Welcome to Miles Rafenstain et Servitus

This homepage has the purpose to collect all knowledge andfacts about the castle of Rafenstein outside of Bozen, south Tyrol, Italy. We have decided to specify the time between  1330 and 1420 in connection with the life of Francisk von Rafenstain and his family.

We are a group of passionate people stretched between Denmark and Italy with all sorts of different backgrounds, united by the interest about this theme. All our history research is presented here, served on a silver plate, with all references of the original documents to the benefit of all enthusiasts. Our aim is to give you a homepage easy to use, no matter if you are seeking information as a university student, or just for private interest on a hobby level.

Our efforts in researching and networking contributed to the restoration of the castle itself (2008-2014) and gave us the motivation we needed to preserve and spread its history as well.

One of the best ways to show off the research we have done to date, is to act it our in our group Miles Rafenstain et Servitus. his gives the public and ourselves a better understanding of the material found. For us is  a fun game with a serious tone underneath, and for any audience it is a show of how serious and motivated we are as a group.

This groups future vision is to translate every information in english, danish, german and italian and then extend the time period from the very beginning of the castle history in the 12th century up to this very day. If you are missing historical information not published on this website, don't hesitate to contact us and we will try to find the answers you need.

This service is absolutely free, because our philosophy is that knowledge must be shared, or else it will drown in a forgotten past. We hope you enjoy visiting our new website and welcome you into the universe of Miles Rafenstain et Servitus - The research and reenactment group Miles Rafenstain et Servitus.

The first fight in years

One defeat, do not always mean a lost battle

Friends and Allies

Members and Roles

Francisk von Rafenstain

Francisk von Rafenstain

Lord of the Castle

Francisk is a knight belonging to the lower nobilty and serving the Duke of Habsburg. Descending from the noble family of Awr, he got castle and title of Rafenstain in 1363. Francisk owns beside the castle, a handfull of farms and two houses in the upper market in the town of Bozen. These few properties are more an expense rather then an investment, so he accepted to work as a judge in the Duke’s town of Arena (Gries) not far away from the castle.

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Katrine von Goldeck

Katrine von Goldeck

Lady of the Castle

Katrine von Goldeck is Sir Francisk’s young bride. While many other local nobles are only bound to each other by business, Katrine truly loves Francisk. No one believed it, but despite the difference of age, they are totally in love. A sober, private, indescribable love. She changed Sir Francisk to a better man and thanks to her natural beauty and simplicity, even the local peasants are glorifying her.

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Gerhard Frawnberger

Gerhard Frawnberger

DER KELLNER

-DER KELLNER. (from Keller, cellar).

The kitchen master or Kellner, Frawenberger! His job is to administrate everything that has to do with food, basically to get it cheapest and store it on the most appropriate way in the castle cellar. This job requires a lot of planning since some types of food obviously have a shorter conservation then others.

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Latest news

A new helmet

Sir Rafenstains last battle proved the old helmet to be too dangerous for fighting, especially the vizor was made wrong, opening itself, when it wasnt supposed to! So- say hello […]

A new drum!

Thanks to Flemming from the music group Moria for donating this wonderful drum to our group! The drum has been repainted and decorated with tempera colors, finally glossed with Dammar […]

The aftermath of battle

The aftermath of the first reenactment battle after 12 years. It was absolutely enriching! The gambeson is already more black then green, my lucky shirt was washed several times before […]

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Articles & Reconstructions

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A personal message from the groups founder

Everybody following this group can witness that I always use words as "we" and "us", due to my personal deed of being humble and altruistic, nevertheless seeing our group as a team of equal and respectable members. After many questions from people following us though, I decided to explain about my own background. I was elected squire in the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitalliers back in 2007 and have been found worthy to be knighted as Knight of Honour in 2009 by the Grandmaster of the order, H.R.H. Prince Karl Vladimir Karageorgevitch of Yugoslavia. The ceremony took place in the church of Saint Edward the Confessor in London and by Royal Charter and therefore the Knighthood is worldwide recognized. One year after, i used my petition of nobility to request admission in the very old Knight Brotherhood of Sankt Christoph am Arlberg, created by the Duke of Hapsburg back in 1386. Q: "Is this expensive?" A: Depends what you judge as expensive, but both Knight Brotherhoods are costing 300€ a year circa. Q: "Are these lodges such as Free Masons, or similar secret societies?" A: Not at all. Secret societies and Orders of Chivalry are to absolutely different organisations. They might cross every now and then, but only because the final goal is the same. Q:" What is the final goal? Why do you do this?" A: The final goal is to support charity through my membership. YES, you read right. Almost Every single coin goes to people in need. In the Order of the Knights Hospitalliers, we help children in need in christian lands under threat of war or natural disasters and in the Knight Brotherhood of Saint Christoph am Arlberg, we help poor families in Austria, South Tyrol and South Germany to survive. Mostly lonely mothers or mountain Farmes struck by natural tragedy and left with no roof over their heads. Q: "What's the connection between your personal engagement and the groups historic researches and reenactment? A: Daniel von Rafenstain, son of Francisk von Rafenstain, was member of the Knighthood of Saint Cristoph. 18.321 subsequent members and 627 years later, the noble name of Rafenstain finally appears again. I had vowed to do all in my power to get Rafenstain castle restored and being part of the very same Knight Brotherhood gave my strength to do so. Last but not least, i can access more information about Sir Francisk von Rafenstains son Daniel (+1396) from inside the Order. That is it, hope you haven't fainted of boredom. This will be one of the hopefully very few articles about me, eluding me to for fill my Knightly ideals of humbleness, altruism and unselfishness, in fully awareness that I am not a perfect person, but are fighting every single day to become a better one. Thank you,
Charles Francisk von Rafenstain - Leader of Miles Rafenstain Et Servitus.