Midwinter Crown Tournament and Coronation AS49

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014, the Crown Tournament and Coronation was held in the Barony of Politarchopolis. The event was held at St John’s Church Hall in Reid, ACT on Saturday and the Ainslie Scout Hall on the corner of Hassall and Ebden streets in Ainslie, ACT on Sunday. The event steward was Baron Crispin Sexi and the Politarchopolin Assault Catering Corp (lead by Mistress Kiriel du Pappillon) ran the feast. Over 240 people attended the event – one of the larger coronation turnouts in Lochac’s history.

The pewter event token was made by the College of St Andronicus. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

The pewter event token was made by the College of St Andronicus.
Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

The event began with the biannual Provost of Lochac rapier tournament, run by Don Owain Cantor ap Hughe and Lord Lorccan Ruadh. The tournament was held as a round robin, silver circle format (which meant that combatants who stepped out of the circle marked on the middle of the list field were instantly disqualified). Ten contested the tournament, and Provost Julianna de Northwood was victorious (not dropping any of her nine bouts).

Don Francois and Lord Lorccan in the silver circle style Provost of Lochac tournament. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

Don Francois and Lord Lorccan in the silver circle style Provost of Lochac tournament.
Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

Markets were set up for the day with various garb, trim, pottery and accessories available for sale.

The markets at Midwinter. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

The markets at Midwinter.
Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

The victors of May Crown AS49 were unable to take on the duties of the Crown of Lochac and, as such, the Crown Tournament had to be refought. In accordance with the laws of the Kingdom, the tournament had to be fought on the day of Coronation and was open only to those who had been eligible to enter the original May Crown tournament. Six of the nine original entrants and their consorts were able to attend the event and recontest:

Crown Tournament entrants gather with the Crown before it begins. Photo by Bastian, July 2014

Crown Tournament entrants gather with the Crown before it begins.
Photo by Bastian, July 2014

Crown Tournament was fought as a round robin. Count Sir Niáll inn Orkneyski won enough points to go straight through into the final, with Sir Steffan Glaube and Lord Lokki Rekkr tying for second place. A tie-breaking single kill, single elimination bout was fought to determine the second entrant to the finals.

Count Sir Niall and Sir Steffan Glaube fought a best of three finals with Count Sir Niall victorious, fighting for his consort Countess Liadan ingen Fheradaig.

King Alfar III places the Wreath of Victory on Prince Niall II. Photo by Bastian, July 2014

King Alfar III places the Wreath of Victory on Prince Niall II.
Photo by Bastian, July 2014

Prince Niall II places the Consort Wreath of Victory on Princess Liadan II. Photo by Bastian, July 2014

Prince Niall II places the Consort Wreath of Victory on Princess Liadan II.
Photo by Bastian, July 2014

Another first for Lochac was the live streaming of the Crown Tournament, as organised by the College of St Andronicus. It was streamed by over a hundred people, including some international viewers. The video footage is available online.

Members of the College of St Andronicus live-streamed the Crown Tournament - a first for Lochac. Photo by Bastian, July 2014

Members of the College of St Andronicus live-streamed the Crown Tournament – a first for Lochac.
Photo by Bastian, July 2014

Following Crown Tournament, Lord Nicodemus and Mistress Rowan Perigrynne performed a puppet show for the delight and entertainment of the populace.

Lord Nicodemus and Mistress Rowan put on a puppet show. Photo by TH Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

Lord Nicodemus and Mistress Rowan put on a puppet show.
Photo by TH Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

Before coronation, Princess Liadan was presented with a Golden Sword and Their Majesties Alfar III and Angharat I thanked Their Royal Household with ciphers. The Brewers Guild were presented with a Charter.

Alfar III and Angharat I with some members of Their Royal Household at Their step down. Photo by Bastian, July 2014

Alfar III and Angharat I with some members of Their Royal Household at Their step down.
Photo by Bastian, July 2014

After a mere couple of hours as Crown Prince and Princess, Niall II and Liadan II were crowned as the 25th King and Queen of Lochac. At first, they were given a stunt Royal household (generously organised by the attending Barons and Baronesses). Later in the evening, Their Majesties appointed some of Their Royal household and used sashes made by Lady Ragnhildr Freysteinndottir and pouches made by Baroness Eva von Danzig as gifts to adorn Their household with at short notice.

One of the bags made by Baroness Eva von Danzig as a gift for Her Majesty to adorn her household with. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

One of the bags made by Baroness Eva von Danzig as a gift for Her Majesty to adorn her household with.
Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

The sashes made for the Royal Household, made by Lady Ragnhildr on behalf of Politarchopolis. Photo by Lady Ragnhildr, July 2014

The sashes made for the Royal Household, made by Lady Ragnhildr on behalf of Politarchopolis.
Photo by Lady Ragnhildr, July 2014

Sir Steffan Glaube, runner up in the tournament, was named as Champion of Lochac for the reign. He was also given the title of Court Baron by Their Majesties Niall II and Liadan II.

During the evenings activities there was much intrigue, starting with the disappearance of Duke Sir Alfar of Attica and Countess Angharat Benbras. They reappeared looking oddly pale, adorned in white cloth and chains. This led to the Barons and Baronesses sending off multiple investigators, which turned up more than what they bargained for. The tensions that had begun building at the Stormhold Baronial Investiture AS49 continued as Baron Stormhold had a messenger bring back a pair of gloves from a gold mine in his lands, which oddly fit the Baroness of Innilgard. Talk of hops and barley, and then of war, were also brought up.

After they stepped down as Crown of Lochac, Alfar and Angharat proceeded to haunt the Midwinter Feast. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

After they stepped down as Crown of Lochac, Alfar and Angharat proceeded to haunt the Midwinter Feast.
Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

During one of the courts, the Worshipful Company of Broiderers presented their newest project to Their Majesties – a silk brocade cloak adorned with goldwork that had been made by the Guild for the Order of the Laurel.

Behind court there hung a three panel fresco (in the style of 15th century Italian wall hangings), painted by members of Politarchopolis specifically for the Midwinter event.

Some members of the populace "Cranach rolled" Midwinter. This picture shows their group shot, and the frescoe in the background. Photo by Lord Nicodemus, July 2014

This picture shows the striking frescoes in the background.
Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

The feast comprised of two main courses and one dessert course. The food was plentiful and enjoyed well. One of the many sweets were the ‘dessert dishes’ made by Mistress Monique de la Maison Rouge – sugar plate that had been moulded and painted to look like period Italian dishes.

Sugarplate sotelties appearing as 15-16th century Italian ceramic plates. Photo and plates by Mistress Monique de la Maison Rouge, July 2014

Sugarplate sotelties appearing as 15-16th century Italian ceramic plates.
Photo and plates by Mistress Monique de la Maison Rouge, July 2014

Three Kingdom Arts and Sciences competitions were held at the event. There were ten entries all together, and the victors were TH Lady Antionette Travaillie (for table settings), Lady Catherine of Shirwode (for court garb) and Lady Letsolina O dinas Bran (for painted furniture).

Some of the Kingdom A&S entries. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

Some of the Kingdom A&S entries.
Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

The following day saw a Royal Round held at the archery grounds in Tuggeranong. Fourteen competitors entered, with Wintherus Alban winning the period division and Lord Ulric of Ambeldune winning the open divison.

The winning archery tassels had a snowflake token representing Midwinter, were in Lochac colours (representing Kingdom and Royal) and the pom pom at the end represented the Round. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

The winning archery tassels had a snowflake token representing Midwinter, were in Lochac colours (representing Kingdom and Royal) and the pom pom at the end represented the Round.
Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

Two concurrent tournaments were also held in Ainslie – a rose tourney for both rapier and heavy fighters. Daffodils were the tokens of the day, and they were distributed widely throughout the onlookers. After the tournaments, Queen Liadan II appointed Sir Blethyn ap Gryffyd as her Queens Heavy Champion and Lord Lorccan Ruadh as the Queens Rapier Champion.

Don Francois and Baroness Ameline with daffodils from the Rose Tournaments. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach

Don Francois and Baroness Ameline with daffodils from the Rose Tournaments.
Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach

In the hall, some attendees participated in a ball.

The ball on Sunday at Midwinter. Photo by TH Ladye Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

The ball on Sunday at Midwinter.
Photo by TH Ladye Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

During closing court, Baron Sorle Maknicoll passed on the message that Queen Liadan II had demonstrated excellent skills in court and was henceforth elevated to a macer in Lochac’s College of Heralds. Furthermore, the brewing Laurels gave out the inaugural award for an annual brewing challenge that they set to Lochac.

Their Majesties Niall II and Liadan II. Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014

Their Majesties Niall II and Liadan II.
Photo by TH Lady Ceara Shionnach, July 2014