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The Eighth Year

Autumn Crown Tourney
September 30, 1973

From The Page November, 1973):

Activities at the Crown Tourney were somewhat curtailed by the heat of the day and the early falling of night. At the morning court appeared Carlo dei Perelli-Minetti, who through the vicissitudes of heredity is an Italian count in the mundane world. He was presented with much pomp and circumstance (mainly in Italian), and now will go home to Sonoma County and see about organizing a branch of the Society there.

The crown lists lasted longer than intended: the second round's round-robins ended with everyone having won exactly once, and many matches had to be refought. At length, Sir Andrew of Riga defeated Sir Kevin Peregrynne to win the Crown of the West, and he and his Lady Salome were crowned with laurels and roses.

The Electors awarded the Order of the Pelican to Douglas of Hvitamyrr and to Robert of Westmarch. The Mucking Great Clubbe for ferocity on the field went to Sir Kevin Peregrynne, and the Queen's Order of Grace to Sir William the Lucky, Sir Jon the Leane, and Demoiselle Amy of the Barque. And many arms were awarded, as follows.

Honours List
Awards of ArmsGrants of Arms
Ann DudleyVirginia Bright AngelGormflait ni Cuallachta
Barbara FitzhughDouglas of HvitamyrrMorrigan Caillte
Alys von MarkheimWilhelm von Schlüssel
Waldt von MarkhimIsrael ben JacobPatents of Arms
David of CastlwhyteEadmond du BattlemontRachel Col-deCygne, O.L.
Sheryl of CastlwhyteTyra Stuart of Moray, O.L.M.Geoffrey of Speraunce, O.L.
MicnaAnnette of Faire Monte, O.L.M.
Ximena Aubel de CambriaRenfield of the Inland March, O.L.M.  
Maire Aislinge na Slieg Nor 

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Coyote Creek Park, San Jose, California. Henrik and Seitse reigned. At morning court, Carlo di Perelli-Minetti, who is a real Italian Count, was presented to King Henrik. Crown Lists were held. Sir Andrew of Riga won, defeating Sir Kevin Peregrynne. Salomé de las Palomas was his lady. Elriin of Hrassvelg gave the MGC to Sir Kevin Peregrynne. The Imperial Electors admitted Douglas of Hvitamyrr and Robert of Westmarch to the Imperial Order of the Pelican. King Henrik gave Awards of Arms to Alys von Markheim (Alison von Markheim), Ann Dudley, Barbara Fitzhugh, David of Castlwhyte, Douglas of Hvitamyrr, Eadmond du Battlemont, Israel ben Jacob, Maire Aislinge na Sleig Nor, Micna, Renfield of the Inland March, Sheryl of Castlwhyte, Tyra Stuart of Moray, Virginia Bright Angel, Waldt von Markheim, Wilhelm von Schlüssel, and Ximena Aubel de Cambria. Queen Seitse admitted Amy of the Barque, Sir Jon the Lean (Jon FitzRolf), Sir William the Lucky to the Queen’s Order of Grace. King Henrik admitted Annette of Faire Monte, Renfield of the Inland March, and Tyra Stuart of Moray to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. He gave Grants of Arms to Gormflait ni Cuallachta and Morrigan Caillte. Then Geoffrey of Speraunce and Rachel Col-del-Cyngne were admitted to the Order of the Laurel. Order of the Wooden Spoon Competition was for Stuffed Marrows.

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“This tourney was, to the best of my knowledge, the earliest appearance of the Wreath of Chivalry. Henrik and Seitse awarded one to me after the conclusion of the lists at evening court (Rosemary sprigs bound with white ribbon). Henrik may know more regarding the award's origins.” – Kevin Peregrynne

“Actually, I started both the wreath of chivalry and the wreath of valor during my first reign. They're painted inside the lid of the Royal Suitcase along with other scenes from that reign.
     “The rosemary was 'for remembrance', the wreath of chivalry had a white ribbon, and the wreath of valor had a red ribbon. These were presented by the Queen to those she deemed most worthy at the Crown Tourney. Generally speaking, the Queen would ask other ladies to watch and advise her.
     “ Are they still being given? I know they were most of the time for many years.” – Verena of Laurelin
“They are still given. In fact it would be considered a serious breach of tradition if they were not given. Or perhaps a serious smack to the fighters. In any case, it would require lots of explanation.
     "The wreath of chivalry is still given by the Queen (or Consort), but the wreath of valor is given by the King (or Sovereign). The Crown usually enlists one of the chivalry to solicit opinions on who should receive chivalry. Valor is typically given to the unbelted fighter who progressed furthest in the list.” – Gabrielle of Greenwood
“Getting the MGC was quite a surprise, I mean ferocious was not my image, and how foolhardy can you be when you one-shot every opponent (exception - Jerald took two) until the finals???
     “By this tourney I'd been Earl Marshal for about a year (James' reign the previous Purgatorio through Twelfth Night). Patti and I had moved to Golden Rivers in early July but had just gotten in touch with them earlier in September. (Commuting to Ren Faire every weekend from Sacramento had used up all of our energy until it was over).
     “The original Knight Marshal's handbook was in its final stages of preparation and would be published by Twelfth Night.” – Kevin Peregrynne

[King Henrik gave Awards of Arms to ... Wilhelm von Schlüssel ...] “This Award of Arms marked the beginning of my rise in heraldry. I had been a member of the SCA for 2 years and a herald for one. I was now the Nebuly Pursuivant for the Province of the Mists and on my way to becoming Greencloak Herald the next year and Vesper Principal Herald the following year. I believed in knowing and doing all aspects of a herald - field herald, court herald, book herald and administrative herald. As a trained singer, actor and public speaker, I had no trouble being heard 100 yards away, and I found the field of heraldic devices fascinating.” – Wilhelm von Schlüssel (who enjoyed the opportunity to meet, observe, and talk to all of the good fighters without getting hit and bruised by them!)

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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