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The Twelfth Year

St. Gunther’s Tourney -- Barony of Calafia
January 28, 1978

Held at Balboa Park, San Diego. Sir Armand Sebastian de Savigny and Baroness Diana de Savigny were the autocrats. At opening court they announced that this would be the tenth and last St. Gunther’s they would autocrat as they were moving to the Barony of the Angels. The lost and found auction was held after court, with Lord Tryggvi Halftrollson as auctioneer. Lady Giesele Hildegaard served Dragon Tail on Unicorn Horn from the Mobile Kitchen for lunch, which was gobbled up quickly. The chalice was hidden and the lists were opened. Lord Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst found the lad with the Chalice. The three finalists were Jason, Viscount Gregory of York, and Prince Martin, who emerged the victor. A boffer list was held, with Evan the Wandered the victor. He gave his lady of the day, Nyla of Woodlyn, a locket. (Nyla was also the second-lace winner.)

In the Conrad Look-a-Like Contest, there were four entries, with Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst winning for his portrayal of a heraldry meeting at Conrad’s home. At closing court Mistress Louise of Woodsholme was announced as winner of the meatpie contest. On Sunday, court was on time, with less than twenty people attending. Lord Cameron of Caldoon, the birthday boy, received a $5.00 gift certificate to a holy shrine of Gunther, where Cameron claims to have seen God several times (Andy’s Saloon). He also received a penitent’s shirt from the shrine with the name on it. The lists were opened after lunch and fighting consumed most of the afternoon, with intermittent games of Duke, Duke, Duchess, Clench-a-Wench, and the infamous Norse Stick Ball. The winner of the $50.00 Cameron’s Birthday Lists was Prince Martin.

At closing court, Krysandra Morgan of the Heathers presented Baron Talanque with a beautiful table present for putting up with the Corsican Brothers, Lord Cameron of Caldoon and Lord Charles de Rouen, for another year. Baron Talanque announced a contest to find the best St. Gunther Relic for the next St. Gunther’s in July. Viscount Balin of Tor and Lord Cameron of Caldoon awarded the Girdle of St. Gunther to Allene Wendell Montgomery, but the last holder, Sir Balin, having grown tired of its aura, hid it and could not find it. So a Quest for the Girdle of Gunther was announced. Then Baron Talanque gave Lord Cameron a bottle of wine and a six-pack of prune juice to invent the Cocktail of Gunther. Finally, Lord Cameron gave Prince Martin his prize for winning the lists. When Prince Martin was asked if he had anything to say, he ordered Lord Cameron to kneel, whereupon he proceeded to sing the Mongolian Birthday Song. He then ordered the Baronial Guard to give Cameron his 23 swats with the blunt end of a pole-arm. His Highness then gave the honor of the Pinch To Grow On to Allene Wendell Montgomery.

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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