You ask questions only God can answer
The Routiers enjoyed a Virtual Tavern Night at the invitation of Captayne-in-Waiting Alex Gaffikin on the evening of Saturday 11 September 2021. The event enjoyed strong attendance by Routier members and fellow travellers from across this wide brown land (on account of most of us being in lockdown with nothing better to do).
Much entertainment was to be had with an attempt by Good Soldier Keith to compere a Trivia Quiz using the arcane technology of the interwebs. Alas the NBN spirit deserted us and Mr Kelly pronounced the entire endeavour a hastily cobbled together sham. But we persevered by resorting to quill and parchment. There was singing and tall tales and much jollity, notwithstanding the intermittent spectral appearance of Captayne-(soon to be)-past Gappsy, who failed to put a dampener on things, despite his ghastly countenance.
The Pike and Musket Society is an historical re-enactment and living history organisation whose main focus is re-enacting 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 re-enacting 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 re-enactment 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.
Background Image: A view of London from Southwark, c. 1630. Museum of London Collection