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.

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13th Century dress with arm holes

Adaptations for pregnancy and motherhood

13th Century Tent Information

Make Authentic style Tablets for weaving

Potters Wheels

Portable 13th Century kiln experiment


Bread Ovens

How to make a Gemshorn

How to make a small Bow Lathe

Make Hose

Whit Camp

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)