[SCA-AE] Fwd: Historical Question
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Mon Aug 25 15:53:07 EDT 2008
On 25 August 2008, Baron Fridrikr, fridrikr at rochester.rr.com, said:> Ummmm, not that I recall. The last I knew, that title was in some "friendly dispute" between the two kingdoms. We did fight a "sea battle" at Pennsic the first year the two PRINCIPALITIES existed, but I don't recall any since them.
That was the "Boat Battle" at Pennsic 19, when Yngvar & Hodierna were on the Escarbuncle Throne. As I recall, I was Yngvar's herald for his and his troops' procession out to the field, which included the Lord High Admiral (Wolfgang von Neunkirchen, on his scooter, with a stuffed parrot duct-taped to the handlebars), and a number of gentles who had been issued Letters of Marque.
At His Sylvan Highness' request, I announced him with a long version of the brag for the Prince of AEthelmearc, as we arrived on the field.
As luck would have it, I got to the part about "Sovereign of the Inland Seas" just as we drew up alongside His Lupine Highness of Ealdormere, who responded, "We'll see about that!"
The direction of the wind during the battle was (appropriately) decided by a contest between two heralds for the opposing principalities. I don't recall who represented Ealdormere, but AEthelmearc was very ably represented by Master Fridrikr himself, who ended with "My Lord Herald, prepare to walk the plank!" Of course, AEthelmearc won that part of the contest, though I recall we didn't do so well in the main event.
I also recall one Knight, whose identity mercifully now escapes me, after all these years. During the battle, he wanted to continue to fight while "swimming", after his boat had been "sunk".
The Marshal told him "We're giving you the benefit of the doubt by letting you swim in fifty pounds of armor, until another boat can pick you up!" He added that fighting while swimming in armor was truly an amazing deed, and he and the other Marshals wanted to see this astounding feat of arms for themselves. They offered to take him down to the lake, still in his armor, toss him in, and watch this incredible deed.
"I withdraw my objection!" said the Knight.:)> > Perhaps it is time to put the title "Undisputed Sovereigns of the Inland Seas" back into the brag of OUR King & Queen?
Perhaps it is! If there has been another "Boat Battle" since those long-ago days of yore, I personally don't recall it!
Michael Langley of Riversmeet
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