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By Todd Cornell
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 12: little Q and A


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 1, 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 2, 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 2, 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 7, 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