The Barony of Politarchopolis

The medieval Society for Creative Anachronism in Canberra, Australia.

Fields of Gold

Greetings everyone,

Fields of Gold was fabulous once more, thanks to a large and dedicated
team of people. We will leave it to the Stewards to make their specific
thanks, but we would like to note that a large multi-day event such as
this requires a huge amount of time and effort.

Thank you to any and all who helped, even in the smallest way. Chipping
in where you can reduces the burden on the stewarding team and makes a
much more pleasant event for everyone.

There was a LOT of court. Their Majesties made numerous awards which
were very well received. We also conducted some baronial business, and
paid our taxes to the Crown. Our thanks to the populace who provided
goods with which to pay those dues.

Thank you also to all who assisted us and the Crown at various times. We
were excellently attended during the event, and knowing we can rely upon
our retainers is a marvelous thing.

We hope everyone enjoyed the event and came away with great stories to
take home.

Joan and Crispin.

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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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