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  • Feudalism Explained

    Feudalism Explained

    6 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...

  • All Things Gruesome: Torture

    All Things Gruesome: Torture

    6 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?

    Vampires - An Urban Legend of the Middle Ages?

    6 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...

  • Modern Costume Patterns for Medieval Clothing

    Modern Costume Patterns for Medieval Clothing

    6 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...

  • Medieval Children

    Medieval Children

    6 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

    Old-Fashioned Baby Names

    6 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

    The Cross and Christianity

    6 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...

  • 10 Tips to Look More Medieval

    10 Tips to Look More Medieval

    6 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?...

  • The Story of Griselda

    The Story of Griselda

    6 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

    Hand-Stitched Eyelets

    6 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

    Medieval Dress for the Casual Re-Enactor

    6 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...