The Pike and Musket Society

The Pike and Musket Society is an historical reenactment and living history organisation whose main focus is reenacting the life and times of mid-17th Century Europe, with a particular emphasis on the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and the English Civil War (1642-1651).

We are based in Australia. Most of our members live in or near Sydney and the Blue Mountains, and some in Melbourne and Newcastle.

The Pike and Musket Society also travels under the name ‘The Routiers’. This name came about in the early Society days of the mid-1980s when we were solely reenacting the Thirty Years War that ravaged Europe between 1618 and 1648. The word Routier means ‘Road-man’ in Old French. In the 17th Century, these ‘road-men’ were bands of vagabond soldiers who plied their mercenary trade along the highways and byways of strife-torn Europe, selling their martial expertise to the highest bidder. This fitted our reenactment perfectly.

The Routiers celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2014. We conduct an annual ‘Winter Camp’ – a living history immersion event for members and guests – and attend the odd Medieval Fair or public show, providing military and social history displays from mid-17th Century Europe.

 

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 Background Image: A view of London from Southwark, c. 1630. Museum of London Collection

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