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What You May Not Know About Renaissance Clothing

In looking at the Renaissance era, the common association is a time of grandeur, rich art, and elegant fashion.  While this was true, it is often overlooked that this period was also a time of cruelty, disease, and poverty.  In … Continue reading

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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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Guide to Renaissance Swag, Part 1

Hast thou purchased tickets to a Renaissance Faire, Yet this one query plagues thee: “Alas! What to wear?” Choosing a renaissance costume to attend the latest Ren Faire isn’t just an afterthought – your wardrobe sets the tone for your … Continue reading

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