Patrick Matherne

Renaissance Card Games: Aluette

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May 142013
 
Renaissance Card Games: Aluette

History of Aluette The game Aluette (or La Vache, which means a cow in French)first appears in the sixteenth century France, when it was documented by Francois Rabelais. Some people believe it is older than this because of the use of a Spanish styled deck. The French styled deck came out in the fifteenth century, […]

Renaissance Card Games: All Fours

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Jan 302013
 
Renaissance Card Games: All Fours

Renaissance Card Games: All Fours History All Fours is among the oldest extant card games in England. Its first known description was in Charles Cotton’s Compleat Gamester of 1674, where the game was reported as popular in Kent. All Four’s is probably of Dutch ancestry. David Parlett suggests that it played a role with the […]

Sumptuary Laws for Women

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Jan 072013
 
Sumptuary Laws for Women

Sumptuary Laws tell you what you can and can not wear based upon your class or social standing. If you wore something above your station you would be fined. Why are these so important. Well back  then your clothes was how you expressed you wealth. There are stories of royalty spending every dime they had on clothing. […]

Sumptuary Laws for Men

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Dec 242012
 
Sumptuary Laws for Men

Sumptuary Laws tell you what you can and can not wear based upon your class or social standing. If you wore something above your station you would be fined. Why are these so important. Well back  then your clothes was how you expressed you wealth. There are stories of royalty spending every dime they had on clothing. […]

LARF Week 1

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Nov 092012
 
LARF Week 1

Louisiana Renaissance Festival Week 1 Well I survived the opening weekend of the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. Being on cast gives you a totally different view of things. The first day had us arriving at 9am to start getting dressed. We luckily had most of what we needed already there. The only part that was still needed was […]

Health versus Wealth

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Oct 252012
 
Health versus Wealth

Health vs Wealth I am 40 years old, overweight and work 60 hours a week. My main goal is to work hard enough right now to be able to reap the rewards later in life. I am willing to sacrifice my health in the short term to get financial gains in the long term. I do not spend time […]

Where to Buy Swords

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Sep 092012
 
Where to Buy Swords

Where to Buy Swords? One thing I have been asked quite a few times is, where to buy swords at? Well the answer will depend on what you are intending to use the sword for. Some people just want a decorative sword to display. while others want one that can actually be used. Lets take […]

Sep 062012
 
In Remembrance of the Bard, Owain Phyfe

In Memory of Owain Phyfe It is with sad new that on September 5th, 2012 I learned Owain Phyfe passed on. He is survived by his wife Lady Paula, his sons, and all the people whose lives he touched with his music. He will be greatly missed. Owain had a passion for music that was […]

Renaissance Weapons

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Sep 042012
 
Renaissance Weapons

Weapons Used During the Renaissance One thing I have always enjoyed about going to the different renaissance faires, was that you always got too see the weapons the vendors had. You could hold swords, maces, daggers, shields, and a few other odds and ends. When you picked them up you had a mental image that […]