Sir Wilhelm's Hastilude & Demo

Hosted by Barony of Dragonship Haven - Bethany, CT

Event date: May 16th, 2015

Event Last Modified: May 4th, 2015

Event details

****UPDATED 5/4/2015****
Equestrian Activities updated.

"In 1388, Henry Knighton recorded in his chronicle that during the Merciless Parliament, four French knights sent a challenge to four English knights to fight a hastilude at Calais.  The Frenchmen offered to fight 'in the form of war' or a joust of war.  Knighton goes on to say that two of the Englishmen 'returned with 'great renown,' which was all any knight really wanted anyway.'"

Hastilude, from the Latin hastiludium (literally "lance game") was a term used in the Middle Ages to refer to many kinds of martial games.  On May 16th, come to the Barony of Dragonship Haven and participate in the games our Patrons and Sponsors have devised.  Return with great renown – or be a spectator and cheer on your favorites as they test their mettle!

**** We will be sharing the site with the Lion's Club Flea Market and a Farmer's Market on Saturday until about noon.  We encourage all to be good stewards and chatelaines for the SCA.  If you are willing to volunteer for a shift as a "Roving Chatelaine" please contact Mistress Vienna de la Mer or Captain Elias Gedney (Dragonship Haven's Chatelain).  Sashes will be provided identifying you as a newcomer contact person.  ****


--Martial Tourney--
Unto the unbelted fighters of the East I, Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbruke, do send greetings.  I invite you all to enter my first ever “Sir Wilhelm’s Ironman Challenge!” I created this tourney with the sole purpose of giving the unbelted fighters of the East the opportunity to show off their fighting prowess against the Order of the Chivalry.  My Brothers and Sisters of the Order I call on you to come out and get all of the fighting your hearts could ever desire.  I truly need you to make this tourney succeed.  The tourney has two parts, a singles fighting part and a melee part.  Fighters are encouraged to form a team, per the guidelines below, prior to the event and use a little strategy.  The tourney is as follows.
Part 1:
This was inspired by the scoring system of Birka but with my own twist.  The Chivalry will hold the lists with various weapons forms.  The unbelts will challenge the Knight/Master and enter their list (preferably with matched weapons but not required) and fight three fights.  You will receive 1 point for the fight, 1 point for a win and a bonus point for defeating a royal peer (if applicable).  I know this may come as a surprise but the Chiv are only human so they will be rotated out of the various lists to make sure you all have fresh fights.  This will go on for two hours.
At the end of the two hours there will be a short 30 minute water break/rest and then on to the next stage.
Part 2: 
Melee baby!  This part will consist of 5 person melee teams fighting round robin like Balfar’s Challenge.  Each team can consist of no more than 2 members of the Chiv or 1 royal peer.  A team will receive a single point for the win.  This part will run for two hours.
At the end of the day the point totals of the of the 5 team members, from both tourney parts, will be tallied up and the highest team score wins the day.
This event will be right at the beginning of the melee season so should be a great test to see where your endurance lies.  My only regret is that I will be running the tourney instead of fighting with you all.  If anyone has any questions or needs any clarification, please send me an email.

Contact Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke, heavy weapons tourney sponsor, for more information at

--Rapier Tourney--
Unto the fencers of the known world I, Don Nathaniel Wyatt, do send greetings.  I, on behalf of Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbruke, invite you all to enter the first ever “Sir Wilhelm’s Ironman Fencing Challenge!”.  This event has both individual and melee elements. 

Part 1:  High Order Challenge
Each member of the Order of the Golden Rapier (or fencing equivalent) will stand ready to be challenged by all other fencers (not OGRs).  Once challenged, the fencers will fight three bouts.  It is not required but recommended that the combatants match weapons forms and vary them between bouts.  The challenger will be awarded 1 point for the pairing, 1 point for each bout won, and a bonus for defeating a King's Champion of Fence (Past or present; if applicable).  There will be multiple lists available.  This element will be 1.5 hours in duration.

Part 2:  Melee Baby!
The size of the melee teams will be dependent on the number in attendance.  Teams of 5 fencers are the goal.  Each team will fence all other teams, aka round robin, three times.  There will not be a break between passes.  Each team is limited to two (or 3 if they are in abundance) high order of merit fencers.  (Note:  High Order of Merit includes the following – MOF, OGR) Each member of the team winning team will be awarded one point per victory.

P.S.  If the numbers of fencers are too limiting then the format of this tournament may be changed on site.

If you have any questions please contact Don Nathaniel Wyatt, rapier tourney sponsor, for more information at or by phone at 860-859-2773.

--Equestrian Tourney--
The tournament for the day will be based off the Battle of Agincourt.
The day will be about fun and prizes will be awarded for:
Most points,
Best Dressed*,
Most Enjoyable to watch*,
Best Showing by a New Comer#
* these will be populace choice (most likely this population will be the equestrians)
# this will be a ‘polling’ of the Marshals on site and will eligible riders will be those who are participating for the first time

Please see tournament description below:
Agincourt re-dux
- French insult Henry, enrage English
o Give me your best Monty Python of the French insults (when they come up to the castle)!
“French Soldier:  I fart in your general direction.  Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.”
- Henry seeks council’s approval for war – granted in April.
o I will give you your first weapon signifying this approval!
- Army prepares
o Collect rings to signify packing up essentials
- Landed in France in August; long siege.
o Key hole of some sorts
- Army suffered lots of disease
o Pig Sticker the pestilence
- French were in three battles or lines
o Heads pattern:  Ride down the battle line
- Car wash of foam arrows (signifying the raining down of arrows in the battle)
- Lots of mud
o Brown Tarp – all four feet on for a count of 5
- Ransom high ranking officers/nobles.
o Search thru prisoners for highest ranking and take him to Duchess Kiena for ransom (how we do this will be a surprise)

If you wish to bring your horse(s) to this event, please contact the equestrian marshal-in-charge prior to the event.  All horses attending the event must have a current Coggins test.  Equine health paperwork can be transmitted to the marshal-in-charge prior to unloading the horse from the trailer.  Sorry, no rental horses are currently available for this event. 

Contact Duchess Kiena Stewart, equestrian tourney sponsor, for more information at

--Archery Tourney--
The archery tourney will be comprised of various novelty targets at unknown distances, sure to test the skills of all archers.  Practice / warm-up will begin about 11:00 am to 1:00 pm or there about.  The tournament to begin shortly after.  The time length of the tourney will be determined by the number of shooters participating.  Note.  There will be no royal rounds or loaner gear.

Two prizes will be awarded after the tourney.  First prize for highest score and the second prize to be determined by the marshal in charge. 

Contact Lord Omelan of the Left, archery tourney sponsor, for more information at

--Artisan's Row--
This site offers a perfect opportunity for an SCA demo.  We would like those who are able to setup a period pavilion to teach or show a craft (an artisan’s row if you will). 

If you are willing to donate your time, skills, and expertise, please contact Kataryn "Kit" Mercer at to schedule time/space in the Artisan's Row.

--Additional Information--
Service animals are allowed.
There is no merchant space at this event.
Fires only in raised structures (the Fire Department is right next door!)
For those that are mobility challenged, the grounds are fairly flat but very spacious; there is ample amount of walking.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a large scale event/demo.  We want to make a best impression on the public.  Please bring your pavilions, your finery, your standards and banners.  The Town of Bethany is also working closely with us to promote this event through their entire school system and library.  Let's show them the very best of what the SCA can offer!

Schedule to come!!!

Site Opens: 10 am
Site Closes: 8 pm

Event Website


Event Location

Bethany Airport
Amity Rd (Route 63)
Bethany, CT  06524
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Find your best way to Connecticut.
I-84, I-95, and the Merrit Parkway all access Route 8.
(Do not use your GPS coming from 84-west bound it will take you a very windy and confusing route, please follow directions below instead).

Follow Route 8 (North or South) to exit 25.  Cross Street.

If coming South on Route 8, make a left off the exit ramp.
If coming North on Route 8, make a right off the exit ramp.

Go straight at the stop sign on Cross Street.  Follow to light (intersection with McDonalds).  At light make a right onto Route 63.  Follow 63 for approximately 4.5 miles.  Bethany Airport will be on your right (across the street from the Country Diner). 

Parking will be tight at first, due to our shared space with other functions.

Registration Fees

Donation only (Suggested donation, $5.)

There is no feast or dayboard.

There are plenty of restaurants around the site.  There is also a Super Walmart just down the street. 
We will have local information available at the event.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc., Barony of Dragonship Haven

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Event Stewards:
Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke and Mistress Vienna de la Mer
Brian and Jackie Van Ostenbridge
203-723-2699 -- NO CALLS AFTER 9 PM!

Send Reservations to:

Not Applicable.

Other Contact Information:

Artisan's Row:
Equestrian Tourney:
Rapier Tourney:
Archery Tourney:
Heavy Weapons Tourney: