[Northkeep] Crown Tourney- A Walk In The Cloulds

john.sandstrom at verizon.net john.sandstrom at verizon.net
Sun May 4 18:48:59 PDT 2003

If a poor wandering soul from out-kingdom may ask...


Balfour and Luna won the East's crown list, held the same day.


> From: "Dennis England" <sirbalvin at cox.net>
> Date: 2003/05/04 Sun PM 08:34:05 CDT
> To: <northkeep at ansteorra.org>
> Subject: Re: [Northkeep] Crown Tourney- A Walk In The Cloulds
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <Anawyn at aol.com>
> To: <northkeep at ansteorra.org>
> Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2003 1:01 PM
> Subject: [Northkeep] Crown Tourney- A Walk In The Cloulds
> > 416 was it? I still can't get over an event so well attended, that we
> would
> > have run out of site flyers for it, let alone site tokens! But we sure
> didn't
> > run out of food, did we? In the North we know where our priorities lie!
> > So many people asked me if I was relieved or disappointed by the results
> of
> > the day.  For any others who might also have wondered how I felt, I will
> > share the same thing I said, which is that, in truth, I was so very proud
> of
> > Sir Balvin, there simply was no room for any other emotion.
> > His courage, grace, and chivalry on the list field were an inspiration. I
> saw
> > the hope on the faces of the people in the North, who had not seen one of
> > their own come so close to taking the Crown in a while, and it was enough
> to
> > know what confidence so many placed in this man.
> > Balvin and I had discussed at some length, along with our spouses, what we
> > would be facing, if he were to win. I was prepared to take on the duties
> that
> > come with the Crown, and I greatly desired to see him on the throne. I am
> not
> > alone in believing that he would be an honorable and sensible leader.
> > However, I have always been content to be just Anawyn, and so I am
> satisfied
> > still.
> > We are fortunate this day to have a capable and lovely new Prince and
> > Princess, whom I admire, and a currently stable Kingdom. We have a
> pantheon
> > of stalwart and brave fighters who thrilled us on the field all the day
> long,
> > with no injuries. Can we ask for more?
> > I have thought about it, and I just cannot imagine an award now or ever,
> > that could give me greater satisfaction, or honor than having been Sir
> > Balvin's consort. I cannot prove it, but I feel certain that at least a
> > couple of times that day my feet left the earth in sheer joy from the
> > splendor of all the wonderful things that happened to me that day.
> > Greatest thanks to his wife, sweet Francesca, who "loaned" him for the
> day,
> > and who was my "hand holder," and the best of company. And God, can that
> > woman cook! You could tell she is from Northkeep from the wonderful and
> > generous table she put out for everyone to enjoy (yeah, Northkeep's just
> like
> > that)!
> > Although, (now, the intervening years may have caused me to forget), I
> > confess, it seems to me that it was easier to give birth to a child, that
> > watch that man fight at times! And, as if to enhance the whole
> labor/delivery
> > aspect of the thing, there were all these people walking by now and then,
> who
> > would squint at me, and go, "Anawyn...you need to breath Hon, come on, you
> > need to breath..." and I tell you my lungs were hurting by the end of the
> > afternoon!
> > So many of you simply broke my heart with the lovely and kind things you
> said
> > to me, and I really feel that they were not deserved, but I very much
> > appreciated it, and I got to be in a fairy tale, (or maybe it was just a
> > really good French film or something) with all of you for a day.
> > We will never tire of heroes in the SCA, and certainly, we in the North
> have
> > plenty to spare. Castallan is coming up. After such a golden day full
> deeds a
> > plenty, we bards and skalds would be a poor lot if we cannot come up with
> a
> > piece to offer then, from this day alone, what say you?
> > Let the mead halls ring full of songs and tales, of our tall sons and
> lovely
> > daughters, for we are rich without measure!
> > Vivat Northkeep and Ansteorra!
> > Anawyn
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