Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars XXVII


The Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon is a Gulf Wars department and class area where we explore the study and recreation of the Renaissance period through an immersive environment dedicated to post-13th-century history across Europe, Africa, and Asia. The Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars aims to foster scholarship within the various avenues of study within the Renaissance era which found it’s humble beginnings in 14th-century Italy before spreading northward through western Europe revolutionizing life and culture into the 16th-century and paving the way for the later Enlightenment period. The Salon offers a wide array of classes ranging from health & hygiene, fashion, general political history, social history, material culture, gender, economic, and military history as well as hosting special events and artisan demos.

In short, Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon is a collection of period pavilions where artisans & scholars can demonstrate, share, and teach their particular skills & knowledge. We invite everyone to come by and see what’s happening any day – visitors, observers, and questions are always welcome!


Go to this link for the living Google Documents schedule for the Salon, which will be updated daily at Gulf Wars:

Our schedule this year is full of amazing activities (like bocce ball tournaments and dances), great classes (for example, 15th-century Italian Condottieri and their Armor), and social hours for artisans, thinkers, or muses to relax and have fun. Everyone is welcome to come attend a class, watch a demo, bring and play their musical instrument, have refreshments, play a board game, and enjoy the “war with no enemies”.

We are always looking for teachers! If you would like to teach a class, hold a workshop, conduct a demonstration, etc. at Ca’ d’Oro Salon, submit your class online or via e-mail to help us schedule your class/activity. If you have any questions, please email department head Madame Cynthia du Pont or her deputy Maestra Giata Alberti at

salon schedule v9 2018


**Ball – Monday Night 6:30-8:30 PM French and Italian dance, live music, and refreshments.

**Académie de Chivalry (3 part class where you receive a 50-page handout and a red cap upon completion).

**Author, Seamus O’Caellaigh, Prince of the Principality of the Summits in An Tir, will speak about the ills of Henry VII and the herbs and treatments during his class on Wednesday from 11-12 PM.

**Interkingdom Bocce Ball Tournament Thursday at 10 AM.

**Populace Bocce Ball Tournament Friday at 10 AM.

**Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) will be held on Friday at 3 PM.

**Ca’ d’Oro & Italian Personae Social Friday night  6 – 9 PM then we promenade over to the Known World Party. There is a special musical guest at 7 PM! (Stary Olsa, a medieval band from Belarus)


What is a Salon? 

The Renaissance “Salon”, within a historical context, provided a safe scholarly environment where new ideas and ideas re-discovered from the scholars of Ancient Greece and Rome could be discussed without scrutiny from church or government. Often sponsored by learned and influential nobility, these salons and the discussions that flowed out of them aided the change from a medieval world view into an early modern, pre-enlightenment world view across the cultural and intellectual landscape of Europe.

The inspiration for Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon comes from 15th and 16th-century Italian Salons made famous by Laura Cereta, Isabella d’Este, and Elisabetta Gonzaga, literary women of the day. They created their salons as a setting for clever conversation and informal socializing. These salons were attended by renowned figures of their time. At a time when women were expected to cultivate their needlepoint and knitting skills, Salons served as an informal university for those who wanted to learn more. Although hosted by women, the speakers asked to address various topics were men — as these were considered the “learned” people of the day. Soon, men and women of the bourgeoisie began attending Salons as a way to seek the same educational opportunities previous afforded only to the wealthy and noble classes. These Salons offered patrons a venue to exchange ideas, read or show one’s own works, and receive/offer criticism.

Where is the Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon?

Here is a map of Gulf Wars, we are located across from the Sable & Gules theatre stage next to Page School & Artisan’s Row. Look for the lion’s head on the map.

Do I have to have a late period persona to come participate?

No! Everyone is welcome at the Salon. Come sit and chat, attend a class, watch a demo, try your hand at bocce ball, participate in our immersive enchanted ground, play your instrument, or work on your A&S project under our dayshade.

Maestra Giata Magdalena Alberti, OL
Kingdom of Gleann Abhann
~Ancora Imparo~

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