The Battle of Evesham recreated and the challenges posed by chainmail

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More than 200 re-enactors took part in the Battle of Evesham event

I attended the re-enactment of the Battle of Evesham on Saturday, 8 August and what a spectacle it was.

The day dawned bright and clear unlike the actual battle day 750 years ago, and this time everyone was in high spirits and happy to show off their skills whether it be making chainmail, weapons or chicken pies. Horses decked out in colourful apparel grazed by the river much to the surprise of some noisy swans.

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I got up close with some of the re-enactors to find out more about life in medieval times

I was educated in how a soldier attached his chainmail trousers and it is apparently not unknown for these to occasionally fall down whilst marching – very embarrassing not to mention uncomfortable as you will know if you’ve every tried marching with metal links draped around your ankles.

Having stopped to admire the war games board where the battle between Simon de Montfort and the royalists were set out was persuaded to have a go and succeeded in killing several peasants and a few royalists but just stopped short of changing history by disposing of Simon.

Queried a medieval monk wearing specs who informed me that the Italians first produced specs for public use in 1286.

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The two sides prepare for battle

A discussion was held regarding the lifting of the visor being the origin of saluting and also about the theory that the Crusaders could only fight in the Middle East due to a mini ice age producing colder conditions although the Saracens covered their armour with silk which reflected the heat and created a draught.

Many still died of sunstroke and feeling the chainmail being worn in the sunshine in Evesham I can quite believe it as I am sure an egg could be fried on some, which is why a tabard is worn to protect the chest area from cooking.

I also had some fascinating conversations with some enacters  (many of whom were students and graduates from Birmingham University) about the history of almost everything relating to medieval battles.

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