History Man Brings Arundel Castle’s Past To Life

The History Man - Civil War Doctor

The History Man Introduces New Characters For The 2013 Season

With Arundel Castle’s 2013 open season in full flow, historical interpreter Paul Ullson is returning to the Castle, on dates throughout the year, with his unique interpretations of life throughout its past.

In his ‘It’s The History Man’ guise, Paul adopts an array of characters as he recreates day to day life throughout the ages. 

New for 2013, visitors will have the opportunity to become acquainted with Paul in character as an 15th Century Castle Herald and a Tudor Soldier from the 1500s. The Castle Herald adds an additional layer of historical interest to tours of the Castle, providing explanations of the many exquisite coats of arms residing in Arundel Castle. Meanwhile, as the Battle of Flodden, which saw the reinstatement of the title ‘Duke of Norfolk’, celebrates its 500th anniversary this year, the Tudor Soldier is a character who has just returned from the battle front, displaying clothing equipment and weapons from the era.

On various dates during the open season visitors will also have the chance to encounter a:

  • Medieval Doctor – complete with medical instruments, techniques and medicines.
  • 12th Century Knight & Crusader – visitors will also have the option of trying on his armour and seeing Holy Relics brought back from the Holy Land.
  • Medieval Executioner – showcasing torture apparatus and methods.
  • 15th Century Archer & Crossbowman  the Medieval equivalent of a sniper.
  • Smuggler – learn what was smuggled in the 18th Century and where it was taken to.
  • Medieval Herald – message bearer of the 15th Century Earl of Arundel.
  • Norman Knight – a survivor of the Battle of Hastings and guard at the newly built Norman castle at Arundel.
  • Viking Warrior –visitors can meet a Norse trader and warrior who raided the Sussex coast in the 10th Century.
  • Civil War Soldier –a surgeon conscripted into service during the Siege of 1643.
  • Medieval Priest – cleric and scribe to the 15th Century Earl of Arundel.

One of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England, Arundel Castle is situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex. It was founded at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel and today is the home of the 18th Duke of Norfolk and his family.

Steeped in 1,000 years of history, Arundel Castle offers a full day out with guided and free-flow tours of the finely preserved castle rooms including the Baron’s Hall, 14th Century Catholic Fitzalan Chapel, Library and bedrooms alongside the opportunity to ascend the Norman Motte and Keep and enjoy The Collector Earl’s Garden that was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2008.

Further information on Arundel Castle and dates of The History Man’s appearances can be found at www.arundelcastle.org.