According to the Enyclopedia Britannica, the time period of the Renaissance was a time of rebirth immediately following the time period of the Middle Ages. During this time, the discovery and exploration of continents occurred, along with the decline of the feudal system and the growth of commerce. Paper, printing, the mariner’s compass and gunpowder were also invented. It was also a time of the revival of classical learning and wisdom after a long period of cultural decline. Source: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/497731/Renaissance.
The Renaissance Fair in Muskogee is a annual event where life during the Renaissance is re-enacted, with many of the attendees wearing period garb. There is also a joust and a large variety of shows to attend. This past weekend was our second time to attend this year, and we cheered during the joust, dined with other patrons in period garb, watched a live chess game and swordplay. We danced with the “cast” during the Maypole dance until we were so tired! My grandson had a great time also as he got to ride on some ponies and pet the animals which were in the farm area. The children’s zone has a lot of free activities for kids. We also got to see a man dressed as Gandalf from Lord of the Rings (not exactly Renaissance dress, but very well done!), meet the Grim Reaper (scary), the Bishop, the Queen and King, many knights, lords and ladies. Everyone you meet in costume dress who is part of the “cast” keeps in character during the fair. You can identify them by their name tags. The strangest thing were the mud men (I am not sure how that fits into the Renaissance period)! I highly recommend this event for history buffs or just anyone who would like to step into another time period.