Category: Taegan

Medieval Beauty

As a re-enactor portraying a wealthy medieval lady, one of the most common questions that you can be asked is “did they wear make-up?” Well, the simple answer is yes, but not in the way that we are familiar with today. It’s well known that the ancient Egyptians, both men and women, wore make up: […]

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Margery Jourdemayne

We would probably never have heard the name of Margery Jourdemayne if she had not been associated with members of the Royal Court – namely Humphrey Duke of Gloucester and his Duchess Eleanor Cobham, Roger Bolingbroke, Thomas Southwell and John Home (Hum or Hume). Margery, dubbed ‘the Witch of the Eye next Westminster’, was the […]

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The Marriage of John of Gaunt & Blanche of Lancaster

Until the devastation imposed on it by Henry VIII at the dissolution of the monasteries, Reading Abbey in Berkshire witnessed a good many historical events as diverse as being the place where the earliest recorded musical manuscript of the 13th Century musical ‘round’ – Sumer Is Icumen In – was found, to the place Edward […]

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Francis Bacon

Born in January 1561, Bacon was the son of Sir Nicholas Bacon and his second wife Anne. During his time at Cambridge, Bacon began to question the accepted methods of scientific research, believing them to be flawed. His ideas led to the modern approach to scientific research. It is suggested that it was his experimentation […]

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Defying Death

“And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: / And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.” Methuselah was reputedly the oldest named person recorded in the bible. He was the grandfather of Noah, and supposedly died […]

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