29 October, 2008

Errours, Heresies, Blasphemies

A fresh early modern edition of the Carnivalesque blog carnival is up.

Mercurius Politicus, masquerading as the Rev. Thomas Edwards, presents Gangraena, a Catalogue, or Black Bill of the Errours, Heresies, Blasphemies and Practices of the early modern Bloggers of this time, and an excellent edition it is.

This blog even scrapes a mention, for which thanks.

08 October, 2008

So you want to be a re-enactor?

If you are into, or think you might get into, the strange business of historical re-enactment, then travel writer Tim Moore's new book I Believe in Yesterday is for you.

Moore time-travelled through 2000 years in the company of re-enactors, from the Iron Age to the American Civil War, and I can't do better than quote the Random House publicity blurb:

"I Believe in Yesterday is an odyssey through 2,000 years of filth and fury, where men were men, the nights were black, the world was your outside toilet and everything tasted faintly of leeks."

Telegraph.co.uk has an extended extract covering his visit to the Great Annual Recreation at Kentwell Hall, Suffolk, the UK's leading Tudor re-enactment site.

Moore is unexpectedly appointed to the role of Chamberlain (newbies normally get lowly duties), which includes greeting the feared school visit parties.

He soon learns his lines: "And how many summers have you, childer of Romford, in the county of Essex?", as the brats snigger at his codpiece. Great stuff.

Kentwell Hall has posted two DVD extracts on Youtube on Tudor Clothes and Food. There are also plenty of other Youtube uploads on events at Kentwell.

03 October, 2008

Google Reader Meanderings

Bardolph at Blogging the Renaissance has started a Early-Modern vs. Modern lookalike competition. ....which deserves some responses!.

Kennedy Hickman has posted a useful Military History Timeline 1600-1800 , with hyperlinks .

Executed Today marks the execution of James Hind, Royalist Highwayman, in 1652.

Janice Liedl goes "Gah!" when The Tudors wins an Emmy for Best Costumes

Finally, a hat tip to Mercurius Politicus for pointing out some interesting early-modern blogs including the rather good Airs, Waters, Places

Better stop before the carnival police come knocking.......

01 October, 2008

History Carnivals....

Two selections of history blogging to have a look at:

Carnivalesque XLIII, (ancient/medieval edition) , is up at Archaeoporn

History Carnival LXXIX (all periods) is up at American Presidents Blog