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The Third Year

May Coronation and Crown Tourney
May 5, 1968 AS III

Held at the Airplane Field, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California. Jon de Cles was the autocrat. Siegfried and Marynel were crowned by William and Sheryl. King Siegfried knighted Caradoc ap Cador. Crown lists were held. Duke Richard of Mont Real defeated Sir Stefan de Lorraine. Duke Richard’s lady was La Rana. Sir Stefan de Lorraine gave the MGC to Sir Caradoc ap Cador. There was a Maypole, a javelin throwing contest, and a revel that evening at the site. (William’s Count and Sheryl’s Countess date from here.)

Siegfried von Hoflichskeit
Sable, on a bend argent a mullet
of four points elongated to base
gyronny Or and sable.
Marynel of Darkhaven
Purpure, a dragon salient
Or, its neck embowed about
an edelweiss proper.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission
Siegfried's Arms colored by Aja du Jardin,
Marynel's Colored by Beatrix zum Dunklenturm

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“In reflection costumes were primitive at best, mostly tabards over jeans, few coats of arms. Mostly just people who wanted to recreate a period, not as it was but as it might have been.” – David of Illwheirlane

“This was the tourney after the one at which I was knighted, and I was certainly suffering from new knight syndrome. I believe I beat Caradoc, and I remember beating Edwin. We had an exchange of blows and he hit me in the upper thigh. I went to my knees and he asked me where I had been hit. I pointed to my upper thigh. He said, "Then you've won," and fell. Part of it was that I was using a kite shield, but I had been using the same kite for quite some time and dying a lot earlier. Perhaps the fact I had borrowed Sir Bela's helmet helped, I don't know.
     “Richard and I were given the option of fighting two out of three or one fight, and I chose to just do it once. However, we double-killed the first time out, so we ended up fighting two fights, anyway. For the first fight, Richard was reluctant to believe that I had hit him when he hit me until he looked at his motorcycle helmet, which doubled as his fighting helmet, and saw the dent I put into it.
     “Politically, this tournament was notable for the very short appearance of the departing King and Queen. They showed up a bit late for the coronation, crowned their successors, and left. I think it was the last appearance of William and Sheryl as a couple at an SCA event, though the marriage continued for a few years after. They had gotten so burned out by the politics of the organization they decided they had other things to do. A lot of us saw this, rightly or wrongly, as Jon DeCles treating them like puppets and it helped draw a lot of the political lines that developed over the next several years.
     “And I'm not sure I should have given Caradoc the MGC for the reason I did. He came to the tourney with two ladies, with, as far as I could tell, the firm intent of making both of them his queen, which I thought took a certain intestinal fortitude that should be rewarded.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who has, in fact, seen each of William (John Freeman) and Sheryl (Adamski) in the last few years.

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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