Chivalry Today’s staff of educators and interpreters were proud to be asked to join in the festivities at the 2012 Mission Viejo Readers Festival. The Festival is an event that promotes literacy and education, and gives local Southern California residents a chance to meet and speak with some world-class authors. But this year the organizers wanted to go beyond the usual book signings and author talks, so they invited several living history organizations, including Chivalry Today, to bring the color and pageantry of medieval and Renaissance history to life on the “village green,” expanding the Readers Festival into a full-fledged community festival.
Chivalry Today brought out a staff of more than 30 highly skilled interpreters to put on scheduled talks and demonstrations of medieval courtly music, Renaissance fencing, medieval artillery (catapults and trebuchets), 15th century wrestling skills, falconry, a “deed of arms” display of armored sword fighting skills, historical crafts and blacksmithing, a station for brass rubbing art, and an extensive display of hands-on pieces of armor that children (of all ages!) could try on and imagine being a knight in shining armor.
Mission Viejo TV News joined the fun, and Chivalry Today’s program director Scott Farrell got the opportunity to explain all the activities on camera.