Micel Folcland focuses on civilian, everyday life, and I assume that this has dissuaded many “swordjocks” from joining or participating after they find they can’t play war games with us. But as I often note, after all most “Vikings” were farmers for most of the year. Dan Crowther has put a good article on civilian living history up on his blog at http://www.celticclans.org/re-livinghistory/?p=460
It’s a good point, part of me wonders about the prevelance of the military display here in Regia.
I suppose if you look at it from a business perspective, the public, and therfore the client, expect the military display. Unless the overall perception of the Vikings changes in the public conscience then I think the military display will always be the ‘main event’, certainly in UK re-enactment.
December 5, 2011 at 10:20
Being in the middle of a farm belt, we received a lot of attention from old farmers when we trot out our farming tools (including a half-sized plough that Andy advised me on). On the other hand, a member of another group saw the plough and excitedly said, “Wow! I’ve never seena weapon like this!” And when I told him what it was, he stomped away with a derisive sound, not saying anything else 🙂
December 5, 2011 at 10:34