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The Brave and Bonny Host

Song Written by Roger the Goliard

Background by Countess Melissa Kendal of Westmoreland

Foreword by Mistress Elizabeth Braidwood: The Brave and Bonnie Host is An Tir's anthem. It is most often sung during the Investiture of the Lists at every Crown Tourney as the combatants and their consorts are introduced to the Crown. Recently, it was sung at the conclusion of the Coronation Ceremony of Their Majesties, Thorin and Sineidin, and every voice in the entire hall took part. I've also heard it sung around bardic fires, on trips to wars, and at the Twentieth Year Celebration as King Arthur and Queen Melissa processed in to the Grand Court.

Regarding The Brave and Bonny Host - Master Roger wrote the song on the way to the Myrganwoode War which happened while [An Tir was still a principality of the West Kindom and] Steingrim was King of the West. On the way home, Master Roger refined it (that's why Mistress Maelen of Catcott still has problems with the words - she learned it at the war).

The occasion which most vividly sticks out in my mind in which Master Roger sang Brave and Bonny Host, is at the first Twelfth Night Coronation of the Kingdom of An Tir. We had just seen our first King and Queen crowned and Master Roger struck up Brave and Bonny Host while standing on a small balcony overlooking the entire room from behind and above the Thrones.

Master Roger even repeated a verse but we followed him right along. Elvina Effynewoode's sister, Caroline, was attending her first event or so; and she had been hearing about the Society for years but during those moments was the first time she truly understood. We were all so completely proud to be An Tirian.

Incidentally, His [then current] Royal Majesty Thorin, was Champion of An Tir during that time.

Countess Melissa Kendal of Westmoreland
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