A Trip to the Barony of Lions Gate

Back in August I had the very great pleasure of seeing nobles petition for title and prestige, fighters defend a bridge against hostile invaders in (almost) epic battle, and devices built with designs not used since the 17th century. It was not a movie set, my podcasting co-host Colleen is active in the Barony of Lions Gate, the local branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). She invited Marina and I to be her guests at the event. Though I'm late in posting this, I couldn't let it pass without comment.

Barony of Lions Gate battle

Marina and Colleen both did more timely posts on the event:

Dale in doubletA picture is worth a 1000 words, and fortunately Marina took bunch of them: Flickr Photoset Lions Gate Sergeants, Yeomen, Gallants and Courtiers Trials.

One of her photos is an almost GQ moment of me sporting a loaned dublet.

For myself, I felt the delight of a kid the first time he goes to an aquarium or amusement park. I knew a bit about the SCA, but had never experienced it in person. Everywhere I turned there was something new and wonderful. If there had been a window, it would have my nose-print all over it!

The crafting talent on display was amazing. Knowing Colleen and following her blog, Mary Ostler — Wood Butchery & Other Stuff, I have a deeper appreciation of what goes into the crafting.

The fighting was also a lot of fun to watch. Unlike other forms sword fighting, body contact and masses of people are involved. And lots of padding. It was even more fun when the archers were allowed to participate. As you might expect, the combat is very different from the movies.

My thanks to Mary Ostler, her ladyship Mariko, and all of the Barony of Lions Gate citizens who took the time to show kindness to a stranger from a different land.

Photo Credits: themarina

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