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The Seventh Year

Midwinter Tourney -- Barony of Madrone
December 17, 1972

From The Page (December, 1972):

A Round Table (Midwinter Tournament) will be held on Sunday, December 17, 1972 in the Astrogym at Seattle University from one pm to six or seven in the evening. Liam of the Barque and Dierdre Muldomhnaigh will autocrat.

There will be feasting, fighting (for the Great Hall is covered by a substance resembling grass, though it liveth not), entertainment, a cooking contest of Yuletide fruit cakes or puddings, and a contest of legerdemain. Legerdemain specifically excludes "real" magic, which, as a form of religious observance, is frowned upon by the Autocrats.

The covering of the Great Hall, sorcerously invented by the dread alchemist Monsanto, neither grows nor dies, nor do any of God's creatures feed upon it. The proximity of fire, flame, or burning coals of any sort may cause such sorcerous invention to return to the infernal fires whence it came. Thus, smoking is absolutely forbidden in the Astrogym and througout the Connoly Centre. Forms of legerdemain involving combustion, and the use of food-warmers in the cooking contest, are likewise excluded.

Connoly Centre security guards will recognize participants by their pre-1650 dress; lords and ladies are asked not to wander about the Connoly Centre, but to proceed directly to the Astrogym. The lord of Connoly Centre hath extracted tribute for the use of the Great Hall; donations will be enthusiastically received by the Autocrat's mendicant.

(directions omitted)

Mecahnical steeds should be parked and locked in the south parking lot; valuables have a way of disapearing in this area if left visible, even in locked cars.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in the Astrogyme, Seattle University, Seattle, WA. Liam of the Barque and Dierdre Muldomhnaigh were the autocrats. There was a cooking contest of yuletide fruid cakes, and a contest of legerdemain. Gwili was admitted to the Order of the Reach Branch.

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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