St. Edith’s Village
This is a a brand new encampment area planned for the 2017 festival, so we are very excited to bring you St. Edith’s Village – an encampment that depicts a 12-13 century crusader era village from differing geo-locations. So while it does not depict a village from any one country, it is a generic representation of what a typical crusader era township might have been. The village includes a chapel, market-place complete with pilgrim shrine and artisan shops, horse stables and more. The groups found within St. Edith’s Village are:
- Knights Templar
- Order of the Horse (Saracens) – This group brings together the past and present and will be participating in the joust arena, along with each of the other groups in St. Edith’s Village,. The Saracens pre-joust show called ‘Steeds and Steel’ will take place on both Saturday and Sunday at the 1.45. The performance will showcase medieval equestrian skill, including horse sword-fighting, and involves practice for war, as it might have been. And in the spirit of all things experiential, the hall-mark of the Abbey Medieval Festival, the audience is encouraged to imagine that the joust arena is a real-live courtyard in Chateau Pelerin, South of Haifa, in the Holy Land.
People are getting ready for a pilgrimage, horses are active, worry and excitement is in the air.
This twenty minute performance is your window back in time, to imagine your participation in this pilgrimage, as you see appropriate.
- Companie of Knights Bachelor
- Wayward – a most excellent medieval musical group with Hurdy Gurdy, Lute, and Rebec – Never heard of these instruments? – You know where to come then!
- Order of the Golden Wheel – this is a Persian group of musicians and poets that will perform during the day in the Knights Templar marquee
- Companie of Northumbria – Artisans including a shoemaker, stained glass maker and more.
- If you have ever admired and found yourself mesmerised by the hauntingly eerie sound of a group singing in Latin – that’s Gregorian Chanting. You have to experience the Schola Cantorium Latin prayers . It might be as old as the hills, but somehow this ‘Earworm’ gets into our heads and we find ourselves drawn to it. Don’t miss it!
- Stroll along St. Edith’s Village and you may find yourself gazing into the forlorn eyes of a poor soul locked in the stocks, hands and head bound within one of the most renowned medieval punishments.
- Or perhaps a little bit of medieval surgery will be more to your taste – you might even help to hold the saws and knives!
St. Edith’s village will not disappoint – don’t miss it!