Meet the Reenactors 2016
Janissary Barracks (‘Yeniҫeri Ocaği’) Historical Re-enactment Group Inc. was formed in 1999 and incorporated in March 2004. This group aims to:
- Foster an environment in which the members can research, adopt and re-enact medieval Ottoman lifestyles.
- Provide a common meeting ground for those who are interested in the history of the medieval period of the Ottoman Empire of the late 15th century.
- Support educational activities concerning medieval lifestyles with particular emphasis on the medieval Ottoman world.
- Provide a means of liaison with other groups and individuals dealing with medieval Ottoman culture.
The Janissary Barracks group have actively participated in the annual Abbey Medieval Tournament every year since 1999. This group holds a unique and important place in this Tournament as it brings a Middle-Eastern flavour to a mainly European based tournament atmosphere, and highlights the importance of one of the major empires of medieval times, which is otherwise not usually well represented in re-enacting.
Over the years since 1999, the Janissary Barracks group have expanded their activities to include Ottoman Turkish oil wrestling, traditional folk dancing and cooking. Presentations are made on other aspects of Ottoman culture including history of weapons, coffee and costumes, with a more recent strong emphasis on traditional military archery. Group members can demonstrate techniques using re-curve bows which established the Janissaries as an elite fighting force.