Civilian Camp Life
All aspects of civilian camp life are covered by the company. Many of the company do detailed research into the lives of people in the medieval period and can graphically bring to life their everyday lives.
Shown here is one of the Burgundian Pavilion tents used by the company. It is 22′ long, 12′ wide and 11′ tall. Two of these tents makes the basis for the living history camp supplemented by smaller tents . Also in the picture is a large pavaise (on the right) and the serpentine (under the awning).
Here is our camp when complete. There are grand pavaise being used as tables and a cooking area with a spit and cauldron being used. There are two Burgundian pavilions, a 15c campaign tent, a round pavilion and a 15c soldiers tent.
Camp cooking consists of stews, soups and bread being cooked in cauldrons, joints of meat being cooked on a “rack” over the fire, and even whole animals being roasted on a spit.
Shown below are two pictures of company members and guests “resting” in the camp. Most of the seating is from beech planks resting on wood logs or trestles.
Wooden plates and bowls, leather bottles, leather flagons, ceramic chafing dishes and all manner of utensils go to making up the complete scene.
This 15c soldiers tent is “lived in” by two archers. There are two long bows outside the tent and a kettle hat. Some of the sheepskins used as part of their bedding are hanging up to dry off.
The companies children are not left out either and are encouraged to take a full and active role in events. On the left, is a picture of Sarah selling woolen braids she and her sister Katie have made whilst at Herstmonceux castle.