This is a short session introducing the weapons and armour used by certain warriors from history.
are picked to become 3 ranks of warriors; a king, a noble and a follower.
These volunteers will be dressed in the armour and be allowed to handle
the weapons of their chosen rank under close supervision. Each piece of
equipment is described in detail; its uses, from what and how it may
have been made, who it may have belonged to and where it would
have been found in an archaeological context.
If a safe area can be provided there may also be a short archery demonstration.
As the workshop progresses the participants should gather a good understanding of how a period army was made up, where these warriors came from and what equipment they had.
Key Facts / Sources:
|Origin of metal; Construction of weapons and armour; Archaeological finds & Grave-goods (Sutton Hoo, Spong Hill); Laws (Alfred, Ine, Athelstan); Illuminated manuscripts (Psychomachia, Harley Psalter, Julius / Tiberius calendars, Tiberius Psalter); Poetry (Battle of Maldon, Brunanburh, Beowulf)|
|5 years upwards||
|Spear- and Shield-Making; Battle Drill|
|Make Your Own . . . 'Spear/Axe and Shield'||Warriors Information Sheet|
|'Hædde the Hunter' picture to colour||Warrior picture to colour|
|'Spearman' picture to colour||'Psychomachia folio 30' picture to colour|
|'Harley Psalter folio 13v' picture to colour||Early (Pagan) Drawing / Colouring-in - Wíga (Warrior)|
|safe area for archery (optional)|