Guillermo Llosa has a passion for combat. He is a member of the History of Chivalry. The organization presents real medieval style combat and has been conducting fights to the yield at the Florida Renaissance Festival.
Members dress in suits of armor and fight hard for a few minutes.
“I love being a part of the History of Chivalry,” said Llosa. He is a computer programmer during the day. “We hit each other during practices and then we socialize and talk about hitting each other,” he said.
After the combats, members spend time together at an encampment at the Festival. They discuss medieval fighting techniques and spend time with the audience.
Chris Bagnall, a leader of the History of Chivalry enjoys the combat and explaining fighting techniques to people. “What we do is very physical and people love it,” he said.
Alex Garcia and his friends enjoyed playing the role of a Celtic tribe. “I had a good time,” he said.
A recent weekend was considered a Celtic event. Many of the performances had an Irish, English or Scottish theme.
There were many other performances as well. There were encampments showing the real world of the medieval and Renaissance eras. There was a new encampment known as the Ottoman Embassy. This empire tolerated all religions and developed created a strong economy. The Ottoman Embassy featured a beautiful tent with people dressed the attire of the Ottoman period. There was also a Viking encampment where people could learn all about the Viking world. The Paladin Society gave a presentation on life in Renaissance Europe. There was an encampment which offered a display and demonstration of early guns and canons. There was a jousting show that included a complex narrative and chariots.
“This is our 25th anniversary and we have been building it every year,” said Richard Weber, the entertainment director. “We have brought in a high wire act, new musical shows and a new jousting show. We wanted to set a higher bar for this year’s Festival.”