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The Tenth Year

Summer Revel -- Barony of the Golden Rivers
July 13, 1975

Held at Alumni Grove, California State University, Sacramento, CA. Josette du Chantecleer and Peter La Savage were the autocrats. A communal banquet was prepared by the men of the barony.

[Josette ... autocrats] “The last sentence is a perfect example of covering-up a potential debacle saved by an all-out effort with one brief sentence.
     “Josette, as an autocrat, suffered from three of the cardinal sins:
     1. not getting her budget approved by the exchequer and spending out of control,
     2. not giving adequate notice of requirements left out of the planning process (leaving everybody else to scramble to protect the barony's reputation), and
     3. promising for somebody else without checking with them (ditto in spades, and with cursing added).
     “The bottom line was that, YES, the men of the barony DID prepare a communal banquet - with two days notice (that's the requirement part - her whim with NO consultation and the promising for others part). With me, my squire Strider and Douglas Longshanks (who was either Crown Prince or King at the time) Barbequeing steak to order (here's the cost over-run) for 50.
     “Definitely an example of how not to plan and run and event, not to mention making friends and favorably influence people.” – 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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