Tabulae Ltd

Kay Rouse - The Medieval Higgler

Medieval Hands-on Games & Chandlery

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Kay Rouse





Together with my partner I show many aspects of Wax Chandlery from straining and dipping to uses in polishes, cosmetics and preservatives (though not yet the practical aspects of embalming…) We look at the use of wax votive offerings by pilgrims with the religious symbolism of beeswax and candles.  We especially offer a safe child-friendly sealing wax activity that provides a take away souvenir.


We also demonstrate all sorts of Medieval Games: counting systems, gambling, puzzles and games of skill - or simple amusement - highlighting the most popular passtimes of the period by using replica and real boards, tokens and pieces. There is always the opportunity for hands-on participation by both children and adults.

Stories and anecdote always accompany our craft demonstrations but I also work specifically as a Storyteller: The traditional tales I tell come principally from Northern Europe and are always told in modern voice: I particularly enjoy tying my Storytelling to a venue by researching and developing local legends and happenings, or focusing on particular pieces from a museum collection or property.  For this medieval period I can also dress as a nun to combine work as a Paternosterer with the telling of pilgrimage tales.

Presentations can also be specially themed, perhaps to the season; tailored to special interest groups, whether by occupation or gender - and made suitable for all ages.