High Medieval Reenactments

High Medieval Reenactments are popular in the UK!

High Medieval Reenactments became popular in the UK in the 1960s. Since then Medieval reenacting is growing in popularity around the world. The High Medieval Reenactments time period spans from the 12th to the 14th century. Many groups mainly focus on the period known as - The War of the Roses. The War of the Roses began in the 1450s and ended in 1485 and was fought between the dynasties of Lancaster and York.

During events groups portray military encampments to show both living history and combat demonstrations. Encampments are made up of soldiers and camp followers. Women and children are encouraged to reenact as the camp followers and portray the daily lifestyle of medieval people. The camp followers show dancing, medieval games, and the construction of different crafts.

In order to take part in any battle most groups require gloves, body armor, and a helmet. Authentic clothing is preferred in order to accurately portray the time period. Medieval underwear called braies is recommended to wear under hoes. Codpieces, which are similar to cups, should be worn with the hoes. Long sleeved shirts and a medieval jacket called a doublet should be worn on top. A reenactors head should always be covered by a hat, unless in the presence of a superior. A livery shows a group's colors and badge. When not fighting a livery displayed on a doublet should fit closer to the body. Medieval shoes were very similar in style throughout the periods. Depending on the character a reenactor is portraying, the style of shoe changes and should be researched individually.

The Battle of Hastings, which is classified in the early medieval period, is also very popular for those who reenact the high medieval period. The reenactment takes place at Battle Abbey in East Sussex, U.K. Other battles include the Battle of Agincourt, which takes place annually in France. Be aware if you go to a battle in Eastern Europe they are usually more risky, as they use sharper weapons for historical accuracy.

High Medieval Reenactments are popular around the war. Search online to find a group near you. If you can't find a high medieval reenacting group, then try a different medieval time period since they have many similarities.

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