My persona has a rather convoluted history. I literally grew up in the SCA; I was basically "grandsistered" in by my older sisters (I believe they had to bring me, i.e. babysitting). During my younger days I defaulted to being Saxon, since that's what one of my sisters was. When I became an adult, I decided to strike off on my own, as it were. I'd always had an interest in the Celtic culture, so I chose to portray an Irishwoman of the early 900s or thereabouts. More years passed, and I hadn't even chosen a name! Finally, about 20 years in, I chose "Cuilann McBride": cuilann because it meant holly in Gaelic, and McBride because my friend wanted our personas to be sisters. When I looked into it, however, it seems that cuilann wasn't used as a proper name until out of our time period. Hmmm. Well, cuilann had been used, but as a last name: Cullen. Since by this time I'd decided I really liked the later period clothing, I changed my persona to an Irishwoman of the mid 1500s and renamed her Aine (means Ann, pronounced on-yuh) MacCullen.
Well, Aine was a member of a fairly wealthy family with ties to Italy, mainly through their merchant trade of glass items. Then her father decided to move the family to Venice to cut out the middle man...Aine was thrilled! She'd always been a fascinated by the idea of Venice and besides, there was the prospect of a good marriage with the heir to a prominent merchant! For a time, life was good: her family's business was booming; her marriage was happy enough (though her husband was a bit selfish and jealous, it must be said); and best of all, she was introduced both to the fascinating world of fine jewelry and to the diminuative greyhounds popular in Italy at the time...Aine promptly amassed a grand collection of the first, and a select few of the second. Alas, less than two years passed when she realized that her husband was more than just a bit selfish and jealous...he was a drunkard, a gambler, and abusive! By this time, the situation was so obvious that both his family and hers sided with her, though nothing was said openly. When, after going out carousing one evening, Aine's husband never made it home, she shrugged and with hardly a flicker of guilt, took over the business and began her own life! (The rumor that someone had -ahem- "taken care of him" was vociferously denied, of course...)
Aine is currently the Regent of Hounds for the Kingdom of Artemisia and a merchant of custom jewelry and collars both in and out of the SCA.
When I'm not making jewelry or playing with my dogs, I enjoy attending SCA events. Here's a bit of info from the SCA's website:
The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which may feature tournaments, arts exhibits, classes, workshops, dancing, feasts, and more. Our "royalty" hold courts at which they recognize and honor members for their contributions to the group.
For those who are interested in such things, here is the story of my SCA persona (i.e. the person I "play" in the SCA). It's kinda long, so continue at your own peril!