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

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

5 Times Caterina Sforza Was My Spirit Animal

Caterina Sforza, Countess of Forli and Imola, daughter of Galeazzo Maria Sforza (Duke of Milan), wed to powerful men like Girolamo Riario (nephew of Pope Sixtus IV) and Girolamo de’ Medici il Popolano, mother of Giovani delle Bande Nere, AND general keeper of #renaissancewomanmagic is my spirit animal. I love her. She was nicknamed La … More 5 Times Caterina Sforza Was My Spirit Animal

Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars

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