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The Ninth Year

Beltane Coronation Festival
May 4-5, 1974

From The Page (May, 1974):

CONCERNING THE MAY CORONATION FESTIVAL:

The May Coronation Festival in the Kingdom of the West will be held on May 4-5 in Alexander Ranch, Briones Regional Park (where the last May Coronation but one was held, site of the Great Tug-of-War Disaster).

The schedule is tentatively as follows:

(Schedule omitted)

N.B. The site is surrounded by hills and tends to be COLD in the mornings. Plan accordingly.

From The Page (June, 1974):

The May Coronation Festival was held in Briones Park, on a grassy field well-populated with cattle. King Andrew presented the awards shown below, and made Morrigan Caillte and Trude of Lacklandia Baronesses. And he knighted first Douglas Longshanks, and then Robert of Westmarch (using the knight's chain of Sir Richard Ironsteed of Atenveldt, who on seeing Robert fight in Caid had given His Majesty the chain for that purpose). And Queen Salome presented the Queen's Order of Grace to William the Lucky and Kevin Peregrynne (both of whom had it already), and to Steven MacEanruig. And Sir Bela of Eastmarch and Sir Robert of Dunharrow invested Sir Kevin Peregrynne and Sir Stefan de Lorraine in the Order of the Silver Molet.

Then William of Hoghton and Donna of Rollingwood were crowned King and Queen of the West, and the populace presented more gifts to them than pen could write, or mechanical scribe either. And Andrew of Riga and Salome de las Palomas were made Count and Countess, and declared that the winner of the Jewish King Joke Contest was Lady Francesca the Bemused. (Why did the King of the West give out so many awards? He got them wholesale. How did the King of the West get into all the chastity belts in the Kingdom? He was a loxsmith.) Lady Francesca was in hiding.

The rest of the day was taken up with competitions for the Queen's Favor. In the evening the ladies of the Kingdom chose Andrew of Riga and Kevin Peregrynne Lechers of the Year.

On Sunday, after a bagpipe serenade, mass, competitions, challenges and a crepe contest, His Majest held final court. And he gave awards listed below ... And Renfield of the Inland March presented the Barbed Pheon, for exemplary punning (if such there be) to Boncueur, who responded with his new motto, Cor Bonum Vincit, or Bonkers Conquers. His Majesty named Master Beverly Hodghead and Lady Ellen Cross Quills, and Sir Bela of Esatmarch and Mistress Karina of the Far West, Barons and Baronesses in the Kingdom of the West. And he had read the Proclamation of Readiness which you will find elsewhere in this document.

Her Majesty presented the Queen's Favor to Sir Steven MacEanruig, winner of the competition for the same, and Raymond the Mild was named Protector of the Royal Wards. Her Majesty named certain unbelted fighters (viz., Philip Dymok, Brian Dritar an Con, Bern Bellower, Loren Sur-la-Rche, Elizazar ben-Dovid, Orric the Woody, and William Allen) to the Queen's Guard. Her Majesty also presented the Queen's Order of Grace to Mistress Geraldine of Toad Hall. Jon the Lean presented the Sciences Award to Master Raymond the Mild for his modified Normal helm with camail, and Mistress Geraldine of Toad Hall presented the Order of the Wooden Spoon to Annette of Faire Monte for her spinach crepe. Finally, all cleared the field of everything they had brought to it, and retired to civilized areas, leaving the meadow to the cows.

HONOURS LIST

Awards of Arms
Bern BellowerBergen von Rauch, OLM    Patents of Arms
Olivia of CalafiaMeg Shelford, OLMDeirdre Muldomhnaigh, OL
Pamela of St. IvesWilliam of York, OLMGrane the Golden, OL
Philip DymokSuzanne of Woodwose Hall, OL
Pierre Lyon GoulesGrants of ArmsDouglas Longshanks, Knight
CelesteBrian Dritar an ConRobert of Winchester, Knight
Crystal of Hightower     Bever Fraser of Sterling


From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Alexander Ranch, Briones Regional Park, Homestead Valley, California. Andrew and Salomé held court. King Andrew gave Awards of Arms to Bern Bellower, Fiona di Varanus, Philip Dyemoke, and Robert Prospero de Ruyter-Northkirk. He admitted Bergen von Rauch, Meg Shelford, and William of York to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. He gave Grants of Arms to Bevin Fraser of Sterling and Brian Dritar an Con. He made Morrigan Cailte and Trude Lacklandia Crown Baronesses. He admitted Dierdre Muldomhnaigh, Grane the Golden, and Suzanne of Woodwose Hall to the Order of the Laurel. At the recommendation of Sir Bela of Eastmarch and Sir Robert Dunharrow, King Andrew admitted Sir Kevin Peregrynne and Count Stefan de Lorraine to the Order of the Silver Molet. King Andrew knighted Douglas Longshanks and Robert of Westmarch. (Before stepping down, in a moving speech, King Andrew persuaded Mistress Geraldine to retain her Laurel.) Then William and Donna were crowned by Andrew and Salomé. (Since William the Silent had previously reigned, this made Sir William of Hoghton King William II.) King William II created the Queen’s Guard, to consist of the best unbelted fighters, and admitted Bern Bellower, Brian Dritar an Con, Eliazar ben-Dovid, Loren Sur la Roche, Orric the Woody, Philip Dyemoke, and William Allen as founding members. On the next day, Sir Steven MacEanruig won the Queen’s Favor, while Master Raymond the Mild became Wardlord. Master Raymond won the College of Sciences Armormaking Contest. Mistress Annette of Faire Monte won the Order of the Wooden Spoon competition for crepes made on the spot. At final court King William II gave Awards of Arms to Celeste, Crystal of Hightower, and to Pierre Lyon Goules. He made Sir Bela of Eastmarch and Master Beverly Hodghead Crown Barons, and Ellen Cross Quills and Mistress Karina of the Far West Crown Baronesses.


William of Hoghton
Per bend sinister sable and
Or, in bend two towers
palewise counterchanged.
     
Donna of Willowwood
Or, a bend sinister wavy vert,
between two weeping willows
proper.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission,
Arms Colored by Beatrix zum Dunklenturm

See photos of this event


Annotations:
“Andrew was not the only one exercising Royal Whims - Salome gave me my second QOG (I believe the others were first time recipients) - she'd been told I already was a member of the order, but she said that it was the Queen's award to give and I had made her (and others feel welcome {I’m NOT bragging that's what she said}), making me either the first or second (William the Lucky was the other) to become a QOG-Squared.
     “There had been for several years an "unofficial" selection of the "Lecher of the Year" at Beltane. This had, at the time, been a way, for the ladies to get teasingly back at those 'gentlemen' who in their pursuit of the fair sex had displayed Little or NO romance in their approach. Queen Donna was not of the ribald spirit to encourage this particular definition, so it was changed to Philanderer of the Year to allow her to shift to a carrot vs. stick approach. {Mind you, I learned all of this from Patrice later}. The upshot was that brand new ex-king Andrew and baby KSM Kevin tied and shared the title.
     “The weird part - A Queen's Order of Grace, election to the Silver Molet AND Philanderer of the Year in 12 hours?????
     “... go figure” – Kevin Peregrynne

“This was the first tourney when I really began to develop my own relatively distinctive style of fighting. I was hot that day and I was trying some different things that had been sort of working around in my head for awhile. It was also the event where I got a real taste of fear in fighting. The Queen's Favor was fought with different weapons and in, I think, the semifinals, I fought Paul of Bellatrix with maces. We both ended on our knees and I caught him with a real solid combination to the back of the helm, more or less knocking him down. That was ok, but then when he started to get up he managed to get to his hands and knees and fell again, more or less unable to move. Scared the hell out of me. I remember ripping my helmet off and shouting something like "Paul, are you ok." Which he wasn't. Fortunately, it developed that he was suffering more from exhaustion (not much sleep the night before), compounded with anti-histamines. Still, one of the most nervous moments I've had.
     “The final was between William the Lucky and I and we ended up writing two songs about it for our song book, Axing MacEanruig and Macing the William.
     “It's good to see some of the other names mentioned. Bern Bellower was a really nice guy who eventually headed off to New York to try to make it in the acting world. I don't know what happened to him after that, since he pretty much dropped out of touch completely. He was also one of the best greatsword fighters I ever met.” – Steven MacEanruig

“It may be at this event or possibly the crown where Baroness Jessica Lyrinndi of Northmarch (Isles) and I present and perform for the first time at court. In this case it is a song about Bern the Bellower, which seems to be appropriately coincidental to the commentary.” – Martin the Temperate

The Bellower
Tune: Mariah (They call the wind Mariah.)
By Martin the Temperate

VerseI am Bern the Bellower,
I've roamed the Kingdom over.
I've slain dukes and counts and knights,
And I've never once been sober.
 
They don't know how to say my name,
And sometimes I forget it.
They call me "Veeking" to my face,
And they never do regret it.
 
ChorusA "Veeking,"
A "Veeking,"
I've always been a "Veeking."
 
VerseAn honorary fighter, I,
Of Shasta Province yonder,
I trip on stones and twigs and leaves,
And my wits, they seem to wander.
 
I always seem to rape the towns,
And somehow burn the women,
Lay siege to undefended fields,
And wear armor when I'm swimmin'.
 
ChorusA Shastan,
A Shastan
They call me now, a Shastan.

[He made Sir Bela of Eastmarch ... Court Baron] “Are we sure that this happened in May and not at Purgatorio? I could have sworn I witnessed it, but I was only at Purgatorio as my Northern event for this reign.” – Charles of Dublin

The Awards List database backs this up, but of course the data may have been pulled from here ... -- Hirsch von Henford


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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