A Fight in Binder Lake Park
"I'm thinking about cutting the person's head off in front of me. I want to cleave. I want to kill," reenactor Ian Judd commented. "Our job is to protect the king and chop the head off of anything that comes off that hill."
The fighting may be fictitious, but the accent is real. This group, a part of Vikings North America, invited about a dozen re-enactor from England to perform the Battle of Hastings. Most of these men and women make their own tents, clothing, and even their weapons.
"You end up with some pretty spectacular bruises if you don't block."
"We use nice heavy blunts on the end so that when they actually hit someone they don't do any damage. Otherwise, you have to buy them a beer," re-enactor Dave Hall said.
Re-enactor Rob Schuster said, "A lot of people who drive by actually think we're getting it on and we've actually had police here. They'll come out and look at us and shake their heads like we're absolutely crazy."
Crazy enough to wear 30 pounds of chain mail, but it's not just for show.
"Bumps, bruises and occasionally a break. But not anymore dangerous than football," Schuster said. "This scar was from a sword."
"Yeah, bits broken. Bits very badly bruised. Mostly my ego usually, but apart from that.." commented re-enactor Stephen Allen.
As you know, the Normans won. After all, you can't change history. In the end, these fighting "knights" will go back to working days.
Next year, the Americans are headed to England to reenact the Battle of Hastings on the field where it actually took place.