My thoughts about the recent Coronet come in two distinct flavours, so they will be split into two posts. The first post, this one, is about the Coronet Tourney itself, since it was a bit special – the awesome Lady Gytha Ui Bhanain and Lord Aodh O’Siadhail were fighting in a Coronet Tourney for the first time. For Gytha it’s been a whirlwind of not even a year getting armoured up and trained to this point, and she was fantastic, as I knew she would be. She fights well with buckets of personality. Clearly others think so too because at the same event she also formally became a student of Master Robert de Canterbury, a ceremony I saw most, but alas not all, of, owing to my other adventures kitchening for feast. Her account of the fighting is far better than mine could be, (I am not a fighter) so you should go read it here: https://gythauibhanain.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/the-most-amazing-thing/ She also shows off her new shiny. Lord Aodh displayed an excellent solid style with touches of deviousness, which is absolutely fitting for the consort fighting for Her Excellency, Baroness Ari Mala. (He also was sporting a green tunic that I adore the colour of, and I keep meaning to ask him about, so this is my reminder)
Who’re here to marvel what is soon to come:
A virgin comes to claim her place in boasts.
Say God give grace to Gytha Ui Bhanain
Of holy orders, veil’d with joy and wine
Protected by a Bishop’s crook and sword.
Be not deceived! For when her blow lands high
And striketh true, her laughter proves her worth.
She brings here Órlaith Chaomhánach the Fair
Whose praise is sung by Kings of Dragonlands,
Ildánach by name, House Fitzwalter’s heir,
For here to make a Princess by her hands.
Behold! These two of noblest heart and truest strike:
These Isles of Wonder have ne’er seen their like.