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The Eleventh Year

Peasants Revel -- Barony of Adiantum
March 26, 1977

From The Page (March, 1977):

THE BARONY OF ADIANTUM (Hendricks Park, Eugene) will be the site for a grand revel for the lower classes. All serfs, peasants, churls, and wenches are invited to attend this special event. There will be Norse stickball, clench-a-wench, dancing and free-form wrestling. There will also be contests of skill, strength and artistic ability.

This will be a potluck event (beginning at 2:00 p.m.). For a perfect meal, be sure to bring a contribution. Trenchers, cups (no expensive goblets, please) and drinkables are all advisable, but this being a peasant revel, no utensils are needed or wanted.

Contests: there will be many contests, with prizes being presented by the Lord of the event and the contest autocrat. (Only one Lord and his Lady will be acknowledged at the revel; all others attending will be considered fellow peasants.)

Grovelling--a contest to find the most loyal (?) peasant of the revel. All grovelling, pandering and hem kissing will be directed at the Lord of the event and/or the Lady if she so chooses.

Swill--cheapest and best tasting beverages; both alcholoic and non-alcoholic. All entries must come with a recipe and the cost estimate. Looks are of no importance.

Gruel--best tasting stew, soup or mush using no meat and only seasoned with onions, garlic, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. No other seasonings are allowed. Again, looks are of no importance.

Magic Talisman--a protective amulet or talisman used for personal protection (not for use in any magic). Each entrant must explain his talisman and describe its historical accuracy.

Peasant Bridge--you must cross a bridge made from a single log but you have an opponent who also wants to cross and doesn't want you to. (No weapons are to be used.)

Farm Implement/Weapon--real and useful medieval farm tool to be judged on authenticity and use. The function of the tool as a weapon is secondary.

There will also be contests for most authentic peasant and twilsey-wopping. This is going to be a down-to-earth revel, so please don't wear your court clothes or any other clothing that might be ruined. If you don't have any peasant wear or other grubby costumes, they are easy to make and there is plenty of time till March. Whatever you wear, I suggest you dress warmly and bring some kind of cloak for the evening chill. (From Yagar Stumpface, scribed by Lord O'Guin Silverwolf.)


From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Hendricks Park, Eugene, OR. All peasantry were invited. There was Norse Stick Ball, Clench-a-Wench, dancing, and free-form wrestling. There were contests of skill, strength, and artistic ability. There was a potluck feast. Contests: Groveling, swill. One Lord and one Lady at event. (See p. 13, May 77 Crier)


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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