On November 7th and 8th, 60,000 students and educators came from all over the southeast Texas region, and even from Louisiana and Oklahoma, to participate in School Days, an event which is educationally focused.

We have competitions in theatre, music, art, science, essay, poetry, costume, and journalism. We are thrilled to present the work of the winners in journalism. What follows is news stories and photos entered from many really talented students. We are thrilled to work with such awesome kids and their teachers.

First place high school story: Shelby McVey, Willis High School

Emily Warren looks around the full arena, watching the excited eyes of the young children as they witness the knights joust, riding their horses back and forth through the mud. She can’t help the sense of nostalgia that passes over her, as this will be her last trip to the Renaissance Festival as a member of the yearbook staff. Wanting to make the most of this senior last, Warren sets her sights on the legendary giant swings, ready to experience that heart dropping feeling one last time.

On November 8th, 2017, members of the student media took their annual trip to the Texas Renaissance Festival for their School Days event. It is a chance for all ages to experience the wonder and magic that the Renaissance Festival provides. For the members of student media, it was a chance to harness their journalism and photography skills in order to participate in the contest that the Renaissance Festival holds each year, providing awards and scholarships for senior participants.

͞”The Ren Fest is full of so much activity and craziness, it is hard to remember everything we did,” Gabe Zapata said. “I was so tired by the end of it; I just wanted to go home.” The characters that litter the grounds of the Renaissance are ordered to stay in character, in order to bring the magic that the old days to a new generation of festival goers.  However, this isn͛’t always the case with the older crowds. “I thought the characters were a little bit creepy and a lot got out of character when we would talk to them or ask questions,” Karyme Puente said. “But honestly, it was really cool to see the lives of the people who love the Ren Fest so much that they want to be a part of it.”͟

With the fun of the Renaissance Festival, came the search for an award winning journalism piece. “I’m entering pictures for the contest, so I’m hoping that I win some kind of award,” Yoali Cervantes said. “I love taking pictures, and it would be so exciting to win. This year will prepare me for entering to win a scholarship next year.”For Warren, this would be her last year to make an attempt at the gold medal that the contest winners receive, and hopefully have a scholarship accompany it. “I’m competing in the photography section,” Warren said. “This means taking pictures of the characters, the pretty sculptures and statues, and the amazing shows that the actors perform. ͟Delicious food, magical sights, and old time gift shops were what littered the sidewalks of the festival, drawing in customers by the dozens. Some of my favorite parts were eating the Greek gyros, they were so delicious,” Warren said. “But I also enjoyed walking in the Magic Garden with my friends.”

͟The Renaissance Festival also brings old friends back together, reigniting the bond that was once broken by separation. “I got to see my friend who works at the festival now,” Jocelyn Dow said. “He graduated last year and I haven’t gotten the chance to really see him since then. It was really nice to catch up after so long.”

͟Getting out of school for the day was a perk the student media got to enjoy, even having most of their good friends to enjoy the day with. “I loved being able to be out of school and still be with my friends,” Amberly Nye said. For the seniors, the Renaissance Festival was one of the many senior lasts that their last year of high school brings.

First place junior high story: Ryan Dagley, Barbers Hill MS South

The Grand Joust

On November 08, 2017, we took a trip back in time to the Renaissance era and got to

experience what the Europeans did during that time. The festival was full of merchants and traders selling goods such as jewelry, weapons, and foods to the visitors looking for a nice deal. The festival correctly portrayed how productive and innovative the Europeans were with engineering and finding new forms of entertainment, and really provides a fun and educational experience for people of all ages. One of the first things I saw when I got there was the great joust. It was a battle between separated families, man versus woman. At first, the announcer was just talking to us about who would be fighting. Then the jousters proceeded to show their skill by grabbing hard to get rings with their lances. After that was over, the real excitement began as the contestants began to joust, but they get blocked and miss the first few tries. The woman connected with a crushing blow and sent Sir Thomas flying backwards to the ground. As she came back for the finishing blow, Sir Thomas was able to counter and grab her lance pulling her off of her mighty horse. Shaken but not stirred, they continued this glorious battle by picking up swords and fighting in gladiator-like fashion. Sir Thomas was able to regroup and land a few blows, but the woman came back and slashed Sir Thomas in the stomach ending the battle to the death.

The Renaissance festival is full of many sights and wonders that truly show us the major development that Europe went through during those years, rather than just being told what happened in the classroom. The festival and its activities are perfect for anyone who likes history and would like to learn more about it to increase their knowledge. The perfect place to begin your jump back in time and really get into character is the joust that provides great entertainment as it has throughout history and will continue through the generations.

Second place high school story, Nadia Bosquez, Poth HS

Come One, Come All to the Texas Renaissance Festival

Students enrolled in dual-credit English, and Art II at Poth High School made the nearly four hour drive to the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, Texas. Although these students were called to visit the festival for academic purposes, there were many attractions that the students enjoyed as well. The festival grounds cover approximately 55 acres of land. Jousting, sword fighting, shops, and food vendors were among the activities that students enjoyed during their five hour trip. The jousting portion consisted of two competitors, one representing the side of England and the other representing France. After a steady battle, the French side proved victorious in both jousting and sword fighting. The 55 acres of land that the Renaissance Festival are occupied mainly by shops in which visitors can purchase items similar to those used and made during the renaissance era. From attire during the middle ages to replicas of weaponry, there was definitely a wide variety of items to purchase for the majority of interests that the festival’s visitors had.

In between all the shopping visitors are bound to work up an appetite. The festival was not shy in providing its visitors with many eating options to decide from. Many of the students enjoyed corn dogs, turkey legs, pizza, pickles, funnel cakes, and even ice cream. Aside from normal fountain drinks and water, frozen lemonade made an appearances in a normal and king size.

In conclusion, the Texas Renaissance Festival was a n experience that the students of Poth High School enjoyed. The English and Art students were able to gain a deeper understanding of how people experienced the renaissance era.

 

Second place, junior high story, Claire Barnard, Barbers Hill MS South

Show-stopping Birds of Prey

The performance was stunningly interesting and absolutely spectacular. Sir Robert Chessman, the act’s amazing bird handler, acted as if this was nothing but a piece of cake. He hopes to educate his audience by stating and showing facts. He also encourages listeners and watchers to never try to harm, hunt, and trap the beautiful birds of prey. Chessman educated his audience about the following birds, Igore, the Black Vulture, Luna, the Great Horned Owl, Mario, the Red-Tailed Hawk, Ed, the African Whiteback Vulture, and Orion, the African Augur Buzzard. These fascinating birds completely shocked the crowd and left us in awe. These animals were well trained to perfection. Some of them had a sense of smell and could see in color! The birds all had an intelligence level equivalent to a three year old child. Chessman cracked many jokes which added to the mood of enjoyment. Chessman also displayed many suspenseful tricks that you most likely will never see just on a regular basis. One of the birds he showed was the only one that had ever severely hurt him before. This bird devoured a chicken drumstick in under ten seconds, and that drumstick was in Chessman’s hand!

Would you like to encounter the presence of spectacular birds that are going extinct? This performance was certainly entertaining and pleasant to experience. The act was surely worth my time and was not wasted. I was left in a sense of admiration and awe.

Third place, high school story, Maddy Palacios, Poth HS

Poth High Students Visit the Renaissance

On November 7th, Dr. Tiffany K. Polasek and her students made the three and a half hour drive to Todd Mission, Texas. This year, Dr. Polasek’s Dual Credit English classes wrote essays to turn in to the high school essay competition for the Renaissance Festival. Abby Zaiontz, a senior in Dr. Polasek’s class won second place in the competition, and Brock Kerby, Junior, took first. Zachary Hoover, a Junior, was also a participant in the costume making competition. Dr. Polasek applied for a scholarship with the Texas Renaissance Festival, won it, and received a numerous amount of free entry tickets that were used for her students and the Poth High school’s Art class led by Mrs. Kristen Pruski. Travel was graciously paid for by a grant given to Dr. Polasek by the Poth Education Foundation as well. Visiting the Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission  has been an ongoing tradition for Dr. Polasek for numerous years. Activities such as these benefit students positively because not only do they have fun exploring different events all day, but also get to learn a little bit about how life was back during the Renaissance Era. Both teachers hoped this experience was as entertaining as it was educational to further the students’ knowledge about a day in the life during the Renaissance.

Third place, junior high story, Kami Taylor, Barbers Hill MS South

The Cotton Spinner

Her hands moved as swiftly as a machine, so perfect and clean it was unbelievable. Katherine was her name, a name that seemed as if it was made just for her. Katherine spun cotton so very gracefully. It was like nothing I had ever seen before, I was mesmerized. She was an old, light hearted woman with a smile that you could see from a mile away. In a very soft but raspy voice she said, “Well hello there, do you want to learn a little about my life?” I whispered, ”yes.” She intrigued me; I had never seen a person with such joy in their eyes over something so simple as just being there, so she started to show me how to spin cotton. Her worn down hands glided across the cotton ever so delicately. I just stared at her in awe, her hands moved so perfectly and her mind so focused that she was in a different place. At the end she let me try and it was really difficult, but she made it seem so easy. Katherine was like nothing I had ever seen before, but not just because she is good at what she does. Her old soul, her smile, and her happiness for even the simplest things made her different from everyone else.

The North Pole is absolutely bustling with activity as Father Christmas, Mother Christmas, and all the elves get ready for the big day. But it’s Celtic Christmas at the Texas Renaissance festival, so they are taking time out to visit and finalize last minute Christmas wishes. Here are a few of the jolly elves you might find as you enter the village this weekend!

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Maria Christina Kringle Christmas (Mother Christmas) is the CMO (Chief Magical Operating Officer) and Sr. Vice President, Elf Relations for Christmas Town Inc., a division of North Pole Enterprises.  A scion of the famous Kringle family, one of the last toy makers to the king, she and her husband Nicholas are well-known in holiday circles and oversee the vast North Pole Enterprises holdings. While Nicholas is the face of the company, it is Maria Christina who keeps the empire running smoothly.

Moishe Menorawitz is New Market’s resident small miracle worker, here at the festival with his wife/lovely assistant Golda. They are taking a break from their usual miracle working to help their good friends and bridge partners, Mother and Father Christmas. Moishe and Golda love getting in the holiday spirit, even if they are having a hard time getting “Celtic Chanukah” to catch on.

Stich works hard all day long making spectacular clothing for all the children. She makes sure to visit all the centers of culture and the hottest runway shows to make sure all her designs are on fleek. Make sure you bring your favorite costume to the contest at 2 of the clock at the arena!

Agnes works in research and development. She helps to design everything from toys to sleigh enhancements. She prefers to be called Aggie as she is only called Agnes when she is in trouble, which is often. If you have any great ideas for toys be sure to find Agnes and she will sketch it out to take back and prototype at the North Pole!

Sugar and Spice make everything nice!! They are in charge of the production and distribution of all the candy here in New Market Village. They love to sing, dance and tell stories in their free time.

Crayon is a thoughtful artist who has a keen eye for detail and illustrates each Christmas card with passion. She can be found accompanied with her ferret friend, Cinnamon. Crayon also loves to play and sometimes dance.

Ichipop is a boisterous elf who loves wrapping paper and ribbons. This makes her perfect for making sure all of the Christmas presents are expertly wrapped. You will likely find her ribbons all over the festival. Her influence reaches from Italy to Spain and even England. The “secret” underground candy cartel is her true passion, though. Exotic chocolates and strange taffies find their way into Christmas presents all around the world….the first one is free…

Snail spends her days tending to the gardens and nurseries of the North Pole, ensuring all the poinsettias are the pointiest and the Christmas trees are in tip top shape for the season. Unfortunately, she has severe allergies to the the plants she works with so she always seems to be sniffling. But she always makes the best of it and hopes everyone will enjoy the work that her and her green thumbs have done to make Christmas the best time of the year!

Yukon Cornwilliam is the greatest prospector of the North! He has stumbled his way to New Market Village with his rag-tag band of Sled Dogs and his very own Baby Bumble! Together they are all here to strike it rich for Silver and Gold, but now he also assisting Mother Christmas and the elves with their peppermint mine operation.

Sparkle DeGlitter is finally in charge of decorations after so many years on probation. But when you’re a Transylvanian elf, you’re expected to be on the naughty list.

Peppy is like totally the cheerleader in the group. I mean she like spreads the Christmas cheer. You can totally come join and be part of her cheer squad we are always looking for noise-makers and woo girls to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in everyone’s hearts!

And Jingles…well…Jingles is just herself.

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All photos by Steven David, Houston Event Photos

It’s time to don your plaids and replenish your whiskey- Highland Fling is this weekend! And whether you can claim Scots heritage in truth or whether you claim it because it’s uamhnach (that’s awesome in the Gaelic) matters not, because we’re all ready for a ceilidh!

Meet the characters who will be ready to greet you and make your day the best:

The Bonnie Prince Charlie calls to arms all Scots to rise up for his father’s rightful place on the throne of England, Scotland, Ireland, and everywhere else that’s important. Prince Charles Edward Stuart is frequently referred to as “The Bonnie Prince” as he is well known for his charm, ambition, and ability to convince others to assist him, even against their better judgement. Charles acts from his heart, when he makes a decision there is nobody that can convince him otherwise. As a head-strong, tactical, man of nobility Charles plans to lead the Scottish Jacobite rebellion and make his name known in the future.

At his lordship’s side be the Countess Aylth Frasier, long time friend of the crown and independent business owner, who’s very proud of all her ladies.

A 007 spy and assassin for the Jacobite cause, Isabella MacKenzie, is a spirited young lass who has a overall hatred for love and all things girly, including her dress, and definitely doesn’t understand the overall concept of etiquette.

Robert Elspeth, Laird Toombs, has never been defeated on the field of honor, for he is a superior swordsman (and a dirty fighter.) He serves Prince Charles as his champion and trouble-shooter as a man of parts and many talents.

Clementina Walkinshaw has her eye on the prize: the Bonnie Prince Charles. She will do anything to stay on his arm as his mistress. Flirtatious, witty, and cute, Clementina knows how to use her feminine wiles to get what she wants.

Hamish (Haggis) MacGregor, piper to the House of Stuart, Hamish, likes long walks in the park, bagpipes, whisky and sheep, in that order. We don’t know where he came from; he either just showed up one day or came with the castle….we’re just not sure.

Lady Marian Ferguson, a huge Jacobite supporter, has her eye on the Bonnie Prince. However, her beauty, wit, and wealth mask a dark past which includes many deceased husbands (all who have died via “horrible accidents”…or so she claims).

Cael Leslie is an excommunicated Priest who has found his place on the battlefield. He was summoned specially by King James Stuart to recruit forces, train soldiers and otherwise aid Prince Charles and the Jacobite cause by any means necessary. Unfortunately, Cael’s uncontrollable thirst and excessive drinking thwarts any real success.

Kenneth Mackenzie has been appointed to Lord of the Grounds. He spends his time making sure that his guests are enjoying their leisure. Kenneth loves to dance! When he hears a fitting tune, he will happily join in the revelry.

Prince Henry, the Bonnie Prince Charlie’s brother, is a very bitter young man )even though he’s not interested in the crown) and takes an active part in the church. He feels that the bonny Prince gets too much attention and any chance he gets to challenge his brother the fight is always accepted.

Flora Margaret Rose MacKenzie MacDonald, Master at Arms for Bonnie Prince Charlie, is a close Family friend to the Bonnie Prince Charles and the Jacobite cause.

Katharine Wallace is the descendent of William Wallace and the royal seamstress to the Bonnie prince Charlie. She hopes to do her ancestor proud by helping the Stuarts take the English throne, and making clothes for kings and queens .

 

Photos by Steven David, Houston Event Photography

Heroes

Photo Credit Steven David

Our deepest apologies, those meddlesome villains somehow got the drop on this blog post, but they got caught up monologuing and were easily dispatched.

His Royal Majesty and his Queen have summoned some of the most powerful Heroes and Villains to do battle at the Texas Renaissance Festival for your enjoyment. Each team must compete daily in a Best of Five series for supremacy. The team that comes out on top will have their every wish granted. Choose your side.

–Heroes–

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Team Captain Black Knight is the best hero ever and definitely not Bruce Wayne

Merlin

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Merlin the Magnificent was summoned to advise the Black Knight and guide his team toward victory. His experience advising kings like Arthur have prepared him for all the worst the Villains have in store.

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Alice is still unsure why she’s here, where here is, and even occasionally who she is. Today (because she was a different person yesterday) she is the wandering whimsy that in the last moment comes out victorious, if entirely accidental. In the meantime, she will continue her research on dimensions existing outside of time and maybe trip on air and kill a monster or two.

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Peter Pan is the boy who never grew up! Growing up is a trap! He would much rather go on adventures with his lost boys allied with the free people of Neverland to fight the pirates.

Dorothy

Photo Credit Steven David

Dorothy Gale is no stranger to foreign lands. She is excited to explore New Market and looks forward to making lots of new friends on this journey!

–Villains–

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Team captain The Cat – The Queen of Crime, the Princess of Plunder, the femme fatale herself, in the fur. She’s no ordinary thief, she’s a spectacular one.

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The Queen of Hearts is here to take heads and eat tarts, and someone stole her tarts! Listen for her screaming if you dare to seek her out.

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Morgana Le Fay is High Priestess of Avalon, queen, wielder of great and powerful magic, sorceress of the highest pedigree. If you don’t like her, remember it is all Merlin’s fault.

Elphaba

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Elphaba Thropp ruler of Western Oz, widely and inaccurately known as the Wicked Witch of the West, is only seeking justice and what is by all rights her inheritance. She often wonders in what world are people who steal considered the Hero?

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Captain James Hook is a gentleman pirate, summoned to bring a sharp wit and even sharper hook to the already formidable cadre of villainy. If you’re looking for a seafaring scoundrel with class, look no further.

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His Royal Majesty and his Queen have summoned a representative sample of the most powerful Antagonists and ‘Heroes’ to do battle at the Texas Renaissance Festival for your enjoyment. Each team must compete daily in a Best of Five series for supremacy. The team that comes out on top will have their every wish granted. Choose your side.

–The Antagonists–

Dark Knight and Cat

Photo Credit Steven David

Team captain The Cat – The Queen of Crime, the Princess of Plunder, the femme fatale herself, in the fur. She’s no ordinary thief, she’s a spectacular one.

Red Queen

Photo Credit Steven David

The Queen of Hearts is here to take heads and eat tarts, and someone stole her tarts! Listen for her screaming if you dare to seek her out.

Morgan La Fey Captain Hook

Photo Credit Steven David

Morgana Le Fay is High Priestess of Avalon, queen, wielder of great and powerful magic, sorceress of the highest pedigree. If you don’t like her, remember it is all Merlin’s fault.

Captain James Hook is a gentleman pirate, summoned to bring a sharp wit and even sharper hook to the already formidable cadre of villainy. If you’re looking for a seafaring scoundrel with class, look no further.

Wicked Witch

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Elphaba Thropp ruler of Western Oz, widely and inaccurately known as the Wicked Witch of the West, is only seeking justice and what is by all rights her inheritance. She often wonders in what world are people who steal considered the Hero?

–The Meddlers ‘Heroes’–

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Team Captain Black Knight, his sigil being a black bat on a yellow field, is nothing more than a rat with wings. It will be all too easy for The Cat to control this little pest problem.

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Merlin the Magnificent is physically incapable of leaving well enough alone unless he is encased in a boulder. His involvement is the cause of innumerable catastrophes, proving that it is indeed all his fault.

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Alice is the epitome of everything wrong with today’s youth. She is so entitled that she doesn’t even think of working hard to accomplish her goals, she simply waits to be presented with food and or drink to solve her problems!

Peter Pan

Photo Credit Steven David

Peter Pan is, perhaps, the most annoying child ever to have existed. After meeting this Pan, you will wonder how you ever thought Captain Hook was the Villain, and you might extend that same pattern of thought to other stories.

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Dorothy Gale is no stranger to foreign lands. Watch out for your valuables and keep in close contact with your loved ones as she is a known criminal throughout Oz.

MEET THE GERMAN COURT

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Waiting to welcome you to a fantastic Octoberfest, the German Court will be hosting our first weekend of the season.

The long-suffering head of the German Court, Duke Johann von Cleves III is a loving husband and doting father. He is a fair-minded ruler who always seeks the via media in any dispute. He is frequently seen chatting with his chief adviser: the eagle head on his staff.

His wife, the Duchess Maria von Cleves is a quirky, inquisitive lady who loves to sing. Sibylle von Cleves is their eldest daughter. Although a princess,she is more likely to be found out in the garden, helping make her native Bavaria more beautiful. Princess Anne von Cleves is not content with merely being royal; she has set her signs on becoming a queen, no matter what it takes. Her ambition is matched only by her fierce competitiveness, which can be seen as she leads cheers at the Jousting Arena.

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The most outrageous, beautiful,talented, and crazy of her sisters, Princess Amalia von Cleves is madly in love with her jousting knight Sir Otto, but can still be seen stealing the heart of every man who crosses her path. Prince Wilhelm von Cleves is the Duke and Duchess’ only son. He is a studious soul with his head often stuck in the clouds. Princess Liesl Scharlachrot von Cleves is the youngest, and obsessed with finding the wolf she believes killed her grandmother.

 

 

Rounding out the court is Baronness Bernadine Munchausen, a vivacious, out-going teller of tales who has led a very adventurous life, which she will eagerly share. Helga von Ballbrech is a cousin to the von Cleeves, outgoing and sweet, but not  all there. She tends to live in her own little world. World-famous (at least in her own mind) opera soprano Gretchen Webber can often be heard with her beautiful voice raised in song.

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Finally, and very importantly, Hans is the renowned maker of Zeigenbock and winner of the annual “Hold My Stein, Watch This” competition and a master of the drunken martial art of Beer Chi. Come celebrate a Sparkle Party with him and his pladdle squad.

All of the Royal German Court are eager to welcome you to the “Best Octoberfest EVER” the weekend of September 30th and October 1st. Lift up your cares, and your stein!

 

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The most timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly court you will meet in New Market is undoubtedly the English. Um, French. Er, Frenglish? Englance? When you have the Doctor in your court, anything can happen! As a Time Lord, the Doctor has proven to be a very interesting addition to the festivities, and although desperate to find his Tardis, manages to entertain the court in his role as chief alchemist.

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Thanks to losing a bet to the king of France, King Henry VIII is taking care of several French princesses. The Princesses Madeleine and Margaret of Valois have come, with Madeleine sharing her love of dance in the lane near The Globe, and Margaret showing her martial spirit as she encourages her knight at the joust. They are accompanied by the beautiful (and rich!) Lady Vivienne LeBouff, who also enthusiastically leads her fellow Frenchies in supporting their side at the joust when not gossiping or spreading fashion advice.

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The English court of course revolves around their adored (or else!) sovereign, Henry VIII, by the grace of God King of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the faith, and of the Church of England and Ireland in Earth supreme head. Whew. Having lost his beloved Jane, Henry finds himself once again a single man. Henry’s eldest child, Princess Mary, is once again in her father’s good graces, and is a gracious ornament to the court. Time will tell if she is able to stay in favor with her volatile father.

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His former in-laws, Sir John and Lady Margaret Seymour, keep a close eye on all the court doings, with John ever-ready to tell a tale of his exploits, and Margaret busy with planning for tea and watching their grandson Prince Edward. Alas, lacking a title, they will enlist visitors in their quest to receive one from Henry. Henry’s niece, Lady Margaret Douglas, has joined the court from her home in Scotland in order to spread her love of haggis, whiskey, and making fun of the French. She and  Henry’s former sister-in-law, Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, will cheer for the English champion at the joust. Lady Rochford is well known for her love of merriment, and is always up for, how do you say, a good time.

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Lovely and ambitious, Lady Lucy Somerset  seems particularly interested in Henry’s search for a new wife. The wife of Henry’s physician, Lady Margaret Bacon-Butts, is an enthusiastic lover of all things bacon, and can be seen having a chin wag with Lady Seymour as they discuss the scandals of the day.

Clad in scarlet and busily marrying happy couples, the jovial  Bishop of Bath and Wells is often in procession with the joyful wedding parties as they parade to their marriage venue.

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Although most often found at Dance School, the brothers Howard, His Grace Thomas,  Duke of Norfolk, and his younger brother Edward come to visit their friends and family in the English court as often as they can. As Lord of the Dance, Thomas is called upon to help with court dances, while Edward is always up for a romp with his old buddy “Hank”, as he calls him.

Barring their attendance at a wedding, the hospitable English serve tea at 3:30 and invite all and sundry to come and sip some Earl Grey and nibble a Jammie Dodger.