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The Eighth Year

Spring Crown Tourney
March 30, 1974

From The Page (March, 1974):

(Directions to site and map omitted)

Areas have been reserved for the Royal Pavilion, the Royal Household, the Golden Key, and the Lists. All other sites are first come, first served. Don't set up your pavilion untilt he Eric is laid (it won't be until 8 o'clock, so there's no point in coming sooner). If you have a non-period pavilion, please set up behind the first row of pavilions. Also, please do not set up on the McKay side of the Lists pavilion; this area is to be kept clear for the Grand March and later for fighters who are waiting to fight. If we can, we will have a double row of Eric as in the above map; if there isn't a double row, set up about three feet away from the Eric. The path thus formed will allow people to walk around the field. It is NOT for standing, sitting or holding conversations in! Please note that the Eric will go BEHIND the Royal Pavilion. This is to remind you to go behind the Royal Pavilion; don't walk in front of it unless you have business with the Crown.

Animals, if they must be brought, should be kept on leashes and be watched so they don't run onto the beach; no unleashed dogs are allowed on the beach itself. Children should also be watched carefully. The edge of the beach that is across from the tourney field consists of a lot of large rocks and could be dangerous. If you wish to swim, please bring a 20th-century bathing suit. We're afraid the Rangers won't like medieval styles! The area around Webster and Central is a shopping district whihc should be open on Saturdays, in case you've forgotten anything. The restrooms are in the beachhouse.

The schedule is as follows:

(Schedule omitted)

NOTE: It is possible for us to get this site for a two-day tourney. Let the Seneschals and the Tourneymasters know whether you like the idea.

From The Page (May, 1974):

The Spring Crown Tourney was held at a new site, a grassy field in Alameda at the shore of San Francisco Bay, which we will be able to appreciate better under better circumstances. There had been previous heavy rains and the Tourneymasters' layout had to be changed, since the spot intended for the Royal Pavilion was already occupied by a four-inch-deep puddle. [Certain snide remarks were made about a strike ended at Twelfth Night, but snide remarks do not belong in The Page. Ask the Seneschal privately.] However, Sir William the Lucky's luck held, and the weather never got beyond very heavy mists and an occasional spell of wind that made for pavilions as trees walking. Because of such uncertainties, challenges were cut very short and the lists begun almost at once. At length Sir William of Houghton defeated Duke Sir Paul of Bellatrix in the finals, and was crowned Prince, and his lady Donna of Rollingwood Princess. Sir Steven MacEanruig, whom he eliminated on the way to the throne, spoke some heroic staves for Prince William, but unfortunately the Office of the Arts cannot lay hands on them at the moment.

To Their Majesties and Their Highnesses were presented many gifts, of which two must be mentioned: out of the desert came Al-Said who, although of a different tribe, brought His Majesty greetings and a flask of 30-weight oil for His Majesty's blue camel (which leaks); and the Bards of teh Southern Baronies presented a gas mask so that His Majesty should not choke on their lyrics, to say nothing of the air.

The Order of the Wooden Spoon went to Master Raymond the Mild for strudel. The Mucking Great Clubbe, for ferocity on the field, went to Elric de Cassell, and the Old Battered Helm, for dying well, to Brian Drittar an Conn, called the Unpronounceable.

A delegation from Alyssia (residents of the Eureka, who reinvented the Society independantly, and only recently discovered us) presented a beautifully crafted map of their territories. They are expected to join the Kingdom soon as a new Barony.

Then His Majesty created Piers Howells and Ximena de Cambria Baron and Baroness of the Angels, and David and Sheryl of Castlwhyte Baron and Baroness of Golden Rivers, and Waldt and Alys of Markheim Baron and Baroness of Dreiburgen, and Jessica Llyrindi of Northmarch Baroness of the Isles. And all the Barons and Baronesses swore fealty to the Crown.


Awards of ArmsPatents of Arms
Patricia of RoscommonJohann Heinrich Michael Siemon of WermgerodeGonwynnlynn of Hrassvelg, OL
Maelen of Kinges LeaMarisella of MuninsgaardElriin of Hrassvelg, OL
Douglas LongshanksRobert of Winchester, OLMElriin of Hrassvelg, Knight
Guillaume de VinvertSean Macarailt of Sandyhume, Knight
Nathan der BläserRobert of Winchester, OL
Sholom ben Avram of YorkMargaret of Ashford, OL
D'Vanya de TourbillonAdrienne of Toledo, OL
Michael the BlackArdys an Dearg, OL
Gilmirron of the Blue FlameJon the Lean, OL
Sumengo of AmaranthAnnette of Faire Monte, OL
Alys Dunrobbin

(And if you marvel at Elriin of Hrassvelg being knighted and laureled on the same day, or at Robert of Winchester receiving the Leaf and the Laurel on the same day, well ... that's what happens when one award was planned beforehand and the other awarded on the spot. It's also what happens when people ooze talent from every poor and use it.)

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Neptune/Seawind Area, Alameda State Beach, Alameda, California. Andrew and Salomé reigned. King Andrew gave Awards of Arms to Allyson of Dunrobin, D’Vanya de Tourbullion, Douglas Longshanks, Gilmirron of the Blue Flame, Guillaume de Vinvert, Johann Heinrich Michael Siemon von Werniergerod, Maelen of Kynge’s Lea, Marisela of Muninsgaard, Michael the Black, Nathan de Bläser, Patricia of Roscommon, Sholom ben Avram of York, and Sumingo of Amaranth. He admitted Robert of Winchester to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. King Andrew knighted Elriin of Hrassvelg and Sean Macarailt of Sandyhume. He admitted Adrienne of Toledo, Annette of Faire Monte, Ardis an Dearg, Elriin of Hrassvelg, Gonwynnlynn of Hrassvelg, Jon the Lean (Jon FitzRolf), Margaret of Ashford, and Robert of Winchester to the Order of the Laurel. Elriin was thus the first ever to join the Orders of Knighthood and the Laurel at the same time. Mistress Geraldine of Toad Hall petitioned King Andrew to take back her Laurel, and to ask the Board of Directors to release the Order of the Pelican to the four kingdoms, and then give her one, for she felt that the Order of the Laurel was being improperly given for service. King Andrew took the matter under consideration, but declared he would not be the King to take back her Laurel. Crown Lists were held. Sir William of Hoghton won, defeating Duke Paul of Bellatrix. Donna of Rollingwood (Donna of Willowwood) was his lady. Sir Kevin Peregrynne gave the MGC to Elric de Cassell. Count Stefan de Lorraine gave the OBH to Brian Dritar an Con. Master Raymond the Mild won the Order of the Wooden Spoon competition for Strudel.

See photos from this event

“Maybe the first really rainy Crown tourney - I remember seeing Henrik sitting at the edge of the lists, using his round shield as a rain hat - it fit in top of his helmet. Many of the names mentioned here went on to great deeds and are remembered well, others fell away.” – James Greyhelm

“It was indeed rainy (though I recall one at Coyote Creek where the distinction between creek and field was quite vague) - Patrice and I brought an old vinyl waterbed liner to use as a floor inside our picnic shelter/household sized umbrella. The usual socializing was a process of scurrying from pavilion to pavilion. If I recall the fighters had Royal dispensation from falling down when defeated. It was either this one or the aforementioned Coyote Creek March Drown where Brian Dritar an Con cracked everyone up by showing up for one round of combat wearing scuba gear.” – Kevin Peregrynne
“I don't think it was Brian in the scuba gear; I think it was William the Lucky.
     “But I could be wrong.” – Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin
“It was Brian. I remember the actions of my brother-in-law quite well. And if it had not been so wet, I might have been rolling on the ground laughing.
     “At the same event I also remember someone's houndskull basinet getting stuck in wet and muddy field after the wearer died face first into it.” – Jon FitzRolf
“I don't know if it was Brian, but it definitely was not me. Never been in scuba gear in my life. (Though it might be fun ...)
     “I thought one of the best parts was right at the beginning when someone came up to me (I was Seneschal, and therefore theoretically in some kind of overall charge) and asked with great seriousness "What happens if it rains?"
     “"If it rains, we get wet."
     “Obviously I have insufficient concern for any Wicked Witches of the West who might be subject to melting. I guess that after some of those tourneys in An Tir, the prospect of water didn't concern me as much as some.” – William the Lucky
“My memory of the tournament was Bill saying "It's not raining," repeatedly, as well as various questions such as "what rain?" And as I recall the king called him forth to honor him for some reason and the sun came out ...
     “There are reasons why he is known as William the Lucky ...” – Stefan de Lorraine, whose memory of this event is just flashes of various people in various kitbashed rain gear having a great time. On the other hand, memories of it are much nicer twenty years later in a dry office ...
“This was at Coyote Creek. Unlike the Alameda tourney, which may well have happened the same year, the Coyote Creek tourney was a constant rain. Geraldine stood in the middle of the field yelling "This is assholism!" but we continued to fight until a winner was chosen, then did a record time dispersal to various impromptu revels.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who was willing to admit Geri was right but kept right on keeping on ...

“Marsh Crown was indeed a wet event, and Brian's antics with the scuba gear was hilarious. I was the field herald during the challenge matches before the crown lists and came out to announce one of King Paul's challenge matches. The ink ran off the card before I could read the challenge! I went back to the Lists to find out what the challenge was, and then went to my pavilion and came out with an umbrella, so the rest of the cards wouldn't run. Paul, still standing there on the field with the rain running down his armor in sheets, called out, "Come on. It's not that wet!"
     “I wrote a song at that event, which I will share [see AHP Appendices].” – Wilhelm von Schlüssel

“It was a 28" viking round with leather handgrip inside the central boss. The rounded top of my spangen helm fit nicely inside the boss.” – Henrik of Havn
“By this time, there were a few fighters who were really into schtick – Brian Drittar an Con, Bern Bellower, and Martin the Temperate immediately come to mind. Brian and Bern, especially in this department, were often teaming up and made a formidable pair. My recollection is that Bern first took the field, announced something which I do not recollect, and Brian came running out in his wet suit, tank & regulator, mask and hood plus sword and shield, squared off against Bern, a marshal (who may or may not have been part of this) came running up and would not let them fight (which was a good thing, because Brian was not wearing a helm) – then Brian went running off the field. A couple of years later, when I took up scuba diving, Brian sold his equipment to me, and I still have the tank & reg and a few other items – but the wet suit shrank, so I gave it away.
     “‘Marsh Crown’ evolved to become a catch-all phrase for ‘March Crowns whereat it rained,’ and there was more than these two, and it quickly evolved to retroactively cover March 74 – but The Marsh Crown and Brian's scuba schtick was 1975.” – Andrew of Riga
“A soggy event, though not as much so as some later. I remember this one for several reasons. For one thing, my mother was there, and for another, the park was pretty public with what I remember as hoards of people wandering through.
     “Paul fought throughout the tourney with greatsword, made the finals, and lost two straight to Hoghton quite handily. I remember him afterwards telling me that he rather expected to lose, but not that fast.” – Steven MacEanruig

“Patti and I both remember it as being the Coyote Creek event that -
     1. Brian did the scuba bit, and
     2. We (all of us) came up with the label "Marsh Crown"
     "Marsh Drown" and other Bons Mots came later (had El Nino been popularized yet)?” – Kevin Peregrynne

“Nothing special to note save that this is my first crown tourney experience. With so many new sights and so many new faces, most was a blur. Henrik under his rain shield stands out. I remember Andrew's declaration as to Mistress Geraldine's Laurel, (my first glimpse of royal presence,) and I lost in the first round to Brian Dritar an Con. So I drove all night, 6 hours, to sit in the rain, fight for 30 seconds, and go home wet and cold. I loved it.” – Martin the Temperate

Comments not in the acrobat/.PDF version of the History:
"... the comments from several of the participants about it being a very rainy event are erroneous. They are thinking of the Spring Prize Tourney held a month later in April '74 in Coyote Creek (as some mention).
     "The Alameda event was a clear sunny day, though windy since we were on the shoreline of the estuary. Note also in Sabrina's photos of my knighting (linked on the page) the partially-cloudy though very sunny skies." -- Sean Macarailt O'Sandyhume

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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