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The Eighth Year

Purgatorio Coronation Festival
July 28-29, 1973

From The Page (July, 1973):

Schedule: (Omitted)

The Purgatorio will be held in Big Trees Camp in the hills above Oakland, California. (directions omitted).

NOTATE BENE: Please do NOT shine flashlights, lanterns, et caetera up into the trees at night: this is a distress signal!

At the Purgatorio Coronation Festival, the Mistress of Arts and the Master of Sciences will co-sponsor a Board Games Competition. Entrants will specify two or more games they wish to compete in (such as Chess, Medieval Chess, Go, Shogi, Shatranj, Nefatafl, etc. -- consult [cautiously!!] Isaac the Unlikely's article in TI #XXIV), and the competition will be organized ladder-fashion: to wit, you may challenge anyone above you at one of his specified games, and if you win the challenge you swap places on the ladder with him. At the closing Court on Sunday, the top player on the ladder will be proclaimed Board Games Champion of the Kingdom. If practical we will attempt to have challenges and victories cried by the Heralds as they happen, and to award a suitable scroll to the Champion. The Lists will be opened immediately after the opening Court on Saturday, and initial position on the ladder will be in order of signup, so delay not. Also, please bring boards and pieces. For further details, consult Paul the Barbarian at the Southern Shores Pavilion.

From The Page (September, 1973):


In keeping with the tradition of Our previous reign, We have filled the position of Royal Consort by appointing Lady Jasimin (currently resident in the Barony of Calafia) and Lady Sabrina de la Bere.

The office ranks equivalent to Princess, and carries with it an Award of Arms. The holder(s) of this office change with each reign. The duties of the Royal Consort include assistance as required by the Crown in all matters that are officially outside the domain of the officers of the Kingdom, but are within the domain of the Crown, and all other duties as the Crown requires (equivalent to the duties of a 19th- or 20th-century social secretary), such as providing an informal line of communication between the populace and the Crown, making notations of names, dates, places, events, etc. as the Crown requires, and serving as chief housekeeper to the Royal Pavilion.


At the Purgatorio Coronation Festival on 28-29 July, King Paul and Queen Carol called out representatives of the five Baronies, that is, Calafia, Angles, Isles, Three Mountains, and Madrone, and, since some of these Baronies had not previously received charters, chartered them all five, and gave the governance of the Baronies into the hands of their seneschals.

Lady Gormflait ni Cuallachta, Mistress of Lists, was made a Minor Officer of State, and then turned her office over to Annette of Faire Monte, along with the rod of office (a truncheon suitable for hitting over the head fighters who get in her line of vision.) She shares the office with Lady Rachel of Bon Repos.

Then His Majesty gave out seven Awards of Arms (see the Honours List below), and Her Majesty gave Queen's Orders of Grace to Lady Donna of Rollingwood, Demoiselle Faith, and Demoiselle Robin.

The arms of Sir Andrew of Riga and Master Raymond the Mild were ransomed: that is, the helm was passed on behalf of these newly belted fighters, proceeds wehreof will go half to the fighters' equipment fund and half to the general treasury of the Kingdom.

Then Henrik of Havn and Lady Seitse were crowned King and Queen, and they appointed the Ladies Jasimin and Sabrina de la Bere Royal Consorts (see His Majesty's decree defining this office).

The second day was taken up by the competition for Her Majesty's favor, won by Duke Paul of Bellatrix. At the final court, the winning entry of the music competition, Melodia Jovialis by Richard of Trinacria, was performed.

Robert of Dunharrow, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced that the previous evening's auction had collected some $120, to the benefit of various offices of the Kingdom; the Exchequer plans to hod this auction again twice a year.

Then His Majesty presented many Awards of Arms, Orders of the Leaf of Merit, and Orders of the Laurel (see Honours List below). Then appeared a delegation of all the knights there present, led by Duke Paul of Bellatrix, requesting that William the Lucky be knighted, because of his prowess upon the field and his very great courtesy and chivalry; and this was done. And there was very great rejoicing.

Honours List
Awards of ArmsPatents of Arms
Suzanne of Woodwose HallMichael the DaneAndrei de Sevastopol, O.L.
Gino di PalcooscenicoSteven of the LanceBela of Eastmarch, O.L.
Paul the BarbarianMartin of the Fallen StarDorothea of Paravel, O.L.
Roger the GoliardMichaëla de NeuvilleRima of Rockridge, O.L.
Anne of the White TowerMorrigan CaillteRuthven of Rockridge, O.L.
Malene of GamalielDorcas Dorcadas, O.L.M.William the Lucky, Kt.
Barbara of GallowayElriin of Hrassvelg, O.L.M.
Harold the ViolinistGonwynnlynn of Hrassvelg, O.L.M.
Meg Shelford

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Big Trees Camp, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, California. Paul and Carol held court. King Paul gave Awards of Arms to Anne of the White Tower, Barbara of Galloway, Gino de Palrescenico, Malene of Gamaliel, Paul the Barbarian, Roger the Goliard, and Suzanne of Woodwose Hall. Queen Carol admitted Donna of Rollingwood (Donna of Willowwood), Faith, and Robin (Davina Serpentsheart) to the Queen’s Order of Grace. King Paul gave charters to the various baronies. Then Henrik and Seitse were crowned by Paul and Carol. King Henrik named Jasmine and Sabrina de la Bere as his Royal Consorts, and gave them Awards of Arms. The next day a competition for the Queen’s Favor was held, and won by Duke Paul of Bellatrix. At closing court King Henrik gave Awards of Arms to Krzysztof z Lublina, Martin of the Fallen Star, Meg Shelford, Michael the Dane, Michaela de Neuville, Morrigan Cailte, and Steven of the Lance. Then he admitted Dorcas Dorcadas, Elriin of Hrassvelg, Gonwynnlynn of Hrassvelg, and Gormflait ni Cuallachta to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. He knighted William the Lucky, and admitted André de Sevastopol, Sir Bela of Eastmarch, Dorothea of Paravel (Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin), Rima of Rockridge, and Ruthven of Rockridge to the Order of the Laurel. The Order of the Wooden Spoon competition was for Cheese.

Henrik of Havn
Vert, on a pellet a horse's head
couped Or above a coronet showing
three Latin crosses Or.
Vert, mulletty pierced argent.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission
Arms colored by Aja du Jardin

See photos of this event

“I believe there was also some fighting on Saturday. At least, I managed to get hit on the point of the right shoulder somewhere along the line -- which I remember vividly (at least that I had gotten hit there) for reasons which will become apparent.
     “The Queen's favor competition came about in this wise Her Majesty was (at most) in Her early teens. Not surprisingly (in retrospect, probably not even unreasonably), His Majesty spent a good part of his time Saturday after the Coronation with a young lady closer to His own age. Predictably, this occasioned muttering in corners; someone (it might have even been me, I simply don't remember) suggested that we hold a competition for the Queen's -- as I recall, we thought this would illustrate our somewhat jaundiced view of how the King was spending his time. (Hey, we were young. We were idealistic. We were obnoxious. Anyone who draws pointed comparisons to me at my first Coronation will not be appreciated. Justified, but not appreciated.)" -- William the Lucky

"Henrik was dating me at the time of his win at June Crown and through much of 1973. He had previously promised Seitse, Duchess Leanne's handmaiden, that he would fight for her. He kept his word to fight for her and then he won. At the Coronation he named me and another close friend "Royal Consorts". In July of 1973 I was 17 and Seitse was 16." -- Sabrina de la Bere
(Note, this is not in the PDF file of the Annotated History, it was added in December of 2002, well after the Annotated History was officially "finished".)
     “Since I was Kingdom Seneschal, I got to spend much of the evening going around to members of the Chivalry and dragooning them into entering the competition. ("The point is to have a large number of entrants. Feel free to go out and lose in the first round. You can do that, right?") So Sunday morning there were indeed a large number of fighters, including a large portion of the Chivalry, signed up got the competition. I likely would not have entered myself, because my shoulder was still giving me problems -- like, I could lift my right arm about 3/4 inch away from my side. (It didn't hurt to have the arm up, at least it didn't hurt more, it was just the muscles wouldn't move it.) But since I had pressured all these other people into entering, I didn't really have a choice.
     “I did discover (after struggling into my armor) that I could bend my sword arm at the elbow and slap the blade across the face of my shield by way of a salute. Then by swinging the sword downward hard the momentum would carry by sword back around and leave me in position to swing a blow. So long as I followed through on every blow, I could keep getting the sword in position again. And besides, I could do just what I had recommended to others and die quickly, right? (After all, June Crown was the first time I had ever managed to win even one fight in a Crown Lists. Most of these guys could beat me without breaking a sweat.)
     “Good luck in the first round I'm up against Duke James. And then I'm standing there looking down saying "Jim? Jim?" (What is wrong with this picture?)
     “Second round, almost as good Count Stefan de Lorraine ... "Steve? Steve?"
     “Third time's the charm, perhaps Sir Steven MacEanruig ... "Steve? Steve?"
     “So, in spite of my best intentions, I find myself in the finals against Duke Paul. Someone had decided to make the finals best two out of three. (And I am feeling really picked on!) And then, I manage to get a double-kill in one of the fights! This was at the time when Paul was enough better than everybody else that he could essentially win every fight if he put his mind to it, so a double-kill was something of a feat. But since all I wanted to do was get killed quickly so I could go lie down, I was unimpressed. In addition to prolonging the agony, the double-kill had one other effect I got hit (hard) at the base of the neck -- which apparently had an effect on the nerves to the shoulder, because I could now raise my arm a whole 3 inches away from my side! Whoopee.
     “There is a lovely picture (yes, I have a copy) of me kneeling to get knighted – which is certainly an in-appropriate reward for having organized the competition in which I had gone so far! I still cannot lift my right arm, so I have my left hand holding up my right. Henrik has apparently done Himself an injury as some point as well, because His left hand (wrist?) is swathed in an ace bandage with just the finger tips showing. ("Fighting isn't really very dangerous. Really. Trust me!") The maimed knighting the maimed!” – William the Lucky (who probably still owes Henrik an apology.)

“Between May Coronation and Purgatorio I had become Warlord of Atenveldt. At the time, very few Western fighters ever fought with anything but a sword and shield. Swords were not even allowed in the warlord list ... so HRM Paul decided that an exhibition was in order. With the aid of Count Stefan de Lorraine and the fighters of Chaos Manor a challenge match was arranged between Paul and myself. We would use as many different weapons forms as possible without ever touching a broadsword. I spent the week before the event building weapons in the Chaos armory (worked on a new helm with Jon the Lean while I was at it) and turned out matched greatswords, bastard swords, maces, short swords, etc. I had two clubs with me and Paul had borrowed two fine axes, from Henrik, I believe. Paul and I had a ball! Remember ... we're fighting with weapons that were seldom seen, much less used, in the West. We had many fights, broke a few weapons (on each other), and finally yielded to each other as we could no longer afford the expense of continuing. What a grand time!!!” – Denis of the Titans

“No, I didn't have any axes at this point, since my tourney axe had been loaned earlier to a high school for use as a prop in a presentation of Richard III. On the day of the final performance, after the end of the scene where it was used, it was liberated by parties unknown.” – Henrik of Havn

“Reading over this, I am saddened to remember of Master Allen's passing. He was a very accomplished young man, an excellent dancer. He took over the instruction of the Dance class in Berkeley, and ran it well, if memory served.” – James Greyhelm

“I just unearthed the poem I wrote for Master Allen:

Poem for the Royal Dance Master
Who taught Anachronists to dance
In olden days, before Van Ore
Came forth, our revels to enhance,
Our ancient graces to restore?
We who attempt these steps from France
Cannot but reverence those of yore
Who taught Anachronists to dance
In olden days before Van Ore;
And yet our artists still advance
In knowledge as in grace Come glance
At Twelfth Night's overflowing floor
Where Allen's pupils cry, "Encore!"
And show in every step and stance
Who taught Anachronists to dance.
     – Rima of Rockridge
“Allen was a fine dance leader. When I read James's tribute, I thought of this poem and wanted to share it with you all.” – Rima of Rockridge

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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