Thursday, November 27, 2008

Medieval Banquet

Master Caunsfield (my friend Matt) has given permission for me to use his photos here, so you can all see a cool medieval banquet...

We all came together one by one in a local parish hall in a small Somerset village. We laid tables, hung flags and then got into kit...


Once the candles were lit and the lights went off, it magically transformed into a medieval banqueting hall...

The villeins (filthy peasants!) waiting for their dinner - our Lord Hungerford is a kind, magnanimous lord...inviting the general villeinage.....

The other end of the class structure - the table laid ready for Lord Hungerford and his guests...

who included his son, Thomas Hungerford the Younger and Lord Berkeley (in red)...

The banquet is an opportunity to petition for training as a Knight - such as the potential Lord Burley here (aka John)

It's a time to promote villeins to yeoman (to offer them their freedom) such as my friend 'Maud'...

and my 'husband' Billy Brambles...

Mrs Aginoth gained promotion to Retainer (step up from Yeoman) and gained the keys to her own domicile....

Much was made of the fact that Lord Hungerford promoted Mrs Aginoth before Aginoth - so she technically outranks him...(she got to keep the keys to the new home!)..

After the ceremonies and the banquet proper, things relaxed....in some cases a little too much! This is my other 'husband' spark out after a few brews while his friends bury him in bread....

cq

14 comments:

Juggling Mother said...

It's amazing how empowering a seet of big keys is:)

I am so going to enjoy jangling when I walk all next season!!!

Mike said...

Looks like everyone had a great time.

Michele sent me.

Bilbo said...

Looks like I have to be careful that Agnes doesn't learn about that key thing...my titular role as head of the house is tenuous enough! It looks like this was great fun - glad you had the chance to enjoy it and share it with us!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

It looks like it was a lot of fun there. People pass out just as much whatever they are wearing!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Glad you had a lovely outing with Good Friends and collegues...!
I hope that leg will be truly HEALED, very very soon, my dear....I know how hard this must be....! Thinking of you and so glad you came by for a little visit.....! (((((hugs)))))

Mar said...

Fascinating, cq!! it seems like an amusing event and I am glad I am lucky enough to have a taste of it through your friend's pictures. Just lovely.
Hope your troubles are solved soon.
I have missed you :)

David said...

hehehe
welcome back cq
and here's to a fine season of revelry!

Nikki-ann said...

I thought of you today as I was at a Medieval Christmas Fayre in Ludlow!

It looks and sounds like you all had a good time at the banquet!

Walker said...

That looks cool and alot of fun.

Melli said...

Even on crutches you have TOO much fun! This looks like it was really a BLAST! I love that shot with all the candles glowing... that is excellent! How cool!

ivoryfrog said...

Hi CQ,
Banquet looks like a lot of fun, I love the pic with the candles - very cool!
The bug is a lot better now - she went back to playgroup today (they have to stay off until the "pops" have scabbed over) so that made her happy - seeing all her little friends again.

Both ladybird and ladybug were impressed this morning on the way to school - snow! Now turned to ice but they thought it was cool walking to school in the snow. lol.

Hope you are feeling better.
take care
ivoryfrog x

keda said...

hello you!

that looked like fun :)

i've finally read down and realized you have metal legs and no hands :(:(
i'm so sorry babe. that must be a nightmare.
good luck with the nhs, and your knee. and a huge gecmis olsun (may it be in your past) from kebabistan.

kisses sweets.

Fizzy said...

Looks like a riot of fun!
Well done on the Lord promoting women first... a very forward thinking medievil person me thinks!

Carmi said...

The Mrs. ALWAYS outranks the Mr. It is, as it should be!

Leave it to you to not only share the experience in words and images, but to delight us in the process.