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The Eighth Year

First Principality Twelfth Night Revels -- Principality of An Tir
January 5, 1974

From The Page (March, 1974):

Twelfth Night Revels were held in the Barony of Madrone on 5 January, autocrated by Edward of Stonehaven and Caitlin na Darc. At Prince Frederick's Court, featuring a toast to the Winter Solstice and a wish for the return of the sun, the populace learned of the appointment of Lord Robert of Winchester to the post of Herald Pursuivant to Madrone. The King and Queen of Misrule, Durance the Vile and Rosalynd, then commanded the Ordure of Motley to perform The Prince of Twelfth Night, the same play with which they had recently stunned the guests at the Seattle Art Museum's Christmas party. Despite the fact that some of those present had already witnessed the aforementioned disaster, no one left the hall. The presence of strong men-at-arms at the exits was irrelevant. Thereupon ensured feasting, dancing by those not too weighted down by gluttony, and a game of uncertain rules involving much blindfolded kissing; all participants won. After cleanup several of the more devout celebrants repaired to Lechbury Abbey for Matins; such was the fervor of their prayer that some were moved to remain until the Hour of Prime. [Some may need to be told that services in Lechbury Abbey are held in the cellars, and that Prime is whenever the sun rises.]


From the History (by Wilhelm): Held at the Meadowdale Community Club, North of Seattle, WA. Edward of Stonehaven and Caitlin na Darac autocratted. Prince Frederick and Princess Anne presided. The Ordure of Motley performed “The Prince of Twelfth Night.” After a potluck banquet Donn an Branoch (then Durance the Vile) and Rosalynd became King and Queen of Misrule. Contests were held for plum pudding and spiced wine.

Note: This was listed twice, once as "Twelfth Night Revel -- Barony of Madrone", but these were the same event, and the second one was removed from this site, as being unnecessary (the same information was provided, only less of it, in the one removed ...) -- Hirsch


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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