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

The Tenth Year

Twelfth Night Revel -- Principality of Caid
January 17, 1976

Held at Tuckers Grove, near Santa Barbara, CA. Prince Gregory and Princess Vivian held court. King William and Queen Donna attended. King Aonghais dubh MacTarbh was visiting from the East Kingdom. King William presented Conrad von Regensburg with his Grant of Arms scroll, and Guinever Elspeth Malyn and Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) with their Award of Arms scrolls, which had been proclaimed at Northern Twelfth Night. Sir Martin the Temperate was given a scroll commemorating the demise of the Pig at Sir Martin’s hands. Numerous presentations were made from and to the various royalty. The winners of the Costume contest were Huette von Ahrens and Duryn. A delicious banquet was served. An auction of found items was held for the benefit of the Golden Key, followed by a “People’s Auctions”, in which Baroness Trude Lacklandia, Duke Andrew of Riga, King Aonghais dubh MacTarbh, Lady Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix), and Herman de Medici were auctioned off, bringing in almost $50 total.

“I know it wasn't held at Tucker's Grove, but can't remember who the hall belonged to. I remember that no one thought Isles could fill a hall that seated 200 people, but that it was sold out. [To Martin the Temperate] The pig award was the "Gilded Boar Bushwacker", wasn't it? Was it Aonghais who gave it to you? If I recall correctly, the pig was bought about a year before the event, and raised on scraps at David the Iron-livered's house, and slaughtered and cooked by you. You know far more about this event than I do, perhaps you could add to the above information. Had you already been knighted at this point?” – Robear du Bois

“I'll dredge through my memories and try to send a couple of updates. Off the top of my head ....
     “I don't remember if we had a day event, if we did, then yes, it was at Tucker's Grove (almost all our tourney's were there). The evening banquet and revel were at a church hall. It should be in an old Crown Prints or Page. I'll try to check my back issues this weekend.
     “The sitting royalty sounds right. (West) King William and Queen Donna having been crowned the week before at the Western 12th Night, and (Caiden) Prince Gregory and Princess Vivian. (East) King Aonghais was also in attendance. Jessica Lyrindi of Northmarch was the hosting Baroness.
     “We served a whole, roasted 250 pound (dressed out) pig, raised, slaughtered and prepared by Isles gentry. It started at 35 pounds, live weight and lived behind David the Iron Livered's manor. As a matter of fact, it was David the Iron-Livered's idea to do the pig, he built the pen, located a pig farmer, and built the fire pit. David was supposed to do the slaughtering too but that didn't work out. David ended up on a 6-month quest (some kind of merc-work in the South Seas), so it was left to me to work the mangles. (Who knew it was a seneschal's duty?) I slaughtered and dressed the pig (with assistance, albeit reluctant assistance -- not that many able or willing). We had about 20 tables. Each table had two baked hens and pan fried rabbit. (We also raised and I slaughtered the 20+ rabbits. The hens were store bought.) After about two weeks hanging in a meat locker, we whole roasted the pig in a home built adobe bbq pit. We baked 200 potatoes, also in the pit. The rest of the banquet was prepared in no less than 7 kitchens as the hall had no kitchen facilities, including various vegetables and a soup course. We also served sweet meats to the head table, being the best parts of the rabbits' livers, lungs and kidneys, quite authentic.
     “The highlight of the feast was the presentation of the "boar" We had built a kind of travois and carried the pig in whole and covered with foil, over which we had laid a fur. No one outside of Isles knew what was coming, we had kept it a secret. I walked in carrying a Viking axe followed by four stout servers carrying the pig-laden travois. We whipped off the covers, and as the crowd gasped in awe I beheaded the beast. The head skidded across the floor, I grabbed it, placed it on a platter, and put it in front of the king and queen. I then drew my dagger, carved a hunk from the carcass and proclaimed that each table could likewise help themselves. Each table sent a couple of stalwarts to do the honors, and everyone was on their own for seconds and thirds. It was the first banquet in a long while where no one would claim they went home hungry. We had about 75 pounds left by night's end.
     “King William gave me the "award", and it might have been the "Gilded Boar Bushwhacker". It was more of a "dubbing, sort of a "one-off" award at the king's pleasure, never to be repeated.
     “The award Aonghais gave me was actually (presumably) a real East Kingdom service award, the Order of the Burdened Tiger. The actual presentation of the award was, I believe, at a later event, at Western Crown I believe. (How ironic considering our subsequent co-history.)
     “Sir William the Lucky, who was either the Seneschal or Chief Herald of the West at that time, was overheard to say "If Caid can do a banquet like that, so can the West" (kingdom). It had been a couple of years since the West had given up on 12th Night banquets as being too big and difficult to pull off. The very next year the West reinstated their 12th Night Banquet tradition, so much additional good came from our efforts, (though in my humble opinion, no one, West nor Caid, has come close to matching that particular feast, especially in consideration of the number of people fed).
     “The Golden Key auction and "Peoples" auction mentioned were probably at the day event, (or may even be from some other Isles tourney, we'll have to ask around). I don't think they occurred at the Banquet. The costume contest was in the evening but I can't confirm the winners.
     “Your recollection is correct in regard to the level of confidence voiced that we would be able pull it off. We were a grossly undersized Barony, only about 8 or 9 regular members. I would very much like to get all there names into the record as it was a glorious accomplishment considering how few of us there were.
     “We did sell out the seating because we "guaranteed" no one would go home hungry and teased that anyone missing this event would "rue the day because it would be like non other." I guess enough people were intrigued, plus there were a lot of West Kingdom supporters in attendance. (Of all the Caiden Baronies, I think the people of Isles, all 8 of us, were attending more Western events than any other Caidens at that time.)
     “Here's the list as best I can recall right now
          * Baroness Jessica Lyrindi of Northmarch (you'll have to help me with the correct spellings, it's been a long time.)
          * Sir Martin the Temperate (Yes, I had been knighted a month or two earlier.)
          * (Gosh, I can't remember her SCA name Robear, something complicated, Jean, maggot-slayer's wife. Don't tell her I forgot!!! Also Jean should be able to fill in a lot of the details.)
          * Rupert Fairchild
          * David the Iron Livered
          * Ruth, David's lady wife (we'll have to look up her SCA name too)
          * Renfield came down and helped because he was dating an Isles lady whose name was Alana-something-or-other.
     “God's breath, that may have been the whole crew. I'll have to look it up.
     “Hope this helps, I'll send more if I can find it.” – Martin the Temperate
“That was a great write up, you make it seem like it had only happened last year. I am fairly sure that all the day's activities took place at the hall. Court, a big banquet, and a revel tend to fill up an afternoon and evening. I distinctly remember waiting outside the hall with Hugh because the Brotherhood was doing something during court. The ax you used to behead the pig was mine. Amadea is the name you can't remember, Amadea de Strada Dragonessa to be more formal. I think the rest of Renfield's name was "of the Inland Marsh". I think Christoble and some of the Califians helped with the final preparations that day, but as you said, it was primarily the work of only 8 people, and it set the standard for what a banquet should be for a long time. Congratulations.” – Robear du Bois
“I remember this banquet well because it was the first time I'd participated in the true Medieval manner of having the gentleman serve and see to the needs of the lady during the meal. Robear was my partner, as John was busy heralding. Robear was a delight, and made me feel as if we'd stepped back in time. The pig wasn't roasted well, so we commandeered microwaves from locals to nuke the meat, and afterward I prevented the carcass being tossed out until I'd whittled another 3 pounds of meat from the bones (we Okies don't give up food!) I took it home and froze it. That pork showed up later at another banquet, but few people recognized it. But most of all, I remember really feeling like a Medieval lady for awhile during that banquet.” – Flavia Beatrice Carigniani
“It wasn't the pig that required help, I think it was perfection. Unfortunately, some of the chicken, which had been prepared in the multiple kitchens, required assistance. And very little went to waste. Many a Dragon's Keep visitor ate 12th Night pork over the next few months.” – Martin the Temperate

From an EMail, October 14, 2004:
"The costume contest was for matching couples (back in the days when garb was somewhat less strictly policed). Martin and Neptha were in matching Egyptian garb as I recall. There was the pig which Martin had to slaughter (because David the Iron-Livered had gone off to Angola or somewhere) and cook. If I recall correctly, Baroness Ximena Aubel de Cambria (Angels) provided either the recipe or the actual dish for the third main course "International Date Veal" which was fantastic - veal in a rich sweet cream sauce.

"The chickens were indeed a bit underdone. I was at the table with Auberon Cirin and Quiaxochitl who were dressed in Aztec attire. Auberon, barechested and bedecked with feathers, drew out a dagger (or may have used Quiaxochitl's obsidian dagger), poked at the bird, and pronounced, "It's bleeding." Needless to say, we didn't eat it. However, it was not Amadea's fault - there was some sort of power failure in the kitchen so the ovens didn't work. Amadea wrapped up the partially cooked baked potatoes in aluminum foil and set them along the western side of the building so that the sun (remember this is Southern California!) could finish the cooking for her.

"Yes, Martin, the Order of the Burdened Tyger is a real one. "Order of the Burdened Tyger (OBT) presented to those gentles associated with running an event or an aspect of an event which the Crown attended, and which They feel was well above the normal standard of excellence in the Kingdom. However, it cannot be awarded at that same event. An individual can receive this award more than once. The order's badge is Or, a tyger sejant erect, forepaws clasped over its head, azure. First awarded February 14, A.S. X by Aonghais II and Ysabeau I. - http// - [Not to be confused with Martin's OBH.]

"My recollection is that the site was a school because we were seated in an auditorium with a stage. The head table included Prince Gregory and Princess Vivian, King William and Queen Donna, and Duke Aonghais escorting Mistress Bevin as his dinner companion. (I can't remember if Trude Lacklandia sat at the head table too.) The kiss auction was hideously uncomfortable, as they usually were - $50, huh? Hm, I could have sworn we made more than that!

"That event remains one of the most amazing in Caidan history considering the incredible amount of work done by so few people." -- Natalya de Foix

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).

[Back to Year X]     [Main Page for the History]     [Who's Who]

The West Kingdom History Website was created by and is maintained by Hirsch von Henford (mka Ken Mayer).