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The Seventh Year

Anniversary Tourney -- Barony of the Angels
September 9-10, 1972

From The Page (August/September, 1972):

The Barony of the Angels will hold an Anniversary Tournament on September 9th and 10th at Centinela Park in Inglewood. There will be overnight camping. Cooking facilities are available (gas burners, barbeque pits, and sinks are fairly close). All Society members are invited to attend.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Centinela Park, Inglewood, CA.

“I remember being bedazzled at this, my first SCA event. I had first heard about the SCA a week earlier, at the LA Worldcon. Bevin Fraser of Sterling told me of having had some nebulous correspondence from a few people out in the San Bernardino-Riverside area, where I lived, so I contacted them and found that they were already starting what was to become Dreiburgen, with semi-regular gatherings in Riverside. They included Alison and Waldt von Markheim, Carl Nelson (SCA name forgotten), Thomas Doubleaxe (Ed Sitch), and a few others.” – Edmund Renfield Wanderscribe

“Ah, yes. I remember something of this tourney. At the time, I was dating Bevin Fraser, as was Gerald Harper. I can't say that we were precisely in a spirit of good competition, since we both were serious about it, but we weren't really enemies either. Along came Ed who proceeded to act as if Bevin really belonged to him and Gerald and I spent a certain amount of the tourney considering how to disappear him forever. Bevin was, of course, the master of her own destiny and the last time I talked to Ed about this we had quite a good laugh over it.” – Steven MacEanruig
“I'm flattered. Bevin, aside from being intelligent and beautiful, was the one person who more than any other did encourage me to take an active part in this SCA thing. While I certainly had desires such as Steve mentions, I never felt I had any hope while these two veterans appeared to hold sway in her heart -- at least, as much so as anyone could. I was and am proud to have had her friendship.
     [Bevin was, of course ...] “Truer words have never been written. She was, and always has been, that. That's partly why she was such an excellent seneschal.” – Edmund Renfield Wanderscribe
“I always enjoyed the Angels and Calafian tournaments in those days. Possibly this is because I was apparently into long distance romances. Lots of long drives on I-5 when it was basically empty of people and gas stations for up to 75 miles at a stretch.” – 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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