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 in 1356, including the Battle of Auray and the naval battle of La Rochelle, ending in 1380. Citadel’s members take on the persona of a person that may have lived during these times.
Follow Citadel on Instagram as they prepare for the Abbey Medieval Festival.
Companie Draco Routiers
Companie Draco Routiers is a re-enactment group based on a mercenary company. Drawing its origins from the exile of Saxon nobles of Kingdom of Wessex, the group’s heraldry of a golden Wyvern on a red field represents the fallen kingdom.
The group mainly focuses on the combat of the period, which will be on full display during the 14th Century Tournament, hosted at the Castle Arena on both days of the Festival weekend.
Company of the Radiant Heart
Company of the Radiant Heart is a living history and martial art group that focuses on the years 1380-1420. Their encampment is a hive of activity during the Festival weekend, with cooking, games, arms and armour displays aplenty.
Follow Company of the Radiant Heart to learn more about what the group is preparing for the Abbey Medieval Festival.
Horses, Hounds, Hunters and Farmers
Horses, Hounds, Hunters and Farmers is a re-enactment group that aims to give historically correct presentations of farming and hunting practices in the Middle Ages, primarily 14th century Europe.
The group strives 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.
Horses, Hounds, Hunters and Farmers have a highly interactive encampment and they go through great lengths to ensure that the space is safe and comfortable for their animals, and the people interacting with them. Be sure to stop by and say hello to the group and their animals!
Knights of the Empire Germanica
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 from 1380, when the Empire’s lands included Germany, Austria, Poland, Prussia, Lithuania, Italy and north to the Gulf of Finland, until their crushing defeat at Tannenberg in 1410.
Patrons visiting the Knights of the Empire Germanica encampment will see the blacksmith at work repairing armour, an archery and arms and armour display.
Follow Knights of the Empire Germanica as they prepare for the event.
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 chain mail, joust, or win sword fights, but they are brave, fearless and loyal, much like their hounds. The group shows the lives sighthounds would have had, and portray the individuals who would have owned or cared for them during in 14th/15th centuries in England.
The dogs and their owners undergo a great deal of training when preparing for the Abbey Medieval Festival so they are comfortable with 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 high medieval tournament.
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 closing years of the 14th century.
See Lion Rampant in action at the Festival weekend as their members compete in the 14th Century Tournament at the Castle Arena, or in their camp where they display and present on their arms and armour.
Order of Artisans and Kindred Spirits
Order of Artisans and Kindred Spirits is dedicated to showing people how people lived and made goods in the 14th Century.
Based in Flanders, which was a market point for people of all nations. Each person in the group does some form of hand work, from carpentry to blacksmithing, from beading to sewing the sorts of items that were made for everyday life and use. Whether it be games, clothing tools or utensils, there are people who can make most everything medieval.
Order of Artisans and Kindred Spirits offer many hands-on activities and workshops over the weekend, be sure to check the Festival program!
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 even fought with Denmark during the reign of Valdemar IV Attadage.
Order of St Knud will take to the Castle Arena for their Warbow demonstration, and in their encampment visitors can see blacksmithing, mead making, and various crafts including woodworking, candle making, spinning and weaving.
Order of the Gryphon
Order of the Gryphon is an equestrian based living history group that does impressions from the late 14th Century and the mid 15th Century. They train all things medieval cavalry including participating and hosting medieval Tournaments.
Members of Order of the Gryphon may be seen on the Jousting field, either jousting or as supporting crew.
15th century re-enactment groups
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.
The group portrays a wide variety of personas, ranging from nobility, pilgrims, merchants, tradesmen and archers, to men-at-arms, knights, and brewers.
Company of the Phoenix host the Tournament of Strength and Skill, one of the Festival’s official tournaments. Their members can be seen displaying Harnischfechten armoured combat in the Common, and cooking, displaying arms and armour, and teaching children’s games in their encampment.
It is 1480 and the Renaissance has germinated in the many Principalities, Dukedoms, Republics and Seigniors of the Italian Peninsular. It is the history of Da Vinci, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Mainardi, of great equestrian statues and works of art transcending time. The time of the enlightened despot and the bourgeoisie. The Italians lead the world in the arts and mercantile pursuits. Peculiar to the Italians is also the massed use of mercenaries in the varied armies of the manyfold city states of the region. These Condottieri are professional and highly skilled soldiers, fighting not for reasons of state or Feudalism but for money.
Condottieri is a re-enactment group dedicated to bringing the daily life of an Italian Mercenary encampment to life. They strive for perfection in re-enactment and enjoyment of their pursuits. Commitment, family, research, enjoyment and accuracy are their aims.
“We fight for Pay, Loyalty to Highest Bidder! We are the Condottieri!”
Condottieri own ‘Bambino’ the cannon that sounds throughout Abbeystowe during the Festival weekend. See Bambino in action at the Castle Arena on Saturday morning.
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”.
Keep an eye out for Das Törichte Leben’s plague doctor as he wanders the site, and be sure to stop by their encampment to learn about split ring chainmail making.
Janissary Barracks holds a unique place at the Abbey Medieval Festival as it brings a Middle Eastern flavour, and highlights the importance of one of the major empires of Medieval times.
Over the years, the Janissary Barracks has expanded its activities and now presents many aspects of Ottoman culture including the Ottoman folk dancing, history of weapons, cooking and 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.
Janissary Barracks host the popular Turkish Oil Wrestling, which is one of the official Festival tournaments and a must-see for Festival-goers.
A ‘caravanserai’ was an inn or an oasis on the Silk Road, the group Karvan-Saray, 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. Karvan-Saray have a very lively and engaging encampment with workshops and activities including drumming, weaving and fabric printing, and they have henna artists who will happily decorate patrons for a small fee.
Order of the Dracul
The Order of the Dracul is a living history froup focused on investigating and re-evaluating the life and times of Prince Vlad III of Wallachia, better known to history as “Vlad the Impaler”. His life and exploits form the basis of Bram Stoker’s fictional character “Count Dracula”.
The Order of the Dracul is not a “Dracula” fan club nor seeks to glorify his deeds. Rather the Order seeks through research and re-enactment to better understand the life and times of this Medieval Ruler, and to help separate the man from the myth. Visit the group’s encampment to see some of their torture devices and weapons, including the popular stocks.
Re-enacting Independently for Fun (RIFF)
RIFF is a small close knit group of families and friends who have a diverse interest in the era’s they portray.
The group has portrayed covered era’s from The Ancient World to the 1950’s at various events, for the Abbey Medieval Festival they portray people from a 15th century town.
RIFF members go about the activities of daily life, cooking, baking, raising children, doing woodwork, learning to defend themselves, illuminating and writing as well as relaxing and taking part in games with friends.