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The Fifth Year

First Overnight Tourney -- Barony of Three Mountains
August 15-16, 1970

From The Page (July 1970):

3 Mountains Baronial Tournament -- August 15-16: Feasting and fighting Saturday, more fighting Sunday. Assorted entertainments. The sitesfeatures outhouses, lots of wood for fires, but no piped water, so bring plenty. Also bring, tents or pavilions, mosquito repellent, sleeping bags, lots of food, warm cloaks for night, sun-tan lotion for day, salt pills, etc. Site is perfect for melees, small wars, etc. Archers welcome too.
Directions: (omitted)

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held off Johnson Road, near Cornelius Pass, OR. Edwin Bersark was victorious in the Saturday lists and was master of the revels at the evening revel. Lady Nicorlynn of Caer Wydder resigned as seneschal to go south to the Mists with her lord, Frederick of Holland. Grane the Golden (Anthony Ward) succeeded her.

“Other than that, there was also the fact that on Saturday we were picketed by a bunch of "overall-clad radical feminists". The Portland underground newspaper of the time had advertised the event for us and had promised that there would be "fighting, dancing and wenching". Naturally the "feminists" were upset by the latter word and came out to protest such sexist activity. They demanded of a large group of men who came to respond to the commotion at the gate, "Who's in charge here?" The answer "She's in her pavilion, lying down. Can we help you?" They argued for a bit until we told them that they had to get dressed in appropriate garb in order to come in. One of them challenged to strip down to nothing, as it would be period garb. We said "OK". They didn't, but went back to Portland to write a nasty letter to the editor. We went back to reveling.” – Frederick of Holland

“I already covered some of this event. One other thing that happened that weekend was a lesson on how not to make a weapon. I had made a two-handed axe that I wanted to use in the lists against Edwin. First things first, we'll test it. OK, no problem. Edwin set his helm on the ground and let me take an over hand swing at it. This produced a dent in Edwin’s helm that any body shop would have loved. That was the end of the two handed axe. It worked out as I used that for slow work (one handed) against a pell for a number of years. Never did need to replace it.” – Jerald of Galloway

“Jerald was there, I was there, Edwin was there.
     “But it wasn't Edwin's helmet. It was mine. I still have it. In addition to putting a dent in 1/8" thick metal (honest!) the blow broke loose several of the bars in the face grill so that they had to be re-brazed. It wasn't even that hard a shot.
     “ I seem to remember that you made the blade out of plywood, is my memory correct Jerald?” – Frederick of Holland

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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