Romans and Barbarians
By smacdowall, Sep 2 2017 08:11AM
Earlier in August I made my way over to northern France for the annual Roman and Barbarian festival at the Musée des Temps Barbares at Marle, just to the north of Laon.
The small museum displays artefacts from the early Frankish occupation of Roman Gaul in the 5th-6th centuries. It’s main drawing point is the reconstructed Frankish village where from time to time various re-enactments are staged.
Nerby Laon is worth a visit for the walled Medieval centre perched high above the surrounding plain. My alter ego DonQui Oaty highly recommends the Domaine de Barive not far from the museum for an indulgent overnight stay.
As to the re-enactors at the festival - I shall let the photos tell the story:
Great shots of the events and it gives some good insight into the clothing styles and uniforms which color plates in a book cannot do real justice too.It must have an interesting experience given your recent books on Goths and Vandals. Does this mean that a book on the Franks is coming next ?
Thanks for sharing
Yes the Franks are coming next. Just finished the manuscript and a couple of photos from here will be going in