Boy, oh boy! There are a *lot* of food pictures this week! It’s harvest season, so a lot of things are getting processed and put by. Lots of planning is going on from various people involved in making foods for the feast. If you want to get in on trying something, pick a recipe. If you have questions, I’m working on sourcing ingredients.
Loryea is here for the month, so she and Anja have been talking over various dishes. Project Day is now open for in-person meet-ups as well as in the Virtual Realm! Potluck this month will be Virtual and Real-World! Herbs and Sewing are on-going. Herbs Workshop is continuing with incense materials. Sewing is a BYOP. Masks are required.
- Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 7-9pm,
- Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
- Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, 1 to 5pm
- Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
- Next Virtual Potluck – 10/17, 11/21, 12/19, 1/16
- Winter Feast LVI, 2/13/22, Norse Theme. Page here – https://housecapuchin.com/winter-feast/winter-feast-norse-feast-as-lvi-february-2022/ More pages coming!
Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here: https://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/portfolio/ and new one here: https://housecapuchin2.wordpress.com/portfolio/ and number three is here: https://housecapuchin3.wordpress.com/portfolio/
Happy Birthday Loren! You’re One in a Minion!
Maestra Rafaella has left us. 😦
Classes – Tuesday was Anja’s marzipan class for Adiantum A&S. First try on the “Pirate Marzipan”, so-called because Volker Bach got it our of a manuscript from the Caribbean from 1722. …and it’s black. 🙂 Unfortunately the class didn’t get recorded.
Early Week – Mostly embroidery and a bit of plant tending.
Cookery – Another farmer’s market haul this week. Anja spent a good while processing Wednesday evening and that went on even into Saturday. Dilly beans happened on Saturday and the last greens were chopped. We bought some skyr last week, but still haven’t made any. Yes, we’re going to use the commercial stuff as a starter. Planning to do the lamb roll this coming week, and made some scalded milk cheese (acid set) for the Wild Greens recipe below. Still no goosefoot, so it’ll be kohlrabi and leek.
Kale pickle (for the Norse lamb roll)
Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Dilly Beans – These are a combo of farmer’s market and home-grown.
Eat Like a Medieval Saint With Her Recipe for ‘Cookies of Joy’ – St. Hildegard was a mystic, healer, and passionate proponent of spelt and nutmeg. – https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/medieval-cookie-recipe
Rice – From Historical Italian Cooking / Cucina Italiana Storica
A fundamental ingredient in the Middle Ages and Renaissance is rice, generally considered a good food and an excellent medicinal remedy. We also find it in some ancient Roman recipes, but it appears more rarely than in the following periods.
The Byzantine physicians Anthimus (6th century) and Paulus Aegineta (7th century) recommend two different recipes for rice: the first is a puls, prepared with overcooked and mashed rice in the same way as we have seen in the past for the preparation of Cato’s puls Punica; the second, instead, is a ptisane, a medicinal remedy prepared by overcooking and straining a cereal to obtain the juice, meant to be drunk.
This is the recipe by Anthimus.
“Rice is good if well cooked; if rawer, it is harmful. Rice benefits the ones who suffer from dysentery, if well cooked and eaten in this way. Simmer it [the rice] in pure water and discard it when it starts boiling, then cook [the rice] with goat milk. Place the pot on charcoal to cook slowly until the rice dissolves. Eat it hot, not cold, without salt and oil.”
The complete article is available on Patreon, with the translation of Anthimus’ De Observatione Ciborum and several other translations of dietetic and culinary sources, in addition to articles about ancient and medieval food. – https://www.patreon.com/historicalitaliancooking
Image: rice from a 14th-century Tacuinum Sanitatis.
Tudor Syrup – The Tudor Travel Guide – Tudor Syrup – The Tudor Travel Guide is delighted to be able to collaborate with Brigitte Webster from TudorExperience.com in our Great Tudor Bake Off series, featuring Tudor cookery demonstrations. – In this video, learn how to make a traditional Tudor Syrup, packed full with leafy greens. Discover the foods Tudors believed had medicinal properties, and how they incorporated them in their cooking.
Medieval Partytime! – Medievalists – Want to party like it’s 1399? This week on The Medieval Podcast, Peter Konieczny joins Danièle to walk back through the centuries to the medieval world of parties, from crashing a celebration in early medieval Baghdad to trying to impress your dining partner in late medieval England. Show notes – https://www.medievalists.net/2021/09/medieval-partytime/
Sewing – Mostly mundane this week, but a little progress on the sampler and the bob got finished.
Repensando a Idade Média – A DRESS FOR A QUEEN – THE RETURN HOME OF A DENMARCHESE MEDIEVAL RELIST: Among the scarce indumentary that arrived from the Middle Ages, one of the best preserved pieces is undoubtedly a golden brocade (*) dress dated to the th century and may have belonged to Margaret, queen of Norway and then Denmark and Sweden , between 1363 and 1412. According to tradition, this dress would protect women in work from complicated birth. This resulted in his relic veneration, which will certainly help to explain survival until today, although he has already made a lot of changes. This extraordinary piece of clothing was stored in the treasure of Roskilde Cathedral until 1659, when the Swedes took it to Uppsala as the fruit of pillaging along with several other works of art and relics after invading Denmark. The play now returns home to an exhibition at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. Decorated with gold brocade and red silk, probably produced in northern Italy, specifically in the Lucca region, the dress needed approximately eleven meters of fabric to be made and its golden plot contains about 75 % gold, 21 % silver and 4 % copper, small with a thin web of yellow silk, standard in’S ‘. BUT… WHICH MARGARIDA? While there is no solid evidence that it actually belonged to him, it was for centuries identified as the wedding dress worn by Queen Margaret at the age of 10 when she was married to King Haakon VI of Norway in 1363, and more late associated with funeral dress, although it was not closed in the tomb with the remains of the monarch. However, latest studies using carbon-14 and observation of wear and fibre patches have not only confirmed that it was actually used several times in life by someone, but they have allowed the age of textiles to be more accurate for early century XV between 1403 and 1439. Not enough to date the manufacturing season – cutting and decorative patterns seem to point to fashion in the second half of the th century – at least deny the initial chances that it was your wedding dress. Thus, based on this new date, three stronger hypotheses emerge: or it really belonged to Margaret at a more mature age; as it may also have been used by Filipa de Lencastre (not to confuse with the queen of Portugal, wife of D. John I, who was the aunt of Filipa we refer to), married to King Eric of the same kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Finally there is also the hypothesis, formulated by Janet Arnold and Arne Danielsson, that it would belong to another Margaret (1456-1486), daughter of the Danish king Christian I and wife of James III, King of Scotland. KALMAR UNION PATROCINATOR: Margaret (or Margarete) Valdemarsdotter, was the youngest daughter of the royal couple Valdemar IV ′′ Atterdag ′′ of Denmark and Helvig of Schleswig, and the only one of the heirs still alive upon her father’s death. Still in childhood she became queen of Norway in 1363 and was, due to the premature death of her son, regent of Denmark, and later of Sweden, eventually joining the three Scandinavian thrones in dynastic union in the person of her nephew – grandson Eric VII of Pomerania, succession official by the so-called Kalmar Union in 1397. Although she was not officially recognized as monarch of any of these kingdoms in her own right and had diminished power (not even coined in her name, one of the greatest symbols of sovereignty), she was recognized as ′′ lady and lord and guardian of the whole Kingdom of Denmark ′′ and ′′ mighty lady and just lord of Norway “, even using a royal seal with the coat of arms of the three kingdoms from 1391 In fact, his government action – framed in the family context of a male heir’s mother condition – reflected in practice more effective power than it appeared. If in Denmark and Norway their regency was accepted more naturally, in Sweden a request for help from the nobility against King Albert, then dethroned and imprisoned by Margaret’s troops in 1389. His release would come 6 years later, after Alberto delivered Stockholm as compensation, rather than paying a ransom, and after intense negotiations between each other, Margaret and the Hanseatic League, which held the privilege of trade not only in that city but in other southern port urban areas of Sweden. Marking yet another example of a woman of power in the Middle Ages, among others who had been checking since the th century and continued by the late medieval, Margaret eventually tried to overcome, in practice, a certain idea of a royal conception that the mentality of the time reserved for female heirs: the role of the king’s wife and / or mother of the heir to the throne. Mentality that several queens throughout the medieval era had already tried to hit, ruling in their own right and establishing sovereignty equal to any other male figure, as was the case with Teresa in Portugal, Urraca in Castile, Joan II in Naples, Matilda in England or Tamar in Georgia * brocade – weaving technique consisting of two separate layers of thread, connected to plot and urdidura, the pattern of which is composed by alternating layers to the surface. – Pedro Alves. Link to the original news: https://www.medieval.eu/royal-golden-dress-from-ca-1400…/ BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES: – DANIELSSON, Arne, ′′ Queen Margareta’s golden shortcut; – feldated in 100 years?”. 65:1, 1-18, 2008. n https://www.tandfonline.com/…/10.1080/00233609608604396 – DERRY, T.K., “History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland”, University of Minnesota Press, 1979. – ETTING, Vivian, “Queen Margrete I (1353-1412) and the Founding of the Nordic Union”, BRILL – The Northern World, Volume IX, 2004. ISBN: 978-90-04-13652-6. – JACOBSEN, Grethe, “Less Favored – More Favored: Queenship and the Special Case of Margrete of Denmark, 1353-1412”, Edição: Medieval female regents. Biblioteca Nacional da Dinamarca. – MONTER, William, “The Rise of Female Kings in Europe, 1300-1800”, Yale University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780300173277. -SAWYER, Birgit & Peter, “Medieval Scandinavia: From Conversion to Reformation ca 800-1500”, University of Minnesota Press, 1993. – WARD, Jennifer, “Women in Medieval Europe: 1200-1500”, 2nd Edition, Routledge, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-1138855670. More – https://denstoredanske.lex.dk/syning
Making a 15th / 16th Century Chemise | DIY with 4 Pieces of Fabric – Lynne Fairchild – The Italian chemise of the 15th and 16th centuries is also known as a camicia. It can also be referred to as a smock, shift, or undershirt. Historically, the chemise was made out of linen and typically had embroidery on it. ❤️ SUBSCRIBE IF YOU LIKE THIS VIDEO AND WANT MORE – https://www.youtube.com/c/LynneFairchild ❤️ Suggestions for cheaper (and not historically accurate) options are also included in this video, as well as tips for quickly sewing together a chemise. When it comes to sewing, we all start somewhere. This step by step demonstration is to help those who may be new to sewing and/or historical reenactment. Learning how to sew a chemise was one of the first things that I learned how to do after joining the SCA, when I was a teenager. Suggested items for purchase: – Muslin: https://amzn.to/3mNCsQS – Linen: https://amzn.to/3mQAKOD – Wide Single Fold Bias Tape: https://amzn.to/38tgfiP – Single Fold Bias Tape: https://amzn.to/3jzlILr – Ribbon: https://amzn.to/38qXo7R – Elastic: https://amzn.to/3jvb3RF – Thread: https://amzn.to/3jxnbBW Image credits: 1. Blouse. c. late 16th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collect… 2. Camicia. c. 1575-1600. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. http://realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly…. 3. Portrait of a Young Woman, by Vittore Carpaccio. c. 1510. Web Gallery of Art. https://www.wga.hu/html_m/c/carpacci/… 4. Judtih, by Vincenzo Catena. c. 1520-1525. Web Gallery of Art. https://www.wga.hu/html_m/c/catena/ju… 5. Woman with a Mirror, by Vecellio Tiziano. c. 1514. Web Gallery of Art. https://www.wga.hu/html_m/t/tiziano/1…
Sundials, etc. –
Hedeby Chest lock, based on the Winchester lock – Sven Skildbiter – The chest was found in the harbour of Hedeby in Germany, dropped in clear water, judging from the position of where it was found it was probably dropped over the side from a ship, loaded down with a stone (granite weighing 16.4kg), the lock plate missing, indicating that it had been stolen, broken into, emptied and disposed of into the water of the harbour. Since the lock is missing and a hole remains, there are two hasps on the lid (at different levels on the lid), we can determine that the lock was a double hasp slide lock. The video is how the lock works. The lock I chose to use as a reference is the Winchester Catherdral, Green Cemetary (9thC)(Goodall in Biddle 1990) 1003-5, 1016-17, Figs. 317-18, 3686). Thanks to Morgan for Filming and Editing. Thanks to Driffa, John Russell and Gaz B for lock fittings. Yes I will putting a ‘how to’ in Viking Volume 2. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ipbSaxj_lc
Herb Bunch – Anja was offered some plant starts by a lady on a local list. She had gotten a set of starts done up at home, but put them under a towel as the nights got colder. Those got brought to the shop on Sunday, so they wouldn’t get too cold.
Project Day – We started a day early, although it was mostly talking! Helen Louise and John stopped at the shop for a couple of hours on Saturday, browsed and then Helen and Anja sat down and talked food and feast for a long time. They did get to try the Pirate marzipan!
Helen Louise (from Saturday’s visit) “Thank you for the lovely visit. John enjoyed meeting you all and we had a fantastic day.”
On Sunday Helen Louise dropped in before the day started. Anja was processing pix for the first while.
Helen Louise – “Cleaning house today and harvesting honey from the hives… a lovely pork roast is planned for dinner.”
Later, Loryea stopped by for a couple of hours. We sampled marzipan, talked feast and potluck foods and she went home with Anja’s copy of “An Early Meal”.
Isabeau posted, “A new to me pattern weight. 8 squares. Pretty hefty.”
Lofoten, Wild Leaf Herb and Cheese Pottage from An Early Meal by Serra & Tunberg ©2013 ISBN 978-91-981056-0-5 pg. 44
- 3L of white goosefoot leaves – replaced with kohlrabi and mixed greens
- 2 TBSP salted butter
- 7/8 cup crumbled fresh soft cheese (used some scalded milk cheese)
- skimpy cup whey
- Boil leaves for 5 minutes.
- Drain off the water.
- Chop finely.
- Melt butter in a pot.
- Add cooked leaves, cheese and whey.
- Simmer briefly.
- Give it a stir.
Miscellaneous pix –
Bloshka – The Frilled veil or Cruselers (de. Krüseler) – this woman’s headdress, which was fashionable in Europe in the 14th – 15th centuries. It is a white veil (one or several layers of veils) with a ruffled edge (a goffered frill). This type of headgear is called differently: a goffered veil, a frilled veil, or a fluted veil, or the Kruseler (Krüseler).The materials used for the Cruselers were silk, linen or cotton, which were shaped with starch, curling irons, or pressing. The number of veil layers could be different. In the dress code of Speyer (1356), for example, four layers of cloth were allowed, in Frankfurt (1356) 6 layers of ruffles were allowed, while in Ravensburg (1371) up to 19 ruffles were allowed.Such the Cruselers was mainly worn on the territory (modern countries) of Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland. In Germany were very popular “Kruseler-Püppchen” – clay dolls in the fashionable Kruseler veil.
ℑ𝔫𝔰𝔱𝔯𝔲𝔪𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔞𝔩 𝔪𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔠, from the XIIIth century – 𝔐𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔞 𝔐𝔢𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔳𝔞𝔩𝔢 – Ensemble: Atrium Musicae de Madrid – Album: Thibaut de Navarre – Video: Ms. Stowe MS 17 (XIII cent.) – http://www.facebook.com/musicamedievale
It has often happened that I received requests from our community to look for medieval instrumental music. I found this beautiful record made by Gregorio Paniagua, the eldest of the Paniagua brothers, all engaged since the 1960s in the search for medieval music. In this work, the Atrium Musicae ensemble, founded by Gregorio Paniagua in 1964, has interpreted and created instrumental versions of some melodies by Thibaut de Navarre (XIIIth cent.), also called “the Troubadour”.
- 1 Quant Fine Amor Me Prie Que Je Chante – Amors Me Fet Conmencier Une Chançon Nouvele – Chançon Ferai Car Talent M’en Est Pris
- 2 Dame, Cist Vostre Fins – Sire, Nel Me Celez Mie – Phelipe, Je Vous Demant
- 3 J’Aloie L’Autrier Errant Sanz Conpaignon – L’Autre Nuit En Mon Dormant
- 4 Dex Est Ensi Comme Li Pellicans – Empereres Ne Rois N’Ont Nul Povoir – Tout Autresi Con L’Entre Fet Venir
- 5 Contre Le Tens Qui Devise Yver – Por Froidure Ne Por Yver Felon – Por Mau Tens Ne Por Gelee
- 6 L’Autrier, Par La Matinee – Robert, Veez De Perron – Je Mi Cuidoie Partir – Por Conforter Ma Pesance Faz Un Son
- 7 Coustume Est Bien – Par Dieu, Sire De Champagne Et De Brie
- 8 Une Dolor Enosee S’Est Dedenz Mon Cuer – Fueille Ne Flor Ne Vaut Riens En Chantant
- 9 De Bone Amour Vient Seance At Biauté – Li Douz Pensers Et Li Douz Souvenirs – Ausi Comme Unicorne Sui
- 10 Je N’os Chanter Trop Tart – Dame, Ensi Est Q’il M’Encouvient Aler – Au Tens Plain De Felonnie
- 11 Seigneurs, Sachiez – Rois Thiebaut, Sire, En Chantant Responnez – Bons Rois Thiebaut, Sire, Conseilliez Moi
- 12 Sires, Fer Faites Me Jugement – Amors Me Fet Conmencier
Instruments and musicians: https://cutt.ly/1Qigo0a
L’Anse aux Meadows – L’Anse aux Meadows is the only-known site of Viking settlement and the earliest European settlement in North America. – https://www.historyhit.com/locations/lanse-aux-meadows/
Did a Native American travel with the Vikings and arrive in Iceland centuries before Columbus set sail? – https://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-science/did-native-american-travel-vikings-and-arrive-iceland-020316
Ancestor of Mediterranean mosaics discovered in Turkey – https://phys.org/news/2021-09-ancestor-mediterranean-mosaics-turkey.html
Ancient gold Kazakh treasures shed light on Saka people – https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-58487544
The Norman Conquest – https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/The-Norman-Conquest/
Christians and Jews in 13th-century England, with Adrienne Williams Boyarin – Medievalists – One of the things that’s unfortunately true about the Middle Ages is that there was a mistrust of difference, especially when it came to religion. But what caused a lot of anxiety, mistrust, and tension wasn’t always the differences: it was the similarities. This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Adrienne Williams Boyarin about the ways in which Christians and Jews dealt with similarity and difference in thirteenth-century England.
You can get the show notes – https://www.medievalists.net/2021/09/christians-and-jews-in-13th-century-england-with-adrienne-williams-boyarin/
Laughter, Satire and Medieval Parody – Medievalists – What made medieval people laugh? To find out, Lucie Laumonier talks with Bryant White, a PhD student in French studies at Vanderbilt University. Bryant’s research focuses on medieval satire and parody where he analyses representations of the clergy.
Learn more at https://www.medievalists.net/2021/09/laughter-satire-and-medieval-parody/
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