Mediaeval Arundel Castle adds a multi-period extravaganza to span the summer bank holiday – Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August.
Especially created on the Castle’s expansive lower lawns, an authentic encampment will reflect nearly 1500 years of local and castle history. “We’re excited about collaborating with Raven Tor Living History Group for this special weekend”, explains Castle Manger Bryan McDonald. “They’ll be using a range of crafts, costumes, and combat displays to really bring to life colourful characters and events from the Roman Empire up to the Georgian Napoleonic period.”
Over the weekend there’s the chance to sample a taste of Roman life as a gladiator, a mediaeval knight and a Norman crusader, archery and falconry displays as well as pirates and smugglers in action.
In ‘Gladiator Combat’ each day, two gladiators (Ursus Germanicus, a Myrmillo, and Rufus Hibernicus, a Hoplomachus), demonstrate the skills and weapons of the arena in true gladiatorial combat. “Following the Roman road of Stane Street, gladiators would travel from the arena at Chichester up to London, staying at the many villas and estates along the way”, explains Paul Ullson of Raven Tor.
Also on offer daily is Mediaeval Knights of the 14th century which saw the great wars between England, Scotland and France. “The FitzAlan Earls of Arundel fought, died and were executed during these momentous times”, says Paul. “Two knights of this period will demonstrate the weapons and armour of the period in a foot tournament.”
Archers from the Mediaeval Period will demonstrate the power and majesty of the long bow, the weapon that was so influential in European History; while the crew of the Mermaid, a group of smugglers and pirates, will demonstrate their skills, crafts and weapons of the Georgian period. “Local smugglers used the River Arun, and inland port of Arundel to bring in their goods and sell them throughout the county”, Paul explains. Also entertaining the crowds will be Hawking About with their display of hawks, falcons and owls, as well as demonstrating the sport and skills of falconry.
On Sunday and Monday, Knights and men-at-arms from the Norman Conquest up to the Third Crusade of Richard the Lion-heart, demonstrate the weapons, tactics and armour that took the Normans from Northern France, throughout the Mediterranean to the creation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. “Builders of Arundel Castle the Normans would reshape England, and lay the foundations of a Royal Family that would be influential throughout the world”, explains Paul.
The tented encampment gates open each day morning at 10am and there’s non-stop entertainment until 4.30pm. More details from www.arundelcastle.org or from 01903 882173.
Published 24th August 2012
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