[Ansteorra] Robin's favorite event

Ulf Gunnarsson ulfie at cox.net
Mon Jan 14 18:11:44 PST 2008

Don Master Baron Etc Just Plain Robin of Gilwell wrote:

> But I think my real favorite event at any given time is the next one. 
> Right now that's Vanessa's Queen's Champion.
> I will swear the Legion oath to the Queen, and hear her return oath of love 
> and loyalty.  I will fence with Mistress Serena's favor, for the honor of 
> Queen Vanessa.  I will treat my opponents with honor, trying to win with 
> humility or lose with grace.  I will accept the challenge of fighting in 
> Queen's Champion with an injured leg.  I will watch my cadets, Mistress 
> Rhiannon and Lord Dyryke.  I will be an Elizabethan.  I will be an 
> Ansteorran.  I will share the joy of period fencing with the entire rapier 
> community.  I will attempt to defend the Iron Star against all comers, with 
> Don Yngwe, HL Rixende, Lord Dyryke and Lord Uilliac.  I will "stand in the 
> strife, to hazard my life, for a glance from Her Majesty's eyes".
> I will watch the banners flying in the breeze.  I will admire the ladies' 
> beautiful dresses.  I will drink toasts.  I will listen to the call of the 
> heralds.  I will carry some lady's basket.  I will help train some fencers. 
> I will marshal so others can fence.  I will herald, if needed.  I will 
> listen to somebody who needs to talk.  I will flirt with the list mistress. 
> I will watch for noble deeds to mention to the Crown or extol in poem.  I 
> will perform, if there's time.  I will attend the court, and cheer the 
> people who have earned awards.  I will yell "Vivat Regina! Vivat Rex! 
> Vivat Ansteorra!"
> I will believe.

I always snip the messages I reply to.  I cannot do so to this one.  I
have tears in my eyes.

I have never heard someone define so well why I go to events.  I will be
there.  And I, too, will believe.  And you will see me at the event
after that one, believing.

Master Ulf

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