Kingdom Arms by Robin of Thornwood Calligraphy by Robin of Thornwood Populous Badge by Robin of Thornwood

The Eleventh Year

Spring Investiture -- Principality of An Tir
April 16, 1977

Held at the Tacoma Community College in Building 15, Tacoma, WA. The House of the Black Rose autocratted the event. Prince Edward and Princess Almatea held their final court. Prince Edward gave Awards of Arms to Athelas of the Knife and Benedicite Draconia Traepishka. The Law of An Tir was read. Baron Gerhard Kendal of Westmoreland and André Lesard presented their Hignesses with boffers and boffer-helms. After the Grand March Viscount Steingrim Stallari and Viscountess Fiona di Varanus came forward to be crowned Prince and Princess of An Tir. Oaths of fealty were exchanged, and Almatea was made a Viscountess and Lady of Valorous Estate. Princess Fiona named Manfred der Blutfalfe, Domric the Sober, Ludwig von Lemminghaus, and Morgan of Aberystwyth to be her Princess’ Guard. Alisoun Varena was made First Mistress of the Pied Piper’s Place, a cooperative child-care corner at tourneys. Viscountess Anne of Caerdydd presented Their Highnesses with a pair of pillows, with their arms. Manfred der Blutfalfe presented the Great War Sword of State to Prince Steingrim, which was white, with a red tip, and bore a strong resemblance to a blind man’s cane. There followed after the presentations a live chess game, which white won. A revel was held at Canterbury Inn in Seattle.

Steingrim Stallari
Paly of six Or and sable, a
fess counterchanged.
Fiona di Varanus
Gules, a pale cotised Or,
overall a Komodo dragon
embowed in pale vert.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission
Colored by Evaine ni MacGregor

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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