We had a terrific time again at one of our favourites events –
Joust! at Cardiff Castle.
The Garrison provided a full living history camp, with displays of fourteenth-century crafts, cookery and weapons and armour.
Check out our gallery for some lovely shots of our weekend (thanks so much Andrew Forster!).
Group members around the camp fire
Fourteenth-century weapons and armour display
Garrison camp with member carrying authentic crossbow
Group members practicing fourteenth-century crafts, including spinning, fingerloop braiding (an authentic method of making cord), embroidery and dressmaking
Craft display table featuring various fourteenth-century craft items, including fingerloop braiding, spinning, embroidery and tablet weaving
More complex fingerloop braids could be constructed with multiple people. Here, three group members are constructing a broad braid.
A Bayeux stitch embroidery copied from the Bayeux tapestry, using the same embroidery technique
Medieval toys: a horse and two hedgehogs. Linen and wool yarn were used to construct the horse and leather and rabbit fur for the hedgehogs.
Lambs’ hearts and brains. ‘Offal’. These cheaper cuts of meat were not wasted during the medieval period, as can be common today, and certainly made a lovely stew. A blog post on this recipe will follow soon.
A member playing a Symphonie: an authentic ancestor of the hurdy-gurdy. The instrument is played by turning the handle, which spins a wheel against strings inside the instrument box
A symphonie in an 11th century manuscript image (Symphonia de Cantiga 160, Cantigas de Sta. María de Alfonso X El Sabio, Códice de El Escorial. [1221-1284] Credit to G.Rosa – Imagén cedida por Retruso de Cela for image)
Cardiff Castle Norman keep, a 12th century addition to the castle
Cardiff Castle Garrison were thrilled to be invited up to Anglesey this August Bank Holiday to be part of Beaumaris Castle’s Medieval Festival. We showcased a full living history camp, with weapons and armour, cooking and crafts, along with providing have-a-go archery for the public. We had an amazing time, and it was wonderful being able to meet so many other medieval re-enactment groups who were part of this event.
Gorgeous view driving up through Wales to Anglesey
Menai Bridge – almost there!
Setting up camp
Panoramic view of Garrison’s camp with have-a-go archery range set up on the right
Fish being prepared for lunch
Pottage simmering over the fire
Garrison member cooking
Weapons and armour display
Member of the public tries on armour
Embroidery produced during the show; copy of fourteenth-century manuscript image “Pontifical de Guillaume Durand”
Original image (Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390. Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r)
Group member shooting with an authentic bow
Members of the public try have-a-go archery
View of Garrison’s camp in the evening
Group member looking out over the inner ward of the castle; other re-enactment groups can be seen
Various other attending medieval re-enactment groups
View from castle walls
Gates of Beaumaris Castle
North Wales from castle walls
North Wales from castle walls
Garrison members on the seafront, looking towards North Wales
Attending group members
Many medieval re-enactment groups camping at Cosmeston.
Great bank holiday weekend as part of ‘Troubled Times’: a Plantagenet Events show at Cosmeston Medieval Village in the Vale of Glamorgan. We set up a living history camp with various other medieval groups, and, despite some problems with the weather on Saturday and the condition of the ground, had a really successful show. Garrison displayed various crafts in and around the village, cooked authentic food, helped with a barber-surgeon injury display, and took part in a combat display with several other groups. Wonderful weekend and thanks so much to everyone who attended.
Various medieval re-enactment groups camping at Cosmeston.
Garrison members in the tithe barn at Cosmeston Medieval Village
The group members demonstrating crafts and music outside the tithe barn.
Crafts themselves, including embroidery, spinning and sewing
Sam and Mike help with Roger the barber-surgeon’s display.
Overhead storage in an authentic medieval tent; a helpful way of maximising space and drying clothing.
Garrison ladies showing various veil styles including hoods.
A bowyer from another group demonstrates bow-making.
Re-enactors at Cosmeston gates.