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THE 2020 MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL STORY LINE

THE 2020 MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL STORY LINE

1534: THE KING AND COURTLY LOVE

 

            Unique among most festivals, including renaissance festivals, the Maryland Renaissance Festival utilizes a story line and progresses each year forward in the timeline of Henry VIII, through all his reign and all six of his wives.  This season the year is 1534, and as ever, the King’s love life is the source of gossip.

 

            With his courtiers in tow, Henry has come to the countryside to visit Revel Grove which is celebrating its annual harvest festival with much gayety and merriment.  Queen Anne Boleyn is not in attendance. After the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth in 1533, Henry was jubilant that the queen was once again pregnant and would finally give him his long-desired male heir. Alas, the queen miscarried in the summer and is not accompanying the king on this Royal Progress. Instead, Henry is engaging in the game of courtly love with a captivating young woman only known to history as ‘the Imperial Lady’.  Is this a harmless flirtation? Is Anne losing her influence with the King? Anne’s enemies at court certainly hope that is true!  The King, however, is just enjoying the pastimes available in Revel Grove.

            The Royal Intrigue is just one aspect of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, set in the Village of Revel Grove where visitors can find all manner of amusement, feasting and shops galore.  More than 200 performers fill ten stages and taverns as well as the streets of the village with continuous entertainment.  A three thousand seat jousting arena host authentic combat joust thrice daily as well as other large exhibitions.  More than 140 merchants fill their shops with their predominately handcrafted wares by the artisan in the shop, as well as various demonstrating shops creating treasures before your eyes.  Forty-two food and beverage emporiums and five taverns create a feast throughout the village to sate your appetite and quench your thirst.

            Special admission pricing reduces tickets for all customers the first three weekends from August 29th through September 13th.  No coupons or special purchases required.  The remaining six weekends from September 19th through October 25th are peak season with full price admission in effect.  Visit www.MarylandRenaissanceFestival.com for full information on tickets, special event information, scheduling and all your event planning needs.

LET MERRIMENT ABOUND

WITH ENTERTAINMENT, FEASTING AND CRAFTS FOR ALL!