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The Fifth Year

Queen’s Court of Courtesy (Queen’s Tea/“Fat Sunday”) -- Province of the Mists
March 13, 1971

From The Page (February, 1971):

QUEEN'S COURT: All ladies of the realm are invited to the Queen's Court of Courtesy to be held March 13th at Toad Hall (address omitted) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Each lady who is personally acquainted with Her Majesty is requested to bring with her a lady whom the Queen does not already know. Ladies should bring handiwork to display, completed or in progress. Refreshments will be potluck and sundry entertainments may be presented in honor of the Queen. For further information, contact Lady Geraldine of Toad Hall at (phone omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Queen Ellen invited the ladies to Toad Hall in Berkeley. Armigerous ladies were to bring the “fattest” dessert.

“While Queen Ellen was presiding over the tea, Toad Hall and Chaos (since house Lorraine has so many armigers, we reorganized into a Great House called the Forces of Chaos – largely because we called the house Chaos Manor) were having a practice session nearer to Toad Hall than the usual Dogs Must Be On Leash park. We also had a distinguished guest, and for the life of me I cannot recall if it was Duke Richard visiting from New Mexico, or Duke Andrew (something or other) from the Middle Kingdom; maybe it was both. I remember both of them being around at a practice session, but whether it was together or on two separate occasions I do not recall.
     “Apparently, Queen Ellen had decided that the ladies of the Kingdom should talk to the gentlemen about counting blows (that being one of the periods we were having some problems with that). Geraldine had no particular wish to have that conversation, so she sent someone, can't remember who, to gather up the fighters and bring them over to Toad Hall "to help finish off the deserts." We did.
     “I guess that's a good example of kitchen politics ...” – Stefan de Lorraine

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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