Welcome to Buckingham's Retinue, one of the more authentic medieval re-enactment groups for the period 1450-1500. Our society is a non profit orgainsation that exists to reconstruct and re-enact late medieval and early tudor life, recreating the period known as 'The Wars of the Roses'.
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The second May Bank holiday sees Buckinghams Retinue leave the
realms of medieval recenactment and move forward in time for a 3 day excursion to
the reign of the Tudor Bloody Mary at Framingham Castle.
Framlinghams for those who have never visited is wonderful Suffolk
castle with a wall work that lets you admire the magnificent Tudor chimneys close
us. We arrived at Framingham from around 6pm on Friday evening to be greeted by
the sounds of the Fun Fair, which gave us some immediate concerns as to if we
could compete with the volume or the draw for the public.
Due to the threat of rain we prioritised setup of the tents
before unloading the vehicles, with closed tents tucked into the wall and open
tents and awning in a central location. The decision proved correct as we did
have a heavy shower just as the canvas was all setup, but still had most of the
camp set up by 10. The last arrival was our newest recruit, Sarah, arriving
just after midnight so we just had time to introduce her to the group before we
went to sleep.
The event consisted of us providing a Tudor living history
enactment, “De Mowbray's Musick” providing music and dance, an executioner, and
Queen Mary. It was a light timetable for us with only three timetabled activities,
though we did link up with the de Mowbrays for some dancing. We ran the firepower
at 1pm and took the opportunity to experiment with wadding our Cannon to see if
we could get a louder bang from her, it seemed to work though as we angled her
into the corner of the castle the rebounding shockwave made her much louder than
normal anyway. The fun fair started up about 2pm, and there was a noticeable
drop in number as the early visitors to the castle left to try the rides. Andy
and Emma arrived in the afternoon following their massive 7 hour drive down
from Cumbria, and we helped them get setup before an excellent dinner from Mrs
The first full Wars of the Roses medieval reenactments of 2015 started well, if slightly chilly for Buckinghams Retinue with two new sites for the group; Warkworth and Beeston. For St George's weekend we visited Beeston Castle and had an excellent turn out, along with Dragons Breath musicians and some of Griffin historic's children's entertainers. Beeston is an excellent site, with spectacular views over the surrounding landscape from the inner bailey, and a large grass area at the bottom providing a natural amphitheatre and areas for our shows. Given the Saint George brief for the event, we headlined with our Mumming shows about St George, with "meet" Saint George session to provide children and adults alike time for photographs with our George (and the Dragon). The mumming shows went well, with Mike Ball revelling in the role of St George, young Katie providing an excellent "stunt double" for Mike in the dragon fight scene, and the bearded David Helmsley providing a remarkable interpretation of Bold Hectors daughter. It was the first time that we have worked with Dragon Breath and it was a great experience, mixing their musical talent with our dance interpretations, though we do need to agree the number of in advance repeats next time.
May Bank holiday saw just a hardy few from Buckinghams Retinue join up with friends from across livery and Maintenance for a medieval living history re-enactment. Warkworth is another stunning site, and one of the few castle where we actually get to reenact inside castle rooms, which was welcome as the weather was particularly foul of the bank Holiday Sunday, to such an extent that we dropped some tents, and closed most of the others until around 2pm when the sun finally made an appearance. Many thanks to Kyle, Fran and especially Ellie for persisting with the cooking in the abysmal conditions on the first two days, it was the kind of weather where the and the fire tray was on the verge on being a pond, and the chicken was tuning into a soup dish. Monday however was a complete contrast with wonderful weather all day, large crowds and full programme of Drill Displays, Archery, Military displays and the Living history that Livery and Maintenance excels at.