Gulf Wars Cooking

This year at Gulf Wars we will have a cooking demo on Monday from 10am until around lunch when the demo participants can feast on the things they made. In compiling recipes to make over a fire at camp I’ve made a few posts. In this one I’m putting the top recipes I hope we … More Gulf Wars Cooking

Amaretto from 1525

Is this the face of the woman who introduced Amaretto to the world? According to legend, In 1525, Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s pupils, was commissioned to paint the sanctuary of a church in Saronno, Italy and needed a model to portray the Madonna, the patron saint of the church. He eventually happened … More Amaretto from 1525

Nunc est bibendum

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

Marsilio Ficino and William of Ockham

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

Bycocket and Veil in 14th Century Italy?

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?

Ca’ d’Oro Salon at Gulf Wars XXVII

The Ca’ d’Oro Salon is a department at Gulf Wars, a reenactment event held annually near Lumberton, Mississippi. Ca’ d’Oro is a place where we gather, socialize, and learn about post 13th-century arts & sciences in the atmosphere of a 15th-century Italian Salon where artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, nobility, and courtiers would have gathered to pass … More Ca’ d’Oro Salon at Gulf Wars XXVII