1655 at Czestohowa; Sept. 2003 at Doylestown PA
- The living history event reenacting the siege of Jasna Gora,
Czestahowa Poland of 1655 is on.
Labor Day weekend, 2003. Location, Doylestown, PA, near Philly. A
stipend is available for all participating units. Military and
civilian impressions accurate from the mid 1630s to 1660 (western) or
1620 to 1700 (eastern) are welcome. Interested groups (and period
vendors) are invited to contact Rick Orli at orlirva@...
(yahoo.com) for more information. Interested individuals are also
welcome, and the several participating groups will be able to
completely outfit several beginners (to this period).
Both the attackers and defenders were highly international with both
western and eastern style equipment and clothing. Historical military
units involved during or immediately before and after the siege
included Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Dutch, German, Prussian, Austrian,
Czech, Hungarian, Ukrainian/ Cossack/ other ruthenian, Lithuanian,
Scottish, Tatar, Moldavian,Danish and more. (A Swedish army
composed of forces drawn from half of Europe against a few hundred
Poles and Germans and whoever else in the monastery. Warsaw and
Krakow had fallen and the King was in exile, but the successful
defense against the siege was the turning point of the `Deluge', and
the focus of a Polish patriotic revival which cumulated in the
ejection of the Swedish invaders two years later.)
This will be part of a big annual festival (up to 10,000
visitors/day), and will have some ren-faire like elements along with
a living history camp and the siege/battles. Cannons (many cannons!)
and horses are welcome.