A Squire's Eye View of Ealdormere's Crown Tournament

SCAtoday's Ealdormean correspondant relates his ring-side experience at Ealdormere's recent Crown Tournament, where Viscount Sir Edward the Red went undefeated.

A Squire’s Tale: Crown Tournament of Edouard II and Genevieve II (May 24, 2005)
Laird Colyne Stewart

On the 28th day of May, a grand tournament was held in the lands of Septentria, within the canton of Caer Draeth. There, the following good gentles did cross swords to determine who would be the new Prince and Princess of Ealdormere:

  • Mistress Aelfwyn of Longwood for THL Hereward the Far Dweller
  • THL Baldric Leeman of Newcastle Emlyn for Lady Brayla la Vienette
  • Lord Corrig Bjornsson for THL Emer nic Aidan
  • Lord Derfel Malory for Lady Melisande du Rocher
  • Viscount Edward the Red for Viscountess Rylyn Buchanan
  • Sir Evander MacLachlan for THL Melusine de la Rose
  • THL Kayla the Cheerful for Sir Trumbrand the Wanderer
  • Lord Lothar the Gregarious for Lady Katherine of Renfrewshire
  • Baron Phaidrig McNeil for Baroness Etaoin O'Fearghail
  • Count Sarnac Ba'adur for Countess Joleicia of Litchfield
  • Lord Tarquin Bjornsson for Lady Caitlin inghean Tomais ui Dhuibihir
  • Master Trumbrand the Wanderer for THL Kayla the Cheerful
  • Baron Tynne Duair ap Beul for Baroness Tabitha Dearval
  • Lord Wat of Sarum for Lady Oksana z Moravy
  • Herr Wulfgang Donnerfaust for Lady Jean-Margaret Donnerfaust

There I did accompany my lord knight, Sir Evander MacLachlan, and proclaim him before the king and queen. In my hands I bore his mighty helm, while THL Anne Tinker did bear his shield. It was for me a busy day, as I was the only MacLachlan squire in attendance who could wait on my lord knight. For one of my brothers is living now in the Kingdom of the East, one has gone on a quest and never returned, and the third—my eldest brother—was busy that day. For Lord Tiberius of Warwickshire was acting in the capacity of Kingdom Earl Marshal, as Edward the Red was participating in the tourney. From comments I overheard it seems my brother did an excellent job, giving me even more reason to respect him.

And so I heralded for my knight, carried his helm, ushered him about for spontaneous illuminations, watched from the sidelines while he fought and helped him with his equipment as required.

The tournament was a best of five round robin, which lasted for over five hours. This was, in this squire’s most humble of opinions, likely the cleanest crown tournament in the past few years. Many were the points of honour granted that day, and the combatants all seemed to be smiling and enjoying themselves on and off the field. One tale of valour and honour was later related in court, concerning THL Baldric. Baldric had given his squire chain to his friend Count Sir Aaron Preslee Worgansson, with instructions to not return it if he did not acquit himself with dignity on the field. Aaron related in court how Baldric, upon taking both of an opponent’s arms said, “My lord, I cannot defeat you in such a manner,