The Barony of Politarchopolis

The medieval Society for Creative Anachronism in Canberra, Australia.

Late breaking news: Tudor feast cancelled

Unfortunately the Andronicus Tudor Feast has had to be cancelled. Apologies for the late notice.

However things are ramping up for Fields of Gold: See you there!

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Tudor Times

We’ve had great fun at the Field Day Demo and at Baronial Quarter Day. Thanks to all those who helped out.

Next up: The College of Andronicus has announced a Tudor Feast in honour of the current King and Queen.

And of course, There is Fields of Gold at the end of November.

– Baron Crispin

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Coming events!

Greetings All,

A few events of note are coming up within the barony:

Murrumbateman Field Days demo (17-18 October, Murrambateman): Otto Sexburger is the steward, please contact him with offers of help. There will be tournaments and display tables and no doubt other things. This is an important chance for Torlyon to attract new members, so come along and help.

Baronial Quarter Day (24 October 2015, Tuggeranong Archery Club): Ginereva is the steward of this day of picnicking, archery and tournaments, including the baronial archery championship.

Fields of Gold (27-29 November, Bungendore Show Grounds): Ysambart Courtin is the steward of this weekend of tournaments, classes, jousting and feasting. This is a Royal event, with many visitors from around the kingdom, so come along and join the fun.

– Baron Crispin

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Arts & Sciences Event This Weekend

Due to there being a heap of good fun classes at the A&S Event this weekend at the Tuggeranong Sea Scouts Hall, we will not open our regular hall at Ainslie on Sunday Afternoon.

If you would like to participate in heavy or rapier training on Sunday Afternoon, come along the the A&S Event instead and do some training in the park. And if you were thinking of doing something more craft-related at our usual practice, then do I have the event for you!

Arts and Sciences Collegium 15-16th August

Classes start from 9am both Saturday and Sunday.
Lunches are provided and there is a feast on Saturday night.

In addition there will be a fundraiser breakfast BBQ hosted by the College of St Andronicus on both Saturday and Sunday before the classes begin.

Address: Mortimer Lewis Drive, Greenway, ACT

See you there!
– Baron Crispin

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Peace! (Also: War!)

Greetings to all from Baron Crispin.

We were present at Coronation to witness the end of the Mongol empire and celebrate the beginning of the Tudor reign of King Steffan and Queen Branwen. As the Good King Steffan decreed, the coming 6 months will be ones of peace, joy and good fun.

With this in mind, I shall journey to Radburne this 7th to 9th of August to partake in as much peace, joy and jolly good fun that war can offer. I encourage all who appreciate such simple pleasures to join with me for a spot of clashing and pillaging on the battlefield.

Further details here:

Good cheer!
– Baron Crispin

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Politarchopolis welcomes Torlyon to the Barony

Be it known that on Saturday evening at Bal d’Argent, the mighty Khan and the gracious Yeke Khatun did accept the petition of the citizens of Torlyon for aid and succor in guarding their borders and did grant their wish to join the Barony of Politarchopolis as its newest Canton.

We gladly accepted the decree of the Crown and gifted the newest members of the Barony with candles to light their way so that all will know the way home to a protective hearth.

So please join us in welcoming the newest citizens of Politarchopolis, the residents of the Canton of Torlyon.

Baron Crispin and Baroness Joan

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Magna Carta Medieval Fest – Why we do it

Occasionally, you open your emails and there is a message that reminds you exactly why we participate in community events (apart from the fact we’re proud to be part of the Canberra community).


Could you please convey the following message to the good gentles who organised and attended today?

“Thank you for organising the medieval festival.  I loved watching the knights fight.  I loved all the people in beautiful clothes.  Everybody was really friendly and knew a lot about history.
I liked the juggling too.  I liked having a picture taken.

Thank you so much for all the hard work making it!”

Warmest Regards
Sebastian (5 years) (& Laura)”



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Magna Carta: This Monday!

Greetings All,

A reminder that on Monday Politarchopolis is helping the Museum of Australian Democracy put on their Magna Carta celebration at Old Parliament House.

We have a bunch of activities to run and need as many helpers as possible to provide colour and ambience:

* Display tables for calligraphy, textiles, lifestyle and craft.
* Heavy Combat
* Rapier Combat
* Armour, archery and pottery display
* Dancing
* Dress-up photos (supervised)
* Skittles, juggling and boffa
* Just being cheerfully medieval and directing people to the various activities.

Tomorrow at Ainslie Scout Hall we will be preparing for the demo, and then from 4pm we’ll be at Old Parliament House setting up (so that there’s less to do in the morning).

So: If you have things for the displays, clothes for dress-ups, benches/chairs for outside, plastic fruit (for Rowan’s display), please bring them to the hall from 1pm. Please make sure items are labelled or we otherwise have a record of to whom each item belongs!

On Monday the action starts at 9am for orientation and final set up. The activities run from 10am up until the closing procession at 3pm.

Joan and I are providing snacks for SCAers in the “Green Room” (actually red), but people will need to sort out their own lunches. There are two cafes running, but I’d suggest BYO lunch.

Note that we’re not allowed to take food throughout the building and that we need to take care not to damage this heritage-listed building. Trolleys are available at he loading docks around the back for carting armour bags and other bulky equipment.

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far! If you have not done so yet, click this link to let Anne know how and when you can help:

See you all there – this is going to be a fantastic day!

– Baron Crispin

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Interview with Mark and Aonghus, 1st and 2nd in the Canberra Ultimate Fighter Series

A short interview with Mark and Aonghus, 1st and 2nd in the Canberra Ultimate Fighter Series.

We will be following up with them after Great Northern War



Interview with Mark:
1) What is your name and title?
Lord Mark Ottignon.
2) You came 1st in the Ultimate Fighter Series in Canberra. What did you do to train?
I’m not sure I have enough space here. But physical and mental practice are important. Armoured and in-armoured training. With and without partners. Watching a lot of good fighters and learning from them. And offer up the soul of one of my children.
3) What did you enjoy about the tournaments? Please describe a memorable fight for us.
Being challenged. Every fight was fun and different. My glaive fight with Ben. It was damn hard work on every level and I learned a lot from it.
4) What style do you fight in? Do you have some beginner’s tips for those who may be interested in learning to fight this way?
What style? Ugly. If I was asked by a new fighter I might say “Don’t copy me”. But it depends on so much. My style is what I like and that may not work for others who might like more glory and less renown.
5) What preparations have you been making for the final in Queensland?
Preparations? Eat well, sleep well and plan to play my own game. Oh and knights school. And organise to get there and play in the fire light tournament. It is on my bucket list. I’m sure there was something else but I tend to focus on one thing at a time.



Interview with Aonghus
1) What is your name and title?
Baron Aonghus Mac Greigor Mhic Raghnaill
2) You came 2nd in the Ultimate Fighter Series in Canberra. What did you do to train?
2nd in UF Polit, Fight, fight, fight, fight!
3) What did you enjoy about the tournaments? Please describe a memorable fight for us.
I enjoy the challenge of tournaments, especially this format with different styles to make you think, and fight, outside your comfort zone. My Favourite moment of the tourney was the poll arm against Sir Berengar, we were fighting to confirm the standings and in the previous rounds he had beaten me with Poll. In the refight I went out and fought my game setting the pace of the fight as I wanted and came out with a victory.
4) What style do you fight in? Do you have some beginner’s tips for those who may be interested in learning to fight this way?
I fight primarily Poll axe in the Talhoffer poll axe school, with a big dose of Aonghus thrown in.
For beginners, talk to me! It is a very different style to anything anyone else fights and takes a willingness for percussive learning. You will get hit a lot learning to do this!
5) What preparations have you been making for the final in Queensland?
For the finals, a lot of mental preparation, slow work training and focusing on the core footwork and shots of the styles for the tournament and K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid)

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Spanish Frock Workshop

What: An intensive workshop on Early 16th century Spanish gowns.

When: 13th and 14th of June 2015. 10am- 4pm both days.

Where: University of Canberra, Rooms TBA


  • Steward: Ginevra Lucia Di Namoraza ( Carina)
  • Deputy Steward: Helayne Quynteyn (Kylee)
  • Webmistress: Eyfura ( Elonwy)
  • Teachers: Mistress Constanzia will consult us via the facebook group whilst five fantastic laurels are travelling to help us with correct patterning. Details TBA
  • And you!


  • $5 for members
  • $10 for non-members
  • Money will go towards printing, tea and coffee as well as incidentals. Money left over will go in a workshop fund.


The goal: The aim of this workshop is to increase your skills and knowledge of Spanish dresses, with the goal to encourage and support beginner and intermediate sewers to pattern and construct an early 16th century Spanish dress and chemise ( Optional). Depending on sewing expertise, some may go away with a full dress and chemise, whilst others will have most of a bodice down, ready to finish at home. Sewers will be paired up to help each other pattern and we will have teachers checking on progression and helping as needed.

If you are an independent sewer attending our workshop for motivation and inspiration, you will be encouraged to work on your gown as you see fit and supported as much as is possible around that. Any support you can offer to your less experienced sewing friends will be appreciated!

What you need to do:

  1. Register your interest at ASAP. This will enable us to:
  1. book an appropriate room
  1. help us when doing our optional, potentially discounted group order (boning, fastenings, interlining, striped white fabric etc.)
  1. allows us time to speak with other teachers, so we can set an appropriate class size.
  1. Look out for your booking email – once we have confirmed availability of teachers, we will open the bookings. You will receive an email to say that you are being offered a place, or are on the waiting list. You will have 3 days to respond before your place is offered to the next participant on the waiting list.
  1. Once your booking is confirmed, fees will need to be paid in cash or via direct debit.
  1. Beginners are highly encouraged to pick from a couple of simple dresses on the Facebook page. This will help us to help you construct a gown by the end of the workshop.

When booking, please send us the following:

  • Name and SCA name, as well as membership details.
  • Sewing experience – please indicate whether you are:
  •  a (mostly) independent sewer who is just coming along for some advice and motivation, and/or some help in one particular area (e.g. patterning)
  • a pretty okay sewer, but need a bit of help along the way. I can do the following things:
  • Patterning:
  • Constructing experience:
  • Use of sewing machine:
  • Use of overlocker:
  •  a complete newbie, but you’re super excited to learn!
  • A picture or drawing of the dress you want to make, or confirm satisfaction with our beginner option. This information is helpful for us in organising the teachers, space and workshop.
  • If you need billeting.
  • If you are happy to billet.
  • If you wish to participate in a group order, and what you wish to buy
  • Any needs you may have.
  • If you have any sewing machines/overlockers you are willing to share with other participants

What you need to bring:

  • Pre washed fabric for dress and chemise
  • Preferably pre ironed the aforementioned fabric
  • Material: 5-6m of natural fabrics (Thin wool, thick silk, medium to heavy linen, brocades. Brocade, silk and velvet will result in a more formal gown, linens will be a more casual gown/suitable for warmer weather)
  • Material: 2-3m of white/white with black lines (Again natural fibres such as linen are best)
  • Material: 1-2 m of lining for bodice and sleeves.
  • Lining for skirt as well as bodice may be need for thinner materials – if in doubt, ask!
  • Sewing threads to match fabric of dress and chemise
  • Material for the guards/trim ( black bands on dress and sleeves) if you choose them (black velvet bias binding, velvet trim, etc)
  • Boning
  • Interlining
  • Lucetting cord/ribbon
  • Fastenings
  • Pins
  • Tailors chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Bring a plate to share for lunch, or bring your own if you have dietary requirements.
  • Bring personal plate, cup and utensils
  • If you have a sewing machine or overlocker, please bring it with you.

Important dates:

  • Bookings open on the 27th of April and the 15th of May is close of Bookings.
  • The workshop is held on the 13th and 14th of June

Additional information:

  • Resources and references will be available on the day.
  • A guide and reference will be emailed out to all participants, and printed copies will be available on the day.
  • Spanish dresses will be available to look at.
  • There is a Facebook group, ( please join for support and communication.
  • Remember to bring water and snacks!
  • This is an intensive workshop designed to get you a mostly wearable dress in two days (some hemming or finishing etc at home may be required). You will need to bring all your focus and energy…and perhaps consider leaving your children at home 😉
  • First day is patterning and constructing of the gown, second day is finishing the gown and constructing a chemise. For early finishers accessory options may be available, otherwise we are sure beginners would appreciate the help.
  • An accessories class featuring headgear, jewellery, etc will be held at the Politarchopolis A&S Collegium in August.


Rachel Vess's photo.
"Constanzia's Coronation dress II.<br />
Issues with the dress.<br />
1. Bodice is actually too big by about 2 cms in the centre front (pattern copy error).<br />
2. The bodice needs a slight peak at the front to assist with the split at the centre front.<br />
4. Angle of shoulders needs to be more at 90 degrees<br />
5. Bell shape is not quite big enough<br />
4. Didn't bother splitting the sleeves half way down."

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