Politarchopolis Baronial Changeover – Saturday 4th March 2023

Join us to celebrate the Barony of Politarchopolis, farewell our outgoing Baroness, and welcome our new Baron and Baroness!

This event will include a Royal visit, both a heavy and rapier tournament, a middle-eastern feast full of fragrance and spices, an arts and sciences competition focused upon largesse (gifts – see below), and a theatrical performance between courses. For last minute updates join the Facebook event page here.

When – 10am to 10:30pm, Saturday, 4th March 2023

Where – Yarralumla Woolshed, 208 Cotter Road, Weston ACT – click for map

Bookings – to see price of attendance and to book then click here

Timetable – can be found here

Middle Eastern Menu – can be found here

Steward Aymer de Mannvers

Arts & Sciences Competition Theme – Largesse

The giving of small gifts called ‘largesse’ to show favour and thank others is a strong tradition in the SCA, and was considered a virtue in the Middle Ages.

These gifts can be given by anyone, but those in roles with ceremonial responsibilities, like Royalty and Baronages, are often called upon to give a great amount of largesse. This is because they have so many people to thank and recognise. To help our new B&B stock their chest with beautiful gifts, our A&S competition will focus on these small items.

Competition details:

  • Enter an item or items suitable for largesse.
  • All entries should be suitable for airplane carry-on luggage, and if fragile, should be submitted with appropriate packaging.
  • Documentation is welcome, though not required. It should fit on a single piece of paper.
  • The collected entries will be given to the incoming Baron and Baroness in court at the end of the event.
  • To be judged by a panel of 5 former landed Barons and Baronesses and Royal peers.
  • 3 prizes will be available: most technically accomplished, most historically accurate, and most suitable as largesse.

What to wear:
An attempt at pre-17th century clothing. If you need help with clothing, contact the hospitaller to organise loaner garb.

Please note:
Participants are reminded that if they are unwell or showing cold or flu-like symptoms, they must not attend.