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Medieval life recreated by history buffs in Leongatha


Tristan Thorpe and Renee Allpress do battle at a Leongatha Medieval Society event.

WAR is raging between England and France – in the quaint countryside of South Gippsland.

The members of the Leongatha Medieval Society recreate the first half of the One Hundred Years War between France and England from about 1340 to 1400.

The passionate historians act out an English mixed archery/infantry company, complete in attire from the period.

“We are a group of people who gather to explore and recreate certain aspects of medieval life,” the society’s Renee Allpress said.
“We explore medieval combat both hand to hand and archery, as well as activities such as crafting and general life in the middle ages.”

Most members choose to portray a general class of person such as knight or archer, while some members have researched specific people and attempt to portray elements of their life.

With about 20 members, the group always welcomes newcomers.
“We hold weekly combat training sessions in Leongatha focusing on armed combat, monthly archery shoots and occasional special events such as harvest festivals or a feast,” Ms Allpress said.

The society meets weekly on a Thursday in Leongatha for general training and monthly at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra for archery.
“I enjoy the variety of people and the opportunity to investigate and recreate elements of medieval life,” Ms Allpress said.

“It is fun. There is something for everyone, as you are only limited to your imagination and the time period.

“It is also fantastic way to get some exercise and a great way to meet new people.” 
While it is possible for enthusiasts to buy a complete kit, most make their own clothing, camp equipment and accessories.

Brad Lester 

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