In the Shadow of the Abbey
Leno (Brescia, Lombardia region), ITALY
The period between the coronation of Frederick I of Swabia, called Barbarossa, and the decline of the Swabian Empire is full of political and military events, such as the birth of the municipalities and the project of cutting down their autonomy and reaffirm the supremacy of the Empire over the Papacy. It is believed that the rural municipality of Leno was born under the aegis of the monastery, which in the 12-13th centuries became a guarantee of autonomy and protection from the abuses of the feudal lords. In 1185 the legendary Emperor Frederick Barbarossa visited the ancient Benedictine abbey of Leno, to resolve the long dispute between the abbot of the monastery and the bishop of Brescia regarding the jurisdiction of some abbey’s churches.
The event commemorating this visit is held every two years, welcoming Frederick Barbarossa and his court in Leno. Over 150 participants in costume from all over Italy and abroad, gather in the park of Villa Badia, where the glorious monastery once stood, to relive for three days the Middle Ages. During the event, the visitors can experience the history through the fires lit in the historical camps, see archers and men-at-arms displays, learn a lot of new things at the workshops and become themselves the protagonists among common citizens, musicians and amazing jugglers. Also a historical dinner by reservation is held, offering the unique experience of living the past through ancient flavours and tastes.
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Info & Contact
Association/organization name: Gruppo Storico In Illo Tempore
Address of the event: Parco di Villa Badia, Via Marconi, 28, Leno, province of Brescia, Lombardia
Tel.: +39 3341537951, +39 030 906408, +39 030 9067940
Fondazione Dominato Leonense