Towton Battlefield Society's affiliated re-enactment group, the Frei Compagnie, was founded in 2007 to act as the Society's 'medieval face'.

Our remit is to support the Society's battlefield promotion and interpretive work by showing TBS members and the wider public how people lived at the time of Towton: what they wore, what they ate, how they fought and how they passed their time. We do this by wearing period costume and using replica equipment based on medieval illustrations, documents and archaeological finds; many of the items we make ourselves from materials common at the time (like wool, linen and leather for clothing), or buy from specialist craftsmen at re-enactment markets.

We have a strong military interest thanks to the Towton connection - most Frei Compagnie members shoot the English longbow, and some also have sword skills gained through the European Historical Combat Guild. So there are plenty of soldiers among us - luckily we also have a doctor to minister to our wounds!

Since the Frei Compagnie was founded, we have supported the Society's Battle of Towton Commemoration every Palm Sunday. We also appear at open days, put on archery, sword and gunnery demonstrations for members - and our rather shambolic mummers plays have become something of a tradition at the Christmas meeting!

DSCN0052
tbs 107
towton 09 016

Frei Compagnie kitchen at Towton Arming the Knight at a TBS summer meeting Performing 'The Poor Man Pays for All'
  TBS Christmas party 2007