Video: 12th century horsemanship with the Horsemen of Eire

May 10, 2019

It was, on May 1 2019, 850 years to the day since Robert FitzStephen and his small armada of three ships landed at Bannow Bay in County Wexford, an act which heralded the beginning of the Norman takeover of much of Ireland.

To commemorate those events, the village of Carrig-on-Bannow hosted a bumper festival of reenactments, good grub and one sunburnt author.

Said writer was overjoyed to have a good ol' chat with Jack and Alessia from the group Horsemen of Eire about all things 12th century, and later left his bookstall to watch the troupe, this time with top herald Jürg, as they went through some of the specifics of cavalry warfare in the period of FitzStephen, Strongbow, Aoife and William Marshal.

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