Kingdom Arms by Robin of Thornwood Calligraphy by Robin of Thornwood Populous Badge by Robin of Thornwood

The Fourth Year

Coronation Festival
April 25, 1970

From The Page (April 1970):

Kingdom of the West-- Coronation of Crown Prince Sir Steven of Black Eagle and Crown Princess Astrid.
9:00      Arrival and setting up of pavilions-- shuttle service available 'til 10
10:00      King's Court convenes
11:00      Grand March and Coronation
12:00      Grand Melee -- shuttle service resumes until 1:30
Early afternoon-- archery practice, javelin throwing competition etc.
Later afternoon-- challenge fights, children's & ladies' footraces, etc.
4:00      Falconry exhibition
Evening-- Children's play, dancing of all kinds, performances before Their Majesties, bardic duels, etc.
9:00      Church service conducted by Fr. Ruthven of Rockridge
11:00      Small war
1:00      Maypole dance
2:00      Archery contest
3:00 and onward-- Challenge fights and Exhibitions
4:00 til finish-- shuttle service

The Tourney site, Girl's Camp in the Redwood Park, is the same one we had for last summer's August Purgatorio Tourney. It features, among other things, a 3 sided shelter, fireplaces, running water and jons. There is also a shopping center about 2 mi. from the parking lot. The camp is about 15 min. drive from Berkeley. Be sure and bring everything you will need for camping overnight-- warm evening clothing,s leeping bags, insect repellent (just in case) for the night, and suntan lotion, salt pills, a shade, ice etc. for the day.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in the Girls Camp, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, California. Stefan and Luise held court. King Stefan gave an Award of Arms to Richard the Mild. Then Stephen and Astrid were crowned by Stefan and Luise. King Stephen gave a Grant of Arms to Hugh ap Llewellyn. Then the heavens opened and the second day was postponed until May.

Stephen Blackeagle
Or, an eagle displayed sable
resting on the horns of a steel
Norse helmet proper horned gules.
Astrid of Hawk Ridge
Sable, a lion's head cabossed Or
within fourteen suns in annulo
gules fimbriated Or.
Arms by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission

“As I recall, it was dry on Saturday and there was some light rain overnight. It was after that the Sunday was abandoned.” – Hal Ravn

“Is Eric von Reinheart still around (I may have the last name a bit wrong)? He was part of a delegation from another medieval group whose main occupations seemed to be costuming and feasting who paid a diplomatic visit to our "neighboring kingdom." As I understand it, the group, whose purview as described by Sir Bela of East March was "From the Borders of the West to the Desolation of Smaug," died of lack of interest within a couple of months and the SCA inherited several of their members – Eric being the one who sticks most in my mind. Can't remember the name of the group.
     “And, this started my tenure as Seneschal of the West, as Jon De Cles eagerly unloaded the task upon me so as to concentrate on being SCA Steward. There are transition problems involved with going from King to Seneschal. One stays too close to the throne and finds it hard to break away. Does anyone know of anyone else who has gone from Throne to Seneschalate? I imagine some might have gone from Throne to Marshallate.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who kept that cloak for many years and finally passed it, along with the Seneschalate, to my successor, William the Lucky – who promptly made himself a warm version.

“Warm cloaks indeed. When I joined the heralds in AS VI as a pursuivant extraordinary, we newbies had to make do with thin green tabards. The first thing I did when I earned the right to a Herald's Cloak was to get a lined cloak!” – Wilhelm von Schlüssel

[NOTE: I got the following email from Eric, who saw this discussion on this site, email dated: June 29, 2003 -- Hirsch von Henford]:

"My name is Eric Von Rheinhausen (he did slightly mis-remember my last name). I registered Friedrich Eric Helmut von Rheinhausen with the College of Arms (passed in 1971, I believe).

"The name of our little fantasy group was the Kingdom of Atrelon. Yes, it died pretty quickly ---the SCA met our needs so much better. The SCA gained myself and Mel Stewart (who registered Charles Edward Alexander Everman).

The Coronation was my first event, and all of my memories of it are wonderful. Not knowing about "SCA Time", we drove most of the night from Pasadena so as to arrive a little before the schedualed start time. The Girls Camp was a great site with no modern-day intrusions (did it happen to burn in that big fire in the late '80s?). As we walked down the access road, we could see a few people moving around down at the bottom---they were members of Toad Hall, who had taken it upon themselves to set up the fighting field and reserve space for the Royal pavillion before other people started showing up and possibly creating problems in where they would set up their tents. As we got close to the site, a lady came literally bounding up to us and shouting "Good morrow, milords!" We looked at each other and said "This is the place!" As newbies will often do, we soon busied ourselves with helping arriving people haul their stuff from the parking lot down to the site (no cars allowed). Toad Hall had erected a low canvas roof of sorts as a public service for those who came to camping events but had no tent to keep the Bay Area dew off overnight, and as we were the first such people to show up, we piled our things in one corner at the front. Things were starting, so we changed into garb and started mingling in wide-eyed wonder at all of the fabulous things that folks had made (like Duke Henrik's mail shirt made from coat hanger wire). I remember watching Jean de la Grand' Anse fight Florentine with two short swords---they were like a pair of buzzsaw blades in his hands! About three hours into the event, it suddenly struck me that when we had changed into our garb, and put our civies with our bedding under the communal roof, I had left my wallet and watch right on top, in plain sight and easy reach! I went running back over there, worried sick. I got there and there they were, untouched. I checked, and all of my money (such as there was) was there. Three hours! Out on the street, it wouldn't have taken three seconds for my stuff to have disappeared forever. For the rest of the event, while my companions were asking "How did you do this or that?" the tone of my questions changed to "Why do you do this or that?" Eventually, someone explained to me the unofficial motto "To recreate the Middle Ages, not as they were, but as they should have been." All of my life up until then, I would have traded body parts to have found half a dozen people I could trust without question, and here I had stumbled onto an organization with thousands of such people! There are lots of other things I like about the SCA, but that's the biggie. It's the main reason why I've remained involved with the SCA in one way or another to this day." -- Friedrich Eric Helmut Von Rheinhausen

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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