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The Twelfth Year

Valentine's Revel and Tournament -- College of St. David's

February 25, 1978

From The Page (March, 1978):

The students of the College of St. David (UC Santa Cruz) are once again risking their academic necks to sponsor another St. David's Tourney on February 25. Assuming that we all haven't failed our mid-terms and dropped out of school, the schedule for the day will include setup at 9:00; Lists, melees, and challenges; an archery contest; a fencing chess tournament (please bring fencing equipment); various games; and a revel in the evening, with cooking facilities at the revel site. The revel will include various games, some honest-to-gosh entertainment, and a bardic circle.

A COOKING CONTEST will be at the revel, also. The theme will be something close to dinner pastries, but free rein will be given to the imagination.

In case of rain, which is a clear and present danger, the tourney will be moved to Music East -- which is also the revel site.

DIRECTIONS are ambiguous (we don't have room for the maps, which are partly in pencil anyway, and unreproduceable); for information, please get in touch with the Seneschal, Joanna de Lisane (contact info omitted), or Thomas the Ambidextrous (contact info omitted).


"It was known to us in St. David's at the time as the St. David's Day Tournament and Revel, it being held the weekend closest to the saint's feast day of March 1st. The tournament was for the Protector of the College of St. David, and was won by Terrence of Halliday. I cooked the turkey for the feast, and was in charge of Gold Key. Some of the St. Davidians involved were Elisaid (later Queen of Caid), Elenya Adkoshka, Joanna de Lisane, Jaeger (Yaegerr) Brokennose and Penog the Red. Cynara served as the damsel rescued from the "dragon" - a twisty oak tree. Elisaid played guitar and led singing at the feast. Jaeger Brokennose made available his home brewed ale. Attendees included the House of Anonymous Bosch and Draig am Coedwig (later St. David's Sciences Officer), whom I met that day and to whom I am still married." -- Cerridwen am Coedwig

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.

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