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Sex in Ancient Cultures -- by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

According to some of the early thinkers and philosophers the key to the mysteries of the universe lay hidden in the mysteries of sex. On th…

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0 Jan 22, 2011

Ancient Greece - Afternoon Delight

"We take a hetaera for our pleasure, a concubine for daily attention to our physical wants, a wife to give us legitimate children and a res…

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0 Jan 22, 2011

Romantic Friendships Lesbian relationships in the Victorian Era

Women of the Victorian era often developed what polite society referred to as "romantic friendships". Actually, polite society never really…

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0 Jan 22, 2011

The heart sign

20:18 · The heart sign is as old as , , , , , and . Its meaning for the people living in Europe before the last Ice Age of course is not kn…

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0 Jan 22, 2011

The History of Valentine's Day

Unbeknownst to yours truly, I went searching for a nice little well written history about Valentine's Day so that I could write an article…

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0 Jan 22, 2011

What's in a Kiss by Bud Smith

Just think of being in front of a warm cracking with you partner in your hands, with a kiss and a cuddle. But have you ever thought about w…

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0 Jan 22, 2011

How Did You Spend New Years Day?

How Did You Spend New Years Day? The ancient Babylonians (near as historians can tell...) were the first to celebrate New Years Day,…

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0 Jan 22, 2011

Sexual Positions in History Or – “When Push Comes To Shove”

  Most adult humans have had at least a fleeting look at some of the more erotic and downright raunchy hardcore of history.  Those Egyptian…

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0 Jan 21, 2011

Comparison of Medieval and Renaissance Marriage Customs by Cyd Klein

The Old and New testaments provided early church leaders with conflicting views regarding marriage. Biblical writings had clearly indicated…

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0 Jan 21, 2011

How Monogamy Came To Be by Joseph Farkasdi

In the Hebrew Bible, there is a clear distinction between a love relationship and a marriage arrangement. Love relationships are depicted,…

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0 Jan 21, 2011



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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.

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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