Monday, July 8, 2013

See you in September

My frilled veil was perfect before Simple Day, but the rain made it mostly lose its frilliness. I did wear it to court, since I didn't want to completely waste all the hard work, but with muddy children around, I took it back off as soon as I got back to camp so that it didn't get dirty. Glad I did wear it though, since I did get to meet one of you! My memory is telling me you said your name was Suzanne, but if that's incorrect, I sincerely apologize (and please correct me)! Thank you for stopping me. I loved your outfit, and I'm sorry I had to run out so we didn't get a chance to speak longer!

Since we made the decision to not go to Pennsic this year, our summer event season is winding to a close. I have a large list of mundane to-do's that have been patiently waiting for my attention, so I'll be taking a break through August to catch up on all that stuff and reconnect with the modern world for a bit.

For all those of you going to Pennsic, be safe and smart, and well-dressed at War!

I'll be back in September!


  1. Hi! That was me! It was very nice to meet you. The veil looked fabulous - I only wish I'd gotten to see it before the rain!


  2. I've just found your blog, and it is fascinating. A few years ago, you did some posts on the Seven Sacraments altarpiece. I wonder if you have any thoughts on those crazy looking 15th-century flip-flops. Two of the men are wearing them, and they seem to be an "upper-class" thing. One is attending the baptism in the left panel, where you can see the "flip-flop" in action. The other is the fellow at his wedding, but he is standing flat-footed.

    I'm not knowledgeable about this period, so this may be a stupid question, but you seem so knowledgeable I just had to ask.

    1. Those items are a special type of footwear known as pattens. To our modern eye they do look very flop-floppy, but their purpose was to save more costly shoes from mud (or gravel, or whatever). You can think of them as more like add-on platform shoes. They were made of wood, and leather pieces secured them to the foot like a slip-on. A Google search of "pattens" will get you a good amount of information.