What do we do?
As described in the "Who we are" section, the Companions of the Crow attend a number of shows each year that vary in size and historical aspect.
The Crows use a range of weapons in our combat displays, from a single handed sword to pole weapons and the long bow. We practice on a weekly basis to ensure that we are able to fight safely in our own shows and when we join other groups for larger battles. We use a range of techniques that combine safe re-enactment style combat with historically accurate techniques from medieval fight manuals.
We have a number of medieval tents in the group that enable us to establish a living history encampment. This may be used to demonstrate a group of knights on campaign or at tournament. Alternatively, we may set up a camp that concentrates purely on living history, such as a Lord's hunting party, complete with nets to capture deer and rabbits, baskets for catching fish and ferrets.
At events that last more than one day, we often set up a cooking range and we can prepare and cook a range of authentic medieval food.
A collection of photos from various events can be seen here.
A great selection of photos from the show we did at Minster Lovell in 2010, taken by Alistair Peck, can be seen on his Flickr site.
From time to time we also get asked to help out with other commercial ventures. For example, early in 2008 our friends the MCS asked us to help them with a show they were doing in Northampton. They were paid by the Sol centre to take part in a promotional day and video. All the proceeds went to charity. The video can be seen here.