The 2018 Abbey Medieval Festival will feature some of the finest 14th and 15th century re-enactment groups. Learn more about what the chivalric knights and fair maidens will have on display to highlight the late middle ages.
Citadel Medieval Society
Citadel’s main time period is that of 14th century knights, ladies, soldiers, merchants and common folk from the port town of La Rochelle, in the Region of Poitou-Charentes.
Citadel’s period covers part of the Hundred year war. Starting just before the Battle of Poitiers (1356), including the Battle of Auray Sept 29 1364 and The Naval Battle of La Rochelle (1372) and ending in 1380. Citadel’s members take on the persona of a person that may have lived during these times.
Companie Draco Routiers
Draco Routiers is a 14th century re-enactment group recreating a wealthy free mercenary group travelling Europe in search of fame and wealth.
Company of the Radiant Heart
Company of the Radiant Heart is a living history/martial art group that focuses on the years 1380-1420.
Horses, Hounds, Hunters and Farmers
Horses, Hounds, Hunters and Farmers is a re-enactment group that aims to give historically correct presentations of animals and handlers, and the activities they undertook together in the medieval period.
The group focus on late 14th to early 15th century and pride themselves on their interactive encampment. The group goes through great lengths to ensure that the space is safe and comfortable for their animals, and the people interacting with them.
Horses, Hounds, Hunters and Farmers strive to ensure all trappings, cages, harness and costumes of both the animals and handlers are a historically correct as possible for the representation that they are creating.
Knights of the Empire Germanica (KEG)
The Knights of the Empire Germanica (KEG), and their sister Group, the Baltic and Eastern European Ritterorden (BEER. Yes, that’s BEER-KEG), strive to portray the Knights and Germanic people of the ‘Order of the House of St. Mary in Jerusalem’, commonly referred to as the Teutonic Order.
Members actively research and portray key time periods within the history of the Teutonic Order, either the early years of the Teutonic Order in the Holy Lands from their victorious siege of Acre in 1189, through to 1220 (BEER), or the later years of the Order from 1380, when the Empire’s lands included Germany, Austria, Poland, Prussia, Lithuania, Italy & north to the Gulf of Finland, until their crushing defeat at Tannenberg in 1410 (KEG).
Knights of the Longdog
The Knights of the Longdog are on a noble quest to educate people about the important role greyhounds (sight hounds) played in medieval times, and about what wonderful pets they make.
The group represents a new generation of champions—they don’t wear chainmaille, joust or win sword fights, but are brave, fearless and loyal, much like our hounds. The group shows the public and other re-enactors the lives sight hounds would have had, and portray individuals who would have owned or cared for them in 14th / 15th centuries in England.
A great deal of training for the dogs and their owners goes into preparing for the Abbey Medieval Festival so they are all comfortable with the crowds and people of all ages.
Knights Order of Lion Rampant
Knights Order of Lion Rampant is a re-enactment group dedicated to recreating the spectacle and excitement of the high medieval tournament with an emphasis on trained, but not choreographed, combat. Lion Rampant focuses on the culture of western and central European nobility during the high middle ages. The fashions, arms, armour and accessories used by the group are typical of the period from 1350 to 1405.
Order of Artisans and Kindred Spirits
The Order of Artisans and Kindred Spirits is a group structured towards the Flemish markets which were a starting point for many Crusaders both leaving and going home. All sorts of crafts are explored by OAKS and we are interested in promoting and sharing the knowledge of ‘how to’ make and create in the 14th Century.
Order of St Knud
The Order of St KNud is a re-enactment group interested in the values, lifestyles and everything 14th century.
Although the group takes its name from a Holy Royal Saint from Denmark, and its current master’s household is based in Odense, it allows its members to portray a person from any of the medieval countries that traded or fought with Demark during the reign of Vlademar IV Attadage.
Saint James Road
Saint James Road is a living history group of enthusiastic people who have a love of 14th century society. They strive to reconstruct aspects of medieval life and culture through a hands-on approach, encouraging members to make their own and pass on skills as they do.
Within the group there is a variety of different personas with members portraying pilgrims, journeyman and commoners, merchants, knights and ladies. The group has a strong belief of including the whole family in the group, for the children are the future of living history
Company of the Phoenix
The Company of the Phoenix recreates a free Company travelling through the cities and states of Europe, during the years 1435 – 1485. Members portray a wide variety of personas, ranging from nobility, pilgrims, merchants, tradesmen and archers, to men-at-arms, knights, and brewers.
Condottieri is a living history group dedicated to bringing the daily lives of the Italian Mercenaries and their families of 1480 to life.
They strive for perfection in re-enactment and enjoyment of their pursuits. Commitment, accuracy, research, fun and family are their aims.
“We fight for Pay, Loyalty to the Highest Bidder! We are Condottieri!”
Das Törichte Leben
Das Törichte Leben is a late-medieval re-enactment group members endeavour to re-enact daily life in the Swiss Cantons circa 1477.
Das Törichte Leben takes its name from a band of discontented free citizens and country-folk from the Canton of Zug who gave mercenary service during the Burgundian Wars (1474-77). Additional citizens from surrounding Cantons joined the band and marched on Geneva to demand payment. This band adopted the name “Das Törichte Leben”.
Janissary Barracks holds a unique and important place in the Abbey Medieval Festival as it brings a Middle Eastern flavour to a mainly European-based tournament, and highlights the importance of one of the major empires of Medieval times.
Over the years since 1999, the Janissary Barracks has expanded its activities to include Ottoman Turkish Oil Wrestling, traditional folk dancing and cooking. Presentations are made on other aspects of Ottoman culture including the history of weapons, coffee, costumes and customs, and an emphasis on traditional military archery. Group members can demonstrate techniques using traditional re-curve bows which helped establish the Janissary’s reputation as an elite fighting force.
Karvan-saray is a historical re-enactment group. A ‘caravanserai’ was an inn or an oasis on the Silk Road, the group have a variety of traders who stay in the safety of our walls and bring goods to and from the Far East. The group’s caravanserai is about 2 days camel ride west from Damascus.
The group began as Kazuri-Tribe, a dance troupe, and has since evolved into Karavan Saray as their focus changed from performance to historical re-enactment.
Order of the Dracul
The Order of the Dracul is a Brisbane based living history group focused on investigating and re-evaluating the life and times of Prince Vlad III of Wallachia. He is better known to history as “Vlad the Impaler”. His life and exploits form the basis of Bram Stoker’s fictional character “Count Dracula”.
Re-enacting Independently For Fun (RIFF)
RIFF is a group of friends who enjoy re-enacting to a high standard while maintaining a level of fun. The group will be representing mid to late 15th century townspeople, including cooks, craftsmen, wives and mothers and the students and master of a fencing school. Our members will display a number of crafts and activities including cooking, sewing, lantern making as well as military training in wrestling, dagger, sword and spear.
Shuvani Carnivale Histórique
Shuvani is a troupe of historical re-enactors, performers and merchants who pay tribute to medieval nomads of the Silk Road who migrated out of India a millennium ago.
Shuvani’s primary mission is to provide the people of today with the same sense of wonder experienced by the villagers of Medieval Europe upon their first encounters with the exotic nomads from the east who went on to become the Romani, Domari, Lom and other modern peoples. The group primarily achieves this through its extensive bewildering and interactive encampment filled with dancers, singers, musician, arts and crafts, textiles, animals, folklore and fortune telling.
Around 1000 years ago waves of migration occurred out of North Western India. These migrants were to spread across Asia, the Middle East and Europe over the next 500 years taking with them language, culture, arts and trades that both influenced and were influenced by the various countries they travelled through along the Silk Road. Today, ethnic groups such as the Romani of Europe, the Domari of the Middle East and the Lom of Armenia can trace their ancestry back to these early migrants from India.
Shuvani Carnivale Histórica creatively portrays these ancient nomads of the Silk Road communicating the complex migratory route by including costuming, cultural and artistic elements of Medieval India, Persia, Armenia, Byzantium, European and Spanish societies. Few surviving records remain of the appearance or lifestyle of these migrant groups but their impact on industry and arts has been profound. Shuvani hopes to cast light on this little known and often dismissed group of people from a bygone age.