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Where Are The Renaissance Faires?

Renaissance Faires and Festival have become so popular they can now be found in almost every state.

There are several links online to faire locations, so just do an internet search, but here’s a good start:


What’s In A Name? Finding Your Renaissance Alter Ego

Are you tired of people named “Chastity Sweetlips” or “Jake Tosspot”? Do you want a source of REAL names for Elizabethan England?

Thanks to Chris Laning for sharing links to some great resources for finding a true Renaissance name for your character. Here are the links;


You may also be interested in this site, which has names in various cultures from early medieval through about 1600:

English names section: http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/english.shtml

I especially commend to your attention this site for Irish and Scottish names (which are grammatically tricky!):

Feel free to share this information.

Renaissance and Tudor Festivals

Renaissance and Tudor Festivals
By Rachael Cox and Hayley Amber Cox

Renaissance festivals, Medieval fairs, Tudor theme days. Whatever you call them, they are an increasingly popular event seen up and down the land in the spring and summer months.

My new found passion for authentic Tudor costume led me to the discovery of the exciting and colorful world of renaissance fairs, as they are most commonly known. I am amazed and the number and variety of events held around the country, and set about finding out a little more about what happens at such events.

In seems that in the majority of renaissance festivals, a heady combination of history, improvisation, drama and even a little alcohol aided merriment are the order of the day. In addition, you will most likely get to experience a number of shortened versions of Shakespeare’s plays being performed, and when not performing, the actors will wander around, always in character of course.

Food and drink are usually in bountiful supply and there will be no shortage of traders selling everything from authentic Tudor costume to medieval weapons and artwork. If you are really lucky, your event will include are jousting session in an arena, which is a spectacle you simply must not miss.

Now there is one thing in particular that makes Renaissance festivals stand out from from other forms of outdoors entertainment; the dressing up in authentic Tudor costumes is not confined to the staff!

One way of making the most out of your experience is to attend the festival in costume, and attempt to stay in character for as long as possible. This can be such a rewarding experience that many attendees will buy a pass allowing them to attend every day of the festival, so they can stay in character for the duration!

If you fancy going to one of these highly entertaining festivals in full 16th Century costume, do not worry if your costume making skills are a little rusty. A quick search online will yield plenty of supplies of authentic Tudor costume at reasonable prices.


Generally, when a Faire comes through town it stays for four to six weeks, operating mainly on Saturdays and Sundays.

The list is of festivals is available at the above link and is extensive and regularly updated.

They also offer lots of instructional resources to help make the most of your experience

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Rachael_Cox


Renaissance and Tudor Festivals


Renaissance Faire Costumes – Were There Any Women Pirates in Renaissance England?

Renaissance Faire Costumes – Were There Any Women Pirates in Renaissance England?
By Philip Wynne

You bet! They were most definitely in the minority but they were never the less there and very able. So don’t worry about sacrificing your well established credibility among your fellow renaissance faire friends when you buy a really cool and very authentic pirate costume…one you wanted bad, you wanted real bad! Rest assured you are in the right when you carry your own cutlass!

More later about who you can base you character on but first let’s get to that killer outfit designed with the essentials. Did I mention that this is also a costume that is not only renaissance faire appropriate but will wear well at that Halloween party where we adults get to dress up or down, your call.


The chemise, the foundation for ALL renaissance era clothing or costumes is important. The fortunate thing about a pirates costume is that if they were a pirate and were caught they typically were executed. So flaunting the statuary laws by dressing above their station and risking a fine was not a major concern, know what I mean? All chemise styles, fabrics and colors, except purple of course are appropriate for your new festival garb. Stick to the full length version even though you are running with the guys.

Over Dress

If you are going to base your costume on the pirate why not be the captain? Do you want to be climbing the rigging or swabbing the decks? Didn’t think so! You will however need to be armed. A loose fitting chemise and equally loose over dress can hide many weapons.


Thigh high boots, maybe for that Halloween party but not at the local renaissance faire. It would not be quite authentic and would most definitely be uncomfortable walking around in them at the fair all day. You will want them to be black leather and calf high. They will not be as fitted as most women wear today but loose and roll down a little at the top.

Lady Mary Killigrew

She was a daughter of a pirate and married to a pirate from Suffolk England. Her husband was appointed by Queen Elizabeth I to the rank of Vice-Admiral and was charged with suppressing piracy. When the good captain Sir Killigrew went to sea the Lady Mary “commandeered” her castle staff and went to sea herself. Her luck finally ran out in 1570 when she captured a German merchant carrying freight and sailed it to Ireland to see what she could get for her pirates work.

One problem the owner of the vessel she pirated was a friend of Queen Elizabeth, this is not a good thing. There are multiple versions of what took place next but the outcome was that she quit the pirating business…and took up fencing stolen goods! What a gal!

Want to learn more about the Renaissance Faire and the appropriate costumes to wear? Stop by my Renaissance Faire Costumes blog [http://www.renaissancefairecostumes.org] and learn more about the clothes of the Nobles, Peasants and Court of Renaissance Europe. Lady Mary was a pirate but lets not forget she was also a Noble Lady so she may have also worn a beautiful Avon Jupon gown [http://www.renaissancefairecostumes.org] of velvet with a satin chemise. One costume is never enough!

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Philip_Wynne


If You’re Planning to Attend a Renaissance Fair But Are Wondering About What to Wear?

If You’re Planning to Attend a Renaissance Fair But Are Wondering About What to Wear?

By Brian Day

If you’re planning to attend a renaissance fair but are wondering about what to wear, don’t be! That happens to almost every first timer working their way to attending their first medieval festival. Therefore, they don’t know what makes good renaissance clothing or Tristan clothing! And while many are just looking for costumes to avoid the hassle, some are brave enough to mix and match.

But before one could mix and match clothes, you should first understand the rules: You must be informed of what Tristan clothing, Tudor clothes, or even medieval clothes are before you even dare making your own ‘design’! it’s actually simple too: All you have to do is to inform yourself of what people in the 16th century wore and you got yourself a pretty rough idea! But I do know that that’s not entirely easy; so I’ve listed three sources that will help you ‘get to know more’ of medieval fashion!


Books are really useful when you want to know about what people in the 16th century wore. All you have to do is to pick-up a good book that covered that time period and read! Yes, read. Books are a good resource because others go through the effort of describing every nitty gritty detail. They exert effort describing how the world looked liked then, including what people wore and what hot it looked on them – perfect if you’re doing research about medieval fashion. And because the characters have to look good, the author makes an effort to research about what would look good on a character. Pretty neat, huh?

Paintings and Portraits

Who could have thought that paintings are a great help in the process of knowing about medieval fashion? Yes, if you ever decide to go to a museum or browse pictures of how people looked like then, you’d get a rough idea of how they dressed.


And if you still want to take it the easy way, you can always log on to the internet and search for 16th century or medieval fashion and you will be greeted by several websites that do not only offer text of descriptive phrases but even of pictures of people, wearing medieval clothes. Plus, compared to books and looking at portraits, its easier this way.

Brian Day writes articles related to medieval dresses and medieval clothing you can find more information at our web site.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Brian_Day

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