From the article:
Modern is not the right look at the renfaire. With a little work, however, a pop-up can be made to resemble a proper medieval pavilion.
Open-sided pavilions were indeed used in the middle ages. A noble couldn't be expected to be exposed to the hot sun while enjoying a tournament or directing a battle. One type, called a "baldachinum" was a cloth stretched between four poles. These were seen in period art being carried by four servants over some dignitary's head in a procession.
What is it about pop-ups that makes them look too modern for us rennies? I see three condemning characteristics:
All of these are fairly easy to disguise.
- Overly sharp or square lines
- Modern framing materials (especially shiny aluminum or steel)
- Synthetic fabric tops.