Best medieval re-enactment battle in Britain

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Nigel wrote:Dickie if I see any body rolling down that hill it will prbabaly be me due to exhaustion
There is of course a simple solution to this Nigel. Buy a War Elephant! Then you can get it to carry up and down the hill all day long!
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Would have loved to have gone. Looking forward to the war stories as they appear on the forum.
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Nigel wrote:I beleive I owe you a beer
Ah...then I'll definitely track you down...

Not sure when I'll be there yet, prob not til Saturday morning...
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Well, as Herzberg is in Germany, it is a VERY different show (because reenactment in Germany is VERY different).

However, it usually centres around 1250, but is really quite multiperiod. The LH camp is normally set up as a timeline. You would walk into the great migrations when you walk in, and then work your way up through Merovingians, Vikings, Carolingians, Franks, Normans, Hohenstaufen-Period (12th/13th). It usually ends at early 14th, but there might be some 15th century stuff around nowadays as well, not a clue.

The battles over there are usually very similar to what the Vike do, meaning touch-fighting and lots of shield-stuff (shield-walls). One thing is different - German reenactors usually fight very competitively.

Sizewise, I think there is normally around 1000 Living-History displayers and about 100 fighters in the battle. These 100 lucky ones use the castle wall and play with wooden palisades, fake stones, water-balloons, arrows, water-balloon artillery, ladders and a huuuuge siege tower with a bridge coming down onto the castle wall at the peak.

Herzberg lasts 10 days, with only one weekend open for the public. Typically for the German scene, re-enactment is done for re-enactors, and the battle is meant to be fun more than anything else. The public are just allowed to watch.

This however is like it was in 2002, when I was last there. Not a clue how the thing looks nowadays. Expect similar though....
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Oh, and I would be SO keen on a proper siege battle in this country. Thats why I quite enjoyed doing Templecombe of all events...

AND was seriously tempted to take to the field in Balcombe.
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Balcombe was top- the siege setting made it far more interesting.
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