Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016
THE COMPANY OF THE PHOENIX
company of the Phoenix trains in south Brisbane but has members from all over including Ipswich, north Brisbane and even Rockhampton.” Or something similar?”
In 1435-1485, Europe was ravaged by war, plagues and continuous conflict. Men supported their king or Nobility, and embarked on long campaigns in foreign lands. But after the wars and conflicts of the 14th and 15th centuries, men at arms were scarce. Soldiers were gathered from all walks of life to fight for cause or country.
But those surviving did not want to return to their previous lives. These men disbanded, becoming soldiers for profit; working for themselves, or for the highest bidder. These mercenary soldiers formed free companies governed by no one. Travelling and settling wherever they pleased and joined by their wives and children, they were followed by other trades and craftsmen, their tented encampments becoming self-sufficient travelling villages.
The Company of The Phoenix is a medieval living history group who train in South Brisbane, QLD. They have members from all over Queensland including Ipswich, North Brisbane and even Rockhampton. The Company of the Phoenix recreates the High Medieval Period as a free Company travelling through the cities and states of Europe, during the years 1435 – 1485. The Company portrays a wide variety of personas, ranging from Nobility, pilgrims, merchants, tradesmen and archers, to men-at-arms, knights, and brewers.
The encampment, clothing, food, arms and armour are all meticulously researched from manuscripts, paintings, and archaeological finds, and display what could have been seen in a 15th century village.
Phoenix members recreate the 15th century way of life and enjoy feasting, dancing, leisurely pursuits, and travelling the Tournament Circuit, including attending events like the Abbey Medieval Festival.