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  • The New Renaissance Faire of the Month, Abbadia Mare Festival

    Posted on July 5th, 2011 admin 1 comment

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    If you enjoy attending Renaissance Festivals, be sure to check out some of the new fairs as well, for example the upcoming Abbadia Mare Festival, a renaissance festival at the amazingly beautiful Hammond Castle in Gloucester, MA on July 23rd and 24th of 2011 at 80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930. This Renaissance Festival will be going from 11 am to 5 pm per day. We are filled to the brim already with over 10 performers and vendors are constantly applying for their spot in the Festival. If you enjoy some epic battles, this festival is planning to conduct a “Human Chess Match”, so you will not want to miss that!

     

    The tickets for this event will be $12 for adults and $7 for kids (kids under 4 will be free). More information is located on our website at http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com. Parking will be located at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA for an additional $15 per car.  No parking will be available at the Castle itself.  There will be free busing to and from the event.

     

    You will not want to miss out on this new festival, so for a limited time only Medieval Costumes and Gifts will help you save on armor and other costume needs for the fair. Just use Promo Code* RenFest11 and you will instantly save 25% on you purchase!

     
     

    *Promotional Offer expires July 25th

     

  • From Vikings to Crusaders, the Norman Conquests of the Middle Ages

    Posted on June 9th, 2011 admin 1 comment

    Norman Crusader Helmet

    The Normans were descendants of Scandinavian Viking (Norse) conquerors, and were located in northern France within the city-state Normandy of which they gave their name to "Normans". The Normans played a major political, cultural and military role in medieval Europe, known for their Christian views and backgrounds that date back to the Viking age of Scandinavia during the 11th and 12th centuries. In order to spread their religious views and political idealism they needed to take over most of Europe and they did so by conquests "crusades" which later lead to the successful Siege of Antioch and the expansion of the Crusader Kingdom in Transjordan and the region of Galilee.

    Now you can become part of an historical crusade with our new Medieval Anglo Norman Crusader Helmet! Reenact the Siege of Antioch or use it as a simple costume accessory or display piece. Find this unique medieval helmet and more only at MedievalCostumesandGifts.com!

  • Renaissance Faire World for 2011 Now on Twitter

    Posted on June 3rd, 2011 admin No comments

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    Get all your Renaissance Festival news from the ArmorHelmet on Twitter! Follow along for updates on upcoming Festivals and Faires throughout the United States. The ArmorHelmet shares a plethora of medieval information including where to find great Renaissance costumes at great prices and the hottest places to show off your new armor. Save time searching the Internet and just follow the ArmorHelmet! Create an online community with other Medieval enthusiasts. Help each other find the best festivals and tweet your Renaissance knowledge amongst friends. Follow the ArmorHelmet for easy to find deals, information and the chance to create a community of Renaissance and medieval fun!

  • Body Armor for Medieval Knights

    Posted on April 28th, 2011 admin No comments

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    You’ve likely seen pictures depicting the body armor worn by knights during medieval times. They wore chain mail and plate metal armor. They also wore padded clothing as protection underneath. They needed all the protection they could get while in battle. However, the very best in body armor was the most expensive available–much like today. (Some things never change.) Outfitting yourself with armor for battle was costly for a knight. Thus, a knight of means had an advantage as he could more fully protect his body prior to battle. This definitely gave the knight the upper hand. Plate armor was constructed of large metal plates. Plate body armor was less flexible than chain mail, however, it guarded against both slashing blows as well as stabbing. It was practically invulnerable to swords altogether. The knight had far greater protection while battling it out. This certainly gave him a psychological edge as well.

    Chain mail is designed as hundreds of tiny metal rings hooked together to create a mesh-like covering for the knight. Knights did not refer to it as "chain mail." That term came into use much later. Knights referred to it as "mail." Chain mail was effective, but how effective depended upon the material used to construct it, how tightly woven it was, the thickness of the material and weave, and lastly the method used to hook or weave the metal rings together. Although chain mail was more flexible and provided some effective protection, it could be penetrated by a stabbing blow. Slashing blows were not much of a match, but a stabbing action could certainly penetrate the rings. As a result, many knights of means opted to don both plate armor and chain metal, thus effectively doubling their protection. Plate armor looks heavy, but it was surprisingly light. The reason is that the distribution of weight was spread evenly over one’s body. We’ve all seen the caricatures of knights having to be lifted onto their horses due to their plate armor, but that is a myth. In fact, even the plate armor worn for jousting–which was much heavier than battle armor–would not have required a knight to be lifted onto their horse. Jousting armor was heavier to avoid dying from an injury during a game. But it was not used during battle, when different skill sets were needed, including speed.

    Knights wore helmets, which were arguably one of the most important pieces of their ensemble. Knights worse differently designed helmets over the course of history. Depending on the time period, he might be wearing one design or another. For example, in the very early days, a knight’s helmet looked a bit like a cap. It had a piece of chain mail attached to it. But later on, helmets were made of plate armor. The face was protected by a visor, that was somewhat frightening to gaze upon. This may have also served as psychological edge. No knight was completely outfitted without his shield. Their shields were wooden underneath a piece of animal hide and rimmed with a piece of metal. This helped the knight to protect himself from incoming arrows, sword thrusts, and other weapons.

  • Top 10 Reasons to Attend a Renaissance Fair for 2011

    Posted on March 30th, 2011 admin No comments


    Renaissance Fairs across the United States are in full swing for the 2011 season. Medieval enthusiasts are dusting off leather armor breastplates and freshening up peasant dresses. Arizona and Florida started the year strong with their popular festivals. Now it’s time for the rest of the country to follow suit.

    If you are on the fence about attending a local festival, perhaps this list of featured attractions will sway you in the direction of Scotch Eggs and Minstrel performances.

    1. Family Friendly Event –Renaissance Fairs welcome kids of all ages. Rides and performances are offered to entertain any and all age groups. From face painting to carnival rides to the beer garden, these festivals do their best to keep everybody happy. Compared to spending a day at an amusement park, Renaissance Festivals are often much cheaper for a family fun day. Save money and have fun!

    2. Stage Theater Performances – A great treat when visiting Renaissance Festivals is being able to see trained actors play medieval and Shakespearean plays for little cost. Most of the time the stage performances are a part of general admission into the faire.

    3. Artisan Crafts and Demonstrations – Renaissance Festivals offer a chance for attendees to see how everyday items were made in medieval times. Most Ren Fairs include a blacksmith, jewelry makers, pottery sculptors, basket weavers and other artisans of the time. Buy their goods and be assured that you have a one-of-a-kind item!

    4. Food! – Renaissance Faires are known for their food. Finger foods, even things that normally would not be considered finger food, are the hot commodity. Scotch Eggs and giant turkey legs are a couple popular delicacies. Wash them down with a mug of (root) beer and your day is complete!

    5. Dress the Renaissance Part – For a few hours, patrons can dress and act as if they were living during the Renaissance time. Throw out as many “Huzzahs” and “Ye Oldes” as you can. Check your local Festival’s themes. Many have pet-themed days where they encourage pets and their owners to dress up in medieval costumes.

    6. Street Performers Hit the Grounds – Not only will patrons see trained actors on stages, but also performers who volunteer their efforts. Musicians and magicians entertain the masses while wondering around the fairgrounds. The performers who mingle amongst the patrons often hassle and joke with the crowds. Their insults and mockery should be taken lightly as they are only there to entertain. Throw some lighthearted insults back and you may make a friend for life.

    7. Jousting Tournaments and Knight Battles – Watch as knights fight for the King and Queen’s favor during battles of whit and might. Jousting tournaments add exceptional amounts of entertainment to the festivals. These battles of the fittest have kept crowds entertained for years.

    8. Medieval Museums – Add a little education into your day at the Renaissance Faire! Some festivals feature museums which display pieces of everyday life from the Renaissance period. Items are offered for sale so patrons can take a bit of the Renaissance life back home with them.

    9. Rides and Games – Renaissance Festivals offer the chance for people to ride elephants and test their ax-throwing abilities. Games and rides found at Renaissance Faires are not typical of most carnivals as they are usually not electric powered. Test your accuracy with a bow and arrow or a tomato. Renaissance Festivals offer a fresh change to the clanging and singing of usual fair rides and attractions.

    10. Lasting Memories – Whether you have attended one Renaissance Festival in your lifetime or many, chances are the memory has lasted. These faires are unique and wonderfully entertaining. The people who work them truly love what they are doing. Their main priority is to make sure all patrons are having fun.

    Find your local Renaissance Faire and be ready to have a blast. If you feel like dressing up, check out http://medievalcostumesandgifts.com for all of your costume needs. Check for updates from the Armor Helmet on Twitter: http://twitter.com/armorhelmet. Share the fun you had with us and other Renaissance Fans when you find MedievalCostumesandGifts on Facebook!
     

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