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The Ninth Year

Coronet Tourney -- Principality of Caid
April 19, 1975

Held in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. Olivia de Montmarsh was the autocrat. Prince Hugh and Princess Rosemary presided. Coronet lists were held. Thomas the Merciless was the winner and Elaine was his lady. Following this the event turned into the May Festival, with Elaine as May Queen. There was a Blue Banquet that evening. Martin the Temperate was admitted to the new Order of the Dragon. There was an Art Auction.

“What's the Order of the Dragon? Who gave it to me? For what? Was there ever another one awarded? Any clues who we could ask if you don't know?” – Martin the Temperate

“I thought the Order of the Dragon occurred when you won Kirby's first prize tourney. If it is related to the Coronet Tourney, then I have no idea.” – Robear du Bois
“I think you're right. The Order of the Dragon must be in relation to the Kirby Prize Tourney in which I won the Dragon embossed sword. It may be that he didn't present the "award" part until the coronet tourney. (I definitely took immediate possession of the sword). It must have been his intention to hold several prize tourneys, (which he kind of did), and have each winner added to the Order, but I don't know if there was ever any of the subsequent winners were so awarded. I think he dropped the idea of marking the prizes with the embossed dragon. It was quite a bit of work. Subsequent prizes usually came out of his normal stock. He never had another prize quite so grand as that sword.” – Martin the Temperate

"One of the things not mentioned in either account [the other being Year 10, Caid Princess' Own ... -- HvH] was the fact that in the finals of this Coronet tourney, Thomas the Merciless was up against his real brother. But I can't remember the brother's name at this moment. Robear do you?

I do remember that their mother was in agony watching the final battles, because she was rooting for both of them.

Later at the coroneting, a group of us, Baroness Ximena, Arabella, Lavendar of Lorne, Ioannes Leckey, Alewaulfe the Red, myself and several others I can't remember at the moment did a choreographed dance in commemoration of this fact to the music called "La Battaglia". Ximena did the choreography. I believe Muis the Insane did some Commedia and couple from Novamarc played duets on the lute and flute." -- Huette Aliza von und zu Ährens und Mechthildberg

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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