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The Battle of Hatherleigh Moor - Day 2
Re-enacted by Sealed Knot, August 2005
Day 2 (Sunday) was bright, with a little breeze to cool things down and a thousand or more folks wandered up to the moor, or drove, \to the specially organised arena. The battle area was roped off and no-one exceept the battlers were allowed over the other side.
The natural slope gave a great view and Sealed Knot were kind enough to give a short briefing to the audience a) to let them know what was coming and b) to let people get used to the explosions (keep your mouth open, was one bit of advice).
A 21st century microphone allowed the 17th century Royalist Captain to explain things to the crowd.
A trial battle between the pikemen of one side and the infantry/rfilemen of the other saw the infantry routed in a fun opening to proceedings. Then the battle (skirmish) proper got under way. Towards the end the action got a little boring and almost disappeared under a rise in the ground to the left. Shortly after the roundheads were routed and ran away.
Closure came with a march-past by both armies beyond the safety ropes ... except that someone dropped the ropes just as they came level with the crowd and the whole lot charged the audience enclosure, giving us a taste of the real thing.
We heard that the battle was fairly-well planned by the officers, though the men didn't know what might happen. Of course, the outcome was never in doubt but it was still an entertaining afternoon.
Go to Day 1 - the fun battle that was real
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