Reenactment

 Historical reenactment is our passion. We are focusing on reenacting Slavonic and Viking  material culture, crafting, lifestyle and combat. Naturally, because we are all Polish, our focus is to bring back Slavonic/Viking/Baltic climate.

Glopeani/Goplans – a rural folk living on the banks of Lake Gopło in Kuyavia. According to Saxo Grammaticus the largest tribe in the area. Historians are not sure if Saxo had actually Polans in his mind or was it a different tribe that ruled over Polans? Or maybe it’s just a common mispelling and he meant Glapians? We are trying to answer this ourselves.

Normans of Truso Truso was a major port on Baltic coast, on the river Ilfing (today Lake Drużno near Elbląg) and a great trade center. It was built on the baltic Pruthenians lands, but was inhabited by Normans (Vikings). In this very crucible all nationalities involved in trade shared their culture and beliefs. Apart from large viking burial site, town and many longboat remains,  almost 1000 silver arabic coins were found in Truso and other treasures of the dark age from Persia, Byzantium, Scandinavia, Brittain  and Frankish states.

Pomeranian Slavs and Normans – The southward movement of Germanic tribes from the Baltic Sea area during the migration period had left the territory (since AD 1040 known as Pomerania) largely depopulated by the 7th century. Between 650 and 850 AD, West Slavic tribes settled in area of later Pomerania. The tribes between the Oder and the Vistula became collectively known as Pomeranians, and those west of the Oder as Veleti and later Lutici. A distinct Slavic tribe, the Rani, was based on the island of Rügen and the adjacted mainland. In the 8th and 9th centuries, Slavic-Scandinavian emporia were set up along the coastline as powerful centers of craft and trade. In 936, the Holy Roman Empire set up the Billung and Northern marches in Western Pomerania, divided by the Peene river. The Liutician federation regain independence in an uprising of 983 but succumbed to internal conflicts and disintegrated in the course of the 11th century. In late 960s, Polish Piasts acquired parts of eastern Pomerania, where the short-lived Diocese of Kołobrzeg (Kolberg) was installed in 1000 AD. The Pomeranians regained independence during the Pomeranian uprising of 1005. (source: Wikipedia)

Our names below are early medieval pseudonyms in a language belnging to the culture we’re reenacting.IMG_7357

Wilkomir Drogomirowic – a  Goplan warrior,  gained wealth and glory with the Varangian mercenaries (uses Varangian equipment mostly) employed by the prince Mieszko. The author of the project. Interested in early medieval culture since 2002 after a brief visit on a movie set of “The Old Tale” (“Stara Baśń”) a movie based on one of the oldest Goplan legends. Has a great passion for history, not only an early medieval era. Always eager to travel to the historical spots and equally eager to avoid beaches.

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Una “Hafkitta” Geirsdottir – a Norman lady of Truso. Wilkomir’s wife and supporter. The sword is to heavy for her but she becomes quite handy with a bow. A born traveller and an amazing cook. Can make magic out of wool – she’s a skilled craftswoman.

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Durrandir von Wonneberg. A Norse traveller settled in Pomerania after fall of king Olaf II in battle of Stiklestad. Mainly a skald, but he fears not fighting armed with an axe or a bow.

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