Yaroslav the Persistent

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Kyr Yaroslav at GWW
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Resides: Caid
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
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Yaroslav the Persistent

Baron Kyr Yaroslav the Persistent. He was elevated to the Order of the Chivalry on November 22, 1986, by Edward and Ilaria, King and Queen of Caid.


Yaroslav the Persistent is an early twelfth-century Rus’ who left Kyiv and settled with the Black Hats or Chernye Klobuki, a group of semi-nomadic Turkic tribes, the remnants of their military aristocracies. In return for their military service to the Princes of Kyiv, they were given land just southwest of Kyiv. He lived through the tumultuous times of the internecine wars of Prince Yaroslav the Wise’s sons (which lasted from 1054-1093), the troubled 20-year-long rule of Sviatopolk II of Kyiv, and the relative renaissance of the 12-year-long reign of Volodymyr II Monomakh (or Vladimir Monomakh). Everything will go to crap for Kyivan Rus’ after Volodymyr’s passing in 1125. During this time, the Black Hats became more sedentary and attached to towns. They were often used as a first blow in warfare and their primary enemies were other tribes of the steppes, who were less settled. Yaroslav is vaguely an Eastern Orthodox Christian, but he still believes in the pagan gods.

Offices & Positions

  • Seneschal, Heatherwyne
  • Kingdom Constable
  • My proudest office was Captain-General of Caid, although I preferred the Byzantine title of Magas Domestikos ton Caid
  • Deputy Marshal for Armored Combat

Baron of Bald Mountain

A bit of Siech Persistent history: for many years, the Siech held events on Mt. San Antonio, better known as Mt. Baldy, which we called Raccoonfests or Raccfests. Over time the events grew larger and brought more and more folk to camp out, fight, and just enjoy a weekend on the tallest mountain in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Twenty-one years ago, when I was made a Court Baron, I asked for this mountain.

Today (March 5, 2022), at Crown, it was confirmed: I have been granted Mt. Baldy, which in Ukrainian is called "Лиса гора," (pronounced "Lysa Hora") and rendered into English as Bald Mountain.

Thank you, Your Majesties!

-=-Baron Yaroslav

Event Staff

Classes Taught

Projects & Publications

  • "Common Sense Training for Fighters" by Yaroslav the Persistent and Philip of Meadhe was published in Tournaments Illuminated issue: Summer 1984 (#71)
  • "Japanese Poetry for the Long-Nosed Barbarian, or The Tanka is Not a Wain" by Yaroslav the Persistent was published in Tournaments Illuminated issue: Fall 1984 (#72)


How I Found the SCA


I formed Siech Persistent, which everyone called simply the Siech, but that quickly devolved into numerous squires and their households, so the Siech became an umbrella of sorts.


As to those squires:

Many have had name changes, better fortunes in title, some have squired to others, some have ruled Caid. Yaroslav holds the record for most Squires in Caid. See Chivalry Tree for the full roster.

(If your information on this list is incorrect, out of date, in (parentheses) which means only a mundane name is listed, a title is incorrect, your squires/apprentices/proteges can be added, you want other information included, or are newly joined to the Lineage, contact Gulliver. If you do not have a Caid Wiki listing I can put that together for you as well.)


More Information

After many years of teaching including living history in the classroom in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I am now retired. A scene for "In Service To the Dream" was filmed in my class there.