The land of Rus arose along the crossroads of cultures – the Silk Road, the “road from the
Varangians to the Greeks”, the northern European Hanseatic trade route, the Amber Road, and the
Volga trade route. And so while the Rus fought with many nations, they traded with even more.
The Rus wore Flemish wools, Byzantine silks and Indian jewels. They drank Greek wine and ate
Baltic herring. They fought using Frankish swords and steppe nomad tactics. Russian furs warmed
Elizabethan nobles and Russian beeswax illuminated German cathedrals. Rus artisans toiled in the
Mongol court and Italian architects re-built the Moscow palaces in stone.
What can you offer the Rus? Come and show us!
August 27-30, Ages of War: The Rus vs. The World, at the Floyd County Fairgrounds in Charles
City, IA. http://www.heraldshill.org/AgesOfWar/
"Drinking is the joy of the Rus." Entries to be judged by a panel of experienced vintners and
brewers. Bonus points for period Russian entries.
Medieval Russia's wealth came from trade. Bring an example of an item that could have been traded
in Rus whether native goods such as furs, wax, woodwork, embroidery and fine metalwork, or
foreign imports such as Venetian glass, Flemish wool, Frankish swords, Chinese silks, eastern
spices. Please document the connection of your item with Russia. Entries will be evaluated using
Calontir A&S criteria http://www.artsci.calontir-rush.org/criteria.php
which is similar to the
criteria to be found on the NorthStar Arts and Sciences Homepage. http://www.havenonline.com/moas/
Bring your best period, or plausibly period, Russian recipe. Entries will be judged on taste,
authenticity and documentation, and then shared with the entrants and judges of the above
competitions during the judging on Saturday afternoon. (Hint: many period German, Polish, etc.
recipes are similar to Russian dishes.)
Non-Russian Persona Tie-in:
Fill out a card with a plausible explanation of how your NON-Russian persona could have
interacted with Russia. All entrants will be entered into a raffle for a modest prize and the
best example/s may receive special recognition.
Those who are observed wearing the best outfits at the event will be invited to play a special
role at feast and given a token of appreciation. There will be a bias toward Slavic garb, but
other fine (not necessarily fancy) garb may also be recognized.
We have a nice air-conditioned centrally located class building with electrical outlets for
laptop-based presentations, and plenty of outdoor space, too. All we need are lots of classes!
We’re, of course, looking for classes with Russian themes, but also classes about medieval
Russia’s neighbors, trading partners, allies and enemies; and classes on techniques that produced
products that could have been traded with or used in the land of the Rus; and activities that
could have occurred in period Russia. In other words, we’ll take just about any classes you’re
willing to teach!
If you would like to teach, contact Lady Alaina Frantzin von Wurtenberg –
If you have any other questions, please contact the Event Steward, HL Sofya la Rus,