The Kingdom of York Central and Northern Florida

The Kingdom of York is a Florida chapter of the Adrian Empire, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the study and recreation of Western culture between the years 1066 and 1603. Our members recreate the arts, skills, and culture of the Medieval and Renaissance eras. Our kingdom encompasses the state of Florida excluding Southern Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Our group meets monthly to hold tournaments of combat, archery, and the arts. The combat tournaments include contests using "live steel." "Live Steel" means actual steel weapons and armor of various types used during the period. Archery is shot using long bows or recurve bows from varying distances. For the arts tournaments, our members re-create the fine arts, the food, the crafted items and bardic arts, song, stories and tales of the times.

Through the research involved in these activities, we are effectively increasing our own knowledge of history and heritage. Through the presentations and demonstrations we present to the public, we are teaching others about the past.

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I find this post funny and interesting both. My last name is York, and we Came to the Americas from York England. Just wanted to share this information. I thought you might find it interesting as well.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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