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The Eleventh Year

Leodamus of Thebes Memorial Tourney -- Barony of Calafia
September 17, 1976

Held at Balboa Park. Originally scheduled for the previous weekend, the tourney was moved to the 17th because of rain. Baron Armand Sebastian de la Forêt de Savigny and Baroness Diane presided over morning court in the absence of Baron Talanque and Baroness Rowen-Lynn. The rules of the Lists were that no shields would be allowed on the field. In an initial melee the “pointy” helms defeated the “flat” tops. The finalists were Viscount Gregory of York and Balin of Tor, with the final round seeing both fighting Florentine. Balin of Tor won the match and was presented with a set of matched drinking horns at closing court. Anne dex Anneaux won the neckpiece contest, receiving a large “ruby” ring. For the Best Death, Cedric of Mercia won a beautiful gold on black death scroll and a pine coffin, while Cedric’s Lady Wife got a bottle of wine to drown her sorrows. Cedric also won a book (an atlas of the ancient world) as the Most Chivalrous Fighter. Cameron of Caldoon was installed as the new Master of the Keys and Lady Käthe von Munchausen was presented with a scroll of appreciation from Eloise of Lancaster, the retiring Mistress of Keys. At the revel there was much merrymaking, with Cedric forced to sit in his coffin until Cameron borrowed it to sleep in. Sunday was a casual day with no court and no contests. Challenges were fought with the only incident being Cormak Ui-Niall restraining Cameron from interrupting the fighters on the field by sitting on his breastplate, with him inside.

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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