Russian medieval re-enactors… a Russian “Society for Creative Anachronism”
Russians went to the Kulikovo Field as citizens of various principalities and returned as a united Russian nation.
A Pannikhida for all those who fell in battle for Russia will be served in the church on the Kulikovo Field on the anniversary of the battle. On 18 September, the 630th anniversary of the Battle of the Kulikovo Field, about 300 re-enactors will portray Russian and Mongol foot soldiers and cavalry, they will stage a re-enactment of the battle for the thousands of visitors expected, the organisers of the affair told our correspondent on Monday. Within a few days, workmen from Russia and throughout the CIS will recreate the camp of a medieval war band on the banks of the field’s rivers. As part of the holiday tournament, contestants will take part in archery and fencing, hold horse races, and demonstrate authentic period cuisine, costume, and armour. Master classes in pottery-making, baking bread, armour and costume fabrication, felt fulling, dyeing cloth, and wickerwork will be held on the campgrounds. Besides this, there’ll be a medieval brewery and a travelling forge. The celebration will conclude on 21 September, the feastday of the Nativity of the Virgin. Liturgy will be served at the church near the Kulikovo Field, an Alley of Memory and Unity will be opened, and a monument to the fighters of the Kulikovo Field will be blessed.
6 September 2010