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The Tenth Year

Beltane Coronation Festival
May 3-4, 1975

From The Page (May, 1975):


Will be held on May 3-4 at Coyote Hills Regional Park near Fremont. (Not Coyote Cree in San Jose!) Gates will be open, or someone on site to let you in to unload (parking is about one block away from the site on the other side of the gate), at 5 pm, Friday, May 2.

(directions omitted).

The May Coronation Festival will be a festival of the arts, sciences and games. Their Royal Highnesses especially invite the artists and artisans of the realm to attend and to teach. On Saturday, there will be held diverse seminars and demonstrations in subjects from heraldry to dance, calligraphy, armoring, and costuming. These will be interspersed with games, dancing and fighting. This is intended to be an opportunity for all to learn those graces and skills which they wish to know better. It is expected that in August, there will be no one who lacks the knowledge to enter the Arts Pentathalon.

If you can teach, and especially if you are coming from outside the Principality of the Mists, please contact either the Mistress of Arts, Mistress Christina of the Runes, or the Master of Sciences, Lord Brian Drittar an Conn. If possible, bring pens, bows, musical instruments, fencing, gear, etc. If you can bring enough to loan, so much the better.

Speaking of bringing, there is a fine firepit at the site and if everyone brought a log ...

[Note from Hirsch: The first three paragraphs were 'x'ed out -- a large "X" in pencil, I presume that the first two should have been (including the directions). Stapled to the front page of The Page are the new site directions to the Joaquin Miller Park.]

From the History (by Wilhelm):

This was originally scheduled for Mill’s College, but was changed to a new site, Coyote Hills Park, when it was discovered in April. The Park Rangers went on strike and four days before the tourney the site again was moved, to Joaquin Miller Park. The morning of the tourney saw the field beset with pea soup fog, constant drizzle, and forecasts of rain. So the outdoor part of the first day’s events were postponed and the tourney was moved to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley.

King Paul and Queen Carol held court. King Paul admitted Däwyd Suomalainen von Markheim to the Order of the Laurel. Everyone adjourned to the crowded chapel, where Andrew and Patrice were crowned by Paul and Carol. Then the sun came out. King Andrew and Queen Patrice held court in the main room. Gifts were presented to their majesties and humorous songs were sung. Several members of the Royal Jousting Society from England were present and paid their respects. King Andrew made John of Morris, their spokesman, an honorary knight of the West. A potluck dinner was held and revels commenced.

The following day’s events were held in Tilden Park in Berkeley, under clear sunny skies. Master of Archery Neil of Gyr turned the office over to Aurelia de la Licorne. Lists for the Queen’s Favor were held. Duke Paul of Bellatrix defeated Sir William the Lucky to win the favor. Lists for the title of Champion of the King’s Wards (Wardlord) were held. Einar aus Envelt was the winner, and had to hold the Maypole while all the wards danced around it, and, when he was suitably tied down by the streamers, they came and kissed him one by one. A body-looting contest was held by the College of Sciences. The winners were Duchess Carol of Bellatrix and Eilonwy de Lyur, who used Carol’s fur cloak to drag the loot back. Neil of Gyr won the archery contest. Einar aus Envelt was presented with the Old Battered Helm. There was no award for the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest for cassoulet, but Ruthven of Rockridge received an honorable mention. The Arts held seminars throughout the day on various subjects of interest.

Andrew of Riga
Sable, a wivern volant azure
fimbriated argent.
Patrice d'Cilla
Sable, a pegasus segreant argent
in dexter chief a dove descending
gules fimbriated argent.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission
Arms colored by Aja du Jardin

[Knighting of John of Morris] “An action that didn't sit well with a number of the Chivalry after John of Morris' condescending speech which denigrated our collective martial skill and stated that none of us could take one of their 'knights' in single combat because they were tougher and more skilled. Since they were essentially stuntmen with phony (painted knit fabric) mail and helmets that wouldn't pass a marshal's inspection for SCA combat, this didn't sit well. There was considerable muttering about putting it to the test, but nothing came of it.
     [Body Looting Contest] “This was one of those contests where the spectators got convulsed with laughter. It was quickly apparent which contestants were familiar with the workings of armor and which weren't and just how difficult it is to get armor off of a warrior who wasn't cooperating (they were all realistically limp). There were numerous minor abrasions and contusions as chinstraps were overlooked, camails caught on noses, mail snagged hair, limbs bent at uncomfortable angles and so-on (the 'corpses' complaining loudly and giving directions).” – Kevin Peregrynne

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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