Who We Are

A Living History Re-enactment Group, Magnaura (formerly Handakas) is a branch of the New Varangian Guard - a nation-wide group of like-minded enthusiasts, recreating and re-enacting the Byzantine Empire and its Allies and Enemies during the 10th to 13th Centuries AD. Members of the Guard attempt to learn about the lifestyle of these peoples by study and reconstruction of the materials and practices of the period.

At Magnaura, we specifically focus on the lives and lifestyles of the Varangian peoples, mercenaries and guardsmen living and working within the city of Constantinople between 1040 - 1090AD.

Contemporary Artwork of the Siege of Chandax