Posted on December 2, 2013 by amitThe medieval era consisted of a number of items, which have become the perfect fashion trends in the present scenario. Some of the items, which can be taken as the instances in this regard, include the clothing, clothing accessories, the warfare products, nautical accessories and so on. Let’s have a look on these products one by one: Clothing: The medieval clothing has unquestionably become the perfect fashion trend in the recent times. The clothing contains the decency because of the fact that the medieval people used to wear the decent outfits. However, some flamboyance can be witnessed in the royal style outfits of this era. The other outfits of that era include those of commoners, peasants and farmers, in which the simplicity is found. On the other hand, the wardrobes of the Vikings are also famous these days, who were the fierce swashbucklers of the medieval era. Some of the outfits of this era popular today include shirts, pants, skirts, doublets, tunics, tabards, chemises and a lot more. Clothing Accessories: A number of clothing accessories are also popular in the fashion world in the recent times. These accessories include scarves and hats etc. Warfare Products: It is a known fact that the battlefields had the special significance during the middle ages. A number of monarchs had the wish to extend their territories by invading others. For accomplishing this purpose, or to save the state from the invaders, the warfare accessories were highly required. Weapons and armors are the major warfare accessories popular during this period. The weapons that were used during these eras include swords, lances, spears, bows & arrows and siege engines etc. On the other hand, the armors to save the life were helmets, shields and body armors. Many of these products are purchased by a number of men and women in the recent times and are kept in hand in the themed events such as medieval festivals, renaissance festivals and pirate festivals etc. Nautical Accessories: For the ship merchants, sailors, pirates and explorers, the nautical accessories had the huge significance. Some of these accessories included nautical bells, ship lamps, telescopes, compasses, sundials, sand timers and sextants etc. Such items had distinct purposes such as seeing the distant objects, keeping track of time and direction, lighting the ship, regulating the duties and so on. Like the warfare objects, these items are also purchased by a large number of people for the themed events in the recent times.
Posted on November 27, 2013 by amitThe medieval era people used to live simple and sober lifestyles in various aspects of life. However, this thing might not be applied upon the monarchs of that era, who were involved in invading the other nations or kingdoms. Perhaps, this is the reason why some of the monarchs had been given the nasty names. For instance, the famous emperor William the conqueror is often said “William the Bastard” by some people because of some of his mean activities, which were against the welfare of the masses. But, still we find a type of decency in the common people. A large number of people were the religious minded at that time. The monasteries and monks were highly respected during that era. You can find the perfect example of the religiousness in the sculptures and paintings made at that time. Most of these art forms were made on the religious themes, such as birth of Jesus and Virgin Mary etc. Like every other time, the people were involved in their occupations for their livelihoods. Their occupations and their way of working etc. were little different from those of today. Farming, shop keeping, blacksmithing and goldsmithing etc. were some of the famous types of occupations during that period. All these tasks were accomplished with less technology as compared to today. Moreover, the rich merchants also existed that time. The other things, which attract our attention towards the decency of the people of that time, are their clothing styles. This simple and sober medieval clothing is also liked a lot by the people. These wonderful outfits are the parts of the fashion trends in the recent times. The costumes of that time were highly dependent on the communities to which they belong. Royals, nobles, blacksmiths, farmers and peasants were some of the sections of the society at that era.
Posted on November 19, 2013 by amitSuppose if you get a time machine then have you ever thought which time span will be your dream destination? Well, there may be different answers, like the reign of Julius Caesar, the era of Roman Empire, the Spartans era, the time of Joan of Arc, the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, any period on the middle ages and a lot more. In our opinion, visiting the medieval era can be a wonderful idea without any second thought. It is a long time span of one thousand years, where you can explore a number of things, some of which will fill you with a great delight and some of them may also be sorrowful. If you visit the beginning of the medieval times in Europe, you will find the presence of Irish monks establishing the early medieval arts, the reign of Charlemagne, Carolingian Renaissance and so on. But, if you stop little before, you can also find the fall of Roman Empire. When you go ahead from the reign of Carolingian Kings, you find one more renaissance named Ottonian Renaissance and the reigns of the Otto rulers. Similarly, in the 12th century, you will find the famous 12th Century Renaissance. Several other significant aspects can be seen near to this time, like the flourish of Gothic architecture, the bravery of Joan of Arc and so on. Apart from all, you will find entirely different lifestyles from today in this era. Of course, the medieval clothing will be one of the best allures here. But, these are not the only things, which you may explore there. There were some horrific periods as well, which can scare you. Remember the devastating “Black Death”. It was arrived in the year 1348-50 CE. It was a type of plague, which killed 75 to 200 million people of Europe. But, you need not to be afraid with such things. There are a lot of things, which you can still enjoy. The revolutions like peasants’ revolt are also the attraction of the medieval times that you can find. It took place after some time of Black Death. The political and economic tensions after Black Death were some of the reasons behind this revolt. The revolt could not be successful, but it might be the sources of inspirations for the revolutions, which came in the limelight in the later eras. The peasants’ lifestyles also became the subject of inspirations in the modern era. A number of medieval clothes available in the modern era are in the styles of peasants. When you will go ahead, you will find the inventions, which revolutionized the society. It was the invention of the printing press by the German blacksmith Johannes Gutenberg. The printing press made the mass publishing possible, which is why it became the perfect source to spread the renaissance ideas. You can have a look at the renaissance age also on the end of your travel to the medieval era. The renaissance age was the era of new ideas, and sometimes the word “renaissance age” is replaced with early modern era.
Posted on November 14, 2013 by amitThe medieval era was the period of diversities. When we look beyond the window of past, we find the presence of a number of communities. The division of communities was very much based on the profession to which they belong. The clothing styles of the communities were also highly based on the social and economic statuses of the people. On the other hand, the difference could be witnessed in the wardrobes of rural and urban people. An interesting thing is that all types of medieval clothes are the parts of the fashion world in the recent times. These are not just the outfits of the royals and nobles of the medieval era, which have gained the fame, but the dresses of the peasants and farmers have also provided the stuff to the fashion world. The peasants were involved in the hard labor. They would work on the lands of the rich landlords. Many of the peasants would pay the labor as the dues for using the lands of the lords. A large number of them were the serf farmers. Most of them were bound to their lands and had no right to change. They had to work for all seven days. Besides, some of the peasants were involved in the other professions also. For instance, many of them were recruited as the foot soldiers in the kings’ armies. There are also the instances in history, in which some efficient foot soldiers were ennobled and knighted. They used to live the hard lifestyles and hardly had any scope of the fashion. Therefore, their costumes used to be simple and practical. Besides, there were the independent farmers as well during this period. The conditions of these independent farmers were better as compared to the serf farmers. They had their own lands and were free to work on them. They were also allowed to own their servants, so they could also hire the serf farmers to work on their lands. They also had the chance to become the rich landowners in future. These independent farmers would live the mixed life. Those, who would work on their lands, were also very busy, as the farming was their source of earning. Because of their hard lifestyles, their medieval clothing also used to be simple. The costumes of both peasants and farmers are popular in today’s market. The doublets, tunics, shirts, gowns, skirts, hats and a number of other outfits and accessories of these communities can be acquired these days. Some of the vendors sell the similar outfits for the farmer and peasant clothing. Because of the hard lifestyles of these communities, their styles would resemble a lot. So, the costumes of these wardrobes are the perfect replacements of each other.
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Posted on November 7, 2013 by amitThe medieval era is one of the most liked periods for the people for the western world. The best evidence of the people’s interests towards it is the medieval clothing worn by them. Tunics, doublets, shirts, pants, skirts, blouses, gowns and many other such outfits are available in the market in the medieval style, which take people to that world, which is the mystery for the people of today’s scenario. Jousting events, battles while sitting on the horses and there are many other aspects of that era, which are admired by a large number of men and women. A number of people like to live in that era for some moments. In order to accomplish this purpose, various events are celebrated, in which one can find the glimpses of the middle ages. The medieval festivals and the renaissance festivals are two famous events, in which you can find the scenario of that era. The pirate festivals may also provide some of these Medieval Festivals: These festivals are especially organized to render the glimpses of the medieval times without any doubt. A number of men and women take part in various activities of these fests. The medieval fests are usually celebrated in UK. In some of these fests, some war that had taken place in the medieval era is celebrated. Besides, the individuals may also find some other entertainment acts. The stalls of various medieval items remain the special allures in these festivals. Renaissance Festivals: These festivals are usually celebrated in UK, and are based on the renaissance lifestyles. But, many of the activities in these fests belong to the medieval era, or both medieval and renaissance eras. The knights and the knighting ceremonies were famous in both periods. So, the demonstrations of the knighting ceremonies remain the special allures here; however, these activities have the Elizabethan touch. On the other hand, the jousting events also take place here, in which we can find the glimpses of both medieval and renaissance times. Moreover, the blacksmiths involved in the medieval way of iron making also come here. Storytelling, dances and a lot more things of the medieval era can be seen here. Pirate Festivals: However, some people believe the pirate festivals based on the fictional themes as it highly involves the swashbuckler themed movies. But, as a matter of the fact, the real piracy is also depicted in one way or the other. The renaissance age Caribbean piracy is shown prominently, but you can also find the glimpses of the medieval era Vikings.
Posted on October 30, 2013 by amitWe find a lot of distinctions in the medieval times in respect of cultures, communities and religions etc., in the western society. This is the reason why we find a variety of medieval costumes in the fashion basket of the medieval world. There is a lot to explore from this era without any doubt. A major aspect of that era was ‘religion’. It is a known fact that religion was thought to be ‘word of God’ during that period. So, saying or writing against it was supposed to be a crime. Christianity was the major religion during that era. But, the presence of Paganism, Judaism and Islam is also found. But, have in mind – these were the religions, which were prevalent in the western world. On the other parts of the earth, there were several other faiths as well such as Buddhism, Hinduism and so on. In this blog post, we are concerned with the western world; so, here are some of the religions, which were found in Europe during that era. Christianity: The period after the fall of Roman Empire is supposed to be the era when the Christianity was prevalent in entire Europe. The five early centers of Christianity were Rome, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Antioch and Alexandria. The bishops would consider themselves the spiritual successors of the new apostles. In the long time span of one thousand years of the middle ages, several alternations could be witnessed. The monastic reform came in the picture in the high middle ages. Besides, the churches played a prominent role in the education of children and the cathedral schools were opened in which the students were termed as ‘clerics’. A large number of the modern western universities are connected to the medieval churches. Besides, a time came when the Europe faced the separation of the church between eastern and western churches. In addition, a number of other sects within Christianity came in the limelight. Judaism: Judaism has a very long history in Europe. It was existent there even before Christ. They had the flourishing culture in the medieval era also. The followers or Judaism, known as Jewish people, were protected by the kings, princes as well as the bishops because of their crucial services in three fields that include administration, finance and as doctors. But, still the Christians and Jews had the two different societies. Islam: The major credit for establishing the Islam in Europe is given to Ottoman Empire. In 1453, Islam had also been declared as a state religion in the reign of Constantinople. Paganism: Paganism was not a single religion, but we can keep all the pre-Christian Europe under paganism. The polytheist religions as well as the indigenous religions of some specific areas would make the pagan religion. In the medieval era also, there were some areas where people would follow the pagan religions. There might be different types of pagan religions during the medieval times, but the Germanic paganism and the Slavic paganism were two major types. These were the major religions or faiths of Europe in the medieval times. It is estimated that there might be the existence of some other religions in Europe in the medieval era.
Posted on October 23, 2013 by amitThe bandanas and scarves are the perfect clothing accessories popular among men and women since historical eras. These accessories are used for distinct purposes, which may include the protection from extreme heat, extreme cold as well as dust. They are usually made up of various fabrics, such as cotton, wool or silk. As we all know, the people’s interests have been increased a lot in the medieval costumes; so, the conventional medieval style bandanas and scarves are hugely popular in the recent times. A number of men and women like to tie the medieval bandanas on waist. They are available in myriad of colors, such as red, bottle green, chocolate and more. Such outfits are perfect to wear on the themed occasions such as medieval and renaissance eras. Similarly, the scarves of the medieval styles also give the special appearance to the individuals. The pirate scarves are one of the most famous ones in this regard. But, some of these scarves reflect the styles of the pirates of the renaissance age rather than the medieval era. The Jolly Roger designs comprising of the skulls with crossbones below can be seen on these scarves. Such medieval clothing accessories are available in both small and large sizes. They are also available in distinct colors such as white, black and red. The colors of the skull designs are changed accordingly. The designs are usually in the black color on the red and white scarves, whereas you can find them in white colors on the black colored scarves. Besides, there are some other types of the medieval scarves available in the market. You can find the medieval embroidery on some of these outfits. They are perfect for you if you are willing to get the styles of the decent and lawful societies of the medieval times. Besides, you can also find pictures of the middle ages on some of them. The images of the kings with crowns, or some historical events are the perfect medieval themes that you can find on some of the scarves. These bandanas and scarves can be worn at the themed events such as the medieval and renaissance costumes as well as some other events. Such outfits can be purchased from several offline and online stores in the present scenario. These online stores provide you a wide variety, which sometimes you hardly get in the conventional shopping units. You can also find a few wonderful quality bandanas and pirate scarves from our store. They will really give you a unique luster, which you had always desired for.
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Posted on October 19, 2013 by amitIt is needless to mention that it is the era of technology. But, it doesn't mean that the historical eras were free from technological inventions. Time to time, the human has developed the technologies, which has resulted in the present day advancements. In the medieval era also, we find various technologies. Don’t get misled with the notion that the aforesaid period is famous only for the medieval clothes. As a matter of the fact, the technological innovations could be witnessed in that era also, whose advanced types can be found in the recent times. The radical change of new inventions could be witnessed in the medieval Europe after the 12th century renaissance. The invention of the spectacles mechanical clock, vertical windmills, highly improved water mills, new architecture techniques, agriculture techniques in general and refined gunpowder were some of the technological inventions of that era. The development of watermills was one of the most impressive inventions of that period. A time came when most villages in Europe had turnable mills, approximately 6500 in England alone. The waterpower was not only used in the agriculture, but also in some other aspects such as crushing ore, raising ore from shafts and powering bellows. These technologies were either built on the long-established techniques of medieval Europe that were originated from Roman and Byzantine antecedent, or were derived from the cross-cultural exchanges with China, India and Islamic World. Some technological refinements could also be seen in Europe during this period. For instance, the Chinese would know about the gunpowder long ago, but it was refined by the Europeans. The maritime technology got developed a lot during this era. The advancement in the shipbuilding could be seen in the multi-masted ships with the lateen sails, the skeleton-first hull construction, the dry compass, the astrolabe, the sternpost-mounted rudder and more. Several nautical products also came in the limelight, such as the compasses, sundials, sand timers and more. A number of products of the maritime technologies allowed the Europeans to take the military control over distinct nations. Besides, the global navigations could be possible because of the maritime gadgets in the age of explorations. In addition, the nautical products remained very popular among the sailors, explorers, voyagers and pirates. The other big achievement of the middle ages was the moveable type printing press; however, sometimes the moveable type is also counted among the renaissance age achievements. It is because when it was invented the renaissance age was going to start, and it was already started in some parts of Europe. The printing press was developed in distinct eras in various parts of the world. In Europe, it was invented by a German blacksmith named Johannes Gutenberg in around 1439. He first published the Bible through it and later on, the mass publishing of books and documents had started. The moveable type had played a crucial role in the spread of renaissance movements. The old and new classics, the reformation ideas etc. started being published and reached in various parts of Europe. So, the ideas spread rapidly, and the renaissance movement began. Similarly, a number of other inventions also came in the limelight in the medieval times. These inventions undoubtedly paved the way for the modern era.
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Posted on October 16, 2013 by amitThe warrior class had a great significance in the medieval and renaissance eras. In these two time spans, some of the monarchs had the ardent desires to expand their territories. In order to accomplish this purpose, the warriors were required by them. Those who had no such desire, were required to protect their territories from those who had. So, the significance of warriors was at every place. Some of the facts of the warriors of that era include: Knights Were Supposed to be High Class Warriors The knights were the high class warriors of that era in several nations. Usually, they would come from the royal families. They used to be fully trained in the warfare techniques and their trainings would start from the small age of 8. Since the age of 16, they would start serving the senior knights. The time, when they would serve other knights, they were known as squires. In the age of 20, the squires could become the knights after proving themselves worthy. The knighthood was conferred to them by the lord or the king or a queen. The knights would wear the multiple layers of armors over their medieval dresses. Usually, the boys from the noble classes would become the knights, but there were some exceptions as well. Sometimes, the peasant class individuals were also conferred the knighthoods by the monarchs on their unusual braveries. There Were the Foot Soldiers from Peasant Class There were the foot soldiers also during that era. These soldiers were recruited from the peasant class. Sometimes, some brave soldiers were promoted to knights by the monarchs. Archers Would Mark from the Distance Archers were the major parts of the battlefields. A skilled archer was able to kill a number of enemies in a minute. There were two types of bows used during that era, which were known as longbows and crossbows. The longbows were for the trained archers, whereas the crossbows were easy to use and could be used by unskilled soldiers. But, the longbows were more efficient than the crossbows. There Were the Female Warriors As Well Interestingly, the names of several female warriors also come in the history. We all know Joan of Arc who played a prominent role in the coronation of Charles VII of France. Besides, in some of the areas, the women were also provided the knighthoods. It will not be wrong to say that the women were not behind men in combats. There Were Different Clans of Warriors in Distinct Nations As a matter of the fact, there were distinct clans of warriors during the medieval age, such as knights of several medieval countries, samurais of Japan, Ninjas of Japan, Vikings and a lot more. These warriors had their own lifestyles and medieval costumes according to the era to which they belonged.
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Posted on October 8, 2013 by amitThe medieval society in Europe comprised of the feudal system. The peasants would come at the lowest stage under this system. They would work on the lands of the lords. But, these labor class people had the hard lifestyles. Besides, they used to do the hard labor and had no scope for those pleasures of life, which the high class people would enjoy. They used to wear the simple medieval costumes with no fashion. So, there were some periods when the peasants revolted. The revolt of 1381 in England has gained huge popularity. Black Death occurred in Europe from 1348 to 1350, in which a large population was destroyed. The peasants who survived thought that there was something special about them, which is why the God saved them. So, they also tried to take the disease as an opportunity to improve their lifestyles. According to the feudal law, the peasants could leave their villages only on their lord’s permission. But, after the Black Death, many of the lords had the shortage of labor, so they encouraged the peasants from other villages to leave their places and work for them. When the peasants did this, the lords didn’t allow them to return to their own village. So, the peasants started demanding the higher wages as they knew that the lords are desperate to find their service for getting their harvest. The peasants leaving the villages for the better deal upset the feudal system. The system was devised in order to tie the peasants to their lands. In order to stop this, Statute of Labourers was introduced in 1351. According to this law, the peasants would not be paid the more than wages, which were paid in 1346, and no lord or master should offer the wages more than this. The law also disallowed the peasants to leave the villages, to which they would actually belong. Some peasants ignored this statute, and many of them knew that the disobedience would cause the serious punishments. In just four years, the government introduced the third poll tax in 1380. Besides, the landlords were increasing the rents on their lands, to which the peasants were tied. This created a great anger among the peasants and caused the revolt of 1381. In this year, the peasants marched to London under the leaderships of the heroes like Wat Tayler and Jack Straw for presenting the petition to the king. These people demanded the abolition of tithes and the game laws, serfdom as well as the authority to freely use the forests. The peasants also demanded the abolishment of the poll tax. John Ball, who was a priest, expressed the sentiments of these labor class people among the public. A rhyme that was spread in South of England expressed the cry of the peasants. It was
"When Adam Delved and Eve Span
Who was then the Gentleman?"The rhyme meant that when Adam and Eve were created in the beginning of the world by God, there were no lord and no lords of the manor then why they should be now. These lines wonderfully stated the position of the people of that period. It was a revolutionary slogan. John Bell as well as other leaders urged the peasants to visit the king’s palace in London. King Richard II was 14 years old at that time, but he agreed to meet peasants. They waited for the word of the king, but they couldn’t meet him because of the assembled crowd. So, the king returned to his mother at the Tower. The rebels burnt prison at Marshalsea and Lambath Palace was plundered by them. They burnt furniture and books and crossed London Bridge to join the mob. They also made their way to Fleet Street and opened the Fleet prison. The Savoy Palace, which was the abode of king’s uncle John of Gaunt was set to fire. On June 14, Richard arranged an interview with mob. He granted their demands like abolition of feudal services and their right to rent land at the agreed prices. Some of the rebels had returned home, whereas those who were near the Tower remained there. The rebels also wanted to execute the people, who levied the tax. These included Lord Treasurer, John of Graunt's physician, and John Legge. When they were at prayer at the Chapel of Saint John, the mob reached. After the prayer, they were dragged out of the chapel and were beheaded one by one. Some sources claim that the mob was led by a female leader named Johanna Ferrour, who ordered the execution. She was also charged for burning the Savoy Palace and stealing a chest of gold from Duke. On 15th June, king again met with the rebels. The concessions were granted to the rebels at Smithfield conference. According to it, the lordships would be abolished expect of the kings, and the rebels would be pardoned. When Wat Taylor rode up to the king, his horse’s tail under the nose of king’s tale made the mayor of the London agreed. He knocked him off from the horse, and one of the squires of the king stabbed him in the stomach. His head was cut from the corpse in order to display it into the city. John Ball was hanged, and Jack Straw was executed. Soon, the promises of King Richard II were withdrawn; although the poll tax was abolished. So, the English peasants’ revolt could not be successful; however, they got a little benefit of abolition of a tax. But, we can see them as the heroes of history in this age of equality. The people enjoying wearing the medieval clothing of the peasants can be taken as the best example of the people’s interest in them.
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