[Ansteorra] Centurion Cloaks

Jay Rudin rudin at peoplepc.com
Tue Dec 6 07:07:21 PST 2011

Zubeydah asked:

>Does anyone know if there exists a photograph of the six of them together?

There are almost undoubtedly no pictures of the first court - it was a badly lit court on a dark night. (Of course, the king himself was also a dark knight....)

They called our six names, we went up in court, and then they read the constitution of a new order, which had not been announced in advance. The result is that we knew we were Centurions at the same moment that we learned the Order of the Centurions existed. (I have occasionally shocked people by saying, truthfully, that I never wanted to become a Centurion. But that's only because it was impossible to do so; I am quite proud to be one.)

The original cloaks were made by Treschen and presented by Treschen and Talan to the Order. There were more than six members then, though.  There might be pictures of that court, but most cameras then were still film, so there's probably not a digital copy available.

My original cloak was passed down to Miguel de Oporto, the second Centurion/Don. He later gave me a replacement, onto which Serena sewed a Lion clasp, thinking I wouldn't be able to give it away. But Ansteorra has no want of great heroes. I passed it on to Robert MacPharland, the third Centurion/Don/Lion. (That's why I don't have a cloak now.)

Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin

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