Entries by Caroline Morrissey

Sponsor Post: North Harbour – Communication from Criers to Fibre Optics

In our lifetime, telecommunications have progressed exponentially from indestructible brick-like devices to smart phones that can translate languages. Worldwide nearly 900 million people cannot read or write – but that was normal in the Middle Ages when communication was for the most part oral with only the wealthy aristocrats and nobles taught to read and […]

Sponsor Blog: ERMS Group managing health and safety at our festival

A Perilous Period for Personal Safety Part 2/3 by Leslie Zeder #5 Childbirth & Life Expectancy – Safety during childbirth was very perilous during the Medieval Period. What we would now class as risky or unsafe birthing, in medieval times people simply didn’t know and a difficult labour could last several days. Some expectant mothers eventually succumbed to […]

Sponsor Blog: ERMS Group – keeping you safe at our festival

A Perilous Period for Personal Safety Part 1/3 by Leslie Zeder Unlike the innumerable protocols, laws, rules and regulations and standard practices revolving around ‘safety’ of all kinds which we follow and practice across the globe today, by and large, keeping people safe was of little concern to the people of Medieval Europe and Britain. On […]

Hans Electrical Services Sponsor Blog: Medieval Ladies and Apprenticeships

Did apprenticeships exist during medieval times? And if so were apprenticeships they freely available to all?  During times of war and plague all throughout history women have pulled up their socks and kept society trudging along. A common misconception about women’s roles during these times is that they mainly functioned in supportive roles like housekeeping […]

Jouster Blog Series – Katherine McWade

Name:  Lady Katherine McWade Motto:  ‘I can, I will, Watch Me!‘ Heraldry:  Lady Katherine’s  symbol of the Phoenix rising from the ashes shows her determination to succeed no matter what obstacles are  before her. She jousts in 14th century armour. Her motto is “I Can, I Will, Watch Me” Career highlights:  During a recent skill at arms […]