The Turnip of Terror’s Medieval Living History and Reenactment Resources
The purpose of this resource is to provide the medieval living history and reenactment community a centralized location where they can rely on accurate, high quality, functioning links to useful content. While there are a variety of resources for the raw, academic study of medieval history such as university websites and teacher resources, the focus of this website is to curate and tailor useful links and content for the purposes of reenactment and living history of the medieval period. While considerable overlap exists, there is a distinct difference and I strive to streamline links and resources to cater to the application of reenactment and living history. My three primary commitments are to avoid graveyards of broken links, promote quality content, and do so in an aesthetically pleasing interface.
I hate broken links. Not just broken links, but bad links or misleading links. I hate them so much when I was searching the internet for useful resources to improve my skills and knowledge in this hobby I found I was running into them all the time. To address this problem I built a resource where I can check them, update them, and remove them as necessary. Sometimes a link is ‘good’ but goes to a “404” page on an otherwise functioning website. The links will be checked for more than just connectivity, but for soundness and I will strive to keep the thumbnails and descriptions of what the links go to up to date as the websites I link to themselves update.
I hate ugly websites. Perhaps not as much as I hate broken links, but there is so much opportunity to add beauty and elegance to what we look at and I am always disappointed when I have to stumble through poorly formatted, boring lists online. While it is quicker and easier to create a list than to add images and clever design, I will always be upgrading this website so the lists of resources are not just endlessly scrolling, cumbersome, and unattractive lists with no context. They will be thoughtfully categorized, sorted, and presented. This includes making sure the resources are well described so you know what you’re going to link to and why it would be useful to you.
Finally, I strive to provide a list of resources which you can rely on to have achieved a minimum threshold of usefulness, reliability, accuracy, and quality. While I am not the expert in most subjects, I will do my best to screen out low quality links I can identify, and in areas outside my expertise only gather resources verified by those I trust to be worth your time.
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MEDIEVAL Community Resources
Handy resources, mainly websites, for conducting online research into medieval related topics, viewing collections and manuscripts, connecting with the living history and reenactment community, etc.
Writers, artists, researchers, videographers, and educators working in the field of creating content for medieval living history and reenactment.
Useful guides and tutorials for the types of handicrafts and projects which benefit the pursuits of medieval reenactment and living history.
A medieval glossary resource of English (old/middle/modern) words as they were used in their various definitions through the middle ages, especially ones commonly misunderstood or unknown to the general public (or newer participants.)
An up to date resource list of trustworthy, reputable merchants and artisans of medieval reenactment and living history material goods, clothing, weapons, and armor.
A catalog of living history and reenactment groups of various medieval impressions, battles, or communities from around the world.
A personal resource made public; the arms of the living history and reenactment companions I know and respect; those I get the pleasure of interacting with; those I admire and who I feel make great strides towards making this hobby great.