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The Seventh Year

Purgatorio Coronation Festival
July 29-30, 1972

From The Page (July, 1972):


The Purgatorio will again be held in Big Trees Camp. (Directions omitted)


Saturday, July 29
8:00 The entrance to the tourney field will be opened. Please try to be set up by 11:00 (Note that the Court begins at 10:00!); cars will not be let in after 11:00 until 6:00 p.m.
10:00 Court of King James; Grand March; Coronation of Paul and Carol of Bellatrice. * (see below)
6:00 Gates will be opened to allow cars in and out until dark.
11:00 After this time there will be no loud reveling in the pavilion area. There are those who wish to arise early in the morning.
Sunday, July 30
10:00 Or thereabouts, Fr. Ruthven will say Mass.
* (see below)

* Their Highnesses were unavailable to give any schedule for their Court or other activities. At the Royal Council on July 15 a schedule will be drawn up, and thereafter you may learn scheduling details from the Seneschal, Baron Count Sir Stefan de Lorraine (phone omittted) or any Great Lord of State to whom you have access. His current Majesty would have it know that when he says his Court will begin at 10:00 he does not mean 10:05.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

James and Verena held court. King James gave Awards of Arms to Gerald Whitebeard and Hal Ravn, and admitted Dorothea of Paravel (Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin), Hal Ravn, and William the Lucky to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. King James admitted Allen van Ore to the Order of the Laurel. Then Paul and Carol were crowned by James and Verena. King Paul then gave Awards of Arms to Janay di Aquitaine, Kathea von Linz, Leodamas of Thebes, and William of Hoghton. On the next day a contest for the Queen’s Favor was held, and Duke Henrik of Havn was the winner. Dorthea the Unsure won the Order of the Wooden Spoon for an economy dish.

Paul of Bellatrix
Sable, on a bend Or three
compass stars palewise gules.
Carol of Bellatrix
Per bend argent and vert, six
octofoils in bend three and
three counterchanged, all
pierced Or.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission

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“I remember the contest for the Queen's Favor. As I recall, it had to be fought with a different weapon in each round. I fought Henrik in the first round with Greatsword and he defeated me quite handily, thank you.” – 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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