The historical swordplay company “Domini
Scepusii – The lords of the Zips” has been established in 1995. The
roots of the company may be traced twenty years into the past. However,
the smouldering embers didn’t begin to fire brightly sooner than in
1997, after the performance on the occasion of Spis Castle opening for
summer tourist season.
Members of the company after this experience
dived with yet more vigour to study “so little available literature”,
with topics such as military history, weapon manufacture and use in
various periods. The interesting part of studies consisted of the
knowledge of the life and history of past societies, be they guilds,
townsfolk or aristocracy, their clothing, use of manufacture tools and
technologies. First invitations came. At the end of the 1997 season
there were 17 of them. After many dissapointments and many successes and
encouragements from both known and unknown spectators, the appreciation
came, in the form of an invitation to perform abroad, which poured into
the hearts new strength and resolution to carry on.
Nowadays the company has regular performances both at Slovak castles and
Republic, Poland), it performs on various occasions for broad public at
markets, swordplay festivals, balls, at social events of business
companies, co-operates with film producers and Slovak television and
The company has organised together with Spis
museum in Levoca four annual International festivals of historical
sworplay groups at Spis Castle, wandering in Spis Castle courtyards,
knight contests at Spis chalet, Days of Master Paul of Levoca and
tournaments of historical swordplay in Poland.
Today the company has 30 members.