Living history

 

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I am finally back.  After the last photoshop update, I ran into some technical difficulties.  Photoshop refused to open. This meant that I couldn’t finish editing my photos.  Only after consulting a technician twice the most important problems were solved. There is still one plugin that doesn’t work in combination with photoshop, but it works well with Lightroom.

I love history. I love wandering around the historical part of a city and trying to imagine how the people lived there. The era is not important. In Rome it’s the Roman Empire; in Florence the Renaissance. I am a huge fan of TV series such as the Tudors, The White Queen,…

When I learned there would be a historical re-enactment close to home, I decided to take a look.

The event was called “De Quaeye Werelt”, in English: An angry world.

 

Historical background

 

After the dead of Charles the Bold in 1477, the cities of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp revolted against his daughter, Mary of Burgundy in order to get their privileges restored. Burgundy sent a professional army to Antwerp to crush the rebellion as soon as possible.

 

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The event

 

 

Over the years, the Quaeye Werelt, has become the biggest event of its kind in the Benelux. (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg)

In the morning, craftsmen like taylors, blacksmiths, armourers, woodworkers, weavers from all over Europe showed their skills.

 

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In the afternoon there was the re-enactment of the actual battle. Like the craftsmen, the mercenaries, militia, knights, archers and cannoneers came from a number of different countries.

 

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I had a really good time. We had plenty of sunshine after weeks of rain. I learned a lot. A man was spinning wool as they did in the 1470s.  I tasted a traditional dish. A blacksmith was explaining to some boys how swords were made.

It was very interesting to learn how a battle was fought during the Middle Ages. Also for children.

For more photos of the event, please follow this link.

For more information about the event click here.

Disclaimer: I own the copyright on all the photos in this blogpost.

 

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