|How to Live a Medieval Life!
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a knight, a wizard, or maybe a king or a queen? You might not be able to live a medieval life full time but there are some great ways you can try it out on the weekends! The days of knights are long gone but there are organizations, groups and events that still celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Middle Ages.
This is a great way to experience a little bit of the Renaissance life in an easy way as a spectator or as a participant if you choose. You will like this if you are just looking for some entertainment in the traditional way, although Renaissance Faires can be very interactive.
Picture yourself taking a trip back in time to the middle ages and experiencing a real faire. That is exactly what many Faires try to do. They will have arts and crafts, armor and weapons and many medieval type items for sale. These Faires often have jousting tournaments and real blacksmiths. Often times they will have a rental shop where you can rent some renaissance clothing for your stay at the faire. Of course the food is very thematic and at a faire you will often see people walking around munching on enormous turkey legs and other such medieval-like food.
I take a trip to my local Faire at least once a year and thoroughly enjoy it! These faires are often very seasonal so you have to check on the dates and times. The Faire I go to is only available in the Fall months. (King Richard's Faire in Massachusetts) I have a review, video and pictures of this renaissance faire right here: A Trip to King Richard's Faire
Here is a link to more Faire Information: Renaissance Faires
Larping is based on the acronym LARP which stands for Live Action Role Playing. It is a wonderful type of hobby that takes the concept of gaming to a new level of reality. It is loosely based on the early dungeons and dragons games where players would sit around a table and talk their way through a dungeon. In Larping the players dress the part and actually do the adventure type things.
Larping is something that people often will do on a weekend and there are even larping events that last for a full weekend. People dress in authentic medieval clothing and don armor and foam weapons and will often duel. There can be very elaborate story lines that come with larping events and some events have very detailed guidelines for combat, language, dress and more. The goal is to bring you as close to the reality of the period as possible.
To learn more about Larping and to find links to your local larp club here is a great article on Wikipedia
The Society for Creative Anachronism - The name is something and the organization is something. Here is a direct quote from the headquarters page for the SCA :
Check out their website: SCA.org
How about Making Some Mead? I have a tutorial on my other website (stormthecastle.com)
New: The Ultimate Easy Guide to Successfully making one gallon of mead. - I have put together a video that shows you an almost fool proof method to make one gallon of mead. Doesn't cost much and isn't hard to do. The mead comes out great :)
Pull out all the Stops and Buy a Castle! Here is an article about a real Scottish castle for sale. It's going for the paltry sum of around 30 million dollars. Buy a castle
Really interested in Medieval Swords and Swordfighting? Take a look the Sword Fighters Guild - They are very closely affiliated with many Larping organizations.
Just want to try on a bit of Medieval History? One of the fun ways to experience the Medieval life is to try some weapons, armor or clothing. This is a very popular pursuit among members or visitors to the groups I have talked about.
If you use amazon.com you probably know that they have an extensive collection of weapons at great prices but you might not know that they also carry a huge selection of Renaissance and Medieval clothing too. Check out the section devoted to Medieval and Renaissance clothing and accessories for men, women, and children from Amazon.com : Medieval Clothing
Life in a Medieval City - For students, researchers, and history lovers, a look at day-to-day life in a rarely explored era. "About life and death, midwives and funerals, business, books and authors, and town government."-- Choice
Life in Medieval Times - (DVD)
***I also have a review of this DVD right here: Review of Life in Medieval Times