When did people start re-enacting/producing replicas?

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When did people start re-enacting/producing replicas?

Postby sarjoy » 02 Dec 2010 17:59

Does anyone know when groups first started producing replica battle dress and re-enacting battles outside?
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Re: When did this start?

Postby balaklava » 05 Dec 2010 02:00

Which time period ? In the US the centennial of the US Civil War in the 1960s was only the beginning of what has become HUGE in the hobby. I am seeing online many UK based Confederate and Yankee Civil War units. US Rev War has been around a while also. The WW2 period has had huge a following in the US since the mid 1970s & is BIG in the UK. The War of 1812 has been around 20+ years, the bicentennial is coming up and there's a lot in planning to observe the occurrences of that period here in the US.

The Victorian period(s) ? I got started in 2005 with developing a Crimean period 93rd Highlanders impression.

Commercially available uniforms are plentiful in the more popular periods and the world wide web has made finding items very easy. Some uniform items, headgear, etc., may to be be special or custom made.

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Re: When did this start?

Postby Sabreur » 05 Dec 2010 07:14

How about the "Eglinton Tournament" held in 1839 where a medieval joust was reenacted with full pomp, combat, feasting, etc.?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eglinton_T ... nt_of_1839
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Re: When did this start?

Postby Matt Easton » 22 Dec 2010 13:25

It started a very very long time ago.. The Romans used to reenact historical battles in amphitheatres - the battles of Alexander were a popular theme. Under Edward III tournaments which were supposed to be reenactments of ancient and mythological battles were held in London, Windsor and elsewhere. Elizabeth I used to enjoy watching military spectacles based on events from earlier history. The Victorians (as shown above) used to put on similar pageants.

Basically people have been reenacting military history from past time for as far back in history as we know about. What is perhaps a more modern phenominon is for individuals to play a historical role and act a part - though you could also argue that people have been doing that in theatres since ancient times also. Half of Shakespeare's plays could be called reenactments, as they are based on historical people and events.
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Re: When did this start?

Postby walrus » 09 Jul 2013 04:16

Matt Easton wrote:It started a very very long time ago.. The Romans used to reenact historical battles in amphitheatres - the battles of Alexander were a popular theme. Under Edward III tournaments which were supposed to be reenactments of ancient and mythological battles were held in London, Windsor and elsewhere. Elizabeth I used to enjoy watching military spectacles based on events from earlier history. The Victorians (as shown above) used to put on similar pageants.

Basically people have been reenacting military history from past time for as far back in history as we know about. What is perhaps a more modern phenominon is for individuals to play a historical role and act a part - though you could also argue that people have been doing that in theatres since ancient times also. Half of Shakespeare's plays could be called reenactments, as they are based on historical people and events.

Sabreur wrote:How about the "Eglinton Tournament" held in 1839 where a medieval joust was reenacted with full pomp, combat, feasting, etc.?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eglinton_T ... nt_of_1839

All of these were Interesting, especially during Queen Victoria's reign. NSW Lancers acting out the role of Mounted Police fighting with outlaw "Bushrangers"
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