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The Eleventh Year

Damsel in Distress Tourney and Viking Harvest Festival -- Shire of the Great Oak
October 23-24, 1976

Held in Bidwell Park, Chico, CA. Saturday saw melees, lists, a living chess game, a contest to design a fortress and defenses (you are a medieval monster who has captured the girl of your dreams - defend her from rescue), a cooking contest (lure the monster from the maiden - he likes spiced sweets, pepper and exotic nuts), Best Dressed and Most Authentic Monsters, Best Damsel in Distress Outfit, Best Fool’s Livery, Best Damsel in Distress Scene, and in the evening there was a Viking Banquet. There were contests for the Best Tale involving Thor’s adventures, Best Valkyrie Song or Poem for those slain in battle, and Best Toast. Sunday saw a pilgramage to the Great Oak, where Errol Flynn’s “Robin Hood:” was filmed, and a living war game of Robin Hood. Darthnar was the autocrat.

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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