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Are you going to King Richard's Faire? Parsley, sage...

Autumn in New England means a lot of things for a lot of people: cider doughnuts, crimson leaves, sweater weather, pumpkin spice, the Patriots on TV again...  But there's another fall tradition that might have escaped your radar, unless you have an affinity for mutton and tankards of mead: King Richard's Faire.

It takes about an hour and a half to drive from Boston to Carver, Massachusetts, where the Faire takes place every September and October. It's the largest Renaissance Faire in New England, so if you'd like your weekend plans to include jousting and swordplay, you should probably make the trip. There's only one problem: what on earth do you listen to on the drive there?

Every road trip needs a great soundtrack, so I built you a playlist of Renaissance-era jams to play in the car on your way to the Faire. It's just over an hour and a half long, so it'll get you there without repeating, and it'll put you in the perfect mood for the festivities. So, don your doublets and cinch your chain mail - we're going back in time. 

Curious about any of the instruments you're hearing? Iowa State University has a great resource complete with pictures, diagrams, and audio clips.

Kendall Todd is the Content Manager for GBH Music.