|Donna and John getting carried away at the Robin Hood Festival|
My friend Donna, our Connecticut correspondent, recently shared these fun photos from the Madison, Connecticut Robin Hood Festival. She and her husband attended on a beautiful, warm day. This festival was held in what looks like a green, England-reminiscent area.
|Robin and His friends making their rounds of the festivities|
|Boo! Hiss! Evil Prince John was there too with his entourage!|
Prince John, also known as John Lackland, was later to become King John (1199-1216) of England. He was the son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her husband King Henry II. I shouldn't bad-mouth him. He is actually on my family tree. And he did some good things, like signing the Magna Carta. So, he wasn't THAT evil.
In real life, he wasn't all that attractive, either, poor fellow.
|The Real King John|
Born 1167, Died 1216
Recreating that time period, means recreating 12th and early 13th Century warfare. That means you need an armourer who can make you chain mail and swords.
John got to try on a gauntlet. Donna says you'll notice in the photo how his arm is already sunburned. It was a very warm day!
|John wearing a Gauntlet|
There were different types of gauntlets depending on how you were fighting. You needed to protect your hands when jousting or sword fighting. Depending on the sport, you might need to be able to flex your fingers.
John was curious about the gloves, or gauntlets, and had a long discussion with the armourer about them.
|Discussing gauntlets with one of the armourers|
Here is John posing with the armourers and some wicked looking fighting equipment. My guess is you would need some training before you used something like that in battle, or risk killing yourself even without anyone actually fighting you.
In the days before antibiotics, you'd be lucky if you would survive even a small scratch with one of these weapons.
|John and the Armourers|
|Long Bow demonstration|
|Looks like Prince John, his wife and the Lord Sheriff of Nottingham got involved|
Could that be Robin Hood off on the left with Maid Marian
Of course, it wouldn't be a true festival without a juggler!
|No festival of this kind would be complete without a Juggler!|
|Robin and Maid Marian|