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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

     

  • Torture Dungeon in the White Tower of London

    Posted on June 12th, 2009 admin 2 comments

    The Dungeon of the castle was the basement or lowest level and was normally used as a prison.  It was no accident that this location was the most fortified and impossible to escape from.  This area was also called the “keep” because it is where prisoners were kept.  Bishop Gandolf of Rochester is given credit as the original developer of this architecture design when he created the White Tower. The tower was commissioned by William the Conqueror who demanded the fortress be made of Caen stone which had to be imported from France. In 1087, the White Tower was finished by William’s ancestors in 1087.

    The White Tower was a royal palace as well as a prison primarily for high-ranging prisoners.  Many princes, queens and the like spent time in its dungeon.  The tower was known as a place of torture and execution for criminals and heretics.

    Torture devices were used in the White Tower to gather information from prisoners in regards to possible revolts or threats to the royal crown. The Rack was one of the more common torture devices.  The victim was placed on a slab, their arms and legs tied at either end, and then stretched until their joints dislocated.  Another common practice was to hang a prisoner by their wrists in shackles bolted into a wall. The block and axe were commonly used to decapitate uncooperative prisoners.  The Skeffinton Irons were also used to completely crush a prisoner if they did not comply with the demands of the interrogator.  In the 17th Century, torture was dubbed as far too cruel for society and outlawed.

    The White Tower stands today adjacent to the Thames River.  It is more of a museum and attracts tourists from all over the world.  A visitor can see the vast collection of weapons the castle had collected through the centuries along with Medieval Armor from past kings.

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