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Where else but Kelmarsh…

July 18, 2011

…could you hear someone telling his colleagues over the radio, ‘I’m just behind World War Two!’ ?

… could you learn in the morning that the mother of the great Doctor Galen used to punish her slaves by biting them, discover at midday what Geisha girls wore, and in the afternoon hear a newly-written Viking Saga?

…could you see sights like this…?

Victorian lady in mauve velvet jacket fancy hat

Okay, I concede that seeing a woman in Victorian costume isn’t all that unusual. She was there with a friend in a rather fine hat:


Lady wearing ribboned purple hat over long curly hair

Here’s a  Knight Hospitaller from about 1170 AD  (many thanks to Neil for clarifying my hazy description of ‘Norman knight’  – the full details are in Neil’s comment below.)

Man in chainmail and silver helmet with nose protector

I wasn’t fast enough with the camera to catch the Spitfire and Messerschmidt in flight, but this vintage war machine was easier to photograph – and this is where things start to get a little weird. Who’s that visible through the windscreen?

Picture of jeep with soldier in red uniform seen through windscreen

Here’s the whole photo.

All characters gathered beside a jeep

What a great way to spend a weekend – made even better by all the people who stopped by in the Writing Festival tent to say hello.  Thank you!

http://www.thehwa.co.uk/content/festivals

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/foh-2011/

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2 comments

  1. Hi there, your “Norman Knight” is a Knight Hospitaller dressed for c. 1170AD (a century after the Norman Conquest of England) – as such, he may be Norman, French, English or indeed of any other European or Outremer (Holy Land) origin. In this instance, Chris (pictured) is part of the Knights Hospitaller of Warwickshire, a group (of which I am also a member) aiming to bring the history of this Military & healing order to life… For more info, please feel free to email me at neilg@mandmr.co.uk. Thanks, Neil


    • Hm, I thought I’d typed a reply to this but it seems to have vanished – anyway, for the second time, thank you, Neil! Great to have not only the proper details but a name for the re-enactor. I’ve amended the post accordingly.

      Ruth



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