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The Fourth Year

First Middle Crown Tourney
July 4-6, 1969

Held at Wilmot Mountain, Wisconsin. King Bruce of Cloves sent Adrienne of Toledo as his representative, who presided as Queen over the lists. Present were Michael Bradley of Bradley, Franz von Blikenlichten, Cariadoc of the Bow, Diana Alene, and others. Cariadoc of the Bow won, using a two-handed sword. (The Middle was at this time part of the East and known as the Principality Under the Mountain.)

The Pale -- possibly Issue #1? This is from sometime after Cariadoc won and was named King, as it does mention "His Majesty King Cariadoc", but there's no date (except a handwritten "1969" at the top). This was in a stack of mimeographed newsletters (mostly The Page) this historian received from Hilary of Serendip in 2016.

“As I heard the story, this was an interesting situation. Apparently the SCA in Berkeley had been contacted about establishing a Chicago branch, and Cariadoc and company contacted the East Kingdom through mutual friends there to become a branch. For awhile there were two branches in Chicago, though the Berkeley-chartered branch never had a tournament before joining the other. All part of the competition between East and West as to who had the right to charter branches. Berkeley, in the person of Jon DeCles, wanted a centralized operation in Berkeley, while the Easterners, led by Walter and Marion, were looking for a kind of decentralized operation where any kingdom could establish a branch. Eventually, as I understand the situation, the East finally decided that if Berkeley wanted the hassle, they'd let them deal with it.” – Stefan de Lorraine

Valgard Stonecleaver researched this on the Midrealm website (Mid_realm Origins) which notes that the Principality Under the Mountain was also called the Barony ... and shows "Barony" as a more preferred term.

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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