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The Twelfth Year

Summer Investiture Tourney -- Principality of Caid
June 4, 1977

From The Page (June, 1977):


The June Investiture to crown the new Prince and Princess of Caid (and Lists for the Princess' Champion) will be held, this year, in Dreiburgen.

The Investiture will be held on June 4 at Shamel Park in Riverside. Setup will begin at 9:00 AM, with the last court of Prince Martin the Temperate and Investiture of the new Prince to begin at 10:00. At approximately 1:00 PM the Lists for the Princess' Champion will begin.

Immediately following the Lists will be a barbecue. Everyone is asked to bring their own meat and drinks. Also, anyone owning a hibachi or portable bar-b-que is requested to bring it along. Charcoal will be provivded by the Barony of Dreiburgen.

Any groups (cantons, colleges, or whatever) that would be interested in selling side dishes or desserts are encouraged to do so. To coordinate this, please contact the Seneschal of Dreiburgen, Lady Brann Morgan Dunmore of Galloway (contact info omitted). This is a great way to get some money into your treasuries.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Shamel Park, Riverside, CA. Lady Brann Morgan Dunmore of Galloway was the autocrat. Prince Martin and Princess Arabella held their final court. King Terrence and Queen Jennet attended. Prince Martin gave Awards of Arms to Hedgia du Loup, Megan McInnes of Kinlochaline, Nikolaj Erogoeaciaty, and Patrick of Innisfree. Baron Piers Howells de Cambria and Baroness Ximena Aubel de Cambria resigned their posts as Baron and Baroness of the Angels. Baron Piers agreed to remain as Vicar until their successors could be chosen. Then Grand March was held and Balin and Lorissa were crowned Prince and Princess of Caid. Princess Lorissa reinstated the Princess’ Guard, with Duke Aonghais dubh MacTarbh as Knight Commander.The members of the Guard were: Robear du Bois, as Standard Bearer, Duryn the Red, Renfield of the Inland March (Edmund Renfield Wanderscribe), Patrick of Innisfree, Charles of Dublin, Kamal Mishwa Kahn, Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst, Frederick of Woodlyn, and Lorenzo di Sant’Angelo. Sir Martin the Temperate and Lady Arabella Lyon de Rohese were proclaimed Viscount and Viscountess. Numerous presentations were made to their Highnesses. Then the fighters took the field for the Princess’ Favor Lists, with Viscount Gregory of York defeating Charles of Dublin to win the title of Princess’ Champion. At closing court Princess Lorissa presented him with her favor.

Balin of Tor
Argent, two wings conjoined
azure, semy-de-lys argent,
overall a sword gules.
Lorissa du Griffin
Azure, between the front paws of
a lioness (Panthera leo) a lion cub,
both statant proper, on a chief
argent three cats' heads cabossed gules.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission,
Arms Colored by Evaine MacGreger.

[Prince Martin gave Awards of Arms to Hedgia du Loup, Megan McInnes of Kinlochaline, Nikolaj Erogoeaciaty, and Patrick of Innisfree] “I've just realized somewhere along the line, a King of the West gave the Prince of Caid authority to give out Awards of Arms in his name. It should be noted when this happened as it was a "step" in the maturation of Principality to Kingdom for Caid. I think it happened during this, my first, reign as Prince of Caid but am not sure. I think I also gave awards at the previous Caiden 12th Night. So it occurred at least mid-way through this reign. Anybody remember for sure when this occurred?
     "How was this handled prior to the East, Middle and Atenveldt becoming kingdoms?” – Martin the Temperate

“Thomas the Merciless was the 1st Prince of CAID to give Awards of Arms out in his own name. It started I believe the 1 time King Douglas was down from the Mists to see us (perhaps 12th Night?).
     “As an aside – Martin: Did you do the Duke Savage bit at your 1st Coronetting?” – Charles of Dublin
“Yes he did. Arabella was the first Princess of Caid small enough for you to lift, so you felt compelled to abduct her. This entry should actually be under Nov. AS XI, I believe. Either you or Martin should tell the story, and the next time you do this you should speak to her champions as well.” – Robear du Bois
“It was Robear du Bois who started to interfere with Charles' abduction of Arabella. Earlier that day the lists had been run for Princess' Champion, and two-handed weapons were specified. I lent my gauntlets, as well as my glaive or great sword to a lot of people that day. I made it to the finals, facing Gregory of York, who tried to talk me out of the glaive, but had to settle for using my great sword. We each won one fight, and then double-killed. Before we could re-fight it, Martin told Arabella she could have two champions, which she promptly chose to do. Having become one of her champions only an hour or two earlier, I felt I would be remiss to stand by and watch Charles carry her off, so I stepped into the aisle just before Duke Savage made his appearance. Charles looked very concerned, and shook his head slightly, muttering something about an act, so I stepped back out of the way. Sorry I stepped on your lines Martin, but what's a champion to do when his Lady is being carried off? With Martin as her Prince, and Gregory and I as her Champions, we felt that Arabella was the most well guarded Princess in the Kingdom.” – Robear du Bois
“Wow, you've sure got a memory for these things.
     “It was coincidental that Arabella and I did this at our investiture. It was a bit we came up with and had planned before we had won the coronet tourney. It was a spoof on the Doc Savage movie which, of course, was a spoof on the series of novellas, (which must have been a spoof of some thirties pulp fiction series). We had arranged for the mock abduction of Arabella, (and as I write this I remember, weren't you were the scoundrel who hoisted her over his shoulder? No wonder you remember it.) I remember Aonghais tried to interfere with the abduction, good intentions, bad theater.
     “And then, to the rousing and slightly reworded chorus of the Doc Savage movie theme song, as rendered by Robear du Bois (and others?) I strode in, to the rescue, dressed out in a golden tee-shirt, er, tunic, strategically ripped to show off my manly chest, striking envy and fear in lesser men, arousing to wom ..... but I'm getting carried away. “We exchanged the obligatory words, ("Unhand her you scoundrel" or something to that effect), I think I "punched" you once, and you obligingly tumbled some 15 feet from the mighty blow, now lying near-unconscious at Prince Morven's feet. I whisked the fair Arabella off to safety, with the roar of approval from the crowd as the Duke Savage them song was once again taken up, and a few more well placed rips appeared in my tunic.” – Martin the Temperate
“I received my AA from Gregory when he was the fourth Prince of Caid, and I thought that it was during the reign of Thomas the Merciless (third Prince of Caid) that the Prince was given the authority to make awards of arms.” – Robear du Bois
[Princess Lorissa reinstated the Princess' Guard, with Duke Aonghais dubh MacTarbh as Knight Commander.] “At that time, none of us had any clue what Duke Aonghais was up to. Eastern SCAers didn't tell us about his shenanigans there, and the various people he'd ticked off in Caid hadn't yet spoken up. So we went on, thinking he was somewhat bombastic, but OK.
     [At closing court Princess Lorissa presented him with her favor.] “Lora made that favor herself. I didn't have any hand in her presentations except to supply the materials. She was quite a needle artist from an early age, though never recognized for it in the SCA.
     [There was a great melee with water balloons and some very soaked people, which essentially became a children's crusade against Robear the Headsman, who fought valiantly whilst he could, but finally lay down and dried.] “Though many people remember these children-oriented events as a nod to Lora's youthfulness, there were actually quite a few children about her age in Caid, including several girls (none of whom wanted to kiss at that time). Robear was their big toy; children could pummel him with impunity, and wreak all kinds of indignities on him, and he'd take it in stride.” – Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani

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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