1417 Election of Oddone Colonna as Pope Martin V – 600 Years Ago In Italy

Ever hear of the Colonna family? Most living history enthusiasts interested in the Italian peninsula have heard of Vittoria Colonna a noblewoman and poet who was good friends with Michelangelo Buonarroti in the 1530s. Well, 600 years ago today (November 11, 1417) Oddone Colonna (or Oddo Colonna) was elected pope, ending the Great Schism.   … More 1417 Election of Oddone Colonna as Pope Martin V – 600 Years Ago In Italy

Feminine dress of the 15th century: Emilia-Romagna & Veneto

Two words: side-laced (actually one word)!. This is my new thing, as front-laced gowns do not look that flattering on me. I’ve been looking for information on female dress in the late 15th-century in both Emilia-Romagna and the Veneto. Ferrara is one of my favorite cities, but nearby cities of Rimini, Mantova, and Venice would help … More Feminine dress of the 15th century: Emilia-Romagna & Veneto

Caterina Sforza – Daughter of Perdition

Raucous Royal Reblog: Raucous Royal of the Month, Caterina Sforza: Daughter of Perdition  From http://blog.raucousroyals.com/2010/05/raucous-royal-of-month-caterina-sforza.html “…more is always said then the real truth” – Caterina Sforza On August 1483, the 21 year old Caterina Sforza rode up to the Castel Sant’ Angelo as shouts of “Duca! Duca!” cut through the stifling heat. Clad in a green satin … More Caterina Sforza – Daughter of Perdition

Pier Mattioli’s 16th Century Herbal

Pier Andrea Mattioli from http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/aconite/mattioli.html Born in Siena, Pier Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577) was personal physician to Ferdinand I and a prolific commentator on De Materia Medica of Dioscorides, the codex of which Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq had attempted to acquire from the court of Süleyman I (the Magnificent). Although he failed to procure the manuscript, he did return from Constantinople, … More Pier Mattioli’s 16th Century Herbal