THL Elska á Fjárfelli has put together some WONDERFUL research on period soapmaking. Read her entire blog post here. Below I’ve pasted some of the basic information from her blog post that pertains to pre 17th-century Italian Peninsula. What is Soap? First things first. To undertake soap making one should be familiar with what soap … More 16th Century Soap Recipes
My love affair with Titian’s painting has led me to compile research on the style of coat featured in it. I call it the Turkish Venetian coat. The painting is Portrait of a Lady by Titian done in 1555 and housed at the National Gallery of Art in DC. Throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, … More Turkish Venetian Gown & Coat
In honor of the cherry Visinata/ Vishniak I’m making for Gulf Wars…a few historical drink recipes! Nunc est bibendum… (now is the time for drinking) “Nunc est bibendum” (“Now is the time for drinking”), sometimes known as the “Cleopatra Ode”, is one of the most famous of the odes of the Roman lyric poet Horace, … More Nunc est bibendum
Ancient wisdom states, …there is no new thing under the sun. – Ecclesiates 1:9 (New World Translation) Did Renaissance philosophers invent philosophy? Of course not. Marsilio Ficino was a Florentine philosopher, translator, and commentator, largely responsible for the revival of Plato and Platonism in the Renaissance. He has been widely recognized by historians of philosophy for … More Marsilio Ficino and William of Ockham
This combination is explored in detail by Anna Attiliani of Tacuinum Medievale. Read her full blog post here http://tacuinummedievale.blogspot.com/search/label/wimple For a partial repost, I’d like to show you a few sources from Larsdatter of the bycocket, or “cappello a punta” (pointed hat) as Anna calls it. The “pointed hat” is very common in the 14th-century hunting … More Bycocket and Veil in 14th Century Italy?