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The Height of Fashion

Along with the less-than-romantic scenes of butchery and betrayal, murder and mayhem (see our previous post Sex and Death in the Roman de l…

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0 Feb 17, 2014

Julian of Norwich ~ Mystic, Theologian and Anchoress by Susan Abernethy

Statue of Julian of Norwich outside Norwich Cathedral Julian of Norwich was a mystic, theologian and anchoress in late fourteenth-early…

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0 Feb 15, 2014

Heraldic manuscript England?: c 1625 Sp Coll Hepburn q23

This month our featured item is a manuscript containing over 1200 hand-drawn, coloured illustrations of coats of arms. They represent near…

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0 Feb 1, 2014

The Sumerian King List still puzzles historians after more than a century of research

Out of the many incredible artefacts that have been recovered from sites in Iraq where flourishing Sumerian cities once stood, few have…

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0 Jan 31, 2014

Old Light on New Media: Medieval Practices in a Digital Ages Lucie Dolezalova

  Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures 2:1 (2013): 16-34. Abstract This essay offers an insight into the way digital editions…

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0 Jan 31, 2014

January 23rd, Procrastination Day by on

On January 23rd, 1546, Francois Rabelais finally finally published the next installment of his megahit, La vie de Gargantua et de Pantagrue…

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0 Jan 29, 2014

This medieval manuscript curses the cat who peed on it by Lauren Davis

What happens when a cat sneaks over and pees all over the precious manuscript that you've spent months of your life inscribing? If you're…

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0 Jan 17, 2014

Children and Literature in Medieval England by Nicolas Orme

  Children and Literature in Medieval England Nicolas Orme Medium Ævum: Vol. 68:2 (1999) Abstract Children’s literature, both fiction and…

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0 Jan 10, 2014

Abramelin Magic

The system of magic contained in The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage, allegedly of 15th-century origin but probably dating…

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0 Nov 15, 2013

William Tyndale

William Tyndale Charged with Heresy and Burned atthe stake for changing the bible from Hebrew to English Born fl. 1484–1496 Gloucestershi…

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0 Nov 15, 2013



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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.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


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.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

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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