Photos from Haut-Koenigsbourg 2009

A selection of pictures taken in early April 2009 at Haut-Koenigsbourg, Alsace, France.

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Two guards on duty showing their sharp and deadly vouges.
Photo by Adam Lewandowski.
  The Sackebutte (French: Sageboute) is an invention of the late middle ages. It is an early form of a trombone.
Photo by René Hoff.
     
 
A master fencer prepares for a lesson. He is a travelling expert teaching swordmanship.
Photo by Andrea Schläfli.
 

A recruit touches the holy relics the Company uses for sacred rituals. He swears loyality to the group and its officers.
Photo by Adam Lewandowski.

     
 

A needle maker in his workshop. Outside of needles used by seamstresses, he produces a lot of other brass items out of wire.
Photo by René Hoff.

 

As a means to achieve autarchy, castle garrisons do not rely on external mill. Very often they have their own small handmill. Here the castle miller makes a brief pause.
Photo by René Hoff.

     
 
Vegetables are important in medieval cooking, even if the sources concentrate on meat and bread.
Photo by René Hoff.
  A cook walks from the open fire to the cave where the provisions are stored.
Photo by Adam Lewandowski.
     
 
One can see a great many objects of delicate nature in the workshop of a painter.
Photo by Andrea Schläfli.
 

Pilgrimage was a popular movement in the 15th century. Unlike Haut-Koenigsbourg, many castle did not welcome pilgrims. This was often due to bad experiences in the past.
Photo by René Hoff.