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The Eighth Year

St. Bunstable’s Day Revel -- Barony of Madrone
November 17, 1973

From The Page (December, 1973):

The Barony will hold a St. Bunstable's Eve Revel at Lechbury Abbey on November 17, beginning at 7:30 pm and lasting as long as may be (the Abbey must be cleared by 8:00 am on November 19). Feasting, drinking, music, and wenching are scheduled; bards are encouraged. Bring goblits, trenchers, and a potluck disk to serve ten. Bring your own drink or buy from the Friar's cellar. All the standard amenities of civilization will be available.

(directions omitted)

For further information call Friar William or Geoffrey of Speraunce, who both reside at (contact info omitted).

From The Page (January, 1974):

The St. Bunstable's Eve Revel was held at Lechbury Abbey on November 17. St. Bunstable the Martyr, the Abbey's patron saint, is best known for his inspired invention of distilled spirits; after his untimely flambéing at the hands of the Viking Raider Bjørn the Terrible (thereafter known as Bjørn the Hairless), the art was lost for centuries. Festivities proceeded in the tradition of St. Bunstable, with all performing their devotions in the proper spirit. The revelling, feasting, and free-form wenching were only slightly marred by the presence of a person claiming to be "taking pictures" for a "magazine". He brought no portrait photographer with him, however, and the attendant lightning-flashes revealed him as a sorceror. The spirit of Bunstable is not the spirit of bigotry; we suffered him to stay. Despite the performance of the Hymn to St. Bunstable by the autocrats, the festivities continued well into the next morning, with a hardy group on the porch singing bawdy ballads in competition with the dragons on the nearby Seattle Freeway. The dragons won. Rumour hath it that the next day, Sunday, was observed as a day of rest and reflection throughout the Barony of Madrone, if not throughout the entire Principality of An Tir.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Lechbury Abbey, home of Friar William and Geoffrey of Speraunce.

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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