General Medieval and Renaissance Information

PREFACE: For those of you finding this webpage from internet searches … Please feel free to ‘borrow’ any information you find here if it helps you promote your Medieval and / or Renaissance Wedding Website. But Pleeease – post a message to let us know you are doing that! We hope you find both Our Medieval Links Page and Our Costume Links Page helpful to you. The content below was written Prior to our Medieval Wedding August 31, 2002. Thank-You.


THE WEDDING PARTY WILL BE COSTUMED UP!!

Costume garb is optional. Be adventurous! We encourage all who wish to DRESS UP for our wedding

follow the Medieval and/or Renaissance styles.


WHAT IS MEDIEVAL? WHAT IS RENAISSANCE?

There is a practical difference between Medieval and Renaissance

(Medieval covers approximately from 4th to 14th Century CE,

Renaissance approximately from the 15th to 17th century),

with of course some overlapping occurring.

However, for all practical intents of our themed wedding,

a mix of these styles is perfectly all right to maintain the general theme of the day.

Medieval dress runs from skirts, blouses and

bodices for ‘wench’ type costuming,

to elaborate gowns with draped sleeves and veiled hats.

For men, woodsman-style vests, shirts and pants

to richly brocaded tunics and hose.

Renaissance tends to more flowing gowns for women

and elaborate coats and breeches for the men.


FRAME OF REFERENCE

What we’re calling the “medieval era” is huge, stretching from 450 to 1600 A.D. The period includes:

The borderline ancient/medieval period (mid- to late 400s A.D.), when Attila the Hun ruled.

The early medieval period (500 to 1050 A.D.), when knights sat at the round table, Prince Valiant was valiant, and Excalibur was lodged in that big stone.

The Middle Ages (1050 to 1450 A.D.), when the Crusades were in progress, William Wallace (a.k.a. Mel Gibson in Braveheart) was taking back Scotland, and Robin Hood was taking from the rich to give to the poor.

The Renaissance (1450 to 1600 A.D.), when Columbus sailed to the New World and Henry VIII reigned in England.


BASIC MEDIEVAL ATTIRE

Basic medieval attire can consist of:

Royalty: the era’s most over-the-top, formal clothes

Merchant: pretty but not showy, indicating modest prosperity

Peasant: casual, carefree, outdoorsy, and largely unembellished

Classic medieval: women in long, slim-fitting gowns; men in tights and tunics

Classic renaissance: women in tight bodices and full skirts; men in tights, breeches, pirate shirts, and lace vests

Remember that simple styles will be most comfortable — some formal

medieval clothes are heavy and confining. Where to find the clothes? Order them from catalogs, have them custom-made, or rent them from local costume shops.


WHERE CAN I GET A MEDIEVAL OR RENAISSANCE COSTUME IN WINNIPEG?

HARLEQUIN COSTUME & DANCE

375 Hargrave Street

Winnipeg, Manitoba

R3B 2K2

PH: (800) 823-6706 toll-free

Fax: (204) 943-7013

Ask MIKE to assist you, if you plan to rent from this company.

We are not demanding that you rent (or buy) attire for our wedding.

If you want to join our celebration in theme, but don’t really

want to go full costume .. try a cape, cloak, and hat

or even hairpiece or a wig could be used to add a ‘Medieval flavor’.

There are also many ideas you can get from the internet

to creating your own costume … and don’t worry…. it will look great!

In the links sections, you will see Costume sites .. feel free to

browse and get a better idea of what the clothes looked like in this era

If you browse the COSTUME link there are several

neat-O websites that you can see many examples and types of Medieval and Renaissance

clothing ..

Costumes

– Mike Schiedel was very full of ideas

and well informed about the Medieval / Renaissance style garb effect we are looking

forward for – for the entire wedding party – including ourselves. We will be going

back in early June 2002 for final selection. We are also recommending that if any

of you want to rent costumes, or accessories … see Mike as, he will be familiar with

the many other people’s choices that are also being rented for our themed wedding affair.


OTHER MEDIEVAL / RENAISSANCE LINKS FOUND AROUND THE ‘NET

Marriage in the Middle Ages

Medieval and Renaissance Wedding Page

Medieval and Renaissance Marriage

Medieval Drama Links Page

Internet Medieval SourceBook – Full Text

Medieval Wedding Site – Links and Resources

Montanaro’s Medieval Period (and links)

OpenHere Network – Search For Anything!

Type in ‘MEDIEVAL RENAISSANCE’ in the Search Query field

The Medieval Times – News Spanning Three Millenia

The Internet Renaissance Band – Medieval Music (mid,wav)

Musical Inspiration (midi sequencing)

An Index of Classical Music Web Site Links

Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603)

The NIXNET Medieval Art History Homepage

Things Medieval in the Modern World (MSN Group)

Gander Academy: Medieval Times Theme Page


Medieval Weapon Art TM

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