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The Thirteenth Year

Purgatorio Coronation Tournament
August 19-20, 1978

From The Page (August, 1978):

Purgatorio will be held this year in the Barony of Allyshia! Join us in the verdant land of the Sea Lion for the Coronation of Crown Prince James Greyhelm and Crown Princess Verena of Laurelin. The site will be Freshwater Valley Stables, which has excellent facilities for all who wish to bring their horses, includng acres of poison-oak-free land to ride on. There is a swimming hole a short distance down the road, and running water on site. The grocery store is about a mile away.

Among the events planned:

- A STAG HUNT (see below) and A UNICORN HUNT (also below)
- ARCHERY COMPETITIONS (see Announcements)

ALL ARTISTS ARMORERS, SILVERSMITHS, JUGGLERS, and whatnot: come to the first Marvelous Medieval Market Faire! We are planning to set aside a special place and time during the weekend where you can hawk your wares or demonstrate your skills in an appropriate setting. We're also looking into the possibility of setting up a tavern like the one at the Atenveldt War where ou can find out what's happening, meet friends, form alliances, and achieve a state of liquid nirvana.

THE STAG HUNT will require clothing suitable for forest-running. Also, if possible, bows of 35 lbs. or less, and any boffer arrows available.

WE INVITE THE LADIES to participate in a special UNICORN HUNT. We do not wish to be guilty of discrimination against mothers, etc., so ALL ladies are eligible, notwithstanding traditional limitations. Ladies wishing to capture the unicorn should arm themselves with sweet biscuits (cookies) of their own secret recipe (at least 2 dozen cookies, AND the recipe). The Unicorn is known to have a sweet tooth.

ALL THOSE BRINGING MOTOR HOMES to Purgatorio must make special parking arrangements ... (details omitted).

A SPECIAL NOTE FROM BARONESS MEREWYN: I would like to extend a special invitation to the people of An Tir to come to Purgatorio in Allyshia, since we are about five hours closer than the Central Kingdom. I hope that many of you who have up til now been unable to attend a Kingdom event will be able to join us.

DIRECTIONS: (omitted)

The site will be open Friday night. Any questions may be directed to Merewyn de Lyonesse (contact info omitted), or to the Kingdom Seneschal.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Freshwater Valley Stables, Outside Eureka, California. Baroness Merewynn de Lyonesse was the autocrat for the first kingdom tournament to be held in the Barony of Allyshia. Saturday was clear and warm, but a cooling breeze made for quite comfortable weather. The final court of King Gregory and Queen Bevin started late in the morning with Their Majesties riding in on horseback. Various announcements were made, including the availability of rakes and shovels for “improving” one’s pavilion site. (The site for the tourney was a pasture where a number of horses had recently done their thing.) Children were warned away from the electrified fence. Master Cadwalladyr Stone of Stonecroft transferred the Kingdom Seneschal’s job to Lord Llerret de Grenada. Master Stone returned to the College of Heralds to become a Pursuivant at Large in the Barony of the Golden Rivers.

Then presentations were called for. Lady Hilary of Serendip presented Their Majesties with a pair of boffer swords, and informed the populace that she had a large number of boffer weapons to sell. Master Rodrigo de Cerdaña gave Queen Bevin a beautiful handmade gameboard (for the game of “The Queen’s Guard”). Lord Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst gave Queen Bevin a sandlewood fan and gave King Gregory a toy sheep (actually a lamb) bidding him to guard it carefully. Lady Dierdrianna of the Misty Isles presented some tasty amaretto cakes. Boverk & Co. presented Prince Steingrim with various articles that he had left at the last Pennsic War, including his purse, a sword loop, a favor, a necklace, and last but not least, his white knight’s belt. Countess Patrice du Couer Fidel brought a gift from the King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom, and a message that the Eastern Ambassador would be late. Lord Jerad Alexander Blaydeaux presented Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses James and Verena with small plastic flying crowns from a hamburger outlet (they had a balloon and a launcher). Tatiana de la Montange presented His Majesty with a gross of sweet cookies on account of his grossly sweet personality. (She was exempted from the two-bit fine for puns.) Lord Llerret de Granada presented Baron Maelgwyn with a sheep hand puppet. (Suggestions that it strike up an acquaintance with His Majesty’s new pet were taken under advisement.) As Baron Maelgwyn walked away, His Majesty’s lamb was seen to wave bye-bye. Sharra ni Perran gave His Majesty a leather covered mapcase and gave Her Majesty a leather Byzantine chessboard. The Barony of Lion’s Gate called for Earl Kevin Peregrynne, Baron of Golden Rivers, and presented him with a copy of their newsletter, The North Wind, which chronicled their victory over his barony in the recent armed confrontation. The cover showed the various members of the Barony and in the dust the warbanner of Golden Rivers. Then Lady Maelen of Catcott stepped out from the Lion’s Gate party and presented Earl Kevin with a framed photograph of himself as King leaning on the Great Sword of State and, upon hearing of the plans of Baron Gerhard Kendal of Lion’s Gate and Baron Waldt von Markheim of Dreiburgen to have a war to divide the unclaimed region in between, stated his famous line, “You boys are gonna get youah party crashed!” The Riding of Wolfscairn, a new subbranch of the Province of Ceantyre, presented Their Majesties with tea, handwoven belts, and painted eggs with stands. Master Ruthven of Rockridge and Random House presented Her Majesty with a painting of a scene from one of her Deryni books. Then it was Their Majesties’ turn.

King Gregory called forth his Champion, Sir William the Lucky, and presented him with a tourney’s supply of his favorite beverage, apple cider. His Majesty presented the Order of Chivalry with a bottle of Glen Fiddich scotch for them to share, in thanks for their friendship and support during his reign. King Gregory gave Duke Andrew of Riga a pin with a Star of David in celtic interlace. The members of the Royal Household were called up by Her Majesty. Queen Bevin gave to Lorenzo di Sant’ Angelo, who is Gregory’s squire, a fighting surcoat. The surcoat had His Majesty’s badge upon it. Lady Alison of Hoghton, Baroness Merewyn de Lyonesse, and Lady Susanne of King’s Harbour received two yards of tartan each. Mistress Joan of Crawfordsmuir recieved trim, and Lord Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst received a small cutout of a shirt, as a promissary for the real thing. Mistress Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) received a Jaeger mini-dagger.

Then it was time for awards. Mistress Kriemhilde of Stonecroft, Mistress of Arts, called forth the winners from the recent Arts Championship and gave them their scrolls of recognition. Queen Bevin thanked her Champion, Duke Paul of Bellatrix, for his service. Queen Bevin announced the winner of the Queen’s Poetry Contest to be Baron Theodulf of Borogrove, who recieved the prize of a helm. Queen Bevin then admitted Allissandra Olympia Martiessa de Constantine, Janeltis Karaine Starfollower, Lorenzo di Sant’ Angelo, Merewyn de Lyonesse, and Patrice d’Cilla to the Queen’s Order of Grace. Queen Bevin bestowed her Queen’s Cypher upon Andrew of Riga, Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix), Joan of Crawfordsmuir, Suzanne Justine of King’s Harbour, Sweyn MacChlurain, and finally upon King Gregory, for making it possible.

King Gregory gave an Award of Arms to Maythen of Elfhaven (Maythen Gervaise) and admitted Hallgerd Egilsdottir to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. Princess Janeltis Karaine Starfollower was called forward and made a Court Baroness. Queen Bevin explained that the members of the Principality of An Tir had petitioned for her to be named Dowager Princess of An Tir, but that not being possible, the title of Baroness was chosen instead. Prince Steingrim and the heirs to the coronet of An Tir, Ulfred and Valkyrie Drommefjell, led the cheers of the An Tir populace present. Then the members of the Order of the Laurel were called forward and Yolanda del Campo de Cerdaña was admitted to the Order. (The announcement caused her to miss a stitch in her embroidery, one of the skills that caused her to be admitted.) Then Allyn Samildanach was admitted for his calligraphy, illumination, and metal and leatherworking skills. The members of the Order of the Pelican were called forward, and April of the Dales, Mistress of the Golden Key, was admitted. Their Majesties thanked the populace for an enjoyable reign, and announced that they would swear joint fealty to their Western successors and to the throne of Caid. Master Wilhelm von Schlüssel, Vesper Principal Herald, on behalf of the College of Heralds thanked Their Majesties for an “interesting” reign and wished them all further happiness and success in further reigns ... in Caid. (“Made it hard on you, didn’t I?” replied the King.) Then the populace adjourned for lunch break.

After the lunch break the populace was called to form the Grand March, with the musicians playing recorder music during the formation of the March. Master Däwyd von Markheim, Golden Gate Pursuivant, announced the Grand March. Crown Prince James Greyhelm and Crown Princess Verena rode up dressed in silk Russian tunics. Duke William of Hoghton, Earl Marshall, announced their intent to succeed to the thrones, and King Gregory called them to come forward and swear the oath of fealty and protection to the kingdom. Then James and Verena were crowned King and Queen, and the knights Great Lords of State, Peers of the Realm, Prince Steingrim and Princess Janeltis, and the Barons and Baronesses present swore fealty. Gregory was invested as Earl Gregory, and Bevin became Countess Bevin Fraser of Sterling. Queen Verena called forth the members of the Queen’s Guard and the Queen’s Archers, and added Manfred Eifenblau and Ulfred Drommefjeld to the Queen’s Guard. They all swore to come to her aid, and she, in turn, presented them with proper implements for their most common task, screwdrivers for assembling the Royal Pavilion. Sweyn MacChlurain, Alfric Favnesbane, and Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst, now citizens of Caid, were made honorary members of the Queen’s Guard (they had previously been members). Allyn Samildanach was made Captain of the Queen’s Guard. Thus, the membership of the Queen’s Guard was Allyn Samildanach (Captain), Benjamin Armentrout, Brian Dritar an Con, Karl of Clan Colin, Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst, Ib Harleson, Nicholas Worthington, Alfric Favnesbane, Radnor of Guildemar, and Sweyn MacChlurain. The membership of the Queen’s Archers was Aarond the Grey (Captain), Kriemhild of Stonecroft, Neil Gyrfalcon, Paul of Normandy, Rodrigo de Cerdaña, and Llerrett de Granada. Their Majesties called forward Countess Allissandra Olympia Martiessa de Constantine, Lady Reginleif the Unruly, Lady Dierdrianna of the Misty Isles, Duke Andrew of Riga, and Mistress Michäela de Neuville, and thanked them for their efforts and assistance in preparation for the coronation. Then it was time for presentations.

Manfred, Champion of An Tir, called for His Majesty to send armed might to An Tir to combat an “insidious dark blight” that had been terrorizing An Tir. His Majesty offered two squires. Manfred protested that that was not enough. His Majesty tossed in his dog Con. Master Cadwalladyr Stone of Stonecroft presented King James with the “Scones of Stone”. King James revoked the ban on puns instituted by King Gregory, so Stone escaped a fine. Lord Raoul the Urbane and his recorder group presented a musical piece on their recorders and gave Their Majesties a copy of their music book. Lady Dierdrianna of the Misty Isles gave Their Majesties a gift of trim sent by Master John and Mistress Bjo of Griffin (Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani). Lady Dierdrianna also presented from herself a set of pretty napkins. Countess Patrice du Couer Fidel and Earl Kevin Peregrynne presented a message from the Eastern Ambassador. The Canton of Windy Meads presented their Majesties with representations of their personal arms in marzipan. Lord Jared Alexander Blaydeaux gave his Majesty a silver Mjölnir pendant (Thor’s hammer). Tashi presented a purse of pearls and four rings, booty from past battles. Sharra ni Perran presented leather napkin rings and a leather chessboard. Lord Ulfhedin hinn Vegfarandi and Lady Reginleif the Unruly presented Their Majesties with a promissary for lamps for their Great Hall. Lady Deporodh of Rannoch presented Their Majesties with handmade lace collar and cuff sets (she is the head of Arachne’s Web). Helyne Browneberry and Thomas Buttesthorn presented two ceramic goblets. Baron Gerhard Kendal of Westmoreland gave Their Majesties a handmade game board. The Can Cath of Clan Colin, Baron Sean a’Claidheam, announced the undying loyalty of Clan Colin to Gregory and Bevin, now that they were off the throne, and pledged the loyalty of the Clan Colin group in Caid to Their Majesties so long as they remain in the Mists. King James offered to supply them with an Irish Commissary Sergeant. House Myramovich presented His Majesty with a bottle of Purple Death. Duke Terrence of Halliday presented King James with a bottle of Black Label scotch. Joseph of Darkwood brought greetings from Atenveldt. Mistress Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) and Lord Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst presented Their Majesties with an illuminated letter. The schedule for the day was announced and court adjourned.

During the day the Order of the Wooden Spoon held its beverage contest and there were two fighting competitions, for two and three man teams, and an archery quest. At evening court it was announced that there were two winners for the beverage contest: Deporodh of Rannoch won for nonalcholic beverage and Grün der Spitzenklöppler (Juana Isabella de Montoya de Rodriguez) for alcoholic beverage. Earl Gregory of York and Duke Paul of Bellatrix was the winning two-man team, and the victorious three man team was Sir William the Lucky, Sir Edward of Southhaven, and William Briardust. The archery quest had been divided into A and B teams, except that the top two B archers beat out all of the A archers. The overall winner was therefore Master Wilhelm von Schlüssel, who received a pair of wooden plates and goblets and a bottle of wine, followed by Duchess Patrice d’Cilla, who received a bottle of wine. The winner of the A team was Lord Llerret de Granada, who received a pair of goblets and a bottle of wine. King James invested Thorgeirr the Thirsty as Seneschal of Nepotism.

That evening there was a bardic revel and general partying on one-half of the field. (The other half of the field had been designated a quiet zone.) The full moon was so bright that everyone could see to walk about without flashlights. A ninja war was held with no apparent victor, but they had a lot of fun.

Sunday made up for Saturday, being cool and overcast the whole day. Things got started about 11:00 am with the children’s archery contest, the Arts and Crafts Faire, a Unicorn Hunt, a Stag Hunt, and Lists for Queen’s Champion. At closing court Sir David Westerville was proclaimed the Queen’s Champion, having emerged victorious in the final melee. (The melee was held to close the lists quickly, as it was already after three and people had to leave.) The lists were double elimination, with each fighter having to use a different weapon each time he fought, until he had used four different weapons. King James presented the Old Battered Helm to Manfred Eiffenblau for his glorious writhing death after a gut blow. Stephen of Bellatrix won the Children’s Archery contest, with Sean of Shasta taking second place. The Queen presented them all with goodies. Mistress Annette of Fair Monte transferred the office of Chancellor of the College of Scribes to Baroness Merewyn of Lyonesse and Mistress Gonwynlynn of Hrassvelg. King James thanked her for her great service over many years. The winner of the Leatherworking contest was Keridwen (Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn, formerly Keridwen ferch Morgan Glasfryn, formerly Keridwen o'er Mynyrdd Gwyrdd), from the Canton of Windy Meads. Queen Verena presented a wreath of rosemary to Sir Edward of Southhaven for most chivalrous person that weekend, and the wreath for valor went to Harvey the Stag, for his valorous efforts in the stag hunt. The wreath was accepted by Fellyandrac the Blind on behalf of Harvey (Fellyandrac plays the part of Harvey). Lord Algenon Hartesmond, Ambassador from the East, having finally arrived, presented their Majesties with a letter of congratulations from their Eastern Majesties, which also recommended Lord Algenon as their ambassador. King James then admitted Alfric Favnesbane, Gwendwyn the Silent, Reginleif the Unruly, and Ulfhedinn hinn Vegfarandi to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. Baron Maelgwyn and Baroness Merewyn de Lyonesse were called forward and thanked for their efforts in running the tournament as tourneymasters. The court and tourney was closed and everyone began to pack up for the long trip home. The Allyshians, having been good all weekend, then ended the tourney in proper Allyshian style with dogfights, gorilla fights, and birthday paddlings (it was Baron Maelgwyn’s birthday). A number of others joined into the Allyshian spirit and entered the melee fun.

See photos from this event

James Greyhelm
Per bend sinister, argent a
sinister dragon's wing erased
azure, and azure a pair of spears
bendwise sinister argent.
Verena of Laurelin
Azure, in canton a crux
ansata patty Or.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission

[Lord Jerad Alexander Blaydeaux presented Their Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses James and Verena with small plastic flying crowns from a hamburger outlet.] “If memory serves, this was from the great East Kingdom institution of White Castle Hamburgers.
     [The members of the Order of the Pelican were called forward, and April of the Dales, Mistress of the Golden Key, was admitted.] “And well deservedly. I believe that Mistress April must hold the record for longest (unbroken, no less!) term in office of any person in the SCA. She had Gold Key for 16 years before finally divesting herself of the responsibility, if memory serves. This woman deserves a Pelican with added oak-leaf clusters! (Hmm, now that's an interesting image.)
     [That evening there was a bardic revel and general partying on one-half of the field. (The other half of the field had been designated a quiet zone.) The full moon was so bright that everyone could see to walk about without flashlights.] “An interesting feature of this was that the bardic circle kept going on and on, into the wee small hours of the night. There was still a core of us sitting around the fire, launching into still more songs (I seem to remember we were in the second round of "Chain Mail Mama") when someone looked up and said "Uh, guys, it's not moonlight any more..." and we realized that the sun was coming up over the eastern horizon.
     [... the wreath for valor went to Harvey the Stag, for his valorous efforts in the stag hunt. The wreath was accepted by Fellyandrac the Blind on behalf of Harvey (Fellyandrac plays the part of Harvey).] “Well-deserved. When cornered by the hunters and hounds, Harvey the Stag decided turnabout was fair play, and turned and attacked his pursuers, chasing them all the way across the field and savaging several hounds with his "horns" (boffer daggers).” – Jilara of Carrowlea

[Children were warned away from the electrified fence.] “So we spent a large portion of the weekend egging one another on to touch the damn thing -> some days I think it's amazing any of us survived to adulthood ...” – Eden of Lionsguard

“The archery quest had been divided into A and B teams, except that the top two B archers beat out all of the A archers. The overall winner was therefore Master Wilhelm von Schlüssel, who received a pair of wooden plates and goblets and a bottle of wine, followed by Duchess Patrice d’Cilla, who received a bottle of wine. This archery win was my one and only martial arts victory and I was rather proud of it.” – Wilhelm von Schlüssel

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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