The Elizabethan Event
The text on which this book is based was originally written as a living history manual for the Elizabethan period. It has since been expanded and reworked to provide an introduction to Elizabethan daily life for the general-interest reader, but it can still be used for organizing a period event such as an Elizabethan fair, festival, or feast. It can also prepare the individual reader to participate in such an event.
For the individual preparing to take part in an event, the first steps will be to choose what sort of character you will be representing and to assemble an appropriate kit of personal equipment. A character towards the lower end of the social scale would be easier to portray well: an upper-class character would not only have expensive clothing but would probably be attended by a servant and would certainly be well versed in all manner of social graces. A minimum outfit for a man would be a shirt, hose, garters, Venetians, doublet, hat or cap, and shoes. For a woman, it would be a smock, petticoat, bodice, coif, and shoes. Depending on the circumstances of the event, you may also need to provide basic eating equipment such as a bowl and/or trencher, knife, spoon, and drinking vessel. To assist in this process, Appendix B lists suppliers of goods and materials useful for Elizabethan living history.
To host a successful event, you will need to attend to the following:
Define and Disseminate the Goals. First, decide precisely what you are trying to achieve, as this will govern the balance struck between practicality and