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The Twelfth Year

Angels Anniversary Tourney -- Barony of the Angels
October 1, 1977

From The Page (October, 1977):

On October 1, in Arroyo Seco Park, Los Angeles, the Barony of the Angels will celebrate its 6th Anniversary. There will be Lists for Champion of Angels -- and last year's Champion, the dragon, will again be formed to defend its championship.

Setup of pavilions and the eric will be at 8:00 AM, and the Grand March will be at 10:00. ALL presentations MUST be cleared through the Herald. A bulletin board will be set up for announcements. Signup for the Lists will be at 11:00. Closing Court will be at 4:30 promptly. For more details, please get in touch with the Autocrat, Lord Alewaulf the Red (contact info omitted).

CONTESTS: Most Anachronistic Photo; Medieval Siege Weapon -- actual size or scale model; Fine Art; and several on-the-spot coloring and embroidery contests. The Hester Spoon Competition will be Fruit and Nut dishes (any dish, from chicken stuffed with fruit and nuts to cakes, breads, and fruitcakes); a recipe must be included with each entry. Extra points will be given if entry is pre-1650.

In the evening, there will be a buffet potluck dinner, handled by Thelin von Kallenback and Lord Gwydioan am y'Gorlwyn. There will be a minimal charge for people who do not want to cook, but who want to eat.

Evening Court will be in honor of Baron Piers Howell de Cambria and Baroness Ximena Aubel de Cambria, outgoing Baron and Baroness of the Barony of the Angels.

The evening dinner and festivities will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church at Grand and Garfield in Alhambra, CA.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Arroyo Seco Park, Pasadena, CA. Alewäulfe the Red was the autocrat. Opening court was held at ten AM. After lunch the Lists for Champion of Angels was held, with the Dragon present to try to defend its title. There was a Most Anachronistic Photo Contest, a Medieval Siege Weapon Contest, a Fine Arts Contest, Embroidery Contest and Coloring Contests. In the evening there was a buffet potluck dinner handled by Thelin von Kallenbach and Lord Gwydioan am y’Gorlwyn. Evening court was in honor of the outgoing Baron Piers Howells de Cambria and Baroness Ximena Aubel de Cambria. Lord Alewäulfe the Red was the autocrat for the daylight portion, and the autocrats for the evening were Lady Anna McAyre of Gorabh, Lady Eyana bat-David NicChlurain, Lady Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix), Lady Lyndia of Woodlyn, Luxandra of Altumbra, and Kerissa of Silverwolf. The Hester Spoon Competition was for Fruit and Nut dishes. Thelin von Kallenbach and Lady Lyndia of Woodlyn were the judges. The evening activities were held at the All Saints Episcopal Church, Alhambra, CA. At this time Lady Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) became the Seraph Pursuivant for the Barony of the Angels.

“Regarding the second appearance of the Dragon in the Barony of Angels: This time the lists were divided into two groups. Fighters could choose to fight to be part of the Dragon, or for the right to fight the Dragon. Two double elimination lists were run until 12 fighters were left; 4 to be the Dragon, and four 2 man teams to fight the Dragon. I am fairly sure that the Dragon had Duryn the Red for the head and Hagar the Bear for the Tail (because of Hagar's size this Dragon frequently moved backwards, with the head and body following the tail). The Dragon fought two challenge matches to develop some coordination, and then took the field against the first pair, and I am afraid that I only remember who fought on two of the teams. Viscount Sir Gregory of York and I fought together, he with sword and shield, and I with a kite shield and a 7 ft. spear. I attacked the head while he attacked the tail. I succeeded in injuring the Dragon once or twice, but then lost the spear to the Dragon's claws, and the Dragon promptly stood on the spear. I switched to my secondary weapon, but did not do well and soon lay dead on the ground. But Gregory persevered and finally killed the Dragon, in a fight that lasted about seven and a half minutes. Viscount Sir Morven of Carrack and Lossarian of Tyreansaur then took the field, and the Dragon quickly legged Lossarian and pursued Sir Morven. Moving on his knees, Lossarian crept up behind the Dragon and struck it in the heart, killing it in less than 30 seconds of combat. It was hard to believe we had fought the same Dragon. So Sir Morvin and Lossarian went on to the finals, where Lossarian succeeded in killing the Dragon in a long hard fight. I believe he was the only person to kill a Dragon of this sort while fighting alone.” – Robear du Bois

“I won the Photo contest but the credit goes to Robear du Bois. He was dressed as a executioner at a Tournament of Fools and I caught him blowing a bubble with bubble gum. I sure wish I could find a copy of it.” – Fredrick of Woodlyn

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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