The Beginning

The story began in the year 2000 when a small group of friends decided to create something great...

ur aim was to establish a historical reenactment group that can bring ancient history closer to the 21st-century audience by combining education and entertainment, but paying respect to authenticity and the everlasting values of our historical traditions.
We tried to depict the diversity and vastness of our past and present. Finally we found the Sea of Times, 'Mare Temporis' in Latin, where we are tireless travellers, daring explorers and thoughtful guides.

Now the Mare Temporis Foundation for Historical Traditions is a non-profit, public-benefit cultural organisation that was officially founded on 18th January, 2002.

Our mission is to study, resuscitate and preserve the historical heritage of Eastern and Western Europe, focusing mainly on the 13th-17th centuries. We attempt to bring history to life for the audience and for ourselves, as well. Our groups participate at diverse cultural events and festivals with stage shows and street performances, and organize interactive workshops and trainings both for children and adults.

The long-term goal of our Foundation is to create a permanent home for our programmes, a location adequate for a variety of cultural activities and the development of interactive living history.

On our 5th Anniversary in January 2007

What we do... - Our groups

he range of our interests vary from the mysterious Middle Ages, through the vivacious period of the Renaissance until the passionate Early Baroque Era. To understand the life of our ancestors and develop thorough knowledge of a historical period we try to study as many aspects as we can, creating a broader view of past times to include military displays, everyday life of ordinary people, living history scenarios, and entertainments.

Therefore our members participate in the work of different groups, improving their knowledge and abilities in many ways. We believe that friendship and enthusiasm, the engine behind all what we have achieved, are the key to our further development combined with committed historical research and hard-working practice.

Our Foundation has six groups working independently on their own field, but our main focus is to create complex performances and events with the close cooperation of several groups. We would like to share this diversity with our audience, often interacting and playing together with them to give people a long lasting impression.

Renaissance and Baroque dance

We practice dances from 15-17th century noble courts. For the reconstruction of these forgotten dances we use original sources and translations of period dance books from authors like Thoinot Arbeau, Cesare Negri, Fabritio Caroso or John Playford.

We perform these dances as part of courtly pursuits, but we also use them to tell stories of noble ladies or flirty lads. After our shows we often try to involve our audience to teach them some of these gracious movements.




Noble court dances


Dancing Through Ages


Flirty Faire




Historical fencing

Our repertoire of blade demonstrations include a wide range of periods from vikings through plate armoured knights with broadswords to 17th century musketeers holding rapier and firearms.

Our fencers arrange regular workshops, and seminars to train their body and build a basic foundation to more in-depth studies of historical sources, texts and fencing books.



Historical fencing


Champions of History


Historical plays

We present Medieval comedies and Renaissance plays both from period authors and contemporary writers.
Our stories either revive real historical events or show the lives of ordinary people, but always combine entertainment and education to bring our audience closer to history.



Historical plays



Jugglers were an important part of both everyday life and festive days. They appeared on the streets, at Medieval fairs, in Renaissance manors and even in Baroque royal courts.

Our jugglers play with traditional flags and balls, but use modern inventions as well such as poi, fire sticks, fire fans or swords.





Dragon prince


Embrace of fire (fire jugglers & belly dancers)


Angelwing dance

Angelwing is an extraordinary and spectacular dance, that can catch your eyes and bind your soul...

According to Renaissance and Baroque traditions, the dancers often impersonate mythical characters or the elements of Nature in their mysterious and spectacular shows.



Angelwing dance


The four elements


Belly dance

Our belly dancers try themselves in various styles from the portrayal of the private life of Suleyman the Magnificent, the 15th century Turkish leader who played a great role in the Hungarian history... contemporary Cabaret-style shows, employing a wide range of modern tools and materials, even playing with fire.




Harem of Suleyman the Magnificent


Cabaret-style show

  Embrace of fire (belly dancers & fire jugglers)





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