The annual Medieval Market is coming up Nov. 19-20 in Williams Lake.

The annual Medieval Market is coming up Nov. 19-20 in Williams Lake.

Medieval swordsmen roam the alleys at the Medieval Market

Watch out for sword-wielding medieval fighters at the Medieval Market next weekend.

Watch out for sword-wielding medieval fighters at the Medieval Market next weekend.  As part of the entertainment, the fighters, dressed in full armour, will engage in armed combat using traditional swords and shields.

The fighters are members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms, an international group that studies and recreates medieval cultures.  Our local branch, the Shire of Coill Mohr, includes members from 100 Mile to Prince George.

Along with the fighters, other members of the group will be dressed in period costumes, each focusing on a specific time and place.  So there will be costumes from 10th century Finland, 14th century France, 11th century Norway, and 13th century England.

There will also be displays of armour and demonstrations of a variety of Medieval crafts.  Market goers will be able to observe Finnish tablet weaving from the 10th century, inkle weaving, rigid heddle, pickup weaving, and naal binding, an ancient Scandinavian form of knitting that results in wool cloth.

The Medieval Market features handmade wares from over 100 artisans, live music on two stages, and a hearty concession.  It takes place at the Williams Lake campus of Lake City Secondary School, Nov. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.  Admission is $5 for the weekend, or $3 for Sunday only.

And don’t worry.  The fighting all takes place on the main stage, so it’s not actually dangerous!