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windell gibson draeco at
Wed May 27 06:12:47 PDT 1998

Axel , Jeanmaire & Diane Remes wrote:
> Jeanmaire here, again.  Hope you all aren't bored with me yet.
> Viscountess Kate wrote:
> >>
> >I am having a hard time knowing who is a pel or a laural. Knights are
> >kind of obvioux but if they are pel's or laurals they're not.  I would
> >appreciate your in put please.  V.Kate
> >===========================================================================
> =
> This is exactly what I was talking about with teaching a class on how to
> recognize peers of various sorts.  People aren't being intentionally
> discourteous - in many cases they just don't know.  Thanks, Kate, for having
> the courage to ask.
> Knights, of course, have their three marks of regalia:  chain, white belt,
> and spurs.  In some kingdoms there are conventions about gold chains, spurs,
> &/or rowels (the little round things that stick out from the spurs) for
> knights and silver chains, silver spurs, and silver rowels, or no rowels for
> squires.  I get that stuff confused, and most knights don't wear spurs very
> often, anyway.  So look for a white belt and a chain.  A white baldric
> denotes a Master of the Chivalry.  Male Laurels and Pelicans are also called
> Masters, which can sometimes be confusing, but, what the hey, we're all
> peers.  Female Laurels and Pelicans are called Mistress.  Unfortunately the
> regalia for the Laurels and Pelicans consists only of a medallion.  Since
> many awards confer a medallion, the peerage medallions can be hard to spot.
> Also, if a Pelican is doing dirty work, which they often do, they may not
> even be wearing their medallion.
> The Laurel medallion is a green laurel wreath on a gold field.  The pelican
> medallion is a picture of the pelican piercing its own breast with its beak,
> in order to feed it's starving children on the blood.  (OK, a bit gruesome,
> but appropriately medieval, and completely authentic.)  While the Pelicans,
> to my knowledge, seldom if ever wear anything besides the medallion,
> Laurels, as the Arts & Sciences types, have become inventive about showing
> off..... ah..... being flashy..... ah......  whatever, over the years.  I
> have seen Laurel medallions made from almost every medium imaginable - gold,
> silver, enamel, amber, real emeralds, other green gems, like tourmaline,
> cross-stitch and other embroidery - I have one that Darius made for me
> carved out of horn.  Also, Laurels tend to wear laurel wreaths on pouches,
> buttons, trims, and wherever else they can find to put one.  I have a pair
> of laurel wreath earrings, which most everyone in the Barony has seen by
> now.  Most noticeable, though, is the Laurel Wreath crown, which is simply a
> coronet, usually in gold (or gold colored metal) made of laurel leaves.  A
> person who is being Laureled that day is often provided with a wreath of
> fresh laurel leaves, and will wear a cloak with laurel wreath(s) embroidered
> or appliqued or woven on.  See what I mean about inventive?
> This info, by the way, is off the top of my head.  For more detail, check
> out the SCA web site, or try a copy of the Known World Handbook, which has
> lots & lots of this sort of stuff, plus the arms of all the Kingdoms &
> everything else you might want to know.  We have owned about 5 copies over
> the years, and they keep disappearing because we lend them out & they don't
> come back.  Think of it as our contribution to newbies.
> I hope this answers your question.  If you need more info, or if I've
> confused you, feel free to post again.
> In service,
> Jeanmaire
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Hey I could read your message.  It is finally in proper size.  and thank
you for answering some of my questions.  I think shepherding new members
and having a beginners class would be highly beneficial to all.  I would
be more than glad to assist in the manner of I'm a Viscountess and still
don't know everything.  bye V. Kate
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