April 2011

Filming in Chillon - Daily Life

The Company of St. George has been invited to appear in two educational movies for Chillon Castle on lake Geneva in Switzerland. Chillon is a wonderful castle and we seized the moment immediately. We teamed with la Compagnie des Quatre Lunes and spent a weekend in the castle. The movies were done by a professional filming crew of roughly 20 people from Point Prod SA, Geneva.

The Jew`s Harp - A Simple Instrument for Everybody

A few words about the jaw’s harp, this little musical instrument no very difficult to play: one presses the frame of the instrument upon his jaw with one hand as a finger of the other hand plucks the single reed (vibrating lamella). Various notes can be obtained by modifying the shape of the mouth which plays the part of a sound box. Here's a musician-angel playing the jaw's harp represented on a Hans Memling painting. I found the picture on the excellent forum : http://forum.musiques-medievales.eu/

A New Magazine: Medieval Warfare

This is a guest article by Dirk van Gorp, editor of a new magazine named Medieval Warfare.

Filming in Chillon - Military

The educational movie project in Chillon lead to six seperate 2-3 minute films. The Company of St. George appears in two of them. We have already presented the one about the daily life, here we join with la Compagnie des Quatre Lunes to portray military life in Chillon.

As usually, we do the 2nd half of the 15th century. However, the context and the narrator of the movie puts us in the 16th century. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy to see us filmed on a professional filmset:

Reworking a Breast Plate

Orginally I raised this breastplate in 2010 shortly before an event where I was planning to wear it. I took only 35 hours to make it and I ended up rather unsatisfied with what I got.

Reproduction of a Leg Harness

Reproducing an existing harness as seen on display in a museum is no guarantee of it's "historical consistency". Many complete harnesses found in European museums are combinations of pieces originating not only from different workshops but sometimes from different countries or different periods. The origin of some specimens is rather tricky to define precisely if the makers marks is absent or hasn't yet been identified.