I was in Silver Leaf in Kalamazoo last year with Noble Cause, the
joust troupe there. Unfortunately, I won't be there this year but
will be jousting in Colorado. If you run into the jousters there tell
Rick (sir Richard,) Danny (Sir Malcolm,) and Vargas high from Fred
(Wilhelm von Eschenbach) I'll be marshalling and jousting at the
Colorado Faire , which happens at the same time of year.
"Lutes and viols harmonize
in elegant and courtly wise;
thus bade by his Imperial might
have I produced this fair delight,
blending these tuneful instruments
as well befits such great events.
And now melodious music springs
from multifarious hums of strings.
By Emperor's wish the members are
the drum, the lute, the sweet guitar
and harps and fifes both small and large.
To lead this consort is my charge.
The Emperor's heart at all times
toward heights of knightly virtue climbs,
and so with all his will and might,
he cherishes each loyal knight
who fearlessly his life will yield
to serve him in the battlefield.
The worthy soldiers in every war
with knightly spirit hunger for
fame everlasting and honors grand
through the Emperor's counsel and command.
And so his praise is justly sung
by rich by poor, by old and young.
With knightly joy, as you will note,
The art of fencing I did promote
With axe and halberd, staff and sword,
As it did please my royal Lord;
All done by rule and properly
So the true basis you will see.
Much of his time was nobly spent
In the true knightly tournament,
Asource of valor and elation;
Therefore, upon his instigation,
With knightly spirit and bold heart
I have improved this fighting art.
Always promoting new advances
In jousting with hooked or pointed lances,
Thanks to His Highness, I unfurled
Skills never seen in all the world.
These jousts and novel styles and ways
have earned for me great fame and praise.
With skill this wagon barricade
I formed in the field, as here displayed,
Circling and closing in the swiftest way
So none of the men would go astray.
Inside now are ercted tents
and other martial monuments.
The baggage train and army's gear,
guarded by those who now appear,
I led in order excellent.
My efforts were quite evident.
I kept the army fully free
from pilferage and thievery.
Upon the Emperor's request
I made my joyous interest
The furthance of masquerades
with all of art and humor's aids.
-But no licentiousness: instead
my wit is knightly and well bred.
Assiduously always I did try
to keep troubadours and jesters in supply,
Always to furnish the merriest jest-
To this one end I did my best.
And from my diligent employment
The Emperor derives enjoyment."
-"The Triumphs of Maximillian I"
a.k.a. Wilhelm Friedrich Sebastian Heironymus Bonn von Eschenbach,
troubadour and Captain, Raven's Hall Armoury Guard
--- In Renaissancelife@y..., summergrl1@w... wrote:
> Hi to all:)
> My name is Sandy and I am very new to all of the Rennissance
> very first Faire will be coming up here in July at the Silver
> Faire in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
> Do they sell great looking costumes? Also how do you join a guild
> how do you go about choosing a name?
> I hope I can get a better understanding of this all.Nice to be