Crossroads in Time

Am taking a personal micro-vacation this weekend… sans wifey, unfortunately, but still, it will be Good ™.  I’m going to a… I guess you could call it a “themed camping event,” called “Crossroads in Time,” with a bunch of folks doing living history.  There’s no set venue, b/c the US LH community is so diverse and fragmented.  Instead, it’s late medieval (1300-1500).  I’ll be going as a servientes to Istvan Lackfi, Voivode of Transylvania, during the Neopolitan Succession Wars… roughly 1354.

Pictures should follow.  The plan is to play backgammon, drink beer, shoot at the clout (long-range archery), and learn to do interesting things with rope, while enjoying the air in southwest Utah.  So far, it looks like the weather is going to cooperate… highs in the mid-90s, lows in the mid-50s.

I did a LOT of living history when I was in Hungary, taking part in shows, the occasional television program, and a ton of lectures delivered to schoolkids, so while it’s sad that I don’t get to drag the wife along, it’s profoundly relieving that I actually get to use some of the equipment that I’ve got all over the place for the purpose.  Plus, the guy hosting this is doing this as part of his “let’s make my mid-deployment vacation memorable,” so I really have to do it up right so he has lots of cool photos to show off once he gets back to his unit.

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  1. Mike

     /  June 25, 2008

    Now THAT sounds fun (although I would be picking a different time period, each to their own). I heard a great presentation here at Norwich that was right up your (meaning you and wife) alley. The guy did a Capstone on the evolution of the Mongol Recurve Composite Bow. Quite interesting for me, you would have been doing the wave in the back. We had some really great medieval stuff and very late Roman/Eastern Empire stuff that I happened to luck into and was good enough that I stayed for the whole section (which is saying something as I gave up the US Civil War part one section for it).

    Anyway, enjoy the hell out of Utah.

    Oooooooooo, somehow that seems funny.

  2. Wow… if you still have the notes, I want them…. oddly enough, a lot of these medieval technology questions are also highly relevant to the colonial period. Did you know that in the Northeast, the Indian nations possessed powerful composite bows?

  3. Mike

     /  June 25, 2008

    Missed that one. The question I asked dealt with his initial thesis which was to compare bow tech with several other locations and determine why the Mongols cracked the code. The answer was of course several items such as resources to work with, culture and location. Not having many trees but having horses was really the big one. I didn’t know about the Northeast Indians and bows though. I didn’t have any notes unfortunately. The presentations were not exactly organized in the best possible method so many times handouts were in limited number when you ended up way more folks than you thought you were presenting to.

  4. Andrew Reyna

     /  June 25, 2008

    Are you a decendent of the Lackfi nobles? Sounds like a nice mix of Scarborough Fair and awesome.

  5. No, not a descendent at all. But one needs a persona for having a basic “okay, what are you portraying?” My gear, etc, is appropriate for a 14th-century Szekely in service of the Voivode..

  6. Andrew Reyna

     /  June 26, 2008

    I see. Was that gear choice on purpose, or was it on sale?

  7. happycrow

     /  June 26, 2008

    Dude. You are punching WAYYY out of your weight class here… 😀 most folks don’t even know who these people are.


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