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The Twelfth Year

June Crown Tournament
June 18-19, 1977

From The Page (June, 1977):

The Crown Lists will be double elimination -- completed, it is to be hoped, on the first day.

(schedule omitted)

In addition to the above schedule, there will be a number of competitions at this tourney. Their schedules will be announced at the tourney site. They are:

THE ARTS PENTATHLON -- Second Half. On Sunday, the following categories will be judged: Poetry, Calligrapy, Illumination, Metalwork, Woodwork, Stichery, Cooking, and Brewing. They will be judged in that order, and will be on exhibit following the judging.

Remember, single entries are encouraged. You are not required to enter more categories than you want to -- although the more entries, the higher your score may be. A reminder on the scoring: 1-10 categories entered - your best five scores (if there are five) will be counted. 11 categories entered = your best six scores. 12 entered = 7 best; 13 entered = your 8 best; 14 = 9 best; 15 = 10 best.

CRITERIA FOR ARTS PENTATHLON CATEGORIES: POETRY -- original work in period, or composition of and/or about the SCA; CALLIGRAPHY -- proficiency in lettering only (illumination will be judged separately); ILLUMINATION -- painting in any medium (subject matter to be in period); METALWORK -- this year, this category will be limited to jewelry and objects of adornment; WOODWORK -- this year, this category will be limited to objects of use (utensils, chairs, etc.); STITCHERY -- embroidery or needlepoint in all forms; COOKING -- meat and poultry dishes; and BREWING -- beer.

ORDER OF THE WOODEN SPOON COMPETITION -- home baked bread with herbs.

ORDER OF ARACHNE'S WEB COMPETITION -- please see Announcements section.

ARCHERY COMPETITION -- please see Announcements section.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Big Trees Camp, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, California. The Tourney began under a cold cloudy sky, a condition that was to persist throughout the event. After some challenges and melees the first court of King Terrence and Queen Jennet began at noon. Prince Balin and Princess Lorrisa of Caid sat with them. Mistress Johanna von Griffenhurst, O.L., and Lord Allyn O’Dubhda the Macemaker were introduced as emissaries from the “New World”, the Protectorate of Thairis (Europe). Mistress Johanna is their Mistress of Arts and Allyn is the Aurochs Pursuivant. Both were long time residents of the West before moving to the Protectorate.

King Terrence read his law on the jurisdiction of the Rules of the Lists and his proclamation on the disposal of monies from principality events. (The Rules of the Lists apply only to events inside the Eric, and all moneys from the principality events, after expenses, go to the Principality.) Duke Siegfried von Hoflichskeit presented their Majesties with a handsome matched pair of Jaegar daggers from Atenveldt. King Terrence gave Awards of Arms to Alejandrina Rosa Amanda y Selena de la Islas Nacimentes, Colin de Wyndmere, Eudaimon of Alexandros, Knud Kaukinen, Lewis the Landless, Megan of Starforge, Paul of Hameldone, Sharilyn de la Zaiyeets, and Siegfried von Rion. Then King Terrence admitted Guinevere Elspeth Malyn, Joselyn Elspeth Fitzharry of Gillyflower, and Josette du Chanticleer to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. Most of these were accepted by representatives, as many were not present. The tradition of posting announcements behind the Royal Pavilion was begun. Court ended after a little more than half an hour, record time in recent years.

Crown lists were begun, with fifty-two fighters entering the double eliminations. After over one hundred combats, plus several melees and challenges in between, Duke Paul of Bellatrix defeated Sir Strider of Duramen, the Persistent. At second court shortly afterwards, Duke Paul and his lady, Duchess Carol of Bellatrix, were invested as Crown Prince and Princess of the Mists and crowned with the wreaths of laurel and roses. King Terrence then called up Sir Strider and presented him with his red second-place ribbon, admitting him to the Order of the Bridesmaids.

Tamsin of the Raven Tresses presented Sir Strider with the Muckin’ Great Clubbe for his ferocity on the field. The winner of the Wooden Spoon contest, for her bread, was an anonymous lady from Shasta. The College of Bards read the winning and losing poems for Duke Paul and Sir Strider. The Office of Games and Jollities announced the winner of the Children’s Poetry Contest to be the lady Leprechaun. Tristen de Montesporre presented Princess Lorissa with a scroll and Maras presented their Highnesses with jewelry. Jeosigh MacCrimmon gave a bottle of champagne to King Terrence and the Shire of Allyshia presented the king with his tithe from their loot from the recent war with Shasta: one-fifth of the one coin. Then court ended and the populace adjourned to eat and revel for the night.

The following day saw the archery competitions, several events in the Arts Pentathlon, and various challenge matches and melees. At final court it was announced that the winner of the archery contests prize of a pair of matched goblets was Aaron the Grey, closely followed by Rodrigo de Cerdaña. The Shire of Tarnmist petitioned the King for protection and recognition as part of the central kingdom, which was granted. Mistress Amanda of Cawdor, Mistress of Arts, announced that the winners of the Arts Pentathlon contests would be announced at the Purgatorio coronation. Court ended with the population then adjourning to pack up and get in a few last challenge matches.

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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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