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REVEL GROVE, OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND -
The year is 1521. King Henry VIII with his Queen, Katherine of Aragon, and their royal court visit the village as part of their annual summer progress.
In attendance to His Majesty are The Earl and Countess of Surrey, of the great Howard family. As it happens, their niece and current favorite of the King, Mary Boleyn is also on progress with Their Majesties. And also as it happens, Master Thomas Boleyn and his wife Elizabeth are in Revel Grove. Elizabeth is sister to the Earl of Surrey. The Howards and the Boleyns - families ascending in power in Henry's court.
It is wise for the great families of England to stay in the King's favor. However, it is not wise to be too close. Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham has been summoned to Revel Grove to see the King. The Duke is of a great and noble family. Indeed, he is himself descended from royal blood. It has been whispered in Court that if the Queen fails to produce a son, the Duke of Buckingham could be a worthy candidate for the throne. The King himself has heard these whispers. He is not amused.
Why has the King summoned the Duke of Buckingham?
Is it to take part in the festivities In Revel Grove? . . . or does danger await the Duke?
The Chase Begins.
This is the 38th season of The Maryland Renaissance Festival and it should be a wonderful year of excitement and surprises. As in the past few years both the entertainment and where they're scheduled to play will provide for a mixed bag of fun.
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