Folklore and Humanity – a review of Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland

Have you ever noticed that when you’re walking the lanes of a Renaissance or medieval faire, there is a distinct love of all things connected to the United Kingdom? A generalization, to be sure, but Renfest enthusiasts are often devoted Anglophiles who love tea, kilts, Celtic knotwork, and may even be able to quote sumptuary […]

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Flower Tales for A Renaissance Spring

It’s finally May and spring is in full bloom! Renaissance and medieval faires across the country have opened their doors. The light is soft and beautiful. The evenings are deliciously warm. Pour yourself a cocktail and curl up on your patio for a few floral tales of yore, beautifully written by staff writer VC Audley. […]

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Falling in love at the Renaissance Festival

“The God of love, a benedicite! How myghty and how greet a lord is he! Ayeyns his myght ther gayneth none obstacles, He may be cleped a god for his myracles, For he kan maken at his owene gyse Of everich herte as that hym list divyse.”- Chaucer, “The Knight’s Tale”    Chaucer’s Knight weaves […]

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Enchanted Desire: Love in Myth and Fairy Tale

For those of us who love the world of the Renaissance Festival, the fairy tales of old are a cherished source of wisdom and beauty. We’ve all loved seeing the knights and ladies strolling the lanes of our faires. Read on to discover how romance worked in story, and how it might make its way […]

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Diversity in the realm: part two

From Part One of this series by Hilary Bryant, originally published October 1: A Renaissance Festival is many things to many people. Just about every kind of person, in fact. What started out in Southern California as a small bit of countercultural rebellion has grown into a rather mainstream phenomenon. RenFaire culture is a convergence […]

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Winter’s chill in fairy tales of old

For those of us who love the world of the Renaissance Festival, the fairy tales of old are a cherished source of wisdom and beauty. Read on to discover how Snow White became so fair, and for a few lesser-known stories of wintry trolls and frigid curses. By Victoria Audley Winter’s chill and darkness are […]

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Diversity in the realm

part one of a series by Hilary Bryant “CANNON FIRE! CANNON FIRE!” These words ring out across the entryway to the faire – both a warning (plug your ears, folks) and a proud invitation. With a singular and emphatic BOOM, it begins. Music plays, gentle and lively. Excited cries from vendors layer on top of […]

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Dark Fairy tales for dark nights

The sky fills with dark, smoky clouds, and the leaves combust into fiery color. A warning chill fills the air, carrying the throaty cawing of ravens on the wind as it whips past you in the quickly darkening night. In the shadows between trees, you hear rustling, perhaps a soft, sinister whisper, and the step […]

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