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The Second Year

Spring Crown Tourney
March 23, 1968

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Held in San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California. Duke Richard of Mont Real was the autocrat. William and Sheryl reigned. Crown lists were held. Sir Siegfried von Hoflichskeit won, defeating Master Edwin Bersark. Marynel of Darkhaven was Siegfried’s lady. King William knighted Stefan de Lorraine. Master Edwin Bersark gave the MGC to Sir Stefan de Lorraine. Revels followed on the campus of the Seminary.

From Tournaments Illuminated, Vol. 1, Issue 5 (early 1968), by The Red Baron (John de Cles):

NEWS OF THE NEXT TOURNEY: Which will be held on Saturday, March 23, 1968, a the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo. Several important items must be said here, so pay attention! The Autocrat for this Tourney is Duke Richard de Montroyal, who has provided us with a castle, and, in case of inclement weather, an indoor arena for the fighting. There will also be a place for post-tourney revels, but these revels will be strictly Bring-Your-Own-Everything. In other words, Box-Social style. The Society would like to provide something on the order of Twelfth Night after every tourney, but we simply can't afford it.

DUKE RICHARD has, for this Tourney, made the following rule: ALL FIGHTERS WHO PLAN TO FIGHT MUST REGISTER BEFORE 1:30 ON THE DAY OF THE TOURNEY. NO FIGHTERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THAT TIME. IF YOU WILL BE LATE, register before the tournament with Dave Thewlis, at (address removed), or Richard Barnhart, c/o (address removed).

GENTLEBEINGS ARE ALSO REQUESTED to bring banners, and other such items for decoration. [... the column goes on to other issues ...]

“While I thought I probably deserved to be a knight, I think there was something of a rush to judgement on this one because I thought I was going into the Army in the next month or so (Vietnam era, you know). This was referred to in Master Edwin's classic TI article, printed I think within the year of this event, on when someone should be knighted. As it happened, the Army, who told draftee Steve Perrin that his once-broken wrist was no big deal and khaki was in his future, told enlistee Steve Perrin that he had a broken navicular bone and was now category 1-y, which meant I'd be drafted to hand over the surrender papers to the Vietnamese when they landed in San Francisco Bay.
     “This list was also notable because the last rounds were fought inside. As the sun set the wind kicked up and everyone started getting chill, so the tourney was moved inside despite Richard's protests that the chill would be gone in half an hour. He was right, but the finals were fought on a hardwood floor. I have no idea if that has happened anywhere since.
     “It was quite a rush to be both knighted and given the MGC in the same event. Don Simpson, who was attending these events at the time, congratulated me on getting "chained, belted and clubbed" all in the same evening.
     “Oh yes, earlier in the day, I was challenged by Sir Bela of Eastmarch because "My lady (meaning Karina) can beat up your lady (meaning Luise)". As it happened, our picnic blankets (pavilions? what pavilions?) were next to each other, and when they heard the herald announce the challenge, Karina scooped up a paring knife and Luise grabbed a coffee can full of pineapple rice pudding. But they decided to let Bela and me fight it out, instead. I won, but I refuse to speculate on what relevance that had to the challenge.
     “And a further oh yes, I believe this was the first event attended by Randal the Stout, later of Hightower. I think the persona he chose for the moment was actually his fictional fantasy detective, Lord Darcy.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who also had the honor of introducing the belly dancing of my lady to the evening's entertainment.

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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