[Ansteorra-archery] Newest Attack on CA?

Eadric Anstapa eadric at scabrewer.com
Wed Dec 17 09:25:00 PST 2008

Lyneya,  I would go beyond saying that we have several knights in 
Ansteorra that are CA friendly.  I would say that it is many, perhaps 
most.  We are so very lucky in that regard.

We are lucky that not only are our knights in general pro-CA, but many 
are Combat Archers themselves.  If I look at the greater Stargate area 
there are active knights like Ulsted, Godwin, Galen, Alexis, and Karl 
who are definitely pro CA, have their own equipment and shoot when they 
can, and encourage their squires and households to participate and be 
supportive of Combat Archery.  I can not think of a single knight where 
I live that is anti-CA.  The knights who are primarily just tourney 
fighters might be more ambivalent towards CA but are a long way from 
being negative.  I don't think my experiences with knights of the 
Coastal Region would be much different if I lived elsewhere in 
Ansteorra  Just is just another of the many reasons it is great to live 
in Ansteorra.

On the other hand a lot of what was happening on the SCA Missile Combat 
list was out of hand, lots of the Rabid Anti-CA folks that join were 
being rude, insulting, and deliberately trying to provoke conflict.  I 
as starting to get very disappointed.  I was disappointed because I was 
seeing Knights and members of foreign royal families behave in ways I 
could never imagine an Ansteorran knight or member of the Royal Family 
behave.  I went in and turned off email delivery for that list because I 
was seriously starting to worry that the behavior of a few very vocal 
individuals was affecting the way I would view the Chivalry as a whole 
and I like the Ansteorran Chivalry too much to let that happen to me.   
For many others, particularly those not lucky enough to live in 
Ansteorra, I believe it is too late and that their opinion of the 
Chivalry as a whole has unfortunately been tainted as as result of what 
was happening on that list.



Susan McMahill wrote:
> One thing that I did find rather interesting is that there are a 
> number of folks who would like to restrict rate of fire, especially 
> from crossbows. This includes outlawing 'belly-cocking." As most of 
> the combat crossbowmen and women I know do some sort of what I would 
> call 'belly-cocking,' This caught my attention. Apparently certain 
> factions believe that this causes a crossbowman to be able to reload 
> and fire at an 'unacceptable' rate of fire. It has been brought up, 
> however, that the rate of fire they have been discussing is 
> historically accurate. There hasn't been a lot more said about that. 
> These same folks would like to have a restriction in amounts of ammo 
> available to archers and crossbows. Boy, wouldn't Henry V have loved 
> someone to restrict the number of arrows that his archers were able to 
> shoot at Agincourt? Jeeze! Sounds like a bunch of disgruntled 
> Frenchmen to me!
> Anyway, this onslaught really caught me by surprise as I had just 
> joined the SCA Combat Archery list the day all this started. I've been 
> getting about 6 digests a day with up to 25 messages per digest. A 
> little overwhelming, to say the least. I am hoping it slows down a bit.
> Sir Kenneth, I was actually thinking of emailing you about all this 
> 'stuff'. We have several knights in Ansteorra that are CA friendly so 
> I don't think that the issue is that great here. As Iaen said, most of 
> this discontent is from the easternmost reaches of the Knowne World. 
> Hopefully as more of them become aware of the new rules for CA, they 
> can stop running around screeching about the sky falling. I guess they 
> live too close to Wall Street.
> Regards,
> Lyneya

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