Cantinière and Vivandière Links

This site is primarily an academic/professional one, so I am very choosy about which sites I will link to. On the other hand, there are a number of people who are not professional historians or academics, but who are doing very interesting and worthwhile things with cantinière and vivandière history— everything from publishing rare images to performing full-blown reenactments. With that in mind, I've presented a few links below that meet the following criteria:

  1. They present information on cantinière and vivandière history, even if that's not the primary purpose of the site.
  2. They present accurate information, with no major falsehoods or inaccuracies. This may mean that they don't go very far with their evidence, but caution is better than enthusiastic supposition when reliable information is scarce or sketchy.

I'm happy to hear from people who want me to add their sites to this page, but I will insist that they meet the above two conditions before I will add them. If you would like to get a link added, please contact me.

I may occasionally add a site to show some popular misconception or error. In that case, the link will be clearly marked as such, along with my regrets to the person who is receiving unwanted but merited attention.

  1. "Spot the Cantinière" This is part of Scott B. Lesch's larger blog, "I Like the Things I Like," and apparently he likes cantinières a lot. Mr. Lesch has a large number of very interesting and rare images on his sight, so if images of cantinières are also something you like, clicking through his many postings will give you a plethora of them. He is also a very pleasant and generous person, which is a bonus.

  2. "Warfare in the Age of Steam" Ralph Mitchard has a very active and wide-ranging blog concerning military history in roughly the same period my book covers. He was even kind enough to post an announcement of my book (and this web site) in his April 1 posting (no joke). Here you'll often find cantinières featured in both images and text. This is a worthwile source for people interested in 19th century warfare.

  3. "De Marketentster" Don't read Dutch? Well, neither do I, but I know enough about neighboring languages to understand this site with the help of a dictionary and some patience. This is a site devoted to the Dutch equivalent of the cantinière, with an an emphasis on reenactment. From what I can gather, a Marketentster (note the similarity to the Rusian and German words) was dressed and equipped almost exactly like a cantinière of the same period, and fulfilled the same functions. This is another example of the need for detailed, country-by-country studies of cantinière equivalents around the world, preparatory to the creation of a broader synthesis on the subject of 18th and 19th century female auxiliaries. For now, this is also a good excuse to dust off your langauge skills and try out your Dutch! The owner is friendly and willing to share as well.

  4. "Frantsuzkie Markitantki" I stumbled across this very brief Russian site on French cantinières of the Crimean War, which again shows how widespread the pop culture image of the cantinière has become. Even if your Russian is weak, the text is short enough that you can use a dictionary to figure it out, and the photos of re-enactors show some of the stunning Crimean scenery that explains why the Sevastopol/Yalta area is such a tourist draw (aside from the amazingly widespread popularity of Crimean War history of course...) Once I figure out how to get my html editor to accept the occasional Cyrillic character, I will put the proper Russian site title back in above.