A video posted January 4th 2019 has been making the rounds again where a member of the Ukrainian Federation of Medieval Combat demonstrate the true mobility of a suit of well fitted armor worn by someone with knightly levels of athleticism by doing a full rear back-flip wearing his harness (minus helmet.)
The Cotton library is one of those treasure troves which is responsible for many of the primary sources we use to inform both our body of knowledge and impressions. In an article published August 18th the Medieval Manuscript Blog discusses some of the ways this library grew during Sir Robert Cotton’s life. Approximate read time six minutes.
August 22nd, 2020 Exploring the Medieval Hunt posted a seven photo album (and one video in the comments) of a fishing trip they took in medieval kit.
Aired August 26th, 2020 Zac Evans addresses some of the misconceptions about armor and its purpose, illustrating some of its inherent limitations, and putting the defensive capabilities of armor in context. Video duration 4:23
Aired August 29th, 2020 Andrew of Popula Urbanum shares his top five favorite websites for researching medieval living history impressions: Marc Carlson’s Footwear of the Middle Ages, Marc Carlson’s Some Clothing of the Middle Ages, Manuscript Miniatures, Jstor, and Academia.edu. Video duration 7:22
An article published on Medievalists.net September 5th, 2020 goes over the practice of farming rabbits by creating purpose built warrens, to include homes for the warren warden and even sometimes walls or moats to protect them from poaching! New lottery goal: who needs a reproduction motte-and-bailey when you can build a fortified rabbit warren!
In a video aired September 6th, 2020 on Popula Urbanum multiple personalities including myself, Andrew, Ocean, Knyght Errant, and Eran ud Turan share quick presentations on why we reenact. Video duration 13:31
My pattens are, by far, the item which inspires the most inquisitiveness by the public. Sword, armor, tents, they’re all interesting… but everyone always wants to know about my funny wooden over shoes. In an article published September 6th, 2020 Linda of Handcrafted History provides a great overview of the patten, both its purpose and various forms and how it varied by social class. A follow up article forthcoming will do a step by step on making some. Approximate read time, 5 minutes.
Posted September 10th, 2020 Twitter page “Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law in Europe” tweeted a bit of medieval living history: Odio et Atia, latin for hatred and spite, is a common law defense based on the argument that the charge was brought on by hatred and spite.