“I was captivated by the idea that people were actually re-enacting Crusader Knights and just had to go and see it.”
Dr Fitzsimmons’ fascination towards re-enactment began in his youth. Growing up, his father’s passion for history exposed him to historical epics like Ben Hur and eventually historical war gaming at 13-years-old. Then, it was an Abbey Medieval Tournament advertisement in 1990 which further enhanced his fascination with historical re-enactment.
He recalls, “I was captivated by the idea that people were actually re-enacting Crusader Knights and (I) just had to go and see it…” Enthralled by the costumes and spectacle of the Tournament hosted by the Company of Knights Bachelor, he shortly met with Damien Fegan and John Topping where he learnt all about the hobby. Soon after was invited to train with them at the Old Queensland Museum, and the rest he says, is history.