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Re: Event idea (very preliminary) --comments sought
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Xavier and Alianora discuss the period ideal of tournaments fought on
the Love vs. War model. Alianora responds to Xavier's question on
fighting for the concept of love, and I go off on a tangent:
I don't know about actual tournaments fought on the Love v. War model (someone
like Dafydd could probably answer that question), but I do know that there are
plenty of visual representations of sieges of the "Castle of Love," or
tournaments fought on similar principles....
Certainly the juxtaposition of love and war is common enough in period (just
as an example, check out Chaucer's _Troilus and Criseyde_, especially the scene
when Criseyde gets her first real look at Troilus as he returns from battle).
Courts of love are also period, and have been attempted in SCA settings,
though with how much success I don't know.
Carolingia for years held a Court of Love at their annual St.
Valentine's feast and revel. It was a wonderful idea, and with a bit
of work, always came off very well.
Several learned ladies (assisted by visiting ladies of note) would sit
in judgement and hear cases brought by the populace. Judgements were
rendered according to Cappelanus' (spelling) laws and ideals. To be
fair, a couple of the cases heard each year were "plants" thought up
before hand; but others were spontaneous. All were delightfully
One of the most notable of the spontaneous actions was a suit brought
by the ladies of the Barony against an Anonymous Apple Pie. It seems
that the Pie, emerging fresh-baked from the oven at a Cooks' Guild
Conviviality and Dance Revel, drew the attention of all the lords in
the room. They deserted the ladies en masse to pay court to said Pie,
effectively ending the dancing for the evening.
The Court excused The Pie was from future punishment, on the grounds
that it had given its all for love and no longer existed, but the
cooks were handed down a warning against loosing such temptations to
compete with dancing and flirtation again. Anonymous Apple Pie (made
with thin sliced bitter oranges) became a Carolingian favorite.
Fernando and I autocratted one of the Valentine's Day revels, and
based the whole day on another of Chaucer's works: "The Parliament of
Fowles". In this poem, the kingdom of birds convenes a Court of Love
and hears a case.
People attending our event were encouraged to come in bird masks. We
held a Court of Love (also masked); had people read selections of the
poem out loud; scheduled as many troubadors and singers of love songs
as we could throughout the day; had an embroidered favor exhibition;
and served a feast entirely composed of either avian dishes, or dishes
in bird-like mode.
-Ianthe d'Averoigne firstname.lastname@example.org