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First Crown and Coronation Tourney, Kingdom of the East
July 21, 1968 AS III

Held in Cloves Lake Park, Staten Island, New York. Maragon the Artificer and Adrienne of Toledo sat as King and Queen to preside over the first tourney of the East Coast Chapter of the SCA. The first Crown Lists were held and Bruce of Cloves was the winner. Sir Ardral Argo verKaeysc, with his squire Sylvanus Andere, was present as emissary from King Richard the Short (Richard of Mont Real). Sir Ardral knighted Bruce of Cloves and Sir Bruce was crowned as the first King of the East. The West Coast became the Kingdom of the West. El of the Two Knives was the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the East and Rakkurai of Kamakura was Earl Marshal of the East. Florence of Cloves was crowned Queen.

From Tournaments Illuminated, Vol. 1, Issue 8, The Red Baron (Jon de Cles):

FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS this issue is the matter of the Kingdom of the East. The East Coast Chapter of the Society held its first (successful) Tourney on July 21st, in Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island, where the winner accepted knighthood in the Society from Sir Argo ver Keist, who attended the Tournament, accompanied by his squire, Sylvannus, as messanger from the King in the West. Having accepted Knighthood, Sir Bruce of Cloves then was crowned King Bruce, first King in the East.

“I heard a story a long time ago about the East Kingdom being cemented to the West & thus making us a national organization, by means of a person whose name I do not remember making several plane trips across country. Said person received the 1st Grant of Arms ever. I heard this tale in the distant past so I do not vouch for its veracity. Could someone set me straight? Is it true? If so why did they not get a Patent, a Laurel if Pelicans had not come on seen yet? If it's not true then who did get the first Patent & in what wise?” – Charles of Dublin

“The first Grant of Arms went to Randal of HighTower more or less at his own instigation because he was arranging for the whole Patents, Awards, Grants process. I know this because he was arranging for my lady, Luise of the Phoenix, to do the original scrolls at the time. I think someone else also received one at that first presentation of scrolls at 3rd 12th Night, but the name is escaping me. Karina? Harold Breakstone? I checked with Luise but she says she did so many of them in that first set that "They're all mushed together."
     “This is not to say that Randal didn't make those trips. I have no idea what he was doing with his spare time besides asking Luise if she was done yet. He was definitely and enthusiastically involved with the creation of the infrastructure of the SCA at the time and had lots of contacts in New York, especially among the fans who made up a large section of the membership.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who could never quite read a Randal Garrett story the same way after meeting him ...
“It is highly unlikely that Randall did any traveling to the East Coast, he was simply too broke. While he worked very hard on his writing, his royalties and advances were only sufficient to barely meet his daily bills. During this time he and Lady Allison lived in "Hightower" in South San Francisco, supported mostly by Allison's earnings. Randall used to say that his income was used for their parties, of which they had many grand ones.”
     “On reflection, I realized that Randall may have traveled to the east during the early years before he and Alison split up and his finances dwindled.” – David of Ilwheirlane
“I strongly suspect this is a mutation of David Bradley's trip to the East Coast with Sylvanus Andere (sp?) to take the accolade from the King (Siegfried at the time) to the winner of the first Eastern tournament. NB David's mother (Elfrida of Greenwalls/Marion Zimmer Bradley) had moved back to the East Coast with Walter Breen, her husband, and was involved in the startup of the SCA on the East Coast, so I assume David had other purposes than simply attending an initial Crown tournament ....
     “In the event, I think the first Eastern Crown was postponed for some reason, and in the interim I left the throne and Richard became King. In any case however David carried out his mandate and knighted Bruce of Cloves -- or at least that's how I remember it. David (Ardral Argo verKaeysc) was already a Knight and didn't need a Laurel. The first Laurel was Alfonso de Castille and the second was Master Beverly Hodghead, both given at Twelfth Night II, 6 January 1968.” – Siegfried von Hoflichskeit
“Patti and I spent much of our time with David and Silas both at SCA events and otherwise during this period. The story as they told it to us, as it unfolded, pretty much matched Siegfried's below with a few added details.
     “Silas' father also lived in the East and loaned Silas a car when they were there, so Silas pretty much chauffeured David around as events took place. Silas also acted as Royal Courier on his own travels to the East without Sir Argo Ardral. As a result Sylvanus was made the first Court Baron and an AoA recipient (either the first or a very early one of the latter). I don't recall that any additional reward for David was considered (he said it was just his knightly duty), however I wasn't privy to Royal deliberations in those days.
     “In any case Sylvanus' Baron/AoA was bestowed at the same event (Twelfth Night III) as the first three Grants of Arms were given to Harold of Breakstone, Randall of Hightower and Karina of the Far West. How much of these awards was due to activities leading to the founding of the East I have no knowledge. Perhaps Karina can fill us in.” – Kevin Peregrynne
“Silas' award was for driving Caradoc to events - Silas had a working car (a very cool working car- an old Mark VII Jaguar touring salon named Sir Dennis, sadly vandalized later and lost). Caradoc had no car, and maybe no driver's license either, so Silas drove him, and others, to events. There are several funny stories that involve that car ...” – James Greyhelm
“Speaking for myself only, I can say I wasn't involved at all in the founding of the East. At the time in question Harold and Randall were my superiors in the College of Arms. We were inventing the practices of SCA heraldry as we went along, trying to create a consistent body of work based on English practice of the Plantagenet period that was why our cutoff date was 1485, the battle of Bosworth Field. After that English heraldry was no longer regulated by the necessity of recognition on the battlefield. This was the end of the Wars of the Roses, and the introduction of muskets completed the work of cannon in ending the era of castles and chivalry. Renaissance heraldry was decorative rather than practical.
     “I'd also been active in other ways - costuming, period food, pavilion-making, filk-singing, speaking forsoothly.
     “The scrolls for the three heralds recognized that important work was being done by non-fighters (Randall was never much of a fighter, and Clint's knee was bad even before he was drafted) and that there were roles for women other than "fighter's lady." (Sir Bela never really wanted the throne; I had no prospect of becoming Queen.) We were early members of the Permanent Civil Service, officers serving the Crown from reign to reign.” – Karina of the Far West
“Sir Charles asked the general list more or less why the folks who were instrumental in getting the East up and running and the kept communications open during the process weren't made peers and instead were (apparently) given lesser awards. There was some back and forth (David of Ilwheirlane and Bjo commented among several), but details with which Patti and I were closely acquainted seemed to be missing though the broad outline of Elfrida and Walter of Greenwalls and their son, Sir Ardral's (David), involvement was sketched-in.
     “At that time Dave Bradley (Ardral) and Silas Andrews (Sylvanus Andere) were among our closest friends in the SCA and outside as well (David is the one who dubbed us "The Pattiphil"). Si and Dave were 'brothers' in the Berkeley High/SCA family which included Kathea Verkaysc (Cathy Minner-Cook-MacDonald [David's 'sister']) Thumas O'Conair (Thom Conroy) and others. Silas' father (Joseph, I think) lived on the East Coast and was accustomed to loaning Silas a car when he was visiting.
     “During the time that the formation of the East Kingdom was happening Silas and David both were frequent visitors to the East and acted as Royal couriers/messengers/consultants on how things were done, both together and separately. Silas, because of his access to a vehicle often acted as David's chauffeur/batman/aide-de-camp on these jaunts when they were there together.
     “When Twelfth Night III rolled around, the question of rewards for all of this valuable work (and other - e.g, organizing the Heralds) came up (bear in mind the only existing awards were peerages - Duke, Chivalry and Laurel is all, the Pelican was years in the future). My status at the time wasn't such that I was privy to the Royal decision-making process, but David told us that he had declined any additional recognition, he viewed the entire process as part of his duties as the first knight.
     “You can confirm from your records that Twelfth Night III was the event where at least three firsts occurred - the first AoA's were made (including one for Sylvanus), the rank of Court Baron was created (specifically to set Sylvanus' apart from the 'ordinary AoA's) and the first GoA's were given (to Herald of Breakstone, Randall of Hightower and Karina of the Far West). Had the OP existed I believe things would have been different, but it didn't.
     “Totally aside ... now days it is difficult to envision a Kingdom where common permanent ranks and orders that we are used-to didn't exist. These include Duchess (hard to believe, but no lady had yet been Queen twice, 'Duchess' was a 'courtesy' title for a Duke's SigOthr), Count/Countess/VisCount/VisCountess, Master/Mistress of the Pelican, Orders of Leaves of Achievement etc....but that's the way it was. Twelfth Night III was a watershed in many ways.” – Kevin Peregrynne

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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