Mournful cries of bereaved wives and the heart wrenching sobbing of newly fatherless children make the scene particularly moving. Their last visit was in November when they staged the terrifying Holmganga, reported in Skirmish No. Once again utilising the tried-and-tested format of a rolling scenario, Tÿrslið brought to life the mysterious tale of Ragnar Lothbrock and his vengeance-seeking sons. Please note, tickets for event days can vary, please check the Event Page for Further information. As a grim reminder of the fate of Ivarr's father, the rotted corpse of Ragnar Lothbrog still hangs from the battlements of York. In the opening clashes neither side gains advantage. Blood is spilt however, as two of the Northumbrians fall to Viking blades.
The brothers make plans for a punitive expedition to England. You are signed up to Rockingham Castle events. He had set his sights on an altogether more ambitious project. The foundations of the 11th Century chapel made a fine setting and a natural amphitheatre for the opening two scenes of the day's presentation. Although History records the victory of Ivarr over both Northumbrian kings probably in the same encounter , presenting a scripted battle takes much of the spontaneity out of the performance, at least from the viewpoint of the participants. Two of Ælle's men die in the early clashes, their tunics stained with their blood.
The crowd, safely ensconced behind the safety barrier, wait in hushed anticipation as three of Ælle's guards loaf in the gateway, leaning on their spears. The Tÿrslið introductory music - from 'The Lion in Winter', signals a movement at the far end of the arena, which attracts the guards' attention. This device worked most effectively. The celebrations are interrupted by a messenger hotfoot from the quayside. Struggling he is brought before Ælle, usurping King of Northumbria.
Once again, Tÿrslið had demonstrated their professionalism and their ability to educate, entertain and thrill a crowd of two to three thousand people with yet another quality performance of frighteningly realistic combat and evocative drama. Tÿrslið demonstrates in its performances, the unerring skill of taking an available piece of history, augmenting it in an innovative and ingenious way, so as to present a credible reconstruction based on the sagas and a plausible interpretation. The conflict is fierce; some might say awesome. He is, however, too late to prevent the death of the Viking leader. Edwin, Ælle's counsellor, the king reconsiders, preferring to keep Ragnar as a bargaining chip.
As foe Ælle himself, some sources say that Ivarr had him blood-eagled, but evidence for 'blood-eagling' is scant to say the least, and many scholars doubt if this form of torture actually existed. Ælle's body is criss-crossed with bleeding slashes until eventually Ivarr finishes the gruesome task by cutting the throat of his father's killer. The Castle has welcomed many Kings and Queens including Richard the Lionheart, King John and Edward I. His tunic is ripped open to expose his bare flesh. Since then, for almost 500 years, Rockingham Castle has remained a in the Hands of the Watson Family.
In 870 Ivarr returns to Dublin where he remains as King until his death of natural causes three years later. As the triumphant Osberht gives thanks to God for victory and Ivarr and his brothers retreat to lick their wounds within the city of York, the poignant strains of Barber's Adagio for Strings floats over the blood-soaked battlefield, now bestrewn with the bodies of the dead and dying. The Tutbury venue is an ideal setting for re-enactments of various periods, for whilst the ruined battlements and earthworks date from the 1400s, the whole ambience of the castle and grounds lends a unique atmosphere to all things historical. Contacts Chairman: David Laing Admin Secretary: Katie Callaghan Organiser: Mr James Saunders Watson Telephone: 01536 770240 Organiser: Lizzie Saunders Watson Telephone: 01536 770240 Entries Secretary: Mrs Tissie Reason Telephone: 07721 551713 Email: tissiereason gmail. At this point, the lookout atop of the South Tower shouts a warning that the King is approaching. The village was a hive of activity; children ran and played and dogs barked.
Ubbi is outraged by the taunt, but Ælle believes his superior numbers makes him invincible. He insults the brothers echoing Ragnar's reference to 'little pigs' and referring to the story found in the sagas, that the great leader had disguised himself as a woman to get close to Ubbi's mother. However, Ivarr, that master tactician nods to his brother and on Ubbi's command the main Viking army materialises through the crowd to surround the Northumbrians. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. The usual trading of insults, threats and imprecations take place as a prelude to the battle. Ivarr raises a 'puppet' king - Egbert - in Northumbria and his brother, Halfdan 'Wide Embrace' becomes the first king of a Viking York - renamed Jorvik. He dies peacefully - laden with riches, seemingly invincible in battle and resolutely heathen.
Northumbrian jubilation is short-lived however, as in a matter of days Osberht is killed in battle and the Viking victory is complete. Your feedback is a great way to help other attendees choose their events. The backdrop for the final two scenes in the unfolding saga of Ivarr The Boneless, was the earthworks surmounted by rampart, which runs from the North Tower to the South Tower, this latter structure forming the gateway to the City of York. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy Full size and scale vintage vehicles Arts, crafts food drink and gifts marquees as well as outside trade stands. However, Tÿrslið dealt with the fate of the hapless usurper in a most adept and impressive way.
Ælle's force is cut to ribbons and although the invaders suffer some casualties, the Northumbrians are utterly routed. It is known as The Great Army. It is 867 and Osberht remains Ivarr's only obstacle. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. Only Ivarr remains impassive and composed. As always, members of Tÿrslið were at pains to inform and educate, fielding questions from all angles.
Cut after cut is delivered including, hamstrings. He calls for silence and commands that the festivities continue. You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Castle Opens at 1pm with Final entry at 4:30pm. The Tower lookout sounds several blasts on the horn and gives the alarm. On the dot of 4. Each brother then steps forward, identifies himself to the rapt spectators with a suitable epigram, and delivers one or more cuts to the unfortunate king.