Muncaster Medieval Festival

Muncaster Medieval Festival Muncaster CastleMedieval soldiers showed their faces at Muncaster Castle again to demonstrate how they lived, recruited and fought.

Members of the Red Wyvern Society of enactors, who appear with the clothes and weapons current during the Wars of the Roses in the 1400s, were at the castle for three days and were the centre of its Medieval Festival.

Peter Frost-Pennington of Muncaster Castle said it was the first time the Red Wyvern had staged a three-day event at the castle and it had gone well.

Muncaster turned back the clock to August 1460, when England was in the midst of a civil war.

The men and women of the Red Wyvern Society re-enactment group camped in the castle grounds.

Demonstrations included arms and armour, displays and skills, archery practice, knight school, trebuchet and Medieval cooking.

Mr Frost-Pennington said the castle may have benefited from more people taking ‘staycations’ instead of going abroad. He said: “There is still a lot of economic uncertainty about, with foreign holiday firms going bust and things like volcanic ash clouds, I think more people are realising the delights of holidays at home. We have seen a few more overseas visitors because of course the pound is not very strong.”

Mr Frost-Pennington dressed as Sir John de Pennington, a historic figure who lived at the house and fought the French at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. During the real Wars of the Roses the deposed Henry VI took refuge at Muncaster Castle and out of gratitude presented the family with a glass bowl known as The Luck of Muncaster which it keeps to this day.

Source: North-West Evening Mail

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