What Is “Living History”?
Living History, in the words of Jay Anderson, “can be defined as an attempt by people to simulate life in another time.” It is more than a fancy-dress costume party, somewhat more than experimental archaeology, more than just battle recreation and more than camping in funny tents. All aspects, from battle to special festivities to the everyday homely details of life in that time, are re-created. Many reenactors, more used to celebrating American independence from European culture, cannot see how European culture has any real influence on American culture. That is changing. Many medieval reenactors are becoming more involved in serious living history. By recreating European medieval history, Americans are actually paying tribute to those forces which molded American culture.