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The Fifth Year

(No event title) -- Barony of The Golden Rivers
March, 1971

King Jean granted the petition from the Province of Lydd. Robert the Lame was Seneschal and Anne of the Golden City was Mistress of Arts.

“For all the 70s drug humor about the name Lydd, it was actually taken from an old name for London. This was, as you may gather, the predecessor to the Golden Rivers. Lydd and Shasta did a lot of events together and kept up a friendly rivalry for a couple of years until both groups fell apart.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who remembers thinking, "Where did this Hagen guy come from?" Actually, I had met Doug earlier, but had never seen him fight before. As Robert described, it was a revelation. I have the impression that Ruth wasn't all that thrilled about the SCA, and we didn't seem much of either of them once they left the throne. Hagen did some great leatherwork on his sword belt and scabbard, and the set of mail that was stolen was very nice indeed. As I recall he had some trouble with the insurance examiners about the true worth of the suit.

“The most spectacular feature of Hagen's mail was that it didn't rust like everybody else's. Because it was made from stainless steel split rings (rather than the usual coat hanger wire), with a 2 inch border a them, cuffs and neck of brass split rings. It's still probably the most spectacular set of mail I have even seen. The cost of the materials may not have been all that high (what do several hundred split rings cost?), but the raw materials in a Ming vase are not all that expensive either.” – William the Lucky
“I think the material cost probably was quite high for the time. Over the years I have inquired about the cost of various rings for making mail including split rings. Generally the cost in bulk has been over several cents per ring for non-stainless. I haven’t found any prices for stainless split rings for under 10cents each. Assuming Hagen’s shirt had at least 10,000 rings in it, the rings would have cost multiple hundreds of dollars in 1971 dollars which is perhaps multiple thousands in today’s dollars. (My estimate of the number of rings is based on my 40 lb. hauberk which has 10,200 rings and is made of 1/2" ID rings, is knee and elbow length. Hagen’s shirt was longer but narrower and used smaller rings, so it may have had 15,000 rings.)” – Henrik of Havn
“I seem to remember Hagen telling me at one point that he had come into a supply of stainless steel rings either really cheap or free. While it was a beautiful shirt, I never had the impression that it was very expensive to make.” – Steven McEanruig

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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