Jewish Pirates in Jamaica

Under Muslim rule in Spain, Jews were largely protected from persecution.  This led to an explosion of Jewish culture and learning in Iberia and a very prosperous merchant class.  With the Reconquista and the expulsion of the Moors from Spain, many Jews began fleeing from Spain because of the persecution of the Spanish Inquisition and, …

Strike the Pose…!

Okay, I’m very much a proponent of protecting copyrights and intellectual property but this is WAY OVER THE LINE. Perhaps Vogue should be sued by Cornwall for usurping the centuries old name of this hamlet. https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/vogue-magazine-threatens-sue-cornish-7072632?utm_source=join1440&utm_medium=email&utm_placement=newsletter Never allow corporations to push the publicans around less you have no more publicans and only corporate “best interests.”

Colonial Hospitality – Spiced Pineapple Mead

They say “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”[i] and this has become my view on mead.  Technically, mead should not be part of my portfolio[ii] as it was not particularly popular in colonial America.  Keeping bees and processing honey into mead, while a straightforward and simple process, was not nearly as …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. May 14, 1796 – Edward Jenner publishes his procedure for smallpox vaccination.  His procedure differed from previous attempts at vaccination in that he injected a milder “attenuated” version of …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. May 14, 1787      Constitutional Convention Four years after the United States won its independence from England, 55 state delegates, including George Washington, James Madison and Benjamin Franklin, convene in …

What is a “Colonial Beer?”

Reenactors seem to revel in the debate over historical accuracy.  We either passionately focus on authenticity or we bristle at those who do.  Colonial brewers are reenactors and we run the gamut from casual historical entertainers to passionate academic historians.  There is a place for everyone but we need to acknowledge the range of expression …

Beer Recipe: French Alliance “Myrtile” Lambic

“Myrtille” is French for Blueberry. It is popular in some so-called patriotic circles to make snarky comments about France and the French, We call them “Frogs” and complain about rescuing them from their foreign exploits like Vietnam when they hold us to high moral standards on our adventures. The fact, however, is that the United …