Guise at Troynovant:
Hroaldr Egilsson arms SCA dissemblance on masks, disguise,
roles & avatars,
acting & reenactment
listed by Title

Works with actors or disguises or deception and the like are not listed here unless these are a major factor in the work; or the review involves general discussion about roles and role-playing in some historical or psychological sense. — For general mystery stories, see Detection.

Oh, those Greeks! They knew how to live. What is required for that is to stop courageously at the surface, the fold, the skin, to adore appearance, to believe in forms, tones, words, in the whole Olympus of appearance. Those Greeks were superficial — out of profundity. And is not this precisely what we are again coming back to, we daredevils of the spirit who have climbed the highest and most dangerous peak of present thought and looked around from up there — we who have looked down from there? Are we not, precisely in this respect, Greeks? Adorers of forms, of tones, of words? And therefore — artists?
Friedrich Nietzsche
Preface for the Second Edition, section 4
The Gay Science  (1882, 1887)
translated by Walter Kaufmann

Agent of Vega James H. Schmitz RW Franson
Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The A. Conan Doyle RW Franson
Augustus Mandrell series
  (the Commissions)
  1. Of All the Bloody Cheek
  2. Rather a Vicious Gentleman
  3. For Murder I Charge More
Frank McAuliffe RW Franson

Bone Is Pointed, The Arthur W. Upfield RW Franson

Call Him Dead
  (Three to Conquer)
Eric Frank Russell  RW Franson
Campaigning in the World of Atlas Shrugged WH Stoddard
Christmas in Connecticut Peter Godfrey / Barbara Stanwyck RW Franson
Citizen of the Galaxy Robert A. Heinlein RW Franson
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson WH Stoddard

Darfsteller, The Walter M. Miller, Jr. RW Franson
Dead Man's Brother, The Roger Zelazny RW Franson
Demon Breed, The (The Tuvela) James H. Schmitz RW Franson
Disappearing Act Margaret Ball RW Franson
Do You Wanna Date My Avatar Jed Whedon / Felicia Day; The Guild RW Franson

Escapade Walter Satterthwait RW Franson

Fluttering Hearts Parrott / Chase RW Franson
Four-Day Planet H. Beam Piper RW Franson
Freddy and the Ignormus Walter R. Brooks RW Franson
Freddy the Cowboy Walter R. Brooks RW Franson

GURPS Fantasy William H. Stoddard RW Franson
GURPS Steampunk William H. Stoddard RW Franson

Harpo Speaks Harpo Marx
  & Rowland Barber
RW Franson

Inspector General, The [film] Nikolai Gogol / Henry Koster / Danny Kaye RW Franson
It Happened on Fifth Avenue Roy Del Ruth / Victor Moore, Gale Storm RW Franson

  A Tale of Arabia
F. Marion Crawford RW Franson

Last Seen Wearing Colin Dexter RW Franson
Leo Strauss and Nietzsche Laurence Lampert RW Franson
Living in the Current Middle Ages
  Discover The Society for Creative Anachronism
S Farrell

Mark of Zorro, The Johnston McCulley WH Stoddard
Maxims for Despots
  from The Sly Tyrant's Handbook
RW Franson
Murder Is Announced, A Agatha Christie RW Franson

Participatory Fiction WH Stoddard
Poirot Loses a Client
  (Dumb Witness)
Agatha Christie RW Franson
Poker Face Theodore Sturgeon RW Franson
Princess Comes Across, The Howard / Lombard / MacMurray  RW Franson

Question of Identity, A
or Who are you? Who, who, are you?
K Spell

Revolt Christopher Anvil RW Franson
Ruritania's Successors
  Fictional Kingdoms in Modern Romance
RW Franson

Shadow Gate, The Margaret Ball RW Franson
Sixth Column Robert A. Heinlein R Grube
Sphinx Daybreak
  [ ==> Overflight at Troynovant ]
Robert Wilfred Franson   
Stealing Elections
  How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy
John Fund RW Franson

Three to Conquer
  (Call Him Dead)
Eric Frank Russell RW Franson
Time for Delusion, The Donald L. Franson RW Franson

Wasp Eric Frank Russell RW Franson
We Are Not Amused, Sir Guillaume Scott Farrell RW Franson
Wench Is Dead, The Colin Dexter RW Franson
While You Were Sleeping Jon Turteltaub / Sandra Bullock RW Franson
Why Teenage Girls Love Vampires
  Hayashi's Theory
SK Hayashi
Witches of Karres, The James H. Schmitz RW Franson

Yesterday Was Monday Theodore Sturgeon RW Franson

[The Roman camp, Britain.]


                           So I'll fight
Against the part I come with; so I'll die
For thee, O Innogen, even for whom my life
Is every breath a death; and, thus unknown,
Myself I'll dedicate. Let me make men know
More valour in me than my habits show.

Gods, put the strength o'th' Leonati in me.

To shame the guise o'th' world, I will begin
The fashion — less without and more within.

William Shakespeare
Cymbeline, 5.1.24-33

Bear and Quills heraldic device
of Hroaldr Egilsson
in the Society for Creative Anachronism
drawn by Damian von Baden
for Robert W. Franson

Camouflaged Ships: An Illustrated History
at the U.S. Naval Institute

Detection at Troynovant
solving mysteries; detective agencies

Utopia at Troynovant
utopia in power, or dystopia

Philosophy at Troynovant
nature of existence; history of ideas

Humor alloys to clarity,
we sketch ourselves:
scirtnecce rof rorrim a 

In what then does philosophic politics consist? In satisfying the city that the philosophers are not atheists, that they do not desecrate everything sacred to the city, that they reverence what the city reverences, that they are not subversives, in short, that they are not irresponsible adventurers but good citizens and even the best of citizens. This is the defense of philosophy which was required always and everywhere, whatever the regime might have been. ...

This defense of philosophy before the tribunal of the city was achieved by Plato with a resounding success. ... The effects have lasted down to the present throughout all ages except the darkest ones.

... the political action of the philosophers on behalf of philosophy has achieved full success. One sometimes wonders whether it has not been too successful.

Leo Strauss
"Restatement on Xenophon's Hiero"
On Tyranny
Revised and Expanded Edition
Including the Strauss-Kojeve Correspondence
  (1948; "Restatement" in 1954, 1963, 1991)
edited by Victor Gourevitch & Michael S. Roth

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