THE history of Tewkesbury’s internationally renowned Medieval Festival through photographs has been captured in the form of a new book.

The publication, by professional Tewkesbury-based photographer Nigel Byde, includes everything from a selection of black and white images of the early days of the event, to exclusive pictures of last year’s battle re-enactment, and scenes from the authentic living history camps.

Festival spokesperson Peggy Clatworthy said: “The photographs are amazing, they show aspects of the festival you could never see in any other way and provide a wonderful record of what started out as a one-off small fete and has grown to be the biggest event of its kind in Europe.”

The book will be getting a colourful launch at Alison’s bookshop in Tewkesbury High Street from 6pm on Tuesday, June 28.

Representatives of the festival’s organisers will be there in medieval costume, as will period musicians the Bubonic Wind Band.

The book will normally sell for £20, but will be available at the launch for a price of just £15. It will also be on sale at the Medieval Festival, with some copies signed by the festival’s patron, actor and historian, Robert Hardy.

Proceeds from the book are to be donated to Tewkesbury Medieval Festival and Tewkesbury Battlefield Society.