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The Fourth Year

Curia Regis
March 7, 1970

King Stefan called a session at his home, Chaos Manor, Oakland, California.

“I remember calling this Curia mostly as a general get together, but several people were very nervous, wondering what I was up to.
     “We had just moved into this house in the Oakland Hills (which, alas, burned down in the fire) which we called Chaos Manor. Our previous place had been Chaos Court because the townhouses it was a part of made kind of a courtyard area. The Manor was much grander. It became something of a focal point for a lot of the West SCA for many years until we finally had to move out because it was being renovated. A wonderful old place. Many visitors from outlying areas stopped by at one time or another.
     “Initial group living there were Luise and I, Jon FitzRolf (then The Lean), Ellen who was later Queen but whose SCA medieval name escapes me, and our long time friend Chris Lofthus, who we knew so well as Chris that her medieval name escapes me, too. She and Luise made quite a belly dancing team, as many on the list will recall.” – Stefan de Lorraine

     “Chris is also the one who said just a bit too clearly to Patrice (after my knighting); "Well you'll have to behave yourself now ... you're a lady!" audible to all present as court suddenly became quiet after the obligatory cheering.” – 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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