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The Eleventh Year

Twelfth Night Coronation and Revel
January 8, 1977

From The Page (December, 1976):


THE DEADLINE for reservations has been extended until Devember 20 -- but at a new price. All reservations for the REVEL ...(details omitted, dealing with fees, dates, etc.)

CHILLED CHAMPAGNE can be reserved at $2.50/bottle from the drink concession. If you wish your champagne with dinner, you must reserve it before January 1. Direct reservations orders and questions about them to the SCA Stock Clerk (contact info omitted). Also for sale (but only after 7:00 PM) will be wine, beer, cider, coffee, and tea.

CAKES, cookies, and other goodies will be on sale throughout the evening, too (also only after 7:00 PM), from the College of Equestrian Arts.

VOLUNTEERS are still desparately needed to help set up decorations, sit with the Chatelaine's table, and clean it all up at the end. PLEASE get in touch with Galina de Keri (contact info omitted). THANK YOU.

PRESENTATIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, and the GRAND MARCH are all discussed at length in the College of Heralds anouncement earlier in this issue. Please consult that page.

ROYALTY planning to attend should get in touch with the Vesper Principal Herald as soon as possible, to facilitate both his work with protocol, and the acquisition of thrones.

FLASHGUNS will not be permitted in the main hall. Their Majesties and Their Highnesses are not minded to allow such items; the dais and procession area will be fully lighted, to permit easy taking of images. If you wish to take flash pictures (of costumes, for instance), an area will be set up outside the main rooms for that purpose.

SWORDS will be permitted at court only -- NOT at the revel. There will be an always-open checkroom, however.

COMPETITIONS are: Pickled Anything, sponsored by Mad House (the prize is a stone crock); Collapsable Tourney Furniture, sponsored by the College of Sciences (the prize is a piece of Sir Mark von dem Falkensfenn's hand-made jewelry); and Needle-Made Lace (a piece of Venetion or Rosepoint style punto-in-aria lace), sponsored by the Order of Arachne's Web.

Remember, plans for your furniture, and a $1.00 entry fee, must be sent by December 15 to the Master of Sciences, Brian Dritar an Con (contact info omitted). For more information, please call Gwendolyn of the Thistle (phone omitted).

THE MASQUE BALL categories are Most Beautiful, Most Dramatic, Best Characterization (best representation of a literary or historical personage involving masque AND costume), Funniest, and Best of Show. Remember, the costumes worn at a Masque Ball exist mostly in the mask worn or carried, and should represent what a person in the Middle Ages would have considered a "costume": a person from an earlier era, a mythical beast, a personification of an idea (e.g. Death, or Beauty), or the like.

There will be a special time for dancing for those with masques (hence "Masque Ball") before the judging of the categories begins.

PARENTS of children being brought for babysitting must bring their own mats, cribs, etc., for their children to sleep on. The sitter service will provide some toys, books, and games. If your child wishes to bring a toy of his own, it is welcome -- but please remember that many other children WILL be playing with it, with the possible resultant disaster.

DECORATIONS, in the form of holly, ivy (lots), and rosemary, are still needed. We will need the greenery a day or two before Twelfth Night. (Please, in other words, do NOT bring foliage to the Auditorium on the day of Twelfth Night and expect to have it used.) Please call or write to Sundowner Jo (contact info omitted).

BANNERS AND SHIELDS are still needed. Sundowner Jo would like to know as far in advance how many she has to work with, so please get in touch with her as soon as possible. Those from outlying areas can bring their banners and shield on the day itself, if Jo knows ahead of time that they are coming. All items loaned will be exchanged for a receipt; to reclaim the items that receipt will be needed.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in the Richmond Civic Auditorium, Richmond, California. King Kevin and Queen Patrice processed in to start first court, followed by Prince Theodulf of Borogrove and Princess Anne of Caerdydd of An Tir, Prince Martin the Temperate and Princess Arabella Lyon de Rohese of Caid, and Crown Princess Caellyn Fitzhugh from the Middle Kingdom. Master Hal Ravn and his lady, Mistress Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin, presented their Majesties with a pair of beautiful handcarved and painted wooden thrones, decorated with the arms of the King and Queen, and with the personal arms of all the past kings and queens. Several beautiful scrolls were presented. King Kevin gave Awards of Arms to Alexandra of Armageddon, Christiana Guiliana dell Onda, David du Lac, Hilary of Serendip, Leila of Anatum, Raymond of Anatum, Robert Kinslayer, Trelon of the Woods, and Treya N’Iurge a Glanabred. Then King Kevin admitted Christiana Guiliana dell Onda, Kriemhild of Stonecroft, and Merewyn de Lyonesse to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. King Kevin gave a Grant of Arms to Olaf the Maedi-Ogre. Then André de Sevastopol transferred the office of Kingdom Seneschal to Cadwalladyr Stone of Stonecroft. Amanda of Cawdor was appointed Kingdom Mistress of Arts. King Kevin confirmed Iain of Cawdor as his successor as Earl Marshall. Then the knights of the West were called up and King Kevin knighted Strider of Duramen, the Persistent, and Bergen von Rauch, who took the name of Sir Baidaan. The Knights of the Silver Molet then came forward and King Kevin admitted to their Order Sir Elriin of Hrassvelg. Queen Patrice admitted Rima of Rockridge to the Queen’s Order of Grace and bestowed her Queen’s Cypher on Aehlwyth of Coventry, Matriona du Cameliard, and Ursula Bhouglesbayne.

Following a short break the Grand March was held, culminating in the coronation of Andrew of Riga and Patrice d’Cilla as King and Queen of the West. Oaths of Fealty were exchanged between his Majesty and the Knights, Great Lords of State, Peers of the Realm, Princes and Princesses of An Tir and Caid, and the Barons and Baronesses of the various Baronies. Sir Kevin Peregrynne and Patrice du Couer Fidel came forward and were proclaimed Earl and Countess of the West. Then Prince Martin and Princess Arabella, along with most of the officers and nobility of Caid came forward to present King Andrew and Queen Patrice with petitions requesting kingdom status for Caid. King Andrew expressed his approval of the petitions and pledged his support to Caid’s request to the Board of Directors for kingdom status. Christopher of Hoghton and Paul of Hamildone were presented with the baldrics of office as Co-Champions of the Royal Wards. Phillip the Fierce was appointed Royal Fudge Maker, and quickly produced a tray of same for his Majesty. King Andrew admitted Edgar the Unready and Dorothea the Unsure to the Order of the Pelican. Then King Andrew admitted Wilhelm von Schlüssel to the Order of the Laurel. The various members of the Order of the Leaf of Merit were called up and presented with their medallions of office, a silver laurel leaf on a grey ribbon. King Andrew also admitted Earl Kevin Peregrynne to the Order of the Pelican. King Andrew raised Douglas of Hvitamyrr to the rank of Court Baron. The members of the Barony of Angels performed a new variation of the traditional gold, frankincense and myrrh ceremony. A song written for the occasion was sung to a traditional Jewish Sabbath tune, and six members came up holding candles and ribbons so as to form a star of David. King Andrew gave an Award of Arms to Christina Northlander.

Then there was a break as the hall was cleared, followed by the banquet. Following the banquet the revelry began with a revel court, in which King Andrew and Queen Patrice received further presentations from the populace and the traditional Twelfth Night Cake was passed. Cameron of Caldoon received the piece with the nut. Against the passionate pleas of Prince Martin and the rest of the Caid delegation, King Andrew crowned Cameron and his lady Lord and Lady of Misrule for the evening and departed the throne. Revelry commenced. A masqued-ball was held. The winner was Princess Anne of Caerdydd. A contest for pickled anything was won by Duchess Verena of Laurelin for pickled quince. (At King Kevin’s last court he presented Baron Sir Stephen Compte de Lorraine, O.L., O.P., with a merit badge sash for SCA Troop 001, compete with a merit badge for each honor which Stephen had attained.)

See photos from this event

Andrew of Riga
Sable, a wivern volant azure
fimbriated argent.
Patrice d'Cilla
Sable, a pegasus segreant argent
in dexter chief a dove descending
gules fimbriated argent.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission
Arms colored by Aja du Jardin

Order of Precedence, December 1 (A.S. XI)

[The members of the Barony of Angels performed a new variation of the traditional gold, frankincense and myrrh ceremony.] “After the Barony of the Angels had done their thing with the gold, frankincense, and myrrh, Hal's sister Catherine Ravn (by special arrangement with the Heralds) was the next item on the agenda she presented Their Majesties with (home-made) bagels, lox, and cream cheese. Andrew's comment "Hal, God's gonna get you for that."” – Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin

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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