Armand de Sevigny

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Resides: Gyldenholt
Status: Semi-Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
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Duke Armand de Sevigny, KSCA, OP

Formerly known as Armand Sebastian de la Foret de Sevigny.


Bayard, His Grace's beloved steed passed from the field of honor on July 5, 1996.

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Armand de Sevigny joined the SCA in A.S.VI (late 1971) in the newly founded Barony of Calafia (San Diego, CA) in the Kingdom of the West. He joined originally as a Franciscan friar called Armand-Sebastian de la foret de Savigny. He was soon drafted into more martial pursuits, but never forgot his humble and irritatingly pious beginnings.

He was knighted by King Paul of Bellatrix of the West in A.S. XI (1976). In A.S.XII (1978), he became the first King of Caid and served again as King in A.S. XVI (1981). Armand also has served as Kingdom Seneschal, was the founding baron of the Barony of Gyldenholt (Orange County, CA), and later served for two years as the first Captain General of the Army of the Kingdom of Caid (1987-1989). In A.S. XVII [1983] he was made a member of the Order of the Pelican.

For thirteen years Armand was active in the equestrian arts in the kingdom and in jousting outside the SCA. He received a Lux Caidis for equestrian arts in 1996. As part of his interests in historical knighthood, he has made and used several medieval saddles to better study how a knight rode in battle. The death of his beloved mount, Bayard, in July 1996, and increased mundane work and family commitments have prevented him from being as active recently as he would like. His other horse, Odin, was the one he rode at the SCA's Twenty-Fifth Year celebration in Ansterroa. Odin, Armand's old warhorse for a dozen years or more, passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours of November 20th of natural causes. He had served us well, first in the medieval equestrian games, and later for many years as a calm and dependable mount for his young daughters. He will be missed, but the memory of him will be cherished.

Armand is a Premier Companion of the Company of St Anne. With many of the other members of the Company of St. Anne, including the Captain, Donwenna Beast Healer of Hawksheye and Premier Companion, Agelos Evienece, he attended the First Emprise of the Black Lion. This was the first time an emprise of its kind had ever been held in this kingdom. With three other members of St Anne, he formed the Lance of St Anne Or and rode against several other lances to claim victory. He rode a rental horse, named Tristan (seen below).

This is Sir Armand on Tristan (below), staged to compete in the Black Lion Emprise I. He appears circa 1215, riding in clothe heraldic bardings, which completely cover the horse. This is how Armand would have appeared at the Battle of Bouvines in 1214, near the end of his career.



Many people know much more of Armand than I do, but I feel compelled to write this: As a young, poor "country hick" out of Dreiburgen, in any other organization I would never have had the opportunity to meet someone like Armand de Sevigny in the real world. Our spheres would never have overlapped. But the SCA gave me that opportunity. I remember sitting with Armand at some event (they all run together anymore), and we were just chatting. I was still trying to develop a persona. Armand, of course, was the very model of a Norman knight and I admired that. I still do. I mentioned to him several of my possible persona ideas including "Saxon." He gave me that big, warm smile of his and said, "I've never met a Saxon worth at s...." I may remember the quote wrong, but it was something like that. But me, being the rebellious youth I was, took that as a challenge to "go Saxon." Which I did. At a later Burro Creek War, Caid had just lost our first battle against the Aten Army. Armand was King, and leading the Caidan half for the West/Caid army. He seemed somewhat despondent and expressed his disappointment. Remembering my newly acquired Saxon persona, I said, "We should line up a shield wall on that berm and let them shatter against it... although admittedly that didn't work in 1066." Armand thought about it for a moment and said, "True, but it should have worked if they hadn't broken formation." Sure enough, Armand had us anchor ourselves on top of the Berm with orders to hold our line for the next engagements. The Atens never won another battle that day - or at least, that is the way I choose to remember it, and a golden memory that is. ~Eadwynne of Runedun