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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.


Reconstructed Frankish Hall
Reconstructed Frankish Hall

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:


Fifth centruy Romans
Fifth centruy Romans



Negotiations between Franks and Romans
Negotiations between Franks and Romans


A fine looking Roman officer
A fine looking Roman officer


Frankish Smiths
Frankish Smiths

Alamannic women
Alamannic women

Alamanic warrior
Alamanic warrior


Romans on the march
Romans on the march


Germans attack a Roman frontier fort
Germans attack a Roman frontier fort


Roman skirmishers engage
Roman skirmishers engage


Clash of shield walls
Clash of shield walls

Children scouring the battlefield
Children scouring the battlefield


Frankish bakery
Frankish bakery









2 comments
Sep 3 2017 01:29AM by Tim O' Connor

Hi Simon
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
Tim

Sep 3 2017 11:23AM by smacdowall

Yes the Franks are coming next. Just finished the manuscript and a couple of photos from here will be going in

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