Who are we...?
La Grande Compagnie de Sainte Claire is a group of early blackpowder weapons (often referred to amongst ourselves as 'cannons-on-a-stick') enthusiasts who are trying to re-enact the life and practices of a 1405 company of handgonners and crossbowmen. The compagnie was raised by Monsieur le Baron de Sainte Claire to follow the Monsieur le Duc d'Orleans south into Gascony to fight the English there. The force currently includes three large gonnes (1.0 caliber), and three smaller gonnes (two .56 and one .50 caliber), which in combination can make a great deal of smoke and noise. If all goes well (and the baggage train ever catches up with us...) we hope to have some even larger pieces at some future point.
We are for the most part (with the exception of Monsieur le Baron, the commander) fairly simple soldiers, support staff and camp followers, doing our best to serve our king in these troubled times.
The Compagnie is currently seeking recruits, both gunners and crossbowmen, as well as looking to fill a variety of support personnel positions. If you are interested, please feel free to peruse the remainder of the site, and if you like what you see, contact Monsieur le Baron directly.