Over the weekend, 18-19 July, the annual Winterfest was held in Marsfield Park, North Ryde. It was a weekend full of history where there was Dark Ages fighting and the experience of medieval life. There was full flight falconry, a tournament joust, archery range, markets and of course a tourney field. There were many historical combat and re-enactment groups there to demonstrate their abilities with a blade. Stoccata, the group I fight with, where there to put on our own demonstration duels of sword and buckler, rapier, longsword and Italian single sword vs. George Silver’s single sword. It was a lot of fun and great to hear the crowd really get behind the fighters.
Thanks to Kristin Sadlier for the photos.
Tim Miller works in the Editorial & Publishing department at HarperCollins Australia. In his spare time he swordfights, writes, reads fantasy and peruses sword and dagger catalogues (so don’t mess with him). Read Tim’s post on swordfighting.span>