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The Fourth Year

First Principality Tourney -- Atenveldt
February 22, 1970

From The Page (January? 1970):

PRINCIPALITY OF ATENVELDT -- THE SECOND TOURNAMENT OF ATENVELDT WILL TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 22nd, from 9 a.m. until dusk, at McCormick Park, Scottsale, Ariz. A Revel will follow at the park -- BYOB and food. An icebox will be available to store food etc..

The winner of the fighter eliminations at this Tournament will be crowned with a laurel wreath and proclaimed Prince-designate. He will then have three months to order his house before taking the princely throne at a tournament to be held late in the Spring. He will also be immediately presented with teh Order of Light, similar to the Order of the Laurel, but with a sun-burst etched in the metal. This honor will be placed in his gift to be awarded to those who serve the principality well.

For further information, contact Seneschal Michael of Moria.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at McCormick Park, Scottsdale, AZ. Duke Richard of Mont Real presided as emissary from King Stefan. At this tourney Atenveldt became the first Principality of the West. Coronet Lists were held to choose the Prince designate. Robert Roundpounder was the winner. Katrina Windemere was his lady. Duke Richard crowned Robert with a laurel wreath, naming him Prince Designate. Duke Richard presented him with the first Order of Light, similar to the Order of the Laurel, but with a sun-burst etched in the metal within the laurel wreath. This honor was placed in his gift to be awarded to those who served the principality well. A revel followed at the park. Duke Richard made Robert Roundpounder a Master of Arms.

“I received a report from Richard after the event. The finals were between Roundpounder and Ivan of Naverette, who had won the first Atenveldt tourney. Both were members of a household which name I have forgotten that centered (as far as I know) around Arthur of Lockhaven and his brother, Charles of the JACs (Jeffersonian Anarchist Conservatives, if I remember the acronym right). All were independent types who intended to be Masters, not Knights, when the chance came. I had given Richard carte blanche to create a knight or master, whatever seemed appropriate, but Richard did not feel that he, as a Master, had the right to knight anyone. He offered Roundpounder a Master's baldric, or to make arrangements for some knight or myself to show up at a later event to knight Robert. Robert chose the Master's baldric. Richard, though he is on this list, has been silent so far, but I remember there was an interesting story involving why Robert and not Robert and Ivan were given the opportunity, but it's Richard's story and I'd have to dig through some very old correspondence to find the story (if he didn't tell me in person, which he might have--he made several trips to the Bay Area during his time in Albuquerque).
     “Keep all this in mind, it becomes important when we're discussing March...” – Stefan de Lorraine, who was sorry to hear of the passing of his first hostess in Atenveldt.

“I don't think the "Order of Light" was given to Robert at this event. Robert was my roommate at the time (and still a very good friend) and his lady (Katrina of Windemere) was/is my "real life" sister. The first Order of Light given out in Atenveldt was actually to my brother "Master Charles of the JAC's." (Unless old age has severely restructured my memory!) I don't remember the "light" being given to Robert here, or at any other time.
     “Robert did become our first Prince however, and was made a Master at Arms. Robert later resigned his "Master at Arms" and accepted Knighthood (up in the West in April 70, as I remember) but later resigned both! I don't know if it is the intent of this comment/list but I would be curious if this is the first time someone resigned one fighting peerage for the other and how common such actions are in our history. (I saw it happened once since but I am sure it might be more common.)
     “I can also attest that the "Laurel Wreath" discussed here was actually made from oleander bushes which ringed the fighting area at the park!” – Arthur of Lockehaven

“The household was called "Casa Libre" or the "Free House." It survived for many years (later under "new management"). My brother Charles of the JACs (Jeffersonian, Anarchistic, Conservative), my self (Lockehaven ... with an "e" in it which folks often leave out, it's there since the Locke comes from John Locke, the philosopher), Robert Roundpounder and Ivan started the household. To some extent I think the high number of Masters in early Atenveldt was due to two factors; 1) Duke Richard was one of the first senior SCA folks to visit us and many of us learned to fight from him, and he was a Master at Arms; (let me point out however, that he never once promoted the idea of being a Master instead of a Knight, to anyone - that I ever heard), he only showed us how to fight and make weapons etc. and taught us a great deal; his good work provided us with a model which many of us followed.) {For example, Duke Richard smoked a pipe ... after his first visit I looked around at our next fighter practice and noticed about half a dozen "pipe smokers" which had not done so before ... hey, wait a minute, I think I was one of them myself !} and 2) some debate took place here regarding what becoming a Knight really meant in the SCA. The idea took hold here that "swearing fealty" meant you "had to do anything the King told you to do." I want to make clear, NO ONE from the West told us that (that I ever heard) and I don't think it is true today ... but somehow we came up with that absolute notion, and many people here believed it then, and some still do now. Some fighters thought being a Knight under those circumstances was acceptable and others of us did not. Even if the absolute nature of this oath was NOT part of the overall SCA, it did become a common notion here - at least in the beginning.” – Arthur of Lockehaven

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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