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The Fourth Year

Spring Crown Tourney
March 21, 1970

From the (March? 1970) Page:


9:00 Arrive, claim ground, set up pavilions, etc.
10:00 Grand March
11:00 Begin registration of challenges & qualifications for new fighters.
11:30 Melee
12:00 Begin Challenge matches
3:00 BeginCrown Lists
Sundown - end Crown competition and crown victor with laurel.

Post-tourney: if you desire, bring firewood and food for feasting at the firepits and picnic tables near the field.

Bring warm wraps for evening.

Other events: Archery, Javelin throwing, footraces, boffing, dancing on the green, spontaneous singing, feasting. Horses welcome.


From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in the Airplane Field, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California. Stefan and Luise reigned. Crown lists were held. Stephen Black Eagle won, defeating Arnulf Silkhair. Astrid of Hawk Ridge was Stephen’s lady. After crowning him with the laurel wreath, King Stefan knighted Stephen Black Eagle. He also knighted Jean de la Grand ‘Anse and Robert Roundpounder and made Arnulf Silkhair a Master of Arms. (Robert had been made a Master of Arms by Duke Richard at the Atenveldt Coronet because Richard, a Master himself, could not make him a knight. Only a knight can dub another knight.) King Stefan gave Awards of Arms to Felice of Mayhem House and Ruthven of Rockridge. Sir Thumas na Leabar O’Conaire gave the MGC to Master Arnulf Silkhair.

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“There’s an apocryphal story coming out of the visitation by many Atenveldters at this tourney that has them stopped at the border by customs, who want to know where they are going with a trailer full of weapons and armor. They say “Berkeley” the customs agents say “It figures”. Didn’t actually happen, or so I’m told.
     “The knighting of Robert caused something of a stir. I was assured by Robert and Michael of Moria that Robert really wanted to be a knight. So I knighted him, giving Atenveldt the prestige of having a knight, which Moria felt it needed. This, of course, was his own perception, as the West was already used to having Masters around, and gave them every honor due a belted/baldriced fighter.
     “This insulted the other members of Casa Libra and mightily insulted Duke Richard, who felt that Masters had been relegated as second place to knights. Robert felt rather harassed by all sides, but he weathered it fairly well. Eventually, he was awarded a pair of white suspenders.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who arrived at the site separately from his queen and was rather apprehensive until she finally arrived, having stopped to buy flowers to give to various ladies. My parents were also in attendance, their only other SCA event besides our wedding.

“This was the first fighting event in the West which some of us from Atenveldt attended. I towed a U-Haul full of costumes, armor, etc. 800 miles from Phoenix to the Bay Area. It became the source of a great story about the Agricultural Inspection Station at the California border where one of the inspectors asked what was in the trailer. "Costumes, armor, swords, shields, and oh, yes, a couple of thrones." We were waved through with a shake of the head and puzzled look. The thrones, by the way, were beautiful things made for our first prince, but I'm told they were pure torture to sit in.
     “I also have to fess up to having talked Robert Roundpounder into asking to "trade in" his master's baldric for the knight's belt. As Seneschal of Ateneveldt (at that time, everything from the California border, across the south, to Florida) I wanted "knights" in the coming Kingdom in the worst way and I didn't want to be "beggin’" to get them from the West. Robert accepted this reasoning and asked to be knighted. Duke Richard, who had given Bob his baldric, was very upset with me for doing it. Looking back, I could have waited, and so could Atenveldt, I guess, but that's water under the bridge.” – Michael of Moria

“My recollection is the knights and MoA listed below were elevated before the end of the Crown List. I cannot recall exactly when this occurred during the day, but I know Stephen and Arnulf were elevated before they entered the finals.
     “I recall the fight (in the semis I believe) between Stephen and Sir Earl of Morris. Earl had a beautiful new round shield. It was one quarter inch plywood (maybe 3/8), and was wonderfully painted with his arms (chequy gules and sable a stag rampant argent, if memory serves). It was quite lovely. Keep in mind that back then, there were no rims or rim protection requirements, and also, fighters simply did not hit as hard as we do now. Nonetheless, during the day, the shield became damaged. And when Earl met Blackeagle in the semi-final round, Steve began to take out large chunks of that shield. It almost looked as if he (Steve) determined, "Well, if I can't get around it, I'll go through it." It came to the point a large gap between one and three o'clock was created as the chips flew, and if I recall correctly, the killing blow came in through that missing portion of Earl's shield. My memory is Earl was a little disappointed (miffed?) that his formerly pristine shield lasted for only one tournament.
     “Another antic dote regarding Earl – I do not know where this happened (it may have been a con or a demo), or the other person involved. For that matter, I am not completely certain it is true – but it makes for a cute story. Earl stepped onto the field and a (female) herald asked who he was. Earl presented his shield with his arms painted upon it. (No, not the same shield as above.) The herald looked at it as said, "Honey, I can't tell who you are by that thing." – Andrew of Riga

“She may have been Lady Joan of Crawfordsmuir, from Angels, based on my recollection of Earl’s description of the incident.” – Henrik of Havn
“I remember this too. I can see the Herald's face in my memory, but I have forgotten her name - She received a Laurel for her Photography, and lived in Caid.” – James Greyhelm
“James: This only goes to show that not all Heralds knew the arms of the participants, though I know that both Randall of Hightower and Edwin Berserk went to great efforts to teach them. It is a cute anecdote anyway. For that matter, I wonder how many heralds would recognize my arms today.” – David of Ilwheirlane
“Lady Joan of Crawfordsmuir, I believe. Can't remember what her real name was, I'm not even sure that it was Joan.” – Stefan de Lorraine, argent, a fleur-de-lys gules, who if I stepped upon the field with my basic arms on my shield today would probably be announced as the city of Florence (the joys of the grandfather clause ...).
“Lady Joan of Crawfordsmuir was MKA Joyce Muskat. Was SHE the person who got a Laurel for photography? She did take some nice pictures, I still have some of them.
     “(If anybody cares, she was also the author of the Star Trek TOS episode "The Empath.")
     “She was more of a field than a book herald, it's true.” – Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin
“After Earl came off the field and became resigned to his shield's destruction, he proceeded to amuse various of us in the vicinity by pretending to be going berserk - ranting and growling and biting off bits and pieces of splintered plywood from the damaged part.” - Kevin Peregrynne
“Arnulf struck me as a good, decent man. He was very quiet, and unfortunately, drifted away from the SCA shortly after this date. He came to a 12th Night a few years later and I was very surprised and pleased to see him - unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, he has not been back since.” - Andrew of Riga

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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