On Friday, 12th May, pupils from the CEIP Lo Campanar and CEIP La Mola gave a representation of the surrender of the castle
The Alcala-Alcossebre Council Education Department organised the 2nd Xivert Castle Day, the main object of which is to show the town’s pupils key episodes in local history, so that they can learn about the origins of the municipality and its history.
The main part of the event was the recreation of the surrender of the Xivert castle, being put on for the second year, with pupils from years 5 and 6 from the CEIP Lo Campanar and the CEIP La Mola acting the story with the castle itself providing the scenery. “The educational value of this initiative has already been demonstrated as the pupils have been rehearsing for weeks and learning about the main episodes in the history of the castle. By taking part in it, it is an entertaining way of learning local history and different aspects of how life was in the Middle Ages, such as the sort of food which was eaten and the customs of the time” stated the Education councillor, María Agut.
The drama, written by Rafael Ronchera, the curator of the Local Museum Collection, brings together in two acts the surrender of the enclave and the moment when the Templars took possession of the castle, up to the time when it was occupied by the Moors. The text is based on existing documentation and uses real information and names about the historical events shown in drama, which started in April 1233 with the surrender of Peñíscola castle. This provides an indication of the historical context during which the events which followed took place. They resulted in the capitulation of Xivert at the hands of the Templar troops one year later, in 1234. The different historical characters who led the events related to the conquest of the castle by the Christian troops were brought to life by the pupils, about 120 in number, who also took part in organising the representation.
The play also explains the conditions of the surrender, which allowed the Muslim inhabitants to retain their properties, rights and religion, although they were subjects of the Christian king.
The drama was the result of a lot of hard work, rehearsals and learning lines so that each pupil really became the person he was acting.
The pupils themselves had also made the costumes they wore, recreating the armour and clothes of the period, which showed them how they were and how the Xivert inhabitants lived at the time of the reconquest.
At the end of the play, the pupils and their teachers enjoyed some delicious “buñuelos” prepared in the traditional way