The Age of The Renaissance
My Day at the Renaissance Fair in Lakewood
I was just driving back from the hospital. My father has been there for five weeks now, it's a touch and go situation. I am very upset driving back for they just incubated him to try to breath for him. I was told yesterday that there was this fair that I could go to in order to have a credit in class. It was a long drive home and my mind was still at that hospital holding on to the last time I interacted with my dad before he went under. I was driving almost blindly crying, then I happened to notice a purple flag and I remembered the Renaissance fair that I was planning to go to for the project. I had my camera with me and had ten bucks in my pocket. I pulled in and the charge to get in was ten dollars. all I had. I went. I decided to post the report I did for class.
It’s an age where we wonder and imagine about. There were Knights, Kings, Queens, the lady in waiting. The courtier, the wondering poet, the musician, the magician, farmers, blacksmiths, These people who made their living by actually having a skill, they were people’s rolls in an age that we still wonder about today. Like the pottery maker, or the Weaver or thread maker. There were people who also did things a little later on in the Renaissance that challenged the religious beliefs at the time. I will look at some of these things and try to make sense out of what I see, hear and know as of today.
There have been movies and plays and books written about the age of the renaissance. It obviously still captures so many of us in intrigue. Join me on my journey learning a little about the Renaissance.
The first person I met was a pottery maker. She was able to tell me how the pottery was made back in the day of the Renaissance. She was able to make several different designs, each one a little more elaborate than the other. I took a couple of pictures but there were a plethora of different kinds of pottery to be seen and that she was selling. She was able to tell me some information on the glazing of the pots also. In the era of Renaissance in France when they first put glaze on the pots, the glaze made the pottery beautiful and glazed on at a low heat; little did the people know it would poison them. Can you imagine how many people died before they figured it out? How sad.
The next stop I made was a spinner. I was told that women of the day did most of the chores and they couldn’t sit behind a wheel and spin thread all day so they developed this stick with a hook on the end and the other end had two cross bars to roll the thread up and the women could spin the thread and when they needed their hands for something they could simply put the spinner in their pocket and have two free hands to do what they had to do.
I also sat with a soothsayer. They didn’t come into the Renaissance until later but they are in the same category with what the town’s people would come to call witches. These women were usually healers and could use healing herbs to apply to people who had various sicknesses. It is odd that they were ridiculed when the cardinals were reading the stars and practicing double standards. Guess women couldn’t do that.
I got to meet a real live wolf. Three to be exact but I only took a picture of the biggest one. The women told me that the Vikings used wolf blood (drank it) before they went into battle to have the wolf spirit in them. I don’t know how true it is, I did not research it.
I also saw a magician who was pretty funny. Back in the Renaissance Era it is a way that they made money. They would travel around to the different places and do magic tricks. If they were liked they were given money, if they weren’t liked, they must have been given the boot. This guy was very loud and pulled people in his show and it was just like what I’ve seen them do in movies before. I enjoyed it but I saw the double sided coins. I didn’t say anything.
There were these torture guys too, I forgot to put them in the power point, but they represented the way things were done if someone was sentenced to punishment. It looked real brutal too.
I got to meet the man who owned the horses for the jousting. They apparently really hit each other with these jousting poles. He told me that in France some soldier realized that you could couch the pole and get on a horse and use it as a weapon.
I had a very nice time walking around and meeting the people and I actually was asking questions without hesitation. They were very nice and very informative and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I never went to a Renaissance Fair before but I plan on going again next year.
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