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The Ninth Year

Royal Tourney -- Barony of Lion's Gate
February 16, 1975

From The Page (May, 1975):

February 15, A.S. IX: The new shire of Lionsgate in Vancouver, B.C., was the host for a royal tourney in the gymnasium of the North Vancouver Neighborhood House. All the fighting took place indoors, as it was bitter and snowy outside. Susan the Opaque and Michel le Voyageur were the hosts.

Paul and Carol of Bellatrix, King and Queen of the West, Sir William the Lucky, Count William of Houghton, Countess Donna and their children, and Father Ruthven of Rockridge traveled from California to encourage the new shire.

At court, Sigurd von der Mordenraasa was given an award of arms, the University of Madrone was chartered, and then fighting began. During the intermissions Motley rose to new depths on a sort of Robin Hood theme. There was a bazaar in the adjoining room, and a slide show of the Bayaux Tapestry. During Middle Court Pelicans were awarded to Edward of Stonehaven and DUncan of Chisholm, and Liam of the Barque and Maelen of Kyng's Lea received grants. Among the scrolls handed out where the original Baronial Charters for Madrone and Three Mountains (the College of Scribes continues to dig its way out), both accepted by Liam in the absence of his fellow Baron.

The last battle pitted Sir William the Lucky against Mac of the Macchabees; William emerged victorious and named Maelen of King's Lea his Queen of Love and Beauty. Feasting and reveling commenced, with entertainment from the Madrone dance troupe and the Historical Dance Society. Ilya and Mareska of Volnitsa Sech gave the nicestst Foreigner award to King Paul, and the Black Dragon to Sir William for Ferocity in fighting.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in the Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver. This was their first tourney. King Paul and Queen Carol presided. King Paul gave an Award of Arms to Sigurd von der Nordencrasse and Grants of Arms to Liam of the Barque and Maelen of Kynge’s Lea. King Paul admitted Duncan of Chisholm and Edward of Stonehaven to the Order of the Pelican. Lists were held and won by Sir William the Lucky, who defeated Mac of the Maccabees. Sir William’s lady was Maelen of Kynge’s Lea. King Paul chartered the University of Madrone and gave out charters to the Baronies of Madrone and Three Mountains. Ilva and Vareska of Volnitsa Sech gave the Nicest Foreigner Award to King Paul and the Black Dragon to Sir William the Lucky for ferocity in fighting.

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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