Kingdom Arms by Robin of Thornwood Calligraphy by Robin of Thornwood Populous Badge by Robin of Thornwood

The Tenth Year

Fall Investiture Tourney -- Principality of Caid
November 22, 1975

Held at the First United Methodist Church, Riverside, CA. Baron Waldt von Markheim, Baroness Alison von Markheim, Master Däwyd von Markheim, and Rowenna de Segovia, Dreiburgen Seneschal, were the autocrats. Prince Thomas and Princess Elayne held their final court. King Douglas and Queen Lorna attended. Prince Thomas gave Awards of Arms to Alewülfe the Red, Angelique du Val, Cristóbal degli Gilicine che Mangia Uome, Dione Avery de Rohese, Gabrielle Nichole Deveraux NicChlurain, Lavendar of Lorn, Maria Alesandra de Rohese, Rupert Fairchild and Tober Thorwald. Then Prince Thomas and Princess Elayne crowned Gregory of York and his lady Vivian Aurora de la Mer Prince and Princess of Caid. King Douglas gave an Award of Arms to Robert Godwin of Markmoor. A Princess’ Favor Lists was held, with Martin the Temperate defeating Sir William the Lucky to claim the prize. A Poetry Contest was held, with Däwyd von Markheim the winner. At final court King Douglas knighted Martin the Temperate. Their Majesties and Their Highnesses then judged the Tart Contest and proclaimed Giesele Hildegaard the winner for her lemon custard tarts, with Jana d’Aquitaine’s egg custard tarts a close second, followed by Sine NicChlurain’s raisin and apple tarts.

Gregory of York
Argent, a falcon striking, wings
displayed proper, on a chief azure
three roses argent, each charged
with a rose Or, fimbriated sable,
all barbed and seeded proper.
Vivian Aurora de la Mer
Argent, on a bend sinister vert
between two crescents azure,
three lilies palewise argent.
Arms by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission
Gregory's Arms colored by Aja du Jardin,
Vivian's Arms colored by Evaine MacGreger.

“It may be interesting to note that as an unbelted fighter, I had apparently gotten the attention of the Western chivalry. I was constantly challenging them. I had even beaten one or two in non-lists challenges. I sought the knighthood out, attacking and harassing them in and about various melees. And I always tried to challenge the best of them in the crown lists. But until this tourney, I hadn't actually ever beaten a non-Caiden belted fighter in the lists, not a one, not once. This finals against William was my first. (None of the chivalry realized this at the time. But it was the basis for the advice I gave all my future students. Fight the best to be the best.) When I was knighted, William offered up his chain, which I treasured for many years before I passed it on.
     “Oh, and Lorna was quite pleased with herself for losing another Queen's Guard captain. (I don't remember who she picked to replace me, I was a bit stunned by at the time.)” – 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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