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The Fifth Year

Twelfth Night Coronation and Revels
January 8, 1971

From The Page (January, 1971):

will be held on Friday, Jan. 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Berkeley (address and map omitted). The church has a very beautiful and adaptable hall which is considerably larger than the one at Mills, which is why we're using it this year. Unfortunately the hall is not free on Saturday nights, hence the Friday date.

There will be a donation of 50cents perperson to cover the cost of renting the hall and buying drinkables. Because space in even this hall is limited, reservations must be made in advance. An order blank for this purpose is enclosed.

The feasting will be BYOE. We earnestly advise you to mark all utensils with your name or arms on a piece of tape, etc. It is also suggested that you bring along an extra banner or paper with your arms or device upon it to mark your place (there will be tables and chairs along the walls). Sir Kerry the Rock and Squire Allen Van Oreswill be offering a prize for excellence in cookerie. These gentlemen will judge the products of all those who wish to and will bestow upon the winner a hand-crafted trencher.

Drinks will included mulled mix for cider and wine. In order that the donation may remain minimal, a RAFFLE is also being sponsored. Prizes will include a painting by Lady Luise of the Phoenix, a helm by Sir Jon the Lean, a cape or costume by Lady Janet of Breakstone, a scroll by Lady Johanna, and a carving by Master Arnulf. Chances are 10cents @ and may be ordered on the Reservation blank..

The Schedule of Events will include the Court of King Henrik, the Coronation and court of Crown Prince Jean de la Grand Nase, the choosing of the lord of Misrule, and various entertainments. For the sake of organization and authenticity, all those who wish to entertain must audition before Lady Luise of the Phoenix. Solo dances will be limited to 15 min. maximum, solo music to 10 minutes. For other forms of entertainment, check with lady Luise. If you live in another division of the Kingdom, you may audition before your own Master or Mistress of Arts, who must then straightaway inform Lady Luise. Quiet music that does not require total attention may go on in corners and the sidelines all evening without schedultin.

Costumes will be required, but the Rent-a-costume collection will not be available there. If you are going to be needing costumes, contact the Order of the Golden Key in advance-- (phone omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the First Unitarian Church, Kensington, California. Henrik held court (Leanne wasn’t there). King Henrik gave Awards of Arms to Christian of Orange, Raymond the Mild, Rhiannen pen Tyrhon, Sheen of Ire, and Suzanne of Ravenhill. He founded the College of Scribes. Then he crowned Jean and Ellen. King Jean admitted Harold Breakstone, Johanna von Griffenhurst, and Randall of Hightower to the Order of the Laurel. He made Louis de la Grand ‘Anse (his father) and Robert of Dunharrow Crown Barons.

Jean de le Grand 'Anse
Azure, a natural dolphin embowed
argent above a sun Or.
Ellen of the Gleaming Star
Per fess rayonny and per pale
purpure and Or, in dexter chief
a star of David argent.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission,
Jean's Arms colored by Aja du Jardin,
Ellen's Arms colored by Beatrix zum Dunklenturm

“I don't remember a lot about the event, but I do remember Jean stating ahead of time that he didn't feel it was necessary for the knights to swear fealty again. Mostly, this was because he knew he would probably be late and he needed to cut down court time. I seem to recall court running until 10:00 pm or later anyway.
     “I also remember that this was the event that Atenveldt petitioned for kingdom status with, I think, Michael of Moria reading the petition which I recall as a bit long and melodramatic.” – Steven MacEanruig

“The afternoon of the day before that 12th night, Michael of Moria appeared on my doorstep (expected, actually, we were always hosting Atenveldters in those days) and said something to the effect of "Every Seneschal should have a crisis handed to him just before a coronation," and handed me the petition.
     “Both Kingdom and SCA had been thinking of making Atenveldt the next Kingdom already; this rather precipitated the situation. Of course, there was no clear policy on what a Kingdom could or could not do about breaking off a part to become its own Kingdom. I believe the "enough members to get its own bulk rate permit" rule was set down as a guideline, but this was the first time it came into play, as I recall.
     “The promise made to Atenveldt at that point was to make them a separate Kingdom as soon as it was possible. It turned out to be possible fairly quickly.” – Stefan de Lorraine
“I think this was the event where a bunch of us went in the next day and had to sort the garbage into various types for recycling, the Unitarian Church being big on that sort of thing. Perhaps Steve & Luise can confirm this.” – Steven MacEanruig
“I think my esteemed colleague in garbage sorting is entirely correct in this matter. About twenty of us showed up to clean up the hall (we planned ahead much better the following years). Much of the garbage in the form of evergreen fronds and assorted other greenery actually stayed in the back of my station wagon for several days until I could finally get it to the dump. The car had the most interesting odor for months afterward.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who has never had quite the same response to the scent of evergreens since ...
“We had several 12th nights there and all in all it was a pretty good site. Perhaps best of all was the magnificent view of the bay area and San Francisco from out behind the church. It's built on just about the top of the Berkeley hills and the view is spectacular at all times and best at night when the air is clear.” – Steven MacEanruig

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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