knowledge of the past,
- the future is enriched'
ORDO IGNIS - The Order of the Flame
Founded in 1997, the
Ordo Ignis is a historic society whose main purpose is to study
Medieval Norway and Norwegian knights. In the Middle Ages, ties
between Norway and Europe were strong. A popular destination for
pilgrims, the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim was an established centre
for international contact.
Historical characters and setting
spanning from 1030 to 1550 are recreated by members of the order.
Apart from the knights, subdivisions of the Ordo Ignis include the
Craftsmen's Guild and the Ladies' League. The guilds study and
recreate Medieval crafts, arts, codes of behaviour and mentality.
Tournaments and banquets are held on a regular basis.
To authenticate the results of our
studies, we engage in an ongoing co-operation with scholars in various
academic fields. The knowledge we have achieved is presented to the
general public through publications or activities, such as display
battles, performances, exhibitions, work-shops and public lectures.
THE MEDIEVAL KNIGHT IN NORWAY
There have been a number of knights in Norway, and their conditions
were similar to their European counterparts, except for the fact that
there were no knightly orders
in Norway, as was the case in some other countries. Norwegian knights
went crusading to Jerusalem and the Middle-East, and they also
participated in European hastiludes
TOURNAMENTS IN NORWAY
A hastilude could take the form of a jousting
(a single combat of one mounted knight against another) or a tournament
(the contest of two opposing parties of mounted combatants). In
traditionally took place as part of a royal crowning or wedding, or a
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