Bloodstock 2009 and the Vikings have landed - and they're after Blood!
Bloodstock Festival-goers will have the chance to meet the infamous warriors of the Vikings and see combat up close, as Vikings mingle with the fans and challenge each other to personal duels of honour. The Norsemen raidersâ€™ reputation for fierceness will be on display over the weekend. Clashing shield to shield, the warriors will test each othersâ€™ strength in ferocious combat. Viking duals are always fought at sword reach, up close and personal.
The Vikings are a Dark Age Re-enactment society with hundreds of members across the country whose aim is to bring the past back to life. They will be representing raiders and traders from across the Viking world, from Constantinople on the Black Sea to Iceland, from Scandinavia and the British Isles.
Dressed in authentic costume, carrying replica metal weapons and trained in the martial skills of the Viking Age, they aim to entertain and give a brief insight into the warfare of the infamous seaborne raiders. It is a glimpse into the lives of the men and women who, from the 8th until after the 11th century, took Europe by storm.
Feel free to stop and talk to the Vikings. They are happy to answer questions about their weaponry, Armour and the history of the Viking Age as well using their carefully honed skills to recreate battles. These warriors are immersed in the history and attitudes of the Northmen of a thousand years ago.
THE BATTLE SHALL BEGIN AT BLOODSTOCK 2009 !