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The Ninth Year

Twelfth Night Coronation
January 4, 1975

From The Page (January, 1975):


The Ninth Annual Twelfth Night Revels and Coronation Festival will be held on Saturday, the 4th January. Reservations are $1.00 and must be made in advance.

With its usual bland disregard for the mundane world, the Committee has maintained the price of tickets at $1.00 each (note that children under 12 are free, but we need a count of how many there are since the Fire Marshall limits how many we may have in the Hall). In order to preserve Lady Linda's peace of mind, the Committee is enforcing the following:

(Info about reservations, etc., omitted; schedule omitted)

The day's activities have been divided into two sections. The first part will consist of court business and ceremonies. As there is no facility for any storage in the hall, impedimenta for the evening should be left in your car. The Hall will be cleared after court. This is your opportunity to leave the Hall to dine, which you are encouraged to do if possible. (There will be very limited space in the hall for a few people to eat. Those doing so will need to arrange to take their own garbage away.) At 6:30 the evening's reveling will begin.

Swords will not be carried during the evening. If you do not feel your car is an adequately safe place for your steel, why not leave it at home? This also applies to axes, maces, and other weaponry, as opposed to eating utensils (the committee will be fascinated to learn that you habitually use your sword as an eating knife, but will probably not be convinced.)

As usual, we would like to have banners to display about the hall. If you wish your banner displayed, leave it with Master Andrei de Sevastopol or Mistress Gormflait ni Cuallachta (contact info omitted). Banners may also be brought to the hall on Friday, January 3, between 10:00 am and noon. Banners and other flags are not to be carried in the Twelfth Night Grand March.

The Committee may sponsor a raffle. Donations for it will be accepted up to 31 December-- what we get is what there is. Therefore, bring a little extra cash to Twelfth Night and see what is available.

As always, volunteers are welcome to assist in set-up on Friday, January 3. Contact one of the Committee when the day gets close to find out what time. Volunteers for clean-up are always welcomed, in fact, we will draft all those who are still in the hall when the moment comes--see how easy it is?

From The Page (February, 1975):

Twelfth Night for the Kingdom of the West was held on 4 January, as usual in the concrete Unitarian Church in Kensington. King Douglas and Queen Lorna has as their guests Prince Hugh and Princess Rosemary of Caid. Her Majesty established the Queen's Cypher (which like the Queen's Order of Grace is a nonarmigerous award, and unlike it is distinguished with each awarding Queen's initials), and presented it to Paul of Bellatrix, Carol of Bellatrix, Mark von dem Falkensfenn, Siegfried von Höflichskeit, and Trude Lacklandia. Their Majesties presented, in addition to many an ancient scroll (the Scribes have been working their caudae off as usual), the awards listed below in Roman type [for the website, "not in italics"].

Then the Grand March was organized, only slightly hampered by the state of the Order of Precedence--no, my lords and ladies, it was not Master Andrei's fault that most of the Knights/Masters/Laurels/Pelicans were missing; the printer left out a page. Paul and Carol of Bellatrix were crowned King and Queen of the West, and Douglas Longshanks and Lorna of Leeds were named Count and Countess.

Sir Bela of Eastmarch, for the College of Bards, presented the Order of Calypso (for poetry) to Rima of Rockridge, and turned the office of President of the College of Bards over to Sir Steven MacEanruig. Sir William the Lucky named Master Andrei de Sevastopol Acting Seneschal of the Kingdom of the West,a nd Sir John FitzRolf similarly entrusted the College of Sciences to Brian Drittar an Conn, called the Unpronounceable. Barring catastrophe, Master Andrei and Lord Brian will take on the full titles in May.

The Order of the Silver Molet inducted into its ranks Sir Siegfried von Höflichskeit and Sir Henrik of Havn. Their Majesties presented the awards listed below in Italic type.

A delegation of belted fighters presented a petition to Their Majesties that means be found to recognize excellence on the part of artisans and civil servants past the level of Laurel and Pelican. Their Majesties will look into it (which is not the same as Le roy s'avisera, which means No).

Dorothea of Paravel passed on the Mucking Greate Cubbe, for producing a very large infant to Gormflait ni Cuallactha. Christina of the Runes presented the medallion for the Arts Pentathalon to Geraldine of Toad Hall, and announced another Pentathlon for May. Geraldine of Toad Hall, in her turn, presented the Order of the Wooden Spoon to Verena of Laurelin for a Danish yeast cake: this was originally September's competition, which ended in an immovable tie, and Lady Verena beat her lord James Greyhelm in the bakeoff by the breadth of a holly leaf.

Court ended then, and all went in their several directions to dine. Many of us held potluck in the dining hall on Holy Hill, by the good offices of Father Ruthven of Rockridge. There we discovered that though candle light may be as medieval as all hell, it is preferable to be able to see what you're eating.

We then gathered again at the church to revel until midnight or so. Count Douglas Longshanks, by finding the bean (or was it peanut this year?) in the fruitcake, became Lord of Misrule. There was dancing (both Christian and Paynim varieties), eating, drinking and general carousing, and since the Historian was deprived of her artificial eyeballs, she can't give a whole lot of detail past that.

Honours List

Awards of ArmsPatents of Arms
Josette de ChanticleerEyana bat-David nicChlurainDorothea of Paravel, O.Pel.
Julian the PurpleMaihe MacFergieAnne Dudley, O.Pel.
Kerry RanauroraMartin the TemperateBarbara Fitzhugh, O.Pel.
Robin DevilmarkCadhla Morag nicChlurainDorcas Dorcadas, O.Pel.
Edward of SouthhavenAlice of Briarbrook, O.L.M.Janay d'Aquitaine, O.L.
MehitabelSteven of the Lance, O.L.M.
Meggan of ThistledownPersephone of Woodland, O.L.M.
Susan the AmbiguousAmynta the Innocent*  Edward of Stonehaven, O.L.M.
Amanda of CawdorArthur of Glendower, O.L.M.
Iain of CawdorMarie of Glendower, O.L.M
Arabella Lyon de RoheseJessica Friarstar, O.L.M.

* [Note from Hirsch -- the name struck out was as originally printed, but someone, probably Wilhelm himself, struck it out and wrote in Amynta's name in stead. He also added "of" to Arthur of Glendower and Marie of Glendower's names ...]

And what ensued? We all caught Epiphany Plague. It happens every year. We work like mad through December, preparing costumes, scrolls, what not. We rise at dawn of the day and cook frantically until it's time to go to Court. We congreate in an enclosed space, rubbing shoulders and what-have-you with old friends from all up and down the Pacific Coast, eating and drinking and carousing till all kinds of hours (its only the public revel that ends at midnight). Meanwhile, it's winter and various agents of the Evil One (sometimes called "germs") are thronging all over the mundane world. The wonder is not that we all succumb, but that we recover in time for next Twelfth Night. This year's plague is a juicy respiratory bug that we'd love to wish on our worst enemies. God save the King and pass the rose hips.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the First Unitarian Church, Berekely, California. King Douglas and Queen Lorna held court. Prince Hugh and Princess Rosemary of Caid attended. Queen Lorna established the Queen’s Cypher, a nonarmigerous award, distinguished by the initials of the presenting queen, and given to whoever the Queen finds worthy. Then she gave her Queen’s Cypher to Duke Paul of Bellatrix and Duchess Carol of Bellatrix, Mark von dem Falkensfenn, Duke Siegfried von Hoflichskeit, and Trude Lacklandia. King Douglas gave Awards of Arms to Amanda of Cawdor, Edward of Southhaven, Iain of Cawdor, Galina de Keri, Josette de Chanticleer, Julian the Purple, Kerry Ranaurora, Meggan of Thistledown, Marie of Glendower, Arthur of Glendower, Robin Devilmark and Amynta the Innocent. Then he admitted Alice of Briarbrook, Arthur of Glendower, Edward of Stonehaven, Marie of Glendower, Persephone of Woodland, and Steven of the Lance to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. King Douglas then admitted Anne Dudley, Barbara Fitzhugh, Dorcas Dorcadas and Dorothea of Paravel (Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin) to the Order of the Pelican, and Janay d’Aquitaine to the Order of the Laurel. The Grand March was then formed, and Douglas and Lorna crowned Paul and Carol. King Paul gave Awards of Arms to Cadhla Morag nicChlurain, Eyana bat-David nicChlurain, Jessica Firestar, Maihe MacFergie, and Martin the Temperate. Then he admitted Jessica Firestar to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. Sir Bela of Eastmarch, for the College of Bards, presented the Order of Calypso (for poetry) to Rima of Rockridge, and then turned the office of President over to Sir Steven MacEanruig. Sir William the Lucky named André de Sevastopol as Acting Kingdom Seneschal, and Sir Jon FitzRolf similarly made Brian Dritar an Con Acting Master of Sciences. The Order of the Silver Molet inducted Sir Henrik of Havn and Sir Siegfried von Hoflichskeit. Dorothea of Paravel (Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin) passed on the Muckin’ Great Clubbe [actually it was the Muckin' Great Cubbe -- correction in annotated history -- HvH] to Gormflait ni Cuallactha. Mistress of Arts Christina of the Runes presented the Arts Pentathlon Medallion to Geraldine of Toad Hall, who in turn presented the Wooden Spoon to Duchess Verena of Laurelin, winner over her lord in the bakeoff. Court adjourned and all proceeded to dine and revel. Count Douglas Longshanks got the bean in the cake and became Lord of Misrule.

Paul of Bellatrix
Sable, on a bend Or three
compass stars palewise gules.
Carol of Bellatrix
Per bend argent and vert, six
octofoils in bend three and
three counterchanged, all
pierced Or.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission
Arms colored by Aja du Jardin

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“I can't guess what it was that Dorothea passed on to Gormflait, but it can't have been the MGC. There are two reasons - First, neither Lady is a tournament fighter and it is a fighting award (though Dorothy's lord Hal Ravn was a fighter, Gormflait's then lord, Andre de Sebastopol was not, so that can't account for it either). Second, the MGC was awarded at Crown Tourneys not Coronations at that time.
     “Maybe Dorothea can enlighten us.” – Kevin Peregrynne

“It wasn't the Muckin' Great Clubbe that I presented to Gormflait. It was the Muckin' Great Cubbe.
     “It was a joke.
     “I had recently given birth to a very large baby, and Gormflait had just done the same. I think what I gave her was a large teddy bear.” – Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin

“Since, I was present when the cypher was first discussed, here is a little bit of background.
     “Discussion between Queen Lorna, Duchess Carol, Andrew of Riga, myself, a couple of other ladies of the court, and later in the conversation King Douglas, and Duke Paul. The problem -- there needed to be a way to thank the people without whom the Royalty could not reign effectively (the special people who make it all work) and the QOG was thus, it appeared, being given as much as a thank-you as for courtesy. Therefore, how to maintain the "way cool - specialness" of the QOG?
     “Answer - create the Cypher.
     “Thus, there would be no restrictions on the cypher and it was meant to be a public acknowledgment for all the help (of all kinds - from the ear that listens, to the best advice, from the little bit of help that is essential, to the hours upon hours of help and support).
     “In looking back, it looks like the goal was met.” – Sabrina de la Bere

“At this time in SCA History, although the Queen’s signature was required on all scrolls, the giving of honors with the exception of the Queen’s Order of Grace (QOG) was entirely up to the King. The problem was that while I wanted to reward several deserving members of the populace, many of them had already received a QOG from my predecessors. I felt that we queens, especially new inexperienced queens, needed a way to show gratitude for those who helped us through our reign. For this reason I initiated the award of the Queen’s Cypher. The term cypher was chosen for its meaning “a combination of symbolic letters; esp. the interwoven initials of a name.” The idea was that a queen could use her first initial plus the R in regina to create a medallion. Thus if a monarch were to reign more than once, she could change the design with each reign and give the same award to the same person if desired and it would still be unique.” – Lorna of Leeds

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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