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The Twentieth Year

June Crown Tournament

June 29-30, 1985 (AS XX)

From The Page (June, 1985):

JUNE CROWN: June 29-30, A.S. XX
Bort Meadows/Big Trees
Site fee: $2 per person
Autocrats: Käthe Willig von Mainz (contact info omitted) and Mariposa de los Montoyos (contact info omitted).

SITE RULES AND RESTRICTIONS: Parking is tight, carpool whenever possible. Please follow constables' parking directions, especially for overflow parking.

CONTESTS: Best decorated horse, two categories, one for horses 3 hands tall (12 inches at the shoulder) or shorter (need not be alive), one for horses over 3 hands tall. All horse decorations (armor or cloth) must appear at the tourney accompanied by a horse to wear it. NOT sponsored by The College of Equestrion Arts (so they can enter). Lord Dragon the Green's trash gathering competition for children. This year, Lord Dragon says there will be a better prize than chocolate coins for each entrant. (Better thanc hocolate? -- ed) Age limit is 12 years old. Other contsts are listed under Ducal Prize Continued.

NON-CONTESTS: Bardic circle, at the firepit nearest the privies (noisy end of camp). Please bring some fire wood. The autocrat's husband, who isn't allowed to sing at home, will provide a bottle of "Bardic fluid" to share (over 21 only). There will also be an autocratting workshop. This is the painless way to practice or learn how for those who need it. Contact the Autocrats in advance.

DIRECTIONS: (omitted)

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Commentary:

"I didn't really intend to do anything at the June Crown. I was somewhat out of practice and just entered the lists figuring that I would get knocked out in the third or fourth round. I had to go in to work Saturday night and do a major install on the computer, so I really wanted to get home and get to bed early to get some sleep before 1:00 a.m. when I needed to arrive at work.

"Well, it didn't work out that way. I vaguely recall that it was hot, but that's nothing new at Big Trees in June. So there I am. I win my first fight. I win my second and third and fourth fights. And so on. All the while I'm thinking "I should get killed any time now. I need to get home to get some sleep."

"Of course, being out of condition, I'm getting tired. And more tired. By the time the semi-finals came around I was pretty well exhausted and, sure enough, I lose my leg. My opponent, Sir Geoffrey of Griffinhold, comes in, throws a few blows, catches a few blows, and goes out again. I regain just enough energy to do it again. And again. And again. And finally I manage to kill him. Later I went up to him and said something like "Jack, why didn't you just stay in and kill me. I was exhausted." And he said, "I was too tired."

"So there I am in the finals. It's way past the time I wanted to be there. And I have to fight Michael Hugh best two out of three. I rest. I get some energy back. I go for the quick kill and pretty much get it in the first fight. I rest a bit.

"I get no energy back. Michael kills me standing up. I rest. I think I lose energy while resting. Michael gets my leg. I lose more energy. And he kills me. By then I'm saying pretty much "Thank God, I'm finally out of it." Later someone asks me about a leg blow I landed on Michael and my response is "It may have been clean but if a fly had been between the sword and the leg armor it would have survived." I've rarely been quite so exhausted.

"And after it's all done I go home, go to work, and the install is a great big failure." -- Steven MacEanruig


"At June Crown in AS XX, I requested that instead of the usual lineup for the Invocation of the Lists, we have an heraldic procession, and we could accomplish lining up for the lists, and presenting one's self and one's consort to the crown at the same time. I was inspired in this notion by descriptions I had read of the tournaments held during the reign of Edward III of England, generally regarded, I think, as the high point of medieval pageantry. It didn't come off quite as efficiently as I had hoped, but the spectacle was better than I expected. Since I knew this would be my last reign as queen, I wanted to go out spectacularly. I'd like to think I accomplished what I set out to do. I don't know if this particular type of procession has been tried again or not." -- Rowena d'Anjou


Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.


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