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Wahkahchim
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:50 pm    Post subject: Everything but Dancing Monkeys Reply with quote

Last weekend I enjoyed...deeply enjoyed...the Monterey County Highland Games. I am most interested currently in 1622 Virginia, so living history from the late Elizabethan/Stuart era was most interesting. Except that the group proceeded through the area with an escort of purple-clad women with fantasy swords and two weightlifter-style shaved head men cracking bullwhips. In their 1600-era portrayal they did not have guns, because, they said, only the very rich had guns. The rest, they said, brought English longbows. Am I missing something in my reading? John Smith and his trusty bullwhip? Powhatans vs the longbow? Xena the Warrior Princess meets Opecancanough? Oh the humanity.

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Fitzhugh Williams
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I don't know, but last weekend I watched the Sea Hawk starring Errol Flynn and the Spanish, in 1585, were using Charlevilles !
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Highland games are often ren faires with athletic competitions. I have read some articles where the use of the plaid is waaay overdone and probably did not exist prior to the 17th century as a garment. Braveheart was really bad both historic and costume wise.

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