Many of our reenactors do some later period events with other groups which probably helped considerably. After breakfast, it was all hands to the deck to get the LHE (Living History Exhibits - or touchy feely displays) set up. There were many arts and crafts including music, spinning, fire lighting and cooking for the public to watch and children seemed to really enjoy getting involved with the braiding displays.
The cavalry started their training early in the morning, followed by the warriors and archers. The military displays started in earnest after a well deserved lunch break. The mounted knights displayed their skills using traditional methods of lancing hoops and demonstrating their sword skills. The oohs and aahs of the crowd were well deserved. Then on came the evil Sheriff shouting about ... well, everything really ... With a splintering clash of wood and steel the knights fought amongst themselves over the right of the Sheriff to collect taxes and the taking of land. Meanwhile a scuffle breaks out amongst the peasant men-at-arms. Like a bunch of football hooligans they begin to brawl over which baron should be supported. Hastily, the Sheriffs men bring some order to the events but it is too late and the peasants split and form a line.
Robin Hood is brought out and speaks for the people, demanding a charter be signed by the king to afford every man the right to justice. As you can imagine, this does not go down well with the Sheriff, who earns his immense wealth through impoverishing others. The lines begin to move together, bristling, the sun glinting off the brandished steel. Everyone is involved in a fight to the death now, with a thrust of a spear and a slash of a sword honour is decided. Arms become heavy, breathing is laboured and muscles scream for rest but it cannot be given, for fear of being slain. When at last the last of the Sheriffs men have been either been killed or have yielded, Robin forces the Sheriff to tell King John that the people demand he sign the charter ... but will the demands be met?
|Sir Tancred the Tall hunts down an opponent. He had a fantastic event, tussling with Sir Thomas de Neville and revelled while the crowd booed and hissed at his delight in his own cruelty.|
|Ever a keen eye, Toki lines up an arrow to take down some unsuspecting peasant, who has been silly enough to be distracted. The archers are a fantastic addition to the battlefield - so long as the good ones are on your side!|