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The Twelfth Year

Crown Prints Prize Tourney -- Barony of the Isles
August 13, 1977

From The Page (August, 1977):


On August 13 (note the date change), there will be a special Prize Tourney to raise a Publications Fund for Caid. This will be held in the Barony of the Isles (Santa Barbara, CA). Everyone in the Kingdom is invited to come -- there will be fun for all, with many contests and a Ball in the evening.

All the contests have entry fees, ranging from 50cents to $2.00; all the contests have prizes, some of them fabulous. To save space, we have just listed the categories and a few of the prizes; for complete details, please contact Mistress Bjo of Griffin (contact info omitted).


1. MINIATURE FIGURINE PAINTING -- several categories: 54mm and larger, 30mm and smaller, individual figures, dioramas and game sets, and conversions; 2. COSTUME -- which could have been used as a riding costume (no horsemanship required); 3. BLACKWORK EMBROIDERY (the Prize is a floor stand embroidery hoop); 4. LADY's or LORD's GARTER -- to be worn (the privilege of judging this competition will be auctioned off); 5. DRAGON PUPPETS (the prize is a 10 lb. box of puppet materials of the winner's choice -- choosing from a wide variety of furs, leathers, etc.); 6. BELLY DANCE COSTUME; 7. BEST USE OF THE AUDIENCE IN A BELLY-DANCE PERFORMANCE; 8. ARTWORK -- dragons, unicorns, sea serpents and other strange beasties; 9. COUNTED THREAD EMBROIDER; 10. JAMS, JELLIES, AND MARMALADES -- recipes to be included (the Prize is a pickling crock); 11. MEDIEVAL OR RENAISSANCE SUNSHADE IDEAS (the Prize is a plaid wrap); 12. SOUP KITCHENING -- a short paper on the activity of preparing soup for 20 or more (history, personal experience, menu, shopping, storage, etc.); 13. FAVOR - for male or female; 14. FUDGE; 15. ISLAND DEVELOPMENT (sorry -- we know nothing more about this contest than its title -- Ed.); 16. DARTS.


1. BEST FIGHTER OF THE DAY (the Prize (!!!) is a complete set of Arm or Leg Armor by Viscount Sir Hugh the Undecided); 2. BEST CHALLENGE (the Prize is a Sheffield knife); 3. BEST DEATH; 4. FLORENTINE (the Prize is a handwoven tabard in the winner's choice of color); 5. GREAT SWORD; 6. WEAPON AND SHIELD (the Prize is a set of handmade steins); 7. SINGLE SWORD; 8. SWORD AND BUCKLER (the Prize is a paid membership in the SCA and a paid arms/device registration with the College of Heralds); 9. POLE ARMS (the Prize is a leather kit for Norman or Saxon shoes); 10. BEST FIGHTING COSTUME. 11. ASSORTED MELEES AND DONNYBROOKS (for which there are many Prizes: gemstones, beer steins, artwork, and more).

As happens at the Ducal Prize Tourney, fighters will be auctioned off: the prizes they win will become the property of teh person who "bought" them, and the auction money will go into the Publications Fund. Any fighter can present himself to be auctioned off (or he can, of course, enter any of the contests for himself).


1. BARDIC (anything that could occur at a Bardic Circle -- song, poem, story, whathaveyou) -- pro-Plantagenet, pro-Yorkist, pro-Richard III, and/or anti-Henry VII or VIII (the Prize is 13 gemstones); 2. BEST CELTIC STYLE SONG (the prize is a $15 certificate for music and/or records); 3. SPENCERIAN SONNET OF COURTLY LOVE; 4. PETRARCHAN SONNET ON KNIGHTLY HONOR; 5. BAWDY VIKING LIMERICK; 6. PLAY WITH DRAGONS FOR HAND PUPPETS, MARIONETTES, OR CHILDREN; 7. RAUNCHY SONG.

It's clearly going to be a busy, enjoyable day -- and the Caid Publication Fund needs the money: please plan to attend.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Kiwanis Meadows, Tuckers Grove, Goleta, CA. The tourney was held to raise money to provide an offset press for the Crown Prints. Baroness Bjo of Griffin (Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani) was the General Autocrat, with Robear du Bois as Lists Autocrat, and Lady Amadea de Dragonessa Strada as Ball Autocrat. A short court and Grand March were held and then the contests began. Fighters were auctioned off for different events, $6.50 being the high price. The fighting contests ran on until it was decreed that the remaining contests would take place at the second day of the Caid Coronet Tourney, in Isles on Sept. 17. An auction was held, highlighted by the purchase of the Troll by Duke Aonghais who gave it to Lord Conrad von Regensburg, who in turn presented it to the Twelfth Night Committee, who gave the Troll up as the first course at Twelfth Night banquet. Then everyone adjourned to the church on Dolores St. (Site of the 1976 November Investiture) for court and the Ball. Prince Balin and Princess Lorissa held court after the completion of the Belly Dance contest. Prince Balin gave Awards of Arms to Elisabeth of Esvere, Hrorek Halfdane, and Thelin von Kallenbach. Then the winners of the contests were announced.

Lady Jocelyn of Gillyflower won for best Equestrian Costume and for Best Ladies Garter. Robear du Bois won for Lord’s Garter. Lady Cristóbal degli Gilicine che Mangia Uome won for best Female Belly Dancer, and Lord Duryn the Red won for Male Belly Dancer. Lady Su of the Silver Horn won for Best Favor, Baroness Alison von Markheim won for Fudgemaking/non chocolate. Lord Frederick of Woodlyn won at Darts, and Lady Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) won for Bardic Contest, Spencerian Sonnet, and Bawdy Viking Limerick. Lady Meghan McInnes of Kinlochaline won for Love poems. In the fighting contests, Talin the Bored won for Best Death, Viscount Martin the Temperate for Two Weapons, Duke William of Hoghton for Great Sword and for Single Sword, Baron Armand Sebastian de la Forêt de Savigny was the Melee Survivor, and Duke Aonghais dubh MacTarbh won for Best Fighting Costume, which was made by his lady, Mary Taran of Glastonbury. The Crown Prints Fund made over $300 for the evening, making it a monetary success, as well as a lot of fun. After court there was some Scottish Highland dancing accompanied by live bagpipe music, belly dancing, and a torch bransle. Refreshments were served.

[Prince Balin gave Awards of Arms to Elisabeth of Esvere, Hrorek Halfdane, and Thelin von Kallenbach.] “This merely reminds me of awards given out by Balin at one time when he'd not consulted Lorissa. To everyone's amazement, Lorissa called a halt to court, stepped aside with Balin, and gave him what-for for going over her head to make decisions that should be shared with the Princess! John and I were as surprised as everyone else; we were later accused of putting Lora up to this, but we didn't even know it would matter that much to her. Balin never did it again.” – Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani

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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