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The Tenth Year

Samhain Revel -- Barony of Madrone
November 1, 1975

Held at House Barque, Seattle, WA. Liam of the Barque was the autocrat. There were contests in storytelling, cookery (a horsemeat dish), mulled wine, and costumes: come as your persona’s ancestor or as an ancient god. Some 275 folk attended, from all parts of An Tir. In addition to celebrating Samhain, the Barque was also celebrating the wedding that morning of Susan the Specific and Edward of Stockwood. Susan and Edward were required to leap over a broom and toast each other in mead from an ancient Irish method. Susan had a cake broken over her head and was presented with a Kinsale cape, a traditional Irish wedding present, which is expected to last the bride the rest of her lifetime. Hild Kettlesbane astonished the happy couple with a unique subtlety representing a Neolithic passage-grave filled with skeletons in various compromising positions. Such was the lineup at the table that the horsemeat was devoured before the judges could get to it. Sean Gealt studied the pseudo entrails of a pseudo rabbit to predict the events of the coming year in true Motley fasion. Abra the Trader was named Pursuivant Extraordinary in Three Mountains and Michael of Dragonswood was named Pursuivant in Adiantum. Duncan of Chisholm was challenged to a leg contest by Elrond Blacksabre. Duncan still holds the title.

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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