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The Ninth Year

Purgatorio Coronation Festival
August 3-4, 1974

From The Page (August, 1974):


The August Coronation Festival will be held on August 3 and 4, AS IX, at Big Trees Camp in the East Bay Regional Part District near Oakland, California. (Directions omitted)

THE GATES WILL BE OPEN ONLY AT THE TIMES SPECIFIED TO ALLOW CARS ONTO THE FIELD TO LOAD OR UNLOAD. No cars other than those given specific permission will be allowed to park on the field. The EBRPD requests that as few cars as possible be used, because there is very little parking at the entrance to the site.

As of July 1, there was water available at the site. However, the EPRPD cannot guarantee that there will still be water available at the time of the tourney. Bring some in case. Also, due to hazordous weather conditions, NO OPEN FIRES WILL BE ALLOWED. This includes candles unless they are in enclosed lanterns. As of July 1, cooking on campstoves was allowed BUT MAY BE FORBIDDEN AT ANY TIME, on as little as 12 hours' notice. We suggest that you plan on cooking as usual but bring lots of cold meats and cheeses in case you can't. Dogs must be on leashes at all times; this is an EPRPD regulation. We will be collecting as usual to help pay for the park reservation (and there may be a helm ransoming), so bring money.

Please note that setup is on SATURDAY morning. Th efield has not been reserved for Friday night and no on will be allowed to camp there on Friday.

Bear in mind that this tourney will be visited by ABC Television (in the person of Aram Boyagian of the Reasoner Report and his camera crew). Mind you, these people work out of the East Coast, but somebody told them the Kingdom of the West was the most photogenic. Let us not disappoint them. If you were thinking about bringing your second pavilion, your pigface bassinet, your pearl-embroidered houpellande, your illuminated Book of Hours, this is a jolly good time to do it. Mr. Boyagian has expressed special interest in SIEGE WEAPONS, so if you are entering the College of Sciences' competition in the same, bring all your material. And read the Lord Seneschal's comment on the wearing of T-shirts, why not to.

Concerning the Crown Potluck: Since a new King and Queen may be taxed with affairs of state and thus not able to concern themselves with more mundane affairs, the Duchesses Verena of Laurelin and Ardys an Dearg have decided to help provide them with dinner on the evening of their coronation. Everyone interested is invited to join in a pot luck dinner, which will both simplify the task of preparing dinner and provide our sovereigns with ample food should they care to join us. Each person who wishes to participate should provide enough food for an ample serving for himself and five others (a slice of bread or glass of cider is not an ample serving). Only those who contribute to the dinner will be allowed to partake, with the exception of Their Majesties, who will be our guests. Everyone partaking should bring his own trencher, goblet, and eating implement.


(list of items in the lost and found for auction omitted).

Among the other things you will notice in the above list is the number of T-shirts. This is also as noticeable as the number of T-shirts being worn on the field in lieu of proper dress. While final judgement of the adequacy of anyone's dress is the Crown's, I submit that jeans, T-shirt and sword belt (or jeans, T-shirt and knight's chain!) will not do. I realize that a large part of the problem is that fighters desire to remove part of their armor between fights, and I sympathize (a lot!), but a simple tabard is cheap, easy to make, and takes no effort to put on. Gentlemen, let us make a little more effort to add to the atmosphere rather than detracting from it.

From The Page (September, 1974):

The August Purgatorio, true to its name, was hotter than hell. King William of Hoghton, at his final court, instituted the Kingdom Order of the Pelican, to be awarded for service to the Kingdom (also known as masochism above and beyond the call of duty), and named Sir Stefan de Lorraine the Principal of the Order. And he gave out the awards which are listed below on Roman type [for the purposes of the web page, not in italics ...]. Queen Donna gave a Queen's Order of Grace to Lady Diana Listmaker. Then Their Majesties crowned Douglas Longshanks and Lorna of Leeds as their successors, and were named Count and Countess by them. The two days were taken up on the one hand by the Arts Pentathalon, and on the other with a competition for Her Majesty's Favor, and on Sunday a live chess game (white won. It always does). King Douglas gave the awards listed below in Italic type, and Queen Lorna gave a Queen's Order of Grace to Lady Amanda of Cador. At their final court, Their Majesties reinstituted the old awards of rosemary wreaths for valour (to Mark von dem Falkensfenn) and courtesy (to Raymond the Mild). Sir Steven MacEanruig was awarded the Queen's Favor, for the severalth time (some people collect matchbooks ...). The Master of Sciences competition fro the best eating utensil was won by Lady Suzanne of Ravenshill, for a saltcellar carved from a whale's tooth, and the winner of the Arts Pentathlon was Mistress Geraldine of Toad Hall.

Honours List

Awards of ArmsPatents of ArmsNon-Armigerous Awards
Warren the StrangeStefan de Lorraine, OPSteven MacEanruig, Baron
Geoffrey PendragonGeraldine of Toad Hall, OPAnn Parkhurst of Gatehouse, Baroness
Mark von dem FalkensfennKarina of the Far West, OPHarold Breakstone, Baron
Aldrick the WoodyBevin Fraser of Sterling, OP   Janet of Breakstone, Baroness
Loren sur la RocheHal Ravn, OPJon de Cles, Baron
Craig of the ChambersRobert of Dunharrow, OPDiana Listmaker, Baroness
Joy of the Mountain Wilderness
Jean Teresa Violante of Heather and Arn  
Orric of the Spur
William Allen
Wilhelm von Schlüssel, OLM
Josquin du Bois Vert, OLM
Jean-Paul Monraith, OLM

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Big Trees Camp, Oakland, California. William and Donna held court. King William instituted the Kingdom Order of the Pelican, and named Sir Stefan de Lorraine as the Principal of the Order. He then admitted Geraldine of Toad Hall, Karina of the Far West, Bevin Fraser of Sterling, Hal Ravn, and Robert of Dunharrow to the Order. Sir Robert turned in his Laurel in return for his Pelican, and his Pelican was backdated to the time of his Laurel. Sir Steven MacEanruig, Harold of Breakstone, and Jon de Cles were made Barons and Ann Parkhurst of Gatehouse, Janet Breakstone, and Diana Listmaker were made Baronesses. King William gave Awards of Arms to Warren the Strange, Geoffrey Pendragon, Mark von dem Falkensfenn, Aldrick the Woody, Loren Sur la Roche, Craig of the Chambers, Joy of the Mountain Wilderness, Jeanne Teresa Violante of Heather and Arn, Orric of the Spur, and William Allen. King William admitted Wilhelm von Schlüssel to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. Queen Donna admitted Diana Listmaker to the Queen’s Order of Grace. Then Douglas and Lorna were crowned by William and Donna. King Douglas named William Count and Queen Lorna named Donna Countess. Then a competition for Her Majesty’s Favor was held on the field, and the First Annual Arts Pentathlon was held off the field.

On the second day a live chess game was held, which white won. At the completion of the game the remaining pieces fought it out. Mark von dem Falkensfenn almost turned the battle by singlehandedly defeating all but one of the white pieces, including Duke Paul of Bellatrix. Sir Kevin Peregrynne was the white piece which finally defeated this black holdout. At closing court King Douglas reinstituted the old awards of rosemary wreaths for valour, which he gave to Mark, and for courtesy, which he gave to Master Raymond the Mild. Sir Steven MacEanruig was awarded the Queen’s Favor. The winner of the Sciences competition for the best eating utensil was won by Suzanne of Ravenhill, for a beautiful salt cellar carved from a whale’s tooth. King Douglas admitted Josquin du Bois Vert and Jean Paul Monraith to the Order of the Leaf of Merit, and gave them Awards of Arms. Queen Lorna admitted Amanda of Cawdor to the Queen’s Order of Grace.

The grand winner of the Arts Pentathlon was Geraldine of Toad Hall, with Trude Lacklandia taking second place. They were the only ones to enter all of the categories. The individual winners were: Cooking - Marisela of Muninsgaard for spiced prunes; Brewing - Master Beverly Hodghead; Instrumental Music - Julia des Grenades; Dramatic Reading - Julia des Grenades; Singing - Julia des Grenades; Musical Composition - Julia des Grenades; Metal- and Wood-craft - Johan Heinrich Michael Siemon von Wernigerod; Stitchery - Diana Listmaker; Costuming - Janet Breakstone; Dancing (tie) - Fiona and Marisula of Muninsgaard; Calligraphy - Geraldine of Toad Hall; Poetry - Rima of Rockridge.

Douglas Longshanks
Sable, a pentaskelion of armoured
legs argent.
Lorna of Leeds
Or, an escarbuncle of six
flory azure.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission
Arms colored by Aja du Jardin

See photos of this event

“Mark [von dem Falkensfenn] was really on a roll that day, and fighting on the defensive at that. After his first victory - our chessmaster threw every thing but the moat monsters at him and he kept on winning. I think two factors allowed me to get the job done - I had been training him at Golden Rivers' weekly practices so I knew most of his moves and, more importantly, he had just finished half a dozen consecutive and increasingly difficult fights by the time I got thrown at him. We nick-named him Super Pawn for the remainder of the event.” – Kevin Peregrynne, White Queen's knight

“Another nice guy. Mark was good, left-handed, and quick. I always found him a tough fight. I might have beaten Douglas in the semi-finals the second time he won the crown if I hadn't fought Mark just before in one of the longer and more exhausting fights I remember from many years of long exhausting fights. Of course, I might not have beaten him anyway. Mark was also a fine jeweler and did first class cloisonne work.” – Steven MacEanruig
“I just happened to remember that Mark - (who, by the way is still around - Mark, his Lady Diane, Patti and I, Andrew of Riga, Richard of house Havn, his Lady Karen, Henrik and Yoko and several other Calderians had dinner together about a month ago) - right about this time in WK history happened upon a book about the archeological work that took place in the early 1900's in Wisby Denmark. He built a replica of the 'Wisby pattern' coat of plates armor and wore it to a Golden Rivers practice. It was an immediate sensation - flexible yet impact-resistant armor that anybody could build with a minimum of tools. I recall building a duplicate of his with my white leather gambeson cover, scrap 20 gauge galvanized steel, tinsnips, a drill, a file, a bag of Tandy speed rivets and a hammer in the spare bedroom of our rented house on Acacia Avenue in Sacramento in the week following his armor's debut.” – Kevin Peregrynne
“Not Denmark! Wisby is on the Island of Gotland and belongs to Sweden.” – Henrik of Havn
“Mark's research led to the rapid spread of simple yet effective plate armor throughout the West that (IMHO) prevented many rib and kidney injuries (real SCAers don't notice bruises) that might have otherwise occurred. Likewise, as many of us found out how easy most sheet metal work was, leg and forearm injuries diminished. Conversely the internal SCA market for complex armoring (knee, elbow and period helmets such as bascinets) was beginning to grow. Techno-economic history has caught us.
     “In Rieslingshire, later, but also in the approximate period we are looking at, the Bliss brothers (Douglas' AoA's to them were in a recent entry) were introducing full 15th century plate armor to the WK consumer - culminating with Douglas' Black Gothic, Paul's Maximilian, and Olaf the Medi-Ogre's infamous Volkswagen Peasecote back and breast (lift the hood but don't touch the dipstick).” – Kevin Peregrynne

“Sometimes William was an evil man. I was solidly in my ‘no more awards’ phase by this time but he called me up anyway. He later told me I fit his picture of a baron, stomping around and grumphing at people. I have to admit some truth to this picture.” – Steven MacEanruig

“At that time, this was one of my proudest moments in the SCA. I, a relative unknown was chosen to be the other white knight with Kevin Peregrynne (my real knight.) I don’t remember doing anything spectacular during the game it was just being chosen that made it memorable.” – Rand of Dunbar

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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