Knights Templar during the Abbey Medieval Festival grand parade

With a village and the largest medieval trebuchet in the southern hemisphere, the high middle age re-enactment groups are ready to put on a show at the 2019 Abbey Medieval Festival. Learn more about these groups and how they represent the crusade period.


Blackwolf is a 12th/13th Century Crusader group representing different nationalities traversing caravan routes. Often in Crusader times, supplies from overseas failed to arrive when needed or if at all, was often too little too late.

Using the guise of a Bedouin caravan in the spirit of Raynald Châtillon, Blackwolf make up the shortfall of weapons, supplies and horses needed to continue the Crusader presence in Outremer.

Not all Blackwolf members are combatants. The group enhances their camp each year with new crafts, trades and skills such as medieval medicine, Bedouin coffee ceremonies, cheese-making, Bedouin cooking and linen-making.

Companye of Northumbria

The Companye of Northumbria portrays a crucial period in the development of England with a focus on the years 1154-1189 during the reign of Henry II.

They represent merchants and artisans of diverse backgrounds, the emerging middle class in medieval society at that time, gathered in York during times of fairs and markets, such as the Lammas Fair. Members of the Companye endeavour to recreate as faithfully as possible some of the crafts which would have been on offer during this time such as leadlight, shoe making, weaving, spinning and fabric dyeing. Members strive to achieve as much accuracy as possible in their portrayal of 12th century life by the practical application of the historical methods they have researched.

All are warmly welcome to visit their encampment and gain some insight into the work and lives of 12th century artisan.


Conroi is a re-enactment group that focuses on 1250-1325AD with a predominant look at 1264-1265AD Simon de Montfort and the Provisions of Oxford. Their members portray varying roles including knights, mercenaries, cooks, merchants or pilgrims.

Cottereaux—Company of the Dagger

Cottereaux—Company of the Dagger is a mercenary group that portrays life in a siege mercenary company currently in the employ of Emperor Boniface the III

The Company was  involved in the sacking of Constantinople and moves where the pay is best. The Company is under the command of Baron Ulric de Tracey and boasts a number of knights, squires and men at arms from various nations across Europe and the Holy Land. Siege engines are the specialty of the group.

Knights Guild of Wessex and Mercia

The Knights Guild of Wessex and Mercia is an historical group; they research and present life in the 12th Century Renaissance in England. Members develop particular areas of expertise, e.g. lapidary, exchequer, embroidery, to name only three.


Oltramar is a historical display focusing on the lifestyles and culture, equipment and accoutrements of the European nobility who settled on Cyprus in the late 12th/13th Centuries.

The group chose to examine this place and era because that time in Cyprus became a major trading base between the Holy Lands, North Africa and Europe. This resulted in a melting pot of European, Byzantine and Islamic culture and goods, and makes for a very interesting and flamboyant place to study.

In their display, particular attention is paid to maintaining a high standard of equipment and knowledge through intensive research and reconstruction. Most of the group’s clothing and equipment has been handmade by the members and, as far as possible, all items are as historically accurate as they can be. This makes the group’s public displays instructive and stimulating, and also creates a deeper understanding of the period through hands-on experience.

Oltramar aims to extend an enjoyable and educational experience to the public through practical reconstructions and displays of equipment and skills from a variety of cultures. To promote research and public interest in the period through means of quality displays, and in doing so flesh out the dry bones of written history by bringing at least a small part of it to life.

Order of the Horse

Order of the Horse was founded in the year of the horse. The Order is made up of elite members of knights, soldiers, nobles and mercenaries of mixed origins portraying the 2nd – 6th Crusades of the late 12th – early 13th centuries.

You will see the famous Sultan one of the most historical well known Sultans of his time (Salah-ad -Din) leading armies and on horseback with the stunning tack and armour that you will see when this group is performing. Breathtaking when in battle along with the allied troops, Order of the Horse works closely with the Templars and the other crusader groups and you will find the groups stunning characters and horses at St Edith village at the Abbey Medieval Festival.

Poor Fellow Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Knights Templar)

The year the Knights Templar re-enact is 1229. With the re-establishment of Jerusalem as a Christian holding, pilgrims have again begun to arrive in great numbers requiring the Templars to devote greater resources to the task.

The group represents the Templar Knights and Clergy who were assigned the task of escorting pilgrims from the coast to Jerusalem and the Holy sites in the Jordan Valley, as well as the nobles and wealthy merchants who sought their protection. These knights were based at Chateau Pelerin, just south of Haifa as shown in the map of the Holy Land.

The encampment represents the daily life of Templars away from their permanent bases. The camp activities reflect the tasks, duties and devotions of Templar Knights engaged in the protection of pilgrims. The camp contains the Brother Knights, Sergeants, Brothers and Priests as well as the Pilgrims themselves. At all times whilst in the public eye, members of “The Templars” shall observe and abide by “The Rule of the Temple”.