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Tobias Capwell: the “Academic Jouster”

Dr. Tobias Capwell - or simply Toby to his friends - actually needs no introduction, being an internationally known academic personality and a major competitor in the modern jousting community.

Issue of Medieval Warfare Covering Charles the Bold

Medieval Warfare is a 60 pages magazine covering battles and sieges during the whole medieval era. We have reported about the magazine here when it was still new. Now in it's fourth year, they published an issue dedicated to the Burgundian Campaigns under Charles the Bold.

Announcing Hallwyl 2015

In 2015, the Company of St. George is going to lay siege on the castle of Hallwyl.  Hallwyl is known to be one of the most beautiful moated  castles in Switzerland. There is a road very close to the North side of the moat, but the courtyard within the castle and the grassland South of the moat make for a wonderful event.

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)