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The Twelfth Year

Purgatorio Coronation Festival
July 30-31, 1977

From The Page (July, 1977):

IMPORTANT LATE INFORMATION: As of 6/6, the water has been turned off at Big Trees until further notice, so we must bring our own.

The full schedule for the Coronation will be announced at the tourney. First Court (the last Court of King Terrence and Queen Jennet), however, will begin promptly at 11:00 AM on Saturday. ALL announcements for that Court must be submitted IN WRITING to the Herald BEFORE Court -- absolutely NO verbal announcements will be solicited during Court. It is likely that the Grand March and Coronation will begin at 12:00 Noon. (Since it is unknown as of this writing who will be Crown Prince, it is impossible to be positive about further scheduling.)

The following events will occur at some time during the Festival:

- ARTS AUCTION -- please see Announcements section.
- THREE ARCHERY COMPETITIONS -- please see Announcements section.
- ORDER OF ARACHNE'S WEB COMPETITION -- a piece of clothing or accesory embellished with any kind of pre-1650 style and method of lace.
- ORDER OF THE WOODEN SPOON COMPETITION -- Spicy Fruit Soups, to be served at the first course of dinner.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Big Trees Camp, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, California. The day dawned clear and warm, and rapidly became hot, which was the condition for the rest of the event. King Terrence and Queen Jennet called their final court. The Shire of Allyshia petitioned his Majesty to approve their petition to become a barony with Maelgwyn and Merewyn de Lyonesse as Baron and Baroness. King Terrence said that he approved and would so tell the Board of Directors. After the presentations King Terrence passed out scrolls for past awards and then gave Awards of Arms to David Westerville, Deporodh of Rannoch, Elspeth Swanwing, Esmirelda Dancingstar of the Emerald Isle, Brianne of Silvergrove, and Phillip the Fierce. Then King Terrence admitted Elspeth Swanwing, Galina de Keri, Genevra of Astolat, Catherine Winifred of Tor Bitterroot, and Styrbjørn Hrolfsson to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. Amelung von Kriegsheldenburg was pronounced Baroness of Three Mountains, and Frederick and Lyndia of Woodlyn were made Vicar and Vicaress of the Barony of the Angels. Queen Jennet gave her Queen’s Cypher to Duchess Verena of Laurelin and Mistress Annette of Faire Monte. Prince Balin and Princess Lorissa of Caid sat with Their Majesties and Princess Lorissa presented Her Majesty with a bottle of bath salts she had made herself. There was a break followed by the Coronation Grand March.

At the end of the Grand March, the members of Helmsgaard snuck up wrapped in cloaks and were announced as Clan Destine (King Terrence, during his reign, fought under the alias of Leroy of Clan Destine). Then Duke Paul of Bellatrix and Duchess Carol of Bellatrix came forward, and for the sixth time were crowned King and Queen. After the various oaths of fealty Queen Carol reinstated the Queen’s Guard with Brian Dritar an Con as Captain and consisting of Christopher of Hoghton, Mary of Uffington, Karl of Clan Colin, Lodbrog Houndstooth, William Allen, Heinrich Palantine, Marshal of Eaglesbane, Edward of Southhaven, Richard of Havn, Sven MacChlurain, David Westerville, Sten Halvorssen, and Benjamin von Armentrout. Terrence of Halliday and Jennet of Twominds were proclaimed Earl and Countess of the West. There were numerous presentations both to and from their Majesties, including free riding lessons, a scurrilous song for his Majesty, a large silver drinking thimble, a chessboard, a statuette, and several bottles.

King Paul gave Awards of Arms to Antonia de Castile, Aarond the Grey, and Gordon of Conulupus and then admitted Mary Taran of Glastonbury to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. King Paul admitted Michael the Black to the Order of the Pelican and gave to him an augmentation of arms: an inescutcheon sable, thereon a lamp within a laurel wreath Or, representing the University of Ithra, which Michael founded.

During the rest of the day there were competitions in the Arts Pentathlon, and archery. The oppressive heat delayed fighting until late afternoon. Then the Queen’s Favor Lists were held. Duke Douglas Longshanks was the winner. There was an Order of the Wooden Spoon contest. At evening court, King Paul knighted Maelgwyn de Lyonesse and Christopher of Hoghton. In the evening there was a Ninja War contest, with ninjas with boffers trying to assassinate a well guarded daimyo (Olaf the Maedi-Ogre).

The next morning Paul and Carol held court. Queen Carol admitted John ap Griffin to the Queen’s Order of Grace. Yolanda del Campo de Cerdaña was presented with the Wooden Spoon (for Strawberry Soup). Prince Balin, with the approval of King Paul, gave Awards of Arms to Duchess Lorna of Leeds, Duchess Patrice d’Cilla, and Queen Carol, for their contributions to the Kingdom when not on the throne. Prince Balin also claimed Paradise, California (home of Countess Patrice d’Cilla) and Black Fen (home of Master Michael the Black) as Caid Protectorates. Eilonwy de Lyur presented the members of Rieslingshire with a beautiful banner of the shire’s arms. Richard of Havn announced that Joseph of Novgorod was the grand winner of the Ninja War, with Bodo the Brutal getting honorable mention. The winners in the children’s division were Sean of Hrassvelg, Stephen of Bellatrix, and Trelon of the Woods, who walked up to Olaf saying they weren’t playing, and then assassinated him. A confrontation was staged between a border lord and the highland peasants, leading to a chess game to settle the affair. White won, as always.

At afternoon court Queen Carol gave her Queen’s Cyphers to Gerhard and Amanda Kendal of Westmoreland. Duke Douglas Longshanks received the Queen’s Favor and was proclaimed Queen’s Champion. The Principality of the Mists was proclaimed the winner of the Tri-Principality Archery contest, with the members from Golden Rivers taking most of the credit. Gerhard Kendal of Westmoreland, Baron of Lion’s Gate, announced that he had defeated Waldt von Markheim of Dreiburgen in personal combat, ending their war with Lion’s Gate victorious. Domina Trude Lacklandia, first female knight of the SCA, swore fealty to King Paul, except when her fealty to Atenveldt took precedence. The Old Battered Helm was presented to Countess Patrice du Couer Fidel for her death scene at the chess game, when Earl Kevin Peregrynne was her Queen’s champion and was defeated. Cormac of the Bow won the general archery contest. Sir Jon the Lean (Jon FitzRolf) gave new shields to the new knights, Sir Christopher of Hoghton and Sir Maelgwyn de Lyonesse. Amanda of Cawdor, Mistress of Arts, passed out the scrolls for the Arts Pentathlon. The Grand Winner was Renfield of the Inland March (Edmund Renfield Wanderscribe), who had not won any events but had entered thirteen of the fifteen events and took second in most. Rima of Rockridge was second, and Yolanda del Campo de Cerdaña was third. Rima of Rockridge won in the categories of Jesting, Dancing, Poetry and Cooking. Yolanda del Campo de Cerdaña won in Dramatic Reading. Louise of Woodsholme won in Brewing and Costume, Simon de Spalding won in Musical Performance, Christina Northlander won in Music Competition, Merewynn de Lyonesse won in Calligraphy, Allyn Samildanach won in illumination, Eriad of Eire won in stitchery, Mark von dem Falkensfenn won in metalwork, and Hal Ravn won in woodwork. A motet was performed for their Majesties. With that court ended and everyone fell to packing and left the field to escape the heat. A potluck revel was held at the new Helmsgaard.

During the afternoon and following the chess game, the Equestrian Arts held the second annual Pie Throwing Auctions. Such notables as Duke Andrew of Riga, Viscount Morven of Corrick, Baron Waldt von Markheim, Duke Henrik of Havn, and Duke Douglas Longshanks volunteered. After White won the chess game, the remaining pieces fought a free-for-all melee, with Jason Griffiths of Shadowhurst emerging as the sole survivor. The defeated Black side promised never again to play their bagpipes under the White king’s bedroom window.

See photos from this event

Paul of Bellatrix
Sable, on a bend Or three
compass stars palewise gules.
Carol of Bellatrix
Per bend argent and vert, six
octofoils in bend three and
three counterchanged, all
pierced Or.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission

[At the end of the Grand March, the members of Helmsgaard snuck up wrapped in cloaks and were announced as Clan Destine (King Terrence, during his reign, fought under the alias of Leroy of Clane Destine).] “It should be noted that the cloaks were plaid - from such notable highland clans as MacThrifty and Paeless of Glen Discount.
     [A confrontation was staged between a border lord and the highland peasants, leading to a chess game to settle the affair. White won, as always.] “Probably because we wore white, we were hot but the black side must have broiled. I was fortunate in that I was privileged to share the shade provided by Patrice's Parasol Bearer while every one else had to stand around in the direct sun glare. The only part of me that was out in the sun was the toes of my (unfortunately) black boots. After the event, when I changed shoes I discovered that I had rows of second degree burn blisters along the tops of all ten toes.
     [The Principality of the Mists was proclaimed the winner of the Tri-Principality Archery contest, with the members from Golden Rivers taking most of the credit.] “At this distant remove I can only remember that Jon FitzRolf, Rodrigo de Cerdana, Aarond the Grey and myself were four of the five Mists team members (the fifth may have been either Llerret de Grenada or Rodrigo's son Ammerlyn). The other two teams were massively demoralized when our team lined up for the first contest and promptly shot five bull's eyes one after the other from left to right - like a looping film sequence.
     [The Old Battered Helm was presented to Countess Patrice du Couer Fidel for her death scene at the chess game, when Earl Kevin Peregrynne was her Queen’s champion and was defeated.] “The battle was between myself and Duke Douglas Longshanks, the Black Queen's Champion at the outset of the endgame. We fought with maces and it was the best such fight I ever was in, we started out at the usual 'let's have fun and bash each other pace', when we failed to penetrate the other's defenses we accelerated again and again until at the last we were both at the pitch of the third fight of a Crown Finals and held it that way until Doug's greater reach finally turned the trick and I fell in a heap from his blow (I may have wounded him but I forget).
     “Patrice stood bolt upright from her seat, gave out an ear-piercing shriek and collapsed to the ground in a swoon. She has always maintained that her Parasol Bearer deserves a share of the credit - he stood at attention, folded the parasol and, holding it at present-arms, toppled at her feet.
     “The heart-shaped puncture on the OBH's right cheek is her contribution (delivered left-handed with an axe I had built specifically for her by Bodo the Brutal, its spike has a heart-shaped cross-section) ... as is the plastic rose that it wears through the mouth region of its face guard.” – Kevin Peregrynne

[Prince Balin also claimed Paradise, California (home of Countess Patrice d'Cilla) and Black Fen (home of Master Michael the Black) as Caid Protectorates.] “Isn't that interesting? Did these two protectorates revert when Caid became a Kingdom or are they still "part of " Caid?”
     [... Domina Trude Lacklandia, first female knight of the SCA, ...] “Is this true?? I thought it was Mary of Uffington?” – Martin the Temperate

“I don't have the date of Trude's Knighting, but Mary is listed as September, 1977 ...” – Hirsch von Henford
“Trudy was first, Mary was second and I was third. I'm very sure of this. Mary and Chris Hoghton went up at the same time. I seem to remember, "Whose sword do you wish to be knighted by?" "The sword of my father." said twice. Bill verifies this. Talk about your three hankie court! And yes, 1977 sounds about right.” – Maythen Gervaise
“Trude was knighted in Atenveldt which may account for your not having her knighting date in the WK records. As I just wrote Martin, Trude was both the first authorized female fighter (I did it during my first year as Earl Marshal) and the first female knight.” – Kevin Peregrynne
“Trude Lacklandia was knighted by Deaton Claymore on the day he won the Aten crown in April 1977. He finaled against me. Had I won, Trude would have been my queen and a knight that day.” – Denis of the Titans

Patrice posted this on SCA-West (the email group/list server), May 17, 2006 (in response to some silliness going on there):

"For those of you who don't know the story of how I got the OBH here it is:

"We were at Big Trees (later known as Bort Meadows) in the Oakland hills. Over near the big firepit a grid had been laid out for a live chess game. Kevin [Peregryne], having white armor at the time, was asked to be White Queen's champion. I would sit in the White Queen's chair. (Our counterparts were Douglas Longshanks and Lorna of Leeds.) There were two others with a regular chess board sitting in the shade "playing" the actual game.

"It was HOT! A lot hotter than that part of the east bay usually gets, ever. (It was well over 100, I heard different numbers. Whichever one was closest, we were all pretty uncomfortable. I didn't envy Lorna in her black dress.)

"Having the mobility of the Queen in chess, meant that Kevin was going to have several fights. He dispatched his opponents one after the other until he met Mark von dem Falkensfenn who had wiped out many of the White players. (From that day known as "super pawn". His defense was a matter of survival, he confessed. He'd partied rather late the night before and was loathe to let anyone hit him in the head!) Kevin, mercifully, put him out of his misery by killing him. Alas, however, his next opponent was Douglas, Black queen's champion. They fought with maces. After a struggle, Kevin fell. It is traditional in a live chess game that when the champion dies, the Queen dies. I stood, dropped my goblet, screamed and collapsed on the ground. I was carried off the field into the shade on a shield that kept digging into me as the bearers tried to keep from stepping on my veil, repeatedly. They failed many times. Elaisaid kept telling me to stop laughing. I tried. I failed, too.

"There was a young man named Nicholas who had been given the task of holding a parasol over me during the game. When I fell he went stiff, folded the parasol, laid it across my chair and fell himself. But I didn't know that until months later.

"I wish I could remember the rest of Nicholas' name. He was attached to House Greyhelm, if memory serves. I did try to protest when I was given the helm, saying that I didn't die, I mearly swooned, but they gave it to me anyhow. I guess the scream surprised everyone. That was also just folowing tradition. Years before I'd seen a live chess game where the Queen screamed and fell when her champion died, possibly at Ren Faire. My memory is trying to tell me that the Queen was Dorothea, but that could be wrong.

"As for histrionics I passed it on to James Greyhelm for making EVERYONE (including his Lady/wife) believe that he was barfing in his helm after a gut shot." -- Patrice du Coeur Fidel

"My guess would be Nicholas Worthington. Does that sound right Oh ... Excellent One?" -- Juana Isabella de Montoya y Ramirez

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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