[ANSTHRLD] [Fwd: Heraldry announcement for Commentary]
Paul E. Kiefer, Jr.
rapierman at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 12 11:49:36 PDT 2008
Personally, I'm seeing this argument being done from the point-of-view of an experienced SCAdian...
....but what about "Joseph de Neubie"? A person off the street, exploring the SCA before deciding whether or not to join, doesn't have a clue yet. How does this person distinguish "person" from "group"? Does he or she know what signifies a "canton", "shire" or "barony"?
If you're going to remove or even forbid the use of the laurel wreath, shouldn't it be replaced with something for the "beginners" to help them along?
Lord Johann Kiefer Haydon (Paul E. Kiefer, Jr.)
Plain ol' herald (and tax man)
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From: Tomas Niallagain <siortomas at gmail.com>
To: "Heralds List, Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <heralds at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 8:40:34 AM
Subject: Re: [ANSTHRLD] [Fwd: Heraldry announcement for Commentary]
You may have identified a second by product of Robins reason.
"Identify-ability", Hostorically that is a sound purpose f heraldry. Both
for friend and foe, as in" Hey, look over there that Baron and whats left of
his guard are getting slaughtered, lets go help and turn the tide of this
Despite this, I too support the revocation of the Laural wreath from group
arms. "Identify-ability", I wonder how many people not on this list can
identify the arms of the Barony's of our Kingdom?
On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 11:38 AM, Alden Drake <alden_drake at sbcglobal.net>
> Jay Rudin wrote:
>> Requiring a Laurel wreath is a non-heraldic, non-historical, non-authentic
>> bureaucratic requirement that usually forces more complex (and therefore
>> worse) heraldry. It makes it harder for new groups to design armory, and
>> harder for people to create banners and other heraldic bearings.
>> It is, in every relevant way, a violation of the College's charge to
>> encourage good, authentic armory.
> I had a chat with Master Robin (not too long ago) about the history we
> attempt to recreate and the game we play - two very different things. I
> think this practice falls squarely into the game we play.
> Having a wreath on territorial arms can have a negative impact for anyone
> who fights while wearing those arms. If the Baron of Doe fights in a
> surcoat bearing the arms of the barony, he may make himself a target to the
> enemy, who probably thinks, "I don't know who that person is, but he's
> wearing a wreath, so he must be a landed noble....I want to kill that guy!"
> Much like "kill the guy wearing a crown on his helm/arms"
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