Altavia's Agincourt Anniversary Archery Tourney 2004

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Location: Altavia
Date: 5/1/2003

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The Altavian Agincourt Archery Tourney
In Altavia
September 12, 2004

The Barony of Altavia invites all of the archers of Caid (and the Populace too) to attend the much awaited return of the Altavian Agincourt Archery Tournament at Woodley Park, 6331 Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys, at the Sepulveda Recreation area where the 405 and 101 Freeways meet, in beautiful downtown Altavia.

We are celebrating the famous Battle of Agincourt, fought on October 24th and 25th, 1415 in Agincourt, France, where King Henry V, then just twenty-five years old, invaded France with 2500 knights, 8000 archers and an entire royal household. After capturing Harfleur, Henry and his army marched across France until they met the French army at Agincourt,, led by Charles D’Albrecht, Duke of Orleans, nephew of the mad King Charles VI and Jean Duke of Bourbon, with an army estimated at 50 to 60,000 men, mostly men at arms and gentry, with only a few archers. The English archers are credited with the astounding defeat of the French army; with their war bows and arrows, created mass mayhem and panic among the French and caused the army to literally disintegrate. The arrows were said to fall as thick as hailstones and caused mass mayhem to the French cavalry.

Come and celebrate this event with us! In addition to the famous Altavian Agincourt Shoot there will be games a-plenty, shade and good company, and archery games to test the skill of all!! Novices are welcome too; join in the fun!! Not authorized? Come early and our friendly Range Marshall staff will authorize you! This is going to be a “Royal Round-Free” event! We will have a Clout Shoot, a Castle Wall Shoot, Popinjay, and the infamous Altavian Rat Shoot. New this year: a stonebow demonstration by Sean Donovan of the Guardians of Saint Artemas. In addition, Legio IV Victrix will be doing a Pilum demonstration! Come and learn how Pilums were used by the Romans, and see authentic Roman-style contests and games of chance by Legio IV Victrix!

Our Altavian Champion will be selected by double-elimination Forester Round. In the Agincourt Shoot: archers will be placed into teams of two: one French and one English, and will aim to hit the devices of either the French or the English nobles. You score 15 points if you hit your opponent, -15 if you hit your own nobility, and if you hit your own King or Duke…woe unto you!!! Popinjay, graciously hosted by Master James of the Lake, will be available at lunch time, and a Clout Shoot, hosted by Phelan of Penguinroost will show the populace of Caid just what the French saw coming at them that fateful day.

In addition, a special appeal has come forth to the archers of Caid from Their Excellencies Duryn and AElfwyn. Our Baronial dump has been overrun by rats, and Our Baron and Baroness implore all of the Archers of Caid to come rid us of this dreaded pestilence. But be forewarned; due to the excellence of our good food these rats are fat and dangerous and aggressive, and have been known to attack!! It has also been brought to our ears that the dreaded Rat King, killed last year by the brave Robert Lanternsmith of Lyondemere, has had issue: and this Rat Prince has vowed revenge upon the Archers of Caid for the death of His father..this is very grim news indeed!! Our champion Rat Killer just might find him- or herself facing the son of the dreaded Rat King, and that this Son is larger, faster and meaner than His father!!

Schedule of the Day

8 am Site opens. Authorizations begin.
9 am Lysts open: Clout Shoot begins.
10 am Court: At Their Excellencies’s pleasure.
11 am Shooting begins: Forester Rounds. Authorizations end.
Lunch Popinjay: for those interested during breaks.
2 pm Agincourt Shoot, Castle Wall Shoot.
4 pm Altavian Rat Shoot.
5 pm Closing Court: at Their Excellencies’s pleasure.
6 pm Site Closes. -

Ongoing: Demonstrations by Legio IV Victrix. Stonebow Demonstration: by Sean Donovan of the Guardians of Saint Artemas.

The site fee will be $4.00 per adult. Children 7-12 will be $2.00, and those little ones 6 and under are guest of the Barony. A $3.00 non-member surcharge will apply. Make checks payable to “SCA Inc/ Barony of Altavia”.

Archery can be a dangerous activity, with pointed projectiles that are capable of traveling at 70 mph. Children are welcome at this event, but must be supervised by a parent or responsible adult at all times. Pets are allowed in the park if leashed at all times, but NO PETS ARE PERMITTED WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE ARCHERY RANGE: please respect this rule. Crossbows and broadheads are not allowed at Woodley Park. Merchanting is permitted in the confines of the Archery Range only; please contact the autocrat for details. This is a dry site.


  • From the 101 (east or west): Exit the 101 at Balboa and turn North. Turn Right on Burbank Boulevard and then Left on Woodley. Follow the directions to the Archery Range below.
  • From the 405: Exit Burbank Boulevard and turn West. Turn Right onto Woodley and follow the directions to the Archery Range Below.
  • To the Archery Range: In the right lane of Woodley, look for a black sign on the right that says “The Japanese Gardens.” Turn Right into this driveway. You will immediately come to a Y-intersection: keep to the extreme right of this Y-intersection. Follow the road past the wildlife area and cricket fields. You will shortly come to a traffic circle with a tree planted in the center of it. Keep to the LEFT of this circle and you will see a wooden sign that says “Archery Range.” Follow this road to the range. Keep in mind that parking at the range proper is limited: latecomers will have to park below at the picnic areas and walk up.

Event Steward

Lady Ingilborg Sigmundardóttir



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