Take Scandinavias best preserved medieval city and add lots and lots of people in costumes. Vikings, medieval, landsknects any costume you can think of. There are pirates and fairies, jesters, princesses and monks. A huge eight day festival filled with market, tournaments, workshops, re-enactment. People singing in the streets, fire and laughter.
Everyone is happy, everyone is there to meet friends and have fun. For many including me Visby is magical.
Visby is a small city on the island Gotland outside the Swedish mainland.
So What do you do?
Then there was the big battle! I was “fleeing civilian” this time to. At the battle of Mästerby I felt the battle more closely. The big battle was of course a lot bigger and I only saw the actual fighting from far away. But it looked amazing! The Battle of Wisby group have high standards for the participants and that makes it all into a time travel, a plausible slice of a medieval battle.
Battle of Wisby also had a camp. The camp is re-enacting a camp from the 14th century and there were groups from all over Europe attending. I had the chance to take part of some of the camp life, even if I lived in a apartment on the big square. I loved the camp, I don’t belong to any re-enactment group (yet) but everyone in the camp was so friendly and nice to me and I made a bunch of new friends.
There were a lot of workshops held in the camp and I took part of a plant dyeing workshop. Filling my heads with plans for the winter. I might not be able to dye fabric for an entire dress (finding a pot that takes 4 meter of wool fabric might be hard) but I will surely try to dye for smaller things.
I also learned how to do brick stitch embroidery, since I had been craving the silk bags that everyone is making at the moment.
And I also learned how to make stone mould for pewter, it was not hard to work work in the stone but really hard to make anything good. I tried to make a badge with a bunny, a acorn shaped mount for a belt and a acorn button that looks mostly like a breast.
My loot of the week is this nice jug from the Danish medieval centre that is a copy of a Danish find from 14-15th century.
I had the best medieval week so far, new friends and a lot of nice people that came up to me and said that they read and like my blog. I like that you like my blog and it is always nice to see people in real life.
There are a few more pictures from my week, and they can be found HERE!