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. 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. I will check 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. 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. In areas outside my expertise only gather resources verified by those I trust to be worth your time.
Ari (AKA The Turnip of Terror) is a medieval reenactment and living history participant, historical weapons martial artist, and armor enthusiast. He has participated in living history and reenactment activities both professionally and as a hobby since 2006. He got his start in 19th century maritime living history as well as a come and go member of the SCA. The Turnip of Terror website and its related Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Patreon pages are where Ari curates and shares medieval content, both his and from around the world. He maintains reliable link and resource lists, shares reviews of events, interviews with prominent figures in the hobby, tips, product reviews, videos, community resources, etc.
- Co-host of the How Two Medieval Podcast (RSS link), a show focused on laying out basic medieval living history and reenactment concepts in an easy to digest audio format.
- The voice of the Medieval Herauld (RSS link), a simple, and direct medieval news brief sharing stories, news, and developments in the study of medieval history of interest to those seeking to develop authentic and accurate living history and reenactment impressions.
- Named The Turnip of Terra Australis Incognita by Elden of the Company of the Staple
- A guest on The Stallion Podcast to discuss medieval living history and reenactment.
- A guest on The Reenactor’s Corner to compare medieval and WWII living history.
- Appears in the video How To Improve Your Impression – Hierarchies in the Medieval Cities by Popula Urbanum
- Produced a #medievalminute video for the Abbey Medieval Festival‘s Facebook page.
- Featured on Living History Live with a presentation on medieval armor.
- A guest on The Greenwood podcast to discuss reenactment in the digital age.
He contributes a recurring article to the online magazine Explosive Runes called “Beatsticks” adding historical context to the weapons of fantasy role-playing games.
I do plenty of product reviews of things I already own, but if you’re interested in making sure I review a specific product for your company, the following applies:
- Contact me via email, messenger, DM, etc. with either a link to the product, or with pictures and description of the product for review. I reserve the right to refuse to review anything that isn’t in keeping with the living history aesthetic of the hobby. I do not review non-historical products, tech, or fantasy themed products.
- Unsolicited products are not assured a review. If a review is agreed on, the review will be published. Products received will not be returned. Products not used by myself will be retained for donations or used as part of promotions or give-aways.
- Reviewed content cannot be sponsored. All products received for review will be disclosed as such in accordance with FTC Endorsement requirements.
- All products will receive a link to your website as well as any other web locations you choose.
Many giveaway products come from reviews or personal purchases. If you are interested in offering products for sweepstakes events the following rules will apply
- No purchase necessary.
- Prizes will be shipped anywhere in the Continental US.
- All prizes offered during a sweepstakes will be awarded.
- Winners will be selected at random.
- The winning entries will be announced on all platforms promoting the giveaway sweepstakes.
- If the prize is sponsored, the sponsoring company will have their business and address (web or physical, their preference) included in the giveaway promotional descriptions.
- Retail price and a description of every item will be identified for each giveaway.
- To avoid having to handle the SSN of American contestants until secure methods of storing this information are available; no giveaway prizes over $600 will be accepted or offered at this time.
If you are interested in sponsoring content on the Turnip of Terror channels contact via email for pricing, as pricing reflects which platforms you are interested in.
- I reserve the right to refuse sponsorships which do not reflect the needs of my audience or my own quality standards. I do not sponsor non-historical products, tech, or fantasy themed products.
- Sponsorship can be negotiated in product or currency.
- All sponsored posts will be identified as such in accordance with platform requirements.
- All sponsors will receive a link to your website as well as any other web locations you choose.