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The Tenth Year

Spring Crown Tourney
March 20, 1976

From The Page (May, 1976):

A CHRONICLE OF THE MARCH CROWN TOURNEY

Fair Skies and a warm sun graced the March Crown Tourney, which was held at Silvandale, Coyote Creek Park in San Jose.

The Challenge matches began at 10:00 A.M. followed by three melees. Court was held at Noon. Their Majesties, William and Donna, were presented with the Kingdom War Banner by the Queen's Guard. Fashioned by Mistress Formflait Ni Cuallacta, it had been carried at the Caid Rebellion last year, but had needed a few finishing touches before being presented officially. One of these touches apparently was two small holes, damage incurred at the Caid rebellion. lady Fiona MacGregor, Seneschale of Caid, yelled a challenge that the banner would have more holes : that it would be demolished at the coming Caid rebellion, which will be held on May 15, in Reislingshire.

Michael of Dragonswood and Alyanora of Vinca were created Baron and Baroness of Adiantum. Awards of Arms were presented to: Mary Taran of Glastonbury, Joanna de Paquerette, Kaththea ver Kaesyc, Melanie of the Coll, Eilis ni Roibeard O'Boirne, and Stephen von Behrend. Maelen of Kynge's Lea was admitted to the Order of the Leaf of Merit.

Baron Mahie McFergy from Caid presented Thier Majesties with a long awaited (since Twelfth Night) pair of 4 1/2' long pageant horns.

Following Court, the Crown Lists and the competition for the Order of the Wooden Spoon (which was yeast breads) were held.

Between the Lists, there was dancing, with beginners as well as the more experienced dancers participating. The College of Equestrian Arts sold food during the day. The Decennial Quest Committee held an auction to raise funds for the Quest at the May Anniversary Festival.

In the end, Duke Paul of Bellatrix bested Sir Terence of Haliday in the Lists. His Grace Paul and his lady, Duchess Carol, were invested as Crown Prince and Crown Princess during the afternoon Court. The winner of the Wooden Spoon competition was Gray of Ravenshold.

Master Beverly Hodghead presented His Majesty with the Order of the Crock for the Twelfth Night mead competition. King William had placed first, second and third. Guy de Montford was awarded the Mucking Great Clubbe for his ferocity in battle. Duchess Marynel of Darkhaven admitted Daphne of Dubray, Diana av Fjell Tusenfryden, Erin of Lemen tide [web minister correction: Erinn of Lemati], Baron Micahel of Dragonswood, Kera, Perscilla, and Phillip of the House of Cruzan to the Duchess' Order of Grace (her own personal order) for the great hospitality they showed her in An Tir. Queen Donna admitted Sven MacChlurain to the Queen's Order of Grace.

His Majesty William elevated Amanda of Cawdor to the Order of the Laurel.

After Court was adjourned, a revel was held at the National Guard Armory in Sunnyvale, sponsored by the College of Equestrian Arts. One of the newcomers to SCA (this was her first event) was celebrating her birthday, with the help of the cake and verses written and sung by several of the poets present. Small pockets of unscheduled singing were going on through the evening, and there was more dancing.

Treya N'Iurge ar Glanabred, Acting Chronicler,
Province of St. Andrew's


From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Coyote Creek Park, San Jose, California. The day began at ten in the morning with challenge matches, followed by three melees. At noon King William and Queen Donna held court. The Queen’s Guard presented Their Majesties with the Kingdom War Banner. King William named Michael of Dragonwood and Alyanora of Vinca to be Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Adiantum. King William gave Awards of Arms to Eilis ni Roibeard O’Boirne, Joanna de Paquerette, Kaththea verKaeysc, Mary Taran of Glastonbury, Melanie of the Coll, and Stephen von Behrend. Baron Mahie McFergy presented Their Majesties with a pair of straight trumpets for fanfares. Following court the Crown Lists were held, as was the Wooden Spoon competition for yeast breads. Duke Paul of Bellatrix defeated Sir Terrence of Halliday in the Crown Lists. At afternoon court, Duke Paul and his lady, Duchess Carol of Bellatrix, were crowned with laurel wreaths and proclaimed Crown Prince and Crown Princess of the West. Master Beverly Hodghead presented His Majesty with the Order of the Crock award for the Twelfth Night mead competition, in which King William had placed first, second, and third. Guy de Montfort was awarded the Muckin’ Great Clubbe. Gray of Ravenshold was the winner of the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest. King William admitted Amanda of Cawdor to the Order of the Laurel. Queen Donna admitted Sven MacChlurain to the Queen’s Order of Grace. Duchess Marynel of Darkhaven created her own personal Duchess’ Order of Grace, and admitted Daphne of Dubray, Diana av Fjell Tusenfryden, Erinn of Lemati, Michael of Dragonswood, Kera, Prescilla, and Phillip of the House of Cruzan. That evening a revel sponsored by the College of Equestrian Arts was held at the National Guard Armory in Sunnyvale.


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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