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The Eighth Year

Anniversary Tourney -- Barony of the Angels
October 13-14, 1973

From The Page (October, 1973):

On October 13 and 14, the Barony of the Angels will celebrate the third anniversary of its founding by holding Military Maneuvers and War Games at the Cienega Campbround, just north of Castaic... The campground is rustic, but has 16 outdoor oven-stoves (charcoal or wood-burning), a year round running stream, squirrels, ample sanitary facilities (a four-holer guaranteed cleaned daily by an agent of the US government), frogs (one of them rumoured to be a prince under a spell--ladies, take note!), and possibly one or more horse-troughs for bathing. This is fairly rugged country, so attendees are advised to wear sturdy boots or shoes and durable costumes. Heavy-weight cloaks or mantles are definitely in order for after dark, as the Angelus National Forest tends toward the brisk in October. (One of our members reports it to be "as cold as John Lackland's heart!") There has been no report of poison oak, ivy or sumac, and our resident herpetologist advises that there were no sign of snakes. (Snakes can be provided if necessary, however.)

In keeping with the primitive setting for this event (and because there is no hall), the evening meal on Saturday will be a potluck dinner, with all persons requested to bring a main dish of ample size to feed their party. Those coming from a great distance and unable to bring food, or those who simply can't cook, may provide for their Saturday victualling by sending $1.00 IN ADVANCE to Lady Ximena de Cambria (contact info omitted). There will also be a 50cent donation requested from everyone who eats, whether or not you brought food, to cover the cost of salad, beverage, and Anniversary Cake.

In addition to the Saturday Potluck, there will be a competition for the Angeleno Order of the Wooden Spoon in the following categories: main dish, side dish or vegetable, dessert, and breads. All entries in the Wooden Spoon competition will be placed in the Potluck after judging and may, of course, count as your contribution. Everyone is urged to compete. (You never can tell. One lady, who shall remain nameless, brought a Stroganoff Hamburger Helper dressed up with herbs and seasonings to one Angels' tourney, intending it only as a contribution toward feeding the hungry populace--and it somehow got into the competition and won for that category.)

There is a strong possibility that the campground will be available for overnight camping on Friday night. If you want or need more conventional accomodations, however, contact Catriona niChlurain (contact info omitted) for directions to sleeping bag space.

Activities for the two days will include various fighting exercises (melees, fighting at the barrier, challenge matches, perhaps an abduction or two, competition for the title of Baronial Champion), an herb class and watercress-gathering competition, various hiking activities, skulking exercises after dark (maybe), and whatever other new and diabolical activities your autocrats can think up between now and then. (Directions omitted).

For further information, contact the autocrat, Lady Bevin Fraser of Sterling (contact information omitted).

Remember: Bring warm, sturdy clothes, rugged footwear, lanterns or flashlights, hibachis, charcoal or wood.

From The Page (December, 1973):

At the Third Anniversary Celebration of the Barony of the Angels, knighthood was conferred on Hugh the Undecided, Christian of Orange, and William of York, and Piers Howell de Cambria was given an Award of Arms and installed as Vicar of the Barony.

Sir Hugh the Undecided won the title of Champion of the Barony, and was presented with the Queen's Order of Grace. Sir Steven MacEanruig was awarded a wreath for fighting and dying most gallantly, by vote of all the ladies present. Baronial awards of appreciation were given to Alejandro de Salamanca, Aeolwig Aeolwigsson, Arabella Lyon de Rohese, Catriona nicChlurain, Conrad von Regensburg, Sir Hugh the Undecided, Sir Christian of Orange, Armand Sebastian de la Foręt de Sevigny (of Calafia), Cadhla of Treghdin (of Calafia) and Jessica Lirindi of Northmarch (of the Isles). Lady Tyra Stuart of Moray won the Hester Spoon (Hester being the mother of Pearl) for cooking, and Lord Boncueur won the Wizard of Argh award for puns. There was many an abduction, a skulking expedition by night, and a Tri-Baronial Council Meeting at which was discussed the formation of a Southern Principality!


Precedent was set at the Third Anniversary Celebration of the Barony of the Angels, in the conferring of three knighthoods and an Award of Arms. Since His Majesty was unable to attend, he delegated Her Majesty and a committee of belted fighters to present such honours as they should see fit. Under this authority, Her Majesty, with the assistance of Duke James Greyhelm, Duke Richard of Mont Real, Sir Steven MacEanruig, and Sir William the Lucky, conferred knighthood on Hugh the Undecided, Christian of Orange, and William of York. Her Majesty also presented an Award of Arms to Piers Howell de Cambria, the new Vicar (=substitute Baron) of the Angels. It should be remembered that the awarding of arms is not ordinarily within the Queen's prerogative, except when thus delegated by the King.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Cienega Campgrounds, Castaic, CA., in the Angelus National Forest. Queen Seitse attended. With the delegated authority from King Henrik, she gave an Award of Arms to Piers Howells de Cambria. Queen Seitse, with the assistance of Duke James Greyhelm, Sir Steven MacEanruig, and Sir William the Lucky, knighted Christian of Orange, Hugh the Undecided, and William of York. As she was not a knight one of the other knights held the sword and Queen Seitse placed her hand on top. Piers Howells de Cambria was made Vicar of the Angels. Lists for the Champion of the Barony were won by Sir Hugh the Undecided. The ladies present gave a wreath to Sir Steven MacEanruig for fighting and dying most gallantly. Tyra Stuart of Moray won the Hester Spoon for the cooking contest. Boncueur won the Wizard of Argh award for puns. A tri-baronial council was held to discuss forming a principality in the south. There was an herb class, a watercress gathering contest, melees, challenges, skulking, exercises after dark and revelry. Bevin Fraser of Sterling was the autocrat. Danielle Christine du Bryant became Mistress of Arts for the Canton of Eastern Gate. Katrina de Provence became Mistress of Arts for the Canton of Failte.

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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