he basic roles you can play when you join the society are that
of a soldier or camp follower. As a soldier you will be trained and
drilled as a billman or longbowman initially, although you may wish to
become a officer later. But that's just the start.
The "Living History" events represent a military camp of the period
with weapon training, a military court, medieval cooking, archery, sports
and pastimes (betting, dice and cards, football) and so on, so there are
plenty of opportunities for playing roles other than that of a soldier.
See the Recruiting Party for more details.
Members of Knights In Battle work together to organise events, provide
transport, training accommodation, tents and equipment and all the
multitude of things needed to allow us to take part in these events. We
have people appointed to various tasks to help you, such as the Herald who
will advise on costume, the Swordmaster who will supervise your weapon
training and the Show Director who will help you in playing your
More than half the members of our society are women or children under
16 and, because of the emphasis we make on living history rather than
simple combat, they have a full role in all our society events.
Our annual membership fee is currently £37 for combatants or £10 for
children. However you are welcome to come along for a few times to
decide whether you like it (or us !) before deciding to join. We can
provide you with all the gear you need to take part in events but you'll
be expected to (and want to) eventually provide your own equipment, as the
stuff we lend out tends to be a bit battered. Please come along - we look
forward to meeting you.