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Medieval Knights Fighting, Part Two

After numerous fierce battles at the Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival ESK, (for Part One click here) the medieval warriors took a break to catch their breath and rest their battered limbs.

Then it was time for the medieval melee – a wild, raucous event where there are no friends or brothers, only foes.

It is every man for himself.

 

The combatants rushed at each other with a clash of steel, eyes darting everywhere to keep track of who might be sneaking up behind to bash them on the head.

 

The crowd cheered, groaned and gasped, following the moves of their favorite fighters, as one by one the warriors were defeated.

At last it was down to two men, one of them our very own Duke Robert.

The two medieval combatants circled each other warily then attacked with gusto as the crowd cheered wildly.

Our Blackwolf crew was mighty chuffed when Duke Robert won the day and became the Last Man Standing.

Wolf! Wolf! Wolf!

 

Medieval combat is pure fun for the participants, a chance to test their progress and improve their skills.

There are no awards handed out for the winners, just the honor of a job well done. But Duke Robert was deeply touched when he received a gift from Tony, a pint-sized admirer who insisted that his mother buy him a medieval drinking horn to give to The Duke.

There were a few misty eyes in our group. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Medieval Knights Fighting, Part One

The Blackwolf knights did themselves proud in the fighting at the Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival ESK this year.

Blackwolf was represented by Duke Robert, the Mad Turk and our newest member, Adam.

They fought bravely, fiercely and, at times, hilariously, for such is the nature of battle.

Sometimes you beat the opponent soundly and others, well, you end up on your bottom laughing heartily with the onlookers.

They fought against Varangian Guards and even against each other!

The other warriors fought gallantly as well, showing off their individual techniques and unique armor, weaponry, and garb.

With the crowds cheering enthusiastically, the air rang with the clash of swords and hollers of men, each bout differing in outcome and skill.

Alliances were forged and broken, mettle tested and skills enhanced as each warrior had the chance to fight nearly everyone on the field.

And just when you thought the exhibition couldn’t get more exciting…it was time for the medieval melee with every man for himself.

More on that next time!

Have you ever been to a medieval combat demonstration? If so, what was your favorite part?

 

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How to Make a Medieval Lunch

We love to eat well at our Blackwolf medieval camp.

Although 12th century kitchens did not have the diversity of foods that we enjoy year round nowadays, the food was still delicious and hearty.

For a typical medieval lunch, we start off with homemade sausages made of pork, beef, or even goat. Some are peppery, others garlicky and a few are plain and simple with only salt to flavor them.

We also make homemade cheeses, yogurt and labneh that go beautifully with homemade flatbreads topped with toasted sesame seeds and minced garlic.

A basket of fruit is always on hand filled with grapes or apples or other fruits that would have been available in medieval Europe and Outremer.

We fill medieval wooden bowls with other tidbits like dried figs and dates, olives, pickled onions, and other cheeses.

Medieval cooking and medieval eating may take some preparation beforehand to have dried fruits, cheeses, and sausages ready, but then it’s quick and easy to throw together a hearty, nourishing meal.

Is this what you picture when you think of medieval food?

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Winter Medieval Cooking: Breakfast

It was a wickedly cold morning when we stumbled bleary-eyed out of our cozy Bedouin tent at the Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival ESK.

Frost glittered across the tent in the first rays of the rising sun easing over the mountains.

Our teeth chattering in the cold, we made a beeline for our medieval campfire to warm our hands over coals still hot from the night before.

Ann stoked the fire and filled a cast iron pot with water to heat for our morning cuppa, then busied herself making her signature scrumptious breakfasts.

First into the pan went a mound of bacon, sizzling and smoking and smelling so good we could hardly wait for it to be done.

Shoving the bacon to one side, she tore holes out of the center of slices of bread, tossed them onto the bacon-greased pan, then cracked an egg into each hole.

Like starving kids we lined up, medieval wooden bowls in hand, sniffing appreciatively as we got our portion of bread toasted in bacon grease, thick cut bacon, and fried eggs.

 

Perched on our handmade medieval wooden stools, we huddled around the fire and dug in, the hot, hearty food warming us instantly.

Delicious!

 

What is your favorite camping breakfast?

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Campfire Cheese, Pig on a Spit and Other Medieval Cooking

We just returned from a fantastic weekend at the Abbey Medieval Festival.

We fought in combat, we shopped, we visited, but mostly we ate. ๐Ÿ™‚

Each morning the cheery “tart lady” visited our camp with victuals so delectable we couldn’t possibly resist at least one. An apple turnover or creamy custard tart was the perfect start to a chilly winter morning.

Then the work began as we lit a fire in our huge medieval fire pit.

After fortifying ourselves with strong cups of tea and coffee, we got busy frying up homemade sausages before the fire was needed to roast either a whole pig or a whole goat.

Our Piper was in charge of the roasting, and once he got the animal on the spit, we all took turns rotating it to ensure even cooking and delicious, smoky crackling. It was worth every burnt finger and smoke-filled eyes.

Mid-afternoon our Gypsy Boy and Magyar Fang set milk on to cook in order to make medieval cheeses over the fire. It came out so creamy and flavorful, a perfect match for strong Kalamata olives and tangy cucumber salad with yogurt and fresh mint.

By late afternoon the pig and goat were nearly done, and more than one of us surreptitiously slipped over with knives to slice off succulent bits of crispy crackling and tender strips of meat.

Stay tuned for more stories and images from our medieval camping trip.

In the meantime, click here to view pictures of a medieval gypsy wedding and caravan.

For tips and recipes on medieval cheese recipes and techniques, click here.

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