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The Seventh Year

Autumn Crown Tourney
October 22, 1972

From The Page (October, 1972):

THE FALL CROWN TOURNEY will be held on Sunday, October 22, AS VII, at Coyote Creek County Park in San Jose.


8:00Set up
10:00Qualifications for new fighters
11:00Grand March
Court of King Paul and Queen Carol
Challenge matches
12:00Deadline to register for Crown Lists
Bassinet Banquet Auction
1:00Beginning of Crown Lists
4:30Awards and crowning of Crown Prince and Crown Princess
5:00Clean up site and depart

*It is well understood that the Society cannot be put in the position of sponsoring any religion, from Anglican to Zoroastrian. The Anglican 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.

From The Page (December, 1972):


The Fall Coronation Tourney was held (again) at Coyote Creek Park on October 22. It came very close to being rained out (see Seneschals' announcement), but St. Swithin was proptious. At the end of a series of very long and difficult combats, Duke James Greyhelm defeated Duke Siegfried von Höflichskeit. This will be James' third crown.

The tourney was also notable for the many well-deserved Awards of Arms presented by Their Majesties to members of outlying areas of the Kingdom, as follows:

Barony of MadroneBarony of Three MountainsProvince of Shasta
Gernot of GallimaufryGerard of the RosesGonwynlynn of Hrassvelg
Jacynth of the Lion's GateCija of the RosesElriin of Hrassvelg
Glynis of ArranGrane the GoldenBergen von Rauch
Myles of the ShamrockRanulf of the North Country

His Majesty also delegated to Sir Frederick of the West Tower, Baron of Three Mountains, authority to knight Jerald of Galloway, called the Sword-Breaker. And Her Majesty awarded Queen's Orders of Grace to Johanna von Griffenhurst, Robert Lutemaker, and Lady Gwen. And late in the day His Majesty knighted William of Houghton, called the Laudable.

Then the Imperial Electors came forward and created the Order of the Pelican, with the insigne Vert, a pelican in its piety argent, to honor Imperial staff who have worked their heads and other parts off in teh service of the Society; and they awarded the first Pelican to Boncuer, the Imperial Registrar. Rumours that at Twelfth Night there will be a contest to see who can feed him the most sardines are as yet unverified.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Coyote Creek Park, San Jose, California. Paul and Carol reigned. King Paul gave Awards of Arms to Bergen von Rausch, Cija of the Roses, Elriin of Hrassvelg, Gernot of Gallimaufry, Glynys of Arran, Gonwynnlynn of Hrassvelg, Grane the Golden, Jacynth of the Lion’s Gate, Myles of the Shamrock, and Ranulf of the North Country. Queen Carol admitted Gwen, Johanna von Griffenhurst, John of Woodwose Hall, Robert the Lutemaker, and Susan of Woodwose Hall to the Queen’s Order of Grace. King Paul of Bellatrix knighted William of Hoghton, and authorized Sir Frederic of the West Tower to Knight Jerald of Galloway at the upcoming Madrone tourney. The Board of Directors of the Society, under the name of the Imperial Electors, created the Imperial Order of the Pelican, and admitted Boncueur de Myrobolan as the founding member. Crown Lists were held. Duke James Greyhelm won, defeating Duke Siegfried von Hoflichskeit. Duchess Verena of Laurelin was his lady. Sir Steven MacEanruig gave the MGC to Ranulf of the North Country. Dorothea of Paravel (Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin) won the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest for Sausages.

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“I was feeling good going into this tourney. After all, I'd been in the finals last crown. So, of course, I lost in the first round after a very long fight. Ah well. The knights were a bit polarized at that time, so it was a pleasant surprise that everyone totally agreed on the knighting of William of Hoghton. To be honest, I don't remember any hassles over Jerald's knighting either.
     “This was during the period where the BoD was trying to act in both the real world and the SCA version of the middle ages. This caused any number of problems and at one point or another there was a strong feeling that it was too bad the West Kingdom couldn't ring Greyhaven with swords and burn it down. Probably would have been bad press for the group, however.” – Steven MacEanruig

“Steven forgets the full plan. First we call on them to send the women and children out, then we burn it down. No one had any quarrel with Diana or Lady Mom or Tracy, and Ian and Fiona were too young to have made enemies ...” – Stefan de Lorraine

“I forget. Was the Board at this time still Don and Diana and Harold Breakstone, or had Ruthven of Rockridge stepped into Harold's place by this time?” – Stefan de Lorraine

“I think Clint (Harold) was off by then. My memory is that he was succeeded by Doug Olson, but my memory is sometimes more faulty than I would like to believe. Don still seemed to mostly run things.” – Steven MacEanruig
“My best read of the 1972 BoD minutes indicates that during that year, the Board consisted of Don, Diana, and David. I am not completely certain, but I believe Douglas became Clerk during 1972. Clearly he had been appointed to that position no later than February 1973.” – Andrew of Riga
“Douglas Brownbeard was definitely Clerk of the Board in the fall of '72, when I first came on board -- he enlisted me as a subclerk at that time, my only stint of "civil service." I seem to recall that this is also the era of some variants of Imperium Compound -- is there some specific SCA term for what in scifi circles is called a "filk song?" or is the overlap of personnel such that filk song is indeed the correct term?
     “I've been meaning to ask a couple of questions, prompted by earlier notes. There was a mention of dance classes at LeConte school in earlier years. By Oct. VII these were at the Kensington "Youth Hut", with Jon DeCles still acting as Dance Master. When did the venue change?
     “Also, the College of Bards has not been given much if any notice so far. There was the one note about the event at John and Susan of Woodwose's place, but that was (shortly) before my time, and I really don't know much about the earlier period. Yeah, I know -- I could just ask Rima -), but I *am* interested in what y'all my remember about this...” – Simon von Wernigerode
“Andy is perfectly correct. When Clint left the Board, David came on as the designated quiet voice of reason, serving in that office for far too many years. Douglas came into our lives circa 30 years ago, arriving at his first event [a Beowulf reading at our place, attended by me, David, Diana Listmaker, both of whom were then on the BoD, and Lexy, then aged 5] with a library copy of the Old English text and a sixpack, possibly of Old English 800, in hand. He was clearly destined to go far.” – Rima of Rockridge
“Mistress Rima (Sharon) speaks truly that Father Ruthven (David) was a voice of quiet reason on the SCA BoD, as he always was everywhere. However, I would like to point out that Diana was also generally given to calm and reason. She once told me that despite a widespread assumption that she & Don/Jon dominated the board as a couple, in reality in every single case where a vote was not unanimous, it was Don in the minority of one. Don Studebaker (Jon de Cles), who is still my friend & was Best Man at my wedding to Geraldine in AS IV, is a creative person with a rather mercurial personality who had some sort of grand scheme in his head for the SCA (though probably not really clearly defined) and he thought he had a mission to carry it out and felt others should not interfere. He was not an easy team-player.
     “On the other hand, I think Diana was mostly trying to steer the SCA through the complexities of growth and to strengthen its institutions. Establishing the Pelican at the Board level first was probably politically unwise, but the concept of distinct orders of peerage for service & for arts and sciences was obviously proper, as validated by subsequent history.
     “I remember the night Don resigned as chairman & member of the BoD, and pretty much from any active part in the SCA. Since the time I had been the first non-BoD-member (aside from other Greyhaven inhabitants) to attend a BoD meeting, the habit of attendance by leading members of the West Kingdom had grown substantially. That evening Don had phoned Toad Hall to be sure Geri would attend, as he was feeling beset by foes, or something like that. So we went. I don't remember the issues, it was more a clash of personalities than substantive matters, but Don launched into a tirade against the "damned West Kingdom" who were all trying to subvert him in some way or other. When he finished, Geraldine stood up and said something like, "Don, the people you are yelling at are my friends too and I can't put up with you treating them like that." Don, in his typically dramatic fashion, then threw his pencil (I think) down on the table and said, "My last friend has deserted me. I resign." He then stomped out of the room. Diana remained calm and I guess she must have signaled Douglas Brownbeard to take the chair, whereupon the meeting resumed. (Douglas must have previously moved from Board Clerk to BoD member, but I can't recall whether the Board had grown from 3 to 5 by then.) Diana stayed on the Board quite a lot longer, and finally decided to give up her seat only if Geri would take it. Geri found all that administrative stuff painfully boring, and quit after about one year. She did, however, convince them to raise dues from $5 to $7/yr. (Some folks howled about this, claimed we would lose lots of members, but if you're selling below cost, volume won't make up for it, and we were 3 months from insolvency, anyhow, the people who wouldn't pay $7 had already quit when it went from $1.50 to $3/yr.) Everybody out there, please correct any errors or omissions I've made. Some of you were there, I know. I can't recall the timing of these things.” – Robert Dunharrow
[Stefan de Lorraine], who remembers the Fellowship of Chivalry, a group based around Chaos, Toad Hall, Headless House, Havn and Montroyal (which included Rockridge) that was starting to make serious plans to become its own group and leave the SCA entirely. The main thing that stopped us, aside from general laziness, was the thought that we didn't want all the SCA to be stuck with Greyhaven, which is essentially what we felt would happen. Calmer heads prevailed, mostly Rima of Rockridge's – a born peacemaker – and we decided to see what we could continue to do from within.
“Truth told, I never regarded the Fellowship as able or willing to leave the SCA.” – Steven MacEanruig
“The ancient files - either the Steward's or those of the West Seneschal, I can't recall which - included a file on the encounter. As far as I could tell from the assorted notes therein (and to the extent that memory serves), the Board was sufficiently impressed with the Fellowship to accommodate the essential demand, which was mainly to let the West do its own thing, thereby averting what could have been a genuine departure.” – Hilary of Serendip
“Ah, that was its name? I've been blanking on it for years. I assume this was the time when Hal and I, as editors of the Page, received the WK Mailing List on a long strip of gummed paper and spent several evenings one month cutting it into manageable strips and xeroxing it, just in case we had to send out one last mailing, "We're splitting, send a postcard if you want to be on our list ...."
     “Which, fortunately, we didn't.” – Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin

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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