A Medieval Ruined Castle as Playground

A pictorial report by Nils Visser

So wat happens when you "lend" the ruins of a thirteenth century castle to a bunch of men and women who just happen to have a bit of a medieval outfit?

Well, Peter Pan Syndrome kicks in fully of course, they stage a siege of the place.

The Peter Pan Syndrome, at least the kinder versions, refer to adults who don't behave like adults. Apparently this is bad. Apparently this is a disease that can be cured. So that we too can sit around a table and talk about the neighbours' shortcomings, just like normal people do, instead of exploring the nooks and crannies of a medieval ruin and having heaps of fun.

By the way, pictures of an out-of-place character (namely myself) in Eastern kit reflects the historical "Transfrontiermen", men from the fringes of the known world (Asia) who worked the Silk Roads, acting as guides, guards, interpreters, scouts etc. Items of their outfit would have been renewed on the spot, meaning their kit becomes a collection of gear available from Constantinople/Istanbul to Beijing. Likewise, their cultural identity denoted not one place of origin, instead it was a mish-mash of different cultures and languages. Very much like the real me, hence my affinity with this character.

I kind of mixed this with the Mongolian habit of sending envoys over in the thirteenth century to count the herd of sheep and cows in the far Western kingdoms, announcing happily to people that the Great Kahn had sent me over to "count your sheep, cows and your women." Kind of Jake Blues meets the Eurasian Steppes.

Keeping a watchful eye on things
Keeping a watchful eye on things
Taking turns
Taking turns
Get ´im
Get ´im
So cool
So cool
Transfrontierman
Transfrontierman
Nice shot
Nice shot
Big grin
Big grin
Ever watchful
Ever watchful
Mind your head
Mind your head
Assessing the situation
Assessing the situation
Look, washerwomen!
Look, washerwomen!
Look, a spider
Look, a spider
Sharing a break
Sharing a break
Prepare to loose
Prepare to loose
Nock, draw, loose
Nock, draw, loose
And loose
And loose
Pensive thought
Pensive thought
Discussion about dinner
Discussion about dinner
Fish spotted in the moat
Fish spotted in the moat
Trying to talk the fish out of the moat
Trying to talk the fish out of the moat
Hostilities are about to commence.
Hostilities are about to commence.
Negotiations
Negotiations
Preparing to corss
Preparing to corss
Preparing to receive
Preparing to receive
Crossing
Crossing
I like the helmets in this picture
I like the helmets in this picture
Viewing the enemy
Viewing the enemy
More view
More view
And so it begins
And so it begins
Combat
Combat
Line
Line
Who´ll cross first?
Who´ll cross first?
There they go
There they go
And come running back
And come running back
New cunning plan required
New cunning plan required
Archery
Archery
Last pose by the castle ruins Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Last pose by the castle ruins Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Inspecting the line Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Inspecting the line Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Shouting and hollering Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Shouting and hollering Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Getting in line Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Getting in line Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Nock and draw Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Nock and draw Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Loose Photo by Christoph Wiekart
Loose Photo by Christoph Wiekart

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huntnfish 4 years ago from Montana/Washington

Beautiful photography! Just looking at these pictures got my heart pumping, it looks like a lot of fun! I'd love to be a part of an event like that.


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Nils Visser 4 years ago from The Low Countries Author

Thank you, it is indeed quite an experience. If you liked this one, you'll probably like A Castle Brought to Life as well (on my hubthingi), and if you want more text try page 58 of : http://issuu.com/stickandstring/docs/summer2012


Imar 4 years ago

You did it again!

Proud to shoot with you in the Dutch Warbow society!


Mesdag 4 years ago

Great set of pictures!

Sometimes I try to explain to my collegues why it is fun to run around castles in medieval clothing. They seldomly understand. But I know for sure, deep in their hearts they are a bit jealous that I can do the things I do, which we could only dream of as children.

Never grow up! Or at least not too old.


Ricardo Mjöllnir 4 years ago

Really love the things you guys do. Beautiful pictures which tell the story.

Like the explanation of the Transfrontiermen a lot. This gives costume makers more to play with then just basic fabric. TOP ARTICLE!!


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Nils Visser 4 years ago from The Low Countries Author

Cheers lads.


Frank of the Spoon 4 years ago

Another castle brought back to life! Nice one mate.


Marcel 4 years ago

Superb piece......yet again!


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Nils Visser 4 years ago from The Low Countries Author

Calm down though, these are just pics, no real story to speak of.

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