From The Page (December, 1977):
The Coronation of Prince Manfred and Princess Koressa will take place at An Tir's Twelfth Night celebration on January 14. The doors will open at noon, with the Coronation beginning at 2:00 PM.
THE BANQUET, sponsored by the Madrone Culinary Guild, will begin at 5:30; tickets are $5.00. As the final course of the Banquet, the Twelfth Night Cake will be served, and the King and Queen of Misrule chosen. The Court of Misrule will be followed by revelry.
CONTESTS will be: A NEEDLEWORK PROJECT BY A GENTLEMAN (sponsored by Prince Edward); A DECORATED GIRDLE FOR THE LADIES (sponsored by Princess Almatea); and A WEAVING PROJECT (sponsored by Viscountess Anne of Caerdydd).
(address omitted). For directions and further information, please get in touch with either the Autocrat (Theodulf of Brogrove, contact info omitted) or the Seneschal of Madrone (Donn ann Bronac, contact info omitted).
From the History (by Wilhelm):
Held at the University Unitarian Church, Seattle, WA. Baron Theodulf of Borograve and the Culinary Guild of Madrone were the autocrats. Opening court began only five minutes late, to the consternation of those who had run on Society time. Owing to the growing spirit of rebellion against the central kingdom many people had come from all over An Tir to watch the fireworks. Viscount Elrond Blacksabre read a Declaration of Independence. Bishop William made an impassioned plea that Prince Edward declare himself King of An Tir, which Prince Edward declined to do. Prince Edward was made Steward of An Tir, and entrusted with the crowns for the King and Queen of An Tir, for the time when they would be needed. The crowd was divided between rebels, who wore grey armbands, and loyalists. After various presentations, Manfred and Koressa were crowned Prince and Princess of An Tir, and there followed a rather politically sensitive and complex fealty ceremony. In a lighter vein, Frederic of the West Tower petitioned Princess Koressa to be made Official Fondler. The request was taken under advisement, and court adjourned for the dinner break.
At the banquet, guests were entertained by Serena, David of Bagulay, Baron Theodulf, Catherine Winifred of Tor Bitterroot, Rosemary of the Eastern Wood, Glanwyn de Speraunce, Genevra de Estolat, Yulseth, Susan of Kothculneen, Donn an Branoch, and Roger the Goliard, who variously sang, played recorders, or danced. After the tables were cleared a sublety was brought forth, and Aislin and Andy Shepherd were chosen King and Queen of Misrule. Their court included Thorgeir Eikinskaldi as Fool of Fools, Koressa as Keeper of the Royal Chamber Pot, Bolverk as the Veritable Vanishing Virgin, Randell Raye as King’s Mistress, and Gerhard Kendal as Serf for a Night. Baron Frederic of the West Tower was Cosmic Karmic Confessor, James the Vintner was the Naively Naughty Knave, and Daniel Shadygrove was Court Herald. Spectators made a concerted effort to steal the dignitaries’ badges of office and Gerhard was subjected to much fondling.
Other sights of the evening included a child advertising “Rats on a Stick”, the heralds portraying the Plantagenet lions, Amorette the Knowing and her troupe performed Irish dances and many joined in general dancing as well. Before the coronation of Manfred, Prince Edward gave an Award of Arms to the University of Ithra. Numerous contests were held. Alysen of Dunrobin and Dierdre Muldomhnaigh won the hairdressing contest - ladies division, and Seamus Peacemaker won the men’s division. Maria Mindalova was victorious in the weaving contest, Catherine of Häga had the best Crier Alphabet, Gerhard Kendal had the best fighter’s needlepoint, and Donn an Bronach had the best embroidery. Janet of Arden won the girdle contest. Finally the hour grew late and all departed into the night. Allysen of Dunrobin resigned as Mistress of Equestrian Arts.
Per saltire sable and argent,
a falcon displayed counterchanged,
in chief a ducal coronet argent,
all within a bordure gules,
charged in chief with a rose argent.
Argent, upon a pall endorsed azure
a sewing needle palewise,
point to base, argent.
Description of this event,
© Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
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