25th anniversary


Port Deptford


B elow, you will find a number of essays on various topics having to do with the Renaissance; some are Faire-specific, some are not. All are presented for the edification of our members and the general public.

Please contact the Webmaster if you have an essay you would like to include.


Games and Gambling in the Elizabethan Era
a collection of day to day pas'times
compiled by Lynda Clinton

Victuals During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I
a brief discourse of what people ate
by Tracy Johnston

Food for Times of Want
on how nettles became a food, a possible explanation by Karen M. Cockrell (used by permission)

Renaissance Food and Drink Bibliography
compiled by Elizabeth Pruyn and Angela Grimes

Period Needlework
being a gener'l description of many fine textile crafts
by Helen Abramovitch

Mother Watkins' Textile Primer
being an essay on textiles for the middle class
by Kara McLeod

Peasant Life in Elizabethan England
By Richard Foss

Superstitions of the Elizabethan Era
by Richard Foss

Notes on Guilds and Professions
By Richard Foss

St. Ives' Costuming Guidelines

St. Ives' Membership Expectations

Faire Survival Guide
by Donna Flood

Character Planning Guide, Elizabethan Middle Class By Richard Foss

The Veneroso Rules (a.k.a. The Faire Brat Rules)
being an essay on successful parenting at Faire, by three of the most successful Faire Brats we know. Required reading for all St. Ives parents and highly endorsed by the St. Ives management team.
By Christina, Nick, and Teresa Veneroso

Tobacco is an Indian Weed
by King James VI of Scotland

By the Numbers
being a book review/commentary on Elizabethan economics and the plight of the Yeoman by Dewar Hastings