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The Ninth Year

Whalemass Coronet Tourney -- Principality of An Tir
September 7-8, 1974

From The Page (November, 1974):

The Whalemass* Coronet Tourney was held at Snoqualmie River Campground in Fall City on September 7 and 8. The site, a private campground, was speckled with sundry bright pavilions and one lone tent of a mundane family who, having planned a quiet weekend of camping, found themselves instead perched on the very border of Eric the Jaundiced.

The procession took place, as usual, on Society time; the populace was presented to King Douglas and Queen Lorna and to Prince Gerald and Princess Barbara. Several proclamations were made at court, to wit: the Prince of An Tir may, during the reign of King Douglas, bestow Awards of Arms. (Prince Gerald then did so, to Duncan of Chishol, Stevana of Houghton, Anne of Caerdydd, Trudeanna of the Belfry, and Gilreann de Regen.) Scrolls were presented, and Castellan Liam of the Barque was made Baron of Madrone. Baron Master Raymond the Mild, of course, remains Madrone's Founding Baron. Former Princes of An Tir will henceforth hold the title Viscount. Prince Gerald and Princess Barbara bestowed the titles of Viscount and Viscountess on Baron Sir Frederick and Lady Anne. A proclamation regulating the use of thrusting weapons and requiring that fighters and their arms be laid around the Eric for inspection (honest!) was read, and Court closed.

Fighting proceeded with challenges, melees, and the maiming of Steingrim Wulfharesson (painful, but not permanent). The fighting was interspersed with the presentation of original mime bransles (the Rat Race, the Politician's, and the Drunken Bransle) which were written and choreographed by Master David of Baguley and Lady Fiona di Varanus. To counter this explosion of art, Motely performed three scurrious songs, one a solo, "If I Were a Fighter," by the recently-vanquished Edward Zifran. After Baron Sir Frederick emerged victorious from the lists, Motely presented a hard-fought battle with French bread and sausages. The victor, crowned with a Polish sausage, wielded a broccoli sceptre.

At final court Prince Gerald named Sir Richard of Ravenwolf a Viscount, and Princess Barbara named Lady Elyanora a Viscountess. Then Prince Gerald and Princess Barbara relinquished the thrones and coronets of An Tir to the new Prince and Princess, Frederick (part ii) and Anne, and were in their turn named Viscount and Viscountess. Audin Ulfsson was knighted by King Douglas, and became Sir Audin the Red. The Purple Turtle, for valor above the call of stupidity, went to Elrond of Gornoth for his actions upon the field, and to Lord Duncan of Chishold, Gwendolyn of Caer Cerdddinen, DOnn an Bronach, and Sean Gealt for their association with Fallshire Faire. Edward the Indolent received the special Motley Award of the Purple Privy for past services toward the comfort of all, and court was closed. All stumbled forth into the deepening twilight to prepare dinner; after feasting, sporadic revelling broke out hither and yon in the camp, and continued late into the night. Some sang, some wenched, some drank, some did all three and perhaps other things, and a few wandered about raving and shouting. In the morning, after Athole Brose, it rained, and people prudently folded their pavilions and left. -- Deirdre Muldomhnaigh

* You haven't heard of St. Whale? You will.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Snoqualmie Falls Campground, Fall City, WA. Gernot of Gallimaufry was the autocrat. King Douglas and Queen Lorna attended. Prince Jerald and Princess Barbara presided. King Douglas decreed that during his reign the Prince of An Tir would have the right to give Awards of Arms to subjects of An Tir. Prince Jerald then gave Awards of Arms to Anne of Caerdydd, Duncam of Chisholm, Gilréann de Regen, Stevana of Hoghton, and Trudana of the Belfry. King Douglas then decreed that henceforth those who had once been prince or princess of a principality would have the title of Viscount or Viscountess. Prince Jerald and Princess Barbara then named Sir Frederic of the West Tower and Anne of the White Tower Viscount and Viscountess. Coronet lists were held and won by Viscount Frederic of the West Tower. Anne of the White Tower was his lady. At final court Prince Jerald and Princess Barbara named Richard of Ravenwolf and Lenore of Lynxhaven Viscount and Viscountess. Then Frederick and Anne were crowned as Prince and Princess and in turn named Jerald of Galloway and Barbara of Galloway Viscount and Viscountess. King Douglas knighted Audin Ulfsson, who took the name of Sir Audun the Red. The Purple Turtle was given to Elrond of Gornoth, for his actions on the field, and to Duncan of Chisholm, Gwendolyn of Caer Cerddinen, Donn an Bronach (then Durance the Vile), and Sean Gealt, for their association with the Fallshire Faire. Edward the Indolent recieved the Special Motley Award of The Purple Privy for past services towards the comfort of all.

Frederic of the West Tower
Argent, a tower sable, on its base
a cross patonce voided argent.
Anne of the White Tower
Sable, a tower argent.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission,
Colored by Evaine MacGreger

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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