Medieval Garrison at Château de Castelnaud, (Chevalier et gens d’armes en parade).
Last Sunday was outstanding, entertaining and very informative. I personally learned a lot about the Medieval period. I studied Medieval costume as part of my course in dress design many years ago when I was at College however, I never studied weapons and armour in detail. What a privilege it turned out to be to gain knowledge from various Medieval historians about its use in that period in time.
Weapons handling demonstration.
First the historian would show you the sword, dagger, pike or crossbow and explain what it was made from and why it was made in a particular way. Then he would demonstrate its use on the volunteer and where it would cause the most damage. We must have listened for half an hour or so. I found it so interesting probably because I changed my career from dress designer to psychologist, then specialised in forensic psychology, the why and how people behave in this way and what weapons they used still holds a fascination for me.
You could smell the aroma of the kitchen from quite a distance away.
A lit fire, Medieval baking of pies, biscuits and bread.
Demonstration of the firing of the trebuchet.
There it goes.
A wonderful, educational and entertaining experience that I could not recommend more highly.
Events:-from the 26th to the 30th December you will be able to see Merlin at the Château de Castelnaud, telling stories with the aid of shadow puppets for the children.