Tamuri’L the Elf

Robin Allen walks, talks, and breathes the magical Renaissance lifestyle. She is most often found wandering the woods of Sherwood Forest Faire in Texas with her adorable little white horse AlassA. If her Elven speech is a bit difficult to navigate, we have provided a translation for your convienience . And now, an interview with Tamuri’L the Elf…
Tamuri'L and AlassA

Tamuri’L and AlassA

1. What is your name, and do you have a Faire name?
Me lovely Kimberly, me name be Tamuri’L which tis actually me “Real Name” of Robin in thy Elven Language and nay… this Elf doth not hath a true Faire name such as Others but I doth cometh with sub-titles such as “Robin thy Elf”, “Robin thy Ruthless” plus many more that would be best not to write of  *as the Elf winks*  but me Close Friends and King calleth meself just “Elf”.  https://www.facebook.com/Robin.the.Avariel.Elf
 
Translation:  
My lovely Kimberly, my name is Tamuri’L which is actually my “Real Name” of Robin in the Elven Language and no, I do not have a true Faire name like Others but I do come with sub-titles such as “Robin the Elf”, “Robin the Ruthless” plus many more that would not be best to write *as the Elf winks* but my Close Friends and King do call me just “Elf”.  https://www.facebook.com/Robin.the.Avariel.Elf
Tamuri'L

Tamuri’L

2. Tell us about your first experience going to a Renaissance Faire.
me first experience of thy Rennaissance to becometh part of me Life twas really when meself started dressing for such… this Elf hath always been Elven from thy start with me adorned ears, which be very rare cause most hand in their adorned ears to go onward to some other Character mayhaps *the Elf shrugs* … But as meself started dressing, as only a Playtron, tis when meself felt that I really “fit-in” to thy scene of … for then, thy children becometh grand wonderment of meself and thy Others of Renn started to notice this Elf and acknowledging meself as One of them and their own World …
 
Translation:
my first experience of the Renaissance that became a part of my Life was really when I started dressing for it… I have always been Elven from the start with Elven ears, which is very rare because most people hand in their Elven ears to become some other Character usually *the Elf shrugs* … But when I started dressing, even as only a Playtron, was when I felt that I really “fit-in” with the Renaissance … then, the children showed grand wonderment of me and the Others of Renaissance started to notice me and even acknowledging me as One of them and the Renaissance World.
Tamuri'L

Tamuri’L

 
3. How long have you been a regular at Renaissance Faires?
mmm … I believe this Elf hath been runneth through thy Faires since about Season 1999 or 2000 … so in actuality this Elf hath runneth as meself for about 13 to 14 Seasons  … with meself in wings, would be since thy opening of me loved home Faire of Sherwood Forest …
 
Translation:
hmmm ,… I think I have been running through the Faires since about Year 1999 or 2000 … so in actuality I have been running as an Elf for about 13 to 14 Years … with my wings, it would be since the opening Year of my loved home Faire of Sherwood Forest …
 
4. Where is your home Faire?
me home Faire of Sherwood Forest be in thy little wee Village of McDade, in thy Kingdom of Texas … tis about 30 minutes thy East-side of Elgin heading to thy large Village of Houston … http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com/
 
Translation:
my home Faire be Sherwood Forest and is in the City of McDade Texas … which is about 30 minutes East of Elgin Texas headed towards Houston Texas … http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com/
5. Tell us about your little white horse.
ah … *as the Elf’s face lights up * me loved AlassA … 
twas a most wonderful gift from me King Richard  … her name of AlassA tis Elven for thy “Winged One” or “Wings” and she shall becometh every child’s Dream Horse name of Pegasus. She shall grow her wings upon her age for, of course, as Pegasus takes much Time for their wings to showeth … she be a Mare about six seasons of age and a white miniature horse that twas housed with me King’s large Percheron horses … *the Elf puts her hand to her lips* but she actually be an Appaloosa under all thy white color … *the Elf laughs out loud* and may only be seen when she be a wet noodle in a bath! 
 
We hath grand plans for she … for she be not only thy newest Clan Member of all Clans, but also be in our Volunteer Marketing Department … AlassA shall be seen everywheres, at anytime, during all Faire’s meself attends but also on thy streets for our parades and special events … this Elf need sayeth that her story mayhaps be followed at https://www.facebook.com/AlassA.Project
 
Translation:
oh … *as the Elf’s face lights up* my loved AlassA …
she is the most wonderful gift from my King Richard … her name AlassA is Elven for the “Winged One” or “Wings” and she shall be every child’s Dream Horse named Pegasus. She shall grow wings at the age expected, of course, as it takes Time before a Pegasus grows them … she is a Mare about six years old and is a white miniature horse that was housed with my King’s Percheron horses … *the Elf puts her hand to her lips*  but she is really an Appaloosa under the white coat … *the Elf laughs out loud*  and her spots can only be seen during a bath!
 
We have grand plans for her … she is not only the newest member of all Clans, but also is a member in our Volunteer Marketing Department … AlassA shall be seen every where, always, during any Faire’s I might attend but also on the streets in our parades and special events we market at … I also have her story available for following at https://www.facebook.com/AlassA.Project
AlassA and Tamuri'L

AlassA and Tamuri’L

6. What do you love most about being at Faire?
thy Faire itself M’Lady … all of such  *the Elf winks*  inside thy gates of thy Renaissance Faire be a most grand land of Fantasy and Wonderment … such an atmosphere takes this Elf away from me own harsh Reality of “Real Life” and meself may be with any child, adult, or friend in me own wonderful personae  … tis very, very rare this Elf goes to thy back-side of any Faire for tis a bubble-popper then in me own Heart as well … and whom would want that to happen when ye be meself and hathing so much grand fun?!?
 
Translation:
the Faire itself my Lady … all of it *the Elf winks* inside the gates of any Renaissance Faire is a grand land of Fantasy and Wonderment … in such an atmosphere it takes me away from my own harsh Reality of “Real Life” and I can be with any child, adult, or friend in my own Character Personae … it is very, very rare that even I go to the back of any Faire because it pops my bubble of happiness in my own Heart … and who would want that to happen when being an Elf and having so much fun?!?
 
7. How did your character come about? You are Elven?
aye… am Elven through and through !  
me Character as an Avariel Elf twas actually an accident to sayeth truthfully *the Elf smiles and chuckles* this Elf hath an image in me own head of how me wanted wings, like thy Faeries, only better … soes meself researched different Elves and happened across thy very, very rare and unknown Avariel Elven Race, whom hath fought above Centaur in Fables … through thy Internet, that Elf twas actually known more-so through thy Gaming World. Upon researching thy Race I found that thy blue-eyed and auburn-haired Avariels hath same color of wings (which fit thy color me hath in mind and me own natural coloring) and were considered “throw-backs” of their Race … thy main Avariels were actually blue-eyed and white-haired with white wings … 
 
upon researching, this Elf also found that thy Gaming World twas accommodated through Cons and CosPlays and we hath begun thy Volunteer Marketing Department … we wanted into those Events and Tamuri’L fit in nicely for our introduction of Sherwood Forest into such… even this Elf met me “Maker” of thy Avariel Elf in thy Gaming World and he about fell off thy balcony as he met meself … he sayeth that this Elf hath done wonders to bring her to Life … which me hath, of course.
 
Translation:
yes … I am Elven through and through !
my Character as an Avariel Elf was actually an accident to say truthfully *the Elf smiles and chuckles* I had an image in my head of how the wings would look. like the Faeries, only better … so I researched different Elves and came across the very, very rare and unknown Avariel Elven Race, who had fought above Centaur in Tales … through the Internet, the Avariel Elf was actually known more-so through the Gaming World. Upon researching the Race I found the blue-eyed and auburn-haired Avariels had the same color wings (which fit the color I had in mind and my own natural coloring) and were considered the “throw-backs” of that Elven Race … the main Avariels were actually blue-eyed and white-haired with white wings …
 
upon researching, I also found that the Gaming World was accommodated through Cons and CosPlays and we had begun the Volunteer Marketing Department … we wanted into those Events and Tamuri’L filled in nicely for our introduction of Sherwood Forest … even I met my “Maker” of the Avariel Elf in the Gaming World and he almost fell off the balcony as he met me … he said that I had done wonders in bringing that Elf to Life … which I had, of course. 
Centaur and Tamuri'L

Centaur and Tamuri’L

 
8. What are your favorite things to do when you are at Faire?
mmm … inside gates this Elf loves to roam … listening to thy shows on stage and visiting everyone whom knoweth meself, but thy bestest?  tis would be thy children’s faces as they learn of thy Warrior Elf of meself and thy Wars me hath fought with Centaur to save thy children and thy Fabled… meself loves to sit and watch thy children bestest, for sure *as the Elf smiles with a faraway look in her eyes*
 
outside gates during thy Faire?  thy drumming and Clans … meself be drummer, did ye knoweth such? … and this Elf removes me wings only to drum all night and put everyone to far sleep … tis very tribal and close to me Elven Heart !
 
Translation:
hmm … inside gates I love to roam … I listen to the shows on stage and visiting everyone who knows myself. but the best? would be the children’s faces as they learn of the Warrior Avariel Elf and the Wars I have fought with Centaur to save the children and the Tales … I love to sit and watch the children the best, for sure *as the Elf smiles with a faraway look in her eyes*
 
outside of the gates during Faire?  the drumming and the Clans … I’m a drummer, did you know? … and I remove my wings only to drum all night and put everyone else to deep sleep … it is very tribal and close in my Heart !
 
9. What is your occupation in the mundane world?
*the Elf bursts out laughing*  this Elf be very, very lucky actually M’Lady … for this Elf hath no other occupation but meself as an Avariel and Magically making me King’s requests cometh into Reality …  this Elf also builds and maintains thy new networking in Facebook that Sherwood Forest Community requested for … 
 
Translation:
*the Elf bursts out laughing*  I’m very, very lucky actually my Lady … for I have no other occupation but being an Avariel Elf and Magically making my King’s requests into Reality … I also build and maintain the new networking in Facebook that Sherwood Forest Community requested …
Tamuri'L

Tamuri’L

 
10. Tell us about your volunteer work at Faire?
this Elf be Messenger to thy King Richard during Faire and also out on thy streets … meself am Volunteer to get word out of our Woods with thy material supplied by me Faire … Sherwood Forest Faire be runneth by about 82% Volunteers as we leave our 5th successful Season … this Elf hath helped build a permanent list of Parades and Cons that Volunteers appear at each Season, along with thy Volunteers themselves by Recruitment … let alone thy taking of what we calleth “new ground” … and now thy new networking in Facebook, as this Elf be thy builder and maintainer of such as well … https://www.facebook.com/robin.allen.18062
 
during Faire this Elf runneth messages to thy Merchants, Clans, Entertainers, Fabled for they themselves may not use thy faerie box … as well as helping thy Sherwood Forest Securities with gate closures, sometimes EMS if needed … plus getting our marketing material into thy hands of thy same said people and Clans … also a “type” mediator as needed by me King.
 
Translation:
I am Messenger to the King Richard during Faire and also out on the streets … I’m Volunteer to get the word out of our Woods with the material supplied by Faire … Sherwood Forest Faire is run by about 82% Volunteers as we leave our 5th successful Season … I have helped build a permanent list of Parades and Cons that Volunteers appear at each Season, along with the Volunteers themselves by Recruitment … let alone the taking of what we call “new ground” … and now the new networking in Facebook, as I am the builder and maintainer of as well … https://www.facebook.com/robin.allen.18062
 
during Faire I run messages to the Merchants, Clans, Entertainers, Fabled for they cannot use their cell phones .. as well as help the Sherwood Forest Securities with gate closures, sometimes EMS as needed … plus getting our marketing material into the hands of the same people and Clans … also a “type” of mediator as needed by my King.
 
11. What do you love the most about being at Renaissance Faire?
thy new Life it hath giveth meself … thy fact that meself makes people happy, especially children … thy whole atmosphere of thy Fantasy and Authentic World tis what this Elf wished thy whole Real World would be … thy one major thing ? me own position in thy scheme of all this … *as the Elf widens her hands to include all*  as this Elf knoweth thy Real World would be a much happier and better place if it could be as thy Renaissance Time-Table or Renaissance World be … thy fact that everyone be working and playing together as One, as Fairmily …
 
Translation: the new Life it has given myself … the fact that I’m able to make people happy, especially the children … the whole atmosphere of the Fantasy and Authentic World is what I wished the whole Real World would be … the one major thing ? my own position in the scheme of all of this *as the Elf widens her hands to include all* as I know the Real World would be a much happier and better place if it could be like the Renaissance Time-Table or Renaissance World … the fact that everyone works and plays together as One, as Fairmily …
Tamuri'L

Tamuri’L

12. Are you affiliated with any particular Clan?
mmm … aye … this Elf be of many Clans … all Clans … even Clans that shall becometh such … for meself be Elven and this Elf walks and speaks anywheres … even for a King whom Loves all … me home Clan be Clan Valhalla … for tis where me started all this Individualism and Path ….
 
Translation:
hmm .. yes … I am of many Clans … all Clans … even Clans that shall be in the Future … for I am Elven and I walk and speak anywhere … even for a King who Loves everyone … my home Clan is Clan Valhalla … as it is where I started all this Individualism and Path that I walk …
13. Anything else you would like to share with Ren Fest Experience?
this Elf would like to share with M’Lady Kimberly … that being an Elf tis me own Element, tis everything that me whole Life be, including me own Reality … this Elf be humbled but alive with thy knowledge that every time I step out as me Elven Self that am bringing to thy World more Magic than could be thought possible … that this Elf not only walks as Elven but speaks Elven and tis Elven … Elven be Me …
 
Translation:
I would like to share with my Lady Kimberly … that being an Elf is my Element, that it is everything that my whole Life is, including my Reality … I’m very humbled but alive with the experience every time I step out as an Elf that I am bringing to the World more Magic than could ever be thought possible … that I not only walk as Elven but speak Elven and am Elven … Elven I am …
Tamuri'L

Tamuri’L

 
14. Any parting words?
be it known that this Elf walks with Pride beside a King and amongst thy most loved Community for one purpose… for a Spring Faire to survive and becometh not only thy largest Faire in History but thy most Magical as well … tis Magic in these Woods *as the Elf spins around and points* and this Elf be part of that Magic Forever and Ever …
 
Translation:
I would like it known that I walk with Pride beside a King and among the most loved Community for one purpose … for a Spring Faire to survive and become not only the largest Faire in History but the most Magical … it’s Magic in these Woods *as the Elf spins around and points* and I, myself, am a part of that Magic Forever and Ever .

I hope you have enjoyed meeting the wonderful Elf Tamuri’L. She is truly one of a kind. Seek her out if you find yourself wandering the forest of Sherwood Forest Faire. Perhaps AlassA will have her wings by then. Either way, it will surely be a magical experience.

Kim Jennings
Published in: Interview on 2014/07/15 at11:00 Comments (0)
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Growing Up at Faire

When I grew up in Nebraska, I had a lot of relatives around. There were birthdays and holidays with Grandma, Aunts and Uncles, and lots of cousins to play with. Some of my fondest memories of are those times. Which is why I have always felt sad that my children did not have the same opportunity. A previous relationship brought me to Texas, a sixteen hour drive from my hometown. My kids, Elizabeth and Garret were in Pre-K and 2nd grade. The relationship ended, but I had found a good job and decided to stay. Now both young adults, we were talking about this and I expressed that I was sorry they missed out on so many family gatherings. They both said, “Yah Mom, but we had Faire.”

Garret, Elizabeth and Feather

Garret, Elizabeth and Feather

I didn’t know many people in Texas, but as luck would have it, the spiritual center I went to had a book store out at Texas Renaissance Festival. I volunteered to work there and the good folks who ran the booth were gracious enough to let me bring my kids too.

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Elizabeth dancing with a little fairy

Elizabeth dancing with a little fairy

 

Faire is a pretty fun place when you are a kid. Playing pretend and dress up comes easy to them. It wasn’t long before their King’s English was better than mine. Hawking and helping customers gave them confidence and they enjoyed it. There were other “faire kids” to hang out with. They soon knew every face painter by name, where they could score free food samples, and which shops had the best toys. They got to ride elephants, go on non-electric rides, watch magic shows, puppet shows, talk to Fairies and Pirates, sword fight, play in the dirt, dance to bagpipes, and every night watch fireworks. After that, they got to camp. They listened to guitar players, played drums and sang songs around a fire, looked for falling stars, and slept in a tent.

Garret and Elizabeth

Garret and Elizabeth

Uncle D

Uncle D

Just because their relation was sixteen hours away, didn’t mean they didn’t have family close. They had “Fairemily”. They felt safe and loved. They knew they could scream for Chaos if they needed help and plenty of sword carrying, leather clad warriors would be there to save them. Elizabeth was especially partial to her “Uncle D”. When she was a teenager she brought her boyfriend to meet him and good old Uncle D made sure he was man enough to take a good flogging. He was to remember that as just a little taste of what was possible if he were to ever hurt her. There were many other important family members like Valinda, Karl and Pam, Griffin, Rev and Troy, James, Uncle Blueberry, Rudy, Tazz, and Kraegan. All contributed in their own special way by making memories that Garret and Elizabeth will never forget.

Kraegan

Kraegan

Karl and Pam

Karl and Pam

Griffin

Griffin

Valinda

Valinda

Tazz

Tazz

James

James

Troy

Troy

Uncle Blueberry and Elizabeth

Uncle Blueberry and Elizabeth

Rev

Rev

Rudy

Rudy

 

 

No, my kids did not have birthday parties with cousins and Aunts and Uncles. They did not get so see their Grandparents as often as I did growing up, or go to family holiday parties. But I didn’t do too bad by them because like they reminded me, THEY HAD FAIRE!

And they turned out pretty good! See?

Garret and Elizabeth

Garret and Elizabeth

Garret

Garret

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Kim Jennings

 

 

 

 

Published in: Article on 2014/07/02 at11:00 Comments (0)
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Re-Post of Medieval Support Garments

Maam Marie

Maam Marie

This is the Second run of this article.  Why?  Well, boobs….. duh…

Oddly, this is one of our most popular articles!!  Go figure, write one about boobs and we get the world looking!!

The first time I purchased a bodice was memorable. I was at Faire with my spouse and had found a nice little shop. I purposely choose the most sweet grandmotherly looking sales lady. She visually sized me up and found me the cutest little reversible front lacing bodice with light busk stays in the front. “Would you like to try it on?” She asked. “Oh yes!” Then she looks over her shoulder to the back of the store and yells “Corsetiere!” Out comes this young man who grabs the spindle of lacing string and asks “Do you want to try this on without your bra?” I was mortified. I look for my spouse who is now watching us closely with one eyebrow raised. “No thank you, I will try it on with my bra”. He tightly grasps both sides, squeezes me in and starts the lacing procedure. I was red faced embarrassed. He made fast work of it and soon I was admiring his handwork in the mirror. Holy Bejezus! My girls looked fantastic! I bought it and wore it the rest of the day. An hour or so later some rogue yells at my spouse. “Hey! Is that your wench?” “Yes.” he replied. To which the rogue responds, “Nice Baby Feeders!”

The following is a quote from the beautiful Valinda Omaat, who was the first to teach Chandra and myself the fine art of “fluffing”.

Valinda Omaat

Valinda Omaat

“The basic difference between a corset and a bodice is that a bodice has shoulder straps and a corset doesn’t. Both versions can come with many variations, including points in the front, attached ruffles or pleats around the bottom, and/or adjustable sides, back, or straps. The ones with the best support will incorporate well-placed boning, or stays. Whether a bodice or corset, the style you choose is very personal. It needs to flatter your shape and enhance your assets. The girls should be tucked securely but alluringly into the top of your carefully selected, well-fitting support garment. The nipples should not be visible, neither peeking over the top nor through fabric of your chemise. And unless your support garment is more of a waist cincher, your girls shouldn’t look like they’re pooled on a shelf. Once your support garment is mostly in place, you need to fluff your pillows to position them properly and fully present them.”

                                          THE FLUFFING PROCEDURE

“Bend forward so that gravity is on your side and slide your opposite hand (i.e. right hand, left breast) down along the outside of your breast, until you can cup the fullness of it in your hand. Gently pull forward and slightly up, taking care to lift as much as possible without exposing the nipple. Alternately, you can have a trusted rogue stand behind you and reach into your support garment in much the same manner as described here to assist you with the fluffing. Usually a pleasant experience for all concerned. A wise wench once told me to think “cross-eyed” when setting the position of your assets. The end affect should be a well-rounded, inviting mound of delight that teases the on-looker into believing it will pop out at any moment. You know they are secure and not going anywhere. It will probably not be comfortable initially, but the sensation grows on you. Eventually it will remind you of a day-long hug. If fitted and worn correctly, there should be no hot spots (rubbing) or poking from ill-placed stays or lacings, and the sensation experienced at the end of the day when the girls are finally released is appropriately referred to as a “bodice-gasm.”  

A word about lacing: unless you’re very experienced, it’s a really good idea to have someone else lace you. There are widely differing opinions about laces and lacing, of which I have several, but that is really a matter of preference. I will say that I prefer to use leather boot laces over any other lacing material as they are much more resistant to the constant tugging and grab better than other types of laces (nylon sting, ribbon, shoe laces, etc.”

Chandra

Chandra

 

Thanks for the tips Valinda!

 

 

Vampy

Vampy

 

Turns out there is a lot of contradicting information out there about the differences in bodices and corsets. So here is my take on it.

Charm of the Dragon

Charm of the Dragon

Generally speaking a bodice is more of a vest shape, where a corset has no over the shoulder material. Both words basically mean body. Corset is from the French “corps” or Latin “corpus”, while Bodice is from Old English “bodig”.  While both bodices and corsets have stays or boning (rigid vertical rods), corsets generally have more. These stays were once made of stiffened reeds, bones, ivory, or wood, but now are made with steel, spiral, or poly boning. A corsets main function is to make the waist look tiny, 2 to 6 inches smaller than the actual waist measurement. Bodices can do this too, but to a lesser extent and are measured and fitted closer to the actual waist measurement. Both make the breasts look fantastic. Ironically, originally the goal was to make the hips look wider. It was very important that it appear you could easily bear children, as infant mortality rates were high, and women were valued for little more than their fertility.

Maam Marie

Maam Marie

There are many different styles of corsets. Under the bust corsets fit snug under the breasts and flatten and cinch the waist. Over the breast corsets help to lift and support the breast. Elizabethan style corsets are strapless and lace in the back with a straight across front. Tudor style corsets flatten and lift the breast to poof out the top creating a cylindrical silhouette. They may V at the bottom, going for an inverted cone shape. In the very beginning of corset history, both men and women wore them, such as the Minoans of Crete. Corsets were worn under the bodice.

Some girls are into “tight-lacing” aka corset training, or waist training, and try to change their waist size and shape by wearing tight corsets pretty much all the time. Not recommended by the way… there are accounts of internal injuries and even death from too much tight lacing.

Chandra

Chandra

Bodices come in many different styles as well. Some Bodices have collars, some have “tabs” or little 3″ skirting at the bottom. Other bodices come with a skirt attached, or a split front over-skirt attached. Bodices and corsets can lace up the back, sides, or front depending on the style and the maker. Bodices can have cap sleeves or removable straps, as can some corsets I have seen online. It seems today whether the word corset or bodice is used depends on the maker and seller, as I have found opposing opinions on different websites. Waist cinchers are also popular and self explanatory.

Charm of the Dragon

Charm of the Dragon

Sometimes the word bustier pops up. Typically this is associated more with lingerie. The word harness also came up in my research. Usually this is an under bust contraption made of leather and leather strapping, sometimes chains, and is more of a S&M style than Renaissance festival one.

Vampy

Vampy

 

In conclusion, there are a few things that all the ladies I spoke with about this subject agreed upon…

1. Whatever medieval support garment you choose, nipples showing is a big no no.

2. If you are wearing an under bust corset, a bra of some sort is highly recommended.

3. Bend forward when situating the girls.

4. An assistant is usually required…preferably with warm hands.

5. It is a good idea to hang on to something Scarlet O’Hara style during back lacing.

Keep them ” High and Tight” ladies! See you at Faire!

Kim Jennings

 

 

 

Published in: Article on 2014/06/25 at20:01 Comments (0)
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The Renaissance, Reformation, And Age of Exploration

While researching this weeks topic, I found an awesome article on Scrbd.com. It was fun and grabbed my attention. This post looks a bit different from our normal post, but I think you will enjoy this article authored by Becca Williams in 2011. I hope you enjoy!!

The Renaissance, Reformation, And Age of Exploration