Challenges for Bardic Madness XXVI
Saints and Sinners
Fyt the First:
Good Fences – a Warm up Challenge
Once upon a time there was a Good Farmer. Right next door, however, lived a Bad Farmer. One day, just after dawn… Join us for this first-of-the morning warm up exercise… this year with a twist! What’s the twist? Come down and find out!
Patron: Lady Freydís in tryggva Sigurðardóttir
Perform a piece that is either wholly instrumental or where an instrumental accompaniment is critical to the piece. Bonus for performing a piece that relates in some way to the theme!
Patron: Marcial de Salas
Luxuria et Castitas (Lust and Chastity)
Matters of the heart drive many great stories – Tell the story – in song, poetry, or prose – of a romance where lust or chastity is a critical component of the narrative.
Avarita et Caritas, Invidia et Humanitas (Greed and Generosity, Envy and Kindness)
In the Middle Ages, there was an expectation that texts ought not to be purely decorative, nor only utilitarian, but that they should be “utile et dulce” – useful and sweet. Tell a tale (in your choice of media) of generosity and kindness, a piece that provides instruction in some manner, or that somehow embodies the concept of utile et dulce.
Their Royal Majesties will hols a short performance-court... while standing on their heads! Additional Court business may occur throught the rest of the day, at TRM's pleasure.
Patrons: Their Royal Majesties
Fyt the Second:
Ira et Patentia (Wrath and Patience)
Life is full of challenges and often the way we respond to these challenges profoundly affects the outcome of the situation. Perform a piece that explores how a response of anger or exceptional patience changed the course of a story.
Patron: Margaret Malise de Kyrkyntolaghe
Acedia et Industria (Sloth and Diligence)
The arts! Shopping! Serving! Fighting! Partying! Classes! The SCA includes many opportunities for productive ways to pass the time… or not. Perform a piece that tells of the hard work you (or others) do to support your kingdom, your group, or your chosen activities or the delights of pursing the less “productive” pursuits that SCA has to offer.
Patron: Faelan MacMillan
Virtue Turned Upside Down
Inverting the normal order appears at first view to be subversive. Sometimes it is ... and sometimes that is exactly what is needed. Share a view of when things appeared to be backwards or wrong but wound up just right.
Patron: Owen Alun
Fyt the Third:
Middle English Debate Poetry Challenge
Class Period I will include a class on Middle English Debate Poetry and the fruits of that class or other poems in that form will be presented as part of this challenge. Please see the Class page for details.
Patron: Kathryn Jenkins
Saints and Sinners have existed throughout history and while most of us fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, the scoundrels and the angels make for some excellent tales. Perform a piece that was written before 1600 (or an original piece composed in a documentably pre-17th century style) that tells the story of a historical person who lived before 1600) where the virtue (or lack thereof) of the protagonist is integral to the tale.
Blow Someone Else's Horn
Performing pieces from the era we study is an excellent way to honor the artists that came before us. It is also good to honor the history of the Society by performing the work of artists from our Current Middle Ages. Perform the work of some other SCA person - we’ll have a special chair up front for the author of your piece, if they are in attendance, to be recognized for their work!
Patron Jeoffrye Inman
The Royal Challenge:Northshield Verses for Northshield Versus...
A catchy tune, a quirky refrain, and lyrics where we don't all die... Perform a piece that has us all singing along (in Northshield's signature harmonic style) as we prepare for training, travel, and summer's Wars. Stir up our hearts and make the army light on its feet.
Patrons: Their Majesties
Fyt the Fourth:
Having drawn ten words from a hat, all on the theme of saints and sinners, naturally, compose a work of no more than five lines, incorporating all of the selected words. If you wish to try to use ALL the words, a complete list will be available from the Provost.
Patrons: Their Excellencies Robert and Leona Talbot
Gula et Temperantia (Gluttony and Temperance)
From the Brewers of Windhaven to the Feasts of Midewinde, Northshield is known for her bounty of food and drink. Perform a piece celebrating these delights, their overindulgence, or the attempted resistance of the same.
Pattron: Kathryn inghean Griffin
Suberbia et Humiiitas (Pride and Humility)
This is the 50th year of the Society, so let us indulge a bit in the sin of pride and present a song, story, or poem that exalts the wonder of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Or, if you are simply too virtuous for that, present a piece about a moment in which you felt humbled by the Crown, other gentles, or some experience in the game.
Patron: Master and Apprentice Aleksandr Vasilevych Lev
Bard, Scribe, Illuminator
We often look to religious documents and art for the inspiration for our award scrolls. In such religious art, saints are often depicted with their attributes – objects that identified the saint to the viewer (for example: St. Catherine’s wheel, St. Agnes’ lamb, St. Margaret and the dragon). Using a period hagiography or general saintly iconography as a guide, compose, write, and illuminate a piece immortalizing someone who is an example of “right living” in their culture or someone who is a “saint” of the SCA, including their primary attribute(s) in the illumination. This may be a team entry.
Wikipedia actually has a pretty good list of saints and their attributes to get you started: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_symbolism
Inspiration pieces: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/welcome.htm
Patrons: THL Aneira verch Aeddan ap Afagddu ap Bran and Sir James Applegate
What the heck is a Patron?
The Patron is the official sponsor of the challenge - you sit at the front of the Hall during your challenge, introduce each participant, and usually present each person with a small token. (This can be a pretty period-appropriate bead, a cookie, something related to the challenge, whatever small token of appreciation you would like ot offer.) This is meant to give a designated appreciator and a face to each challenge and is a neat way for less-performance-inclined bardic supporters to participate.