Last weekend I attended a party held at the ”medieval” pub Sjätte Tunnan in Stockholm. It was a five hour drive from home, but I was real excited to go. The party promised lots of old friends, and a handful of new ones. The setting: Our old friends of Fraternis Militia Carnis were having a 10-year-anniversary. At the same time, a new group dealing with the year 1412, a group of people called Stadsvakten (”The city guards”) wanted to present themselves to the scene. This was of course welcome, as new late 14thC and early 15thC groups are always appreciated in Sweden, where reenactors are scarce and 14-15thC ones are even more scarce. This was a rare opportunity to have a look at new people and start interesting cooperations.
The people of Albrechts Bössor met up at Maria’s place, where we had a couple of drinks. It was good to see them all, and to look at new stuff they had made since last time. It was particularly nice to meet Alex after a long summer without his burly company.
We went into central Stockholm, to Old Town, where we met other friends, ad had a change of clothes into our medieval gear. I had my new shoes and my new coat on (yes, yes, I will post pictures as soon as I can – I finished the damned shoes!). I re-used an old hat of mine – the so called blue-bell-hat – it is bright blue, and might remind you of a blue bell, if you really want it to.
In my new, fresh outfit I felt ready to tackle the evening – heck – even the world.
We went to the venue, and was welcomed by Sebastian, the head chef and an old friend – also member of Fraternis Militia Carnis (for short – Carnis, henceforth) – without any doubt one of the finest ”medieval chefs” of the world.
We put our behinds down in a dark, cosy part of the pub, where the staff had made the table for us. First up was a guy, really interested and schooled in the theory of medieval music. I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as I should have – he went deeply into the technical aspects of music and went on for a long time without catching my interest, so I was kinda relieved when he was done.
Then one of the guys from Stadsvakten presented the members of his group. They seemed decent enough, particularly for beginners.
Next step – the food. And the beer! I was hungry and thirsty, and when the plates were put down I was happy! The beer was served forth in big, big jugs, and it was not bad at all. I drank and chatted with people around the table and was quite content with life.
First course was pea soup with saffron, followed by a plate of assorted fish – smoked eel among other things. The other servings contained various meats with a grand finale – a whole piglet, painted in chequers, green and red. I had a back leg and ate until I nearly became sick.
Whilst eating I spoke with one of the guys from Stadsvakten, but sadly I can’t say he impressed me much. He rather jeered at me, and tried to tell me off to show that he was better than me, and that he knew everything better than did I, even though I got the impression that he hadn’t been reenacting at all before. Too bad. I was hoping for new comrades, but this guy more or less shamed the rest of them. Hopefully, other members will show that they indeed are good guys worth cooperating with in the future – I guess you can’t blame the group for the individual.
This put me in kind of a bad mood (I was hoping for so much, and was disappointed), and one of our colleagues in Carnis had to pay for it. I over reacted to one of his jokes and slapped him before I really knew what was happening. It is really nothing I am proud of – on the contrary I feel a bit ashamed even as I write this. I begged his pardon of course, and as far as I know he accepted it; at least we hugged and sorted things out immediately. Sorry again, Ludde. It just happened.
On the good note, two German colleagues from More Majorum showed up, and brought me greetings from Fabse, an acquaintance from Morimondo, as well as from Roland, in charge of arranging the Bachritterburg event 2009.
All in all though, I thought the night was a bit too expensive in comparison to what I got, plus I forgot my ”ordinary” jacket and had to go get it the morning after, still really hung over… I’ll post some photos when I get around to it.