Animations Estivales 2019

All through summer, watch the Middle Ages come alive!

This summer, classic events as well as exclusive new ones will be taking place at the castle! Come and discover the world of heraldry, illuminations, weaponry, clothing, food and listen to the tales of the Battle of Hastings. Medieval re-enactors are inviting you to join them for a trip back in time, exploring many aspects of daily life during the Middle Ages.

These events will be presented by the several reenactment societies: Aisling-1198, Au Fil du Temps, La Fleur des Délices, Chantres et Chroniqueurs, la compagnie Barba Jovis, and Modes d'Autrefois.

 

Weaponry and warefare in the 12th century / Calligraphy

Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of July, 2019, the Aisling-1198 re-enactment society will introduce you to the soldiers' military equipment of the 12th century and to the art of calligraphy. Coats of mail, swords, quills, parchments… Follow in the steps of knights, scribes or chroniclers through these two demonstrations.
In French. English spoken.

"Seignorial games" and "Illuminations"

From July 11th to July 14th, discover the 12th century board games with the members of Aisling-1198. Chess, alquerque (noughts and crosses), pawns made of bones, glass or wood… Immerse yourself in history and, while playing one of the many games available, live as if you were back in the Middle Ages.
Meanwhile, in the chapel of the Great Keep, watch as manuscript illuminations come to life. Through drawings and colours, manuscripts reveal their secrets.
In French. English spoken.

The origins of heraldry / Calligraphy

Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th of July, Aisling-1198 will give you the opportunity to learn about the beginnings of heraldry through the example of the Plantagenet dynasty. Through coats of arms, colours, and family situations, discover how knights identified themselves through heraldry.
In the Lower Keep, a medieval scribe will be presenting her instruments and will be composing manuscripts before your eyes.
In French. English spoken.

The origins of heraldry

On Wednesday, July 17th, Aisling-1198 will give you the opportunity to learn about the beginnings of heraldry through the example of the Plantagenet dynasty. Through coats of arms, colours, and family situations, discover how knights identified themselves through heraldry.
In French. English spoken.

Medieval pastries and delicacies

Friday 19th and Saturday 12th, the Fleur des Délices culinary society will unveil their sweet and savoury culinary delights through delicious recipes of medieval pastries. Honey or sugar? Spices or condiments? What are the hidden flavours of seignorial meals?
In French.

Tales of the Battle of Hastings

Do you know how the Battle of Hastings played out in detail? This historical confrontation led William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, to the throne of England and produced a new Anglo-Norman dynasty of kings. How did this man, then named William the Bastard, manage to win this decisive battle and change the course of history?
The Chantres et Chroniqueurs reenactment society will recount this epic story on July 23rd, 24th and 25th.
In French. Printed summaries in English at your disposal. English spoken.

Medieval food and drink

What is the relationship between beliefs and customs on the one hand and diets and social ranks on the other hand? The Barba Jovis reenactment society will settle inside the keeps on July 26th and 27th with displays of medieval food and will tell the story of how how diets varied according to one's social rank.
In a second room high inside the round tower, the story of plant-based beverages will be told through ingredients such as sage, hippocras, and pelargonium.
In French. English spoken.

Tales of the Battle of Hastings

Do you know how the Battle of Hastings played out in detail? This historical confrontation led William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, to the throne of England and produced a new Anglo-Norman dynasty of kings. How did this man, then named William the Bastard, manage to win this decisive battle and change the course of history?
The Chantres et Chroniqueurs reenactment society will recount this epic story on July 30th and 31st, and on August 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th.
In French. Printed summaries in English at your disposal. English spoken.

17th edition of the FALAISE MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL on August 10th and 11th

And don't forget…

Tales of the Battle of Hastings

Do you know how the Battle of Hastings played out in detail? This historical confrontation led William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, to the throne of England and produced a new Anglo-Norman dynasty of kings. How did this man, then named William the Bastard, manage to win this decisive battle and change the course of history?
The Chantres et Chroniqueurs reenactment society will recount this epic story on July 30th and 31st, and on August 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd.
In French. Printed summaries in English at your disposal. English spoken.

Horsemen and their equipment et the battle of Hastings

Come and explore the horseman's equipment in the 11th century! On August 22nd and 23rd, the Au Fil du Temps reenactment society will get on their hobby-horse and introduce you to the Norman cavalryman's gear, both civilian and military. Through recreated artefacts, you will know everything about the equipment of the Norman riders.
In French. English spoken.

New: The Keys of history

The Au Fil du Temps reenactment society will tell you the story of medieval locksmiths through new displays on Saturday, August 24th. Unlock the secrets surrounding medieval keys, locks, hasps, or hinges, and compare these items with those that are still in use today.
In French. English spoken.

New: Medieval fashion

Despite the saying, clothes really do make the man in the Middle Ages! From Monday, 26th to Friday, 30th of August, Modes d'Autrefois will display medieval clothing in all of its aspects. From Eastern silk to English wool to the tailor's equipment, this reenactment company will invite you to delve into the history of medieval clothing with their tailor's shop!
In French.

 

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