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Not Enough Saxon Violence
Unto the good folk at Cheapside, does Beornheard bear greetings,
It is my pleasure to post the following event announcement for your
information and consideration. I am very interested in any thoughts and
comments you might have, especially as regards (1) the limitation on weapons
forms and (2) how to "do" a recreation of camp followers and refugees as part
of a fighting event.
What follows is the event announcement I mailed in. I can and will respond
to mail posted here, and not just to my .net address.
Not Enough Saxon Violence
October 26-27, 1996
The year is 948. The place is Viking Kingdom of York, Northumberland,
England. The Anglo Saxon Chronicle records that:
This year king Edred overran all Northumberland; because
they had taken Eric for their king; and in the persuit of
plunder was that large minster at Rippon set on fire, which
St. Wilferth built. As the king returned homeward, he
overtook the enemy at York; but his main army was behind
at Chesterford. There was great slaughter made; and the
king was so wroth, that he would fain return with his
force, and lay waste the land withal; but when the council
of the Northumberians understood that, they then abandoned
Eric, and compromised the deed with king Edred.
The Barony of Storvik invites you to come and join us in a recreation of
Edred's campaign against Eric Bloodaxe. On October 26, 1996, at Patuxtant
River Park (Croom), one of the battles of Edred and Eric will be fought. On
one side, Norse and Danes. On the other, the English and Danes. Weapons and
shield forms are limited to those known in 10th century England, Ireland, and
Scandanavia (i.e., round or kite shields, and single-handed swords or axes,
spears, viking two-handed [long] axes. No great swords, two swords or
pole-arms other than spear or viking long axe). Non combatants may watch the
battles, or participate in the recreation as a Camp Follower or Refugee.
Following the battles, there will be a feast, drawn from A Handbook of
Anglo-Saxon Food & Drink, prepared by the Camp Followers in period fashion.
Weather permitting, the feast will be eaten around the fire. The mead-horn
will be passed, and each warrior encouraged to boast his tale of battle. The
following day, Sunday October 27, a Kingdom War Practice will be held.
The site will open Friday Evening, October 25th, for early arrivals. Onboard
space at the feast is limited to 75 people; offboard space is unlimited. We
have reserved camping space for at least 100 persons. The fee structure and
directions will be posted in the September Acorn. The Autocrat is Lord
Beornheard of Wearmouth, 301-559-7852, email@example.com. The Head Cook is
Lady Elise Clairmont, firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions and comments are encouraged!
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