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The Eleventh Year

Brotherhood of the Blade Melee -- Barony of the Angels
March 26-27, 1977

Held at Arroyo Seco Park, Pasadena, CA. Prince Martin and Lord Charles of Dublin were the autocrats. Some twenty-six fighters showed up to take part in the ten melees, no two of which were quite the same. After ten fights the High Point Man and winner was Prince Martin, followed by Sir William the Lucky and Patrick of Innisfree. Tamsin of the Raven Tresses twice led her team to victory. A twenty minute continuous melee was held for those who had not fought enough, in which a dead man resurrected after two minutes, and wounded men healed in one. Prince Martin’s team suffered casualties of 22 dead and 7 wounded, while Viscount Hugh the Undecided’s team had 21 dead and five wounded. These remarkably even statistics were due to the fact that Patrick of Innesfrae switched from Hugh’s to Martin’s team at some point to even up the teams. Patrick was the only person to survive the full twenty minutes without being killed, and only wounded once. After closing court everyone adjourned to the revel hosted by Lord Guy de Montvert.

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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