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The Twelfth Year

Spring Crown Tourney
March 18, 1978

From The Page (March, 1978):

This event will be held in Coyote Creek Park in San Jose. The Lists will be single elimination.

(Schedule omitted)

Throughout the Tourney, the College of Equestrian Arts will be holding a BAKE SALE, run by Duchess Patrice d'Cilla. There will be many delicious goodies. In addition, all donations of baked goods to sell will be most thoroughly appreciated.

In addition to the above schedule, there will be two competitions at this tourney. Their schedules will be announced at Court. They are:

- ORDER OF THE WOODEN SPOON COMPETITION -- Medieval puddings, custards, and junkets. These are generally rich dessert-type concoctions whcih can be sweet or spicy and frequently included fruits and/or flowers. Recipes must accompany each entry.

- ARCHERY COMPETITION -- a Royal Round (please see Announcements section).

(Directions omitted)

There will be a revel after the tourney, at a site to be announced there.


From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Coyote Creek Park, San Jose, California. It was an unusually hot and humid day, with overcast most of the time. Following setup and signups for the Crown Lists there were some challenge matches and then court began shortly after noon. King Terrance welcomed Prince Manfred from An Tir and Prince Martin and Princess Neptha from Caid. A new and beautiful eric was on the field and the herald announced its makers to be Alfric Favnesbane and Gwendwyn the Silent, to the appreciative cheers of the populace. Master Cadwalladyr Stone of Stonecroft announced the appointment of a new deputy seneschal, Baroness Matriona du Cameliard. Duke William of Hoghton, Commander of the Royal Army of the West at the recent Atenveldt War, called forward Sir William the Lucky, the kingdom Banner Bearer, and presented him with a battle ribbon to place upon the banner commemorating the West’s victory over Atenveldt. (Sir William had not only born the Western banner, but had also captured the Atenveldt banner.) Duke William also gave a unit citation to the Southern Shores Shield Wall Corps. Duchess Verena of Laurelin thanked those members who had worked at security at Space Con III and thereby earned $1,000 for the Land Fund. The Order of Arachne’s Web announced the winner of the Lace Contest at Twelfth Night to be Mistress Louise of Woodsholme. Wilowen of Stuarts sang a song commemorating the Western Victory over Atenveldt, following which the Atenveldt Ambassador, Gandharva Gehe Chandra, called for all Atenveldt citizens to meet with him. A number of beautiful scrolls were handed out.

King Terrence then gave Awards of Arms to Daniel Shadygrove, FfellyanDrac the Blind (Harvey the Blind), Gabrielle Cynara d’Angers, Genevieve de la Mer Bleu, Kate the Curious, Katwen du Griffin, and Ragnar of the Icy Wastes. He then admitted Anna McAyre of Gorabh, Gwydioan an y’Gorlwyn, Lewis the Landless, Raoul the Urbane, Roger the Goliard, Thelen von Kallenbach, and Yolanda of Thymbra to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. King Terrence then bestowed the title of Baroness on Mistress Annette of Faire Monte for her many years as Chancellor of the College of Scribes. Queen Allissandra created the Queen’s Archers, a part of the Queen’s Guard, to consist of the best archers in the kingdom. Aaron the Grey was made the captain and Kriemhilde of Stonecroft, Llerret de Grenada, Neil Gyrfalcon, Paul of Normandy, and Rodrigo de Cerdaña were admitted as founding members. Queen Allissandra then admitted Wilowen of Stuarts to the Queen’s Guard. Francesca the Bemused transferred the office of Royal Chatelaine to Leonessa des Belles Fleures. Court ended and the fighters gathered to choose matches for the Crown Lists.

There were fifty-four fighters entered in the Crown Lists, and two preliminary rounds were held to bring the number down to thirty-two. Then single eliminations were run, inter-spaced with some challenges and a melee, until in the semifinals Sir Steven MacEanruig defeated Duke James Greyhelm and Viscount Gregory of York defeated Sir David Westerville. In the finals Viscount Gregory defeated Sir Steven two straight to win the Crown Lists. Viscountess Bevin Fraser of Sterling was his lady. The other fighters carried them over to the thrones, where they were crowned with the laurel and rose wreaths and mantels and invested as Crown Prince and Princess and Prince and Princess of the Principality of the Mists, until there is a winner of the Principality Coronet Lists. Final Court began.

Sir Maelgwyn de Lyonesse then announced that the August Purgatorio Coronation was being kidnaped to Allyshia, where he promised the temperature would not exceed 100 degrees. Prince Gregory winced and remarked that his mundane job lies one mile north of the Mexican border. Then Prince Manfred rose and requested of King Terrence equal rights for An Tir, asking that a kingdom tournament be held in An Tir. Prince Gregory groaned and King Terrence said he would consider the proposal. King Terrence called forward Allyn Samildanach and admitted him to the Order of the Leaf of Merit.

King Terrence informed Prince Gregory that he could not now compete in the first Crown Lists of Caid to become the first King of Caid, and Prince Gregory replied that he was satisfied to be the King who crowned the first King of Caid. Then King Terrence called forward members of the Order of the Pelican and admitted Alison von Markheim and Matriona du Cameliard to the Order, to the cheers of the populace. The winner of the Order of the Wooden Spoon competition for puddings was Lady Ellen Cross Quills. The Muckin’ Great Clubbe was awarded to Morgan ap Rhys. King Terrence gave an Award of Arms to Ursaline de Grennan-Barret. The House of the Anonymous Bosh, winners of the Cookie Bake-off at Twelfth Night, challenged the rest of the Kingdom of the West to a cookie bakeoff at the April Coronation, to be judged by the children of the Society and friends. (At which many were heard to remark how they were friends of children.) Wilhelm von Schlüssel announced the contest to design permanent medallions for the Orders of the Laurel and the Pelican, to be judged at the June Crown. Court adjourned and the populace gathered up their gear and adjourned to the Campus Christian Center in San Jose for a revel. Master Hal Ravn showed his slow-motion films of society fighting and the first parts of a film on the Atenveldt war. There was dancing, singing, general revelry, and a great kilt putting-on display for the entertainment of the Queen and the ladies.


Annotations:
“An interesting thing occurred as the blow that killed Steven in the second fight. I was either marshaling next to Duke William of Houghton (or holding Gregory's secondary weapon), and when the blow landed and Steven was 'dead', William pirouetted in the air and landed on his knees with a ground shaking thud, addressing Bevin as 'Your Highness' in deference to the new title her lord had just won.” – Richard of Havn

“I didn't notice, but it's definitely the sort of thing William would have done.” – Steven MacEanruig
“One of the best fights I have witnessed happened that day between Gregory and Andrew of Riga, which Gregory won (about 1/4 finals). One of the hardest fought, clever, and accurate (or lack thereof because defense ruled) fight I can recall.” – Richard of Havn
“Should have been good. Gregory and Andrew were both very controlled fighters and fine swordsmen. Neither had any sort of blow counting problem and both combined fine control with quickness and strength. Andy was always one of my favorite people to fight because he always drew the best out of me. We discussed this a long time back and discovered that we did that for each other because we both were afraid to not go full out.” – Steven MacEanruig

“An interesting list. As I think I mentioned before, I'm usually not very focused in Crown Lists. In this one I remained focused until the finals, mainly because I didn't really want Jim to win and try to sweep the whole Terry thing under the rug. I defeated James in the semi's and after that I was willing to win but didn't care too much one way or the other. Not caring too much is no way to fight someone like Gregory who was a first class fighter and who had a lady he very much wanted to put on the throne. Basically he took me apart quite handily.” – Steven MacEanruig

From an email, February 2, 2008:

"It was every Caidan fighter's dream to win Western Crown, and since the winner would also crown the first king of Caid, it would also be the last chance for any Caidan to do it. I had a marvelous lady to fight for and was pumped beyond reason with the sheer joy of fighting among Western legends such as Paul, James and Andrew in a single elimination list. So no pressure. The highlight was meeting Andrew in the quarters, and I have never had a tougher fight. It was like being inside a cuisinart. At one point I felt a blow to my left temple and dropped to the ground certain that I had lost. I vaguely heard Andrew shouting at me and I think he actually dragged me back to my knees to say that his blade had turned in his hands and the blow was no good. The marshall hadn't seen it and I certainly felt it had been good, but Andrew insisted. When I hit him later with what I admit was a gimmick shot (since my best stuff wasn't getting through at all) he said, "Beautiful shot." and fell with a smile. It doesn't get any better than that." -- Gregory of York


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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