Norman Knights will descend on Arundel Castle in West Sussex for a thrilling three day Easter weekend. The oldest part of the Castle will host the portrayal of the end of the Norman period and the transition into the Middle Ages.
Visitors will be catapulted back to the beginning of the 13th Century; King John had fallen out with the Barons of England and arrived at Arundel seeking support from William de Albini, Earl of Arundel. As this year marks the 800th year anniversary of the Magna Carta signing, attendees can expect an air of rebellion as the baron’s rise up to force King John to sign the legendary charter.
Set within a historical tented encampment, the Raven Tor Living History Group will recreate spectacular combat displays and provide demonstrations of beautiful falconry. Visitors will be able to find out what it was like to be a knight and listen to the tales from the Yarnsmith of Norwich storyteller.
As with all Raven Tor Living History group events, the skilled performers will stay true to the costumes, methods and materials used in the 12th and 13th centuries, down to the finest detail.
Bryan McDonald, Castle Manager, commented: “Come and experience what life was like for the Normans at the beginning of the 13th Century and witness breath-taking combat on our American lawn.
“As the event falls during the Easter weekend, we look forward to welcoming all the family for what is sure to be a great day out.”
Visitors can take pleasure from the 40 acres of grounds and stunning gardens, with the beginnings of the spring blooms. The Tulip Festival will be in full flower from mid-April with an explosion of colour.
McDonald continues: “Don’t miss the Castle’s perfectly preserved rooms. Inside every room is a showcase of exquisite historical craftsmanship, enhanced by a rich and eclectic collection of furniture, paintings, tapestries and priceless artefacts.”
Further information on the Castle and its 2015 event calendar can be found at www.arundelcastle.org.