Canterbury Faire AS49

Event Information

Canterbury Faire AS49 was held over Monday 19th to Saturday 24th January, 2015. It was held at The Boys Brigade Waipara (45-60 minutes from Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand) and it ran for 6 days. The event steward this year was The Honourable Lord Richard D’Allier. The official Canterbury Faire website, updated each year, is hosted by the Barony of Southron Gaard.

The event token for this event was a small leather book for writing notes in.

The event token for Canterbury Faire AS49 was a small leather book for writing event notes in. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The event token for Canterbury Faire AS49 was a small leather book for writing event notes in. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The t-shirt and bag design for this year was a black and white design relating to ‘The Mong’ (i.e. the permanent coffee stand called The Mangy Mongol).

The design for the t-shirts, tote bags and event booklets for Canterbury Faire AS49. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The design for the t-shirts, tote bags and event booklets for Canterbury Faire AS49. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The event timetables were as follows:

Overall timetable for Canterbury Faire 2015, as sourced from the official event website.

Overall timetable for Canterbury Faire 2015, as sourced from the official event website.

Arts and Sciences timetable for Canterbury Faire 2015, as sourced from the official event website.

Arts and Sciences timetable for Canterbury Faire 2015, as sourced from the official event website.

Children's activities timetable for Canterbury Faire 2015, as sourced from the official event website.

Children’s activities timetable for Canterbury Faire 2015, as sourced from the official event website.

The approximate site map for the event, obtained from the official event page, is below:

Approximate site map for Canterbury Faire, as published on the official event website.

Approximate site map for Canterbury Faire, as published on the official event website.

Around the Site

Each and every morning, members of Draco Viridis (a household also known as the Green Dragons) baked fresh on site a large quantity of honey apple spice buns and sold them for two gold each. They were definitely a favourite breakfast item for Faire goers.

The honey apple spice buns are iconic of Canterbury Faire, baked by Draconis Viridis.

The honey apple spice buns are iconic of Canterbury Faire, baked by Draco Viridis. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The Mangy Mongol, commonly referred to as “The Mong”, served Turkish coffee shots in small ceramic cups with unique and amusing slogans on them. For example, one of the cups said “My name is Inigo Montoya, you drank my coffee, prepare to die”.

Turkish coffee shots were served at The Mong each day. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Turkish coffee shots were served at The Mong each day. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The Mong. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The Mong. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Up near the bunkrooms, Master Brian di Caffa placed a water fountain that also functioned as a sun dial, tracked the cycles of the moon and the movement of the Southern Cross constellation.

Master Brian di Caffa's fountain, sun dial, moon and star tracking device. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Master Brian di Caffa’s fountain, sun dial, moon and star tracking device. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Close up of Master Brian di Caffa's fountain. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Close up of Master Brian di Caffa’s fountain. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The Markets

The Gypsy Market and two full markets were held throughout the event with a wide range of wares available.

Altani Yeke Khatun perusing the markets. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Altani Yeke Khatun perusing the markets. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Heavy Combat

Heraldic Heavy Tournament

On Monday afternoon, a Heraldic Heavy Tournament was held. Each fighter was assigned one life, and gained extra lives for each extra heraldic extravagance they added to the tournament. For example, a life was added for a heraldic tabard, heraldic shield, banners, torse and mantle, and other such things.

Master Brian di Caffa, the most heraldic participant in the Heraldic Melee. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Master Brian di Caffa, the most heraldic participant in the Heraldic Melee. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

There were approximately 16 entrants into the tournament and, after 11 rounds, the finals were fought between Sir Vitale Giustiniani and Master Grim of Thornby. Sir Vitale was the ultimate victor.

The entrants in the Heraldic Tournament making their introductions. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The entrants in the Heraldic Tournament making their introductions. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Polearms Tournament

On Tuesday afternoon, a polearms tournament was held. The victor was Sir Vitale Giustiniani.

Shade helmets for marshals beside the list field. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Shade helmets for marshals beside the list field. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Fighter Auction Tournament

On Wednesday afternoon, a Fighter Auction Tournament was held. The Fighter Auction was run as a silent auction where bidders did not know whom they were buying until after they were successful in purchasing a fighter. The victor on the day was Sir Philippe de Tournay.

Woods Battle

On Thursday, a Woods Battle was held whereby fighters progressed through the woods attacking and defending a series of choke points.

War

Wars were held throughout the event, including Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoon. These wars were often held in front of the fort and included both heavies and combat archers.

The War Fort. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The War Fort. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Gods and Monsters Tournament

This tournament was described on the event website as “The Pinnacle of Prowess at Canterbury Faire – come gather and watch doughty fighters contend against brave foes presenting a pantheon of Gods and Monsters of antiquity.”

Fighters put on a persona of a God or a Monster and could not be killed in the conventional way – only the weakness of their persona could kill them (for example, if a fighter was Superman, perhaps the fatal weakness was using something green).

Rapier

White Scarf Offered

On Wednesday morning before the Wounds Tournament, Their Majesties Kinggiyadai and Altani ran a pop-up court and invited Mistress Lindoret of Bryn Myrddin (a Provost in Lochac’s Guild of Defence) to join the Order of the White Scarf of Lochac. Mistress Lindoret accepted and has elected to be elevated at Rowany Festival AS49 (2015).

Kinggiyadai Khagan and Altani Yeke Khatun offering Mistress Lindoret entry into the Order of the White Scarf of Lochac. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Kinggiyadai Khagan and Altani Yeke Khatun offering Mistress Lindoret entry into the Order of the White Scarf of Lochac. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Guild Prize

On Thursday afternoon, Lady Anna de Wilde successfully fought her Free Scholars Prize in the form or rapier and dagger under the sponsorship of Don Emrys Tudur and the on-the-day guidance of Journeyman Ludwig von Regensburg.

Lady Anna de Wilde facing Don Gregory Tortouse de Sloleye in her Free Scholars Prize. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Lady Anna de Wilde facing Don Gregory Tortouse de Sloleye in her Free Scholars Prize. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Inaugral Rapier Recipient of the Red Wyvern

The Red Wyvern is Lochac’s grant level combat award, typically bestowed to heavy combatants. At Canterbury Faire AS49, history was made with Their Majesties Kinggiyadai and Altani bestowing Lochac’s inaugral rapier recipient of this award to the now Honourable Lord Ludwig von Regensburg.

History is made as Lord Ludwig von Regensburg is the first rapier combatant to be admitted into the Red Wyvern grant award. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

History is made as Lord Ludwig von Regensburg is the first rapier combatant to be admitted into the Red Wyvern grant award. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Rapier Melee

On Monday morning, approximately 12 fencers competed in several melees. One of the scenarios saw a 6 v 6 battle that pitted the ladies against the lords.

Cut and Thrust Tournament

On Tuesday afternoon, a Cut and Thrust tournament was held in the glade list field. The tournament ran for seven rounds, and Don Gomez De Crecy was the ultimate victor of the tournament.

Wounds Tournament

On Wednesday morning, a wounds tournament was held. Combatants fought 5 rounds where they faced an opponent for 90 seconds and attempted to make as many hits as possible in that time (with a reset after each hit). Hits to the head were awarded 2 points, hits below the knee were awarded 3 points and hits anywhere else where awarded 1 point.

The winner was calculated by subtracting the points you scored for against your opponents by the points that were scored against you (i.e. the aim was to strike your opponents as much as possible whilst also recieving as few hits as possible).

The victor of this tournament was Lord James of Southron Gaard.

Baronesses Rapier Tournament

The Baronesses Rapier Tournament was held on Friday morning, sponsored by the Baroness of Southron Gaard – Baroness Isabel Maria del Aguila. The rules of the list were no blade grasping and no hits below the knee. It was a double elimination tournament with the initial three rounds were run as best of threes and subsequent rounds (excluding the finals) run as single kills.

Don Gomez de Crecy and Don Gregory Tortouse de Sloleye in the finals of the Baronesses Rapier Tournament. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Don Gomez de Crecy and Don Gregory Tortouse de Sloleye in the finals of the Baronesses Rapier Tournament. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The victor of the tournament was Don Gregory Tortouse de Sloleye, who won convincingly (not dropping a single round). Don Gregory was presented with the perpetual sword trophy of the annual tournament charged to hold until next year where the tournament would be recontested.

Baroness Isabela Maria del Aguila with the victor of the Baronesses Rapier Tournament - Don Gregory Tortouse de Sloleye. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Baroness Isabela Maria del Aguila with the victor of the Baronesses Rapier Tournament – Don Gregory Tortouse de Sloleye. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Archery

Target Archery Results

Many target archery competitions were held throughout the event, and the winners announced in Closing Court were as follows:

  • Royal Round: Lord Darius (period division) and Lord Jean le Horner (open division).
  • Hunt in the Woods: Robin of Southron Gaard.
  • Challenge Shoot: The Mongols team thrashed the Franks team. Lord Jean le Horner was named the best open division archer on the day and Simon of Cluain was named the best period division archer on the day.
  • Period Shoot: Lord Jean le Horner (shortbow) and Master Edward Braythwayte (longbow).
Altani Yeke Khatun on the archery range. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Altani Yeke Khatun on the archery range. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Thorfyrd’s arrow

Each year at Canterbury Faire, a combat archery tournament is held and the victor is presented with the perpetual trophy of Thorfyrd’s Arrow.

The tournament involves combat archers being assigned a heavy combatant each and they shoot at the opponents heavy. It was a double elimination tournament.

Lady Angele Marie de Savigny, who was originally eliminated after round two but resurrected by Their Majesties (from a life donated by TH Lord Richard D’Allier, who had to exit early for steward business), was the victor on the day.

Lady Angele Marie de Savigny is presented with Thorfyrd's Arrow. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Lady Angele Marie de Savigny is presented with Thorfyrd’s Arrow. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

The Ball

On the Friday night, a fancy ball was held in the hall at the top of the hill. It consisted of live musicians, three sets of dances, a light supper with cordials, a tassel kicking competition and some elegant dance demonstrations.

Dancers at the Friday night ball. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Dancers at the Friday night ball. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Musicians at the Friday night ball. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Musicians at the Friday night ball. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Arts and Sciences

A wide range of Arts and Sciences classes were held throughout the event, ranging from heraldry to leatherwork to sewing to puppets to mechanisms and mazes. The timetable is available at the top of this page under ‘Event Information’.

Master William de Wyke's hands-on class on period mousetraps. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Master William de Wyke’s hands-on class on period mousetraps. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Childrens Activities

A variety of childrens activities were run throughout the event, with the timetable available at the top of this page under ‘Event Information’.

One these activities was the Childrens Boffer Tournament with various perpetual trophies being handed to children who entered, including Harry’s Helm (an award given for chivalry, named in honour of an enthusiastic page who was taken too young).

Harry's Helm being presented by Their Excellencies of Southron Gaard, Baron Oswyn and Baroness Isabela. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Harry’s Helm being presented by Their Excellencies of Southron Gaard, Baron Oswyn and Baroness Isabela. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Have-A-Go

On Thursday morning, have-a-go stations were set up for people to try their hands at heavy combat, rapier combat and archery. It ran for two hours and allowed people a hands-on go at activities they may not have had the chance to try before. A large number of people enthusiastically attended these various stations.

Court

During the various Courts held throughout the event, Altani Yeke Khatan was delighted to induct many younglings into the Hordelings (i.e. the temporarily renamed Mouse Guard).

Altani Yeke Khatun with Her Hordelings (aka Mouse Guard). Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Altani Yeke Khatun with Her Hordelings (aka Mouse Guard). Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

During Closing Court, a number of perpetual Canterbury Faire trophies were handed out.

Their Majesties Kinggiyadai and Altani entering Closing Court. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Their Majesties Kinggiyadai and Altani entering Closing Court. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

  • The best campsite trophy was awarded to Master Járnulfr Þórólfsson, head of the Artisans Quarter. The trophy is a bottle of Baileys (a play on the phrase ‘better keeps and baileys’), which the campsite is charged to drink and return next year with a full bottle to award to their campsite of choice.
Master Járnulfr Þórólfsson is awarded the best campsite award on behalf of Artisans Quarter. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach.

Master Járnulfr Þórólfsson is awarded the best campsite award on behalf of Artisans Quarter. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach.

Mistress Rohesia le Sarjent is presented with the Brewers Mashpaddle trophy. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Mistress Rohesia le Sarjent is presented with the Brewers Mashpaddle trophy. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Mistress Katherine Kerr of the Hermitage with the Bardic Cup. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Mistress Katherine Kerr of the Hermitage with the Bardic Cup. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Not to be beaten by his efforts at Twelfth Night, Kinggiyadai Khagan continued to entertain the populace with His word play. For example, when presented with the Royal Taxes of a bag of salt from the Shire of Darton to allow them to continue hunting the King’s deer, He responded with “This is the kind of assault We like. It’s not too dear. We shall savour it… I can’t help myself…”

Master Bernard Sterling of Darton presenting the Shires taxes to the Crown as Kinggiyadai Khagan makes a string of puns on the matter. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.

Master Bernard Sterling of Darton presenting the Shires taxes to the Crown as Kinggiyadai Khagan makes a string of puns on the matter. Photo by THL Ceara Shionnach, January 2015.