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Getting dressed in the 15th Century

Getting dressed in the 15th Century

The details of daily life are what fascinate me about the past and constitute the primary driver behind my near obsession with history. Clothing plays a major role in all of our daily lives now, but in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, fashion served a greater function than merely clothing our bodies and protecting us from the elements: it acted as the visible symbol of a family's "honor" and reputation, displaying their intangible wealth and power in a way that was extremely tangible. So here is a video that illustrates all of these symbolic layers from the skin out, specifically for...

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Medieval Courtship as a Dance

Medieval Courtship as a Dance

Rostiboli Gioioso is a highly flirtatious, sexily elegant dance from the 15th century that clearly depicts the ritual of courtship. And now you can learn the dance for yourself!
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Beautiful Braiding: A Medieval Textile Art!

Beautiful Braiding: A Medieval Textile Art!

Across the millennia, humans have sought ways to beautify themselves. Lacking the glorious plumage or fur of some of our fellow creatures, we have turned to our own hands to compensate for our dearth of natural splendor to create fabrics and trims. Here is a technique that dates back thousands of years!
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