Tudorcon coming to Manheim

By on October 9, 2019

The inaugural Tudorcon will take place the weekend of Oct. 18 to 20 at the Mount Hope Estate & Winery, next to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim.

This private, paid weekend celebrates the Tudor period, which took place between 1485 and 1603 in England and Wales, and includes the Elizabethan period during the reign of Elizabeth I until 1603. The Tudor period coincides with the dynasty of the House of Tudor in England whose first monarch was Henry VII.

Tudorcon is the brain-child of Heather Teysko, a Millersville grad, originally of Paradise. For the past 10 years, she’s been podcasting on Tudor England with the Renaissance English History Podcast, which receives over 50,000 downloads each month.

The event will bring together leading Tudor-era bloggers, authors, speakers, and historians. Tudorcon is a separate event from the Renaissance Faire, with separate admission.

“I chose to do Tudorcon in Lancaster County because most of my listenership is in the U.S., and I wanted to bring people to my hometown for this event,” said Teysko. “It’s going to be an amazing three days, and we’ve got people coming from all over the world to speak and learn.”

Teysko is excited about all the events she’s packed into the weekend.

“We start on the Friday night with a costume party with period music, dancing, and games. On Saturday we have a full day of lectures from leading historians and authors. Then on Saturday evening we will see a live performance of the music of ‘The King’s Legacy,’ a brand new musical about Elizabeth I. On Sunday we come back for more talks in the morning, and then we’ll have a medieval feast with private entertainment. After that, everyone can go to the Renaissance Faire before departing back home.”

Teysko, although she always enjoyed attending Faire, it wasn’t what inspired Tudorcon.

“It wasn’t actually the Faire that really nurtured my love of Tudor history. It was music. In high school we sang ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ by William Byrd, and the teacher told us that he was a Catholic who was living under Protestant Elizabeth I, and how difficult that must have been for him to be writing this music for Catholics that was essentially illegal. Something about that appealed to my sense of teenage rebellion and angst, and I started learning about the religious tensions of the period, and particularly how musicians handled that with writing for different types of liturgy. I wound up moving to London out of college in order to immerse myself in the English choral tradition.”

Tudorcon is definitely not for the person who doesn’t know anything about Tudor history.

“This is a three-day immersive experience where people from around the country (and the world, even) are gathering to share and learn from each other, and from some of the leading authors and historians of the period. While this is the first time something like this has ever been done, I envision it growing so that in future years we can get actors. I’m basically trying to model ComiCon, but for Tudor nerds.”

Tickets to Tudorcon can be purchased at tudorfair.com. Those unable to attend Tudorcon in person can purchase a discounted, digital/virtual ticket.

Features editor Melissa Hunnefield welcomes your comments and questions at mhunnefield.eph@lnpnews.com.

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