So, here I am talking and writing about the Portuguese society during the French Invasions, but how many of you knew that I am a re-enactor as well of this time period?
I portray a female civilian who follows a British regiment (the 43rd Monmouthshire Light Infantry) and, yes, onto the battlefield as well.
And since I've never spoke of this hobby of mine on this blog, here is a small video of this year's re-enactment of the Siege of Almeida and a few historical data to it. also a link to some photos of the event.
(I appear between 48 secs. and 1:07 min. kneeling behind our sergeant!)
A few photos you can follow on Facebook:
Carlos Manuel Rodrigues Marques
For you to have a small background to it, here are a few historical data:
The Siege took place during the 3rd French Invasion, in 1810, when the French (lead by the Marshal Michel Ney) surrounded the bastion after the victory of Cuidad Rodrigo. The Portuguese forces present hadn't enough fire power to defend the town and only managed to defeat the invaders with the help of the British forces of Brigadier-General William Cox.
You can read more about it at:
The town of Almeida is also mentioned in a book of memoirs written by a British soldier called The vicissitudes of a Soldier's life or a series of occurrences from 1806 to 1815", by John Green, late of the 69th Durham Light Infantry:
« (...) Freyneda, the then headquarters of the British army, is on the frontiers of Portugal: it does not consist of more than fifty houses; has one church and about one hundred inhabitants: it is five leagues from Rodrigo, three from Almeida; and about six from Guarda. (...)» (Chapter XIII, page 131 to 132)
A couple of links to free downloadable PDFs:https://archive.org/details/vicissitudesaso00greegoog
And last but not least, the link to the local re-enactment group's page: