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14 Tips To Have A Magical Visit To The Central Coast Renaissance Festival

The Central Coast Renaissance Festival will turn San Luis Obispo’s Laguna Lake Park into a Renaissance village on July 15 & 16, 2017. This isn’t like any other summer festival, so here’s some advice on what to expect and how to get the most enjoyment out of this unique experience. From the moment you arrive, […]

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$3,625 For a Shirt

(From the book Stuffocation: Why We’ve Had Enough Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever) Think we have inflated prices today? A shirt, before the Industrial Revolution, would have been worth around $3,625 in today’s money! Take a standard medieval man’s shirt, long sleeves, yoke, some smocking, band collar, hemmed, wrists, etc. Estimate it takes 7 […]

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Food and Your Life Style

In general, people eat two meals a day: Dinner, at midday say 11:00 or 12:00 Supper, in the evening, about 6:00. Husbandmen and others whose work is never done may have their supper as late as 9:00. It is best to refer to having dinner instead of lunch or even luncheon. Invite people to dine […]

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The Shakespeare Book

The Shakespeare Book brings the work of William Shakespeare to life with full-color photography, images, idea webs, timelines, and quotes that help you understand the context of Shakespeare’s plays and poems. From Shakespeare’s most-famous plays, such as Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar, to less-frequently performed works such as King John and Henry VIII, every […]

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Faire Names For English Folk

From: From: Chris Laning claning@econet.org Date: July 1999 Subject: (NEW!!) Faire Names for English Folk NEW RESOURCE!! Are you tired of people named “Chastity Sweetlips” or “Obadiah Cockswinger”? Do you want a source of REAL names for Elizabethan England? Here it is! Based on new studies of Elizabethan naming practices, Faire Names for English Folk is the most […]

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How To Disguise Your Portable Pavilion for Renaissance Faires and Medieval Events

Get Medieval on Your Pop-Up How To Disguise Your Portable Pavilion for Renaissance Faires and Medieval Events by Randall Whitlock Earlier versions of this article appeared in the January, 2006 Cactus Needles, the January, 2006 Connotations, and in my collection, Yardstick and Chalk: Randwulf’s Ramblings on Costume Volume 2. This page is a work in progress. I intend to add […]

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Good English Ale

Hops and heresy, bays and beer All came to England in one year.                  — old rhyme Ale is made from barley, but it can be flavored with just about anything, including pepper, ivy, rosemary, bilberries, and lupines, among many other things. When it’s flavored with hops, it becomes beer. Andrew Boorde (c. 1452) tells us that “Ale […]

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More Fun Language Tips

Antique language isn’t necessarily “big words” or curious sentence structure. Try these. (Note that “an” means “if”.) Instead Of… Say… Okay Very well, ‘Tis done, As you will, Marry shall I Wow! Marry! ‘Zounds (God’s wounds, pron: ZOONDS) I’faith! Hey-ho! God’s Death! What ho! Excuse me Forgive me, Pray pardon, I crave your forgiveness, By your […]

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Costuming For The Renaissance Festival

If this is your first visit to our Renaissance Festival you probably won’t be in costume, and that is perfectly fine. However, if the Renaissance spirit grabs you, you’ll soon be longing for a costume to be more a part of the fantasy. Starting as a peasant is a good first step, as the clothes […]

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How To Use Thee and Thou

Language: Thee and Thou This is not grammar you are taught in school, but simply the ordinary way people talk. Your excuse for incorrect usage cannot be that you were poorly educated. Say: “How art thou“, never “how are thee” What wouldst thou have of me? I will go with thee. Thou art a rogue. When the next word begins […]

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Money in Elizabethan England

Money and Coinage The Basics All coins are silver or gold, including the pennies. In times not too long past, copper was used to extend (debase) the coinage without actually spending any more silver. But no money is actually minted as a copper coin. If someone gives you a modern copper penny, laugh and tell […]

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Elizabethan Cookery

What We Eat Elizabethan cookery is generally sweeter than today’s; meats are often cooked with fruits, producing a mix of sweet and savory. Some medical texts advise against eating raw vegetables as engendering wind (gas) or evil humours. It is important to remember that while many things were period somewhere, not everything was eaten in every part […]

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Life In Elizabethan England

  Just about anything you could want to know about life in Elizabethan England is found in Maggie Secara’s book, Life in Elizabethan England – A Compendium of Common Knowledge. Food, clothing, manners, religion, occupations … it’s all in there. Here, for your reading pleasure and edification is a link to the entire book. Enjoy!

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Common Sayings We Got From Shakespeare

  Today’s well-educated person uses an average of 18,000 words in their lifetime. Shakespeare used over 34,000 different words in his plays, thousands of which he simply made up (accessible, barefaced, exposure, lament, paternal, puke, roadway, schoolboy, and watchdog.) Many of his phrases have fallen into everyday use in our language today, including   A […]

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ATMs On Site

Of course we want you to bring as much money as you can and spend it with our wonderful vendors. Don’t worry if you run out… we have two ATMs so you can always get more!   😎      

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Knight Tournaments: Fatality or Fame?

Knight Tournaments: Fatality or Fame? By: Susan Thread As symbols of respect in addition to valor, knights turned out to be a staple amongst stuff that demonstrated how it ended up being within the Middle Ages. If you have researched them close enough, knights are an intriguing mix of all the things that made males […]

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Food & Cooking In The Renaissance

You have to wonder what people ate and how food was prepared in the Renaissance. Of course they didn’t go around munching on turkey legs like we see at modern Renaissance Faires; turkeys came from the new world and didn’t exist in Europe. Food was obviously of fairly good quality or we wouldn’t be here […]

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