Confraternita del Leone – Compagnia d’Arme
The “Confraternita del Leone” is a cultural, non-profit making, apolitical sport Association in Brescia, Italy. Its members are fond of medieval history and devote themselves to its study.
As members of the Association we want to rivive ways an costums as well as the warfare of the peoples that lived in our country in the Middle Ages through theorical knowledge and manual exercises with ancient sword.
In order to make a thorough investigation and avoid every possible mistake, our efforts to reconstruct the past concentrate mainlyon the period between 1150 and 1240, when our town, Brescia, was a city-state.
Organize realistic and accurate reconsrtuctions of historical events.
Organize groups studing experimental archaeology.
Pratice and pread the knowledge of ancient swordplay and archery.
Study and teach the history of our peoples through lectures.
Build 350 square metre military medieval camps with artisan activities (blacksmith, joiner, etc.)
Revive historical sets and happenings during cultural events.
Take part in medieval festivals and tournaments.
Our work enables us to give a strong aura of reality to our fights even if duels are completely safe.
The Confraternita del Leone has been performing since 1999 in the reconstruction of historical events (reenactoring and living history). Our Association has been on stage for more than 300 days in all during important events such as:
Milano, Celtic Samonios at the Castello Sforzesco and Storitalia, national rally of living history under the high patronage of the President of the Italian Repubblic; Trento, for the Saint Patron fest of San Vigilio and the celebration of Charles the Great; Venezia, the Carneval; Massa Carrara, Irish Festival; Chieti, Wallace Celtic Festival; Como, reevocation of the battle of Tassera (1160)… And Brescia, Biella, Alessandria, Pavia, Mantova, Cuneo and many others…
Moreover last year for six months the Confraternita del Leone was in the cast of the combat stuntmen for the film King Arthur made by the Disney Company in Ireland: the Confraternita is part of the International Combat Team, used in realistic fightsaround the main actors.