Whose side are you on?

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Whose side are you on?

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Thinking again about political alleigences during the WOTR. I wondered if the lure/romance of the underdog effected how the period is re-enacted or portrayed? At Blore there seemed to be a lot more Yorkists than Lancastrains, especially given the fact that they were outnumbered in the real battle. The Black Maunch are Yorkists ( Sir John was the brother in law of William Hastings) but not Ricardian (the evidence seems to suggest that Sir John found lots of excuses as to why he was unable to leave the Calais Marches and join Richard at court). I plan on joining the Woodvilles soon as they are closer to home for me so I can be Lancastrian up to 1461, Yorkist up to 1483 and Tudor from then on.
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We don't re-enact WOTR. One of the things holding us back is the issue of sides: one of us is a staunch Yorkist, the other a long-term Lancastrian.

I swear it's the only issue in the entire relationship on which we disagree!

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You do realise that they're all dead. :D
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No their bloody not.... Its still alive today. Only bloody southerners think that its all over.

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Yeah, too many porkists, underdogs my hairy yellow donkey.

Did you happen to hear some bloke on Gardners' question time the other week, who in his infinite mentioned the war between Lancashire and Yorkshire :roll: and he was supposedly educated. They were in York, that notable Lancastrian stronghold (sometimes).

My mother in law was also under the impression that the WOTR wsas between the two counties :roll:

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Everyone is. It's because the idea of dutchys is pretty much vanished.

We fight as Yorkists. As far as I know, John Howard (who's men we represent) was stubornly loyal to his lord, be that the Mowbrays or later Kings Edward and Richard. His son Thomas was reputadly as stuborn, refusing to escape from prison because 'the King told him to be there', King Henry VII that is. He then went on to become one of Henry VIII's most trusted men.
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Who-ever pays me the most :lol:
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depends who is on the left side and who is on the right side!

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Ferrers? Yorkist until death, or at least Bosworth anyway...
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Being a Lancashire lad my father would be rolling in his grave if he had seen me watercarrying for the Yorkists. (At least he would be if we hadn't cremated him!). So, given the choice, Lancastrian.
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Have a slight problem in that my late Father-in-Law was from York, but I am a member of a Lancastrian group. I tend to keep very quiet on the subject!!
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Lancaster!! (and im a southerner skev)

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Er, lancashire was as much Yorkist as Yorkshire was Lancastrian, nothign to do with the counties in any way. Why does that myth persist?
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Very well....

I'm a red, then, but not in the modern sense.
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gregory23b wrote:Er, lancashire was as much Yorkist as Yorkshire was Lancastrian, nothign to do with the counties in any way. Why does that myth persist?
yeah i thought that. i reenact late 14th century and historically my character lived near York but her husband was most definitely lancastrian (banneret to john of gaunt) and this tradition continued down the line and most of the male descendants died fighting for Lancaster.

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Lancastrian, we are in the Clifford Household. We usually portray John (the butcher) Clifford's motely crew.
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It was the house of Lancaster/York, not the provinces, bleeding northerners, not got anything better to do. :twisted: :twisted:
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Man of Bucks me not one of Buckinghams men, under the strangled duck not the knot, usually fought for Lancaster way back when and as they were scripted to lose most times and the yorkist were mostly made up of immortals(Its all a plot by those damn'd white bores...not a spelling mistake btw) always got a better fight and a gloriously hammy death near the crowd line, you could smell the bacon fer miles.
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Ha, Grymm, with the 'New regime' of '88 we all donned the sunne in splendour, much better livery too.
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I have generally played a Lancastrian, but that was entirely down to modern rather than historic circumstances.

When I started WotR re-enactment there seemed to be a lot of people playing die-hard Yorkists and most of the options for historic battles were Yorkist victories (which makes sense statistically), so they also got the people who feel they absolutely *have* to be on the winning side.

Since most of my group followed the 'you get a better fight if your're outnumbered' philosophy, we almost always fought as Lancastrian. Fourteen years on and it is partly a matter of habit, partly that our household is staunchly Lancastrian until 1471 (when the male heirs all die at Tewkesbury). After a few years the household was reborn under a new name when the female heir was married off to a Yorkist.

The personal feelings about what actually happened in the 15th Century don't necessarily come into it. One of our members considers herself to be a staunch Yorkist and advocate of Richard III, but that doesn't stop her re-enacting being a Lancastrian.

Much as I enjoy winding people up and having good-natured debates on the period, on the battlefield I'm just playing a part. How I'd actually have felt if I was living in the period is almost impossible to guess.

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The myth of it being Lancashire vs Yorkshire (the counties) was alive and well when I was growing up in Lancashire. Basically it was "We're Lancashire and we have the Red Rose, and they're Yorkshire and they have the White Rose, and that makes us enemies."
Nothing about the actual history at all.
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A Woodville so any side that will allow brazen social climbing, and an opportunity to save ones skin when it all goes t*ts up :wink:

Nice doing both, but feel predominantly Yorkist myself.

Will be good to see you in Woodvilles Marcus! :D

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Well he obviously can't kick off but I bet Beatrice and Eugenie are hoarding arms like craz.

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Yorkist, in particular Ricardian.

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18 months of glory then death, typical jouster Rod....!

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wibble puppy wrote:18 months of glory then death, typical jouster Rod....!
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