The turbulent period of history when Richard the Lion Heart, King of England, embarked on the Third Crusade and called upon his subjects to set forth and join him is to be recreated at Arundel Castle this weekend.
Arundel Castle guards the road linking the Medieval ports of Shoreham, Pagham & Portsmouth – and access to the sea via the River Arun. It is a logical mustering point for men, supplies and equipment setting out for the continent. Set within a historical tented encampment, visitors will be able to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the late Norman period.
Displays of weapons and combat techniques, archery exhibits, and an opportunity to try on replica armour of the period, will all be among the many attractions laid on for visitors to the 11th century Castle by the Raven Tor Living History Group. Demonstrations of falconry, battle tactics fighting and a distant trumpets story teller all add to the exciting attractions planned for the weekend.
The re-enactment activities begin at 10am and continue into the afternoon.
Raven Tor’s Paul Ullson said “This event has grown and grown over the last few years, and is now sited on the Lower Lawns of the Castle, which is in the perfect setting to bring this time period alive. Our Normans and Crusaders weekend will reflect this fascinating time in England’s history and the history of Arundel Castle.”
The Normans and Crusaders Weekend is taking place from Saturday to Monday, 7 - 9 April. To find out about the Castle entrance fees and opening times, go to the website at www.arundelcastle.org