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The Seventh Year

Midsummer Crown Tourney
June 17, 1972

From The Page (May, 1972):

MIDSUMMER CROWN TOURNEY

The Midsummer Crown Tourney will be held at Coyote Creek Park in San Jose.*

DIRECTIONS: (omitted)

* See announcement on this subject from the Council of Seneschals.

SCHEDULE:

10:00 Qualifications
11:00 Grand March
12:00 Offerings from the Council of Arts
12:30 Challenge Lists
1:00 Close Challenge and Crown Lists
2:00 Crown Lists (the Crown Competition will begin on time)
6:00? End of Lists
7:00? Departure

AND AGAIN FRM THE COUNCIL OF SENESCHALS:

Inhabitants of the Northern portions of this Kingdom may be getting a trifle weary of all the crown tourneys being in Coyote Creek Park. Since, however, Coyote Creek is about the only place we can get, it behooves such persons to try and find us some new tourney sites in northerly locations. His Grace of Havn is still in the process of trying to get us a site in Marin. Any other possibilities?


From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Coyote Creek Park, San Jose, California. James and Verena reigned. Crown Lists were held. Count Paul of Bellatrix won, defeating Sir Steven MacEanruig. Countess Carol of Bellatrix was his lady. Andrew of Riga gave the MGC to Sir Steven MacEanruig. Sterling Beast Tamer won the Order of the Wooden Spoon for Haggis.


Annotations:
“That one I remember. I was finally starting to get good again. Of course, in the following crown lists I was killed in the first round, but what the hey. I was wearing Jon the Lean's helmet for some reason (possibly mine was temporarily broken). Due to the tighter fit, I came out of it with two small (now invisible) scars, both from Paul, just above my left eyebrow. The first one from a challenge, the second from the finals, the metal edge of the eyeslit having been driven into my forehead from a snap.
     “For the record, I never had any expectation of being able to beat Paul at that time and was rather surprised to find myself in the finals anyway. Probably just as well that I didn't win, since I didn't have a lady I was fighting for at the time. I have no clue what I would have done about that if I had won.” – 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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