Medieval Pageant Canterbury
On Saturday 09 July 2016, organisations across the city of Canterbury came together for the city’s first Canterbury Medieval Pageant and Family Trail.
There was a procession through the city to celebrate its medieval past, led by King Henry II, Queen Eleanor and a host of medieval characters. Some of Canterbury’s finest medieval buildings were open to the public, with fun and creative activities for people of all ages taking place on the day.
Historians and students from Canterbury Christ Church University were based at Canterbury Castle in Gas Street. Built in the reigns of William Rufus and Henry I, Canterbury Castle was a royal residence and a prison.
The Centre for Kent History and Heritage at Canterbury Christ Church University and the Milites de Bec (historical re-enactors) hosted talks, readings and family activities from 11.30am to 4pm.
Dr Leonie Hicks, senior lecturer in medieval history and author of A Short History of the Normans (I.B.Tauris, 2016), gave two free talks at 11.30am and 1.30pm on life in a medieval castle.
Following on from Dr Hicks, Dr Mike Bintley, senior lecturer in English Literature, delivered a reading from a Middle English romance, in medieval dress at 1.50pm. The organiser of events at the Castle was Professor Louise Wilkinson.
Read a blog post Sheila Sweetinburgh wrote about this event.