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On the occasion of the “Straw hat month April, I have tried my skills at another project, a straw hat in the technique of the Lengberg finds. I had started it last August at our event at Bachritterburg Kanzach. Since I experimented with the technique for  another impression of mine , I still had a lot of the material left.


After finally being lucky and finding new hat-straw at a reasonable price online, I could work on my favorite craft again, making hats. I did work quite a bit at the Medieval days Bad Windsheim, which I was invited to by German friends of mine as the “Newbie” of the event crew. I made a rather classical modell, but with a little point at the top, I tried to make this model here.

There is really not much to say about the technique which I have not said in my article about my first hat.

Man’s best friend

27.08.2017 by Rotschopf in Material culture

Since this spring, me and my husband, our mice, vampire crabs and mini shrimps have another room mate:

Now our little basset mix of course has to come with us on several reenactment events and her modern leash and harness have been a thorn in my eye. (more…)

When you imagine a medieval man or woman, what do you see? Foul teeth? Greasy hair? Dirty, bumpy skin? Hairy armpits and sweat stench?

Well, for some of them, this might have been true. For some people today, this is still true. But medieval sources prove, that it could be and has been different for large parts of the population. Medieval people know far more than we think today.

In this article I want to talk about aspects of (female) beauty routine and cosmetics, as we find them in medieval sources (mainly the Trotula).


Actually my plan for my 14th century hobby was to have a full citizen-costume ready by the start of the new season. Unfortunately that was more difficult than I thought due to delivery problems for the fabric. And since I really did not want to go another season with just one wearable dress, half eaten by moths, I needed a dress to change into during longer events. Again in a very cheap colour. In white.


A simple shirt / undergown

23.03.2017 by Rotschopf in Clothing

The last works of the winterseason are in progress. For our first event in April, I still needed a sleeveless undergown/shirt. I already had one from my medieval fair times, but it was much too short and made from cotton.


A hint more coloure, can I dare?

10.12.2016 by Rotschopf in Clothing

There are a few things in the reenactors life, that he or she wants to have immediately after seeing. Only you need to get past your own and your fellow reenactors doubts and see a little more evidence.


It is wintertime and from everywhere I geht recipes for Hypocras during this season. Hypocras is delicious and quickly goes to your head. But I have wanted to try another recipe for quite some time. Caudel or Cawdel.

This beverage seems to be a specifically english one and is the predecessor of Butterbeer. Yes, that’s right,  Butterbeer is a thing and even apart from the Warner Brothers Adventure Worlds of Harry Potter. Yet Butterbeer only appears in the early 16th century, which is why I’ll stick to older recipies.


Enough is enough! Throw your iron Toilet-paper-roll-burner (yes, that totally is a thing), your lamp oil covered torches and your stupid Visby lanterns out the window! This is not your allday Hollywood-dungeon, we are recreating the civilisation of late medieval times!

Here we will show you some of the numerous possibilities to light your medieval house, tent or road in a historical way.



Interpretation work is an enduring effort to question everything that is taken for granted in your modern life. One question we have been asking ourselves is, weither flower vases were common on the 14th century table.

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Let’s have a look at the sources….