Greetings, friends. Pennsic approaches, and so many of the following links
are designed to help you acclimate to Pennsic in some fashion. Others will
helpyou discover Medieval Food, Costume, or Music.
I hope you enjoy these links. Feel free to forward them wherever they may
Camping without a cooler by Elizabeth of Dendermond
(Site Excerpt)A long time ago my lord and I considered the problem of
keeping food at the Pennsic War. Coolers are drastically unmedieval, and
keeping them fed with ice and drained is a nuisance. Going to market every
time you want something perishable is worse. Faced with a problem to solve
given period technology, a useful starting point is to ask "How did they
Eating well at Pennsic without a cooler
(Site Excerpt)First, the packing -- I take along cracked wheat, couscous,
perhaps some other pasta, dried split peas and lentils, dried fruit, spices,
pickles, olive oil, and a few things in modern tin cans (mostly mushrooms).
I count all of those as nonperishable at least until opened, and with the
exception of the canned goods either nonperishable or slowperishable after
opening. I don't know about the pickles you find in the refrigerated section
of the grocery store, but I figure the ones that you find just sitting on
the shelf obviously don't need to be kept cold before they're opened, and
since pickling is a low-tech way of preserving food, I'm not particularly
worried that they'll go bad in a week after opening ....
Cook's Resource Page
A set of medieval-cooking links
Camp Cooking without a Cooler
(Site Excerpt) by Rufina Cambrensis This article first appeared in the
Seahorse, the monthly newsletter of the Crown Province of Østgarðr, in July,
1996. Cooking at a camping event like Pennsic can be difficult, whether
you're cooking for yourself or for an entire encampment. Food storage is
even more so; bringing a mini-fridge would hinder the medieval ambience,
lugging ice from the camp store to the Serengeti or other far-flung spot is
a nuisance, and making daily food runs is impractical (thanks to the
dauntingly congested Pennsic parking fields). So, what can you cook if you
don't want to be a slave of the ice demons? Root vegetables will keep nicely
in a dry shady spot, or even buried in a box of earth....
Dragonbear's Useful Pennsic Links
Carillion War Guide and Pennsic Packing List by Bart the Bewildered
Bob's Page of trebuchets
Marc Carlson's Homepage
Includes links to: Footwear in the Middle Ages, Clothingof the Middle Ages,
Leatherworking in the Middle Ages, Using and Working with Horn
Near and Middle Eastern Costume Sites worth seeing
Near Eastern Clothing, Authentic Period and Modern Ethnic
The Costumer's Manifesto
Links to nearly everything you want to know about costuming.
The Textile Museum
(Site Excerpt) The Textile Museum is dedicated to furthering the
understanding of mankind's creative achievements in the textile arts. As a
museum, it is committed to its role as a center of excellence in the
scholarly research, conservation, interpretation and exhibition of textiles,
with particular concern for the artistic, technical and cultural
significance of its collections.
The Costume Webring
89 sites dedicated to costume.
The Classical Music Pages
(Site Excerpt) This web site provides you almost everything you need
concerning classical music--its history, biographical information
about composers (with portraits and short sound examples),
explanations of the various musical forms....It is designed to be of
use for everyone from 'beginners' to the music professional...."
The Fiber Equipment and Barter
(Site Excerpt) For the Sale, Trade, and Barter of Previously Owned Looms,
Spinning Wheels, Weaving and Spinning Accessories, Hand Knitting Items and
Fiber or Yarn (personal supplies only)
Carolina Classical Connection: An Index of Classical Music Web Site Links
This directory of online resources includes "all historical periods from the
Middle Ages through the Twentieth Century, including classical music
information on composers, music history, music theory, genres, styles and
Music Resources on the Internet
(Site excerpt)An extensive collection of free music graphics and annotated
links to music
information, resources, graphics, newsgroups, discussion lists,
organizations, publications, and more are at this website. Although emphasis
is on classical and jazz genres, many general resources are listed as well.
Recorder Home Page (USA)
This site "provides links to articles, lists, catalogues and databases
concerning all aspects of the recorder worldwide....for players, students,
teachers and researchers alike."
(Site Excerpt) This is a collection of articles and resources aimed at
anyone interested in Scotland between A.D. 500 and 1603, from about when the
King of Dál Riata moved from Ireland to Argyll to when King James VI of
Scotland inherited the English throne. Because medieval Scotland was not
isolated from its surroundings in either space or time, there are also some
articles concerning related regions and the focus time span is somewhat
Middle Kingdom Culinary Collegium
This site is dedicated to the furtherment of the culinary arts within the
Middle Kingdom, a kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism. NEW!!!
Just added articles! (7/21/02) A 16th Century German Feast by Bogdan de la
Brasov (NOTE: This article is in PDF format, you will need the Adobe
Acrobat Reader to view it) Also, just in time for the tomato season,
Sixteenth Century Italian and Spanish Tomato References by Johnnae llyn
Lewis, Helewyse de Birkestad, and, from the East Kingdom, Brighid ni