VIDEO: Arundel Castle under siege

ARUNDEL Castle came under siege today as three prominent living history groups portrayed a breathtaking battle.

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The French army moved in, in an attempt to overtake the historic fortress, while English troops, under Edward IV, bravely fought to defend it.

Visitors were treated to scenes recreating a dramatic battle, complete with authentic costumes bringing the Middle Ages to life.

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There was the opportunity to enter the tented encampment to meet the soldiers in between battles and witness the sights and sounds of the period.

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Although there was no historical siege at Arundel Castle in the 15th Century, the three-day event aims to show the importance of artillery in taking a castle, as well as being a battlefield weapon.

Other displays included the Distant Trumpets Story Teller with tremendous tales from the period and a demonstration of historic weaponry.

Castle manager Bryan McDonald commented: “We are so proud that the castle is involved in such a gripping interpretation of history, it is one of our most anticipated events of the year – even the castle team do not know the final outcome of the battle!”

The Medieval Siege continues tomorrow and Monday. Entrance is £20 for adults, £17.50 students, £11 children, to include a visit to the castle bedrooms, main castle rooms, castle keep, the grounds and Collector Earl’s Garden.

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