Eisenbeißer & Schwartenhals

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Eisenbeißer & Schwartenhals

Website: http://landsknechte1525.wordpress.com/
Location: Southern Germany
Members: 8
Latest Activity: Jul 23, 2011

Who we are:

„Ich byn der eyssen beysser knecht, der weyt vnd breyt groß lob erfecht. Landt vnd leut hab ich bezwungen; doch thun ichs fast nur mit der zungen.“ (Der Schelmen Zunft 1512, Thomas Murner)

“I am the servant that chews iron, who has fought far and wide with great praise. Country and people I have beaten: yet mostly I did that with my tongue.” (Der Schelmen Zunft 1512, Thomas Murner)

Many people are interested in history nowadays. Central questions posed are where our cultural roots lie and how our ancestors lived. History is also no longer presented solely in museums and books, but literally brought to live in many places by groups of inspired individuals. The group “Eisenbeißer und Schwartenhals” was founded in 2008. Currently there are 10 active members between 2 and 40 years of age. Our aim is to reconstruct different aspects of daily life in the early Renaissance as accurately as possible and to allow visitors of our events to experience those aspects. We concentrate our efforts on the civil and military life of the Landsknechte, the early modern german mercenary, in Southern Germany around 1525. 

For us, the construction and use of historical equipment supplements the work with historical artifacts that we find in the showcases of the museums. This allows us to further our knowledge about equipment, material culture and daily life of times long gone. As we do not want to simply enjoy our hobby in private but share our knowledge and present our work to the interested public, we attend events where we demonstrate aspects of daily life (cooking, textile work) and military life (encampment, weapondrill).

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