...in which I share some of my favorite medieval research resources and methods for the benefit of others interested in also writing about the Middle Ages

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hug A Medievalist Day Giveaway! (Belated)

It’s a shame I didn’t know about Hug a Medievalist Day (March 31) until the day was already over. Because I’ve got a giveaway today that would have made an incredible party prize! Are you ready for this?

The online store Renaissance Costumes Clothing is offering one lucky follower of Medieval Research with Joyce up to $100-worth of the winner’s choice of products from their website!

Renaissance Costumes Clothing has a wide variety of Renaissance style clothing for men, women and children. You can put your own costume together with (for women) a variety of peasant skirts, corset bodices, or Renaissance dresses over a chemise, or choose a pre-themed costume such as Maid Marian, Lady Gwenhyfar, Elizabethan, and many more! Men, too, can assemble their own ensembles with Renaissance shirts, Renaissance pants, Renaissance vests, along with boots, hats and belts. Or they, too, can choose pre-themed costumes such as Robin Hood, a Crusader Knight, a Musketeer, or even a royal knight in armor! And don’t forget, they have children’s costumes, too!

So how can you win this belated Hug a Medievalist Day prize? Leave a comment with the name of the medievalist you’d most like to hug. It can be an actual figure from medieval history, a fictional character (like Robin Hood), a character from a medieval novel…don’t get mixed up and give me a Regency character now!...a favorite history teacher who taught or loved the Middle Ages, your favorite character at your local *Renaissance Festival, or even your favorite *RenFest day companion (husband, sister, brother, child, friend). Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!

Want extra chances to win? Do any or all of the following:
+1 Bonus: Begin or end your comment with the word “Huzzah!”
+1 Bonus: Become a follower of this blog, then leave a comment letting me know. If you're already a follower, leave me a comment letting me know!
+1 Bonus: Subscribe to Medieval Research with Joyce via the Feedburner box in the sidebar, then leave me a comment letting me know.
Facebook (+1 Bonus), Twitter (+1 Bonus) and/or Blog (+1 Bonus) about this giveaway (and leave a comment letting me know)

Deadline: April 17, midnight PST. Winner will be drawn by Random.org


(*Yes, I do know that the Middle Ages and the Renaissance were two different historical periods, but for the purposes of this contest, I’m stretching it a bit. The prize, after all, is sponsored by a Renaissance store.)

About the giveaway sponsor: RenaissanceCostumesClothing.com has quickly become a trusted source for Medieval and Renaissance costumes. With worldwide shipping, unique clothing, and a firm commitment to customer service, RenaissanceCostumesClothing.com is a great source for Renaissance costumes for women and mens Renaissance costumes that will make you fit in at faires and other historical costumed events.

NOTE: My hosting of this giveaway does not constitute an endorsement of Renaissance Costumes Clothing or their products.


Sarah E. Bradley said...


I follow this blog and its a good thing too. I have to say i'd like to hug the lady of the lake from the Arthurian legends. She's totally overlooked and if it weren't for her, Arthur wouldn't have Excalibur and he'd have been smashed by his enemies so much earlier.

Good Luck Everyone! Huzzah!

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Awesome! I would say Maid Marion. She was always my favorite character in Robin Hood. Although if it were Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, I'd switch my answer in an instant to hug him instead. =)

I follow your blog.

What a great contest, Joyce! Huzzah!

Joan of Ark said...


Does it count to hug the cast of Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail? Just it case it doesn't count I'll hug Robin Hood, maybe the one in tights version :)

Jennifer K Clark said...

I would love to hug William Tyndale for being a true hero and having such a huge effect on future generations and religion! Love him!

Jennifer K Clark said...

Forgot my Huzzah! William Tyndale definitely deserves a Huzzah!

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!!!

Jennifer K Clark said...

I'm an official follower now.

traveler said...


I would enjoy meeting and hugging Marco Polo. His travels and life make interesting and fascinating reading. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...


William Wallace deserves a hug. Braveheart. A hero and extraordinary. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kimberly B. said...

Huzzah! Gosh, it's hard to pick a medievalist to hug--since 90% of my grad school buddies are medievalists! So I'm going to go with Hroswitha, since I'm a drama nerd and I used some of her plays in one of my Masters papers. Although I have great difficulties pronouncing her name.
Thanks for the great giveaway! I'd love to win some new Renaissance Garb!

Kimberly B. said...

I just subscribed via feedburner, and became a follower of this blog via GFC. I forgot to leave my email before, but it's beax0002 (at) umn (dot) edu.
And I'd also like to know when it's "Hug an Ancient Historian Day"---or is every day "Hug an Ancient Historian Day"?
Thanks again!

Getting Your Read On said...

How fun this is! I would love to roam a medieval festival with my girls, all dressed up. My son says he's like to meet King Arthur, but my girls say Robin Hood. I say, Huzzah! :)

Getting Your Read On said...

I am a new follower of your blog.

brandonaimee AT gmail DOT com

Taffy said...

I think someone who really needs a hug from that era is the Sheriff of Nottingham :)
I'm a follower!

Donna Hatch said...

How fun!! I love this blog and I love the medieval era. Put in in for your drawing. Huzzah!!!

Donna Hatch said...

Oh sheesh! Too much in a hurry. I'd love to hug the Guy of Gisbon played by Richard Armitage ;-) I used to adore Robin Hood, but Richard, er Guy, ruined that for me.

Huzzah! (again)

I already follow your blog.

I've already Subscribe to Medieval Research

You're my friend on Facebook

I follow you on Twitter

(Pick me!!!!)
And...just for good measure...Huzzah!

Tricha Leary said...

Subsribe to Medevil research with Joyce

Tricha Leary said...

follow you on facebook, Follow your blog. Huzzah!

Marie Higgins said...

Holy Huzzah, Batman!! Or should I say Robin as in Robin Hood? hahaha

What a loaded question, Joyce. Trying to think about all the characters I've read about or watched in movies or on tv...and pick the best one who looks good in tights? Hmmm...it still may be Batman. (snickers)

But seriously, I love hearing William Wallaces' story. Braveheart is still one of my favorites. But then Robin Hood will always be one of the top three, I'm sure. Not too long ago I got hooked on the BBC series of RH. Yeah, they needed a lesson in dressing to that era, but the characters were cute so it kept me interested. Then again, I was probably drooling after Sir Guy. (I happen to like Richard Armitage anyway)

So there ya have my complicated answer. Who do I like the best? Whoever looks better in tights!! heehee

Oh, and I'm a follower of this blog. You can contact me at mariehiggins84302 (at) yahoo (dot) com


Kellie said...

I would pick Chaucer in hopes that he could inspire me with my writing. I just have to say it's too bad he wasn't as cute as Paul Bettany who played him in Knight's Tale. Huzzah!

Kellie said...

I am a new follower!

Kellie said...

And I just subscribed, too:)

Anna del C. Dye said...

“Huzzah!” medieval lovers. I too follow you and facebook and who know what other things I do because of you. So make sure you don't lead me astray.
I would love to hug Legolas the character no you know...Well he is alright but he isn't the character. “Huzzah!” everyone.

Marsha Ward said...


I'd have to say I'd hug author/illustrator Howard Pyle. I spent so many blissful hours reading and enjoying his book, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Nottinghamshire. It surely fed my imagination!

I follow this blog, get Feedburner emails when you update, plus, I want a bonus for having encouraged you to publish your first book!

Huzzah! (I used that on Facebook recently, to the great delight of those on the page.)

PS, I'm pleased to see that Renaissance Costumes Clothing has pieces for women of size.

Meljprincess said...

"Huzzah!" I'd like to hug my favorite RenFest day companion, Chip.

I'm a subscriber and I already follow your blog.

Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

Unknown said...


I would like to hug Morgain from "The Mists of Avalon" She always seemed so sad and in need of a real friend.


Unknown said...


GFC follower Heather Coleman

Unknown said...


Subscribe gyrlwithbigtruck@yahoo.com

Unknown said...


Shared on FB Dana-Tasmina Heather Coleman

Anonymous said...

Loved this blog. Am now a follower. I would most like to hug the Knights of the Round Table.

Vijaya Schartz said...


Definitely want to subscribe and follow this blog from now on. Love medieval times. I include it sometimes in my sci-fi novels. Some worlds are still in a medieval stage of development. But I'm working on a big medieval fantasy series. First book coming out next year, so you can never do too much research.

Jennifer Mathis said...

I want to hug arthur cause he was awesome

goldangel69 said...

MR.Cuncennli he was my history teacher. He made learing so fun in high school. rengold69@yahoo.com

goldangel69 said...

i follow on gfc rengold69@tyahoo.com“Huzzah!”

goldangel69 said...

i am a fan on face book rengold69@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Follwer Subscribe Facebook Blog and heading to Twitter...Hugs???

So many need them.For their Courage that never waivered.Bravery that never weakened.Spirit that still lives today.
Many greats from King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.Robin Hood and his Band of Merry Men with the Sheriff of Nottingham.William Wallace with his Countrymen and Robert The Bruce.
Yet for me I have a 2 special RenFest Day Companions.My Daughter and Son.My daughter Amanda,a gentle Lady that carries a joyful tune in her heart,a smile to brighten the darkest of days and can see past the worst of gardens to the beauty they can be.My son Dean,a Loyal soul that fight for and who he feels is right and just.A Knight that would carry his sword into battle with honor and the favor of his love tied to his sleeve.

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Rachel Rossano said...


I would like to hug my friend Michelle. She is makes costumes for the local Renaissance Fair and is getting a Masters in History. I am so envious. ;)

I have been following your blog for a while. :) I subscribed to your "Midieval Research with Joyce" and I love your books. :)

Huzzah! (for good measure)