Renaissance & Reformation

j.m. raymond By j.m. raymond, 14th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Have you ever visited a Renaissance Fair? This piece was inspired by such a visit this past spring.

The 16th Century... that age of Renaissance and Reformation; of Elizabeth, and Philip, Ferdinand and his holiness?, Charles V. It was the age of world conquering and nation building, that was largely responsible for creating the religio-socio-political climates and cultures present in Europe--and by extension, most of the rest of the world--even today.

Great thinkers and great doers walked the streets of the lowly villages and newly sprouting, newly well-to-do towns, those preludes to our modern urban, congealed conglomerates. It was a time when religion and world news were made available to the unwashed, unsanctified, unworthy at large due to the cheap and efficient reproduction methods of the printing press machines and as a result, John and Jane Q. Public felt empowered to throw off at least some small part of the yokes of their oppressors, be they lord, or state or church and began to have and to hold a modicum of self interest and self reliance.

New frontiers, new worlds were just waiting to be explored; though we must allow that certain individuals were, and some still are, wont to substitute conquered for explored. New inventions sprang into existence almost as if by magic. A new caste, or at least a growing class of merchants were garnering respectability and power. The Merchants Guild had begun procuring an abundance of goods for their customers, designed to cater to the pleasure nodes, or offer comfort, convenience or conformance.

The merchants, realizing the sheer abundance of their market, and the extent of their nouveau power, and the immutability of their stature as purveyors of "what the people want" held a secret enclave where many issues and their appropriate resolutions were discussed and hashed and rehashed and debated. Some of those discussions continue today between the merchants and their cousin guild, the Bankers. But, early on, the Merchants Guild was primarily concerned with longevity--a way to stay relevant throughout the ages, to keep abreast of changing times and continue to maintain their warehouses, and distribution centers and production facilities. Obviously, they, so far, have been quite successful.

But, as time passed, and new and different products were introduced to the markets, there arose a longing for things historical in the hearts of the purchasing public; a desire to return to a simpler time, a more direct means of interaction with the members of the Merchants Guild and a seeking of a festive atmosphere in which to spend their hard earned cash, most likely as a means of lessening the pain in surrendering said cash.

And thus, was born the idea for a Renaissance Festival, sometimes known as a Renaissance Fair. Although, you should know, because of the dearth of spelling rules in the halcyon days of the printing press, and because the language had been primarily spoken until that invention and there was neither a need for, nor a way to implement rigid regulations on a spoken language, the term "Fair" should in all likelihood, be spelled as F-A-R-E.


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author avatar drelayaraja
16th Jul 2010 (#)

Very informative share...

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