Roll up! Roll up! All the fun of the fair. And what fair would be complete without stocks, a pillory, or maybe even a shrew's fiddle?

I've divided these pictures according to their country of origin. Personally I think our German friends do these things best. What do you think? Yuck! Who threw that?

First some pictures from renaissance faires in America. The land of the free.

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Remaining in America, the authorities take decisive action to deal with an outbreak of piracy at Plunderathon.

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The renaissance faire at Ogden (Utah) has an excellent policy. Some faires charge people to try out their pillory, whereas at Ogden this is a free service. However this is not quite as charitable as it seems. There is a charge for unlocking the pillory. This "no fee, no key" policy ensures that everyone pays up...eventually.

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Still in America, lawbreakers are re-educated by the Helping Hands Mercenary Guild....at a reasonable price.

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Next we visit Scandinavia, so wrap up warm.

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While we're in northern Europe, Finland has moved up the league table with a couple of medieval markets. Here are some pictures from Markkinat Luvun:

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Another Finnish medieval market, Turun Keskiaikamarkkinat:

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Now we pop over to Germany. Pillories, yokes, shrew's fiddles......und eine doppelhalsgeige. And I haven't even included any crow's cage pictures. Our German friends don't do things by halves!

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Remaining in Germany, we now visit the Kaltenberg faire. Here we see the faces of volunteers being glued and feathered. There might have been fewer volunteers if the traditional tar had been used. They must remain in the pillory until they can persuade some of the crowd to kiss them.

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The Italians are runners up with their splendid medieval fair at Canelli.

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Still in Italy, some pictures from Il Rinascimento di Colle:

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Sacre bleu! Although it pains me to say it, after a slow start the French are surging ahead with le pilori et le carcan. Take a look at these wonderful pictures from a French medieval fair.

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Another French fair. Stuck in a pillory and your hair is a mess? Then you need a visiting medieval hairdresser. A few expert tweaks and she's looking as chic as ever. Voila, c'est magnifique.

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In the Iberian peninsula, a pillory is generally considered to be a stone pillar with an iron collar attached. But Spain is at last moving away from such abominations and embracing the wood.

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Eastern Europe is starting to emerge as a promising area for stocks and pillories. Lithuania is already firmly on the map with Trakai Castle (see Family Album), and our friends from Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are also making their presence felt. With a splendid disregard for health and safety, some of their stocks and pillories actually fit. Shhh.....nobody tell the European Union.

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A faire in Poland, where victims have their legs shaved with an axe. Yes, that's a new one on me too. Perhaps Polish women have particularly hairy legs.

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A rare visit to the southern hemisphere, where we find the Abbey Medieval Festival in Australia.

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Last and very much least is my part of the world, merrie olde England. A poor show, but at least we beat the Albanians.

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