The Soest Feud
Die Soester Fehde
21-30.07.2017 (biennial event)
Soest (Nordrhein-Westphalen state)
Soest medieval festival is a spectacular event telling the history of the region, the famous feud of Soest. The rich program makes alive the "Autumn" of the Middle Ages trough music, theater, dance, exhibitions, military encampment along the Ramparts. The old city centre of Soest, with its almost completely preserved medieval town walls, becomes the stage for a colourful performance with the tradesmen, craftsmen, street entertainers and actors, as well as soldiers preparing for the battle. The highlight of the event is the re-enactment of the Siege of Soest in 1447, that involves hundredsof reenactors with historical garments and weapons.
Historical background. During its high period in the 14th and early 15th century, the city of Soest had developed to a rich, mayor city, so that its self confidence had rose and it strongly tried to reject the influence of the archbishop. The tension culminated in the feud of Soest (1445-1449), in which the city completed the unprecedented change from one lord of the town to another, from the archbishop of Cologne to the Duke of Cleves. Behind these two rivals stood allies, coalitions and mercenaries. At the height of the feud in the summer of the year 1447, the Archbishop Dietrich von Moers attempted to break the resistance of the city by its Siege. With an army, which consisted of Bohemian and Thuringian mercenaries along his own and allied troops, Archbishop Dietrich von Moers surrounded the city. After some early successes, he was running out of funds, this in turn led to low moral among the soldiers. In this situation, the bishop had decided to pull all his resources into a single effort which was to overthrow the city by a major attack on the city wall. The attack failed, not only because of the brave resistance of the citizens, also some important mistakes were made by the attackers, for example some of the ladders were too short in order to scale the city’s walls. The mercenaries were brave and relentless, but the Archbishop may have underestimated Soest’s defenses. After this failure and the archbishop´s insolvence they had to abandon the siege. The mercenaries marched away and Soest was rescued. But it was not until two years later, in April 1449, when peace was closed; Soest held its ground and won recognition.
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Info & Contacts
Michael Schiewe, Business and Marketing Soest GmbH
Tel.: +4902921/663500 71; +4902921/663500 71
Dr. Frieder Schütz, Chairman Soester Kulturforum e.V.
Tel.: +4902921-767012; +4902921767012