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The English Renaissance ran from the early 1500's to the 1600's. The Elizabethan Era during Queen Elizabeth 1's reign, the focus of the festival, was the height of this period. It was a time of internal peace, exploration and expansion, music and art. William Shakespeare composed his plays during this time.
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TCN Presents: En Guard!
They might not see eye to eye when it comes to why they meet but when swords are drawn and blades are crossed, they really don't get along! Is it a demonstration, or a job interview? Is the pen truly mightier than the sword or will blade triumph over quill? Come see TCN present a tale of crossed swords and crossed purposes with its original comedy "On Guard": A show where flashing steel rings loudly, and the possibility of gratuitous bloodshed is ever present!

Royal Joust
Join the Heroic Knights of Old as their knights show their metal on the jousting field to the thrills and excitement of onlookers. You'll find the joust at the far end of the island opposite the front gate.

Royal Rat Pucking Event
All you need is a walking stick and a filled cloth rat and you can join in with the Queen in her daily Rat Pucking event. Rats and Sticks are available for purchase from the Rat Pucking Vendor.

Very few actual rats are harmed during this event.

TCN Presents: Stage Combat Training
Ever wonder how a fight show is put together? It takes more than a quick wit and even faster reflexes! Actors from TCN will explain the basic techniques and processes that form the foundation of their fights and shows. Along the way, they'll share some information on some of the fights and stunts they've performed over the years. They'll also answer questions on their equipment, and offer suggestions on further training for those interested in studying the art of stage combat further.

Wonder Puppets: Punch and Judy
The classic puppet show from the late 16th and early 17th century comes to life at the festival as Wonder Puppets perform Punch and Judy for kids young and old.

Steps in Time: Dances of the Queen's Court
Stop by the Royal Stage to watch Lord and Lady Rutland demonstrate authentic Elizabethan courtly dances. Join them as they teach Elizabethan group dances as well.

Wonder Elixir
The Wonder Elixir of Life show is a classic, Renaissance-era 'medicine show' in the style of the Mountebanks of the Tudor Era and beyond.

Kingdom of Shiabruck
The Kingdom of Shiabruck is visiting Kamm Island, and they will be giving educational demonstrations on live steel fighting. They detail what weapons and armor were really used for and show various techniques that were used in fighting in the medieval ages. They even allow you to feel what the armor and some of the weaponry feel like. At the end they beat on each other for your amusement using the weapons they have shown you.

SCA - Barony of Shadowed Stars
The Barony of Shadowed Stars are an integral part of the Kingdom of Kamm Island. Here you will find the Royal Court, combat and lifestyle demonstrations.

Royal Jail
Does someone you know need a time out? Pay off the jailer ($1) to lock up a friend or family member. They knaves will get an official warrant written out for them, their charges are read publicly, and then will be forced to perform to gain their freedom. It is said that the "Happy Unicorn" is a popular punishment. For an extra dollar the miscreants can be thrown in the stocks and their accusers may throw "rotten fruit" (wet fruit shaped sponges) at them.

Bell, Book and Canto
Traditional Renaissance music combined with some well-loved folk tunes. Their "Nerd Show" has arrangements of popular video game and TV show songs, and is not to be missed.

Boffer List
You can try your hand in knightly combat in the boffer list. Wield a foam sword and take on opponents in a massive free for all or even challenge one of Shiabruck's sword fighters! Only $2 to join the list.

Kids Quest
Queen Eleanor of Kamm has proclaimed she needs adventurers to complete a quest to attain status in the kingdom. All young who are bold and valiant may attain the quest at the front gate.

Royal Court
Join Queen Eleanor as she holds Royal Court and takes care of state business. Young adventurers who have completed their quest, must appear before the Queen to receive accolade.

Court will immediately be followed by a parade around the Kingdom of Kamm with the Queen and all attendees of court.

Craft Project Tent
Young villagers should stop by the craft tent near the front gate. There are many fun projects here, where you learn a skill and keep what you make.

TCN Presents: Fiend Fyre Charmers
These "Charmers" have a love of performing, especially with fire. Watch as they dance with fire poi, fire fans, and fire staff.

Swords of Valour
Swords of Valour perform a mix of stunning sword play combined with cunning wit and comedy


Medieval/Renaissance Information Continued

The medieval period of history was a time of poverty, poor hygiene, and prickly nobles, while the Renaissance was the "rebirth" of all that was good from the classical periods of Greek and Roman history. Or were they? There are a multitude of common misconceptions about both of these times, some more flattering than others. This is a very brief introduction to the conclusions many scholars have drawn about the realities of these periods.

In England, the country of focus for our faire, the medieval period began in 410 AD when the Roman army withdrew from Britannia to aid the troops defending the Roman Empire closer to home. The period directly following the Roman withdrawal is known as the "Early Middle Ages", and lasted from the 5th century into 11th century. This is the beginning of the time many refer to as the "Dark Ages". One of the biggest misconceptions of medieval history is that the "Dark Ages" are thus named because society and the standard of living were so poor. In reality, this time has been dubbed the "Dark Ages" because of how little we actually know about it. Very few written records remain regarding this period for a number of reasons, which we will not digress into here. Therefore, the Early Middle Ages are "Dark Ages" because for subsequent scholars they are not illuminated through writing.

One thing we are certain of is that the Early Middle Ages were a time of drastic transformation. It is during this period that farming was revolutionized, modern saddles were invented, and Christianity spread like wildfire throughout Europe. Most of the few written accounts that remain from this period detail conversion stories of various tribes and countries, or tell the story of a saint's life. Far from a dark point in European history, the Early Middle Ages paved the way for the ever-romanticized periods that immediately followed it.

The High Middle Ages, which lasted from the 11th century into the 14th century, is the period many people imagine when they think of the term "medieval". Knights, jousting, tournaments, feudalism, beautiful ladies at court, and impressive castles are all trademarks of this time. The Crusades also occurred during this period, and it was around this time that the story of Arthur and his knights of the round table first originated.

The Late Middle Ages, which lasted into the 15th century, was once again a time of change. The cultural, economic, and social growth that had occurred in the High Middle Ages came to a halt. Wars, famine, and plague became the immediate concern of the people. This triggered intense feelings of dissatisfaction with the current society, leading to peasant uprisings (which rarely, if ever, had occurred previously), religious schisms, and renewed interest in the old world of the Greeks and the Romans, where everything seemed better. This romanticism of the Classical world, which was manifested especially in art and science, directly resulted in a complete obsession with all that was Classical.

The English Renaissance ran from the early 1500's to the 1600's. The Elizabethan Era during Queen Elizabeth 1's reign, the focus of the festival, was the height of this period. It was a time of internal peace, exploration and expansion, music and art. It is called the Renaissance because it was a rebirth of Roman and Greek culture that had become less common during the Middle Ages. William Shakespeare composed his plays during this time, and many famous inventors, astronomers, and mathematicians also made their debuts in the Renaissance.


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