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The Eleventh Year

Coronation Festival
April 23-24, 1977

From The Page (April, 1977):

Beltane Coronation Festival will take place on April 23 and 24 at Big Trees Campbround, Oakland, CA.

There will be Archery and Equestrian Arts competitions (see the Announcements section(. There will also be a Wooden Spoon Competition (Breakfast, which must be served at 10:00 AM, and be pre-1400 in nature) and an Order of Arachne's Web competition (any kind of lacework, with flowers as the theme in honor of spring).

From The Page (June, 1977):

Chronicle of the April Coronation

The court of King Andrew and Queen Patrice was visited by King Deaton Claymore and Queen Care Cheri from Atenveldt, and by Prince Martin the Temperate and Princess Arabella from Caid. King Andrew gave Awards of Arms to Guy of the Silver Horses and Kathleen of Kittens, and admitted Duryn the Red, Randolph the Devious, Rodrigo de Cerdana, and Yolanda del Campo to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. Then he made Bjo of Griffen and Ximena Aubel de Cambria Court Baronesses, and Piers Howells de Cambria a Court Baron. Beverly Hodghead and Gabrielle NicChlurain were admitted to the Order of the Pelican; Morrigan Caillte Fitz-Rolf was admitted to the Order of the Laurel; and Gregory of York was knighted. Queen Patrice admitted Baroness Rowen-Lynn of Woodvine to the Queen's Order of Grace, and gave her Queen's Cypher to Christiana Juliana dell Onda, Fiona Gregorovna, and Suzanne Justine.

Then came the Grand March, followed by the coronation of King Terrence and Queen Jennet. Their Majesties named Patrice d'Cilla Duchess of the West. Queen Jennet reinstated the Queen's Guard, and admitted to it Christopher of Hoghton, Mary of Uffington, Karl of Clan Colin, Lodbrog Houndstooth, William Allen, Heinrich Palantine, Marshal of Eaglesbane, Edward of Southhaven, Richard of Havn, Sven MacChlurain, David Westerville, Steen Halvorsen, and Benjamin von Ermantrodt, with Brian Dritar an Con as Captain of the Queen's Guard. King Terrence gave Awards of Arms to Aellyn Samildanach, Allisandra Olympia Martiessa de Constantine, and Nicholas Worthington. Then he admitted Baron Sylvanus Andere, Sir Sean Macarailt, and Duke Andrew of Riga to the Order of the Leaf of Merit.

After court the Arts Pentathlon held the first of five of its contests for the year: the winners will be announced later. The Equestrian Tourney was canceled, except for the Equestrian Archery, due to transportation difficulties. There was a bardic contest in the evening. Sunday saw the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest for breakfasts, the Archery Tourney, lists for Wardlord and Queen's Champion, dancing, and a Maypole.

King Terrence and Queen Jennet held formal closing court early in the afternoon on Sunday, for the benefit of those who had a long way to travel. At court, Duchess Verena of Laurelin announced that there was a tie for the title of Philanderer of the Year: Robear du Bois and Earl Kevin Perigrynne (who was co-winner last year). The Olde Battered Helm was presented to Karl of Clan Colin. King Terrence gave Awards of Arms to Allyson Silvermeadow, Arcadia de Bella Fortuna, Catarenya Adkoskha, Cliveden d'Cheiux, Duncan Greencastle, Elaine of Wogen Cavern, Deborah Dreamspinner, Steen Halvorsen, Sven MacChlurain, and Tamsin of the Raven Tresses. David Westerville was invested as the new Wardlord, and Sir Steven MacEanruig was proclaimed Queen's Champion. The winners of the Order of the Wooden Spoon were April of the Dales and Tadhg (they tied). Aarond the Grey won the Equestrian Archery contest, receiving a handmade quiver as the prize. Rodrigo de Cerdana won the Archery Tourney. Then all fled the scene to avoid the threatened rain.

(There were many fine presentations, and several Funny Incidents -- all of which we had to leave out, due to loack of space. This much abridged chronicle is the Wonderful Work of Wilhelm von Schlüssel. -- Ed.)


From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Big Trees Camp, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, California. The court of King Andrew and Queen Patrice began at noon. King Deaton Claymore and Queen Care Cheri from Atenveldt were visiting, as were Prince Martin and Princess Arabella from Caid. Scrolls were handed out. King Andrew gave Awards of Arms to Guy of the Silver Horses and Kathleen of Kittens and admitted Duryn the Red, Randolph the Devious, Rodrigo de Cerdaña and Yolanda del Campo de Cerdaña to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. Then he made Bjo of Griffin (Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani) and Ximena Aubel de Cambria Court Baronesses and Piers Howells de Cambria a Court Baron. The Order of the Pelican was called forward and Beverly Hodghead and Gabrielle Deveraux NicChlurain were admitted. Then the Order of the Laurel was called up and Morrigan Cailte Fitz-Rolf was admitted. Then the knights of the West were called up and Gregory of York was knighted. Queen Patrice admitted Baroness Rowen-Lynn of Woodvine to the Queen’s Order of Grace and gave her Queen’s Cypher to Cristiana Gulliana dell Onda, Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix), and Suzanne Justine. Then Their Majesties accepted presentations from the populace, including a pair of goblets with their personal arms painted on. Lady Mary Taran of Glastonbury brought the greetings of the King of the East and his invitation for the West to join with the East to crush the Middle in the Pennsic War. The assembled fighters expressed their approval. Earl Merowald of Sylveaston, from the Middle, countered with a request for fighters to aid the Middle and an offer of hospitality at the war site. Earl Merolwald, by way of Duke Aonghais, presented their Majesties with two copies of his map of the Knowne World. King Andrew commented on the expanded size of the Middle and the diminished size of the West. Sir Strider of Duramen, the Persistent, presented Earl Kevin Peregrynne and Countess Patrice du Couer Fidel with a gorgeous cut glass window with their arms, their household badge, and the arms of their Barony etched onto the glass. The Order of Arachne’s Web admitted Beryl of the Valley of the Moon as the winner of their latest lace contest. Gormflait ni Cuallachta transferred the office of Seneschal of the Province of the Mists to Michaela de Neuville.

There was a break and then the Grand March, followed by the coronation of King Terrence and Queen Jennet. King Terrence and Queen Jennet named Patrice d’Cilla Duchess of the West. Queen Jennet reinstated the Queen’s Guard and admitted Christopher of Hoghton, Mary of Uffington, Karl of Clan Colin, Lodbrog Houhdstooth, William Allen, Heinrich Palantine, Brian Dritar an Con, Marshall of Eaglesbane, Edward of South-Haven, Richard of Havn, Sven MacChlurain, David Westerville, Sten Halvorssen, and Benjamin von Ermantrodt. Queen Jennet named Dritar an Con as Captain of the Queen’s Guard.

King Terrence gave Awards of Arms to Allyn Samildanach, Allissandra Olympia Martiessa de Constantine, and Nicholas Worthington. Then King Terrence admitted Baron Sylvanus Andere, Sir Sean Macarailt, and Duke Andrew of Riga to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. King Terrence called forward Duke Siegfriend von Hoflichskeit and prepared for him a proper gin and tonic. (Some years before Duke Siegfried had observed His Majesty mixing a gin and tonic with inferior materials and had insulted the drink enough so his Majesty challenged him. The challenge, however, was never fought, so His Majesty decided to thus resolve it.) Their Majesties accepted the presentations from the populace, including a supply of gin and tonic, thirteen other alcoholic beverages plus a six pack of beer and a Mead cake, along with four goblets, three plates, mixed tea, herbes, a boar’s head, and a salt cellar with salt. Sir Loren Sur La Roche presented his current Majesty with a “Currant King”, a box of currants with attached head, arms, and legs of paper. Duchess Lorna of Leeds, having noticed His Majesty’s interest in navels, presented him with a navel orange. After court the arts pentathlon held five contests. The Equestrian Tournament was cancelled except for the Equestrian Archery. There was a bardic circle in the evening.

The following day saw the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest for breakfasts, the archery tournament, lists for Wardlord and Queen’s Champion, dancing, and a Maypole. The ladies of the kingdom gathered to vote for the Philanderer of the Year. Formal closing court was held early in the afternoon, for the benefit of those from the farther reaches of the kingdom who had a long way to travel.

King Terrence and Queen Jennet held court. Duchess Verena of Laurelin announced that there was a tie for the title of Philanderer of the Year between Robear du Bois and Earl Kevin Peregrynne, who was co-winner the previous year. The Olde Battered Helm was presented to Karl of Clan Colin. King Terrence gave Awards of Arms to Allyson Silvermeadow, Arcadia de Bella Fortuna, Catarenya Adkoshka, Cliveden d’Cheiux, Duncan Greencastle, Elaine of Wogen Cavern, Deborah Dreamspinner, Sten Halvorssen, Sven MacChlurain, and Tamsin of the Raven Tresses. David Westerville was invested as the new Wardlord and Sir Steven MacEanruig was proclaimed the Queen’s Champion. The winners of the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest were April of the Dales and Tadhg, who tied. Aarond the Grey won the Equestrian Archery contest, receiving a handmade quiver as the prize. The winner of the Order of Arachne’s Web floral motif lace contest was Yolanda del Campo de Cerdaña. Countess Patrice du Couer Fidel presented the actual cyphers which she had given in name during her reign last year. Court was closed and people began packing, with the archery tourney still in progress. With the sky threatening rain a short court was held to announce that Rodrigo de Cerdaña was the winner, with Orison of the Golden Sword taking second place. Then all fled the scene to avoid the threatened rain.

See photos from this event


Terrence of Halliday
Per bend sinister azure and
counter-ermine, a sword bendwise
sinister argent, overall a helmet
facing dexter argent, plumed, a
bordure Or.
     
Jennet of Twominds
Per pale argent and sable, a sun
in his splendor throughout of the
field, rayed and featured
counterchanged.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission,
Arms colored by Beatrix zum Dunklenturm


Annotations:
[King Andrew gave Awards of Arms to Guy of the Silver Horses and Kathleen of Kittens] “... at the time she received her award of arms Kathleen of Kittens was 8 years old & probably the youngest person to receive such an award to that date.” – Eden of Lionsguard


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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