For anyone with a passion for history, it is only natural to want to experience what life was like back then. It is one thing to look at an artifact in a museum and imagine what its use was, it is entirely another to pick it up and actually use it.
The term living history refers to a first-person portrayal of a real or imagined person from another time. Civil War era re-enactors are one example of a well-known Living History group, where the members dress in uniforms and live the life of a soldier on campaign, one weekend at a time. They also go to schools, museums and other public venues to demonstrate various aspects of life during the Civil War for the public.
We wish to re-enact the Middle Ages in a similar fashion. While some of our members have already participated in many Living History events, as a group we are still building our presentation. In addition to presenting Western Martial Arts to the public at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, we also anticipate holding presentations for schools and museums.
In addition to public displays, several of our members belong to another Medieval tournament society, and participate in the armored combats there. Eventually, we wish to host our own tournament with highly accurate, full armored combat.
Some of our members are also getting ready to join in the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt in 2015, and will travel to France to participate in a reenactment on the actual battlefield.