Brief History of the Barony of Nordwache
In January 1972, the Province of the Setting Sun (Fresno, CA) was formed within the Kingdom of the West, and 18 months later, on July 10, 1973, it became Rieslingshire, the SCA’s first official Shire. The name and device were registered in Febuary of 1975. Centered in Fresno, CA, it was host to several popular annual wars (including the Caid Rebellion) and a “13th Night” celebration.
Riesling was a gateway between the West and Caid, and hosted events (including wars) that many people from both Kingdoms, as well as the Kingdom of Atenveldt attended. When Caid became a Kingdom in 1978, Riesling opted to join its ranks. When Caid became a Kingdom in 1978, Rieslingshire joined its ranks, and eventually was folded into the Barony of Nordwache.
Nordwache was founded in early 1983 as a Province, and became a Barony in early 1984