2016 Fighter Practice off to a great start!

Dalston Kingsland has been invested with SCA fighters and fencers. As the evenings grow lighter, half a dozen rapier enthusiasts have been drilling and sparring alongside the armoured fighters, warming up in readiness for the new season of events. If you would like to join us, whether veteran or first-timers, then visit our Martial Activities page.
Read More

Guy’s Journey round London pre 1600 pubs Pt 2

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese With Emoni and Milada, I checked out this famous period pub. A pub has reputedly been on this site since 1538, and hospitality associated with the site prior to that when it was part of a local priory. THe Cellars are reckoned to be part of that Carmelite establishment. Destoryed and rebuilt due to the Great Fire of 1666, the pub is now a warren of sm...
Read More

Guy’s Journey around pre-1600 London pubs Pt 2

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese With Emoni and Milada, I checked out this famous period pub. A pub has reputedly been on this site since 1538, and hospitality was associated with the site prior to that when it was part of a local priory. The Cellars are reckoned to be part of that Carmelite establishment. Destroyed and rebuilt due to the Great Fire of 1666, the pub is now a warren o...
Read More

Guy’s Journey round London’s Pubs Pt 1

Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead Heath Founded in 1582, this Inn is near Kenwood House, and is situated opposite an old toll gatehouse, creating an infamous bottleneck for modern-day traffic. Be careful on the northern side of the road, as you literally need to time your jump round to the entrance with the rate of cars coming behind you if you have walked up form Hampstead. Legenda...
Read More

Early Music for the Festive Season

The churches, concert halls and music schools of this our city and Shire have much to offer in the way of early music during the festive season. These all include at least some pre 17th century music, sometimes amid a mixed programme. THUR 3 DEC, 7.30pm Mediaeval Baebes: Christmas Tour, Of Kings and Angels St James's Church, London http://www.mediaevalbaebes.com FRI 4 DEC, 7...
Read More

Moroni – Masterworks of Renaissance Portraiture

by Baronessa Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia   Last week I attended the Royal Academy of Art’s current exhibition of Giovanni Battista Moroni‘s work, which is heralded as “the first UK exhibition of this unsung genius of Renaissance portraiture”. It turned out to be a lovely gem of a show. The paintings’ colour, realism and composition were beautifully rendered, but it i...
Read More

Icelandic Chicken: A Sage, Bacon & Bread-Encased Delight

by Baronessa Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia   ~ One shall cut a young chicken in two and wrap about it whole leaves of salvia, and cut up in it bacon and add salt to suit the taste. Then cover that with dough and bake like bread in the oven.  ~   Chicken wrapped in dough, about to be baked.   Possibly the best use ever for fresh sage, I first ate this dish about 15 year...
Read More

The Vikings are here!

by Baronessa Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia       The British Museum’s first Viking exhibition in thirty years opened last week and after viewing it, I believe they have more than made up for the absence.   Rather than focusing exclusively on finds from the original lands of the Vikings, the exhibition explores the culture and technology that spanned severa...
Read More

Court & Craft Considered

by Baronessa Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia     Last Thursday, TRH Nasr ibn Isa & Eleanor Isabeau d'Autun, HE Robert of Canterbury and myself sojourned to the Courtauld Gallery for 'Court and Craft', a small but intense exhibition based around one particular artefact - a small, early C.14th bag made of brass, inlaid with gold and silver, and finely engraved wit...
Read More