Does anyone know when groups first started producing replica battle dress and re-enacting battles outside?
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
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