The stage is set: The Normans are coming!

At last year’s Sarasota Medieval Fair, King Harold repelled a Viking invasion of the North of England with a decisive victory at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.  Unfortunately, with the fast march to and from Stamford, and the fighting in between, King Harold exhausted his fighting force. So they were ill-prepared to repel a second invasion, this time from the south, only two weeks later.  That invasion, of the Normans lead by William the Conqueror, is the setting for the 2009 Sarasota Medieval Fair to be held November 14, 15, 21 and 22, with a special new Student Discovery Day on Friday, November 20!

William, Duke of Normandy, depicted on the Bayuex Tapestry

William, Duke of Normandy, depicted on the Bayuex Tapestry

On the death of Edward the Confessor in January of 1066, three men vied for the crown of England: the Viking Harald Hadrada, Harold Godwinson (who defeated Harald at Stamford Bridge), and William, Duke of Normandy, who had a tenuous blood claim through a great aunt.  William invaded England in September, leading an army of Normans, Bretons, Flemings, and Frenchmen to victory over the English forces of Harold (who died in the conflict) at the Battle of Hastings, and suppressed subsequent English revolts in what has become known as the Norman Conquest.

At the 2009 Sarasota Medieval Fair, we will commemorate the Battle of Hastings with a Human Combat Chess Match.  Unless you have been to our fair before, you’ve never seen chess played like this!  The pieces are people: the characters that you interact with all day from the battling kings down to the lowly peasant-pawns pressed into their service.  And in this chess match, the pieces don’t get captured without a fight!

Become part of history by joining us at the fair.  Meet Harold, William, and their supporters, soldiers, and the good people of Hastings.  Subscribe to this blog and receive fair updates, history snippets and special offers. We invite your comments below to suggest blog topics as the days of the fair draw near.  For more information, visit http://www.sarasotamedievalfair.com.

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