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  • Update For New Medieval Merchandise and Promos

    Posted on March 3rd, 2011 admin No comments

    Well It is a new month and the Ren Fairs are storming the castles everywhere, Busy year for all of us so far, just got new inventory last week if you already haven’t noticed our two new additions to the Medieval Costumes & Gifts Family, the Arthurian Knight Helmet and the Norman Helmet with Chain mail. Both helmets are 18 gauge steel and feature brass accents, they would make a fine addition to your medieval collection or would simply look great on top of a mantel. So be sure to check those out!

    Also new month means new helmet of the month! SAVE 15% this month on a brand new Corinthian Helmet! Just use the promo Code "Helmet03" to receive your 15% off discount!

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  • Armor Helmets of the Ancient Greeks

    Posted on February 10th, 2011 admin No comments

    Helmets in Ancient Greece were manufactured to be sturdy in battle and intimidate the enemy. The medieval styles varied slightly, but were mostly made of tough bronze and accented with a tall plume.

    The Italic Corinthian helmet is most noted for its tall plume which ran into a long ponytail design at the tail end. The front of the helmet featured wide cheek protectors which came around from the sides of the helmet, nearly touching near the nose and mouth. This style of helmet offered small eye slits for the warrior to see in battle. Although fairly useful as a protective measure, the helmet pieces covering the eyes and ears made it hard for warriors to see and hear while fighting.

    Hoplites were Ancient Greek citizen soldiers. Their helmets were similar to the Corinthian helmet, but usually with less decoration. If a plume was present, it was usually tan or off-white. Their helmet style was made to cover the majority of their face and head as these soldiers were usually the men standing at the front of the battle lines. Hoplite soldiers braced themselves against attack with large shields and spears. They usually did receive some military training, but were mostly responsible for their own weapons and armor.

    Armor from Ancient Greece kept the same basic style throughout history. The tall plume, usually accented with a ponytail end, defined the majority of their helmets. These plumes along with broad cheek guards define the Greek helmets. These distinctive features make it easy for Greek armor collectors to find and gather more items for their collections.

    Like the Corinthian Greek Helmet in the above picture, well be sure to check the other Greek helmets we have in stalk so you can start your very own collection! Only at Medieval Costumes & Gifts!

  • The Greek Legend of Hippolytus

    Posted on June 19th, 2009 admin No comments

    Greek Mythology is never short of heroic, romantic and violent tales.  The Legend of Hippolytus does not disappoint.

    Hippolytus was the son of the Amazon Queen, Hippolyte and Theseus.  He was known as an excellent hunter and an expert charioteer.  His stepmother, Phaedra, fell in love with her stepson, but Hippolytus refused her advances for love.  Phaedra killed herself as a result of this refusal, leaving behind a note saying that Hippolytus tried to rape her.  Theseus banished his son, begging his father, Poseidon, to kill Hippolytus.  After being banished, Hippolytus was driving his chariot along a cliff when a giant sea-monster, sent by Poseidon, came up from the water and frightened the horses.  His chariot tipped and Hippolytus was thrown, getting caught in the horses’ reins then dragged to his death. 

    Artemis the goddess requested Hippolytus brought back to life.  She then took him to Troezen at Italy where he was given sanctuary and a priest.  In his new life, he was worshipped and given high honors.

    His death is under speculation as many believe the gods rescued him before he died, then placed him in the sky as the Charioteer.  His legend was the inspiration to two productions by playwright Euripides.

    Other legends say Hippolytus was a martyr officer in the Roman Army where he was ripped to shreds by wild horses after converting to Christianity.  Another dictates that his story is a representation of the moon following the sun.  Hippolytus is the sun in this version and Phaedra being the moon that always follows the sun, but never catches it.

  • Helen of Troy’s – Life Story

    Posted on June 19th, 2009 admin 1 comment

    Ancient Greece mythological figure, Helen of Troy is said to be the daughter of Zeus and Leda.  Of course with all Greek Mythology, there are conflicting stories of her origin. Some also say she is the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys.  Others peg her as the offspring of Zeus and Nemesis.  In any regard, she is thought to be the indirect cause of the Trojan War because she was the single most beautiful and desired woman throughout Greece.

    One of the most famous stories of Helen’s life begins with her capture as a child by Theseus.  She was taken from her home in Sparta and brought to Attica.  Her brothers rescued her from this kidnapping and returned her to Sparta.  Here, the most famous Greek Prince asked for her hand in marriage, but her father had other plans.  He betrothed her to Menelaus.  Aphrodite was not happy with this planned marriage, so she and Paris, the son of Priam, devised a plot to seduce Helen, convincing her to flee to Troy with Paris.  Helen fell for this plot and ran off with Paris.  Upon his death, she married his brother, Deiphobus. Her story continues that she betrayed her new husband by delivering him to his death at the hands of Menelaus when Troy was captured.  She returned to Sparta, married to her original intended husband, Menelaus.  They lived the rest of their lives together and upon their deaths, they were buried in Laconia.

    Another account says Helen lived beyond Menelaus’ death and was thrown out of Sparta by her stepsons.  She escaped to Rhodes where she was killed by her former friend, Polyxo.  As an act of revenge for the death of her husband during the Trojan War, Polyxo hung Helen. In this version, Helen marries Achilles in the afterlife in his home, the island of Leuke.

    A separate version tells of Helen and Paris’ ship being blown off course during their voyage to Troy.  They were detained in Egypt by King Proteus.  The King sent a fake, illusion Helen to Troy.  Menelaus found Helen when his ship was also mistakenly driven to Egypt.  He rescued Helen and took her back home to Sparta.

    Helen was honored across the land as the goddess of beauty as well as the tree goddess. The inhabitants of Rhodes built a temple to honor her, and worshipped her under the goddess name of Dendritis.  She became the radiant heroine of the classic Greek poem, The Iliad, and the main subject of works by Culluthus and Euripides.  Helen of Troy also became the patron goddess of sailors.

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