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The Eleventh Year

The Abbey Tourney -- Barony of Calafia
March 5, 1977

Held at the UCSD campus, San Diego, CA. The Abbey of the Barony of Calafia hosted the tourney consisting of a melee in the woods and an archery competition. Prince Martin and Princess Arabella held court. The Archery contest was won by a young man by the name of Patrick, and a live chess game was fought between Baron Talanque and Prince Martin, who was victorious over the Baron. Then there was a banquet and revel at a hall on campus. There were belly dancers from a Dance Class at the University.

[... a live chess game was fought between Baron Talanque and Prince Martin, who was victorious over the Baron.] “Baron Talanque wielded a superior understanding of chess. I wielded a superior understanding of the fighters upon the board. Talanque always forwarded the next best move per the chess position. I continually countered with the fighter best equipped to handle the situation. I also sent out strong pieces "unprotected" save their skill at arms. Talanque would attack the unprotected piece and then I would forward it further into his ranks. You've got to know which game you're playing.” – Martin the Temperate

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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