The year is 1453 and the Battle of Castillon seals the end of the Hundred Years War. For 3 centuries, Alienor’s Aquitaine belonged to the English Crown and helped to establish the authority of the King of France.
The fall of Constantinople by the Turks put an end to the Christians’ presence in the East and the last byzantin artists or scientists took refuge in Italy.
Gutemberg, who invented the mainstream printing, was therefore at the beginning of an imprecedented cultural revolution. History was now accessible to the majority and enabled knowledged to spread.
Historians agree to consider this period as the end of the Middle Ages…
Performed on a natural arena encompassing 17 acres, within firing range of the original battle ground, 800 volunteers, including 500 actors and 50 horseback riders, re-enact the Battle of Castillon.
The two captivating hours, filled with stunts, special effects and explosive expertise are combined with the everyday life of the Middle Ages, rural scenes set in a farm or an inn or by the well, scenes from the grape harvest, shooting parties and market day with street sellers and a travelling dentist!
It is performed, as the producer Éric Le Collen says, “With the precision of the cinema, the sensitivity of the theatre and the dimension of the opera.”
When: 22, 23, 29, 30 July
4, 5 7, 11, 12, 13 August (Show starts at 10.30pm)
Where: Castillon-la-Bataille, 33350 (50km from Bordeaux)
Cost: Adults – €22; Kids (5 to 12 yrs) €9