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The Vikings at Godmanchester Gala Day 2005

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The Event in 2005
Today’s events are set in the tumultuous times of the 10th Century when King Edward the Elder successfully reclaimed East Anglia from Viking rule. You will have the opportunity to see two skirmishes which may have taken place in the fields around Godmanchester during these uncertain times. Will the Danes of Huntingdonshire bow willingly to the requests of the Saxon king, or defend their land under Danish rule to the last? As well as watching displays of combat, you are welcome to wander through the Viking encampment, to visit the locals and experience their way of life at first hand.

Living History in Godmanchester

The Re-enactors
Founded in 1971, The Vikings is the oldest and largest Early Medieval reenactment society in the UK. With over 800 members throughout Britain, and
others in Europe and the US, The Vikings are the premier society presenting the Viking Age. While the Society concentrates mainly on the 10th Century, some events are set in the wider period from 790 to 1066, with the appropriate modifications to dress and equipment. Our aim is to provide an accurate and educational portrayal of the Viking period, with an equal emphasis on the daily life of the period and on the more warlike aspects of what was a formative period in European history. The society works extensively for English Heritage and independent events organizers, and has appeared in numerous films and documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and the History Channel, and regularly stages large-scale re-enactments of the Battle of Hastings.

Ousekjarr is the name of the Cambridgeshire group of The Vikings who are putting on the show today with the help of their friends. The name means
"brushwood island by the River Ouse". The group represents a range of people of the 10th Century, from the ruling Thegn and his household to the
peasant warrior serving in the defence of his land. You will see a mixture of Danish and Saxon styles in dress and jewellery, which is in keeping with the merging of the two cultures occurring in Cambridgeshire. Why not ask a reenactor whether they are a Viking or Saxon? Do you think you can tell the difference?

Vikings of Ousekjarr

Membership details
If you would like to join the Society and take part in similar shows across the country, visit our website or call Cathy Murphy on
01353 740329.

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