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The Eigth Year

Beltane Coronation Festival
May 5-6, 1973

From The Page (May, 1973):


The Maying will be held in Big Trees Camp in the hills above Oakland California. (Directions omitted)

Tentative Schedule (omitted)

On the first day, after court, there will be challenges, dancing, melees, competitions of divers types, etc. Starting late the first day and continuing on the second day will be the Live Chess Game. One side will be led by the right-handed Dukes (Duke Paul and Duke Henrik) and the other by the left-handed Dukes (Duke James and Duke Siegfried). It is rumored that Master Harold, Lord Breakstone, and Pendragon of Pentacle Arms Works will be the respective Kings (i.e., those directing the moves). Pieces other than the Dukes will be chosen from among those fighters present.

Remember also the Annual Gerald Whitebeard Kit Flying Contest will be held.

Notate Bene: If, with luck, the field and roads are dry, this will mean that there will be more than the usual fire hazzard due to the freeze of last December which has tended to leave lots of dead wood around. Therefore, everyone please be extra cautious with your fires.

Note also the following excerpts from the park regulations: "7. Gates to all group camping areas will be locked from 10:00 pm through 8:00 am. 8. Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm through 8:00 am."

Once again we are asking for contributions to the Privy Purse for the rental of chemical toilets for the use of our large group. It is suggested that each group (barony, province, household) attending could contribute $5.00, and there would be no problem in the rental. Checks should be made to the Seneschal (contact info omitted).

Sir Stefan de Lorraine intends to reduce the Lost and Found by auctioning off as much as possible of it during the second day. If you are missing something, you should send him a description before then or come looking for it on the first day.

From The Page (June, 1973):

On May 5, AS VIII, King James and Queen Verena presented Awards of Arms to the Ladies Dereceni Ilona and Bevin Fraser of Sterling, who have served diligently in the Seneschalate in the Barony of the Angels. Sir Stefan de Lorraine gave up the office of Lord Seneschal of the Kingdom of the West to William the Lucky, Acting Seneschal since Twelfth Night, and presented him with the cloak, key, staff, and his condolences. God save the Civil Service! His Majesty knighted Andrew of Riga, who might well have won the last Crown Tourney had he not been matched against the inexorable Paul of Bellatrix.

Then the same Paul of Bellatrix was crowned King of the West for the third time, and crowned Carol his Queen. Their coronation was distinguished by an oath of fealty taken voluntarily by the Great Lords of State, as well as by the knights.

Representatives of the Shire of Golden Rivers came with a petition to His Majesty, that since the Shire as yet contains no fighters, and since their lands, at the junction of the American and Sacramento Rivers, is infested with brigands, they requested the King's protection. And His Majesty accepted their petition, and will consult his counselors to see how this may best be done.

The award for the Illuminated Book Contest, in the form of an ancient mother-of-pearl and gold pen, was sent to Califia to be awarded to Christina of Sweden.

Lady Karina of the Far West, Vesper Principal Herald, invested Leon de Asturias as Greencloak Pursuivant (Hugh ap Llewellyn having been forced to resign by pressures of personal obligations).

On Sunday, May 6, the major of the day (which was hotter than Genenna) was the Ducal Invitational Chess Game, led by the left-handed Dukes (James Greyhelm and Siegfried von Höflichskeit), playing Black, against the right handed Dukes (Henrik of Havn and Paul of Bellarix), playing White. White one, of course; in chess it almost always does. Dexter power?

His Majesty announced the resignation of Sir Caradoc ap Cador as Earl Marshall, for personal reasons. Sir Kevin Perigryn, Acting Earl Marshall, will be formally invested with the title at a suitable time.

Finally, His Majesty expressed his thanks to the wizards of the Kingdom, who have been on strike since Twelfth Night; since Twelfth Night we have had better weather than in the last several years. Keep up not keeping it up!

We are unable to announce the winner of the Order of the Wooden Spoon for the finest Brawn in the land, for that the winning contestents left their brawns without identification. First place, by Anonymous, was a round brawn containing shrimp; second place went to Dorthea the Unsure; third place, also by Anonymous, was "the little round one with the hole in the center." (we quote Lady Geraldine). Anonymoi, please tell Lady Geri who you are!

The announcement was also made that on May 1, the 7th anniversary of the founding of teh Society, Lady Diana Listmaker presented her lord Jon DeCles with a second son, Robin Geoffrey Raphael Blaise. We congratulate her, particularly on the nicety of her timing.

HONOURS LIST:Patent of ArmsAward of Arms
Andrew of Riga, Kt.Debreceni Ilona
Bevin Fraser of Sterling

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Big Trees Camp, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, California. James and Verena held court. King James gave Awards of Arms to Annette of Faire Monte, Bevin Fraser of Sterling, and Debreceni Ilona. Then he knighted Andrew of Riga. Then Paul and Carol were crowned by James and Verena. On the next day a live chess game was held, and then a competition for Wardlord, which was won by Ulfgarth von Bergen. The Order of the Wooden Spoon Contest, for a Brawn, was won by an anonymous entrant, as was third place.

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
Arms colored by Aja du Jardin

See photos of this event

“I remember the chess game. Having nothing much visible to mark the squares, whoever was running it ended up mowing alternate squares. As I recall it, the mowed squares were fine but the unmowed ones came up above the knee, hampering mobility somewhat. I think I was a bishop in this one (mace and round shield).” – Steven MacEanruig

“I went out to the site with a gas mower and did the deed, along with the help of Richard of House Havn (whose father loaned us the mower). The squares were eight feet on a side with an eight foot wide border all around the chess board.” – Henrik of Havn
“I wasn’t the autocrat but I volunteered to set up the board.” - Henrik of Havn
“I believe Harold of Breakstone and Jerry Jacks were the chess masters.” - Annette of Faire Monte
“Ulfgarth was loosely associated with Chaos. A big strong guy who was around for several years but never got serious enough to get knighted. I have this vague memory that he married someone who wasn't much interested in the SCA and sort of faded away.” – Steven MacEanruig

"There was a fair sized group of Atenveldters at this event. We stayed, mostly, at Caos Manor or with Duke Siegfried. I remember going out to Big Trees with Henrik on the Weds. before the event and mowing his pavilion area and the chess board. I got in a lot of great fighting on Saturday before getting a few fingers broken during a late afternoon melee. Siegfried was also injured (in a flag melee with the kids, I recall) so we both had to sit out the chess game. Major bummer! But a great weekend!” – Denis of the Titans

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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