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The Eleventh Year

Spring Coronet Tourney -- Principality of An Tir
March 12, 1977

From The Page (March, 1977):

THE BARONY OF MADRONE will host the An Tir Coronet Tourney in the Conelly Centre, Seattle University. (See directions.) Set-up, or carrying in of gear, will commence at 11 AM. The Grand March and tourney events themselves must begin at noon sharp; fees are levied by the hour for the premises and we must vacate by 6 PM. Before noon, gear may be stacked along the walls, as long as it does not interefere with activities taking place. It can be distributed afterwards. The facility is a huge gymnasium paved in Astroturf, an invention of the dread wizard Monsanto. Such are its eerie qualities, however, that no open flames-smoking materials or candlewarmers--may be permitted within the confines of the room, lest the sward catch fire.

This is one March Coronet that will not be dependent on any fort of weather: ladies may wear their prettiest gowns without fear of mud, and the populace need not bring pavilions to fend off the rain. Fighters should be aware that Astroturf has fangs; they should cover any areas of bare skin that are likely to contact the ground.

The Connelly Centre lies in an area infested by thieves and cutpurses; it would be unwise to leave valuables--or aught not nailed down--in fire-chariots, whether locked or unlocked. Besides selection, by combat, of the next Prince of An Tir, events will include a contest sponsored by the Ladies of Valorous Estate, for the most chivalrous gentleman and lady. Other contest will be announced in Ye Crier. Fighting will commence with the lists and proceed, time allowing, to challenges, that we may indeed vacate the premises by 6 PM as we must. The facility rents for $20/hour (or, for the six hours, $120) and the helm will be passed. It would be helpful if the various other baronies and shires in An Tir would contract to purchase some of this time. All who attend should plan to donate at least $1.00, if at all feasible.

(directions omitted)

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in the Conelly Centre, Seattle University, Seattle, WA. Baron Liam of the Barque was the autocrat. Prince Edward and Princess Almatea held court after the Grand March. Prince Edward gave Awards of Arms to Seamus MacChluraid of Glenerochaidh and Sigelgaita the Silvertongued. Donn an Bronach presented the Monboggian Horde with a war banner: Argent, semé of vegies proper. Bolverk of Momchilovich gave Nhille von Haukenkrantz a ring, symbol of the Order of the Silver Rose, for having placed second in the last Coronet Lists. Coronet Lists were held, with Sir Steingrim Stallari defeating Sir Elrond Blacksabre. Lady Fiona di Varanus was Steingrim’s lady. Morgan of Aberystwyth won the Dying contest, Alyson Verena of Or won the quiche contest, and David of Bagulay won the Bardic contest. The Barques flying coconut pull-toy was abducted by a group from Lion’s Gate. Crier staffers were presented with CRIER Staph Staves (Butterfly nets on poles). A box lunch auction for the Crier was held, with Genevra of Estolat’s going highest.

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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