Royal Tourney of Union 1974
Detail from the Petition for Principality Status
A watershed event in the history of our kingdom. The four Southern Baronies (as they were then known) gathered to hold a tournament celebrating their alliance and incipient principality status. King Andrew of Riga of the West attended and assumed the title of Prince of Caid until the first Prince could be selected at the First Coronet and Coronation Tournament to follow in June.
- Co-Autocrats: Waldt von Markheim, Alison von Markheim, Æoelwig Æoelfwigson and Bevin Fraser of Stirling.
From The Page (April, 1974)
FROM THE PROPOSED PRINCIPALITY IN THE SOUTH (Southern California):
On Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, the Baronies of the Angels, Calafia, Dreiburgen, and the Isles will hold a Tourney of Union, in celebration of their alliance as the incipient Southern Principality (which hopefully will have a proper name by then). It is anticipated that His Majesty, Andrew of Riga, will formally assume the title and style of Prince of the South, and will institute the Principality's Civil Service, in anticipation of the first Southern Coronet Tourney and Coroneting, projected for June 8. All subjects of the West and indeed of the Known World are cordially invited to share this glorious day with the people of the South.
The Tourney will be held at the Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore, in the Barony of Dreiburgen, with overnight camping on the site. There will be challenges, melees, and lists to determine the Champion of the Principality (until such time as there is a Prince). The park comes complete with a lake and an island with a stout wooden bridge tailor-made for defending. Other events will include one or more courts (at His Majesty's pleasure), perhaps an abduction or two and skulking for those so inclined. There will also be a bardic circle around the fire circle if there is sufficient firewood and interest. The Saturday night dinner will be a potluck with all comers requested to bring a main dish large enough to feed their entire party. There will also be a cooking competition in these categories: main dish, side dish (soup, salad, vegetable, bread) and dessert.
Bring pavilions, sleeping bags, et caetera. Bring food for the above-described events. Also plan to bring food for lunches and Saturday morning; there are no stores in the immediate vicinity. (Those coming from afar and/or unable to bring their own food, please contact Alys von Markheim at least two weeks in advance.) There are about ten barbecues provided. Bring your own charcoal and other combustibles (including firewood for the fire circle). Bring containers for water, which is available. There are rumoured to be hot showers in the park as well ... fighters take note!
Any who wish accomodations for Friday or Sunday night, or need transportation from the lairs of the flying dragons (LAX or Ontario airports, Ontario preferred), contact either the Autocrats Waldt and Alys von Markheim (phone), or Æoelwig Ælfwigsson (phone); or Lady Bevin Fraser of Sterling (phone).
From The Page (June, 1974)
At the recent Tourney of Union, the citizens of the Principality decided pro tempore on the name CAID, a name devised by Master Concueur, which not only is an acronym of the baronies that make up the Principality, but in Arabic signifies "The Fortress." Official adoption of the name awaits the approval of the Lord Laurel and then of the Board, but we may as well use it in the meantime.
NEWS FROM CAID:
The Tourney of Union of the Principality in the South was held in Dreiburgen on April 20-21, under the eyes of King Andrew and Prince William, and most of the relevant Barons and Baronesses. The Charter of Union was read, and by more or less spontaneous acclamation the populace chose (pending the approval of the Lord Laurel and the Board) to be known as the Principality of CAID. Principality officials were appointed as follows: Seneschale: Bevin Fraser of Sterling; Pursuivant: Conrad von Regensburg; Master of Sciences, Eric von Rheinhausen; Mistress of Arts, Meg Shelford; Knight Marshall, Christian of Orange; Chancellor of the Exchequer, Anneka Tanzer de Naverlandt; Deputy Chancellor, James of the Dunes. While the selection of the lesser officers will for the most part be left to the Prinec of Caid when there is one, Sir Hugh the Undecided will head the Constables pro tempore.
- The Principality of Caid was born. The populace officially chose the new name.
- Leaf of Merit (West kingdom service award) for Alejandro de Salamanca, Armand Sebastian de la Forêt de Savigny, and Däwyd Suomalainen von Markheim
Held in Dreiburgen at Glen Helen Regional Park, Devore, CA. His Occidental Majesty Andrew of Riga attended the event at which the Charter of Union was read and the Baronies of Calafia, Angels, Isles and Dreiburgen were merged to form the Principality of Caid. (The name Caid was coined by Master Boncueur (West) as an acronym consisting of the first letter of names of the four baronies. It also means "fortress" in Arabic. ) His Majesty assumed the title of Prince of Caid until one could be chosen by combat.
New Principality Officers:
- Seneschal: Bevin Fraser of Stirling
- Crescent Herald: Conrad von Regensburg
- Constable: Hugh the Undecided
- Deputy Chancellor: James of the Dunes
- Chancellor of the Exchequer: Anneka Danser de Naverlont
- Mistress of Arts: Meg Shelford
- Minister of Sciences: Friedrich Eric Helmut von Rheinhausen
- Knight Marshal: Christian of Orange
Awards of Arms were given to
- Britta Atlantica
- Diantha Sylvana Galatea Athalie de Castalia
- Nicholas Bleumert
- Stephan Totenkopf
- Thomas of the Double Axe
- Wilhelm von Messer
The following were admitted to the Order of the Leaf of Merit, the West Kingdom's award for service:
- Alejandro de Salamanca
- Armand de Sevigny (known then as Armand Sebastian de la Foret de Sevigny)
- Däwyd Suomalainen von Markheim (who later changed his name to Yrjö Kirjawiisas)
The day' events included Heavy Weapons challenges and melees, as well as a List for Principality Champion. Saturday evening's events included a potluck dinner and Bardic Circle. Cooking Contests were held for Best Main Dish, Best Side Dish and Best Dessert. (From previous documentation)
More details about this event can be found at West Kingdom History
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- (in Correspondence with Karina of the Far West, Vesper Principal Herald)
- ...at the Tournament of Union held in the Barony of Dreiburgen April 20-21, the people of the new Principality acclaimed the name "Caid" for their choice ... His Majesty King Andrew of the West approved of the name and stated that it was acceptable so long as the College of Heralds has no objection.
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