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Wilhelm Meis at Far West Baronial Coronet Tournament 2011

Wilhelm Meis in the Far West in 2011

Welcome to my blog!

Wilhelm Meis is my persona in the Society for Creative Anachronism. Basically, if I had been born in the Holy Roman Empire in 1378, what would I do for a living? What clothes would I wear? What food would I eat? What would be my interests and my social station? Wilhelm is a designer and creator of toys and games, which involves a relatively broad variety of skills including woodworking, carving, turning, leatherworking, metalworking and a variety of multimedia projects.

Strangely, I have encountered the myth that notions of childhood were absent in medieval Europe, but I have seen a lot of evidence to the contrary. Children played constantly. Not all of their toys developed a specific skill (they had spinning toys like tops and pinwheels), though many of them did (such as wooden swords). In the margins of illuminated manuscripts, grown adults and even monkeys and apemen can be seen getting in on the fun, playing with sticks and balls and walking on stilts.

Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or corrections. Thank you for reading, and have a blessed day! Please feel free to leave comments, even if only to say hi.

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