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The Ninth Year

Spring Coronet Tourney -- Principality of An Tir
March 8, 1975

From The Page (May, 1975):

The Second Annual An Tir Lower Slobovian Coronet Tourney and Arctic Survival Competition was held at Millersylvania State Park in Silver Maggot (I'm not making this up, you know, at), under the direction of the Principality Officers in An Tir. The site itself, a large, clean, barn surrounded by Cabins, was arranged for by Gernot of Gallimauvray.

The tourney begain several hours late; no one had brought waivers, and finding one to duplicate was a Quest worthy of the Round Table. After the Grand March, with delegations from Adiantum, Flaming Hall, Three Mountains, Silver Maggot, Madrone, and Entice, as well as the presence of founding Baron Raymond the Mild, Sir William the Lucky, and Sir Stephen MacEanruig, the herald, Master Robert of Winchester, was awarded an instantaneous Plastic Turkey for egregious inauthenticity (in this case, outstanding and creatitive errors).

Viscount Sir Gerald of Galloway reminded all and sundry that he had, last summer, successfully held the field against all comers at the Olympia Lakefair, and thus claimed the shire of Silver Maggot; he renewed his claim and offered to surrender the shire if vanquished or for a price. Twenty-five cents was bid, but no challenges were offered; Viscount Sir Gerald still gloriously holds Silver Maggot.

Prince Frederick then announced he did not plan to fight, but volunteered the services of Sir Auden the Red and Steingrim Wulfharesson to take on all comers. Sir William the Lucky and Sir Steven MacEanruig accepted the challenge with great glee, and the tourney officially opened with the traditional maiming of Steingrim.

As the hour grew late, challenges were cut off and the lists began; many fought for the privilege, as Lord Winchester put it, of "disrobing the Prince". Scenes of appalling carnage took place on the wood chip covered floor, including one fight in which Edward Zifran, disarmed and dismembered, was evidently hoping to kill his opponent by falling on him. Edward the Indolent, preparing to marshall another fight was heard to ask, "Is there a very short sword suitable for thrusting anywhere?". The subsequent pallor of several ladies cannot be fully attributed to the atmospheric chill.

In the final round of the lists, Sir Audin the Red faced Viscount Sir Gerald of Galloway. Viscount Gerald carried the first round, Sir Audin the second, Sir Gerald's hand by then being injured, he was unable to fight the third round and conceded to Sir Audin.

The gelid gentles then gathered their gear and repaired to the warm, enclosed kitching-and-dining-room area for the final court and revel. Sir Audin was crowned Prince of An Tir, and Mistress Margaret of Ashford accepted the Princess' robe and coronet for the absent Princess Zamara. On behalf of the Regents of the University of Madrone, Master Michael the Black announced the appointment of Fiona di Varanus and Dennis an Seodoir as Deans of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, respectively, and presented them with their badges of office.

The winner of the leatherworking contest was Lady Anne of Caerdydd, and Caitlin na Darac won the meat pie competition. Baron Viscoutn Sir Frederick appointed Viscount Sir Gerald as Castellan of Three Mountaints.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Millersylvania State Park, Maytown, WA. (Shire of Silver Maggot) Gernot of Gallimaufry autocrated. The site was a large barn surrounded by cabins. Following the Grand March the herald, Robert of Winchester, was awarded the Plastic Turkey for outstanding and creative errors. Viscount Jerald of Galloway repeated his claim to the shire of Silver Maggot, as he had held the field the previous year. As none challenged him to dispute his claim he retained the “honor” of holding Silver Maggot. Coronet Lists were held, Sir Audun the Red emerging victorious, having defeated Viscount Jerald of Galloway. Gwendolyn of Caer Cerddinen was Sir Audin’s lady. As she was not present, Margaret of Ashford stood in her stead as Prince Frederick crowned them Prince and Princess of An Tir. Chancellor Michael the Black, on behalf of the Regents of the University of Madrone, announced the appointments of Fiona di Varanus and Dennis an Seodoir as Deans of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, respectively. Anne of Caerdydd won the leathermaking contest and Caitlin na Darac won the meat pie competition. Baron Frederic of the West Tower appointed Viscount Jerald of Galloway as Castellan of Three Mountains.

Audun the Red
Gules, a bear's head erased
argent, armed and langued Or,
orbed sable.
Gwendolyn of Caer Cerddinen
Argent, a rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia)
eradicated and fructed proper within
a bordure embattled vert.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission,
Colored by Evaine MacGreger.

“I'm not positive, but my recollection is that the 'Shire of the Silver Maggot' was an Antirean in-joke, a canting nickname for the Shire of Silvae Magnae ('Great Forest' if my Latin is holding up). Just another item from my trivia trapping so-called mind.” – Kevin Peregrynne

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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