|Mini-Eliza #1 with a Lady of the Court|
Now onto my post! How historical festivals are in essence like time travel!
As a writer of historical fiction, historical and time travel romance, I have to breathe life into a time that no longer exists, dress up characters in costumes that are way out of date, have them speak in a way that is no longer common. Books can only tell you so much. Movies help sometimes--and other times they are grossly incorrect. Historical documentaries are a life saver!
But sometimes, you just want to travel through time. To enter a world where the people you write about come to life, and you walk and talk amongst them. And that is where historical festivals come in.
We have a Renaissance Festival that comes to our area for two months out of the year. They have their own grounds, replete with list fields, merchant houses, ale houses, and all other sorts of entertainments. Walking minstrels, shouting bards, jongleurs, knights, lords, ladies and even King Henry VIII and a couple of his wives are in attendance...
|Mini-Eliza #3 eating a giant turkey leg|
|Mini-Eliza #2 with a Courtier, who was |
extremely impressed with how she tore
right into that turkey leg
So in essence, attending the festival is like stepping into a live world of my book (minus the demons and faeries) and for several hours, I could pretend I'd travelled through time. I haven't yet been to a Celtic Festival or a Highland Games. There is a Celtic Festival coming to my area in April next year, which I fully intend on enjoying. And I've heard there is a Highland Games nearby as well, so I will have to look into that.
Do you enjoy going to festivals? What is your favorite part? What kind of festivals do you have near you?
PS.... I will be away from my computer most of that day, but will be checking in this evening!
Eliza is the author of historical romance and time travel erotic romance. She also writes historical fiction as Michelle Brandon. Visit her at http://www.elizaknight.com/, http://www.historyundressed.blogspot.com/ or http://www.authormichellebrandon.com/