period wore glasses, the answer is yes, late in period, but NOT 
like the ones I am wearing.

If I am asked if people hit each other with sticks rather then batted 
swords in tourneys the answer is yes, but they used wood or whale bone 
covered with silvered paper attached with paste.  We use rattan and duct 
tape for safety and convience.  They shaved their blades to have a more 
sword like cross section, we keep ours round.

The funny thing is, so many authenticity nazis are very often incorrect, 
when they assert the non-periodness of something.  The Authenticity of 
the Society must subordinate itself to the Courtesy of the Society, and 
mavins should show an inclination to discuss, rather then condemn, with what 
they disagree.  No one knows so much about the thousand plus years of the 
Society's period of recreation that they can absolutely declare anything 
non-period.  Anyone who thinks they have nothing left to learn in the 
Society, probably needs to take a leave of absence.

In Service
Leifr Johansson
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