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Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, 12 July 2009

July 12th, 2009 (11:36 pm)

After being intercepted by the local four-legged killing machine, I paid a visit to Tewkesbury Medieval Festival for the first time today, travelling in the company of rustica and crazyscot, and meeting sally_maria, gayalondiel and navyboy82, and muuranker and exexexMemSec there. With only a few hours there, it was difficult to immerse oneself in the place, but I've never seen a historical re-enactment festival on this scale before. Knights and ladies and exotic ambassadors from distant cultures stomped or flittered between the tents; weaponry, mediaeval cooking equipment, clothing (both recreated mediaeval and standard summer festival garb) jewellery and books old and new (one author had a tent selling his self-published Arthurian trilogy) were sold beneath the heraldic banners of England's fifteenth-century dynastic conflict.

The need to return to Oxford meant that we didn't quite see all the re-enactment of the battle of Tewkesbury, and the place where we sat ended up being behind well behind Edward IV's lines, but I have a few fairly good pictures of banners and liveried footsoldiers, as well as the broadcaster John Sergeant, in costume as was his cameraman, covering the battle for a forthcoming television series on the British national character. The forces of Edward IV were winning, which is just as well for the integrity of the historical record.

Pictures can be found over here (or will be soon).


Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: July 12th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)

Sounds like fun - I rather wish I'd come now!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 12th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)

I wish I'd remembered to remind you about it! There is always next year...

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: July 12th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)

Yeah, the whole Sunday thing is potentially somewhat problematic...

I did at least get some writing done, so it could have been worse.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 12th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)

The battle is also re-enacted on the Saturday, according to the programme, so all is not lost!

The thesis no doubt appreciates having more words.

Posted by: Adilo Creamon (the_marquis)
Posted at: July 13th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)

The video is visible below the cut rather than behind it ...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 13th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)

...it should have been changed by now, in fact, before you posted the comment. Hmm.

The coding seems right to me - I don't know what's wrong with it.

Edited at 2009-07-13 10:40 am (UTC)

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: July 13th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)

I went some years ago with my flatmate. For train-related reasons we did not have much time either, though we did get to see the battle.

At that point I had given up re-enactment quite recently, and I was quite concerned at how much the first aiders were needed during the battle. I had never seen that before in the battles I'd seen (or been in, although that was just a few).

Otherwise it was fun, though we never got round to going again.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 13th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)

I didn't see the St John's Ambulance people actually being called upon this time, though that might be because we didn't stay until the end.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: July 14th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)

maybe they've tightened their rules since :-)