I've got a little something in the pipeline for 2008 which if it happens may well be the most 'authentic' thing ever...[since the original]
A believable Henry V, on horse, with haircut and good 1415 harness.
100 + archers- who look like they've besieged Harfleur, suffered dysentry, can shoot well and sleep rough, [like they really did]...
lots of stakes to sharpen and plant...
Firelighting only with flint and steel. Tallow to be the most common material for candles. oil lamps if you can get period oil. Beeswax if your persona can afford it, ABsolutely no modern candles.
A royal pavilion which looks the part - coz its 4 x the size of anything near it and fitted out with the gilded kitchen sink
Very few tents apart from the Royal pavilion. Perhaps one for Sir Thomas Erpingham & one for Sir John Coddrington, but no more.
Servants who actually do...
Household chaplain[s] who can do latin and do credible Pater Noster and last rites.
Heralds who can label, blazon and differentiate.
Clerks who can scriven on parchment & vellum
Craftsmen who can do credible military scenarios-without looking like they needed a transit to carry it all.
The hanging of a thief.....
Arms and armour that is well made, of the correct style, and is accurate [and yes I know the difference
] includes mail- rivetted only please
Animal husbandry - inc the nastier side of food prep on campaign.
Bakers, brewers, cooks, carters [there will be wagons and carts]
Oh and cannon . Nuff said.
It will pay. More details on that later.
There are a number of restrictions here - it will be accurate as far as my black mace will reach. so here goes.
No cross dressing
No tents for the common soldiery. Prize for best shelter made from sticks, straw and a bit of linen canvas.
Kit check 6 months in advance - no compromises
Belts to have good buckles and chapes.
Sharp weaponry only. No ice hockey style blunt bills- thank you
Jacks that will deflect a sharp blade - we can test them you know!
Send a photo of yourself if you wish to be involved, in kit, in front of a plain background. Include what your specialities are, 1415 era.
This is not sexist- its a reconstruction. There will be place for some camp followers but they will have to appear in appropriate fashion...
I hope you will want to be involved in this exciting project. If you fancy meeting these standards then you truly deserve to be labelled authentic. [and slightly mad
PS we just completed a 40 mile pilgrimage to Walsingham. It can be done!
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