HERR KARL AND COMPANY
15TH CENTURY KNIGHTS
Bringing the Middle Ages to Life
Learn about Knights and Knighthood, the steps to Knighthood, the parts of Knight's armor and the Knight's Code of Chivalry through an interactive program or presentation. Audience members or faire or festival patrons can try on authentic armor with us and also help Herr Karl get "suited " in his full 15th century suit of 16-gauge plate armor.
Fun and informative for all ages!
HERR KARL & COMPANY
15TH CENTURY KNIGHTS
AT A GLANCE
A Bit of Background
We are a group of Iowa-based renaissance educators/performers who provide a hands-on interactive demonstration at renaissance faires and festivals throughout the Midwest. We also are available to offer presentations and programs on Knights and Knighthood, parts of Knights armor and the Knights Code of Chivalry for schools, home schools, church groups, youth and adult community groups and libraries year round.
JOIN OUR TEAM
We are so happy you’re interested in getting involved with our work here at Herr Karl and Company 15th Century Knights. There are so many ways for you to help, and we truly appreciate each and every effort. By lending your support, you’ll become a valuable part of our Non-Profit Organization and help to strengthen our operations.
Are you a renaissance enthusiast who is looking to join a group? Have you ever wanted to be a knight ? If so, Herr Karl and Company would like the pleasure of having you join our company of traveling performer/educators. (WE ARE NOT FIGHTING KNIGHTS - WE LEAVE THAT UP TO OTHER GROUPS.) We teach about steps to knighthood. kinghts and knighthood in general and parts of a knights armor. Throughout a typical day we let kids and adults live out their fantasies of being knights by allowing them to try on 13th cenryry armor. then we knights get suited in out 15th century armor for presentations and photo ops.
Herr Karl and Company is looking for young men age 14-20 to serve as squires on our team as we travel to Renaissance festivals in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas, South Dakota and possibly Illinois, Indiana and Missouri during the 2021 season.
These young men can either be on-site squires to join us at certain festivals, or travel with us to as many as possible during the season. Food, lodging and (if necessary) transportation is provided.
For more information, with questions or to sign up contact Chuck Friend (Herr Karl) at 641-366-2585 or Glen Gerot (Sir Gregory ) at 319-325-3163.
Join the fun as we Bring the Middle Ages to Life - TODAY.
Come join the fun with Herr Karl and Company 15th Century Knights today.
2021 TENATTIVE SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES
Subject to change
Looking at possibly adding a winter festival. Festivals we are NOT able to attend include: Ren in the Glen in Glenwood City, Wi July 31-Aug 1; the Quad Cities Renaissance Festival in Davenport Sept 25-26; and the NEWLY ADDED Iowa Renaissance Festival (Fall ) in Middle Amanna on Oct 9-10.
NEBRASKA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Small family style renaissance festival held at Riverwest Park in Elkhorn, Nebraska
MIDLANDS RENAISSANCE REVEL (SPRING)
A new festival in Iowa held Spring and late Summer at Dittmasr's Orchard near Council Bluffs , Iowa
IOWA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL (FIRST WEEKEND)
Iowa's premeir renaissance festival held annually at the Community Park in Middle Amanna, Iowa. (Second weekend June 5-6)
SIOUXLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
This is a first time trip for Herr Karl and Company to the Siouxland Renaissance Festival held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds
KIDS IN COLLEGE ( IOWA VALLEY CONTINUING EDUCATION IN MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA)
I will be teaching the second class session each day from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m on "Knights and Knighthood" for kids in grades 3-6.
KIDS IN COLLEGE ( IOWA VALLEY CONTINUING EDUCATION IN MARSHALLTOWN , IOWA)
Second session of Kids in College held form 8:30 to noon each of the three days. I will teach the class on Knighrts and Knighthood for kids in 3-6 grade
MIDLANDS RENAISSANCE REVEL (SUMMER)
Dittmar's Orchard near Council Bluffs, Iowa comes to life with all of your favorite Renaissance festival activities
GREAT PLAINS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL (FALL)
One of the finest Midwest Renaissance festivals that is growing in popularity each year. Held in Sedgwick Park in Wichita, Kansas - definitely worth the trip
A GATHERING OF ROUGES AND RUFFIANS
Wisconsin's festival staged annually to help "Shakespere on the Edge. " Originally held in New Glarus - now the festival is held in Baraboo , Wisconsin at the Circus World Musium grounds on the second weekend of October.
WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?
Choose your program or book an appearance .
Herr Karl and Company 15th Century Knights is in the business of teaching and educating young and old alike about the glorious time of Knights and Knighthood in the Middle Ages. Give us a call to book us for your Renaissance Faire , festival or for a new program for your community, school or homeschool or church group.
Book us for your Renaissance faire or festival. Kids and adults live out your fantasy of being a 13th century knight by trying on chainmail, a gorget, gauntlets and a helmet.
An "Arming the Knight" program is available and at least once a day one or more of our knights will be fully suited in plate armor for walk arounds and photo ops
FEES AND CONTACT
Fees are based on the distance traveled from Conrad , Iowa and the type of program or presentation that is wanted.
Renaissance faires require lodging or payment enough to cover lodging.
To book Herr Karl for a program /presentation or Herr Karl and Company for a festival or faire contact:
Chuck Friend: 641-366-25485
Glen Gerot can also be contacted at
YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS AND PRESENTATIONS
Herr Karl would love to help out your school, homeschool group, church youth group, community based youth or adult groups and libraries with a program/presentation on Knights and Knighthood. the parts of Knight's armor, and the Knight's Code of Chivalry.
Your group would have the opportunity to experience try-on armor and also to actually help suit Herr Karl in a full 16-gauge plate suit of armor or a black leather suit of armor
You Can Make a Difference
Your support is important to our work at Herr Karl and Company 15th Century Knights. There are many ways you can contribute towards our causes, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfill our mission. Learn more about how you can get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to do some good. Volunteering your time or making a financial donation is always appreciated
MAKE A DONATION
Make A True Change
Our organization depends on the support of people like you. We want to keep the Middle Ages alive year round, but it takes extra money to buy equipment and travel throughout the Midwest. Cash donations of any size are greatly appreciated , as is volunteering your time to help at faires and festivals.
KNIGHT FOR HIRE!
If your Midwest or Iowa high school or college has Knights as its nickname, Teutonic Marian Associate Knight Herr Karl (Chuck Friend of Conrad, Iowa) would be available to come to one of your football or basketball games in a full suit of 16-gauge plate armor to help promote school spirit and to provide great photo opportunities for students and families.
He would also bring sets of leather armor with steel helmets for three of your own young men to "suit-up" in.
Provide two student /adult helpers to get Herr Karl and the three young men "armored-up".
Cost to School:
Appearance fee and mileage to be discussed. (One night lodging if distance dictates).
Questions or to schedule:
Contact Chuck Friend at 641-366-2585 or 641-751-1395; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail at Box 103, Conrad, Iowa, 50621.
BRINGING THE MIDDLE AGES TO LIFE
The Focus of Our Efforts
SCHOOL CLASSES AND HOME SCHOOL GROUPS
( ELEMENTARY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL)
LIBRARIES, YOUTH AND ADULT ORGANIZATIONS
History taught "hands-on"
Need a special program?
Hands-on interactive learning excites students of all ages. This is one of the key focus areas at Herr Karl and Company 15th Centruy Knights: to provide a program on knights, knighthood, steps to knighthood and parts of a kinight's armor. Whether for Western Civilization, World History or elementary/middle school social studies we can promise that we make learning fun.
Our programs are not just for schools. If your club, your youth or adult organization, or library would like to learn some Middle Ages history through the presentation by a real Teutonic Knight. Call me today. Hands on and interactive causal approach to life-long learning
"I can see you are really passionate about what you do. Don't stop - Keep teaching!"