The deed of the Red Knight IV - The siege of Béthanie / Le pas du chevalier rouge IV - Le siège de Béthanie
Oct
12
to Oct 15

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.

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Ora et Trabora II - à Aix en Forêt
Sep
2
to Sep 4

Ora et Trabora II - à Aix en Forêt

  • Lotbinière, Quebec Canada (map)
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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

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Trek 25
Aug
11
to Aug 20

Trek 25

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/

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Deed of Alms, Charity Fundraiser.
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Deed of Alms, Charity Fundraiser.

On July 22nd, join us to help raise money for those in need. We ask armored and un-armoured fighters to register and get sponsors for their fights so we can support our community and help give back. Proceeds will go to West Neighbourhood House, a community support organization which offers many resources to those in need, including the homeless. The event runs from 11 AM to 5 PM and lunch will be provided for participants. 

Donate now! 

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Non-fighters are welcome to watch the event. 

If you would like to participate, please register. We ask that all participants bring a minimum donation of $30 dollars. We encourage you to get sponsors for your fights. Sponsorship will be set at a minimum of $15 per fight.  There is no limit to the number of sponsorships you can get but please understand that time and safety constraints may limit the number of actual matches an individual participant may have at the event. We will be using IAS rules. 

If you have any additional questions feel free to email us at hoplologia@gmail.com 

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"Ora et trabora" à Aix-en-Forêt
Jul
8
to Jul 11

"Ora et trabora" à Aix-en-Forêt

  • lotbiniere, quebec canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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The Spring Passage of Arms
May
26
to May 28

The Spring Passage of Arms

  • 3 Haldibrook Road Caledonia, ON, N3W 2H3 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Hoplologia in Québec
Feb
25
to Feb 26

Hoplologia in Québec

  • Cathédrale Holy Trinity (map)
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Hoplologia in Québec is, as the name implies, Hoplologia’s annual winter get together, but in Québec City.

Hoplologia à Québec est, comme son nom l’indique, la rencontre hivernale de la société Hoplologia, mais dans la Ville de Québec.

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Fall Hunt 2016
Dec
3
to Dec 4

Fall Hunt 2016

Again, a 'probable' event. We will almsot certainly have a small hunt or outdoor excusrsion this weekend; it may be in the Adirondacks or on Marc Auger's property near Kingston Ontario. Stay tuned.

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Octobrrrr 2016 - Action de Grâce à Aix-en-Forêt au 12e siècle
Oct
7
to Oct 10

Octobrrrr 2016 - Action de Grâce à Aix-en-Forêt au 12e siècle

  • Lotbinière, Quebec Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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/

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Le cens de la St-Julien sur les terres d'Aix-en-Forêt
Aug
15
to Aug 21

Le cens de la St-Julien sur les terres d'Aix-en-Forêt

Monday August 15th 2016, 11:00am to Sunday August 21st 2016, 2:00pm, Lotbinière (Quebec) Canada

Scroll down to REGISTER (closes August 1st, 2016)

ABOUT

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.

ACTIVITIES

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)

-etc.

 

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

-etc.

 

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

 

FEES

Adults

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 hoplologiaquebec@gmail.com, or personal cheque (send an email to get the mailing address).

 

MEALS

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

 

REGISTER

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.

Name *
Name
Significant other (non combatant)
Significant other (non combatant)
Specify if any children are registering with you
No fee
Phone *
Phone
Phone number (cell preferred)
Dormitory almost full, We will confirme availability if you ask for a bed. If none are available, you will be put on a list and contacted if and when one becomes available
Select the duration of your stay
Arrival date
Arrival date
Combatant status *
Select one or more
Specify if you have any food allergies or intolerance, or follow a special diet, we will do our best to accommodate you for the feast. Let us know if you need airport pickup. The size of your tent. Any other comments.
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Torneo del Cigno Bianco
Jun
3
to Jun 5

Torneo del Cigno Bianco

The Compagnia at the Torneo in 2014

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!

complete with Bea's thumb...
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Spring passage of arms.
Apr
29
to May 1

Spring passage of arms.

 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. 

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Hoplologia Symposium 2016
Feb
13
to Feb 14

Hoplologia Symposium 2016

  • Pia Bouman Ballet school (map)
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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. 

Name *
Name
Please let us know if you plan to attend the entire weekend or individual classes.
Please let us know if you plan to attend dinner at the Harbourd house.
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Marathon -- Archeon Dromena 2015
Oct
27
to Nov 2

Marathon -- Archeon Dromena 2015

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!

Name *
Name
Impression? (Greek, Persian, etc) *
Choose all that apply
Period Camping? *
Home Address
Home Address

Draft Schedule:

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.

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Medieval Hunt II
Oct
16
to Oct 18

Medieval Hunt II

  • Meyers Hill Rd Forestport, NY, 13338 United States (map)
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Our second Medieval Hunt.  While deer tags and serious bows are recommended, there's a level at which this is perfectly fun as a mini-trek.  On my property in the Adirondacks near Forestport New York.

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Deed of the Red Knight III
Aug
13
to Aug 16

Deed of the Red Knight III

Not just fighting in armour--the Company pay parade

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.

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Name
Status *
Camping *
Address
Address
Phone
Phone
If you are registering for multiple participants, please note the total number in this box
Food *
Food for the weekend
Attendees

Schedule

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

Open Archery

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)

4PM

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

 

Definitions –

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:

Bernard Emmerich

Chase Patterson

Steve Sandford

Robert Gallasch

Matt Heppe

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.

 

Armour

Only armoured combatants may participate in the formal lists, to be held Saturday.

Armoured means:

·        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.  

Weapons

Although weapons will be available, combatants are expected to bring their own arms.

Swords:

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.

Spears:

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.

Safety Considerations

·        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

Scoring

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.

 

Matching

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.

 

 

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The Joy of the Axe with Jason Smith
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The Joy of the Axe with Jason Smith

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.

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General Chapter of Hoplologia

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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.

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