Historical Roles of Women Discussions (35)

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Letter The First        Madam,        I sit down to give you an undeniable proof of my con- sidering your desires as indispensable orders. …

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17 Feb 20, 2011
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Ancient Roman Prostitutes and Notes on Roman Prostitution

Terms for Ancient Roman Prostitutes and Brothels. From W. C. Firebaugh At the start of his translation of "The Satyricon," by Petronius, W…

Started by SunKat

3 Jan 31, 2011
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Shirabyōshi (白拍子?) were female dancers, prominent in the Japanese Imperial Court, who performed traditional Japanese dances (the dances the…

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2 Jan 25, 2011
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Noblewomen: the first ladies! by Jan-Olov von Wowern

The role and position of noblewomen in later medieval Europe is a subject about which comparatively little has been written. The noblewomen…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 Jan 21, 2011

The Geisha

 1100AD - 1750AD Pre-Geisha Whilst geisha are relatively modern in their emergence, dating back to the early 1700’s, “geisha-type” women h…

Started by SunKat

2 Jan 21, 2011
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The term Sultana (Arabic: سلطانه‎) is used for a few Muslim women rulers in history. It is sometimes mistaken as the title of the chief wif…

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0 Mar 19, 2010

lady-in-waiting (also called waiting maid)

A lady-in-waiting (also called waiting maid) is a female personal assistant at a noble court, attending to a queen, a princess or other nob…

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0 Mar 19, 2010

Woman of the Bedchamber

n the Royal Household of the United Kingdom the term Woman of the Bedchamber is used to describe a woman (usually a daughter of a peer) att…

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0 Mar 19, 2010


A gentlewoman (from the Latin gentilis, belonging to a gens, and English 'woman') in the original and strict sense is a woman of good famil…

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0 Mar 19, 2010


Madam, Madame, ma'am, or Mme is a title for a woman. It is derived from the French madame (see different meanings of madame here), the equi…

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0 Mar 18, 2010



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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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