[Ansteorra] Spurs (was:Squire belts (was: Sable Thistle...etc.)

Michael Smith morganbuchanan at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 23 04:34:48 PDT 2006

Nobody would ever suggest that the symbols we use for knighthood define the 
person.  That's like the Lieutenant in "Good Morning Vietnam" who said that 
being saluted was what being an officer was all about.  :)  These symbols 
are  advertising.  They say to our world, "Please hold this person to the 
highest standard, for this person that you may not know is a knight."

Some would say that the knight's bearing should tell the world that he or 
she is a knight.  But we have non-bedubbed individuals in this kingdom who's 
bearing is also knightly, many of them Lions of Ansteorra. So sometimes this 
outward symbol is necessary, and why in our society it is reserved.

Just my opinion.


From: "Faelan Caimbeul" <faelancaimbeul at gmail.com>
Reply-To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Spurs (was:Squire belts (was: Sable Thistle...etc.)
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 17:02:53 -0500

Actually, what I was getting at is that all these symbols, in the context we
use them, are contrivences. As many people have said, these things can be
found in period, never (so far as I'm aware), used together in the fashion
we do, ie. denoting knighthood. Do I respect them as symbols in the Society,
YES. However, what defines a person is inside, not what he wears around his
neck, waist or ankles. A warrior, which is what a knight is in any period
and country we study, is defined by his actions, not his clothing. He knows
he's an honorable warrior. Others know he is an honorable warrior. That's
what counts. Yes, I'm being completely philosophical and not historical,
sorry about the confusion.


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