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The Swedish march

From the 12th to the 15th of June the Swedish members of the company of Saynt George organized a marching event.

The idea was to walk for three days through the remote woods of Sweden packed with your sleeping gear, food and weapons. To make it more comfortable for us, our Swedish friends took care of the tents and cooking facilities. Although it was supposed to be a company event there were surprisingly few non-Swedish members. Actually, me, Ben and our friend Aebele, where the only foreigners.

Schaffhouse

From July 10th to July 20th the Company of Saynt George will be at the Museum Allerheiligen in Schaffhouse. As a special event during the exhibition "Knights' Tournament" there will be The Great Schaffhausen Knights' Festival. Some of the world finest jousting riders will compete on the historical tournament site, the "Herrenacker". The Company of St.

Living History world in cartoons

This is a guest piece by Rojé, a cartoonist.

I arrived on the comics and cartoonist scene as a teenager in the eighties. The main culprits were series such as 'Spirou' from Tome and Janry and 'Apleseed' from Masamune Shirow. Growing maturity (and having more money to spend) led me to re-enactment.

A quick overview of...folding chairs!

Among the commonest seats in late 15th century, widely attested both by originals and coeval iconography, you can find folding typologies.
Just to mention the main ones, we have the faldistorium, the Savonarola chair, the pincers chair and the Dante's seat. Actually, I think it proper to inform that scholars don't use univocal words to identify them as they are basically X-chairs and variations characterise them by means of very few features (i.e. height and articulated parts).

Knights’ Tournament: History of a Festival Culture

A report from the opening ceremony and preview of the major special exhibition at the „Museum zu Allerheiligen“ (the museum of All Saints Abbey), in Schaffhouse, Switzerland. An impressive display of armour, horse equipment and many more things in the context of tournament culture in the german speaking area.

Representing the Army of Charles the Bold – in Miniature.

This is a guest piece by Simon Chick, a master figurine painter. The Company of St. George has a long lasting connection with figurines, not the least because our old time members Alan and Michael Perry are famous figurine designers. If you look closely at their Burgundian Army figurines, then it is likely you recognize one or two old members.

Thoughts on Fencing

One of the better anecdotes from past Company events involves fencing.  Mick the Pole, a dedicated master swordsman and trainer, joined Baz digging a hole for the Company fire place. Mick thought Baz could do with a different tool, a crowbar perhaps, and asked him if he should get one for him. Baz looked up and said solemnly: "I'm a fencer." It was one of Mick's first events and he thought he had found a future sparring partner. So he started to explain that also a fencer picks his blade with regards to the situation he faces. Baz is not a man of many words, so he concluded the discussion with a classical remark: "I make fences."


A slightely exhausted fencing crew. And this was only the first day (Photo by Andreas Petitjean)

Vallerois Report - Part 2

This is the second part of our reporting about our anniversary event in France (here is the 1st one). It is well know that the Company of Saynt George has members from all over europe. Consequently, you can hear a lot of different languages at our events. To show this diversity in our blog, we decided to publish a multilingual article.
Harry Velema talks in Dutch about the relic of the Holy Barbara, Marco Vignola writes some words about the mini-conference in Italian, Julien Desart tells us in French, how he became the new recruitment officer of the Company and Daniel Neubig talks about the feast kitchen in German.

Vallerois-le-Bois Report

The following article is a guest piece by Ash Barber. He talks about our anniversary event in France. An event which will covered in more detail in the coming weeks.

After 11 hours on the road I was nothing but relieved to arrive at Castle Vallerois-le-Bois. I was unable to turn up at the start of the event due to personal reasons so I was arriving just after half way through. I put on all of my medieval clothes and left all of my modern necessities in my van. I walked up to the castle and all was quiet, until I went up the steps and around the corner. As I had arrived half way through everything was set up and had been under way for many days. It was like stepping out of a time machine in to the medieval world,  sights, sounds and smells. I was greeted by friends and was quickly given some work to do! First I had to deliver some pottery and personal items, I felt like a real travelling merchant. I stepped in to the kitchen where they where preparing a grand feast taking place on the Saturday. An amazing array of food was being prepared with smells filling the senses. The pottery jugs and other items where warmly welcomed and would be used to serve at the banquet.


The Camp - view from the tower (Photo by Eliane Caramanna)

Karfunkel - A Portrait of the Company of Saynt George

The German Medieval Magazine Karfunkel ran a special volume on Reenactment lately under the title "Karfunkel Combat". The issue contained an interview with Christian Folini. There have been quite a few interviews about the Company of St. George during the years, most of them quite dull.  But in this case, the exchange of thoughts was really interesting thanks to the mindful questions asked by Karfunkel's Anja Grevener.