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The Eighth Year

All Hallowsmass Eve Revel -- Barony of the Golden Rivers
October 27, 1973

Held at the picnic area of Ancil Hoffman Park, Sacramento, CA. Lady Diana was the autocrat. Sir Kevin Peregrynne, newly resident in the shire, was the new Knight Marshal. Sir Steven MacEanruig and Sir William the Lucky attended. Lady Diana displayed her volumes on magic, Markus demonstrated his skill as a Shaman dancer, and Edward of Southhaven gave a reading of “The Sorcerer” by W. S. Gilbert.

“I don't remember the event at all, but I'm sure I was there. Bill and I wrote "Stronger Than Heroes" on the way home. ” – Steven MacEanruig

Stronger Than Heros

I touch my sword and my arms grow strong,
When my foe's in sight, I can do no wrong,
I then stride forth to the raging fight,
And I hack and hew with all my might.

Stronger than heros, am I,
Fiercer than demons, am I,
Swifter than Mercury are the mighty blows I swing there;
Badder than berserks, am I,
Killer of cripples, am I,
Raper and looter, burner of towns am I you see.

And when the battle joy invades my heart
And I go forth to maim and slay, then

Stronger than heros, am I,
Fiercer than demons, am I,
Mortification, suffering and death bring I to thee.

Tune: 'Younger Than Springtime'
By Sir Steven MacEanruig and Sir William the Lucky
Returning from a Revel in the Shire of the Golden Rivers
28 October VIII

“Steve's recollections of the trip brought back many memories. With the West being the entire west coast, we did a lot of long week ends driving south or north. We got to be better friends with many people - and tried the friendships with others - during those rides. At one point, there was semi-serious talk about an SCA guide to I-5 telling where the good rest stops and restaurants were, and which ones to avoid!” – Verena of Laurelin

“Those were in the days when there wasn't much on I-5 south. I remember that William the Lucky and I spent maybe better than half the weekends of the year on the road to events.” – Steven MacEanruig
“But we were hardly the only ones. In fact, I feel the major difference between the West and most of the other Kingdoms was that the people from the core of the Kingdom did lots of traveling outward. (Every Kingdom has people from the distant groups traveling in to the major events.)
     “Some years afterwards, (about 1980, as I recall) the West had a war with the Middle on our common border (An Tir still being part of the West) -- in Saskatoon. The King of the Middle came, which was regarded as a great and unique event, since Middle Kingdom royalty had a reputation (how well deserved, I cannot say) for rarely traveling outside the triangle formed by Lansing, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Columbus, Ohio. When I asked King Hugo about it, He allowed as how it was a very big Kingdom and one couldn't get around to too many groups in a 6 month reign.
     “I refrained from pointing out that in a 4 month reign, either the Queen and I, or the Prince and Princess of the local Principality got to EVERY branch in the West save 3 -- and that includes 3 of the 4 in Oertha, which was not yet a principality. But then, Westerners traveled a lot. And still do. Ask the folks in Lochac how often the New Zealanders mutter about having picked the wrong Kingdom because they have maybe seen Caid Royalty once or twice.
     “Someone looking for a topic for a thesis in comparative cultures could do something with this.” – William the Lucky
“It might also be pointed out that the Kingdom of the Middle has fought devolution in any form tooth & nail. The Calontiri had a devil of a time detaching from them in spite of the unwieldiness of the Kingdom. Even to this day, gaining Principality status is harder than it was for us in the West.” – Charles of Dublin

“The Gilbert piece began, "My Name is John Wellington Wells ..." We had advance television publicity and picked up some new members (a slow news week). An impromptu madrigal troupe sang "Three Ravens", quite well. Location was Ancil Hoffman park.
     “A few months later, the troupe evolved into the Golden Consort, the first GR musical ensemble.
     “We had a ragged acting troupe also, later called "Le Company du Dindon d'Or" (the Golden Turkeys), and it may have performed something also.” – Edward of Southhaven

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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