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The Ninth Year

Autumn Crown Tourney
September 21, 1974

Held in Kennedy Grove Park, El Sobrante, California. King Douglas and Queen Lorna reigned. King Douglas admitted Master Raymond the Mild and Michael the Black to the Order of the Laurel. Crown Lists were held. Duke Paul of Bellatrix defeated Count William of Hoghton for the crown. Duchess Carol of Bellatrix was his lady. At final court they were made Crown Prince and Princess. King Douglas knighted Bern Bellower, who was also admitted to the Order of the Battered Helm. The Order of the Wooden Spoon contest was a tie between Duke James Greyhelm and his lady, Duchess Verena of Laurelin. A bakeoff at Twelfth Night was declared. Sir Bern Bellower presented the MGC to Martin the Temperate. Count Stefan de Lorraine won the Queen’s Hand Kissing contest, and received the Queen’s Garter.

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“Carol was expecting Brion [of Bellatrix] at the time and wasn't exactly pleased that Paul won (or so she said).
     “I believe Cariadoc of the Bow was visiting at this event, I remember fighting a match with him just before the quarter final round. He challenged me to recover the honor of his mentor Master Edwin who I had dispatched in an earlier round. The fight dragged on interminably - me on my knees and him circling out of range until he finally closed in and stayed a moment too long for his purposes. However, though I won, I was so pooped that I lost in the next round. My Lady soundly castigated me for my judgement error in fighting an unnecessary bout while I was still in the running.” – Kevin Peregrynne

“How I earned the MGC. I'm still in my first year in the SCA. I had rapidly come to the conclusion that if I were to improve my fighting skills, it would be more efficient to fight my betters whenever possible, rather than my unbelted peers. So I pretty much limited myself at crowns and coronets to challenging the knighthood. Among others that day, I challenged Paul of Bellatrix and gave him a good tune-up fight, in fact, I won that challenge. And the next as well. Around this time the practice of arranging the first round of crown by challenge was established, with unbelted fighters challenging knights. Before the first unbelted fighter in line could speak, I jumped out and demanded the honor to challenge Paul (and not because I had won the two challenges but because I wanted to fight the best, which he proved to be that day). Well, of course, as he was highly motivated that day and I had already eliminated any chance of surprising him with my newly learned skills/tricks, he beat me. I forced him to take both legs and both arms. He only killed me when I tried to bite him. Bern Bellower, on awarding me the MGC, said I had shown the necessary ferocity in killing Paul twice and the necessary stupidity in challenging him the third time when everyone knew he wanted to put Carol on the throne again.” – Martin the Temperate

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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