From Friday the 24th to Saturday the 26th of September 2010, the Barony of Innilgard hosted Lochac’s first La Prova Dura tournament weekend at Crystal Lake Camp, Devereux Street, Macclesfield, SA. The steward of the event was Lady Eva von Danzig, and the event attracted international heavy combatants from the West Kingdom – Duchess Sir Mari Alexander and Duke Sir Hauoc Bender. Mina Wynter and Baron Jehan von der Murre from the West Kingdom were also in attendance.
The event drew 30 heavy combatants to the major tournament on the Saturday, competing in a 6 hour long round robin. It is not just a tournament of skill, but also of endurance – many people were not able to continue throughout the entire round robin.
The prize for the Prova del Valor was a ring made by Lord Felix Arnett, which was given to Duke Hauoc after he won the tournament. Duke Hauoc then gave the ring to Mistress Nicolette Dufay as recognition of the work she did as List Mistress for the event, thus starting a tradition of recognising that those who support the tourney also have their own test of endurance.
The full results from this tournament, as published on RenaissanceItaly.net, were as follows:
|RANK||COMBATANT||WINS||NUMBER OF BOUTS|
|1||Duke Sir Havoc of House Bender||27||27|
|2||Duke Sir Cornelius von Becke||27||28|
|3||Adam the Renegade||23||28|
|4||Count Sir Beringer of Nancy||21||26|
|5||Sir Guillaume d’Oze||19||28|
|7||Duchess Sir Mari Alexander||18||28|
|7||John the Hessian||18||27|
|10||Viscount Sir Kane Greymane||17||27|
|11||Kitan von Falkenberg||16||28|
|13||Iarla Bran na torc dubh mac Brucle||15||25|
|14||Hrothgar Aet Gutingbroce||13||27|
|14||Semyon Alexasindrovitch Drakon||13||28|
|16||Niall inn Orkneyski||12||26|
|17||Duke Sir Alfar of Attica||11||13|
|17||Don Everard Sefar||11||26|
|19||Yevan de Leeds||10||27|
|20||Fagan the Butcher||9||27|
|21||Eva von Danzig||8||28|
|23||His Royal Majesty Edmond||7||18|
|24||Collette de Harcourt||4||26|
|25||Alesia de Cheval Blanc||3||14|
|25||Lothar the well travelled||3||28|
|25||Tim of Newton||3||28|
|29||Gawain the Unseen||2||15|
|30||Ceara inghean Ui Sionnach||0||28|
Video footage of many of the bouts of Lochac’s 2010 La Prova Dura event are publicly available for viewing on YouTube (via the Modern Medievalist username).
On the Sunday, La Prova di Amore was held amongst the combatants chosen to participate. Lord Kitan von Falkenberg was victorious on behalf of his consort Lady Alesia au Cheval Blanc, defeating Viscount Sir Kane Greymane in the finals.
The prize for winning this tournament was a rose made from metal that was made locally by Lord Felix Arnett.