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James



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:00 pm    Post subject: Bannockburn. Reply with quote

Gentlemen,
On Sunday 22nd of June, there will be a Highland day at Bannockburn, part of the day is to celebrate the Battle of Bannockburn.
I am looking for members of LMS who have at least a basic 14th c. fight harness (not just talking plate, if you have good knee and elbow projection and maille you are in) and soft kit to take part in 2 deeds of arms and a allegorical tournament of the battle of Bannockburn.
The location is Bannockburn north east of Geelong.
I know that sounds like a long way, but anyone who attends will be payed from $50 to $80 for the day, and if you can car pull then you will save $$$.
Contact me via the forum or email me on itsjimbos@hotmail.com
Who knows you could be picked to be Robert the Bruce or the better yet an English Earl.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to a concert so I am out but if any LMS members need to borrow some gear pm me Very Happy
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The Southern Fox



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:45 pm    Post subject: Bannockburn Reply with quote

Gavin and I could come as reps from the Black Griffins. It is our home turf.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just rember Southern fox that you and White hawk will not be able to take part in any battles till you have had training.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:43 pm    Post subject: No swords Reply with quote

I meant that we would just walk around looking pretty. That's all.
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Lord Thordin



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sign me up for Bannockburn. Should be interesting being on the losing side of a reenactment for once, they just better be wearing something under those bloody kilts or I'll flash my wang right back. Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul stoops dean and i are a yes James
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet with you 4 guys on board we have an event!
Without you guys we would have been screwed.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always happy in the effort of bring down revolting Scottish peasants Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote




IN SINGLE COMBAT

- Scotland, Near Stirling Castle, -
1314 A.D.
On The first day of the Battle of Bannockburn, the King of Scots cleaves in two, the Great Helm (helmet) of a chivalrous English knight, with his mighty axe, in full view of his triumphant Scottish army! Scotland, June 23th, 1314 A.D.


THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN BEGINS...

Far ahead of Edward II's main army, marching from Falkirk to relieve Stirling Castle, rides the English vanguard. Late on that day, 23rd June 1314, these horsemen advance along the Roman road and cross Bannockburn. Eager for combat, Gloucester's bold Barons and Knights spur on their chargers towards the gathered Scottish infantry.

Surprise Cavalry Attacks
Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, not yet fully dressed for battle, sits astride a grey pony. He rides out ahead of his formations to observe the enemy's advance. One of the English Knights, Sir Henry De Bohun, seeing the King's vulnerable position, gallops ahead of his fellows to engage Bruce in single combat. Undaunted, the King holds his ground. Skillfully turning his mount away from the thrust of the Knight's deadly lance; in one movement he swings his battle axe down upon his enemy's head with such force that the handle is shattered and the unfortunate attackers skull is split in two.

First Blood For Scotland
In triumph, Bruce returns to the cheers of his countrymen who before the day is out will soon deliver a similar fate upon many other English noblemen. As the light fades the Riders retire but both armies know well that the main battle of Bannockburn has yet to begin.

LET BATTLE COMMENCE!
BANNOCKBURN - 2nd DAY

English Knights charge their armored war-horses,
in vain, against a solid mass of Scottish
spears. Robert Bruce, King of Scots, is victorious
over the army of Edward II, on the second
day of the Battle of Bannockburn, Scotland,
June 24th, 1314 A.D.

With the full might of England's army gathered before the besieged Stirling Castle, Edward II, Plantagenate, is confident of victory. To the west of Bannockburn, Robert Bruce, King of Scots, kneels to pray with his men and commends his soul to God. Patiently awaiting the coming onslaught in tightly packed schiltroms, his spearmen and archers are well prepared for battle. Unknown to the English, the open marsh of no man's land conceals hidden pits and calthrops, major obstacles for any mounted charge. Despite Clifford's and Beaumont's premature and unsuccessful attempt to relieve Stirling the day before, years of victory have caused the brave English knights to regard their Scottish foes with contempt. So, without waiting for the 'flower of the forest' (archers) to weaken the enemy formations, the order is hurriedly given to attack!

English Heavy Cavalry Charge!
With one rush, hundreds of mounted knights led by the impetuous Earl of Gloucester, thunder headlong through the boggy ground straight for the impenetrable mass of spears, hurling themselves into defeat and death. With dash and courage the knights try to force a way through but the infantry stand firm. There is no room to manoeuvre. Everywhere horses and men crash to the ground. Casualties amongst the English nobility are horrific. Bruce seizes the moment and orders the exultant army to advance. The English recoil and are pushed back into the waters of the Bannockburn where many perish in the crush to escape the deadly melee. Edward II, his army destroyed, flees with his bodyguard for the safety of the castle but is refused refuge and has to fight his way south to England. For Robert Bruce and Scotland, victory is complete.



FOR SCOTLAND


ROBERT BRUCE King of Scots
Sir GILBERT HAY of ERROL High Constable of Scotland
Sir NEIL CAMBELL of LOCHAWE
EDWARD BRUCE Earl of Carrick
WALTER FITZALAN Sixth Great Steward of Scotland
Sir JAMES DOUGLAS Lord of Douglas

FOR ENGLAND


EDWARD II PLANTAGENATE King of England & INGRAM de UMFRAVILLE
Sir PAN TIPTOFT
RICHARD de BURGH Earl of Ulster
Sir HENRY de BEAUMONT
Sir AMER de VALENCE
Sir HUGH DESPENSER
Sir JOHN BOTETOURTE
GILBERT de CLAIRE, Earl of Gloucester
Sir JOHN de SEGRAVE
SIR JOHN COMYN

THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN- Scotland 1314A.D.
Medieval History Canvas Art Print from Mark Churms, originally published on paper by Cranston Fine Arts of Scotland, Click Here


VICTORY FOR SCOTLAND!
1314
- Scotland, Near Stirling Castle, -
KING ROBERT THE BRUCE



On The Last day of the Battle of Bannockburn, the King of Scots Robert Bruce "King of Scots", in his great helm, chain mail and mounted on his galloping warhorse, charges with his heavy knights against the disintegrating English Army of Edward II.

THE ENGLISH ARE DEFEATED!
Scottish King Robert the Bruce pursues the defeated army of the English King, Edward II on the second day of the Battle of Bannockburn (near Stirling castle, Scotland). Though outnumbered, three to one by an English force of over twenty thousand men, Bruce wins a great victory which will give him undisputed control over Scotland. However, it will not be until 1328, one year before his death of old age that Scotland will eventually gain full independence from the English crown.

Bruce, born in 1274, is a distant relative of the Scottish royal family and always has ambitions to be king. Inspired by William Wallace's resistance to the English, he will see his dreams realized, though not without bloodshed! A few weeks prior to his coronation in 1306 he stabs to death his fellow Guardian of Scotland (and chief rival) Sir John Comyn of Badenoch in the Dumfries church of Gray Friars, following one of many heated arguments! Though proclaimed Scottish King and crowned at Scone, he is now not only a sworn enemy of the enemy of the English and the Comyns; but is also excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Clement V for committing murder on holy ground! Bruce and his supporters are quickly beaten on the field of battle at Methven in Perthshire. His family members are captured, imprisoned and three of his brothers are executed by the English.

Bruce flees to Ireland's Antrim coast, in complete despair! But here a legend is borne! While Bruce hides in a cave, he draws inspiration from a determined spider that repeatedly tries and tries again to spin a web and finally succeeds. According to legend, Bruce takes courage from the spider and returns to Scotland to fight and regain power.

Fortunately for Bruce, the brutal and successful military commander King Edward I of England (also known as "Hammer of The Scots") dies in 1306. He is replaced by his inept son, Edward II. Bruce sees his opportunity to strike back at the English occupying forces in Scotland with a lightning hit and run guerilla tactics. In 1307 with his friend, Sir James Douglas, Bruce wins his first victory on Palm Sunday. Now with growing support from the Clans, he lays siege to and destroys all Scottish castles garrisoned by the English. By1314 the only fortress to remain loyal to England is Stirling Castle.

Edward II amasses a huge force to break the siege but is soundly defeated at the two-day battle of Bannockburn. Now Bruce advances towards England itself and even captures the town of Berwick in 1318. In 1320, the earls and barons of all Scotland petition the new Pope John XXII with the famous Declaration of Arbroath; asserting Scottish independence and in 1324 the pope recognizes Bruce as rightful King of an Independent Scotland. By now there is also a new King, Edward III, on the throne of England (his father, Edward II having been deposed and murdered by conspirators). This new King signs the peace treaty with Scotland in 1328 that finally renounces all English claims to Scotland. "Good King Robert" dies one year later at the age of fifty-four. This great Scottish hero is buried in Dunfirmline but his Heart was removed and carried on crusade to the Holy Land by Sir James Douglas.



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the best to those heading up tomorrow, have a great time and we look forward to stories and photos Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ripper of a day.
Thank you so much to the guys from LMS who came and made it a day, without you it would not have happened.
I hope you enjoyed the day.
I look forward to joining LMS and having more great days.
The fighting was fast and furoius.
A highlight of the day was laying face down after being killed (I was Gloucester) and hearing Damo yell out in his brilliant scottish accent!.
Bummer I didn't see the black ravens there it would have been good to meet up.
Thanks again to the boys of LMS.
Fingers crossed I will see you next sunday.
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James



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops I posted as EJ.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you so much for inviting us, definitely something I want to do again Very Happy . Hey! I gots an idea, let's form a club o medieval Enthusiasts, a "society"if you will, where we hold our own events or attend other peoples'.... wait... Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes that was great fun! Big thanks to James and EJ for helping me get ready. Also it was great to see LMS from the other side of the world there. You guy put in a great showing as usual and fought hard "I love to fight you guys itís always a welcome challenge ".

A few more thank youís I loved James doing his best impression of a grazing cow face down in the mud on the field nice work fella and also James organising the battle sequences, Rob for his patients and professional high standard of heralding. All non combatants for being there and helping out and finally the unsung hero Rhysy for giving up his time to take shots.

I hope to see you guys really soon. Twisted Evil
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Sir Perfluous du Neppale



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah ripper day guys and thanks for having us. Look forward to more of it.
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Lord Thordin



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome day!!! Had an absolute ball! Thanks for inviting us guys it was a real pleasure. A very well orgainized event and battle, the combat zone set aside for us was smack-dab in the middle of the ground and always drew an appreciative crowd.
You can't get any better than that!
I've put up a few pics of the day up on the LMS gallery but unfortunately the camera's battery died way too early so I think there's only 9 of em.
Can't wait until Rhys puts his up Smile
Here's one you can have a squiz at:

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Left to Right:
James, Dean, Damo, Marty, Paul, Me

Check that crowd out! And that was only one of four sides around the fighting arena. It's a mega boner for exhibitionists!
HUZAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wicked was an awesome day (im still in pain lol)....

..... and James lol your post mate i was thinking to myself...I dont remember EmmaJane face down in the mud?? Laughing

LOVED IT!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you had a good time guys, well done and great to see surcotes !
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great shots stoops.
LOL len the surcoats add colour and they are the correct heraldry (excpet Hereford needs 6 gold lions), but they are are a poor design not accurate at all and LOL they are made out of drill, they were knock out last year for the battle.

In stoops first shot is my new tent, it looks a bit floppy because the curries I got it off told me to get an 11 foot pole, so I had to buy a 12 foot pole and cut it down to 11, only to find out I needed a f#cking 12 foot pole as 11 was too short....

Still it's a nice tent and when set up properly will be even nicer. It's in my heraldric colours.

James.
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