Fortress of Castrocaro

Fortress of Castrocaro (Terme e Terra del Sole, Via Fortezza, 2 –  Read More) In the heart of Emilia-Romagna, where the river flows slowly in the valley between the slopes of the foothills of the Apennines, there is bedrock on which, for over a thousand years, stands the Fortress of Castrocaro. This singular and accentuated … More Fortress of Castrocaro

Laila Akhyaliyya – Female Voice Of Antiquity

“HE WAS HONEY—NO, I SEE A BEEHIVE HIS LIKENESS.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ by Dorothy Disse Laila Akhyaliyya, a member of a noble family of the ‘Uqail (in what is now Iraq), lived in the later 600s, and knew two of the Umayyad caliphs whose dynasty led the Islamic world from 661 to 750. She may have been … More Laila Akhyaliyya – Female Voice Of Antiquity

Aromatario del Giglio – The La Bella Donna Apothecary

Ciao! This is my first post about the Aromatario del Giglio (Apothecary of the Lily), an extension of the La Bella Donna living history blog. I am Gigi, an herbalist and living history participant who (as you know) loves to indulge herself in historical cosmetic and apothecary products made from authentic recipes of the medieval … More Aromatario del Giglio – The La Bella Donna Apothecary