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The Third Year

Curia Regis
April 16, 1969

King Caradoc appointed Marynel of Darkhaven to be the Royal Pavilioner. She was to be in charge of arranging the pavilions around the field when they were set up. She also was in charge of the making of the Royal Pavilion for their Majesties. (Sometime previous, Ardis an Dearg had been appointed Royal Chatelaine.)

“Marynel's father, Master Beverly, actually made the Royal Pavilion. I'm not sure just when Ardis was made Chatelaine, what she did, or when she was no longer the Chatelaine. By the time I was Seneschal (wait for it ...) the office got subsumed into the Seneschalate and my lady became the Chatelaine.
     “Is there one these days? Luise always had trouble figuring out just what was under her provenance and eventually just gave it up.” – Stefan de Lorraine

“Caradoc appointed me the first West Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer (a position I held until early AS XIV) upon recommendation of then Crown Prince Siegfried, who had been the first Society Ch. of Exch. Since the Kingdom & the SCA were no longer synonymous, Siegfried saw a need for a separate Exchequer (and indeed, separate funds) for the Kingdom. I was expected to find some way to create such funds.
     “Marynel did indeed make the fabric portion of the first Royal Pavilion and all of us who gave $4 or $5 toward the materials got to put our devices on one of the dags. She cut & sewed the leftover scraps into long strips and dyed them red for a field marker to replace the clumsy stakes & ropes I used to haul around. (The pavilion was gold, or yellow at least.) Now her father, Master Beverly, built the frame to support the cloth part of the pavilion (I was present when they had some argument over the frame being too large for the cover, but I think the cloth shrunk a bit in the dyeing. Well, the frame was of metal electrical conduit, with its handy fittings, and adjustments were made & it was fine. (I'm sure it shows in some of the Super 8 movies that Geri & others took in May, IV.) Master Beverly, who also invented portable holes for banner poles, devised the little wires with loops on top that went thru sewn pockets in the red cloth strips and were pushed into the ground to hold up what came to be called "Eric" since it was RED!” – Robert of Dunharrow

“This curia was actually one of great import (assuming it's the one I remember at Hightower). There was a lot of talk about whether or not to have an overnight tourney in Oakdale, and in fact if there should be any tourneys outside the immediate Bay Area where people had been able to get to them by public transportation. Finally, King Caradoc said he would meet with his advisors to make a decision. Some one yelled out "When do we get to vote?" Caradoc slammed the hilt of his dagger onto the table and thundered "The King Votes!" I think this was the first official pronouncement of 'the King's Word is Law'.
     “By the by, it was funny at the time, too, because a lot of Westies had been muttering for the previous month or so about awful things happening in the East! Why, there was even a rumor that they had councils that voted on things!” – Verena of Laurelin

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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