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Renaissance Fairs, Festivals, and Events list has been updated!

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We have updated the Renaissance Fairs, Festivals, and Events list through the end of April 2018. This list will continue to be updated as necessary.

We would also love to hear from you and see pictures of everyone in their Renstore garb! You can share these with us on Facebook at Renstorecom, Instagram @the_renstore, and Twitter @the_renstore. Your input and feedback is always welcome and immensely useful to us as we look to improve and expand Renstore.com

If you have information regarding any new or current fairs, please email me at cassandra@renstore.com so that we may include these for future reference.

Get to know the NEW Renstore.com

I want you to get to know us... again...But first you need to know where we come from.Renstore.com has been active in the Renaissance industry for more than 25 years. The company was started by Jake and Gael Stirler as Chivalry Sports Videos in October of 1991. They started with just one video about [...]

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Archaeologists find bone fragments in hunt for 'real' Mona Lisa

By Fanny CarrierFlorence (Italy) (AFP) - Italian archaeologists trying to solve the mystery behind one of the world's most famous paintings said Wednesday they had found bits of bone that could have belonged to the 'real' Mona Lisa.The team is certain that Florentine Lisa Gherardini was the mysterious woman who sat for Leonardo da Vinci's [...]

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The earliest use of the F-word discovered

An English historian has come across the word ‘f__k’ in a court case dating to the year 1310, making it the earliest known reference to the swear word.Dr Paul Booth of Keele University spotted the name in ‘Roger F__kebythenavele’ in the Chester county court plea rolls beginning on December 8, 1310. Read the whole un-redacted story.

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75,000 gather to watch medieval battle reenactment in Russia (PHOTOS)

Hundreds of enthusiasts in medieval armor could be seen interlocking their swords in the popular historical reenactment of the crucial 1380 battle between Russians and Mongols. The show attracted thousands of Instagramming viewers to a village some 300 kilometers south of Moscow. Read the full story

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​Cannabis discovered in tobacco pipes found in William Shakespeare's garden

Forensic testing of 400-year-old pipes suggest playwright might have smoked more than just tobacco Reprinted from The Telegraph Aug 9, 2015 South African scientists have discovered that 400-year-old tobacco pipes excavated from the garden of William Shakespeare contained cannabis, suggesting the playwright might have written some of his famous works while high. Residue from early 17th century clay pipes [...]

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Pinterest Board for The Best Illuminated Manuscripts from the British Library

Follow Gael's Board British Library Medieval Manuscripts on Pinterest. Have you ever wished that you could examine a whole illuminated manuscript with a magnifying glass? Now you can with the British Library's Digital Collection. They have digitized hundreds of manuscripts and are adding more daily. Each one is rendered in its entirety at 6X (or higher) [...]

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Voynich Manuscript: Linguist claims to have translated 10 words

Stephen Bax, who teaches at the University of Bedfordshire, has produced a paper and a video where he details his theories on the text and provides translations of ten words from the manuscript, which are proper names of various plants that are depicted in the manuscript.Read the full story here on Medievalists.Nethttp://www.medievalists.net/2014/02/20/voynich-manuscript-partially-decoded-text-hoax-scholar-finds/

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Renaissance Fair List is Updated

I have finished updating the 2014 List of Renaissance Fairs, Pirate, Fairy, and Highland Games. I have verified that all the cancelled fairs are still cancelled. Good news, we've lost fewer fairs this year than in previous years and quite a few fairs have added extra days pr weekends. Only one fair shortened it's run. These [...]

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Progess on the Faire List and Articles

Renaissance Faires: Now you can open the Renaissance Faire List and the Articles again. They were unavailable for a while but now they can be reached. Look at the menu bar above for links to them. The Renaissance Faire list still shows last year's dates but the links are still good. Click on the links [...]

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