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The Seventh Year

Spring Crown Tourney
March 24, 1973

From The Page (March, 1973):


Schedule and Directions omitted.


His Majesty wishes to remind all fighters that it is the right of all belted fighters to participate, should they so desire, in the Crown Lists. In addition, unbelted fighters may be admitted to the Crown Lists, on a tourney-by-tourney basis, at the pleasure of the King. A belted fighter who registers for the Crown Lists will fight in them; an unbelted fighter who registers may or may not fight, depending on many factors. His Majesty observes the day's challenges to determine who shall be so admitted to the day's Crown Lists.

From The Page (May, 1973):

The Spring Crown Tourney of the Kingdom of the West was held on March 24 in Kennedy Grove Park in El Sobrante, a new site, very lovely but subject to invasion from the surrounding suburb. The Crown Lists proceeded as scheduled, and predictably enough Paul of Bellatrix is now Crown Prince again. (The Ladies Verena and Carol are said to be most strongly determined that some one else shall win the crown in June.)

The Barony of the Angels presented Their Majesties with a wedding present, in the form of a banner bearing their arms per pale under a ducal coronet. Steven von Behrend and Debreceni Ilona plighted their troth, and announced their wedding for the sixteenth of June. Lady Bevin Fraser made some preliminary announcements concering Medievalcon, as described in the flyer that accompanies this Page. Lady Janay of Aquitaine displayed the very elegant map of Calafia made by Sir Bruno von der Eiche. Simon of Weromgerod presented to Their Majesties the fanfare which he had written for them.

Sir Kevin Peregryn was invested as Acting Earl Marshall of the Kingdom. King Murad al-ben-Muhammad, King of the Wast, sent to his Ambassadress, Adrienne of Toledo, the Order of the Silver Crescent (the highest order the East can award, since they no longer give Laurels), and at his kinsman's request King James presented it to Lady Adirenne. Ranulf of the North Country presented the Mucking Great Clubbe to Garryl Flaming Sword. The helm of SIr Jerald Swordbreaker was ransomed.

The book contest was judged, after many postponements, and the award given to Lady Christina of Sweden, who had stiched her tiny book of poems with her own hair and said many incantations over it. The Order of the Wooden Spoon for the cooking of a haggis was presented to Aaron of Toad Hall, with runners-up Sterling of Toad Hall and Lady Dorcas Dorcadas.

Awards of ArmsOrder of the Laurel
Paul McDanielChristina of the Runes
Eilonwy de Lyur
Joan of Crawfordsmuir

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Kennedy Grove Park, El Sobrante, California. James and Verena reigned. King James gave Awards of Arms to Eilonwy de Lyur, Jean of Crawfordsmuir, and Paul McDaniel. Queen Verena admitted Andrew of Riga to the Queen’s Order of Grace. King James made Pwyll pen Tyrhon a Crown Baron, and admitted Christina of the Runes to the Order of the Laurel. Crown Lists were held. Duke Paul of Bellatrix won, defeating Sir Thomas of the Pines and Andrew of Riga. Duchess Carol of Bellatrix was his lady. Ranulf of the North Country gave the MGC to Garryl Harper Flaming Sword. Aaron of Toad Hall won the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest for Haggis.

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“Yep, the finals went to three people. Paul took Thomas out in one blow, which called out a "Damnit, Paul" from Thomas, who had been looking forward to an extended battle. Andrew managed to hold on a bit longer ...
     “The Haggis story is also rather interesting. It seems that Geraldine wanted to demonstrate to the Celtic contingent (Edwin, Caradoc, Thumas, etc.) that everything Celtic wasn't wonderful. So she and her sons followed the traditional recipe (as much as Geri ever followed a recipe) to make some haggis – sure that it would be awful. Wrong, it was so good that they decided to keep it to themselves. Aaron, who won several cooking competitions over the years, obviously used the same recipe. I never managed to taste any of it (though I ate many of Geri's dishes over the years) and I am bemused by people whose taste I respect who say they have had it, frequently in Scotland, where one would expect it to be done right, and it's terrible. What did Geri do right that they don't do in its homeland?” – Stefan de Lorraine

“Slight correction, I think it was Joan of Crawfordsmuir. I remember Thomas and Paul facing off in the finals and Paul one-shotting Thomas with his first blow. Tom said "Ah shit, Paul" in a voice that certainly reached all the knights on the field and died.
     “Kennedy Grove was a nice spot but they later decided to only allow groups like the Boy Scouts there due to some unfortunate happenings with other groups. Not, by the way, with the SCA.” – Steven MacEanruig

“Joan of Crawfordsmuir was a very talented portrait photographer at SCA events. She had a disarming habit of coming up to one and handing them a color portrait photo she had taken at an earlier event. I never saw any ‘bad’ shots of hers. They were all impressive!” – Henrik of Havn

“She was indeed an excellent photographer. I still have a photo or two of hers around somewhere in my several photo boxes.” – Steven MacEanruig

“Thought I might remind people of Thomas' unique helm, which was essentially a heavy-gauge stainless steel bucket with the bail removed, pierced all over with 3/8" or 1/4" holes, with chin strap and neck protection added but failing to disguise the helm's prosaic origins. I recall two different story variations on its creation, one had Thomas starting with a solid walled bucket and drilling all the holes and the other had it as an already pierced maritime bait bucket with Thomas adding additional piercing for frontal visibility. It looked odd but protected him well and had admirable ventilation.
     “Regarding Haggis - I've had it a number of times and Geri's was decidedly superior to any other I've sampled. It helps if one enjoys the flavor of organ meats, but when a haggis is not excellent it serves only to excuse the consumption of quantities of single-malt (not an altogether bad thing in my book).” – Kevin Peregrynne, whose mundane highland ancestry is showing.

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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