Feminine Names from 15th Century Bologna

by Magnifica Gianna Madalena Alberti/ Giata Magdalena Alberti (Gigi Coulson)  These names are taken from the 1401 Registro della bollatura delle veste from the Comune of Bologna. This was list of clothing items that were declared to the record-keeper at a Parish location so that the item could be grandfathered in and not fined by … More Feminine Names from 15th Century Bologna


Repost: 16th Century Drawn Thread Handkerchief     

http://germanrenaissance.net/drawn-thead-work-the-hemstitch-tutorial/ By Genoveva von Lubeck Drawn thread work likely began in the 16th century and was popular in Italy, Germany, Sweden, and England. I discovered it while researching pleated aprons and I theorize that some German aprons utilized drawn thread techniques based on imagery. Drawn thread work can be seen in a simple form on … More Repost: 16th Century Drawn Thread Handkerchief     

Tudor Bathing – An Italian Renaissance Application

Just remember that most of what the Tudors were in the habit of doing as far as hygiene was being done in Italy a century or more before 🙂 Reposted from http://onthetudortrail.com/Blog/resources/life-in-tudor-england/tudor-hygiene-part-1-bathing/ Tudor Hygiene Part 1- Bathing “One of the misconceptions of popular history is that concern for hygiene and sanitation is a recent – and … More Tudor Bathing – An Italian Renaissance Application

Zucchero (Sugar) in the Early Renaissance

Question: What was 14th/15th Century sugar like? Recipes from various sources refer to sugar as coming in a number of colors, including “black”, “brown”, and “white”. They also call for “loaf sugar”, direct the cook to cast or sprinkle the sugar, grate the sugar, and sometimes to use “powdered” sugar. In a quick (i.e. two minutes) … More Zucchero (Sugar) in the Early Renaissance

German-Italian Relations During the Renaissance

My dear friend and fellow reenactor, known to some as Herr Nicolas, portrays a Burgundian (of all things!). We both love persona development and want to attend some event activities “in persona”. The following is what I have found so far during my recon research into how our respective personae would have thought of each … More German-Italian Relations During the Renaissance

When Was The Renaissance?

I was reading up on an Italian scholar of the 15th Century names Leonardo Bruni. Here is a blurb written on him in the Encyclopedia Britannica: Leonardo Bruni, also called Leonardo Aretino    (born c. 1370, Arezzo, Florence[Italy]—died March 9, 1444, Florence), Italian humanist scholar of the Renaissance. Bruni was secretary to the papal chancery from 1405 and served as chancellor of Florence from 1427 until his … More When Was The Renaissance?

An Article on Caterina Sforza, My Favorite Renaissance Woman

**I have also been obsessed with Caterina Sforza and in a few weeks will attend a reenactment in the town she took control of (Forlì, 30 April 1488) and made her historical defense of! Caterina Sforza: “I Am the Daughter of One Who Had No Fear” (by Sharon Jansel)  Originally posted HERE As any of … More An Article on Caterina Sforza, My Favorite Renaissance Woman