Thursday, August 14, 2008

2008: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

I’d like to thank those companions of the Company of St. Michael who contributed to making our Vespers and Deed of Arms at Vannes at this Pennsic a success, as well as all the musicians that added to the festive air and Duke Finnvarr for his admirable portrayal of the earl of Buckingham.

Other historical deeds included the Combat of the Thirty: videos are here and here, and photos here, here, here, here, here and here.

Photos from the Warriors of History tournament are posted here. This image shows the 14th c. entrants: I'm second from the left. The Pas of the Gilded Bee was another deed that emphasized historical models.

The number and quality of deeds of arms at Pennsic with a more historical focus continues to increase. This does have some tendency to decrease the average turnout for any one of them: there was a time when the community interested in such things only had a single pas d’armes to satisfy their appetite for more historical deeds at Pennsic.

Duke Finnvarr also hosted a meeting for those interested in improving the study of Historical European Martial Arts within a Society context. This led to the formation of a

A group for those interested in both the Western Martial Arts/Historical European Martial Arts community and the Society for Creative Anachronism, and who have a desire to see, not only a greater level of historical combat study, practice, and research in the SCA, but also to help foster a more open and understanding relationship between the two greater communities.
Which you can join here.