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The Ninth Year

Principality Twelfth Night Revels -- Principality of An Tir
January 5, 1975

From The Page (January, 1975):

House Houghton will autocrat the Barony of Madrone Twelfth Night Celebration, Sunday, January 5, at the Lakeside School Refrectory. Festivities will begin at 4:00, for milord the Heating Engineer will turn off the heat at 9:00: however, there is a big beautiful fireplace, so we should be able to find some way to keep ourselves warm after that. (directions omitted) Dinner will be potluck; there are no kitchen facilities so allow for that. Grand procession will begin at 4:30. Events will include the capturing of a castle by a dragon, and the crowning of the King and Queen of Misrule. Citizens of Madrone are encouraged to bring their most motley present for Their Majesties. The cooking contest will be for holiday breads, the most beautiful as well as tasty. There will be courtly dancing, games and revelry.

From The Page (March, 1975):

House Houghton's Twelfth Night Revel, 5 January IX, was held in the Tudor-style, mistletoe-mined refectory at Lakeside School. After the Grand March, Motley presented a not-quite-dead Great Bore to Prince Frederick. Those who were still able then fell to feasting-- food was served at table, thus eliminating the customary lineup and ensuring all an equal opportunity at the groaning board. Edward of Stonehaven donated a case of his famous stout for the furtherment of the general joy; it did.

When all had feasted to repletion, Prince Frederick held court, at which scrolls were awarded to those who had been awaiting them. The Prince was presented with a Gaelic limeric, in response to an unwise challenge he had previously made to Deirdre Muldomhnaigh. His Grace awarded arms to Gwendolyn of Caer Cerddinen and Sean Gealt, and the actual physical Green Leaf Awards (pennanular brooches, products of the Worshipful Gild of Metalsmiths) were presented to those to whom they were owed. In addition, Svernbjørn Hrolfsson, Amorette the Knowing, Caitlin na Darach, Dennis an Séodóir, and Judith of the Sable Court were newly-awarded Green Leaves. Edward of Stonehaven announced that Cariadoc of the Bow, King of the East, had won the mead contest, and that Baroness Trude Lacklandia had garnered an honorable mention. Lord Edward's wine contest for next Twelfth Night will be Concord wine; all were so advised. Gwendolyn of Caer Cerddinnen won the decorated-cake contest with her marvelous castle containing a sated marzipan dragon in its keep. Master Geoffrey de Speraunce announced that his Book of Hours contest had resulted in a draw; fortunately, as the two entrants, Theodulf of Borogrove and Anne of Caerddyd, are man and wife, the prize wines were awarded jointly. Geoffrey was also kind enough to provide vinous sustenance to the humble author of both entries; Deirdre then, against her better judgement, was persuaded to read the Saga of St. Lech to the scandalized assembly.

In order that the tribute exacted by the lord of the hall might be paid, two groups of Wren Boys then set upon the populace. One group, sponsored by the autocrats, played fairly authentic and sang the Devonshire Wren Song, while the Motley group belted forth an Irish version. Both groups were handsomely bribed to shut up and go away. In a surprise move, the autocrats donated all the money to the Baronial Treasury.

Katharine of Northhall and Elrond of Gornoth found gold rings in their cakes and were thus selected King and Queen of Misrule and showered with strange gifts. They retaliated by commanding dancing, song performances by David of Baguley and the House of Thieves, and bellydancing by Serena (accompanied by Roger the Goliard and Mary Minstrel of Northumbria).

Their Misruling Majesties also presided over the awarding of the inevitable Plastic Turkeys to those who should have known better, namely Prince Frederick and Princess Anne, for paper bags and beer bottles, Linda of London for her electric frying pan and aluminum freezer-dish of cranberries, Grog of the Bog for putting ketchup on his medieval food, and Sigurd von der Nordenkrasse (who had prudently departed) for his green and glorious bottle of Sprite. Costumes and manners for the evening had been unusually appropriate and elegant, thus garnering no I.N.A.P.T.s.

After the reception of these greatly-coveted awards, the revel progressed into free-form celebration, exploration of the hall's mistletoe forests, and small-group pilgimages about the campus. Despite the fact that the revvel perforce ended early, all left cheerful and content. -- Deirdre Muldomhnaigh


From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Lakeside Refectory at Lakeside School, Seattle, WA. Theodulf of Borogrove and Anne of Caerdydd autocratted. Prince Frederick and Princess Anne presided. After the feast Prince Frederick held court. He gave Awards of Arms to Gwendolynn of Caer Cerddinen, Sean Gealt and to Susan the Specific. Revelry followed.


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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