Friday, November 5, 2010

Horsens - European Medieval Festival - Prep Day

Horsens
Action Town Once a Year

The town of Horsens hosts a European Medieval Festival annually, known for its crowds of enthusiastic would-be's and their retainers.  Come to Jutland. At Middelalder.



See it at ://www.worldtravelguide.net/denmark/horsens-european-medieval-festival/  The advantage to this festival is that it comes at the end of the summer, a time to suit the nonconformist visitor. Midsummer has enough. This event relies largely on the benevolences begun by philanthropists like Christian Daniel Danjelsen.


Christian Daniel Danjelsen, 1842-1921. He was a Barrister who, with his wife, set up a large charitable trust for the "embellishment' of the town of Horsens.  See http://books.google.com/books?id=dpb1GaDPoq0C&pg=PA245&lpg=PA245&dq=%22Christian+Daniel+Danjelsen%22+Horsens&source=bl&ots=mcp0bPxUeb&sig=8nU_QL1zh7nI1mRKC5Y9v5gKm-I&hl=en&ei=vz7UTNGoD4iosAPJlPyMCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CBUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Christian%20Daniel%20Danjelsen%22%20Horsens&f=false/  Here is Mr. Danjelsen, the one on the left. Admire the mustache. The gentleman on the right is another Daniel, pleased at the name. 


We tried to schedule our time to be there on The Day, but it is not worth arriving the day before and just waiting. So we were there when we were there, and even recommend getting there the day before, when they are setting up.  The festival is in the city, on a large open space, but parking still is difficult.  And pricey.  Avoid all that be early-birding. See the costumes, even get to talk to people.

Tent it up. Retainers at play. Horsens Medieval Fair, Horsens, DK






There was 20 minutes to go before the official jousting rehearsal in the arena -- saunter around.



Scandinavia has a sense of design in places we usually ignore. How very tasteful is the wicker.


So:  The Grounds are Ready.  Now:  to the Games. For a preview, see ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwnvv0wC0X4&NR=1/ and ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08-pnznfa8&NR=1

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