Merlins battle near Bosworth
For England and Sir Harry! Now in the winter of our happy content made
glorious summer by the sun in Warks. On the 23rd March forty three
Knights of the Merlins set forth once again in search of the Holy Tiller
in the variable winds and waters of Shustoke.
This, the start of a
predicted hard and extended campaign, saw early skirmish in the first
battle as skittish mounts were regrouped on three occasions. The
shambles were exploited by "Chambulls" of Warren who advanced to the
first mark aggressively. But no question of to be or not to be in this
small hamlet as the steeds of Richard the 1st (former Champion),
Richard the Pretender, Sir David, Sir Simon de Blake and Prince William
of Rainey (with the support of the King) galloped in hot pursuit and
constant harrow. The vast experience of Richard the 1st prevailed as he
took the blue standard at the finish.
The second battle saw Sir David
spirit his way to the front only to be engaged in prolonged one to one
combat and eventually forced to submit by Richard I. With two battle
wins, Richard was assured of the crown and retired to the hills
overlooking the battle scene to watch those seeking secondary spoils.
The Pretender rode mightily into the third battle only to be cruelly cut
down by the superior kite weaponry of Sir David who claimed pyrrhic
victory over his victim who had been doomed from the start. Sir Simon
de Blake-fort hard and consistently and was rewarded for his emprise but
gave way to the superior gallantry of his mother.
The battle trophies
were claimed and vows made to resume at the next bloody pitch towards
the south at Banbury. Cry havoc and let loose the boats for more!
Glorious in Victory : Richard Estaugh and Andy
Bloodied but not down: " Phantom Menace" David Winder and Jill
Tomorrow is another day: "Manana" Simon Blake and Linton Jenkins
Licking wounds: "Millenium Falcon" Will Rainey and Jenny
"Chambulls" William Warren and