Are you thinking of taking up re-enactment as a hobby?
Buckingham's Retinue is a collection of like minded enthusiasts, who recreate the period known as the "Wars of the Roses". We pride ourselves on our authenticity and professional attitude to the portrayal of late 15th century life.
Imagine, if you will, a castle somewhere in England. It has stopped raining, the sun is coming out and the damp grass is beginning to steam. You are standing in front of the gatehouse. As you enter you are confronted by two polearms thrust across your path and scowling guards stare at you and ask you to state your business at the castle. Mumbling some sort of reply they let you enter.
In the courtyard there is an encampment. Clustered around the central fire squats a motley collection of tents; weapons and armor lying about, some displayed neatly and others scattered as if just thrown off. All about the inhabitants go about their daily tasks of cooking food, repairing clothes and weapons, cutting wood, selling merchandise, playing games, drinking and avoiding work. Just beyond the camp archers practice at the butts while in the background you can hear the sound of others clanging and cursing at weapons practice.
This is the kind of atmosphere we strive for; are you interested in taking part?
If you join us, then you too could play a part, whether minor gentry, servants, tenants, merchants or soldiers. All that is required is for you to be reasonably active, have a good sense of humour and be willing to join in.
To start off you are not expected to turn up with any costume, props or equipment. All that you need is a sleeping bag, money for necessities and for visiting the local hostelry and, as stated above, a sense of humour.
Our costume is as close to authentic for the period as we can make. But don't worry, it's comfortable and warm to wear. If you take part in any battles then gloves, body armour and a helmet are the minimum required.
The events we do are organised for a sponsor, such as English Heritage, who get their money back from the general public, who pay to watch you re-create living history. It's a great way for you to get to see some of Britain's finest historical monuments for free.
If you join our group we offer: excitement, historical knowledge, something different and friends all over the country; and it's lots more fun than going down the garden centre every weekend.
How do I join?