[Ansteorra] Can someone confirm/deny for me?

Jay Rudin rudin at peoplepc.com
Wed Aug 18 09:39:46 PDT 2010

This story is essentially true.  The only correction needed is that Ivar had just moved to the other kingdom from Ansteorra.  The knights didn't want to listen to his opinion of candidates in the belted circle, because he didn't know anything about fealty.  So this was his response.

On a completely unrelated subject, it is a matter of public record that Ivar has lived in Ansteorra and Calontir, but nowhere else.

Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin

-----Original Message-----
>From: Paul DeLisle <ferretpd at gmail.com>
>Sent: Aug 16, 2010 10:32 PM
>To: "'Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc.'" <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
>Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Can someone confirm/deny for me?
>This question comes around on the Git-tar every few years (*grinz*)....here
>is the answer from *last* time:
>While I haven't seen Ivar in years...I *did* hear (also apocryphally, but
>from reasonably reliable sources) that he *would* allow it to be written
>down, but that he would *prefer* (note that this is the author's *wish*, not
>some kind of command) that it be learned or taught in the oral tradition. 
>However, Good Gentles, If you are going to learn this piece, you should also
>learn the story behind it.
>So sit back and fill your mugs, because Uncle Alden's Gonna Tell a Story.
>Once upon a time, deep in the mists of History (some thirty-years-or-so
>ago), there lived in the fair Kingdom of Ansteorra, a Master of Arms, named
>Ivar Battleskald. Now remember, good gentles, that MoA's are accorded to
>have the skill, prowess and duties of Knighthood, save that they do not
>swear fealty to the Crown (originally for religious restrictions; but
>sometimes, and now more commonly, for personal reasons.)
>One fine day, at an Inter-kingdom War, Master Ivar came upon a group of
>out-of-Kingdom Knights (...decorum prohibits me from saying which Kingdom);
>who were discussing the meaning of Fealty.
>Ivar joined the group, and listened carefully for awhile. At one point, he
>spoke up, and ventured an opinion. The Knights (to a man) looked down their
>noses at him, and one said: "What would *you* know of Fealty? You're *just*
>a Master of Arms!" 
>Ivar nodded, agreed with the Knights, and quietly left the group. He retired
>to his tent, and proceeded to write "Born On The List Field" in one sitting;
>which he performed that evening in Court. 
>No-one ever questioned his understanding of Fealty again.
>In Service, I remain
>Alden Pharamond

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