Swords of Penda - Children of Loki is a small historical reenactment society that specialises in dynamic and entertaining living history's and combat displays through the use of character role playing, crafts and skills now mostly long forgotten.
Although not a large society what we lack in over numbers we make up for in the way in which we engage with the public. Our reenactments are designed to bring the people into the world of our ancestors & give them a real taste of life in that period through entertainment that educates.
Our group covers the early period of Anglo Saxon migration to Britain post the collapse of Roman rule in the late 5th Century (Circa 450 CE) up to just before the Viking age begins at the end of 8th century About 750 CE) although our main focus is on the early 7th Century and the rule of King Penda, the last Pagan king of England. (However we can on occasion also cover the Viking age as well , please ask on booking us. )
This period is often over looked by many in favour of the viking age however it is an exciting and mysterious time. Cloaked by the mists of what we call the Dark Ages, these turbulent years from the late 5th to the mid 8th witnessed the end of an empire and the birth of a Nation. As Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Frisians, Franks and many smaller tribes migrated and integrated with the native Romano British Celts. Wars also erupted, territory claimed and fought over, kingdoms rose and fell along with their leaders.
Our aim is to recreate this age starting with the reign of the Mercian king Penda and then stretching out to these other time lines, including the wars between the Romano British and the Germanic tribes (The Age of Arthur!)
Why dont you get involved, come and join us here!