Because of Charles the fourth, Holy Roman Emporer.
He remains to this day a Pater Patriea to the Czech Republic and I wanted Eleonora to be a Lady during his reign of intellectual, creative and economic prosperity.
My time is also right before the birth of Jan Hus, the first Czech Protestant, who later had a direct influence on Martin Luther, which means I'm right in the middle of religious reformation.
In 1360, I have missed the Black Plague that swept through Venice (my mother's hometown) twelve years earlier.
Eleonora is the a daughter of a wealthy merchant, who plied his wares from Constantinople to Paris. This backstory allows me to wear pretty much anything I want in European fashion in the mid 14th century.
I was really stuck on the name Eleonora, and started out as Eleonora z Praha (Eleanor of Prague) but the Herald (God bless her!) advised me that Eleonora is an Italian name. I couldn't find an Eleonora in the Bohemian countries until well after her time, so I was forced to go Italian. And since I had an Italian first name, I had to have an Italian lastname. So I chose Pragensis, which is Latin for "from Prague". Now that I'm an SCA Lady (big L), technically, to be in line with my Italian name, I SHOULD be "Signora Eleonora Pragensis" but I'm INSISTING on Dáma ("DAH-ma"), which is the Bohemian (Czech) version of Lady.
The end result is that I had to explain why I had an Italian name if my father was a Czech merchant based in Prague.
Simple: my mother.
My mother was the daugher of a Senator on the Great Council in Veniti (Venice). Wiki says:
With the elimination of pirates along the Dalmatian Coast, the city became a flourishing trade center between Western Europe and the rest of the world (especially the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic World).
|The route my father took on his travels from Constantinople to Paris and back.|
In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Venice was a major centre for commerce and trade, as it controlled a vast sea-empire, and became an extremely wealthy European city, a leader in political and economic affairs and a centre for trade and commerce.Meanwhile, over in England in 1360, Edward III was signing the Treaty of Calais.