Kings, lords, duchesses and other royalty descended on on Jan. 15 to partake in the ultimate battle: Who does the park really belong to?
OK, we all know that the park really belongs to L.A. County. But for a couple of hours on Saturday, the Society for Creative Anachronism hosted a melee tournament called the "Angels Melee Tourney & Border Skirmish," where fighters--as well as 17th-century arts and science aficionados--re-created the era while claiming clout and prestige ... all without losing a limb or two.
Check out our video on the right to see all the action.
Fighters like "Konstantin Ulfson" (aka Stephen Huges from Las Vegas), "Honorable Lord Thorin O'seaghdha" (aka Clark Acton) -- as well as royalty like "Sir Wilhelm Skalla Grimm" and observers like "Duchess Faizeh al-Zarga" -- all partook in day-long festivities where everyone was in character, from head to toe. Unlike Renaissance Faires or LARPing, which are often related to this, each individual creates his or her own character, rather than re-enacting a particular person from the past.