[Ansteorra] Queens

Miss M Brow starstruck503 at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 17 09:55:45 PST 2008

Vivat, Don Robert, newest Queen's Champion!!!
> Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2008 23:21:52 -0600> From: lady.annwn at gmail.com> To: ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org> Subject: [Ansteorra] Queens> > Unto my fellow Ansteorrans;> > I wanted to write this as a statement of love and awe of things I have never> seen before. I have never been to a Queens, and at the behest of several> Roses, decided it was something I should see first-hand. So I was off on a> new adventure. I felt a little like a tourist to a point, excited about what> I might find, but hesitant at the thought of a 'different' culture.> Coming from the part of the SCA where the dream that involves the clashing> of shields, the thuds of rattan on armour, and the yell of excited warriors> that are fantastical in their feats; I haven't always understood the light> fighting community. It is what I thought of as "dainty", and "sweet". I> know, these terms sound condescending, but I don't mean them, and never> have; as such.> After this weekend, I still hold those terms, however, they have different> meanings to me...and perhaps someone more eloquent with words than I can> help me assign more appropriate words after the following...> > Dainty being referred to as precise and small movements, polite and civil> "fighting". Sweet bring the active wooing and eloquence the light fighters> generally embrace. Not to mention the fact that; let's face it, the Rapier> community takes a GREAT deal of care in their appearance! Lest they look> rough and disheveled and not represent their Kingdom, their local group, or> their Queen in the best manner possible! So appropriate it is!> > After watching HRM (not as part of her entourage, but as a friend) get more> excited the closer the weekend came, was intriguing. I was told about the> different culture at a Queens, and to be honest, I was dubious. Because> after all, how much different can one SCA event be from another in reality?> (yes, I know they are all different, but I don't know how else to explain> what I feel or mean) The truth? Worlds different.> > In what I would term a "normal" event, while, yes, the Queen is still royal,> loved and taken care of; at no other event have I ever seen the kind of love> for our Queen as I saw this weekend.> The fighting was VERY clean and the people fighting were VERY> chivalrous/honorable. It was wonderful. I saw no man or woman upset over the> outcome of their fight due to perceived unfairness on the part of an> opponent.> > Our Queen Elizabeth was positively glowing, and I am not referring to the> rosiness of the wind burn that graced most all of our faces that day! The> days fighters were happy to speak with Her Majesty; to just receive a favour> from their Queen Elizabeth. The Dons and Cadets donning their Queen's> favours on their scarves. There was a loving and jovial wooing between the> fighters and the Queen. Who would be able to kneel before her most often> through the day, who could make her blush, perhaps make her cry with> appreciation and be deeply moved by lacy words of endearment.> A group of individuals presented Her with a replica of a bowl given to the> original Queen Elizabeth, and I do have to say; this piece of love and> endearment from the community DID move her to tears. And to be honest, it> was quite moving to watch.> > General flowers, roses, and tokens of love were given to Her Majesty> throughout the day. His Majesty was along for the ride, and to be honest, I> got the feeling that he was pleased to see the people of Ansteorra cherish> his lady as much as he does. Just the looks he gives her when he thinks no> one is looking tells it all. He loves the fact that she is openly welcomed> and loved by the SCA and our beloved Ansteorra, let alone such a devoted> community as is the Rapier community.> > Dear brethren; I bring unto you this message of awe and appreciation for the> Light community, and for those that strive to make the Queens of Ansteorra> welcome and loved. It was a beautiful thing...54 list entrants, even despite> the economy, the bitterly cold wind, and even colder night. To me (and I'm> sure there have been bigger, but I'm still rather impressed) this was a loud> voice of Ansteorran love and chivalry/honour saying that we are not going to> give up our dream despite our hardships. Because even a single rose costs> that Ansteorran a little extra. But that single rose says so much about> their love of the game, the dream, and their Queen. The Queen of Ansteorra.> Her Royal Majesty Elizabeth Seale.> > Unto my fellow Ansteorrans do I bring these words of love, pride and awe. Of> exhilaration through the general electricity in the air, and of the> revealing of a new and foreign world to me.> > And unto Don Robert, the new Queens Champion; Vivat!> > Humbled,> -Lady Annwn> _______________________________________________> Ansteorra mailing list> Ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org> http://lists.ansteorra.org/listinfo.cgi/ansteorra-ansteorra.org
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