Plymouth Medieval Society
The society spans the period 1400 to 1485, concentrating on
one of the most exciting and turbulent periods in our country's
At home, we portray the period when Henry the Fourth usurped
the throne. The Percys of Northumberland put down both Scottish
and Welsh rebellions, before rebelling themselves in 1403. The
new King's Son Henry V renews his claim to the throne of France
and this leads to a renewal of the ‘Hundred years war’.
With the death of Henry V, his infant son is crowned King of
England and France and the realm is plunged into a bitter civil
war, which later became known as the Wars of the Roses.
Whilst away, we change our characters and armour to portray
Wars of the Roses soldiers fighting for the Lancastrian cause
against the Yorkist armies. We can usually be seen supporting
the Beaufort retinue at the events around the country.As well
as the combat side of the society, the society also has a dance
group, who portray nobles in period costume dancing to the music
of the time. There is also an option to enter our camp to see
inside the medieval tents where the Lords and Ladies would have
lived whilst on campaign or at tournaments. Whilst there the
public are encouraged to try on the armour and handle the weapons,
to get a view of what history was really like.
Our members have worked as extras in both film and television
and have displayed for both English Heritage and Cadw at castles
all over England and Wales. However, the pages of history are
littered with great battles fought far away from the big castles
and the society has followed the footsteps of our ancestors
on the great battlefields such as Flint, Tewkesbury, Berkeley,
Shrewsbury and in the far away fields of France at Agincourt.