About our characters.
For the Medievil period I usually give my presentations in the role of a Knight of The Order of the Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem. The Knights Hospitaller were a mini world unto themselves, covering and dealing with all aspects of medieval life. This makes my character useful in that I can deal with any and all aspects of the medieval era. Additionally, The Hospitallers played an important part in three areas covered in the history national curriculum: life in a medieval castle, pilgrimages and the crusades. The Knights played a varied and important role in English and Scottish political and social life throughout the medieval era
In addition to The Knights, I also portray most of the other religious orders, specialising in the Dominicans (Order of Preachers - Blackfriars), Franciscans (OFM & Grey Friars), Benedictines and Gilbertines (the only Order originating in England) as well as the Tironensians, an order often found in Scotland, particularly the Lowlands .
Although I generally portray a religious character I do not have a religious agenda and certainly do not preach. Religion was a vital and integral part of the medieval world. I deal with the subject sensitively and professionally. To fail to mention it is to be false to the era and to give a warped representation of European history.
I also portray purely civilian characters including a medieval farmer and my speciality a woodworker and hurdle maker. This can involve audience participation – hurdle making is not as easy as it looks!
We also cover some aspects of the English Tudors (Scottish late Stewarts)
I am joined regularly by Sr Elspeth, when portraying religious characters, or Goody Elspeth in a variety of civilian roles.
Our most modern era is the late 19th Century and early 20th. These presentations cover the late colonial period with regards to military, and the Boer War and Great War. I present these lectures in accurate reproduction uniforms of the times. (Generally as my great great Uncle Robert)
We do not glorify war, but it happened and , sadly, is like to continue to happen. We cover the impact on families, and children! We also include, where we can, events and anecdotes that amuse us now, and did at the time, (well almost at the time,.... some requires a bit of calming down first!)
STORY TELLING: Elspeth is a story teller and wordsmith! (accredited member of Scottish Story Telling Centre)
Welcome to History Survives.
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Fra. Justin - History survives.
Our Company motto is: Pro Funii et Educatio ( terrible dog Latin for ‘for fun and education’ )
In the 21st century I am a professional historian and costumed presenter with a clear DBS (the up-to-date CRB). I have a 5 million pound public liability insurance and am a St John Ambulance trained First Aider . Elspeth is also a St John Ambulance trained First Aider and a former mental health care worker. Our current qualifications are from a local Scottish training provider and from an HSE credited on-line training/qualification provider. I am an accredited member of Tabulae
I am available for evening presentations, full day events, weekends, festivals, week-long events, birthday parties or for school visits. I can give the presentations in a classroom, with a handful of props or outside with a fully furnished medieval camp, or a tented display of authentic military artefacts.
I am, almost, infinitely adaptable and am very happy to prepare a specific presentation.