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During the year 2016, the Castle of Saint Mesmin has present "The Lord's life" : the life of the castle owner.

On summer, with an emphasis on fun, visitors were sure to come across the head cook, the great chef of the premises, but also the refined, smooth-talking dance master and finally, they are certain to meet the fencing master who will teach them that military activities are concerned with both war and peace.


Head cook: The head cook is the chef whose role is to feed the castle owner and his household.  He is responsible for devising and tasting the dishes, maintaining order, cleanliness and ensuring the supply of provisions.  By drawing inspiration from medieval books and culinary manuscripts, dishes of yesteryear will once again become topical, blending spices and fragrances, all interspersed with stories about hunting, fishing and poaching…


Dance master: The dance master is a lover of the arts. He dedicates his entire life to entertaining the castle owner.  Poetry, literature, music and dance hold no secrets for him.  Incidentally, in the castle, no secret can resist him.  Meeting him is to enter his world.  A real introduction to “fin amor” with demonstration of single and double branles, discovery of musical instruments and odes to the great poets and troubadours of his time…


Fencing master: The fencing master is the personal trainer of the castle owner and all the men-at-arms of the castle. A knight, he is at the service of the lord and every day strives to maintain order and security.  The training that allows a dubbed knight to become man-at-arms is challenging. These necessary steps require in-depth knowledge of heraldry, arms and armour, in addition to physical training and entertainment such as tournaments.


With l'Oriflamme  

 

 


Photos of 2015
The castle has put the emphasis on the “Children of the Middle Ages”. The life of children at the end of the Middle Ages was presented – children from towns, the countryside and the courts.  From the country roads, passing through the courts of noblemen, between small jobs, recreation, apprenticeships and customs, these children from another time will have no more secrets for you.


The child of the towns :  More diverse, the world of the town child is that based around the street with all its resources that come with it, that of apprenticeships and indeed that of a middle class world.   There is a sense of belonging to a guild, a brotherhood, a specific trade and to a rising elite which is the middle class.  A turbulent world, more restricted, heralding already the early beginnings of an industrial society but also revealing the risks and dangers of town life.

The child of the countryside (the fields):  These children are in tune with nature (forests, rivers), the different elements (plant life, animals), the climate (natural risks, catastrophes) and the seasons. They actually assist the adults in their activities. Generally, the boys are given some responsibility, aiming to develop their physical condition, endurance and observation.  The girls are responsible for the direct production process of the animals and plant life and the whole collection of faiths and superstitions.

The child of the courts:  From the young page to the prince, the child of the courts lives in a more restricted environment, more protected but also more rare.  Should it be in the training of how to serve people in high places or as such managing himself, the child of the courts is obliged to take up a form of apprenticeship:  that of the protocol, rules of etiquette, principals of courtesy, the legalities of public relations...Leisure time and entertainment make for a regular diversion from this didactic vocation: medieval verse (chronicles of heroic exploits), educational treaties, state costumes, all activities aimed at moulding the child early in life into a responsible adult.

With Compagnie  Entresorts

   


Photos 2014

The Hundred Years War is over, but the Duchy of Burgundy threatens the Kingdom of France ...
Is it a time to wage war ?

The castle has projected a lecture on the effect of war on everyday life in the Middle Ages: Reflexion, anticipation, choice of action, organisation, innovation, defence and prevention will be the “key words”.

“Daily battle”:  How to prepare for the worst...How to survive the hazards of war, the climate, hunger, the cold, sickness. This daily battle is famous for the conservation of food resources, research and maintenance of military equipment.

“News and accounts of war”:  The war such that is told and illustrated by the winning side...The courage, the gallantry, the taste of the epic, the retelling of events, acts of bravery of some, treason and unreliability of others, the excitement of training and some spectacular demonstrations of individual prowess in tournaments and acts of weaponry.

“War strategy”:  Diplomacy, economy, strategy:  the war as a game!  Description and the atmosphere which reigns on the battle field... Victory or defeat and their repercussions...

 

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