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The Eighth Year

Midsummer Crown Tourney
June 23, 1973

From The Page (August, 1973):

Thus sang Sir Bela of Eastmarch, President of the College of Bards, at the conclusion of the Midsummer Crown Tourney:

Hail to mighty Henrik,  hero of the Westland,
bound once more for battle,  to bear a stainless weapon
and on the field of honor,  as oft he did aforetime,
in clangor say it clearly:  "I reclaim my kingdom!"
Briskly go with the broadswords,  brightening the dayling,
when Henrik, who from Havn came,  hews his way to the lordship.

This will be Prince Henrik's sixth reign as King. Lady Seitse will be his Queen.

King Andrew and Queen Anne of the Middle Kingdom were Their Majesties' guests at this tourney. His Majesty invested Sir Kevin Perigryn as Earl Marshall to the Kingdom of the West, and announced that the Principality in the North has been approved by the Board and will hold its first Coronet Tourney at the end of August.

The Order of the Wooden Spoon for a palatable dish of parsnips went to Lady Dorcas Dorcadas for her parsnip pie; Dorthea the Unsure and her lord Edgar the Unready were second and third place respectively. Lady Adrienne of Toledo presented the first Silver Centaur Award, for an essay on The Loom, to Edward of Stonehaven. Since the current holder of teh Mucking Great Clubbe, Garryl Harper Flaming Sword, was not at hand, Sir Steven MacEanruig polled the other former holders of the Clubbe and presented it to Elriin of Hrassvelg.

His Majesty appointed the Voice of the Turtle Balladeers by Appointment to the Crown, and granted a Royal Charter to the Ordure of Motley. Both these groups hail from Madrone. The Ordure of Motley has as its motto "If God had wanted us to be good, He would have given us talent!", and bears Sable, the letters XLC or. A banner with a very strange device.

His Majesty then gave a Grant of Arms to William the Lucky, Lord Seneschal, and to divers Deputy Officers of State on th erecommendation of their superiors. (Excepting that Deputy Mistress of Arts Christina of the Runes, O.L., already has a Patent of Arms.) He also gave certain other awards as shown below.

Awards of ArmsGrants of Arms
Jeannie of Portland, O.L.M.William the Lucky
Lawrence of CanterburyAndrei de Sevastopol
Dorcas Dorcadas
Leon de Asturias
Jerome Robert of McKenna
Edgar the Unready
Sheen of Ire

His Majesty has been heard to remark that he never intended to give out so many awards ... it's just that ever time he gets on the throne he finds himself surrounded by deserving people.

From the History (by Wilhelm): Held in Kennedy Grove Park, El Sobrante, California. Paul and Carol reigned. King Andrew of Seldom Rest and Queen Anne of Seldom Rest of the Middle were present. King Paul gave an Award of Arms to Lawrence of Canterbury, and admitted Jeanne of Portland to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. He then gave Grants of Arms to André de Sevastopol, Dorcas Dorcadas, Edgar the Unready, Jerome Robert of McKenna, Leon de Asturias, Sheen of Ire, and William the Lucky. Crown Lists were held. Duke Henrik of Havn won, defeating Sir Andrew of Riga. Seitse was his lady. Garryl Harper Flaming Sword gave the MGC to Elriin of Hrassvelg. The winner of the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest for parsnip something was Dorcas Dorcadas.

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“An interesting event for me and others. I lost to Andrew in the finals (damned kite shield). Probably just as well, since I was fighting for Eilonwy again despite the two of us having broken up not long before at the last Calafian event. Andrew decided that Henrik was glaring at him from across the field as we neared the finals and he pretty much went to pieces. I have no idea if Henrik was actually practicing psychological warfare or was just setting in his pavilion resting, but Andy was definitely pretty much beaten before the fighting ever started.” – Steven MacEanruig

“I am nearsighted and never wore contact lenses and so in order for me to see at a distance I need to squint my eyes. I never wore my glasses at events in those days. Perhaps that is what made Andy think I was glaring.” – Henrik of Havn
“I had my doubts that Henrik was actually glaring at Andy. Andy was certainly convinced, however.” – Steven MacEanruig
“As we all know, all conflicts, be they battles between two armies, or combat between two individual opponents, begin long before the initial clash. All fighters have their own means and methods of personal preparation, and, dare I say this, psychological warfare.
     “Henrik was quietly sitting in his pavilion with his household gathered about him. He was solemnly looking at the field, readying himself, with an occasional glance in my direction. I, on the other hand, am the type of person who, before a combat, needs to pump himself up; but there is a fine line between being pumped up and becoming nervous. I crossed the line – in a big way. Looking back on it, Henrik was doing little if anything to me. I psyched myself out.
     “Trite but true we learn far more from our failures than our successes. And this incident (and numerous others) taught me valuable lessons regarding personal preparation which I carried with me. Specifically, winning or losing a fight is largely irrelevant; the issue is, you're not beaten unless you feel beaten.
     “Incidentally, when it comes to psychological warfare, in my opinion, William of Houghton was the best.” – Andrew of Riga
“He was certainly damned good at it in his prime. Not that he wasn't a good fighter too. He's still the only one I recall who successfully defeated his opponent in the finals of a crown list after losing an arm when his opponent kept his shield.” – Steven MacEanruig
“I actually have the impression that it was the king of Atenveldt that was present, not Andrew of Seldom Rest, but my memory has plenty of holes in it. I remember it as Richard Ironstead, however, not Andrew. There was some light discussion before hand about holding a battle of the kings but Paul sat on it firmly.” – Steven MacEanruig
“I was not there, but I don't see how this could have been Richard Ironsteed as King of Atenveldt as he was our first King, and that was in Jan of 1971 and he did not rule again. By the time mentioned here (June 1973) I believe the King in Atenveldt was "Reynard the Red Fox" who had been coronated with his lady Kathleen MacChlurain in April of 1973. Perhaps it was "Reynard" and not "Richard" being remembered, but I don't know if Reynard (Rick) attended this event or not.” – Arthur of Lockehaven
“The visiting King at June Crown was Andrew of Seldom Rest. He was (is?) an R.N., and when I had an ankle injury in the finals, of those who came to my aid, it was he who took the lead.” – Andrew of Riga
“Your Grace, HRM Andrew traveled through Atenveldt on his way to the West in 1973. He went to FP here and went to the event that has been mentioned in the West. Paul of Bellatrix can confirm. I got my tales of this event from him.” – Denis of the Titans
“I sit corrected. Damn. I was sure it was the king of Atenveldt.” – Steven MacEanruig
“Richard Ironsteed was indeed at one of our Tournies- I had a fight with Miles of the Shamrock, and there was a question about blow counting - I was wearing the old hedlighthelm, the one with no padding, and I knew that Miles blow had glanced - Richard hit me with Miles' mace, and I assured him that Miles' blow had not been that hard ... I think that was the fight that I stuck a short sword up under Miles' camail, and left it there - quite a visual image. I don't think that it was a Crown fight though- just a challenge or something.
     “BTW- Historical note- Miles is/was Duke Torghul's brother.” – James Greyhelm
“I distinctly remember somebody sticking his shortsword up under Miles' camail (his armor was a little odd because the camail was attached to the lower edges of his great helm), since I recall being relieved that he didn't get his larynx crushed; but since I went Japan in 1972 and didn't come back until 1974, this happened either at some earlier tourney than the one under discussion or there are two separate incidents of this. I didn't know it was you that had done it, but I do remember the sword dangling there. I doubt I saw it on the astral plane, so I have either created an image based on a story I heard later, or the dates are wrong. Is there anybody else who remembers this?” – Earl of Morris
"It was me- I thrust up and then left it there hanging. It was pretty cool. I actually think that you were there, Earl. It happened really early on in my career.” – James Greyhelm
“Sir Richard attended, but it was HRM Andrew of Seldom Rest and his Queen who we're the visiting Royals. HRM Reynard was king of Atenveldt at the time.(I was Warlord)” – Denis of the Titans
“Thanks. As I said, my memory is not always of the best. Actually, Reynard sounds right as well. I do not think that it was Andrew. He did visit later, but not, I think, at that event.” – Steven MacEanruig

“Around then, bit I don’t know which year or month, it was but another King of Atenveldt – Stephen von Geist and his Queen attended a Western tournament at Coyote Creek Park. Also at the same site (but perhaps again a different time, or maybe at the same event) the Atenveldt blacksmith Kirb Wise (Zoltan Kovaks) attended and demonstrated his 600 lb. draw crossbow that he had made, by firing a bolt at my viking round shield. The head penetrated about 1/2" beyond the back.” – Henrik of Havn

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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