This is initial registration while we recruit and sort out new people and equipment creation. Expect to pay $1000 round trip airfare to Athens and approx. another $750 for a week in Greece which will include side trips to Thermopylae, Artemesium, Delphi and of course Athens. There will be martial arts instruction and some tours included free. We will try to find bus transportation and local hotel or B+B lodging so you have the cheapest fee and so we’re all together. IMPORTANT: We only care that you have a passion for history and/or martial arts. We are race and gender neutral/friendly. We are LGBTQ friendly and have LGBTQ members. If you do not like the idea of women or people of colour in your phalanx, or LGBTQ folks, you should stop right here and do something else in 2021.
This is not the final event registration. We need numbers for everything from equipment purchase to finalizing travel and tourism arrangements. Your group or unit will keep you in touch with the plans for the vent; if you are new to all this, we’ll put you in the closest group or you can join our Taxeis, the Plataeans (But many of us do Persian and/or Scythian as well).
We will post a sort of ‘equipment catalogue’ and we’ll help you get kit. Please do not buy anything without advice from a veteran. You can ask any Plataean whose already done a Greek event for help.
If you do not already own kit and belong to a group, we ask that you pay $25.00 now against your registration fee. Frankly, this helps us make sure you mean to come! It will also be used for initial expenses in Greece. If you cannot come, this fee will not be refunded. But if you do come, this $25 will be taken off your registration fee. And no, we don’t know how much that will be yet.
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INFORMATION FOR EVENT PARTICIPANTS
This will be the third year that we host a sparring event, to fund raise for West Neighbourhood House. We will also be donating to a Syrian Refugee Fund. Both organizations offer support to the homeless and needy in Toronto.
The event will be a marshaled historical sword arts sparring event, and participants will be asked to raise a minimum of $30 in order to participate, but if you are unable to raise funds, you may still participate. Beyond that, we encourage you to ask your friends and family to sponsor you for your day of sparring to help raise money for our cause. There is no limit to how much money can be raised by one person. But donations are NOT for individual sparring bouts.
A safety check for your gear will take place at the beginning of the day, we reserve the right to refuse usage of gear that we deem unsafe. We will do our best to provide you with safe loaner gear if this happens.
Armoured and unarmoured will be mixed all day. Time will be given for armoured participants to disarm and sparr unarmoured.. Each participant is guaranteed a minimum of 5 rounds.
At the moment, our site at Trinity Bellwoods is not confirmed, if we are unable to get this space, we will be located at Pia Bouman at 6 noble street starting at 11:30 AM. Feel free to invite observers.
Watch our Facebook page for final location announcements on location. https://www.facebook.com/events/697316177447483/
A relaxing and fun medieval event located close to Toronto, with cooking, fighting, archery and good times.
You will be contacted with site location after you register.
This event is open to Hoplologia members and affiliates only. Food will be based on 8 to 12 person messgroups. If you are not a member of a messgroup we will assign you to one.
Cost for the weekend will be $20 plus food cost.
Youths, 18 are free to attend and must only pay their food costs.
We are collecting insurance dues for the upcoming year, so if you have not paid insurance please select the appropriate option in the buy now button.
Everyone over the age of 14 must pay insurance.
Please register all adults separately.
Please register all adults separately in the above form, but you can do your payment as one transaction in the below payment button.
If you prefer to pay your fee in person at the event in cash, that’s fine.
We are raising money to help refugees and the homeless!
Re-enactors will be keeping vigil all night at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on Maundy Thursday (18 April), from about 10.00 pm until dawn on Good Friday. This is an ancient medieval practice which we have revived for charitable works.
(Vigil will be held in the Saint Joseph Chapel of Saint Mary Magdalene Church, Toronto. As it is the middle of Holy Week, we will be quiet and respectful throughout. There will be other devoted vigil standers who are NOT reeenactors. The Guild of Saint Michael will provide support in terms of water and kneeling stands for those in armour, as well as squiring functions. Questions should be addressed to Christian Cameron. You can contact him at email@example.com.)
If you wish to make a donation, all money will go to support refugees and homeless people.
Requested minimum donation is $10 for each hour you are at vigil.
Join us for Hoplologia’s Annual Symposium and General Meeting, which will be held this year in Dearborn, Michigan: just outside The Motor City.
This year’s event will include classes, workshops and discussions on a variety of topics covering historical context, reenactment skills, martial, material and musical culture, and a great deal of socializing. There’ll be something for everyone! Also: proximity to really good middle eastern food, and some really cool museums.
Hosted by Hoplologia-Michigan
The Deed of The Red Knight will take place again this year in Bethanie Quebec. It will run from Thursday the 11th of October until Sunday the 14th.
Our event will include group fighting scenarios, a market, and an exciting new competative narrative scenario, which will include any and all who wish to participate (no fighting experience required, kids should be accompanied by an adult)
If you are an archer, you must bring a fencing mask to protect your head in tactical scenarios. A modern mask is fine.
Site fee will be $67, free for teens under 16 but teens will be charged for their mess.
Your mess bill for food for the weekend will be paid seperately.
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Enjoy an evening of dancing, food and entertainment in support of West Neighbourhood House, Out of the Cold and Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement.
Explore your creative side with a costume in the theme of Black and White, or go fancy with black tie attire.
This will be a licensed event, 19 + attendance.
Entertainment will include:
Tasting menu by Sud Forno. Drinks by Plentea. Fashion show by the students of George Brown College. Live music, Historical swordsmanship demonstration and dancing, as well as a silent auction.
There will also be a raffle to win prizes valued
There will be prizes for best mask and
Enjoy a 15% discount off regularly priced masks at Malabar when you mention this event.
So put your dancing shoes on and join us for an evening of fun and splendour.
A small local event, 1 hour outside of Toronto. This event will focus on archery, and training people in campfire cooking and camping.
There will also be some armoured fighting for those who are interested.
The site is small, so attendance will be limited to 30 participants.
Please register each adult individually.
Fee will be $22.5 per person, and an aditional fee for food, to be paid on site. ( around $30 per person) No site fee for teens under 16, no mess fee for children under 10.
Location details will be provided after registration.
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Vigil will be held in the Saint Joseph Chapel of Saint Mary Magdalene Church, Toronto. As it is the middle of Holy Week, we will be quiet and respectful throughout. There will be other devoted vigil standers who are NOT reenactors. The Guild of Saint Michael will provide support in terms of water and kneeling stands for those in armour, as well as squiring functions. Questions should be addressed to Christian Cameron. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to make a donation, all money will go to support refugees and homeless people.
Requested minimum donation is $10 for each hour you are at vigil.
The IAS Universal Form and Application by Greg Mele
Duration 1.5 hours
In this class we will show a simple solo form that teaches the basic defensive covers with the sword in one hand or two, and then look at its partnered application. As a benefit, the form works with the sword, axe or spear, so time permissive, we will show how to apply it in all contexts.
Required equipment: longsword, mask, gloves. Spear or poleaxe, optional.
Win, Lose or Draw by Greg Mele
Duration 1.5 hours
Playing at the Bind in Wide and Close Play Sentimento di Ferro -- the feeling of steel -- is at the heart of European fencing. By knowing who controls the center-line the moment the swords cross, and using that knowledge to instantly seize the initiative, the swordsman can remain safe on his path to victory. While the term sentiment of steel is a 19th century one, this concept is far older. Fiore dei Liberi uses this concept to build his first set of plays in both wide, and close measure. In this class, we will teach how to use a counterattack to come to the bind in wide and close play, and then look at the corresponding actions of "win, lose or draw" for control of center, should the counterattack fail.
Required equipment: longsword, mask, gloves.
The Positional Theory of Combat Strategy - Tactical Analysis and Strategic Planning in the Fight Pre-Requisites: by Sean W. Hayes
Duration: 3 hours
Experience requirement: Basic familiarity with medieval longsword or medieval arming sword & buckler, Italian or German Required
Equipment requirements: One of Longsword, Arming Sword, Sword & Buckler; Sparring Kit of gambeson, steel gauntlets or similar, gorget, elbow protection, mask (please kit up for mobility, with no bulky modern HEMA armor - contact me if you have questions)
Description: Successful fighting at any weapon is significantly more than simply knowing techniques and possessing courage in adequate degree. Students of any martial study frequently confuse technical ability, which is learned and demonstrated in drills and exercises, with fighting ability. The former is necessary to the latter, but having technical skills is not the same as having fighting skills. Strategy is the plan of attack decided upon by the individual combatant; tactics are the means to implement that plan - they are the application of technical skills in a specific situation. This class details a method for quickly assessing the adversary and planning the fight - and revising the plan as needed. There are three sets of characteristics to be considered: physical, temperamental, and strategic.
Physical - Relative to your opponent, you are:
- Longer, Equal, or Shorter (have greater, similar, or lesser reach)
- Faster, Equal, or Slower
- Stronger, Equal, or Weaker
Quickly assessing these qualities will allow you to choose a sound initial strategy: if you are longer, you can use your reach to advantage; if you are slower, you must set up actions in tempo to use their speed against them; if you are are weaker, you will find it harder to hold a line closed against them unless you have absolute advantage of strong to weak. Using the intersection of these characteristics, the fighter can form a preliminary strategy and begin to implement it, assess the results, and revise as needed.
Temperament - Your opponent (and you) will be somewhere along this spectrum:
- Timid - very reluctant to engage or join the fight
- Cautious - slow to engage, spends a lot of time assessing
- Cool - keeps calm and focused, fights judiciously
- Valorous - presses and stays in the fight
Impetuous - joins the fight quickly and without due consideration Each of these in your opponent presents specific challenges to address (and you will want to be somewhere between Cool and Valorous!)
Strategic - Your opponent will take one of these strategies:
- Offensive - tends to take the offense
- Defensive - tends to stay on defense
- Counteroffensive - tends to attack into the attack
- Mixed - some balance of these
You must develop a strategy for approaching a specific opponent, planned from consideration of all the above elements, and implement that strategy with specific tactics. This is a hard-earned skill, particularly because there is often little time to strategize. This is where both training and experience come into play, allowing the fighter to make initial assessments to form a preliminary strategy, and to rapidly reassess that strategy during the fight. We will develop a series of drills around the general physical characteristics noted above; these drills become the specific tactics necessary to enact a chosen strategy. We’ll then add in assessments of the opponent’s temperament and strategy to arrive at our own strategic plan. The drills will take into account shifting actions on the part of the drill partner, and allow both partners limited freedom of action within a general framework. Drills of this type assist greatly in developing the ability to implement, and change, tactical approaches while under the pressure of a fight. Finally, we’ll engage in freeplay to practice our new decision-making skills in a spontaneous environment.
The Positional Theory of Combat Strategy was first taught to me by Maitre d’Armes Adam Crown for classical fencing when I was his student and which he had developed from the plans and strategies used by martial artists and boxers. I subsequently adapted and expanded this to the needs of medieval martial arts, incorporating the many strategic and tactical lessons I learned from Maestro William Gaugler for traditional Italian fencing, and have continued to refine it.
Early-bird (before February 1st): CA$80
After February 1st: CA$100
At the door: CA$120
Insurance: an additional $25 will be added for personal insurance. This is good for all of 2018 for any Hoplologia event. If you have already paid insurance for a Hoplologia event in 2018, this fee will not be added.
Payment by PayPal (fees will be added), bank transfer, personal check or cash.
No refunds unless event is cancelled.
Ottawa Swordplay training space (medium sized gym with wood floors).
1000 Brookfield Road, Ottawa, ON K1V 6J1
We will send you a confirmation email with your bill.
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Join us for Hoplologia’s Annual General Assembly, which will be held in Canada's national capital region (Gatineau-Ottawa).
Workshops, presentations, discussions, martial training and wine are to be had at this year’s event! It will be a great opportunity to learn and to share your experience and knowledge.
The deed of the Red Knight IV - The siege of Béthanie / Le pas du chevalier rouge IV - Le siège de Béthanie
This year's Red Knight event will concentrate on the idea of a siege, both as a military and engineering event, and as a platform for Chivalric exploits. In addition to the siege, we will bring a small town to life with a market day, and we'll feast together as friends.
Cet événement privé 12e siècle se déroule sur les terres d’Aix-en-Forêt nous donneras l'occasion d'effectuer des travaux d'entretien sur la grange forestière, ainsi que de terminer la fondation du four à pain extérieur.
This small 12th century summer event will allow us to work on the Grangia site
Trek 25! The undiscovered country, in Medieval kit, with air support. The facebook group will have up to date info, but these dates are, to the best of my knowledge, accurate, and they will not change unless 1) we have a major event conflict or 2) too many people cannot get the time off. Please book the dates soon! Or give us feed back.
Facebook (you may have to ask Aurora or Christian to join) group for Trek 25 is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/298681867163759/
Cet événement privé 12e siècle se déroule sur les terres d’Aix-en-Forêt nous donneras l'occasion d'effectuer des travaux d'entretien sur la grange forestière, ainsi que de débuter le four à pain extérieur.
This small 12th century summer event will allow us to work on the Grangia site.
The Spring Passage of Arms event is mainly a 14th Century, immersion style of event located just south of the City of Hamilton in Haldibrook. Building on the huge success of last year's event, it will feature many aspects of period life, including camp activities, food, and feats of arms. This year, in addition to the regular archery range, there will be a long distance target shoot.
Notre événement d'automne habituel 12e siècle. Travail sur le site prévu: couper arbres morts, débroussailler pour augmenter l'espace de camping, réparer le toit qui coule, maçonnerie sur le four à pain. Teinture, filage et autres travaux. Et bien sûr manger.
Our usual 12th century fall event. Work on the site, dyeing, eating, wear our wool clothes.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/914393091989212/
Monday August 15th 2016, 11:00am to Sunday August 21st 2016, 2:00pm, Lotbinière (Quebec) Canada
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The “Cens de la Saint-Julien sur les terres d’Aix-en Forêt” will occur from August 15 to 21, 2016 in Lotbinière (Québec). The town of Lotbinière is about halfway between Trois-Rivière and Québec city. The event is by invitation only, but we welcome chivalrous ladies and gentlemen to approach and be recognized. The event is capped at 45 people due to the size of the site.
For reenactement purposes, the year is 1386 and we are in Normandy about halfway between Paris and Mont-Saint-Michel. We will permit material culture between 1375 to 1420 (as best we can manage). This event is all about re-enacting and will be period the whole time.
Armizare training: every morning after breakfast Tuesday to Thursday, 1 to 2 hour class by a different instructor (Rachel Beauchamp, Jean-François Gagné and others)
Arts and crafts classes: Tuesday to Thursday. Classes may overlap.
-Natural dyeing (Dominique): Will be over 2 days with lots of waiting. Bring fiber to dye, everything else provided.
-Embroidery (Aurora): Bring a small hoop and other supplies if you have them.
-Scabbard making (Aurora): Only if you have contacted Aurora for materials (there are costs)
Crafting: ask an "expert" if you want to learn to do something, teach other people to do something, or work on your own projects
-Spindle spinning (Dominique): Some spindles available to borrow or buy, wool provided
-Finger loop braiding
Medieval laundry and bath: Thursday, to avoid running out of underwear before the end of the week, and for those who like to stay fresher smelling. Tubs, soap, beaters, drying lines and hot water organized, but you will be doing your own laundry and washing your own back.
Trek: walk on the river trail and medieval fishing (half day)
Other random activities: wood chopping, cooking, doing the dishes, sewing, visiting the fairy tree, lounging around, etc. We will congregate every night at dusk after dinner around the big table to share drink and song.
Le cens de la St-Julien (end of summer taxes): Thursday afternoon. Be ready with your annual due to the lord of spun linen thread, eggs, chickens and/or wool. Gold is also accepted.
Medieval cook-off (optional): Where you make your best 14th century dish and we eat it all together for dinner.
Archery and Men at arms tournament: Friday at the Mill 10am to 3pm
Knights tournament: Saturday at the Mill 10am to 3pm. Fully armored combat in an open field. Knights are to bring their kit, seating, lunch, water and at least one squire to take care of them.
The lists are not meant to be exclusive or closed. We do require decent late fourteenth century kit, although we will be lenient with newcomers. We also require an appropriately chivalrous approach to combat.
Feast: Saturday night in the cabin. Show up in your best finery and your guests will wine and dine you. Bring your dishes and cutlery. BYOB.
Departure: Sunday before 2pm
SITE AND ACCOMMODATIONS
The Pas d’Aix-en-Forêt is held on a private property in Lotbinière, Québec. It is a wooded lot that can accommodate a small period camp of authentic pavilions and military tents. There is a cabin with a dormitory that can hold 14 people. People sleeping in the dormitory will only need to bring sheets, blankets and pillows (beds and mattresses provided). If you are interested, request a spot when registering, they will be reserved on a first paid first served basis. There will be NO modern camping.
Fresh drinking water available on site.
Firewood for cooking will be provided. Do not bring your own, you may bring insects with it.
This event is period all the time except for Monday morning for setup and Sunday afternoon for teardown. If you are arriving at any other time, you are asked to change before walking up the path to the site, and carrying your equipment in period containers. A wagon will be available. The inside of your tent (if it remains closed) as well as the dormitory does not have to be period, although that is something you can strive for. Please keep all plastic bags and bins out of sight; nothing ruins a picture like a grocery bag.
OFF SITE ACCOMMODATIONS, 30 MINUTES DRIVE
Motel Rayalco 104 Rue Olivier, Laurier-Station, QC G0S 1N0, motelrayalco.com (418) 728-4282
Members of Hoplologia in good standing / non-members (includes 25$ fee for insurance)
For the whole week camping, including feast: 100$ / 125$
For the whole week dormitories, including feast: 125$ / 150$
Weekend only (Friday to Sunday) camping, including feast: 50$ / 75$
Weekend only (Friday to Sunday) dormitory, including feast: 60$ / 85$
Children between 7 and 17
-Camping, including feast: 30$
-Dormitories, including feast: 50$
Children 6 and under: Free
Non-Members of Hoplologia will be asked to sign a waiver upon arrival.
All fees are payable in Canadian dollars.
Payment in advance by credit card, via PayPal by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or personal cheque (send an email to get the mailing address).
The event will feature a Saturday evening feast. Participants will need to plan for all other meals from their own camps.
There are a few grocery and liquor stores nearby, please refer to list below. Wine and beer also sold at the grocery store and corner stores... welcome to Quebec.
Grocery Stores, 15 minute drive:
Metro, 300 12e Ave, Deschaillons-sur-Saint-Laurent, QC G0S 1G0
Marché AMI, Marché St-Édouard, 2515 Route Principale, Saint-Édouard-de-Lotbinière, QC G0S 1Y0
Beaudet Yvon Marché, 7542 Route Marie-Victorin, Lotbinière, QC G0S 1S0
Grocery Store, 25 minute drive:
Metro, 6452 Rue Principale, Sainte-Croix, QC G0S 2H0
Liquor store, 25 minute drive:
SAQ, 6375 Rue Principale, Sainte-Croix, QC G0S 2H0
See Fees section for prices
A separate registration form is required for each combatant, although groups consisting of a single combatant and additional non-combatants, or entirely of non-combatants, may register together.
The Torneo del Cigno Bianco is a premier Italian reenacting event and tournament in Verona, Italy. As you can see in the kit of the Italian men-at-arms and knights and ladies and pages; and in the presence of an original 14th c. castle in the background... it's the perfect place to recreate what our company does.
In 2016, we plan to go as a Company and take part on a larger scale. In 2014 we had four knights, a squire, and four ladies; we hope to improve on that in 2016, but it is not the numbers but the spirit that make the event.
We have already secured the Corte Beatrice as Company headquarters for the week leading to the event--a bed and breakfast in a 17th century palazzo in the countryside, with a huge field for practicing the art of arms. Rooms run about 85 Euros a night and there are several beds in each suite. I am currently negotiating for other, cheaper accommodation nearby and/or possibly camping on the grounds.
As time draws nearer we'll post a registration area and arrange pre-payment for lodging. Of course everyone is welcome to stay wherever they like--last time we enjoyed being together. We will arrange some visits and events in the area--the castello vecchio in Verona, Saint Anastasia, the sixteenth century bastions, the shopping area...and also side trips to Venice and Padua!
Come and recreate John Hawkwood and all his friends on their Italian Vacation of 1382!
The Spring Passage of Arms event is a multi-period, immersion style of event located just south of the City of Hamilton in Haldibrook. It will feature many aspects of period life, including camp activities, food, and feats of arms.
It is being administered and organized by our friends in Hamilton Ontario.
Join us for our annual Symposium and chapter meeting. The weekend will include martial arts training with Jason Smith, Greg Mele and Christian Cameron. Sewing with Tasha Kelly, embroidery with Aurora Simmons. Spinning with Dominique Vaillant, and weaving with Bernard Emmerich.
A more detailed schedule will be made available shortly.
The entire weekend will cost $75. You can attend individual seminars for $30 each. Our chapter meeting will take place in the afternoon on Saturday.
There will be a dinner on Saturday evening at the Harbourd house. The cost will be $30 for a delicious meal.
Please register here.
Please only submit BY GROUP. This saves us time. Approximate numbers are fine. If you are not associated with a group, please tell us a little about yourself in the section on numbers and put (1). Please update us if there are changes!
Tuesday 27 October Arrivals and unpacking
Wednesday 28 October practice and introduction of programs to Municipaility and the Guides
Thursday 29 October Introductory ceremony and parade or procession
Friday 30 October School demonstrations all day. (Some might occur on Thursday as well after ceremony)
Saturday 31 October Camp open to public and demonstrations, militiary and civilian
Sunday 1 November Further demonstrations, Closing ceremony and dinner
Monday 2 November packing and farewells
There will be a published set of authenticity standards and all reenactors will have to abide by them. Ditto Safety standards, ditto a chain of command.
The Municipality of Marathon will be responsible for food, wine, and firewood, clean water, toilet facilities and showers. The rest is up to you!
There will be a site fee per reenactor TBD. Probably around 50 Euro for all the days.
All non-EU citizens should purchase Full Travel Insurance coverage and be prepared to show your insurance status.
Hear ye, Lords and Ladies,
Knights and Squires,
and Persons of Arms!
We make it known to you that a deed of arms will be performed by all comers of good will
at Waupoos in the County of Prince Edward (we hope)
from the 13th to the 16th of August in the Year of Our Lord two thousand and fifteen,
and the Red Knight and the lords and ladies of his livery
will hold the field against all comers of good will for two days,
and there they will also dance and sing and lead a joyous life. Attendees will be expected to have their kit--clothing, armour and tentage--in the span 1375-1425.
Please fill out the form below. Pay now if you can, and at the event if you cannot.
YOU MUST REGISTER ON ARRIVAL AT THE SITE AS WELL, but this will greatly speed the process. Food is paid on site and NOT in advance.
Schedule below, and rules for the lists, and other goodies. Check back from time to time.
Red Knight 2015 Schedule
General: We are in the fields below a County Historical site dedicated to the history of Loyalist Settlement in Prince Edward County. The Rose House is about 250 meters from us up a sharp little hill and in the sun it can be ‘a walk.’ However, I would encourage as many people as possible to visit the site AND to do a little interpretation here, especially if you can make connections between your own kit and 18th c. England, France or Germany. We are bringing a half-dozen 18th c. reenactors to help with interpretation. Bottom line – if you are bored, go up to the Rose House. J
On Arrival: You must register. Please do not set up until 1) you register and 2) you have received a tent site from QM Pearl Chen or CGC or the officer of the day. Modern Camp? Still register first. We still don’t want your car in the camp any longer than it takes to drop off. Thanks! BTW… you’ve already registered on line? You STILL need to register at the desk and sign in.
Wednesday August 12th
Set up crew only. You know who you are.
Thursday August 13th
10 AM Site Open
6PM Site becomes 1385 (Does not mean you can’t drive in and drop off after this. Simply that before 6PM Thursday, no one need make any attempt to do anything but set up. After that point, it’s a reenactment. From this point, drive in, drop your stuff at your assigned site, and drive away. People are trying to reenact J )
Friday August 14th
0800 Compagnia Breakfast
1000 Officer’s Call * All are welcome, but only event officers (see below) should speak.
After 10AM Open Lists
1PM Greg Mele Basic swordsmanship, (Rose House)
3PM Greg Mele, Basic spear (Rose House)
3PM Armoured combat, Pole axe and half sword, Jason Smith
(NB this is totally deliberate. We’ll show men-at-arms and knights training to separate regimens and I’ll do a little interpretation if we have a public) (Might want to repeat this Sunday if we have the energy)
5PM PAY PARADE (there’s not another one.)
7:30 PM Dinner
Saturday August 15th
NB No cars in camp w/o permission of QM Pearl Chen or CGC
0900 Officer’s Call* Again, all are welcome, but only event officers (see below) should speak.
1000 Armed in Camp/Muster. All military personnel and non-combatants to muster at their tents for tent inspection then proceed to the parade to be mustered and inspected by the representatives of Florence, or whatever state is hiring us. OK, really, a giant photo op. Be ready. Tent inspection means your period tent closed or open and authentic. No one is going inside to inspect your stuff, but no modern should be visible at all. Anywhere. Period.
1030 DEED. Proceed from muster to the lists (hard by the camp). We’ll process, or march, depending on what word you like. Red and Green teams will open the lists. Formal deed commences.
Deed of arms will alternate rounds with archery events. However, at least one archery event will be left for 1500 so that men-at-arms who also shoot can participate. J
Lunch will be served to Deed participants by their squires and pages. Deed will continue without interruption, including some archery.
2PM Interpretation Program. ‘Middle Ages to Loyalist Settlement’ selected individuals will depart the deed to support the Rose House Historical programming. AT ROSE HOUSE.
3PM final archery event, possibly at Rose House, depending on where our straw bales are J
LAUNDRY if we can do it. More later. If we can, it will run 2PM to 5PM.
4PM Schola Magdelena at the Rose House
7PM Dinner/Feast. You’ll be sitting in the grass or on a period seat of your providing. No modern seats, no modernities of any kind. Pouring rain? We get wet. Or you brought a period shelter.
8PM dancing and singing. Possibly with support from Schola Magdelena
9PM and after… various forms of lewd and drunken behavior.
Sunday August 16th
NB No cars in camp until 3PM unless you have permission from the QM Pearl Chen or CGC
9AM Mass (find CGC at 8:50 at the cars and I’ll lead a convoy)
11AM Formation. The whole of the Compagnia and any ‘volunteers.’ Full harness. ALL archers. We’ll march to the Rose House and then perform a piece of serious experimental archaeology. Possibly with public. Archers need AT LEAST 5 target arrows per archer (15 would be better). In this experiment, the archers are the stars. All men-at-arms will be arranged with best armoured in the front rank and lesser armoured in the second rank. Every field/lance need a long spear, at LEAST 8 feet. We will practice a possible interpretation of the White Company ‘Advance to contact with archery’ as proposed by the 14th c. chronicler Villani. We need someone to film it.
1PM open lists at the Rose House
1PM Open archery at the Rose House
3PM pack out may begin. If you have a long drive, please ask CGC or Quartermaster Pearl Chen for permission to take a car into camp.
4PM lists closed
7PM dinner for those still in attendance
Monday, 17 August
You have to leave now. J
Pack out day. Cars in camp any time after 8AM
CGC = Christian Cameron (AKA The Captain)
QM = Quarter Master – the officer responsible for where you sleep and what you eat and other exciting things.
OOD/Officer of the Day = an officer of the Compagnia who handles routine camp matters during the day. Please don’t go to the Captain unless the OOD was unable to help you.
Officers (these are the events officers and are in charge of managing and creating the event and the lists. No ‘battlefield’ command is implied. Food and sleep outrank ‘battle’
CGC = Christian Cameron, Captain
Aurora Simmons, Notary
Nicholas Cioran, Marshal
Leonard Heidebrecht, Marshal
Greg Mele, Primus Pilus and Red Team Captain
Christopher Duffy, Gonfalonier and Green Team Captain
Pearl Lynn Chen, Quarter Master
Abby Heidebrecht, Head Woman
And the corporals are all officers as well:
Rules’ of the Lists for the Formal Deed of
Arms at Red Knight III
NB. There will be open lists Friday and Sunday for engaging in WMA related sport-combat. Friday will also include lessons. On Friday and Sunday, combatants and Marshals may decide on any rules mutually agreeable and safe, and use any weapons, and combatants may wear non-period safety equipment (fencing masks/That Guy helmets, etc) or padded jupons, etc. The following rules apply only to the FORMAL DEED on Saturday.
Only armoured combatants may participate in the formal lists, to be held Saturday.
· A generally homogenous half or full harness in the style of the late 14th century.
· The combatant has a haubergeon of riveted or welded maille
· A pair of steel gauntlets that cover the entire hand (except the inside, obviously) and wrist.
· A period helmet with a period visor, both of at least 16 gauge steel. Helmets with pierced visors or perforated steel mesh may be worn, however the combatant will be held to be open faced, and hits scored accordingly (see below).
· A cup or other modern groin protection
· Plate arms or similar, in period style, that must cover the entire elbow and forearm. Optional, but distinctly recommended.
· A breast plate or coat of plates or similar, in period style. Also optional, but recommended.
· Leg armour is not required. However, no participant may grapple unless wearing leg harness. Further, a fully armoured combatant may not grapple if her opponent lacks leg harness. No combatant may use the hache or poleaxe unless he or she be in full, cap a pied harness. The decisions of the marshals as to the safety and authenticity of harness are final.
· In short, you CAN fight in a mail haubergeon and padded arming coat, good helmet and good gaunts with safety pieces for groin and elbows. You will be ‘light’ and considered ‘heavily advantaged’ but you’ll STILL have fun.
· In doubt? Ask a marshal.
Combatants in incomplete harness (not cap-a-pied) will be held to HAVE AN AVANTAGE over fully armoured knights, not a disadvantage, as they have an advantage in mobility, breath and their opponent will not willingly try to strike them in unarmoured areas, as would have been expected historically.
Although weapons will be available, combatants are expected to bring their own arms.
Albion Lichtenauer, Arms and Armour longsword, Darkwood Armouries longsword or chivalric fighting sword or similar. No Feders or shaped blades with riccasso additions. Feel free to ask a Marshal.
Purpleheart armoury rubber tips, or Darkwood armoury steel tips. Or see the Marshals.
Axes: Metal poleaxes are forbidden. Axe heads will be made of rubber, such as those sold by Windrose or Purpleheart Armouries.
Rules for Combat
All combats will be of counted blows, either 3, 6, or 12.
In this deed, counted blows has the following meaning:
· Each combatant will have a set number of blows to throw. Marshals will call the number of blows thrown.
· Feints may well be held to be blows. Be aware that a provocation or feint will probably appear to the Marshal as a blow.
· Whether a blow lands or is covered or is thrown out of distance and strikes only air, the set number of blows is the number of blows.
· When a combatant’s blows are used, she must simply cover.
· No blow may be struck against any part of an opponent that is totally without protection.
· Grapples, locks, and throws. It should be sufficient to get a lock or begin a throw. Combatants should chivalrously concede when they have been out grappled and not require to be flung to the ground. However, as long as both combatants are in full harness, throws are perfectly allowed. Marshals are asked to explain actions when they stop them, for the benefit of the art and the judges. So for example “I saw Ser Gregario lock Ser Christian’s arm and I stopped the action’ helps everyone understand. A flick of Ser Christian’s sword would indicate that he acknowledges the quality of the blow (and would, also be a chivalrous thing to do)
· Any combatant who, in the opinion of the Judges or Marshals, is striking too hard or with uncontrolled blows will be asked to leave the lists. A second warning will result in the end of that combatant’s participation.
· Any blow that injures a combatant, no matter how well-intentioned, will be constituted ‘foul’ and will end that engagement with victory adjudged to the injured combatant. Please, no soccer/football acting. J
No ‘points’ will be scored at all.
Sidebar: One 16th c German convention, used in and out armour, is that there is a marshal for each side counting blows (in the unarmoured version it isn't blows, but passes that are counted), and how many of them land. At the end each marshal announce how many blows his side scored. Interestingly, in the burgher, unarmoured version the third marshal is the judge and can break a tie, in the knightly version the prevailing lord declares a victor, no matter what is announced. We may experiment with this.
After a clear engagement end (blows struck home, a combatant is thrown or out of the lists, etc) Marshals will call a halt and allow combatants to breathe. Otherwise, action is continuous.
At the end of the set number of blows, the judges will decide who they thought was ‘best’. So it is unimportant whether a blow ‘counts.’ Pommel strikes, slashes to armour, thrusts to breast plates… will all be judged in the context of the action.
Guidance for Marshals and Judges: A thrust to maille if better than a thrust to plate. A cut to maille is of little value. A cut to plate of no value at all, save if it stops an opponent’s action or affects his balance. A thrust or cut to an open visor (IE, a grill or mesh visor) is a fight ender; a similar blow to a full visor is incidental contact. A pommel strike can be incidental contact or a fight ender… you have to decide for yourself. We would prefer blows to be too light than too heavy; no fighter should ever request that his opponent hit him harder, especially when fighters are aiming blows at throat, face, and joints. No blow ever needs to ‘rock’ or ‘move’ an opponent.
Point of Confusion: In light of the "there are no points", and blows are based on those thrown not landed then why do the judges need to keep track of what is a good hit? ANSWER Because Judges and marshals and team captains who will eventually vote for who was ‘best’ need a vague but real standard on which to base opinion.
The quality of a fighter is as much in her chivalry as in his fighting. Gentle behavior is to be prized at all times. This is not lip service.
In the end, it is your judgement of the quality of the fight and the participants, and not their individual actions. It is totally possible that one beautiful move may cause you to choose a combatant who ‘scored’ fewer ‘points.’ We are asking you to judge on the quality of fighting and the art displayed and the courtesy and authenticity. This is not Olympic fencing.
Armoured Combatants will be on teams, red and green. Green, the forest team, are the Tenans or ‘home’ and red, are the ‘away’ or venans. Please note that this is, deliberately, intramural within the ‘Compagnia’ and in no way marks ‘division.’
Each Red team member will have a number, and each green team member will have a letter. Pairings will be done before the event, and aside from the opening meetings of the two captains, will be random.
In the first round, random pairings, with the Venans choosing weapons and strokes.
In the second round, random pairings, with the Tenans choosing weapons and strokes.
In the third round, the Duke/Sir Richard will declare what engagements he wishes to see, with what weapon, and how many strokes.
In the last round, Robin Hood/Steve Sandford will declare what engagements he wishes to see, with what weapon and how many strokes.
We may, depending on time and fatigue, have Sir Richard and Robin exchange, so that first one and then the other will nominate a fight.
Every combatant is guaranteed 4 fights.
If, when all rounds are fought, there are combatants desirous of other exchanges, and time allows, then pair of combatants may approach the Duke and request to perform a deed of arms.
Please note that in each case, combatants need to be ready and laced up when their combat is called. They should enter, salute, and fight, and then leave. There are many combatants and every one deserves a chance to show their prowess.
Fatigue and water and squires
To fight in the lists, each team must furnish at least four squires or pages. If team sizes increase, there MUST be 1 squire per two combatants. They must remain in attendance and will be under the guidance of a Master Squire throughout the combat.
They must come with the equipment to provide water for their knights in an authentic manner (cups and pitchers).
Every armoured combatant MUST have a stool or chair. This is not optional.
Any combatant may at any time declare that he has done enough.
Any combatant deemed dehydrated or fatigued will have been deemed to have done enough. No dishonor is intended.
Jason Smith of 'Les Maitre D'Armes' is visiting us for a weekend to teach pole axe in armour. The cost is $75.00 via Paypal or at the door. There will be two blocks of three hours each. The location will be at Pia Bouman School for Ballet and creative movement (pole axe is a kind of creative movement) located at 6 Noble Street, Toronto.
The general meeting of Hoplologia members, reenactors, martial artists and historians. We will offer seminars in martial arts, sewing and dance, taught by Greg Mele, Jason Smith, Tasha Kelly, Bernard Emmerich, Dominique Vaillient, Vivian Stephens and Christian G. Cameron. Detailed information on each seminar will be posted soon. Please fill in your general interest in the below form. Seminars will cost $50 for the entire weekend. Please pay from the pay now button once you have filled in the form. Martial arts participants must bring an arming sword of some sort. Nylon, wood and dull steel are all acceptable. Those who posses protective equipment should bring that also. There may be sparring opportunities on Sunday.