Battle of Hastings II to be Staged and Live-Tweeted This Weekend

By Gary Cutlack on at

A reenactment of the Battle of Hastings is planned for this Saturday, when the East Sussex village of Battle prepares to welcome as many as 1,000 authentically-dressed history enthusiasts. The local pubs had better stock up on the real ales.

The reenactment thrill weekend starts today, the 950th anniversary of the end of the famous war that literally everyone in the country knows happened in the year 1066, with church services and lots of boring old thoughtful stuff about how lucky we are etc. planned for today.

The war is scheduled for tomorrow, and then, as long as the losses aren't too heavy, there will be a reenactment of the reenactment on Sunday, seeing as 16,000 spectator tickets have already been sold for the events -- and a similar French army is coming over from Normandy on the ferry.

All of the action will be live-tweeted by the English Heritage Twitter account, which may or may not just rehash a load of stuff from the history books.

The part of King Harold will be played by Kendall Kinrade, who told the Guardian the main reason he got the job was because he's tall and owns the equipment, saying: "It’s a great honour being Harold. I got it, I think, because I’ve got the kit, I’m good at organising a battle – and I’m 6ft 4in, which is taller than the real Harold but means I stand out quite well on the battlefield." [Guardian]