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The Eleventh Year

Third Session, University of Ithra at Madrone -- Barony of Madrone
July 3-5, 1976

Held at the home of Chancellor Michael the Black and his lady, Stevanna of Hoghton, near Lake Cassidy, WA. Some fifty persons attended to take or give classes. Rain descended the first day but cleared up for the second and third days. Saturday evening a symposium was held, along with a potluck banquet. King Paul and Queen Carol attended. King Paul gave Awards of Arms to Dennis an Seodoir and Seaghdha of Green Mountain and admitted Dennis an Seodoir to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. A Regents Meeting followed, at which Chancellor Michael the Black stunned everyone by announcing his retirement. The second day began with more classes. In the evening a sumptuous banquet was held. King Paul admitted Allysen of Dunrobin to the Order of the Pelican. Bachelors and Masters Degrees were handed out to many students and instructors. The following day saw the completion of classes under a sweltering sun. Caitlin na Darag was awarded the first Ithra Doctorate of Philosphy in Culinary Arts (her thesis had been the banquet the night before). Chancellor Michael the Black temporarily rescinded his resignation on the condition that local support for the University increase. All of the work had been born by himself and the members of his household, and few Madronites had come to the session.

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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