The old English greeting, "Wes Tu Hal!" literally translates to the modern English, "How do you hail?" The question was a typical
greeting in Saxon England.
So, Wes Tu Hal! Welcome to Markland!
We are a non-profit historical educational organization, incorporated in
Maryland and operating mostly from the Virginias through the New York City area.
We re-enact medieval life by constructing and using reproductions of the periods
accoutrements, and we generally have a lot of fun educating the public (and each other)
with what we have learned in the process. Feel free to browse around.
We'd love to hear from you and you're welcome to attend our events. But be careful!
You might just learn some medieval history at the same time.
What We Do
- Living History
- Music and dance
One of Markland's most popular and visible activities is fighting, which takes one of two forms: Re-creation
or "rec" ("Fake fighting with real weapons"), and Fratricidal or "frat" ("Real fighting with fake weapons").
Rec Fighting is staged or choreographed,
with realistic weapons (blunt), in which the combatants are working together
to put on a display, not competing or trying to hit each other. Battle
reenactments such as Hastings and fights put on for the public at fairs
or parades are typical of rec fighting. Since these are public shows
the participants need to have appropriate garb and equipment, though this
may vary according to circumstances. New rec fighters must use wooden
weapons until they have been qualified to use steel, and of course all
fighters must follow the safety rules.
For guidelines on historically accurate garb, see the Markland
Basic Clothing Standards.
Frat Fighting is a competetive sport
in which the participants try to eliminate their opponents using weapons
that are specially constructed for safety. A certain amount of functional
armor must be worn, though like the weapons it is not necessarily historically
accurate in appearance. Frat fights can be one-on-one or involve
dozens of fighters per side. Frat wars last a weekend and have several
different battle scenarios each day. A more detailed description can be found here. Rules for Fratricidal combat
are found here.
Markland's living history displays are
an important part of our educational status, as well as being fun.
We have a number of different historical groups or camps, some of which
are official Markland groups, while others are simply common interest activity
groups. At most of Markland's own events you don't have to part of a group to participate.
Some people have their own activity to display and share, such as spinning wool
into thread, and others just hang out. At events where Markland is
just one of several organizations involved, you might need to be a member
of a participating group in order to take part. There may also be
garb requirements for an event. The events schedule
page has details and contact information for upcoming events.
FEASTS are non-public events, meaning that there is no audience.
They are for food and fun, and you need
a ticket to get in. Sometimes there will be a theme which attendees
are encouraged to follow. Feasts may be fully provided, meaning your
ticket gets you a complete meal; or partly provided, meaning only certain
items are provided and you must bring anything else that you want.
In any case, you'll need your own dishes and utensils, and most people
also bring candels, tableclothes, etc. There may be live music, dancing,