The Compagnie of Seint Barbara is made up of a group of families and individuals who met through the wider en-enactment community. United by a passion for high quality living history and an interest in medieval firearms we decided to form group dedicated to the accurate portrayal of a Burgundian mercenary company during the Wars of the Roses.
Our membership spans several generations from grandparents to young children. Gunnery was a dangerous occupation but one that could be undertaken by most people after a minimal training, it did not require strength or skill so women and children could be used to fire the guns, you could even force your enemies to crew the guns. Some of our younger members have been attending events since they were a few weeks old.
The recipe for gun powder and the art of making guns were closely guarded secrets. A skilled master gunner could command huge fees. Our members can display this wealth with sumptuous clothing, expensive possessions and exotic foodstuffs.
In addition to demonstrating the guns our members take on different roles around the camp. At each event our kitchen team prepare and cook all our meals on the central fire.
The all powerful Catholic church disapproved of guns and gunners faced excommunication. The Compagnie often have a monk in camp to counteract the danger to our souls (though his beautiful jewellery designs, delicious cakes and powerful alcohol have been known to lead us into temptation).