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The Sixth Year

Joint Tourney with Calafia and the Shakespeare Society -- Barony of the Angels
September 18, 1971

Held on the Shakespeare Society Grounds, Hollywood, CA. There was archery, a baronial court, lists for the title Arbiter of Beauty (who named his lady "fairest"), twilzy-whopping, a music contest, and final court, followed by dinner and a revel. About this time Vicar Sárkáyi formed a Council of Arts, in the absence of a baronial Master of Arts. He appointed Bjo of Griffin (Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani), Ginger of Orange, Madelain du Bois, and Jusuf Shahain-i-Rum Aga, who was temporary president of the Council of Arts.

“I don't understand the Bjo of Griffin = Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani reference, as I believe "Bjo of Griffin" was Bjo Trimble, the wife of John Trimble, both BNF (Big Name (sf) Fans) and John later to join the BoD. Ginger of Orange was the wife of Julius of Orange (pun intended on his part), AKA "Tex", one of the few fighters who helped start up the Barony of Angels with demos, fighting practices, and so forth. They lived in Orange county...” – William Gordon of York

“When I first entered the SCA about the 3rd or 4th get-together, I didn't have a really good Medieval name, and chose plain ol' Bjo of Griffin (Griffin being my husband's middle name and the last name of his mother). He chose to be John ap Griffin, and still is.
     “Throughout the years, heralds nagged at me for my un-Medieval name. Finally, I decided that my persona was a 14th century Italian merchant-baroness (which I never fully developed). Then I needed a good name. I always liked Flavia; Nancy Berman (Fiona) decided I needed a baptismal name Beatrice. So I waited for a last name until I hear Carmigniani (pronounced with a hard G) in a restaurant.
     “THEN heralds complained my name was too difficult to pronounce! You can't win.“ – Flavia Batrice Carmigniani
“Also, at this tourney I lost the finals to Lysander of Sparta after he cut my leg off. He wound up essentially lying on top of my shield (I was bent almost horizontally with my knees folded under me) while stabbing around my shield (he was fighting round and short sword). This picture wound up being on the front page of the Sunday LA Times the next day! I, unfortunately, cannot be recognized in the photo due to the helm ...” – William Gordon of York
“Lysander was one of those (unusual for the SCA) folks who was actually in good physical condition. A year earlier, or a few hundred miles closer to good fighters, and he might have been on the fast-track for knighthood and a royal peerage. But the state of the art in fighting was in one of it's most rapid periods of advancement, and he never quite made it before heading off to the Air Force.” – William the Lucky

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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