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The Twelfth Year

Prize Tourney -- Shire of Tarnmist
October 8, 1977

From The Page (October, 1977):

On October 8, in Lila Keiser Park in Morro Bay, CA, the Shire of Tarnmist will hold its first Prize Tourney. Setup will be at 8:30; inspection of arms and qualification of fighters will be at 11:00; challenge matches will begin at 12:00, and the Prize Lists will begin at 1:00. The Prize for the Lists will be a pewter goblet.


  1. Surcoat Design. There will be two sub-categories: a) one that is judged on aesthetic qualities (use of materials, ornamentation, etc.), and b) one that is judged on suitability for use during fighting.
  2. Tent or Pavillion Design. Judging will be on structural stability and, more important, ornamentation, aesthetics, and trueness to period. Drawings or models may be substituted.
  3. Coordinating Costumes for a Family (including children). Judging will be on continuity within family, and trueness to period and country of personae. Use of materials, aesthetics, etc., will also be judged. Only costumes not previously submitted to a contest elsewhere in the realm will be eligible.
  4. Bawdy Ballads. Judging will be on humor, poetic quality, and period content.

Information on prizes and additional contests, maps, and other information will be announced at September Crown Tourney. For further details, get in touch with the Seneschal, Colin de Wyndmere (contact info omitted).

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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