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I have recently finished my first manuscript and I am taking steps to get it published. Follow my trials, tribulations and (hopefully) triumphs on http://keripeardon.wordpress.com/.

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  • Feudalism Explained
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    Feudalism Explained

    4 years ago

    Feudalism is a system of government in which land is granted in return for service. It can also be thought of as a political and social pyramid. At the top of the pyramid is a king or chieftain. Next below him are...

  • Medieval Fabrics for Re-Enacting
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    Medieval Fabrics for Re-Enacting

    5 years ago

    After you have picked out the pattern you want for your medieval clothing, you need to select the fabric. But not all fabric available today is appropriate for the middle ages. The following information will help you...

  • All Things Gruesome: Torture
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    All Things Gruesome: Torture

    5 years ago

    This is part of a series of articles I published for the newsletter of my medieval re-enactment group. As the title implies, the content is gruesome to modern readers, so be forewarned. Torture in the middle ages had...

  • Vampires - An Urban Legend of the Middle Ages?
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    Vampires - An Urban Legend of the Middle Ages?

    5 years ago

    When I was writing my senior history thesis, my advisor asked me how widespread the belief in vampires was. Who all believed in it? Did they actually believe in vampires? I couldn't give him an answer because no one, it...

  • 7 Tips for 1940s Glamour
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    7 Tips for 1940s Glamour

    5 years ago

    I have been in love with the hair and makeup from the 1940's for as long as I can remember. I was just a kid when I watched Vivien Leigh play Scarlett O'Hara and I thought that she had to be one of the most beautiful...

  • Modern Costume Patterns for Medieval Clothing
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    Modern Costume Patterns for Medieval Clothing

    5 years ago

    Here is a list of costume patterns that will make reasonably good-looking medieval clothing. I haven't tried making most this stuff up, but have found that Butterick, McCall's and Simplicity are reasonably easy to...

  • The Plague
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    The Plague

    5 years ago

    This is material from a lecture that I give in my re-enactment organization. Part I focuses on the myriad of elements that came together to make the Plague worse than any disease that had ever struck Western Europe and...

  • Medieval Children
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    Medieval Children

    5 years ago

    There is a lot of misinformation about children in the middle ages, some of which is bandied about by seemingly-reputable books, which should know better. This paper exposes some of the more common statements made about...

  • Old-Fashioned Baby Names
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    Old-Fashioned Baby Names

    5 years ago

    Are you looking for an unusual name for a baby, but don't want to follow the current trends? Why not look to the past for names? Some of the names listed below are classic names, commonly used once upon a time, but...

  • The Cross and Christianity
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    The Cross and Christianity

    5 years ago

    For people raised in another religion, it can be difficult to understand why Christians are so very fond of the image of the cross. After all, the Christian savior was tortured and executed upon it. The Romans...

  • The Black Death
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    The Black Death

    5 years ago

    This is an article that I wrote for a history magazine for homeschooled middle and high school students. It contains a brief overview of what the Black Death was and how it functioned. Study questions for students...

  • 10 Tips to Look More Medieval
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    10 Tips to Look More Medieval

    5 years ago

    Are you a medieval re-enactor who wants to get beyond basics? Are you ready to test your sewing skills? Are you ready to spend a little cash? Do you want to look like this professional re-enactor at the Tower of London?...

  • Horsekeeping for Beginners
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    Horsekeeping for Beginners

    5 years ago

    When my husband and I set out to get our first horse, there was surprisingly little information on the web, it seemed, geared towards beginners and normal people keeping horses--as in not rich people boarding champions...

  • The Story of Griselda
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    The Story of Griselda

    5 years ago

    The Story of Griselda was extremely popular in the middle ages. Everyone knew it, just as modern people know the story of Cinderella or Snow White. I include it here because it not only illustrates the virtues that were...

  • Hand-Stitched Eyelets
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    Hand-Stitched Eyelets

    5 years ago

    This is a text I use to teach eyelet-making at re-enactments. The information for making hand-stitched eyelets is especially useful to historic re-enactors, including medieval and Rev War. Please note! I reference the...

  • Medieval Dress for the Casual Re-Enactor
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    Medieval Dress for the Casual Re-Enactor

    5 years ago

    I am a medieval re-enactor. This page contains information on making a reasonable attempt at medieval clothing. I originally used some of this information to help my family dress for my medeival wedding, but this...

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