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
So, you want to assemble a sewing kit for your Italian Peninsula persona? This is a guide to doing so with sources to point you in the right direction for your place and time. Remember, many things were similar on the peninsula but each city was its own autonomous region with its own dialect … More 14th to 15th Century Sewing Kit for La Bella Donna
A helpful resource for those looking at 14th-century Venice is this post on the Carthago Delenda Est blog, which I’ve reposted below. “First I found images by the painter Giotto. Giotto was a Florentine by birth but ranged all over Italy, including the famous Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, which is part of the Veneto. … More 14th-Century Venetian Clothing?
In living history, we tend to choose, recreate, and portray the highlights of life in the past. Here is just some food for thought about how it really would have been to live there for women who couldn’t just pick and choose which experience they wanted to have. Written by Alexandra Korey Anytime any of … More Being a Woman in Renaissance Italy
A page from the Zibaldone da Venice, a 14th-century hodgepodge. (Image: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) ONE DAY IN VENICE, SOMETIME near the end of the 14th century, a busy merchant found himself with a few spare moments. Maybe it was a slow day at the docks, or he arrived home too early for dinner. … More Zibaldone – A 14th Century Tumblr?
My research on Africans in Europe has led me to understand that aside from those in slavery or servitude there were examples of African generals, Saints, Cardinals, nobility, conquistadors, condottieri/mercenaries, musicians, cooks, pastry chefs, housekeepers, pages, assistants in apothecaries, kitchens, gardens, and stables. In what is now Portugal, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and … More African Presence In Renaissance Europe
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 Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars
Last year at Pennsic I got hooked on the idea of replacing our modern Coleman cooler with a wooden box in the style of an historical box from the 14th C. I chose this box from the Victoria and Albert Musuem as a reasonable size for our needs. Historically, this was a ‘grain ark’, that […] … More An historical cooler box — Silverforge Portfolio
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