On Saturday October 22nd, in the Barony of Iron Bog, more than 90 rapier fighters contended for the positions of King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champion. The tournament, run by Master Donovan Shinnock, the outgoing King’s Rapier Champion, followed the traditional two-round format, with the first round being multiple round-robin pools and the second round being a 16-person double elimination.
At the end of many friendly but hard-fought combats, the final four contenders were Master Caine Ramsey, Don Lupold Haas, Don Lottieri Malocchio and Don Remy Delemontagne de Gascogne. Lupold defeated Remy to advance to the finals. Malocchio defeated Caine to advance to the finals.
Don Malocchio and Don Remy
Lupold and Malocchio then fought a best three out of five finals. The fights were intense, passionate and joyful to behold. At the end, Lupold emerged as the victor and the new King’s Rapier Champion.
In court later that evening, Queen Anna selected Malocchio as her new Queen’s Rapier Champion.
Also in court, their Majesties issued a Writ commanding Malocchio to appear at a date and time to be determined to answer whether he would accept the accolade of the Order of Defense.
The fencers of the East gratefully thank the people of Iron Bog, the marshals and the list officials who made this wonderful day such a success.