Prince Godwine of Meridies on Fencing

Prince Godwine of the Kingdom of Meridies comments on His controversial decision to not support fencing in the Kingdom during His reign.

His Highness writes:

To the members of the Known World reading this list.

I am Godwine, current Prince of Meridies. Many on your list have been quoting and responding to their perceived directives for my upcoming Reign. Take this time to hear what my views actually are, then feel free to comment.

First, I am receiving news from all over the Known World that I have quashed fencing in Meridies. Let me be clear! This is not true! We will not be sponsoring fencing during our reign, and we will not have a fencing champion during our reign. I do not fence. I do not enjoy watching fencing. I have personal views on the safety of fencing and its place in the SCA as it currently performed, but these are my *personal* views which are not manifested in my royal prerogative. I do not wish to negatively impact fencing in Meridies.

I understand that many derive pleasure from this activity, and we will not interfere with that enjoyment, nor will we impede their involvement in fencing or rapier in any way. I am not banishing fencing or fencers from my presence. I am not banning fencing, nor do I wish fencing canceled from events that we may attend -- nor any events for that matter. Furthermore, please do not presume to correlate my dislike for fencing to a dislike for fencers. I have only been treated with courtesy and respect during any interaction that I have had with fencing in the past. Moreover, as HRH Francesca was viewing a rapier battle recently at Gulf Wars, one of the fighters took time out to explain to the Princess what was going on and the scheme of the battle, and we appreciated that.

In closing, let me say that I will not be ignoring Meridian fencing or rapier. At Gulf Wars, I entertained conversation with Sir Brian McBrand and have agreed to review the "side-sword" experiment and cut and thrust rapier actives as soon as he puts together a presentation. Jean-Michel has sponsored these reviews, and we should see more of these period actives in the future. I hope that this completely covers my views on this matter. Feel free to contact me directly on this or any other subject in the future.

In Service to Meridies,

Godwine

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