An interesting look at historical re-enactments!
The world of historical re-enactment is a strange place as I discovered this weekend at Lindisfarne Priory. A Viking raid was in full flow when I arrived on the island.
So I headed down to the Priory to find that its ruined grounds had been transformed into part battle field, part Viking encampment.
The blurb promised “grisly displays of combat culminating in a full-scale, deadly battle with the re-enactors of The Vikings”. Who could resist taking a look?
Lindisfarne was the first place on the English mainland to experience a Viking raid in AD 793 when attacking forces ransacked the abbey. Many monks were killed in this brutal attack.
I’m never completely convinced by historic re-enactments of this nature. Although they’re colourful and fun, there’s a nagging fear that this is history turned into pantomime.
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