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The Eighth Year

Anniversary Tourney -- Barony of Dreiburgen
October 12, 1973

Held in Fairmont Park, Riverside, CA. Waldt von Markheim and Alys von Markheim (Alison von Markheim) were the autocrats. There were lists for First Dragon-Slayer of Gorgonoth, fighting, games, the second Barbed Pheon punning contest, breadbaking contests for white, dark, and other, and a contest for non-alcoholic beverages. A revel followed. Thomas of the Double Axe was now Master of Sciences. Christina Jehanne de Bruges won the punning contest and was admitted to the Order of the Barbed Pheon.

“An amusing event. When Henrik heard we were going down he gave us a list of names of fighters and basically told us that if we thought any of them were good enough, we should go ahead and knight them. We decided they were and went ahead and knighted the three listed above. We had actually traveled down there with Gordon (William of York) in his large white sedan car. I seem to recall that this was the event where all the fighting was in the dirt parking lot because that was the only place big enough. I have vague memories that a few of us also abducted Bevin at this event, though it might have been another one. We kept telling her that she could scream now and she kept letting out little squeaks, telling us later that she wasn't the screaming kind.
     “As I recall, James held the sword for Christian, I held it for Hugh, and William the Lucky held it for William of York.” – Steven MacEanruig

“Seitse was so nervous she actually knighted 'Christian the Orange.' This was the first time (I think) that anyone other than the reigning King had knighted anyone.” – Verena of Laurelin
“I think the first time was mine in AS VII. Paul was King and asked Sir Fredrick of the West Tower to do the honors for the Crown. Any other times this happened?” – Jerald of Galloway
“I'd forgotten about that, but your comments bring it back to mind. I remember some joking about it with Christian later. Actually, the first time anyone other than the reigning King had knighted anyone was Bruce of Cloves in the East kingdom by Ardral (as I recall).” – Steven MacEanruig
“The way back was a fun trip as well. William the Lucky and I had started writing what eventually became our two-volume Obnoxious Songs to Kill Your Enemies By songbooks. We tended to write them coming back from tournaments and on the way back from this one we wrote several, "The Triumph of the West" to the tune of "Battle of New Orleans" and "Small Circle of Friends" which has apparently gone on to become a minor SCA classic filk song. Checking the book, we also wrote "From the Halls of Calafia". – Steven MacEanruig

From the Halls of Calafia

From the Halls of Calafia
To the shores of Puget Sound,
We will slay our doughty foemen
Where ever they are found.
First with broadsword then with greatsword,
Then with axe and mace also;
We will cleave them where we find them
From the head down to the toe.

Tune'Marine's Hymn'
By Duke James Greyhelm, Sir Steven MacEanruig, Sir William the Lucky,
Duchess Verena of Laurelin, and Sir William of York
Returning from the Angels Anniversary Tourney
14 October, VIII

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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