How to Talk at a Renaissance Faire

Maximize the fun and experience at the renaissance festival by being in character.
Maximize the fun and experience at the renaissance festival by being in character. | Source

Getting Ready for the Renaissance Festival

So you're planning on attending the renaissance faire, and you're all set to go -- you've got your costume ready, plans have been made with friends, and you've even exchanged some cash at the bank for dollar coins.

Sure you can walk the walk, but can you talk the talk? If you want to make the most out of the experience, you're going to want to be able to.

To make sure you fit in with the rest of the crowd, this guide will help you brush up on your 15th - 17th century words and phrases.


Just like we do today, people of the renaissance had titles, too. Depending on who you'll be speaking to at the festival will determine the title that you should address them by.

Basic Titles

Generally, if you don't know the profession or stature of the person you're talking to, it's a wise choice to use the universal Sir andMistress. If you know that the woman you're speaking to is married, address her asMadame. You can also use the title Dame, but this is considered old fashioned for the time.

When talking to a person of nobility, use the titles Lord and Lady, and with royalty use Your Majesty or Your Grace.


If the person that you're speaking with is a knight, be sure to address them as such by calling them Sir [FIRST NAME] or Master [LAST NAME]. For example, a knight named Charles Wellington would be addressed as Sir Charles or Master Wellington.

The wife of a knight would also be addressed a certain way. For example, Margaret Wellington may be called Margaret Lady Wellington or Lady Wellington.


When talking to kids, you should also address them according to the time period. A boy named Greg Worth would be called Master Worth, and if they're of nobility, Lord Greg as well. A girl named Chelsea Worth would be called Mistress Chelsea or Mistress Worth. If she is of nobility, Lady Chelsea is another option.


Since learning how to completely change your vocabulary around would take you a lot longer than you'd most likely be interested in, here's are some key phrases and words that you should be using at the renaissance faire.


You can easily change a sentence to sound appropriate at the renaissance festival by changing a few verb endings.

  • Does = Doth or Dost
  • Take = Takest or Taketh
  • Slay = Slayeth or Slayest
  • Bite = Biteth

Got the hang of it? When speaking in first person though, don't make any changes to the endings.


Greetings and Goodbyes

  • Good day = Hello/Good morning.
  • Good morrow = Hello/Good morning.
  • Well met! = Nice to see you!
  • How met! = How are you?
  • Farewell = Goodbye.
  • I bid thee farewell = Goodbye.
  • Anon = I will see you later.


  • Thou dost takest my breath away = You take my breath away.
  • Mine eyes doth taketh interest in thee = I like what I see/You look great.
  • Sit you down and have a laugh! = Have a seat and chat!
  • Did thou eat most well? = Did you eat good?
  • Huzzah! = Horray!
  • I cry your mercy = I beg your pardon.
  • I thank thee = Thank you.
  • Thou art a strapping young lad = You're a fine looking gentleman.
  • Thou art a cutpurse! = You're a thief!
  • I tell ye truth = I'm telling the truth.

Useful Words

  • Prithee = Please.
  • Privvy = Bathroom.
  • Forswear = To lie or cheat.
  • Carouse = Party.
  • Haply = Hopefully.
  • Fie = A term of disgust.
  • Ere = Before.
  • Yes = Yea.
  • No = Nay.

Comments 3 comments

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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary

Wow, this is amazing! I love old-fashioned language. My favorite one: Get thee hence. = You are dismissed. :)

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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Delightful article! This reminds me of Renaissance Faires I've attended, though it's been more than 15 years since the last one. This hub makes me want to search for photos I took at those Renaissance Faires and relive the enjoyment they gave me.

Renaissance Faires are so much fun and even better when one enters into the spirit of the event. Love your word glossary for the Faire....(However, you reversed the order of Yay and Nay in the list...may want to correct that.)


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

A friend of mine visits a local renaissance fair every year, and she makes it seem like so much fun. I should use this hub to learn the language and join her next year! :)

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