Amphorae were pottery vessels created to hold and transport goods in the Greek and Roman world; some were even highly decorative and given as prizes, or used to hold the ashes of the dead. Join me as I delve into the vessels of history...
For anyone who didn't get enough info about the stash of Medieval bras found recently in Tyrol, there is a follow-up article with more details here. The new information includes a replica of what they might have looked like in their original condition.
For any of you on the east coast of the U.S. or planning to visit that area in the next few months, there are some Regency events that might pique your interest. Don't have a costume? Don't worry, many of them are costume-optional.
August 25, 11AM- Ladies' Regency Tea (Olde World Tea Shop, 327 Main St., Smithfield, VA)
September 14, 8AM - 7PM - Living History Day at Hope Plantation (132 Hope House Rd., Windsor, NC
October 13, 11AM - ? - Regency Picnic at Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA)
I'm going to try and make it to the Poplar Forest Picnic, but that is the weekend of my brother's birthday so it will depend on his plans. For more information about the events, costs, or Regency Society of Virginia you can visit their page at http://www.varegency.org/ .
Last week I asked:- "What bloody event, following the wedding of Marguerite de Valois and
Henri Roi de Navarre, is depicted in both "La Reine Margot" and
Isis correctly answered that it was the St Bartholomew Day Massacre.
This bloody event occurred in 1572 beginning on August 23rd, but extended for weeks. Tensions between French Catholics and Protestants were brought to a head by two major events; the marriage of Marguerite de Valois (daughter of Catherine de Medici, and sister of the King of France, Charles IX) to a Protestant, Henri de Navarre, and the failed assassination of Admiral Coligny, who was the political and military leader of the Huguenots (French Calvinist Protestants). Due to the wedding a large number of wealthy and prominent Huguenots had gathered in Paris, despite an uneasy calm created by the Treaty of St Germain, which had only recently ended a costly war between the two religious factions. Many Catholics…