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The Tenth Year

Purgatorio Coronation Festival
August 2-3, 1975

Held in Big Trees Camp, Redwood Regional Park, Alameda County, California. King Andrew and Queen Patrice held court in the shade, owing to the excessive heat of the day. Karina of the Far West announced her new position as Lady Laurel, King-at-Arms, for the Society. She then turned over the office of Vesper Principal Herald to Wilhelm von Schlüssel. Leon de Asturias was made Green Cloak Herald, and Sir William the Lucky was made Banner Herald. Sir Jon Fitz-Rolf turned over the office of Master of Sciences to Brian Dritar an Con. The engagement of Hugh ap Llewellyn and Eilis ni Roihard O’Boirne was announced, as was the birth of a daughter, Kelly Christine, to Sir Kevin Perygrynne and Lady Patrice di Cour Fidele. The resignations of Founding Baron David of Castlewhyte and Founding Baroness Sheryl of Castlewhyte as Baron and Baroness of of Golden Rivers were read. King Andrew appointed Sir Kevin Peregrynne and Lady Patrice di Cour Fidele Baron and Baroness of Golden Rivers. King Andrew gave Awards of Arms to Grey Colin of the Axe and Valency Quicksilver and admitted Matriona du Cameliard to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. Then he gave a Grant of Arms to Wilhelm von Schlüssel. King Andrew admitted Alice of Briarbrook to the Order of the Pelican, and Bevin Fraser of Sterling, Tyra Stuart of Moray, Johann Heinrich Michael Siemon von Wernigerod, Jean-Paul Menraith, Josquin du Bois Vert, Piers Howells de Cambria, and Ximena Aubel de Cambria to the Order of the Laurel. To the cheers of all present he then knighted Terrence of Halliday. Queen Patrice presented her Queen’s Cypher to Bern Bellower, Carol of Bellatrix, Martin the Temperate, and Orric of the Spur. King Andrew appointed Baroness Geraldine of Toad Hall to be Ambassadress at Large during her forthcoming travels through the country and over to Great Britain. Then in his last official act as King, King Andrew presented Awards of Arms to Aaron and Sterling of Toad Hall.

Following a break for lunch, King Andrew and Queen Patrice crowned Douglas Longshanks and Lorna of Leeds King and Queen of the West. Queen Lorna reformed the Queen’s Guard, appointing Rand of Dunbar Captain, and admitting Olaf the Maedi-Ogre, Ladbrag Houndstooth, Craig of the Chambers, Richard of Havn, Trude Lacklandia, Christopher of Hoghton, Martin the Temperate, and Lorin Sur la Roche. Following court, the Arts Pentathlon and Queen’s Favor competition were run. The next day saw the fighters fighting a Viking Holmgang. A square is set up, and a fighter wins if he kills his opponent, or drives him outside of the square. Final court began with a performance of belly dancing by the dancers in House Dragon’s Faun, and the passing of Ye Royal Pygge. The winner of the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest for chilled fruit soup was an anonymous entry with gaspacho. Second place went to Steven of Northfield. The winner of the Order of the Crock contest for brewed anything was Master Beverly Hodghead for ginger beer. Second place was Orric of the Spur for root beer. The winner of the Queen’s Favor was Duke Paul of Bellatrix. King Douglas presented Duke Paul with the rosemary wreath for Most Valourous. Queen Lorna presented Duke James Greyhelm with the rosemary wreath for Most Chivalrous and Courteous. The Archery contest was won by Neil of Gyr. The Old Battered Helm was passed on to Morven of Carrick. The Grand Winner of the Arts Pentathlon was Baroness Trude Lacklandia, the only one who entered all fifteen categories, followed by Lady Adrienne of Toledo, who entered all but one. The individual winners were: Gurning - Ronal Negra-Kohn; Costuming - Linda-Mureal von Katzenbrasse; Stichery - Amanda of Cawdor; Metalworking - Henrik of Havn; Brewing - Rima of Rockridge; Singing - Rima of Rockridge; Dancing - Janet Breakstone; Musical Performance - Philip the Fierce; Calligraphy - Trude Lacklandia; Illumination - Amanda of Cawdor; Poetry - Amanda of Cawdor; Musical Composition - Kathea ver Kaeysc; Woodworking - Adrienne of Toledo.

Douglas Longshanks
Sable, a pentaskelion of
armoured legs argent.
Lorna of Leeds
Or, an escarbuncle of six
flory azure.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission
Arms colored by Aja du Jardin

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“The entries for the kingdom events are much longer starting here, as this is when I took over as Vesper Principal Herald. As the court herald, I submitted writeups of these events to The Page, and thus became the unofficial kingdom historian. I also attempted to recast the Order of Precedence to reflect the actual day each event was given. (Previously it was just done by month.) This was because the College of Scribes needed to know the day of each award, and the King and Queen who gave it, so the scroll backlog could be dealt with. So I expanded the search to identify for each event which awards were given to who by whom. I went through past issues of the Page to get the events, and any writeup of the event, and then tracked down each past monarch to determine who bestowed each award. This finally led to the full Chronicles we are now commenting on.” – Wilhelm von Schlüssel

“Interesting, I always had the impression that Douglas appointed us, though somehow I should have known better, it's probably because we swore our oaths to Douglas at the next event. This is one of the few major events that we missed during this part of our careers, but bringing Patti and Kelly home from the hospital had priority.” – Kevin Peregrynne

[Re: Laurel King of Arms] “There are two inaccuracies here. I didn’t use King, I used Queen; and I followed mundane usage as in “Garter King of Arms.” My title was thus Laurel Queen of Arms. “Lady” was an extra courtesy prefix, as in “my lord King” (cf. Shakespeare), and not part of the title.” – Karina of the Far West

“Thought you might like this. I transcribed this recently for Lorna of Leeds. This was written and sung for Douglas at Doug and Lorna's (second?) coronation, commemorating his win. This would be the crown tourney in which he beat William the Lucky in the finals (as "implied in the last chorus.) [See Appendices]” – Martin the Temperate

From an email received April 4, 2005:
[The winner of the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest for chilled fruit soup was an anonymous entry with gaspacho.] "Actually the winner was me (known then as Fiona MacGregor - and the entry was "gazpacho" with a "z"). Shows how far we've come in our culinary research, doesn't it?!" -- Natalya de Foix

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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