The Other Graham wrote: how do you gain enthusiasm for a particular subset of a period?
"I picked up some bits and pieces of soft kit from a visit up to TORM, and made it to three of MSS's medium-sized shows- Hedingham, Weald Park and Welwyn - all representing Wars of the Roses period events. With borrowed weapons and armour (see 'friendly and supportive bunch' above) I participated in the battle displays, which I did enjoy. The trouble is I didn't really enjoy the rest of the event.
I'm not sure what it is or what I can do to get more out of the events. Once all the setup had been done and the public arrived, I found myself getting bored with nothing much to do. I'm not a skilled craftsperson, nor am I musical. I'm part of a very friendly group, but I think I'd prefer to be rushed off my feet doing *stuff* all day than feeling like set dressing sitting in camp. So part of the question is - what do you do all day?"
my interpretation for what is worth is that its not as much he doesn't identify with the period as much as hasn't had anyone try to involve him in anything more than the set up, take down and battle of the event. he identified with the period enough to join and buy some kit afterall.
I've recently realised I have a slight problem with not being that engaged with the WOTR period myself.
Although the MSS officially covers 1350-1490, the overwhelming majority of events are set during the Wars of the Roses rather than the Hundred Years War. In the medieval period, I'd be more interested in the Hundred Years War than the Wars of the Roses, and more interested still in the Barons Wars and Crusades. So the other part of the question is: how do you gain enthusiasm for a particular subset of a period?
Yes they do. I can think of one chap who does just that and Guthrie has done it for Kentwell (C16th) with some success.The Other Graham wrote: But no-one wants to see C15th bookkeeping techniques.
The Other Graham wrote:What I do want to do is take a wider view of reenactment and consider what else is out there to do. I am not a skilled craftsman, although it seems every other reenactor I've met is either a craftsperson or talented musician or both. I have given some things a try - basic beeswax candle making went horribly wrong. And the less said about me attempting music the better.
What about the education side? As in specifically focussing on the education value of what's around me. Does mean I have to dig into the detail of the period more, but the best way to learn about a subject is to teach it. No, I'm not a teacher IRL, I'm an accountant. But no-one wants to see C15th bookkeeping techniques.
Marcus Woodhouse wrote:I'd love it as well, and I'd be happy to share what I know of the developments taking place in book keeping in Italy during the 15th century.
Also I know it sounds like we are stereotyping you, but there is a surprising amount of money wrangling involved in moving an army about, you could bone up on that sort of thing and talk to the public about it.
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