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The Fourth Year

King Stefan’s Royal Proclamation
January 18, 1970

From The Page (January? 1970):


Primus: There will be a meeting of the Curia Regis on March 7, 1970. Members of the Curia & those who have specific petitions to present to the Crown are asked to attend, and all others interested are invited. The meeting will take place at Chaos Manor (address omitted). Petitions concerning any aspect of the Kingdom may be presented. They should be submitted by Mar. 1, so that we can make up an agenda. For further information, ask for our new phone number at S.C.A. headquarters (phone omitted).

Secondus: In that it is the duty of all belted fighters to provide a proper example of readiness for those who aspire to that rank, no master class fighter who does not come equipped with his own helmet, shield, and weapon, duly examined and passed by the King or his representative, may fight in the Crown Lists of the forthcoming Spring Tourney. Fighters needing materials should contact the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Robert of Dunharrow, in whose keeping the arming fund for idigent warriors is held. As the armour of Sir Houri the Savage and Sir Hubert will be ransomed at the Tourney to provide further money for such equippage, they are exempted from this requirement for this Tourney.

Tertius: As a courtesy to the College of Heralds, all belted fighters wishing to have their arms blazoned as they are presented in the Grand March will bear their arms so that the herald may know what he's saying. If these arms are not visible on surcoat, shield or banner, the Herald will not blazon them.

Quartus: It is evident to us that neigher we nor our Earl Marshall are completely congizant of all forms of arms, and the proper protection from same. Therefore, we are forming a Council of Arms, whose duty will be to advise the King concering suitability and safety of weapons upon request. The Earl Marshall and the Dukes are Advisory Members of the Council, while we have chosen five fighters who are noted for their interest in authenticity, safety and innovation: Sir Robert of Dunharrow, Sir Jamie of Oakenshield, Sir Earl of Morris, Armorer's Guildmaster Jon the Lean, and Arnulf Silkhair, who will comprise the main body of the Council, which will act soley to advise the current King, and will be available to assist the Earl Marshall in determining suitability of equippages if requested to do so by the King.

Quintus: The Order of the Golden Key, created to prevent "culture shock" in newcomers among us for the first time, is now being re-instituted under the aegis of Father Riven and his lady Rima, of Rockridge. All interested in this worthy activity so important to the grown of the Kingdom and good relations with those outside its borders should contact Lady Rima after the first day of February.

Sixtus: And finally, it being our intention to encourage the skill of archery among our subjects, we are creating a Royal Guard of Archers. All who have finished in the top rank of the archery contests at the past year's Tourneys are eligible. Further details will be worked out with the Royal Archeress, Lady Sheridan of Greenholm.

Any among you having petitions concerning these proclamations or any other subject of interest to the Kingdom, please attend the Curia Regis.

Signed this eighteenth day of January 1970, the year 5 of the S.C.A., and the Kingdom of the Mists: (signature)
Stefan, Roi

From the History (by Wilhelm):

King Stefan proclaimed that henceforth all belted fighters who did not show up with their own helm, shield and weapon, duly inspected and approved, could not fight in the Crown Lists, as it is their duty to set a good example of preparedness to those other fighters who aspire to that rank. King Stefan also created a Council of Arms, to advise him concerning the suitability and safety of weapons. The Earl Marshal and the Dukes were made Advisory Members, as were five fighters: Sir Robert of Dunharrow, Sir Jamie of Oakenshield, Sir Earl of Morris, Jon the Lean (Jon Fitz Rolf), and Arnulf Silkhair. King Stefan re-instituted the Office of the Golden Key under Ruthven and Rima of Rockridge, to provide costumes and information to newcomers. King Stefan also created a Royal Guard of Archers, under the Royal Archer, Sheridan of Greenhold.

“I hate to say this, but this was an almost entirely political decision. Bersark and Caradoc and some others had been ragging on a lot of us about our gear and attitude, but at least we had gear (and preferred our more egalitarian and anti-elitist attitude). They were all using the same helmet and weapons. It seemed like a good idea at the time. They got around it by using their squire's gear, since their squires actually took the time and energy to make weapons and armor, usually with people like Jon and Robert. The opportunities for Caradoc and Edwin to make their own gear through the offices of Robert, at least, had been present for months and not taken advantage of.” – Stefan de Lorraine

[Council of Arms] “I'd forgotten all about this. I don't think it lasted very long. The committee actually had more of the Greyhaven group (which I think wasn't Greyhaven, yet) in Jamie and Earl and Arnulf than it did our adherents, but these were the members of the group who were willing to put some work into their medieval natures. Arnulf was a particular stickler ... I'm sure it foundered on the problem that many of the participants really didn't want to talk to each other about this stuff. Most were doers, not talkers, and certainly not politicians.” – Stefan de Lorraine

[Golden Key] “I don't think there had been a Golden Key beforehand. I'm pretty sure we instituted it. I don't recall seeing a mention of it in previous history, but it's late and I need to get to bed, so I could be wrong.
     “I think this is the first mention of Ruthven and Rima. They were to become very important to the West Kingdom in years to come. Often in the background, sometimes very much in the foreground. Ruthven became a member of the Board of Directors and Rima was a very active Mistress of Arts of the Kingdom. Ruthven was (and is, as far as I know) an Episcopal priest who specialized in translation (as well as being a parish priest). Fascinating people, both of them. The social tenor of the Kingdom changed dramatically when they moved to New York.
     “Sheridan of Greenhold was Sharon something (a lady whose name I had been trying to think of a few days ago, so this helps). Sharon lived in San Francisco in "The big green house next to the Hippo restaurant." It may still be there. Someone actually mailed her a letter with that address and it got there. Nice lady, Sharon. She eventually wandered away from the SCA. She was a pretty firm member of Henrik's household for several years.
     “Important members of Henrik's household around this time were also Ronn and Coreen Foss, who did a lot of costume work and were generally a big part of our social structure for several years. They lived on the Peninsula, so they were not really close, but we saw them many times. Naturally, we knew them so well that I cannot remember their SCA names. Ronn, an avid comics fan, called himself the Shining Night (a takeoff on an old comic book character) even though he never, in fact, attained knighthood. Had some very interesting armor made out of cadillac bumpers, though. He was a tinkerer as well as an artist and he and Henrik and Jon were kind of kindred spirits in many ways.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who remembers when various of us went to the Foss's for a toga party...

[Sharon something ...] “Sharon Crase” – Henrik of Havn

[Coreen Foss] “Lenore of the Darklands” – Henrik of Havn

[went to Foss’s for a toga party ...] “But that’s another story!” – Henrik of Havn

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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