Walpurgis in the 13th Century
So why Walpurgis ?
Firstly this is the name I have chosen for one of my thirteenth century personas.
Walpurgis is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin, which I feel ties nicely into my Anglo-Saxon persona. A Walpurgis is featured in the 13th Century German Sword and Buckler manual I.33. The name means defender or fortress.
The name appears to have gained popularity via Saint Walburga, b. c.710, d. Feb. 25, 779,
often called Saint Walburga of Heidenheim, who was an English missionary and abbess in
Germany. The legend of Walpurgis (Walburga's) Night, when witches are said to congregate
with the devil, originated from the coincidence of one of her feast days, May 1, with the date of
a festival commemorating Waldborg, a pagan fertility goddess. Her other feast day is Feb. 25.
I belong to a 13th Century group
I've included information and links of 13th Century interest which I hope you find interesting.
If you'd like to see my 5th Century Anglo-Saxon pages follow this link.
13th Century dress with arm holes
Adaptations for pregnancy and motherhood
13th Century Tent Information
Make Authentic style Tablets for weaving
Portable 13th Century kiln experiment
How to make a Gemshorn
How to make a small Bow Lathe
Walburga This page is an excellent example of a 13th century developed persona
Evidence of women in armed conflicts 12th and 13th centuries
Glass Alex Evangelii (Anglo Saxon Tafl Game)