Misconceptions about Medieval Marriage

This weekend one of my very best friends got married, and he and his beautiful wife did me the great honor of asking me to officiate the ceremony. With marriage on the brain, I figured what better topic for this week’s post than medieval weddings. After scouring old notes and reading a lovely dissertation, I […]

Plague, Politics, and Poltergeist

Happy Halloween or Samhain for all you medieval enthusiasts. In honor of the spookiest night of the year, I wanted to post about something truly scary from the Middle Ages. I thought long and hard about what subject to choose. What would scare me the most if I traveled back in time? And in the end […]

It’s the Great Turnip, Charlie Brown and Other Samhain Traditions

When you’re writing a time-travel novel, you’re constantly comparing the past to the present. Big surprise here–the present is almost always better. Let’s face it, no matter how cool you think it would be to live the life of a princess or a knight, you’d be living in a world without toilet paper. Cottonelle beats […]

Scottish Death Omens and Beheaded Boyds

There’s a chill in the air, pumpkins lounge on porches, waiting to be given wicked grins, and I am in the mood for something spooky. Fortunately for me, Scottish lore is full of the otherworldly. Allow me to set the scene for today’s topic: You are lying in bed when you are suddenly awoken by […]

Frytour Blaunched: Medieval Almond Empanadas

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ― W.C. Fields This weekend I ate (dessert) like a king…or at least a very wealthy person from the 14th century. The dessert in question is called Frytour Blaunched, and the recipe comes from Forme of Cury, a collection of recipes assembled by the cooks […]

Cromwell, Crown Jewels, and Princess Pedicures

I have a history post for you this week, but it comes without one of my experiments. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time.  The kids and I spent the week battling flu and pink eye. Then I went to Cincinnati, Ohio to help my best friend prepare for the grand opening of her new business […]

Stinky Hair and How to Avoid it Medieval Style

  If Yankee Candle came out with a new collection called Scents of the Middle Ages, chances are you wouldn’t be too interested. Why? Because at some point in your education, you have probably been told how disgusting everything and everyone in the Middle Ages smelled. Time to dispel some myths…partially. It is probably true that medieval […]