500 years town hall Osnabrück

After some time I finally got again the chance to shoot some new pictures. So yesterday I was in Osnabrück at the first event in the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the building of the town hall of Osnabrück, which will go one till October with a verity of different events. This building is mostly known for being together with the town hall of Münster the two places in which the Peace of Westphalia, the peace treaty to end the 30 years’ war, were debated and in 1648 signed.

So to start the celebration, they invited some reenactors of the 14th and 15th century to show some aspects of the time in which the town hall was build. Of special interest for me was a cambist, who showed some aspects of the medieval administration and demonstrated the craft of checking the value of coins with medieval techniques. Also interesting were a group of guys, who put weapons and parts of armour on display, and later also made a show putting one of them in his armour, doing some exercises to illustrate the freedom of movement a suit of armour provides. Running around in a circle and doing push-ups was, surprise surprise, not the slightest problem. Afterwards he got a short instruction in fighting with a pollaxe. To put all in a nutshell, it was a very entertaining and educating show at an level of quality rarely seen at German events.

Altogether it was an event with an level of quality and historical accurateness like only too few in Germany. I would wish to find more of these events with reenactors, who know what they are doing, have researched there displayed subjects, and dress in a fashion used in the shown ages. It would be a great surplus if most of the so called German “medieval fairs” and “medieval groups” would become extinct to make room and awareness for new reenactment events and reenactors in the medieval ages. There are some hight quality events in the ages of the ancient world, especially the time of the Roman empire, and the modern ages, especially in the times of Friedrich the great and Napoleon, but especially in the genre of medieval reenactment German events are at a point from which there is nearly only a way up. But since nearly all events are mostly driven by the idea of commerce and not historical accuracy, at the moment there seems to be no possibility or intention to establish a larger scene of reenactmant here in Germany. Not speaking of the level of hate and disgust, with which everyone mentioning historical accuracy gets treated.

So all I have to say, is, I am glad there are events like the one I visited yesterday and people, who despite the medieval genre in Germany are working so hard at there equipment and, more importantly, at there own knowledge and the one of the audience.

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