Manc’s Mugs: Katherine the Musketeer
We recently introduced a new feature on our Instagram account – Manchesters’ Mugs! It’s our way of introducing you to a face of our regiment.
We feature favourite photos from a member of The Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote along with their reasons why each image is special and some of the stories about why they love reenacting with us – and encouraging you to join up too!
This time it’s the turn of Musketeer Katherine, who’s chosen some of her favourite photos…
“I went to my first muster in Sherbourne in 2014 with this guy I had started seeing that year – he had been in the Knot for about eight years at this point so it was a big deal to come along. I had made myself some ladies kit for one of the parties we had, and busied myself with anxiety about doing something SO DIFFERENT from the normal. But I needn’t have worried, as soon as I got there and met everyone it was like I’d known them for ages, and had a wonderful weekend (under a sky full of shooting stars) with the regiment.”
“After a season as a water carrier (the best way to see the battle and get a feel for what you want to do if you’re a bit unsure) I decided to join the musket block. We have such a ludicrous laugh together. Dan at the front here has a habit of taking ‘musketeer selfies’ which for YEARS I was always exactly behind someone’s head or gun, but this time I’ve managed to get right in there – see the joy?!”
“One of the things I think I’m most grateful to the Knot for is being a space in which I get to make things again. I don’t know anything about history but I studied art, and used to craft all the time, but having a project to work on and research to do and a whole cast of excellent approachable experts to quiz has made such a difference. I now make most of my kit, and really enjoy picking up embroidery projects to add to the richness of my on-field persona.”
“At each muster we tend to have a couple of parties so the regiment can get dressed up in fancy dress, play silly games and have a generally awesome time. Nowhere else have I had quite so many times to attend a 50th black tie cocktail party in a field in the rain!”
“This is my other persona outside of ‘soldier’ for when we do living history events – lady! Even though I’m not a Civil War history buff I have really enjoyed taking part in living history events and school visits to talk about the social history of the 17th Century, and ‘a woman’s place’. A particular highlight was being able to engage with and debate a group of very bright teenagers at a local school on women’s roles.”
“One of the great joys of Manchester’s is the range of events we get to do. From pure small-scale living history events and school visits, to huge battles with cannon and horse. My favourite event from 2017 was a tiny little regimental in Chadderton, where we did a small skirmish where we fought as different sides defending Foxdenton Hall from attack in this little glade on the grounds. The audience was ten deep and completely delighted to watch the choreographed fight unfold. Having the audience so close and the chance to really get stuck in and do some acting (my past self would be paralysed by anxiety!) and a proper death scene with all my mates on a sunny afternoon was a huge delight.”
“One of the loveliest things about the events is getting to spend time with your regimental family, hanging around at camp, cooking or drinking together – dancing in the beer tent or repairing kit and chatting around a camp fire. At August Bank Holiday in Scarborough this last season we took a trip to the seaside where myself and my husband had a swim, and met the rest for ice cream and chips on the sea front!”
“Being in Manchester’s has given me so much, not least a huge new group of friends from all walks of life and all over the country. I count myself so lucky to have met my regimental family, and treasure the weekends we spend together in the open air, fighting, and playing silly-beggars. Also having so many re-enactor friends allowed us to form a proper sword tunnel to exit through when I married that fella who introduced me to this amazing hobby, way back in 2014. Roll on the rest of our lives, fighting, partying and growing old disgracefully as part of this excellent gang.”
That’s all from Katherine’s #mancsmugs – thanks so much to her for taking part and we hope you’ve got a glimpse of just some of the things we get up to at events! If it’s whetted your appetite, make sure you join up now! You can give reenactment a go for just a tenner – and all your kit is provided!
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