As most of you probably know Double Wars consists of two wars, the Knäckebröd War and Magna Carta. But how come we are fighting these wars and have Double Wars always looked like this? Well, let’s hear the story!
The origin of Knäcke (as the whole event was called from the beginning) is dimmed by the shadows of history, at least if you ask the persons involved in the founding of the event. One wonders if there was some other substance involved that affected their memories.
Anyway, in the ancient Shire of Attemark (then called Torsheim) the people had for a long time discussed a spring war event. After a long, cold and dark winter everyone was longing for an excuse to bring out the dammed aggressions of the Nordic winter. The proper weekend was soon settled, but then the question arose – ”What shall we fight about?”
In AS XXII a counsel was held in the shire and we still know the names of some of the participants, Catrin Gwynystlum, Morgan de Grey, Ylva Enhörning and Claudwick von Naerdinckhove. Many suggested excuses for war was abandoned and nothing seemed to be serious enough (and yet not too serious) to do battle about. The counsel dragged on. And on. And on. Hence, the Council was getting hungry and Ylva started to spread a sandwich. By now we all can imagine what kind of bread it was. Yes, of course it was a knäckebröd. While she was doing this the others was starring at her drained of all ideas. Suddenly a small question popped up: ”Is she really spreading the bread on the right side?” The question immediately split the Council into two parties, one in favour of the flat side and one in favour of the holy side. The debate went on for a while before everyone realised that this was the cause for battle. The Knäckebröd War was born!
The first Knäckebröd War was held in AS XXIII at Hörrs Nygård. The battles went on for three days and the seven fighters swept over the battle field like giants, probably due to the fact that the trees were only waist height. The non-fighting populace enjoyed themselves with archery, handicraft and bardic competitions. Everyone thought it was a great event and agreed on making it a springtime tradition. Over the years the Knäckbröd War grew slowly but surely and got a more international touch by all people from Germany, UK and US. Some new elements were added to the war, such as archery and art & science. These elements were not permanent but was included if there were enough interest.
AS XXVIII something happened that shaped the event to what we know today as Double Wars. Inspired by the Pennsic War, Morgan de Grey wanted to create a more tactical war. In order to let more people be a part of the war it extended to also comprise archery, fencing and art & science. The reason for this war was the king’s wish to tax the city of Viborg. The local merchants and great men opposed this and the conflict was a fact. Lord Harabanar came up with the name Magna Carta and Ravenscraig organised it. The event was also extended to one week. In that instant the Double Wars was created. It was decided that Magna Carta should be fought on Thursday and Friday and the Knäckbröd War should be a pure heavy fighting war on Saturday. For the last couple of years the Knäckebröd War has been more focused on being a war that everyone at the event could contribute in so it has also contained for example costume parade, kubb, fencing, archery, board games, poems and banner parade.
Since then the framework of the Double Wars has been almost the same. As the event stretched over a week it was possible to add more and more activities, e.g. archery practice and competitions and fencing during the week. It also became a custom to give some tournaments during the week. At Double Wars IX the Rose Tourney was introduced and has ever since been an appreciated element. AS XXXII Double Wars X was struck by the ”plague” and about 75 per cent of the population suffered from the illness. Double Wars XIII was the first time that the Nordmark Coronet Tournament was included.
If you want to know more about the early days of Double Wars, try to catch any of the relics at an event and bribe him or her with a jug of beer.
To this date and to the author’s knowledge the victories in the Knäckebröd War are almost equally shared by the Flat side and the Holy side. In the Magna Carta War there is a slight advantage to the Lilies over the Falcons.
But this can change several times, and I’m sure it will, in the many years yet not past but to become the history of the Double Wars.
|Event name||Knäckebröd War||(winner)||Magna Carta
(or other war)
|1988||XXIII||Knäcke I||I||Holy side|
|1989||XXIV||Knäcke II||II||Holy side|
|1990||XXV||Knäcke III||III||Holy side|
|1991||XXVI||Knäcke IV||IV||Flat side|
|1992||XXVII||Knäcke V||V||Flat side|
|1993||XXVIII||DW VI||VI||Flat side||I||Lilies|
|1994||XXIX||DW VII||VII||Flat side||II||Lilies|
|1995||XXX||DW VIII||VIII||Holy side||III||Lilies|
|1996||XXXI||DW IX||IX||Holy side||IV||Lilies|
|1997||XXXII||DW X||X||Flat side||V||Falcons|
|1998||XXXIII||DW XI||XI||Holy side|
|1999||XXXIV||DW XII||XII||Holy side||Lilies|
|2001||XXXVI||DW XIV||XIV||Flat side||Lilies|
|2002||XXXVII||DW XV||XV||Holy side|
|2004||XXXIX||DW XVII||XVII||Flat side||Lilies|
|2005||XL||DW XVIII||XVIII||Holy side||Lilies|
|2006||XLI||DW XIX||XIX||Holy side||??|
|2007||XLII||DW XX||XX||Holy side||??|
|2008||XLIII||DW XXI||XXI||Flat side||Baronial War||Nordmark|
|2009||XLIV||DW XXII||XXII||Flat side||Power of Princes||Prinz Franz|
|2010||XLV||DW XXIII||XXIII||Flat side||Heavy wet
|2011||XLVI||DW XXIV||XXIV||Flat side|
|2012||XLVII||DW XXV||XXV||Holy side||Baronial War||Gotvik|
|2013||XLVIII||DW XXVI||XXVI||Flat side||Magna Carta||Lilies|
|2014||L||DW XXVII||XXVII||Flat side||War of the rotten fish||Aarnimetsä|
|2015||XLX||DW XXVIII||XXVIII||Holy side|