Twelfth Night in Politarchopolis seems to have been a success – great food, great company and much pageantry. We witnessed the Coronation of Ariston and Lilavati, our King and Queen, plus Eva’s elevation to the Order of the Laurel and Clara being sent to Vigil for her Pelican.
There was plenty of archery, most of it novel – with twelve Christmas-themed targets on Saturday, and the slaughter of melons and other fruits during the feast. There was also serious archery on Sunday. There were heavy and rapier tourneys – the ice ‘roses’ were a hit, given the weather. We also witnessed two Guild of Defence prizes – Lady Zanobia is now a Free Scholar, while Gaspar achieved his Journeyman sash.
Lady Giana d’Amore was made a member of the Order of the Burly Griffin for her efforts in the arts and sciences, and Don Lorccan received a Burly Griffin in recognition of his Martial activities. Lady Angela Calici and Lord Basil Faulke are our two newest armigers – despite being part of the Society for the last twenty years or so…
All in all, it was a full and fun weekend. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves at least as much as we did.
Dame Joan, Baroness Politarchopolis.
With a massive Fields of Gold just gone by, we next look forward to the End of Year Party where we might reflect on the marvelousnessity of the year – feasts, tournaments, classes, quarter days, many demos, peerages and other awards, and much more besides.
And then we kick off again in January with 12th Night Coronation, showcasing the finest of everything: Food and fighting, arts and archery, pomp and pageantry. Book now!
– Baron Crispin
Inspired by Mistress Sabine’s Collegia on Heraldic Standards and the banners of St Florian’s (https://threegoldbees.com/collegia-notes/heraldic-standards/ ), the Barony is calling all members to come along and make a painted standard (of a standard shape and size) to increase the pageantry on display.
The project will start after Polit Uni. You do not need registered heraldry to participate however heralds will be around to assist you if you would like to develop your personal heraldry. Standards will have a cost of $15. Some materials have been sponsored, please message me if you wish to discuss accessing those.
You can register to participate here:
This talk of war to the south concerns me greatly. Not only that our southern neighbors are flexing their muscles; not only the instability, distress and hardship that comes from war; not only that “Thaw War” sounds suspiciously like “Tharwa”, which is within our borders last I checked; but also that this event sounds like jolly good fun.
So I shall be journeying south to battle. Come join me!
– Baron Crispin
Tomorrow we visit Okewaite for their Leet Court and potluck picnic, noon until 4pm at Cockatrice Farm.
Next week we have coming up the Torlyon 20th Anniversary and Baronial Quarter day on 30 April with many activities to try out.
Following those events, in May is the Feast of Champions, a visit on Their Majesties tour of Their Kingdom.
Further anon we have the Feast of Saint Andronicus in July, the Politarchopolis University in August, the Tournament of the Griffin in September and St Vitas Dance and Music weekend also in September.
With all this plus the regular activities, you can see there is much going on. We look forward to seeing you soon!
With our warriors returning from Rowany Festival, the Foundations of Armoured Combat Course will resume this Sunday (3rd of April) with our first practical training session. Anyone can come along, pick up a sword and learn the arts of medieval warfare.
We will revise the basic guard and stance, along with the warmup motion. A direct cut and ear to ear cut will be covered, along will shield defence against these cuts. Suitable for beginners, all equipment provided.
WHEN: Begins 3rd April 2016 at 1.00pm (classes run for an hour)
WHERE: Ainslie Scout Hall, Cnr of Ebden & Hassall Streets, Ainslie, ACT
COST: $20 for the entire course, free for paid students from the 2015 course.
Non-Members will need to pay $5 per session for insurance purposes (Membership options available)
There will be no access to the hall or training scheduled for the next two Sundays due to the impending Rowany Festival. Normal training and activities will resume in April.
A call to arms! The Canberra chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism is inviting Canberrans to pick up a sword, fight like a knight and learn the arts of medieval warfare over an 9 week “Foundations of Armoured Combat” course commencing on 13th of March.
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organisation devoted to bringing the Middle Ages and Renaissance to life through research and re-enactment, employing their knowledge of history to enrich their lives and the lives of others. With over 100,000 participants worldwide, the SCA is one of largest living history societies in the world.
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of armoured combat in the SCA and starts with an introductory session on the 13th March 2015, with practical classes from 2nd of April and following Sundays in Ainslie at the Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden and Hassall Streets.
“Last year we had a strong turnout of people looking to become modern day Crusaders, Vikings, Spartans or Knights” Ben Norman (aka Lord Otto Sexburger), course instructor said. “However I’m sure we can find a few more in Canberra, I’m sure the Baron is looking forward to having more men and women to fight on our side in the kingdom’s next war”
SCA fighting is not the impractical and highly stylised fight choreography seen in Hollywood blockbusters but a martial art that is designed to emulate armoured combat in a way that allows you to deliver full powered blows without hurting your opponent.
Male and female fighters (aged 16+) dress in armour, which ranges from full plate steel to padded doublets and leather, to protect them while wielding swords, spears, and axes made of rattan to simulate the balance and handling of original weapons, without the lethal qualities. Mr Norman is quite proud that “…by the end of the course each student has made their own sword and shield to use, a set of loaner armour to fight in and we’re helping them to either buy or make their own set of medieval armour”.
“Anyone can pick up a sword and have a go but the SCA offers you the opportunity to not just like fight like a knight but to aim to be one,” Brigid Costello (Baroness Anne de Tournai), Canberra President, said. “You get the fighting but so much more – it’s a gateway to a worldwide society of tournaments, wars, feasts and balls. Your whole family can be involved.”
WHEN: Introductory Session 13th March 2016 at 1.00pm
Practical training commences 3 April 2016 (classes run for an hour, followed by supervised free sparring)
WHERE: Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden & Hassall Streets, Ainslie, ACT
COST: $20 for the entire course plus $7 per session for insurance purposes (Membership options available)
CONTACT: Benjamin Norman (Instructor) email@example.com
Schedule for Saturday’s event is:
1500 site set-up
1700 event start – games. Also try out archery, rapier and heavy.
1920 Baronial Court
2000 event close
Plenty of room for additions – just ask…
Aeveril of Ambledune
As of today’s baronial meeting, I’m the campsite coordinator for the Politarchopolis campsite at this year’s Rowany festival.
If you are the contact for a household that is camping in the Politarchopolis campsite, or if you are not part of a household but want to camp with Politarchopolis: Please let me know how many people you expect to be camping with you and give me a list of your tent dimensions.
This will help me with planning out where to fit everyone and will help ensure our campsite gets enough land.
The other important way to ensure we are allocated enough space is to book for Rowany Festival. Go do that NOW!
– Baron Crispin