Medieval Life & Pageants! .....................A Simple life!

I am very fortunate to live where I do, here in Northumberland. With so many Castles and historic sites nearby I have a wealth of places to visit right on my doorstep. Perhaps one of the finest organisations to become a member of, if like me, you are a frequent, or for that matter infrequent visitor to historic places is the English Heritage who look after many sites from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles. Not only do they look after and maintain these fantastic places, but throughout the year stage special events such as medieval displays, falconry and more. In these pages I hope to show some of these pageants to give you a flavour of what life must have been like back in the days of Ladies, Lords, Knights and serfs. I hope you enjoy what you see. And of course I will be adding to the section over time.
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Portrait of a Lady in blue

Portrait of a Lady in blue!

Cooking over an open fire was common and even the baking of fresh bread wasd one this way. But the smell of fresh bread and wood smoke must have been heavenly. Or it would have been to me. ..

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A simple life

A simple life!

It was a simple life and sometimes a hard life, but there was still time to chat with friends and pass the time of day. Perhaps more so then than in the modern world of today where time is in short suppy as we go about ou . busy lives.........

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Meal Preperation

Meal Preperation

Mother prepares a meal while father tills the land, or a soldier husband guards the castle and drills his men. Always watchful of threats from the north. Who knows when danger will come...

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Open fire Cooking

Open fire Cooking

No super markets then. For the poorer people it was a matter of growing your own food and for the middle and upper classes buying from the market. all meals were cooked over open fires ...

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Meal Time

Meal Time

A mother watches on as her daughter eats her meal. Crockery and utensils were mostly made from earthen ware and wood. ...

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But I don't like sprouts

But I don't like Sprouts

Nothing has changed much has it. Children then were just as fussy with their meals as they are today. Or at least the more affluent. The poorer children couldn't afford to be picky...

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A Family Meal

A Family Gathering

The gathering around an open fire, when family just sit and chatter about their day . A simple life, yes. Sometime hard but for the most part a life where family came first and life was lived at a slower pace........

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A time for family

A time for Family!

After the day is gone and the work is done what better way to catch up on the days news than the family get together. What no TV? Families made their own entertainment .Life was so much simpler then and more sedate...

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Time For a tune or two

Time For a tune or two

Perhaps a tune or two as the night wears on to entertain the children before bed time. Music as entertainment played such a big part in medievela life.........

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Let the music play

Let the music play!

Let the music play with lute and harp. Come all come hither and sit by the fire and sing ye a song. Sing hearty and load to drive away fear and the evil that lurks in the woods and the forests..

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Dance a jig

Dance a jig!

Come, come dance a jig. Come my children one and all come dance a merry dance to drum and pipe. Forget the toils of the day, come dance a jig with me..

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Let the children dance

Let the children dance!

Let the children dance and smile at the sun. Let them forget the tomorrows yet still to come. ..

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Let the children Sing

Let the children Sing!

Let the children sing ballads of heroes and dragons and the safe return from battles won. ..

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Let the piper play

Play me a lullaby!

A lullaby to woo yon baby asleep upon a golden harp plucked upon strings of angels hair...

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Tell a Tale

Tell a Tale or Two!

The story teller tells a tale or two in the market square. To earn his daily crust...

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Nine mens morris & other games

Nine mens morris & other games

A jug of Ale and a spot of Nine Man's Morris or another game of chance. What more could a man want after a hard days graft...

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The Sport of Lords

The Sport Of Lords!

And for the Lords and ladies they had other pastimes. Hawking as it was known in medieval times was a sport reserved for the higher class . Peasents and serfs could not afford such fine birds ...

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Fly high

Fly high!

Fly high my ptretty bird. Fly high above the clouds and bring swift thy wings to gather thy prey and bring it homke to me........

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A sport for ladies too

A sport for ladies too!

Hawking was not just a sport for Lords. The Ladies of the land with time on their also found the sport an amusing past time. ........

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Wool Spinning

Wool Spinning

That's how it was done back then. no machines to spin the wool it was all done by the hand of fair maidens...

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A carving for my Lord!

A carving for my Lord!

Master carvers were needed for all sorts of things from carving intricate roses for the masters doorway to huge blocks of stone for the castle ...

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And a new pair of shoes

And a new pair of shoes!

His skill didn't stop at masonary he also had to be talented at other things, like leatherwork. Tools may have been primitive compaired to todays standards but the craftmanship was second to none...

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The Children Play

The children Play!

And the children play and learn their skills for they too will one day go amongst the place where men lay them down to sleep amongst the green grass of a battlefiled far far away..

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The Jester Jests

The Jester Jests!

No TV then to entertain. It was all down to making your own entertainment or the local comedian. This is where the Jester came into his own. The funny man of any court worth its salt ..

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To play the fool

To play the fool!

A joke a quip a jest from the jester or fool of the court. No matter his name his job is but simple. To make people happy.

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Smile then the wench

Smile then the wench!

And even yon wench with husband who sleeps where men lay them down to sleep amongst the green grass far away. With children to feed left all alone, Can smile at the Jester who jests..

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The Barber Surgeon

The Barber Surgeon !

A Hair cut or perhaps some blood letting to cure that feeling of melancholy. The barber surgeon is the man to see . ..

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A troubled Lady

A troubled Lady!

A Lady of the court. Her husband a knight, soon to leave for battle far away. Pray he returns safely. Her prair beads around her waist a constant solice in these troubled times..

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The Merchant Lady

The Merchant Lady!

A knight stops at a stall in the market place to peruse the merchants wares. Perhaps to buy a trinket for his loved one Soon he will march off to war.A trinket for her to remember him by should he not return. ......

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Smiling Lady

A smile for the customers!

Come one come all, come buy my wares. Pots and pans, baubles and beads or a trinket for your lady fair. A gift then for her to remember you by as you march to war. .........

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Smiling Lady

Sewn with love!

The men prepare to to battle the wives and betrothed sew. Perhaps a new shirt to wear under his armour with a special stitch to show her love or a handkercief to fold against his heart. .........

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The Weaver

The Weaver!

She sits alone with her thoughts, weaving with hand and with foot. A jersey to keep her lover warm on the cold winter nights whilst he is away at war.........

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