From The Page (March, 1977):
YOUR ATTENTION, GOOD PEOPLE! March Crown will be at a new location this year. San Francisco's Stern Grove will be filled with sounds both joyous and martial. Set-up may proceed from the second hour of the day (8:00 a.m.) and after three turns of the glass (11:00 a.m.) the lists will open. 'Twould seem that combat will dominate the day with single eliminations running till one be victorious. Court will begin at the pleasure of Their Majesties. All manner of tenting is permitted with drinking being technically forbidden. At the close of the day there will be a revel staged at a hall (tentatively in Pacifica). Full directions will be distributed at the Tourney.
Knights are humbly requested to gently urge their squires to polishing (perhaps a gentle kick) that they may arrive all a-glitter to answer the challenge!
Please direct any questions or disasters to the autocrat, Thomas for the Interim (contact info omitted).
From the History (by Wilhelm):
Held at Sigmund Stern Grove Park, San Francisco, California. Thomas for the Interim and Debreceni Ilona were the autocrats. King Andrew and Queen Patrice held opening court at noon. After the presentations from the populace King Andrew gave an Award of Arms to Serhana-Grey of Ravenshold and admitted Alewaulfe the Red, Eyana Bat-David, and Megan of Thistledown to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. King Andrew then conferred upon John ap Griffin the title of Baron. Scrolls were handed out. Then court ended and fighting began. There was a Shastan Melee where the captains and strategists were two ladies, Lady Alyson of Hoghton and HRM Patrice (Alyson’s side won). In the second melee Duke Paul of Bellatrix successfully held off five attackers. Then Crown Lists were held. In the finals Sir Terrence of Halliday defeated Sir William the Lucky, two fights to one. During the day Queen Patrice held her birthday party (Viscount Morven of Carrick had presented her with four cheese cakes). There was an abduction of Tamsin of the Raven Tresses. While the abductors were fighting the rescuers, Tamsin, who is a qualified fighter in her own right, snuck off and armed herself in Sir William the Lucky’s armor and stormed back to rescue herself, only to find that the last abductor had died. Not wanting to waste all that effort of arming, she attacked the rescuers instead. At final court King Andrew and Queen Patrice called Sir Terrence of Halliday and his lady, Jennet of Twominds, forward and crowned them Prince and Princess of the Mists and Crown Prince and Princess of the Kingdom. Tamsin of the Raven Tresses was awarded the Muckin’ Great Clubbe for her actions in her abduction. At the close of Court everyone scrambled to pack up their gear and depart as night fell very quickly.
See Photos from this tournament
“And she was rather irked to discover that the abductors had lost, as she had plans to kill them off after the rescuers had failed. But attacking the rescuers mostly made up for it.” – Steven MacEanruig
“Martin - Was the Crown Tourney at Stern's Grove the event where you and Loren sur la Roche challenged Paul and William the Lucky, and you killed three out of four while losing the fight? I don't know why it seems like it occurred there, but I don't think it was at a Big Trees event. Hope your memory is better than mine at placing this unique combat.” – Robear du Bois
“I don't remember what Stern's grove looked like. I would have said it was at Big Trees but wouldn't wager for or against it. Paul might remember as I remember him being particularly tickled by the whole event. I made all the kills, 3 of 3. I also think it was Duke Richard of Montreal (sp) and not Lucky, but again I can't be sure.
“Loren held Paul at bay while I dispatched ?Richard? I rushed over to double team Paul. I overshot Loren as Paul back-pedaled. We traded leg blows and (I think) literally jumped over mine just as Loren caught up to us and my follow through caught Loren hard across the thighs. We sparred with Paul for a moment and he opened up for a rising snap. He had been practicing bobbing his head back and the tip of my sword couldn't have missed by half an inch, but miss it did. Once again Loren was the unfortunate beneficiary of the follow though as I cracked him across the eye slots. While I do remember Loren's initial look of dismay as I cut his legs out from under him, it didn't compare to his utter disbelief as I took off his head. His dying words were simple and eloquent, something on the order of "You fool" which considering my situation I could not deny nor take umbrage. Paul was so amused he was literally bouncing up and down on his toes. I asked him to back off a step and I finished myself off with a "salute style" shot to my helm. And that is how, in a four-man melee, with only two opponents, I managed to kill three of the combatants, and lose the match.” – Martin the Temperate“Stern Grove is in San Francisco; a park with a little lake in a deep valley, a couple of miles south of the Golden Gate Park on 19th street. We had a couple of one-day Crown Tourneys there, and some principality events.
“I wuz there for the encounter Martin describes; it was one of the all-time great moments of my SCA life. I think it was Richard rather than Lucky - but that part of the memory is more or less blanked out by the white light surrounding Martin's kill on Loren and subsequent suicide.” – Hilary of Serendip
“It was at Stern's Grove. And I'm still tickled by it.” – Paul of Bellatrix
“Hey, wait a minute, I remember this melee! You don't forget things like the great suicide salute! Yeah, it was at Stern Grove ... There's a field down in the lower end of the grove.
“One thing I'm finding out from this list is that I was going to Kingdom events earlier than I remembered. (For some reason, I was suffering from the delusion that my first Kingdom tourney was June '78 – when I joined the Constabulary – but I know now it wasn't. Especially since I remember carpooling with Tarnmisties, and I moved to the Bay Area in March of '78...)” – Jilara of Carrowlea
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).
The West Kingdom History Website was created by and is maintained by Hirsch von Henford (mka Ken Mayer).