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The Renaissance Village is a Gulf Wars department and Late Period Life (LPL) class area where we explore the Renaissance period through an immersive environment dedicated to A&S across the world from 1300-1600. In short, the Renaissance Village is a collection of period pavilions where artisans & scholars can demonstrate, share, and teach their particular skills & knowledge. We invite everyone to come by and see what’s happening any day – visitors, observers, and questions are always welcome!
The Renaissance Village at Gulf Wars aims to foster scholarship within the various avenues of study within the Renaissance era which found its humble beginnings in 12th-century Italy and ignited again in the 14th-century before spreading northward through western Europe revolutionizing life and culture into the 16th-century and paving the way for the later Enlightenment period. We offer a wide array of classes ranging from health & hygiene, fashion, general political history, social history, material culture, gender, economic, and military history as well as hosting special events and artisan demos.
The Ca’ d’Oro Italian Salon is located in the Renaissance Village class area at Gulf Wars. It is based on the historical salon concept, specifically the 15th-century Italian Salon where artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, nobility, and courtiers would have gathered to pass the time away from the scrutiny of church or state. We emulate those “unsupervised intellectuals” at our living history Salon.
Renaissance Village is located next to Artisan’s Row and across from the Theatre. We offer a variety of A&S demos and classes focused on post-12th century life. In addition, we host a musician’s solar, period gaming, bardic circle, pre-Ball dances, bocce ball tournaments, period apothecary/ profumatoria, Chivalry Academy, and a yearly Salon Social on Friday night before the Known World Party. There will be an fiber arts solar,, enchanted ground persona play and bardic daily, and a daily cooking demo.
STAFF GW XXX (2021)
- Department Head GWXXIX: Giata Magdalena Alberti
- Department Deputy GWXXIX: Aisling MacCuithein
- Class Deputy – Dianora of Meridies
- Apothecary Deputy – Gwlados Vachan of Trimaris
- Cooking Deputy – Sandro/Uji of Calontir
- Dance Deputy – Runolfr of Meridies
- Event Pavilion Deputy – David Sar-nik of Meridies
- Eastern Salon Deputy – Soo Yun of Meridies
- Music Ambassador – Merewen FitzAlan of Trimaris
- Courtesans Ambassador – Justina di Silvestri of Meridies
See the site booklet for details on our classes and download the GW class app. We also have a living google spreadsheet schedule here:
ONLINE CLASS SCHEDULE
Go to these links for the Gulf Wars schedules and app which will be updated daily at Gulf Wars:
Our schedule this year is full of amazing activities (like bocce ball tournaments and dances), great classes, and social hours for artisans, musicians, thinkers, or muses to relax and have fun. Everyone is welcome to come attend a class, watch a demo, bring and play their musical instrument, have refreshments, play a board game, and enjoy the “war with no enemies”.
We are always looking for teachers! If you would like to teach a class, hold a workshop, conduct a demonstration, etc. submit your class online or via e-mail to help us schedule your class/activity.
If you have any questions, please email department head Giata Alberti or deputy Aislinge MacCuithein at email@example.com.
For official information visit
Full Schedule Highlights 2020
- **VIRTUAL Académie de Chivalry (3 part class where you receive a 50-page handout and a red cap upon completion).
- **CONCERT – Tuesday 4 PM.
- **Rapier Tournament with $200 prize!
- **Interkingdom Bocce Ball Tournament Thursday at 10 AM.
- **Populace Bocce Ball Tournament Friday at 10 AM.
- **Italian Personae Social & REN VILLAGE Social Friday night 6 – 9 PM then we promenade over to the Known World Party.
Come volunteer at our department to earn money for your Kingdom!!
What is a Salon?
The Renaissance “Salon”, within a historical context, provided a safe scholarly environment where new ideas and ideas re-discovered from the scholars of Ancient Greece and Rome could be discussed without scrutiny from church or government. Often sponsored by learned and influential nobility, these salons and the discussions that flowed out of them aided the change from a medieval world view into an early modern, pre-enlightenment world view across the cultural and intellectual landscape of Europe.
The inspiration for Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon comes from 15th and 16th-century Italian Salons made famous by Laura Cereta, Isabella d’Este, and Elisabetta Gonzaga, literary women of the day. They created their salons as a setting for clever conversation and informal socializing for “unsupervised intellectuals”. These salons were attended by renowned figures and great minds of their time. At a time when women were expected to cultivate their needlepoint and knitting skills, Salons served as an informal university for those who wanted to learn more. Although some salons were hosted by women, the speakers asked to address various topics were men — as these were considered the “learned” people of the day. Soon, men and women of the bourgeoisie began attending Salons as a way to seek the same intellectual stimulation previous afforded only to the wealthy and noble classes. These Salons offered patrons a venue to exchange ideas, read or show one’s own works, and receive/offer criticism.
Where is the Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon?
Here is a map of Gulf Wars, we are located in Renaissance Village across from the Sable & Gules theatre stage next to Page School & Artisan’s Row. Look for the lion’s head on the map.
Do I have to have a late period persona to come participate?
No! Everyone is welcome at the Salon. Come sit and chat, attend a class, watch a demo, try your hand at bocce ball, participate in our immersive enchanted ground, play your instrument, or work on your A&S project under our dayshade.
Maestra Giata Magdalena Alberti, OL