Imprese, The Italian Renaissance Heraldic Badge

An impresa (plural imprese) is a variant of the badge which became particularly popular in the 15th and 16th centuries. The one below is the impresa of Piero dei Medici. This next one is the sole raggiante, or ragged sun, of the Sforza. You can also see and read more on Sforza imprese here: http://www.storiadimilano.it/arte/imprese/Imprese05.htmMore Imprese, The Italian Renaissance Heraldic Badge

Name Consult 101 by Fleurtyherald

The first rule is that this website is your best friend, search it, read it, know it, love it: http://heraldry.sca.org/welcome.html (particularly) http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/sena.html#PN1 You should also especially love this page: http://heraldry.sca.org/articles/withoutbooks.html which is a more comprehensive guide on name research without books. In this class you get the quicksteps that are my tried and true method. … More Name Consult 101 by Fleurtyherald

Italian Renaissance Sage Tooth Powder

This is Polvere di Salvia (Sage Powder), our 16th Century Italian tooth cleanser and breath freshener. Another perfect addition to your living history kit or your modern organic eco-toilette! Caterina Sforza, Alessio Piemontese, and Gervase Markham all recorded recipes to freshen the breath and clean the teeth. This recipe was inspired by an English recipe … More Italian Renaissance Sage Tooth Powder

Aromatario del Giglio – The Apothecary of the Lily – Winter Line

This is the Aromatario del Giglio (Apothecary of the Lily), an extension of the La Bella Donna living history blog. I am Gigi, an herbalist and living history participant who loves to indulge herself in historical cosmetic and apothecary products made from authentic recipes of the medieval and renaissance time periods. Let me share my … More Aromatario del Giglio – The Apothecary of the Lily – Winter Line

Illegally Fashionable – Sumptuary Laws In Renaissance Florence

Fleurtyherald’s Tidbits on Sumptuary Laws The first sumptuary office in Florence, known as the Ufficiali delle donne, was created in 1330 to enforce all of the sumptuary bans adopted that year. By the fifteenth century, secret denunciations made by Florentine citizens and placed in boxes known as tamburi, were a commonplace. The cities of Florence, … More Illegally Fashionable – Sumptuary Laws In Renaissance Florence