Petya Krusheva from Plovdiv

Petya Krusheva from Plovdiv

Petya is a historian and has a master's degree in cultural studies. For twenty years she has been exploring several problems in Bulgarian medieval history:

  • medieval culinary;
  • magical and healing practices on the Balkans;
  • woman in medieval society - authority and sex;
  • medieval jewelry - power insignia and aesthetics;
  • women's medieval fashion - clothing, hairstyles, cosmetics.

Petya became acquainted with the method of reconstruction as a way of exploring history in Germany about fifteen years ago. Petya's first appearances in medieval festivals in Bulgaria started in 2007 - 2008, but they are rather timid ("The Battle of the Varbishki Pass", The Medieval Festival in Klokotnitsa, The First Medieval Festival in Plovdiv – “Nebet Tepe”).

Due to a number of personal engagements, she has limited for a while the presentations of medieval cuisine to personal participation in scientific conferences ( The International Scientific Conference "Byzantium - Tradition and Oblivion", The Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" (2009); The  Scientific Conference on Ethnography "Folk Medicine in the Bulgarian lands ”, The “Etara” Ethnographic Complex (2010) and lectures at universities.

Since 2017, Petya is now actively involved in medieval festivals where she presents medieval cuisine and medicine (the Festival of Medieval Traditions, Lifestyle and Culture "Kaleto - Mezdra", the annual International Festival  “Days of Ancestors” at the Pliska National Historical and Archeological Reserve, The Military Academy - Sofia, The Youth Hill - Plovdiv, The “Trajan’s gate”  Fortress - Kostenets, etc.), antique cuisine (The International Festival of Ancient Cultures "The Sun of Todorka" in Ohoden village, Vratsa), nomad cuisine (The Festival of Late Antique Culture – Hotalich), food and eating ceremonies in Latin Plovdiv (The “Plovdiv - Ancient and Eternal: History, Ethnology, Culture and Art” Festival at “Lauta Park”, Plovdiv), magical and medicinal foods (The National Medieval Fair “Magical Madara").

In the medieval cuisine presentations Petya focuses in the human attitude to food and eating habits. She uses visualization with typical ceramics and utensils, tableware, cutlery, etc., outlining the characteristics of different types of cuisines - imperial, aristocratic, urban, rural, monastic-healing, etc. Whenever it is possible, Petya cooks live with a team of participants and audience. In May 2019, she published the first part of her book, “The Medieval Cuisine”, in which, along with her scientific study of dining habits, she also presented some of the recipes for traditional medieval dishes.

In the medieval medicine section, Petya distinguishes medical from religious and witchcraft practices. She presents the most common diseases in the Middle Ages and attractive ways to treat them. Petya plays games with the audience to identify spices and herbs and shows how to use them.


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