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Medieval Times in Buena Park, captured here in 2013, may be forced to catch up with the industrial revolution as the performers unionize. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

With Low Pay and High Injuries, O.C. Medieval Times Actors Attempt Union

Veterans of the service industry know it’s one of the most important and little-respected jobs in the U.S. Now, add to its usual humiliations and depravations horses, heavy costumes, and even heavier weapons of brawny steel, and you begin to comprehend the world of the Medieval Times player.

A troupe of Orange County performers, however, is exercising the right to organize as its members continue the beloved American medieval tradition—while demanding that wages and protection for workers advance at least as far as the 19th Century.

“I fractured my thumb last month,” 33-year-old Buena Park Medieval Times cast member Jake Bowman tells the Orange County Register. “I had a sword in both hands and my opponent’s sword came down right at the joint of my thumb. I couldn’t make a fist for a month.”


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