Middle Ages market

a Middle Ages market or a medieval market is a market meeting with a people fixed character in a Ambiente more or less inspired by the Middle Ages.

Middle Ages market in Turku

both the actors and the participation, and a part of the visitors, dress into fantasievolle or medievally working, a smaller part even into exactly reconstructed, Gewandungen. These markets enjoy for the 1980er years of increasing popularity. Even if the designation the “Middle Ages” in the name is carried, then to have these meetings generally nothing with an authentic, thus historically details to do reconstruction of a market of the Middle Ages.

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the articles offered on these markets for the sales are usually arts and crafts goods, in addition, Esoterikprodukte. Typical goods e.g. are. And Gewandungen Middle Ages-inspired herbs, skins, leather goods, decoration, blow and pass weapons, elbows. On some meetings is offerer of replications of medieval artifacts. Craftsmen, who demonstrate the forging handicraft, are to be found partially likewise, how Glasbläser, which manufacture glass beads, Bodürenweber and artists, which provide pots and sculptures from steatite, like formerly the Wikinger.


Gaukler fool dock on the Spectaculum 2004

typical are the present musi edges, which play mostly on drums , Schalmeien and Dudelsäcken and often relative to free interpretations of medieval lyric poetry in latin or medium high German or modern, again-high-German texts sing. Some volume (e.g. In Extremo (no more on markets actively), Cultus Ferox, Corvus Corax, Saltatio Mortis, violating muzzle, Subway ton of Sally) reached admittingness by these appearances beyond the Middle Ages scene.

Apart from the music there are also presentations, which reach from theatre over narrations up to the Akrobatik , sword fights and fire spitting. Frequently also a yard fool is present. Some artists and actor reached supraregional admittingness on the Middle Ages markets. To the artists of this range belong among other things Magister winter field, Magister red ago, pellet & Pankratz and the witch Walpurga.


looking fighters on the Spectaculum 2004

on the larger Middle Ages markets take place frequently also knight tournaments . Everything is ordered from Tjost to Buhurt in the context of the looking fight. For delivering the tournaments the organizer assigns commercial groups, which demonstrate a choreographiertes play. Some organizers offer also free tournaments, at which the participants must actually measure their skill.

In the last years thereby the medieval knights do not only come to the course, it also plays are arranged, which represent a fight between Celts and Romans. Although these two groups of peoples do not belong actually in the Middle Ages, the Protagonisten counts this Spektakels nevertheless into the term Middle Ages scene varied far.


organizers are mostly commercial organizers such as z. B. Fogelvrei and Gisbert Hiller with its medievally Spectaculum or local of associations (e.g. Local or historical associations, castle associations, if necessary. Owner of historical buildings).

„market speech “

on many of these markets one hears the actors and also some talk the visitor in a very much screwed manner of speaking. Empty phrases such as Seyed greeted or titles such as noble of Recke and Holde Mayd are to strengthen the Ambiente. Also rather merrily meant designations such as bag kite (lighter) and time iron (clock) are to be heard.
This manner of speaking called „ market speech “is an art language, itself from pieces of disalignment Luther writing language, for which avoidance of modern terms and a portion formed improvisation on the markets for maintenance. In such a way however at no time of history (1980 ago) one spoke.


the requirement on historically correct representation is not generally rather small and differently than being measured for instance in the experimental archaeology or historical performance practice with academic yardsticks. For some years there is however a conflict between two groups of the gewandeten market visitors. The one are those, which itself fantasievolle and/or. dress medievally working “Gewandungen” of any kind, which others those, which put value high on authenticity. The controversy proceeded from the second group, which went toward the other one and “non-authentically” and this deplored called these, because according to their opinion the quality of a market would suffer from it. However no speech can be from authenticity in the actual sense also at this group, because the “authentic” (genuine) Middle Ages passed and not to revive. More appropriate designations would be historical “reconstructing” or “historically informed”. It should be clear that even genuine museale articles (music instruments, decoration, weapons, arms) in the hands today socialized humans no “authentic” Middle Ages to return to be able, but always a historisierenden interpretation be subject.

This controversy of many years over the authenticity factor is today still current and a solution is not to be expected. The mention gladly „A-word of the “term mentioned of the authenticity leads frequently to heating the mind up and to violent discussions. The opponents of the demand for authenticity also always refer to humans, who were disadvantaged by most diverse handicaps, if they had to fulfill this requirement. However nobody is forced on such meetings to do without modern aids such as eyeglasses.

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