Free Company Aquitaine demonstrating Medieval Warbow – Chiltern Open Air Museum – 31 Aug to 1 Sept

Come and see the Free Company Aquitaine demonstrating the
art and skill of the medieval warbow. Watch
demonstrations of archery, see and learn about the arming
of the knight and talk to the blacksmith/armourer,
bowyer, spinster and surgeon about the medieval way of
life.

From the Welsh wars of Edward I to the Battle of
Agincourt, the longbow has been pivotal to the military
prowess of England s medieval armies, but how much do you
really know about the bow and the men who used it with
such deadly proficiency? Have you ever wondered at what
age they were given their first bow; how they trained,
how they fought or what they were paid? Perhaps you fancy
testing your strength at drawing the bowstring to your
ear, or wish to see how far they could shoot a bodkin-
tipped arrow? Well now you can and more, The Free Company
of Aquitaine are coming to Chiltern Open Air Museum on
Saturday 31st August   Sunday 1st September 2019!

Within their 14th century camp you can meet the members
of The Free Company as they go about their business as a
band of mercenaries, operating in the south of France
during the Hundred Year s War. You ll be able to chat to
the archers as they prepare for battle and watch their
Great Warbows in action as they shoot volleys of arrows
into maille and plate armour targets on Skippings Field.
Learn about the armour of the knight as his squire
dresses him for combat and discover the tools of the
barber surgeon as she readies her table for the injuries
that always follow battle. Behind the scenes there is
plenty of activity as the bowyer crafts bows out of
staves of yew, the smith forges arrowheads and the
womenfolk spin wool for their clothing while watching the
next meal bubble away on the open fire. It promises to be
a great day out in history!

Please note that all activities are subject to change and
weather.

Standard admission prices apply. Free entry for Annual
Pass holders.

date: 31.08./01.09.2019

time: 10:00

venue: Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane,
Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4AB

cost: 6,50

event email: enquiries@coam.org.uk

event web: https://www.coam.org.uk/events/august-event-bucks/

event tel nos: 01494 871117

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