It is the year 1190. Richard the Lionheart has arrived in Sicily on his way to Jerusalem.
Tancred of Lecce has seized the throne of Sicily, imprisoned Joan -- his predecessor's queen and Richard's favorite sister -- and stolen Joan's inheritance.
The Sicilian locals and the occupying Crusader army clash over traditions and land.

Walk to Emmaus Camp (Richmond County 4-H Camp) 1538 4-H Club Road Augusta, GA 30906.

Notes: Site opens 5pm Friday, closes noon Sunday.
No Alcohol
No Pets
No Firearms
Parking is very limited, please carpool as you can.

Directions: From I-20 East: Exit at 196A onto Bobby Jones Expressway. Get off at exit 10 and turn right onto Doug Barnard Parkway (Rte. 56 Spur). Drive past Bush Field Airport and Tobacco Road. Take the next right onto 4-H Club Rd.
From I-20 West: Take Exit 6 onto 520/Palmetto Parkway. Get off at exit 10 and turn right onto Doug Barnard Parkway (Rte. 56 Spur). Drive past Bush Field Airport and Tobacco Road. Take the next right onto 4-H Club Rd.
Signs Will Be Posted.

 Day TripFeast * Camping **
Adult Event Registration:$20.00$10.00$3.00
Adult with Member Discount: $15.00$10.00$3.00
Youth (5-17):$10.00$10.00$3.00
Child (0-4):$0.00$0.00$0.00

Make Checks Payable To: SCA, Inc., Shire of Border Vale Keep
Reservations: Baron Olafr Starkadsson (Anton Berg), P. O. Box 3885, Augusta, GA 30914

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*Feast is limited to Eighty (80) spaces Only!
**Note: There is limited overnight space in a dorm-style bunkhouse. There is tenting space.
The Residence Inn at exit 1C on 520/Bobby Jones Expressway is offering group rates (As many people as you can fit!)

His Royal Highness, Amos le Pious's Account of Sicily around 1190:
On the eleventh day of November, in the year of our Lord 1189, William II "the Good", King of Sicily, has died at Palermo. He has left no heir, despite a long and happy marriage to Joan, sister of King Richard of England. In his will, William left a generous dowry to Joan, and before his death, promised a small fortune to fund Richard's crusade. The throne of Sicily has now passed to Constance, wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI. However, the Sicilian chancellor, fearing that the kingdom would fall under Imperial control, backed William's bastard cousin, Tancred of Lecce, to seize the crown of Sicily.

Now that he is crowned, Tancred has seized Joan, and all of her lands and fortune, to support his effort to defend Sicily from the Holy Roman Empire. However, Richard, already on his way to Sicily to prepare for crusade, has received word of his sister's capture. Determined to free his favorite sister, in September 1190, Richard lands his army, with little resistance, along the coast near the Sicilian city of Catania.

From there he made his way to the town of Mileto, where a dispute over a hunting hawk lead to a skirmish with the local militia.

Finally arriving at Messina, Richard’s demand for his sister's release was granted on September 28th, but Tancred refused to part with her fortune, provoking Richard to occupy important sites near the city. On October 4th, rising tensions in Messina led to Richard sacking the city and burning ships in the harbor to prevent the leaders of the resistance from escaping. Richard took hostages and constructed a timber fortress overlooking the city to secure the occupation.

On November 11th, 1190, one year after the death of her husband, Tancred sued for peace and agreed to pay Joan's dowry of twenty thousand gold ounces and another twenty thousand to Richard for the promise that William II had made. In return for this, one of Tancred's daughters would be married to Richard's nephew, Arthur.

Richard remained through the winter in Sicily where he was joined by his mother and his betrothed. There they amused themselves with tournaments, jousts and feasts until finally departing for Acre on the 10th of April 1191.

Arts & Sciences
A Tale of Three Cultures: Norman, Byzantine and Islamic
Projects will celebrate the three cultures that dominated Sicily during the 12th Century.
Tables will be set up for drop-off of A&S projects after Morning Court. Pick-up will be 30 minutes before Evening Court.

Cultura Atlantia
There will be a prestigious Competition celebrating the culture of our Beloved Rulers. Praise and treasure will be due to the winner of the competition.
And all who participate will contribute to the glory of the Coronation of our Rulers.

Along with the competition, there will be a Display of similar items for those wishing to share with us all. For those viewing the Tempore, please leave comments for these fine people.

Scrivener Royal      Any questions may be directed to the current Royal Scrivener,

Late 12th century Sicily is an exciting and intriguing time, a melting pot of cultures and activities. Use it as the base for your two-part entry.
First, take inspiration from any of the many art forms being practiced on the island to create an illuminated scroll blank of usual size.
Then, as did the scribes of the period, create a single page that displays your calligraphic skills.

Documentation is not necessary, but is appreciated (especially any good stories about the project).
Images of the original work that served as inspiration should be included.
All competition blanks will be donated for use by the office of the Scrivener Royal.

Lunch Available "Sicilian Street Food"
A Lunch of 2 Meat Kabobs (Chicken &/or Beef) and Roasted Vegetables will be available for Five Dollars.

Please contact the Feastocrat, with food allergies/intolerances.
First Remove:
Kalamata Olives
Castelvetrano Olives
Marinated Artichokes
Italian cold cuts
Focaccia as the bread
Except for the bread, everything is gluten free.
Second Remove:
period vegetable dish, served room temperature
Gnocchi di Semolina
Not potato, has eggs and dairy
Except for the gnocchi, the chicken and veggies are gluten free.
Third Remove:
Pit Roasted Pig
With a relish of onions, pancetta and fennel
Arancini - fried rice balls
this has eggs and dairy
Fourth Remove: Dessert
One of my cakes- flavored as a Sicilian Cassata alla Siciliana
the usual suspects of wheat, eggs, dairy
Blood Orange Granita.(sorbet)
eggless recipe, but alert for nut (almond) allergy

The Martial Activities
Armored Combat:
The day will be filled with a tournament and melee scenarios favored by His Highness, Prince Amos.

We will begin the day with a single elimination tournament to determine the leaders of the two conflicting sides, English and Sicilian.

Melee 1: Crusaders versus the Angry Sicilian Villagers
When Richard first landed in Sicily, he was riding with a group of knights through a small village and hearing the cry of a hunting hawk. He saw no houses around wealthy enough to keep hunting birds- that being the privilege of nobility in England. Upon following the noise, he found the bird in the house of a peasant. Richard proceeded to beat the man and take his bird. The villagers, unaware of who Richard was, came to the defense of their comrade and were able- after a skirmish- to chase off Richard and his men, who made off with the bird.
This is a “king killer” scenario. Each side will have a leader as determined by the previously run tournament. The side to kill the leader of their opponent first wins. This will be an untimed resurrection battle. Each fighter will have unlimited resurrections.

Melee 2: Richard versus Tancred
Richard and his army set camp outside the walls of Messina, and he entreated King Tancred to release his sister and her dowry. Tancred fearing reprisal released Joan but would not part with her fortune. Richard, who was depending on those funds to finance his crusade, decided to show force by occupying key positions near the city including a wealthy monastery and a tower near the straits of Messina.
This is a limited front scenario. There will be two buildings, the monastery and the tower, that must be taken. Attackers have unlimited resurrections. Defenders have no resurrections. This scenario will be run twice with each side taking turns attacking and defending. The side taking the two buildings in the least amount of time wins.

Melee 3: Riots in Messina
Tensions in Messina had risen to a boiling point after Richard had occupied the surrounding areas. The local leaders rose up in a riot and tried expel Richard&339;s forces from the city. Being overwhelmed by Richard’s superior troops, the Sicilian leaders, with their possessions in hand, raced to the harbor in an attempt to escape the city. Not wanting them to escape, Richard sent troops to the harbor to burn the ships and trap the rebels.
Think football! The field will have a harbor at each end, metaphorically end zones, and there will be a sack of the fleeing Messinians' possessions, metaphorically a football. Each side gets four attempts to score by their carrier getting the sack to the harbor. If the fighter carrying the sack is killed, the sides reset and try again from the point where the carrier was killed. Once one side has exhausted all four of their attempts without scoring, the other team takes over at the last point of possession to begin their four attempts going the other way. When a team scores a point, the scenario resets at the starting point and possession of the sack goes to the other side to begin their attempts to score. The side with the most points at the end of one hour of active fighting wins.

Rapier fighters will have two opportunities to test their skills.

To honor our new Monarchs, each fighter will be introduced at the beginning of the tournament by a herald and we will present our salutes en masse.

Our first tournament will be a double elimination tournament, bring your best.
Our second scenario will require 3 person teams, attacking the tower to rescue Richard's sister and her dowry.

Lord Tor anticipates running royal rounds or possibly IKAC. So, Atlantian archers, come prepared to show your skill!

Thrown Weapons:     
Lord Draco will be running a "Queen Joan" tourney. On the target will be gold to represent the inheritance stolen from the poor widow when she was taken captive. Each hit to a gold piece earns you a point.
However, an image of Richard's beloved sister will also be on the block. Hit dear Joan, and you lose all.

Staff Listing:
Autocrat:      Lady Thomas Merrystone (Susan Bush) 706/399-5431
Reservations:      Baron Olafr Starkadsson (Anton Berg) P. O. Box 3885, Augusta, GA 30914
Feastocrat:      Baroness Ginevra de'Rossi (Maria Capece-Munitz)
Chatelain:      Baroness Aldis Svansdottir (Stacey Berg)
MIC:      Baroness Tyra Jonsdattir
MOL:      Lady Brynna Aelfstanbury
Armored Combat Marshal:      Lord Wilhelm
Rapier Marshal:      Mistress Etain
Archery Marshal:      Lord Tor
Thrown Weapons Marshal:      Lord Draco
Chirurgeon/Waterbearer:      Dame Morwenna Trevethan
Field Coordinators