[Ansteorra] New but related question

Chiara Francesca chiara.francesca at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 14:51:51 PST 2007

From: http://seneschal.ansteorra.org/forms/Jan2006_Ansteorra_Law2.pdf

Section 5 : Requirements for Entry into Crown Tournament 

A. The Sovereign and Consort may not enter Crown Tournament during their
B. The Kingdom Seneschal or a representative will verify proof of membership
at or before Crown Tournament using a roster of paid members for every
entrant and consort. 
C. Any competitor in Crown Tournament must make known to the Crown the
identity of his or her prospective consort. 
D. Consorts may bestow their favor to only a single entrant in Crown
E. At the pleasure of the Crown, any person entering Crown Tournament as a
fighter or consort must: 
1. Be acceptable to the Crown. 
2. Be paid members of the SCA with access to the kingdom newsletter. 
3. Be of legal age in the state in which he or she resides. 
4. Have lived within the boundaries of the kingdom for the previous calendar
5. Have served in an administrative office of the SCA, or its equivalent,
for at least a total of one year. 
6. Be able to exhibit a good working knowledge of SCA structure, kingdom
structure, the powers and responsibilities of the Crown, and other major
kingdom offices as defined in Corpora and Kingdom Law. 
7. Display a demeanor and appearance suitable to being a Sovereign or
8. Bear the favor of a person of the opposite gender as potential consort. 
9. Have sufficient income to support the office of the Crown. 
10. Have a means of rapid and regular communication. 
11. Have a dependable means of transportation. 
12. Give sufficient assurance that he or she will remain in the kingdom for
the next nine months. 
F. In addition, any person entering Crown Tournament as a combatant must
1. At least one year's fighting experience. 
2. A member of the Chivalry who will speak for him or her prior to the Crown
3. A current fighter authorization. 
G. Combatants who are on probation or suspension with the marshallate cannot
compete in Crown Tournament without the express permission of the Crown. 
H. Any fighter entering Crown Tournament must swear the following oath in
the presence of the Crown of Ansteorra:

"I do declare my intent to compete in the Crown Tournament of Ansteorra. I
do swear that a gentle person has granted me favor and agreed to rule with
me should I win. We do meet all requirements for assuming the Crown, as set
forth in the Laws of Ansteorra. I swear, for myself and my consort, that
should I win the Crown Tournament of Ansteorra, we will rule justly and to
the utmost of our abilities, sparing no effort to fulfill our duties as King
and Queen of Ansteorra. All these things I do swear by my honor."
I. Any person entering Crown Tournament who willfully and deliberately
falsifies their qualifications under these laws forfeits their right to
participate in that Crown Tournament 

Chiara Francesca

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:ansteorra-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Kristi Johnson
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 4:27 PM
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Subject: [Ansteorra] New but related question

What requirements are there for Crown eligibility? 
Are there any codified in Kingdom Law or is it an
"unwritten code" and "we just know it a unqualified
entrant when we see one" kind of thing.

I only got in on the tail end of the 'stupid question'
thread so I do not know the whole story of what
happened to require a second Crown Tourney.  The gist
of what I have gotten to read is that someone has won
the tournament but can't take on the responsibility of
the crown at this time and that perhaps they competed
to "weed the garden".  

As one who understands the desire for our Kingdom to
only have the best, most qualified persons holding
this and other posts, I can certainly understand why
one would compete thusly.  Also I can understand just
from watching these fighters how the thrill of combat
and all that adrenaline could cloud one's thinking on
when to bow out if simply weeding the garden was ones
intention when starting. The rush out there must be

I'm not even a fighter and I get a little excited at
the thought of kicking butt left and right and going
all the way to the top.  I can understand the wanting
to get to go up against the "big boys" even if I am
going to get used as list mop.  I can understand
learning opportunity that such an experience can

That would be fine for any great tourney.  But this
isn't just any great tourney.  It is Crown Tourney. 
It is serious business for a JOB.  Not just a title.
Not just experience. A job.  A very demanding job.   

My thought is that if currently there are no other 
previous service requirements in Kindgom Law for the
position of Crown then perhaps it is time for the
Kingdom to consider some.  Requiring Crown entrants by
Law to have performed service as Senechals, or
Barons,or Dukes, or multiple time Kingdom Level
Autocrats or some other such high responsibility posts
would lessen the need for garden weeding.  It wouldn't
lessen our Sovereigns position as a worthy Chivalric
champion of our Kingdom just ensure that Chivalric
champion (and consort) is suited to the the very real
JOB of being the Sovereign before the list ever opens.

Our previous Sovereigns shouldn't have to worry about
entrants not being qualified but able to kick butt
into the throne.

One does not become a CEO without experience,
references, and a resume.

Then again I may be mad as a hatter.  :)

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