From The Page (July, 1976):
A fair Sunday morning it was as pavillions rose and folk gathered on the Oval at Stanford University in Palo Alto for a tournament. We were early graced by the Royal Presence of King Paul and Queen Carol of Bellatrix. Soon after noon, a trumpet rang out and Master Boncueur declared the day's lists open.
A dozen or more fighters contended for the field in a varied series of challenges. Presently all agreed to a melee, and teams were chosen by the captains, Duke Henrik of Havn and Duke William of Hoghton. Twice William's forces charged, and twice were laid low by Henrik's deadly maul.
When the clash of arms subsided, a Maypole was raised. One young gentleman steadied the pole as couples took hold of the bright ribbons; then, accompanied by a consort of local jongleurs, we wove the Maypole dance, so catching the gentleman in a colorful net. He was well rewarded for his courage by the ladies, and after the dancers were miraculously able to free him by reversing their circuits.
More dancing followed, only to be interrupted by an abduction. Duke William lead a successful rescue party, and both fighting and dancing resumed thereafter. One further highlight was a giant tug-of-war wherein numbers prevailed over the weight of chain mail, so claiming the prize of one half gallon of small mead.
Several gallant combats ended the day's lists, and Queen Carol summoned all ladies to judge the victor. They named Sir Mark von dem Falkensfenn and Benjamin von Ermantrodt. Lady Ealasaid accepted a platter of Drambuie cakes for Benjamin, who had departed; then Sir Mark crowned Lady Joanna de Paquerette, Seneschal of the College of St. David, as Queen of the May.
There followed a pot-luck feast and revel, where we were first entertained by madrigal singers; later we danced to the music of other jongleurs, and were then treated to the entrancing dance of Lady Naila and her student Lady Melanie.
Chronicle by Eudaimon of Alexandros
From the History (by Wilhelm):
Held at the Palm Drive Oval, Stanford University, Stanford. There were challenges, dancing, a maypole, and a tug of war, with mead for the winners. Lists were held and Benjamin von Ermantrodt and Sir Mark von dem Falkensfenn were jointly accorded victory by the ladies. At the close of the day, as Benjamin had gone home, Sir Mark crowned Joanna de Paquerette Queen of the May. Duke Henrik of Havn’s team defeated Duke William of Hoghton’s team in two melees. There was an abduction and a successful rescue. A potluck feast and revel followed with madrigal singers and dancing. Evadaimos and Knud Kaukinsson were the autocrats.
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