Crowds enjoy Tudor takeover of Raglan Castle

South Wales Argus: Tudor Weekend at Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire
ARRIVAL OF THE TUDORS  Which brings a smile to Amy Hellard's, (ok), face. Here she is pictured with Jasper Tudor (6707852) Tudor Weekend at Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire ARRIVAL OF THE TUDORS Which brings a smile to Amy Hellard's, (ok), face. Here she is pictured with Jasper Tudor (6707852)

A RE-ENACTMENT saw a king beheaded and a powerful dynasty born at Raglan Castle yesterday – as part of the first ever Tudor Weekend at the historic site.

From the sound of swords clanging on chain-mail, to talks about Anne Boleyn, it was a true celebration of Tudor history.

While a hog roast, meads and Tudor tavern ales completed the theme.

An estimated 2,000 people attended across the weekend, with a re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth proving particularly popular.

From historians to families, there was something for everyone, with living history groups Armourial Knights and Beaufort Companye adding an authentic element to proceedings.

Meanwhile face painting, games and a family Tudor trail kept children entertained.

Events custodian at Raglan Castle, Jane McIlquham, who was behind the Tudor Weekend, said it had been the perfect mix of entertainment and education.

“Most people are unaware that Henry Tudor, later King Henry VII, was actually raised here at Raglan Castle. From the ages of four to 14-years-old this is where he lived. The Tudors, the infamous dynasty, are actually Welsh. I just find them so fascinating.

“We have had a complete gamut of Tudor history here this weekend.

“The living history element has been spectacular.

“Many children say they are reading the Tudors in school, so this event was particularly apt for them. It was a great turnout.”

Custodian Jill Cale said she hoped the event would become a regular feature on the programme of events at the castle.

“We’ve had it all, from an execution in the middle of battle, to a glorious crowing ceremony,” she added. “People have loved it.”

Visitors were also given the opportunity to try on Tudor dress, listen to historian Emma Knight, and have pictures with numerous beefeaters, along with both Henry VII and Henry VIII.

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