The Adrian Empire

A non-profit, educational organization that re-creates history from the time frame of 1066 - 1603 . Time frame covers  the Middle Ages to Renaissance period to the end the reign of Queen Elisabeth I of England.

Location: Western part of the world
Members: 18
Latest Activity: Jan 30, 2014

The Adrian Empire, Inc. is a non-profit, educational organization that re-creates history from the time frame of 1066 through 1603 AD. This narrow time frame covers what was known as the Middle Ages (medieval) through the Renaissance period to the end the reign of Queen Elisabeth I of England.
Members of the Adrian Empire cover a diverse cross-section of today's modern society, all with one common interest - the desire to learn more about medieval history. Just like us, you have probably seen a movie or play that had armored knights fighting, nobles plotting grand schemes, or explorers setting out to discover the world. You might have played a computer or video game set in a medieval world. You probably wondered what it was really like, but didn't know how to find out. Worse, the thought of reading book after book and still not getting the feel of medieval life had no appeal. Whouldn't it be nice if you could learn about history by doing the history?
Our members attend events to learn and teach history by doing history. We do history by re-creating the atmosphere of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Many of us re-create history by becoming a character that could have lived during our time period, but not the famous characters known from history. Instead, we choose an area from the known world at that time, and create our character based on what we know about the people that would have lived there. Don't worry if you have no idea what your character would be - you can learn and grow into your persona. Many members have done just that.
But that is not all we do! Members learn how to fight with real swords in real armor, or learn about the arts and sciences of the time, or learn to shoot a bow. These activities allow members to earn a knighthood based on their experience and skill in their chosen activities. Members may also earn a knighthood by doing service for the organization. Whatever the path to becoming a knight, members also learn what it is to be a knight. Chivalry isn't just a word bandied about - it has meaning.
Members participate at fighter practices, demonstrations, tournaments, feasts, and wars. Our Crowns (the ruling nobles) hold courts at events, bringing the feeling of being in the Middle Ages to each gathering. Each event has its own opportunity to learn something new, or to teach others something a member has learned. And every member, young or old, male or female, is given the chance to participate. It is truly a family-oriented experience.
Pick up a map of the continental United States, select an area, and you will probably find us there. We have chartered subdivisions from the east coast to the west coast, and many points in between. If there isn't a chartered subdivision in your area, we welcome and encourage folks to start up a group there.
The Adrian Empire began in 1987, and has been growing ever since. There is probably an event of some sort happening right now! Typically, events are scheduled for weekends and weekday evenings. Each chartered subdivision will have its own event schedule, and individual groups within the chartered subdivision might also have something going on.
The Adrian Empire is a feudal-styled parliamentary republic. From the top down, every member is directly represented by somebody within the organization. And, unlike modern parliamentary governments such as that of England, our current ruling nobles (Crowns) share in the political process. The Adrian Empire is composed of the following chartered subdivisions, all of whom have a local government, as well as representation on the Imperial government:
• The Empire: This includes all of the continental United States, whether or not there are other chartered subdivisions in the region. The Empire is governed by the Emperor and Empress (the corporate President and Vice President)
• Kingdoms: These are chartered subdivisions that have 100 or more members. They are governed by a king and queen.
• Archduchies: Smaller than kingdoms, these chartered subdivisions have memberships between 50 and 99. They are governed by an Archduke and Archduchess.
• Duchies: Even smaller, these chartered subdivisions have a stable membership of at least 20. They are governed by a duke and duchess.
• Shires: Newly formed chartered subdivisions who have members numbering between 1 and 19. They are governed by a viceroy, who acts as the voice of the Emperor and Empress.
Knighthood in the Adrian Empire is awarded following a merit-based system. For each discipline (arts, archery, combat, and ministry), there are certain time and skill milestones that must be met before advancing in rank. There are no restrictions to knighthood based on gender. Only combat (for safety reasons) has any minimum age requirements. By learning about medieval history while participating in the Adrian Empire, you are taking steps to become a knight.

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The Kingdom of Esperance

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 20, 2012 at 8:23am

ICW Northeast Feasts‏

Details of the Site & Area:
Pre-Register at:
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**** Preregistration discount to end on August 19th, now extended 20th****


Greetings Unto Nobles and Populace of the Adrian Empire, particularly
our fellows within the Grand North East,
The much anticipated menus for our evening meals are here! Remember
to please pre-register or failing that, let us know directly if you plan
to dine at our tables. The cooks need good numbers to make good plans
and goodly morsels.
Be Well,
Ansellus Dux & Constantia Ducissa
Your Friendly North East Autocrats

Saturday: The Grand Feast by Dame Elizabeth Blizce

Winter Squash Soup
Creamed Leek and Spinach Soup
Pickled Vegetables

Spiced Beef (white pepper/red wine sauce)
Marinated Rabbit
Frumenty of Venison broth and cracked wheat
Chicken of Many Colors
Bread dumplings
Saffron roasted onions
Peas with mint
Cold Carrot Salad

Ginger Pears
Plum Steamed Pudding
Fruit Trifle

Sunday: Celebration Dinner by Dame Constance Rosewall

Roasted Rosemary Pork Loin stuffed with figs and prunes
Chicken in a thyme/sage wine sauce
Beef Barley
Cheese Waffres ( - parmesan)
Peas for a Fish Day (milk and ginger -
Spiced Cabbage (
Dessert TBD -- fresh melon seems a likely component.

Details of the Site & Area:
Pre-Register at:
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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 19, 2012 at 9:53am


Greetings to our Dear Cousins of the Grand Northeast,
Here follows a schedule, if you have concerns/questions please let
us know at Thank you, Dame Patricia for
taking photos of the site.
Be Well,
Sir Ansel & Dame Constance

Imperial Crown War 2012
Friday August 31st
Site opens: 12:00PM
Registration: Generally on arrival (look for signs)
Saturday September 1st
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Open Archery Range: War Shoot
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Marshals' Meeting, Judges' Meeting
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Crowns Meeting
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Opening Court
11:00 AM - 12:30PM Children's Activities
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Open Archery Range: War Shoot
11:00 AM Arts Judging Begins
11:15 AM Deadline for Arts Entries
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Shinai Armor Check
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Shinai War Scenarios
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Open Archery Range: War Shoot
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Armor Check for Rapier
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Rapier War Scenarios
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Children's Archery Class by Dame Toni (Adults
6:00 PM Arts Judging Ends
7:00 PM The Grand Feast
The Elevations of Dame Toni Tree Slayer and Sir Little John to
Knight Premier

Sunday, September 2nd
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Open Archery Range: Tourney Shoot
10:00 AM Arts Judging Continues
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Armor Check for Steel
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Steel War Scenarios & Tourney
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Children's Archery Shoot
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Open Archery Range: Tourney Shoot
2:00 PM - 2:30 Armor Checks for Shinai & Rapier
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Shinai & Rapier Tourneys
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Open Archery Range: Tourney Shoot
5:00 PM Arts Judging Ends
6:00 - 7:00 Closing Court
7:00 Celebration Dinner
Monday, September 3rd
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mucking out stables, Swabbing out Garderobes,
baggage trains, cleaning and generally having a good time,
without getting
bogged down
11:59 AM Clean up finished
Site Closes: 12:00 PM
*Details of the Site & Area:

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on June 26, 2012 at 8:47am

the demo will be from 3 to 6 pm.

heavy fighting will be at 3 and 5:30 (fighters should be ready to fight at these times)

dancing will be after heavy fighting (whenever enough people are available to participate)

Rein fighting will be at 3:45, 4:30, and after the last heavy combat

children's boffer and activities will be after heavy combat through out the time

Sir Wilhelmus


Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on June 21, 2012 at 10:52am

Somnia Nulla Parva


Salutations Stouthearted Somerset, Midsummer is almost upon us. We recommend tall, bright clean wood bonfires on the Eve and no dallying in the deep woods, unless, of course, you are in good company.
      On the day will be honoring the Wild Prophet with contests of steel and sinew, our arrows will vainly try to keep the Great Gold Disk from leaving the heavens too soon, and we will stage chariot races for the Glory of Mighty Helios. To the victors will come crowns and prestige, to those
who strive, honor.
       Our procurement agent has promised Boudicca's own war chariot for said races but I have
serious doubts concerning his veracity and thus his future as our agent. Rest assured Noble People, there will be a race for those who are Game.
     The longest day of the year comes. A fine day, one that should be celebrated
with your fair Cousins in Fair Somerset on the greens fields and in the cool
halls of Columbanus!
                     Peabody Library, Columbia City   
                     1160 E State Road 205  Columbia City, IN 46725
                     10:30 AM - Estates Meeting (all welcome)/
11:00 normal site opens.
   Now to get honey and grasshoppers at the feast...

      Ab Imo Pectore,
          Ansellus Dux


Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on June 14, 2012 at 9:53am

Unto the populace of the Duchy of Somerset:

Please remember that it membership renewals need to be in by the end of _this month_ to guarentee unterrupted membership. The form can be found here:

HG Dame Constance Rosewall

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on June 9, 2012 at 7:12am

Unto the people of Somerset:

The Agenda for the July 2012 Imperial Estates meeting is up here:

Please, take a look and share your opinions with Somerset's vote-holders. For those with a vote, Dame Ariana Neville of Cambridge will be in attendance and has offered to carry proxies.

Constantia Ducissa

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on May 15, 2012 at 10:08am

Unto my friends and family in the Duchy of Somerset,

This morning I received official word from Her Imperial Majesty, Dame Etaine. Their Imperial Majesties have approved the formation of the Imperial Shire of Monaco, and have appointed me to act as Their Majesty's Viceroy. I want to thank all the members of Somerset, Their Graces (past and future), and the Estates of Somerset for their continued support in our formation. As members of the newly created Shire of Monaco, we look forward to a continued relationship with the Duchy of Somerset.

In Service,

Baron Sebastian
Viceroy of Monaco

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on May 13, 2012 at 1:34pm
Reminder from:   adria-somerset Yahoo! Group
Title:   Coronation
Date:   Sunday May 20, 2012
Time:   12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:   Psi Ote Barn Ipper, Northside Park, Fort Wayne, IN
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on April 2, 2012 at 11:46am

Somerset's April 2012 Event‏

When: April 22nd
Where: Peabody Library Columbia City
Cost: Site $3.00, Lunch $2.00, Feast $6.00

10:00 Site opens and set up
11:00-2:00 A&S judging
12:00 lunch
1:00-5 Martial activities and Archery
6:00 Evening Court
7:00 feast
9:00 clean up

There is to be both shanai and fencing, as well as armored given that enough combatants show up to play on Sunday.

Scotch Eggs, Hard Boiled Eggs, Shredded Lettuce and Cabbage Salad, Chocolate Bread, Lemon Mustard Chicken, Mint Peas, Herb Tart and an Apple Tart in and Candied Crust

From: on behalf of Mandi (

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on March 15, 2012 at 4:08pm

Unto All the Estates, Nobles and General Populas of the Adrian Empire,

Dame Gemma Evangelista Borgia of Terra Neuve and Myself, Sir Cameron Kilshannig
of Umbria, do hear by state our Intentions to run for the Imperial Crown for the
coming year. Over the course of the next few months we will be posting more
information about what we want to do in the reign, list of Ministries we’re
looking to fill and etc... So if you have interest in Imperial Service, ideas
for the Empire or any general questions about us running, please contact us.
Also I, Sir Cameron, will be attending the Imperial Estates Meeting this weekend
if anyone cares to speak with me.

So say We, in service to the Empire.
Sir Cameron Kilshannig of Umbria
Dame Gemma Evangelista Borgia of Terra Neuve

PS Using care when speak to Dame Gemma, she is currently highly contagious with
the Flu

on behalf of bryan (


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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.

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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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