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How Two Medieval

How Two Medieval

By Ari & Matt
Join your hosts as they discuss the highs and lows of medieval living history and re-enactment. Through their personal experiences, and with a help from expert guests and friends, they walk you through lessons learned in the hobby and set you on the right path to success.
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Episode 55 - Different Combat Rulesets
Join Ari and Matt as they give an overview of the most popular ways of fighting in medieval themed contexts, both for educational and competitive purposes.  Show Notes: Paul Butler's Medieval Music
August 01, 2022
Episode 54 - Cultural Appreciation
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss some of the more sensitive topics of incorporating elements or entire impressions from other cultures.  Show Notes: Paul Butler's Medieval Music
July 18, 2022
Episode 53 - Labels and Vocabulary
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss the words we use to discuss historical concepts and items, how they change, and how to employ them to their best effect.  Show Notes:  Paul Butler's Medieval Music
July 04, 2022
Episode 52 - Inventories
Join Ari and Matt as they dig deeply into the use of inventories as part of constructing historical impressions.  Show Notes:  The medieval inventories of the Tower armouries 1320–1410 Paul Butler's Medieval Music
June 20, 2022
Episode 51 - Colors and Clothes
Listen as Ari and Matt discuss colors, their use, and their vibrancy in medieval clothing and how it can apply to your impression.  Show Notes:  Rosalie's Medieval Woman The Company of the Staple Ylva the Red Popula Urbanum Historic Enterprises Page on Motley Could be Worse Comic Paul Butler's Medieval Music
May 30, 2022
Episode 50 - Mini Episode Seven (Personas)
Join Matt as he gives some thoughts on personas in today's mini episode. 
May 09, 2022
Episode 49 - Dos and Don'ts of Newcomers
Ari and Matt discuss some tips and guidance for both the newcomer approaching a new group as well as how groups can help integrate newer members.  Show Notes:  Well Actually song  As always, thank you to Paul Butler's Medieval Music.
April 18, 2022
Episode 48 - Challenging Questions
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss ways to understand and respond to a specific variety of challenging questions. As always, thank you to Paul Butler's Medieval Music.
April 04, 2022
Episode 47 - Elements of Good Events
Join Ari and Matt as they remark on the elements which contribute to organizing a quality event.  As always, thank you to Paul Butler's Medieval Music.
March 21, 2022
Episode 46 - Books Highlight
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss some of their favorite books related to the medieval era. 
February 21, 2022
Episode 45 - Burnout
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss reenactor burn out, specifically getting back in the groove as in person events begin to open up again.  As always, thank you to Paul Butler's Medieval Music.
February 07, 2022
Episode 44 - Hunter Impression
Join Ari and Matt as they explore developing an impression of a hunter.  Show notes:  Exploring the Medieval Hunt St. Hubert’s Rangers The Forester’s Guild (SCA) Paul Butler's Medieval Music
January 17, 2022
Episode 43 - New Year 2022
In this episode Ari and Matt discuss their highlights of 2021 and what they're looking forward to in 2022.  Show Notes: Zach Evans Miss Joss (@missjoss) Roy Joksas  (@plikbajoris_rojus) Three Hot and Spicy Medieval Sauces Patreon Support for The Turnip of Terror Art of Armor Conference Paul Butler's Music
January 03, 2022
Episode 42 - Caveat Emptor
In this episode Ari and Matt discuss the vital issue of how to handle when an online order goes wrong.  Show Notes: Paul Butler's Music
December 20, 2021
Episode 41 - Sources
In this episode Ari and Matt share their thoughts on sources, not just the types of them but also how to evaluate them and what their use can be.  Show Notes: Paul Butler's Music Medieval Resources
December 06, 2021
Episode 40 - Gifting
In this episode Ari and Matt share their thoughts on what makes for good “stocking stuffer” type small gifts for the medieval living history person in your life. Show Notes: Paul Butler's Music
November 22, 2021
Episode 39 - Imitations and its Limitations
In this episode Ari and Matt discuss the delicate topic of when imitation goes too far, whether or not it strays into the realm of copying, and how to to avoid some of the dangers of using other reenactors' work as inspiration. Show Notes: Paul Butler's Music
November 15, 2021
Episode 38 - Review of The Green Knight
In this episode Ari and Matt review the medieval movie The Green Knight. Show Notes: Paul Butler's Music
November 02, 2021
Episode 37 - Mini Episode Six (DoK 2021)
Ari invites you in and gives you a view into some of his thoughts about DoK. 
October 25, 2021
Episode 36 - Buying Swords
In this episode Ari and Matt discuss things you should consider when buying your first (or fifteenth) sword. Show Notes: SWORDS video Paul Butler's Music
October 04, 2021
Episode 35 - Contrasting Classical Reenactment
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss the differences between Classical and Medieval impressions with their friend Ben of The Missouri Order of Moderately Civilized Knight Guys. We do briefly discuss white supremacy and coopted historical symbolism.  As always thanks to Paul Butler for allowing us the use of his music for our intro. 
September 20, 2021
Episode 35 - Authenticity Standards
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss the errant living history community and the standards, or lack there of, which they share among them.  Show notes:  Days of Knights Deconstructing History La Belle Compagnie Josh Davis The SCA
September 06, 2021
Episode 34 - Mini Episode Five (Personas w/ Matt)
On today's bonus episode join Matt as he takes you down some of his thoughts expanding on the ideas of personas. 
August 30, 2021
Episode 33 - The Anthropology Perspective with Madeleine Smith
Join Ari and Matt as they talk to special guest Madeline Smith of the Actually Interesting History podcast about the insights anthropology can lend to the study of the past and by extension living history impressions.  Show Notes:  Madeleine Smith, Actually Interesting History   Instagram  Podcast RSS A special thanks to Paul Butler for allowing us to use his music. 
August 16, 2021
Episode 32 - H2M Reacts to The Green Knight and Last Duel Trailers
Not only do Ari and Matt share their initial thoughts on these two films based only on their trailers, but they spend sometime discussing the complicated relationship between the medieval living history community and medieval themed movies produced by Hollywood.  Show Notes:  The Could Be Worse comic referenced. Paul Butler's Medieval Music
August 02, 2021
Episode 31 - Event Cooking
Join Ari and Matt as they provide an overview of cooking at events or when camping, which generally involves cooking over an open flame. Also a shout out to Mike Baker and his new podcast Deconstructing History. Thank you Paul Butler's Medieval Music for permission to use his music in our intro.
July 05, 2021
Episode 30 - Reenactorisms
Join Ari and Matt as they tackle the touchy subject of reenactorisms and how they proliferate through the community.  Thank you Paul Butler's Medieval Music for permission to use his music in our intro. 
June 21, 2021
Episode 29 - Pilgrim Progress Challenge 2021 Aftershow
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss their favorite events of the year: The Pilgrim Progress Challenge! They go into some of the work behind the scenes, as well as contrasting the evolution of the event from last year to this year, what went right, what can be improved upon, and a couple characteristic, charmingly roguish rabbit trails along the way. Paul Butler's Medieval Music
June 07, 2021
Episode 28 - Medieval Urban Impressions Feat. Andrew of Popula Urbanum
Join Ari and Matt as they talk to their special guest Andrew of Popula Urbanum and the Modern Medieval Man about his research into the urban culture of the high medieval. We discuss special considerations and terminology of the city, the realities of city life, and what one can really expect from the merchant class.  Show Notes:  Paul Butler's Music Andrew's YouTube Channel Popula Urbanum Modern Medieval Man on Instagram Modern Medieval Man on Facebook
May 17, 2021
Episode 27 - Limited Resources
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss the difficult realities and circumstances involved when introducing elements of an impression which are supported by only a few source materials, pitfalls to avoid, and strategies for success.  Show Notes: Paul Butler's Music
May 03, 2021
Episode 26 - Archer vs. Man At Arms Impressions
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss the equipment and status differences between the archers and the men at arms in English service during the high medieval period. They touch on some prevailing misconceptions, provide guidance, and tarry into thoroughly interesting, if only tangentially related topics as they meander through the subject. Et ils révèlent même pourquoi cette phrase particulière est écrite en français! Music by Paul Butler
May 03, 2021
Episode 25 - Mini Events
Join Ari and Matt as they talk about their ideas of what constitutes a mini event, how they differ from meetings or large events, and some considerations involved in any event big or small.  Show Notes:  Reenactors Insurance Pilgrim Progress Challenge Music by Paul Butler
April 19, 2021
Episode 24 - Backstories to Personas and Impressions
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss the benefits of generating a detailed backstory for your impression, when a backstory crosses over into the territory of creating a character and not a personal, and at what point backstory may have diminishing returns for one's living history experience. The intro music for this episode is an arrangement of a cantigas on citole by Paul Butler. His music and a copy of his album can be found at Paul Butler's Music. 
April 05, 2021
Episode 23 - Mini Episode Four (Impressions)
In this mini episode Ari gives his thoughts on the specificity of impressions, and how they should (or rather shouldn't) necessarily interact with each other. 
March 30, 2021
Episode 22 - Martial vs. Civilian Impressions
Come join Ari and Matt as they discuss the various nuances and differences in approaching and executing martial and civilian living history impressions.  Mentioned in today's episode:  Exploring the medieval farmer Exploring the medieval hunt
March 15, 2021
Episode 21 - Art of the Sword Conference (Before and After)
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss the Art of the Sword Conference both a few days before the event, and in the cathartic afterglow a week later. Sword Conference Recordings - Pilgrim Progress Challenge Homepage  The Turnip of Terror Facebook  History Live North East Facebook  The Turnip of Terror Instagram History Live Northeast Instagram 
March 01, 2021
Episode 20 - Justifications
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss the various ways in which people use justifications to incorporate elements into their impressions and whether or not they are always the best way to go about making these decisions. 
February 15, 2021
Episode 19 - Digital Groups
Join Ari and Matt as they discuss digital group activities and how forming online living history groups differ from creating in person ones.  The Swordsman Guild of Kansas City Archery Group Conversation on Facebook in the Medieval Soldiers group Armored Turnip Video Reenactment Rik's Video
February 01, 2021
Episode 18 - Mini Episode Three (Pass the Torch)
In this episode Ari discusses his thoughts on embracing the new and empowering the next generation. 
January 25, 2021
Episode 17 - Camping Part 2: Glamping
Join your hosts as they reprise the concept of medieval camping and explore, instead of the survival basics, some of the methods of camping in the most artistic and comfortable of ways. Host: Ari, The Turnip of Teror Host: Matt, Executive Director of History Live North East 
January 18, 2021
Episode 16 - Mini Episode Two (Cold Hike)
Matt takes us along with him on a hike in cold weather to reflect on the conversation we had last week about tips for medieval clothing in cold weather. 
January 11, 2021
Episode 15 - Cold Weather
Ari and Matt discuss the unique considerations when wearing medieval clothing while doing outside activities, such as hiking or camping. Find more from Ari at The Turnip of Terror Find more from Matt at History Live North East
January 04, 2021
Episode 14 - Mini Episode One (Gifts!)
In their debut mini-episode Ari and Matt take a moment to share with you the gifts they received over the holidays, talk a bit about the future, and announce a new contest for those musically inclined!
December 28, 2020
Episode 13: WWII Crossover featuring The Reenactor's Corner
Today we are joined by the good folk over at The Reenactor's Corner where we compare and contrast WWII reenactment and medieval reenactment.  Hosted by: Todd of the Black Spear and Ari, The Turnip Of Terror Also debuting a super special guest and incoming host Matt Blazek of History Live North East.
December 03, 2020
Episode 12: little Q and A
Ari and I take some time to answer a few question submitted by some listeners. We give our thoughts from selecting our periods to how we pack for an event. Thanks again to everyone listening, its been a fun project and we look forward to many more episodes. Todd of the Black Spear Ari, The Turnip Of Terror Toby's Harness Post Burnadette's Scammed Dress Video Mentions:  Ian Pursuing the Knightly Arts History Live North East
August 10, 2020
Episode 11: Camping part 1
In this episode Ari and I discuss what are the essentials to camping at a weekend event. We share lessons learned on tents, equipment and resources that you will need to survive a medieval weekend. This is only part 1, as there is so much more to talk about. Sorry for the long delay, we hope to get cracking at more episodes on a regular basis. Cheers and keep on re-enacting! Host: Todd of the Black Spear ( Host: Ari, The Turnip of Terror ( Link to our post for a Q/A:
July 14, 2020
Episode 10: Getting involved with your local education system
We invite Matt Blazek to join us as we  discus how one can get involved with your local school system and more. Matt is the founder of "The Agincourt Soldier", a hand s on traveling history display. He travels around New England schools give hands on history seminars to 6-12th grades. Matt is also in the works on various other digital products with like minded people, to bring history to people who don't have direct access to museums. So fill your cup and enjoy our 10th episode! Todd Cornell- The Company of the Black Spears Ari- https: The turnip of terror // Matt Blazek-  The Agincourt Soldier History live north east-
June 01, 2020
Episode 9: Interacting with the public
So how do I talk to the public at open events? Join Ari and I as we discuss interacting with the public and the benefits of public events. Does one assume the a role entirely and interact in 1st person? Do you take a 3rd person approach or possibly combine the two? Interacting with the public is very rewarding. You can even benefit by attracting other to your group. Sit back and enjoy. Host: Todd of the Black Spear Host: Ari, The Turnip of Terror Bill Nye Ian laspina of Knyght Errant Matt Blazek of The Agincourt Soldier Tobias Capwell Medieval Woman Camlann Village Colonial Williamsburg Ocean institute Days of Knights Trevor of the Medieval Swordsman's Guild of Kansas City
May 11, 2020
Episode 8: Women and Living History
Living History isn't just for the guys. Join us as we invite Ann Asplund on the show to give her point of view on Women in living history. She is a 22 year veteran of living History and talented craftswoman. We discuss some of the hurtles a woman faces joining the hobby as well as ways to find your persona. Sorry for the long delay, hope to get back on schedule. Hope everyone is safe out there ands washing your hands. Cheers! Notes from the Show: Ann's Facebook page Turnip of Terror Company of the Black Spears
April 28, 2020
Episode 7: Tips on how to start your own group
Don't have a local group to join? Well start one! We invited long time Medieval enthusiast, Trevor Clemons to discuss just how to do that. Founder of the Medieval Swordsman Guild based in Kansas City, Trevor has over 30 years experience in Medieval activities. Together we discuss building up a group, setting goals, standards and mentoring new folks. So wash your hands, grab a drink and relax. Links to topics covered: Todd Cornell and the Company of the Black Spear ( Ari, The Turnip of Terror ( Kansas City Swordsman Guild of Kansas City ( Christian Tobler Author Page ( Kansas City Renaissance Festival ( La Belle Compagnie ( Historic Enterprises ( How to Win Friends and Influence People ( The Five Love Languages ( The Days of Knights ( Medieval Swordsman Guild of KC Discussion group on Facebook ( Die Schlachtschule (
March 24, 2020
Episode 6: What Do I Need To Start?
Wonder what basic kit one needs to get started in the Hobby? Don't have a loaner pile in an established group. Don't fear, Join us as we give our idea of a basic kit one would need to start Medieval Living History for the 1390-1410 time period. If you do a later or earlier time period, you can tailor the idea to meet the period equivalent. Most groups or events have a minimum standard one needs to achieve to attend. A few requirements are visible hand stitching and period materials for your specific time. Remember, always have a friend or group veto something before a purchase. This will help you from wasting your time and money.  Sources mentioned: Todd ( Ari ( Medieval Tailor’s Assistant. 2nd Edition: Common Garments 1100-1480 by Sarah Tursfield ( Episode 5: To Buy or Make ( Lorifactor ( Tod's Workshop (
March 16, 2020
Episode 5: To buy or make?
In this episode we discuss purchasing items vs. making them. Does one leap into creating medieval items or do you purchase from vetted merchants? The living History hobby leaves many aspects to learning new skills, but not everyone has the time and space. Join us as we give our opinion on the topic. Below you will find links to various merchants who deal in medieval items. This is just a few trustworthy merchants that sell quality items. We are not sponsored or endorsed by any of the business listed bellow. Aketon: is a Polish company who produces high end medieval clothes.  ( Historical Enterprises: HE makes quality replica clothing of various periods. they also sell a small amount of living history items. ( Sartor: This Czech Republic based company deals in period textiles of all kinds. ( Lorifactor: Based in Poland, they produce high quality belts,fittings, buckles and other items. ( SPES Medieval Market: Great little Polish company who sells various clothes and items. Though some patterns stray from sources. They carry loads of great camp items. ( Tod's Stuff: Tod produces hand made, high quality replicas from swords and crossbows. He also sells buckles, fittings and of there various medieval items. He hosts a youtube channel as well, where he often shows his wares. Top quality and accuarcy. ( Tod's Cutler: Same Tod and and same high quality knives and daggers.  ( Tent smiths: Producers of replica tents. ( Panther Primatives: Another historical tent producer. ( Vehi Mercatus: German based merchant who sells various medieval replicas. They sell great hand woven wool blankets, sure to keep you warm. ( Medieval Craft: Another medieval vendor who sells various Medieval items. ( Historical footwear from Fra: Fra produces quality footwear among other medieval leather goods. Quick turnaround and shipping times. ( Cap-a-pie: They produce hand made Maille. Based in the UK Cap-a-Pie has also started producing simulators for medieval combat. ( Davis Reproductions: Josh is a very talented artisan who specializes in sword and various medieval weapons. He also produces scabbards and other leather good. (
March 02, 2020
Episode 4: Choosing your impression continued
Join us as we continue the discussion on how to choose or narrow down ones impression in medieval living history. We invited Ian LaSpina from Knyght Errant on Youtube to give us his two cents on the topic. Ian is a veteran to the North America living history community, not only known for his Youtube channel, but as the vice president of the "Days of Knights" event. This event is held in Lancaster Ohio annually and gathers some great living history groups through out the country. Please check out both his channel and the Days of Knights page as well. So sit back and enjoy!  Host: Todd of The Company of the Black Spear (  Host: Ari, The Turnip of Terror (  Guest: Ian of Knyght Errant (  Days of Knights (  Days of Knights on Facebook (
February 17, 2020
Episode 3: Choosing your Impression part#1
Ari and I discuss the factors of choosing a Medieval impression.  Various subject links: The Company of Black Spears ( The Turnip of Terror ( How Two Medieval on Facebook ( Knyght Errant "Putting the Middle Ages in Perspective" ( The Medieval Swordsman Guild  ( Days of Knights ( Tod's Workshop "Why Are Movie Swords Always Wrong? (An Armourers Thoughts)" ( Congratulations to Josh Warren our 100 Facebook Likes giveaway!
February 02, 2020
Episode 2: What is living History anyway?
Welcome back. Today we introduce the concept of living history in the context we do it and compare it to the other similar and different medieval themed hobbies out there. Groups and resources mentioned in the episode below: Todd’s Group: The Company of the Black Spear ( Ari’s Website: The Turnip of Terror ( “The Boats”: Dana Point CA ( Days of Knights: Lancaster, OH ( The Society for Creative Anachronism aka The SCA ( Regia Anglorum ( Outremere Society ( Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia ( Dagorhir Battle Games ( Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Irwindale CA ( Kansas City Renaissance Festival ( Medieval Swordsman Guild  ( Battle of the Nations ( Dekovan Concord ( Pursuing the Knightly Arts: (
January 21, 2020
Episode 1: Who we are and what we are about
Welcome to our first episode. Here we introduce ourselves and give a little background of our living history story. We also talk about what our intent is for the Podcast and why we are doing it. Below are a few links to the various groups we discussed in this episode. Again, thanks for listening and all feedback is welcomes. cheers! Knyght Errant: Medieval Swordsman Guild: Turnip of Terror: Pursuit of the Knightly Arts:
January 07, 2020
Intro into "How two Medieval"
Welcome to a new series where I, Todd and my Co-host, Ari discuss how to start medieval re-enactment. We take a how to approach utilizing our previous experience as well as a vast community of fellow veteran and novice re-enactors. So, thanks for finding us, fill up a fresh cup of whatever and enjoy the show!
December 28, 2019