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draeco at swbell.net
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,
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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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