Authentic Medieval Village

Step into a place where time is folded. Let bands of minstrels sing you their tales as you seek warmth by a blacksmith’s forge. Dance with a fool, watch the progress of craft and architecture, or discuss daily life and customs with the denizens you encounter.
The Medieval Villages are a stroll through the centuries, from the mysterious Dark Ages to the enlightenment of the High Middle Ages. Each village has been faithfully reconstructed from historical manuscripts, illustrations and paintings to create an authentic, immersive experience for you.
In this cluster of hamlets you will find moments in time captured and given the breath of life by our skilled actors and educators. Find out what’s being boiled in that cauldron? What’s that wooden contraption for? Why are people wearing those?
In which village will you feel at home? Are you more at home in the unchartered and magical Dark Ages? Or are you more of a Renaissance person, wanting to witness the economic and intellectual upheaval of the High Middle Ages?
Read below to find out more about the different Medieval Villages.

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Early Medieval Village

It is the Great Fair at Thessalonica , The Demetria, an annual feast of St Demetrius. A vast tent city has grown outside the city walls as travellers flock to the fair. Multitudes from all lands, Anglo-Saxon traders, Norman soldiers, and Viking explorers, all gather under the watchful eye of the Byzantine emperor’s mercenaries, the Varangian Guard.

Miklagard

The Miklagard has a number of garrisons around Australia re-enacting the Varangian Guard – the elite bodyguard of the Byzantine Emperor. The garrison in Sydney, NSW is Miklagard Garrison, “Miklagard” from the Norse for “the Great City” (Constantinople). The Sydney garrison focuses on the interaction between Byzantium and the Kievan Rus’ in the period 969-1015AD.

Miklagard will be displaying cooking in the large raised camp hearth, Byzantine medical care, ‘posament’ decorative knotting, wire weaving and soldiers and their equipment.

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Europa

Europa is a family-oriented living history group from Sydney’s Blue Mountains. They re-enact the pastimes, crafts and culture of Dark Age Europe, focusing on the period of Viking occupation of the city of York in northern England. Europa’s members recreate life as it was over a millennium ago, by using traditional crafts such as leather and timber work, period games, cooking, and textiles.

Europa will be offering activities such as armour to try on, historical board games to learn and play and hands-on woodworking, making your own wooden charms.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group CLICK HERE

The Ancient Arts Fellowship

The Ancient Arts Fellowship is a Dark Ages re-enactment group based in Canberra, focused on the three major cultures of Britain at the end of the first millenium. Those are the Anglo-Saxons, then the Norse, following Viking raids around AD790, and then the invading Normans in 1066. The fellowship recreate the crafts, combat, archery and recreation of these cultures, and provides educational displays in the ACT.

AAF members will be found in the weaver’s and embroiderer’s workshop, working on large embroideries similar to the famous Bayeux tapestry, and spread around the village wherever craft and industry are undertaken, not to mention on the battlefield.

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The New Varangian Guard

Rusland Garrison

The New Varangian Guard has a number of garrisons around Australia re-enacting the Varangian Guard – the elite bodyguard of the Byzantine Emperor. The garrison in Brisbane is Rusland Garrison, “Rusland” being an old name for Russia, the land of the Rus people.

Rusland will be bringing a Byzantine heavy infantry unit, comprising the General, unmistakeable in his fine robes or distinctive decorated armour and his 12 elite guardsmen.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group CLICK HERE

The New Varangian Guard

Vlachernai’s

The New Varangian Guard has a number of garrisons around Australia re-enacting the Varangian Guard – the elite bodyguard of the Byzantine Emperor. The garrison in Melbourne, Vic is Vlachernai Garrison, named for the palace of the Byzantine Emperor in Constantinople. (Blachernae, in modern translation.) It is concerned with the Byzantine Empire, its allies and enemies of the 9th to 13th centuries A.D.

Vlachernai’s display will include a glass bead maker who will build a clay kiln onsite and use it to create decorative glass beads, fishermen making and repairing nets and a skilled Byzantine chef, cooking recipes from the extant ‘Andalusian Cookbook’.

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Huscarls

The Huscarls are an Australia-wide living history group re-enacting Western Europe during the Viking age. The Huscarls are named for the elite guards of the Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon kings, selected from his most loyal noblemen and most decorated generals. The Huscarls will be bringing a Viking Blacksmith , a Gaelic woodworker and several weavers as well as their namesake Huscarl warriors and their warbands.

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Einherjar

Einherjar is a re-enactment and medieval combat group from East Hills in Sydney. They are named for the Einherjar (Ein-hair-yar) of Norse mythology; great warriors who died in battle and were taken to Valhalla to fight all day and drink all night until the end of days.

Einherjar’s warriors will be playing board games, crafting wood and leather in their camp and creating embroidery when they are not hard at work on the field of battle.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group CLICK HERE

Fire and Steel

Fire and Steel are a Dark Ages re-enactment group based in Newcastle NSW.

Fire and Steel will be engaging in a range of historical activities in the village, including historic weaving, cooking and of course, battle!

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Haseti

Háseti is an Early Medieval re-enactment group based in NSW Australia who pursues outdoor activities in their re-created Viking age kit. From climbing to the peak of Mt Kosciuszko in winter to overnight hiking around the Blue mountains in summer. The Háseti camp includes a Danish ‘treowright’ or wood worker, demonstrating his craft, and a silver smith using replica tools and techniques to create precise reproductions of early medieval silver jewellery.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group CLICK HERE

Forn Vegr

Forn Vegr – old Norse for ‘ancient ways’ – is a Viking Living History group from Queensland focusing on traders throughout the Viking Age.
They relive the ancient ways of the traders who journey and trade along the western trading routes from Denmark to Norway and across the waters to England, the Orkneys, Dublin and Iceland. They strive to relive the life of a Viking trader as accurately and authentically as possible.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group CLICK HERE

Jomsborgarlag Sudhird

Jomsborgarlag Sudhird The Southern Levy of the Fortress of Jomsborg. The Sudhird Chapter of the Jomsborgarlag is a European Viking re-enactment group based in Melbourne, Australia. The Army of Jomsborg, based in Northern Europe, boasts over 350 people. They can be recognised in battle by their distinctive black and red crossed shields.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group CLICK HERE

Templar Encampment

It is 1229 in the Jordan Valley, between modern day Jordan and Israel. The Poor Fellow Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, or Templars, are guiding European pilgrims to the Holy Places of Jerusalem. Although a truce has been signed by Frederick II that allows free passage for Christian pilgrims, the lands are controlled by the Saracens. The Templars conduct their daily lives along a strict religious protocol, the Rule of the Temple, while providing watchful care to their pilgrim charges.

The Poor Fellow Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon

The Poor Fellow Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon

The Templars are a historical re-enactment group based in Brisbane, portraying the military order of the Poor Fellow Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon in the thirteenth century.

The brother Templars will be working around their camp, preparing meals, repairing and maintaining their arms and armour and devoting themselves to gainful study, like games of shahtranj chess. At noon and 3pm in the camp chapel, there will be a liturgy of the hours in Latin and English, with chants sung by members of the Brisbane Schola Cantorum choir.

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Fourteenth Century Village

It is 1229 in the Jordan Valley, between modern day Jordan and Israel. The Poor Fellow Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, or Templars, are guiding European pilgrims to the Holy Places of Jerusalem. Although a truce has been signed by Frederick II that allows free passage for Christian pilgrims, the lands are controlled by the Saracens. The Templars conduct their daily lives along a strict religious protocol, the Rule of the Temple, while providing watchful care to their pilgrim charges.

The Company of the Staple

The Company of the Staple are a Sydney group, re-enacting life in the English-held French city of Calais in 1376, during the Hundred Years War. Members cover portrayals from knights and merchants through to artisans and commoners, recreating combat, cooking and a number of traditional crafts.

Company of the Staple will be running the village kitchens, working all day to feed the camp, offering a medieval physician and surgeon to advise on any medical matters and have several historical craftsmen demonstrating weaving, tapestry, wood carving and leatherworking.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group CLICK HERE

The Knights Order of Lion Rampant

The Knights Order of Lion Rampant is a Brisbane-based living history group dedicated to recreating the spectacle and excitement of 14th century high medieval tournament.

Knights of the order, when not contesting deeds of arms, will be available to talk about about the weapons, armour and culture of the chivalric tournament. Their ladies will also be on hand to explain the lives of noblewomen in medieval times and their role in the culture of chivalry.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group CLICK HERE

The Medieval Archery Society

The Medieval Archery Society, based in Sydney, portray an English mercenary company (Free Company) in France circa 1350. The main focus of the group is historical archery, but we have members skilled in equestrian pursuits and re-enactment foot combat.        MAS members represent the everyday soldiers of the medieval army, and will be discussing the armour and weapons of war; bows and arrows, pikes and shields. These were not the glorious weapons of the chivalry, but the weapons with which common men won battles and sacked towns.

The soldiers also love medieval games of skill and chance and would be happy to teach you their favourites. Once each day the society will put on a display of the efficacy of medieval archery, shooting arrows into real armour to show the devestating effects.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group CLICK HERE

The Revolting Pesants

The Revolting Peasants are dedicated to celebrating the overlooked skills of the lowly medieval peasant. Based in Sydney, they study the lost crafts of medieval commoners like sewing and decorating clothes, cooking, greenwood working and metalworking.

The peasants will be baking for the camp in their hand-made clay bee-hive oven and demonstrating the everyday crafts of the commoners like weaving, sewing and woodwork.

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Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a small living history group in Brisbane QLD, which has a real love of books and history, especially Central and Western Europe, 1375-1415. The members have a strong commitment to education both within the re-enactment community and the public sector.

Ex Libris members will be found in the tailor’s workshop and the spice merchant’s store. In the tailor’s workshop, a detailed reproduction of a medieval clothing store from period artwork, you can learn how clothes were made, including how details like buttons and hems were created without machines. The spice merchant is an experienced trader, expert in exotic spices from around the world and will explain why these spices were so sought after and how they were used in fine dining.

Companie Draco Routiers

Companie Draco Routiers, or ‘Dragon Mercenaries’, is a Brisbane-based fourteenth century living history group. Drawing their origins from the history of the exiled Saxon nobles of the Kingdom of Wessex, they recreate the martial aspect of the 14th century training in weapon and the combat of the period while also covering other aspects of living history.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group please CLICK HERE

Fifteenth Century Village

Despite the civil War of the Roses consuming England and the Wars of Burgundy brewing in Europe, Knights have met for a royal joust. Before the King and Queen and their courtiers, the bravest champions of Europe will joust on horseback for honour and royal favour.

The encampment is home to the royal family, courtiers and their loyal retinues during the tournament festivities.

The Company of the Pheonix

The Company of the Phoenix portrays a free company travelling Europe from 1435-1480. Originally simply mercenary bands, free companies grew to resemble mobile city-states, camping where they could and encompassing not just military services, but also merchants and the associated tradesmen and services required for a self-sufficient mobile village.

Company of the Phoenix will be opening up to show their daily lives. Come and meet the noble lords and ladies and their children and hear how they lived in a free company camp. Meet the squires and men at arms and learn about the armour and combat of the period and stop by the kitchens to find out what kind of food they ate.

To find out more or to enquire about joining this group CLICK HERE

The Company of the Cross

The Company of the Cross, from Kiama, NSW, represent an English Free company under contract to the Yorkist army of King Richard III in the War of the Roses. The Company, in the structure of the period, is led by the Sargent, a Knight, his Esquire, a Swordsman and a small group of billmen and archers.

When not attending the royal joust or patrolling the Faire, the soldiers of the company will be in their encampment to show and explain the arms and armour of their profession.

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The Company of the Golden Swan

The Company of the Golden Swan (La Compagnie du Cygne D’or), are a Canberra-based group portraying Burgundian nobility, 1453-1483.

The Company will be portraying the royal household, patron of the St Ives Joust. When they are not taking in a joust, the King and Queen, and their courtiers, attendants and bodyguard will be in their encampment to meet visitors and talk about life in the courts of fifteenth century Burgundy.

The Company of St Christopher

The Company of St Christopher is dedicated to reenactment of the late 15th Century of Europe, specifically between 1450 and 1500 and those lands of Catholic faith. To help in this focus it has taken on the guise of a Tournament company travelling between cities competing in local tournament so that it might add acclaim to its name and glory to its combatants.

Members of the company will run talks and demonstrations on the many skills required to excel at tournament, including medieval horsemanship and horse training for tournament and war, the armour and equipment of a knight at tournament, and the techniques of medieval European martial arts.

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Musketeers Camp

It is the seventeenth century, and the Thirty Years War ravages Europe, Originally a conflict between Catholic and Protestant states, the seemingly endless warfare has rendered all of Europe a wasteland of violence and disease. A band of routiers – mercenary pikemen and musketeers who have betrayed their nation to fight for the highest bidder, is camped out between battles. Stopping to recruit and recover, they repair their equipment, train for battle and drink and gamble away their pay.

The Pike and Musket Society

The Pike and Musket Society is an historical reenactment and living history organisation whose main focus is reenacting the life and times of mid-17th Century Europe, with a particular emphasis on the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and the English Civil War (1642-1651). We are based in Australia. Most of our members live in or near Sydney and the Blue Mountains, and some in Melbourne and Newcastle.

Within a highly authentic routier camp of the 30 years war, the pikemen and musketeers will work on their weapons and armour, cook the food of the period, make and mend their clothing and equipment and meet and greet visitors to discuss their activities. Once per day, the soldiers will gather to practice battle formations and musket firing.

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