History: A medieval woman’s life – Eleanor of Castile

Women’s history is something that’s often rather intangible. All too often, they’re relegated to a footnote in the stories of ‘great men’. Whilst more modern historians are working to redress this balance, it’s still often hard to get a picture of the everyday struggles of women.

To help with this, I thought I’d give a brief life-history of one woman: Eleanor of Castile (wife of England’s Edward I). Whilst she’s hardly an example of an everyday medieval woman, her life does in many ways epitomise the struggles noble women faced, particularly with regards to family and childbearing.

Eleanor of Castile, BL Cotton Nero D II, f. 179v, before c. 1307.

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History: Medieval babies and their clothes

In honour of our newest member, we thought we’d talk a little about medieval babies and how they were dressed.

Mother with swaddled baby. British Library, Royal 10 E IV, f. 27v

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History: busting common myths about the medieval period – Part 2

A few weeks ago, we talked about some of the most common myths about the medieval period. We’re back again to shoot down some more myths!

Die history myths!
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History: Busting common myths about the medieval period

With the show season in full swing, we thought we would revisit some common myths that turn up time and time again. We hope this little myth-buster will help you counter some of the myths and misconceptions that the public may have (plus stop you from inadvertently spreading any of your own).

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Tutorial: How to mend clothes and other fabric

We’ve spoken before about how re-enactment kit is expensive but can have its lifespan considerably lengthened by correct maintenance. However, even with perfect care, clothes and other fabrics may eventually become torn. To be honest, this is part of the normal working life of a garment. This tutorial will teach you how do mend tears and wears when they happen.

Eeeek! A tear!

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Tutorial: How to hand-wash clothes

As we mentioned in our previous post about caring for your medieval clothes, hand-washing is the best way to clean your woolens without having to worry about shrinking or damage. But, how do you do it?

Hose: they just about always need washing!

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Guide: Kit maintenance – Fabric and clothing

Nobody can deny that re-enactment kit is expensive and most re-enactors invest a great deal of capital into it. With this in mind, it’s definitely helpful to keep your kit maintained so it lasts as long as possible. In this series of posts, we’ll show you how to maintain medieval re-enactment kit so it looks terrific for as long as possible.

A Garrison member by a display of period items of clothing in wool, linen and silk

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