From The Page (October, 1976):
On October 16, the Province of St. Andrew's will hold its Second Anniversary Tourney in Stern Grove Park at Pine Lake. This tourney will feature many events and competitions for fighters and non-fighters, including: 1) Round Robin Hol-gang; 2) Long sword competition; 3) Belly dancing contest; 4) Lords' and Ladies' leching contest (we have no ground rules for Ladies' leching (all's fair in love ...?), but it should be remembered that the emphasis in the Lords' contest will be on courtliness); 5) Cooking contest; 6) Great sword combat; and 7) Ladies' defensive armor.
To explain this last competition: in the Middle Ages, Ladies used defensive armor to protect themselves from unwanted invasion (sorry!) during the absence of their Lords. It should be noted that the Lady kept the key. Now, in the Current Middle Ages, since we have enough amorous Lords that a competition is held regularly to pick the best philanderer, it was felt by the lady Alexandra of Armageddon that a competition should be held to pick the best defensive armor to use when a simple no is not enough.
The simple ground rules for this competition (for which the prize is four yards of silk print) are: a) humorous notions are encouraged (like the Lords' Pandybat competition, humor counts); b) due to the short notice being given, sketches, plans, or scale models will be accepted; c) this armor should be discouraging, but not disabling, or permanently marring (remember, we want to save the Lords so that they can lech again); and d) the armor should be wearable, mobile, and comparatively comfortable. This competiton is not limited to ladies: if some lord has a clever idea of how to protect his lady from unwanted leching, he may enter -- but it is the lady who will be wearing the completed garment.
Plans for other competitions are in the works. Check with the Acting Chronicler of the Province, Treya N/Iurge ar Glanabred (contact info omitted).
From the History (by Wilhelm):
Held in Stern Grove Park, San Francisco. There were lists, dancing, a bardic circle, and a Lord’s Leching Contest. Debreceni Ilona and Valency Quicksilver were the autocrats. There was a Round Robin Holmgang, a Long Sword competition, a belly dancing contest, a cooking contest, a Great Sword competition, a Ladies Leching Contest, and a Lady’s Defensive Armor contest.
Description of this event,
© Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
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