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The Sixth Year

Spring Crown Tourney
March 26, 1972

From The Page (February, 1972):

THE SPRING CROWN TOURNEY will be held on Sunday, March 26, AS VI, at Coyote Creek County Park in San Jose.


8:00 Set up
10:00 Qualifications for new fighters
10:00 Palm Sunday Mass*
11:00 Grand March
Court of King Paul and Queen Carol
Challenge matches (unbelted fighters see announcement from His Majesty)
12:00 Deadline to register for Crown Lists
1:00 Beginning of Crown Lists
2:00 Queen's Tea
4:30? Awards and crowning of Crown Prince and Princess
5:00 Clean up site
6:26 Sunset

* It is well understood that the Society cannot be put in the position of sponsoring any religion, from Algican to Zoroastrian. The Palm Sunday Mass will be held to one side of the field and attendance is optional. The Page has not received any information concerning Zoroastrian services scheduled for the day. Those interested in the Palm Sunday Mass should contact Father Ruthven of Rockridge at (phone omitted).

From The Page (Special Edition March AS VI):


His Majesty decrees that athletic events at the March Tourney shall include archery, javelin throwing, foot races, and pillow fights. Bring thine own equipment.

Her Majesty reminds the ladies of the Kingdom of the tea to be held at the Tourney at 2:00. Let all bring their own cups. Genteel refreshments will be served.

The Page is informed that anywhere up to sixy or eighty citizens of the Barony of Calafia may attend the March Tourney, and will need lodgings. Inhabitants of the Central Provinces are exhorted to provide floor space for these travelers. Calafians are advised to bring sleeping bags.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Coyote Creek Park, San Jose, California. Paul and Carol reigned. King Paul knighted Bruno von der Eiche and admitted Karina of the Far West to the Order of the Laurel. He made Grants of Arms available to Minor Lords of State and to the Chief Deputies of the Great Lords of State. He admitted Dorthea the Unsure and Richard the Mild to the Order of the Leaf of Merit, and gave Awards of Arms to Dorthea the Unsure, Eliazar ben-David, Giesele-Hildegaard, Jerome Robert of McKenna, and Rowen-Lynn (then called Bonnie Bluebells). Queen Carol admitted Margaret to the Queen’s Order of Grace. Crown Lists were held. Sir James Greyhelm won, defeating Sir Kevin Peregrynne. Verena of Laurelin was his lady. Sir Thomas of the Pines gave the MGC to Andrew of Riga. Johanna von Griffenhurst and Giesele-Hildegaard tied in the Order of the Wooden Spoon competition for cold meat pie. Each got half of the spoon.

“This was one of my most memorable finals - Kevin and I were evenly matched - we practiced together, and fought a similar style, so we went on for a while. We each won one fight, so it came down to the third - and Kevin whacked me good in the hip - so I dropped, figuring that I was toast - he usually beat me when he took my leg.
    “He looked down at me and told me to get up - I told him that I couldn't, as he had taken my hip. He looked very surprised, and then saluted me and said congratulations, your Highness. I had apparently hit him in the head as he hit my hip, but he thought he had hit my side - and so thought that it was a double kill. Afterwards, the bruise was authoritative - just below the pelvic flange, striking down (no armor made it easy to tell where you had been hit ...) I had really mixed feelings about fighting my friends in the finals, and still do.
    “Nice day, if I remember- pleasant weather.” – James Greyhelm

“James rather glosses over just how closely we were matched, since he omitted the half dozen or so double kills that were inter-mixed with the three clear victories. We were both in top form and both going into our second finals in consecutive tourneys (omitting the one Jim had to sit out as King). I was told later by more than one spectator that, because he is left-handed and I am right-handed, it looked more like one fighter sparring with a mirror, than two.
    “I too had mixed feelings about fighting a good friend in the finals, but no misgivings about the outcome, close though it was.” – Kevin Peregrynne
“I remember that one well. At some risk of getting hassled about "The sacred confidentiality of chivalry counsels", I remember that Bruno was being considered but not too many people knew much about his fighting ability. Paul asked several people to fight him and give him their opinion. I was just starting to hit the curve to good but was still down towards the bottom end, but I volunteered as well. In the end, four different knights fought Bruno, all four of us won, and he lost in the first round, I think, of the lists. However, everyone reported very favorably on his ability and Paul went ahead and knighted him. The only case I know of where someone lost every fight he had on the day he was knighted.” – Steven MacEanruig
“I can think of one more ... me.” – Kevin Peregrynne
“Eliazar ben-David was another interesting guy. He was a former speed freak and perhaps a bit weird but quite a nice guy. He was the official Chaos household and, I think, Seneschal in charge of that. Basically when someone came up with a wild idea about how to make everything wonderful by simple basic changes in the group they would be referred to Eliazar since he was the person in charge of That. Louie would talk to anyone about pretty much anything for any period of time they wanted to spend, displaying considerable enthusiasm in the process. And, of course, nothing ever happened.” – Steven McEanruig

“At one of the Coyote Creek tournaments, perhaps this one, MacEanruig challenged me for an office that had been established in, I think, the second year of the SCA. Just after Steve left for the Air Force in Germany, Felice of Mayhem House petitioned the crown, then Richard of Mont Royal, for a champion, since her household held no knights.
    “Richard named himself, as Richard, not the King, as the champion. When Richard left for New Mexico, I took over. Aside from running a few practice sessions until folks like Paul of Bellatrix started into gear in the South Bay, the job didn't entail much. Felice was an old friend of both MacEanruig and yours truly, and if it wasn't for her probably neither of us would have been in the SCA (there is some argument to the effect that there would not have been an SCA without Felice's mimeograph machine printing out the original circulars). In any case, once he was back from Germany, Steve wanted the position of Champion of Mayhem House, though there wasn't much need for one.
    “We fought, he won. As far as I know, he is still Champion of Mayhem House.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who would also like to point out that Mayhem House was responsible for a lot of the early activity of the SCA and some of its members went on to fame and fortune elsewhere, including one Count (Duke?) of CAID.

“Damn straight, and proud of it too. Actually, I think a pretty good case could be made that without Felice there would not have been an SCA. Kind of hard to remember in these days of computers what it was like then. Felice's mimeograph was fairly massive. Stefan, Harold of Breakstone, and I all got into science fiction fandom through Felice and thereby into the SCA.” – 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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