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The Twelfth Year

Isles Anniversary Tourney -- Barony of the Isles
May 21, 1977

From The Page (May, 1977):

The Barony of the Isles will celebrate its anniversary with a Tournament on Saturday, May 21, in the regular tournament site. Opening Court is planned for 9:30, with the lists opening at 10:00.

A throwing-weapons contest is planning, using a thick cardboard target mounted on a pair of hay bales. Any form of throwing weapon is allowed (so long as it does not explode): axes, spears, knives, clubs, rocks, enemies' severed heads (with their permission), or what have you. To score, one must penetrate the rear surface of the target. This competiton will continue throughout the afternoon, whenever participants have time to throw away.

A cooking contest is also planned, the topics being puddings. Any kind of pudding which could have been served in the original Middle Ages may be served to our judges -- hot, cold, or in between. The Barony will not provide temperature-adjusting aids, but those who arrive Friday night may make arrangements with their overnight host(ess) if both so desire.

The Lists will be constrained by more hay bales, in manners reminsicent of hallways, bridges, etc. Complete details have no yet been worked out, but no List fight will take place on unobstructed ground, particularly in the late rounds.

Limited overnight accommodations are available, for both Friday and Saturday nights. Please make reservations early, for it's first-come, first-serve, and each host(ess) reserves the right to refuse anyone who shows up unreserved. (Contact info omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm): Held at Kiwanis Meadows Park in Tuckers Grove Regional Park, Goleta, CA. Prince Martin, Baroness Jessica, and Lady Caid Lorissa presided over a short beginning court. The birthdays of Prince Martin, Lindia of Woodlyn, and Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst were celebrated. A birthday cake was provided by Lady Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix). Augustine Johannes provided champagne for the three. Lists were held for the Championship of the Isles. The field was strewn with haybales and designated as “ponds”, so as to make the field into a “marsh”, thereby making life more interesting for the fighters. In the final fight, Sir Martin the Temperate fought Sir William the Lucky, each having a 4-1 record in the round robin. Sir William emerged the victor and was presented with the Isles Belt and commemorative scroll. Cornelia won the contest for Best Dragon-slaying Tale when her dragon was tricked into suicide at the sight of a naked banana. (It is said that you had to be there.) A number of mundanes were present and one of them, one Charles of Stanford, asked to have a try at fighting, as it looked easy. It wasn’t, but he was cheered for his effort, after being armed, briefed on basic tactics, and then sent out to face Sir William.

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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