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Monday, 3 November 2008

New Videos: Highlights of the Regency Weekend 2008 and 'The Recollections of Rifleman Harris' audio book

With the new ITV drama of 'Sharpe Peril' starring Sean Bean premiering our screens yesterday evening. I thought I would catch up and finish the rest of the films highlighting some of the events at the Regency Weekend in the wonderful setting of the Kingston Maurward estate on Saturday September 27th and Sunday 28th 2008.

Over the wee
kend, there was an exciting recreation of a Regency period Fair with many different historical participants. With Regency dancing, music, games and a public wedding performed by The Madding Crowd. See video below.

There was an authentic Living History Encampment which gave a fascinating insight into the world of Napoleon, George III, and the Duke of Wellingt
on. An excellent demonstration of skills at arms by Andy Smerdon of History Horse. See videos below.

In attendance w
ere the allied army units from England, including the famous Green Jackets of the Rifle Brigade, made popular by the TV Series "Sharpe's Rifles". The Sharpe Appreciation Society, where there with many items used during the filming of the series with guest appearances of Jason Salkey (AKA Rifleman Harris) and Julian Fellows.

We were later entertained by a mock skirmish by the re-enactment groups of the The Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards (1815), the 2nd Battalion 95th Rifles Re-enactment Group, 45eme and the 21eme see video below.

The success of the weekend was down to the Pike And Shot Tour & Event Company, who specialises in organising historical public events. With the success of the first, next year the Regency Weekend will take place on Saturday October 3rd to Sunday 4th 2009. We hope that it continues to be an annual event.

'The Recollections of Rifleman Harris'

Latest news is that Jason Salkey who played 'Rifleman Harris' in the 'Sharpe Series' has completed the long awaited audio adaptation of 'The Recollections of Rifleman Harris' by Explore Multimedia priced at £7.99.

'The Recollections of Rifleman Harris
' is a memoir published in 1848 of the experiences of an enlisted soldier in the 95th Regiment of Foot in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. The eponymous soldier was Benjamin Randell Harris, a private who joined the regiment in 1803 and served in many of the early campaigns in the Peninsula War. In the mid-1830s, Harris was working as a cobbler in London when he met an acquaintance, Captain Henry Curling, who asked him to dictate an account of his experiences of army life. This account was then held by Curling until 1848, when he succeeded in getting the manuscript published, preserving one of the very few surviving accounts of military service in this era from a private soldier.

Benjamin Harris is vague about his origins in his text, but investigations by Eileen Hathaway in her book A Dorset Rifleman: The Recollections of Benjamin Harris have revealed that he was born in Portsea, Hampshire around the 28 October 1781. His family however were shepherds from Stalbridge in North Dorset, and it was here that Benjamin grew up, in a large family with whom he remained until 1803.

'Recollections of Rifleman Harris' is read by Jason Salkey, with sound effects provided by The 95th Rifles Re-enactment Society. A musical score by Adam Wakeman adds to this lavish production. A great deal of care and time has been spent creating an audio book which truly honours the Rifleman of the Peninsula.

For more information of how to obtain your copy click here www.harrisaudiobook.com

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