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The Eleventh Year

The Harrald Hardraata Picnic -- Barony of Lion's Gate
September 25, 1976

Held in Warner Loat Park, Vancouver. The picnic was held to commemorate the Battle of Stanford Bridge in 1066. A re-enactment was staged on a bridge over a stream near the Lost Lagoon. Bjorn of Havok was the autocrat. The Vikings lost all but a few of the matches. Various other entertainments were pursued, including a successful body looting after a broadsword fight, and an unsuccessful looting, in which the body (Nhille von Hakenkreuz) carried off one of the looters. The lady cried for vengeance and so Nhille was, during a twilsey melee, carried off and thrown in the stream, taking several with him.

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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