Here I am at the fayre!
This weekend was the Medieval Fair in Houdan, a village nearby. It's one of the longest running fairs in France, dating from sometime in the 16th century. It used to be held in the village itself, but because of traffic problems and space, it is now held in the large feild behind the village. This has enabled troops of performers to hold jousting tournaments and mock fights! (this weekend was the English against the French - the crowd really got into it, lol.)
There are illuminators, troubadors, cooking stands, weapon makers, tanners, compass makers, archery stands...well, you name it. It's quite a lot of fun, so we make sure to see it.
The costumes are what makes it so fun. (Check out the group right behind my son.)
The battle was quite loud (orders from the captain - "When we yell 'Fire!' plug yer ears and open yer mouths the lot of you!" - after the first volley of ear-splitting explosions, we followed orders!)
After the battle, the captain yelled "The Dead May Rise!" and they did. That, we thought, would be a splendid ending to any battle.