He also answers to Isaac Bédard, the name of his character in his re-enactement group.
“It’s the name of my ancestor who landed in New France in 1642,” said Bédard, who lives in Montréal.
For the love of history
Lucien Bédard is a history aficionado. Since he was a child, he has been interested in the past and reliving his favourite parts. What’s on his bedside table? All seven volumes of “The Accursed Kings,” which he re-reads year after year.
In 1994, he founded the Compagnie médiévale to nourish his passion. The group offers a historical fencing school, a re-enactment troupe that travels around the province to hold events and offer consulting services to film production teams that want to make sure their film is historically accurate.
Fantastical vs. historical
For the past 17 years, Lucien Bédard has organized the Salon de la passion médiévale de Montréal. His continuous involvement in the field has given him the chance to see the medievalist world develop over the years. Things change … even if your interest is the past!
“Twenty years ago, historical re-enactment was the core of medievalists’ interest,” said Bédard. “Today, fantasy is much more prevalent, mainly because of the popularity of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’ ”
“People want to put on a show, and they move away from historical accuracy so that they stand out from the crowd,” said Bédard, without nostalgia.
The “larger than life” phenomenon is stronger than ever. Nearly 5,000 Quebecers play these roles today, portraying both knights and Mandalorians.
Participation is more diverse than ever, with both young, old, men and women taking part.
For these fans, each era (past or future) takes the form of a big playground where anything is possible. It’s not uncommon that people have a dozen – or even dozens of – costumes for every role-playing occasion.
Getting away from the daily grind really is larger than life!
Le Salon de la passion médiévale à Montréal
When: May 4-6, 2018
Where: Centre Pierre-Charbonneau
– 115 booths
– 8 musical troupes
– Outdoor activities including acrobats and fire eaters
– A game table section
– Historical re-enactments with characters from different eras and activities like cannon and musket shooting and an archery tournament
– A demonstration battle arena where you can see warriors in action
– A costume and an invitation for everyone to dress up in their favourite medieval garb
Who's it for? Seasoned medievalists and curious first timers, including children!