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The Tenth Year

The Princess’ Own Coronetting Tourney -- Principality of Caid
June 7, 1975

Held at Alhambra Park, Alhambra, CA. Prince Hugh and Princess Rosemary presided. Lists were held for the Princess’ Own Champion. There was a banquet at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Alhambra. The coronation of Prince Thomas and Princess Elaine followed. King Andrew attended and gave the Prince of Caid the power to give Awards of Arms during his (King Andrew’s) reign. King Andrew knighted Thomas the Merciless before he was crowned. About this time the Crown Prints went monthly.

Thomas the Merciless
Argent, goutty de sang, a dexter
hand couped at the wrist vert,
a bordure sable.
Elaine the Merciful
Argent, a dexter hand
couped at the wrist vert
within a bordure sable
gouttee d'or.
Thomas' Arms by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission, colored by Evaine MacGreger.


"One of the things not mentioned in either account [the other being Year 9, Caid Spring Coronet ... -- HvH] was the fact that in the finals of this Coronet tourney, Thomas the Merciless was up against his real brother. But I can't remember the brother's name at this moment. Robear do you?

I do remember that their mother was in agony watching the final battles, because she was rooting for both of them.

Later at the coroneting, a group of us, Baroness Ximena, Arabella, Lavendar of Lorne, Ioannes Leckey, Alewaulfe the Red, myself and several others I can't remember at the moment did a choreographed dance in commemoration of this fact to the music called "La Battaglia". Ximena did the choreography. I believe Muis the Insane did some Commedia and couple from Novamarc played duets on the lute and flute.

One of the events, not listed in the "Official" Page was a Beggar's Burdica held the next day at Arroyo Seco Park, Pasadena, CA. This would have been June 8, 1975. All the Beggar's Burdicas were held the next day after the coroneting, but only in June and not in the fall.

Andrew of Riga was King of the West and attended the Burdica. Sometime during the afternoon, several young Caidan wenches distracted Andrew's men-at- arms, while the rest of the Caidan female populace en masse kidnapped Andrew and tied him to a tree. There it was decided that he should be tortured by being forced to kiss every Caidan female. Andrew being the man he was was able to withstand such and even enjoy himself. His men-at-arms, being loyal guardsmen, tried to rescue him, but he kept ordering them away, saying that he deserved such "punishment". His men, being gentlemen, couldn't bring themselves to fight unarmed women. However, they all, to the man, begged the women to free the King and allow them to assume his "punishment". One went so far as to tie himself to the next tree and begged to be "punished". He got a few takers only. It wasn't until Prince Thomas came over [after all the "punishment" was finished] that Andrew was released and the women of Caid were scolded by Thomas. Andrew then absolved all of us of treason and forgave us." -- Huette Aliza von und zu Ährens und Mechthildberg

"Wasn't Thomas' brother Patrick of Innisfree? Or am I completely misremembering?" -- Jared Alexandre Blaydeaux
"Yes! That was it! Patrick of Innisfree. The finals for the Third Coronet of the Principality of Caid were between Thomas the Merciless and his brother Patrick of Innisfree, with Thomas becoming the winner." -- Huette Aliza von und zu Ährens und Mechthildberg

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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