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The Thirteenth Year

May Feast and Tourney -- Province of Southern Shores
May 6-7, 1978

From The Page (May, 1978):


The Province of Southern Shores invites the Kingdom of the West to a May Feast and Tourney, to be held on May 6&7. We will be having a feast on Saturday night, and everyone who comes is invited to spend the night in Southern Shores. The tourney will take place Sunday morning and afternoon, so there will be plenty of time for everyone to get home.

THE FEAST will be a partial potluck: we will provide trenchers, bread, mead, and a main course for $2; other foods will be provided by the participants. On Saturday evening, after everyone has eaten, there will be Renaissance dancing and a Court of Love. The Court will try cases in accordance with the Rules of Love as described by Andreas Capellanus in The Art of Courtly Love. All persons wishing to have cases tried must get an advocate to plead their case for them. As last year, there will be a public advocate at the Court, for those who cannot arrange for their own advocate.

The Court will also judge a Poetry Reading Contest. Any poem under 30 lines long, on the theme of Love or Spring, may be read. The poems need not be original, but should not be familiar. Songs may be submitted, as long as they meet the length restriction.

THE SITE of the feast is not firmly established: we hope to get last year's site (Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto). To check on the actual site, call Knud Kaukinen ...

ON SUNDAY, there will be a single elimination list without swords. Other weapons (axes, maces, spears, glaves, etc.) may be used, but no broadswords, shortswords, bastardswords, katana ... Of course, melees and individual challenges may be fought with whatever weapons the participants agreee to (subject to the Marshall's restrictions).

There will be dancing during the day, with the traditional Maypole dance in the middle of the afternoon. There will also be a COSTUME COMPETITION, for the costume(s) that best illustrate the concept of May. Costumes that are worn to the revel Saturday night will also be included in the contest (so that fighters may participate as well).

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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