Learning about the Middle Ages at the Festival of History

BBC reporter Mario Cacciottolo got a taste of the re-enactor's life when he buckled on armor at the recent Festival of History in Northamptonshire, England.

Cacciottolo interviewed armoring experts and discussed what it was like to be part of one of over 300 events sponsored yearly by English Heritage. "But because it is fun, modern men and women persist in dressing up and wielding medieval weaponry, even in the day and age of virtual combat," writes the author.

"Films and television may come and go, but there will always be some geezers in armour running around a wet field in England," Alan says.