Issue 115 – Mar 2018

Spring is in the air, and so is Scarborough Faire! (Or rather, Scarborough Renaissance Festival as it is officially known!)  Explore this hallowed event, now in its 38th year, in 12 pages of full color glory!  You can even acquire a pair of admission tickets to this event by purchasing a new or renewal subscription of any length and using coupon code SRF18 during checkout.

Also in this issue are an article about Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, based in Florida; the adventures of Sir Brendan, an Irish monk who may have visited what is today known as North America centuries before the Vikings did; and a cornucopia of other articles, recipes, humor and trivia that are sure to enthrall you until issue 116.

We hope you enjoy the issue!

Visit us at Sherwood Forest Faire!

Stop by our booth right inside the front gate!  As you enter, turn to the right and walk past the shoppe Things Celtic; we are right next door!  Lady Michelle is there with subscription renewal forms and copies of the current issue for you to peruse.  Sherwood Forest Faire is open weekends Mar 3-Apr 22, and Friday Mar 16, 2018!

Issue 114 – Jan 2018

Greetings, fair readers!  In this Love and Romance issue we take a look at love in all its forms and explore traditions associated with courtship and marriage over the last few centuries.  There is quite a bit of information about modern-era Renaissance-themed weddings as well!

Also in this issue, you can take a quick trip to Bratislava and also Prague right from the comfort of your own home!.

Don’t forget to have a look at the faire listings to find an event near you!

You can acquire a subscription that will start with our most recent issue, or buy this issue independently of a subscription, right here on our website.

Issue 113 – Nov 2017

Issue 113 has gone to press!  In this issue, we explore many artisans throughout history, including painters, engravers, blacksmiths, Venetian glassmakers, marqueters, and even a modern luthier with a penchant for making instruments no longer made anywhere else.  We also take you the Arizona Renaissance Festival, now in its 30th year; and it is worth noting that while supplies last, you can even procure free tickets to this wonderful event by purchasing a subscription in our online shoppe!  This issue is chock full of interesting tidbits and trivia; subscribe now and we’ll pop this one in the mail for you as quickly as possible!

Come see us at Texas Renaissance Festival and Louisiana Renaissance Festival!


Visit us at Texas Renaissance Festival weekends Sep 30 – Nov 26, 2017 (also Black Friday, Nov 24)

Saturday September 30th, the Texas Renaissance Festival begins its 9-weekend season! This 55 acre village features over 200 performances per day on 20 stages, and several hundred shoppes containing the beautiful wares of artists and merchants. Located north of Houston, Texas Renaissance Festival has been entertaining faire-goes for over 40 years.

During these nine weekends, Renaissance Magazine will have a booth on the main entrance plaza of Texas Renaissance Festival. Stop by to say hello, renew your subscription, purchase a gift subscription (holidays are coming!), or pick up those back issues you need to round out your collection – all at a sizable discount!

Learn more about the Texas Renaissance Festival at

Visit us at Louisiana Renaissance Festival weekends Nov 4 – Dec 10, 2017 (also Black Friday, Nov 24)

After seeing the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in the pages of issue 112, wouldn’t it be great fun to see it in person? This faire is located just an hour north of New Orleans, across Lake Pontchartrain. Come experience the charm and hospitality of the idyllic Village of Albright during one of its six weekends.

Renaissance Magazine will have a booth outside the main entrance of the Louisiana Renaissance Festival, where you can accomplish all your holiday subscription and back issue purchases – at a hefty discount, of course!

Learn more about the Louisiana Renaissance Festival at


Issue 112 – Sep 2017

In our Castle Lore issue, our scribes explore a variety of historic European castles in Spain, England, Scotland, and Germany.  Among those explored were Real Alcazar, Doune Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Drei Gleichen, and many, many others!
We also bring you tales of the Louisiana Renaissance Festival.  LARF has been extending its hospitality to locals and travellers alike for 17 years, and we have numerous photos and stories about it to share with you!
We hope you enjoy the above as well as the traditional array of comedy, history and quirky columns that each issue offers!

Issue 111 – Jul 2017

What’s in Issue #111?

Learn about Francois Villon, a poet and a criminal who wandered 15th century France living a life of mystery and mayhem.

Wax seals were a staple of medieval correspondence and law. Learn about the history of these emblems of commerce, love, and power!

Read the follow up piece to April Knyghts article on period instruments and learn about how she and other modern musicians use recreations of these instruments in their music!

(…and much more, but we don’t want to spoil the issue!)

Issue 110 – May 2017

Press “Rewind”, sit back, and enjoy a good read about Medieval Music in Renaissance Magazine’s Music Issue!

Bands, History, and More!

Ever wanted to know more about the bands you see and hear both live on stage and via our music players.  Learn history behind the Merry Wives of Windsor.  Go in depth with articles on popular groups Cantiga, Pictus, Saxon Moon, Tartanic, and Wine and Alchemy.  Chat with dulcimer player Vince Conway.

Then, once you’ve read up on current Medieval and Renaissance music, dive into the history to learn about Period Instruments, including a discussion of those found on the wreckage of the Mary Rose.  Of course, learning about the music wouldn’t be complete without a sampling of music creators such as the Women Musicians in Tudor England and the Wartburg Minstrels.

To round out your read, we’ve added in articles that will take you to exotic Budapest, show you an exhibit on Venice, give you some camping tips, a recipe to nosh on, and three bardic offerings to stimulate your brain.

Come join us as we dive into the past with Renaissance Magazine!

Issue 109 – Mar 2017

A magical moment as Renaissance Magazine returns, once again bringing the history of the medieval and Renaissance eras to your doorstep.

New Articles on “Old Stuff”!

Ever wonder how kids visiting medieval Sherwood Forest might have lived?  Your children can find out by visiting the Sherwood Forest Summer Camp.

Want to up your garb-game?  Read up on how to Dress Like a Lady in the 14th and 15th centuries and check out how to Make a Petticoat.  Are you a fighter?  Surprise everyone with your knowledge of the Knights! Exhibit at Worcester Museum or the history of Cloth Armor.

Of course, we’ve got information that will surprise your friends and make great dinner conversation over your Apple Cherry Hazelnut Crumble.  I’m sure they’ve heard of the Irish potato famine, but you can wow them with the history of how the Potato Came to France.  Or reference your current job to Medieval Guilds.

Find out about Mummers, read an interview with Candice Knight, and go On the Road with Chaste Treasure.

Combine all of this with items of interest, cartoons, music and book reviews, and you can see that Renaissance Magazine has returned!

Issue 108 – Jan 2017


Denise Goodson—Notorious Madam Red
Denise Goodson, a 52-year-old paralegal from Overland Park, Kansas, started performing at renaissance festivals when she was 17 years old. She immediately knew she was addicted to that quirky ambience that enables artists to … interact one-on-one with patrons. She became a ren performer after deciding to audition to be a street character at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival (KCRF) in 1981, and in 2015 completed her 35th season with that same show.

Diamonds Are Forever
Believed to possess magical powers, emissaries of good and bad fortune, used as pawns in intrigue, collateral in wars, gifts to sweeten proposed political marriages, and put to work industrially, they have come to surpass all precious stones in value. Yet for centuries, diamonds were scarce and less desirable to Western Europeans than more costly, accessible gems such as pearls.

Making Bulrush Chairs
Since the dawn of civilization, the very act of sitting in an elevated fashion off the ground raised us humans both physically and mentally from our brethren in the animal kingdom … Luckily for the work-worn majority whose weary bones demanded a modicum of comfort, Europe’s epic awakening from the Dark Ages ushered forth the Renaissance, and by the 15th century chairs with rush-woven seats were among countless other household objects that became more accessible to the common man.

Renaissance Faire Footwear
Finding footwear that looks renaissance-era appropriate while also offering the support and comfort of a modern-day shoe has always been a challenge for performers and patrons alike. Compared to the dresses, doublets, and capes on display at most faires and festivals, shoes tend to go unnoticed, which makes the task of finding the right shoe a somewhat ambiguous quest.

The Hard Life of a Strolling Player
The English word “stroll” came into use in the late 16th century. It comes from German “Strolchen,” “to roam as a vagrant”; and indeed the life of a traveling player was a stroll in name only. In 16th-century England actors were widely despised. Meeting one of his social “betters” along a narrow street, an actor was expected to step aside, fouling his shoes and hose in the gutter. A 1545 act of Parliament declared any unlicensed actor to be a vagabond, liable to be put in the stocks or even branded.

The Sin Eater: Pariah of the Middle Ages
Funeral rituals are as wide-ranging and complex throughout the world as the peoples performing them, and the Middle Ages had its own quirks when Death came knocking. In the old Celtic lands, especially Scotland, Wales and England, one of those rites performed in the country villages and more remote areas was the responsibility of the sin eater. The sin eater was called before burial of the deceased to absolve his sins so the dead might gain entrance into Heaven. The sin eater took the dead person’s lifetime of sins into himself, thus leaving the soul free of any stain.

We’re back!

Dear Friends of Renaissance Magazine,

For a few months it has been known that the magazine was looking for investors.  One was found! In fact, we have a new owner who is dedicated to continuing the great work that you have come to expect.  This is only the 3rd owner in 20 years. The management team who has been bringing you the magazine is still in place and are now joined by several new team members who are committed to bringing you the excellent product we’ve all come to know and love, with some fresh ideas added to the mix.

Issue 107 came out in February 2016. Issue 108 is printing now and will reach subscribers and newsstands in around the beginning of the new year. Issue 109 is being finalized now and Issue 110, our renaissance music issue, is already in the works!

Subscriptions purchased before the “pause” will be honored and you will receive the number of issues you previously paid for.  The 30% savings offer can be used to augment existing subscriptions or create a new one.  This is the perfect time to purchase Renaissance Magazine as a Yule gift for that history or renaissance faire buff in your life!

Going forward, your Renaissance Magazine will look and feel familiar. The primary content addition will be a stronger focus on the modern medieval and renaissance movements. For example, in 2017 you can expect in-depth coverage on the nation’s first medieval summer camp for kids, the renaissance music scene, the explosive growth of mead, as well as renewed focus on the handcrafted movement such as glass blowers and sword makers.

We are huge believers in the future of Renaissance Magazine and we hope you enjoy it as much or more so than you have in the past!

Yours truly,

The Renaissance Magazine Team

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