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The Tenth Year

Prize Tourney and Hunt for St. Gunther’s Chalice -- Barony of Calafia
July 19-20, 1975

Held at Balboa Park, San Diego. The Prize Tourney was held on Saturday and the Chalice Hunt on Sunday. The prizes for the Saturday contests were a sword, dagger and mace made by Kirby Wise (Baron Kovacs Zoltan). There was also a Kirby dagger presented to the lady who conducted herself in the most pleasing and medieval manner. There was a bread baking contest. Baron Talanque and Katherine of Sheppy were the autocrats. Olivia de Montmarsh resigned as Seneschal of the barony.

“Kirby had "advertised" the prize tournament by showing the sword at several tournaments prior to this event. It had an bronze inlay of a dragon and jeweled grip. The matching dagger had a wire wrapped grip. Everyone would come up, admire the prizes and state their hope to win the sword. I would walk up, likewise to admire the sword, and upon returning it to its scabbard, I would tell Kirby, "I return my sword to you for safekeeping." This happened a full half dozen times. He would laugh, but later related the story to all who would listen for that is exactly what happened. I beat David the Iron Livered in the semi-finals and Hugh the Undecided in the finals. David won the consolation match earning the mace. Hugh won the dagger (and later gifted it to me, so I have the matched sword and dagger). Of the fighting, I remember winning the majority of the combats from my knees. I had been hit so hard on the thigh by David the Iron Livered that he welted me. I ended up the next day with a bruise from my hip to the knee and was barred from the next day's competition (I was limping), which prompted me to build steel leggings, (I was a Nauga-man up to that point).” – Martin the Temperate

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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