Established in January 2015, Compagnia San Michele - Malta is a Maltese historical interpretation group and voluntary organisation. Our main intent is to stage educational displays and events that are as historically accurate as possible, focusing on the late medieval to the early modern period.
Compagnia San Michele is driven by its dedicated members and their passion for local history. One of the main objectives of the group is also to function as a research and study group which in turn helps us deliver a more authentic and professional product to the public. A distinctive characteristic of the group is that each member is tasked with choosing a role he/ she wishes to portray, which is based within one of the periods . The member then conducts in depth research on the role chosen as to fully understand and accurately interpret it through living history.
Why St Michael
Some may wonder why a Maltese group has chosen an Italian name. This is all part of the historical aspect that is central to San Michele. During the periods represented the Italian language was what is called the lingua franca; that is the common language used in official documents and correspondence.
This is in no way playing down on the importance of the local language but rather opening a window on the official language of the period.
The choice of St Michael is no coincidence. The Archangel is synonymous to the defender of the Catholic faith which was an integral part of society in the periods being represented. It is also known that a cult of St. Michael existed in Malta at least since the middle ages. The chapel of San Mikiel is- Sancir in Rabat – said to be one of; if not the oldest medieval chapel on the island - is testament to this devotion.
In addition to the ecclesiastic aspect of the archangel one can find a number of references in the military aspect of the islands. These include two forts in the Cottonera area alone (Ft. St Michael - Senglea and Ft. St. Angelo - Vittoriosa) along with other fortifications elsewhere.