They are only memories now, allocated to History books and kept to epic movies, but medieval times can surface and show itself in different and unique ways.
Western Sydney of recently played host to some modern medievalry with the advent of the ‘Lords and Ladies Medieval Fayre’ at Blacktown.
Just as the name states, one would have expected the television news or movie producers to be on hand to catch a glimpse of some medievalry in recent times.
Apart from your usual fanfare, such as food, food and more food, there was the Iron Maiden for some fun-loving sacking and stretching and sword fights with pre-requisite shield and armour.
But the highlight of the Fayre was the ‘jousting’, yes with joust, armour, horse and all. Apparently the “knocks were real”, and so was the pain, according to Blacktown local, Rod Walker, or Sir Rod (Carsell, A. & Van Den Broeke, L. May 25, 2014).
The jousting sent the Blacktown crowd speechless as the activity had a real possibility of breaking bones, comparing it to a Rugby League match.
Such medieval events would definitely suit History buffs, Action and Drama movie and documentary lovers, fun-loving young people, sports and contact sports participants and spectators and, of course, entertainment aficionados of all kinds.
Movies and documentaries are the best way to visually capture medieval times, but all talk, the looks and no action can make people possibly bored and thirsty for some action; enter the ‘Lord and Ladies Medieval Fayre’.
Blacktown in Sydney, which probably had some medieval history back in the days, would definitely have been placed on the map with such an event. It was not Parramatta or Liverpool, but a little further out West in Blacktown. Blacktown as one of the biggest populations in Australia, and such a population would make a fitting audience for the Fayre.
Doonside, one suburb out from Blacktown, was the site for the Fayre with a throng of about “60,000 people” converging in Western Sydney. It is amazing there are not more people seeing the Fayre, with events such as this a rare occasion (Carsell, A. & Van Den Broeke, L. May 25, 2014).
More importantly, the Fayre sends out a message of constructive peace to countries where there are wars and conflicts and how to handle these situations in a better and proper manner.
- · Carsell, Andrew and Van Den Broeke, Leigh. (May 25, 2014), ‘Medieval fair is joust the ticket for family entertainment’, The Sunday Telegraph, p. 11