Shameful practice since it lost its sacredness but which has always known the concept of utility and public good, in the interest of guaranteeing the social order.
The church has almost always officially banned prostitution.
It would be illogical for the church and contrary to its dogma to openly tolerate this practice, which would be tantamount to encouraging it and making it complicit.
Villipender, cursing, threatening hell and torments those who practice it remain, beyond procrastination, its only possibility.
The church with its positions, writings, councils and threats, over the past centuries… Its many banned… Did they generate the fear of our forefathers, the fury of one or the tolerance of others?

Saint Louis

If Saint Louis has made sure to forbid the accompaniment of the hordes of crusaders by girls of Joy during the Seventh Crusade, by banning their presence on boarding in Aigues-Mortes, he will have the disappointment to learn that his orders have not been respected during his imprisonment.
Indeed, some of the fighters of the Holy Land do not hesitate to import the ships of prostitutes.
Saint Louis dies far from his kingdom but his imprint becomes indelible for the next 3 centuries.
It will have, among other things, imposed the recognition of the girls by costume details.

This decision will generate rigours and dress obligations reserved for girls of joy at all times.
The successors of the French throne, from 1270 to 1560, do not change these laws…
Halfway between tolerance and rejection, France evolves between awareness of the usefulness and moral condemnation of the thing… Allow by monitoring…

 Charles V

In 1367 and 1379, the provost of Paris renews the Edict of 1256 of Saint Louis.

Women prostitutes, holding brothels in the city of Paris must keep their brothels at the planned public places (under the risk of imprisonment at the Châtelet and expulsion from the city).
This law enlarges the authorized space, including new streets with evocative names
> Trace-Whore (rue de Beaubourg)
> Skyscrapers or corkscrews (Rue Marie Stuart!)

Charles VII

It is measures of parking and surveillance of the Ribaud is supported in 1386 and 1395 under Charles Vista and 1446 under Charles VII by the reissue of the Law of Saint Louis.
This reissue also sees the reinforcement of new clothing bans.
The new texts promise greater punishment to those who exercise outside the zones.
Because of the expansion of this practice, additional streets were granted.
Nevertheless, repressive ordinances remain ineffective.
These different hesitations finally open the door to the use of practice and its regulation.
That says regulation says quasi recognition even if it is certainly by making a grimace.

Wunara Irmadóttir

Wunara Irmadóttir

Our Maquarrel

Like these ancestors before her, she refuses the laws of patriarchy and learns how to manipulate them.
The oldest profession in the world, a way to make a way and to keep a little time of its freedom…
Nevertheless, spent a time, it’s time to let the little hands do the job and get his stuff done.
Maquarrel is a wise choice in this case.
However, this occupation can become dangerous in some respects, especially in these troubled times.
Also it is necessary to know to defend itself and to secure its back.
To speak and to silence languages being the purpose, poisons and espionage are the tools.

Medieval bed

medieval bed consists of several layers:

The wood bed is called Bedstead.

It corresponds to our “bed frame. Made of beech or oak wood, his box spring can be achieved by a Board (lined bedstead) background or a background of strings or cross-hatching mats (rope bedstead).

At the top is placed a bench

which is other than a bag full of straw or dried leaves.

On this first layer arises materas him.

Indeed, the word mattress we know today, is of Arab origin. He appeared in the 13th century and is derived from meaning matrah “thing thrown to the ground.”
Materas him is him fully lined wool or simply cotton.

The feathers and feathery Topper.

“And in my view the pet name he was given at the time should remind you of something you have in your rooms: couste, cost, froze… quilt!

We covered all of said most commonly linen canvas shroud.

Today this term is rather morbid but insofar as for centuries we’re dead in his bed, the history of the word is not hard to trace.

Duffel and pillows existed also in the form of “bedside” marrying the neck. However the term “pillow” seemed rather to refer to small scent bags sewn onto the quilt to decorate and especially to keep a sweet smell of freshness.

As you can see, we were used to sleeping in a soft comfort but not only. Indeed, the small detail that makes fly: these beds measured area 4 meter wide by 3,50 metres long. (Sources: Pascal Dibie, Ethnology of the bedroom)

Archers of the militia of Amiens

The archers of the urban militia of Amiens were so equipped and clothed:

they were intended to represent in any magazine:

-yew tree a rainbow,

-12 braided silk ropes.

-a ‘package’ (quiver) garnished with eight arrows of ash,

-a sword,

-a dagger,

-a “salad” or round iron helmet,

-a cap of cloth to place under the helmet,

-a ‘gorget’ of metal.

-chainmail sleeves or “brigandine” made of metal plates,

-a ‘hoqueton’ or blouse to cover the cotte, in thick sheet mid-part mid-part, red blue, the colours of the arms of Amiens, also embroidered on the hoqueton,

-a ‘bracelet’ leather or metal (of ivory for the parades), protecting the wrist against the harsh impact of the rope.


Bobbin lace

trimmings and lace to the time zones to the XV th century

There are two types of lace: lace to the needle and bobbin lace.

We think that the weavers are at the origin of bobbin lace. They weaved fabrics warp threads to achieve nice finishes. Bobbin lace techniques are probably born this braiding development.

The needle lace is a natural evolution of the embroidery. At the beginning you wove fabrics more in thinner. Then it has added embroidery to decorate these stuffs. Make embroideries more pretty starts to cut and pull threads of the weave. And finally you realize without the support of a fabric embroidery designs. We realize ‘points in the air’ or ‘borders with teeth’, where the word lace.

The advantage of lace from the embroidery is that you can easily undo the lace dresses and clothes in order to turn them and it reuses the lace.

Little by little the request of lace is growing in Europe. Schools are emerging everywhere and each region developed its own style of drawing and lace technique.

Lace bobbin

Lace bobbin

fight for public

fight for public

We carry armor fighting demonstrations, this one are not scripted in advance, and are not of the type behourd (brutal) combat

Our fencers train regularly in order to avoid injury, and to propose fights appealing to the public.

then we introduce the public to the rudiment of the fight with a sword

We offer a “kiddy battle” with your kids, this is provide children to face our men at arms in armour with sword foam. Entertainment very appreciate by children

and we take part a shows reconstructions with other companies:


Civilian and military combat

In the XV th century Combat is an Art, masters of weapons deliver their knowledge with Lord against remuneration.

mercenaries are professionalized (Grand order of Louis XI) and train every day to the different weapons (fight, sword, dagger, Vouge, spades…) according to the methods described by these masters of weapons.

Today we still evidence of these manuscripts, and we try to reproduce these historical actions.

two schools are studied in our medieval German Masters Swashbuckler method company: Hans Talhoffer, Johannes Lichtenauer, Joachim Meyer (early 16 th) as well as the Italian method of Fiore of ‘ i Liberi, Philippo di Vadi, Camillo Agrippa (beginning 16 th).

List of different master of arms having lived in the XV th century

Andreas (German)
Peter von Danzig zum Ingolstadt (German)
Pseudo-Peter von Danzig (German)
Filippo di Bartolomeo Dardi (Italian)
Peter Falkner (German)
Johannes Leckuchner (German)
Jud Lew (German)
André Liegniczer (German)
Guido Antonio di Luca (Italian)
Pedro Monte (Spanish)
Jaime Pons (Catalan)
Hans Talhoffer (German)
Philippo di Vadi (Italian)

meals in the XV century

Meals are organized in the XV century as follows:

Breaking the fast night (disjejunium), takes between 6 and 8 hours depending on the season.

When the day to started early we can take a (prime) snack: a piece of cheese, a glass of wine (to brighten the complexion for the ladies) around 10: 00.

The main meal: (the prandium) also called Sixtus meal is taken between 11: 00 and 13: 00, after half of the work.

And finally, the cena takes before lying Sun so seasonally between 16 h and 19 h.

We eat sitting, on the table there are linen (at the humble for the party), to wipe the mouth, hand or sleeve enough. It takes 1 Francis for one torch is in the water, as the King.

The knife is the versatile cover, spoon serves as shady, sauce and soup are poured into the Bowl where we drink directly.

Fork (to two teeth) is still reserved for the rich, it’s so precious metal, a meat peak is a legend, represented on the engravings is in fact that a gun has sharpened the knife.

White eating chicken

White eating chicken

Washing hands is done before and after the meal with the aquamanile into the tub used for washing up. The waste will go to dogs or fire

Jesus, Prevost

Jesus the prevost


our prevost,

is in charge of hygiene and discipline during the campaigns of the company.

It also ensures proper maintenance of armament and equipment, check in ‘monster’ called inspections which he scrupulously notes detail on its records.

He also manages the delivery of balances. Prevost is not the master but directly to the bailiff.



Jerome (Girolamo) lombard mercenary born in the province of Astié in Italy, entered the service of the King of France within the weapon of the Duke of Milan under the command of Captain Théodore of Valpergue, he will fight his next in 1455 in Lectoure where it will make the knowledge of the Homm Joachim Roualt, including Lord Alrik. Théodore de Valpergue died in 1461, Jérôme will join the Spear of the white elm, under the command of the Lord Alrik. That this will entrust him training and training of men, to share his past and his knowledge of Italian fencing formed by maestro Fiore Di liberi. Installed in Picardy with his wife and two sons, he fought the Burgundians.


The oldest Damien of Gent of arms of the company, he served loyally Alrik and the King of France, he is accompanied by his wife, Emma, as well as his two toddlers.




Wife of Damien, and MOM is one of our gear and washerwoman



Smaug says the Gobbler, mercenary of the Eastern countries joined recently the white elm and the King



Esther, noble of the Orléans family who refused an arranged marriage. This woman of character has joined the ranks of the white elm after his flight. Skillful in many area, including in the use of weapons, don’t get him never quarrel, or you will lose life.

Jehan Jacques

Jehan jacques

The roaster, the Lord Alrik so that the gear have entrusted responsibility for fires and cooking the meals. These are vital for the company, fires used for cooking but also for heating and lighting of the camp, they are necessary for monitoring the night, and are very popular with the men at arms during the cool nights.