Festival of History
Featuring period camps
ranging from Rome to the Renaissance, costumed interpreters bring
history to life at the Festival of History! Visitors are guaranteed
an action packed weekend as history is revisited before their eyes!
From thrilling jousting competition to hair-raising demonstrations
of military might join us as we take a journey back through time and
discover some of the most exciting and fascinating events in
Programs range from storytelling and talks on topics from warfare
and chivalry to weaving cloth and making soap; hands on history such
as spinning, embroidery, archery, sword practice, singing, dancing,
games, pottery making and more. A blacksmith forges hot metal, an
archer makes arrows for an army, all
guaranteed to inform and enthrall. A Sword Master instructs
all on the art of the sword, the Hundred Years War soldiers pass
the time with backgammon, and Scotts demonstrate crafts and describe
16th century life. All of this surrounds the centerpiece of the weekend,
a 2 day, 6 event 15th century tournament that will test the mettle
and stamina of man and horse.
A wealth of activities for all ages and interests promises to make
this an unforgettable weekend for the whole family. If you are only
going to one event this summer, make it the Festival of History at
the Tournament of the Phoenix!
Compaignye du Chalis
The Compaignye du Chalis is the public
demonstration entity of Medieval Recreationists of Nevada,
representing the retinue and encampment of an obscure English
knight, Sir John Strother who lived in the latter part of the 14th
century. Composed of persons interested in faithful portrayal of
medieval martial and traveling camp life, The Compaignye du Chalis
puts on material culture displays and vignettes at events across the
Featuring four fully armed and armored men at arms of the gentry
estate, their well-appointed ladies, a traveling entertainer, a
tinkerer, a 1/3 scale swinging counterweight trebuchet, an alestake,
and all of the tentage appropriate for commodious living, Compaignye
du Chalis adds a striking presence at historical events.
Contact: John McFarlin, Captain
Archers of Ravenwood
The Archers of Ravenwood represent an
English free company comprised of mercenaries from all over Europe.
The Hundred Years War has ended, Henry VI is on the throne of England,
and with the cessation of hostilities, great numbers of professional
soldiers are at loose ends in France. English longbow men and their
legendary bows were greatly prized and often formed the backbone
of the Free Companies.
mission is to provide a look into the encampment of a group of
archers for hire in the year 1450. This effort includes a recreation
of day to day camp life including activities such as cooking
and herbal medicines, as well as military support such as chain
mail and leather work. We offer information on daily life as
well as the military and recreational aspects of archery in the
Archers of Ravenwood will host an historical archery contest
at the Tournament of the Phoenix. Any archers with regulation
equipment and a historical costume is eligible to compete. This
contest is educational and also great fun to watch. Please stop
by and see us!
Contact: Dan Bozarth
The Schoole of the Gilded
The Schoole of the Gilded Hilt, based
in Long Beach California is a private Schoole of Defence and living
history group dedicated to accurately teaching the Arte and Science
of the Rapier and its companion weapons.
of the Gilded Hilt portray merchant-class gentlemen living in
the last decade of the 16th century. The study of over a dozen
surviving historical combat treatises from 1531 to 1606 allows
the incorporation of what would have been the existing combat
tradition with the emerging fashion of play to create an authentic
representation of civilian combat of the period.
is our purpose to bring to life civilian rapier play as it existed
between honourable gentlemen in a school environment and to share
that experience with the public.
St. Ives Historical Society
The St. Ives Historical Society is a
California not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting an
interest in the lifestyles, arts, and crafts of the Renaissance
era and an awareness of how our history shapes the people we are
today. It is their aim to make history come alive by making it personal, rather
than a recitation of dates and famous personages.
They strive to keep scholarly
presentations lively and entertaining, while maintaining a solid
core of historical fact. They create programs to appeal both to
serious students and the general public, and act as a resource
for teachers, scholars, and historical reenactors. Their goal
is to reach people through interactive presentations, educational
lectures, participation in crafts, and whatever else may awaken
an interest in discovering ways of life and living, philosophies,
arts, and diversions of other eras.
Contact: Donna Flood, Guildmistress
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