How do you photograph over 2,000 re-enactors fighting an English Civl War battle? With great difficulty. This weekend saw Conquest 2007 at Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, a multi-period historical event with Romans, Vikings, Knights, Medieval actors, English Civil war soldiers and soldiers of the Napoleonic period taking part in actions in the grounds of the Hall. It was a glorious day on the Saturday, the sun shone the ground dried out from the previous weeks rain and a grand time was had by all, especially the re-enactors, you could just see them enjoying themselves on the field of battle.
It is impossible to show the scale of the work, the sounds of battle, the smoke, the noise, the sheer enthusiasm, in a simple picture, you have to be there to feel the atmosphere.
As well as the battles there were a number of living history camps weer the day to day lives of the times were acted out.
There must have been over 3000 people taking part when you take into account the non-combatants, the hangers-on and the rest.
This picture just shows a small percentage of the Sealed Knot Re-enactors about half way through the battle.
I imagine a few more images will be posted over the next week or so.
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