This Year’s Mead

I don’t know if we’ve bragged about this yet, but the Medievalisticals team made some very nice mead this year.


It was made in two kinds. The middle one is darker and that was because we made that last and because we put dried fruits into the mixture to enrich the flavor. And it was good, but we drank it all 🙁

I am especially proud with the taste and the color of the drink. The key formula to making mead is to wait for it to mature before drinking it, and the only way to preserve mead in the company of seasoned reenactors, is by making lots of it. That’s the important lesson of this years brewing.

The regular yellow mead has hops, garden tea and a bit of linden herb. It boiled for a month. We poured it into bottles and after two months it was clear and very pleasant to drink. The funniest part was, it was very very strong.

It tastes like wine, but has the aftertaste of beer and the burn of a soft whiskey. It was very easy to drink because you don’t feel the alcohol, so the end result was – you get drunk after 2 cups of mead and don’t know what hit you 😀

We’re starting a new batch soon. It should be done by the middle of autumn, so give us a call if you’re interested or join us for a drink 😉

PS: The Recipe 😉

Times and Epochs, we are back!

Vasil V.

Greetings to all our new friends from Russia, France, Ukraine and Israel. If i am missing a country please excuse me. We just got back from a 2000 kilometers journey back from Moscow and it was amazing. This has been the biggest medieval event we have participated in, and when I say “we”, I mean a mixed group of reenactors from Bulgaria.
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There were 4 people from Chigot- medieval reenacment group and 3 people from  
Medieval society – Modvs Vivendi.  We reenact mostly Balkan folks from the 12th to the 14th century. Check out our Facebook page too.

The Medievalisticals blog is a place for medieval costumes, clothes and shoes reconstruction. So, here is where we post all of our research and recent projects. We work with reenactors, larp-ers and bulgarian museums. The Medievalisticals crew includes Viktor Ch. medieval tailor and swordfighter, and me, Vasil V. tailor, shoemaker and an all time crash test dummy 😛

We loved the festival and we enjoyed our stay in Russia very much! Thanks for the good times and hope to see you again soon 😉 Love you all :*

 

Medieval camp Cherven – Review

It was a great camp and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  The only thing that was kind of annoying was the weather. It’s an ancient reenactor tradition that the weather is bad when we are at a medieval camp

 We set out from sunny Varna and in the middle of the way to Cherven we got into a huge lightning storm. We couldn’t see where we were going, it was foggy, dark and pretty grim, when suddenly my phone rings and a friend calls to tell me his PC was hit by lightning right in front of him. The scary part was, we were just talking about lightnings and the chances of  hitting you inside your home.

Anyway, we reached the soaking medieval camp still alive. The next day the heat and humidity in the air was terrible. We were lucky to be higher than the poor people on the bottom of the canyon. We endured the heats just enough to be hit by another summer lightning storm. This one nearly blew the massive Chigot company tent.

I was holding the main pole and hoping. The options were -1. the pole would snap in my hands and crush me 2. the tent would be blown off the cliff and into the canyon, me included 3. since we are the tallest object on the highest place in a 30 mile radius, I figured we’ll probably get owned by a lightning.

I considered my options wisely and yelled out – the goddess of thunder is a whore. Those were some worthy last words.

Fortunately we survived, but the tent suffered a lot, and that may be it’s last medieval camp. Good bye Big Red, we’re gonna miss you :/

Anyway, here are some pics with funny comments 🙂
PS: Rights on the photos belong to Chigot medieval reenactments, Modvs Vivendi and various reenactors including the Medievalisticals team. Enjoy!

PPS: Here are some samples of the music our bards compose and play

The Nobleman`s Shoes

Hi guys,
remember when I told you I was working on a special luxurious project? Well here it is – “The nobleman`s shoes” or “the christmas elf shoes” as we call them 🙂

These are exclusively nobleman`s shoes worn by both men and women from western and central Europe from the 12th to the 14th centuries. They`re custom made and one of a kind. The leather sole is 7mm thick, the upper is 1,1-1,2mm and the fabric is 100% pure silk. The edge of the upper is enforced with extra stitching and lining to avoid tearing in the fabric. The design and embroidery pattern are based on extant originals and studies on medieval footwear. For the binding stitch I used waxed linen thread, and for the embroidery and enforcing stitches I used cotton threads. The buttons are made of glass beads. The shoes` size is 40-41 by European size standards (6,5 t0 7,5 British sizes and 7-8 by american standards).

But the best part is they are FOR SALE
Call us if you’re interested.

Futhermore we take orders for custom hand made shoes – any design and decorations you like.

Vasil.

Nobleman suit up!

This is a reconstruction I made a few years back. It`s a nobleman`s outfit based on a mural from a 14th century bulgarian church in Dolna Kameniza, Serbia. The church is one of the best preserved medieval churches in the area and has beautiful murals.
The costume belongs to one of the men who donated the money for the temple.
My reconstruction is made of velvet and cotton, both available in Bulgaria at that time. I liked this coat because of the strange sleeves and the furry lining on the neck. I used fox fur and silver buttons.
The main reason I chose to recreate this outfit however was the guy`s long hair and beard. 🙂 He`s one of the few men in medieval murals with long and untied hair.

So I made the outfit, grew my hair just a little more and in summer 2010 I even visited the church. And that`s how we do things in Medievalisticals.

Vasil.

Dwarves at work… and play

Dwarves are the best fantasy race ever – they are the most down to earth and jolly fellows you can find. And with the upcoming “The hobbit” we just had to do

 something dwarvy. In the mean time we were employed at some archaeology digs – and what better place to show your true beard, than ancient ruins.

I would have added beards on Photoshop if I wasn’t too busy procrastinating, but even now the dwarves look good…if You ask me, even better than those in the upcoming movie – we’ve got hoods, and they don’t.
Photographer is Mihail Hristov (mostly)
Not pictured:
A pile of dead orks
A Gandalf
An empty ale barrel

Viktor