De re coquinaria, sometimes attributed to Caelius Apicius or Marcus Gavius Apicius, is a collection of approximately 500 recipes written in Vulgar Latin. (Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome, by J. Vehling, 1926, page 18.) The dating of the manuscript is tricky, the oldest extant manuscript, currently held by the New York Academy of Medicine, … Continue reading Figgy Piggy documentation (De re coquinaria, recipe 287)
I made a hat.
An update on the (slightly fantastical) Viking gown for the sister. And a clarification of it's general lack of historical evidence.
This isn't really a "home life" related article, however, it's a topic of interest (to me) and was a lot of fun to write. If you're interested in a bit of information on medieval diplomatic practice, read on! As territorial Baronesses in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Clare Elena and I are responsible for swearing … Continue reading On Writing a Letter of Credence
The sister (who lives far away) is coming with me to an east coast coronation in April and needs something to wear. So (slightly fantastical) Viking it is.
The Book of Brome (Beinecke MS 365, f. 1v) includes a word game that relies on a simple cypher (and, alas, isn’t very nice to the ladies). This puzzle provides some insight on how the literate classes entertained themselves and is not at all dissimilar to the cryptoquote puzzle in our local paper. I've included a short discussion and hint for its solution under the cut.
How to build a warping board out of PVC.
After many years of borrowing a friend's loom, I decided it was time to construct my own!
About One of the aspects of medieval life I find most interesting is stories. I am particularly fond of religious stories, tales of saints and martyrs (because who doesn't like a good head choppy saga?!). This story, the Hodoeporicon of St. Sudafed is based on a particular type of religious story, the hodepocorian, which relates … Continue reading The Hodoeporicon of St. Sudafed
Making a tunic using rectangular construction is a relatively easy process. For the presentation, click here: Medieval Home Companion - tunics My Sources: T-Tunics the Period WayTunics the Period Way http://www.forest.gen.nz/Medieval/articles/Tunics/TUNICS.HTML Viking/Norse Underdress http://viking.snapshotstacy.com/underdress.html Introduction to Garb http://www.virtue.to/articles/in_depth_garb.html Introduction to SCA Clothing http://thehoodedhare.com/clothing_intro.htm If you need adobe reader, click here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/