Archive for April, 2013
It is widely known the Companye has a special connection with Edgecote, one of two Wars of the Roses battlefields in Northants. The Companye has been involved in actively campaigning for the preservation and recognition of this pivotal 15thC battle – sadly not widely known and not even upon the English Heritage Battlefields Register. Each year, the Companye walks the battlefield on the anniversary of the battle, and lays a commemorative wreath at the Trafford Bridge site.
In 2009 & 2010, the Medieval Siege Society staged a re-enactment of the battle, upon the actual battlefield. It was truly an emotional moment, and drew upon the evidence in contemporary accounts to create a story of the events of the battle.
You can also see pictures from 2010 here:
and 2009 here:
The Companye were called upon at short notice to provide living history and displays as part of English Heritage’s St George’s day celebrations at the rather splendid Kenilworth Castle.
The castle is a particular favourite of the Companye, and was therefore hard to turn down!
We were accompanied by Company Ecorcher from Livery and Maintenance, who we found to be a friendly bunch!
There were over 2000 public in over the weekend, an it was a great event. The story of St George as portrayed by Mark Vance & company was truly fantastic and our junior members were spellbound.
Despite warnings from the doom mongers regarding the weather it held out, and in some cases we even had sunburn!
We’ll be back at Kenilworth in July – can’t wait!
The Society recently had a private event at Tournament Stud.This was two days of combat games in a woodland environment, plus archery and dagger tournaments.
Evening merriment was had in a Tavern the local Live Role Play group had left us. There was a communal fire pit and it was great to see the various MSS households all come together and have a great time as one. First memorable quote of the weekend “Goodness, this is a lot more riotous than a COTSA campfire!! Fun though!” – COTSA member.
I think we’ll take that as a compliment!
The Companye acquitted itself well.
Firstly, huge congratulations to ‘Ninja’ Pete, who won the dagger contest at first time of entry – a really impressive display.
Secondly, Mark S who won the living history craft competition.
And thirdly to the Harrington archers (Corin and Wibble) who managed extremely respectable scores and came in the 2nd and 3rd placings.
Woodland Skirmish was mixed, despite gaining most territory on the Saturday and the most “Take and Hold” victories we came up short in the final Team Deathmatch on the Sunday. Well, I suppose we are a pioneer Companye! Tactics will be improved for the next private event. Particularly around dealing with mad Cobham axemen wearing Harrington Colours.
The main news of the weekend was we managed to break Phil in the pub. For a man who is marrying an Irish lady you’d have thought he would have been acclimatised.
Figure 1. Phil, Sunday morning. Well, afternoon actually. Ah Didums..
“You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia,’ but only slightly less well known is this: ‘Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line’; and most importantly of all – ‘Never go drinking with Welly‘”
And so, to Old Sarum.
The Companye is mid way through the first MSS event of the 2013 season, and enjoying themselves thoroughly at Hedingham Castle in Essex.
Yesterday the forces of Wolfage Manor assaulted the mighty stone keep, and whilst victorious in the initial combat the castle still holds for our sworn enemies! There will be a second assault later this day…
In other news, the Suffolk Free Company after calling the Harringtons out for a fight failed to show to collect the large can of “whoop-ass” that was being opened for them. Speculation that they had to work the Easter bank holiday at IKEA will be coming to the Society warning orders soon!
Meanwhile, the Companye is sitting down to a lovely dinner. Suffolk Fried Chicken anyone….? 🙂
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap