[Bards] bowing to the thrones

Alden Drake alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jun 25 14:18:34 PDT 2007

Personally, I don't bow to the thrones unless I am fighting in a 
tournament, and am instructed by the herald to "Bow to the Crown of 
Ansteorra".  In that situation, I'm honestly not paying attention to 
where the Crown is physically located, but I do know where their thrones 
are, so I salute the Crown in the direction of those seats.  I suppose I 
could just as well bow to the herald, who is a servant/voice of the 
Crown.  I do not bow to empty thrones when I'm just casually walking 
around the area where they are set up.


willowjonbardc at juno.com wrote:
> This is why I don't do it. It didn't feel right. In my time period 
> there was almost no nationalism. The kingdom was land and people--not 
> things think thrones and flags. Also there is little evidence that 
> Kings carried thrones with them 
> In El Cid they talk about giving the King the bench with the back. 
> The kings of France are shown with thrones in their throne rooms, but 
> other than want they are on regular seats. 
> The Early ages and the medieval period seemed to place a stress on 
> that the kings were the living embodiment of the kingdom. The seat 
> was made a throne because the King sat in it. Even in the Church 
> tradition if the body of Christ or God's presence is not at the altar 
> you don't have to bow to it. The Throne is like the altar if the 
> presence is not there you don't have to bow. 
> Yang's song tells of a King who didn't want to be bowed to so he 
> stated that the King changes all the time but the throne stays so you 
> should bow to the throne and not the man.
> This brings me to a story about William the Bear and the Twchuck 
> Chief. 
> Willow de Wisp 
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