Renaissance Magazine sits down with Ravenswood organizer Rick Horton, renowned jouster Jeffrey Hedgecock, and World Joust event coordinator Gwen Nowrick to talk about the process of combining a competitive sport-jousting event with a traditional renaissance faire.
Medieval Urban Legend: London's Blackheath
This wouth London neighborhood has nice bakeries, good transport links to the center of town and a pretty church. But ask any Londoner what they know about Blackheath and they'll reply in hushed tones, "Black Death." Is it fact or fiction?
The Great English Longbow
We reveal the inner secrets of the deadly English longbow, which was among the ost feared weapons in medieval warfare. In the hands of England's skilled archers, the longbow brought France to its knees, nearly conquered Scotland, and changed warfare across Western Europe. One key was the use of yew wood, and by the start of the Hundred Years' War in 1337, most English military archers likely had yew bows.
Pˆ©rouges, France: Where Time Stands Still
In the distance a church tower comes into focus, then earth-colored stone walls, We visit Pˆ©rouges, a medieval village overlooking the Ain River Valley, and discover the sight travelers have witnessed for more than 700 years.
Zoos of the Early Middle Ages
Art and artifacts of the medieval era often represent beautifully formed creatures, both real and fantastic. Exotic creatures were kept in zoos, given as special gifts, and in some cases they were even domesticated. Zoos were given names like menageries, collections, bestairies, and even, as one Saxon manuschript describes it, a "suburb" of foreign species.
Renaissance Gun Control
High above the street, an assassin leans from a window. Gunshot! The leader slumps, mortally wounded. This scene was enacted in Linlithgow, Scotland, in January 1570. The target was James Stewart, First Earl of Moray, Regent of Scotland. The assassin, James Hamilton, chose as his weapon the newfangled matchlock carbine. We explore how gun violence has been a topic of discussion for centuries.