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1. 10 Tips to Look More Medieval
10 Tips to Look More Medieval
Are you a medieval re-enactor who wants to get beyond basics? Are you ready to test your sewing skills? Are you ready to spend a little cash? Do you want to look like this professional re-enactor at the Tower of London? Here are some things that you can do to look more impressive and wow your fel...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:24:23
2. Old-Fashioned Baby Names
Old-Fashioned Baby Names
Are you looking for an unusual name for a baby, but don't want to follow the current trends? Why not look to the past for names? Some of the names listed below are classic names, commonly used once upon a time, but which have fallen out of fashion. Others are misspellings or mispronunciations of ...
Parenting & Kids - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:20:38
3. Medieval Dress for the Casual Re-Enactor
Medieval Dress for the Casual Re-Enactor
I am a medieval re-enactor. This page contains information on making a reasonable attempt at medieval clothing. I originally used some of this information to help my family dress for my medeival wedding, but this content is also good for people who want to be really well dressed at Halloween or f...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:21:32
4. Medieval Children
Medieval Children
There is a lot of misinformation about children in the middle ages, some of which is bandied about by seemingly-reputable books, which should know better. This paper exposes some of the more common statements made about children and attempts to correct the myths. Content warning: This paper disc...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:13:32
5. Horsekeeping for Beginners
Horsekeeping for Beginners
When my husband and I set out to get our first horse, there was surprisingly little information on the web, it seemed, geared towards beginners and normal people keeping horses--as in not rich people boarding champions in barns nicer than our house. Also, many websites were written with the assum...
Pets & Animals - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:20:40
6. All Things Gruesome: Torture
All Things Gruesome: Torture
This is part of a series of articles I published for the newsletter of my medieval re-enactment group. As the title implies, the content is gruesome to modern readers, so be forewarned. Torture in the middle ages had three purposes: 1) To extract a confession of guilt, or names of co-conspirato...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:12:55
7. 7 Tips for 1940s Glamour
7 Tips for 1940s Glamour
I have been in love with the hair and makeup from the 1940's for as long as I can remember. I was just a kid when I watched Vivien Leigh play Scarlett O'Hara and I thought that she had to be one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. Yes, she was a naturally beautiful woman, but women the 4...
Culture & Society - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:22:41
8. The Black Death
The Black Death
This is an article that I wrote for a history magazine for homeschooled middle and high school students. It contains a brief overview of what the Black Death was and how it functioned. Study questions for students below.
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:24:22
9. Medieval Fabrics for Re-Enacting
Medieval Fabrics for Re-Enacting
After you have picked out the pattern you want for your medieval clothing, you need to select the fabric. But not all fabric available today is appropriate for the middle ages. The following information will help you select the appropriate fabric, colors and weaves/patterns for your medieval clot...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:13:33
10. Medieval Prayers
Medieval Prayers
In the middle ages, prayer was not only an everday occurence, but time was actually measured by the monastic prayer cycle. Today, however, even when we find time to pray, it can be difficult to know what to pray. Medieval people did not have that problem; for every difficulty and thankfulness and...
Culture & Society - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:24:23
11. Modern Costume Patterns for Medieval Clothing
Modern Costume Patterns for Medieval Clothing
Here is a list of costume patterns that will make reasonably good-looking medieval clothing. I haven't tried making most this stuff up, but have found that Butterick, McCall's and Simplicity are reasonably easy to construct and pretty accurate to fit. Hancock Fabrics puts these patterns on sale ...
Arts & Design - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:12:55
12. The Story of Griselda
The Story of Griselda
The Story of Griselda was extremely popular in the middle ages. Everyone knew it, just as modern people know the story of Cinderella or Snow White. I include it here because it not only illustrates the virtues that were most highly regarded in medieval women, but also because many modern non-fict...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:13:32
13. The Iconography of Medieval Saints
The Iconography of Medieval Saints
Before the advent of the printing press, most people could not read. Even the wealthy were oftentimes not literate. In the case of the English, if they could read anything, it was French, not their native tongue. And half or more of all printed documents in Europe were in Latin, which wasn't anyo...
Culture & Society - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:21:32
14. The Society for Creative Anachronism
The Society for Creative Anachronism
You may have read some of my other lenses, where I mention the SCA and the fact that I belong to it. But what is it? I will try and explain the SCA and how it functions in a sort of Frequently Asked Questions style.
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:21:32
15. Vampires - An Urban Legend of the Middle Ages?
Vampires - An Urban Legend of the Middle Ages?
When I was writing my senior history thesis, my advisor asked me how widespread the belief in vampires was. Who all believed in it? Did they actually believe in vampires? I couldn't give him an answer because no one, it seems, has ever asked that question. Did people in the middle ages believe in...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:20:40
16. The Cross and Christianity
The Cross and Christianity
For people raised in another religion, it can be difficult to understand why Christians are so very fond of the image of the cross. After all, the Christian savior was tortured and executed upon it. The Romans considered it a humiliating way to die--a death reserved for rebellious slaves and thie...
Culture & Society - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:12:55
17. Hand-Stitched Eyelets
Hand-Stitched Eyelets
This is a text I use to teach eyelet-making at re-enactments. The information for making hand-stitched eyelets is especially useful to historic re-enactors, including medieval and Rev War. Please note! I reference the tomb effigy of Katherine Beauchamp in the instructions. Pictures of her are ju...
Arts & Design - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:44:36
18. Feudalism Explained
Feudalism Explained
Feudalism is a system of government in which land is granted in return for service. It can also be thought of as a political and social pyramid. At the top of the pyramid is a king or chieftain. Next below him are nobles/lords, such as counts, barons, and dukes; these people are often related to ...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:13:32
19. Hinged Pattens
Hinged Pattens
This is the historical documentation for a pair of medieval hinged pattens which I made for myself. Of course, after lots of work--which included having my USB key die, so I had to stay up really late the night before an event to retype it--they cancelled the Arts & Sciences competiion at the eve...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:12:55
20. TheMedievalNun's Lensography
TheMedievalNun's Lensography
This lens is meant to serve as a sort of card catalog of all my lenses, so if you like something I have written, you can quickly see if I have anything else in the same genre. (Because some lenses overlap genres, they appear twice--once in each category.) Squidoo is where I publish all of my non...
Squidoo Community - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:24:23
21. The Plague
The Plague
This is material from a lecture that I give in my re-enactment organization. Part I focuses on the myriad of elements that came together to make the Plague worse than any disease that had ever struck Western Europe and the Middle East before, while Part II focuses on how Plague changed Western Eu...
Education - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:21:32
22. Depression-Era Skills
With the economy still shaky and people skeptical about its recovery, many people are re-learning the skills of their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents. People who lived through the Great Depression or who immigrated to the U.S. from just about anywhere else in the world have a lot to t...
culture-and-society - Tue, 21 Jun 2011 22:05:15
23. Tips on Farmville (A Facebook Game Application)
Tips on Farmville (A Facebook Game Application)
Are you looking to achieve maximum profits in minimum time on Farmville? Here is a listing of the best things to plant/tend to make maximum money. Please note that I assume you are already familiar with basic game play. Also, I deal only with those items which can be bought with coins won throu...
Video Games - Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:34:35
24. Handmade Christmas Gifts
Being unemployed myself this holiday season, I sympathize with everyone that has to cut back on Christmas. But that doesn't mean that Christmas cheer has to be thin on the ground. We Americans need to remember that you don't have to spend a lot of money in order to give someone a pleasing Christm...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 07 Jun 2011 17:58:24
25. Why People Hoard
Clutter and hoarding are getting more attention now, thanks to shows like A&E's Hoarders, but clutter is also becoming worse as cheap goods from China make it easy for people to fill their houses with useless knickknacks, gadgets and excessive amounts of clothing. Even people who are not hoarders...
home-and-garden - Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:33:29
26. Tackling Clutter
You've got a mess. You've got clutter. Where do you start? How can you separate the good from the bad and ugly? Following are tips for tackling the mess and cleaning up your life. (This is a two-part lens; the first part--presented here--is about recognizing why you keep stuff, and the second p...
home-and-garden - Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:52:33
27. Boxing Day for Americans!
Have you ever seen "Boxing Day - Canada" on your calendar and wondered what it means? When I was a kid, I thought it meant that Canadians boxed up all their Christmas decorations the day after Christmas. My mother said that's not what it meant, but past that, she didn't know what it was either. ...
holidays-and-celebrations - Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:04:18
28. Medieval Medicine Reemerges
One thing that people accept as fact about the middle ages was that medical technology was, well, pretty much non-existent. Medical practices were crude and, to our minds, barbaric at times. Oftentimes the cure was worse than the disease. Doctors-in-training studied ancient Greek texts, which the...
How-To & Education - Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:32:43
29. Everything You Need to Know About Vampires
Welcome to my lens. Delve into the vampire's world here and hopefully you'll come away with a much greater appreciation for the vampire--mythological demi-god, historical creature and allegorical figure for society's subconscious. This lens series caters primarily to those people needing to rese...
How-To & Education - Tue, 21 Jun 2011 22:15:54
30. Sugar-Free Lent
This is a 40-day diary (give or take a few days) of my attempt to go sugar-free for Lent. Last year's Lenten resolution was to go to church every Sunday. That worked so well, I'm still going to church every Sunday. Let's hope that after giving up sugar, I will be much less addicted to it, not onl...
culture-and-society - Tue, 21 Jun 2011 22:03:17
31. Fifty Unrecognized Medieval Women
This is an on-going blog of my progress on my SCA A&S 50 Challenge. Please note that I have a call out for help. Also check back periodically to see my progress and to learn some great information about medieval women. (Picture is of a recumbent free-stone effigy of Thurstan and Margaret de Bowe...
How-To & Education - Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:46:13
32. Wedding Vows
When I got married, I wrote my own ceremony. You may not be that ambitious (or crazy), but you may want to tweak the standard ceremony or add something to your vows to make it more special. The following are a collection of quotes--mostly Biblical--which will add to the occasion. (These can also ...
weddings - Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:02:22
33. Handmade Christmas Decorations
A little short on cash, but wishing you could decorate for the holidays? Or are you spurning cheap, imported Christmas decorations in favor of some that are more old-fashioned? Or are you just not happy unless you made everything yourself? Then this is the holiday lens for you. I had an idea for...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:53:04
34. A Case for Old-Fashioned Toys
While I do not have children of my own, I find myself studying them and comparing their behavior to the behavior of myself and my peers when I was a child. Even as a teenager, my classmates and I remarked on how little younger children played outside and how much time they spent with video games ...
hobbies-games-toys - Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:30:26
35. Why Choose a Women's College
Are you or your daughter considering an all women's college? I graduated from an all women's college, after attending a co-ed elementary and high school, so I understand first-hand the benefits. I also understand there are a lot of myths that circulate regarding all women's colleges. So let's go ...
How-To & Education - Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:37:08
36. Ben Franklin's List of Virtues
Benjamin Franklin was a man who was on a constant quest to improve himself and the world around him. Many of his phrases from "Poor Richard's Almanac" were from his study of self-improvement (and were published to help others improve themselves), while his inventions and scientific experiments we...
culture-and-society - Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:14:09
37. The A&S 50 Challenge - FAQs
The Society for Creative Anachronism is turning 50 in 2015! In honor of this milestone, the "A&S 50 Challenge" has been created. The following is a short piece I did for my shire's newsletter explaining how the challenge works.
hobbies-games-toys - Tue, 07 Jun 2011 17:06:15
38. How to Achieve Higher Squidoo Rank
Admit it: you've become obsessed with raising your Squidoo rank. You see those numbers in your dashboard and you want to make them even better. But how? While the algorithm for determining rank is a mystery, there are some things you can do which will clearly raise your rank. (Note: I overhaule...
squidoo-community - Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:42:16
39. Tips for a Professional-Looking Website
So, you want to make your own website? That's easily enough achieved with today's wide variety of web design tools. No longer do you need to know a scrap of HTML programming. Ah, but do you want your website to look professional? Do you want it to be taken seriously? If so, there are some tips yo...
internet - Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:29:20
40. All Things Gruesome: Warfare
This is part of a series of articles I published for the newsletter of my medieval re-enactment group. As the title implies, the content is gruesome to modern readers, so be forewarned. The SCA routinely admits that it recreates the middle ages as they should have been-that is to say, free of th...
How-To & Education - Wed, 06 Jul 2011 17:14:33
41. All Things Gruesome: The Ordeal
The ordeal was a popular form of justice for barbarian (read: non-Roman) peoples; it became widespread throughout Europe after the fall of Rome. Roman law had insisted that evidence, witnesses and logical conclusions form the basis of decisions regarding guilt or innocence. Barbarian/Germanic tri...
How-To & Education - Wed, 22 Jun 2011 20:49:58
42. Keri Peardon
Keri Peardon lives in Tennessee with her husband and two cats. She works as a legal assistant for a private-practice attorney in Lewisburg. Whether she has this job because she is wordy, or whether being a legal assistant for the past nine years has made her wordy is up for debate.
squidoo-community - Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:50:20
43. Medieval Connections: From Crusades to the End of Feudalism
This series, Medieval Connections, is based on the old TLC program, Connections-where one event or invention leads to a chain of inventions/events and to a surprising end. Which isn't to say that 17th century jacquard looms are the only thing that lead to the invention of the computer, but they w...
How-To & Education - Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:21:43
44. Medieval Bead Embroidery
I have been beading--in some form or fashion--for about 21 years. I have been doing bead embroidery for about 8 years. As part of my medieval re-enacting (SCA), I teach a class on bead embroidery. This lens is the background information that I give to my students, which contains a brief overview...
arts-and-design - Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:16:41
45. What Do I Buy This Woman???
Does Mother's Day, birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas make you break out in a cold sweat? Are you constantly at a loss as to what to buy for the women in your life? Are you constantly striking out over your gift choices? While no stranger can accurately guess what a person would like 100% of...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:45:49
46. Shopping for Teen Girls
There is no category of woman harder to shop for than the teen girl. Many dads, grandfathers and uncles throw money or a gift card at them, and run screaming in the opposite direction. However, if you really take the time to pick out a gift, even if you miss, your effort will show, and you will g...
holidays-and-celebrations - Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:50:13
47. A Brief Overview of Saxon Clothing
This lens is part of a series of articles (forthcoming!) for re-enactors which will review the basic clothing styles from various periods and countries in medieval and renaissance Europe, and list the pros and cons of making and wearing the same at re-enactments. (Image of Regia Anglorum re-enac...
How-To & Education - Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:04:36
48. Unique Wedding Customs and Money-Saving Tips
Are you looking for something to do at your wedding to make it unique and memorable? Do you find traditional wedding ceremonies a bore? Are you in need of some ideas that cut costs? Here are some old wedding customs which are sure to look new again.
weddings - Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:48:52
49. Shopping for Grandma
(This article is a part of series entitled "What do I Buy This Woman???") Grandmothers are almost as hard to buy for as teenage girls, namely because they already have one (or more) of everything, and they typically have a large number of people buying for them. Every Christmas my grandmother is...
holidays-and-celebrations - Fri, 03 Jun 2011 18:18:21

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