At most musters our living history display attempts, within modern confines and limitations, to portray life within a C17th baggage camp or general domestic life, crafts and skills, at that time.
A prime purpose is to educate and inform on various aspects of this period. However, it must be remembered that all of the members are amateurs who carry out their own research into the role that they are portraying.
Most of the things that are taken for granted by a modern society, had to be carried along on the march. It is worth noting that the food is cooked over open log fires, which in itself requires skills often forgotten. To support the movement of troops, skilled artisans keep the complete unit moving. This would range from wheelwrights and armourers to bodgers and scribes.
It is the aim of Living History to give as accurate a portrayal of this period as possible. However, some things cannot be portrayed; the bad smells and sounds, the screams from a surgeon’s tent, the lack of latrines and hygiene, these and the like we prefer to leave to the imagination. It should also be understood that the common soldier would have slept in the hedgerows regardless of the weather, therefore the camps portrayed is one of comparative luxury and the status of the individuals would have been quite high in the army. Indeed, some will only be using the tentage as a receiving area whilst at camp and would possibly have arranged billeting in a local manor house or inn, sympathetic to their cause.
You do not need to spend a fortune, or develop a special skill, to enjoy this aspect of 17th century re-enactment. All you need is your basic C17th reenactment clothing and an enthusiasm about what we are doing – but be warned it can be addictive!!
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