Carolina Renaissance Festival: Cast and Characters, pt 2

More informal portraits of cast and visitors from the 2019 Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Medieval Merchant 3
Medieval Merchant 3
Renaissance Character
Renaissance Character
Zilch the Torysteller
Zilch the Torysteller
Lord Mayor John Bullfrog
Lord Mayor John Bullfrog
Camel Handler
Camel Handler

Click here to see more compositions from the 2019 Carolina Renaissance Festival!

Cheers!

C. S.

Carolina Renaissance Festival: Sunflower Fairy

The Sunflower Fairy was a popular cast member among the young princess and fairy guests at the Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Sunflower Fairy 1
Sunflower Fairy 1
Sunflower Fairy 2
Sunflower Fairy 2

The image below is an impasto oil painterly emulation using Alien Skin’s Snap Art 4.

Sunflower Fairy 2
Sunflower Fairy 2 Impasto Oil Painting

To appreciate the brush strokes, thick paint strokes and canvas, click on the image above for a high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Carolina Renaissance Festival: Falconry Attraction

Compositions from the Sky Kings Falconry attraction at the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Aplomado Falcon and Handler 2
Aplomado Falcon and Handler 2
Aplomado Falcon and Handler 1
Aplomado Falcon and Handler 1
Black Vulture and Trainer 1
Black Vulture and Trainer 1
Black Vultures and Trainer 2
Black Vultures and Trainer 2 – Stylized
Renaissance Raven.tif
Renaissance Raven.tif
Laughing Kookaburra Duet
Laughing Kookaburra Duet

For the best viewing experience, click on an image for the high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Carolina Renaissance Festival: Medieval Merchants

These fair maiden portraits kick-off a series of posts from my early November visit to the Carolina Renaissance Festival. I navigated the festival with my Nikon and Profoto B2 with 2 ft Octa softbox. I alternated between the softbox on a ProMediaGear Boomerang on camera mount and off-camera boom pole mount.

Medieval Merchant 1
Medieval Merchant 1
Medieval Merchant 2
Medieval Merchant 2

Many more to come! For the best viewing experience, click on an image for a high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

CAROLINA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL PT III, the JOUST TOURNAMENT, 7 pics

The jousting tournament at the Carolina Renaissance Festival got me interested in learning more about the history of the joust.  So along with the photos of Sir Mauldron, Sir Maxmillian and Sir Edgeron of Aquataine, I’ve included a little background on jousting.

Sir Mauldon 2
Sir Mauldron 2

Jousting is the best known of the medieval tournament games or “hastilude”.  Its origins come from heavy cavalry tactics used in High Middle Ages  In earlier times, as in the Battle of Hastings (1066), Norman cavalry would ride up to the shield line of Saxon infantry and hurl a large spear.  This proved to be quite ineffective.  It was not until the undisciplined Saxons broke rank, that the Norman Cavalry would easily pick apart the vulnerable infantry.

Sir Maxmillian the Earl of Braden
Sir Maxmillian the Earl of Braden

Soon after, cavalry tactics adopted the longer speared lance.  Instead of being thrown by hand, the horseman held the lance fixed under their arm extending several feet in front of the horse.  Galloping at full speed, the horseman could deliver a devastating impact to shielded ground infantry.  This was very effective in softening enemy lines.

Sir Edgeron of Aquataine 2
Sir Edgeron of Aquataine 2

From the 11th to 14th centuries, jousters mostly competed as part of group; usually under the services of the king or local nobility.  Initially, these and other martial competitions were intended to train and prepare combatants in horsemanship and weapons handling – for their next military engagement.  But eventually they also became a popular form of business and entertainment.  The first “extreme sport”!

Sir Mauldon 3
Sir Mauldron 3

Wearing only chain-mail and a heavy metal helmet or “great helm”, jousters would ride directly at one another in an open field, many times colliding head-on, usually with devastating consequences.  Jousting continued until one of or both of the opponents were unhorsed.  Losing combatants would forfeit their horse, armor and weapons.

Sir Maxmillian the Earl of Braden 2
Sir Maxmillian the Earl of Braden 2

Later in the Late Middle Ages courtly ideals of chivalry prevailed.  The “pas d’armes” became a regulated chivalric hastilude, where it was considered dishonorable to take advantage of your opponent’s misfortune.  Tournaments, like other high court activities, became quite formal.  Challenges went out to noble landholders, who prepared their best knights for competition.   A few knights were not aligned to a king or nobleman and put themselves up for sale to the highest bidder.  They became known as “free-lancers”.  Ha!  How cool, I’m a freelancer!

Sir Edgeron of Aquataine
Sir Edgeron of Aquataine

During this period the “list” field or arena was improved.  A wooden “tilt” or wooden rail was introduced to separate the horses into lanes and allow the jouster to focus on lance placement.  Rules varied, but usually allowed points for a direct strike to the opposing knight’s shield or shoulder shield which in turn caused the lance to break.  Dislodging the opposing knight’s shield and even unhorsing him rendered additional points.  The last image below captures dislodged shields of Sir Edgeron and Sir Mauldron just after both made successful strikes with their lances.

Joust Course 3
Joust Course 3

Knights were not the only jousters, many nobility and even kings competed to showcase their bravery, skill and talents.  In 1559, King Henry II of France took a splintered lance in the eye and later died.  The introduction of firearms in the 16th century diminished the role of heavy cavalry and importance of jousting as a means of combat training.   Both of these events heralded the rapid decline of competitive jousting.

Thanks for the visit, I hope you enjoyed this post!