A Day at the Renaissance Faire

Yesterday I attended the Maryland Renaissance Festival as a part of my friend’s birthday celebration.  It was the first Renaissance Faire that I’ve ever attended, although I had been wanting to go to one for many years.

There was no question about the fact that I’d be going in costume.  I love medieval, Renaissance, and Tudor style clothing.  When I was a teenager, my mother sewed me a gorgeous Guinevere costume.  It took several weeks to sew and was extremely complicated, and my mother joked that it would double as my wedding dress.  It was a greyish blue satin with long billowing sleeves and a train worthy of royalty.  I was hoping to be able to wear it, but between then and now, I developed actual boobs, and now there’s no way that I can get into it.  It’s sad, because the dress was so much fun to wear.

The festival itself was quite lovely, and filled with mead, revelry, and jousting.  I even rode an elephant!  In our wanderings, we discovered a bookstore, where I purchased the book Sex With the Queen by Eleanor Herman.  The book is about queens who took lovers throughout history, and it looks fascinating.  In an incredible stroke of luck, the author was there for a book signing, and I got to meet her.

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Book signing with author Eleanor Herman.

Here are some of the other highlights from the day.  I can’t wait to go back next year!

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Myself, Santa, and a Cyborg.
A man gave me a beautiful chain mail hairpin.
A man gave me a beautiful chain mail hairpin.
Be thou not unhappy. We even card the king!
In the stockades.
At the joust.
Unattended children will be sold as slaves.

 

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    1. It was a lot of fun to play dress-up for the day. I’m excited about the book, especially the parts about Catherine the Great.

    1. It’s definitely more fun in costume. I was the only one of my friends to dress up, but just seeing what everyone who dressed up was wearing was more than worth the cost of admission.