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The Fourth Year

Court of Courtesy
November 15, 1969

From The Page (October? 1969):

QUEEN LEANNE OF MAYWOOD invites all ladies of her realm to a meeting of the Court of Courtesy to be held on November 15th at 8:00 p.m. at (address omittted). One subject to be discussed will be favors and how to use them, and ladies are invited to bring materials with them to sew on favors as they discuss. Ladies-in-waiting etc. are welcome.

From The Page (December? 1969):

THE QUEEN'S COURT, which met Nov. 15th, got some useful business done. The meaning and making of favors was discussed and it was pointed out that the giving of a favor means only what the fighter and the lady agree that it shall, and that the fighter competes to honor his lady, not for her honor! Various household structures were also discussed. The Queen and Crown Princess wish to stress the point that itis discourteous for a lady to criticize the outfit of anyone who has made the minimum effort to be in period, and that points such as married women covering their heads were subject to so much variation that no rule on the subject can be made. Lady Geraldine described the present status and structure of the Associated Guilds, stating that there are at present the Clother's Guild, the Sticherer's Guild, the Armourer's Guild, the Brotherhood of Bakers, and the Brotherhood of Heralds, Scriveners etc. Head of the Clothier's Guild is Lady Luise of the Phoenix (phone omitted), Armourer's - John the Lean -- (phone omitted), and Sticherer's, Lady Claudia of Hightower - (phone omitted). For information about the Brotherhoods, call Lady Geri - (phone omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the home of Master Beverly Hodgehead, Berkeley, California. Queen Leanne summoned the ladies to discuss favors and their use. Geraldine of Toad Hall reported on the Associated Guilds. Jon the Lean (Jon Fitz Rolf) was in charge of the Armourers Guild, Claudia of the Snowflake was in charge of the Sticherers Guild, the Clothiers Guild was run by Luise of the Phoenix, The Spinners Guild by Dorothea of Paravel (Dorothea of Caer Myrdden), the Jewelers Guild by Michel Le Mohle, The Brotherhood of Breadbakers by Master Lin, the Witchcraft and Herblore Guild by Davlin le Mohle, and Geraldine was Guild Mistress. There was also a Guild of Household Heralds and Scribes.

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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