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The Ninth Year

Overnight May Revel -- Barony of the Golden Rivers
May 18-19, 1974

Held at the home of William of Gad, Lodi, CA. Patrice du Coeur Fidel was the autocrat. Fighting lists for the title of Protector of the Valley was won by Sir Elriin of Hrassvelg. A maypole was held, a medieval play was performed, and an auction was held. There was a game of blind man’s bluff. There was a cooking contest for breads or cakes made with fruits or nuts, which was won by Baroness Patrice du Couer Fidel. King William of Hoghton and Queen Donna of Rollingwood (Donna of Willowwood) attended, and King William won the archery contest. There was a large bonfire on Saturday night. Sunday saw a birthday party for Edward of South-Haven, a play by Le Companie du Dindon d’Or, and a flag melee.

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“Umm ... I don't think Patrice was yet a court Baroness and David and Cheryl were still Baron and Baroness of Golden Rivers, so there may be a bit of a chronological title mix-up here.
     “The Blind Man's Bluff was Riesling rules. The bonfire was of grape vine stumps resulting from William of Gad's decision to try to raise Kiwi fruit and clearing several acres of land (the fuel stack for the bonfire was about 10 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter). And William and Donna gave Patrice her OLM (unless they decided at the event and did it later).
     “For Riesling history buffs - this was the event where Craig of the Chambers uttered those immortal words "Your Majesty ... pray place thy Royal Buttocks (pronounced byew-tocks) here," to Her Majesty who, while flustered, accepted a place to sit gracefully and guaranteed that Craig became the first double holder of the (Craig of the) Chamber Pot award.” – Kevin Peregrynne - who is trying to remember the name of that memory disease.

Not in the acrobat/.PDF version of the History:
"This event was where I was seriously injured and quit fighting; which also led to a major revision in the armouring regulations. I was wearing chain mail over a leather jerkin. Duke Paul had a two-handed sword, feinted, and came up at full speed with it under my shield, catching me in the ribs. Although very very sore, we did not realize how bad it was until we got home later that evening and I found I was pissing blood. Duchess Verena (my sister) and her then-husband Duke James Greyhelm took me to Kaiser, where I spent the next few days. Turns out I had a badly bruised kidney (a "gross hematuria"), but lucklily no further damage. Was visited in the hospital by many SCA friends, including Andrew of Riga, who had just knighted me in March. He brought me a present (not knowing my parents were with me at the time of his visit) -- a lovely hash pipe! Funny and embarassing as we tried to pass it off as an "ornamental" piece.
     "I had to quit fighting -- and I was given to understand that the seriousness of my injury caused the first full revision of the armouring rules to ensure safety, as what I had been wearing was rather common practice for the time. I usually wore a padded tunic as well, but it was so damn hot in Lodi (and other valley sites) that we often stripped down to the minimum requirements allowed. That evidently changed very soon after this event (since I drifted away from the SCA in the years following, I never kept up with the details)." -- Sean Macarailt O'Sandyhume

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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