When we think of death in the Medieval and Renaissance periods, we typically think of rats and the Plague, known as the Black Death, that swept through Europe and Asia, killing a quarter of the population. But then there was the mysterious Dancing Plague that caused people to literally dance themselves to death; multiple wars; and murderous nobles. In Switzerland, the Spreuer Bridge has many paintings depicting death and a story that goes along with it. Speaking not of death but fun and frivolity, you won’t want to miss this issue’s feature of Texas Renaissance Festival and our double shot of small(er) Faires with Dragonfest Renaissance Faire and the Idaho Renaissance Faire. Learn to play a new version of Twister, with a Heraldry ‘spin’ and discover the Book of Hours. Take a sneak peek at being a kid living the life of a full-time Rennie on the road. And you won’t be disappointed by the many, many wonderful photos in this issue!
Welcome to España!
In this issue, we take a look at another big player who left its mark on Medieval and Renaissance Europe, a nation with a mix of cultures and lofty political ambitions. Here we will explore the Celtic and Moorish influences on Spain, as well as the way Spain influenced Italy. We will follow Spain across the Atlantic to South America and witness the culture clash that took place there. We also learn about the roles the church played in the evolving lives of Spaniards. And let’s not forget the food of Spain! Yuuuummmm!!!!! Because of the many cultural layers to a Spanish meal, we offer two courses of Spanish food exploration. Join El Cid and his compatriots in “Castle Kitchen,” and get a second helping in our feature article on “Everyday Eating in Medieval Iberia.” You can visit two Spanish monasteries, one on our own soil, North Miami Beach, and the other in Granada, Spain. You’ll learn how we came to have Two Sicilies and discover the oldest continuously operating hotel in the world. You are sure to marvel at the rich architecture and art covered in these pages. We hope you enjoy this issue on Spain!
Visit Scarborough Renaissance Festival, located in Waxahachie TX, weekends Apr 7-May 28 including Memorial Day Monday, 2018! This glorious event is in its 38th year and is a wonder to behold. Learn more about the event by visiting their website or by picking up a copy of issue 115!
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!