Question: What was 14th/15th Century sugar like? Recipes from various sources refer to sugar as coming in a number of colors, including “black”, “brown”, and “white”. They also call for “loaf sugar”, direct the cook to cast or sprinkle the sugar, grate the sugar, and sometimes to use “powdered” sugar. In a quick (i.e. two minutes) … More Zucchero (Sugar) in the Early Renaissance
‘Books of Secrets’ (Libri di Secreti or, more generically, ricettari) first flourished during the middle ages. They were technical, crafts-based ‘how-to-do it’ manuals, ‘secret’ because they were written in Latin and available only to the privileged few. With the advent of the printing press, vernacular editions started to appear—the first in Italian was the Opera … More Libri di Secreti (Italian Books of Secrets)
TAKE A POUND OF WHITE [VENETIAN CASTILE] SOAP, THE OLDER THE BETTER. Cut very fine, put in a basin and splash with rosewater. Mix and incorporate well. Then set in the sun, steeped in the rosewater for two weeks, and mix every day. Ten days in the sun will suffice in July or August. … More Wash Balls Recipe from Notandissimi Secreti de L’Arte Profumatoria
Hidden Florence’s website accompanies a free smartphone app that takes you on a unique tour of the Renaissance city through the eyes of a “contemporary” guide, a 1490s wool worker called Giovanni. … More I Love Hidden Florence!
Notice the use of Fabritio Caroso’s “Nobilita di Dame” (1600) in his Dialog Between a Disciple and His Master, on the Conduct Required of Gentlemen and Ladies at a Ball and Elsewhere. … More Manners from Nobilita di Dame (1600)
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Imported Aleppo soap led to Venice becoming a soap export center of Europe. … More Aleppo Soap & Castile Soap
La Bella Donna Historical Apothecary will have several pre 17th century products for sale at Gulf Wars XXV!! … More La Bella Donna Historical Apothecary at Gulf Wars XXV