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#77 "Witch Bottles, The Astrolabe, Medieval and Renaissance Cannon & Artillery"

By: Renaissance Magazine

Type: Magazine

Product Line: Renaissance Magazine #051-100

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#77 "Witch Bottles, The Astrolabe, Medieval and Renaissance Cannon & Artillery"
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Witch Bottles

Among the earliest known and most common talismans are witch bottles. We reveal how these household objects were used to keep evil-intentioned people away from one's home, protect against magical attacks by drawing in and trapping negative energy, and counteract spells cast by witches.

From Medieval to Modern

Discover the many symbols, phrases, and traditions created during medieval times that have been passed down through history and exist in our society today.


One of the most unique accessories to emerge from the Renaissance, the codpiece originated out of fashion necessity and only later became an item of bravado. For two centuries, the codpiece remained at the height of fashion, owing its success to the male rulers of England who flaunted their power and their prowess.

Pilgrimage of the Gypsies

We take you to the French seacoast village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, where each May thousands of Gitans, or gypsies, converge for a festival held in honor of their patron saint, Sara.

Medieval and Renaissance Cannon and Artillery

"They made a sound like thunder and caused much loss in men and horses," wrote the Italian chronicler Mezeray, a witness to the Battle of Crecy, France, on August 26, 1346. Renaissance Magazine traces the origins of gunpowder artillery and how it changed civilization.

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology

We visit the Castle of St. Peter, in the Turkish coastal town of Bodrum, which houses the only museum and research center of its kind in the world, The Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

The Astrolabe

European navigators who explored the globe owed a debt to the brilliant traveler, teacher, and student, Adelard of Bath (ca. 1080-1152), considered by many thinkers to be the first European man of Science.

The Washing Well Wenches

Meet the Washing Well Wenches, the renowned group of talented female renfaire entertainers. We talk to Daphne Whoo-hoo (Danielle Dupont), today's face of the Wenches, as she tells how she got started in the business, performing as a fencer, selling roses, and working in food booths.

Photos of the Arizona Renaissance Faire

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