Category Archives: Renaissance Dresses

All the Merry Men Love Maid Marian

As a child, this name conjured up an image of a doe-eyed little fox with a strangely-shaped veil-slash-hat that covered her rather prominent ears. While Maid Marian may or may not be a fictional character, she was probably not a … Continue reading

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Catherine Parr

At last, the saga comes to an end, and we finally get our answer to the question, “Will Henry VIII ever stop marrying new women?” The answer, of course, is “Only when he’s dead.” For the concluding chapter, let’s chat … Continue reading

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The Rose Without a Thorn: 5 Wives and Counting

Seriously, Henry. We know you’re the VIII-th King of England and all, so you can do what you want. We believed you when you said 3rd time’s a charm. But your 3rd wife Jane died, and you were supposed to … Continue reading

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The Bavarian Ball-and Chain: Anne of Cleves

The “Flanders Mare,” as history has dubbed her, Anne of Cleves was King Henry VIII’s shortest-lived wife, yet she managed to outlive all of the other 5 wives and Henry himself! Anne’s brief bio as Queen is full of fascinating … Continue reading

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Not Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Short-Lived Queen, Jane Seymour

With only a year on the throne, Jane is less remembered as a Queen and more remembered as King Henry VIII’s wife who finally gave him the son he so longed for. But is there more to Queen Jane than … Continue reading

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The Second Wives Club: Off With Her Head!

Her story went down in infamy, her name the most familiar among King Henry VIII’s six wives… Anne Boleyn’s life, from mistress to martyr, has enough intrigue to fuel a series of Lifetime movies. Check out this straight-from-the-grave interview with … Continue reading

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The First Wives Club: Catherine of Aragon

What a life for Catherine of Aragon. Her parents were the proselytizing financiers of Christopher Columbus. She was married off to the Prince of Wales at age 16, and upon the death of her 15-year-old husband, she was passed along … Continue reading

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Perks of Being a Grecian Goddess

Aside from being able to turn rats into roses and to, you know, control the lives of mere mortals, a perk of being a Grecian goddess would be the limitless wardrobe options! Even though no actual articles of greek clothing … Continue reading

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In the World of Womenswear: Gettin’ Funky with the Fleur-de-Lis

Nowadays, we expect that anyone rocking a bunch of flowers in their wardrobe is probably a hippie or an elementary-school-girl. But in medieval Europe, any man would have been proud to wear the flower known as the “fleur-de-lis,” since it … Continue reading

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Guide to Renaissance Swag, Part 2

Thy beauty inspires, fair peasant, though thy coin purse does lack. I shall admire thee as thou shoppest from the clearance rack! Part 2 is our Ode to the Modern Day Peasant Girl. Whether you’re ordering off the Dollar Menu … Continue reading

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