Festival talks by Dan Jones

WARS OF THE ROSES: HOW A BATTLE WORKED

Just how did a War of the Roses battle work? What happened? And how did the armies fight? In this event we will deconstruct two infamous battles, Towton and Bosworth, and demonstrating the techniques and violent butchery that occurred. Volunteers required (only joking!).

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THE FIRST WORLD WAR FORGE

During the First World War, blacksmiths were vital and often had to make tools and weapons with a frantic urgency. In this event, Ian Thackray will test his skills using a mobile forge of the era to make hastily fashioned weapons, stakes and other improvised implements.

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THE FIRST WORLD WAR FORGE

During the First World War, blacksmiths were vital and often had to make tools and weapons with a frantic urgency. In this event, Ian Thackray will test his skills using a mobile forge of the era to make hastily fashioned weapons, stakes and other improvised implements.

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WEAPONS: THE BRUTALITY OF CONFLICT

This experimental session offers a rare chance to witness the effect of edged and projectile weapons against realistic targets. Compare the specific advantages of each weapon type, its rate of fire, range, accuracy, ability to cut and pierce, against meat, sinew and bone. Understand the purpose of specific weapons and the brutality of hand-to-hand combat through the ages.

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WEAPONS: THE BRUTALITY OF CONFLICT

This experimental session offers a rare chance to witness the effect of edged and projectile weapons against realistic targets. Compare the specific advantages of each weapon type, its rate of fire, range, accuracy, ability to cut and pierce, against meat, sinew and bone. Understand the purpose of specific weapons and the brutality of hand-to-hand combat through the ages.

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WEAPONS: THE BRUTALITY OF CONFLICT

This experimental session offers a rare chance to witness the effect of edged and projectile weapons against realistic targets. Compare the specific advantages of each weapon type, its rate of fire, range, accuracy, ability to cut and pierce, against meat, sinew and bone. Understand the purpose of specific weapons and the brutality of hand-to-hand combat through the ages.

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FOOD IN THE ROUND: TASTES OF HISTORY?

Lunchtime multi-period food preparation of the same meal. Looking at the food styles of each period, the need for scavenging vs self-reliance, camouflage vs open ground; open fires vs burners. Looking at the time required to feed troops in the field, nutritional benefits of respective meals, effect on landscape when scaled up, the respective kit required to prepared food (visual display), tasting of the end results by the public.

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FOOD IN THE ROUND: TASTES OF HISTORY?

Lunchtime multi-period food preparation of the same meal. Looking at the food styles of each period, the need for scavenging vs self-reliance, camouflage vs open ground; open fires vs burners. Looking at the time required to feed troops in the field, nutritional benefits of respective meals, effect on landscape when scaled up, the respective kit required to prepared food (visual display), tasting of the end results by the public.

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113. THE TEMPLARS: THE RISE AND FALL OF GOD’S HOLY WARRIORS

Generously supported by
THE CRESCENT TRUST

The Knights Templar were the wealthiest, most powerful – and most secretive – of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. Best-selling author Dan Jones will tell their compelling story, which is not just a blistering journey through bitter conflict in the Middle East, but also a study of unrestrained financial power and a shocking lesson in the dangers of propaganda and political envy.

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