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The Eleventh Year

Lammastide Tourney and Revel -- Barony of Lion's Gate
August 15-16, 1976

Held in Warner Loat Park, Vancouver. Gerek the Farseeing autocrated Lion’s Gate’s first tourney since becoming a Barony. At first court Ari Negra-Khan presented his credentials to Baron Gerhard Kendal as Ambassador from Caid, and produced a letter of greeting to the Prince of An Tir from the Prince of Caid. This was accepted on behalf of Prince Steingrim by the Tanist, Theodulf of Borogrove. Challenge matches were held both days. The Monboggian Yurt made its appearance. Baroness Amanda consulted with the ladies of Lion’s Gate on the subject of chivalry and then proclaimed Morgan of Aberystwyth to be her Champion. The following day Yolanda del Campo de Cerdaña introduced the southern custom of body looting and used Morgan as the body to demonstrate. The ladies joined in to practice, leading to what is now called the “rape of Morgan”. Present from House Barque were Hal O’Thane and his lady, Q, whom he led about with a chain and collar and who would not speak unless Hal gave permission. Several foul abductors conspired to carry her off to the Monbog’s yurt. A battle ensued, in which the lady was rescued by Lion’s Gate’s constables. At first court the Faire Haven (Bellingham) dispute had been aggravated by Baron Liam’s vow to liberate The Marshes of the Western Sea (Port Coquitlam) from the oppression of Lion’s Gate; but at final court Baron Liam expressed his gratitude at the rescue of the member of his household and withdrew his claim. Duke Richard the Short (Richard of Mont Real) won the lists on Saturday, along with the dagger as prize, and crowned his lady La Rana Queen of Love and Beauty. Fencing lists were held on Sunday and were won by Morimoto Koryü (sabre) and Bjorn of Havok (foil). The winners of contests in the Arts and Sciences were: Melissa Kendal of Westmoreland (Travel story), Deirdre Muldomhnaigh and Úlfhédin inn Vegfarandi (Harvest poem), Anne of Caerdydd (calligraphy), Domric the Sober and Susan the Opaque (tie: Non-alcoholic beverage), James the Vintner and Jean le Reynard (alcoholic beverage), Tara nic an Fhleisdir (bread), Gerek the Far-seeing (furniture design), Gangenrath Erinon (Decorated Useful Object), Bombor of Bombardia (footware), O’Guin Silverwolf (magic talisman).

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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