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Buckinghams Retinue on TimeCrashers

Buckingham’s Retinue medieval re-enactment group are excited to announce that they participated in the latest Channel 4 historical series “Time Crashers”, which features celebrities exploring different periods of history. A dozen members of the group assisted in setting up the medieval camp that has been featured in the trailers, as well as producing medieval food at the event, settings one of the tasks for the groups of celebrities, and several background activities. Watch us Sunday 30th August 8pm Channel 4 and let us know what you think. If you want to time crash back to the medieval period, then we are always looking for new members, and new sites for 2016.

Catch up on the Elizabethan episode on the Channel 4 site http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-crashers

Skipton Murder Mystery 2015

Thanks to all those who visited us at Skipton castle 18th/19th July, and helped us solve the murder. For those who had to disappear before the grand reveal on Sunday, here is a quick summery of the plot and solution. The unfortunate victim was a local innkeeper who owned a tavern on the Bolton Abbey estates. He had approached the Threlkelds after arriving the previous evening to ask if he could build a new tavern on the site of the derelict leper hospital of St Mary Magdalene, which in recent years had become something of a den of vices. Unfortunately he was found dead in his bed in the morning, covered in blood from a single stab wound to the chest. Rumours abounded of lepers roaming the castle at night, and debts owed by the dead man to local merchants. Many of the castle’s residents were also found to be engaging in illicit activities in the deserted chapel, leaving a long list of potential suspects. However, in the end the murderer was correctly unmasked as Mistress Atkinson, the castle laundress, who was engaged (along with several other servants) in the illegal smuggling of castle wine and ale to vendors in the town. The dead innkeeper had threatened to blackmail the smugglers in order to obtain enough money to pay his debts; unfortunately he ended up paying for it with his life.
 
Historical Fact: The leper hospital of St Mary Magdalene really existed in Skipton, and was known to be functional between 1310 and 1350 (after which point no further mentions have been found in local records). It was located on land belonging to Skipton Castle, on the site of what is now the Red Lion pub on Skipton High Street.
 
Next event will be the Battle of Bosworth 22nd/23rd of August, and we will be back at Skipton July 2016.

Tudor Reenactment at Framlingham Castle

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
Brown.

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