[Ansteorra] Pas was - A&S issues

Patrick Cuccurello pat at adtelusa.com
Wed Aug 28 14:19:37 PDT 2002

> A Pas de Armes
> So does this translate to "putting lipstick on a pig"?

It means "Passage of Arms".  Of course, one's personal proclivities are
their own.

I'd be more than happy to forward some reference material if your knowledge
on the
subject is lacking.  It was, after all, one of the basic building blocks of
the concept
of Courtly Love in the High Middle Ages.  I'm sure your Don could provide
some information
also as to it's nature and how in later Periods it grew into "a duel between
Noble Gentlemen".


> Other than the indoor location, procession and short
> timetable it didn't seem much different than most
> tourneys I go to. Maybe there were a few more garlands
> hanging about.
> In addition, fighting at the barrier doesn't really
> allow much time for style points it pretty much is
> clubbing baby seal fighting (using someone elses words)
> Don't get me wrong I think it is important to increase
> the esthetics and historical aspects of our game but I
> also think that there are generally outstanding
> examples at most tourneys. Culling the heard as it
> were may make the tournament look better but I don't
> think it really addresses the issues.
> Now I did miss the second half of the tourney while I
> was playing Chess so maybe there was something
> outstanding in the second half.
> I do think the the set up, decorations, refreshments
> and take down were very notable and impressive.
> Amerinda di Praga
> Cadet to Don Ansgar
> Herald in passing to Don Llywelyn
> for the Pas de Armes
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