13 - 26 August: games in the Middle Ages
In the second half of August, we will be visited by 2 Dutch reenactors, Mirjam and Wolf Aronius. They belong to two Dutch living history groups, the late 8th century Saxon group Swerdberas Altsahsen, and the fifteenth-century group Altegaar, a mixed bag of friends with very different activities.
With her Spellencraem, Mirjam's passion is to let people play together, parents, children, and grandparents. She makes the games out of wood, leather, and bone and loves to tell people about them. For example, did you know that the mill game was played in Egypt as early as 1400 BC and that the Romans played it on the steps of the Roman Forum and later took it to England?
She gets to know many games, especially during her travels to Denmark, such as her favorite games "Bull's bollocks" and "Pig's tail bone". During the year, the games are used in various school projects at the ruins of Teylingen Castle in the Dutch town of Voorhout.
Her husband Wolf is a history teacher. He enjoys being involved in his profession and hobby in the right setting in an informal way. He also plays games with the visitors and he's also a storyteller who occasionally pounds a hammer in the forge or on the drum for music. He also participates in reenactor battles as a mercenary.
They are always open to questions and a chat, which often leads to fun encounters.