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Held in Mills College Student Union, Oakland, California. Geraldine of Toad Hall was the autocrat. Henrik and Leanne held court. Following the Grand March Caradoc and Amie were crowned King and Queen. King Caradoc admitted Edwin Bersark and Jon De Cles to the Order of the Laurel. He created Grants of Arms, Awards of Arms, and Court Barons. King Caradoc gave the first Grants of Arms to Harold Breakstone, Karina of the Far West, and Randall of Hightower. He gave the first Awards of Arms to Geraldine of Toad Hall, Luise of the Phoenix, Njali jarla Styrbjornsoni, Robert of Dunharrow, and Sylvanus Andere. King Caradoc made Sylvanus Andere the first Court Baron. Grants of Arms were to follow the Ladies of the Rose, followed in turn by Awards of Arms, in the Order of Precedence. Court Barons would not accrue any precedence for the rank, which was in addition to any other rank, and was not an armigerous award. All other awards carried an award, grant, or patent of arms and thus made the recipient an armiger. King Caradoc established the current system of three crown tourneys and three coronations, with a crown tourney at the spring equinox, the coronation at Mayday, the next crown at midsummer, the coronation in August, the next crown at the fall equinox, and the coronation at Twelfth Night. The populace then adjourned to a sumptuous three course banquet, followed by general revelry, song, dance, drama, minstrelsy, and the Lord of Misrule.
Caradoc ap Cador
Ermine, on a pale azure between
in chief two wiverns, in chief
a crux ansata and in base a
Amie of Exeter
Argent, a pair of dexter hands
clasped couped azure above a
dragon involved gules.
“Caradoc also gave rings and bracelets – I still have the steel bracelet he gave me.” – Henrik of Havn
“This is the event which we folks from Phoenix first attended. Richard Ironsteed, my late wife Anne of the Golden Rose, and myself, Michael of Moria, known as the Inebriated, were given a of as by Henrik. Got lots of advice and encouragement to go back and get started on our local group.” – Michael of Moria
“I remember seeing Michael of Moria wearing white tights. (They may have been parti-color but I recall white legs) with very impressive - I had never seen such before - shoes or ankle high boots with curled up long pointy toes with bells on the tip, held up with strings tied around his shins. Michael and his entourage made a very impressive entrance at court -- especially since they were newcomers from far away. I hadn't been to Arizona and had no more knowledge of it than of Australia or Asia. Had they come from as far away as either of those places, I couldn't have been more impressed.” – Henrik of Havn[King Caradoc established the current system of three crown tourneys and three coronations ...] “As I'm pretty sure I've already stated, this did not happen at 12th Night. Caradoc held a Curia Regis at Hightower some time after (can't remember it if was before or after the March Crown tourney) and that was when all this was made official. It had been discussed before, but the Curia was when it happened.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who remembers a discussion with Caradoc at the aforementioned 12th night when we discussed the banner of the Kingdom of the West. He had the rather interesting idea of having it be a sword surrounded by a laurel rather than a crown. His thought was that the sword could be interpreted as a "one", thus establishing it as the banner of the first kingdom. Nice idea, didn't happen.”“Henrik, if you think we folks from Arizona were strange, foreign and exotic, I hope you'll understand how all us in Phoenix felt about those we met in the West. We watched the media for several years celebrating those godforsaken hippie weirdos on the West Coast, and then we got to meet all of you. (Seeing Edwin come to the door at Rivendell, wearing a housecoat, combat boots and a sword in mid-afternoon certainly opened my eyes. Then again, after the revel in 1969 when you gave Richard Ironsteed, Anne and I our awards of arms, I swore I had met a real KING!) I think the Society did more to broaden my horizons, mind, world view, etc., than just about anything I could have done, except maybe go overseas with the military.
“The costume was all white, Henrik. Louise of Woodsholme sewed it for me after I designed it. (Last I heard, she had moved to San Diego – what a seamstress.) Everyone in Atenveldt seemed to be caught up in the very basic costumery of 400-800, and I saw Louise's books with those wonderful court costumes from 13-1400 and started thinking, why not? Caught a lot of grief for the first codpiece in Atenvelt. Louise sewed it on top of a dance belt, which I wore outside of the tights. After a couple of hours, that was a real pain. The shoes were white naugahyde, with 18 inch points, toes tied up to my calves. Wrote an article for TI about how to make them.” – Michael of Moria“For those interested, Louise of Woodsholme is, in fact, here in Orange County and still doing seamstress work for various stage companies. I happened to work with a part time actor who had had costumes sewn by her who was very impressed. Louise helped us move in down here and we've seen her off and on since then, though not in some months. Must remember to contact her again.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who met Louise at a D&D game in Atenveldt. Long story...
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