Arts and Sciences

IMG_5064We have local artisans researching and recreating a wide range of Medieval activities.  Below are a list of the guilds and groups currently active.  Click on the links to contact the activity head for more information.  If you’re interested in learning more about an activity that isn’t listed, contact the Minister of Arts and Sciences, who may be able to help put you in touch with people who have similar interests.

  • Brewing – Interested in making your own beer, wine, mead, or liqueurs? Come to a Brewers’ Guild meeting to ask questions and talk shop.
  • Calligraphy and Illumination – Interested in learning how to write in a medieval script? How about learning how to paint with medieval materials? Come to a Calligraphers’ Guild meeting to try out the tools of the trade, learn new techniques, and design your own beautiful scrolls!
  • Cooking – Interested in finding out what medieval and renaissance people ate? Curious about how to make that kind of food? Come to a Cooks’ Guild meeting to test out recipes, investigate new foods, and most importantly, taste the results!
  • Dance – Learn the courtly and country dances of the Renaissance, just like a courtier of old! Dances are taught at each practice. Curious about reconstructing as-yet-unknown dances from old texts? Come visit the Accademia Della Danza.
  • Instrumental Music – Learn and play instrumental music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance with one of the most established bands in the Knowne Worlde – the Waytes of Carolingia! Together with the Quire, they form the Guild of Musicians and Jongleurs.
  • Vocal Music – Sing and learn plainsong, polyphony, madrigals, and other vocal music of the Middle ages and Renaissance with the Quire of Carolingia! Together with the Waytes, they form the Guild of Musicians and Jongleurs.
  • Middle Eastern Dance – Learn dances from lands to the east of Europe.
  • Needleworkers – Learn embroidery and other needlework techniques as done in history through the end of the 16th century.
  • Storytellers – Interested in learning how to tell stories or watch storytellers practice?  Come to our meetings.
  • Philosophy – The Carolingian Fellowship of Philosophers exists to discuss topics related to the ‘Middle Ages’, the Society, and the interface between the Society and the modern world.